‘Big Brother’ episode 33 recap: Was Alex Ow or Jason Dent saved by the Power of Veto? [UPDATING LIVE]

With an unsuspecting power duo perched calmly on the block, a pivotal Power of Veto competition was held on “Big Brother” Wednesday night that threatened to shake up the house. Christmas Abbott nominated Alex Ow and Jason Dent for eviction during Sunday’s episode, telling them they were simply pawns in a scheme to backdoor the house’s main target, Kevin Schlehuber. If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because I said the exact same thing last week when Jason used the maneuver to blindside Matt Clines. Despite Christmas’ identical strategy, neither Alex nor Jason seemed to immediately comprehend the danger they were in. So who won the Power of Veto? And did they use it to pull Alex or Jason off the block?

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 19, Episode 33 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 Abrahmian has seamlessly breezed through this season by becoming everyone’s most trusted confidant while simultaneously telling them who to target. Last week he successfully orchestrated Matt’s eviction by convincing Jason and Alex they needed to knock out the season’s last showmance. A scorned and bitter Raven Walton was left despising the rodeo clown and ran straight into the arms of the oh-so-trustworthy Paul. This week he hopes to strike gold a second time, putting all the heat of Jason’s potential eviction on Christmas while remaining Alex’s only ally. Will Alex catch on to his shenanigans before it’s too late? Or are we watching the longest, most obvious coronation in “Big Brother” history?

8:07 p.m. – Alex admits she was surprised that Jason was put on the block next to her, but she is still convinced there is a plan to backdoor Kevin. Jason is totally confused and feels like the life has been sucked out of him. Paul speaks with Jason and pretends he has no idea what’s going on, and pretends to freak out. But Jason is fairly certain he’s being duped by Paul. Someone could finally be on to the puppet master! Kevin convinces Jason that it would be ridiculous to put up two pawns and the house is clearly coming after him and Alex. Kevin then confronts Josh Martinez who denies knowing anything. Paul then sticks his nose between them and pretends he thinks he is getting backdoored. Josh instantly recognized that Paul is playing everyone and trying to remain on everyone’s good side.

8:12 p.m. – Alex and Jason have a private conversation with Christmas and they are assured they are safe, despite Christmas not trying very hard to convince them. Christmas then spoke to Josh and Paul, totally blown away they power duo convinced themselves they were safe. Paul suggests he should pull down Alex if he wins the veto, just to keep her in the dark. After he leaves the room, Christmas and Josh celebrate the fact that Alex and Jason have bamboozled themselves. Completely ignorant of the fact that they are doing the same thing by trusting Paul.

8:20 p.m. – Paul is trying to convince Alex and Jason to throw the veto competition to him. Josh enters the room and sees what is transpiring and immediately becomes suspicious. He then brings his concerns to Christmas, telling her that Paul is trying to convince Alex and Jason he is getting backdoored. It finally occurred to Josh that Alex will be gunning for him and Christmas once Jason is voted out. But Christmas doesn’t care, because she knows in order to get further in the game, she needs someone to carry her along physically. Meanwhile, Josh is pledging to take a shot at Paul if the opportunity presents itself. But with Raven and Christmas both hoping for Paul to take them to the end, it could be too little too late.

8:28 p.m. – It came time to draw players for POV. With only seven players remaining, only one person will sit out of the competition. Kevin and Raven were both drawn before Jason drew houseguest’s choice. He chose Paul because he ultimately trusts him more than he does Josh.

8:35 p.m. – It is revealed that the winner of the veto will also win a special behind-the-scenes experience on the new CBS comedy “Me Myself and I.” Moments later, the star of the show Bobby Moynihan surprised the houseguests and announced he would be hosting the competition. Bobby is clearly a fan of the show and walked through the door banging pots and pans. He then did imitations of the different personalities in the diary room, and pretended to cry over Paul gifting him a friendship bracelet. Bobby went even further saying the houseguests were idiots and should have gotten Paul out weeks ago.

8:43 p.m. – In the veto competition, the houseguests were placed in a Slap, Punch, Kick machine where they were abused in a series of beat-downs in while being forced to remember the order in which they were slapped, punched or kicked. The player to answer the most questions correctly after six sequences would win the Power of Veto. After six rounds, Alex and Paul were tied so everyone was eliminated but them. Alex couldn’t think for herself, so she looked to Jason for advice. He told her not to throw the competition. But after multiple tie-breakers, Alex lost anyways and Paul won the Power of Veto! Alex didn’t seem to care, believing Paul is totally on her and Jason’s side.

8:50 p.m. – Josh is trying to convince Paul not to use the Power of Veto so him and Christmas don’t have all the blood on their hands. But while Paul can convince anyone in the house to do whatever he wants, nobody can convince Paul to do anything. Later, Josh continued to voice his frustration with Paul to Christmas. He asked her what she believed Paul’s pecking order is. He then walked away from her after she said it was to their benefit to go to the end with Paul. Christmas followed him into the house and chastised him for walking away from her.

8:55 p.m. – Up in the HOH room, Josh tells Paul he is not happy that Paul will get through this week with no blood on his hands. Paul basically told Josh that he does not make mistakes and Christmas backed him up. In the diary room, Paul appeared frustrated with Josh, noting that he carried him this far in the game so Josh needs to just stay in his place and let Paul run the show. With Christmas determined to protect Paul, Josh’s hands are basically tied.

8:59 p.m. – At the veto meeting, Paul did what was best for his own game and used the POV to save Alex. Christmas then replaced her with Kevin. During her speech, she said everyone had been on the block at some point except for Kevin (even though Paul has never been on the block either). Kevin feels railroaded and stated that if he stays in the game he won’t listen to anyone. Jason feels absolutely relieved, believing everything is now going according to plan and Kevin will be walking out the door on Thursday. Meanwhile, Josh is still frustrated with Paul and says maybe next week he will do what is best for his own game instead of what is best for everyone else. Had he thought of that about 5 weeks ago he might have had a shot at winning.

Tune into CBS on Thursday for the season’s second double eviction! While Jason appears destined to walk out the door first, anything could happen when an entire week’s worth of “Big Brother” takes place in under an hour.

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