‘Celebrity Big Brother 3’ episode 2 recap: Gala gift box brings a blessing … and a curse [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

Celebrity Big Brother” returned this week to CBS after a three-year hiatus and immediately kicked things off with the first Head of Household competition of the season. UFC mixed martial artist Miesha Tate won the Met Gala-inspired endurance competition, which now gives her the power to nominate two celebs for eviction. The only problem? There is also a gala gift box in the mix that has the potential to mess up Miesha’s HOH reign. “That gift will be a blessing to one … and a curse to another,” teased host Julie Chen Moonves.

Below, read our minute-by-minute “Celebrity Big Brother” recap of Season 3, Episode 2 to find out what happened Thursday, February 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite “CBB” houseguests on CBS’s reality TV show, who annoys you the most and who you think will ultimately join the “Big Brother” winners list.

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9:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘Celebrity Big Brother 3’!” In the first episode, the 11 new houseguests entered the game one at a time and immediately sussed out their new digs. A “gays and girls” alliance formed between Carson Kressley, Todrick Hall, Cynthia Bailey and Shanna Moakler. Meanwhile, “BB” superfan Chris Kirkpatrick pretended not to know anything about the game and Chris Kattan had trouble remembering his fellow players’ names. In the HOH comp, Miesha promised Todrick safety but refused to do the same for Teddi Mellencamp, who dropped out of the challenge anyway. Who will Miesha nominate for eviction? Let’s go!

9:04 p.m. – Despite entering the game wanting to lay low at the start, knowing her presence as a UFC athlete would be intimidating to the other players, Miesha was comfortable in this week’s position of power. That being said, the Gala Gift box promised to upend her plans for the week. She planned to “set herself up” in the game by keeping the most athletic people together at the start. To Todrick, she named herself, him, and Lamar as those people, including suggesting a final two deal with him. When they proposed the alliance to Lamar, he agreed with a three-way fist bump.

9:06 p.m. – Later, Kirkpatrick asked Todrick if he’s had alliance talks with anyone else. Todrick said no and so Kirkpatrick was willing to shake on an agreement for them to work together as well. Even later in the game, while showering Mirai asked Todrick and Teddi if they’d be open to a four-person alliance with the three of them and Cynthia. Todrick pinky-swore to that one, too. But when Mirai brought it up to Cynthia (with Todrick), Cynthia admitted to being asked into an alliance already with Todrick, Carson and Shanna. Between those two alliances joining, Mirai felt like they’d have a solid six-person alliance to run the house. By this point, Todrick was in an alliance with everyone except Kattan and Todd — he says because they’ve both been asleep the whole time.

9:13 p.m. – Eventually Carson and Shanna were looped into the large alliance and while in the pink room, Carson came up with the alliance name: Formation. Mirai was feeling good about the alliance and everyone else seemed pumped up about their vibes. Todrick, however, felt himself getting closer to Miesha and already in the position of caught between two groups he wants to work with.

9:16 p.m. – After a night of interrupted sleep due to Todd’s “elephant snores,” he won Shanna over by a tattoo he had on his arm he called a “futuristic cop” that he got when he was drunk. She said it looked more like a “superhero with a mini head” and could not stop laughing at it. Elsewhere, Todrick, Cynthia, Shanna and Lamar bonded over Lamar’s disappointment that his ex Khloé Kardashian wasn’t a houseguest. He explained that he misses her and their marriage, haunted that he disrespected their wedding vows and let the whole family down. Shanna offered the advice that the game is going to give Lamar a chance for the public to see how good of a person he is and how he’s grown.

9:19 p.m. – Miesha’s strategy pre-nominations was to get as many people on her side as possible to secure the vote against her eventual target. She asked Kirkpatrick if he’d want to be in a “week-by-week” alliance with her and Todrick. Up in her HOH room, Kirkpatrick suggested that she put up people that are acting like they’re just floating through the game. She liked the idea of Kattan as a nominee, or Todd, but threw out Teddi’s name as an actual target because she seems like a strategist and is “most likely to back door [her].”

9:25 p.m. – The houseguests assembled in the living room to learn about the contents of the Gala Gift box. Inside was a purse designed by Mon Won, the fashion designer of BB punishment costumes. Miesha explained that the purse, to be worn as a hat, would be given to one player who would then be safe from eviction for the week. To determine who gets the purse-hat, Miesha would start by bequeathing it to one other player, who would then pass it to another player, and that process would continue until the last person in possession of the purse-hat receives it and earns the blessing of safety.

9:30 p.m. – Miesha began the process by giving the purse-hat to someone in on her plan: Kirkpatrick. From there it was passed to Kattan to Todd to Teddi to Lamar to Carson to Todrick to Mirai. With only Shanna and Cynthia left to receive the purse-hat, Mirai was in the position to decide which of the two would earn safety. After spinning in circles, Mirai gave it to Shanna who had the job of handing it to its owner, Cynthia! Before sending the houseguests on their way, Miesha read the notecard that warned the remaining houseguests that Mon Won would still bestow a curse on one of them that could send someone not nominated home on eviction night.

9:37 p.m. – Knowing he is likely safe with Miesha, Kirkpatrick acted like her choice to give him the purse-hat first was a sign that she’d be targeting him for eviction. Teddi was in the vicinity and asked where she stands in Miesha’s plans, to which Miesha replied indifferently yet again. That signaled to Teddi that maybe she should be worried.

9:38 p.m. – Miesha pulled Mirai upstairs with the proposition to add her to a “strong alliance” along with Todrick, Lamar and Kirkpatrick. She told Mirai that she plans to put up Todd and Kattan initially, but once the Power of Veto is used to back door Teddi. She then said that in order to secure the POV, she might need Mirai to go up on the block as a decoy so that she can play and help win the power. That put Mirai in a tough position and agreed to come back to Miesha after having a chance to think about it.

9:45 p.m. – After her meeting with Miesha, Mirai went right to Teddi and told her that she’s the target. The news didn’t surprise Teddi, obviously, but the idea that she might be back doored felt too aggressive for Teddi to stomach. Teddi later told Todrick what Mirai said, not knowing that it clued in the most connected player that Mirai was already leaking private information. Todrick did not like what Mirai was doing and so decided he had to tell Miesha.

9:48 p.m. – The next day, Todrick disclosed to Miesha that Mirai was “talking to people” about her plans, including Teddi. Frustrated by this information, Miesha considered an “entire new game plan” shortly before announcing her nominations. In the exercise room, Teddi found an opportunity to offer Miesha a deal that if she doesn’t go up, Teddi won’t put her up “the next time,” good for a few weeks. Miesha said that loyalty and honesty are huge factors for her and that she feels like she can trust what Teddi’s saying. The offer gave Miesha the new option of not putting Teddi up and instead going after Mirai.

9:54 p.m. – Just before nominations, Miesha went to Carson and said she’s putting him up as a pawn. Carson remained relatively calm, nodding and smiling despite “a whole lot of craziness” going on in his head. Miesha assured him that he’s well-liked in the house and that there’s no way he’s going home. She didn’t give him any other information, like who he’d be up against or who her true target is.

9:56 p.m. – At the nomination ceremony, Miesha revealed the photos of Mirai and Carson as her choices for the block. She called Mirai a “fierce competitor” and told Carson he has “an amazing social game,” noting that she respects both of them. Mirai felt overwhelmed and was panicking inside while Carson wasn’t shocked, but said he’s “nervous by nature.” Teddi was probably the most surprised, partly relieved that her deal with Miesha may have proven effective. For some reason, Kattan was also shocked by the nominations, but didn’t explain why.

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