Big Brother: The final 3 of Steve, Liz, and Vanessa speak

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. But first, the final three houseguests were competing to win the final HOH as all three were holding on for their life to survive and win the first part of a three-part competition. 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. 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.

Moses had previously won the second and third rounds of the final head of household competition and sent his biggest competition, Vanessa Rousso, to the jury, choosing to take Nolan to the final two with him. 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. Will Kirby returned for another disappointing appearance at the bitter jury house to help evictees make a final decision of who should win the half million dollars. 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.

Each week, one of the house guests is evicted, usually a person considered a strong game player and threat to the other house guests, or someone getting on everyone’s collective nerves. 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. And then as he’d scamper away to nibble on some popcorn, she would whisper-plead with Liz until the remaining twin decided she would be fine in the second round. 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. After the three-hour mark they houseguests were informed to move from their disc and down to the ball so sit on as they continued to be swung, dipped and hit.

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. For the second part of the HOH competition, it involved a huge crossword from the BB Gazette, where Liz and Steve had to correctly fill out the crossword about events that happened this summer.

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. Will coming to talk with the jury was to make sure none of them have BJS, which stands for “Bitter Jury Syndrome.” BJS has influenced the winner from many seasons past and so being an outside voice of reason and someone the houseguests who knows how it feels to win and lose the game, take the role of deciding the winner very seriously.

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. 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. Meanwhile Liz was a hugely debated topic about why she should deserve to win because it seemed as though for many of the jury members her game moves were solely made to help other houseguests in their game as opposed to her own.

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. Back in a far less icky land, the third, last, and live leg of the competition seats Vanessa and Steve atop the scales of Big Brother justice, which if they were properly set would topple over with the weight of Vanessa’s collective tears from the season. 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 second question both of them got wrong, the third both got correct and by the seventh question they again were split, but this time Vanessa answered correctly. 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. Vanessa shouldn’t be sad about losing the money since she has plenty, but Vanessa knowing she lost Big Brother definitely gave her some BJS and it read all over her face. 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. When Vanessa cast the final vote, it was a commercial break before we would know who would be crowned the winner and going against the norm of tradition, Julie Chen decided to start with Vanessa’s vote first.

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