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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

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Coach  |  Top Ten, David Letterman Style

November 30, 2009

As we watched the recap of the season this week I was reminded of my own dynamic, polarizing and sometimes comical memories so far. I hope this will spur a pinpoint of recollection in your own memories. Here are my top ten in David Letterman style.

10. Shambo revealing that she is not the sharpest tool in the shed by saying so on the first day.
As Mark Twain once said “Its better to keep your mouth shut and for people to think you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

9. Russell the troll dumping out the water of everyone’s canteen.
As the Dragonslayer once said “Evil dwells in the hearts and minds of the most unworthy opponents who are too short and insecure in developing brain matter and a sense of honor and dignity while growing up.”

8. Danger Dave starting a fire not once but twice when Shambo and Russell maligned him saying he couldn’t.
Coach Wade once said “If at first you don’t succeed, move over for cryin’ out loud and let someone else try!”

7. Russell “Gollum” Hantz using a national disaster to his own discredit, disgrace and disparagement.
Mahatma Ghandi said “Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.” Are you listening gnome?

6. Shambo losing the snorkel mask and sheepishly walking back into camp.
Mr. D. Slayer also said “Ownership of your own actions is the key to self improvement and discipline.”

5. Good Russell almost going in to cardiac arrest.
One of the most dynamic and dangerous moments ever seen on Survivor. He went out as the noble warrior. As Dan the Man said “Give it your all no matter what. Push past the threshold and find a new level, a new limit. Never be satisfied.”

4. Everyone walking around like chickens with their heads cut off letting Russell H. outrun them in the pursuit of the idol.
One of my heroes Martin Luther King once said “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to penetrate it.” How could you all let him do that!

3. Mother Nature. Showing everyone who’s boss by pouring a deluge of water for the first two weeks straight.
Charles Bronson said “Mother nature throws you a curve ball.” You said it Charles!

2. Ben telling Yasmin to go back to ketchup sandwiches and kool-aid.
By far the most racy and daring line ever uttered on the show. See quote above from Mark Twain.

1. Erik the Viking. The warrior. The new dragonslayer of Samoa.
Brooking no compromise at tribal. Using his sixth sense to ferret out the truth. And falling on his sword at the end, leaving with his head held high and proving once again that unless you are an evil conniving backstabbing minion of evil, you cannot win survivor.

Dragon Slayer over and out!


Debbie  |  Deb’s Top 10 Favorite Samoa Moments

November 30, 2009

While recapping this season of Survivor Samoa, I have several quick thoughts. Hey Coach, did you hear that, QUICK thoughts?

First of all, this season had a slow start and now is spinning out of control. What a turnaround! I eagerly wait to see what will happen each week. Because of the unknown, I look forward to watching this season’s show more than watching Tocantins. Since I had insight to our season, there were few surprises. With the exception of the private interviews…Yea, JT and Stephen I heard you talk smack about me!

As we all know, Russell is the main character of Samoa. Coach, you were the character of Tocantins. Well, maybe Tyson had that title a few times! However, our “characters” played a completely different game. I cannot compare Russell’s game to anyone in our season. I started this season’s blog loathing Russell. His comments about Katrina really struck a nerve. I still stand strong on my thoughts regarding using a natural disaster for your sympathy vote; however, this guy is amazing. I cannot wait to see what he is going to do each week. His comments, his moves, and his strategies are so entertaining. I was actually cheering for him last week.

Jaison is still my pick to be the winner. I know he is not standing out in any area, but in this game, that can be the best move until the end. I saw something in Brett last week that made me take notice. He reminded me of JT, our winner- cute, quiet, and can win a challenge. For some reason, I still think goofy Dave is funny to watch. His expressions and comments are hilarious. He could be a threat as well. Time will tell.

Deb’s Top 10 Favorite Samoa Moments (not to be confused with Dave’s Top 10)

10) Mick, weekly eye candy
9) Yasmine and Ben’s nasty-crazy-mudslinging- verbal altercation
8) Yasmine exiting tribal in high heels! Still styling and profiling for Jeff.
7) Erik and Shambo chasing the chicken while everyone else watched.
6) Shambo loosing the fishing equipment and telling the truth! (and not seeming to care)
5) Dave’s “Gallagher” face when Laura was voted off (did you see his hair?)
4) Natalie killing a rat with a stick- You go girl!
3) Dave chasing “The Troll”, Russell, through the “forest” and not being able to keep up with him!
2) Shambo claiming to be the chicken “expert” and not knowing they can fly!
1) Russell finding NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT THREE IDOLS. Genius!

This is shaping up to be a great season. Hey, it is up for a People’s Choice award. GO VOTE!


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.


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
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Coach  |  The Adjective Game

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

If you want to read HIS words “GO HERE”

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!


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.


They’ll let anyone talk about Survivor!

Numb3rs compares Survivor players to prisoners

Survivor Samoa »   by Andy Dehnart / November 16, 2009


Do you remember any of these people????

You can be a “Survivor”!



So you’ve seen the show and now want to know how to become a part of SURVIVOR. Here is a

breakdown of the selection process:

1. If you have previously applied for SURVIVOR and you were a finalist in Los Angeles,

please do not reapply. Unless you specifically notify us in writing that we should not consider

your prior application and submission in connection with an upcoming SURVIVOR, we will be

reviewing your previously submitted applications and videotape submissions for SURVIVOR.

We will not consider any new application or submission you may submit. Second, if you have

previously applied for SURVIVOR and you were

reapply if you wish because we will not be considering your previously submitted applications

and videotape submissions for upcoming SURVIVORs.

2. Written application forms are available for downloading on this website. Applications

must be received by January 6, 2010.

3. A total of approximately 800 applicants

by the Producers in person at one of the following locations: Los Angeles, Ca; New York, NY;

Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX: Detroit, MI; Boston, MA; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; and

Denver, CO. Producers reserve the right to change the number or the identity of the foregoing

locations at any time. All travel expenses for the interview will be the applicants’ sole expense.

4. Semi-finalists (the number of which will be determined by Producers) will be invited to

Los Angeles as scheduled by Producers for final interviews with the SURVIVOR producers.

Roundtrip economy air travel between Los Angeles and your local airport in the United States

and lodging will be provided by Producers.

5. Approximately 16 finalists for each cycle (the final number of which will be determined

by Producers) will be selected as contestants to participate in this SURVIVOR program. Filming

is presently scheduled to occur for cycles 21 and 22 in summer to fall of 2010 (or as otherwise

scheduled by Producers) at a remote location to be announced.

6. All decisions made by the Producers are final and not subject to review or appeal.

So now you’re probably wondering what kind of person is eligible to be selected for this once in a

lifetime opportunity. Here are the guidelines:




not a finalist in Los Angeles, feel free tomay be invited to interview as may be scheduled


It’s all a matter of taste!

A fine wine is supposed to be good, but to us non-wine drinkers, wine sucks. Unless it’s cheap and sweet, I can’t drink it, never aquired a taste for it.

Russell however has managed to hang around long enough that I have aquired a taste for his anticts. He played the idol just like your supposed to even though no one voted for him. On the other hand all but 2 players voted for Eric and he “didn’t” play his Idol thought no one knew he had and oops, home he went, with a minor stop over at “The Ponderosa”.

Love him or hate him, Russell has become the character who has been running the show. Russell now will have to depend on pure wit and wisdom to maintain his place in the game. TV editing aside, he sure looks like he will now need help to remain in the game. Can he convince someone into an alliance and make it all workout? He is a shrewed little man with a big heart who has played the game so far just like he said he would since day one
The majority of the old Galu tribe seem intent on getting him out of the game along with Jaison who seems ready to turn on Russell. I think Brett or John will see the wise decision would be to keep him until a later date and get rid of someone else. I still think the guys should get rid of at least 1 more girl before someone who can help take them further into the game.
Eric was a strong player, so now do they keep targeting the strong, does Galu target Foa Foa members or will some serious alliances start to develop and get some interesting game play get started?
Lets go Survivors, start playing for yourselves and kick some butt!!