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Big Brother recap: All About Steve

Steve becomes the most popular kid at the ‘Big Brother’ dance.

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Big Brother

TV Show
Reality TV
Julie Chen
Current Status:
In Season

Last week’s double eviction spurred talk of every Big Brother blood-related cliche in the book. The houseguests bathed in blood, yet the blood only ended up in copious amounts on their hands, and their bloodlust, if Johnny Mac is any indication, has grown stronger as the group is whittled down to its final six.

Within the six remaining houseguests, there’s a clear division of where loyalties lie — Austin and the twins on one side, Steve and Johnny Mac on the other, with Vanessa running back and forth so much her tears must be from exhaustion, not emotion.

James and Meg have left a house entangled in alliances, agreements, and enough promises that no one can survive another week without betraying someone else and getting some of that apparently desired blood on their hands. (Would Hannibal Lecter, barred from his whole killing and eating shtick, just dominate a Big Brother house with its love of blood metaphors?)

The only question is, who’s going to be the one making waves as the game enters its final weeks? The answer is, naturally, Steve.

Yes, Steve comes out of the Head of Household competition sitting pretty, the task of assembling puzzles and quickly identifying names from a list of baseball cards right up his alley.

The challenge couldn’t have gone better from Vanessa’s point of view. The final round came down to Steve and Johnny Mac, the two members of her newest and seemingly most important alliance. You wouldn’t know she was happy in the moment of course, because Vanessa’s no normal player. Oh no, she’s had years to practice her poker face, which probably would have come in handy the last 637 times she blew up on another houseguest.

The Austwins naturally held out hope that Steve would succeed so John could go home. Julia in particular wants John gone. They sent him packing once, but like a zombie he rose from the dead. But zombies are perhaps as gross to Julia as Austin’s facial hair, so she wants the once-evicted dentist permanently out of the game. At least with the Scamper Squad’s Steve in power, that still seems like a possibility to Julia, but she’s in for a rude awakening.

Steve’s decision for nominations becomes the fated question of the hour. Is he ready to make some waves in the house, or will he stick to the alliance that’s kept him in play but at or near the bottom of a lengthy pecking order? The twins assume the latter, hoping to use a puppet HoH to orchestrate their plans, but Vanessa snaps them back to the reality of the situation. John and Steve are tight, tight enough to deserve their own wacky sitcom spin-off where they both work out of and live in John’s dentistry office.

A conversation with Austin prior to Steve entering his HoH room offers another warning sign for the trio. Steve makes it clear he doesn’t feel safe with his spot in the five-person alliance, and has to do what’s best for his game, not for a group that will likely kick him out in a week or two. Austin tries to appeal to Steve, but his promises mean little after he directly promised Steve that he and Johnny Mac would not be nominated together… right before Steve and Johnny Mac were nominated together.

NEXT: Everybody wants Steve… to not nominate them.