Are the fireworks about to blast off? How much editing has been done to peak our interest? What bold move is Russell (The Gnome Prince) about to unleash at the Tribal Council? Can Russell manage to survive two Tribal Councils in one night? Is his FF4 team ready to disband and take him out? Will Shambo see her use no longer needed and go on a Samoan Vacation? Who will have the best facial expression during a Tribal Council? May the countdown begin ……………. 13 hours from post time, the world will be watching!
The Immunity Blog With Coach and Debbie
Coach | Monica Emerges as a Noble Warrior
December 9, 2009
Like the snakes of Medusa’s head that wriggle above her head so do the different strategies and shifting alliances writhe about in the game of Survivor. Sometimes they toil in agony and sometimes in pleasure coiling around the unsuspecting victim’s soul.
From a viewer’s point of view I have to say that this episode was so brilliantly put together with so many different people who could have been eliminated that I did not really guess who would be eliminated from this episode until the last vote was cast. Dave vs. Shambo, John vs. Jaison. Monica vs. the world. Wow what a gallimaufry!
The warrior’s code: Play the game with “Loyalty, integrity and respect.” Thus Monica opens the episode. In the dragonslayer’s blog after episode 10, did I not call the emergence of Monica as a noble warrior and ask her to be on my alliance? She is all the adjectives I have described and then some. I am not only including her in my warrior’s alliance, I would like to humbly ask her to be the leader.
My thoughts on the auction: you either come to play or you come with your hands in your pocket. This was by far the highest auction I’ve ever seen. Not one but two $500 dollar bids. Although I was surprised the Russell did not bid for the idol, the big time players going “all in” on their poker hands was Jaison and Mick, both for different reasons. And the first bid, 200 bucks, for the PB and J sandwich. Wow! Looks like most people came to play.
De-alliance time. I have carefully crafted my chosen ones so far and I think I am entitled to kicking someone out of the fold. Disappointment reigns supreme with Brett. You might go far and win this game by playing under the radar: BUT sitting on your hands, literally, at the auction was my last straw with you. What’s the matter! Make a move. Say something witty. Bid on a piece of pie. Do something! I’m voting you off my warrior alliance for now. I’ve never seen less action from a survivor in my life.
Shambo talking to the chickens. You grab for something out there, anything. You are starved, looking for affection. You know the animals won’t backstab you, so I guess I understand what she is going thru. But as Duk Koo Kim said before being destroyed by Boom Boom Mancini, it is “kill or be killed.” Thus the circle of life.
Dave vs. Shambo. Showdown at the OK corral. The chicken. The dream. The clairvoyance of Shambo. The madness of it all. As Nietzsche once said “There is always madness in love, but there is always reason in madness.” But looks like God did not give you that dream Shannon. Looks like you just made a major fool of yourself. Better luck next time writhing and squirming in the night with your dreams.
And Princess Debbie, I finally stand corrected when Jaison won challenge. In your own words “I finally won something” which I doff my hat to you; bow my dragon wing to say congrats on winning something finally. And the wisdom in talking to Mick about John and Shambo and Dave. Brilliant. You are finally starting to learn grasshopper of what it takes to be a Warrior in this game and not a bystander.
Jaison in the words of Ralph Marston: “Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.”
Danger Dave: what a quote in tribal. “If things don’t go the way I expect them to go I will be shocked.” Such a double entendre in that one sentence. I loved it. And you were smart enough to escape the vote.
John I leave you with a quote. I am sad to see you go. Dennis Wholy once said “Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.” This move did not make any sense, but you can receive the satisfaction knowing that the people who repudiated you have shot themselves in the foot and they will crumble and fall like the walls of Jerricho.
May the Dragonslayer’s immortal words, quotes and adjectives live on forever in your hearts and minds…
Debbie | Mick and Jaison Finally Do Something!
December 9, 2009
Last week’s episode was just another clear example of Russell, at this point in the game, continuing to orchestrate every move in Samoa. Oddly enough, his mistake of telling John he had the idol, resulted in John’s elimination. When Russell admitted possessing the idol to John, I was shocked and wondered why in the world would he tell anyone? Obviously, Russell realized his mistake and quickly devised the plan to eliminate the “problem.”
Once again, Shambo did not disappoint this week. She is such a card. I have to say, I felt her pain when the chickens were killed. However, when you are starving and food is clucking away, who could resist? I loved her comment, “Shannon has lost her mind- code red emergency alert.” Shambo’s lack of social skills continues to amuse me. She actually believes she is control of this game.
The Food Auction is such an exciting event. I was thrilled to pay big money for French Fries with ketchup and mayonnaise. Yes, at that point I could not even count by 20’s. Jeff marveled in that mistake! Heck, you see food when you are starving and nothing else matters. I will never forget those fries, and yes, I too had apple pie…guess it is easy to make on location. I also believe John should have made the switch and bought the full pie to share. However, with how things played out, it would not have made a difference.
Coach, did you see Jaison spend all of auction money for an advantage in the challenge? I jumped out of my chair cheering. I was thrilled to see him make a great move. Also, not only was Mick eye candy this week, he actually made some strategic moves. I believe Mick and Jaison will prevail and start controlling the game. Both guys are very intelligent and are finally getting their heads into this game. The previews hinted to this fact. I was ecstatic to see the glimpse of the two of them FINALLY recognizing the need to eliminate Russell. I have said all along, they should have blind-sided Russell much earlier when Jaison knew he had an idol. However, I have to admit, Russell is why I am on edge weekly. I love watching him play this game. I would actually hate to see him go. He is the entertainment. I am concerned how the show will play out without his weekly antics. Natalie continues to amaze me. Her little frame holding the log longer than most proved her strength and determination. I believe Natalie may be a much stronger threat than anyone is recognizing at this point. She is so sweet and quiet so no one is noticing the real threat she is in this game.
Two seasons in a row, blind-sides rule this game. John (and Shambo) was completely shocked, when Jeff read the votes. Great move by Russell! As I reflect, I believe he has masterminded each elimination of those on his tribe, and of course, the ones since the merge.
Will the tables turn on Russell next week? I can’t wait to see.