Which jury member will come back? Who will win Head of Household? It all depends on who can hang on a rope swing the longest. Add in some giant silver hands to make the houseguests spin and what you get is a pretty quick endurance competition. Swing and smack. Swing and smack. Julia was out during Thursday’s show. Steve isn’t far behind her. Hey Meg, you’re not the worst! And there goes Meg. James decides to crouch down. It’s worked for him before. Except this time everyone follows his lead. Surprisingly, James falls next. And there goes Liz. Vanessa looks like the ghosts of her murder victims are chasing her. Oh, wait. They are! One by one the jurors fall. It’s all down to Vanessa and Johnny Mack. Vanessa promises John safety but he’s not willing to jump. We get a sneaky flashback showing John and Vanessa agreeing to work together if he comes back. So his unwillingness is just a front to hide his alliance with Vanessa? Very tricky, Dr McGuire! Finally, John drops. Vanessa wins Head of Household! Finally she’ll have a stress-free week…
The AusTwins publicly celebrate while Johnny Mack saves his excitement for the diary room. The twins are furious that Johnny Mack is back. Like, throwing a fit furious. Which amuses me, of course. They realize that aligning with John right before sending him packing maybe wasn’t such a wise move. So they sit around and shit talk him. Very mature. They’re relying on Vanessa to get him out right away and save their asses.
Vanessa knows this is her chance to make new alliances with everyone. Oh good. I hope she names them all. She checks in on John and he confirms that he threw the competition to her. So she’s got John. Then she goes to Austin and bitches about John. She still has Austin. Somehow, Vanessa and Steve are good again? I just can’t with these houseguests anymore. Why are they determined to let Vanessa win? Whatever. She has Steve. She wants to go after James instead of John so she starts misting the twins. It works very quickly. Because they’re idiots. She has the twins.
I refuse to write about Austin asking Liz to be his girlfriend. It was painful enough to watch it.
Never one to let an alliance slip by, Vanessa tries to get Meg and James to spill Austin gossip. All she gets is crickets. Then Vanessa tries to get Meg and James to confirm she was the backdoor target last week. More crickets. How can they not understand what’s going on here? James is slipping. Vanessa asks how they’d feel about being pawns. Meg and James fall all over each other offering to go up instead of the other. Which just makes Vanessa want to put them up even more. James is really slipping. Is he on slop? His brain isn’t working right. Bye bye, goblins. James is on slop! Even so, he remembers that Vanessa promised him and another person safety until final seven. He’s not sure if he should remind her because then she’d think he doesn’t trust her. James needs someone other than Meg to discuss things with. They decide to keep their mouths shut. Yeah, they’re toast.
It’s time for nominations. Vanessa nominates Meg and James. Shocking, I know. She claims it’s not personal, just a game move. “If anyone has played chess with me, they know I won’t hesitate to put a King in check. And a King isn’t worth much without his Queen.” Deep thoughts from Vanessa.
Next Episode: The Veto Competition.