Survivor Caramoan…Favorites are Dominating

As the Fans tribe gets picked off one by one, we get closer and closer to a merge.  Otherwise, this season is going to end up being the Favorites versus the Favorites.  Shamar has been annoying everyone both in his tribe and here at home for weeks now, but last night he finally bid adieu.  He ended up getting something in his eye and scratching his cornea.  Since it could potentially effect his vision, he was pulled from the game.  I think this was to the relief of Shamar, his tribe and all of America.  Watching him laying around and hearing him boss the others into bring him his rice was just too much.  I feel much compassion for Shamar and I hope he gets the help he needs.  :(

However prior to Shamar leaving the game, he does participate in this week’s Reward challenge.  Unlike last week, the Reward challenge and the Immunity challenge are split up.  As with most of the challenges so far this season, the competition is very close.  At the end of this challenge, all competitors must stand on a little ledge in the water together.  Shamar makes the mistake of thinking it would be better for him to be on all fours.  I think he really just couldn’t stand up and balance, but truthfully this killed the chances of the Fans.  No way could they easily fit on the platform with Shamar taking up so much space.  The Favorites win another challenge.

The Immunity challenge once again involves swimming and throwing.  Aren’t there any other types of challenges?  Anyway, Favorites take an early lead.  It looks like the Fans don’t have any chance of winning this but in the final part when Reynold must throw bags and knock down blocks, he does an impressive job and catches up…almost.  Philip doesn’t lose his cool and is able to win by a block or two.  Once again the Favorites are safe from Tribal.

Back at the Fans camp, Matt approaches Michael with the idea of breaking the alliance to vote off Laura.  She is clearly the weakest link on the tribe, but it means losing a vote in favor of keeping stronger in challenges.  Michael isn’t sure, but does see the logic in this.  Julia and Sherri aren’t too sure this is the right thing to do.  They see what is going on here…females are now being picked off one by one.  Matt tells Reynold of the plan to vote of Laura, but Reynold isn’t believing him.  At tribal, Reynold plays his HII.  The jokes on Reynold because everyone, except for Laura votes Laura out.

I think this was the right thing to do.  They need to keep the tribe strong.  Voting off the strong players is just going to lead to them all being voted off eventually.  Hopefully, they can get their act together and WIN something so that we can get some drama going over in the Favorites camp.  Speaking of drama, did you watch next week’s preview?  Brandon has a hissy fit and upends the rice into the sand.  Maybe Survivor is finally starting to come alive?  Stay tuned…Bloggergal

Survivor Loses Hope

So, I surprised my husband with tickets for the spring training baseball game between the Phillies and the Yankees in Clearwater Florida.  I was looking forward to some fun in the sun.  Unfortunately, the sun was somewhere lost behind the rain clouds.  We still had a good trip.  We were lucky.  The rain stopped and we were able to see the whole game.  On the whole, the rain didn’t ruin the trip.  However, as soon as I arrived home, I got sick.  I’ve been in bed for the last three days.  I watched Survivor, but I couldn’t get myself to type.  That brings me to today, Saturday.  Sorry this is so late, but I hope I hear from you!

The major drama at the Fan’s camp  is Shamar’s anger.  I don’t even know how to comment about this.  I feel for this veteran that has probably seen and done a lot in his life.  I’m confused as to what he’s doing on Survivor.  Is Survivor taking advantage of him for TV ratings?  Is he pretending to be a veteran with PTSD because if he’s really having issues, then seriously, he shouldn’t be on Survivor. That whole “I’m gonna quit because I’m not in a happy place” was all BS.  Hey, it did take up a few minutes of air time though, didn’t it?   I look forward to seeing him together with Philip “the Specialist” Sheppard.  That should be interesting.

I’m always amused by the HII hunt.  You would think that as soon as all contestants are placed in camp that the very first thing they would do is run off and look for the HII.  Well, that doesn’t seem to happen.  I use the word “seem” because what the heck do we know what’s really going on?  After two weeks, we get a scene where Malcolm and Corinne are off hunting the HII and low and behold they find it.  This puts Malcolm in a bit of a conundrum because he has to share this with Corinne.  The other tribe members sense a closeness forming between the two and plan to target Corinne.

The Immunity Challenge once again involves swimming, diving, hauling and tossing.  Fans and Favorites are neck and neck throughout the whole challenge.  The toss is a bit of talent mixed with a lot of luck.  Brandon pulls it off for the Favorites and they win Immunity for the second time in a row.  Included with Immunity are comfort items–chairs, pillows, a blanket and a tarp.

The Fans are concerned about Reynold having the HII, so they decide to split the votes.  The girls will vote for Hope and the guys will vote for Eddie.  I’m not following their logic.  Do they really think that Reynold will use the HII on someone other than himself?  So anyway, at this point the vote will be tied three ways–Shamar, Hope and Eddie.  Shamar hints to Hope that this is going to happen.  If she had any smarts, she would realize what he was saying and vote off Eddie and save herself, but alas, she doesn’t get the hint.  Instead, she goes back to camp and tells on Shamar.  What an ass.  For a second, it looks like Julia may convince Laura to jump ship and vote off Shamar, but it doesn’t happen.  The vote comes back tied three ways.  Everyone but the three re-vote and Hope is the next to have her torch extinguished.  It’s really hard to feel sorry for her when she just sat around and let it happen.

Some quick comments:

The two “cool” guys on the Fans tribe actually converse about their gal getting voted off referring to it as “revenge of the nerds”.  Really?

Sherri talks about how she is the owner of SEVERAL franchises and deals with a lot of employees under the age of 24.  Am I correct that she used the word “brat”?  I say every one of her franchise workers should call in sick on the same day.

Survivor continues to try to make Brandon out as a bad guy.  He comments about his tribe going after him saying, “I’ll pee in the rice.”  “I’ll pee in the beans.”  “I’ll burn the shelter to the ground.”  Oohh, those are some scary comments, but sorry, still not buying it Brandon.

It is interesting to see how words are misinterpreted.  Hope says that Shamar told her she was 99% going, but what he really said was “It’s NOT 99%”  You hear what you want to hear I guess.  Since we don’t hear every single word, there is no way to tell if what the others are saying Shamar said is true.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  Stay tuned…Bloggergal

 

Survivor Caramoan…Hey Reynold…What’s that in your pocket?

I thought that last night’s hour of Survivor seemed to be only minutes.  Does that mean it was good?  I’m not sure.  I didn’t think much happened last night, did it?

We started with a little bit of Brandon wanting to be like his uncle Russell, but falling a wee bit short!  Dawn crying over…what the heck was Dawn crying about?  Philip telling Brandon that he’s the CEO and Brandon is still middle management (LOL).

Over in the other camp, we have Shamar portrayed as a lazy loner.  Notice I say portrayed.  A lot of times on Survivor what we see is not really what is going on.  However, since Reynold stated that Shamar was in the shelter for 19 hours of a day, I guess he might be kinda lazy!

The Immunity challenge this week involved diving into water to remove poles that would then release tubes.  When all the tubes were released, those on shore had to pull their teammates in.  The final part of the challenge was throwing the tubes onto poles.  The first team to get three tubes onto poles wins.  Just like last week, it will come down to throwing accuracy.

The Fans really mess this one up.  Instead of taking turns diving to remove the poles, Sherri is coming up for air and then diving again.  This is a bad strategy because she’s not getting a chance to recover.  The Favorites are taking turns diving.  There are three out on the water so this gives each of them a good chance to catch their breath before having to dive again.  The Favorites recover all their tubes pretty quickly.  The Fans are struggling.  Finally Sherri is out of the water, but the other two can only hold their breath for what seems a second or two.  Since the Favorites have a lot of time to throw the tubes, they take an early lead.  They only need to get one more tube onto a pole when the Fans make somewhat of a comeback.  However, Philip scores the winning point and the Favorites are safe this week.  They also get to take fishing gear back to camp.

I like that the Fans lost this time.  It keeps the game from being too one-sided and keeps everyone on their toes.  There is, at least to us, a clear division at the Fans camp.  The two couples are hanging out all on their own, giving the other six a safe majority.  Reynold must have realized that because he goes on a hunt to find the HII.  Miraculously (or conveniently) he finds it.

Reynold focuses on Shamar’s laziness to try to take the target off him and his allies.  The way Shamar is portrayed, I wanted to see him out of there, but he is the strongest on the team.  The six decide to target Allie because they feel she is the smartest of the four.  As they are leaving for tribal, Julia notices a bulge in Reynold’s pants.  Teehee…lots of jokes to go with this one!  She tries to subtly tell her tribe mates about this during counsel and it forces Reynold to admit he has the HII.  Sherri makes a point of saying that her vote will remain the same…determining Allie’s fate.  BTW, does anyone else think that Sherri resembles an older Sandra Bullock?

Reynold doesn’t play the HII.  The vote goes as expected.  Six for Allie and four for Shamar.  Reynold is still sitting pretty with his HII.  The other two should be a bit worried.

Speaking of HII, what’s going on over at the Favorites camp?  Philip is too busy giving his camp mates silly spy names and no one is looking for the HII.  In case you don’t know, Philip has written a book titled “The Specialist:  the Costa Rica Job”.  This smart man is promoting his book without saying a word!  I haven’t read it yet, but I’ll let you know what I think when I do.

Stay tuned all!  Welcome back to the regulars and welcome to the newbies!  Please realize that if you comment for the very first time, it has to be approved.  Bloggergal

Survivor Caramoan…Are you with the Fans or the Favorites?

So what did you think of the premier of Survivor Fans versus Favorites?  Personally, I’m conflicted because I love some of those Survivor Favorites, but I always cheer for the underdog, so I would love to see the Fans do well.

A competition was held immediately upon landing on Caramoan.  The winning team gets flint and beans.  It was a physical comp that just came down to who out-muscled who.  The Fans have Shamar.  He’s an ex-Marine and Iraq war veteran.  He’s one big wall of muscle!  He is also the Fan’s best hope when it comes to physical aggressive competitions.  I think some of the other Fans were less aggressive just because it was their first competition and they may have felt a bit intimidated.  The Favorites won this comp easily.

One highlight from brand new camp life was when Shamar first let the others try to make a fire while he sat back and watched.  Finally, when they failed, he stepped in and saved the day.  This solidified his place in the tribe.  I really think the whole tribe would be crazy not to hang on to Shamar as he truly is a Survivor from his war days.

Of course, we have the first week scramble for alliances.  The “pretty/popular” people on the Fan tribe have formed an alliance.  Pretty and popular were their words not mine.  They also quickly became two couples.  Sigh…you may be pretty and popular, but you are playing Survivor stupid!

The first competition for Immunity involved climbing and throwing.  All in all, a pretty easy first competition.  It would all come down to speed and even more important accuracy.  The end of the competition involved tossing bean bags into holes.  The first team to get all their bags into the holes wins Immunity.  I knew that the Favorites would pick Malcolm as their tosser because he excelled at this kind of thing last season.  I really thought they had it in the bag, especially when they were able to take a slight lead.  However, the Fans made a great comeback and their tosser was spot on.  Fans win first Immunity!  Actually, I cheered.  I love when the underdogs do good.  Also, I think an early win will give the Fans the confidence they need to make this Survivor a REAL competition.

The Favorites were broken up into multiple alliances with some Favs on more than one.  So, in other words, it got a bit confusing since we don’t get to see everything.  First name spoken to be voted off was Phillip.  I was screaming “no” because Philip is a friend of mine now.  Phillip enjoys playing Survivor and also playing to his audience!  If you remember from Phillip’s first season, the first person voted off was Francesca.  She and Phillip didn’t get along at all during that brief stint of hers.  Phillip had a good time mispronouncing her name and calling her Francesqua.  Well this time, she’s the one who mentions Phillips name first.

Phillip on the other hand aims straight for Francesca!  His alliance seems way more solid with Dawn, Cochran, Malcolm, Corinne and Andrea.  Andrea was lying to Francesca’s alliance and they figure it out, so their vote changes to her.  In the end, Francesca is voted off by a vote of 6 to 4 with the four votes all going to Andrea.

Some random observations…Cochran seems more mature and savvy this time around.  Dawn was always one of my favorites, so I’m glad to see her playing again.  Brandon was pretty mellow this episode, but the preview of next week’s show puts him in a different light.  Phillip is still sporting his now famous pink undies!  Last time he wore them, I was saying “ewww”, but this time I just think its funny.  Andrea is one tough Survivor competitor!  Did you see Cochran’s sunburn?  Big time OUCH!

See you next week….Bloggergal

Survivor: Caramoan Cast is Announced!!!

Yesterday CBS announced the cast of Survivor: Caramoan, the second Fans versus Favorites series.  You can watch the video above!  It looks like an interesting mix of favorites including some that you probably loved and others that you probably hated.  I’m excited to see Philip Sheppard on again mainly because I enjoyed spending time with him last year at Reality Rally and I can look at him in a whole different way this time.  Of course, I’m sure everyone is thrilled to see Malcolm get a second chance.  My guess is the target on his back is HUGE though.  Some of the other returnees are getting a chance to right their stupid previous wrongs.  We shall see if they learned anything the first time around!

Survivor: Caramoan begins on February 13th at 8:00 p.m.  In the meanwhile, I’ll be blogging American Idol this season.  I have to admit, I’m not a fan of any of the judges so we will see how it goes.  Also, I feel that AI is getting a bit stale.  Can this group breathe life into a dying beast?  Watch (and read my blog) to see!

Welcome back all!  I hope you are having a very Happy New Year!  Bloggergal

Survivor Crowns Its Newest Millionaire Denise Stapley

Well, all that remains of Survivor Philippines is this recap.  By now I’m sure you know that the sole Survivor is Denise Stapley.  Here’s a quick review.

The final four contestants were Lisa, Denise, Malcolm and Mike Skupin.  The reward challenge gave the winner an advantage for the final Immunity.  Malcolm once again proved that he is a wiz at puzzles and wins the reward challenge and the advantage in the final challenge.  It turns out that the advantage is that he is able to get a second chance.  Let me explain.  I always find this challenge nerve wracking.  The contestants have to hold a series of pegs while balancing a little ball and of course, not dropping the ball.  Each time period involves more pegs making the challenge harder and harder.  You drop your ball, you lose…except for Malcolm.  Since he won reward, he gets a second chance.  This should hand him this challenge on a silver platter right?  Wrong.  Malcolm seems to have a bit of a tremor.  He cannot keep that ball balanced.  He drops it once and then yep, he drops it again.  He is first out of this one.  Denise is second to lose.  Funny how the two that needed to win the most are the first two to lose, huh?  It’s between Lisa and Skupin and Skupin eeks out the win.  I was disappointed.  I wanted to see Lisa win SOMETHING. Oh well.

So, with Skupin having Immunity the choice is between voting off Malcolm or voting off Denise.  Lisa is convinced that the right thing to do is to vote off Malcolm because they don’t have a chance against him.  Well truthfully, Lisa doesn’t have a chance at all so what did she care?  Skupin is up in the air because he has a final three with Malcolm, but in the end chooses to take Denise to the final three.  Oops!  Also, I don’t know if it occurred to Malcolm and Denise that they could have voted Lisa, thus making the vote tied 2-2.  In that case a final challenge is held to decide the winner.  In the past, it has been a fire starting challenge–remember Bob Crowley’s season?  Well, that’s neither here nor there because Malcolm is voted off and your final three will face the jury.

As usual, at the jury meeting some contestants are mature and handle it with aplomb and others show their feelings of regret and wishing they could get revenge.  On the whole, it was a pretty tame jury.  When the voting occurs, Lisa receives one vote and Skupin receives one vote and Denise wins with all the rest of the votes.  Lisa wins the fan vote and $100,000.

This morning I was able to talk to Gillian Larson from Survivor Gabon about her latest experience at the Survivor Philippines finale.  If you read my blogs regularly, you probably know that Gillian is the creator of Reality Rally, a fundraising event held yearly in Temecula California.  The event involves Reality Stars and Gillian makes a point to meet each and every new one and get them involved in her amazing charity work.  I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.

Gillian was able to meet this season’s Survivors.  She makes a point of mentioning that she feels that this season’s Survivor was one of the best because the players were “honorable” with very little dramatics.  She is correct in that this season the players played Survivor. Everyone was interested in the game and wanted to win and they sure played that way.  Of course, it’s debatable about what the public really does want.  Do they want to watch sincere players compete honestly and with dignity and maturity or do they want to see players make fools of themselves, for instance…well you know who!

Gillian had only good things to say about this new batch of reality stars.  She was thrilled with Denise winning Survivor and felt that she was authentic.  Gillian used the words “delightful” “real” and “engaging” to describe Survivor’s newest millionaire.  All the other contestants were over any hard feelings they had on the show.  They were interacting well with each other and seemed to be enjoying their brand new fan base.

Gillian specifically mentioned that Denise and Abi-Maria have no hard feelings toward each other.  Gillian is from South Africa and she says she can understand what Abi-Maria is talking about when she speaks of cultural differences.  She admits that she had to make adjustments here in America also.  It’s good to know that Survivor helped Abi learn how to relate to us Americans!

One contestant that Gillian felt didn’t get to show his true self was Artis.  She says he is very outgoing and funny–not at all as serious as he was portrayed on the show.  Sometimes editing makes you look different than what you are.

Let me take a few moments to promote Reality Rally–an amazing event that will be held on the first weekend of April in Temecula California.  Reality Rally raises funds for Michelle’s Place, a breast cancer resource center.  Michelle died at age 26 due to a missed diagnosis at 19 years-old. Reality Rally is produced by over 600 people who see the value of being involved. The event is in tribute to Michelle, Jenn Lyon from Survivor Palua and Gillian’s brother who all died too young of cancer. We have all been touched by this dreaded disease.  Reality stars from shows all over the world participate in Reality Rally to help fight this disease and help promote awareness.  Since my sister is a breast cancer survivor, this charity is very close to my heart also.

The reality stars participate in an Amazing Race type event.  This event gives fans a chance to not only meet and greet their favorite stars, but actually play a reality game with their favs!  Already signed up for this year’s event is this season’s Survivor contestant Mike Skupin.  A list of reality stars who have already signed up to attend Reality Rally can be seen by clicking here.  By donating to your favorite stars page you help not only the star but more importantly Michelle’s Place and breast cancer patients and survivors.  So please help by donating!

Gillian also tells me that she was able to get a piece of the ACTUAL SURVIVOR TRIBAL COUNCIL SET!!!!  This ornate (and heavy!) piece of wood has been signed by a large number of this season’s contestants along with the Survivor set designer.  This item will be auctioned off to benefit Michelle’s Place so keep checking the Reality Rally website or better yet–like it on Facebook so you are sure to know when this item is available.  If you are a Survivor diehard fan, this item will be very cool to have!

If you are looking to have some fun, raise money for charity and soak in some southern California sun, please consider attending this year’s Reality Rally.  Not only do you get to meet over 100 reality stars, but you even get to meet me!  LOL  What more can you ask for?

I’ve once again enjoyed hanging out with you here on the Survivor blog.  I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful winter, Holiday season and healthy happy start to 2013.  I’ll be back here, along with BBBlogger in February for the next Survivor season of Fans versus Favorites.  Until then…Bloggergal xxoo

 

Who is the moron now, Abi-Maria?

With Sunday’s finale looming right around the corner, this Survivor episode should have had us sitting on the edge of our seat, but instead it was ho-hum.  Surviving are the two duos of Lisa and Skupin and Denise and Malcolm along with the loner Abi-Maria.  IMO, Abi-Maria has done everything in her power to NOT win Survivor Philippines and tonight she proved successful in that goal!  Here’s a quick rundown.  I say quick because it’s cookie baking day in Bloggergal’s house!

The Reward competition comes down to Malcolm and Skupin.  I know, surprising right?  Skupin pulls this one off.  If you remember, last week Reward went to Malcolm.  The Reward is a helicopter ride to a boat with pizza, etc. and a chance to swim with the fish–with scuba gear, not the gangster way!  Skupin is able to take two others with him.  He chooses Malcolm because Malcolm picked him last week.  He also chooses his buddy Lisa.  This leaves Abi-Maria and Denise back at camp alone. (tee-hee)

While at the Reward, Malcolm asks Lisa and Skupin to form a new alliance for a final three.  In other words, he plans to turn on his partner from the beginning Denise.  Well, from a game point of view, yeah…not a bad move.  Denise is one helluva player.  Of course Skupin is no slacker either!  Lisa agrees but she knows having Malcolm in the final three is a no-no.

Back at camp, Abi-Maria is talking and talking and talking to Denise.  The Survivor editors do a cute job of this and you can hear and feel Denise’s discomfort.

The day of the Immunity Challenge, Denise wakes up with a bite on her neck and severe pain.  Denise is tough, but you can see that she is really suffering.  It looks to me like she was bitten by a vampire–just sayin’.  Skupin and Lisa pray over Denise to help heal her.  Survivor sure has become a religious show in the last few seasons, hasn’t it?  I always picture God sitting somewhere saying, “NOW, what do those Survivor contestants want from me?”

The Immunity Challenge involves a physical as well as a puzzle part.  Surprisingly, all contestants, except for Malcolm get through the physical part around the same time.  Malcolm falls off and has to start over.  You would think that would put him out of the competition, but this is Malcolm we are talking about!  Denise seems to fly through the puzzle, but then has difficulty at the end and has to readjust some pieces.  Malcolm catches up with the others and then puts the puzzle together as if he’s done it before.  Once again, Malcolm wins Immunity.  This means that not only does Malcolm have immunity, but he also has a HII.  He could, conceivably use it on one of the players, but why stir up a bees nest?

With the four still (supposedly) strong, it looks like fire out for Abi-Maria at tribal.  She makes sure she says some really stupid things to insure this!  For instance, she calls Skupin a moron.  LOL  How she’s made it this far in the game is unbelievable to me.  Abi-Maria is voted off the tribe.  Can you say…it’s about time?  The only thing is from a player strategy…was this the way to go?  Wouldn’t it have been better to blindside Denise and get rid of one of the strongest players?  Or even better, Denise and Lisa could have gotten together and blindsided Skupin.

So now we have our final four.  It looks pretty obvious that Lisa is going to make it to the final two.  I know if I were Malcolm, Skupin or Denise, I’d want her next to me in the end.  It all comes down to who wins Immunity at the next challenge, doesn’t it?  See you on Sunday.  I can’t believe another season of Survivor is coming to an end.

I have a Survivor Finale party interview scheduled with my dear friend and Reality Rally guru…Gillian Larson.  Stay tuned for all the inside information!  Bloggergal

Survivor..And Then There Were Five

Last night was family reunion time on Survivor.  Each of the remaining six contestants were able to meet up and compete with a member of their family.  Malcolm was teamed up with his younger brother.  Skupin was teamed up with his oldest son.  Abi Maria was teamed with her mother, who by the way hardly spoke a word of English.  Lisa was teamed with her younger brother.  Carter was teamed up with his mom.  Denise was teamed up with her very tall husband.  My husband was rolling his eyes when the families were introduced.  You would think they hadn’t seen a family member in years instead of just 30+ days.  Lisa was totally ridiculous in how she carried on.  The only two that I think should have been so emotional was Denise and her husband. Do I think that Survivor makes them play this part up?  Yup, I do!

The competition was a bit hard to watch since Abi-Maria’s mother was so out of her element.  I’m not crazy about Abi but that was just silly.  Of course Malcolm and his young strapping brother won.  Prize was to spend the night with your family member at camp.  Malcolm was able to pick two other contestants to do the same.  Surprisingly, at least to me, Malcolm picked Lisa and Skupin.  He says it was his way of thanking them for sticking by him last week at Tribal.  I think he was totally unfair to his partner from the start Denise.

This almost backfired big time on Malcolm because Lisa’s brother convinced her to start playing the game like a..well like a gamer.  He had her in agreement to blindside Malcolm at tribal.  Fortunately for Malcolm, he won Individual Immunity.  Teehee.  I love Malcolm and am pulling for him.  This left the choice of who would be voted off between Abi-Maria and Carter.  Carter is the stronger player, but Abi-Maria is a royal pain in the butt.  The players decide to play smartly and vote off Carter.  Every single one of them knows that taking Abi-Maria to the finals will insure a win.

So, do you think it would have been better to get rid of one of the stronger players like Skupin or Denise instead of Carter?  Tell me what you think!

Have a great rest of the week.  Bloggergal

 

Abi Maria May Be Down But Don’t Count Her Out!

After last week’s Tribal, Abi-Maria realizes that her days on Survivor are numbered.  Everyone is expecting her to be the next voted off, so of course that’s not what happens, right?

This week featured the Survivor auction.  Each contestant receives $500 to use to bid on items that Jeff presents.  Denise uses her whole $500 on a complete breakfast.  Malcolm gets a plate of donuts and iced coffee.  Skupin buys a plate of cheese and wine.  Penner wins a covered item…fried chicken and fries.  Carter wins another covered item.  This one is a baked potato with all the fixings, but he is given the option to trade it for rice and beans for the whole tribe.  Carter unselfishly trades.  Lisa wins a covered dish which turns out to be a gigantic sandwich and soda.  Carter once again wins and this time gets veal shanks.  The whole tribe gets to share, but only for sixty seconds.  This is truly a caveman/woman moment.  Abi Maria has been sitting quietly throughout this whole ordeal.  When Jeff asks her why she isn’t bidding, she says that since she will be voted off soon, she will get to eat then.  This girl has such a ‘tude, but doesn’t seem to realize it.  Well, she bids her whole $500 when Jeff says the item up for auction is an “advantage” in the game.  Those donuts aren’t looking so good now are they, Malcolm?

When she gets time alone, Abi realizes that she has received a move directly to the finals in the next Immunity Challenge.  She tries to put one over on the tribe by saying she has another Hidden Immunity Idol, but I’m not sure if the others believe her or not.  The Immunity Challenge involves untying knots and climbing through an obstacle course.  The finals come down to Carter, Penner and Abi.  Did anyone else notice that the knots in the third round were all small–like in perfect for a girls fingers?  Abi wins the Immunity Challenge sending the tribe into a tailspin because now they must vote out one of the “final six”.

Abi has Carter and Penner voting against Denise.  Malcolm and Denise are planning on voting for Penner.  Up for grabs are the twosome of Lisa and Skupin.  Lisa is still playing the “I can play this game with morals” card and tells Penner that since she made an agreement with Malcolm and Denise to go to the end that she is voting Penner off.  This leaves Skupin who seems to be up in the air about which way he should vote.  Personally, I think he should have voted off Denise because she is such a strong, strong player.  However, he sticks to his final four deal and votes off Penner.  Penner puts on a bit of show as he exits.

This leaves us with Abi hanging out there with no true alliances.  Malcolm and Denise are as solid as ever and still in an alliance with Skupin and Lisa who are also a tight-twosome.  Carter has to realize that he’s in a bit of trouble, especially since he voted against Denise.

Thanks to BBBlogger for filling in for me once again!  I had a great time with my family in the fabulous Las Vegas.  See you next week!  Bloggergal

You Could Get Hit By A Car…Even On Survivor!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of our friends who follow this Survivor Blog! We are very thankful for each and everyone of you!!

One of my favorite things about this season of Survivor is Penner! He is by far one of the most entertaining, witty, funny guys to play the game. He started talking about Abi and how she is going home this week if she does not play the idol. He then made a comment about getting hit by a car when crossing the street…referring to the idea that ANYTHING could happen to anyone at anytime.

So with that I pictured Jeff Probst driving a golf cart around the island and running into people…made me laugh a little bit on this Thanksgiving Thursday! :)

***pausing to let that image sink in some!**

So let’s get to yesterdays episode. Reward challenge. Break up the 8 into 2 teams of 4. Younger vs Older is how it shook out and they played a game called flip the giant coin. 3 of them in 3 circles. Looked like a fun game and some of the castaways were confused and ended up flipping a coin at the wrong time or forgetting to flip their opponents coin. Basically…the younger team of Malcom, Abi, Pete and Carter prevailed. They won a spa day on a different island. Not sure which guy it was but he wiggled his fingers when he said he needed a pedicure. LOL…good thing he is a boy! :)

Spa time was nice…nice bath, clean hair, FOOD, all the things one could want.

When it was over, Abi was glowing and not just because she was clean…she wanted to share her experience with everyone…which made the old school people who did not get a spa day a little jealous.

On to the immunity challenge, which is a fun 3 part elimination race where the castaways needed to push a buoy on a rope. First round is through a complex maze and first 5 go to round 2. Penner, Carter, Malcom, Denise and Skupin. Now lets add some more difficulty to the challenge. Lets make sure we keep the people off of the ground. On the balance beam and pushing the buoy around it. Good stuff. Final 3 for the round is Carter, Skupin and Denise. (is it just me or is Denise rocking this challenge!)

Final leg is where we add water to the mix and in a close finish Carter gets by the last knot before Skupin and won individual immunity.

So with 2 hidden immunity idols in the mix and Abi and Pete looking like they are gonners there is one interesting idea.

Split vote, flush out Abi’s immunity idol, and maybe flip Skupin and get Malcom out and have him walk out with his idol in his pocket. But in the end, Skupin stayed loyal and Abi played her idol so Pete was eliminated.

Bye bye Pete! It was fun but your time is up….buh bye!

There was some awkwardness with Abi and it ended up almost coming off as mean toward Abi. I am still not sure what to make of it. Just left me with a weird feeling afterwards.

So will the final 4 alliance of Malcom, Skupin, Lisa and Denise stick? Will the final 6 keep Abi around for a little while longer?

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