The PoV is over, and Vanessa is mad at Austin. She's so mad that at times she sounds ready to burst into tears. Johnny Mac won, and it sounds like Austin had some clear opportunities to change the outcome along the way. I think they had to face off against each other one-by-one.
(I'm guessing it was like that "human dice cage" competition that Devin won by facing down one person after another. The BB16 house guests were mad after that happened, too.)
Now let's join the drama, already in progress....
Vanessa: That's why I tried to make it real crystal clear this morning, when I said if it gets down to us and Johnny Mac, it's better for us to have the choice...and I asked you if it was down to you and Johnny Mac, would you be able to hold on to the PoV and you said yes.
Austin: I'm sorry....I did throw it against James..
Vanessa: EXCUSE ME?
Austin: I mean, I didn't throw it against James.
Now Vanessa tells him that he could have solved the puzzle easily about two minutes before he actually did.
Austin: You mean, against James? It wasn't that fucking easy, until I went against Shelli, then I was like, okay...and I went too slow against Johnny Mac though...you're right. I was gonna finish it though .....fuck....it wasn't like that though.....oh my god...
Austin: Like, it wasn't like that.
(i.e. I think it looks like Austin threw it to Johnny Mac)
Vanessa, voice trembling: It's fine...it just pisses me off because I just need one person I can fucking count on in this game....but whatever.
Austin, teeth clenched: VANESSA! FUCK! I WENT THREE FUCKING TIMES IN A ROW!
Vanessa: OK dude. I don't want to fight right now, because if people hear us we're both fucked.
Austin: I know.
(Austin doesn't know shit. He didn't even know there were twins in the house, and that Jeff hates him until Vanessa told him Thursday morning. And he spent the entire morning today having an episode because Liz slept with James instead of him, when he could have been trying to understand this week's strategy. Austin is , like a moron.)
Vanessa, trying to put her game face back on: We have to go out there and be happy for Johnny Mac. It's fine.
They both breathe heavily.
Austin: I'm telling you..that was not my intention. I was trying to slow down so I wouldn't look like a beast. I was getting afraid that I was doing too well, 'cause everybody was saying "oh, he's killing it".
Vanessa, wheels turning: It's fine...
Vanessa: Just, please don't act mad. You need to act right now. If it comes out that I was rooting for you over Johnny Mac, that is extremely bad. You know that, don't you?
Austin: I know....oh Jesus....this fucking .....
It sounds like Austin did really poorly against James, and Vanessa can't believe that he didn't see the problem. Sounds like it was luck for him to win against Shelli....I
Austin: Look, I had a really hard time in there...I couldn't figure it out...I was trying to figure out the numbers in my head, but I'm not good with numbers at all..but when I got in there with Shelli, it was easy.
Vanessa: This wasn't about numbers...it wasn't adding and subtracting...this was logic, this was spatial reasoning, this was IQ shit.
Austin: No, I'm not good at that kind of shit...AT ALL.
Vanessa: What do you mean? How can you get the second highest score on the iQ test and not be good at that shit? You can fool some of the people some of the time...
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***WELL WELL WELL***
Sounds like Austin overestimated his IQ scores when chatting with Vanessa. Duh. You think?
And unfortunately she is finding out the hard way. He didn't throw it, he has no reason to and no one else in the house to rely on other than Vanessa. He's just a dumbass. And it won't be two hours before he starts whining about why Liz doesn't like him, and wondering what the WWE will think when they watch him on TV. And she'll just have to swallow her real reaction and babysit him the way she's having to do with The Twins.
***HERE'S THE PROBLEM***
Vanessa knew this was a possible result today, and it wasn't the worst thing. But now that John will be taking himself off the block, Vanessa will be expected by the house to nominate Audrey in his place. And when she doesn't do that, she will be under a lot of suspicion that didn't need to be there if Austin had taken advantage of the opportunities she saw him throw away in the PoV comp.
He was looking out for himself, trying not to "look like a beast", rather than trying to carry out Vanessa's plan this week. So now she's the one who will be damaged by this. She can nominate Jeff, but then will have made an enemy out of the one who stays. And she doesn't want to nominate Audrey, since she's an ally.
Vanessa will play out the cards dealt to her and move on. But it could have been better...the odds were better and she had to watch someone screw it up and pretend not to care.