Jeff hasn’t given up even with the numbers stacked against him and maybe that’s because he keeps feeling like he’s making progress as he appeared to do last night with Clay Honeycutt.
After lengthy pleading by Jeff we found Clay upstairs talking with Vanessa and Shelli as they continued to count the votes. Flashback to 9:04PM BBT 7/15. Their confident they can keep him from getting to six, but can’t understand why he keeps working at it.
Vanessa wants to know what Clay told him and why he hasn’t made his decision final and known to Jeff. Vanessa fears that if enough of the “I’ll vote with the House” sheep start to think Jeff has a chance then they may go with that choice.
Clay admits to Vanessa he was only “90% sure I’m voting against Jeff.” Uh oh. Vanessa doesn’t like that at all and immediately jumps on him. Not literally, of course. Clay defends himself saying he wanted to talk with Shelli first since they hadn’t discussed it. Shelli rejects that saying anything he wants to say with her he should say in front of Vanessa too. Way to stand up for your closest and strongest ally, Shelli.
Vanessa reminds them that she did this for them. She wanted to get out James but instead put two big targets up and made a larger enemy out of Jeff when she didn’t have to. Shelli deflects that saying this was Austin’s idea (she’s right) and had Austin not thrown that Veto comp then this wouldn’t be an issue right then. Smart reminder.
Should Clay continue to entertain this idea of voting to keep Jeff then Vanessa threatens him that all trust will be lost between them. They’ll be done.
Shortly after, 9:20PM BBT, Shelli is telling Clay that he’s running the risk of ruining their trust from Vanessa. Things are shot for Jeff and Clay better not do the same with Vanessa and them. Clay promises to go back and smooth it over.
Jump again to 10:24PM BBT and you’ll find Vanessa venting angrily to Austin and Liz over Clay’s audacity to consider his options. “You want to act like you have some sort of choice??” questions Vanessa. Austin uses this opportunity to again suggest they need to expose Clay and Shelli.
Clay tries to right the ship with another talk at 10:55PM BBT in a full HoH room. “Is this funny to you? Cause I’m not laughing. I’m scared,” says Vanessa. Clay promises her he’s only thinking of Jeff on a personal level. He confirms to her that he’ll vote out Jeff and later tells James the same thing.
Well I don’t think there’s any chance of Jeff staying and I really don’t think Clay has any intentions of doing a sympathy vote for his former close ally. Vanessa played tough on this one and she one, but did she play too tough? The real error here could be from Clay for exposing his uncertainty in her leadership and Austin may continue to capitalize on these opportunities.
Once we find out who wins Head of Household tonight the real fun begins. Lots of options out there after a stressful week made all that much more so by an erratic reign by Vanessa. It’s nearly time to see if her gamble paid off.