Big Brother 17: Will Vanessa Pull A Judas On Backdoor-Austin Plan?

Just one day after I wrote of Vanessa’s commitment to targeting her ally Austin we’re now seeing a shift in the game fueled by paranoia that could change this week’s plan in a big way.

Vanessa is having a no good, very bad day on Big Brother
Vanessa is having a no good, very bad day on Big Brother – Source: CBS All Access

Thanks to Shelli’s worries and speculations Austin may have just found himself a reprieve from eviction, but when things change this fast it’s hard to tell where they’ll end up before the next Veto ceremony.

Quick background: Vanessa and Jackie, the new HoHs, agreed to target Austin. Vanessa learned that Austin was running side missions and lying to her about his votes. With her confidence in him eroding this felt like a good plan to Vanessa even if there was the obvious issue of losing a number.

Jump ahead to Saturday afternoon following the Power of Veto competition. Clay and Becky were on the Block with an eight-person agreement to save either one of them and renom Austin. Clay won the Veto so he’d be coming down leaving an opening for Austin to go up.

Vanessa had been freaking out since pre-comp that Liz would be mad at her for targeting her showmance. (Vanessa had been pushing this “showmancing hard” idea to everyone and she may have even been believing it.) Now that Veto was over she decided it was time to tell Liz so she asked her to come upstairs for a very important talk.

Liz must not have been too interested because she took 70 minutes to get back upstairs. That gave enough time for Shelli and Vanessa to start freaking out there there was a six-person alliance targeting Clay this week. (No, there wasn’t.) Shelli says HGs weren’t thrilled enough that Clay won Veto. She’s just aghast that no one was doing backflips over his first competition win this season.

Shelli and Vanessa realize they’re about to send home a number while the other house is gunning for them. No, the other side isn’t because they’re too dense to see the obvious danger of this powerful alliance. Doesn’t matter though because that’s the fear.

Liz finally arrives, Flashback to 5:45PM BBT to watch. First up, Liz explains how much she doesn’t like Austin. This takes up a lot of the discussion before they finally get to the issue at hand. Their conversation last 48 minutes and it’s well worth watching if you missed it.

Vanessa and Shelli tell Liz everything that’s been going on with Austin and how he’s sinking their game by running his mouth. An important moment comes when Liz tells Vanessa that Austin had just asked her to lie to her to cover up his lie about how he voted in an earlier talk. This shows where Liz’s true allegiance lies. She’s using Austin while trusting Vanessa more.

Just when it looks like Austin is done and gone we hear the conversation start to shift. Shelli suggests maybe they should keep Austin anyway and send Becky home. Shelli doesn’t like how Becky didn’t trust them and that’s their excuse to send her home this week. Yeah, that’ll show her!

Vanessa suggests if they can get Meg, Jason, and James on board to keep Austin and evict Becky then they can just make him a target later down the road instead. Shelli again pushing for Becky to be the one to go this week. Vanessa isn’t sure Becky is the answer, but she’s now leaning away from Austin and looking for a renom option. Cue Austin’s arrival to talk with Vanessa.


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