Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Big Brother Season 17 Season Finale!

Well, folks, this is it. 98 days (that's the number, right?) of insanity, idiocy, busted alliances, and some pretty hardcore game play. It's been a season full of frustration, but also more entertainment than I ever expected. Outside of a couple of people (hello Meg), everybody at least made an attempt at a big move.

So we are down to a final three of Steve, Vanessa, and Liz. Do they deserve to be the finalists? It's pretty easy to argue against a couple of them, but the fact is they did whatever was necessary to get themselves to this point. I can't hold it against them.

Who is the favorite to win? It's really anybody's game, especially given the makeup of the jury. I'd argue that Vanessa is the most deserving, but Steve also did his share of "scampering". Even Liz had her moments, and the fact that her sister (Julia) and "boyfriend" (Austin) are in the jury could lead to an upset.

But there's a long way to go until we get to that point, and quite frankly I'm not sure how they're going to squeeze it all in to a ninety-minute episode. Think about it. There are the first two competitions to show, jury deliberations with Dr. Will, interview segments with not only the jury but pre-jury members, the final competition and eviction, jury questions, voting, and the announcement of the winner and America's Player! Plus, a bit of house footage. Wow! Maybe instead of the rehashed material this past Sunday, some of this could have been aired then.

Oh well. That is the format CBS has used for quite some time, so let's get down to business. After an intro from Julie Chen, and an over-lengthy review of the season from the Biiiiig Brother voice, the show kicks off with the first HOH competition that started at the end of Sunday's "memory wall" episode. It's an endurance comp that sees the three dipped into red goo and then slammed into a wall. This was actually a great competition that earned the title of "endurance" as it lasted close to four hours.

Of course, it's edited in a way that makes it a bit more exciting than it really was, but all three did a great job. In fact, they had to move from the "disc" to the actual apple in order to move things on. At this point, Steve then dropped after losing his shoe. Vanessa says she only has an hour left in her, so she begins to work on Liz. She tells her that she's going to last all night long, and also promises Liz that she's going to take her to the end. Finally, Liz drops and Vanessa wins part one! Sadly, the four hour competition was edited down to less than six minutes.

After the first (of many) sets of commercials, we go to the second part of the final HOH competiitions. It's a combination endurance/knowledge. They have to climb up a wall that includes a crossword puzzle, and the clues are things that happened during the season. The winner is the person who completes it with the fastest time. Steve goes first, and there's no need for a real play by play here. The questions include former HOH's, zingbot, competition names, and other things like that. Steve has a couple of problems, but gets through it pretty easily. Liz is up next, and I have to say that 98 days of being in the game has not helped her do diary room commentary. I won't miss that voice at all.

Steve's final time ended up being 28:27, while Liz was 31:11. Steve has won the second part of the final HOH competition. He'll be facing Vanessa in the final competition. Vanessa believes that Steve will take her to the finals, but plans on taking Liz. Steve has similar thoughts, and thinks the jury will respect him for eliminating Vanessa. We'll see how this plays out in a few minutes!

It's now time for Dr. Will to talk to the jury. Austin says that he so wants Vanessa to join them in jur that he's willing to "cut my pony tail beard off tonight". Becky does NOT want to see John or Steve show up. The latest evictee is then revealed, and it's John. "Why is it that I always find myself surrounded by a bunch of losers?" That's why he's my choice as AFP! Julia is happy, though. John explains how Vanessa brainwashed Liz, and Austin doesn't understand. "I can't believe that Liz is at all trusting anything Vanessa is saying right now, and it's pissing me off." Austin also claimed that he was pretending to like Vanessa the whole time. Sure you were, buddy. Will asks if he'd take Liz to the finals, and he says he was going to step back to let the others make that move.

Will then asks how many are in jury because of Van's influence, and they pretty much all raise their hands. Jackie says she's "back and forth" about Vans' game play, while Shelli says she's impressed with all of her work. James adds that Van treated Big Brother like it was work, and says he respects that. Meg then talks, but I don't hear what she says. Becky does point out that Van does a lot of unnecessary things, though, such as swearing on her mother or the gay community. "Those are things you don't have to do." Austin agrees.

The talke moves to Steve, and James babbles something incoherent. Shelli, though, mentions that when a competition is important, Steve immediately throws it until he needs it to save himself. 'He also did connect with every single of us personally, so he was pretending to be awkwardly social when instead he was actually being brilliantly social." John adds that "Steve is a rat. I didn't like Steve's game at all. He had protection from the twins. He had protection from me for awhile. Everyone kind of open-armed him for awhile. Vanessa had to play for herself, and Vanessa can think on her own. He kind of came to me for a lot of decisions that he made." Julia then brings up how cowardly he was after evicting Jackie.

Liz is then discussed. Jackie says that the twin twist was even harder than her Amazing Race twist. "She's been HOH. She's gotten big targets out...she's gotten blood on her hands". James even says she should win. John disagrees. "She rode someone else to the end." "Literally?", adds Austin. "Her nominations weren't best for her game", says John. "She wins her first HOH and who does she put on the block? Two people who were going after Vanessa. I just never understood that." Meg doesn't agree, though, as she was always protecting her alliance.

Will then asks what happens if either Liz or Steve evicts Vanessa. They almost all shake their heads yes. "That's a tiger pelt up on the wall", says John. Austin even claims he'd consider voting for Steve over Liz if that was the case. Interesting. That doesn't please Julia. She has to vote for Liz. With that, the jury chatter is done with a plea from Will to vote for whomever deserves to win.

After more commercials, it's time for that final HOH competition. As always, it's a series of "A" or "B" answers from the jury. The person with the most correct wins the final HOH, and gets to choose who goes with them to the final two.

The first question is Shelli's favorite moment - winning HOH or meeting Clay. Steve picks winning HOH, while Vanessa picks meeting Clay. What? Steve was right! How the fuck? The second question is from Jackie about what annoyed her the most - the mess or paranoia. They both picked the mess, and they're both wrong. Question three is from Becky, and it's about the biggest lie - everything out of Audrey's mouth or her "hit by the train" story. They both picked the Audrey line, and they were both correct.

Question four is Meg's opinion on who needs a reality check the most - Clay for giving up his place in the game for Shelli or Austin's lame Judas act. They both pick the Clay line, and they're again both correct. Steve is now winning 3-2.

The fifth question is about who James felt was the strongest competitior - him or John. They both pick James, and they're both wrong. Next up is Julia, and the person whose gameplay she respected the most - Austin or Shelli. They boht pick Austin, and they're both spot on.

Question six is about Austin's most embarassing moment, and it's between the Zingbot line about his ex-girlfriend or Zingbot saying he stunk. Steve picked the ex-girlfriend line, while Vanessa picked the body odor. OMG, Steve is wrong. It's a tie!

John is obviously the final juror here, and his question is about the best thing about being in the house - not having to drill people's teeth or "getting ripped". Vanessa picks the getting ripped line, while Steve picks the dentist line. Holy fuck, Steve is right and is the final HOH!!!!

There's more commercials before the final eviction of the season. Vanessa looks worried, while Liz is nothing but smiles. Julie asks if he's ready, and he says no. He then stands and he nervously tells Vanessa that he believes she's the strongest female player in the history of the game. She's perfect at everything she's done, and he's such an admirer. He knows she "can talk your way into that jury", but he can't justify taking the stronger player with him. He's sorry, but he has to evict her.

Vanessa gets up and hugs then both, and then heads out the house. "OMG, Steve", cries Liz. "Thank you so much. I need this so much. OMG. OMG."

Julie then talks to a clearly upset Vanessa, who admits that it "wasn't outside the realm of possibility. I saw the move coming a little bit. I never fully trusted Steve in the game. He stabbed me in the back quite a few times." She also doesn't know if it was the correct move for him, but also admits that she was not going to take him if she had won. Julie then asks to see her hands, as they are all over every single eviction. With that, it's already over.

 A few more commercials later, the jury is brought onto the stage. Julie Chen asks Julia who she thinks the ninth member of the jury is, and Julia wants to know why she's being asked. Austin finally guesses that it was Vanessa, and she is then brought out. Austin is pleased that the boy (Steve) became a man. John jokes that he's "really glad to see my best friend again". Chen then infroms the jury of what just happened.

It's now time for the questions to the finalists. John's question is to Steve, and about how he relied on him or Vanessa on game decisions. As Steve starts to babble, it's discovered there's an audio issue. He then babbles about his various friendships...but the audio is still not fixed. After counting to three, he gets a third try to attempt to claim that he's made his own moves the entire game. I'm not sure that anybody is buying any of it.

Becky gets the next question, and she asks Liz if all of her strategy was actually Austin's. "Nice question", responds Liz, before talking about the twin twist. "I definitely think I held my own. I would do my own campaigining...and yeah,. Austin did help a lot, but I held my own."

Now it's James' turn, and he asks about how he floated throughout the game. "I think you're completely off the mark", says James. He then goes on about the various alliances that he created that protected himself. "I by no means was floating through the game."

Julia then asks Liz about her biggest move besides winning competitions. Liz says it was by "aligning with strong competitors", including Vanessa and Austin. She's really not good at this. Jackie then asks Steve about how he never talked strategy with them, and was nothing but a vote to his alliance members. He talks about his relationship with Austin, and I lose him after that.

Austin then tells Liz that she's beautiful, and asks why she deserves to win. "Oh my gosh. I deserve to win this money because I came in here with a huge disadvantage having a twin. It was a blessing and a curse. I did a lot to stay in this house, and seem like less than a threat." She's happy, kids, for making it this far.

With that, we go to more commercials before it's time for the final pleas from Liz and Steve. Liz goes first, and we hear about how she didn't come in as a superfan like Steve. Again we hear about how she has a twin, and she talks about her various wins. Steve then talks about his various moves, and how Liz only had to play half the game for the first few weeks. He also talks about his HOH wins, and his moves when he was HOH. "I made my own moves. I didn't follow anyone else, and I won more competitions." He then thanks everybody for making his dreams come true.

Voting then begins with Shelli, who says she's voting with her heart. Jackie congratulates them both, and says she's voting for the person "who dreamed of this their entire life". Becky babbles about their roundtable, while Meg says they look hot. James says they both did a great job, and Steve's haircut looks great. "I'm just going to let Jesus take the wheel on this one, like Carrie Underwood." Julia says her "vote is really obvious, but I do love you both". Austin also says that he loves Liz, but he's proud of his "boy". He then quotes Selena Gomez that "the heart wants what it wants". John complains that he has to choose between "the worst alliance member ever or the twin...I couldn't come up with a good insult for you". Vanessa is last, and she congratulates them both and says there is no hard feelings. She says her vote is going to "the person who will best represent everything that this season stands for because I think you both played great games".

Of course, this means there's another commercial break before we get to bring on the pre-jury members. This is usually a nothing segment, as there just isn't any time for real questions. Julie asks Day what she felt was the most surprising thing she saw, and she says it was Austin's Judas silliness. "You said he was going to take over the season. Where's he at?" YES!!! Austin is speechless, but claims it was just going to be something cool. He then goes on too long about it. "You were just like Austin in a hat", responds Day.

Julie then throws it to Vanessa for her big reveal. She claims that "90%" of what she said was true (um, no), but she also reveals that she's a professional poker player who has won $4.5 million. "I had to wear a poker face for 98 days", she says.

Jason is then asked what surprised him, and he says it was how Vanessa "maneuvered" the game. She "Dr. Will'd it", but she "never owned the sort of just cried and said 'I don't know how to do this'. I wanted to see you say I want to bathe in theri blood." Audrey is then asked about the revelation of telling the world about her transgender status, and she starts crying as she talks about the positive things that has happened in her life. "I didn't win Big Brother, but I feel like a frickin' winner because I've changed lives."

Now it's the moment of truth, as Julie begins pulling the keys. Vanessa voted for Liz. John voted for Steve. Austin voted for Liz, as did Julia. James voted for Steve, as did Meg, Becky, and Jackie. Steve has won this season of Big Brother!!! They run into the studio to hugs from the entire cast.

The show's not over, though, as we must hear who won America's Favorite Player. Julie announces that the top three were John, James, and Jason....and the winner is James! He wasn't my choice, but good for him! Steve is asked what he's going to do with the money, and he says he has no idea!

So that's it for this season. I must say that I've honestly enjoyed the season, and had no clue up to the very end who was going to win. I was no big Steve fan, but the kid came through when he needed to, and I always appreciate upsets. Thanks to everybody who read this stuff, and/or listened to the Big Brother Gossip Show! See you next year!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Big Brother Gossip Show #513: Season Finale

Hey, it's the final show of the season! Yes, it's sad...but at the same time a relief. Big Brother's extended season is a long haul, and while we've loved this season I think I speak for all three of us in saying we're glad the end is near.

We covered a lot tonight, starting with the shocking eviction of Austin. But was it so shocking? It won't be when you hear the piece of audio from last Sunday night. We then moved on to the first two parts of the HOH competition, and made predictions about what will happen on Wednesday.

Then the real fun begins, as we gave awards to the best and worst moments of the year. You HAVE to check this section out.

As always, we'd like to thank everybody who listened live in Mixler, downloaded in iTunes, or streamed on Stitcher or TuneIn. So grab this from those souces, or


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At The End Of The Day...

Well folks, here we are!! The 2nd part of the final HOH competition took place tonight!! As I've noted before, I don't really pay attention to time stamps, but the feeds went to Jeffish shortly after I had my routine Friday night nap. ;)  I took the opportunity to go to the casino with a friend and good thing I did, because I ended up getting a little lucky on the slot machines and came home $240 richer!! Why am I telling you this? To use up a little space in the update of course! haha ;)

Anyways, the feeds came back shortly after I got home, and Steve ended up taking it from Liz in a matter of just a couple minutes! (I can't remember who tweeted it, or the down-to-the-second time, but Steve took it in 28+min and Liz had a time of 31+min, or something along those lines according to what I read.) Yes, yes, I know...I should know these details but I was busy making soup, sorry!

Vanessa congratulated Steve. Steve asked her if they should tell Liz about their F2; he mentioned that Cody and Derrick decided to tell Veronica last year out of courtesy. Vanessa immediately shut that down, telling Steve they can tell her later. I hope that Steve takes it upon himself to tell Liz himself. This should be a red flag for Steve-Vanessa doesn't want to tell Liz because she plans on taking Liz with her to F2 if she wins HOH and she doesn't want Liz to freak out.

BB called an HOH lockdown for some reason. Liz was freaking out because she was in the shower and had to haul ass to get up there. They were on lock down for a bit...Vanessa went to sleep in the HOH bed, Steve and Liz alternated turns with the music, then chatted for a bit about random topics. They discussed the comp a bit; Steve had them loosen the harness more than they recommended because he felt like he couldn't breath when it was snug. Liz mentioned that they were told they had a 90 minutes maximum each to complete the competition and so was proud of them for completing them as fast as they did.

They talked a little bit about Becky and the $10 grand she won and whether she would follow through on her promise to James about sharing it. This led to a discussion about the rules about 'sharing' the F2 prize money (That it's against the rules to do so) and wondering whether that applied to Becky's money as well. They think she'll have to buy James a 'gift' rather than be able to give him cash. This led to a short discussion about Evel Dick and Danielle's F2 in BB8 and how they had discussed Dick paying for Dani's college education. Steve thinks that Dick would've had to 'gift' Dani the money in order to be able to get around the rules about sharing the prize money. Both Liz and Steve then wondered if Dick/Dani are on speaking terms and they discussed Dick's health and a couple other HIV related questions. Liz was getting legitimately hangry while stuck in HOH...She "wanted to make turkey burgers, she was soooo hungry, why are they in a lockdown, this is so weird you guys, there better be a 5 star buffet down there when we get out!"

They were eventually let out; Vanessa went back to bed in the purple room immediately. She's very out of it tonight; BB gave her muscle relaxers and she's been in a doze ever since. Liz went to start making something to eat and BB called her in for a DR, lol...she had to go get ready before going of course so she had to blow dry her hair, straighten her hair, put on her make up, the whole shebang. Steve went in to the kitchen and made something to eat; he ate pizza with a fork while playing with the Lincoln logs at the kitchen table. Liz came out of the DR and Steve was called in. Liz began prepping her turkey burgers. She is currently having a little bit of a pity party while cooking; she's crying a little bit and saying things like "I'm sorry Julia. My mom's gonna be sad. Stupid word, one word!"

So that's it folks! With Steve having won this part of the HOH, it'll be Steve versus Vanessa in the final part of the HOH competition live on Wednesday's episode. I truly believe that whoever wins this HOH will be a clear indicator of this season's winner. If Vanessa wins HOH, I believe that she'll win against either Steve or Liz, but my bet is that she'll take Liz for the 'easy' win. She won't want to risk the gendered curse of no female ever winning next to a male.

If Steve wins...I truly hope he's smart enough to know that he'd lose against Vanessa. He's talked about it on the feeds and has made it seem like he'd cut her...but you never know. He's been just as mind f*cked by Vanessa as some of the other house guests. But, if he does win and is smart about it, he'll take Liz and despite her two solid jury votes I think he'd win against her. We'll find out how it all plays out along with everyone else though. ;)

On that note...I know I've said this before, but I think this really might be the last official update. Nothing will really change in the house until finale night when we all get to watch the final HOH round unfold. Unless Vanessa goes completely round the bend I don't think we'll be seeing any drama or changes in terms of the alliances. If anything major happens, you can follow me on Twitter @Shienara33 where I'll be sure to tweet about it.

And please, please, please make sure you listen to this Saturday's Big Brother Gossip Show as it will be the last one of the season. Mike, Scott and Colette are sure to be in fine form as they discuss the last of the season, make their predictions and generally entertain us and make us laugh for one last time this year! :)

As for me, I've had an absolute blast this summer with you all. I've been a very unreliable and sporadic updater, but you've all managed to put up with me and I've still enjoyed every bit of this season. I'm very thankful to Mike for letting me do these periodical write ups for the site and for all the fun interactions I've had on twitter as a result. I'm not sure I'll be back next season for BB18 as it's still my personal hope that Ash, the writer of previous seasons The Night Owl, will return and blog. She's my BB spirit animal and if I had my way, she'll never take a break again! haha (if you read this, Hi Ash!!) But, it was a well deserved break...and next season is a long way off and I'll never say never if Mike and company still needed someone. :)  So on that note, thanks again everyone! Enjoy finale, remember BB is just a game and that the outcome of this game doesn't affect you on a personal level so just sit back and enjoy the show!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

At The End Of The Day...

Alrighty folks...if you watched tonight's episode or read Scott's recap then you should be aware of the fact that Vanessa, having won veto, removed herself from the block, which at Final 4 means that Liz automatically went up in her place. Vanessa ultimately voted to evict Johnny Mac, as many of us predicted.

Feeds came back to the houseguests either cooking/eating (Liz) or lounging around (Vanessa/Steve) as they waited for the first part of the final HOH competition to begin. There was some speculation if it would even be tonight from the house guests as they could still hear production building in the back yard.

We of course knew that the competition would happen at some point. I went for a nap and when I woke up HOH had begun. I only missed about 20 min of the competition though, so it didn't really make a difference.

The house guests surprised myself and many of us on Twitter, by making the competition a true endurance. After the abysmal performance of Dizzyland (the spinning comp that only lasted a few minutes) I don't think many of us were expecting this one to last too long. However, the final three really did put their best foot forward.

The competition started with the house guests sitting on a small disc that was suspended above a large rubber ball that was supposed to resemble an apple. They would swing over a large pool filled with a red liquid (that apparently smelled really good according to Liz) and be smashed into a wall with pictures of large, open mouths. They would then be sporadically 'dipped' into the red pool I mentioned as well. Basically they were meant to be candy apples (which may have been stated in the comp name, but I missed it so I don't know for sure). They were shot with confetti a couple of times as well as another substance that resembled bird droppings as well.

The house guests all passed the first hour relatively 'easily'. There were a few minor complaints from the ladies about how the discs were really hard on their vaginas. They certainly couldn't understand how Steve managed and would question him about it occasionally.

I don't really pay attention to time stamps or anything like that so I'm not sure on the exact time, but eventually BB cut to fishes for a bit and when the feeds came back they had moved the house guests from the wooden discs to sit directly on the rubber 'apple'. This was definitely a bit harder than sitting on the discs as they had to use more leg strength to grip onto the apples and had to contend with the wooden discs that were still attached. BB also spent more time doing one action repeatedly as opposed to switching off. (Meaning they would bang them into the wall over and over for a while, then dip them several times in a row.)

They still managed to hang on and perform quite well though. It was well into the third hour before we had our first drop...I had noticed Steve appeared to be struggling a bit more with the placement of his wooden disc across his chest as he was clutching it. He then lost a shoe after a wall bang and within seconds of that Steve fell.

So at this point the competition is between Liz and Vanessa. Although there had been some bantering and conversing throughout the competition beforehand, as well as light hearted suggestions to drop, no real game talk or attempts to make deals had happened. After Steve fell though, Vanessa really went to work.

Liz had been complaining as I mentioned earlier, throughout the comp about how hard it was and how sore she was. Vanessa would join her sometimes in those complaints...Vanessa totally switched gears and claimed that she was feeling like she could go for 10 more hours. 'No seriously though, I'm not dropping, I could be for hours. I'm too old to drop, I've got no chance in the next part so I have to stay on. Do you really want to be destroyed for the next part of the HOH Liz? I'm totally serious when I say I could stay up here for 10 more hours!'

I honestly think that Van was actually feeling the burn, that she was starting to feel the struggle. If I had been Liz, I would have readjusted, firmed up my grip and held on even longer...but she's Liz. She can be talked into course...Liz drops and Vanessa is the winner of part 1 of the 3 part HOH!!!!!

I'm certainly not surprised by the results, although I was surprised they managed to last so long. Not that I'm complaining about that either, it was nice to get a decent endurance for a change! ;)

As I close off this update, the house guests have returned to the house, showered and are cleaning up. They're all very tired and sore. Vanessa wants Vicodin and a massage, lol. Vanessa was trying to quickly talk game with Liz in the bathroom...She made Liz promise to not say anything to Steve about their deal. "Promise me, you won't say a word. If I have to tell Steve something different just know you don't have anything to worry about." She tells Liz that 'you have my word, I'm taking you." Liz asks if Vanessa has a deal with Steve and Vanessa denies it. She tells Liz she might have to make a deal with Steve just in case he wins the second part though and tells Liz that she won't keep it. (why these things aren't red flags for Liz is beyond me...but she's never been the sharpest crayon in the box.)

Okay, I'm out for tonight. Probably no update until the next part of the HOH happens. Unless things get really exciting in the house of course. I'll still be watching the feeds though and I'll be tweeting about them as well so check me out on Twitter @Shienara33 in the meantime. G'nite folks! :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Big Brother Season 17, Episode 38 Recap

Just like last night, this special eviction episode is noteworthy because it will contain lots of action we have yet to see. In fact, there will be even more material that feed-watchers haven't witnessed as the events will have occurred during Monday and Tuesday's dark feeds. Outside of the possibility of some clips from last night and today, all of the house footage will be new to us.

However, we do know the outcome of the POV that took place yesterday, and we also have a pretty good clue as to who will be evicted. While the POV holder claimed to not know what they were going to do, I'd be shocked to discover they go against conventional wisdom.

So after an intro from Julie Chen, let's start off with the aftermath to Austin's eviction. Vanessa is shown apologizing to Liz. She breaks down in tears, but Liz doesn't seem that bothered as she hugs Vanessa. In fact, Vanessa is doing one of her "tells" - holding her hands on her beanie as she fake cries. She claims in the diary room that it was the hardest thing she's had to do this season, as he was "straight up, the best friend in the house". He trusted her, which makes her feel so "crappy, but I have to keep telling myself that in this game it was necessary because in the finals he would beat me". She continues to cry, wailing that she knows she's a bad person. Meanwhile, zero tears from Liz, as she hugs Steve and Johnny. The broken record carries on, but Liz says in the diary room that she's "not even listening". She's hellbent on "doing this thing on my own".

John then says that all of this was decided right before the eviction story (which is a partial truth), and we go back a few minutes as John and Steve head into a bedroom. Steve asks John if he's going to be blindsided, and John says that somebody will be blindsided but it's not him. Steve then heads upstairs to talk to Vanessa, who asks him if he trusts her. He says he does, and she commands him to leave.

Back downstairs, Liz is heading into the loo as John is washing his hands with Austin hanging around. "It's time", says John. "Let's go." Austin asks if they got this, and they bump fists. John describes the whole scenario as a "work of art that couldn't have come together out any more beautifully". (Truthfully, though, John and Vanessa worked on this plan on Sunday night/Monday morning.)

We now move to the HOH competition, and Steve's victory in the tie-breaker. He's shocked that he won by "sheer, dumb luck". You see, he meant to write 6001 instead of 601. He's happy that he'll never have to set foot in the jury house.

In the house afterwards, he thanks Vanessa for not evicting him. She's happy that he won, as she knows that Liz would be going after her for putting out Austin. We are reminded, though, that it's the POV winner who really matters instead of the HOH winner. "It all comes down to the veto." John says that he wanted to win, and jokes about how he didn't win a single HOH. "I'm probably going to be evicted", he laughs. Vanessa announces that she wants to talk to John and Steve in a bit, as a disinterested Liz looks at Austin on the memory wall.

Yeah, her anger is increasing, especially now that Steve is HOH. "I want to yank that key off his neck so bad." Classy, girl. "Austin was my voice of reason. He was my support. Now I don't have him, and I've got to be strong. I've got to put my game face on, and I have to win these competitions for him and Julia."

Liz then comes out of the bedroom asking to talk to Vanessa. Yep, it's damage control time. The sad piano music comes on as Vanessa rapid-fire delivers the standard line about strategy, and how it was so "gut-wrenching". She even goes into a giggle-cry-laugh as she goes on and on about how it was tougher for her than anybody. "Liz, it's better for your game." She needs Liz to stay in the game. Yep, I predicted it would take one conversation to smooth things over, and it did.

Now Vanessa is laying around with John, and she says that maybe they can convince Steve to throw the veto. She wonders if he would take Liz over the two of them. John agrees it would be dumb for him to do that. That's "step one", according to her, and "step two is win final three and we'll go from there". She promises John that she's taking him to the finals. Yeah, right, and she even admits in the diary room it's a fake deal as she can't possibly be in the final three with both John and Liz. She's free to make fake deals with both of them! John sees through it, though, and says he's just agreeing with her for the sake of agreeing.

It's now nomination time, but it's a waste of time as POV is the only thing that matters. Still, Steve goes through the motions and nominates John and Vanessa. They really could just skip this step.

After commercials, there's a jury house segment. These seem really staged this year, and not really that interesting. Julia shows up, and Meg doesn't get why they'd eliminate Julia over her sister. They're all amazed at Vanessa's move in the POV competition that saw Julia challenge Austin, and how she controlled the aftermath. The barefoot ape then shows up barefoot, and another Vanessa story is told. "Judas got Judas'd." Austin is pissed, but Shelli is starting to stick up for Vanessa's game. "Somehow she managed to stay in the house even though we knew what Vanessa was doing."

Ugh, now we have a Rachel and Brendon segment. Fast forward time. Fuck them.

After that silliness, it's finally time for the POV competition. They all come out in karate outfits, and start kicking in the air. Then we see another fool - Caleb from last season. Ugh. This episode sucks. Caleb struggles to read the rules. In each round, an event is read and they have to figure out which day that happen. By punching and kicking, they register points that are accumulated on a counter. The last to answer gets a "strike" against them.

They all babble about the importance of this event before it finally commences. The first question is when Clay won his only competition. It was day 38, and Liz has one strike. Next up is the day that Shelli did her sword gimmick. The answer is day 46, and Liz is now out. Next up is the day Zingbot came in, and Steve is last this time. We move on to when Meg was nominated for the second time, which was day 23. John is the first this time, but Steve and Vanessa are confused. Vanessa finally gets it right, and Steve is now out. (Later, he claimed to have thrown this competition, but did he really?)

It's finally between John and Vanessa, but we have to wait for commercials. Caleb reads the question, and it's the day tha the Person Who Shall Not Be Named came into the house. Vanessa races to answer 86, and gets it right. John now has a strike. Up next is the day of the sixth nomination ceremony, and Vanessa screws up by overshooting. it doesn't matter anyway, as John has the wrong number. Vanessa is the POV winner!

There's another set of commercials before the live POV meeting. Vanessa obviously saves herself, and Liz is now on the block with John. The final pleas begin with John, who babbles his usual nonsense. "If they came to hear me beg, they will be disappointed." Liz then also rambles on about nothing, and reminds Vanessa that she's always had her back.

Vanessa then stands to announce her decision, and says to Johnny, "you've put some very tempting offers on the table this week. However, for me to believe the things you're promising me requires me believing that you're willing to go back on a game-long alliance with Steve, which a) either isn't true, or b). is true and means you're willing to go back on a game-long alliance. So how can I trust the promises you've recently made me. Ultimately, I hope you can respect this as the game move that it is, and know that on a personal level I absolutely adore you and I think you're hysterical. I've got to go for the gold on this, so unfortunately no matter how much I like you Johnny, I vote to evict you".

Whew! Thank God that speech is over! John hugs everybody, and Liz tells her to say hi to Austin. Bye bye, Johnny. You've been fun.

He joins Julie, as the remaining three people go crazy over the applause he received. "I'm still convinced he was a twist", says Steve. Julie asks if he's surprised to be evicted, and he says he wasn't. He knew that he didn't have a real alliance with Vanessa, and would have evicted her if he had won that POV. Julie asks about living on the edge, and John agrees. "I tried all kinds of things. I didn't know what I was doing the whole time. Looking back on it, I wouldn't have done things the same. I should have got rid of Steve last week, and maybe she woudn't have had a choice but to break the showmance." Julie asks if he lives like this in the real world, and he giggles that he does. He's then asked about facing Austin after the blindside, and John says he's just a "big teddybear. He's fine." For his final thoughts, John just wishes the remaining three good luck. "They've been playing hard in there." He adds that he expects to see Vanessa and Steve as the final pair.

Wait, with that the show is over??? Uusally, we get to see the beginning of the first of three final HOH competitions. Instead, there's a brief shot of them drinking champagne and toasting Chenbot. Hmmm, interesting.

Well...what did you think of tonight? Were you as upset to see the redheaded monster as me? Did you cry at John's eviction? What else did you notice tonight? Let us know!

At The End Of The Day...

After a looooong feeds black out due to the taped 'live' eviction show aired tonight (See Scott's recap if you haven't already watched the show) we were all waiting patiently (or perhaps not so patiently, lol) for them to return so that we could find out who Steve had nominated and who had won POV.

The feeds came back to Vanessa, Liz and Steve in the kitchen. Vanessa was doing dishes, Liz was eating and Steve was scampering about. There was no initial sign of JMac. We watched, and we waited and we watched and we waited...I know, I know, just tell you already right?? ;)

Well Vanessa went to the DR (on her own, she wasn't called) for a moment and when she returned she was asking how the POV speech goes down. Within a few moments we were able to surmise that Steve, as HOH, had nominated Vanessa and JMac. Vanessa has won POV though, so that means that she is in full control of who will go home during tomorrow's live eviction.

There are only the four left in the house, so that means things are quite a bit quieter and nowhere near as much action will be going on. There was a rousing game of Sling Band, to which I paid very little attention to and couldn't tell you who won.

After Sling Band, there was a bit of a game related conversation between Vanessa and Steve in the bathroom. It was half a strategizing/game related talk, and half a pep talk. Steve admitted he's been letting the game get to him lately and that he's losing perspective even with reminding himself that this is just a 'tv show in a parking lot'. Vanessa does what Vanessa does and tries to build him up a bit; reminds him that life will be grand outside of the house etc, etc. She says she thinks that everyone's lives are going to be better after the show.

They go on to discuss what Vanessa is going to do with the POV. She claims to not be 100% sure yet, but to be quite honest, in my opinion, I think she's going to get rid of Jmac. If you follow me on twitter, I went on a little tangent pretending to be Vanessa and rambled on over what I think her brain will cycle through what her options are and in the end, I think she finds her odds are better with John gone almost every time. They discuss that their odds of winning the game in F2 are stronger with Jmac (since he's already been evicted) but Vanessa claims their odds of getting to F2 are better with Liz. Although she does go back and forth a bit, it seems to me Vanessa is still completely leaning towards evicting John.

Throughout this whole conversation, John is of course, in bed. Some of it he's awake, sitting up looking adorkably pensive but not much action coming from him otherwise as he's soon lying prone in bed with his bandana over his eyes.

After I took a break to make and eat a delicious grilled cheese sandwich, I returned to Liz and Steve in the bathroom having a discussion. Apparently Liz hasn't really talked to Vanessa either, she's just going to let her do her thing. They start discussing mundane things. Liz apparently lost her virginity at 17. Steve says it's been 22 1/2 years for him. They discuss his little crush on Julia a bit. She tells him to get some muscles, lol.

Steve goes upstairs to have a shower, Liz goes to bed. I'm not really clear where Vanessa was at this point, DR maybe. Johnny Mac gets out of bed and goes into the kitchen where he plays with the Lincoln logs set the house guests received while the feeds were down. He builds a giant tower. Steve comes down from the HOH room after his shower and they game talk for literally around 20 seconds. John says if he gets evicted it's not that bad. Steve asks John if he's talked to Vanessa and John says nope.  Steve tells John he can't push too hard for him and John tells him not to, that it's between him and Vanessa now. Vanessa comes out of what I'm assuming is DR; John decides to go to bed.

Vanessa follows him into the comic room. John tells Vanessa she did good work out there; Vanessa says POV was close today and John says the last round wasn't close at all, that she did a good job. He tells her he's happy she won and she says it's going to be a big day tomorrow.

Steve goes to the hammock room to muse out loud and here we find out an interesting little tidbit of information: Steve claims he threw POV today and he's BIG TIME regretting it. He rants a bit in there, then heads up to HOH where he has an almost full blown melt down. He's hugging his teddy bear, crying, almost sobbing at points. He apologizes to his mother for letting her down, calls himself stupid. "I could have won and I didn't. I could have taken Vanessa out. That could've been my big move and I chickened out. I could beat John at the end but I can't beat her. I'm sorry mommy, I'm sorry." He wants a hug, someone to talk to, a friend, he wants his mom. He says he made a $500k mistake; he should have won POV and should have used it on Johnny. Johnny would've taken Vanessa out and Steve would've had the Scamper Squad votes. It was a little painful to watch, but not b/c I felt any real's just really awkward watching a grown man sob while clutching a teddy bear...and honestly, if what Steve is claiming is true the...yikes, he's right, that may have been a $500k mistake.

He eventually goes downstairs and wakes up Liz. She tries to comfort him a bit; tells him it's cute he's so sensitive and that Austin would not be behaving like this at all. Vanessa also gets out of bed to use the washroom and tells Steve to go to bed. He decides to sleep in the purple room in Meg's old bed so that he won't be alone.

So that's the current state of affairs as I end this update. One other super minor thing of note...Steve mentioned that he's now met 6 former house guests and included Caleb from BB16 amongst the list, so there is some thought Caleb hosted today's POV competition.

So that's that for tonight. Tomorrow night we'll know who Vanessa chose to evict and the episode should end with the first part of the HOH competition underway. My best guess is that the final three will be Vanessa, Steve and Liz. At this point although I think Vanessa has worked the hardest for the win, I'd love to see either Steve or Liz win the final HOH and cut Vanessa...but I truly don't see that happening. There is no clear cut path for any of these remaining house guests to take and so I, for one, am very interested in finding out how the last part of the game will play out...and it's been quite a few seasons since I've said that! ;) So, until tomorrow...or maybe Thursday...I probably won't do another update until we know who the winners of the first two parts of the HOH are and any little tidbits of game play that may occur in between.

Follow me on Twitter @Shienara33 and let me know what you think of my attempts to mimic Vanessa's brain patterns! haha

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Big Brother Season 17, Episode 37 Recap

For the first time since the premiere episode, feed watchers know little about what's going to happen tonight. Sure, we do know the results of the POV competition, and a conversation held on Sunday evening indicated a new target for eviction. But we don't know for sure who is going home, and despite the fact that this episode was taped yesterday, we do not have confirmation as to who is going to be the next HOH.

This is because CBS shut down the feeds yesterday morning, and they won't return until after the west coast airing of tonight's broadcast. While it has created a ton of online whining, and phony twitter accounts "reporting" results, it also has created a bit of intrigue for even the most jaded fan (such as myself).

So let's get right to it, starting with the aftermath of Vanessa's nominations of the "non-romantic" couple of the house, Steve and John. Oh wait, I'm wrong. Tonight's show actually starts with Julie calling everybody to the living room. She informs them that it's time for a surprise eviction episode, and somebody will be evicted within the hour.

Then we go back to earlier action. After the nominations, Steve says he's upset and surprised that Vanessa sided with the showmance. John says he's "going to do whatever it takes to keep me from walking out that front door". Vanessa hugs him, and says that everything she said was "100% thing, that's it". "I hear you", is John's disinterested reply. Vanessa explains that John is her target simply because he's never won HOH, and "that person will always be taken to final three over somebody like myself". She's sad about putting up Steve, though.

Cue Steve's entrance into the HOH, and they hug. The fake tears come on as Vanessa says she "means everything I said" (heard that before?) and that they're friends. Steve says he understands, and "doesn't need to worry". He complains in the diary room about how he's on the block yet she's the one "bawling her eyes out". He's not going to let her take "attention away from what's really going on". He still tells her that he trusts her, as Vanessa continues on with her boring monologue.

Downstairs, John enters the bathroom and asks Liz and Austin if they're ready for tomorrow. He says that he's "getting the vibe that I'm out of the club". He tells them that he'd consider throwing the veto to them if they'd consider breaking their deal with Vanessa. "I'm trying to build trust with Austin and Liz right now", he claims. He says that even if they don't take the deal, he just may throw the comp anyway. Going home fifth is ok with him. "Ok, I like that idea."

After he leaves, Austin is confused. "Either JohnnyMac has lost his marbles, or he's become one with Judas." Ugh. Stop it, Austin. They see Vanessa, and call her into the bathroom to fill her in. (BTW, all of this was on last week's Big Brother Gossip Show.) Vanessa backs up, and giggles. She can't believe her ears. "Yes. Please. And thank you."

It's now commercial time, and we return to the POV competition. Besides the competition, they get to watch a new comedy called "Life In Pieces". Vanessa almost puts me to sleep as she describes this show, and we then get a commercial for it. Ugh, this stinks. This is followed by everybody fake applauding, and then Liz claiming it's something she'd watch.

Everybody then walks outside, and Steve says he's feeling right at home with the backyard theme. It's a puzzle competition. They have to race across a balance beam, and then have 20 seconds to put together a puzzle of the TV show's poster. If they don't get back within 20 seconds, their puzzle is dismantled and they are eliminated. The first to complete the puzzle wins.

The commentary of this competition is ridiculous unless you have problems with short-term memory. As always, the rules are repeated over and over. Vanessa's clock goes off right away, which means it's all down to Liz since Austin is so awful at puzzles. Yet he's seemingly doing ok. John has decided to build the puzzle in the trough so he doesn't have to worry about being disqualified. Austin, meanwhile, does keep falling off the beam so he's not getting any farther. Liz is doing well, though, so John claims he is thinking about throwing to to her. Steve, though, is also doing well, so John says that he does need to win this competition. Sure enough, John does then win the POV! Vanessa's "worst case scenario" has indeed come true!

After more commercials, it's the aftermath of John's victory. They're coming back into the house, and John is still celebrating. "One of you people has to go, and it's not me." Vanessa runs up to the HOH room to feel sorry for herself. She even cries in the diary room, which I don't think she's ever done this season. Liz and Austin are also whining because one of them has to go on the block. John enters the room, and Austin congratulates him. Liz continues to whine and leaves the room, but John says that he still feels the same as he did before. The plan is to take out Steve...for now.

Steve, meanwhile, is celebrating in the storage room. "That's what you get for going back for going back on me and JohnnyMac", he says in the diary room. "You should have put up the showmance, period." He's talking to himself, saying "cry your fucking eyes out. JohnnyMac ain't leaving." He believes that it will come to Vanessa needing to break the tie. He heads upstairs to convince her that's what she should do, but she doesn't want to talk. (Stupidly, they didn't show Vanessa spending almost a full hour going over scenarios with Skittles.)

Austin then comes upstairs, and they talk about John's win. Austin says he's not worried since they have the votes, but Vanessa didn't want to send Steve out this week. "It's just really shitty for me."

It's now time for the POV meeting, and obviously John takes himself off the block (although he does it in his usual silly way). Vanessa then stands, and puts up Austin because Liz was on the block last week. The segment concludes with the usual silly diary room commentary we usually see at the conclusion of Wednesday's episode.

Oh wait, there's more footage as Vanessa and John talk. She's kissing his ass, doing that giggle-speak that is a "tell" that nothing she's saying is truthful. He says his strategy is to just go around and "talk to people when I have to". Vanessa asks if he's going to keep Steve, and he's noncommittal. Vanessa wonders if they'll be the "dumbest people in history if they don't break up the showmance". They shake on going to final three together.

John then walks donwstairs, and tells Austin "maybe I'm crazy enough to take a showmance to the final three". Will he actualy do it? We'll see in a few minutes, but Judas "loves it".

Finally, it's eviction time, and obviously the house spent the last 20 minutes changing clothes. (BTW, they also had John sit in the eviction chair during earlier segments, and then be seen wearing his POV after that old house footage. Interesting production touches there.) Steve gives the first final plea, and he says he had nothing prepared. Being in the house was a dream come true, and he's thankful for everything.

Austin follows with saying "I never thought I'd make it here tonight." For some reason, he then gives a plug ot "Life In Pieces", "but one of our big brother dreams is going to go up in pieces...or smashed to pieces. I'm Judas, and you're the boy, right? We were never supposed to like each other, but we've become best friends. (Not really.) And I see a lot of myself in you, believe it or not. We both watched it our whole lives, and I've seen you go from a boy to a man. I wish you the best of luck. We're going to be best friends after this, and to the voters follow your heart, and all of your wildest dreams will come true. Julie, I'll see you on 'The Bold and the Beautiful'." Ugh.

Voting then commences, and Liz obviously votes to evict Steve. John, saying "it's time for some blood, people", votes to evict Austin. Vanessa will now have to break the tie. When Julie announces the tie, you can see the look of concern on Austin's face. She says it's a tough thing, but she's here to play a game, so she evicts...Austin! "I'm sorry, man. I'm sorry. I love you to death outside of this house." He and Liz are stunned, and he's not moving from the chair. "You can't win the game", says Austin. "You can't get the jury votes." She says she knows that, and "it's ok."

He finally gets up, and says he "knew it was too good to be true". He kisses Liz, and slams the door open as he leaves the house. "Good luck, Austin", Steve says as he's out the door.

The barefoot ape joins Julie as Liz and Vanessa hug. Surprisingly, Vanessa is more upset about Austin's departure than Liz. Funny. Julie immediately asks about Vanessa, and he says "she basically saw a chance to take Liz out because JohnnyMac and Steve are going to do what she needs to do if Liz doesn't win HOH or veto". He says she has zero chance to win the game, though. "She was going to get to the finals either way. She didn't have to scumbag me to do it. She chose to Judas Judas."

Of course, Chen asks about Liz, and he says he's madly in love with her. This is where I lose interest. Thankfully, the interview is over after this question.

Now it's time for the HOH competition. Only John, Liz, and Steve are in this comp, which is called "What the Bleep". Videos of house guests are played with a word bleeped. Julie will then read a word that it may be, and they have to answer true or false. The person with the most points after seven videos win.

Everybody gets the first answer correct, which is Julia whining about not being picked for POV. The second video is from Becky, and they all get this right by choosing false. The third clip is from Jackie, and Steve is the only person to get a point this time. The fourth clip is from Jace, and again they're all correct. Meg is next, and John ties Steve by being the only person correct. Clip number six includes James, and all three are wrong. We're on the final clip, and it's Vanessa reading a letter from home. John and Steve are both correct, so they're tied for the win.

The tie-breaker is a number, and the question is the number of seconds it took to complete the "Under the Rainbow" competition. Ooooh, two smart guys having to compute numbers. Steve changes his answers a few times before picking 601, while John picked 3600. The correct answer is 2825, which means Steve is the new HOH!

BTW, this competition was really funny as the bleeps were hilarious, especially when Jackie's was about being backdoored. Yes, grade school humor, but I'm an old creep.

The show then ends with Julie running down the schedule for the last three episodes. Ugh, Brendon and Rachel will be on tomorrow night. I'll have the mute button ready! There's one final look as Vanessa appears to still be making everything about herself.

That's it until tomorrow night. What did you think? Wasn't it exciting when Austin was blindsided? Tell us what you think!