In most situations, a duel of four vs. two seems it would result in an obvious victory for the larger team. However, most teams of two aren’t Shelby and Morgan. (Or, if we’re being real, just Shelby). With the Ball Smashers down to its final two players, it seemed pretty certain that, facing the Late Night Jamboree, it would most likely be the end of the road for either Shelby or Morgan. But somehow…it wasn’t!
I’ve gotta give props to the girls for hanging in there and fighting through, all while knowing the whole house is against them (are we still calling them the Ball Smashers since it’s just the two of them?). This week’s HOH competition is some big laser puzzle with mirrors and green beams and goggles, and the houseguests have to run around and point things like they’re the cast of Spy Kids. Jason seems to run away with the lead, but in a twist of divine intervention (or maybe just shoddy craftsmanship), Shelby has a prop malfunction and her time is voided, leaving her and Jason to duke it out for HOH.
In Shelby’s mind, this is her chance to seek revenge on Jason for hijacking her last HOH reign, so she gives it 110 percent and manages to pull out another win. Girl is a competition BEAST and is giving Caleb a run for his money with that whole “Beast Mode Cowboy” moniker (er, minus the cowboy part… how about Beast Mode Lawyer?).
The most fascinating part of the night — and, in my opinion, one of the most interesting things to ever happen on the show — comes when Julie fills shares the presidential election results with the houseguests. It’s pretty wild to think that while America has been in disarray since Donald Trump won the presidency, the six remaining houseguests have been completely oblivious to the chaos of the outside world. I thought it was really cool to be able to see their genuine, unfiltered reactions, since the only immediate feedback I experienced was via social media.
Shelby has a very relatable reaction. She seems absolutely gobsmacked, asking Julie, “What the f–k happened while we were in here?” as she begins to get visibly upset. Jason also has a strong reaction and looked a lot like I did — he says “Oh my god, I cannot believe that. We got problems,” and puts his head in his hands, struggling to comprehend what he just heard. Morgan’s reaction (“A reality TV star is our president. We could be president.”) was probably the funniest, but man, these guys are in for a wake-up call as soon as they exit the BB house.
Now that Shelby’s HOH, Jason knows his Big Brother game also has problems, so he immediately goes to talk game with the girls. He tries making deals, but Shelby and Morgan know better. “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” seems to be the mantra this week, and while they kinda-sorta tell him what he wants to hear, Shelby makes it clear in the Diary Room: They have no intention of actually trusting Jason.
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Even so, Jason’s not the target this week. Danielle is. She also tries to make deals, but Shelby isn’t biting. Instead, Shelby tries to solidify just how not with Jason and Danielle she is by making a new final-four alliance with Morgan, Justin, and Kryssie. Do I believe this alliance will be remotely loyal to each other in the coming weeks? No. I mean, maybe. But only if it’s convenient for them. I don’t think the “Jambalaya Gang” can stand being in a room with each other for even five minutes, so we’ll see. Kryssie says she only joined to keep Jason safe, which is weird because next week Jason will be the only person in the entire house not in the alliance. But whatever.
The alliance also makes me wonder why Kryssie and Justin are such good friends. Justin is the most chill person on the planet and Kryssie has literally zero chill. Maybe opposites attract? I’m glad Kryssie has stopped crying every time she’s on screen, but now she’s swapped her tears for an “I’m dead inside” glazed-over look that’s mildly alarming. Like, every time I see her, she looks like a little kid who just got yelled at on the playground, or a millennial whose friends just cancelled on her for brunch. Cheer up, Kryssie!
Danielle continues to dig her own grave by whining and complaining some more, this time about how Justin is making shish kabobs for Morgan and he never made shish kabobs for her. Does anyone else remember how in the very beginning, Big Brother made it seem like Danielle and Justin were going to have a showmance? Lol. Good times.
Shelby does the safety-ceremony thing (I still do not understand this…literally, what is the point?) and eventually, Jason and Danielle are put up on the block and Morgan joins them as America’s nominee. I’m not surprised, but I’m still confused about why America would put up Morgan over Kryssie. If someone can explain the dislike for Morgan in the comments, that’d be swell.
The veto competition is pretty much a must-win for everyone, and they all play, taking turns lining up dominos through gates with trivia questions and knocking them down. The competition was part physical, part mental, but somehow Shelby pulled out ANOTHER win and managed to take her BFF Morgan off the block. Seriously, good for them for being such fighters.
There’s also a pretty funny scene in which Morgan tries to prove her loyalty to Kryssie by revealing the sibling secret, but it’s SUPER awkward and Kryssie doesn’t even flinch as a nervous and babbling Morgan spills the beans. The best part, though, is Kryssie doesn’t believe her and says Morgan is spouting nonsense. “Obviously she underestimates my intelligence, because I see right through it,” Kryssie says in the Diary Room. Except, ha! Joke’s on you, Kryssie. Morgan’s telling the truth and now you just look silly. Also, if someone is offering you an olive branch, TAKE IT! There are so few people left in this game and you want anyone you can on your side.
As to be expected, Danielle is voted out of the house with a unanimous vote, but all is not lost for Dani. She found true love with Shane (remember him?) so maybe she’s the true winner after all! Just kidding, we all know it’s about the money. But a solid showmance ain’t too bad a consolation prize.