With the numbers dwindling on Big Brother 17 and a mere three weeks to finale night, who goes on the block is more of a strategic decision than it was early in the season. Sunday night, viewers saw Head of Household Vanessa Rousso balance her decision between her competing alliances and ultimately decide to nominate James Huling and Meg Maley. James was Vanessa’s ultimate target.
But after Saturday’s veto competition, the power momentarily left Vanessa’s hands. During Monday’s veto ceremony, one of Vanessa’s closest allies was put on the block. But as it stands, there is little chance she will go home.
Warning: Spoilers from the Big Brother 17 live feeds to follow.
On Saturday, James won the Power of Veto. As it was nearly assured he would use it on himself, Vanessa was left scrambling to decide who would sit next to Meg on eviction night. Although Austin and the twins were urging her to put John McGuire back on the block, as Big Brother Network reported, Vanessa has other plans for John. She wants him to target her own alliance so she doesn’t have to.
So Vanessa’s target shifted to Meg. She decided to place a pawn next to her, and that pawn was Julia Nolan. At this point, it seems likely that Meg will be evicted as the first part of the double eviction this Thursday, but it is several days before the votes are cast.
Vanessa told John on Sunday that Meg must go because she is such a good pawn, who will always stay in the house over another nominee who poses a greater threat. Steve told John they should do what Rousso wants this week, for the sake of their games.
Neither Meg nor Julia have won any competitions this season.
Rousso apparently seemed so certain Julia would stay in the house that she offered to pay the “ghost” twin $10,000 of her own money if she went to jury. Big Brother Network reported that producers shut down the discussion, and Rousso clarified she was only emphasizing that she was certain the plan to evict Meg would work.
Bribes between Big Brother contestants is forbidden by the game rules, although deals inside the house are common. Rousso comes from the world of professional poker, where she has a long history of winnings at the tables. Her last big payout was in 2011, however, as the Inquisitr previously reported.
Big Brother Network blogger Matthew Boyer argued that Rousso is missing a big opportunity to get out one of the Austin/Liz/Julia alliance. However, Vanessa has said she wants to leave that dirty work to John.
Big Brother 17’s next live eviction airs Thursday night at 9 p.m. Viewers can see the veto competition and ceremony on Wednesday night’s program, getting underway at 8 p.m. on CBS.