‘Big Brother’ episode 38 recap: Final HOH competition begins as players reminisce about Season 19

Part one of the final Head of Household competition began as Paul Abrahamian, Christmas Abbott and Josh Martinez reminisced about their summer in the “Big Brother” house Friday night. The trio has been in an alliance for most of the summer and lucky for Christmas and Josh, it was the only alliance Paul remained loyal to. What were their most memorable moments of Season 19? What events transpired to lead each of them to the finale? And who has a leg up on the endurance competition that will bring one of these houseguests a step closer to winning the final HOH?

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 19, Episode 38 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’!” With just four players remaining, Kevin Schlehuber was in the crosshairs of Paul, Christmas and Josh, who had vowed to go the final three together. Knowing he no longer needed to throw competitions to keep blood off his hands, Paul cleaned house by winning both the HOH and Power of Veto. With Kevin and Josh on the block, Paul chose not to use the POV, leading Christmas to cast the sole vote to evict Kevin. Now it is every houseguest for themselves as the final three battle it out to become the final Head of Household.

8:08 p.m. – As Kevin walked out the door, Paul, Christmas and Josh celebrated with a group hug. Of course Josh began sobbing almost instantly before running around the house screaming. Paul proclaimed in the diary room that he did not work this hard to come in second place. For all the unlikable things he has done this summer, he truly has been the one running the show. Christmas confesses that she is torn between who she should take to the final two with her. The reality is that Paul will most likely win the final HOH so she can quit worrying. Aside from that, if she can’t figure out who she can beat between Paul and Josh, she deserves to lose.

Like he’s done all season, Josh said he “might” have to take a shot at Paul if the opportunity arises. Josh even questioning whether or not he would cut Paul loose, after everything that happened this summer, means he deserves to lose to.

8:15 p.m. – Paul gives a shout-out to whoever accepted the $25,000 temptation on day one that allowed him in the house. They then showed a clip of Kevin admitting he took the money to Matt Clines on day 70 to prove he wasn’t stupid. Of course Matt ran to Raven Walton and Paul and revealed Kevin’s secret. Kevin found out that Matt was telling people and confronted him, before denying he won the money to the other houseguests. Raven and Alex Ow then ganged up on Kevin in a heated argument where they both called him shady. Kevin told Alex she would never win and a shoe would be able to beat her. Kevin’s great!

8:25 p.m. – Let’s talk showmances! #Jody was of course comprised of Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson. On day 12, Jessica asked Cody if he had kids. He did not want to talk about her much because he didn’t want her used as ammunition against him by other houseguests, but he finally admitted to having a daughter. Cody said his daughter is one of the smartest kids you could ever meet and “she’s no booger eater.” It’s hilarious that Cody started out this season being mostly hated by viewers for his cold, creepy stares across the room and his emotionless tone of voice. But as the season went on those things all became a bit comical and he finished the season well-liked by most fans.

8:30 p.m. – There were a lot of showmances this season, but only one group was true friendship. Paul, Christmas and Josh were absolutely nauseating as they went around the table complimenting how great they all are. Christmas called them her “Meatball Josh” and “Friendship Paul” to her “Christmas Joy.” We were shown clips of how Christmas and Paul were connected at the hip all summer long. They were never declared an actual showmance, but they definitely couldn’t be without each other for more than two minutes. Christmas was clearly growing feelings for Paul and I’m not sure they were returned.

8:35 p.m. – The longest-running showmance of the summer was #Maven, Matt and Raven. Paul said they basically did nothing all summer but throw cereal and milk on each other. What will Raven think when she sees this confession after believing she was the puppet master all summer along with Paul? They then showed Matt and Raven in a food fight because it was the only interesting thing they did all summer.

8:38 p.m. – A much deserved segment to Kevin was next. Paul said living with Kevin was like living with a mobster. He wore suits all the time and had stories about paying people off, told stories about bar fights and entertained the houseguests for the most part all summer.

It was also discovered at one point that there was an actual rat in the houseguests’ disgusting kitchen.

8:42 p.m. – The final three all had a good laugh about how Dominique Cooper called Paul a snake. Real hilarious considering she was right and if the house would have listened to her the rest of them may have had a shot at winning. Dominique pointed at Mark Jansen and Elena Davies and said, “they came for me and next they’re coming for you.” Mark and Elena were in the jury house just weeks later.

8:47 p.m.  – More stories from Kevin! Kevin told Jason Dent that his house was taken from him in 2008. Apparently his father was in prison and he lost the house to pay for lawyers. He was crushed all of his kids had to leave the neighborhood they grew up in. His reason for being on “Big Brother” was for his wife and his seven kids. He had hoped to pay off their student loans and take them on a family vacation. Kevin didn’t want sympathy from other houseguests and only told this personal story to Jason. I want to hear more! How did he get his life back on track? And what did his father do to wind up in prison? Kevin should start a web series when “Big Brother” ends and tell stories.

8:50 p.m.  – The “Den of Temptation” was recapped. Paul received the first temptation that protected him for the first three evictions. Cody tried to nominate him, forcing him to reveal his pendant of protection. Christmas won the next temptation, the ring of replacement. She used it to replace Cody during a veto competition that did her absolutely no good. Jessica received the final temptation, the halting hex, which she used to cancel the eviction ceremony during Paul’s HOH that would have sent either herself or Cody packing. Unfortunately after that she blew her next HOH and got Ramses evicted for no reason.

8:59 p.m. – Part one of the three-part HOH contest began. Each houseguest had to stand on a platform designed as a cloud and hold onto a unicorn tail for dear life. The last person to fall off their cloud will advance to part three of the final HOH competition. The winner of this final contest will be revealed on Wednesday’s finale before Paul, Christmas or Josh go home with $500,000.

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