Big Brother recap: You're the Pawn that I Want |

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You're the Pawn that I Want

Shelli continues to plot Da'Vonne's eviction, but she may make a few more enemies along the way.


Big Brother

Season 17, Ep. 7 | Aired Jul 08

Shelli is laser-focused on one goal throughout tonight’s episode—well, that is, unless Clay’s naked torso is in the room. She wants to make sure Da’Vonne is the one sent packing tomorrow night. A number of people complicate that for the Head of Household, but thanks to a healthy dose of lies, mistrust, and Audrey failing to manipulate anyone yet again, Shelli is well on her way to ensuring all goes as planned.

The road there is a bumpy one, though. Da’Vonne returns from the Battle of the Block determined to fight for her life, with Jason and James playing the role of her supportive Greek choir.

So it’s more important than ever for both sides to have players on their side in the Veto competition. Da’Vonne receives yet another blow when practically every Veto player helps Shelli’s cause or simply isn’t a huge boon to Da’Vonne’s game. Shelli picks Clay, the Hercules to Shelli’s princess according to Jason (who has a name, Meg would appreciate you remembering.), John chooses Meg (the Meg in the house, not Meg from Hercules. I may have just complicated things.), and Da’Vonne picks Steve.

Their task at hand, dubbed “High Maintenance,” is simple—two houseguests compete head-to-head over several rounds. Each round, a contestant challenges another houseguest. They’re then told a list of items by this week’s BB Takeover celebrity-of-the-week, Kathy Griffin, which will all, except for one, appear inside of an elevator. When the elevator doors open, the contestants will then have to rush into their respective dressing rooms, pick up the missing item, and return it to their platform first. Pick the wrong one, and your opponent wins by default.

Steve has no interest in winning for fear of being pegged too strong a competitor. Meg doesn’t want to win because she’s just having too much fun without any decision-making pressure. And Clay would probably get himself evicted if it meant helping Shelli.

Da’Vonne says her only hope, if she can’t win, is for John to take himself off the block so that someone like Audrey will go up in his place. Naturally, as the BB gods would deem it so, John chooses to compete against Da’Vonne in round 1. John wins, knocking out Da’Vonne’s chances for saving herself.

Steve challenges Clay next, and boy did Steve pick the right competitor if he’s looking to throw the competition. Clay is so determined to win he bulldozes into the dressing room, leaps over the couch and retrieves… a rubber duck to win in the name of Shelli. He’s so proud of his victory, it makes him nostalgic for his first-ever interception at Texas A&M, where, in case you forgot, Clay played football. Hopping over a couch on a reality TV show just doesn’t sound quite as difficult as going up against an offensive line on a football field, though, does it?

Meg and Shelli compete next. And so the BB gods intervene yet again, this time on behalf of Da’Vonne. Meg wants to throw the competition, assuming Shelli will clinch the win. She’s an interior decorator after all, Meg muses. She must remember all the details of a scene, right?

NEXT: A POV winner is crowned and Shelli scrambles for another plan.