It’s the first time I’ve really watched the title sequence. Splish splash. Summer fun. We join the houseguest after the BoB competition. Dr John is stoked to be safe (along with Becky). Steve is nervous that he and Jackie lost and are still on the block. James and Jason immediately start plotting how to backdoor Jase. They figure they need at least 7 votes to get him out. James thinks he has an alliance with Jason, Audrey and Day. He wants to add Meg because he thinks she looks like Taylor Swift. I don’t see it at all but I’m not looking that hard. Next, James wants Clay because he thinks he can trust a country boy from Texas. Clay is down with that group but he knows you need to keep your alliance small (big groups always fraction). They have their first alliance meeting. In her talking head, Day acknowledges that this group temporary for her but she wants some of them for her core alliance. She knows the large group won’t last. The group works on the plan to backdoor Jase.
Jase streaks through the backyard because he is an idiot. Vanessa explains he didn’t get the excited reaction he wanted. Crickets. Even Austin thinks he needs to chill out (Shell Town). He warns Jase that people are annoyed by him so Jase goes to talk to HoH James. Audrey joins them because Audrey. Austin joins because Audrey. Jase explains to Austin that he and James are talking about backdooring a big target. He’s not wrong about that. Audrey throws out former HoH Jason as a possibility just to keep Jase off the scent of the true plan. Jase and Austin decide the four of them have an alliance and immediately want to name it. Jase throws out Cloud 9 alliance. Or Cloud Squad. But their favorite is Cloud Town. James and Audrey don’t even react but Jase doesn’t notice. He’s too busy creating a stupid dance move for Cloud Town.
The house meets to pick names to compete in the Veto competition. James hopes that neither Jase nor Austin gets to play. James starts by picking Becky. Jackie picks John. Steve gets houseguest’s choice. He picks Jason as a way to bond with him. James chooses Austin (in his Judas hat) to host the competition. Austin and Jase celebrate like they won veto. Everyone laughs at them, not with them. James is disgusted by their immaturity.
Day knows that at some point there will be a counting competition so she’s walking around counting things in the house. Jeff notices her go into his room and gets nervous. He tells Clay and Shelli and they tell him to check it out. He confronts Day and asks her what she’s doing creeping in his room. Day doesn’t take kindly to that. She tells Jeff that whoever sent him to check on her can ask her themselves. Day is pissed. She’s pissed at Jeff for acting like she didn’t have a right to be in that room and she’s pissed at Clay for sending Jeff to do his dirty work. Day goes to the HoH room to bitch to Jason and Audrey. She’s not sure she can trust Clay in her alliance anymore. Jeff goes to the HoH room to apologize but ends up saying that Day going into his room was creepy. Day tells him she can go wherever she wants. They make up but Day is clear that she’s still pissed at the people who sent him to question her. “I heard.” After he leaves, Day admits she knows it wasn’t a real apology, just damage control.
Jeff runs directly to Clay to blab. Clay marches into the HoH room to do his own damage control. “Whats going on?” he demanded. Day rightly gives him attitude. Clay’s “apology” is pretty aggressive and Day isn’t taking any of his shit. She keeps making the point that she’s pissed at “whoever sent John in there.” Ie: Clay and Shelly. Clay gets all confused and finally admits Day is right. After he leaves it’s obvious Day is even more pissed. Audrey makes things worse by running to Clay, telling him to apologize again (because, Audrey). Clay gives a pretty sincere fake apology. Day pretends to accept it. After he leaves, Day turns to the camera and tells us that she knows Audrey made that happen because Audrey is trying to be the puppet master. Day wins this episode, for sure. I’d like to see her win but she’s too dangerous to keep around for long.
The houseguests go into the kitchen to find a big pot of slop. HoH James has to pick Have Nots to be on slop, take cold showers and sleep in the Have Not room for a week. He chooses the people who got the Fast Forward pass: Vanessa, Day, Liz and Austin. They taste the slop and then check out the Have Not room. It’s a dentist office! Dr John is horrified. They have to sleep in dentist chairs with spitoons. The decor is Venus Flytraps and X-ray machines. They get one small pillow and an airplane blanket. Not very comfortable.
The backyard is covered in mountains and streams and huge noses. The houseguests playing in the Veto competition are dressed as gold miners in jorts, suspenders and bandanas. Austin explains that they’ll be playing Nose-a-Scotia. The huge noses are filled with mud and gold nuggets that have letters and point values on them. Houseguests must search through the mud and collect gold nuggets which they use to spell a word. Whoever correctly spells the word with highest point value wins. In years past this game has always been based on correctly spelling the longest word. It’s interesting that they added an element of scrabble with point values this year.
The houseguests start manickly pawing through mud to find gold nuggets. Austin calls them golddiggers. Steve is grabbing as many letters as he can find without knowing what to spell. About halfway through he figures out the word he wants and starts getting specific. Dr John makes a lame joke about dentist always seeing up people’s noses. Steve’s bandaid is falling off and it’s grossing out Meg. Jason wants to win but if he can’t he hopes hopes James does so the backdoor plan happens. Jackie keeps finding Q’s. First to ring in is Dr John followed closely by James. Austin is rooting for James because he thinks James is planning to backdoor Jason. Austin announces they have one minute left. Steve wants more letters but doesn’t want to run out of time so he locks his word in. Finally Becky, Jason and Jackie lock their words in and it’s time to see what everyone spelled.
James spells Lifeguards for eight points. Becky spells Closest for seven points which is less than James so she’s out. Jason spells Zones for six points so he is out too. Jackie spells Judge but her six points aren’t enough to beat James. Steve needs nine points to win. He spells Trombonists for twelve points. Beautiful! That’s the best word I’ve ever seen in one of these spelling comps. I heart Steve. The only remaining houseguest is Dr John who spells Boogers. He made a funny but he only gets seven points so Steve wins. Becky points out that this might be the first time houseguests spelled all their words right.
Audrey decides she needs to lock down her alliance. James is confused why Audrey thinks she’s in charge. Audrey goes into darkened bedrooms, waking people up and asks Shelli to join her in the HoH room. Without asking anyone in her alliance if it’s ok, she asks Shelli to join the alliance. Audrey then goes back to the bedrooms and tries to grab Jeff. He’s wooing Meg (probably both romantically and game-wise) so he’s pretty annoyed at the interruption. When he finally joins her in the HoH room, Audrey invites him into the alliance. James is wondering how many people Audrey plans to have in her alliance. But she’s not done yet. She grabs Clay and then she grabs Meg. Everyone is tired and annoyed that Audrey is being so dramatic. Audrey makes a big speech about “everyone being on the same page” and they all look at her like, “Okay, crazy lady.” Audrey’s alliance is James, Jason, Jeff, Clay, Shelli and Meg. Half of the house. And she was ridiculously obvious about collecting people. Alliances are supposed to be small and secret. Audrey is an idiot.
The house gathers for the Veto meeting. Audrey hopes James will put up Jase. Jase thinks James is putting up Jason. Steve, of course, uses the Veto on himself so James has to put up a replacement nominee. He makes a speech about how much he respects everyone as players and says that he alone made the decision. He nominates Jase and Jase is completely stunned. Like mouth open stunned. Audrey smirks. Austin feels totally blindsighted too. Jackie feels comfortable being the pawn but knows she has to make sure everyone follows the plan. Audrey is patting herself on the back. In the diary room, Jase alternates between tears and fury.
Thursday: The twin twist will be revealed (to us) and Kathy Griffin takes over the game for a new twist.