Big Brother 17 Episode 17 Recap & Spoilers 07.30.2015 – BATTLE OF THE BLOCK IS OVER!


Big Brother 17 Episode 17 just wrapped up! Here’s a recap of everything that went down, and what we think you should expect to come:

WARNING: Spoilers below (duh).

The episode started off with the very exciting news that the Battle of the Block is officially dead, hopefully forever. There’s actually quite a bit of complicated math-based questions that were finally answered tonight, that I’ll get into as we go along.

Vanessa has just nominated Jason, and Dark Moon is finally revealed to be a sham. Jason, Jackie, and Meg are all taking it pretty hard.

Jason thinks that Clay and Shelli were relatively not upset considering the circumstances, and it is clear to him now that they were behind every eviction so far, and his blindside.

Austin tells Liz he was really worried, and now very thankful. Happy that Sixth Sense is running the game and he’ll be going far.

Meg asks Clay if he knew, and he lies and says he thought the plan was Austin as it was the only way to hide the alliance.

Meg asks Vanessa what happened. Vanessa throws Shelli and Clay under the bus, and says she was manipulated by them.

Vanessa tells Jackie she put up Jason simply because she can trust Austin more then she can trust him. Liz agrees and adds that Jason went and immediately spoiled the entire twin thing. Vanessa says the majority of the house wants Jason out, and Jackie asks Shelli if she is part of the majority. She lies and says no.

Meg figures out that Clay, Shelli, Liz, Austin and Vanessa are in an alliance. Jason, Meg, Jackie, and James all have a cryfest.

Vanessa and Shelli have an argument over who is more damaged by Jason going up, which seem like a pointless argument to have. Vanessa thinks she’s still a bigger target than them.

The cryfest members realize they need two more votes, and come to the conclusion they need to flip either John/Steve, Clay/Shelli, or Austin/Liz. They think that Liz hates Jason, but even though Shelli was behind the backdoor, she can be scared into voting with them.

Jason tries to convince Clay and Shelli to vote for them, saying that Becky said she would nominate them next week. Clay and Shelli seem to respond well, although clearly weren’t flipped.

Eviction time. The votes are as follows:

  • Austin votes to evict Jason
  • Meg votes to evict Becky
  • Liz votes to evict Jason
  • James votes to evict Becky
  • Steve votes to evict Jason
  • Jackie votes to evict Jason
  • Shelli votes to evict Jason
  • Clay votes to evict Jason
  • John votes to evict Jason

By a vote of 7-2: Jason is the fifth person evicted from the Big Brother 17 house.

Julia is told after being in sequester for the week that she has earned the right to enter the house. She enters.

Julie tells us that the game has now been “reset”, and thus BOTB is over.

MATH/HISTORY TIME: Julie calling tonight’s entrance of Julia a “reset” is particularly interesting, and can likely explain the odd addition of Battle of the Block to the season. For those who aren’t aware, this season is 98 days, compared to last seasons 97, making it the longest in the show’s history. Last season only had 16 houseguests, but also had a reset, and a returning players twist, effectively making it 18 mathematically. Because this season is essentially the same number of days, BB needed at least two extra weeks to fill, which obviously at this point is going to be the addition of Julia, and a returning players twist later on in the season, similar to the past two years.

Interestingly enough, there is not a double eviction next week, despite double evictions historically occurring on day 49. The actual rule is the second person evicted during a double eviction is the first jury member, which would explain why there won’t be a double eviction next week, but likely the week after.

It is pretty clear to me now that Big Brother’s plan for if Liz and Julia got evicted before week five was as follows: On week five, tells the houseguests they can reset the game, and get rid of the twist (BOTB), but in exchange the eviction would be cancelled, effectively canning a whole week, similar to BB14’s reset. This would explain why BOTB was there in the first place, to give them something to get rid of when the time comes.

Endurance competition time, this one should take a while, so be sure to check out our live feed recap tomorrow morning to see who wins.


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