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Sister, Sister

The twin twist is uncovered by even more houseguests, as is Austin's most shocking secret yet. Claymates, rejoice.


Big Brother

Season 17, Ep. 9 | Aired Jul 12

Fade in on a young Austin, not quite yet the Judas he would become in the ring, studying his medieval literature. He’s studying for an upcoming exam, and puts on some music to help him focus.

He turns the knob on the radio dial, not quite finding what he’s looking for. Then he passes a channel and, it’s as if he’s shocked by lightning as the dulcet “Oooo’s” of a young Mr. Clay Aiken emit from his speakers.

Whatcha’ doin’ tonight/I wish I could be a fly on your wall,” echoes all around him. Cut to years later, as Austin watches his first episode of Big Brother, watching the houseguests like a fly on their wall.

And in that moment, Austin knew two things to be true of his life: He was a diehard Claymate, and he had to be on Big Brother.

Okay, so maybe the road one of this week’s Heads of Household took here didn’t happen quite like that. But the revelation that Austin has long been a fan of the American Idol season 2 runner-up (“His music just touches something deep inside of me,” he confides to us.) is only one of several surprises to rock the house, as the twin twist is revealed to a number of houseguests, John yet again becomes an nomination pawn, and Steve gets denied a hug.

Aside from the discovery that Austin—who hopefully at some point walked into the ring while “The Way” played—the big revelation of the night was Liz and Julia’s twin twist. Before last Thursday’s eviction and HoH competition, Vanessa confronted Julia-disguised-as-Liz about the twin rumors. Julia comes out and introduces the real her, and Vanessa takes the news in stride. She tells Shelli and Clay, all of them actually excited by the news, happy to have another possible vote on their side of the house.

Vanessa then breaks the news to Austin who… doesn’t quite believe it. And that’s because believing it would make him feel like an idiot. He feels closest to Julia out of anyone in the house, so to think she’s actually been two people all along would mean he’s practically been playing the game with one eye closed.

He finally accepts the news, rationalizing the ups and downs of their friendship as signs of the switch, asking Julia to tell him the truth. She does, and rather than being angry, it solidifies his alliance with her, as he wants to protect both of them now.

Julia breaks the news to Liz as they make another switch. And just as Da’Vonne and Jason pointed out, apparently almost everyone noticed by the difference in their weight. Liz is a bit taken aback, but now that the twin’s out of the diary room, she has to roll with it, meeting back up with Shelli, Clay, Austin, and Vanessa. They all reaffirm their intentions to protect Liz and Julia, and Austin dubs the alliance “The Sixth Sense,” the real twist being that Julia is the show’s ghost contestant, of course.

The twin twist also becomes important in determining who Austin and Vanessa want to nominate. While Audrey seems like the obvious target, she’s not who Vanessa has in mind at all. She’s thinking Jeff would make a better target. Though Austin is concerned about blood on his hands, a later encounter with one half of Team Amazing Race may have brought him one step closer to his eviction notice.

Jeff comes to Austin with the news of the twin twist, which Austin not-so-convincingly plays as if it’s the first time he’s hearing this. Thankfully, it takes little to fool Jeff, and he takes Austin at his word. How has Jeff come to this conclusion? Naturally, his charming, irresistible demeanor, of course. He noticed at times “Liz” has a crush on Austin, and at other times on Jeff. Well, that and John’s expert dentistry skills.

While discussing the possibility of Liz’s double nature, John points out that he noticed one of them had a crown on her tooth. But when he asked her, she said she’d never had a crown. But if John could just get another look at her chompers, he’d be able to say for sure. So Jeff and John head up to the HoH room to, in disastrously obvious fashion, take another peek at her teeth. John tries to get her to smile, but the twin currently in-game is not having any of his shenanigans, leaving the two to speculate.

NEXT: Gronk throws one strange party.