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Survivor 29 — Just because I’m on vacation…

I’m currently on vacation but just because I’m up here at beautiful Lake Texoma, that doesn’t mean that I would dare let myself miss the latest episode of Survivor!  On Wednesday night, I made sure that I was sitting in front of a TV with a pen, a notebook, and an unending enthusiasm for seeing what would be the latest drama to break out on the beaches of Nicaragua.

Looking over my notes and I write this recap, the main things that jumps out at me is what I wrote, in all capital letters, in the middle of the page.

SO MUCH EMOTION!!!!!!!!!!!!

(That’s a verbatim quote, by the way.)

Seriously, this was such an emotional episode of Survivor!

First off, you had Natalie discovering that her twinnie had been voted off of Coyopa Tribe and crying for the first time in ten years.  That brought tears to my eyes and I don’t even like the twinnies!  I was happy to see Nadiya voted off and, to be honest, I’m still happy that she was voted off.  But Natalie’s response still moved me.  It made me think about how I would react if I was on this season and I found out that my sister had been voted off the island without me even getting a chance to say goodbye.

And then you had John Rocker and his girlfriend, Julie, competing against each other during the luxury competition.  I have to say that I really like Julie.  I know that a lot of people are going to dismiss her as just being a trophy girlfriend (and it certainly doesn’t help that her boyfriend is a HUGE jerk) but, during this competition, she proved herself to be a lot stronger than anyone realized.  I was so happy when Julie won, mostly because I know nobody expected her to but also because it meant that John Rocker lost.

As a result of Julie winning the luxury comp, Hunahpu won fishing gear but they traded the fishing gear for a new flint because football player Jon lost their old one.  During the first episode, I thought Jon came across as being nice but bland.  During this second episode, however, Jon was revealed to be something of an airhead.  Not only did Jon lose the flint but his attempts to negotiate with Jeff Probst were hilariously inept.  Jon wanted the fishing gear and a new flint and he was willing to give up half a bag of beans in exchange.  Needless to say, Jeff wasn’t having any of that.

John Rocker and Jeremy ended up on Exile Island together.  Jeremy asked Rocker to keep Val safe and promised to keep Julie safe in return.  Rocker agreed.  I have a feeling this agreement is going to come back to haunt Rocker.

Things got emotional again at the Immunity Challenge.  Basically, Immunity was one of those comps were two people from each tribe would try to knock each other in the water.  Things turned viscous pretty quickly.  For me, the most difficult of the duels to watch was the one between Baylor and her mother, Missy.  Missy pushed Baylor too hard, Baylor ended up with a split lip, and a guilt-ridden Missy reacted by literally allowing Baylor to push her into the water.

In the end, Hanahpu again won immunity and Coyopa went to Tribal for a 2nd time.  Val knew that, after failing to form an all-girl’s alliance at the last council, she was the target and that her only hope was to convince her tribe that she had two immunity idols, one for her and one for her ally, Jaclyn.

Unfortunately, for her, Rocker believed that Val had an idol.  Therefore, when he happened to come across an immunity idol, he kept it for himself and told Val to make sure to play her idol at tribal.  Did Rocker really think that Val had an idol? It’s hard to say with him but the bad news is that Rocker definitely has an idol.

Tribal Council was actually a little bit exciting, even though it was pretty obvious that Val was going to go home.  Rocker, assuming that Val had the idol, had earlier suggested to Josh that everyone should split their votes between Baylor and Val and then told Val to be sure to play her idol at tribal.  This led to a tribal council where everyone did just that.  The vote 4 for Val and 4 for Baylor.  However, since Val didn’t play an idol, everyone (with the exception of Jaclyn) went ahead and voted for Val in the revote.

And so, Val is the 2nd person voted off the island.

And judging from next week’s previews, Jeremy’s not going to be happy about that.

Anyway, this was a pretty good episode.  One thing I did like is that we got to know a little bit more about the various survivors.  We discovered that Rocker is even more of a jerk than we originally assumed.  Josh is showing himself to be an observant player but I also think that he might be overthinking the game a bit.  (His explanation for why he voted for Baylor — i.e., that he didn’t want anyone to know that he has a side alliance with her — was a perfect example of the type of overthinking that has led to the downfall of many otherwise good players.)  After having to deal with her over the course of two seasons of the Amazing Race, it was nice to get some evidence that Natalie is actually human.  And, of course, we discovered that Jon is not that smart.

Another thing that I noticed during tonight’s episode is that they’re obviously trying to play up the sibling rivalry between brothers Alec and Drew.  I think they’re trying to make them into this seasons Aras and Vytas.  Unfortunately, neither Alec nor Drew appears to be as interesting as either Aras or Vytas.

As for who I’m hoping wins right now — I’m either on Team Julie or Team Baylor, largely because I’ve found reasons to relate to both of them over the course of the past two episodes.  I also like Dale and Josh.

Really, right now, I’m pretty much Team Anyone But Rocker.

Survivor 29 — We’re Back!

Hi, everyone!

When Bill asked me if I would write about Survivor this season, there was no way that I was going to turn him down.  I can still remember watching the first season of Survivor back when I was 14 years old and having the biggest crush on Greg Buis.  Though I’ll always have a place in my heart for the Amazing Race (mostly because I think my sister Erin and I could so totally win that one if we ever got on the show), Survivor is my favorite reality show.

Last Wednesday, the latest season of Big Brother ended and the newest season of Survivor began!  Since Blood vs. Water was such a success the first time around, Survivor is doing it a second time.  18 castaways must survive in the jungles of Nicaragua, first as members of two separate tribes and then, finally, as members of one merged tribe.

Just as before, each castaway came to the island with a loved one.  As the show opened, Jeff Probst was seen flying in a helicopter while below him, 9 different couples tried to learn how to make fire.  The next morning, everyone gathered at one of those patended Survivor arenas and they were divided into two separate tribes.

Again, just like two seasons ago.  In fact, there’s really only 2 differences between the two version of Blood Vs. Water.  In this current version, there are no returning players.  Everyone is a newbie and I’m all for that.  All-star seasons can be fun but I’m actually looking forward to getting to meet a whole new group of people.

The other difference is that Exile Island is back.  Exile Island is where one member of a tribe that loses a competition must spend his or her time until it’s time for the next immunity comp.  The good thing is that they get clues to help them look for an immunity idol.  The bad thing is that they don’t get to bond with the rest of their tribe.  I’ve never been a big fan of Exile Island, to be honest.  Survivor always tends to make Exile Island sound like a big deal but I can never think of a season where it’s actually been a huge factor as far as determining who wins the game.

Anyway, here are our two tribes:

Wearing oarnge buffs we have the Coyopa Tribe.

1) Baylor, who did not make much of an impression, beyond saying that she’s never heard of anyone using glasses to start a fire.  Obviously, Baylor has never read Lord of the Flies.

2) Val, a police woman from Boston.  Val had to go to Exile and got a clue for a hidden immunity idol.  Val made a good first impression.  She seems to be one of the smarter people on the island.

3) John Rocker, who is a former baseball player.  I had to look this guy up on Wikipedia and I discovered that he apparently had a bit of a reputation for being a jerk while he was playing baseball.  And he pretty much lived up to that reputation on this episode, talking down to people and thinking that he might have to vote out Wes after Wes recongnized him.  The main thing I noticed about John Rocker is that he is huge!  Not surprisingly, his wikipedia page says that he’s been open about using steroids.  I imagine John will be around for a while because he’s a physical force but his personality is going to rub a lot of people the wrong way.

4) Wes, an aspiring firefighter from Louisiana.  Wes is goofy and likable.

5) Nadiya, one of the infamous twinnies from The Amazing Race.  It’ll be interesting to see if the twins are just as annoying when they’re separated as when they’re together.  Nadiya quickly annoyed a lot of people at camp.

6) Dale, the oldest member of the tribe.  Dale is a farmer and he admits that he’s not used to dealing with people.  That said, Dale also sacrificed his glasss so his tribe could have fire.  I like Dale.  Hopefully, his lack of social skills won’t get him voted off the island.

7) Josh, who took offense to Nadiya constantly calling him “one of the girls” just because he happens to be gay.

8) Alec, who is kinda hot.  But that’s pretty much the only impression that Alec made on me.

9) Jaclyn, who, at this point, mostly just seems to be eye candy for the boys.

As for the other tribe, they were blue buffs and they are called Hunahpu.  They are:

1) Missy, who is Baylor’s mother and is recently divorced.

2) Jeremy, Val’s husband.  Jeremy is a police officer fireman.  Since he beat his wife in their first competition and then sent her to Exile Island, he was the focus of much of last night’s episode.  Jeremy seems like a nice guy.  He’ll probably be a power player for the first few weeks and then he’ll end up getting voted out right after the merge.  That’s what usually seems to happen to nice guys.

3) Julie, John Rocker’s girlfriend.  Julie is worried that the other players will underestimate her because of, as she puts it, “the hair and the boobs.”

4) Keith, Wes’s father.  Keith is also a firefighter.  He’s kind of a country guy and seems nice, though he was awfully hard on his son while they were trying to make fire.

5) Natalie, Nadiya’s sister.  She is the slightly less obnoxious twinnie.

6) Kelley, Wes’s daughter.  She did not get much of a chance to make much of an impression.

7) Reed, Josh’s boyfriend.  Again, Reed really didn’t get much screentime so it’s hard to say anything about him.

8) Drew, Alec’s brother.  Drew is a former model who built the tribe’s shelter and then wouldn’t stop bragging about it.  Drew is going to be in some trouble, I’m predicting.  He’s too much of a blowhard for his own good,

9) Jon, Jaclyn’s boyfriend.  Jon played college football.  He’s athletic but not quite as scary as John Rocker.

Anyway, as far as the immunity challenge was concerned, it was another one of those Survivor challenges where the tribes had to climb to the top of something and then solve a puzzle.  With the help of John Rocker, Coyopa dominated the first part of the challenge (the physical part) but then fell apart when it came time to solve the puzzle.  Hunahpu came from behind to win immunity.

At the first tribal council, the Survivor editors tried to make it look as if all of the girls were going to band together to vote out Dale while all of the guys voted for Nadiya but instead, the vote really wasn’t that close.  Dale got 3 votes, Baylor got one (from Josh, for some unknown reason), and Nadiya got 5.  I’m going to guess that, based on what I saw of her on the Amazing Race, Nadiya probably just got on everyone’s nerves.

So, one twinnie down!

What did y’all think of the first episode?  Any early favorites out there?  Are you happy that Blood Vs. Water is back?

As for me, I’m just happy to see that Survivor has returned!  And I look forward to writing about it each week!

Lisa Marie

Tyson Takes the TItle of Sole Survivor

Well, last night put another season of Survivor in the can.  By now I’m sure you all have watched or at least read what happened.  I’m not going to go through with a recap.  I really thought Monica was pulling in the votes at the end, until Hayden asked her that last question.  Then, when she got testy, the real Monica Culpepper came out and she was pretty much finished.  It was a good story.  Poor me…poor Monica…just Brad’s wife and so and so’s mother.  If that is true, then whose fault was that?  It surely isn’t reason to win Survivor.

Gervase could pretend all he wanted, but Tyson was the leader in that group from the very start.  You have to give Tyson credit, he did find the HII twice AND then he won when he needed to.  I have to admit, I’m very rarely happy at the end of any of the Reality shows. I always feel like it could have and should have gone a different way.

So there you have it, Tyson is the newest sole Survivor.  I will try to get in touch with my source later on today for some inside scoops.  If I get them, I’ll blog again.  Please don’t forget about Reality Rally.  It’s a great event for a great cause.  I’ll blog about it prior to the event.

Thanks for hanging out with me…Bloggergal

Survivors…You Have To Dig Deep

I’m sure Survivor producers were hoping for some drama this season by adding loved ones into the mix.  They had to be salivating with the thought of Katie and Tina having to face off on Redemption Island.  As a mom, I can imagine how very hard it was for Tina.  The challenge was the one where you build a long pole and retrieve keys.  Tina was coaching Katie on how to build the pole, but Katie dropped one of the keys in the sand making it pretty difficult to pull this one off.  I think Tina was trying to give Katie every opportunity to win, but she could see that it wasn’t going to happen.  It’s for the best since I think Tina is a stronger competitor.

With all that said, Laura M. kicked butt in the competition as usual.  She finished first and Ciera received another HII clue.  I saw in the comments that I’m not the only one fed up with the HII.  It’s just so silly to watch Survivor players trying to find the HII when someone already has it.  I think it would have been better for Jeff to say that there was no clue because the Idol was found.  That would set off paranoia and distrust among the tribe and more fun for us.  So anyway, Hayden and Ciera looked and looked but did not find it because of course Tyson has it.  What I find interesting is why did Gervase and Monica stop looking for it?  Did Tyson tell them he has it?  Let me know if I missed this.

The Immunity Challenge involves swimming, retrieving bags of puzzle pieces and solving a phrase puzzle.  It comes down to the puzzle for all the players.  They know it contains 8 words and it’s a phrase that is used often on Survivor.  “You are going to have to dig deep.” is the phrase and Ciera figures it out first.  This is very bad news for Hayden, but either way one of the two would have been in trouble.

Hayden and Ciera know they have to do everything they can to get Monica to switch sides.  This is not going to be easy since Monica feels that because Tyson agreed to draw rocks at last tribal, he really stuck his neck out for her.  In this stage of the game, every player needs to realize that every other player is only out for themselves.  So, anyway, it goes back and forth and back and forth.  We don’t know which way Monica is swaying until the votes come in and Hayden is voted off, but not really since he’s headed for Redemption Island.

The final four are Ciera, Monica, Gervase and Tyson heading into this Sunday’s finale.  One of the three Redemption Island contestants will be coming back into the game.  I sure hope it’s Laura M.  Hayden is a great guy (in real life) but Laura deserves this.

As usual, I will have the inside scoop on the Survivor pre-party and after-party being held in Los Angeles.  If you have any burning questions you would like answered, comment right away and I’ll try to get them asked at the party.

Enjoy the finale!  Bloggergal

Survivor…It Comes Down to One White Rock

Reality sometimes gets in the way of Reality TV.  I’ve been sick off and on for the last few weeks.  In between being sick, my husband and I went on a great cruise to the Caribbean.  Of course, when we arrived home, I could only see the holiday’s looming around the corner.  Did I really invite all the women from my development to a Christmas Tea at my home on Sunday?  Yikes!  LOL

So last night, I finally caught up on Survivor.  I never did get to see the week before though.  As it gets closer and closer to the end, it becomes necessary for players to try to split off and form new alliances to make it to the end.  This was the case for Hayden last week.  He knows how strong Tyson and Gervase are in this game.  If Tyson isn’t blindsided, he has a good chance of winning.  So, he plays his Ace and tries to change things up.  It’s him and Katie.  He talks to Gervase who tells him if he can get Ciera to flip that he will flip also.  Ciera is really in a tough spot.  She’s last in each alliance no matter what.  She has a hard decision to make.

Meanwhile, Miss Monica Culpepper is sliding into the winner’s circle.  No one seems to realize how dangerous this woman is.  She won THREE Immunity Challenges in a row.  This week, she comes very close to winning again.  Gervase pulls off this win and receives an ice cream treat.  He has to pick two Survivors to enjoy the treat with him.  He chooses Monica, stating that he is getting even for when she gave away her prize and then he chooses Tyson.  The writing is on the wall.  Gervase, Monica and Tyson are TIGHT.  Hayden tries to use this to his advantage with Ciera.

Since last week, Tyson used the HII, there is another one out there somewhere.  Ciera’s mom Laura won at Redemption Island, so Ciera gets the clue.  Like an idiot, she shares it with her supposed alliance…Monica, Gervase and Tyson.  Tyson finds his second HII.  I sure hate when stuff like that happens.

So we arrive at tribal with Gervase safe and Tyson holding a HII.  Hayden knows he is in big trouble so he plays hard to convince Ciera that she is bottom woman on the totem pole so switch sides.  I didn’t think she was going to, but the vote comes out Hayden 3 votes and Monica 3 votes.  They re-vote.  Once again a tie.  The rules state that at this point, they can either come up with a majority vote or the remaining players have to draw rocks. They can’t agree on a vote, so rocks it is.  What this means is that Hayden, Monica and Gervase are safe.  Katie, Ciera and Tyson have to draw rocks.  The one who gets the white rock is on their way to Redemption Island.  I so wanted it to be either Gervase or Tyson, but as luck will have it, Katie draws the white rock.  Oh, crap.

So what we have now going into this week is a solid alliance of Gervase, Tyson and Monica.  Hayden and Ciera are stuck out there by themselves.  Tyson has the biggest advantage since he holds a HII.  It comes down to winning those challenges Survivors.

I’ll be back tomorrow with an up-to-date post on this week’s Survivor episode.  Stay tuned…Bloggergal

Survivor…Now It’s Water vs. Water or The Same Old Thing

Okay, so let’s recap.  On Redemption Island, we have brothers Aras and Vytas along with mom Tina waiting for the first dual.  Still surviving are the “gang” of seven…Gervase, Tyson, Hayden, Caleb, Ciera, Monica and Laura M.  All that’s left of the other alliance is Katie.

The dual on Redemption Island has the contestants using a fishing line to hook three separate bags that contain balls.  They next must maneuver a ball through a wooden maze without dropping the ball in holes along the way.  You’ve seen this one before, right?  Tina is doing an amazing job.  She gets her ball all the way to the end of the maze only to lose it in the last hole.  She has to begin again.  Vytas gets through the maze and finishes first.  It’s down to Aras and Tina for second place.  Tina pulls out the win (Yay, Tina!).  Jeff tries to create a little drama by talking about the Aras/Vytas relationship.  They comply by saying how this experience has helped their relationship…blah, blah, blah.  Okay, so I drifted.

Since Vytas won the dual, he gets to pick who will receive the clue.  He gives it to Katie since she was the remaining member of his alliance.  Finally, someone keeps the clue!  However, this is all for naught because as we know, Tyson has the HII.  The HII hopefully will someday come in to play, but right now just makes me yawn.

Back at camp, before the Immunity Challenge even occurs, talk is that Laura M will be next voted off.  Tyson, who refers to himself as the “big bad wolf” has decided this is best.  This is because he says he has to be the one to make the moves because no one else wants to get their hands dirty…thus…the big bad wolf.  He talks to the other guys and tells them his plan is to have them vote for Laura M so that Ciera doesn’t have to vote off her own mom.  Even before this, or at least it’s before on our TV sets, Ciera has a discussion with her mom and in essence says that she’s going to vote off her (mom) off if that’s what it takes.  Her mom is so proud of her.  Next we see Tyson telling Ciera that the plan is to vote off her mom.  Even though, Ciera said she was fine with this, she tries a last-ditch (very small) effort to switch the votes to Katie and keep her mom in the game.

Competition is holding on to a knotted rope while leaning backwards on a platform above the water.  You must move from one knot to the next making it harder and harder to hang on.  As with all of these type of competitions (yes, I get it–Physics and all that) women have a distinct advantage due to their size.  To prove this point, the first two out of the competition are Hayden and Caleb.  The final two competitors are Monica and Tyson and Monica, once again, pulls out the win.  This is TWO individual Immunity wins in a row.

So back at camp, the story hasn’t changed much.  Ciera is all happy that she got Katie to tell her that she doesn’t have the HII.  By the way, she did this by lying to Katie and telling her that she (Ciera) has it.  She tries to use this as leverage to get the gang to vote off Katie instead of her mom.

So let’s think about this for a moment.  We have Ciera, Katie, Laura M and Monica and then we have Hayden, Caleb, Tyson and Gervase.  The way things look a female is going to be voted off.  Wouldn’t you think that the four females should have made an effort to form a NEW alliance and pull away one of the guys…Hayden or Caleb comes to  mind.  Then they could have easily blindsided a big threat…Tyson comes to mind.  That would have made for some fun Survivor moments.  Oh well, all in my head.

Laura M is voted off and Ciera voted for her as was evident by the card saying Laura with Mom in parenthesis.  I know that Ciera thinks she has a shot at this, but those guys are going to turn on her in another episode or so.  Monica is definitely becoming a big threat and I’m sure the group will go after her as soon as she doesn’t have a HII around her neck.  My hopes are on Hayden and Caleb only because they aren’t playing viciously and I’m a big softie.  Stay tuned…Bloggergal

Survivor…Worms, Intestines and Grubs…Oh My!

When last we watched, Aras was blindsided and heading towards Redemption Island.  After returning to camp, Tina went off on the group about it.  Okay, really she went off on Tyson about it.  Survivor rule #1…just keep your mouth shut.  Go yell at a tree or the producer’s camera, but don’t reveal your feelings to the tribe.  Just don’t.

My worst nightmare was the first Immunity Challenge.  I don’t/can’t/won’t eat gross things.  That’s what they had to do.  First was some meal-worms…a LOT of meal worms.  I think I heard Jeff say 40.  I don’t know.   I kept my eyes closed during the whole competition and just did sneak peaks here and there. I do know (my husband told me) that Vytas spit his out and then picked them off the ground to eat them and continue on in the competition.  That takes some willpower.   The second item was pig intestines.  I looked at them.  They were just gross looking.  The third item was Gervase’s nightmare from his first round on Survivor…grubs…huge, round, fat suckers.  Monica Culpepper deserves some props for this competition.  She ate and ate and ate and won!  Good for you Monica.  If it were me, I would have just walked away.  Not one little meal worm is ever going to cross my lips.

Monica has Immunity as we head into the first tribal council of the night.  This woman is so paranoid that she’s wondering if she would have been sent packing if she didn’t have immunity. Vytas realizes that he is odd man out and lets loose at tribal.  I think that would be what I would do.  If you are going to get voted off anyway, you might as well have your say, right?  Vytas joins his brother on Redemption Island.  That means that once again the two will have to face off in a competition for survival.

We move on to the next Immunity Challenge.  It involves balancing coins on a shield which is attached to a sword.  Concentration is the key to this one.  You must become one with the coins.  Even though I found Tina’s cheering annoying, Katie manages to pull this one off.  A good thing too because she was probably the next one out the door.  Well, if it’s not her, then who?  Yep, Tina is targeted.  Once again, Monica’s unpredictability gets on everyone’s nerves and Tina is almost saved, but nope.  Tina joins the brothers on Redemption Island.

Right now things are kinda ho-hum on Survivor.  Once we get rid of the dead weight, I suppose the real competition will start.  In other words when the core alliance has to face off against each other.  In the meanwhile, I guess we have to just stay tuned…Bloggergal

Survivors…Drop your Buffs!

This is the week we’ve been waiting for.  Someone will be returning to the game and the tribes are about to merge.  The competition on RI is simple.  Hang on to a pole as long as you can.  The one who hangs on the longest returns to the game.  The other two drop their buffs into the fire.  As I’m sure you remember the competition is between the two Laura’s and John.  We’ve learned from Big Brother that the big, strong guys don’t always do well in these competitions.  That turns out to be the case today.  John is the first to drop.  Laura M. is one strong cookie and she wants back in the game bad.  She is NOT going to let go.  Funny thing is we get to hear Ciera tell the camera that she doesn’t really want her mother back in the game because she’s going to mess things up for her.  Wait until her mother replays that part.  Well Ciera is going to have to deal because Laura M. wins the competition and gets to return to the game.  Buffs are dropped and the tribe becomes one.  Well, as one as this tribe could become!  BTW, Laura throws the clue to the HII into the fire.  Ho-hum.

Both Laura M and Aras are feeling like they got this game in the bag.  That makes no sense because of course the duo’s are going to be targeted first.  It just makes sense.  Alliances are flying all over the place.  Frankly, I don’t know who is with who anymore.

Finally, we have a Survivor contestant look for the HII.  Tyson remembers the clue and goes searching.  Of course, he finds it without a problem.  Was it fixed that he would look now and find it?  You tell me.

The Immunity Challenge is the memory game.  Jeff goes through a group of pictures.  You have to repeat the pictures in the same order.  You get it wrong, you’re out.  The Survivors have bad memories and by the second round, there are only five left…Laura M, Ciera, Vytas, Aras and Gervase.  Laura, Ciera and Gervase are the first three out which surprise, surprise leaves Aras once again battling Vytas.  Vytas wins this one and he’s safe from elimination.

I’d tell you who was going to vote for who (or is it whom?) but I lost track.  Names were floating all over the place, but it was pretty obvious to me that the main men core still wanted to eliminate Aras as discussed last week.  Votes started with Laura getting two, Ciera getting two and then Aras being voted off.  Do I know who voted to eliminate Aras?  Definitely Gervase because we see him cast his vote and tell Aras bye bye you were like a brother but this is a game speech.  I assume the others were Hayden, Caleb, Tyson, Ciera and Laura.  Let me know if I’m wrong.  I might have drifted.

I’m late today, but that’s because there was a problem with the website, not with me!  Have a great week everyone!  Bloggergal

Survivor…Is Vytas Odd Man Out or In?

Last night, Kat showed all young women how NOT to act.  Seriously, was that girl crying because she was voted off and concerned that this would make Hayden break off their relationship?  Then did her greedy little self want Hayden to step out of the game so she could go back in?  I thought Hayden handled the whole thing well.  It was surprising for me to see such a pretty gal with such low self-esteem.  Kat, I’m 99% sure Hayden isn’t dating you because of your Survivor skills.

What Kat said to Hayden when discussing switching places was that she knew she couldn’t win the challenge because she can’t do puzzles.  Talk about sealing your fate!  Of course you can’t win a challenge if you go in with that attitude.  So, needless to say she loses the challenge and is now out of Survivor.  Once again John wins and Laura M. finishes in second.  Once again, John gives the clue to Monica Culpepper and once again Monica throws it in the fire.  Ho-hum….

Teasers this week center around the two brothers Aras and Vytas.  Over at the guy tribe (plus Ciera), Aras goes off to meditate and while he’s gone the others plot his demise.  They realize that if the two tribes merge and Aras and Vytas are still both in the game they are going to be a mighty duo.  Meanwhile, over at the gal tribe, the gals are still targeting Vytas because he’s odd MAN out.  However, Vytas is working them gals!  He’s using every trick in the book to make himself look less mighty, more vulnerable, loveable, etc.  Laura B. is pulled in by his trickery and….wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.

The Immunity Challenge doesn’t involve water!  Tribe members are shackled together.  They have to get through a course and collect bags.  Once through, a member of their tribe must put together three bolos (a chain with a ball on each end) and throw them onto rods.  It’s Tina versus Tyson.  Surprisingly, Tina keeps the contest tight.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t pull off the win.  Once again, Galang will be heading to tribal.  <sigh>

The winning tribe gets to feast on a fried chicken dinner.  I wonder how a fried chicken dinner sits in your stomach after having only minimal food for a week?  Anyway, on with the show…

Galang goes back to camp and then next thing we see is Laura B. telling Vytas in front of everyone that he will be the one voted off.  She explains that since they have all been together, blah, blah blah.  Okay, I understand that the woman was just trying to be…what the heck was she trying to be anyway?  Vytas isn’t stupid.  He knows that he’s the one on the chopping block.  Laura B got just a little too big for her britches.  She wanted to be in charge and guess what?  The other women are not amused.  They feel betrayed that Laura would spill the beans without even talking about it with them first.  All of a sudden, we are back to the “trust” issue and Laura is in big, big trouble.  Vytas has to have some kind of guardian angel on his shoulder since Laura B is voted off at tribal council and he lives to play another week!

The preview of next week gets me all goose-pimply!  Jeff tells the RI players that this is THE week and one of them will be returning to the game.  This also means that we are merging tribes.  Vytas and Aras will get to play together (or kill each other–I’m not sure which).  Tina and Katie are still in the game together.  Laura M. has a chance of returning to play with her daughter Ciera.  All other Survivors are on their own.  My suggestion to Vytas and Aras is to start searching for that HII before they find themselves with doused torches.  While everyone is gunning for Vytas and Aras, Tina and Katie are sneaking along.  You go gals!  But, there still is a powerful alliance of guys without partners to contend with, so stay tuned…Bloggergal

Survivor…Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto You

As we left things, Laura M. was voted off her tribe with the hopes that she would win at Redemption Island and kick Culpepper out the door.  The RI challenge was well suited to a female.  It involved walking on a balance beam, untying a bag of blocks and assembling the blocks in order on a frame.  The blocks were numbers from 1 to 100.  Before it started, I was thinking the blocks were going to be all mixed up, but they weren’t, making this challenge pretty straightforward.  Laura M sailed through it.  Guys, I gotta admit…us girls love walking on balance beams.  We grew up doing it and pretending we were Olympic gymnasts!

So, we have Laura M finishing in first.  We see John struggle a few times.  Once, he falls off the beam and another time he drops his bag. We don’t see Culpepper with similar problems, but John still pulls off second place.  He gives a little inspiration speech to his wife…something like he was her anchor pulling her down and now she’s free and can fly and soar.  Awww….

So now it’s Laura’s turn to give away a clue to the HII.  She gives it to Vytas stating that “target” strategy again.  Stupidly, IMO, Vytas throws it into the fire.  Show some guts Survivors.  Geez.  Oh and yep, no one looks for the HII while on camera in this episode either.  Might as well just take that out of the game.  Actually, what would be cool is that the producers slap that sucker down right in the middle of camp!

As we saw in the teasers, Jeff says things are going to be shaken up again.  Buffs are dropped and new tribes are chosen by random pick of a new buff.  As always happens on Survivor the tribes come out kinda messed up.  We have all the guys on one tribe with Ciera and we have all the gals on the other with Vytas.  Hmmm….who will have an advantage at competitions I wonder?

This week we see a lot of Tyson and he comes out looking pretty annoying.  He’s once again stealing coconut milk.  He’s eating all the food in his new camp.  He’s trying to throw a big target on Aras’ back. For the billionth time, remember it’s all in the editing.

The Immunity Challenge seems to be the same every week.  This week we have the contestants diving in the water, untying a gate, retrieving a container with puzzle pieces and solving the puzzle.  I should just start copying and pasting that line!  Well, the first two up for the gals plus Vytas (yes…I can never remember the official names of tribes) is Tina and Laura B.  I don’t know if it was excitement, old age or lack of oxygen due to food deprivation, but they open the gate and start swimming back WITHOUT the puzzle pieces.  They can’t hear their tribe screaming and they don’t realize until they are all the way back to shore that they need to swim back out.  Big, big mistake.  In true Survivor fashion, they manage to get back into the challenge though.  Twice the gals complete the puzzle and think they’ve won only to have Jeff say that the picture isn’t correct.  The guys end up with the correctly finished picture first.

Vytas, at this point has got to be thinking “uh-oh” as well he should.  However, logically would it make sense to vote off your only male?  We have seen throughout this episode that Kat is annoyed with Monica Culpepper because all she wants to do is talk strategy.  I don’t know why Kat is annoyed with Monica, but she gets it into her head that Monica needs to go.  Instead of sticking to the all-gal alliance, she tells Tina that she thinks they should vote off Monica. At one point, Kat is shown saying that Monica should keep her mouth shut….uh Kat?  Who should keep their mouth shut?  Tina runs off and tells Monica. Monica confronts Kat and Kat does like that Shaggy song “It wasn’t me”.   Things quickly change and now the target is pointing directly at Kat.  Can you say “oops” Kat?

Kat begs at Tribal Council to remain on the tribe, but her lack of loyalty to the all girl alliance does her in.  I was very disappointed in her.  I thought she should have known better.

Here’s what she said on Facebook:  “On a scale of 1-10 I’m probly a -2.  Who wants to date someone who can’t make it to the merge! Survivor is a hard game guys!! But its not over yet!! Stay tunded for me to compete in the DUAL against my besties!! John Cody and Laura Morett  Will my boyfriend which places with me?!  (This is exactly what appeared–spelling errors and all.)

So you heard Kat…stay tuned…Bloggergal