‘Big Brother 23’ episode 20 recap: Who did Sarah Beth nominate for eviction? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

It’s official: the 23rd season of “Big Brother” finally has a female Head of Household. It only took seven weeks. Sarah Beth Steagall claimed the crown during last Thursday’s live hour by being the fastest contestant to cross the balance beam maze in the backyard. So who did she nominate for eviction during Sunday’s all-new episode? And did the High Roller’s Room shake up the game at all?

Below, read our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 23, Episode 20 to find out what happened Sunday, August 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite “BB23” houseguests on CBS’s reality TV show, who annoys you the most and who you think will ultimately join the “Big Brother” winners list and win the $750,000 grand prize. The remaining players are: Alyssa Lopez, Azah Awasum, Claire Rehfuss, Derek Frazier, Derek Xiao, Hannah Chaddha, Kyland Young, Sarah Beth Steagall, Tiffany Mitchell and Xavier Prather.

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8:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘Big Brother’!” In the 19th episode, Britini D’Angelo rapped for the last time, as she was evicted by a 7-1 vote over Derek F.; Azah was the only person to throw her a pity vote. “No one in this house was going to beat me in the final two,” she told Julie Chen Moonves in her exit interview about why she was a threat. “I was going to have a really great story if I made it to the end and they wanted to get me out while they could.” Only 10 houseguests remain in the running to take home the $750,000 check. Let’s go!

8:02 p.m. – As the first female HOH of the season, SB had a right to be proud of her win, but the fact that nearly the entire house was aiming to get her out last week means that no one else was happy for her. Derek F. narrated us through the scrambling that The Cookout would be doing this week, hoping that Kyland could sway her toward a non-Cookout member as the target. Kyland’s task this week would be to keep Cookout members off the block without giving SB a hint that he’s protecting those people. In that regard, the first names he advised her toward were Derek X. and Claire.

8:05 p.m. – No one was more vocal about her frustration that SB won than Tiffany. She spoke with Azah about how the likely targets would be the two of them, DF or Hannah. Elsewhere, Xavier and DF expressed their concern with Kyland who assured them that there’s no chance that two Cookout members will be on the block on eviction night. As a former King with her, Xavier felt comfortable with SB as HOH, but he knew he’d have to do work in order to keep his alliance members safe.

8:08 p.m. – DX and Alyssa also pondered the probable noms, fully considering that they might be targets because of the week that Christian Birkenberger went home. That week, DX put SB up as a pawn and Alyssa voted to evict her over Christian. Their best hope of securing some sort of safety this week would be the High Roller’s room where they could earn the roulette power.

8:10 p.m. – Tiffany and DF also needed to catch up on what happened the week of DX’s HOH, namely the tension created when DF interrupted Tiffany’s own plans to get Britini to flip the vote to SB. Their issue was about the way they communicate to each other. Tiffany made it clear that they are “not cut from the same cloth” because neither of them were prepared to meaningfully apologize to one another over a feeling that they were disrespected by the other. While they continue to have problems with one another, both seem committed to sticking to the original plan of the Cookout to remain loyal until the end.

8:16 p.m. – SB told Kyland that she “feels good” with Tiffany and Claire, and oddly does not feel positive about Xavier and Alyssa because they don’t seem to listen to her. For that reason she was eyeing putting the two of them up as targets, but Kyland was not going to let her go after Xavier. As a plan, SB decided to meet with each member of the house to see where their head is at about playing for and using the roulette power. She wants to use that to make a deal with someone and/or to help keep her own back target less next week when she can’t be the HOH herself.

8:19 p.m. – Alyssa told SB that she’d play for the power and use it, thinking that she’d use it to save herself but wanting SB to think that she’d use it because she wants her to as a way of building trust. DX said he might be willing to use it, but would rather save his money for the last power instead. DF lied about how much money he made last week (100 BB) and so he told SB that he wouldn’t be able to play anyway.

8:23 p.m. – While DX and Claire were speculating about who could be working with who in front of Tiffany, Claire said that she’d be targeting Xavier as soon as she could. Claire clocked that Tiffany looked shock at that and DX remembered that Tiffany always deflects when attention comes to Xavier. Because of those two things, for the first time they finally considered the possibility that Tiffany, Xavier, Hannah and Kyland could all be working together. Also part of the conversation was the idea that Azah is probably not working with anyone!

8:27 p.m. – Looking at the memory wall, SB reiterated to Kyland that everyone likely wants the two of them on the block together and so her decision this week has to be about who is the biggest threat to her personally. Once again she said Alyssa, DX and Xavier. This is when Kyland put in the necessary work to defend Xavier, saying that he’d never break loyalty with SB by putting her up. He turned SB’s sights toward DX instead, suggesting that she put him up right away, but SB said that backdooring him is a better way which also satisfies to second priority of making sure the secret power gets used and someone comes off the block. So, she decided that the safest way forward would be to put two pawns up from the very beginning.

8:34 p.m. – At the nomination ceremony, SB revealed the two houseguests she put on the block: Derek F. and Claire. She explained that it’s a complicated week because of the roulette power that will likely be in play and wished them both luck. In the Diary Room, she told us that her target is still DX because he’s smarter than her and more athletic, so he’s the biggest challenge threat and would likely target her for eviction if he gained power.

8:37 p.m. – DF and Claire both felt unthreatened by the fact that they’re on the block, thinking that it’s better to be up there at the beginning than at the end. DF was confident that he still wouldn’t play for the roulette power and not let anyone know about his still secret 50 BB, hoping to be around the following week to play for the coup d’etat.

8:43 p.m. – In the High Rollers room we learned how much everyone earned this week and who would play for the Chopping Block Roulette power or save their bucks for next week’s power. Claire earned 100 BB this week and didn’t have enough money to play. Azah earned 50 BB, making her total 100 BB which was not enough to play. Hannah earned 75 BB for 150 BB total, but she didn’t play either. Xavier earned 75 BB for 150 BB total, but he also didn’t play. SB earned 50 BB this week and so she couldn’t play either. Tiffany earned 50 BB this week for 75 total and could not play. Alyssa earned 75 BB for a total of 125 BB. That’s the exact amount to play the game and so she decided to in order to ensure safety this week and knowing she wouldn’t have enough money to play next week anyway. In the game she had to stand on a huge roulette wheel and tip it so that the ball rolls around the wheel as many times as possible in two minutes. She did it 19 times. Kyland’s 50 BB was not enough money to play. DF earned 100 BB again, giving him a total of 150 BB. Though he could play in the game, he decided not to in order to play next week instead. DX was the last to go into the room, but Kyland advised him to not play. DX earned 100 BB again, giving him 200 total (the most in the house) and so his debate was whether to attempt to get safety for himself this week or save the money making it certain he’d have enough to play next week.

8:54 p.m. – Ultimately, DX said he feels safe enough this week to save all his money so that he can go after the bigger power next week. His decision meant that as the only player of the game, Alyssa won by default. In the reveal, only Alyssa’s name was given so no one knows for sure who else played and how much money they could possibly have in their pocket for next week. As the winner, Alyssa got to pick a nominee to remove and she chose DF because he’s the biggest pawn in the house and leaving Claire there meant that whoever goes up against her will have a fighting chance to stay. Next, she spun the roulette wheel to determine who would randomly replace DF among all the eligible houseguests. By total chance, her roulette ball landed on Xavier, her biggest ally in the house! The result devastated Alyssa who ran from the room while Claire was relieved that at least it’s a huge threat next to her on the block now. Xavier was confident that it’s just a challenge to be nominated and that if he doesn’t win the POV that the Cookout alliance would still protect him.

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