We start with the after effects of Jackie’s eviction. Steve is freaking out. When the twins check on him, he starts hysterically crying in their arms. Like, serious blubbering. They’re both annoyed to be stuck babysitting him. I knoooow-uh. Vanessa takes over for a while until Steve asks them all to leave. As they walk out the door, Steve turns to the camera and comments, “About 50% acting.” I’m a little impressed. Meg, James and Becky are scrambling after losing a member of their alliance. They’re pissed that Jackie is gone but realize they need to get Steve on their side in order to keep their numbers up. Plus, they all know Vanessa is the true mastermind. When Steve comes around to explain his actions, he happily throws Vanessa under the bus.
The Head of Household competition is called Mixed Emojis so you know it’s going to be stupid. Players walk out onto a computer set full of emojis based on season 16 players. The game is played in brackets, so there will be several rounds of one-on-one competitions. A screen shows 50 emojis and then asks a question (eg: which emoji is seen 4 times in a row?) with 3 possible answers. The first person to answer the question correctly wins and the loser is out. First up is James against Meg and amazingly Meg wins! John beats out Austin. Vanessa and Julia take a long time to answer but finally Julia wins. If pressed, I’d guess Vanessa threw it. Liz the brainiac takes out Becky. Good gracious, this game is stupid. In the semi-final, John beats Meg and Julia rings in wrong so Liz wins. Which sets up a nail biting finale between John and Liz. “Which emoji is seen 5 times?” Liz rings in with heart-eyes emoji and she wins! Liz first jumps into Austin’s arms and then her sister’s. She wonnnnnnn-uh!
Becky is nervous. She knows that Vanessa will control Liz’s nominees. And Vanessa wants Becky gone. After some annoying celebrating, Vanessa launches right into game mode. She plants enough of a seed to make Liz think nominating Becky is her own idea. Once that’s taken care of, they get on to the important business of renaming their alliance Austin’s Angels. Squee!!! But then Becky manages to catch the Austwins in the Head of Household room without Vanessa. Becky opens up about Vanessa’s actions during the “evict Austin” week. It’s probably not enough to save Becky but it definitely makes them wary of Vanessa.
Austin’s Angels (Austin, Liz, Julia and Vanessa) want to keep Steve on their side so they decide to name their alliance (because nothing cements an alliance like a stupid name). After much discussion, they select the Scamper Squad. Sigh.
Vanessa needs to be in an alliance with everyone. Because, Vanessa. So she decides to talk to Johnny Mack and repair any damage from the big fight before Clay was evicted. She tells Johnny Mack that they should be on the same page. John isn’t totally receptive to her olive branch. He informs Vanessa that he felt like she was bullying him. Vanessa doesn’t like that. John goes on to tell her that he doesn’t like when she cries and yells at people. Vanessa REALLY doesn’t like that. So she runs straight to the Austwins with a story about how “crazy” and “abusive” Johnny Mack is. They play along but I think they’re starting to see through Vanessa’s drama game.
Liz nominates Becky and Johnny Mack. Johnny Mack is the a beast at challenges and Becky is an “undercover superwoman.” Liz isn’t sure who is the pawn and who is the target but feels pretty good about Vanessa’s nominations. Oops, I mean her nominations.
Tune in Wednesday to see who wins Veto!