We’re in the middle of the “ice skating” Head of Household competition except instead of ice, hamsters are sliding around on vaseline. This is Shelli‘s chance for revenge so hopefully she won’t win. We get to see lots of falls: Liz, Vanessa, Julia. It’s kind of satisfying. I didn’t realize that they’re on a slant. They can use gravity to get down but going back up is much harder. Once again, Meg is the worst. Just the worst.
Ooh, we get a flashback to the big fight that happened right before Clay was evicted! Clay wanted to be eliminated (to save his beloved Shelli) and he actually came up with a smart plan. Knowing how easy it is to get Vanessa swirling in a cyclone of paranoia, he made up a lie that James supposedly told about her. Vanessa lost her mind and unleashed a chain reaction of confrontations. Vanessa to James, James to Clay, Vanessa to Clay, Vanessa to Johnny Mack. It was a free-for-all of shouting, posturing and excuses. There was Clay getting into James’ face, physically towering over him. Then Vanessa spun out of control with her, “He’s lying! Why is he lying? He’s lying” on a loop that kept spinning and spinning until all the words ran together. Shelli just sat back and watched the whole thing go down, knowing she was safe for another week.
Back at the HoH competition, the falls keep coming. Meg is still crawling along and everyone is teasing her about it. Suddenly Becky is about to win. She knows she wants to win HoH but feels confident enough to go for the other two prizes (No Have Not and $5000) first. She did it! The self-proclaimed Big Brother historian won! Everyone is a little nervous because Becky isn’t really a part of anyone’s alliance. She has some kind of connection to Johnny Mack (romance?) and last week she was a rat for Shelli and Clay but we’re not sure who she’s going to nominate.
After the excitement dies down, Shelli finally loses it and starts blubbering. I almost feel bad for enjoying this but then I remember her smuggy smugness and I’m okay. “I’ve never been the kind of girl that cries over a guy…” Shut up, Shelli. No one cares.
Becky got kale and other organic vegetables in her HoH basket. Apparently she considers herself aligned with James and Jackie. Cool. We need at least one more week of that side of the house in power to keep things interesting. And Becky is finally playing the game! She really wants to send Vanessa packing but knows she needs to backdoor her in order to decrease the drama. “I’ve worked Black Friday. I know how to deal with Vanessa.” For some reason, Becky warns Shelli that she is going on the block with Steve but that Vanessa is the real backdoor target. She then tells Vanessa that she is sticking to the agreement they made last week: she is putting up Shelli and Steve with Johnny Mack as a backdoor option. Instead of trusting Becky, Vanessa goes into her whole “I’m trustworthy, my word is gold” loop. When Vanessa tries to make another deal with Becky, Becky explodes. “I’m done with deals and alliances! I don’t want to hear any more deals!” Vanessa leaves shaking her head. “Does she even know that she’s playing Big Brother?” Yes, she does. She finally does.
Once again, we get the key box with only two slots. Why won’t they bring back the key wheel? Production makes another ridiculous choice. Unsurprisingly, Becky nominates Shelli and Steve. She tells Shelli that she hasn’t recovered from the ugliness of last week. She tells Steve that, as a Big Brother superfan, he needs to get his hands dirty. Vanessa is still nervous, Shelli is still smug and Steve seems pissed (although I can’t tell if it’s an act or not).
On Wednesday: The Veto Competition