‘Big Brother 23’ Week 9 Spoiler: Who Won Power of Veto, and How Did It Jeopardize the Cookout?

[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead for Big Brother 23 Week 9 Head of Household, nominations, and Power of Veto.]

Following Sarah Beth Steagall’s eviction, the Cookout competed against Alyssa Lopez and Claire Rehfuss for power and complete control of the week. Who won the Power of Veto, and did they save Xavier Prather or Alyssa from elimination?

Tiffany Mitchell and Claire Rehfuss pose for 'Big Brother 23' cast photos
‘Big Brother 23’ houseguests, Tiffany Mitchell and Claire Rehfuss | Cliff Lipson/CBS/Getty Images

Tiffany Mitchell nominated Alyssa Lopez and Xavier Prather for eviction

Last week, Tiffany Mitchell won Head of Household, but Claire Rehfuss overthrew her as the Coin of Destiny winner. Even though she kept nominations the same, Tiffany lost her HOH privileges but could cast a vote to evict and was still eligible to compete for power the following week.

The Cookout battled against Alyssa Lopez for HOH, as Claire had to throw it for over half an hour in an endurance competition.

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It came down to Kyland Young and Tiffany, but the latter pulled out the win, making history as the first back-to-back HOH.

With only Alyssa and her designated “pawn,” Claire as options, she nominated the former alongside her closest ally, Cookout member Xavier Prather, as planned. 

Alyssa won Power of Veto during ‘Big Brother 23’ Week 9

Following nominations, Tiffany, her nominees, Azah Awasum, Derek “Big D” Frazier, and Hannah Chaddha faced off for the Power of Veto. Coming down to The Cookout versus Alyssa again, she pulled out the win this time, putting the alliance in a tough spot.

Likely using the POV on herself, Claire, Tiffany’s closest outside ally, is the only option for the group. Therefore, they wanted to figure out how they could convince Alyssa to use it on Xavier. However, they realized she wouldn’t fall for it and knew Tiffany would have to turn on her ally.

Additionally, the alliance knew Alyssa would likely catch on if Tiffany backdoored Claire and fight harder for the HOH next week.

Believing Xavier is Tiffany’s target, Alyssa came up with a plan to convince the HOH to name Kyland as a replacement nominee, considering him one of the only houseguests the others would keep over Xavier. Then, she wanted to flip the vote, saving her ally instead.

The Cookout wants to backdoor Claire Rehfuss without exposing themselves

Hannah spoke to Alyssa and subtly directed the backdoor to Claire instead of Kyland, wanting her to believe it was her idea. Additionally, they formed a final two, titled the Sloppy Seconds, as their number ones are already evicted.

Trying to figure out how to break the news to Claire, both Hannah and Tiffany came up with the idea to tell her they already made a promise they wouldn’t put two Black players on the block, becoming the sole reason why one went home.

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Xavier and Big D felt Tiffany winning HOH put them in a position where they might have to reveal the Cookout, something they don’t think would’ve happened if Kyland won, annoying them. Therefore, if Alyssa won HOH next week, they noted they wouldn’t mind taking a shot at her.

Tiffany later revealed to Claire she would put her up as a backdoor due to her promise in a heartbreaking conversation where the HOH also admitted she didn’t know if her friend had the votes to stay. Big Brother 23 airs Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8/7 Central on CBS.