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‘Celebrity Big Brother 3’ episode 7 recap: Was Carson or Cynthia (or someone else) evicted? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

Heading into the third live eviction episode of “Celebrity Big Brother,” Head of Household Miesha Tate had just nominated her #1 and #2 targets, Carson Kressley and Cynthia Bailey. But with a Veto competition still to be played, there was no telling who exactly might become the third evictee of the winter (after Teddi Mellancamp and Mirai Nagasu). So which houseguest ended up having a one-on-one conversation with Julie Chen Moonves on Friday night?

Below, read our minute-by-minute “Celebrity Big Brother” recap of Season 3, Episode 7 to find out what happened Friday, February 11 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 sixth episode, the house reacted to Mirai’s unanimous eviction, with Chris Kattan confused about why he didn’t receive a single vote. The HOH competition was a ski-themed, strip-down, button-pushing extravaganza, with Miesha ultimately prevailing. She already had her sights set on nominating Carson and Cynthia, so there was really no surprise when she turned their keys at the noms ceremony. But Todrick Hall was secretly hoping the upcoming Veto would be used so that Miesha could backdoor an even bigger target, Chris Kirkpatrick. Enough chit-chat — let’s go!

8:06 p.m. – After the nomination ceremony, all thoughts were focused on the looming POV comp. Miesha remembered that the first time she was HOH, Carson won the POV and so a repeat there was a big worry for her. Kirkpatrick was worried that Carson would go home, leaving him and Shanna Moakler as the next biggest targets for Miesha and Todrick to set their targets on. With Cynthia, Todrick was doing damage control by saying that if it was his decision he would not have put her on the block and insisted that he’s fighting for her from his side of the house. Wanting some assurance, Todrick told Cynthia there’s no chance that she goes home this week.

8:10 p.m. – Todrick went to Miesha again to warn him about Kirkpatrick as a person that is a threat to their long-term game. She said she realizes that, but Carson is the bigger threat and Kirkpatrick can be next.

8:11 p.m. – In the pink room, Carson pushed Shanna and Cynthia to do what they have to do to remain in a strong position. He said that in that spirit if he wins the POV he’ll be using it to take Cynthia off the block so that Shanna wouldn’t be back doored. The women didn’t like that, but Carson insisted that it’s what would be best to ensure they take Miesha down. When Shanna went to Kirkpatrick later to express her worry that she might be back doored he suggested that she do what she can to win POV so that she can pull Carson down and be ineligible of being the replacement. He knows it would put him at risk, but he trusts Miesha enough to believe she wouldn’t put him up and would have to replace Carson with Kattan, Todd Bridges or Lamar Odom.

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8:18 p.m. – One morning this week, Kattan revealed to Kirkpatrick that he still wasn’t feeling great and that he wanted to “go back home.” Later that day, Miesha gathered the houseguests in the living room to formally announce that he’d left the game. In a video message he said that they know it’s been a tough situation for him, but said that they’ve all had an impact on his life. He said something sweet directly to each of them and wished them all luck in the competition.

8:28 p.m. – To decide the three other players to compete in the POV comp, Cynthia, Carson and Miesha drew chips out of a bag. Miesha picked Shanna, Cynthia got houseguest choice and selected Lamar, and Carson drew Todrick. Ahead of the comp, Lamar needed Todrick to explain the rules of the comp, including what would happen if he won and removed Cynthia from the block.

8:32 p.m. – For the POV comp, each of the six players mounted a mechanical reindeer for “Reindeer Riders.” They’d have to rock the reindeer back and forth 20 times to add time to their clock before getting off to stack snowflakes. When their clock runs low, they would have to run back to the reindeer and if their clock ran out, they’d be be eliminated. The winner would be the player that stacks the most snowflakes by the end of the comp.

8:35 p.m. – Despite the similarity between the reindeer clock and a basketball shot clock, Lamar took his eyes off of it long enough for it to run out. As such, he was the first eliminated. Miesha, focused on the structure of her snowflakes, was the next to run out of time and be eliminated. Knowing that he was the last line of defense, Todrick attempted to build his stack as high as possible, but Cynthia was comfortable enough with her sturdy set of nine snowflakes. She explained that she was hoping the others would time out or have their large stacks fall at the last second. Not wanting to risk her stack, Shanna locked in her score of 22 snowflakes. On the sidelines, Miesha took the opportunity to talk to Shanna and say that her threat is Cynthia, hoping that she wouldn’t remove Carson. In their efforts to win, both Carson and Todrick timed out on their stacks, leaving Shanna as the winner.

8:46 p.m. – Facing possible use of the POV, Miesha went on a mission to find a volunteer replacement nominee. Todd immediately said he’d be willing to do it, “knowing” that he’d be safe because the eligible voters would all keep him. Kirkpatrick went and told Shanna that Todd volunteered and that this would be their opportunity to shake things up by her saving Carson and giving them the chance to vote Todd out.

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8:49 p.m. – Later, Miesha told Todrick that she’s confused because she’s noticing that Kirkpatrick seems so anxious because he’s probably thinking about turning on them next week. She was starting to feel like she’s in jeopardy and that she might need to check where is loyalty is at. She pulled him aside later and asked for his promise that he’d vote Carson out if Shanna pulls Cynthia down. She explained that in that scenario he’ll be the swing vote and instead of outright promising he said that everything he’s done has been to her benefit and that he’s been true to her. He did his best to look hurt that she was even asking, but he still wouldn’t lie and say that he’s not gonna vote Todd out.

8:57 p.m. – When asked, Shanna told Miesha that she’s planning on taking Cynthia down, but second-guessing her move to tell Shanna to do that, Miesha was now trying to convince her to not use it. Shanna explained that she realizes that if someone comes down that she’s the next one in line. Miesha asked straight up if she was considering taking Carson down, to which Shanna replied “not at this time” and insisted that she’ll take what Miesha said into account, but she’s going to play her own game.

9:00 p.m. – At the Veto meeting, Shanna revealed her decision to remove Carson from the block. She explained to Miesha in front of everyone that if she wants to have a chance against Miesha that she needs Carson in the house to help her feet. Faced with a tough decision, Miesha did not take Todd up on his plan to go up as a pawn and instead put Kirkpatrick up on the block instead. Kirkpatrick told Miesha that it doesn’t matter and it’s OK, but it’s clear that Miesha was doubting his loyalty and needed this safeguard against them sending Todd home instead. Kirkpatrick acknowledged that he may have back doored himself, but it would also be an opportunity to prove how tough he is as a player if he stays this week.

9:05 p.m. – After the ceremony, Shanna apologized to Miesha and Todrick, saying that she had to do what would give her the best chance of going up against them. Miesha reminded her that she saved Shanna that first week and will still honor their deal that she won’t put Miesha up if she wins HOH. Shanna said it’s clear that they’re talking to each other all the time and that she has no one in the house like they have each other. Miesha heard what she was saying, but declared that now Shanna has drawn a line in the sand.

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9:08 p.m. – Later, Kirkpatrick explained to Shanna that “we won.” He explained that now it’s clear that any one of them could be thrown under the bus by Todrick and Miesha and that now the house is going to flip against them. He said this is the happiest he’s been in the house because it’s clear that whoever is left in the house after this week will have a fighting chance to win against the other two.

9:12 p.m. – In the first live segment of the night, Julie imparted some world news on the houseguests who have been removed from all technology and access to information for a few weeks. She gave them some quick headlines in a short game that revealed real news like Denzel Washington extended his most nominated Black actor in Oscar history record to 10, Travis Scott having a new baby, and that the Bengals and Rams would be facing off in the Super Bowl this weekend.

9:23 p.m. – Todd and Lamar discussed who they should vote to evict. Todd said that Cynthia voted to evict him and that he’s prepared to vote her out now. Later, Cynthia asked Todd if he’s upset with her and he admitted that it’s hard for him to get over her vote for him. Lamar came to Cynthia’s defense and called Todd a “punk,” but Cynthia didn’t need the cheerleader because she made her own case that Todd made a deal and she’s been supportive of him since then so he can go ahead and vote her out. When Todrick asked Cynthia if they could speak real quick, she shut him down, too, saying that she’s going to stick by her word in the game. Still angry, Cynthia went back to Todd and ignited a larger verbal altercation that had them both cursing at each other. Cynthia’s point is that she gave Teddi her word and int he first week she had no deal with him. Todd wanted her to understand that she’s the one that came after him and he’s just going to give it back. The interaction put a fight in Cynthia and she declared that “now it’s personal.”

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