Diary Room: Derrick Levasseur’s “Weekly Warriors” – Big Brother 17 Week 3

So in a few hours, Big Brother 17’s week three will officially be in the books and we’ve had a lot of interesting developments over the last few days.

Derrick Levasseur, winner of Big Brother 16
Derrick Levasseur, winner of Big Brother 16

Some people have continued to impress, while others have hit some turbulence as they try to figure out this game we call “Big Brother.”

I don’t think my first “weekly warrior” will be a surprise to anyone. John McGuire is playing this game the exact way that I would have chose to play this year. Considering the characters he is surrounded by, the formula is simple. Everyone is trying to eradicate the “big players” and the “puppet masters” of the house in the first three weeks of the game. With the level of paranoia and over-gaming that is currently taking place, a new “big target” presents itself daily. The best strategy in this situation is to lay low and let them take each other out until the majority becomes the minority. Then you take out remaining stragglers who managed to survive as soon as they lose a competition.

However, John did have one chink in his armor this week. He decided to let people know that he was voting for Jeff to stay. Jeff will most likely go home tonight and I don’t see how John intended on using this to his advantage. Better hope James doesn’t win HOH! Additionally, John is starting to be viewed by some as a “Comp Beast” with his back-to-back POV wins and this could also hurt him long-term. We’ll see how it works out for him and the rest of the house as the week progresses.

My second warrior this week may come as a surprise to some. There may even be a few that completely disagree with me. A simple test that I use is to just ask myself, “Who are the houseguests not talking about?” John immediately comes to mind but I would also say that Becky Burgess is a close second.

Yes, she doesn’t have a big alliance protecting her but she also doesn’t have a big alliance talking about targeting her. From what I’ve seen, she appears to have good relationships with most houseguests and doesn’t have any real enemies. What makes her game more impressive is that she has been able to accomplish this after just winning HOH last week. Even though she proved she could compete, the major alliances do not appear to be threatened by her. Lastly, anyone who takes a train to the face is a winner in my book! (You knew that was coming at some point.)


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  1. Although I agree John and Becky are doing good flying under the radar, I fear they aren’t aligning themselves with people like they should. Yes John has a good read on the house and could come alive later on, but if he doesn’t have any good allies when he comes alive, he won’t be able to do anything. Take Donny for example. He knew you were the mastermind, and tried to rally people against you. But it was too late because he had no allies in the house to back him up.

    As for Vanessa, we do have to take in account that most of her paranoia and emotional distress was due to Austin. Had Austin not thrown that HoH, the nominations would have stayed the same, and it would have been a much smoother week for her without getting as much blood on her hands. I do think she has positioned herself well with her allies, but I agree that she needs to lay low this week.

    • I can see John and Becky teaming up as a “power couple.” They seem to like each other and they are both free agents. They are both smart and good competitors as well, so they could be a force with some help.

      • Yeah I love Becky/John power duo, they seem to be working together casually I just wish they make it more official of an alliance!

  2. Totally with you, Derrick and think that John could very well go to the end and that he is particularly entertaining — which reminds me of you and how I enjoyed your presence in the game last year. You proved, too, that nice guys do NOT finish last! Hopefully, nice guy John can do the same.

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