Adam and Shelly have played the same game for the most part. Both in an alliance with JJ supposedly until F4. Within that, they have both played their own games for their own means.
Adam has chosen to vote the way he wants on several occasions benefiting himself and both sides of the house. When Dani wanted to flip the votes back against Lawon and get Rachel out, he stuck to his guns. When JJ wanted him to keep Brendon, he stuck to his guns and kept Shelly in the game. Each of these helped whatever game HE is playing, but also kept him in good terms with both sides essentially. Voting with JJR for Dani to leave simply helped his end result of having a newbie win. Voting for Jeff over Rachel seemingly secured his jury vote with JJ (and ultimately BR) even though he knew Jeff would be leaving. He has chosen the path of a floater and decidedly not won any comps - with his last throwing of the HOH hard to miss if you're a blind person.
When Shelly noticed that Porsche was on to her, that's when she went to Kalia to try to save Rachel. It was as much for her to get out someone who figured out her game than it was to keep Rachel in the house. But, it was also something she could use down the line "I saved Rachel when there wasn't a chance". It didn't work out exactly as planned because Lawon offered himself up. If I had to guess on what made Shelly flip all of the sudden, it was the DR running scenarios with her coupled with the Rachel factor. She seemed totally focused on the fact that she couldn't beat JJ in the end. I guess she knows she can't win any comps and needed two others there that she thought she could manipulate into taking her instead of the other to F2. So, she begins her campaign to save Dani. When she knew it wasn't going to work - right up to evictions - (from what I've gathered) she proclaimed that she flipped to JJ. Why? I don't know. To make a big scene, to prove to Dani that she was on her side. Thinking the power would shift and she was on the wrong side of it - I don't know. But, that was her game.
Here's the difference: Adam was in JJ's (sometimes BRJJ) alliance. Shelly was in the same one. Adam was friendly with them and not OVERLY friendly as Shelly was. We all know that Adam was going to flip when his game plan told him to and no one would have blamed him - it's his game. Shelly would have flipped as well, but she HAD to make it some "huge move". Adam would've been fine with getting rid of either vet, so Rachel out was for him, great.
Shelly has wanted Rachel out since the beginning and when Jeff became HOH, she thought this was the time. She tried to manipulate him, just as she had Kalia, but didn't have any luck. She began thinking that Rachel was more important than her and not remembering that the entire alliance had said F5, then each their own. She didn't want it that way - she wanted Rachel out. She didn't see the big picture, only HER picture. She MUST control what others do. I once thought it was for the game - for her jury speech - but I'm not so sure anymore.
While Adam has been friends with everyone, Shelly has been a bit ridiculous in her proclamations of friendship that go way past the game. She'll get Jeff a job with a six-figure salary, she wants to send Jordan and her mom on a trip because Jordan gave her the call, she'll never forget the selfless act of Jordan giving her the call, she wants Jordan to look at her like a mom while they are in there, J&J have so much class, she's so glad they met and are friends, this goes beyond the game, I truly care about y'all as people, if we make it to the end, I'll give it to y'all, I'm only here to push y'all to the end - all to their faces, plus much much more. Now, half of those things are just bizarre, but if you continue to ingrain in someone how you truly care about them as people and beyond the game, there is bound to be a deeper level of hurt there, especially the way Shelly did it. Hell, half of this board thought Shelly was a plant for JJ - imagine how they felt with it being drilled in their heads every day. Adam was in the same spot with them, yet never felt the need to resort to the depths she did to get there.
We saw her with DKP saying some pretty cruel things about Rachel and JJ because she felt that's how she had to bond with them. Yet, in the next instant say she's above all the pettiness and cattiness. Literally, like the next sentence. So, I'm not sure if she really believes that or what.
We all know that Jordan is a very trusting and a lot of times, naive, person, which is why Shelly's betrayal actually hurt her on a personal level. She believed Shelly and feels like a dumbass for it. Who wouldn't?
Adam didn't pile it on like Shelly did, yet they've played the same game - not winning anything. Adam wants others to take out his "roadblocks", Shelly does as well, but she wants to be the one to put that idea in someone's head. She can't just wait for it to happen though. If Adam had flipped when Shelly did, I think there would've been initial shock, but it would pass just as quickly in the "it's a game" thought process, but Shelly made them think she was something very different to them on a personal level.
We all know how much Jordan's family means to her. We all saw the light bulb go off in her head with that phone call. It was a selfless act. For a friend who missed her child. That is where it hurts Jordan most. She feels she's just been toyed with - and she has. She wouldn't feel the same if it was Adam because he didn't feel the need to just lay it on over and over every single day for 55 days. That's where it becomes non-game related and personal.
When Kalia told Shelly last night that Jordan felt like she'd been stabbed in the back, Shelly said, "I didn't even do that, it's a game." How can she truly believe she didn't stab them in the back? Absolutely you have to stab people in the back IN THE GAME, so why doesn't Shelly even think that's what she did? How could you not? Just in general, that's what you do when you turn on an alliance. Had Adam flipped, it would've been a stab in the back. How does Shelly process this stuff?
When Jordan was venting in the PR about what had just happened, the only thing she said about Shelly was that "She was probably in the DR saying Ha Ha." That's it. She was crying about how stupid she felt for believing all the stuff that Shelly told them. She felt naive. When Shelly overheard that one statement, she came into the room and told Jordan, "Then I guess you don't know me at all." (Which is laughable, because yeah, that's an understatement from Jordan's POV.) Jordan said that's true and then Shelly yelled and screamed at her, pointing her finger repeatedly in Jordan's face, while Jordan was laying down, that SHE was the one who was hurt. "Think about how I feel!" Okay, seriously? Jordan popped up, just like I think any of us would when someone's over us like that and told her she "should feel like *****." Somehow in Shelly's mind, Jordan needs to be the one apologizing to her. Jordan told her she didn't want to talk to her and instead of giving her her space, Shelly yelled in her face, yet Jordan needs to apologize? I truly think maybe Shelly thought she'd just talk to Jordan and manipulate her into understanding somehow. I just can't follow that train of irrationality.
Blerg. This is waaay long - sorry. Just a stream of consciousness, hopefully unlike Kalia. Thanks for listening.