Before he was eliminated, Clay had an unusually strong bond with Johnny Mack. So much so that Vanessa even accused them of being brothers or “gay lovers” (nice support of the LGBTQIA community there, Vanessa). Knowing this, Shelli goes to Johnny Mack with her whole “fair maiden in need of protecting” act. He falls for it hook, line and sinker. Johnny realizes that he can’t do it alone so he decides to pull in Steve. He tells Steve that he figured out the BD Vanessa plan. In order to make sure that plan comes through, Johnny Mack wants Steve to pick him for veto. Steve is on board until Johnny Mack tells him he’ll use the veto on Shelli if he wins. Uh, ok. Steve doesn’t understand why that makes sense (because it doesn’t). When questioned, Johnny Mack smugly tells Steve he’s not really a target. “You’ve never won anything.” Steve feels torn between his two closest allies, Johnny Mack and Vanessa. And he wants his mommy.
Liz finally admits she kind of likes Austin, but she insults him throughout the confession..
Time to pick players for the veto competition! Becky pulls Austin. Shelli gets Houseguest’s Choice and chooses Vanessa. Johnny Mack and Becky both get mad but all they can do is grimace. Steve goes last and he gets Meg, which is pretty much the booby prize.
It’s time for the comic book competition. Players zipline past a window of comics based on Houseguests. They have to arrange the comics in the same order shown through the window. To make things more interesting, there are two versions of each comic so not only do they need to get the order but the correct image to win. Whoever does it the quickest, wins. Meg is up first. She goes through once to get the sequence and then works on the details. She loves her comic (The Big Apple) and laughs at Jason’s (The Mylantor). Becky is next and she decides to figure the men out first, then do the women. Sounds like a stupid theory but editing makes it seem like she did it faster than Meg. Shelli decides to memorize four at a time. Her comic is The Puma and Clay’s is Mr Perfection. She seems to be doing good but then she realizes that she was only looking at order and forgot about the duplicates. Austin is annoyed that his comic (Austin the Barbarian) implies that he smells bad but appreciates that they included Jace (The Bro). Johnny Mack told Steve he’s safe but Steve is fighting to win veto regardless. He can’t tell the difference between Becky’s two comics (The Trainiac). Vanessa really, really wants to win. She decides to work on the order first and then figures out all of the differences.
The competition is timed so I have no idea who won yet but here are a few of the other comics: Johnny Mack is Doctor Drill, Audrey is The Blanket, Steve is The Engineer, James is Captain Camo, Jeff is The Salesman, Dayvonne is Momma Day, Jackie is Special Showgirl, Vanessa is The Mad Hatter, Julia is South Beach Savior and Liz is The Bikini Bandit. Ok, the times are in: Meg did it in 15:37, Becky got 17:02 and Shelli got 25:31 Holy crap, Meg is winning. Austin got 21:20. Steve got 13:57 so Meg is out. Now it’s between Steve and Vanessa. Vanessa got 21:44 so Steve wins veto! Becky is stoked that her plan can move forward while Vanessa is still freaking.
Vanessa starts interrogating everyone about who Becky is putting up. She catches James in a lie and calls him on it. He freaks out and tells her to talk to Becky. Becky has been alone in the HoH room, drinking wine. Vanessa barges in to talktalktalk and Becky tells her she’s not going up. Instead of taking her cue to leave, Vanessa decides to talktalktalk some more. Sigh. After having to put up with that, Becky takes great pleasure telling the Have Nots (Meg, Jackie and James) how she looked Vanessa straight in the eyes and lied to her.
As the veto winner, Steve removes himself from the block so Becky must nominate another player for eviction. She nominates Vanessa and the room practically crackles with tension. Becky explains that although Vanessa is great at making deals, she is quick to drop someone if it no longer suits her game. Vanessa holds it together in front of everyone but quickly retreats to her hat (and bed).
Tune in tomorrow for the Double Eviction (a week’s worth of game in one hour)