Survivor 29 — Starving On The Beach

After last week’s exciting elimination of Kingpin Drew, this week’s episode was not quite as interesting.  Perhaps if Jon and Jaclyn had decided to ally themselves with Kelly and Dale instead of Missy and Baylor, things would have been a bit more surprising.  But instead, Jon and Jaclyn decided to do the predictable thing and go with the more personable allies and voted out Kelly.

And personally, I think they made a mistake.  Missy is not interested in playing the game.  At this point, her only reason for being on Survivor is to protect her daughter.  And while that’s admirable, it’s not exactly a good strategy for Survivor.  Judging from Kelly’s remarks after she was voted out, she was capable of separating her role of being a daughter from her role in playing Survivor.  Missy does not have that ability and, ultimately, I’m guessing that her loyalty to Baylor will be her downfall.

Say what you will about Baylor, she’s playing to win.  And it’s easy for me to imagine her betraying her mom (and anyone else) to make it to the final two.

Anyway, as for what happened this season — we had a tribal shakeup.  Jeff called the tribes together and had them all drew new buffs and we ended up with two new tribes!

The Coyopa tribe is now made up of:

1) Jon

2) Jaclyn, Jon’s girlfriend

3) Kelly

4) Dale, Kelly’s father

5) Baylor

6) Missy, Baylor’s mom

7) Keith

Keith, being the only member of the tribe to not have a partner, was the obvious odd man out.  However, nobody seemed to be interested in targeting him.  Instead, it was pretty much Missy & Baylor vs. Dale & Kelly, with Jon & Jaclyn ultimately deciding the balance of power.

As for the new Hanahpu tribe:

1) Reed

2) Josh

3) Jeremy

4) Julie

5) Natalie

6) Wes

7) Alec

Reed and Josh are the only couple in this tribe and Jeremy is looking to target both of them.  Jeremy is also trying to recruit Alec into an alliance.  Alec, meanwhile, is shocked — just shocked! — that his brother Drew was voted out.

However, Hanahpu has a problem.  Even though they easily won the immunity challenge, they are nearly out of rice and facing the possibility of starving on the beach.  Apparently, the old Hanahpu Tribe did bother to ration the rice.

After Reed told Jeff about the situation, Jeff — who didn’t appear to be particularly sympathetic — said that he would bring them more rice but that there would be a price to be.

And what is that price?

We’ll find out next week!

My guess?  Hanahpu will have to agree to go to Tribal to get it.

What do y’all think?

‘Til then,

Lisa Marie

Survivor 29 — Fall of the Kingpin

Hi y’all!

Well, on tonight’s episode, we finally got to see what’s been happening over on the Hunahpu Tribe.  The past three episodes have been so dominated by the struggles of Coyopa that we hadn’t really gotten a chance to really see the group dynamic is working over on Hunahpu.

However, tonight, we finally got a chance.  Because Drew decided to throw the immunity challenge (and don’t even get me started on how mind-blowingly stupid an idea that was), Hunahpu finally had to go to tribal and we finally got to see how the members of the tribe work together as a group.

And how do they work together?

Well, they don’t.

As Natalie put it, the Hunahpu Tribe is a hot mess.

Here’s what we saw and what we learned tonight as we watched Hunahpu:

First off, Keith went looking for the hidden immunity idol and, when he didn’t find it right away, he decided that Jeremy must have it.  Instead of asking Jeremy or trying to start an alliance with Jeremy, Keith immediately told everyone else in the tribe that Jeremy had the idol.  Hilariously, right after he sold out Jeremy, Keith found the idol.  So now, if Keith does ever use the idol, he’s going to look like a huge liar.

Of course, everyone else in the tribe automatically tracked down Jeremy and told him what Keith was saying.  Jeremy got angry.  Now, I still like Jeremy but, for two episodes in a row now, he’s been playing the game emotionally instead of logically.  He takes things personally which you really can’t do in a game like Survivor.  Jeremy’s emotions are going to be his downfall.  While it’s understandable that Jeremy now wants to get rid of Keith, Jeremy needs to understand that he needs to come up with a better argument than, “I’m mad at him.”

Julie reacted well to John Rocker being voted off.  She actually seemed to be somewhat relieved.  However, it appears that Jon and some of the other male tribe members don’t feel that she’s helping out enough around camp.

Jon and Drew both seemed to believe that they are in charge of the tribe.  As far as the women are concerned, Natalie seems to be stepping up into a leadership role but it’s yet to be seen if that’s due to her being a good leader and just because she talks a lot.

Drew (who described himself as being the tribe’s “kingpin”) pretty much dominated tonight’s episode, from the moment that he found the lost flint to when he unsuccessfully attempted to convince Jeff to trade the tribe some fishing gear for that “barely used” flint (Jeff’s reaction was priceless) to tribal council where Drew was finally voted off the island.

And what a crazy tribal council that was!  Both Keith and Kelley got one vote.  Kelley’s one vote came from Drew who was so convinced that Kelley was planning on starting an all-girl’s alliance that he intentionally threw the immunity comp so he could vote her out.  However, it was Natalie that rallied all the girls and, with the boys dividing their votes between three separate people (Keith, Kelley, and Julie), it only took their four votes to get Drew out of the game.

What a crazy episode!

I can’t wait until next week.  Judging from the previews, Jon is going to go crazy.  I know that the preview featured Jeff saying, “Drop your buffs!” but it’s way too early for a merge.  So, I’m guessing that their going to do a random draw and the two tribes are going to be reshuffled.

‘Til then,

Lisa Marie

Survivor 29 — Is Everyone Happy Now?

Hi y’all!

So, is everyone happy now?

I know I am, even though tonight’s vote at tribal council means that one of my early predictions has failed to come true.  Three weeks ago, when I took a look at the first episode of this latest season of Survivor, I predicted that John Rocker would get on everyone’s nerves but he’d end up surviving for a while just because he’s such a physical threat.

Well, it turns out that I was half right.  John Rocker got on everyone’s nerves.  However, the fact that he was the biggest guy on the Coyopa Tribe did not work out to his advantage.  In fact, it may have hurt him.  The only thing scarier than a jerk with a bad temper is a jerk with a bad temper who also happens to be 7 feet tall!

We no longer have to worry about Mr. Rocker going crazy and attacking everyone around him because, in the season’s first true blindside, John Rocker was voted off the island tonight.

As to why he was voted out, well, there were a lot of reasons.  Nobody on the Coyopa Tribe liked him.  Nobody felt that they could trust him.  John Rocker proved to have little social game.  From the minute he announced that he had tried to protect Val, I know that he’d probably be going home.  He pretty much sealed his fate the minute that he threatened to punch out Natalie’s teeth.  One could tell by the tone of his voice that he meant what he was saying.  At that point, everyone could see just how emotional and unpredictable scary old John Rocker could be.

And so, the season’s first villain has left the island.  And making it ever nicer is the fact that he left with an idol in his pocket!

A few random observations:

  • As much as I don’t like John Rocker, Natalie’s trash talk got on my nerves as well.  If Rocker had ignored her, imagine how much respect everyone would have had for him.
  • The challenge between Wes and Keith was pretty exciting.  I’m glad that Wes won but Keith’s reaction was so human and so real that, for me, it justified the whole Blood vs. Water format.
  • I wonder how Julie will react to seeing that John Rocker has been voted out.  At first, I thought she would voluntarily leave the island but, the more I think about, the more I think that she might be somewhat relieved that she can finally have a chance to play her own game.  I doubt that she’ll be that surprised.
  • I can’t wait to see what Drew tries to pull on Jeff Probst next week!

That it for now.

Lisa Marie

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

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