Big Brother Season 17 Finale Recap: Super Fan & Trombonist Wins Big Brother!

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Big Brother 17’ finale: Best & worst of the season.

Steve Moses, a 22-year-old engineering student, came out as the champion of “Big Brother 17” after beating out 16 other houseguests including Vanessa Rousso and Liz Nolan. (Source: Twitter) Steve Moses, a 22-year-old engineering student, came out as the champion of “Big Brother 17” after beating out 16 other houseguests including Vanessa Rousso and Liz Nolan.It was the longest season of Big Brother ever, and when tonight’s finale began, there were three players left still fighting for the half million dollars: Vanessa, Steve, and Liz. No matter what deal Steve and Vanessa made together, taking each other over Liz would be an act of sheer lunacy that neither, both competent players in their own right, seemed to genuinely consider. The episode started with Vanessa winning part one of the final HOH, which was a physical endurance competition in which the players had to sit on giant carnival “apples” for as long as possible, reported Ace Showbiz.

The contest came down to Moses and fellow finalist Liz Nolan, who both fielded questions from the jury about why they deserved to win the $500,000 grand prize, with Moses earning six out of nine jury votes to secure his victory. Vanessa, who made an alliance with just about everyone in the house before she plotted their demise and turned on them, found herself turned on by a nerd 10 years her junior. Whoever secured his or her spot in the final two looked primed to win, so long as Liz’s secured voting bloc of Julia and Austin didn’t sway the jury. Before entering the competition, Moses anticipated that he might have a tough time getting along with his fellow cast members. “The most difficult part would be dealing with stupid people who choose to completely disregard the consequences of their actions,” Moses wrote in his cast bio.

It’s much harder to reason with people who are too nearsighted to even try to think strategically and be in the position where I have to deal with them will be a struggle.” He also identified himself as a “super-fan” of the reality series. Did he sneak an invisibility cloak into his suitcase?) It takes some convincing of course. “Oh boy, this pain ain’t bringing me down,” Vanessa would shout at the top of her lungs while Steve watched. So Liz did what she was told because that’s Liz. (Of course, Liz’s weakness basically ensured she would be taken to the finals by both players anyway.) Steve then beat Liz in the second round, which involved scaling a giant wall while solving a Big Brother-themed crossword puzzle.

Will did give Austin Matelson some sass because, naturally, Austin Matelson was still angry Vanessa betrayed him – even though he had no intention of honouring their final two. After BB2 champ Will Kirby chatted with the jurors, we got to the live third part of the competition, which was the standard “guess what the juror said” game. Steve narrowly defeated Vanessa 5-4 to put himself in the finals with the power to decide whom he faced, and — not surprisingly — that person was Liz.

The show was more about plotting and less about skin and shirtless hunks, but ratings remained high as the players took more cerebral turns backstabbing each other. Jason Roy “murdered” his recap of Vanessa’s game by comparing her to the greats; Da’Vonne Rogers threw major shade at Austin; and Audrey Middleton revealed to those still sequestered how the world reacted to her being the first transgender contestant in the game. It didn’t hurt that some of the contestants, namely Steve “the epitome of a super fan!,” dentist Johnny McGuire AKA Johnny Mac, and Austin Matelson, the tattoed hairy pro-wrestler, were lifelong fans who knew the game inside and out. Jeff Probst delivered yet another stunningly visual, and complex character-driven narrative muddied in karma as former first-time players returned to atone for their past mistakes. Fans of the show get hooked with three episodes on network TV per week, “Big Brother After Dark,” a live two-hour unedited “late-night” feed on POP (formerly the TV Guide Channel) and live internet feeds 24-7.

And even if the competition decides his fate, Steve looks more relaxed than he ever has (which, granted, still looks nervous) when he walks out into the backyard to see the competition. This season featured the show’s first-ever transgender contestant (Audrey Middleton, 25, from Villa Rica, Ga.) as well as having twins Liz and Julia (23, from Miami) alternate for several weeks before the unsuspecting house guests started to notice subtle differences between the two and the secret was blown. But Liz’s commentary on the game amounts to little more than “I have to climb and use my legs.” (Further evidence Steve was pulling out a win: the first clue he seems to get is OTEV’s dairy product of butter, while Liz cycles through everyone’s two other favorite dairy products, yeast and pizza, before landing on butter.) So… it’s no surprise Steve wins, but it is surprisingly by how small a margin.

No one boils over with seething anger, Julia unsurprisingly says she’ll vote for Liz over anyone, and everyone admits to Vanessa’s continued control over their fates. Shelli is the biggest supporter of Vanessa, which is no surprise as she’s mentioned the poker player’s name more in her short jury house appearances this season than she uttered Clay’s name in the Big Brother house itself. Becky is thrown off by her constant need to swear on family, friends, the gay community, her unborn children, and her lord and savior Pokey the talking poker chip. Meanwhile, Liz knocks Steve for crying hysterically after Jackie’s eviction. (If only she knew it was 50 percent acting.) And Johnny Mac takes a shot at Liz for basically riding another houseguest to the final three. Austin makes a sex joke and asks if he meant “rode” literally while sitting RIGHT NEXT TO HER IDENTICAL TWIN and suddenly the Thai food I had for dinner become instantly challenging to keep down.

Even Austin says he would consider (read: admire because he’s holding a grudge worthy of a 5-year-old against Vanessa) voting for Steve in that case. Most are obvious (though wouldn’t it have been an amazing long con if Becky did in fact reveal the train-to-the-face story was all a lie?), but thanks to a few slip-ups Steve loses a lead to tie the game just in time for the final question. The latter’s name comes instantly spilling out of his mouth as Steve proclaims her perhaps the game’s best female player ever (Whether you agree, I’m fascinated to know who you’d say deserves that title). She’s so stunned in fact, thanking Steve for essentially admitting she was a far weaker player than Vanessa, that Steve has to call “Hey Liz, memory wall,” over to her as if he’s the lead in some teen soap asking his crush to meet him over by the spot where they first met. Lo and behold he’s correct, and again wins points for jerk of the night by saying, with Vanessa inches from him, that Steve made an excellent decision.

Asked about the biggest surprise of the summer, she says that it was how much of a nonentity Judas turned out to be. “You were just like Austin, in a hat,” she says, encapsulating a summer of Painful Austin moments in a few sentences that actually leaves the former wrestler speechless for a few minutes.

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