So the PoV ceremony is over now, and James did not use the PoV, leaving Clay and Shelli on the block. They tried to turn the tables by spilling their guts last night, but ultimately all they did is share confidential information which may complicate matters for whichever one of them stays in the game this week.
Apparently Clay demonstrated some unsportsmanlike conduct during today's ceremony. Yep. From the chatter I am hearing, Clay refused to even look at James as he conducted the ceremony, and may have made a statement that he didn't want to talk to anybody at all anymore.
Whatever he did, The Twins said their mother would have reached through the TV screen and smacked them both in the face if they acted the way Clay Honeycutt just did.
A Twin: His parents are going to be spinning, watching that.
James left that ceremony and ended up chatting with Steve in the bedroom for a few minutes.
Steve: I don't know how to handle all of this awkwardness. I tend to just go into a room alone. I've been spending a lot of time in the storage room lately, because no one goes in there.
James: How would you feel to have to stand in front of all of that awkwardness and speak for five minutes?
Steve says people need to remember that they are just on a TV show in the middle of a parking lot. It's not life or death, or even the Hunger Games.
James: Yeah, people forget that sometimes.
Outside, the Twins discuss the situation with Austin. No one is a big Clay fan out there right now. Austin summarizes what he told Liz earlier about what Clay and Shelli told James, saying he thinks it was basically a ploy to get him nominated.
They plan to talk to Vanessa about who they should all vote out this week. They are grateful to James for keeping them safe, and feel like James will know how they voted, so they need to be careful and discuss the vote with James, too.
(James has been saying he wants Shelli to be voted out, but Clay's behavior may have impacted that, along with constantly saying he wants to leave.)
The good news for Austin is that all of this drama has helped his relationship with Julia. It's taken the heat off him and demonstrated that he's on her side, too, not just Liz.
Vanessa came outside and stood by the washing machine while Austin and Liz came over to fill her in on the latest developments.
Austin explained that James pulled him aside and told him Shelli and Clay threw him under the bus.
Vanessa: Did he mention the alliance?
Austin: No, he didn't specifically ask if that was true. He just said he wanted to let it go and move on and maybe work with us going forward.
Vanessa says she is so pissed, and then told them how Shelli and Clay woke her out of a dead sleep at 5:00 am to tell her what just happened.
Vanessa: They were both crying, and they said they thought they may have done something bad. They basically said they sold you out (Austin) but said nice things about me.
Vanessa said Shelli told her she would tell her more details about the conversation with James later. She wants to wait a few hours and then have that conversation before figuring out how they should proceed.
Becky came outside to the laundry area and immediately broke up the conversation, leaving Austin out there alone with her. She was putting on sunscreen and started going on and on an on about the latest events while Austin just "uh huh'ed" and "yeah yeah'ed" her.
But even though Austin clearly wanted to get away, Becky had some good points to make. She said that Clay and Shelli were just throwing Hail Mary's to try and stay in the game, and Austin and everybody else shouldn't take it personally. She pointed out that last week Jason did it to her, too, but she just tried to keep her mouth shut and not take it personally.
Becky: It's like if you corner a cat, it's going to lash out and swipe at whoever is there. It's not personal, you just happen to be the one standing there.
Austin sat with Vanessa in the bathroom and she said she was so mad right now and needed to vent. She can't believe Shelli and Clay would blow up everybody's game after everything they've been through.
(Before everybody starts slamming Vanessa for being emotional here, understand that she needs to make sure Austin doesn't think she was behind what Clay and Shelli did. She is worried that Austin and The Twins might jump ship to the other side, which would give them a big advantage, so she needs to read him and see if that is a possibility. I don't think it is, but I think this is what Vanessa is doing here.)
Vanessa wanted to know what Becky was saying out there (see? she's checking up on him.) so he told her what Becky said about cats reaching out and scratching people.
Julia came in and told Vanessa about how she was in the dark all of last week, not even knowing that Liz won the BoB.
Julia: So Liz is really upset over what Clay and Shelli told James, but it wasn't me...I wasn't even here!
Vanessa says they will know more later about what was said, and exactly who said it. She also thinks James may change his mind about who needs to go home, if Clay doesn't even what to be there.
(But why would James want to keep a fighting cat in the house? Why not keep the one who gives up and acts like a big, good-looking baby?)
The Twins are pissed-ah.
Austin came in with a new idea, that they should tell Clay and Shelli that whoever wants to stay this week needs to go upstairs and tell everybody that they made up lies as a last ditch effort to get James to use the PoV.
Liz: That's a good idea. But Clay doesn't want to stay-ah.
Austin: Then Shelli needs to get up there and start talking.
James came in and they commented that everyone disappeared to take naps. Austin said they need to have another podcast with James as his co-host, but James says no way. Apparently Production confiscated his headset that he made out of foil, so he would need to make a new one.
Becky came in and said she'd been laying out "for an hour".
(Uh....no Becky. That was not an hour.)
Shelli has pulled herself together and is having a productive discussion with Vanessa.
Shelli: I don't want to campaign against Clay, but I know I'm a better player for you.
She wonders if Austin will ever forgive her, and Vanessa says that of course he will, but she's going to have to "eat shit first". Of course I will, Shelli says.
Vanessa: I think the thing for Austin to do is to tell some bullshit story about wrestling and mention that Judas was his name, and say he didn't want to tell everybody about it.
Shelli: Did you tell him I told James about that?
Vanessa: No, not yet. But he needs to get it out there proactively.
Vanessa says that James did mention that he knew that they were all in some type of alliance and Shelli just nods. (She swore to Vanessa that she didn't tell James about that.)
Apparently Steve is aware that Shelli tried to get him nominated, so Vanessa gives her some tips on what to say to Steve to patch things up and help him see that she can help him in the game, so he won't feel so alone.
Vanessa: Steve is a mama's boy, so be aware of that. He doesn't bond with Clay at all. So that vote might be easy. But with Becky? I don't know if I'd even try.
Shelli: I'm not happy with some of the things in this house, but in many ways it's making me want to play harder. So that might be better.
Vanessa: Oh, it will be better for you. What you have been trying to do is very hard, almost impossible.
(i.e. trying to keep a showmance safe)
Clay got called to the DR and Shelli wanted to wait until he was in there before she tried to go upstairs and talk to James.
(Vanessa advised her to go up there with an excuse of putting on makeup, so before you all start trashing her for piling it on today, understand that sometimes the reasons for it are strategic.)
But Shelli ran into Clay on his way to the DR, and whispered to him that James just listened to everything they told him last night, with no intention of making any changes. He used this HoH very well, she says, because she put up a power couple and got everyone to turn against each other. He also told Steve that they tried to target him.
Shelli: He played this week very well.
Clay: But I'm not going to put my morals aside...he got me out this week, okay, but I'm not going to play like that.
Shelli: But I went up there and word-vomited all this stuff, and I shouldn't have done it. He got me to do that. I was sleep-deprived and desperate, and I made a stupid error.