Operation Mongoose is my nickname for the latest scheme on Big Brother 17 where the Austwins have decided to keep a Houseguest around specifically for the purpose of targeting Vanessa next week. But what happens when that mission is over?

Will Johnny Mac become the Austwins mongoose?

Will Johnny Mac become the Austwins’ mongoose? – Source: CBS All Access

Originally the idea by the Austwins was to keep Becky this week to have her take on Vanessa, but Becky was soon replaced with John when it was decided he’d be a better choice for the mission. Now we’ve heard that mission might be expanded to an internal target.

Soon after Austwins decided to keep John we heard Julia warn Liz that Austin might be motivated by personal interests for keeping John over Becky. We have seen John starting to bro it up with Austin in their afternoon work outs but that might be more strategy on John’s part than Austin’s. It does seem like Austin has more potential to team up with John than Becky, but not if Liz gets her way.

Speaking with Julia in private on Friday night, Flashback to 8:27PM BBT 8/14, I was surprised to hear Liz tell her she liked the idea of John staying because once he’s done with Vanessa John was “unfortunately” more likely to go after Austin than Becky and she’s “okay” with that. Now it’s not surprising that Liz knows Austin will need to go, but I’m just surprised to hear her verbalizing it already.

Liz and Julia are clearly F2 through and through. I don’t see them ever betraying the other to get to the end unless they both end up on the Block and are forced to campaign against the other. So yes, they’ll need Austin out and seem to think John might be their best chance.

Gotta love the Austwins creating their own Frankenstein monster that they think will do their bidding and then just poof. There’s no easy recipe for making it to the end but I like the entertainment potential here for us when them keeping John to take out Vanessa while the twins secretly plotting to use John for eliminating Austin as well.

What do you think of the Austwins plan with John and Liz’s secondary target of Austin? Do you think John would be more likely to target Austin or the twins if they made it to a F4 scenario?


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