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Big Brother recap: Know When to Hold Them (Emotions)

Vanessa’s meddling (and tears) land her in trouble, and a wild Steve appears!

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Big Brother

TV Show
Reality TV
Julie Chen
Current Status:
In Season

The houseguests this year cannot keep their mouths shut. Even when they make others promises to keep secrets that absolutely no one can hear, that person then goes and blabs about the secret they hoped everyone else would take to the grave.

Sunday’s episode proved that, in the correctly trusted hands, this open behavior can be an asset, ensuring everyone’s on the same page. And in the wrong hands… it will probably make Vanessa cry. It just so happens that all of those tears could send her out the door.

Before even crowning a new Head of Household, Big Brother flashes back to hours before the eviction, when James and Clay almost came to blows over the worst played game of Telephone I’ve seen since, well, last week in the house. Johnny Mac and Clay are chatting it up, the former telling the latter that he’s noticed Vanessa always seems to be involved whenever a major blow-up occurs in the house.

Clay turns this conversation around and informs Vanessa of Johnny Mac’s concerns, implying that it’s James who has incepted this idea into Johnny Mac’s head. Vanessa is shocked to hear her name being thrown under the bus, so she then confronts James, who is just trying to enjoy his last hours as HoH, dawg gon’ it.

He has no recollection of telling Johnny Mac to be concerned about Vanessa (because he didn’t), and she, believing the target next week will fall squarely on her back, sets into motion a massive, unnecessary fight. James tells Clay to keep James’ name out of his mouth while Vanessa asks Johnny why he sees her as a threat.

Eventually the two fights coalesce into one where Johnny Mac reveals that he never implicated James, and Clay admits he must have simple made an assumption and thrown James’ name into it. But Vanessa refuses to believe it. How could Johnny Mac have his OWN thoughts and suspect Vanessa? There just must be someone else involved. Sadly that is not the case, but it drives Vanessa to the point of tears.

James is also worried about his place in the house after the fight, so he hopes he can pull it out in the HoH competition. They’re duking it out in one of the more familiar challenges, in which the competitors must carry tiny cups of liquid across a slippery lane and fill a massive empty sphere to pluck out a little ball. They really should bring a chiropractor into the house after these competitions, as nearly everyone is falling flat on their backs and butts every few seconds.

There’s plenty of power up for grabs now that the dynamic in the house is teetering. Shelli wants revenge on James. James wants Becky, Jackie, or Meg to pull out the win and keep him safe. Johnny Mac wants to win himself. Austin hopes Liz will fall in love with him as hard as she’s falling during this competition (and I just felt a little queasy writing that sentence out). And Steve? Yes, Steve is still in the game, seeming to appear about as often as a rare Pokemon. He just hopes, hopes, hopes that Becky, under no circumstances, wins. They’re apparently mortal enemies in this game, and he believes her gaining power would be his downfall.

(ASIDE: Other than putting him up a few weeks ago, just what have Steve and Becky’s interactions been like in the house that he feels such anger toward her? I feel like we need an entire episode devoted to what Steve’s been up to these last few weeks just to clue us into what’s created this paranoia. We got a small montage of that tonight, but if the segment is any indication, most of Steve’s time in the house has been spent alone, which makes his fervent anger toward Becky all the more odd. Steve has just been talking to himself, the cameras, eating food alone in the pantry, and generally disassociating his mind from his body—his own words. Is a weekly “Steve’s Corner” segment too much to ask for? END OF ASIDE)

NEXT: A backdoor plan begins and the showmance-that-never-was continues to be teased…