‘Big Brother 23’ episode 35 recap: Final 3 get emotional watching videos from loved ones [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

At long last, the Final 3 houseguests on “Big Brother” Season 23 have been named: Xavier Prather (he earned his spot by winning Head of Household and Veto), Derek Frazier (he advanced when X kept him off the chopping block) and Azah Awasum (she has Big D to thank since he didn’t vote to evict her). Poor Kyland Young came close to making it to the finale, but Derek and Xavier decided it was his time to go, so Derek cast the sole vote to evict him. Now, with the finale set for September 29, the Final 3 took some time on Friday to celebrate their accomplishments and look back on past moments. Plus, the trio got emotional watching videos from their loved ones.

Below, read our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 23, Episode 35 to find out what happened Friday, September 24 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.

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8:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘Big Brother’!” In the 34th episode, the jury house welcomed two new members: Tiffany Mitchell and Hannah Chaddha. The girls spilled the beans on the Cookout and how the Black players had an agreement since Day 1 to keep each other safe. In the main house, Big D voted to evict Kyland and then we watched live as Ky had a cow over Xavier breaking their Final 2 deal. Kyland even awkwardly brought up X’s nephew when questioning his honor. Eventually, Julie Chen Moonves ordered Kyland out of the house and he had a somewhat normal exit interview. Enough about last night — let’s get to the Final 3 celebration!

8:03 p.m. – There’s no doubt that reaching the Final 3 is a huge moment for Azah, Derek and Xavier. On top of the fact that they further cement their place in BB history as the first all-Black Final 3 and nearing their journey to crowning the first Black winner. Derek was especially celebratory, patting himself on the back for being the one to vote Kyland out. Xavier was left a bit confused by Kyland’s comments about his nephew as he exited the house. Kyland’s behavior solidified for Derek that he made the right decision by keeping Azah around because Kyland was the only one among them that couldn’t accept that there were deals made all around and some of them had to be broken.

8:06 p.m. – Later on Thursday night the Final 3 were served an elaborate steak and lobster dinner to set the stage for look back on the best memories of the season they’re about to put behind them. We all know Azah has a crush on Xavier, but we weren’t exactly clear that “Xavier with hair” was her true dream–she confessed to him that his alter ego Lucius with a ‘fro really did it for her. And, hey, even Tiffany arch-nemesis of Xavier, was feeling Lucius.

8:08 p.m. – They all agreed that Christian Birkenberger was one of the funnest players to be in the house with, but what no one could agree on is Christian’s assertion that animal hybrids like the zonkey and the churducken actually exist. If Christian was a brother to the house, Azah said that Britni D’Angelo was like her little sister.

8:12 p.m. – It’s been so long since The Slaughterhouse was actually a thing so seeing Frenchie‘s breakdown as HOH was a nice reminder that this season was wild from the very beginning. In the week that French melted down, Brent Champagne and Whitney Williams did what they could to calm him down and combat his loosely veiled threats, but little did they know that their own evictions were coming right after his.

8:18 p.m. – Let’s be real, the impression of Azah this summer is that all she did was lay around in her own room, but apparently she was pretty vocal (while laying on the couch) about how disinterested she is in taco meat chest hair. Derek took it personally, but everyone admitted that his chest hair is not actually taco meat. Speaking of meat, the Final 3 recalled how terrible of a cook Hannah is. The most grotesque thing they saw her do is put wet beans on top of her pasta. Eww! Still on the topic of food, Derek got offended when Kyland told Azah cooks enough to not have to do the dishes because from Derek’s perspective his “simple” eggs and pasta is just as difficult of any of the stuff Azah has cooked for Kyland.

8:25 p.m. – A montage of Diary Room bloopers where we saw cursing moments, farts and sleeping ended with a reel of all of the houseguests crying, mostly over the evictions of their friends in the house. If one thing about this season is true, it’s that it feels like one of the most loving and friendly groups that we’ve seen in a long time because they genuinely did seem to like and enjoy each other during their time in the house. Seeing them cry over their friends leaving is not at all a surprise!

8:30 p.m. – On the topic of genuine friendships, the Final 3 did notice that this was a thing for the season and as Azah said it allowed them to open up to one another in really meaningful ways. Derek Xiao had an intimate conversation with Claire Rehfuss about her sexuality and coming out as bisexual. She told Derek that being on the show was always something in her head that she’d have to be out of the closet for, in part for the representation but it sounds like also in part as a furthering of her coming out to people who otherwise don’t know her truth. When it came to Christin and Alyssa Lopez exploring their sexual interest in each other, footage would suggest that Christian was more into Alyssa, even kind of sort of asking her to be his girlfriend while in the house, but she insisted that they wait to explore that once they’re outside of the house.

8:43 p.m. – As always, pranks are a major form of entertainment in the house. The montage of tricks and scares imposed upon each other brought the laughs, but honestly we could have done without the slo-mo screams. Azah said that Tiffany was one of the funnest people in the house, but Xavier countered by saying that she was the hardest core player. Cut to footage of her calling him out that he clearly lied about being a bartender because she knows he’s way more smart than he lets on. Somehow, even when caught in his own lies, Xavier is able to keep the straightest and most innocent looking face… how?!

8:50 p.m. – When it was the Final 6, The Cookout sat down for a dinner together where they discussed the camaraderie of their identity as Black Americans and each shared their experiences being othered in predominantly white environments throughout their lifetime. For Kyland, a half Black and half Latino man, he was othered even within the Black community because of his Latino heritage and Xavier and Hannah shared how they were told that they’re the “whitest Black person…” which is always just a way of suggesting the racist notion that Black people aren’t supposed to be articulate, or other traits historically reserved for describing white people. In their discussion they underscored what they’ve shown to be true throughout this season, that camaraderie, connectivity and a shared vision of community is what bonds people who, regardless of the color of their skin, have varied and different personalities that can still work together.

8:55 p.m. – After their dinner, BB provided the Final 3 video messages from home. Derek’s mom popped up on the screen first to express her pride for him and to ask him to “stop all that cussing.” Xavier’s stepmom, dad and brother were next for an update on the progress back home and to say how much they love him. Azah got to see her parents who said that the way she’s acted and performed in the house is worth being proud of. Obviously it was an instantly emotional moment for all of them who have been away from their families for so long. They ended the night with a toast to each other and to look forward as they prepare to compete for the final HOH and the chance to win the biggest prize in show history, $750,000. Who will it be?!

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