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Descension, will it begin to creep into camp?

Russell makes his way to RI and discovers his tribe also lied
to him about who won the duel. Matt was surprised to see Russell. Of course,
Russell swears he will win all the duels and go back to wreak havoc.

Back at camp:

Phillip continues to make an ass of himself in the Omtempe
camp. He also is starting to tell himself he can win the game.

Nooooooooooooooooooooo, the damn farmer told everyone he has
the idol. Zapetera now has the idea they can control the game because Ralph has
the idol. Foolish people, the idol will only save 1 person.

Sarita and Ralph choose to go to the Duel for Zapatera.
Phillip and Kristina go for Omtempe.

A simple domino challenge with a few up and down ramps is the
duel, but trip wires along the course can knock down the dominos before your
ready. Jeff starts them off and they stay even until Matt takes a lead. Matt
finishes and starts his dominos but comes up short. Russell then hurries and
completes his dominos. He starts his row and also comes up short. Matt works to
finish his and starts the toppling again. This time he has it go all the way
and drops the ball thru the tile at the end. Matt wins, Russell has to go home!
Russell breaks down and cries, but not for long. After Jeff questions him why
he cried he spills the beans on how his tribe had to throw a challenge to get
rid of him. He also tells everyone who the kingpins are in his tribe. Then the
current HII dumbass says, “Hey, I already found the idol”. Only after Sarita
whispers “don’t” he quits looking and says he is only kidding. Phillip thinks
he knows Ralph really has the idol.

Rob gets the rest of his tribe to hang out on the beach while
he looks for the idol. He runs back to camp and searches high and low. Finally
he sees it in the Y of a tree and gets it.

Rob and Ralph now control their own destiny.

Sarita and Ralph tell the tribe about Russell’s conduct after
the Duel.

Phillip gets a plan to not give out the info that Ralph has an
idol. Phillip starts to give Rob info but Rob knows he’s a dickhead which
leaves Katrina and Phillip at the bottom of the pecking order.

The challenge has them using the tools they were given at the
beginning of the game to complete the challenge.

First they have to run out and open a box with a crowbar to
get an shovel and run back, the next person uses the shovel to dig for an axe,
the next person uses the axe to cut through a log and rope which drops 2 saws.
After that person gets back, 2 people run out and use the saws to cut down
planks which will be stairs. The next two people race out And put the planks in
the proper order and then return. Finally
the whole tribe runs up on the platform where someone hammers in three
large nails which break tiles under the board. When the nails are in they can
put their tool bax up onto the table and win the challenge.

The reward is a bar-b-que set and food to go with it!

Rob and Ralph  go out to
open the box with Ralph getting an early lead. Julie go’s next and Grant races
out to catch up. Julie finds the axe just ahead of Grant to keep Zapatera in
the lead. Ralph and Rob go out again to cut the log. Ralph makes quick work of
his and drops the shovels. Mike and Steve rundown and get the saws and have
them untied before Rob finishes the log. Phillip and Grant race out and start
cutting but the Zapatera’s have a  2
plank advantage. Mike and Steve outrace them and Steffanie and Sarita run out
and start putting the ramp together. They complete the ramp and run back. The
tribe then runs out and up the ramp. Rob and Kristina finish as the other team
runs up the ramp. Omtempe hurries down anfer makes a slight comeback. Ashley
gets the hammer untied before Steffani. Ralph gets the hammer and makes quick
work of the nails and put their toolbox up for the win! Ralph jumps up on the
table and does his Rooster routine.

The bar-b-que begins and the feast is on! Zapatera is fat and

Phillip makes one of his dumb speeches. More dickering about
how bad Phillip is being. The discussion goes on about whether Phillip or
Kristina should go home.

At the Tribal Council Phillip keeps voting out any real
alliance he might have and definitely doesn’t see the righting on the wall.
Kristina goes to Redemption Island and Rob’s power grows.

In Zapatera the Troll’s Dolls must create discension in order
get into the power of their tribe. Who and how remain to be seen, but there is
no clear leader to the tribe.


Jeffs Blog


It’s still settling in.  Russell is gone.  The evil, tattooed, sock stealing, water dumping, idol finding Survivor gnome is gone.  His reign is over.

For any of you who are already frustrated that I’m going to dedicate most of this blog to Russell, you might as well stop reading.

This time, let’s skip the beginning and save that for the end…

Am I still the only one who enjoys Phillip?  I read your tweets and your comments on the site and I am surprised that Phillip annoys so many of you.  Don’t you see any fun in watching him?  It’s not like you’re stuck on an island with him.  He’s on your tv.  For my money he is gold every time he opens his mouth.

Even something as simple as grabbing the tree mail becomes an adventure as he peers through the rolled up scroll like a telescope.

My favorite Phillip moment of this episode was after the Duel when Phillip was walking with Rob and Grant – holding court, stretching out the story of what he learned at Redemption Island, much to the frustration of Rob.
Rob: Hey dumbass, aren’t you in MY alliance?  Don’t you work for me?

Even simply writing that sentence makes me laugh.

Despite losing one of the biggest players of the season, the game continues and Boston Rob is on fire.  On fire.  This is why Rob gets invited back so often.  He’s really good and he’s really fun to watch.  After four times playing, Rob has his PhD in Survivor.

For those of you who complain about it being unfair because Rob has played before – let me remind you of the basic rule of Survivor – the tribe votes out whoever they want.   Just like Zapatera did with Russell, Ometepe could have chosen to get rid of Rob early on, but they didn’t.  They gave Rob a chance and now Rob is starting to prove his worth as a leader, while simultaneously playing a very good game and positioning himself as a threat to go deep.  As many days as he lasts in this game, he earns them all.  I feel that way about every contestant.  Whether they sand bag it like Sandra or come out swinging like Russell.  You earn it.

Rob searching for the idol while the rest of the tribe was playing “Sunday at the beach” was one of the most riveting scenes we’ve ever had.   We had to cut it significantly for time.  He was really hustling to make sure he got back before Grant and the girls realized he had been gone.

As I watched the first cut of this at home on my MacBook Pro, I was literally squirming in my seat.  Remember, I’ve never seen this footage.  I was screaming “Hurry up!  Find it!  They’re gonna be out of the water soon and wonder where you are!”

I’m really not as biased as I sound, it’s just that I love good drama. If it had been Ralph or Natalie or Russell or even Sarita I would have felt the same way – “Hurry!  Hurry!”

Let me educate you about the future of television.  Product integration.  It’s a phrase you hear in every conference room of every advertising agency in New York and every television network in Hollywood.

On Survivor, product integration is when you take something like the Sears Craftsman tool kit or the Sprint Evo phone and you build it into a challenge or a reward.  Lots of you guys complain about these product integrations.  But here’s the thing – you are the same people who are DVRing your show to watch it later at a more convenient time.  The problem is when you watch it later, you skip through the commercials.  The advertisers know this, so their only option is to get their products inside the show so you can’t avoid them.

This is not going away.  This is the present and the future of television.  Product integration.  Don’t waste energy fighting it.  Embrace it.

While we’re talking about it, let me brag on Survivor for a moment.  Nobody integrates product as well as we do.  Last night you watched an incredibly dramatic challenge that was built all around tools from Sears.  The tools were used to complete the challenge.  The tools were necessary.  It worked really well.

Many shows just shove product integration into their show.  We work hard to make it work as well as we can even though the products don’t always lend themselves to the middle of a jungle.

But the bottom line is this…without Sprint, Sears and our other sponsors, we aren’t on the air.  It’s that simple.

Fortunately, Zapatera won the challenge, because if they hadn’t I would have been on their ass for throwing the challenge in the last episode.  But I will say this, if I was on the Ometepe tribe I would have a hard time not knocking Ralph right off that perch as he crowed like a Rooster.  That is one annoying move.

Ralph’s ego is going to be his biggest obstacle.  He’s not alone.  It happens to a lot of people.  They do something amazing, like finding the idol, but then they so badly want to share their brilliance with everybody else that they weaken their position by telling everybody.

I do it in my life all the time.  I’m constantly giving away information that would be better off kept to myself.  It’s so hard to just shut up.  Ralph – shut up.  You’ll go further.

On the other hand, the fact that his crowing annoys me, means it probably annoyed Ometepe, which means it’s working!

I offer proof once again that Survivor is the toughest reality show of all time.  Note this conversation from Mike and Ralph regarding the food reward:

MIKE: I’ve never been this hungry in my life. I haven’t thought about sex in two weeks.  All I’m thinking about is food.

RALPH:  It tasted great.  I sucked stuff out of my fingernails that haven’t been cleaned since I got here.  And I asked any of the others ones if they wanted their fingers cleaned and licked, I’d work on them too.”

RALPH: Steve, can I lick that mustard off your nose?  Your tongue ain’t long enough.

Once again Ometepe is back at tribal council and by a 4-3 vote, Kristina is sent to Redemption Island where she will have to face Matt in a duel.

Okay now to the guts of what made this episode historic.  The Fall of Russell.  It started with a late night arrival at Redemption Island.

Russell was not expecting to find Matt sleeping in the shelter.   He was expecting Francesca. I think that tiny little “lie” that Zapatera told him had a big impact on Russell’s psyche.  I think expecting to find Francesca and instead finding a young, very fit Matt threw him for a loop and began his downfall.

This duel was the closest thing we’ve ever had to Good v. Evil.  Matt, the young man who puts all his faith in God, battling against Russell, the older man who many believe is a force of evil.  It was historic before it began.

As many of you already know – challenges and duels are created and built weeks in advance.  We had no idea who would be playing this duel but I couldn’t have been happier that it involved so many different skills: balance, patience and thinking ahead.

Everybody on the crew was invested in this duel.  We all loved Matt, he was a favorite, he had been on Redemption for days and he was very likable.  On the other side, you have Russell – a guy that has been such a polarizing force on our show that you couldn’t help but want him to win simply because it is such a huge story if he does.  It’s also a huge story if he loses.  So in that sense, it was a win-win.

The drama was fantastic.  First Matt thought he had it… but he was short. Then Russell thought he had it, but he too was short.  I was pacing back and forth, as excited as I’ve been at a challenge in a long time.  Finally Matt, who never panics, got it together and won the duel.  In doing so Matt single-handedly put an end to the Russell era.  It’s over.

The tears that Russell shed were real.  It was a very emotional moment for a guy who has spent most of the last two years of his life playing this silly little adventure game called Survivor.

It was emotional for all of us to watch him break down.  It was a gift from Russell to let us see the emotion. We all knew the day would finally come –when Russell was finally sent home- and we all wondered how he would respond.  I loved that he shared it with us.  That’s how Russell did everything – full tilt boogie.

I’m guessing that a lot of the Russell haters were moved as well.

Like him, love him, hate him, despise him – there is simply no denying that Russell has given Survivor as much if not more than Survivor has given him.
If you are a fan of Survivor, then you too owe Russell a nod of the head.  The dude brought it.  Every single day he played – he brought it.

In some ways he reignited our franchise as he brought in a new kind of villain.  An unscrupulous terror.

To give context… Johnny Fairplay is a clown… Russell is a villain.  I’m not sure Russell is a nice person. I wouldn’t want Russell to know where I live.  There isn’t much I would want to do with Russell outside of Survivor.

But within the world of Survivor, Russell is family.

When you make a deal with the devil, you must be prepared to get burnt.  So complaining about Russell would be hypocritical.  We put him on the show in Samoa, we invited him back in Heroes v Villains and he completed the trifecta with Redemption Island.

Russell will go down in history as one of the most notorious contestants of all time.  Maybe THE most notorious.

For all he has given us, I have to take my hat off to him and say “thank you.”

Before the tears could even dry, the Russell of old was back, once again stirring up trouble.  As with Rob, this is another example of why some players get invited back and most don’t.  Russell played Ralph like a finely tuned fiddle.  He baited the hook, dropped it in the water, let Ralph nibble on it and then hooked him.  As charming as Ralph is, he was so outmatched it was hard to watch.

Russell suckered Ralph into bragging about the idol in front of the Ometepe tribe. They now know he has it and if a merge comes, and Ralph still has the idol, it may cause him more problems than it will help solve.

In that moment, Russell flipped the game once again and he did it after he’d already been knocked out of the game.   That’s why he’s played three times and… despite his claims that he’s finished… that’s why he’ll probably end up playing yet again.

Thanks for the memories, RH.

I hope you will all leave your thoughts about Russell departure on the comment section.  Love him or hate him, if you’re a fan you have to have an opinion.

You can watch the emotional and dramatic conclusion of the duel again



The Ides of March swirl into the Survivors camp

Well, now that Zapatera got rid of the troll, who will take the role of leader in their camp? If Russell wins the duel against Matt will they begin to worry about Russell coming back and let it interfere with the game?

Rob clearly leads the Ometempe’s. He controls five other people but soon individual decisions will need to be made and the idol is in play again.

Redemption Island is a cool twist. However, if you keep winning your alone for a few more days. Will the loneliness effect somone enough to hurt their game?

Lots of interesting things appear to be played out in the coming episodes and the duels look to be getting worth more as the weeks go along.

Can King Troll rule over the Gladiator stadium and return to the game? Will someone overthrow him and make for interesting duels to come. Will we have someone who can rule over Redemption Island?

Prince Ralph survives, the takeover begins!

Having survived the attempt of the King to retain power, Prince Ralph begins his reign on Survivor! He has the power and the Idol. Now he must gather up his troops and maintain peace in his tribe. As Russell’s ego deflates, Ralph’s is growing! It took the biggest move in Survivor history to get Russell out of the game! But, what are the consequences? He’s not totally out of the game. What happens now that Omtempe has confidence and Zapatera is short one strong player? Can Zapatera get back on the winning ways and not deplete their team?

Redemption Island will now create a new threat in the game. Who will survive the duels? When will they be brought back into the game? Hmmm, intriging. And the ability of the viewers from the teams to lie about the outcomes of the duels and/or  worry if someone goes on a run and looks like they will get back into the game!

Ok, The first ever duel on Redemption Island. With Matt going to RI we are now in line for the first duel. Another twist in the game also comes when it is announced in tree mail that 2 members of each team will be allowed to watch the duel.

At Omtempe they are beginning their plan for their alliance and who to trust. Rob leads the way and makes sure he has everyone where he wants them. Putting Andrea at ease after breaking up her alliance with Matt is a priority.

Steve and David select the stone to go for Zapatera while Andrea and Ashley get the rocks to go for Omtempe. At the Arena it looks like a simple challenge for this duel. The need to build a pole from short pieces tied together. They then reach threw a gate to reach 3 keys which will open the door and win the duel.  Francesca took a big early lead and gets 2 keys quickly. While she works to get the third key, Matt slowly but surely makes a comeback. While struggling for the third key Francesca lets  Matt quickly catches up. After a few misses Matt gets the third key and wins after opening the door. When Francesca leaves she has to burn the her buff. That is an interesting move, burning the buff. Not sure feel about that move!

Back at camp Steve lies to Russell about Matt winning the duel. He lets everyone also know the truth. The girls and Russell make an attempt at finding the HII but can’t decipher the clue, hmmm, another sign Russell is in trouble! They make a move and pretend to have found the HII. The rest of the team makes plans to throw the immunity challenge so they can evict Russell. However planning to due it with a split vote is dangerous. He tries to get Julie to side with his alliance to blindside Ralph. Stephanie seems to have some smarts but is in the wrong alliance.  The ploy to have idol in the bag Steph is carrying doesn’t seem to have anyone fooled.

Russell has an ugly rash in his armpits and is laying around letting everyone talking about him and begin there talk of throwing the challenge to get Russell out. At the challenge they give the thumbs up signal that the throw is on.

It’s a challenge from last season. Three people are attached to a water wheel where they collect water, then spit it out to release a ball. When the wheel gets down the chute the person down there must complete a slide puzzle and then move the ball threw the puzzle to win. With the fix in Ometempe easily wins the challenge.

The reward was a basket full of tarps, blankets and comfort items including two chairs. Back at camp, no one seems to be looking for the clue really well but Rob. After a thorough search Rob comes up empty. He then checks under a chair. Not finding it he sees Phillip in a chair that’s almost breaking. He gets Ralph to move and when looking under it he finds the clue. The clue isn’t specific enough to find the idol.

Russell made a last ditch effort to get a vote and Julie is his target. He hope she will hope them vote Ralph out. She doesn’t really commit and we”ll have to wait.

No major talk at the Tribal Council and the vote is on. 3 votes Russell, 3 votes Steph, 3 votes Ralph,  After a tie vote it’s simple because Russell, Ralph and Steph don’t get to vote and it’s a whitewash and Russell is headed for RI.

All hail the new Prince! Ralph is lead man.

Jeff’s blog found here


The fall of the Troll King

The fallof the Troll King


Is this the beginning of the end for Russell? What the heck
was he thinking by not searching for the HII on day one? And now,
underestimating the “poor little farmer boy”, whoa is me! Mistake #1 Mistake
#2, being foolish enough let someone see you pull the clue out of the fishing
gear container. And last but not least, lying about not having the clue! Damn
fool, tell them you have it, this is also an individual game and all you have
is a clue and not the idol. Be man and earn some respect you foolish troll!

The wussie in the drooping pink undies swears his vote to
Rob. Rob agrees, under one condition, “Keep your yap shut”. Rob can see the
loony for what he is!  The man is “STRANGE
TO THE MAX”. He can’t truly be a former federal agent, there isn’t a way this
guy worked for the government, unless working for the US Gov. did this to him!
Turning on what were supposed to be your friends wouldn’t sit well with me in
making an alliance with you. Add that he also is one big egotist seems to say,
he is in the game for himself even while on a team.

The early target was Phillip when the talk was happening on
the return to camp for Omtempe. Phillip once again shows his weirdness when he
went hunting for crab with a spear. It’s a showdown between Phillip and the
Crab. With everyone watching the sideshow, they look at him as the nutcase he
is. But watch out, he was “a federal agent” ya know!

Kristina is soon to
go if she gets no help. The idol was played way to soon and now she will need
an alliance to save her!

Zapatera, Day 4.


Ralph jumps up on a log and crows like a rooster. I’m not
sure the old boy is acting or it’s real! Is he live or is he Memorex? After
Russell calls him the dumbest player on the face of the earth, Ralph proceeds
to stumble his way to finding the HII. What, on day 4 and Russell hasn’t looked
yet, sheesh. Was it dumb luck or was he really trying? He was looking for

Russell appears to have found himself another little
sweetheart to help him out. He had Stephanie and now Krista. He tells Krista to
watch for the clue if they win the challenge and also that he is starting to
look for it without the clue. He has people watching him look this time. Why
does he seem so careless this season? I’m not sure the old Troll has what it
takes this time! He’s being sloppy!!

Andrea is flirting with Matt to make an alliance. Rob is
worrying about it as a threat.

The challenge is for both immunity and reward. Phillip is ready to kick some butt.

The challenge is simple. Five people must collect some keys
by recovering them after breaking a plate. They must then open three locks and
open a box to get a ball. The ball must be used to break five tiles to win the
game. Again Omtempe loses after a great comeback. Ralph wins it over Phillip 5
– 4. Zapatera wins reward and immunity. After the game Matt goes over and
congratulates the other team. That is a big no-no in Robs mind and adds fuel to
evicting Matt.

Back at Omtempe there is lots of talk on who to evict and
finally come up with a plan to backdoor Matt.

Back at Zapatera, Russell pulls the clue out of the basket
but is caught by Ralph. When confronted by a few people after Ralph blows the
whistle, Russell denies, denies, denies that he has it. The beginning of a
mutiny is in the wind and a fight between the Farmer and the Troll is brewing,
and we might see and old fashioned showdown coming.

Francesca at RI and it looks like a boring place for now. I
can’t wait for the first duel!

Before going to Tribal, Ralph goes off on one of is rants
while everyone looks at him as the fool one more time. Kristina wears the idol
and plans to use it.

After the usual bull shit talk at tribal Jeff sends them to
vote. When he is ready to announce the votes, Kristina plays the Idol. The
votes for her will not count. The votes went:





The last four votes went against Matt and he became the second eviction.

PS – The Idol will be hidden again.

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The Kingdom of Rob and the Troll

кухненски дивани

It’s hard to imagine but there roughly six to eight people who need to be evicted before Rob and Russell this season. The Troll seemed timid and didn’t appear to look for the HII like he usually does. Rob tried to mount an attack until droopy drawers opened his mouth. Damn man, go buy new underwear before the big show. I don’t think those ones will last 39 days and neither will you
For the second straight season some dumbass has found an HII and told someone they had it and even shown someone they had it. What the hell is wrong with these people? The biggest secret and best security you can have in a game is to be just that. “A SECRET”
OK, back to the beginning of the night when they all got off the helicopter. Two teams of 9 each. Only thing is on 16 people besides Jeff get off. Hmmmmmmmmm. Ahhhhh, here comes another chopper and out jump Rob and Russell. Mixed emotions from the crowd as they come up the beach.
The tribes are “Ometepe” and “Zapatera”. Both are local islands in Nicaragua.
Ometepe is made up of:
Ashley Grant Kristina Phillip Natalie
Matthew Francesca Andrea Boston Rob
Zapatera consists of:
Mike Stephanie Ralph Julie Krista
Steve Sarita David and The Mighty Troll
The two villians had to draw their buffs from a bag to determine which team they would be on. Back at their camps both teams were quick to build their huts. Ralph made the most of his farmer skills and led the group in building the hut for the Zaps. Phillip with a little help from Rob pushed his way into getting the hut built for Ome’s
Kristina made a mad dash to start looking for the HII until Rob caught here and ended her adventure, momentarily. Alliances are being formed early and could lead to trouble this soon in the game.
Rob and Russell should be the early targets for eviction in the game but some strange things are happening. In the Ometepe tribe, Phillip, Francesca and Kristina where trying to make an early alliance but his Royal Federal Special Agent is being such an asshole. The dude is freaky! Kristina could be the next Russell. She eventually found the HII, but told someone! Dumb, dumb, dumb. She looks like she would backstab anyone but when she showed old droopy drawers she really blew it.
Russell found his little sweet thing partner who will do his dirty work if they both stay in the game.
At the immunity challenge the Zappy’s got such a big lead it looked like a run-away. However, they struggled with the puzzle. When the Omee’s made it up to the puzzle, Rob took the lead and almost caught up only to lose when Russell helped solve it for Zapatera.
At Tribal Council a few words are thrown around at a few people until Phillip and Francesca get into an argument at which time Phillip says that Francesca and Kristina after Rob and the Kristina has the HII. I told ya that telling someone you have it doesn’t work . Being his asshole self Phillip keeps up that the girls are playing to get Rob. Rob makes Kristina and offer that if she gives him the idol that she will be safe for this week. Thinking better of that she decides to keep it.
Jeff sends them off to vote. When he gets ready to read the vote he asks if anyone wants to play the idol. Kristina decides to keep it and tension builds. The first six votes go two to Kristina, two for Francesca and two for Phillip. The 7th and 8th votes go one apiece for Kristina and Francesca. And, that last big vote sends Francesca to Redemption Island.

Mama told me not to come!

 I wouldn’t tell my kids to go on Survivor without instructions to change an alliance at the drop of a hat. At this point in the game there is no sure thing as safety in numbers. With only six people left in the game and two still have hidden immunity idols, the odds are 1 in four that you’re the next person going home. Talk around camp has everyone a target. The main person wanted gone is Fabio.

This all leads us into the Reward challenge. Fabio tells the guys that if he wins he’ll take Sash and Chase with him and the other two agree. The cast-a-ways get a tree mail which has a Sprint phone in it. Clues that their family’s may be here because each one has a family video on the phone. When they get to the challenge Jeff introduces a member of each players family. Fabio’s mother, Dan’s son, Jane’s daughter, Hollies husband, Chases mom and Sash’s mom. Jeff then explains that the family member will participate in the challenge with the tribe members. The challenge is to jump into a pool of water and retrieve 3 bags of letters and bring them back to their team member. Once all the bags are back, they can assemble the word puzzle. The competition is close but Chase’s mom solves the puzzle for the win. They get a boat trip down the coast with lots of food and drinks. Jeff tells Chase he can select two other teams to go along on the trip. He picks Holly because she gave up her last reward to get the rice and tarp. Then the mistake of the game when he picks Sash to go with them. This leaves a pissed off Fabio, a disgruntled Dan and a questioning Jane. Fabio can’t believe he did that after promising to take each other. Dan’s mad but hasn’t earned diddly the whole game. Jane is wondering what has happened to the alliance.

While the rewardee’s are off having a good time, the three back at camp are busy bitching and complaining instead of working on an alliance of their own.

Jane is so pissed that she takes two pans full of water and puts the fire out, saying I started it and I’ll be the one to put it out! When the three rewardee’s return Jane gives them the old what for and tensions begin to rise. I don’t think anyone slept, feeling like they might get stabbed in the back.

The Immunity challenge is up next in the morning. They have to get blindfolded and then climb under, over and under some barricades to the other end of the course and study a puzzle with only their hands. After the think they know how to assemble it they must carry three bags of parts back under and over the barricades and then assemble the puzzle while still blind folded. Fabio and Chase are the first two down to the other end. The rest all get to the end about the same time except Dan who is running a little slow. After a few minutes the players start heading back. Jane, Fabio and Holly get back to the beginning first. Dan and Chase are the last two, studying the puzzle. Fabio makes good time and solves it first, winning the immunity!

Back at camp the word starts spreading that Jane will be getting the boot. She overhears it and questions Chase, Sash and Holly and they admit she will be gone because she is a threat to win the game. She flips them the bird and walks off.

At Tribal Council Jeff digs deep and discovers Jane knows she’ll be voted out and she lays out who is going next! She explains that Chase and Sash have the idols and that herself, Holly, Sash and Chase had an alliance which will be broken. Jeff makes a comment to Dan and Fabio that they should team up with Jane and vote out Holly. But, like the big dummies they are they don’t do it even knowing the numbers will be against them at the next TC. Going to the vote, the chickens all roost together and unanimously vote out Jane with their five votes.

The mayhem Sunday night should be good and I can’t wait for the reunion meeting to learn how much dirt there was among these guys.

Jane the day after:

Ponderosa: Jane Pt.#1

Ponderosa: Jane Pt.#2

Most Wanted


It’s now a game of numbers and Sash is the odd man wanted. With only seven players left in the game, Sash is the most wanted and needed player this season at this point. Two alliances of three are wheeling and dealing to get Sash on their side so they can control the game and protect the alliance they now have formed. Holly, Jane and Chase look solid. Benry, Dan and Fabio look iffy.

Based on how production is editing, it seemed weird that Sash was talking about his HII with Benry, Fabio and Chase because they were from different alliances! The talk of who and what the alliances are never stopped tonight. For awhile I thought there might be false alliances setting up three or four people for eviction.

OK, ok, so much now for the suspense. Bring on the challenge for reward. Food, a shower and a massage sounds like it’s worth winning. I hope so, because the mud, sweat and tears will make the shower feel oh so good. The first part of the challenge was muddy, and then straw which sticks to the body only to find a ball which they had to throw into a barrel. Chase was first, followed by Jane, Benry and Holly.

In the second round they had to retrieve a key which opened a chest. In the chest were four sandbags which then had the land on top of a barrel. Chase absolutely crushed everyone making quick work of this part of the challenge and Benry was well ahead of the ladies.

Third round was the easiest which required the guys to dig up three rope rings with a paddle and throw them on hooks. Game over, Chase blew Benry away before he could even dig the ropes up from the sand.

Chase had to pick two people to go with him on the reward trip. His first pick was Holly because she forfeited her reward from the last challenge to get the tarp and rice. His second pick was Jane, oops! He should have taken Sash to keep him away from the guys where he might be enticed into their alliance. As expected, the guys tried to lore Sash into helping them eliminate Jane. While the others were lounging in luxury the guys ate the chicken. When Jane got back she cried for awhile and then made a small memorial for the chicken. The guys nicknamed the chicken Kel-Na to make fun of the chickens who quit.

More and more talk about who is aligned and who should be evicted. It’s really hard to tell who is doing what tonight.

For immunity they had a two part contest. First part was to unwind a rope from a sawhorse type starting point far enough so they could get a bag of gold coins at the other end of the course. Fabio, Benry and Sash were the first three to complete it and move to round two. Round two they needed to put a gold coin puzzle together. After some struggle, Sash got his done first and won immunity. This gave him individual immunity so he could save his HII.

More talk and the person who will be evicted is really up in the air. When they get to TC the talk about the game strategy even confuses the jury members and makes them wonder what the hell is going on.

After the vote which shows one vote for Holly, two votes for Fabio and four votes for Benry in a surprise evicition. It seems the Chase, Holly, Jane trio look like they pulled Sash into their alliance for the time being. I look for bigger twists the next two weeks as people turn on each other or the immunity goes to people in line for eviction. My pet peeve about no one using the HII yet is still alive. It’s really strange after the game play the last few seasons.

I’m ready for the next two weeks and see what these loonies do!

Benry – Final Words

Benry – Day After

Ponderosa – Benry Pt.1

Ponderosa – Benry Pt.2

Ponderosa – Benry Pt.3

Ponderosa – Benry Pt.4

Disgusting turn to such a weak Survivor!

Good Lord. This game has been so lame from the beginning. Now we have the worst move ever to a Survivor series. The weakest player and the wicked bitch of the east gave up and outright “QUIT” a game that most people would give anything to play. Naonka is such a selfish bitch, tell everyone your quitting and then taking the reward for the Reward Challenge. I know, she earned it, but why not volunteer to stay and take the tarp and rice for the people that still have 11 days left in the jungle! The woman has been the biggest bimbo of an excuse for a human I have ever seen. From day 1 she has done nothing but threaten and bad mouth everyone in the game. I don’t think she missed anyone and the fight over the clue with Kelly B, what an asshole!

Not much action in the episode last night. Even the challenge was a little lame. All they had to do was drag an oversized dummy through some obsticles. It was close but the bigger guys on blue team pulled through at the end.

The rest of the night was useless. We saw the winning team gorge their faces and then watch a movie.

At the TC NaOnka made a bigger ass of herself and actually said she would have won the game! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! What bullshit. She is lower than bullshit and full of hot air!

Not much else to say. Iv’e included clips of the wusses from after they left and the Ponderosa. Also, I’m posting Jeffs feelings in his blog and his update as why they them go to the Jury!

Ponderosa – Quitters Pt.1

Ponderosa – Quitters Pt.2

Kelly’s Final Words

Kelly the Day After

Naonka’s Final Words

Naonka the Day After


Jeff Probst blogs ‘Survivor: Nicaragua': Episode 12

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Okay, I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that there is a bit of an implied contract when you agree to be on Survivor.

On our side, we promise you the adventure of your lifetime. Something you have never experienced before and will probably never experience again. It’s a multi-million dollar, life-changing thrill ride that will test you on every level. We promise, and we always deliver. Always.

In exchange we expect only two things from you: Show up… and play. That’s it. When you fail to do one or both of those requirements you are not living up to your end of the bargain. One might say you are in breach of our implied contract.

That’s my new philosophy regarding quitters on Survivor. You’re breaking your contract. There are certainly exceptions to the rule, such as medical evacuations and family emergencies, but I’m talking about the contestants who just decide they don’t want to play anymore. In this case, Naonka and Purple Kelly.

You’d think that by the time you have gone through the long arduous process of casting, meeting the executives at CBS, suffering through your immunization shots, getting your passport, arranging to leave your life for 39 days, getting on a plane, meeting with the press, and then lasting 28 days to give yourself a 1-in-9 shot at winning a million dollars, that this would be a no-brainer. Of course you’re going to finish; quitting would be foolish, right?

I’m not going to rehash the events of the quit, that’s just a waste of time and space.

I will however mention that when Naonka had the chance to walk away from the reward in exchange for tarp and rice, I truly believed she would do it. I was initially shocked when she didn’t move. Shocked. Naonka had just told everybody she wanted to quit. She knew she would be eating real food and sleeping in a real bed within hours, and all she had to do was stand up and say “It’s the least I can do before I quit.” She would have redeemed herself just a little bit.

But upon reflection I can clearly see that my expectation was flawed. Naonka has been consistently selfish for 28 days, and for her to stand up and suddenly do the “right thing” would not be consistent. Naonka went out the same way she came in, “Looking out for numero uno.”

In addition to not being a lawyer, I’m also not a psychologist, but it never seems to stop me from offering up an opinion. So here’s my take on whether they will regret this later in life:

I don’t think Naonka is going to regret her actions for one moment. I think Naonka has a lot of maturing to do and it doesn’t appear to be coming anytime soon. Quitting Survivor doesn’t make Naonka a bad person in my eyes, it was just disappointing. I’ll be curious to find out the reaction from Naonka’s family at the reunion show.

In the case of Purple Kelly, I think she will learn a lot from this experience and will at some point regret not sticking it out for 11 more days.

When you quit, when you give up and walk away from a task, even though you know you have some gas left in the tank, you are in a sense giving up on yourself. Purple Kelly had a lot of gas left in her tank. She’s a very strong and resilient young woman. Naonka gave her permission to quit and she took it and ran. I have a feeling the next time Purple Kelly is in the same situation she will think a long time before quitting.

I know a lot of you are angry right now because Naonka and Purple Kelly are allowed to be on the jury, so let me explain.

The reason they will both be members of the jury is because a precedent had already been set back when Janu quit in Survivor: Palau. Janu quit the game but was allowed to be on the jury, so we used the same reasoning with Naonka and Purple Kelly. It wasn’t an emotional decision, just an issue of fairness.

And yes…Marty, Alina and Brenda were very upset when they found out these quitters would still get to have a vote to decide who wins the million dollars.

Naonka and Purple Kelly quitting just blew this game wide open. It’s like we’re starting over. Their quit benefits some and penalizes others. The person who lost the most was Sash. He not only lost Purple Kelly, who would have voted any way he wanted her to, he also lost Naonka and her idol. He could have taken those two to the end with him and probably been a shoo-in for the million dollars. Instead he now must scramble to make something happen, and other than Dan, everybody else is a threat to win the game.

From a show point of view it’s an awesome turn of events. It changed everything and makes for an exciting and unpredictable finish.

Everybody left in the game has a legitimate shot to win.

Everybody except Dan. Dan’s best hope was to go to the final with Naonka and Purple Kelly. Now that they’re gone, I cannot think of a scenario in which Dan could beat anybody to win. This makes Dan a great person to take to the end. The dilemma is going to be who else do you take to the final?

I am not picking on Dan, I actually enjoy Dan quite a bit, and I could be wrong and Dan could win. If he does win, stay glued to your television because there is a very good chance that at the live show, as I read the last “Dan” vote, I will become light-headed and pass out on the CBS stage. Fortunately, Dancing With The Stars tapes nearby, so Tom Bergeron could run over and handle the rest of the reunion show.

Okay, so we are down to seven: Jane, Benry, Fabio, Holly, Sash, Chase, and Dan. There is going to be a lot of scrambling happening from here until the end. Here is my assessment of what each player needs to do:

Chase needs to form an alliance and stick with it.

Fabio, Benry and Jane need to start winning immunity or they are in danger.

Holly needs to keep mothering and nurturing and keep the attention on others.

Sash has the most work to do since his rug has been pulled out from under him.

Dan doesn’t need to do anything; it’s been working for 28 days. Why change?

It looks like we might have an exciting finish….

See ya next week.

UPDATE (Dec. 2, 12:00pm):
In response to so many comments about last night’s episode I wanted to add a follow up on the topic of quitters being allowed to be on the jury. When Janu quit and was allowed to stay on as a member of the jury, the precedent set was one that says “if we are in the jury phase of the game and you quit, you will still be a member of the jury.” Here is why the Janu precedent is important….

If you take it one step further, you realize that the decision has major ramifications because whoever Janu was in an alliance with, may still benefit from her vote at the end of the game. It could be a million dollar vote… from a quitter.   Not the greatest situation but that’s the precedent that was set.

So, we did not believe it would be fair, based on precedent, to suddenly change the rules and say to Naonka and Purple Kelly, “you cannot be on the jury.” Because that could unfairly penalize someone in their alliance.  If that person made it to the final and Naonka and Purple Kelly were not on the jury that could make a case that it was “unfair”… based on the precedent set with Janu.

We always strive to be fair. When you remove the emotion of the situation it’s easy that this was the “fair” thing to do.  It wasn’t a popular decision on location and we understand that as fans you really don’t like it at all, but it was the fair decision.Will we look to make changes in the rules from this point forward…? Consider that a big YES. Thank you for your input, we listen to your feedback and in this case we agree with you.

I’m sure we’ll deal with this at the live reunion show on Dec. 19th as well.

It’s time for a new leader to arise from the ashes!

Two weeks ago the mighty Marty was the Grand Master of Survivor. Oops, he slipped by the way. 

During the show intro Sash and Brenda thought they were the power players, Fabio and Benry were making plans of their own and Holly and Jane were wondering what was up with Chase and NaOnka.

 The day was cold and the wind and rain were hard. People were cold and wet. The tribe decided to move the reward chests around the fire to keep the fire from going out and the heat directed toward them. (Let me see now. I believe wood is a combustible material. Aah, nothings going to happen)

 While sitting around the camp, some of the talk turned toward getting rid of Brenda.

 At the reward challenge, the teams were divided.

The Blue team was made up of : Chase, Kelly, Jane, Fabio and NaOnka.

The Yellow team was made up of : Sash, Holly, Benry, Dan and Brenda.

 The competition consisted of using 4 barrels and some rope to race across a course without falling off the barrels. The Blue team was able to figure it out quickly and were able to complete the course using only 3 barrels. The yellow team struggled and fell off one time and had to restart. They never did get the hang of it.

The Blue team was loaded into a helicopter and whisked away to Serra Negro for some volcano surfing and then pizza, chocolates and soft drinks.

Meanwhile, back at camp, the yellow team discovered that their bright idea to move the chests work so well that they got hot and burned. They lost most of their food and some tools.

More strategy talk goes on and everyone wants Brenda or Sash, with Brenda being to one they want to evict.

At the immunity challenge, they learn it’s an endurance  test. The tribe members must stand on a small platform and hold a rope with knots so they can grab and stay up. The game begins as they lean back and hold tightly at the first knot. Slowly they begin to fall. First to go is Sash. Kelly is 2nd, Holly drops 3rd, Brenda is next at 4, Dan follows her at 5, Fabio and then NaOnka were 6 & 7. The remaining players must now move to the 2nd knot! Benry drops 8th and Chase and Jane are the only ones left. It seems Chase is going to win when Jane tells everyone that her arms are getting sore. A few moments later Chase tries to adjust and falls leaving Jane as the winner.

 That night at TC the usual chatting goes on and it seems everyone talks about Brenda being the one needing to go. They vote and as expected Brenda is eliminated by a  8 – 1 – 1 vote. NaOnka and Benry got votes from Brenda and Kelly.

After that TC it now seems that there is no clear leader in an alliance. The next few weeks should be interesting. And amazing but true “DAN” is the man. He has managed to hang in the game way beyond the time I thought he would. Jane now looks like she will do well with the physical challenges.

Need to change Fabio to “George of the Jungle” he’s always running into a tree!! The man must be all bruises right now.

Kelly finally mustered up a few words at TC.

 And last but certainly not least, when the hell is someone going to play an idol?  

 Last week was just a recap of what has gone on and not much new information was given. I could do without that unless they showed serious and funny out takes from the challenges.

 This week should heat up things a little and maybe some good action will take place!

Ponderosa – Brenda Pt.1

Brenda Pt.2