ICYMI Will Anyone Save Clay Or Shelli From The Block?

Clay lashes out at James.

Clay lashes out at James.

James knew he was going to get blood on his hands when he nominated Shelli and Clay for eviction, but no one could've been prepared for the wholly uncomfortable aftermath.

Following the nomination ceremony, Clay stormed off in a rage and confonted James, accusing the sole HoH of having zero integrity. Shelli intervened before things got too heated, reminding Clay that a major blowout wouldn't be beneficial to either of their games. The couple separated themselves from the rest of the Houseguests to decompress and devise a plan that could get them out of James's crosshairs. 

Meanwhile, James stayed calm, collected, and admitted to being threatened by much bigger men than Clay.

Someone grab the aloe, 'cause James is a burn machine!

 
Vanessa feels snubbed by Clelli.

Vanessa feels snubbed by Clelli.

Over the past couple weeks, Shelli and Vanessa's relationship has seen it's fair share of ups and downs.

The drama started when Shelli refused to admit to the other Houseguests that she played a direct role in deciding whether Jason or Austin went home the previous week, making Vanessa seem like the villian. Tensions only heightened when Shelli made a deal with James to protect Clay and herself from eviction during the HoH challenge, leaving the poker-playing DJ to feel like a rickety third wheel.

But the thing that really set things off between the allies? A hug—or lack thereof. 

Vanessa tried to comfort Clay and Shelli after the emotional nomination ceremony, only to be given two cold shoulders. While Vanessa and Shelli later patched things up, we can't help but wonder if they'll ever fully repair their relationship.

Could these allies become future enemies? 
The Houseguests catapult their way into the POV competition.

The Houseguests catapult their way into the POV competition.

Hear ye, hear ye! Noble dames and honorable gentlemen, the POV competition has been won!

In a truly riveting battle, Lord James of the HoH Kingdom added yet another crown to his collection after dominating his competition in the "Game Of Throws" challenge. Though he reigned victorious, no contestant left the battlefield without a consolation prize—not even Lady Shelli and Sir Clay, who ended up losing the crown and the coveted gold medallion.
 
Clay and Meg share an intimate moment.

Clay and Meg share an intimate moment.

With the Power of Veto resting in James's hands, the reality of eviction night was starting to hit the Houseguests. Wine was drunk, crowns were thrown, and inhibitions were down... Well, at least that was the case for Meg. 

The tipsy waitress followed the Texan knight into the communal bathroom only to burst into tears. Unable to keep her feelings—or her hands—to herself, Meg wrapped her arms around Clay and vowed to stay by his side in the game.

The fedora-donning blonde told the fallen football player that even though he already had a damsel, she would always be the one he connected with first. Clay didn't necessarily disagree, but he did lean in and whisper that no one could know about their talk.  

Before exiting, she giggled and said, "I can't wait to get you drunk in New York City, baby!"

Could there be a new showmance brewing before Clelli even part ways? 
 
Vanessa rubs Jackie down.

Vanessa rubs Jackie down.

As punishment for losing the "Game Of Throws" challenge, Vanessa was told to tend to Jackie's royal duties, no matter how frivilous. Dressed in her finest Armortard, Jackie pranced around the BB17 house with her squire following closely behind to buff out any smudges along the way.

The two were inseparable. From the kitchen to the bathroom, these royal buddies traveled everywhere together.

After fulfilling the imperial obligation, their friendship shone brighter than the armor Vanessa so diligently polished.  
 
James keeps the nominations the same.

James keeps the nominations the same.

As both HoH and winner of the POV, James had some difficult decisions to make—and no matter what he chose, he'd inevitably get blood on his hands with no one to blame but himself. 

For a second it seemed like he might consider helping Clelli stay united in the game but, ultimately, his mind was made up. The notorious couple would be split up by the end of the week, and there was nothing they could do to stop it.

Which of the lovebirds will be the first one kicked out of the nest?