‘Celebrity Big Brother 3’ episode 3 recap: Was Mirai Nagasu or Carson Kressley (or someone else) evicted? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

Heading into the first live eviction episode of “Celebrity Big Brother 3,” Head of Household Miesha Tate had just nominated Mirai Nagasu (her true target) and Carson Kressley (just a pawn). But with a Veto competition still to take place, and the gala gift box threatening to “curse” someone, there was no telling who might actually be going home at the end of the two-hour episode. So who ended up having a one-on-one conversation with Julie Chen Moonves?

Below, read our minute-by-minute “Celebrity Big Brother” recap of Season 3, Episode 3 to find out what happened Friday, February 4 at 8:00 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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8:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘Celebrity Big Brother 3’!” In the second episode, many different alliances formed, and all of them seemed to include Todrick Hall. His “gays and girls” alliance with Carson, Cynthia Bailey and Shanna Moakler soon added Mirai and Teddi Mellencamp to the mix. And his separate deals with both Chris Kirkpatrick and Miesha inexplicably turned into a three-person alliance. The gala gift box blessed Cynthia with safety for the week, and then Miesha nominated Mirai and Carson for eviction. But there’s still a lot that can happen between now and the impending eviction, so let’s get to it!

8:06 p.m. – Post-ceremony, Miesha reiterated in a confessional that Mirai is her current target and that Carson is indeed just a pawn. Even with a promise of safety, Carson was determined to save himself with the Power of Veto just in case. Mirai’s reaction was less internalized and her quick awkward behavior caused the rest of the house to rally around her with offers of support. In the storage room, Miesha confirmed for Cynthia and Todrick that Mirai is her target, but Cynthia didn’t want to hear “too much information” and so she left. Todrick was pleased with how much trust was forming between Miesha and him and declared that she was quickly becoming his “number one.” Later in the day they expressed to each other how much they like working together and settled into what sounded like a formal final two deal.

8:11 p.m. – No one was more supportive to Mirai than Chris Kattan, who was there to hug her through the tears that came with the pressure of letting down her community if she went home first. In the pink bedroom, Carson wondered openly in front of Todrick whether it’s possible that Miesha knows about the Formation alliance. Teddi said, “Yes,” because otherwise why would two of them have gone on the block. Little did they know that Todrick was a large part of why that happened. Later, Teddi and Carson questioned who the leak might be, but Carson shot down the idea that it might be Todrick. They instead speculated that it could be Mirai considering she’s the one that told Teddi about Miesha’s plan to back door her.

8:22 p.m. – One of the interesting parts of CBB is the likelihood that the celebs have prior history with one another. Shanna disclosed her past experience with Lamar Odom to Carson and Kirkpatrick, afraid that it might be an awkward conversation with Lamar if it comes up. During an interview she did with Wendy Williams, she referred to Khloé Kardasian, Lamar’s fiancé at the time, as a “donkey.” Obviously when she saw him in the CBB house with her she was concerned that he might hold that against her as a grudge.

8:25 p.m. – During POV player selection, Miesha drew Cynthia’s button, Caron drew Lamar’s button and Mirai got “houseguest’s choice.” She picked Todrick to be the sixth player, thinking he’d save her if he wins. Later in the day, Todrick asked Miesha if he should try to win. They agreed that he should and that if Carson comes down then she’ll put Kattan up. Todrick countered that because Carson is so likable it makes him dangerous. Though he wasn’t angling to get Carson out, he wanted to plant the seed that eventually they should get him out.

8:33 p.m. – The POV comp “Schedule Snafu” was played one-by-one by the six participants. To win each player had to quick-read brain-teasing texts from an assistant to decipher and memorize the order they need to visit storefronts along the Main Street of a fake Aspen set. Carson was up first and finished happy with his performance, but unsure if it was a good enough time to win. Miesha was up next, followed by Cynthia who despite having safety for the week still wanted to win so she could remove her ally Carson from the block. Unfortunately her first attempt at an answer was completely wrong so it took her a fair amount of time to get it right. Lamar, not wanting to be seen as a threat, had no urgency to win the challenge, but Todrick and Mirai both put their best efforts forward in hopes that they could secure the POV.

8:48 p.m. – The results of the comp were based on time spent solving the riddle. Lamar timed out for a time of 30:00 minutes, Miesha finished in 8:58 minutes, Todrick took 16:52 minutes to finish, Mirai was slightly behind with 16:58 minutes, Cynthia took longer with 22:43 minutes and Carson won with 3:54 minutes, blowing them all out of the water!

8:52 p.m. – Carson’s win meant that Mirai knew she’d remain on the block. In order to solidify some safety, she went to Miesha and offered a deal that she won’t come for her if she wins HOH. Miesha asked Mirai to commit by swearing loyalty to the alliance and suggesting that she go after Carson if she gets the next HOH. Mirai swore loyalty and asked who Miesha is thinking of as a replacement nominee. Carson’s POV win made Miesha feel like she needed to strengthen the athlete alliance by saving Mirai and getting Kattan out this week instead. When Todrick entered the room, he explained to the women that he cannot be the one to go after Carson out of loyalty.

8:55 p.m. – Shanna was nervous that she might be the replacement nom because she has no relationship with Miesha. In the hopes of keeping herself off the block, Shanna went to Miesha’s HOH room to offer that if she doesn’t nominate her she’ll do whatever she wants. To sweeten the deal, Shanna gave up information in order to get Miesha to trust her. In that regard, she exposed the Formation alliance by naming all the members, but suggested that it had already dissolved. Miesha thanked her for coming to her and basically offered her a spot in her alliance.

9:03 p.m. – Ahead of the veto meeting, Todrick pulled Miesha aside to suggest that the best way to knock Carson down a peg is to take out one of his closest allies while they have the chance. He said Carson and Teddi are too close and because he’s the “queen bee” of the house and the only way to “cut down a dictator” is to take down their number one. The idea appealed to Miesha because she still felt threatened that Teddi could be the one to take a shot at her the minute she gets the chance. Before she could settle into that decision, Miesha wanted to give Teddi a “heads up” that “things have changed.” Miesha said that there’s a line drawn in the sand and that Teddi is “clearly on the other side of it.” Teddi got teary eyed and said that she gave her word to Miesha and she won’t go back on it. Teddi appealed to Miesha’s motherhood, but Miesha stood her ground and said that the game changes quickly and though she meant her deal with Teddi at the time they made it. Teddi reiterated her promise to have Miesha’s back, but it was pretty clear that the decision was already made.

9:10 p.m. – As expected, Carson removed himself from the block with the POV. And as promised, Miesha replaced Carson with Teddi as the new nominee.

9:16 p.m. – With the nominations finalized, Mirai and Teddi set out to collect support to remain in the game. Their shared experiences as Olympians and as minorities in America offered in-roads for Mirai to bond with Lamar, but while Mirai was making personal connections like that with the other houseguests, Carson, Cynthia and Teddi were devising the best plan of attack for her campaign to stay. Teddi went directly to Todd Bridges, Kattan and Lamar looking for promises that they’d vote for her to stay, but only Kattan gave her a clear “yes.”

9:21 p.m. – Julie addressed the houseguests directly for the first time during the night in order to inform them of the curse aspect of Mon Won’s hat. Because the hat was now out of fashion, Julie asked that Cynthia remove the Mon Won logo and flip it upside down to reveal the phrase “Nom Now.” Once again they’d pass the hat from person to person and the last to receive the hat would remove Mirai or Teddi and replace them on the block as one of two nominees for eviction.

9:29 p.m. – Cynthia began the process of determining the new nominee by passing the Nom Now hat to Shanna, who gave it to Kirkpatrick, who gave it to Todrick, who gave it to Kattan, who had the decisive choice between Lamar and Todd. Kattan gave the hat to Lamar, leaving Todd as the new nominee. Todd removed Mirai from the block, meaning that either he or Teddi would be the first evicted from the house.

9:39 p.m. – In their pitches to stay, Todd asked that the voters “do what you gotta do.” Teddi used her time to thank Todd for making the house laugh and said that she wanted to play with integrity and would appreciate the opportunity to not be back doored. She called it the worst way to go out as someone who came to compete.

9:40 p.m. – The first two votes to evict were Lamar for Teddi and Kattan for Todd.

9:45 p.m. – The remaining votes to evict were: Todrick for Teddi, Cynthia for Todd, Kirkpatrick for Teddi, Carson for Todd, Mirai for Teddi, and Shanna for Teddi.

9:48 p.m. – Julie announced the 5-3 count to evict Teddi. When hugging, Miesha told Teddi “it’s not personal.” When Teddi’s photo on the photo wall turned black and white, Todrick explained to Lamar that it’s the BB indication that you’ve been voted out.

9:54 p.m. – In the exit interview, a very expressive Julie said that Teddi campaigned hard this week to stay in the game. Teddi told Julie that she feels most betrayed by Todrick for conspiring against her, but she was most surprised to hear that Shanna voted her out. Despite everything, Teddi said everyone is doing what they have to do and called Lamar and Kattan dark horse strong players. Her closing comment was to say that the BB house was far more challenging than being on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

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