Just another Tuesday night in the Big Brother house....so 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 again...you could hear the Drive By Shouter over the wall as BB made an announcement.
BB: HOUSE GUESTS, THIS IS A LOCKDOWN. PLEASE GO INSIDE THE HOUSE NOW.
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.
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.