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“I don’t even like him.”
That’s Liz, the DeVito to Julia’s Schwarzenegger, admitting to the alliance and to the entire world that her quote-unquote relationship with Austin is a completely one-sided love affair. That bearded insaniac is blowing up his game, declaring eternal love towards half of this season’s twin twist—and Liz is just not that into him. Really, seriously, completely just not that into him.
This could be a problem for Austin. Or maybe not. When Wednesday’s episode started, he was in a celebratory mood. His lady love Liz had pulled herself off the block. She did it all by herself, with no help from James, who couldn’t hide just how bummed out he was about winning the Battle of the Block competition. Liz allowed herself a moment of celebration, while in the pillow room, our man Clay cried purple tears of regret:
Liz might not have her sister’s savvy, but she knows what it looks like when someone’s throwing a competition. She told Austin that she suspected foul play. Austin was confused. Wasn’t Steve supposed to be the backdoor target this week? Heck, wasn’t this whole week supposed to be a nice break: A post-Audrey victory lap for the Sixth Sense alliance, paving the way for the impending arrival of The Twin?
Austin asked Vanessa, point blank: Was James trying to throw the competition? Vanessa looked confused, told him he was jumping at shadows. This wasn’t her plan, not at all. Vanessa been running her game through patsies and triangulation. Jackie was supposed to remain Head of Household, and put Austin up for the backdoor. Now here’s Austin, all trusting, telling Vanessa that he thinks there’s a devious new strategy in the air. “I’m starting to think that maybe they were actually targeting Liz all along.”
And who would “they” be, precisely? This has proven to be a defining week for the power dynamics in the house—and a defining week for how some players have successfully (and unsuccessfully) navigated those power dynamics. The Sixth Sense alliance is strong, although the cracks are obvious. Vanessa is the smartest player, but she’s the only member without a buddy: No twin, no flirtmance, no tattooed emo-roid patsy. With Audrey gone, the Sixth Sense has the most obvious targets: The Shelli-Clay country-club cuddle-buddy duo, the twins. They have numbers—and they have targets. On the other side, there’s a loose conglomeration of players. James, Meg, Jackie, Jason, maybe Becky: They’re not really a team, and you could argue that some of them are floating through these early rounds. But they’re likable, and peaceful. That means they’re a threat. (That’s not to mention Johnny Mac, who after weeks on the block has been toughened into a loudmouth ronin, bemused by his own continued existence.)
Steve sat alone, staring into a mirror. He heard a noise. He looked up at the ceiling.
“Oh, hello, Mister Camera,” said Steve. “I didn’t see you there.”
The camera followed him as he moved across the room.
“Oh, my goodness,” said Steve, embarrassed. “Are you following me?”
The camera stared at him.
“Well, I do declare,” Steve said, blushing. “A gentleman likes attention, but this is really too much.”
The camera said nothing. It’s a camera.
The veto competition required the contestants to dress up in Squirrel costumes. Liz was selected to participate in the competition—a potential wrench in the works, since she would potentially keep the nominations the same. The contestants had to roll a nut up and down over a platform 250 times—something that Clay claimed he was unusually prepared for, because he plays football at Texas A&M, and it’s a little-known fact that the Texas A&M squad practices in giant squirrel costumes.
It was a tight race. Becky and Johnny Mack and Clay all put up decent numbers. (Liz never even came close; bet you Julia would’ve won this competition.) Becky was cruising past 150 when she dropped her nut. “I can see her entire demeanor,” said Steve. “She is crushed. And seeing that misery in her is making me so freaking happy. I am loving watching her crash. It’s that simple! I’m sorry, and good luck back in Colorado.”
Now, I have to admit, I haven’t been paying much attention to Steve this game, partially because there are so many better (mostly female!) contestants this season, and partially because I’m not entirely sure that Steve isn’t a local teenager who keeps sneaking onto the Big Brother set whenever Sheriff Julie is snoozing. But now I can’t help but wonder: Does Steve, like, secretly hate everyone? Or just the people who seem least likely to justify that hatred?
Like, in Steve’s brain, is Meg the Thanos of the Big Brother house?
Anyhow, Clay totally trounced the other contestants. That made Becky sad, which presumably made Steve incredibly happy, because he maybe is one of those robots who was programmed to be happy but now he’s discovering evil and he really likes it? Unclear.
Then Vanessa told Liz: “We have to talk alone. Without Austin.”
NEXT: Should he stay or should he go?