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Two Time Loser is back for More!

Jerri Manthey, Australian Outback and All-Stars
Villainy: Nicknamed the “roaring bitch” for her abrasive personality (not to mention The Beef Jerky Incident), Jerri stormed out of the All-Stars reunion show in tears.
Outwitticism: “Right now, in my wildest fantasy, I can imagine pouring chocolate all over some hot dude’s bod and having sex while licking it off at the same time.”

Biography
Jerri

Jerri Manthey (38)

Tribe: Villains
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Personal Claim To Fame: “Turning my acting dreams into reality.”
Inspiration in Life: “My mom.”
Previous Finishes: Australia: 8th out, 2nd jury member; All-Stars: 7th out
Favorite Past Moment: “Fishing with Mitchell and Amber.”
Previous Survivor She Respects Most: Ethan Zohn (Africa, All-Stars)
Previous Survivor She Respects Least: Shi-Ann Huang (Thailand, All-Stars)
Why Did She Come Back? : “The money of course!”

Some guys have all the luck, some guys do nothing but complain ….

The new Chief!!

See the neckware she has!

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Fishing for Immunity

 Surprisingly, in recovering from Russell Swan’s evacuation, which prevented a planned double-boot, Survivor went for a full two extra challenges here. Bringing us this challenge, “Canoe Dueling.” Oh well, more for Galu to win, we guess.
   The challenge itself appears to involve racing out to canoes, doing some “fishing” (presumably for puzzle pieces), then bringing it all back to shore and doing puzzles.

I think it goes over there!

 

So who wins? Galu wins it, since Liz is the final pre-jury boot. As further proof, photographer Monty Brinton made the trip back to camp with Foa Foa after the challenge, an honor he reserves for the losing tribe. So Galu wins the (final tribal?) immunity challenge

This episode should be taking care of the final pre-merge boot, before the merge at 12, and was necessitated by Russell Swan’s fainting and removal in the (unfinished) Ep6 RC.

    Who’s most at risk? Well, Shambo was the slam-dunk Galu boot up until Ep6, when an alliance grew up around her, much to her own dismay. That would put Monica on the low end of the vote totals, if Galu returns to tribal council.
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
   Liz was the decoy boot in Ep5, although it was clear from the hilariously dated clips used to build that storyline (some of which were from as far back as Ep2, when Russell didn’t have his swimsuit, and was nearly clean-shaven) that either Russell has been nursing this grudge for a while, or he initially thought of it, but had bigger fish to fry, and has all but forgotten it. Either that, or he’s just getting around to planting his “Russell seed” for the Liz boot. Probst seems to think so in his EW blog, anyway. Still, as of late Ep6, Liz and Natalie were both resigned to one of them being booted (and since we think Natalie may be the winner*, we’re guessing she isn’t booted).
    Then there’s Jaison, who seemed perfectly safe in Ep5, after coming close to quitting in Ep4, which got Russell’s ire up. After admitting in the Ep5 tribal council that he trained for the U.S. water polo team, he now may be a traditional circa-merge boot target, for being too strong. Still, as of the Ep5 story, he’s a less obvious target than Liz. Prior to Ep5, missyae said he’s the last person to get booted, pre-merge. But following Ep5, the missyae line is that Liz gets the boot, instead.

   Update: Never mind, Liz appears to be correct.

* Natalie got an apparently inaccurately positive edit in Ep5’s Gross Food challenge, since her attempt at downing a smoothie was edited out completely (but present in the press photos, oops), and Ashley hinted that others had trouble with the smoothies in her interviews. Update: Jaison confirms this in the “Foa Foa’s Bad Break” video on the CBS site: “Last time it was the food challenge where we had to chug the disgusting stuff, and we all know Natalie and Ashley aren’t gonna be able to do that. So, you know, we’re out on that.”
    Natalie also got a solo headshot as Probst said “turn this game around” at the Ep5 tribal council, and got to allay Mick’s fears of a post-merge decimation of Foa Foa in Ep6. Not to mention that Probst keeps mentioning her, for no apparent reason, in his EW blog.

The Immunity Blog With Coach and Debbie

  

  

Coach  |   Mother Nature Can Kick Your Ass!

October 26, 2009

What a beautiful, powerful, deep and dramatic episode. I am not just saying this because I am a former contestant but because the producers did an incredible job on this one. Did you see the cinematography? The drama? Life and death! Powerful and moving. And how about the music!!! The musicians who wrote the music for this episode? Beautiful, powerful, deep and dramatic.

Ah, the great equalizer: Mother Nature. The Creator of the Universe unleashes a visceral viscosity of venom. Battling the elements will turn some people into men (gotta give credit to Mr. Umpaloompa for taking a bath in jeans) and breaks others (no one is buying the cool “it” factor anymore Jaison). You will see what you are made of when you live and breathe and eat and sleep in the wild. Indeed you will see down to your very core how tough you really are. But then, in a blink of an eye the wilderness can turn around and display such beauty, magnaniminity, passion and power.

And in the midst of it all: young samurai in the making Brett is sitting there with a smile on his face and a rational word on his lips. He looks clean and comfortable and well rested during a rainstorm. Incredible. And Erik starting to pray and talk like a young dragonslayer. Tribal speech is starting to sound like the grandmaster slayer himself. I love it. Two young warriors in the making.

The clouds, the storm, the waves. All dark indications and foreshadowing that all is not well with Russell S. He is hurt and he is hurt bad. A scary scene indeed to watch a strong man’s body give out in the midst of battle. This goes to show you just how brutal this game can be. Galu has won the majority of the rewards. They have been well fed. Russell, their fearless leader looked good all morning around camp. And yet in the blink of an eye everything changes.

Yes I was a little harsh on you last week Russell, my warrior to be, but you have earned redemption and have left the game a true winner. You played and fought and pushed until your body could no further go on. You earned my respect this night for sure. Out of the seven layers of Viking heaven, I think you will reach the sixth layer. Well done. FYI, Evil Russell (aka Gollum), no matter where he ends up will not even make it to the first layer.

On to pre tribal debates: the arguments were repetitiveve and naïve. John, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (had to use the pun) to figure out that Shambo IS dangerous to your tribe. She has been to the other camp twice, and is much more personable than Monica. And girls… voting out someone who starts fire every day like Shambo? Your only excuse is that she wrote your name down last week? Hello??? Has anyone seen my season? That’s the worst reason to vote someone out.

And in the end…it was all for naught. Double tribal. 13 people sitting there arguing about what is next to come and then Jeff gives them a free pass. Good night everybody. Sleep tight. Don’t let the rain freeze you or the rain soak you. Wait isn’t it raining non stop? Should anyone be complaining about lack of water. Hello? Open your mouths, use a leaf, leave your water bottles in the open. But alas…I digress.

So what have we learned from this episode? Mother Nature can kick your ass! But hopefully there is something more profound lurking around your thoughts. The princess put it best last week when she said “it was during the toughest moments on my season that I remember the clearest and those which made me a forged sword of iron character” or something like that.

It is indeed in the toughest of times that we not only reveal our mettle, but forge it as well. Every man and woman has a destiny to fulfill a dream to dream and a road to travel. Trials and tribulations come about for everyone. That’s life, and if we develop perseverance and character along the way we can and will come to a fork in the road where there can be no turning back. And when the road less traveled is taken, with the right amount of introspection: it can and will lead to hope, understanding, wisdom, compassion, depth/breadth of character, passion, balance and of course love.

And this, my friends, is what life is all about.

Coach   

  

Debbie  |   Here’s to Hoping Jaison Blindsides Russell

October 26, 2009

Tonight was full of firsts- the first time a challenge was stopped and not completed and the first time in 19 seasons when Jeff was truly scared with the physical condition and safety of a cast member.

Russell’s tears said it all. He broke my heart. When you are in the game, the last thing you want is to be pulled from the game for medical reasons. When Joe was medically removed in our season, we had just merged. It makes everything you are going through so real and you realize how fragile your body is and your existence in the game can change in a moment.

Russell S. was my one of my favorites; therefore, I was sad to see him go. He is a proud man, a hard worker and always tried to lead by example. Watching a true leader crumble was painful. Knowing the Survivor family and medical team, I feel confident they made the right decision and hopefully, Russell will quickly recover.

Rain and misery was the focus for tonight’s episode. Solid rain and only 15 days into the game will make anyone contemplate quitting. The end is not in sight and as Eric stated, “Your biggest fear is it is not going to quit raining.” Mick also stated that he was somewhat jealous of Ashley having her torch extinguished. These thoughts are prevalent when you are in pure misery. Once again, I hate to do it, but I have to give “little Russell” credit for his strong mental focus. He is not letting the elements detour his game plan. Plus, his physical ability seems to improve weekly. I am beginning to get nervous because I think he has the possibility of winning this game. I am hopeful that Jaison will blindside him since he knows Russell has an idol. It would be a great twist to this game.

I know from experience when it is cold and rainy, your desire is to do nothing, but sit and try to find comfort somewhere. Memories surfaced of sitting in soaking wet clothes. It was by far the most miserable I have ever been in my life. Luckily, we did not endure the constant rains as this group of Survivors has endured.

There is not as much to comment on this week because there was limited movement around the camps. Come on Jaison, give us some excitement and blindside Russell. Galu, who is your next leader? They have some big shoes to fill. Hopefully, Samoa will get some reprieve from the rain and everyone will start playing the strategic game again.

Debbie

Lets make plans to paint the town red!

Protection for Shambo!  An alliance with the Devil! What the hell is going on in the Jungle. It’s looks like no merge before the reward challenge which Foa Foa must win so that Russell can visit the Galu camp. Wonder what he’ll call this alliance? Maybe it’ll be the “Super Secret G-Whiz Alliance”! Even though it might not last if Foa Foa wins Immunity and Galu votes out Laura.  With the numbers getting closer to 10 which is when the merge should happen things are getting dicey! The jury usually has 7 members if I remember correctly. Sometimes its a final 2, sometimes it’s a final 3.

The liklihood of a Foa Foa member winning this game depends greatly on the next 2 immunity challenges, otherwise their numbers when a merge happens puts them at a big disadvantage.

I see the guys at Galu making an all boy alliance and keeping Shambo around to help with Challenges. She can still be an asset even after the merge and easy to vote out. Shambo will need the Foa Foa’s to allign with to help her have votes against the Galu men. She is sitting in a good spot if things fall her way!!  The Devil will have trouble at the merge if the Galu men see his evil ways. Everyone else is going to have to pray for help. The girls from both tribes look to have the longest odds because they are in the minority on both tribes and don’t seem to have any alliances to speak of.

Game play is getting very important. We now must watch carefully to see what becomes of the tribes from here on out!

Galu is now at 8 members:

Laura, Monica, Kelly & Shannon     ……   Brett, Dave, Erik & John

Foa Foa now @ 5

Elizabeth & Natalie    ……    Russell, Mick & Jaison

It’s a close balance of men to women now, 7 men, 6 women!  The men on Galu however are ready to make Shambo the leader and make her a Puppet Dictator. It looks likely no matter who wins immunity that 1 of the women will be voted out next. As of last week, Monica was close to being voted out on Galu. Foa Foa on the other hand could go either way depending on Russells ability to sway the vote.

A look at one of/ or the combo Challenge comingup this week. Seems to be some kind of memory puzzle.

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CBS Press Release 10/26/2009

STILL REELING FROM THE LOSS OF THEIR CHIEF, GALU STRUGGLES TO ELECT A NEW LEADER AND THE MEN HATCH A PLAN TO PUT A PUPPET REGIME IN POWER AS A PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE AGAINST A BLOSSOMING FEMALE ALLIANCE, ON “SURVIVOR: SAMOA” THURSDAY, OCT. 29

 Now that both idols have been found, you’d think they’d stop providing clues and sending contestants to the opposing camp. But apparently you’d be wrong. As is TV Guide, which claims Russell visits Galu.
Now that both idols have been found, you’d think they’d stop providing clues and sending contestants to the opposing camp. But apparently you’d be wrong.
    It appears, from multiple angles, that Laura visits Foa Foa in the scene below, from the post-Ep6 preview. To our eyes, the beach shots look like Foa Foa. chaoswva at RFF pulled some images from Foa Foa beach which look like a pretty good match for the rocks and trees in the Russell-Laura shots. Also, from the RC page shots, it looks like Laura departs Galu after that challenge, so it seems like case solved.
    Except of course that TV Guide somehow has the exact opposite story in their synopsis: “Evil Russell from Foa Foa visits Galu and strikes up an alliance with one tribe member.” Our advice? Ignore TV Guide.

    In the previews, Russell’s already making a final two deal with Laura (apparently he was running short on blondes).

Well if you can’t beleive what you read in a comic book, what can you beleive?

Stratagy will now come into play, it’s time to warm up your Lying machines and lets party! He’s gone but Russell was making some bad moves before he left!

Shambo needs some friends, I think she is losing it!

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The Hulk is simply in the best shape going into this weeks superhero fight. The X-Men are questionable and in need of an infusion of power. Superman was dropped by some kryptonite. Batman is hiding in his tree trunk bat cave. Catwoman and her kittens are busy purring and tucking their tails. Shambowomen is looking to team up with the X-men and fight to the death. The coming collision of superpowers is ready to be a big explosion of energy. The last person standing will be determined and the game will come to an end!   BOOM

Jeff Probst blogs ‘Survivor: Samoa': episode #6

 

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Rain is a double-edged sword on Survivor. It gives and it takes. We love the layer of drama it adds when you see the contestants shivering, their fingers wrinkled like prunes, as they struggle to make fire. But rain can also bring with it severe, life-threatening problems as it did this week when Russell collapsed due to dehydration.

I’m going to focus this blog on sharing with you everything you didn’t see that happened when Russell went down.  

INSIGHT:
During the early stage of the challenge when they were pushing the sphere, I was completely unaware that Russell was struggling. I noticed he was tired but that is not unusual during a challenge and so I thought nothing much of it.

Even when they reached the maze, I noticed it taking him a long time to get himself over to the maze, but he was blindfolded and I am watching 13 other people, so once again I wasn’t overly concerned because exhaustion is normal and in fact, the effort someone puts into a challenge is often a determining factor in whether they stay or are voted out.

Russell had always given 100% so it didn’t surprise me to see him exhausted.

It was when his head went down and stayed that it started to become clear that something wasn’t right. But because he was blindfolded and I couldn’t see his eyes, it was again very hard to determine if he was just tired or in some kind of real trouble.

When I watch the episode edited with the luxury of close ups, it seems much more obvious that Russell was not doing well and I wish I had gotten there sooner. I can only tell you that from my vantage point, in the midst of everything going on – 10 people running a challenge, 4 others on the sit out bench and a challenge to oversee, he was only one of the things I was keeping an eye on.

As a result, I had no idea that he actually had already passed out for the first time while he was standing at the maze, but that is exactly what our doctors think happened. They think he had already passed out once before I even got to him.

When a Survivor appears to be in trouble, our first rule is to give them the chance to save themselves or see if one of their tribemates can help them before we make any decision about sending in medical, safety, or our water rescue team. We do this because it is their game, their adventure and whenever possible we want them to make the decisions about their fate.

Let me be clear, we are watching them the entire time, they are never out of our sight, and our medical, safety and rescue teams are always on alert – but we would rather give the contestants every chance to handle it themselves before we move in to take over.

But in this case, it happened so fast that I didn’t even consider waiting. I just instinctively called for medical to come in and get to work. Because our medical team is so well run they were prepared for someone to pass out or get injured even before the challenge began. That’s what they do, they prep before the challenge about what could possibly go wrong so they are ready for it. They knew dehydration could be a factor and so when Russell went down they had a plan in place and were helping Russell within seconds of me calling them in.

As you saw, Russell said he was okay… and then immediately passed out again.

Once medical informed me that Russell was going to require some major time-consuming attention I called off the challenge because it seemed the only decision that made sense. There was no way we were going to continue — it was clear Russell was going to require too much time and because both tribes were going to tribal council either way, it didn’t seem to matter enough to consider an alternative. So we sent the tribes back to their camp and told them to await word.

In a moment like that you make a decision. Sometimes it’s the right one, sometimes it’s the wrong one, but you have to make a call. It’s one of the things that I most enjoy about doing a show like Survivor. It is for all intents and purposes, a live show. It would be great to go back and script out all my reactions and comments like a movie, but you can’t do that. All you can do is react and hope your decision makes sense. I’m sure many people will feel canceling the challenge was “lame” or “silly” but for me it was the only call to make as Russell was the priority and that’s that.

At this point our challenge crew led by our director and senior producer Dave Dryden became reality shooters and producers. Dryden quickly re-positioned them so they could cover the unfolding drama. Their ability to quickly reconnoiter is why we have such great coverage of everything that went down.

For the next 45 minutes we monitored Russell’s vital signs. We gave him water from his canteen. We gave him oxygen. We propped him up and gave him time to try to relax and get calm.

During that time Russell and I talked about a lot of things. He was very worried that he would be pulled from the game. He was worried how he would be portrayed and what his family would think. He did not want to be seen as a quitter.

That’s why I tried to recap everything that had happened up to Russell up to this point – how dominant he had been in the game, his leadership, his physical capability. I was trying to make the point that no matter what happens, he would never been seen as someone who gave less than 100%.

I explained to him that he had already passed out two times, but his recollection at that point was so foggy he didn’t understand. He thought he was fine and was demanding to be put back into the challenge. In fact, I don’t think he even realized that everybody else had already been sent back to camp and the challenge called off.

Even with all of this going on, our doctors assured him that if his vitals came back strong they would allow him to stay in the game.

Nobody wanted Russell to go home.

When Russell passed out for the third time, I got very worried. Then his heart rate dropped 30 beats in less than a second. I was watching the heart rate monitor and when I saw it move from 97 to 68, I was honestly concerned that we were losing him. Forever.

Even writing this brings back the same emotion.

Our doctors were not exaggerating or play acting when they started pounding on Russell’s chest and repeating his name, asking him “Russell, are you with us?” It seemed to go on forever, his eyes not moving, not responding to anything.

I have never been more proud of our medical team than I was in that moment. Heroic. Incredibly calm. Well practiced. They knew exactly what they needed to do and they didn’t waste a moment.

Telling Russell he was being pulled from the game was difficult. I understood that he didn’t want to quit. He was in a great position in the game and there was such a fire in his belly. Many people have been pulled from the game that didn’t want to go, for some reason this one really got to me.

What you didn’t see was that after Russell pulled off his oxygen mask in frustration, he experienced a lot of different emotions, all of them completely understandable. He was extremely frustrated at me, at medical, and at production in general for pulling him from the game. He yelled. Then, he got quiet. Then, he cried. Finally, he prayed. It was extremely emotional and simultaneously beautiful. He was in a very vulnerable state and to be a witness as he processed the situation and made peace with it was an honor.

I’m guessing that Russell had no idea how bad it was until he saw the episode last night. I think he will be surprised at how serious it was and will realize that he is not a quitter and there was no other decision to be made other than to pull him from the game.

After Russell was removed we then had to make a decision whether to continue with our double tribal council or cancel it.

SIDE LINE: For the record, I have always hated the “win or lose, you must vote someone out” twist, but it’s existence comes from necessity. Let me explain: We would prefer to start the show with only 16 contestants. It’s much easier for the audience to get to know 16 people. But it gives us no wiggle room if someone quits or has to leave the game due to medical emergency.

If we start with 18, that gives us a bit of breathing room in terms of numbers but also gives us an uneven number of men and women on each tribe.

If we start with 20, as we did this year, it gives us plenty of wiggle room for quits or medical evacuation, but because we have 4 extra people we have to get rid of them at some point. Thus the “win or lose, you’re voting somebody out” scenario. I am happy to say that we have since figured out a better way to do double eliminations. So should we ever need to vote out two people in one episode it will not be a “win or lose both tribes going to tribal council” scenario.

BACK TO INSIGHT:
So… what to do? We gathered the creative team and the decision was made that due to the unprecedented canceling of the challenge, the medical drama, and incredibly difficult conditions the contestants had endured the past several days,  the best move was to make a gesture of good will and spare them from voting anybody out.

Was it was the right move? Depends on your point of view. It was certainly not a “clear-cut this is the only decision to be made” situation. We considered everything and we made what we believed to be the right call. You may disagree. In fact, I’m pretty sure many of you reading this right now are saying, “Hell yes I disagree. You should have voted people out. That’s what Survivor does!” Well, not this time. Sorry.

One thing was very clear, the canceling of the vote did seem to lift their spirits. You could see them begin to re-energize once they heard the news. You saw the rivalry between the two tribes reignite. Why is this important? Because at the end of the day if the Survivors lose their motivation to continue and it turns into a “group” funk, then the show is in serious trouble.

It’s probably hard to appreciate how difficult this season has been, so all I can do is repeat what I’ve said many times – this is a very tough season added to an already very tough game. Remember, we are not giving them food, we are not giving them water. We don’t offer them dry clothes or help them start their fire. We were worried about their welfare and did not want anybody else to be evacuated and certainly didn’t want anyone to decide to quit.

Okay – that’s it from my end. I hope you’re still enjoying the season. One thing that has always been true about Survivor fans, you are loyal. We appreciate it.

Until next week.

 

  

 

Lets belly up to the bar for some smoothies y’all

Ok, now that you have your drink, sit back and read Coach & Debbies blogs.

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Coach  |  A Probst-less Challenge is Like Yogurt Without Fruit

October 9, 2009

Jaison, the Dragon Slayer says, “With self discipline comes success. For the pain of regret is far greater than the pain of discipline.” In other words: Buck up man! Don’t go second guessing yourself no matter what decisions you make in life. You make your bed, you gotta lie in it. Knock it off or you’ll be gone next.

Shambo, I loved what you did last week by going over to Foa Foa and fitting right in, but it looks like Galu is now your enemy camp. So instead of joining Jaison in the wizardry whiny world (the new www) you should buck up as well. And be careful whom you trust.

Again look at previous words of wisdom from the dragon’s lair (I think these previous entries into my blog will soon replace Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”). Trust no one. Slay everyone. Talking about clues to the idol might prove costly down the road. That and your incessant complaining about your own tribe.

Onto the reward challenge. Hmmmm. A Probst-less challenge is like yogurt without fruit, or Frosted Flakes without milk or like Survivor without the Dragon Slayer (only kidding). Without Jeff’s verbose, varied verbiage (the new vvv) it seemed to lack the punch. I was almost yelling “Survivors are you ready” to the TV. But… we do get to see another win for Galu.

As I said during my season, “The poison apple needs to go!” Let’s take one guess who the cancer is on Foa Foa! You guessed it Russell (aka Gollum). So, in the meantime I am enjoying the slaughter! That is until challenge number two, when the other Russell, decided to sit some of the strongest challengers in Laura and Shambo. Not a smart move, well that and bandying about “I am the leader” crap like you did towards the end of the episode.

So another idol is in play, and it was found while everyone else was sleeping! Love it. Nice job Erik, just watch for clotheslines next time. At least that was more interesting than watching chickens or watching Shambo pretend she was a chicken.

After another long, interesting and grueling interesting immunity challenge (welcome back Jeff!), Yasmin gets voted off. Obviously Russell’s posturing did not help and I think he might be next.

Interesting note from someone who has played the game. Some people work a lot around camp (like our princess Debbie) and others don’t do a lick of work (like Yazmin). And although it is sometimes NOT a factor in who gets voted out, I have to agree with Debbie, it does weight heavily on everyone’s mind. It builds up resentment and eventually wears thru everyone’s nerves like the strand of hair that held up the Sword of Damaclies (another interesting dragon-esque story from Greek Mythology). It’s just nice to see that laziness around camp was for once a major factor in who got voted off tonight. THIS IS SURVIVOR by the way!

That’s all for now. Heading back into the Dragon’s Lair.

Coach   

 

Debbie  |  It Only Gets Worse, Jaison

October 9, 2009

Hello everyone, It’s Debbie coming from the “Queens Quarters.” Week three shaped out to be full of interesting scenes, conversations and some surprises.

O.K., before we start though, I don’t know about all of you but Coach, come on! I am a principal and have to have a dictionary to read half of the words in your posts. I just can’t compete…Are we writing physics dissertations or a Survivor blog???

Turning to the show, I have to admit, I am a bit worried about my man Jaison. I am sure it is crystal clear by now that Jaison from Foa Foa and Russell from Galu are my early favorites. Yet it’s only day 9 and he makes a statement that he is “cold, hungry and thirsty” and that agreeing to participate in “Survivor was the worst decision of his life.” “Cold” and “Hungry” are two adjectives that describe “Survivor” perfectly. I hope he can get it together mentally. Believe me, it gets much worse as the game goes on.

Although Coach, I still totally disagree with your take on Jaison! Watch him, he is outstanding in challenges. You are wrong about him and I know that despite this rough patch he will prove it to you!

This week though illustrated exactly what I have been saying about camp life. What you do around camp and how you help your tribe is CRITICAL especially because that impacts your performance in challenges! Honestly, I was surprised to learn how important this component is to the game when I was in Brazil.

I also can’t help myself; I have to make a couple of “Little Russell” comments as well. Coach, listen and learn, I just might use terms that are not in your dialogue. Despite “Little Russell’s” unhealthy physical BMI (Body Mass Index, yes! a medical term) he is performing outstanding in the challenges. Heck, he is as round as he is tall, but I have to say he is rocking the challenges. You know I have to be honest, even though I don’t like his tactics, low-down lies or name calling; he is performing much better physically than he appears. I believe this will help him stay in the game…. At least for now or at least until somebody wises up to his tricks!

Now for Mick. Coach, you mentioned how much you liked Laura last week. I have to do the same about Mick this week. WOW, he is gorgeous and he looks better each week. I hope Mick stays in the game just for us gals to gaze at weekly. Actually, Mick stood out a little this week. He is not only great eye candy but also very smart. I personally hope Mick stays much longer, for many reasons.

Shambo, YOU DID NOT LISTEN, but, you hung in there and did not get one vote! Honestly, I’m kind of shocked. I thought she was toast when she lost the chicken. I keep saying this cast must not be hungry. Coach, back me up here, but wouldn’t true Samurai Soldiers circle around their prey and trap it? Why didn’t Galu help catch that chicken? More importantly why did they give up so quickly?

Watching Erik and Shambo running around an island trying to catch a chicken was hysterical. Did anyone else catch the statement from Shambo? She said that she knew how to care for chickens, BUT she didn’t know they COULD FLY! I nearly died laughing… I can’t help but love her!

Oh, and we can’t ignore the fact that she told Erik that the idol was around bark! I was yelling at the TV when she told that to not only Erik but also to John. Why didn’t she come into her camp and look for the idol herself. She has to know the target might have been on her back. Wake up and play the game! She actually reminds me of Sandy from our season. Sandy is a doll and so down to earth. I think Shambo possesses some of her “salt of the earth” qualities.

As for Yasmin, the tables turned quickly. I was actually shocked when she was voted out. I really did like Yasmin. I thought she had a “no holds bar” attitude and was a natural. Hey by the way, I LOVED the shoes at tribal. She was still styling and profiling, at least for Jeff.

Now I have said all along that the one component people tend to forget in this game is working around camp. If you noticed, that was the main reason she was voted off. I could have sworn Russell voted for Monica until I saw the end of the show and he actually voted for Yasmin! His early statement, “if the tribe doesn’t vote with me there will be asses kicked” scared me. Any good leader listens to the voice of their people. Russell, I was so proud of you. I believe if you share your vote with the tribe, they will continue to respect you and follow your leadership. They may think you voted for Monica, as you had stated earlier, but go in and politic and let your tribe know you listened to them and you will have them in your pocket (even more so than you seem to now!)

Russell in Galu and Jaison in Foa Foa are still my early favorites. However, Dave came through this week. I think he may surprise all of us. He has a great “lay low” personality, very intelligent and seems well liked by his tribe. I like him I think he is playing the game very well.

Monica was clearly weak in this challenge. Physically, she looked in anguish going over the rope bridge, unlike “little Russell,” the troll, who basically ran over the rope bridge. (Side question: Don’t trolls usually live under bridges?). Monica must be working hard around camp and forming tribal bonds, because otherwise I can’t figure out how she wasn’t voted out. Yasmin would have brought more fun and laughs for the viewers. I believe she is a real true person and I actually hated to see her go. Although I guess the personal relationships are bigger than challenge performance.

Coach, I tried to keep up with you this week, but your lengthy montages are hard to match.

That’s it for now.

Deb 

Stormy weather, I just can’t get myself together..

Looks like Samoa had a precurser to the tsunami, and boy is it gonna bug the hell out of our cast-a-ways.

Wet doesn’t even come close to what these guys are gonna go through. This completely alters anyones game plans. Just surviving thr weather becomes #1 priority for all the players. Don’t bitch and moan now or you just might go home!!

Lets see how well those pillows and blankets work now, hmmm, wet chicken, time to make chicken soup!!!

The tribes top two priorities now are staying dry (ggod luck) and getting a fire going (fat chance) and then keeping it going (was that 3, oh well).

Imagine the BB players trying to do this challenge, keep yourself dry while being lockdowned outside the BB house. Can you inagine those wimpys crying, boo hoo hoo!!

This is an excerpt from an article on weathers effect on health. Most people have experienced difficulty conjuring up energy on cloudy days. For some, that difficulty hits a lot harder than for others. Those exhaustive sunless days affect us as immediately as they come. Calm tranquility is a staple of rainy days, so much so that people listen to tapes emulating that noise just to fall asleep. Sleepy cloudy days plus the therapeutic sound of rain on the rooftop amounts to ultimate relaxation! And think about how energetic you feel when there’s a storm screaming outside. Our bodies reflect the very energy of lightning, just as they reflect the energy of the sun or lack thereof. Storms excite some people, filling them with adrenaline while they fill others with an apprehensive fear. Even this nervous energy is energy though, and it gets the heart pumping faster than do those calm, cloudy days!        Here is the link to the complete article!  It sure gives you something to think about.

It was a Galu kind of week on Survivor!

Well, well, well, it coulnd’t have been a much better week for the Galu tribe in my opinion.

Galu wins the reward challenge, Shambo loses part of the reward(1 chicken). Galu loses immunity challenge, Eric finds the Hidden Immunity Idol, Yazmin is evicted!!!!!

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The show started out slow, with cameras in the Foa Foa tribe as Jaison was complaining about being tired, cold and hungry, hmmmmmmm, seems to me that is a common problem that happens every year, Suck It Up J. Russell is ready to get rid of Jaison even though they have an alliance. Why is Mick(chief) hardly ever seen making decisions in the Foa Foa camp.

After talking to Shambo, Eric starts to get an idea where to look for thew Idol when John walks up and starts asking what the clues are from Shambo and now 3 people in Galu have an idea of where to look.

Each Chief has to pick 3 people to go on a mission. Galu has Russell picking himself, Shambo and Dave. Foa Foa has Mick picking himself, Russell and Natalie.

Mick took an early lead in a combination bocce ball horse shoe type game. Closest to the stick wins. Shambo and Natalie go but neither one gets any closer than Micks ball. With the last 2 going, Russell H. gets one a little closer, then on the last ball Dave puts one right next to the stick and Galu won the reward, 3 chickens.

While the mice were away from the Galu camp, Eric had the girls go look for fruit and wood, some of the others slept and Eric started hism quest for the HII. After 10 minutes or so he finds it in a tree. That now gives both tribes the idol each other were supposed to find!!  Hmmmmmmmmmm, the plot thickens.

The winning Galu team returns with the chickens and Shambo is put in charge of their care because she says she is a country girl. Later that day your here, HELP, Emergency, 911 a chiken has escaped and is on the loose. Shambo now has a small target on her back for that incident. no one can catch the chiken and it flies up into a tree, Shambo comments, “I didn’t know chickens could fly”!   chicken = bird/ bird = wings/ wings = fly, OK!!!

Galu is now frustrated that they lost a challenge! They are sitting around dicussing who to evict and why. Shambo, Monica and Yazmin are the hot commodities of the day for eviction. Monica and Yazmin turn out to be the two most talked about and argued who they should send out of the game. Russell is po’d that not too many people want Monica out like he does and they wany Yaz gone. Looks like they talked him into their way of thinking  as the vote is 8 – 2 to send Yaz home and keep Monica.

With a Foa Foa win lets hope they can win some rewards to go with the immunities I think they can win while Galu is shaken up.

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. 

The View as seen from last years Good and Evil

The Immunity Blog With Coach and Debbie

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Coach  |  Blogging From the Dragon’s Lair

September 28, 2009

Hello Survivor fans and welcome to the first official “Immunity Blog” on CBS.com with the Dragon Slayer and the Princess giving our thoughts on the season.

Let’s not waste anytime here. I know there are already lots of comparisons between last season’s number one “villain” Coach (aka the Dragon Slayer) and the new villain on Survivor: Samoa, Russell Hantz. Lets compare the two of us if we shall because I for one think we are polar opposites. You might disagree but as iron sharpens iron perhaps we can come up with more similarities/opposites.

Coach                                                     Russell H.
Noble                                                      Ignoble
Honest                                                    Dishonest
Unselfish                                                Selfish
Team Player                                         In It For Himself
Tells Inspirational Stories              Tells Flat Out Lies

Despite all that, I was impressed with him finding the immunity idol without a clue. I know Debbie may not believe me, but I actually have to give him a lot of credit for playing the game harder at this point then just about anyone I’ve seen in a long time.

Now that’s out of the way, I really want to focus on the people who are not getting all the attention and might be major characters of the season.

I’ve got to go back to last week’s episode. The Dragon Slayer once said, “take your weaknesses and make them your strength. Take your strengths and make yourself invincible.” So when Shambo basically said “ah shucks, smarts aint my thing” and then she proceeded to rock the puzzle in the first challenge of the season, I had stop and think for a second. Was she just playing the game at that point? Or is she a real person, one who is going to bring that “down home” work ethic and determination to the “survival” aspect on Survivor.

But wait a minute; remember that often times just when someone impresses you…they blow it. One thing I have learned in Survivor is to not say something absolute or concrete (that storm is going to go right past us…remember?) Shambo had to go and brag to the tribe and say, “spear fishing is my thing”. Not only did she not catch any fish, but she also lost some of the fishing gear. You have to catch fish to live out there…. not a good move Shambo.

Now as many of us have already established, Russell H. will be the guy this year most people will despise. But Ben is another villain that we will love to hate, or hate to love this season. So he smashed and killed a lizard to eat. Not bad. But the things that come out of his mouth? Straight forward, guttural, spiteful and….come on you have to admit…kind of funny at times.

My top three of the night: Calling Yasmin a hooker, calling Yasmin Ghetto trash and saying that she should go back to eating catsup sandwiches and kool aid.

Yasmin, you gotta admit you asked for controversy. Now I don’t condone using derogatory terms, but I mean come on. You go over to the other tribe and approach it that way? You should be walking on eggshells. You are on enemy samurai ground. Dragon Slayer rule: “Tread lightly and carry no stick!” And then you take on Ben by confronting him? I’ll say one thing for him, the guy will take ownership of his actions.

Now if Ben can just stop high fiving Russell in front of everyone at tribal, stop chopping wood in the middle of the night, and stop getting kicked out of challenges, maybe he might be around awhile to give us more laughs and sarcasm. But please, no shooting police officers, even with a “hand” gun. Not cool.

Betsy: Too bad you had to leave so soon. You are a straightforward cop, with good instincts. Why wouldn’t anyone listen to you!!!! “Trust your intuition..its strong!” What a great line, if only the ladies would have listened to you, because I think they are on the chopping block next. Not only did you call out Russell from day one but you called out Ben as a bad apple as well. Two for two in my book!

That’s all from the Dragon’s Lair for this week. Have a great weekend!

Coach

Debbie  |  Russell is the New Dragon to Slay

September 28, 2009

Hi everyone! I’m back and I’m thrilled to be apart of these “Immunity Blogs” with the Dragon Slayer. Let’s dive right in shall we?

It appears Samoa is going to be a wild ride. This season has started with a bang and, in my opinion, has two cast members that could possibly go down as the most hated Survivors ever! Sorry Coach! Russell is quickly emerging as a total sinister, pathologic jerk. As a matter of fact, he can be your new dragon to slay. For anyone to gain sympathy by telling a lie about being in the New Orleans Katrina disaster is not only sick, but also maddening.

Being from the South and having victims move their children into my school and community, I have personally witnessed what true victims of this tragedy have gone through. They’ve lost homes and possessions they will never regain. I know lying is a part of Survivor; however, using a personal lie like Johnny Fairplay and his grandmother story is one thing, but not a terrible natural disaster. That infuriated me!

Then you have Ben, ironically Russell’s tribemate. Ben’s cultural comments regarding Yasmin were out of line and totally inappropriate. He has completely shown his ignorance. I have to give Marissa and Betsy complete credit. They were on to both Ben and Russell from the beginning and unfortunately it costs them. Is Russell really controlling this game? I still have to have faith that Foa Foa will catch on to him soon.

I’m hoping Jasion will eventually turn on him. I get the feeling he’s going to emerge as a strong leader and hopefully will do well in this game as a result. He has remained calm, but is also very smart and is going to catch on to these guys. Strength is key in this game; however, a major component is who can you live with and who you can tolerate in those terrible harsh conditions. Much more time is spent around camp and living together than in the challenges. It is obvious that Foa Foa has not connected. Maybe that will change?

Moving on to Galu, it’s very clear, we don’t know much about them. Although what we do know is that Russell sent Yasmin to collect information on Foa Foa with interesting results. She should have gone into camp, laid low, and then persuaded them to talk to her to bring information back to Galu. That clearly didn’t happen! Knowing the other tribe members is critical for the merge and challenges. Yasmin probably set everyone back a few steps with that little trip.

On a separate note, Shambo, why in the world would you tell everyone you lost the mouth piece while lying in the water and relaxing? Are you nuts?!? Tell them a shark ate it. Tell them a dragon came down from the sky and scooped it out of your hand. Tell them anything else, but don’t tell them you lost it and then chilled for an hour. Now you have a big target on your back. I still don’t understand why Shambo went fishing alone. Where was the rest of the tribe? I guess they must not have been that hungry.

To wrap-up, I’m sorry to see Betsy go; she was a smart woman with great instincts. Although I was not surprised to see Mike’s health fail. I was concerned from the moment he fell off of the boat arriving in camp. I have to give him credit though, because he gave the challenge his all.

Next week’s preview gives me some hope that things are going turn around for Foa Foa, although I guess we will have to wait and see. I am also anxious to see more of the Galu tribe. It appears on the surface that they are not as dysfunctional as Foa Foa, but this is “Survivor” and first impressions aren’t always right.

Debbie 

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If you read this far here is a bonus about the Hidden Immunity Idol - HII

We got us a skirt chasing womanizer in the crowd! What do you think girls?

erikErik Cardona (28)
Hometown: Ontario, Calif
Occupation: Bartender

Proud womanizer, Erik claims that he can date four to five women at the same time without any issues. He has no qualms about chasing after a taken woman (as long as she is not married) just for the fun of the chase. He says, “There’s nothing sweeter than taking another man’s goods.” His top hobby is skirt chasing. Even though he can be found chasing multiple women at once, he says that he does have a special female in his life … his dog, Adrian.

Erik holds two degrees from Pepperdine University in Psychology and Sociology but has chosen a career as a bartender. When asked why he has chosen that specific career route, he explains that he likes waking up around 10:00 a.m. and running on the beach instead of being stuck pencil-pushing in a cubicle. He says that he enjoys life while the “sell-outs” do not.  

He greatly admires his father because he has sacrificed everything in life for him. In raising him, Erik observed his father’s mental and physical strength as well as endurance for raising an active boy. He feels that his father’s example has provided him with tools that will help him win this game. In addition to his father’s influence, Erik is self-motivated by his competitive nature and desire to prove to himself that he has what it takes to be the next Sole Survivor.

Currently, Erik resides in Los Angeles, Calif. His birth date is April 13th.

 

Andy Denhart of realityblurred.com interviewed all the cast-aways. The interviews took place before the guests entered the game. Erik was interviewed on September 17th and can be read on Reality Blurred.