‘Big Brother 25’ episode 3 recap: Did the Veto save Felicia or Kirsten on August 9? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

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Heading into the first Veto episode of “Big Brother 25,” Felicia Cannon and Kirsten Elwin remained on the chopping block after new Head of Household Reilly Smedley decided to reverse the nominations of Jared Fields and Cory Wurtenberger. However, the Power of Veto had the chance of shaking up the entire game, should the winner of that competition decide to use it to save either Felicia or Kirsten from the block. So how did it all play out on Wednesday night?

Below, read our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” Season 25, Episode 3 recap/live blog to find out what happened Wednesday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Then be sure to sound off in the comment section about your favorite “BB25” houseguests on CBS’s reality TV show, who annoys you the most and who you think will ultimately join the “Big Brother” winners list. Julie Chen Moonves once again hosts the guilty pleasure series.

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8:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘Big Brother’!” In the second episode, the 17 new players introduced themselves to each other, while Cirie and Jared agreed to keep their mother-son relationship a secret. (The only other person that knew was Izzy, because she stalked Cirie on social media.) After Reilly won the season’s first HOH comp, she decided to save Jared and Cory from the block, which left Felicia (her pawn) and Kirsten (her target) still as nominees.

8:04 p.m. – Reilly explained that her target this week is Kirsten because she’s “done too much too fast” and that Felicia would be the perfect pawn because no one in the house is gunning to get her out. Kirsten was justifiably upset that a supposed alliance member turned on her so quickly, but Jared and Cory were relieved that they were the two nominees removed from the block with Reilly’s decision.

8:06 p.m.Izzy Gleicher, America Lopez and Cirie were the first houseguests to console Kirsten in her sadness over being nominated, but privately Cirie saw this coming because of the way Kirsten played early on. Kirsten knew that her only chance to save herself would be winning the Power of the Veto. Separately, Reilly was meeting with Felicia to make her feel safe about her spot on the block as a pawn. Reilly emphasized that Felicia is not her target and that in no way is she going to be aiming for people to vote her out. Felicia told Reilly that she trusts her, but that wouldn’t stop Felicia from going as hard as she can to win the POV for herself.

8:09 p.m. – When the houseguests finally gained access to their backyard, they found a hammock, pool, pool table and lounge chairs, but Felicia was the first to find the hot tub by actually falling into it. In their outdoor time, Cameron Hardin named for us the houseguests that he feels most bonded to already: Blue Kim, Jag Bains, Matt Klotz, and Reilly, all the players sleeping in the Scary-verse room together. Their connection was obvious to Felicia because of how chummy they all were together, so she knew immediately that they are likely already working together officially as an alliance. What we were privy to was Reilly and Jag solidifying a final two deal together, thinking that they’d be the head of the Scary room alliance. They brought that group into the HOH room later in order to make the alliance official, named The Handful (to represent the five of them and the hands on the wall in the Scary room). Reilly made it clear that she wants them to be the final five together and that they should never break it apart.

8:18 p.m. – As a “Survivor” superfan, Cory stopped by for a chat with Cirie where he lavished her with compliments about how she was robbed of wins in her seasons. He told us via the Diary Room that he is really excited to play with her, but that he also knows how dangerous she is and that she needs to go. He slipped up by telling Cirie how great of a player she is because in Cirie’s DR session she said he made it obvious to her that he knows she’s dangerous and that he’s a threat to her game.

8:20 p.m.Hisam Goueli and Jag had a conversation about representation on television, specifically about how Jag is the first Sikh player to ever enter the BB house. Jag described his experience encountering people unfamiliar with his faith and the prejudices that they have because he’s a brown man with a beard wearing a turban. Hisam opened up about his experience as an Arab American, so they bonded over how they’re treated in a post-9/11 world in America where Islamophobia and stereotypes can be so prevalent.

8:22 p.m. – Eventually, Felicia brought her concerns about the five players in the Scary room to the attention of the people she trusts. She told Bowie Jane, Cirie, Mecole Hayes, and Izzy suspects that those people have an alliance together. With that in mind, she wanted to create an alliance of their own, including everyone in that group, but when the idea came up Bowie left the room with the thought that she didn’t want to make it too obvious. Felicia named their new alliance The Bye Bye Bitches, based on a graphic on the wall of their bedroom. Cirie was relieved to be asked to be in an alliance at all because she came into the game expecting to be sidelined because of her reputation.

8:28 p.m. – Reilly knew that in order to “run the house,” The Handful would need to add more people so that they can control some votes. Alongside Matt and Cameron, they brought Cory into the alliance in a private conversation. Cory was relieved just for the added “level of security,” as did America when they brought her in as well. Jag was the one to approach Jared about the big alliance, but his worry was that Cirie’s name was not included. Naturally, he immediately went to her with the names of that group and Cirie filled him in on the fact that they already suspected it. Ultimately, they thought it was a good thing that they were on opposite sides of the house because they can collect that information and share it with each other and know exactly what each side would be doing.

8:35 p.m. – Ahead of the POV competition, players had to be chosen to compete. The HOH and two nominees each drew a name out of the box to select the three other players that would compete. Reilly randomly picked Hisam’s chip, Kirsten chose Blue’s chip, and Felicia selected Cameron’s chip. Later, Cirie thought it’d be smart to inform Hisam of the eight-person alliance in case he wins the veto. She told him that she’s observed them talking and it is obvious that they’re all working together. That was the fuel Hisam needed to compete hard in the POV in order to keep himself safe.

8:39 p.m. – For the POV comp, Cirie hosted the players through a Humili-verse “atomic wedgie” comp where they’d have to stack 35 flower pieces in a free-standing formation first. Along the way they’d potentially be pulled away from their stack while attached to “giant underwear” on a sling.

8:45 p.m. – Because the flower pieces are all different shapes and sizes, there were unique approaches to how the players built their flower stacks. After six minutes, most of the stacks were going well, but then Cirie unleashed hose water on each of them and they and their stacks her doused with water. Through that and a couple atomic wedgies, everyone had stacks topple over multiple times. At the 17 minute mark, Cameron had a stack of 32 of 35 flowers stacked, but then he made a wrong move and it dropped. Reilly and Kirsten were the next closest, getting to 25 flowers around the 24 minute mark, but then Kirsten’s dropped and Reilly was in the lead until she dropped at 32 flowers. In one of his resets, Hisam decided to switch his strategy to use some flat-stemmed roses on the very bottom to extend his base, getting him up to 31 flowers before it toppled again. He quickly reassembled back up at the same time that Kirsten was getting her stack near a finish. In the end, Kirsten’s fell at the last minute and Hisam was able to get all 35 flowers to stand on their own in order to collect the first POV of the season.

8:52 p.m. – Because Hisam wasn’t firmly aligned with anyone in either major alliance at this point, everyone was disheartened that he won the POV because they weren’t sure what he will do with it. Reilly felt unsettled that he might change her nominations while Felicia and Kirsten had no faith that he would remove either of them from the block.

8:55 p.m. – When Kirsten got her chance to speak to Hisam, she pitched that she’d be a great teammate to him in the future because she’s looking for people to be loyal to in the game. He responded that he takes that very seriously and he also knows he needs to have people on his side. He just wasn’t sure if she’s the person that will be good for his game.

8:57 p.m. – At the Veto Ceremony, Hisam announced to the house that he decided to not use the Power of Veto and the nominees would remain the same. In the meeting he said he couldn’t decide between the two of them who to save and so he had to choose neither of them. In a DR session, he explained he’s competing too well at comps and he doesn’t want to give anyone an additional reason to target him for eviction in the coming weeks. Felicia and Kirsten were not surprised by Hisam’s decision because he never promised them anything.

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