Last night was a big night for Reality TV fans with the finale of Big Brother following the premier of Survivor. I had to stay up all the way to 11:00 p.m.! Looking back, I guess I have to give props to Andy. He played the game he wanted to and it got him the win. Of course, it comes as no surprise that Elissa was able to pull off America’s Favorite Player. Did you take a look at Spencer’s face when it was announced? Teehee.
Okay, so on to Survivor. We have two tribes…one with the newbies and one with the returning Survivors. Thus, blood versus water…right? Jeff surprises everyone, yep even me, by announcing that each tribe must immediately vote off one of their players. They don’t show the tribes getting a chance to discuss this. I don’t know if they had a chance or not, but the newbies seemed to be in consensus when they voted off Rupert’s wife Laura. The returning players votes are split between Candace, Laura and Gervase. Candace is voted off. Jeff announces that the voted off players are heading to Redemption Island which is back in the mix this season. Okay, move on right? Nope! Jeff then announces that their “partner” can switch places with the voted off contestant. Rupert immediately takes Laura’s place. Candace’s husband stays in the game, sending Candace to Redemption Island.
The returning contestants are very upset to lose Rupert and gain his wife Laura. I think he made a huge mistake. As soon as that tribe goes to tribal, I think Laura will be off to RI.
As you can easily predict, the returning Survivors have no difficulty setting up their camp. Fire started, shelter built and food cooked. The newbies are not having such good luck. They can’t manage to start a fire. Here’s my question. If you were going to be on Survivor, what is the first thing you would Google? I know I would learn to start a fire, make a shelter, memorize which nature products help with what, etc. It’s hard to imagine that not one of them could start a fire, isn’t it?
The newbies tribe is made up of mostly athletic and young contestants. They have five healthy, strapping men who, btw, form an immediate alliance. The returning Survivors are mostly older, but of course they have had the experience prior. I thought the newbies would sail through their first competition. Well, they almost did. Evidently, puzzles are going to be a problem for them. It was also evident that Gervase is going to be a problem in general. He can’t swim. He’s out of shape. He’s a big mouth. Maybe Rupert’s Laura has half a chance after all!
The returning players tribe (Galang) has a very hard time getting to the puzzle section of the comp, but once there, they rule. I guess having done puzzles prior makes the difference. The newbies (Tadhana) will be the first tribe to go to tribal council.
Discussion at camp Tadhana consists of which of the gals will be voted off since the guys hold all the power. High on the list is Katie. She was one of the puzzle do-ers and she was useless at that task. However, the other contestant being considered is Marissa. Why, you ask? Yep, because her Uncle Gervase celebrated too much when they won the competition. Different dynamics in this Survivor! You need to think before you act for sure.
Marissa is voted off to send a clear message to Gervase and the rest of the Galang tribe that the newbies are serious. One good thing about going to tribal is that they have their torches lit and therefore get to take fire back to camp.
I guess this blog wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention Colton, right? Colton swears that he’s a different guy this time around. He breaks down in tears (alright often) while explaining how difficult it is to grow-up in the South gay. I do feel for him on this one. So far he’s been pretty quiet and he has also apologized to Monica Culpepper for his actions in the prior Survivor game. She isn’t totally convinced that Colton has changed. Actions are always more convincing than words.
Over on Redemption Island, Candace is doing all the work. She’s annoyed at Rupert, but letting him get away with it. Why, I wonder? If it were me, I’d tell him to go find his own fruit, etc. She doesn’t owe him anything. Rupert’s plan is to conserve all his energy to play in the competition to remain on RI. The first Redemption Island competition will be between Rupert, Candace and Marissa.
My vote for biggest PIA is Brad Culpepper. He’s very full of himself. My husband says he doesn’t even remember him playing in the NFL. Evidently, he wasn’t a star player. By attempting to take control of everything, he should be placing a big target on his back. I guess it depends on how quickly he pisses off or annoys the other guys on his tribe.
That’s it for this week. I’m very glad to be back. I’ve missed my friends here at Survivor and also over at BB. I was away all last week so I wasn’t able to approve comments. As always, your very first comment must be approved. After that first is approved, you are good to go! I should be able to stop over there at least once a day to make sure comments are approved quickly. See you next week….Bloggergal