First off, I apologize for not recapping this Sunday's epsiode. I had some technological issues that transpired just before the episode began, and out of frustration I just gave up. Sorry. Given Austin's horrific nomination speech, though, you readers should feel relieved that you didn't have to endure my rage.
Tonight's episode could be a frustrating watch. While there was a flurry of activity in the 24 hours after Austin's HOH win, the house quieted down for most of Saturday. Although Vanessa stirred things up a bit on Sunday, I have a feeling the little of it will make the air.
So let's get going with the aftermath of Austin's nominations of Steve and John. Austin says his nominee selections represented the "least risk for my game", but still hasn't ruled out putting up Vanessa. (Yeah, right.) John says he's "not dumb" and "doesn't feel safe". Steve talks about how even though Austin promised to not put him up, he saw Vanessa running up to the HOH right before the ceremony. "I'm really frustrated that Austin went back on our alliance, but I've got to give Vanessa credit. I don't know how she's working this magic, but as a superfan I have to appreciate her game play, and she is good."
Steve makes his way into the bedroom, and John says he doesn't believe they're the real targets. Steve again compliments Vanessa on her game play. "She's incredible!" John asks if he knew they were going to be up, and Steve replies that he knew John was going up but there "were certain other choices" for the second nominee. John rolls over and says ,"they won't use (the POV)". They both know they have to win the veto.
Vanessa is now heading up to the HOH, and she talks in the diary room about how not being nominated is an indication that her relationship with Austin and the twins is a "great starting point in rebuilding this relationship in what it used to be and what it could be." She puts on the tears and thanks them. Austin replies that "I may be Judas, but I keep my word". Well, except to Steve. He still claims he has no idea who he is really going to target.
Steve then joins them, and Austin says that if the noms stay the same "you will not be going home". Oh Austin. "This stays in this room here", he adds. He asks who the target is, and Austin says that it's John. "He's the last person I made an alliance with." Vanessa then announces that she's heading out to get some sleep. After she's gone, Steve asks why he's not going after her, and Austin says that if he comes off the block he'll have to put her up.
Filler time, as James pulls more pranks. Fast forward time.
In the bedroom, Vanessa sits down with a drink. Steve comes in and hugs her, and reminds us that they have been super-tight in the past and he wants to rekindle that. He then leaves the room.
Meanwhile, Liz is worried about how her and Austin have been playing all sides of the house. Liz thinks Steve and John "need to be separated...I want JohnnyMack to go home this week". Austin counters that Vanessa has pulled a lot of shit, but Liz thinks she's always been on their side. "I'm just very much onto Steve and JohnnyMac", says Liz, mainly because she "doesn't know where his head is at". Julia then comes in, and she's told to definitely try to win it. "Things are going to get ugly", says Austin. "Very ugly."
After commercials, we see everybody lounging around as the Zingbot walks in. "I'm back. What's up, losers?" Let's hear some good zings!!!
Zingbot starts to walk but runs into a chair. Julia saves the day. The Zinbot announces that he's "newly zingle, so I got an upgrade. That's right, losers. You can now call me the Zingbot 9000, and I'm now on twitter."
Here we go, starting with James. "I heard Meg is going to take you someplace very, very special after the show. The friend zone."
Liz is next. "I'm confused. Suddenly you're less attractive, less intelligent, and less charming. Oh wait, that's just Julia."
Now it's Steve's turn. "What's less cool than a trombonist that cries for his mommy? Nothing!"
"Will someone please take out the trash? It stinks in here. Oh wait, that's just Austin." POW!!!
"Megggggg. Your New York attitude is very 'Sex and the City'. Too bad your gameplay is more 'Sucks in the City'."
"Johnnnnn! Five out of five dentists agree the only thing less attractive than your laugh is your back hair!"
"Vanessaaaaa! You have been playing a masterful game, assuming that game is the 'Crying Game'!"
"Lizzzzzzzzzzz! You've become such an important part of Austin's life. Are you more excited to meet his mom, his dad, or his girlfriend?????" POWWWWWWWWW!
Now it's time for the POV competition. Oh wait, it's not. Before we get to that, though, Liz has to talk about the situation with Austin's girlfriend. She's not real happy, and he whines that it's a "huge distraction" coming right before their competition.
After commercials, it is time for the POV. It's the old morph competition set in Zingbot's "bachelor pad". They have to guess which house guests are on each morphed photo, and the person who gets through them the fastest wins the "newly Zingle" competition.
John is now shown eating outside after a commercial break, and Vanessa joins him. She asks him if he's over the "thing" with Becky, and also Clay. "They're gone", he says. "I've lost friend after friend after friend." He knows that everybody likes Steve more than him. She plays up the empathy card, and adds that maybe they should work together. Knowing he has no choice, he agrees to "make a deal with the devil". She agrees, claiming that she has "no one" in the game, but has to talk to Austin before she plays the veto.
John is then shown later coming into the same bathroom, and Vanessa informs him that Austin doesn't want her to use the POV. "I hope you understand that I tried. It feels like shit to always be on the bottom of the totem pole." John counters that even if he leaves, she's still on the bottom. "They told me that we had a five person alliance to get you out (last week)." In the diary room, he says that he's doing anything he can to save himself. He explains more about that alliance, and we get old footage of that meeting. "I just don't understand, though, why they did that", she complains.
Vanessa then confronts one of the twins about it, who of course denies that this happened. "It was Steve's idea", she finally tells Vanessa. "He wanted to bring JohnnyMac into it." She adds that they really didn't want to do it, and it happened because Steve and John are friends. Vanessa is pissed, and doesn't say anything when Steve then walks in. He asks if she's ok, and she responds, "I'm great, Steve. I'm really fucking great. You're suddenly so concerned, aren't you?"
With another set of adverts out of the way, we then get the POV meeting. Despite all the diary room babbling, it's pretty obvious what's going to happen here. Steve is asked for his plea first, and he congratulates Vanessa on her win and says he'll "gladly respect" her decision. John babbles something nonsensical about how asking for the POV to be used on him would be like "asking a gazelle and a tiget to not each other...don't use the veto on me".
Vanessa then goes through everything that she has just learned about that alliance, especially targetting Steve. "Needless to say, I have decided to not use the power of veto."
There's some of the usual blabber about wanting to stay, and Vanessa whines about the lack of loyalty, and then the show is over. What did you think of tonight's episode? Did you like the Zingbot zings? Let us know your thoughts!