We now need to count how many villians are playing the game!

Jeff Probst blogs ‘Survivor: Samoa': episode #8


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So I’ve recovered from my Zyrtek cloud and yes I now realize that we promoted the merge. It was funny to be reminded of it by you guys. What can I say, I really was “loopy” when I wrote that blog. But yes I do see episodes and I do know what we promote, sometimes I just forget…

In honor of my slip up last week, I’m going to dedicate today’s blog to… what else… The Merge.
Let’s start with the feast. Did you see how quickly their moods changed when they got some food in their belly? Think about it… I bet a majority of you had some sort of snack even while you were watching Survivor. Probably snacking on something right now while reading this blog. We like to eat. It feels good. When we don’t eat we get crabby. Laura didn’t give a hoot about her canteen once the feast started. Why would she? She was happy again. I love seeing them happy… momentarily. I more love seeing them in conflict. But you need a balance. Too much conflict, too many days without food, too many nights drenched from the rain and you just have angry people. Producing a good season of Survivor requires an ebb and flow of highs and lows. The merge is almost always a high, even if only for a moment.

Another fun thing about the merge is it’s like starting over once again. You have new people in your world and you get a second chance to make a first impression in the game.

Some people choose to stay in game mode, working their strategy. Not John. The ever cocky, always aware John was waiting for someone, anyone to ask him anything about himself. It resulted in one of my favorite exchanges of the season:

Jaison: So engineering school, huh?
John: Uh yeah, Mechanical Engineering degree.
Jaison: Congratulations.
John: Not a law degree. I contemplated becoming a patent lawyer.

It was the swagger in his walk and the tone of his voice when he said, “Uh yeah..” that really made it work for me. Nice.

PERSONAL INSIGHT: If I had a Mechanical Engineering degree I’d look for ways to bring it up, too. But since I don’t it’s fun to be a catty little stick-eating biatch and make fun of John.

It never fails. We merge and suddenly everybody pretends to like everybody else. I had the exact same reaction Erik did when I heard Brett’s suggestion for a new tribe name:

Brett: “AIGA, it means extended family.”

Extended family? Gimme a break. (Truth be told, Brett probably really means it and Brett is the kind of guy that outside of the game you’d be friends with, your families would dig each other, and you’d end up having a lifelong friendship. But this is in the game and that’s a different story.)

Plus, think about it, Brett had to research that name before he even left America, which is downright irritating. Not sure why it’s irritating, but it is. Maybe it’s because Brett is so likable.

Like I did last week, I’ll use one of my honorary nieces as an example of what I mean. Mackenzie, my niece, is really likable too. She’s so likable that I’m sure lots of boys would love to ask her to a school dance or an afterschool party because she’s so… nice… (just like Brett)… and also because she’s cute (okay, fine, just like Brett).

But what makes Macky really fun to be around is an extra layer of… sass. Yes, she’s nice but she’s lippy too and she’s not afraid to call someone out for something and that adds a whole new level of respect to a person.

So come on, Brett, gawk at Kelly like Ben would have or give Dave Ball a hard time for still wearing that out-of -tyle ponytail, or tell Laura to back off Shambo just a bit. Gimme something I can respect.

Please don’t write and tell me to lay off, Brett. Brett is doing just fine. Brett can handle these comments. He’s a big boy.

But Erik was right, this is not one big extended family. It’s not even two separate families. It’s 12 in-dah-vidge-you-uhls… all trying their best to figure out how to get rid of everybody else so they can grab the check from CBS for a million dollars. Before taxes. It’s a million dollars before taxes people.

A merge also offers up a chance for new alliances to form and just like on day one, those new alliances need to form quickly. Enter Russell. He doesn’t care about the food, or the tribe name or what anybody does for a living. He wants to win the game. Period.

Sending his troops (Jaison, Mick, Natalie) out to make relationships with different people is further proof that this little pirate is a pretty darn good Survivor player.

And I know some of you think there is too much Russell in the game, but he’s the guy making the most moves so that is naturally who I am going to write about. With that in mind…

I love that Russell is telling everybody everything. It’s such a risky move. You gotta respect it. To go to everybody on the other tribe that you have the idol and offer them the same exact deal could so easily backfire if just one person opens their mouth. But Russell is counting on greed to be his ally. He knows that the people he is approaching are better served if they don’t tell anybody else. If he’s right it’s a major move. If he’s wrong he’ll soon be in trouble.

Part II tomorrow

84 thoughts on “We now need to count how many villians are playing the game!”

  1. Well at least I’m first—for the 2nd time ONLY but dang—it is waaaaay early Snake!!! What’s up??

  2. Russell H goes from “make it up” to “give it up” in one quick merge. Galu has his number and he is now out of control in every respect. The “nobody plays the game as well as me” con man got conned by all the “dumb dumbs” into giving up his immunity idol at a tribal council where Russell didn’t get a single vote. Both idols wiped out in one tribal council saving nobody. Now that is shrewd game play.

  3. PK….your still the invisible man on the bathroom door.
    What’s up?

    aggie….what’s wrong with being third or fourth?
    One is the lonliest number that you can ever do.
    Two can be as bad as one…it’s the lonliest number
    since the number one. :)

    Jt….know that one?

  4. fp2…. I see all of the avitars from all bloggers so I have no idea why you and others can’t see certain avitars, mine included. My avitar is my designated profile pic from Facebook that I set up specifically for this blog and for no other reason. I tried the “glavitar” site but that didn’t work well for me.

  5. Three Dog Night minus two equals “One.” I have all of their albums from the late 60’s and early 70’s on Vinyl.

  6. You guys are really taking me back ,I love Three dog night those guys had the greatest voices, one of my favorite groups that song One was pretty great.

  7. Can’t say that Russell’s move to play the idol was a bad one. Better to be safe than sorry like Erik. Who knew that the Galutian idiots would eat their own so quickly.
    But it will be interesting to see how Russell moves forward.

    I am a Shambo supporter, but she is proving her critics right. She is all talk and does nothing to back it up.

  8. Survivor was really good last night, I was really irritated by Eriks overly cocky attitude ,Jaison was saying how he didnt like the guy, T he one that was the most annoying was Laura who my new nickname will be LAHORA, Who does the bitch think she is ,the way she was talking too Shambo, I really would love to slap her so badly.They way Erik was acting at tribal He got his just rewards, total blindside he never saw it coming, the look on his face priceless. No more Moho for me that girl is apeach compared to the other one.

  9. I dont Know, I think Russells days are numbered ,they are already talking about getting rid of him, I dont think the show would be quite as interesting without him.

  10. aggie… I attempted to use the “glavitar” wordpress program to place my avitar in this blog and again it failed to show up despite the fact that wordpress indicated that it should.

    So I’m back to Facebook again as my only means to place a pic in this blog…

  11. PK….now you don’t even have the Thin invisible man on the
    bathroom door.

    Murray…I agree. Russell will need to win immunity to save
    his butt. However, the parts they show us on TV is what they
    want us to see. The outcome could be totally different. Some
    could only hope. I personally don’t care for the guy.

  12. FACEBOOK???? Someday, I may get the nerve to sign up.
    I would probably get addicted like my daughter.

  13. I too agree that Phillip will need to win immunity in order to stay next week. It’s funny how he rallied his previous tribe to work for him. I am shocked that when he met with the new tribemates and told them all that he had the idol, that it didn’t backfire on him. Maybe he does have some sort of special powers over people LOL. I too agree that he is so darn entertaining, that the show would be pretty boring without him. For some silly reason, I still really like Shambo as well. Her heart is in the right place, she just doesn’t fire on all cylinders…

  14. fp2 I signed up for Facebook ONLY as a way to get avitars on this blog since glavitar wasn’t working for me. Now apparently even that does not work even though I can see everybody’s avitar…

  15. PK….Do you have to win immunity?
    I think piggysangel meant Russell. She was right in saying you are
    “so darn entertaining”. :lol:

  16. fp2… After all of my “hit and run” in ‘n out escapades from Vienna to Amsterdam to London to Toronto then down to Rio then from coast to coast in the wonderful USA and never needing as much as a shot of penicillin, I got full immunity many years ago to go along with my 3,200 calorie per day basal metabolic rate.

  17. Earth to Sal…..come in Sal.
    Come on man…..now we are really starting to worry.

    PK….have any ideas? How close is he to Fort Hood
    where the shooting went on yesterday?

  18. It’s just strange that he’s not here. He posted this blog just
    after 1:00 A.M. I guess he anticipated being busy at wotk or had
    something to do. Hopefully he’ll check in later.

  19. You’re one lucky fella. You better count your
    lucky stars and the women too.

    fp2… Counting my lucky stars seems easy enough, but counting my women may require digging out my HP calculator… :grin:

    Finally though, my time came to really thank my lucky stars when I married my wife Rebecca and started doing all of my thinking with the right head in control.

  20. I got this e-mail…..thought it was funny.

    Story of a Challenged senior…

    I thought about the 30 year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a Blackberry that played music, took
    videos, pictures and communicated with Facebook and Twitter.

    I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand
    kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

    That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program

    within the texting world.

    My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

    The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it’s red] phone I am supposed to use when

    I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife as everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. Seems I have to take my hearing aid out to use it and I got a little loud.

    I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside was the most annoying, rudest person I had
    run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, “Re-calc-ul-ating” You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn

    at the next light. Then when I would make a right turn instead, it was not good.

    When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

    To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven’t figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under
    chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

    The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden “Paper or Plastic?” every time I check out just knocks me for a loop.

    I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused but I never remember to take them in with me.

    Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, “Paper or Plastic?” I just say, “Doesn’t matter to me. I am bi-sacksual.”

    Then it’s their turn to stare at me with a blank look.

  21. fp2… I’ve even been accused by some of having a trophy wife since I’m 66 and she’s just past 40 now and still looking DDelightful. I know, I know, just like a man to rob the cradle if he can. So I could and I did and her Mom hasn’t slapped me silly yet for running of with her baby probably because I did bring her back home, sort of.

  22. Age doesn’t mean a thing….my significant other is
    5 years younger than me and he has never been married.
    He was 37 when we met.

  23. fp2… There have been so many technological changes during our baby boomer lifetimes (I’m actually a pre-baby boomer) and I was one of the evil Merlins who drafted, prosecuted and litigated many of the patent applications that resulted in all of the gizmos that have become more addictive to modern society than illegal drugs.

    What I miss most, though, is the way things were when I was a kid growing up in DC. My mom could actually feel comfortable letting me, at 9 years old, walk to the trolley car and ride it all the way from our house to Glen Echo, the amusemant park in far North West DC. She probably also knew that if any idiot was dumb enough to kidnap me, they would be calling her immediately offering to pay her to come and get me immediately.

  24. Back when we were kids….we did’nt really hear about kidnappings
    and such. Every place I went….I went ankle express. When the
    street lights came on….it was time to go home. Ahhh….the good
    old days. No worries. I would hate to grow up during these bad times.

  25. My significant other is 16 years my junior :) We have been together for 10 years now and the relationship is still going strong! Age means NOTHING!

  26. Jaison’s going to be in trouble if he tries to play the race card again. The camera didn’t show it but Erik somehow found out that Jaison was the start of the motion against him, so that vote was obvious but Shambo saw through his little speech “Everything I do I try so hard and always get the short end of the stick…” Shambo wasn’t having it and that’s the reason she voted for him. It really is a low tactic and is going to get him into a lot of trouble. That’s why Obama didn’t work John McCain’s “That One” comment in any way and instead forgave and forgot it. The strategy is still working in terms of Foa Foa vs. Galu. There’s really three teams. There’s the opposing alliances within the Galu team and then there’s Foa Foa, seemingly together, yet “lead” by Russell (not really). I’d bet a small fortune that Russell is not going to win this game. His personality and plays are too easily to read, he has himself fooled. Another dimension of this game is it is also somewhat Men vs. Women. It’s hard to tell with so many players yet the way things are going I get a strong feeling Mick’s going to pull this out of the bag and win it. Galu’s Rocket Scientist and his little male force is going to pick itself apart with paranoia after they get rid of Galu’s girls and Foa Foa’s Ashley, after that goes Jaison, but if at any point all of the girls and Foa Foa’s men collaborate, they could eliminate Galu’s male force. Shambo is not a part of Galu’s female force only an expendable pawn to Galu’s men. Russell screwed up by exposing the immunity idol to others he mistook as trustworthy (I.E. Laura, who exposed his secret to everyone). The way to win in this game is to be very amenable: neutral, helpful, and likable during exposure to everyone, and sycophantic (legitimately appearing as though a workable pawn) when absolutely sure you and another player are alone. That way no one votes for you, and you make it to the end while everyone else picks one other off. If everyone thinks you were neutral they’ll still vote for you to win after they’ve been voted off because they still like you best, you appear in their mind to have been on their team. If another player catches you consorting with another player, insist upon your innocence and resume your convincingly legitimate front of neutrality. You must distract the team with the thought that you’re getting food for the team or contributing to the collective somehow as you hopefully win challenges, immunity, and continue working the other players all the way until the end. Mick might be in trouble after Jaison goes, in which case it’d be one of Galu’s male power players that I predict would win. So far Mick is doing everything right, no visible power plays and thus seemingly nonthreatening while everyone else plays for power far too early in the game.

    The trick is not to be easily noticed early on, let someone else be the threat that must be gotten rid of. If someone talks about our power we must appear to have a mindframe of neutral hopefulness, attributing our every win to a sort of unexplainable luck, accrediting the excellent effort and perhaps to a degree the superiority of our teammates in challenge skill and probability of winning. Like politicians there are certain questions which hurt the reputation if answered directly, avoid direct answers at all cost (and if accosted with having to answer one in order to appear upfront, honest, and likable, giving one under the aforementioned neutrality, underdog-hood, and hopefulness – praising the other member’s good qualities).

    At this point in the game I feel Mick has it. If you scheme with someone you know they’re a schemer, the trust is gone. So I don’t feel Galu’s male force has much chance. If you do conspire with someone, do not contribute your own thoughts – work together by going along with what they come up with (like a good little pawn), yet only as long as you have plausible deniability in the eyes of the group – otherwise don’t do it and find a legimate excuse why you didn’t, perhaps blaming your own ineptitude and clumsiness or forgetfulness, swearing to do better in the future and say
    even though you know you won’t win – you want them to win for they’re the least of all evils. Mick never schemed, only worked together just as stated. They seem so passive and so harmless. It’ll be interesting to see how this results.

  27. The only downside to having my wife over 20 years younger than me at 66 is that we can’t reminisce about all the things we both experienced during the “duck under your desk during a nuclear attack” 50’s and the “sex in the city, country, elevator, VW camper, Woodstock, and everywhere else possible” 60’s since she wasn’t born until the latter 60’s.

    I had initially hoped to settle down with one of my peers and grow old together, but my peers, including my dear high school sweetheart Frannie who will always have a hold over a soft spot in my heart despite the fact that her once perky DD’s are now floor dragging back breakers, seemed to be getting older a hell of a lot faster than I was, both physically and mentally. So in the end, since Rachel Welsh, Catherine Deneuve and Sophia Loren were not available, my Rebecca turned out to be the best “compromise” I ever made.

  28. PK…..you forgot to mention that ‘your’ Frannie is not me. That’s
    how rumors start :) Piggysangel wasn’t blogging back in the day
    of your Frannie story. It probably would have been fun to know you
    though, if I could have kept up.

  29. fp2… Stop the rumor mill!,/b> Unless your last name is McCollum, you had the biggest boobs in the BHS class of ’60 or ’61, were my steady until I left for college in Utah, your daddy considered me to be nothing but big trouble, and you moved at some point from Maryland to Missouri, you are not my Frannie, not yet at least. :grin:

    ps… I was always more than willing to slow my pace to accommodate any fine lady who truly wanted to “know” me.

  30. Phillip you might be spending too much time with Dave Balls with alll that sex talk. dont mind it though, very entertaining.

  31. DP… One of my best buddies in HS was Dave Pittman and I have known many Daves over the years but never a Dave Balls that I’m aware of.

  32. Somebody needs to tell Galu Dave that the balding on top with long hair trailing down the back coiffure looks as unsexy on him as it does on David Crosby. But his hair does match his face.

  33. PHILLIP, The actress your thinking of is Rachel Weisz Not welsh. Unless your thinking of Raquel Welch Because of the boobie Thing ,I think you probably meant her. She was beautiful back then even now shes still attractive, but unfortunatly age took its toll on the body thats not quite as good anymore but her face always nice.

  34. aggie… I was referring to Rachel Welsh who is actually a year or more older than me, but she can cougarize me anytime.

  35. Aggie… And it is Raquel Welch, not Rachel Welsh, but she stays the same no matter how badly I screw up her first name.

  36. PHILLIP, I agree with you on the Catherine DENEUVE COMMENTS SHE WAS beautiful for many years unfortunately ,I think age has finally taken her over. Have you ever seen her in that movie called The Hunger ,that was a bizarre movie but i really liked it alot.

  37. Aggie… We all age, no exceptions, but some do it much better than others naturally, wrinkles and all, not on the cutting end of a plastic surgeons scalpel ala Joan Rivers and Kenny Rogers that creates death masks, not regained youth.

  38. That’s right aggie….5 years younger, that’s how I keep my youth. He took me to places I ain’t never been before. :evil:

  39. My mother passed away at the age of 81 and didn’t
    have a single wrinkle. My aunt, her sister is 90 and
    she has no wrinkles. I hope I age gracefully without
    wrinkles. I hate to admit it, but I did inherit the gray
    hair thing from her. Now, my brother is 5 years older
    than me and has NO gray. My sister is 5 years younger
    and has no gray. I guess they’ll get the wrinkles!!! My
    middle sister also got the gray hair. THANKS MOM!!!

  40. aggie….you sure are a movie buff. I never did get into watching movies. When my kids were babies….I never
    had time to sit for any length of time to watch television.
    I could only watch half hour shows or hour long programs.
    Things like Marcus Welby, Dr. Kildare, and variety shows.

  41. I can remember renting movies on BETA. Can anybody
    say big and akward. I suppose I did watch some movies…
    I just don’t remember who starred in them like you.

  42. Frannie, The people who are prune like is mostly due to sun damage, im not a sun worshipper so i have aged pretty well ,even some younger people have wrinkles .//because of that. As far as grey hair my mother got grey in her older year.s i dont have alot of grey hair mostly blonde.

  43. I don’t know what happened to all the avitars. I still only see Bacon’s and Cynthia’s. I even cleared my cache again. When you do that be sure to clear your cookies too.

    As for gray hair. I started getting gray at 13, started dying my hair at 16 (kids teased me a lot). Stopped dying in 1989 because I was all white (Marilyn Monroe white) and white roots look really funny. :razz) I like it now and beauticians tell me people pay big bucks to get this color. As for wrinkles, my mother is 86 and just started showing her wrinkles. I have her complexion and hope to stay the course.

    JT, the lingerie football league is on tonight at 10pm on our local Orange county channel KDOC. I may take a peak justbecause.

  44. Blonde…..harder to see when you do finally get some.
    My hair is black so it does show….if I allow it. :lol:

  45. starfish….letting it go all gray is fine if it’s a soft
    gray. Mine would be course. Not sure….my sister
    doesn’t color her hair and it is very soft. I’m just
    afraid of the drastic change.

  46. My computer is in the basement….Did I ever tell you guys
    that strange shit goes on down here? Things disappear and
    reappear when you think it never will. It’s a joke now…
    if we look for something and can’t find it…we say, “they
    will bring it back when they’re done with it.” My daughter
    lives down here and she will close the shower curtain
    and it will always be open when she goes back into the
    bathroom. She sleeps with a small fan in her room so
    it will drown out any noises. When my son lived here,
    his girlfriend fell asleep in his room and was awakened by
    a figure that went across his room and through the wall.
    She really got freaked out, and that was upstairs.
    So….I am hearing noises right now….so I’m out of here.

  47. Frannie, yep I see my avitar too but not yours. Only Cynthia & Bacon’s. What’s up with that all of a sudden?

    I love ghosts or spirits or however you refer to them. Maybe you have guest? I would love to have a guest or, if you prefer, a haunting. Do you ever watch Ghost Whisperer or Medium? I like those shows. The spirit world does exist on different levels IMHO.

  48. Yes, some gray hair is very course and dying it makes it more manageable and silkier. I’m lucky, mine isn’t course. It’s straight and easy to manage.

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