'Big Brother' recap: Alyssa Lopez and HoH Kyland Young each win a Power of Veto and Kyland's target shifts!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/19/2021
Big Brother featured Alyssa Lopez and the Head of Household, Kyland Young, each winning a Power of Veto before the game shifted and Kyland lasered in on a new target during Sunday night's Season 23 episode on CBS.
Alyssa, a 24-year-old swimwear designer from Sarasota, FL, won the Power of Veto competition.
And because Kyland, a 29-year-old account executive from San Bernardino County, CA who currently resides in Venice Beach, CA, bet that Alyssa would win, he received a second Veto with the same power.
The Big Brother broadcast began on Day 38, after Kyland learned he had finished the "Veto Derby" game in the "High Roller's Room" in first place.
Kyland defeated Derek Frazier, a 29-year-old safety officer from Philadelphia, PA; Claire Rehfuss, a 25-year-old artificial intelligence engineer from Chagrin Falls, OH who currently resides in New York, NY; and Sarah Beth Steagall, a 27-year-old forensic scientist from Boiling Springs, SC who currently resides in Fort Myers, FL.
Kyland anticipated two Power of Vetoes would be awarded this week, and so he feared both of his nominees -- Claire and Derek F. -- may get pulled off the chopping block.
The houseguests had learned in the "High Roller's Room" that whoever played the "Veto Derby" -- regardless of their finishing order -- would be able to place a bet on one houseguest to win the upcoming Power of Veto competition once all the players are selected.
If the gambler places a bet on the actual PoV winner, both the gambler and the competition's winner would each receive a Power of Veto, meaning two Vetoes would be in play.
If Claire, for example, placed a bet on Derek F. to win the PoV competition and Derek F. won it, both houseguests would receive a Veto and be able to remove themselves from the block, forcing Kyland to name two replacement nominees.
Kyland said he needed to win one least one of the Vetoes so his HoH reign "wouldn't get screwed up" this week, but Claire felt great about the game doubling her chances of winning safety.
He continued, "Bottom line though, I definitely don't want to be on the block come Thursday, and that's why I played in the 'Veto Derby.' If I bet on the right person, I could definitely win me a second Veto."
Britini then promised Kyland safety for the next two weeks as long as he wouldn't target her this week as a replacement nominee. Kyland shook her hand, and Britini shared in the Diary Room she's saving her BB Bucks so she can play a more impactful game in the upcoming weeks.
As Derek F. pretended he no longer liked Kyland in the house, Kyland thought about whom he should be gunning for. Kyland did want to target Sarah Beth or Derek Xiao, a 24-year-old start-up founder from Baltimore, MD who currently resides in New York, NY.
Kyland also had no intention of targeting a member of "The Cookout" alliance, and so Claire seemed to be his best option for the time being. He was also considering Alyssa and Britini since he wasn't working with either of them.
Derek F. just hoped he wouldn't be backdoored or sent home, and that none of his original "Jokers" team members -- including Britini and Azah Awasum, a 30-year-old director of sales operations from Baltimore, MD -- would end up on the block.
Derek F. led Britini and Azah to believe that he was in trouble because Kyland viewed him as a huge social threat, and Azah admitted she was confused that neither Britini or herself had been nominated for eviction.
"I'm really confused. I'm not sure what to believe," Azah noted. "Even though Kyland is in 'The Cookout,' I can't say I 100 percent trust him right now, and I'm not certain if any of the 'Jokers' are safe."
In order to keep the "Jokers" safe, Britini explained that if she or Azah got picked for the PoV competition, Derek F. would bet on one of them.
"That way, we'd have two Vetoes between the three of us if that person wins, and then all the former 'Jokers' stay safe. But it all hinges on this Veto pick [for players]," Britini explained.
Tiffany Mitchell, a 40-year-old phlebotomist from Detroit, MI, didn't want to lose Claire, and so she tried to figure out if there was any way to keep Claire out of danger.
Kyland admitted to Tiffany that Claire was his current target because she had previously mentioned wanting members of "The Cookout" alliance gone, and so Tiffany had to do some damage control.
Tiffany explained to Kyland that Claire listened to her and confided in her. Tiffany said if Claire wanted to nominate someone in "The Cookout," she would divert Claire's attention to someone else.
Tiffany also warned that the "Jokers" were very focused on keeping Britini safe, which made them lose focus on "The Cookout" alliance. Tiffany said she didn't feel confident in Britini, and so Kyland had narrowed down his targets to Britini or Alyssa.
"Britini is the most unpredictable person in the house, and Alyssa and I don't have the tightest and most trusting relationship," Kyland explained.
It then became time to pick players for the Power of Veto competition. In addition to the HoH, Kyland, and the two nominees, Derek F. and Claire, the three other players selected to play by random draw were Alyssa, Azah and Britini.
Britini was Derek F.'s "Houseguest's Choice," and Britini said it was best case scenario they could all work together in the Veto competition to keep Derek F. safe this week.
Alyssa said she was excited to play because she didn't feel safe after Christian Birkenberger's eviction.
Afterward, the "Veto Derby" players placed their bets on the potential Veto winner.
Since Kyland had finished the game in first place, he was able to place his bet first. Kyland bet on Alyssa because he believed she's most likely to win the Otev-themed competition.
Derek F. -- who placed second in the "Veto Derby" -- then bet on Britini, Claire proceeded to bet on Kyland, and Sarah Beth placed her betting chip on Azah's face. Sarah Beth thought Azah had the best chance to win.
The Power of Veto competition then commenced with Otev taking the form of a "jacked jellyfish" with an actor impersonating Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice.
For the competition, the participating players were required to search the backyard for cardboard jelly containers featuring the names of two evicted houseguests. The players had to slide down a slippery ramp and search for the two correct names based on Otev's clue or description.
Once a houseguest found the correct jelly, he or she would race up the ramp, kneel on a stone and present his or her jelly to Otev.
The last person to make it up the ramp, or the player to guess wrong, would be eliminated at the end of each round until only one person remained.
In the end, the last player remaining and the houseguest to bet on that winning player would both receive a golden Power of Veto.
Derek F. was eliminated in the first round and then he was followed by Azah, whom Tiffany accused of throwing the competition in order to not expose her loyalty to the "Jokers" over her loyalty to "The Cookout" alliance.
Britini was ousted from the competition next, and she was followed by Claire.
"If I win, Claire gets a Veto because she bet on me. I don't want Claire taking herself off the block; I want to actually save her so that can hopefully build more trust between her and I," Kyland explained.
"So I decide I'm going to throw this competition to Alyssa."
Alyssa therefore won the competition, but so did Kyland since he had placed his bet on her. Alyssa was thrilled to have finally won something.
"This locks Britini in as my target this week," Kyland revealed, before Derek F. admitted he wasn't happy about the PoV results.
After Claire and Kyland's punishments were over, Kyland cuddled up next to Sarah Beth in a hammock so they could talk game together.
Sarah Beth said she'd vote out Derek F. if nominations stayed the same and she would nominate Britini if Kyland must choose a replacement nominee.
Kyland said he agreed, and it was apparently because Britini had targeted both Sarah Beth and himself first in the "Name that Croon" competition, making her feelings about the pair known.
When Derek F. learned Kyland wanted to backdoor Britini, he was really upset and determined to come up with a plan to get Britini out of this mess. Derek F. said Britini would be devastated to sit next to him on the chopping block.
Derek F. recommended going after Derek X. because he could win Head of Household next week and potentially figure out the alignment of the six "Cookout" members.
Kyland said there were plenty of reasons to take out Derek X. given he's an incredibly intelligent competitor and strategist. Kyland also realized Derek X. was completely vulnerable to a backdoor.
"He's also my friend and someone I do trust, but I have to make sure that I'm not letting my emotions cloud my strategic judgement," Kyland explained in the Diary Room.
Kyland's options therefore came down to Britini or Derek X.
Kyland then asked Sarah Beth to give Britini a heads-up that she was going to be the replacement nominee for Claire. It was an opportunity for Sarah Beth to look out for Britini's game and build some good rapport with her if Britini ended up in the jury.
Sarah Beth therefore told Britini not to be surprised if Kyland decided to nominate her for eviction. Britini immediately got worked up and emotional and chased after Kyland to have a conversation.
"Kyland is a liar!" Britini said in a panic. "If I go up as a replacement, he's a liar!"
Britini pulled Kyland aside for a chat, and Kyland explained there were reasons behind his choice to nominate her.
Britini insisted she had been nothing but honest with him, but Kyland said it would be best for his game to put her on the block because she's an "unpredictable variable." Britini expressed how Kyland was essentially going back on their deal.
Britini said their deal had meant something to her, and she broke down into tears and called Kyland "an arrogant little b-tch" in the Diary Room.
Kyland said he felt heartache for Britini, which made him wonder if there was another option, such as backdooring Derek X. Kyland clearly wanted to make the house happy, and Britini's breakdown wasn't making him look good.
"I will make hell break loose before I leave! No way I am going out silent," Britini concluded.