‘Big Brother 23’ episode 4 recap: Was Alyssa or Travis evicted on July 15? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

Heading into Thursday’s first live eviction episode of “Big Brother” Season 23, Alyssa Lopez of the Kings and Travis Long of the Queens had been nominated for eviction by Head of Household Brandon “Frenchie” French. Frenchie’s original plan was to oust Christian Birkenberger, but that “meathead” saved himself in the wildcard competition. Frenchie then set his sights on Derek Xiao, but he won the Power of Veto. Despite all that, Frenchie still called his HOH reign a “total, total success” … um, okay. So how did the house vote, and which player ended the night having a meet-and-greet with Julie Chen Moonves?

Below, read our minute-by-minute “Big Brother” recap of Season 23, Episode 4 to find out what happened Thursday, July 15 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. Here are the current team breakdowns:

JOKERS: Brandon “Frenchie” French (Captain), Azah Awasum, Britini D’Angelo, Derek Frazier

ACES: Whitney Williams (Captain), Brent Champagne, Derek Xiao, Hannah Chaddha

KINGS: Christian Birkenberger (Captain), Alyssa Lopez, Xavier Prather, Sarah Beth Steagall

QUEENS: Claire Rehfuss (Captain), Kyland Young, Tiffany Mitchell, Travis Long

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8:00 p.m. — “Previously on ‘Big Brother’!” In the third episode, Alyssa and Christian came to Frenchie and told him they weren’t a showmance and that they weren’t coming after him. That made Frenchie feel like a dumb-dumb for putting her on the block. Frenchie then turned his attention to Derek X and Travis because he thought he overheard them talking smack about him. When Derek X won the Veto and removed Kyland, Frenchie had no choice but to put up Travis as his new target … despite telling him on day one he’d be safe. Oops! How will tonight’s eviction play out?

8:10 p.m. — Julie welcomes us to the first live eviction of “BB23.” She gives a brief recap of the first week and asks if Alyssa or Travis will be evicted, “but first,” we will take a look at Frenchie’s inability to cool off even though his final nominations are in place. Travis says if he goes down this week, he will take Frenchie with him. Travis is not afraid to make sure everyone knows Frenchie is not a man of his word. Up in the Have Not room, Alyssa starts to get paranoid that she could be booted early, but Christian and Xavier both assure her she’s safe. In the bathroom, Tiffany has decided to use Frenchie’s name in place of the F word, and the trend is catching on. What the French? I can get with that. Next we see Frenchie forming yet another alliance with Whitney and Xavier. He calls it the “Slaughterhouse” and hopes to add more people. He brings in Kyland and Big D (Derek F.) and adamantly demands they will be the final five this season. Alyssa, Christian and Brent are brought into the fold and this just keeps expanding and expanding. Big D and Xavier are both completely skeptical of this alliance but go along with it for now.

8:15 p.m. — Frenchie brags to the cameras that he’s covered himself at all angles. But why quit there? He heads to the other side of the house and proposes an all girl alliance with Hannah, Tiffany, Azah and Claire. They are called the “French Kisses,” but these girls aren’t stupid. They’re not interested in a man starting a girl’s alliance and they know Frenchie is full of it. Tiffany tells the girls to go along with it, but assures them Frenchie is the most likely to be kissed goodbye.

8:25 p.m. — It’s Kyland’s 30th birthday and the ladies decide the best way to celebrate is to get the birthday boy a lap dance … from Travis. Travis hopes his sexy dance can win over Kyland’s vote and now he just needs six more to stay. Next, Travis pulls the Queens aside to plot a way for him to stay. Tiffany suggests Travis offer himself up as a shield to Frenchie, who is now paranoid he could be a target next week. Travis agrees and heads straight up to the HOH room. He gives his pitch to Frenchie and Frenchie’s right hand man, Brent. In the Diary Room, Frenchie says he can make the house do whatever he wants, but does he still want Travis sent packing? The live vote is coming up next!

8:40 p.m. — Alyssa or Travis? Who will be the first houseguest to leave the “Big Brother” beach house? The nominees both plead their case to say (Alyssa gives a bland, boring speech and Travis takes his shirt off to gain as many followers as he can before his time expires). No fireworks here. Here are how the votes played out: Sarah Beth, Xavier, Whitney, Christian, Azah, Kyland, Derek X., Claire, Hannah, Britini and Brent vote to evict Travis. Derek F. and Tiffany vote to evict Alyssa. By a vote of 11-2 Travis has been evicted from the “Big Brother” house.

8:55 p.m. — It’s time for the next HOH competition! As the outgoing HOH, Frenchie is not able to compete. This competition is called “Pool Sharks.” They’ll have to sink a ball into a big shark’s mouth. Whoever scores from the spot marked with the highest value on the floor will become the new HOH. Technical difficulties take over while the houseguests try to bid for their preferred spot on the floor, so Julie sends us to a commercial.

8:59 p.m. — We return to the competition and Alyssa is up first and scores 15. Brent scores 16. Hannah misses. Azaha misses. Xavier misses. Christian misses. Tiffany misses. Whitney misses. Claire misses. Kyland scores 24. Britini misses. Big D misses. Sarah Beth misses. Derek X. misses. That means Kyland is the new HOH! That means his Queens teammates Claire and Tiffany are safe this week as well. Who will he nominate for eviction? We will find out on Sunday.

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