It’s hard to believe it’s been three months since Big Brother 17 started, when we first met 14 Houseguests, were introduced to the infamous Big Brother Takeover which added two more players to the game, and then found out there was one more player entering and exiting the house as part of the Twin Twist. Overall, it was a good season, maybe not as dynamic as BB 16, but not as horrific as BB 15. The only thing missing this year was the scary faces in the mirrors, but James did enough pranking in the dark to make up for those missing scares.
But after all but one of the strongest players were evicted, it came down to Vanessa, Liz and Steve as our Final Three. In the first part of the HoH competition, the three competitors held on to their “candy apples” for several hours before Steve conked out. Vanessa may have been feeling herself weaken, and even if she was not ready to drop, she could see that Liz was clinging on for dear life and it was only a matter of time before one of them dropped. Vanessa knew it was crucial that she advance herself to part three, so she really sweet-talked Liz out of the comp with the promise that she was Final Two with her.
Part two of the comp was a giant crossword puzzle that Steve and Liz had to climb to fill in the answers based on clues related to the season. It seemed like each one of them completed the puzzle in minutes, but they were both near the 30 minute mark. Steve, however, had about four minutes on Liz and he advanced to the final comp against Vanessa.
And was that ever a nail-biter! It was the usual fill-in-the-blank comp where they had to predict how each juror completed a sentence. Steve took a one point lead right off the bat, but then Vanessa and Steve were getting all of the answers right until question seven which then put the Houseguests in a tie! It came down to one final question to break that tie and, shockingly, Steve won the competition! The question then was who would he take to the Final Two.
We’ve never really seen him make any deals with Liz, and while he had been tight with Vanessa — she made one of three Final Two deals with him and they were all part of the Scamper Squad alliance — Steve knew that since she had basically sent every potential vote to the Jury House, they would end up rewarding her for playing the game and getting to the end. The only right decision for Steve’s game was to evict Vanessa, and more than anything, that would have to play into the juror’s voting decisions.
[Side note: There had been some crazy conspiracy theories out there that Vanesssa had been cast by the producers to win the game so she would host a new CBS poker show called Poker Face, and that she had been fed information in the Diary Room about who was coming after her, and that with her millions in poker winnings, why would she give up three months of income to be on a game show unless something was up? While she deserved to win, thankfully she did not so so much for conspiracy theories.]
When it came down to the final question and answer round with the jurors and the two remaining Houseguests, Steve very obviously had the better answers and was given some very hard hitting questions. He succinctly mapped out his entire game play for the jurors, while Liz kept saying she played a good game and relied on Austin as well. Bad move! In addition to Steve’s direct-to-the-point answers, I think his killing blow came when he pointed out that Liz spent half the game in a hotel room somewhere for three days a week, relying on information from Julia and Austin to fill in the blanks. She did win comps and she did take out some players as HoH, but Steve obviously had a plan for his game and he played it out brilliantly by making the Houseguests and the viewers think he was some socially awkward misfit creeping everyone out.
When it came time to vote, Steve was triumphant with six votes to Liz’s three, one more than I expected her to get. That extra vote? Vanessa, who obviously was putting her own hurt feelings into what amounted to a slap in the face to Steve. She should have been the bigger person and voted for him as a sign of a game well played for taking her out. Either way, Steve is the winner of Big Brother 17 and his win caps what turned out to be an exciting finish. In addition, James was voted America’s favorite player (Johnny Mac and Jason were the runners-up), and had he made it to the finale, he would have been a serious contender to win the game.
Congrats to Steve and Liz for their first and second place wins, and to James for being America’s favorite. That’s it for this summer! We’re already counting down the days to Big Brother 18! Thanks for reading. Tell us if you think the jury made the right decision in the comments below!