ICYMI Will The Showmance Go On?

The Sixth Sense battles their demons.

The Sixth Sense battles their demons.

Earlier in the week, Shelli and Clay spilled Austin's game secrets to James in hopes that the HoH would find himself a new target. When their plan to ensure safety failed, Clelli found themselves with even bigger problems on their hands. Not only would one of them definitely be going home this week, but both were now at risk for having the secret conversation with James exposed to their alliance. 

With this new information in hand, James now had more of a reason than ever to target Shelli—and he knew exactly how to turn the rest of the house against her, as well. The retail associate went straight to Austin, divulging all the alliance's dirty details. Crushed that the people he trusted turned against him, Austin immediately told the other members of Sixth Sense everything James said.

The alliance now had to make a choice: Would they break up their pact to retaliate against the couple, or would they brush the issue under the rug and move forward as a team? 

After discussing their options, the group collectively chose to "let bygones be bygones," vowing to do whatever they could to make it to the end together. 
Clelli shares their first kiss.

Clelli shares their first kiss.

Love is in the air!

With their time together on air coming to an inevitable end, Clelli finally locked lips. The couple declared they would turn their showmance into a real-life relationship once the game was over, sealing their romantic promise with a big ol' smooch. 
James campaigns to evict Shelli.

James campaigns to evict Shelli.

After weeks of watching Clelli run the show, James decided he'd had enough. Recognizing that Shelli had always been the brains of the operation, the fearless HoH set his sights on pickling the Georgia peach and shelving her chances at winning. Now, all he had to do was convince the rest of the house to get onboard with his plan. 

The visor-wearing country boy called a meeting in the HoH suite and argued his case, assuring the other Houseguests that Clay would be much easier to compete against if his smarter other half was sitting pretty outside the BB17 pad. 

 
The Hitmen strike back.

The Hitmen strike back.

A year after they competed on BB16, Cody and Derek are still the best of friends. The bros, who took each other to the end of the game, managed to find time in their busy schedules to share what they've been up to since last summer. 

Derek, who was crowned the BB16 champion, took advantage of his cushy $500,000 prize by taking his family on a vacation, investing money into his adorable daughter's college fund, and splurging on a new jacuzzi. Meanwhile, Cody has dedicated time to polishing his abs and launching a successful modeling career. Needless to say, these guys have adjusted back to living in the real world just fine. 

Of course, no status update would be complete without a little bit of gossip. During their BBQ, Derek and Cody dished on BB17 smokebombs and potential winners. Derek admitted that while he loves Johnny Mac's game, he's not-so-secretly rooting for James to take it all in the end. A now-shirtless Cody shared his feelings on the ladies, saying he's got the hots for Shelli, Meg, and Becky. 

Thanks for catching us up, guys. It's great to see the Hitmen are still as fierce as ever. 
Everyone wants a piece of Steve.

Everyone wants a piece of Steve.

After mapping out who'd likely be voting to evict whom, Vanessa and James both came to the same conclusion: If they wanted the votes to fall in their favor, they'd need to sway Steve—and the brainy student felt pressure from both ends, ultimately telling each of the ring leaders he'd need a little time to think. 

Could this tug-of-Steve battle be a game that continues throughout the last half of the summer? 
Shelli sheds tears as Clay exits the BB17 house.

Shelli sheds tears as Clay exits the BB17 house.

The votes are in and the Texas boy was officially out. 

[Cue the waterworks.]

During his post-eviction chat with Julie Chen, Clay admitted he sacrificed his own game to let Shelli continue. The hopeless romantic said that while he wasn't sure if he was in love with Shelli yet, he was certain he loved her more than half a million dollars.

Will Shelli make Clay proud, or will she struggle to survive without her main squeeze? We can't wait to see if this love lasts.
The Houseguests soap up during a slippery HoH challenge.

The Houseguests soap up during a slippery HoH challenge.

Start your engines and shift into high gear, because it's about to be a long ride.

With Clay gone and the power of HoH up for grabs, the Houseguests prepped for another endurance competition. Cleverly titled "Midway Mayhem," each competitor needed to fill up a small cup, make their way across a soapy path and fill up their tanks for a chance to win one—or a combination of three—prizes: the HoH title, $5,000 cash, and/or immutity from ever being a Have Not. 

Who was the first one to cross the finish line, and did they pass up any other prizes to get there? Find out next time on Big Brother!