Whose on the Control Panel?

After taking Jedi Knight lessons from Yoda, Russell seems to have mastered mind control really well. Just look into their eyes and tell them what to do. No matter what all the talk around camp centers on it always ends up being what Russell wants to happen.

Shambo and Brett are the obvious two in trouble this Thursday. If one wins Immunity then look for the other one to be voted out. The FF4 with a common sense vote should keep taking out the former Galu tribemates.

Russell can only use his HII until the F4.  If this was a Nascar race, Russell would have running on Super Fuel. Despite his pit crew being eliminated from the pits, he has managed to stay in the race until he had a opening that would let him cut to the lead. Now in the lead he only has to keep his pit crew working their magic. The Checkered Flag is in site. The main competion will be gone soon and it then turns into a sprint for the finish.

Can Mick, Jaison or Natalie stage a coup and send King Richard to the pits so that an Earnhardt or Johnson can take the lead?

All eyes will be on Russell this Thursday to see him try to control everyone and get himself to the F2.

She’s Big, She’s Bad and She’s Gone.

She should have played a quiet game and sweet talked people into voting out the FF4 out, instead she sat back got paranoid and helped vote out Galu after Galu. Now she decides to become big, bad and bold and make a move. The Gnome Prince and his band of Merry Trolls can’t be swayed by the Medusa Monster. The remaining Purple People Eaters just sit back and wait. At the Tribal Council, Medusa decides to bad mouth Sir Gnome. However the mighty Prince decides to wear his Power of Immunity Necklace and tell Medusa what she can do with her power. Jeff the mighy King of Probstville questions the Princes move. The Prince hints at, “It is what it is”! Lets vote and see who carries the power bucket. After a 5 - 2 vote the Smiling Medusa is set on vacation in Pondersaville with the other Purple Punks who are feeding on Probstville goodies!

Monica’s Final Words

Monica the day after

Monica – Ponderosa Pt.1

Monica – Ponderosa Pt.2

Monica – Ponderosa Pt.3

Monica – Ponderosa – Pt.4

Russell, the Lover ……..

Russell definitely is playing the women.  He doesn’t seem like a ladies man, but he sure has been able to control them.  We know it’s a game. Why can’t these people see that. No one seems to be wise to his ways. Why is it that they believe him. 

He hasn’t had anyone turn him down for an alliance even the guys on his tribe still have alliances with him. Like Mick said, it’s something about his southern charm. I can see right thru him, he will throw you aside if he needs to!  We do have the advantage of edited game play but these fools are with him 24 / 7.

Unbeknown-st to us all, the Galu buttheads tried to keep the HII clue away from Russell at the reward picnic. Talk about being  an asshole, this makes Russell look like a saint! “Go Here”

Old McDonald had a farm, Eei, Eei, Oh …..

and on his farm he had a chicken, wait, Russell let it go, Eei, Eei, Ohhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

Russell is one mischevious dude!

This game has definately come to the point were is is Russell’s to lose. He does  look to be in total control. Now that Foa Foa cast-a-ways have the numbers inside the Aiga tribe with Shambos aid it will be tough for the ex-Galu’s to mount a charge. Russell seems to have the trust of all the ex-yellow’s. The re-cap show verified just how much control  and trust Russell has from with-in. Russ has the Galu’s so paranoid that they picking each other off. Can he do it again this coming week?

Just what is it that this little man from Texas has that so many previous and current cast-a-ways have not figured out. He’s been a pest, an amazing HII finder, 2 with no clues, 1 with 1 clue

‘Survivor: Samoa’: Recapping the recap!

 

Ah, the formerly-dreaded Survivor recap episode. We used to mock it even more than gratuitous Palm Pre product placement. But then something unusual happened during the Tocantins season. The recap episode became less of a recap and more of a collection of deleted scenes and storylines. And some of those deleted scenes and storylines were actually pretty decent. So it was with moderate hope as opposed to unwavering boredom that I approached the Survivor: Samoa Thanksgiving recap episode. And that moderate hope was rewarded…with moderate entertainment! In case you were too busy stuffing your face with, um, stuffing, click below to read the full post and see what you missed, as we were treated to previously unseen sabotage, threats, tears, and vomit!  

• We always assumed Mick was a crappy tribe leader since the only things we saw him leading were Jack and s#&@. Well, we were presented with irrefutable visual evidence as we saw Mick offering no direction whatsoever at the Foa Foa camp, stammering on and on to Ashley and Natalie about, well, nothing. “He sucks,” said Russell.

• Yasmin called Shambo “Shamu.” That’s mean, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t laugh.

• As far as I could tell, every single member of both tribes was hoarding secret stashes of papaya. Erik even cut a whole tree down and was hauling it away to God knows where. Now, I’m now arborist, but wouldn’t it have been a tad more inconspicuous to just leave the tree standing there camouflaged by its buddies as opposed to plainly dragging the entire thing across the beach? Just sayin’.

• Very interesting exchange after the basketbrawl challenge (the one Ben was kicked out of). We saw Jaison spanking John and complaining about getting kneed in the chest. But he wasn’t done. Just as Probst was about to award victory to Galu, Jaison interrupted him and gave a speech about playing within the rules and how “I’m coming for John. I’m coming for him.” This caused Shambo to say she was “disheartened” by Jaison’s comments, to which Jaison actually concurred, talking about all the obstacles his dad had to overcome in his life and how he never
complained once about them, and therefore neither should he. It was a combative moment that turned into a touching one as well. Good stuff.

• I always wondered what happened to Daisy the chicken after Shambo accidentally let her escape. Well, we now have our answer. Erik was a man on a mission, trying to capture the bird and even comparing himself to Rocky trying to catch the chicken in preparation for fighting Apollo Creed. The persistence paid off, as he set a trap with a net that Shambo used to finally catch Daisy and return her to the coop. Erik was so out-of-his-mind thrilled after that he was acting like he had won the damn Super Bowl. Seriously, I half expected him to dump a cooler of Gatorade over himself and proclaim that he was going to Disney World.

Cont!

Once more unto the breach……

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O’erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill’d with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call’d fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!                                          Literature Network » William Shakespeare » King Henry V » Act 3. Scene I

Once more Russell will head into the fight, can the mighty Oil Barron succumb all odds and beat back the mighty Galu?  He  doth have the loyalty of the Princess of Shambo who follows him blindly into battle. The witch from the south has been defeated and sent to exile. The knights of the oblong table now fight amongst themselves over how to overthrow the mighty Barron. Princess Natalie now at his right hand is ready to administer justice to anyone who defiles her Barron. Her band of Merry Men ready to defend the Foa Foa castle and rule the the dynasty. The evil overlord Jeff P. watches over the Kingdom of Samoa to be sure all is fair at challenges and council meetings. It is his duty to berate the common folk of the kingdom until they turn on each other to give themselves a chance to incite a riot which might end their opposers rule.

Into the Valley rode the 600, but only 9 remain in the Jungle

 

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder’d.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!  

                               by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 

               Memorializing Events in the Battle of Balaclava        October 25, 1854
Written 1854
The Immunity Blog With Coach and Debbie

 

Coach  |  The Adjective Game

November 23, 2009
(Edited for understandability by Snakebit Sal)

If you want to read HIS words “GO HERE”

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After my brief respite last week in terms of vocabulary and word count, this is a disclaimer to let you know that this blog will be different! I am back with a vengeance. I’m already heating up my wind bag to blow so much hot air thru this week’s blog that you will be feeling the heat of the long-winded excess of words for weeks to come.

Can we have a loser’s challenge so that we can get Erik the Viking back in the game and spice things up a bit? I miss that noblest of warriors! If not then lets focus some attention on the players who have gotten less love from me in the past. So…how about we play the adjective game?

Monica: Glowing, wise and perceptive. (I assure you these are all flattering so please look them up!) “Saving Shambo from herself.” The expressive confessional on the CBS homepage was an insight into your subtle personality that I did not catch at first. Brilliant. You continue with your strong woman’s intuition, trust it, let it guide you, be one with the universe my child and you will go far in this game. That and do not cross Shambo or Troll Boy.

Jaison: outrageously disgraceful, perplexing, and hateful. And FYI the reason why I am so hard on you is because the greater the capability the greater the expectations. You my friend have been gifted with much in life. The more the talent the more the command to use them at all costs hangs over your neck like the meditation of Chong Ran. (Simple Rules to Yoga Meditation )    (The thesaurus won’t help you on this one pal).

Russell, the little gnome: Erotic, wicked and disgusting. But… I wanted to say BRAVO. Well done in finding the idols. Greatjob. I say this because I’m having so much fun kicking your butt every week in my blog and I know your ego maniac self is reading every word of it. You are drawn in to everything that I am and you are not and the eloquence that permeates from every fiery breath that I take. So thank you for sticking around so I can continue to criticize you with adjectives that you have to look up their meaning to comprehend.

Mick: Modest, outgoing and sneaky. Although you weren’t very good at dynamics for the first half of the season I am starting to appreciate your game play. Are you on anyone’s radar? Have you ever been? No. Good for you. Come join my alliance. And of course keep winning immunity.

Brett, Danger Dave and John: Three warriors. Three walks of life. Three different styles of game play. From the witty remark of Dave to the boyish reminder of Brett and the exceeding of expectations by outliving the pretty boy do nothing of John…if you stay together you will go all the way. But that’s not how it works in survivor now is it? Expect the unexpected. Traverse the un-traversable. Slay the un-slayable dragon.

Natalie: Sexy, sparkling, southern, cautious, stalker and opportune. I’ve ignored you for too long my dear. I’ll be watching you more closely from now on. I promise.

And to round out the top ten Mr. Letterman… Shambo and Laura showdown.

It all started so peacefully…and ended badly for Laura. After winning two straight immunities and now the reward challenge this sexy grandmother seemed to have a high niche in the survivor society. Until she dashed herself upon the rock, the fortress, the mullet toting Shambo. And that was her downfall.

And Shambo! Throwing out some quotes I could have used last week. After failing to win immunity again, Shambo says per Laura that this is her “day of reckoning.” As in the day of judgment? But remember pride comes before the slaying of the dragon so be careful and not get too comfortable with your latest victory.

One more quote from the road! Prince Gautama Siddhartha once said circa 483 B.C. “Inflamed by greed, incensed by hate, confused by delusion, overcome by them, obsessed by mind, a man chooses his own affliction, for others’ affliction, for the affliction of both and experiences pain and grief.” I wish I had said that.

Either in this next episode or the following, in this lifetime or the next, mark the words of the good Prince above Russell Hantz for your day of reckoning is coming soon.

Dragonslayer out!

Coach

Debbie  |   Russell is the Picasso of Survivor

November 23, 2009

Is Russell Really Picasso?

Russell started the show with the statement, “I am Picasso. This is my best piece of work.” I have to admit he might be right! WOW. Is this guy for real? I was actually cheering for him tonight. I have to agree Russell is the Picasso of Survivor. I have never seen anyone play this game quite like he has done. How can this guy find not one, not two, but THREE idols in one season! I have heard people stating “this is rigged. No one could do this.” However, knowing the game and the dedicated people running the show, I assure you it is NOT rigged. Russell is just “outwitting” everyone. He is a true Survivor Samurai!

Shambo’s social skills are still lacking. The choice to outwardly laugh when Laura did not win the immunity challenge was a poor social move by Shambo. Laura did perish in the end, but we learn early in this game that you don’t count your chickens before they hatch (I was wondering where the chicken had been, we got a quick look at it in the previews.)This outburst could have backfired on Shambo. Did you see her personal “bedroom”? Why doesn’t she sleep with her tribe? I would have never felt secure enough to. Plus, in Tocantins, we desperately needed the body warmth.

When the winning team returned from the reward and started scrambling for the idol, my heart was actually racing. Could Dave really not keep up with Russell? I guess Trolls know the forest in which they dwell. Russell can only be admired for being the master of the game. He can sniff out an idol better than trained pigs find priceless truffles. I am actually starting to cheer for him- not to win, but to watch his brain continue to work this game and the people. I am amazed by his weekly moves. Predicting what he is going to do next is impossible.

Tribal council was a nail biter. Obviously, Russell’s talk with John was successful. As the second vote was extracted I was so hoping that John followed his proposed plan. He knew he would be one of the first to be thrown under the bus because his tribe was quick to forewarn him that they would put four votes for him if necessary. Has he “officially” made his statement and switched tribes?

Laura played a strong game. I think many Survivors learn, after the fact, that being strong in the challenges and vocal around camp will eventually get your flame extinguished. Laura rubbed too many people the wrong way and was such a physical threat; elimination was inevitable. Did you see Dave’s face? He has the funniest expressions. Along with the crazy hair he reminds me of the comedian Gallagher.

Mick, my favorite eye candy, won the immunity tonight (hey Coach take note, he did something) and Jaison is still a stable presence. I am still in his corner. However, tonight I saw something from Brett for the first time. He is quiet, sweet, cute and not making any waves. He reminds me of our sweet JT. I think Brett might surprise us all. Why is it that the guys this season seem to look better each week? Even Russell is looking good. Maybe I need to start wearing my glasses at night. Ha! Well, now for two seasons, the tribes entering the merge with the lower numbers prevail! Galu should have learned something from Timbira. I thought we were going to go down as the dumbest tribe ever; however, there is hope that Galu might steal the honor.

Debbie

It’s now or never for the G5 minus Shambo!

Slowly but surely the destruction of Galu is happening. For the FF4 to succeed they had to turn on themselves. Russell S. turned Shambo aginst them by sending her to Foa Foa twice, then Laura bad mouthed her because of basically culture differencs. Add 1 to Foa Foa and it’s the FF5 at the merge.

FF4 plans arranged by Russell to seek and destroy worked well. They learned and found a weakness. Natalie was able at the last moment to sway Galu to evict Eric, move of the game. Only bad move, The Gnome was scared and played his idol.

Henceforth and hereto what does Mr Munchkin do, he finds the new idol w/o any clue again. Must be his elfin power!

Laura was to be next because Shambo wanted her gone, however, grandma won immunity and Kelly was in the wrong place at the wrong time. (I was in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time….) So Kelly goes and now FF5 = G5 we are fit to be tied!!! Laura was unlucky, but her rift with Shambo was her downfall. If you still have Shambo’s trust FF4 might be FF1 right now. Too bad you couldn’t see past her idiosyncrasy’s and treat her as an equal.

Now with the FF5 they have the clear advantage unless they start to play an individual game. No one knows Pipsqueak w/a belly found the idol “AGAIN”!

This guy as I have said before is amazing. He has to have seen the show before because he understands that when they hide an idol there must be a landmark nearby so they no were to look, simple gamesmanship the the Lazy19 never even thought to do! Russell has continually stayed busy, even when it was messing with his own team. The man has not stopped playing this game. The early clip for next week makes it seem like they are after russell, BUT, we shall see. He be the MAN! 

More to come on the Texas Gnome.

The Devil made me do it! But, is Russell really a devil?

Ben continues to drive his fellow tribemates crazy with his banter and foolishness. All talk centers on getting Ben out of the game. However, Russell still wants him in the game and tries to talk people into keeping him and getting Ashley out.  Jaison is on a get Ben out crusade and mananges to persuade the tribe to lean that way. Over at Galu, is a life of leasure as most everyone other than Shambo is doing Yoga or just chillin’.

The scene finally shifts to this weeks IC/RC combination event. The teams must swim/run out into the water to retrieve 4 crates and return them to shore where they must stack them so colors do not repeat on each side. An obstacle is in the way (opposite tribe member) in the water to slow them down on the way out to the crates. The winner will get some pillows, blankets and beach mats for there tribe. Galu wins after Foa Foa gets done first but does not have the colors correct on their stack of blocks.

A twist happens when they get ready to get their reward. The Chief must choose between comfort(the orginal stuff, pillows,etc) or function …. tarp, lantern and a few other items. Russell S. chooses the comfort items and some of the tribe thinks he blew it with that choice.

Also, Russell S. sends Shambo to be the observer/idol hunter back to Foa Foa. She hits it off well with the opposite tribe. After reading the clue, she openly starts looking for the HII while the Foa Foa members just seem to ignore her. She manages to dig under the tree where Russell found it, but no luck ….. I wonder why?

At tribal council there is a heated argument over who should go. Most talk centers on Ben and how much of an ass he has been. After the vote Ben is voted out making him the third person evicted from SS.

……………. Do you watch the preview for next weeks show before changing the channell?? …… hmmmmmmmmmmmmm……..

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Russell Hantz will be on Survivor 20  

  
Russell Hantz, do you see the horns under his hat?

Russell Hantz, do you see the horns under his hat?

 Russells brother in an interview  by Andy Dehnart on September 29, 2009 for Reality Blurred

 

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Last nights episode gave us some new insight to the Galu Tribe.  Just call them Yoga bears. They don’t seem to do anything around camp, and Russell S. sure made a bad choice for the reward. They will definately need a roof over that leanto of a hut!  The Foa Foa people seemed to hit it off with Shambo!  The Galu tribe has managed to set up a Day Spa, wonder when they have time for fire, eating, collecting wood and the fundamentals.

Shambo sure didn’t hide the fact that she was looking for the HII, also if you watched the previews for next week, it sounds like Shambo told someone about the clue to the idol.