Thursday, September 3, 2015
Big Brother Season 17, Episode 32 Episode Recap
How enjoyable those last weeks are will depend on the course of tonight's events. I've been preaching this for weeks, but it's oh so important that Austin or one of the twins is evicted tonight. If not, then somebody from the "other side" needs to win the HOH competition that will take place later tonight. If this doesn't happen, they have the numbers the rest of the season. They'll coast to the final three with at least two of them making to that point.
In other words, the biggest nightmare would be for them all to survive the second eviction AND then winning that second HOH. There has to be some sort of turn of events or what has been a fascinating season is going to turn into one long dry hump.
We left off last night with James taking himself off the block, replaced (as arranged) by Julia. Tonight begins with the predictable reactions to the move. Meg makes a joke at how there are tons of threats in the house she could have put up instead of worthless Julia. "Thanks for nothing." John jokes that "Vanessa really wants me here", and reminds us that it was just last week he was evicted. Vanessa congratulates James, who points out that having Julia on the block is a great opportunity to break up the Austwins. Julia babbles nonsense, as usual. Vanessa explains that putting up Julia ensures that Meg goes home.
Moving back to the have-not room, James tells John that they need to "get a team together" to get rid of Julia. He points out that "they" control all the votes right now, and Meg leaving will ultimately screw them all. (He's right, by the way.) John claims to actually be thinking this is a great opportunity. "This could sink my game, so what should I do?"
Steve then grabs John to talk. They discuss whether to flip the vote. Steve says in the diary room that it "seems obvious". The twins interrupt their talk by doing yoga in the living room, so Steve heads upstairs to talk to Vanessa. He tells her that he trusts her 100%, but points out that Austin would never make a move against the twins. Vanessa is having none of it, though. Steve believes that if Meg survives, they'll target the remaining Austwins. "You've lost your mind", replies Vanessa.
Steve is now in the bedroom contemplating what he should do. "This is a huge game-changing decision, and I realize I'm over my head." He heads into the bathroom and pukes.
And with that, the house footage is over. Julie addresses the house, and announces that it's a double eviction tonight. This time, the house is actually sort of surprised. We jump right to the final statements, and Meg wishes her father a happy birthday. She babbles about losing friends, and playing as an independant (what?). Julia sends love to her family, and talks about how tough it was to pretend she was Liz at the beginning of the game. "I have so much more fight in me, and I have to prove Zingbot wrong." Ugh.
Voting then begins with Liz, who obviously votes to evict Meg. James then votes to evict Julia. Steve is up next, and he has decided to evict Meg. There goes the flip! John also votes to evict Meg, as does Austin. Meg has been evicted by a vote of 4-1.
Now it's time for the HOH competition, and it's a question-oriented comp called "BB Roadtrip". The questions are all about the first six evictees. Pairs of photos are shown "travelling the country", and then true/false questions are asked about the pics.
After the first two pics are shown, Chen asks about the eagles in the rock climbing photo. Everybody is correct. The Mount Rushmore photo is asked for the next one, and Steve and James are now out. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.
Two more photos are then shown. Question three is about the Mardi Gras pic, and John and Austin are now out. It's between the twins. And now I'm pissed. They both get the next question correct, and more photos are put on the screen. They again are both correct over and over before finally Liz wins HOH. Gross.
After commercials, Liz is shown talking to Steve and then John. She's called to the living room to announce her nominations. She babbles a bit before putting up James and John. Then we go to more commercials.
Steve is first, and his first ball goes off the platform...as does his second one. Great job.
John is up next, and both of his balls also go off the platform. Austin then gets a six with his first ball, followed by a 9. He's now in the lead with 15.
Liz throws her first ball, and gets a 15. He next ball rolls back to the beginning for a zero.
Julia then throws a 13, followed by a 4. She's now in the lead with 17.
It's now up to James. His first roll goes off the board...as does his second. Julia is the POV winner. What a horrific competition.
After sitting through even more commercials, we get pleas from James and John before we hear if Julia will use the POV. James says he "appreciates your friendships", and says they're all his friends. John says it would "be really awesome if you use the veto on me. Use it." Needless to say, she doesn't use it because she "doesn't want to get any more blood on my hands". And we go to even more commercials.
Now we get to hear the same speeches all over again, as it's final plea time. James just says "keep me", and that he "holds no personal grudges". He's there for his daughter. John says he "doesn't have anything funny, but it would be really cool to stay."
Julie reveals the results, and James is out the door. Vanessa is heard making it all about herself, crying that she feels "so all alone". Ugh, knock it off. Julie asks why James didn't campaign, and he says that he "knew he was a huge threat in this game" that was going to be the next one out. He knows that he needed to break up Austin and the twins. He's asked about his "big, bold moves", but didn't really do much when he wasn't HOH? Why didn't he play more aggressively? He says that the bigger players tended to be the ones going out the door. He's then asked about Meg, and he says he's been "trying with Meg for 75 days, and if I haven't got this far yet, I might as well throw in the towel."
With that, the show is over. What did you think? Are you disappointed that half the house are now the Austwins? Who do you want to see be the next HOH? Let us know your thoughts!