Friday, September 4, 2015

Vanessa's Game Theory = Everyone Else's Shame Theory. #BB17

And the new HoH winner is:  Steeeev-ah.

They held the competition late last night, bleeding into the first hour of BBAD.  The competition had a baseball theme, and involved some sort of six-sided puzzle with pixilated images. It all came down to Austin and Steve in the end....and Steve sure picked a good time to win.


Earlier in the afternoon, the house guests milled around and started getting ready to get ready for the live show.   The Have Nots have had their fill of slop, but Johnny Mac cooked up one last batch of it so they could get something in them before the show.  They get to eat at midnight, but midnight was a long way off at this point.

James and Meg weren't doing much campaigning, in case you were wondering.  They spent most of the day in the Have Not room, complaining about their predicament.  When James was out on stage talking to Julie Chen after his eviction, he admitted to her that he spent most of the week with Meg, supporting her.

Some of you "Jeg" fans may think that's cute and all, but that's not the way to win Big Brother.  If they are so sure that they were goners, then that is the time to go all out, because you have nothing to lose at that point.

Except the game.  They lost the game.

Liz and Austin napped.  I don't want to spoil any surprises for you, but there is a pretty good chance this little love affair will have to continue outside of the BB house, come this Thursday.

Austin did whisper a little with Vanessa, telling her about how Steve cornered the Twins earlier today to ask them if he was safe this week.

Austin:  I thought that was weird....

(Not really, Austin.  Steve may be weird, but asking for safety is not.)

Austin's hair must have been damp, because when he pulled the flat iron against it, there was a slight sizzling noise.  I guess it could have been some sort of oily substance, though.

Meg's speech about being the "activities coordinator" was ridiculous.  Doesn't she know that Johnny Mac LOATHES pot ball?  And he LOATHES people chanting "pot ball  pot ball" even more?

Oh well.  What's done is done.

Meanwhile, little did Meg know that Steve was still agonizing over the vote....he was torn between doing what he thought the fans might want, and what his alliance might want.  He told Vanessa that his illness last night was a direct result of his nerves.

Vanessa: I want to tell you something, but I don't want to hurt my game.  Wait a minute....(thinking)...okay.  I told you I went to Duke, right?  And majored in Economics?  Well, I wrote my Master's thesis (or something like that..) in Game Theory.  I'm an expert in strategic decision-making in games, and I've thought out every angle of this.  The decision we've made is correct.

Steve:  But why is that a secret?

Vanessa:  I don't feel like telling everyone about that.  But I've gone through all of the scenarios and you have to trust me...this will give us the best odds going forward.

Steve:  You better not be fucking me.

Vanessa:  Steve....look at my past actions!  Have I ever screwed you over in here?

Steve:  But we don't know who will win HoH.

Vanessa:  Well, nothing is ever guaranteed.  But you have to play this hand...your next hand could be a bad one, but this move gives us the best percentages right now.

Steve got into a tangent about physics, and how gravity is pulling them together right now.  Vanessa countered that the wall is pulling her in another direction, and Steve started talking about energy and the impact that moving your arm has.

(I'd be lying if I pretended to understand Steve's discussion of physics, but it sounded smart to me.)

Vanessa:  I think I'd really like physics.  But you would love game theory, too.  It's like physics, but with people...their motivations and incentives, and the probabilities of action.

(Or something like that....)

Steve:  Did you talk about that a lot with them (i.e. casting)...I'll bet that helped you get casted for this.

Vanessa: A probably did.


Austin joined them, and Steve jumped back into his discussion of science, and global warming.

Steve:  It drives me crazy to hear people talk about warming is a fact, not an opinion.  It's's physics.  Austin, you know the Twins are against vaccines, don't you?

Austin:  WHAT?  They are?  Why?

Steve:  Because it's not natural, or something along those lines.

The three of them embarked on a very interesting discussion from all sides, with both Steve and Vanessa professing their early interest in the space program, as children.  Steve started talking about the Mars One program, to send people to live on Mars by 2027.  Vanessa didn't seem to know much about it, and was shocked to hear that people have already applied for the 4 spots, and that they will never return home to earth once they go.

Vanessa:  That's so sad...they need to make a movie about that.

Austin;  They already have.

Vanessa:  I might do it, if Mel could go.

Vanessa brought up the trips to the moon that you can buy now, and said she thought the moon would be inhabited before Mars, since Mars is so far takes about four months of travel to even get there.  One of her friends developed the Mars Rover and she says he is in the You Tube video about it and seems very excited about this topic.

Austin started describing his studies, and how stringent the reading requirements were...he had to read nearly a book a day at one point.

Steve:  That sounds horrible.

Austin:  No...I was into it!

He discussed how we need to study the Atlantic Ocean, but to be honest I would understand physics before I understand all of Austin's stuff.  But it was certainly a thought-provoking discussion for three such disparate people to have in the Big Brother house, on the eve of a double eviction.  I might actually flash back and listen to it again, so I can learn something.

(If nothing else, I am now interested in Mars One and will be keeping an eye on the program over the next decade or so.)

They also discussed lighter fare, like how excited Austin and Vanessa were to do some "camping" on Finale night in the hotel.  In Vanessa's HoH letter, Mel mentioned coming to LA for the Finale with their two I don't know how that will work out, camping-wise.

Steve:  So am I the ONLY house guest who won't be camping on Finale night?

Vanessa:  You never know.

Steve:  I'll be in a hotel room with my parents!  And who would I go camping with anyway?

Austin:  I dunno...some groupie?

Steve:  A GROUPIE?

(Ha ha ha)


After the live show, there was an eerie calm, as everyone digested what just happened, and tried to gear up for the next HoH competition, to be held at any minute.  In the kitchen, Julia was happy she finally won something.

Johnny:  Yeah, you got a W.

Julia:  Yeah...a W.  Is that a win?

Johnny: Yeah, it is.  Heh heh heh heh.

Liz thinks this is the worst HoH to win, because she doesn't get many benefits, because a new HoH will be crowned soon.

Vanessa is already back in the game, playing hard with the current hand she's been dealt.  She says it was so hard to sit on the sidelines tonight for both competitions and have no control over what just happened.  (She was the only house guests not picked to play in that PoV.)

They moved to the Hammock Room to talk privately.  Austin knows he needs to protect himself now, so Vanessa pitches him on throwing the next HoH comp so that someone else can be responsible for evicting one of the Twins.

Vanessa:  Maybe we should both throw it.

Austin:  But what if someone wins PoV and then something goes's a big risk.

Later, Vanessa scampered over to Johnny Mac and told him that he should tell Austin that if he wins HoH, he will put up the Twins, to try to get Austin to throw it to him.

Vanessa also theorizes that if the HoH comp is a mental one, then the next one might be physical.  She thinks maybe she or Steve should win the mental one, to save Johnny Mac for a physical comp.

(If Vanessa wasn't a crybaby, then the entire Big Brother community would be giving her game the respect it deserves.  She has everyone in that house working for her right now.)


In week #7, Vanessa was the backdoor target, with a UNANIMOUS vote expected to evict her.  Now it's week #11, and since week #7, Vanessa has managed to send four of her enemies out of the house, one after the other (Becky, Johnny Mac, Meg, James) and have her RETURNING ENEMY on her side now, with a stealthy Final Two deal.

It's fucking spectacular.  I don't care if you like Vanessa or not.  You don't have to.  It's not a required part of her game model.

Meanwhile Steve is wound up tight, trying to get some rest before the HoH competition, because he's had virtually no sleep in the last 36 hours or so.  He laid down, then got back up, then laid down again, talking to himself the whole time.  And also to us, basically LAMBASTING the Nolan Twins, saying that for them to keep Johnny Mac over James was one of the stupidest game moves ever.

(Because James was targeting Vanessa...but Johnny Mac is targeting them.)

Steve, hissing:  But I will BENEFIT from your thank you!  You are IDIOTS, Nolans!

Even though Julia and Johnny are both tired, Julia refused to get back in those dental chairs one last time.  Johnny Mac decided to take one last snooze in them, because this is the end of the Have Not program this year.

He took his time removing his trousers and folding them, even going through the motions of emptying his pockets before putting on his plaid PJ pants.

The Twins unpacked Julia's things, and discovered that Meg had stolen one of their little robot toys from one of the competitions.  (Probably a decoration from the Zingbot comp.)

Twins: That fucking bitch!


Jumping ahead to midnight, Julia and Johnny Mac rejoiced at the end of the Have Not week.  Their dinner was still cooking as the clock struck midnight, so they shoveled down handfuls of M&Ms and walnuts as they waited.  Julia went over to the trash and ceremoniously dumped a bowl of gumdrops in to it.

Johnny Mac:  No more of that until BB18!

They had steak and vegetables, and there was pizza in the oven.  The Have Nots served themselves first, of course.

Julia:  This is so good.

Steve got himself a slice of cheese pizza.  He's feeling better now, he says.

The HoH competition was hard, they say.  Johnny says he was kind of freaking out until he realized "Jason was the first one".

Big Brother took two of the dining chairs, by the way, now that they are down to six.  They all know they will have DR sessions tonight, so they are preparing to be awake as long as possible.

Steve reports that when he was in the DR, they didn't even start to cover the double eviction yet, so they know they are in for a long one.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sometimes A Flip Flop is Just a Shoe. #BB17

I apologize in advance if this is choppy.  There is a lot going on here and there on the live feeds and I'm not able to capture everything in pictures right now.

Yesterday Vanessa dashed outside to get her cardio as soon as the wake up music played. She's been doing the elliptical work a few times each day, trying to increase her sessions by two minutes each day.  I think she was up to 24 minutes today,and says it is hard to to make that happen.

Julia came outside and said she wanted to get some sun, but Vanessa said she expected BB to come on the intercom at any minute and tell them to begin an indoor lockdown.

And what do you know....BB called a lockdown.  Vanessa was trying to take care of laundry issues before they went inside....Steve had clothes in the washing machine and Vanessa had promised him that she would put them in the dryer for him.

Austin came outside and Vanessa presented him with his folded laundry...his clothes were sitting in the dryer so she folded them to make way for Steve's clothes when they were finished with the wash cycle.  Vanessa spoke out loud to the cameras, saying Steve's clothes only needed two more minutes...then one.  BB gave her the time to get his clothes started in the dryer before they went inside and the shades closed around them.

Within minutes, the house guests heard the sounds of building in the backyard, complete with banging and clanging.  They even heard people in the backyard talking, right near the sliding doors.

Flash forward a few hours, and this contraption was set up in the backyard...a large boomerang-shaped wooden board, slanting down at both ends.  They were also given 10 balls to use for practice.  There was a laminated card for them to read, that recommended all of the house guests practice playing.

So this clued in Vanessa that there might be a Double Eviction, but that idea doesn't seem to be widely recognized as truth at the moment.

They are trying to roll the balls up in such a way to have them curve over to the left without falling off the board.  This competition will look much different if it is one for the live show...there will be colorful decorations and obstacles, and all sorts of glitz and glam.

If this is going to be used for the second HoH competition tonight (after the live show but before BBAD begins) then they will probably just slap some paint on it and call it a night.  An example of this would be the big wooden snake they practiced with during BB13, where they had to roll balls along the back of the snake.  Production basically just decorated the snake and let them play.

It's hard to know who would be good at this competition, based on this practice session.  But it gives them something to do, I guess, and something to talk about.  There was speculation later that James was trying to look bad during practice, perhaps to help keeping Meg tonight seem like a better idea, but that might be reaching, to assume that.  Because this will be a crapshoot, and anyone theoretically has a chance to win, and a chance to lose.

Austin made the cookies last night for the first time, and didn't do a very good job separating them. But I'm sure they tasted great, as all freshly-baked cookies always do.

Julia is nervous about the vote, and had a meeting with Liz and Vanessa to discuss it.  The girls seem to be focusing on Austin as a potential vote to evict Julia.

Liz:  What if Austin votes to evict Julia and blames it on Steve?

Vanessa was shocked that Liz brought that up and said that same thought had occurred to her, too.  Julia says that Austin never makes an effort to speak to her, and earlier today stood in front of the bathroom mirror with her for five minutes and never once spoke to her.

Vanessa suggested that Liz speak to Austin and tell him how heartbroken she would be if he votes Julia out, and appeal to his romantic nature.

(Maybe Vanessa will try to blame Austin for Steve's vote to evict Julia, if indeed that is what happens tonight...)

Julia practiced her speech for tonight, and it was a good one, but she's very nervous about getting up and speaking.  She plans to mention that the night she came into the house to play as Julia, she feels like she won, but would like to stay later in the game to prove the Zingbot wrong about her being the lesser twin.

Liz gave her good feedback on her speech.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Steve Moses has been TORTURED about the vote for tonight, pacing around and mumbling to himself about it.  He even talked to the Jokers Updates crowd, telling the camera "Jokers, I know that the Twins need to be split up...I know".

He spoke with Vanessa last night about it, and she was very aggressive in pushing the reasons why Meg should stay, saving the Twins for later in the game.  She basically told Steve that Austin did want the Twins to be split up, so one reason to keep Julia is to avoid doing Austin's dirty work for him.  Steve went back and forth, and forth and back, all night long, going to bed and then getting up minutes later to seemingly go vomit, mumbling all the while.

Steve can't do it on his own, of course.  He needs a third vote to evict Julia (along with James' vote).  So if it is going to happen, Steve needs to have the chops to be able to turn someone's vote himself...probably Austin.  But maybe Johnny Mac.  Or maybe both.  Who the hell knows.

We won't really know until we see the show tonight.  Because even if we think we know, when Julie Chen announces at the top of the show that tonight is a Double Eviction, you just know there is going to be a huge energy shift in that house, that will continue through the commercial breaks and right up until the time they walk down that hallway to vote.

If we see Steve run to vomit....then we might have an idea that drama lies ahead....

Austin played Johnny Mac in chess, using the new timer that Steve made to hurry things along.  Austin is really getting into chess now, and says he considers each match to be war.

Meg wore her flower crown, adorning herself on her last night to campaign, and what might be her last night in the BB house.

She asked Steve to sit and talk with her, starting off the talk by saying she does expect to be leaving, but she needs to approach him because that is "what you do in this game".

Meg pointed out that if they leave both Twins in the game right now, no matter what happens, they will control the votes with Austin, giving them too much power in the house.  She says if they keep her this week, they could band together to fight.

Steve mostly stares and nods before asking Meg for a hug at the end of their conversation.

Steve:  I like hugs.

(You know Meg hasn't been very nice to Steve in this game, don't you?  I don't think Steve forgets this, and I have no idea if he forgives this....but I don't think he will use this as reasoning to evict Meg tonight.  Hopefully he knows better than that.)

Julia and Meg both started packing and made light chatter during the chore.  They both brought a lot of jewelry to the house that they never wore, mostly because it clanked too much for Production's liking.

Meg got these shorts from the competition where she had to run through the foam and I think she is offering them to Julia.  They are a size 26 but Julia says she is a size 27, but she'll give them a try.  They are Mossimo, so they are probably from Target.  Production had a history of shopping for competition clothes from Target, you know.

This is what Julia plans to wear tonight, with a pair of Guess heels.  There is a green dress that she also wanted to wear, but she fears it will be "too bright".  Meg approves, saying she likes it.

This morning, Steve brought up his pillow and blankets to the HoH room like he's done every Thursday morning, setting up his space in the corner to sleep during the HoH lockdown.  He greets Vanessa who is scrambling around in the bathroom, enjoying her last moments of HoH privacy while she can.

Vanessa went to sleep early last night, and wonders if she missed anything.  Steve says Meg did ask for his vote (as discussed above), but that's about it.  Vanessa reports that she spoke with Johnny Mac last night, and told him all of the same reasons she told Steve about keeping Julia.  Steve says he never did talk to Austin about it, because he just assumes that Austin will want to keep Julia.

Vanessa:  If you are gong to change the vote, please just tell me.  If you do it and don't tell me I'll be so lonely....but if it's a game move and you do it than I'll respect you...just tell me.

Steve asked to speak to the Twins, pulling them in the Hammock Room.  He asks them both to promise that they won't nominate him, or use him as a replacement, if either of them win HoH tonight.  They both promise they won't.

Julia:  I heard James up scampering last night.

Steve:  Look, it's done.  Let's nip this in the bud.  It's done.

Twins:  Thank you Steve.

Steve tells the kitchen group that he was up "scampering all night long".

Vanessa:  All night?  Why?

Steve:  Um...bathroom activities.

Vanessa talked about mixing and mastering music with Steve, saying she uses a bunch of equipment including three monitors.

Steve also had a moment alone with Johnny Mac, asking him if they are still set with their vote.  Johnny said he thinks keeping Julia is the safest bet for them right now, and Steve agreed it is too big of a risk to take at the moment.

But there was a moment of hesitation.... a second when Steve misunderstood Johnny, thinking Johnny made this decision randomly, but once he realized that Johnny was referring to the randomness of the HoH crapshoot device, he seemed resigned to the decision and left the room, shoulders slumped.

Note:  Things look set in stone right now, and maybe they are, but I caution you that the announcement of the Double Eviction could turn things upside down.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Vanessa Tweets: I See a Light At the End of the Tunnel #BB17

I'm tempted to make the cliched "train" joke, but  that is Becky's deal, not Vanessa's.

Vanessa Blogs: I Won't Explain My Strategy Until October. #BB17

First of all, I can't believe CBS printed that....that she plans to write blogs in October to explain her strategy.  Does that mean they will be printing them on the CBS website? Isn't that way, way, way too late?

I did hear Vanessa tell the others that she used her blog to write a series of messages to her family and her girlfriend, so that part checks out.

Coming into this week, I would have told you that I was the odds-on underdog to win that HoH competition! I have never won anything 'physical' in my life… and I should have been the first one to fall off of "Dizzy Land"… but now I understand the power of back-against-the-wall adrenaline and sheer strength of will and heart.

It is an amazing thing to realize firsthand just how much potential is locked within each of us if we abandon the limiting ideas that we cling to about what we aren’t capable of achieving

Strategically, I have so very much to say, but I am going to wait until I get out to touch on that any further. I plan to release a series of strategy analysis blogs in October detailing my mindset and strategy throughout this Big Brother season. For now, the end is near… and all I can think about is how much I miss the people in my life… so I would like to use this space for a series of open letters.


You have no idea how much I miss you... I think about you every minute of every day and am counting down the days until I get to see you! Thanks for the new maroon beanie… I love it… and that green one was getting ratchet!! I’m so proud of you for working out every day. That’s way better than I have been doing… but I guess I need to step up my game now because I’m going to see you in just over three weeks!!

I’m also super happy to hear that you are working on producing some music of your own. I can’t wait to listen to what you have put together, baby!!!

Also, you should hook up the Pioneer CDJs to the DJM mixer in the studio and watch YouTube video tutorials on using that setup. When I get back, I want you to be ready to DJ some gigs with me ASAP!!! I want you to know that I would have swung around on that HoH ride from hell for another hour and a half just to hear from you.

Knowing that you and Maverick and Bear are out there supporting me means everything to me, and has given me the energy I needed to get through the last few weeks. I agree with you that this experience has sparked both of us to grow as individuals and will also definitely make us stronger as a couple!

I am so very lucky to have you in my life. <3 span="">



I have been thinking about you a lot lately, sister. I am wondering how things are going at your new job, and, also, if you are keeping in touch with any of the friends you made in Vegas when you were out there visiting me earlier this year. I want you to know that some of the things you taught me have helped me get through this experience during the tough times. I love you and miss you and can’t wait to hear from you!



I miss you so so so much!!! I am so sad that I haven’t been able to be there for you in planning this wedding!!! However, I want you to know that as soon as I get back I want to hear every detail!!! I’m also curious how things are going with your new job and how nice it must be to finally be done with school!!

Give Kimba a hug for me!!! Love you so much little sister!!!!



I don’t even know where to start… I am the luckiest girl in the world to have had you as a mother. Without the strength of character, integrity, and work ethic with which you raised us, I would never have been able to make it this far into this experience.

It has tested and tried me on every level, and at every fork in the road I have been guided by the echoes of your voice and life lessons that you have imparted to me. I hope that you and Jim were able to enjoy lobster mini-season and that you are reinvigorated for your return to work (which I think is right about now).

Send Jim and the rest of the family my love!

With love,

a great deal and can’t wait to see you soon!

As a lifelong game enthusiast, I want you to know that this is—hands down—the greatest game that I have ever encountered, and possibly the greatest game out there, period! I had no idea just how much strategy would be involved, nor how much I would be challenged philosophically, psychologically, and intellectually along the way.

I feel so very very blessed to have been able to take on this challenge.


First the Shouting...Then the Scampering. #BB17

Just another Tuesday night in the Big Brother far, that is.  Liz is cooking dinner...looks like pork chops, covered with some sort of marinade.

I heard Vanessa tell Steve that she offered to help Liz with dinner at least four times, but Liz obviously prefers to cook alone.  Then they had a quick game discussion, saying that if they win HoH then James might be the target, with Julia up as the pawn again.

Vanessa:  I could be your pawn, but obviously I prefer not to be.

Steve:  No,  don't want that.

Vanessa:  But what about Austin?  He's never been on the block before...let him be the pawn.

Steve:  What about me?  I've been on the block more than all of you put together.

Vanessa:  But you had our support.

Steve started quoting Peter Brown from BBCAN, saying he didn't watch that whole season but he watches Peter's You Tube videos and "is a big fan".  (***rolling my eyes here***)

Steve:  Peter Brown made probably the best statement I have ever heard about this game...he said if you have to win a comp, then you are doing something wrong.

Vanessa, after thinking deeply:  Yeah, that's pretty profound.  But you said he left in 6th place?  Then something was obviously wrong with his game.......

Meanwhile Liz is still adding ingredients to her pan of pork shops.  Parmesan cheese?  That might not be necessary....but I don't eat meat anymore so what do I know.

And Liz has a pan full of veggies...looks like broccoli and peppers.  I later saw her squirt both mustard and ketchup in the pan.

Liz called everyone to dinner, and then Austin and Liz started plowing through their own plates of food. They didn't bother waiting for the others to join them, they just started shoveling and chewing.  The noise against their microphones was deafening.

Steve wanted to try a pork chop, but admitted he was nervous about the potential flavor of the pork chops.  As in, there might be some flavor, and he was afraid of it.

They made Steve guess what the marinade was made of for the pork chops.  Steve guessed vinegar, mustard, red pepper, orange juice, and honey.

Vanessa:  Can we tell him?  I want to tell him what else is in there...his best friend is in there....(sarcastic)

Austin:  There's ketchup and barbecue sauce in there, too.

To Steve's credit he did not spit out his mouthful of pork chop, but said he's thinking the mustard cancelled out those two ingredients.  He ate it, so good for Steve.

There are cashews in the vegetables, and Vanessa says she loves them because they remind her of boiled peanuts.

So, while everyone who can eat is inside eating, Meg, James and Johnny Mac are outside playing pool.  Julia is in the DR, so everyone is accounted for.

Suddenly, there was a noise over the wall...the Drive By Shouter paid a visit and had a few things to say, basically that America wants Julia to be evicted, and that Austin and Vanessa have deals with everyone.

(I am certainly part of America, but I do not endorse this message.)

You can see my coverage of that here.  James was the first one to speak of it, but he got the message wrong, by saying that he heard "Austin wants Julia out".  They three of them were shocked and tried to be silent, with James telling them not to say anything to anybody.  I think they were aware that if they made a big deal about it, a lockdown would be called.

Meg was flustered, saying she was having a hard time playing pool now, but agreed to play again against Johnny Mac.  Liz came outside and asked them what was up.  They all tried to engage in casual conversation, asking Liz about her dinner.

James got on the elliptical trainer, and soon they were joined in the backyard by Austin.  Then it happened could hear the Drive By Shouter over the wall as BB made an announcement.


The message repeated several times, one after the other, probably an attempt to drown out the shouter, who is just on the other side of the wall.

Austin:  Someone has a megaphone!

They all file inside one after the other, but slowly.  James is slowest of all, bringing up the rear.

Then the feeds went to FISH for a few minutes, presumably while Production told everyone not to talk about what just happened, and probably not to believe anything they might have heard.

When the feeds return, we see Meg and James walk into the Have Not room and immediately go into the far corner.

Meg:  What the hell was that?

James:  Well, I heard that clear as a bell.

In the kitchen Austin appears pensive...did he hear anything that was said by Mr. Megaphone?  Is he wondering if America is against the AusTwins?

Liz wants to take a shower before making dessert, but Austin has other ideas.

I think Liz is enjoying Austin's company now, but when she learns that America isn't clamoring for their showmance, I think she will see the light of day and make a run for it, escaping to Miami in an attempt to rebuild her soiled reputation.

Or maybe she and Austin will hit the seedy post-BB club circuit, pimping themselves out for a few hundred dollars an appearance.  Time will tell, I guess.

Meanwhile Vanessa was pensive, too, musing over her collection of HoH letters.

In previous seasons, we learned that certain house guests may have had coded messages in their HoH letters...that is one reason why Production re-types them, so they can't see the actual handwriting.

(There was discussion of this scandal during BB12, which you can see here.)

Production might even re-word certain paragraphs or sentences now, to prevent blatant coding in the letters.  Because a good message from home, from a family member who watches the live feeds would be ten times more helpful than a Drive By Shouter.

Vanessa has quite a few HoH letters stacked up to read at this point.

And Steve is up to something in the kitchen, taping cups together and doing something with sugar.

I found out later that this is salt, and Steve was making a timer that they could use to play speed chess, giving each player a limited amount of time to make a move.


While in the Have Not room, an emergency meeting was being held.  Johnny Mac says he just read the Rule Book, and they are not allowed to talk about what they heard over the back wall.

James:  Okay.

Johnny:  But you can campaign.....

Johnny discusses the idea that Austin might vote to evict Julia, but try to blame it on Steve.  The good news about all of this is that Meg has finally stopped crying and is not interested in napping at the moment.

They plan to approach Austin later in the evening and make a play for his vote.

Meanwhile, Steve, Austin and Vanessa are talking in the HoH room, but it is clear they are focusing on the weeks ahead, having already decided what they plan to do this week.

Austin:  I just don't want anyone to think I'm going to be a Clay, sacrificing my own game for Liz.  I'm not married to her...yet.

Johnny Mac strolled in, eating gumdrops, and made himself at home.  They discussed topics like Dan Gheesling's book about how to be cast on reality shows.  Vanessa says she would love to write a book about BB strategy, and has written several articles in the past about gambling strategies.  Vanessa says she loves to write and enjoys it.

Vanessa watched Johnny Mac intently as he spoke...and you know what that means.  she's evaluating him and what he might really be saying.

Vanessa:  Is the Have Not food getting to you?

Johnny says he's trying to figure out the whole vitamin thing...he has been taking them too late at night and then he can't go to sleep  But tonight he's adjusting the timing so he can go to sleep at a reasonable hour.

(I'm sure he's aware that his late night scampering might not be appreciated by this group.)

Liz demands to know why this indoor lockdown is so long.

Austin:  They're probably just trying to make sure everything is okay.