Thursday, August 13, 2015
Big Brother Season 17, Episode 23 Recap
Unfortunately, you won't see too much of how or why this change of mindset went down, as it is double eviction night! Yep, there are basically two episodes squeezed into one tonight, and it's usually the most exciting broadcast of the year. Remember silly Jeff and his clown shoes? Or Elissa being outmsarted by Andy and a few others? This could be a juicy night, especially the way these fools have been acting recently.
Vanessa gets out of bed and says she's "hurt and confused by the things Becky said when she put me up". There's a flashback to the big deal they all made last week, and Vanessa heads out to "get answers". She tells Becky that those were "harsh words", and demands an explanation. The talk goes back to that big meeting, and Becky says that her word was "forced". Becky then gets up and walks away. "I don't feel like explaining", she says, leaving Vanessa in (fake) tears.
It's a little later, and Vanessa is now wearing sunglasses in bed. Steve walks in, and she asks if she has his vote. He's torn because he has to "choose the ally who is staying in the house this week", i.e. John. He sort of explains this to Vanessa, but not really. Vanessa is now pissed at him, too, and calls it a "personal betrayal".
We don't have time for much actual game stuff, but we do have time for James to crawl into Julia's bed to scare her. Seriously, CBS?
It's the next morning, and Vanessa is working on her eyes as James walks in. This is her "fighting chance" to stay in the game, and she complains that it's "super unfair" that she's up. She tells him that Becky was going to target James in her earlier HOH, and that "every conversation that you guys had up there, she was coming down to tell Shelli and Clay".
James now says he "knew there was a rat" in the house, and he asks Meg and Jackie who is more likely to win the next HOH. "Shelli needs to go", he says. "She's coming after us for sure." His dumb pals agree with him.
Note, they're leaving out a big piece of this puzzle. In the hours after the POV meeting, Shelli suddenly got pissy about a hoodie that Clay had left in the house. James was now wearing it, and Shelli and the twins went into the have-not room to steal it. James finding out about this really set the stage for the vote change. Oh well.
Vanessa then stands. "Ten years ago, when I was in law school grappling with what I want to do with the rest of my life, I was writing in my journal. I wrote the following words that have guided me ever since - 'I find my calm not at the finish line looking back at the distance I've travelled but in the moment, on the run, out of breath, looking forward'. I don't know where I'm going, and I hope to God I never get there as I'm happy as I am chasing something eternal and ethereal. The destination has never been, is not, and will never be what it's about for me. That's just the way I like it." She then gives a shout out to her girlfriend and family. "Please vote to keep me." (Now I'm exhausted.)
Voting then begins with Austin, who votes to evict Shelli (as Judas), as does Steve, James, Meg, Jackie, Julia, John, and Liz. Yep, it's unanimous. Shelli has been evicted. Julie announces the verdict, and Shelli hugs everybody before walking out. "Shelli, we love you so much", says Becky.
As expected, Chen's insipid interview with Shelli is way too Clay-centric. There's no need to really repeat any of this stuff.
After commercials, it's time for the HOH competition, and it's based on some videos they watched last night. We get a little montage of them viewing this footage, and they're now all in the backyard. It's called "Getting Loopy", and they have to answer true or false to questions asked about these videos.
The first video is about Audrey's hat in the conga line, and everybody picks false. Question two concerns Clay's bowl in the fly attack video, and James, Liz, Meg, and Jackie are eliminated. In the third question, it's whether a person was in the hammock. They all get this one correct. Question four is about bulbs in the powder puff video, and Julia and Vanessa are eliminated. The fifth question is about a fire extinguisher in the trash video, and they're again all correct. Question number six is about Jason's shirt, and Steve is the new HOH!!! Wow, what a shocker. I was hoping it was going to be JohnnyMac.
It's then commercial time, and Julie calls for everybody to head into the living room. Steve then announces that he is putting up Meg and Jackie. "It's nothing personal", he says. Then it's already time for more commercials!!!
Finally, we get the POV competition, and those three (Steve, Meg, Jackie) will be joined by John, James, and Vanessa. It's a ski slope type contraption that they hold and move around, and they have to get a ball into each of three holes. Sinking them out of order automatically eliminates them, and there's a 3 12 minute time limit to the game. JohnnyMac wins pretty easily! Why couldn't it have been the other way around - John wins HOH and Steve wins veto! They all head inside, and Steve confers with John for a bit.
Guess what? It's time for more commercials!
When we FINALLY return, Meg and Jackie plead their cases to be removed. Meg has so much fun she just has to stay, and Jackie basically says the same thing. They've both played "honest' games. Ultimately, JohnnyMac says that even though he doesn't want to see either of them out there, he's not going to change the nominations. (Note: there's some weirdness there as we head to commercials. Jackie wanted a reason for the nominations. Steve walks out of the room upset at something.)
AND MORE COMMERCIALS!!!
It's now time for the second eviction. Meg is crying as Julie calls them back to the living room. Meg gives the first final plea, and she doesn't know what she's going to do separated from Jackie. "Please keep me in this house. I have so much more game to play." She babbles more about honesty and having a "good time". Jackie then says she loves everybody else, and she has "no bad blood" with anybody.
The voting then begins with Vanessa, who votes to evict Jackie. Becky votes to evict Meg, but John votes against Jackie, as does Austin, James, Liz, and Julia. Becky is the second house guest to be evicted tonight! Julie announces the verdict, and she hugs everybody before exiting.
Julie does get some answers from Jackie as to what happened a few minutes earlier. Apparently, Steve was told that Jackie planned to backdoor him when she was HOH, even though her plan was to do that to Austin. "Austin knows that. Everyone in the house knows that. I don't know who planted that on him." Then Julie moves to asking about how Jeff's departure helped her game, and she admits she took a backseat when Jeff was around.
That's it! Later tonight will be another HOH competition, which will be shown on Sunday's show. To get an early spoiler, either fire up the feeds or listen to the Big Brother Gossip Show on Saturday at 10 pm ET! Otherwise, what did you think of tonight's episode?