(Editor’s Note: Sorry for the delay, I fell asleep at 7 pm and just work up at 2 am. I haven’t even seen the show yet. tt)
We start with all of the houseguests (minus Vanessa) clinging to a wall in the Head of Household competition. They each have a small ledge for their feet and three climbing-wall handholds. The wall tilts. A heavy rain soaks them from head to toe. Suddenly huge eagles swoop in and smack them in the stomach. Well, the birds smack Austin in the stomach. Because of the height difference, most of the girls get birds to the boobs. Ouch! And as if that‘s not bad enough, they get bird poop sprayed on them. It’s actually grey paint but still… Eww.
Steve is the first to fall with Austin right behind him. Then it’s Meg and Julia’s turns. Everyone else is valiantly dealing with rain and birds. Suddenly the wall tilts again and Jackie and Liz are out. Everyone is looking for a way to get comfortable and James starts squatting. About two hours into the competition, Becky falls. Then Clay is out. Only James, Shelli and Johnny Mack remain. They rain comes again. James tells John that he has nothing to worry about and John drops. Shelli looks at James and asks for safety for her and Clay. James agrees so Shelli jumps. James wins Head of Household!
Wet and exhausted hamsters enter the house to see that Julia has made it onto the memory wall. Everyone has been speculating how production would add her but no one came up with the easiest (and laziest) way to do it: Julia simply took over Jace’s spot. Jace who, you ask? Exactly.
After the Head of Household competition, the Six Sense alliance assembles. Shellie explains that she didn’t want to win a third HoH because it would make her look like too much of a competitor. Her alliance members all pretend to understand but secretly they’re fuming that Shelli left them out of her safety pact with James. Clay isn’t too worried about losing alliance members, though. “We don’t owe them anything,” he reminds Shelli.
Great montage of Clay mumbling and not making sense. #mushmouth.
In the HoH room, James, Jackie, Becky and Meg talk about how Shelli and Clay are running the other side of the house. James realizes that Clay is just a puppet and Shelli is the real power in the power couple. And that’s why she has to go. Behind everyone’s back, Becky decides to tell Shelli and Clay that they’re the targets. Clay flips out. He wants to act immediately but Shelli wants a moment to think. “Why can’t I even just go eat cookies and pretend like nothings going on?” Mommy and daddy are fighting, kids, and it’s a glorious thing.
Vanessa tries to mist James about her part in Jason’s eviction. It wasn’t me… I was forced to do it… the whole house wanted it and I couldn’t say no… And then she puts the final knife in Clelli’s back by telling James she won’t be upset if he puts them up. Then it’s Shelli and Clay’s turn to put the blame for Jason on Vanessa. And then on Austin. But James sees through it all and decides to make a big move. As he explains to Meg, if he backdoors one of them, both will be pissed so he might as well put them both of them up. He’s not scared to get blood on his hands. “I’m going to wear it like war paint.” I just got chills.
This is our first single nomination ceremony of the season. James has a little white box with two keys in it. He pulls out the first key and nominates Clay. Then he nominates Shelli. James explains that there were lines drawn in sand last week, he was blindsided. He’s scared of Shelli as a competitor and knows that Shelli and Clay are a strong team together. “As far as our contract that we had up there, it’s up to my discretion whether that contract is valid and it’s not up for appeal.” Shelli interrupts him to say, in her shaky “crying” voice, “I would like to say you did publicly, in front of this entire house, make a deal with me. So everyone in this house can know right now that James is not good for his word.” Clay adds, “his word is s**t.” Everyone looks stunned so Clay mumbles, “it’s all good though.” Shelli leaves the group with a final statement: “Clay and I had absolutely nothing to do with Jason going up on block last week. And anyone who wants to come to us and find out the true story behind what happened is fair game.” Kapow! That’s the sound of the Sixth Sense alliance blowing up.