Big Brother 17: Vanessa’s Paranoia Peaks Again Ahead Of Nominations

Saying Vanessa Rousso is stressed out on Big Brother is the understatement of the season. She’s constantly either actually paranoid or playing paranoid or talking about other people being paranoid (which of course causes more paranoia for her). Last night Vanessa was again on high alert.

Vanessa Rousso is exasperated with Steve Moses on Big Brother
Vanessa Rousso is exasperated with Steve Moses on Big Brother – Source: CBS All Access

Upstairs in the HoH room Austin, John, Liz, and Steve debated the merits of targeting Vanessa this week with a Backdoor while she quietly slept downstairs below. Soon her Spidey sense was going off and her paranoia had her up and moving looking for a new target.

Flashback to 4:49 AM BBT 8/21 Cams 1/2 to find John returning to his bedroom and flipping on the lights. If you accidentally select Cams 3/4 you’ll find Austin mounted on Liz for yet another make-out session, so tread carefully. John’s choice to use the lights wasn’t a great idea as it woke Vanessa who sat up and wanted to know who was up, what he was doing, who was around, and where Steve was.

Vanessa grabs her trusty sidekick green beanie and heads out looking for Steve. She finds him near the Lounge and asks to talk with him. No thanks, says Steve. Heh. Steve explains he’s not in a good mental state to listen to her and give her the full attention she deserves. Vanessa then asks if she can just talk to Steve instead. Steve again tells Vanessa he’s not in the right state of mind. Cue the fake tears.

Vanessa begins her choked up voice and worried looks saying she just wanted to talk to Steve and have him listen. She doesn’t want to talk game. (Hah!) Steve apologizes and says he was trying to explain that he can’t listen to her in the way she deserves to be listened to. Steve is doing a good job of handling Vanessa’s standard behavior of freak out, play the victim, and guilt trip the Houseguests.

Next step in Vanessa’s MO? Hands to the beanie. Check. Vanessa says “I’m tired of being the bigger person in every scenario” as she turns and walks down to the bathroom. Steve calls out to her and she just walks away ignoring him and goes in the WC.

After a few mins Vanessa emerges and when Steve asks to talk with her she replies, “I, unlike other people in this house, will always hear other people out.” Now that refers back to earlier in the night when Vanessa wanted to extend her game talk with Austin by “3 more minutes.” Austin declined. Vanessa has been freaking out ever since. Well, that suggests she wasn’t before, but you know what I mean.

What was supposed to be an apology from Vanessa to Steve was instead Steve apologizing to Vanessa. Now she returns the favor and says he’s been receiving misdirected anger from her. Vanessa says she’s upset about Austin making a deal with the Goblins and that she’s still upset when he didn’t immediately promise her a vote the other week. Soon she’s back off and running on her game talk. Remember that whole “no game talk” promise from a few mins ago? Yeah.


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