I don't know if you know this, but Becky is the HoH! She's in charge!
Shelli took a week off from managing the photo session last week while she was spending every second with Clay, but she's back this week, and helping Becky oversee the picture-taking process. While that is going on, Vanessa is inside plotting and scheming with Sneaky Steve. But more on that later.
Vanessa did say she would come out and join the picture-taking group near the end of the photo session. And she's pulled her look together today.
The girls wanted a picture all laying together on the round chaise lounge. While Austin hovered over them framing the shot, Shelli reminded him that it was supposed to be faces only....not bodies. Liz is wearing heart-shaped Lolita-esque sunglasses.
At first I thought Steve was holding up lighting or a boom mic, but of course he is just hanging on to the awnings, trying to steady himself.
Everyone said "cheese" and made sure they were smiling.
They couldn't wait to see the picture.
Vanessa: Can I go inside now?
Note that whenever something like this happens, and by "this" I am referring to Julia's butt cheeks showing here, the live feeds slow waaaaayyyyy dowwwwwwn and some of the dialogue skips and repeats itself. Everyone was snapping pictures and making GIF's of this..
And you have to respect someone who doesn't yank their shorts down immediately when something like that happens. Julia took her time pulling her shorts back down.
Shelli reviews the pictures, and wanted to delete a few of them and sought Becky's approval before doing so.
I'm not sure Becky knows this yet, but she's not really calling the shots around there anymore--- just the camera shots. After Becky made her PoV nomination yesterday, her role as the HoH is really over. She can't even vote to evict unless there is a tie. So this picture taking, and her HoH blog and tweets are really all she has.
Becky can't even win HoH during the double elimination, so she's actually at a disadvantage right now, at least until later on Thursday night, when the 2nd HoH of the night is crowned (usually after the live show, but before BBAD begins, a half-hour earlier this Thursday night).
I did hear Becky say that one picture was better than another because Vanessa was in it, so that was nice of her. Sort of like the Old Becky.
This is the one they all loved, if you can see it.
While Becky posed, she recited word-for-word what she says was her HoH blog, which includes a lot of jokes, such as how they would all jump for joy to be on the jury if they weren't in so much pain from the HoH competition. And also a line about how this week's Have Nots are the best ever, and that she goes downstairs to "visit the peasants" every chance she gets.
All of the peasants say Becky's picture with Gronk is like, the cutest ever.
Becky took a picture of the twins with Gronk, after they took a selfie that Becky thought she could improve on.
I'm sure Gronk would love to be part of a Twin Sandwich.
In fact, I'll bet all they have to do is ask and they can get free tickets on the cruise, too. I had friends who were twins when I was in junior high and the two of them got freebees everywhere without even asking, such as free super-sizing on their McDonald's fries and a few extra squirts of buttery oil on their popcorn at the movie theater. I can only imagine how that equation works when booze is involved.
The camera time is running short, so they scampered back to the Have Not room where James was sleeping to take pictures with him. The Goblins wanted to recreate their scene from yesterday when they all wore their BB shades with towels wrapped around them (for the neck pillow effect) when Vanessa came in to "tell on" Becky.
Becky ran in the back to get in a picture, wearing her "Audrey blanket" and crown, clutching Gronk, who is truly a fish out of water in this Dentist's Office.
I love a BB season where they really throw themselves in to the HoH picture process. It should be fun, right? Even if (or when) they all hate each other.
***AND NOW, THE SCHEMING AND THE PLOTTING***
In the darkened corners of their den, the Goblins had a whispered conversation at around 1:30 am that has potentially changed the course of this week.
Meg: Shelli is totally coming after us.
James: YES! SHE IS!
Once the three of them got going, they built momentum and here is a summary of their reasons for switching things up this week and revolting against Queen Becky's wishes.
* Meg has a horrible feeling whenever Shelli is around. She feels her hatred for them and it is a buzzkill for Meg.
* Vanessa is definitely gunning for Becky first, not the Goblins.
* Several house guests are gunning for Vanessa, like Becky and Johnny Mac which will also take the focus off any Goblin-hunting.
* They think it will be easy to evict Vanessa in the double-eviction. (Jackie: Her bags are already packed.)
* Shelli can win more comps than Vanessa, especially the physical ones.
* They think Shelli is completely lying when she says she doesn't think of them as targets.
* James thinks that because Shelli is still salty from Clay leaving, it would be a great BB blindside.
* They think Shelli will be more loyal to the Twins because of their sorority, but Vanessa would be willing to cut them when necessary.
Meg cautions that they can't say anything to anybody about this. It is to stay strictly within the Goblin circle for the time being.
James: I don't want to go against Becky, but the whole fucking house went against me last week when I was HoH. I could have taken the damn $5,000 and let Shelli have the damn veto.
(Let me say that I hate to see either Shelli or Vanessa leave the game, because they have both played so hard and have put on a good show. But Becky's smug and shitty attitude, as well as her imperious manner, well....it would just be too delicious to see her face on Thursday if Julie Chen tells Vanessa she is safe. I can only hope that if this does happen, they keep it a strict secret until the live show.)
(And let me say what a GREAT season this has turned out to be.)
The Goblins want to have a talk with Vanessa and see if she will offer anything to them in return for their votes.
Steve started to automatically say yes, but then he went over and told her that he would do it, but he needs to cover himself with Johnny Mac and Shelli.
Steve: Do you think I could tell them that I made a two-week deal with you back when you were HoH?
Vanessa points out that she has looked out for him this whole game, and given him lots of good advice and been his friend from the beginning. He agrees with her, but is nervous about getting in trouble.
Steve: If I can cover it up, I'll do it. I don't want to lie to you. I'm trying to be honest.
Vanessa: I understand and I don't want you to lie. What about if I let you know at least two hours before the vote if I have enough to stay.
Steve: ....what vote?
Vanessa: The vote! On the live show!
Finally Vanessa gets through to Steve that she is working on getting other votes and might be able to stay. Steve seems shocked, but finally agrees that he will trust her to tell him on Thursday if she will be staying or not if she has his vote.
(But she might not need it, if three Goblins and the AusTwins vote for her.. 3+3 = 6 votes)
Steve saw Johnny Mac in the bathroom and got right to it.
Steve: Are the Goblins still voting to send Vanessa home?
John: Yes, absolutely.
Steve: Okay. I have been conflicted all week about this, but I promised Vanessa weeks ago that I would owe her a vote, so I think I should do that, since it won't matter and she leaves anyway...you know why I want to do that...(i.e. her jury vote).
John: Yeah. If you're asking me, I'd say no, because it's too risky.
Steve: But will Shelli be too mad at me?
John: I don't know...you'd have to ask her.
Steve: Well, please don't tell anybody about this.
John: Hey buddy. It's on you.
The whole ShirtGate issue isn't making things better for Shelli. Here are the basics:
* James stole one of Clay's shirts.
* James wore said shirt right in front of Shelli, enraging her.
* Meg told James that it was like he killed Clay, and wore his pelt as a trophy.
* Shelli went into the Have Not room, found the shirt, and stole it back.
* Vanessa totally egged Shelli on, encouraging her to wear the shirt in front of James.
* James told the Goblins that he knows Shelli stole the shirt back because he could tell from the DR questions.
So....this has really demonstrated to James that Shelli isn't letting bygones go as far as Clay Honeycutt goes.
And Clay is definitely Bye....Gone.
(I just made that pun up...sorry.)