Big Brother 17: Vanessa Works To Divide & Conquer Shelli & Clay

Vanessa Rousso never lets a good opportunity slip away and amazingly she’s turning two allies on the block in to a good opportunity. Well, for her, not them.

Shelli Poole shocked by what Vanessa Rousso tells her
Shelli Poole shocked by what Vanessa Rousso tells her – Source: CBS All Access

This afternoon Vanessa went to Shelli to assure her of her safety but to also warn her that Clay was gunning for her spot in the house. Pish posh whether or not it’s true. It’s Vanessa-ese.

Flashback to 1:40 PM BBT as Shelli and Vanessa slide in to the HN room where Vanessa makes her swear on her family to protect the words she’s about to pour out. Shelli’s getting scared, y’all.

Vanessa tells Shelli that Clay came to her last night and discussed how it looked like Shelli was going. Vanessa presents this in a way that it sounds like Clay was asserting that Shelli should be the one to go. More likely Clay simply expects that it’s Shelli since they’ve repeatedly been told she’s the target.

Shelli reinforces that view of Clay by saying she’s getting upset with Clay for assuming she’s going. He asked her to contact his family when she gets out and Shelli didn’t like that assumption at all. Shelli can’t believe Clay expects her to just lay down and die in the game.

Not to worry, says Vanessa. She’s here to save Shelli. Vanessa explains she’s locked down the votes and was able to convince Steve after a long and difficult road. “It took all day,” says Vanessa. Nah. It took a few mins yesterday as she told Steve what to do and he agreed. She says that Steve wants to keep her because he thinks she’s a threat and he likes having big threats around.

Vanessa isn’t done yet though. Remember how she doesn’t miss an opportunity? Well Vanessa points out that this morning Steve told her about forming a 4-HG alliance with Vanessa, Johnny Mac, and the surviving member of Chelli, but Vanessa says Steve wants that remaining member to be Clay because he thinks that particular 4-HG dynamic would be better. Wait a second. Didn’t she just say Steve was on board to keep Shelli?

Vanessa tells Shelli to be tough about JMac in front of Steve and not only that but she thinks the idea of that group is “dumb!” and accomplishes nothing. Vanessa says those guys aren’t even their allies. Heh.


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