‘Big Brother’ episode 36 recap: Who went home during special Wednesday night eviction? [UPDATING LIVE]

Another bitter houseguest was sent off to the jury during a special Wednesday night eviction episode of “Big Brother.” Reigning Head of Household Josh Martinez nominated Alex Ow and Kevin Schlehuber for eviction during Sunday’s episode. But was the Power of Veto used to pull one of them off the block? Who was evicted on Wednesday? And who punched their ticket to the finale after another HOH competition?

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 19, Episode 36 and then sound off in the comments section about the night’s most shocking moments. Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.

8:00 p.m. – “Previously, on ‘Big Brother’!” Paul Abrahamian convinced the entire house to throw the HOH competition to Josh. Despite his suspicions of Paul, Josh has continued to serve as both his puppet and barking dog whenever Paul needs him to raise a little havoc. That is why many were surprised (and hopeful) to see Josh in the diary room threatening to turn on the Season 19 Svengali. But the hopes for much-needed drama and game play were dashed when Josh followed orders and nominated Alex and Kevin for eviction. Alex is Paul’s target, and despite Josh holding the title of HOH this week, Paul runs the show. Unless she pulls off a POV victory, Alex will likely be walking out the door.

8:10 p.m.Julie Chen surprised the houseguests and told them there would be an early eviction. After being nominated for eviction, Alex pretended she felt betrayed by Josh and shed plenty of fake tears. Josh has no control over his emotions and ran sobbing into the arms of Christmas Abbott. Christmas told Josh to snap out of it and that Alex was just playing a game and he shouldn’t feel sorry for her. Christmas then admitted that she would murder families of someone betrayed her.

Alex remained totally hypnotized by Paul and told him she thinks Josh could backdoor him if she comes off the block. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Josh asked Christmas if they were still going to be the final two together. She confessed she hadn’t made that decision yet and may choose Paul over Josh. At this point it appears the remaining houseguests think whoever is sitting next to Paul when CBS hands him $500,000 is the winner.

8:23 p.m. – Christmas was not medically cleared to play in the Power of Veto competition, so only four players competed. Each competitor flew down a zip line to peek inside the “BB Comic” studio. They then grabbed matching comic books from a bin and placed them on a their computer in the correct order that matched the “BB Comic” studio wall. Whoever completed the task in the fastest time would win the POV.

During the competition, Alex said that she was praying either Paul or herself would win the POV. Unbelievably, she still thinks she is his closest ally. When the times were revealed, Paul was declared the winner of the Power of Veto. Alex was thrilled because she is certain Paul will pull her off the block and they will both be safe.

8:32 p.m. – Paul is giving Alex the news that he will not use the POV on her. He explains that he will upset Christmas, Josh and Kevin, losing three jury votes and securing his loss in the game. He told her he thinks he can win this year if he doesn’t take Alex to the final two. Alex was totally blindsided even though this outcome has been right in front of her face for weeks. She confessed to feeling stupid. A feeling that is totally valid for her to have right now. Alex would have taken Paul to the end even if she knew she was going to lose. Something she has in common with far too many people in the house.

Paul ran up to the HOH room and cried. He said he had to look out for himself above everyone else because he knew they wouldn’t look out for him. He is totally wrong, in fact, nearly half the house has been more concerned with Paul than themselves all season. At the veto ceremony, Alex pleaded with Paul one last time to use the POV on her. He rejected her and chose not to use the Power of Veto.

8:41 p.m. – Time for the vote and eviction! During his speech, Kevin gave a shout out to Boston and thanked the houseguests who don’t care about him (my words not his) for a great summer. Alex apologized for failing and made a sad plea to viewers to vote her as America’s Favorite Player. Another title she is unlikely to achieve. Christmas then cast her vote for Alex. Paul did his best to throw Josh and Christmas under the bus one last time by voting for Kevin. Josh then followed through as Paul’s favorite puppet, breaking the tie and voting to evict Alex!

8:43 p.m. – In her exit interview, Alex told Julie that Paul played a really shady game. Could Paul’s fatal mistake been leaving the jury bitter rather than impressed? Time will tell.

8:52 p.m. – Paul, Christmas and Kevin compete for the HOH and a guaranteed spot in the final three. As the outgoing HOH, Josh was not eligible to compete. The players played “What the ‘Bleep’?” They viewed seven videos containing statements made by their fellow houseguests this summer. Each statement featured a bleeped out word or phrase. Julie then told them what the bleeped out word or phrase might be, to which the players had to respond true or false. Whoever had the most points after seven videos would be the new HOH. Paul won so easily that they didn’t even have to finish the competition. He broke down in tears as Christmas held him in her arms. At this point I’m convinced Paul could convince Christmas to campaign for him to win even if she was sitting next to him at the finale.

Tune into CBS Thursday night to find out who Paul nominates for eviction, who wins the POV and who will become the eighth member of the jury.

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