Big Brother 17: Vanessa Breaks Up Her Alliances From Inside Out

It’s been an interesting few days with Vanessa Rousso as the HoH for Big Brother 17 as we’ve watched her form a new, but questionable alliance while seemingly attack her existing ones. Vanessa appears to be looking for a change.

Austin is spoon fed Vanessa's latest plan
Austin is spoon fed Vanessa’s latest plan – Source: CBS All Access

Last night I couldn’t figure out what her endgame was as she told Austin the twins were interested in him while telling Steve something quite the opposite. The plan came full circle this morning, or should I say “full triangle”?

This morning in a talk with Austin, Flashback to 10:15AM BBT, Vanessa informed him that Steve was “butt hurt” over hearing Liz liked Austin, not him. Austin snickers at Steve’s foolishness that he could have thought Liz would like him over Austin. Here’s the thing: Steve isn’t interested in Liz nor did he think Liz liked him. Why would she do this to close the loop after telling Austin to go for the girls? Looks like she wants to break up one of her expanded alliances.

The “Get Jeff Out” alliance had Steve, Vanessa, Austin, Liz/Julia, Chelli and Clay. Steve seemed to be fitting in well with Vanessa, but that could be ending. Once Austin heard the story that Steve liked Liz but knew she liked Austin (no and no) Austin suggested that he didn’t want to work with Steve anymore because “no one comes between me and my twins.” Yes, he said it jokingly, but I think he was serious about be wary of Steve. Flashback to 11:05PM BBT for more of this talk.

Next on the list of fat to cut? Vanessa starts going through her concerns about Clay and Shelli. She suggests Clay and Shelli could be working with the other side of the house. Soon Austin is agreeing that maybe they need to watch out for them.

Along the way Austin starts to wonder if maybe Jeff really did bury the hatchet between them (I believe he did) and that Jeff was set up by others in the house. Before Austin can start to go much farther down the road of wondering if they should keep him Vanessa is quick to jump in and shut that down.

They both agree that it’s time to consider letting Clay and Shelli be targeted. Austin thinks they might be able to work with Jason to make that happen. Uh oh, Shelli & Clay. They better watch out and with Clay potentially willing to throw the comp thinking they’re safe then he could be in trouble.

Vanessa reveals another aspect of her plan. She wants to bring Audrey in to their alliance for a 3-person team here. Vanessa thinks HGs will fear Audrey’s social game, Austin’s physical game, and she’s not sure what they’d fear about her, but it’d all come together as the perfect trio.

So we’ve got Vanessa deconstructing the alliances around her and looking to form a new smaller, more controllable alliance with her at the center. Think she’ll pull it off? Good idea or a bad one? Discuss!


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