Survivor, Season 33, Episode 9: “Still Throwin’ Punches”

Hello my Survivor beauties! I hope that everyone lets life get back to normal soon, and starts keeping up with Survivor again with me. I miss you all. Anyway….

We’re back at camp after the vote, and Jay is having a diary sesh and isn’t happy. Of course the GXers like Chris and Dave are happy. Chris feels like he’s gaining some traction with how things are playing out. Jay and Brainiac know they need to try to find a way to crack the other alliance. Brainiac seems flabbergasted that the GXers trusted Adam. Why? He’s not the one going around stealing food from them!

Brainiac is touching base with Adam now to make sure their secrets will remain secrets. They seem to be in agreement with keeping the secrets. Then in another diary sesh, Brainiac is talking so proudly about his theft of the food. He calls it his “best idea ever”, and claims that no one even noticed it. EVERYONE NOTICED IT YOU COMPLETE MORON! EVERYONE CALLED YOU OUT AT TRIBAL ABOUT IT! The fact that they think you’ve already eaten the food, and yet you’re just stashing it for periodic munchings, is irrelevant. You took the food, and every freaking body KNOWS THAT YOU DID IT. OMG please vote this clown off soon!

Jay and Hannah are talking. He says he’s proud of her move, and she’s explaining herself well to him. She felt with the MS group that she was just their goat, but with the GXers that she is playing WITH them. Jay gets it. He just wants for her to include him going forward. I think she’s doing a good job of trying to maintain a social game and be respectable to Jay, but I don’t think she’s going to actually work with him again. In short, good job, Hannah!

I love the Survivor theme song. I hate the fact that they’ve started using only this truncated version of it nowadays. I don’t like it when shows do this. Elementary, for instance, has a spectacular main theme. Some episodes they play the whole thing, but on too many it’s just like 5 seconds. Blah. Please stop doing this TV peeps! It sucks ass!

Yay it’s time for a reward challenge! Yes! We’re going to have 2 teams of six. A huge part of it is having to drag this huge crate on loose dirt under a freaking net. Obviously strength is going to play a huge part in this. They are going to do a schoolyard pick. Captains will get chosen, and then the captains will take turns picking the teams. Turns out the Captains are my peeps Chris and Hannah. Boo – so I’m not going to be in a position of scoring triple reward. Anyway, my man Chris picked the best team: Bret, Ken, Brainiac, Sunday, and David. Obviously he has all of the strength on his team. Hannah elected to pick: Will, Jay, Zeke, Jessica, and Adam. So Hannah decided to keep her peeps close. Chris did as well, but at least he picked up some strength and athleticism in Brainiac. I understand why Hannah picked the team she did, but come on, man. Oh well.

I didn’t even need to watch this go down. I knew that Hannah’s team would be lucky to push/drag that crate under the net at all, let alone have a shot a winning this. That is exactly what happened. Chris’ team just absolutely smoked them. They get to go to a resort, hang out by a pool, eat burgers & fries, and wash it down with cocktails and soda. Sweet! The win gives Bret (Kelly), Chris (Me), Ken (Jo Lynn), and Brainiac (Haylee) 3 points each. Hannah explains her picks in a diary sesh, and I get it. You have to balance strategy with practicality in Survivor, though. That’s why this show is so awesome, and why it’s “survived” this long on the air (and there’s no end in sight as far as I can tell). I think Hannah understands this and will do better in the future. It’s a hard lesson, but the lesson is learned. I hope.

The peeps at the reward are enjoying themselves. I certainly don’t blame them. Bret apparently has too much alcohol and is being a goofball. It’s all good – been there and done that. Sunday says in a diary sesh that the GXers don’t trust David, Ken, or Jessica – and that she is going to gun for Jessica! AAAHHHHH no you old bat! Leave my girl alone!

Back at camp, Jay decides to try to mend fences with Adam. They are talking while floating in the ocean, and Jay is asking him about why the last vote went down the way it did. Adam explains himself well, and for some reason Jay gets butthurt by it. Adam says it’s Brainiac’s fault that Jay’s group are on the bottom, and for some reason this surprises Jay. “So I am on the bottom,” he says, as if this is some kind of news flash. Adam is all like, “Of course you are,” as in: Yes, Forrest, shouldn’t this be obvious to you?!

See, I feel for Adam because I fall into this situation with people all the time myself. I can be too straight up logical and blunt when I talk to people, think sort of like Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory”. Things that seem obvious to me quite often seem not-so-obvious to other people, and I get into trouble with them when they get butthurt about me telling them so. That’s not to say that I think I’m right all the time. I am wrong AF sometimes – I’m certainly not perfect, ok? When I’m not wrong it can be really frustrating getting people to see it instead of getting pissed at me. The truth is still the truth, and reality is still reality, regardless of feelings or ego. A ridiculously stupid cliche people like to say is, “Perception is reality”. NO! NO, NO, NO, NO! Perception is NOT reality; reality is reality. Perceptions and hurt feelings don’t change it when broken ideas and plans, or just general obliviousness that is entirely too common, (and in the case of Survivor, broken / flawed strategies) need to be fixed. Ah, but I digress….

So I feel for Adam here. He wasn’t trying to rub anything into Jay’s face. Jay was asking questions, and getting the straight up truth in return, and now he’s going to whine about it like people often do. Especially when the problem is with them (see his “I am the Kingpin” speech from last week), but they want to deflect their shortcomings, and short-sightedness, onto others instead of embracing the truth. Ugh. You can tell that Adam is getting frustrated with Jay’s questions (the face palming is his unconscious body language sign of that), because Jay seems to not understand what the vote of the last tribal council means. And during Jay’s diary sesh going on during the scene, it’s made obvious that he didn’t understand shite – until Adam made him see it. However, instead of being frustrated with himself, and his game, he’s all mad at Adam. This is weakness of character, and it really aggravates me.

So then Jay goes back to camp and, yes, whines about Adam. And of course these dingy MS all believe him. Adam has his social game problems, and so his image with the others didn’t help him here. But this wasn’t his fault. Some people – really, the vast majority of people in my experience – can’t handle the straight up truth. At all.

It’s day 25, and Sunday is reaching out to Jay to try to get him, Will, and Brainiac to vote out Jessica. Jay is, of course, all for it. Sunday, you ho biscuit! You must go! You and Brainiac need to catch the fast train to the jury!

It’s time for the next immunity challenge. It’s an endurance and balance challenge. Sweet! There’s a wrinkle, though. There’s a food temptation. Those who think they have no shot of winning this one, or who feel safe from the vote, can opt to skip the challenge and eat instead. Will and Zeke opt to skip the challenge and eat. They figure they might as well eat and go back to camp with a full belly, than lose and go back to camp with nothing. Will says as much in a diary sesh, and I agree with him. This unfortunately nets them, and Bella & Haylee respectively, -2 points each.

The challenge is on, and I have to say that I love Brainiac’s shoes. He has a pair of those kind of shoes that look like a rubber foot over top of your actual foot. They look like they’d be mega comfortable, and easier to run in and keep your balance with. I’ve always wanted a pair of those. Anyway, like I said the challenge is on and Hannah, who perhaps should have felt like she had no shot at winning this one, and should have eaten as well, is the first one out almost immediately. I am proud of her of trying, though. Bret is next out, a little over 5 minutes later. About 15 minutes later, after they’ve moved down to the hardest part of the balance beam, several people drop out all at once back to back: Jessica (poo), Sunday, David, and Chris (dangit!). Now all my peeps are out. All those left are: Jay, Adam, Brainiac, and Ken. Haylee has two left, and Jo Lynn has Ken. Who will win?! Adam drops next, and then Jay. We’re left with Brainiac and Ken. Brainiac is whistling as if he still doesn’t give a frack. They both are getting wobbly, but eventually Brainiac falls and Ken wins immunity! This gives him and Jo Lynn 10 points.

Back at camp the majority alliance gets together and decides to split the votes between Jay and Brainiac. Sunday still wants Jessica out, but can’t seem to muster the movement on that front. Bret seems to be in her corner, and says he will talk to Chris. I don’t see it happening (hopefully). Later, Sunday is in the hammock with Jay and tells him it’s him or Brainiac. Jay understands it. In his diary sesh, he says he’s not going to give up and that he’s still throwin’ punches. His line “Still Throwin’ Punches” is the title of the episode, and that gives him and Haylee 3 points.

Brainiac shows Jay his food stash, and they decide to have a “last supper” together. In a diary sesh Jay is debating on whether to use his idol or not. He says he’s thinking about saving it for a rainy day. How is this not a rainy day?! Unless………if he votes for Brainiac as well, then he can guarantee that Brainiac goes home. Wow – I bet he’s going to do that. Brainiac tells Jay about Adam’s advantage, and it looks like they’re going to try to get the alliance to vote out Adam during tribal. What will happen?! We’ll see….

At tribal Brainiac does indeed spill the Adam secret, and his hidden food stash situation. It wasn’t a hugely crazy tribal like I’ve seen in the past. Adam wasn’t pleased, of course, but defended himself well I thought. It’s not going to help him in the future, though. It seems to me like it’s still going to be Jay or Brainiac. The votes goes down and indeed that is the case. Brainiac’s day has indeed came – sorry Hayway!

Here’s how the votes went down: Jay = 4; Brainiac = 7; Adam = 1. Jay did exactly what I thought he was going to do, and voted for Brainiac as well. Adam got a vote from, of course, Brainiac. This gives Haylee -11 for the 7 votes against Brainiac and the 4 against Jay; Brainiac finishes 12th for +8 and gets +5 for making it to jury; Jay gets +2 for getting multiple votes but surviving. Will (Bella); Bret (Kelly); Chris, Jessica, and Hannah (Me); Ken (Jo Lynn); and Zeke (Haylee) each get 3 points for receiving no votes at tribal. I didn’t see any player inspired hashtags in this episode. If you did, please let me know.

Here are the scores for this week: Jo Lynn earns her first weekly high score with 16 points; I am 2nd this week with 12 points, Haylee is directly next with 11 points, Kelly has 6 points, and IzzyB has 1 point. The season total so far are: Haylee with 114, Me with 109, Jo Lynn with 80, Kelly with 72, and Bella with 39. I hope everyone enjoyed the episode this week. Until next time you ridiculously lovely ones! πŸ™‚

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Survivor, Season 33, Episode 8: “I’m The Kingpin”

What up you brilliant beauties?! I hope all is as well as it can be with you.

We open on the Greens fresh from tribal from last week. Jay is proud of himself, and I think he deserves it. I didn’t want Michaela to leave, but it was their best move for sure. Hanna is pissed they kept her out of the loop and vows her revenge against Jay and Will.

The following morning everyone notices a boat coming to shore. They are told it’s merge time, and they have 5 minutes to gather their stuff and get on the boat. Bret says he might try to stick with Jay and Will, but he also wants to hook back with Chris. At the Purple camp they are gathering their stuff too. Adam is stoked he made the merge, and says it’s the merge that separates good players from mediocre ones (paraphrasing). He hopes he’s one of the good ones. The Purples and Greens, on their respective boats, meet up with the Oranges at their camp.

All our players receive 3 points each for being involved in the individual game tribal merge.

Zeke is stoked, but is also nervous about whatever relationships the MEs have made with GXers. Michelle is happy to have Jay and Taylor back, and thinks she can team with them to get to the end. Jay is also stoked. He’s happy to be back with Michelle and Taylor, and is sure he has Will, Bret, and Sunday. He also has his idol. He says, “I’m the kingpin, but no one knows and I wanna keep it that way.” His phrase, “I’m the Kingpin,” is the title of the episode. That’s 5 points for him and Haylee. Bret says he’s not sure who to trust, but he trusts Sunday and Chris the most. He thought he could trust Jay, but thinks the MEs are too tight. Chris likes what he has with David and Zeke, and he thinks it will be all the better with Bret and Sunday in the group as well. All the castaways all get to share in a crate of food for making the merge.

Zeke says he’s glad to be back with his nerds (Hanna and Adam), and Hanna tells him about Jay’s blindside to Michaela. Zeke is worried about Jay now, and is seeing through him to his Kingpin alter ego. It sounds like Zeke is thinking about voting out Jay ASAP.

During the merge feast, Adam goes off by himself to search for another idol (the merge idol). However, instead of finding it, he finds a new power that no one has ever had in Survivor history. He can steal someone else’s reward from them after they have won it. I’m not so sure I would even use such a power. That’s a good way to royally piss someone off. Especially someone with conservative tendencies – I DO NOT like the concept of other people being able to take from me what I have rightfully earned. If I share with you, then that’s my choice. I believe very strongly in the philosophy that all of the money that you earn isn’t meant for you to spend. We all know someone, at any given time, that needs some help. I think we all should give a percentage of every check away, save a percentage of every check, and then live on the rest. But taking from me, or worse feeling entitled to what I have earned with my own hard work, just boils my blood. If someone used such a power on me, I’d vote them out as soon as I possibly could.

Later that night, Taylor a.k.a. “Brainiac” (my new nickname for him), decides it’s a good idea to go clanging around the mason jars of food that Survivor gave to the new merged tribe. For some reason, he thinks it’s okay to take a jar and throw a bunch of the dried foodstuffs together in it for just himself to eat. He “hides” this jar under his top and makes his way toward the beach. He made so much noise clanging around that it woke up Bret. He says in a diary sesh that he didn’t want to be the one calling him out, so he want back to bed. However, Adam woke up as well and decided this is his chance to manipulate Brainiac. He tells Brainiac he won’t tell anyone. He hopes this builds a bond between them. Dear Brainiac: Why do you think stealing from your tribe is okay?! What a douche! In any event, Adam tries to convince Brainiac to vote out Will. He tells Brainiac about his new reward stealing advantage as well. Brainiac is saying what Adam wants to hear, but in his diary sesh he reaffirms his plan to get revenge against Adam.

Later that morning, several of the GXers notice the missing food. Bret tells them it was Brainiac. Their wariness of the MS increases. Sounds like they are going to target Brainiac. This is getting interesting….

Later that day, Brainiac pulls Jay aside and tells him about Adam’s plan. But, because they’re both so oblivious, they don’t notice Zeke behind them listening in on everything. Zeke wants a geek alliance with himself, Adam, and Hanna. So he’s going to have to figure something out to keep that a possibility.

It’s the first individual immunity challenge of the season. Yes! It’s an endurance challenge where you have to hold your hands up on a bar. If you drop an arm, or heck even twitch it seems, it will lower a bucket of water on your head – and you’re out. It’s about digging deep and ignoring pain. Sunday is first out. Then Chris and Bret. Jay is next, and then Zeke not long after. A little while later, Ken isΒ  out, closely followed by Hanna. Michelle’s bucket drops next. Brainiac’s bucket falls, and then David and Adam almost directly after. Only two are left: my girl Jessica, and Bella’s dude Will. After an hour and thirty minutes, Jessica drops and Will wins first individual immunity! Congrats to him and Bella! That’s 10 points! I’m proud Jessica, though – I didn’t know she had this fire in her. So awesome!

Back at camp, the MS are saying they need to vote off Adam. Michelle isn’t happy about this because it seems more emotional and less strategic. I agree on the surface, but I know the things she doesn’t know: like his idol. If they could pull it off, it would be a great move. However, Zeke approaches Adam away from camp and tells him he heard Brainiac and Jay plotting to vote him (Adam) out. They are talking about getting the votes together to take out Brainiac. They approach the GX with this, and they say ok. But then they say maybe Michelle. Then they are back and forth who to vote out. So Adam goes to Brainiac to try to convince him to vote someone else out. Brainiac says in a diary sesh that he’s in full on revenge mode against Adam. He and Will are sure that Adam doesn’t have an idol because of how much he’s scrambling. Ah you poor guys – how little do you know….

Hanna, David, and Zeke are getting frustrated with Adam because he keeps pulling others aside to talk with them. Hanna tells Adam to settle down – they are gunning for Brainiac. He needs to just relax before he screws up the vote. But she tells Zeke and David that Adam is too untrustworthy and needs to go. Zeke is starting to agree with her. Adam says in a diary sesh that his position is tenuous at best, and he would be correct. Looks like maybe it will be idol playing time at tribal….

The producers did a good job at misdirection on this episode, because going to tribal I wasn’t quite sure what was going to go down. Is it Adam? Michelle? Brainiac? The players talk to each other about how the MS eat too much food, but especially Brainiac. As usual, though, Brainiac just thinks it’s all hilarious. The GXers are calling him selfish, and they’re right. Brainiac doesn’t give a fuck, and that’s why he’s not going to win the game. Hell, someone might take him to finals with them because I think everyone, even Jay, realizes that he’s clueless.

I’ve had this exact, well at least very similar, conversation with a lot of MS peeps in my life. I met a lot of them while working for AMC Theatres in 1996-2000, and in fact am still friends with many of them. I’ve always been very technology and geek oriented, and a lot more MS are like that than GXers are. Therefore I have a lot more MS friends than I do GXers. But the problem with many MS I’ve met in my life is that they are so ridiculously self absorbed. Explaining to them why doing something like Brainiac did is selfish and rude is nearly impossible. In my experience, that is, which is certainly not a condemnation of all MS – just so I’m clear. However, a great deal of them in my experience don’t understand the fact that they don’t have a right to everything they want. You don’t deserve something just because you want it. You have to earn it first. You don’t have a right to happiness; you have a right to PERSUE happiness. There’s a major distinction there that MS peeps often don’t seem to understand. Brainiac certainly doesn’t understand this. When Jeff remarks that he wasn’t hiding the fact that he was stealing food, Brainiac says he didn’t consider what he did as stealing. OMG man – again, like I said, it’s maddening trying to make so many of them understand this point. He’s gotta be gone soon. The GXers aren’t going to put up with his shite for long, that’s for sure, unless, like I said, someone decides to take him to the end with them.

The rest of tribal is just the usual loyalty, the tribal switches, trust, and the like. It really sounds like this is no longer GX vs MS at all, so I don’t think it’s going to matter that there’s 7 MS vs 6 GX tonight. Going forward this is going to be more about alliances than generations. I’m sure the initial GX and MS tribes will play into those alliances some, but for the most part it’s all about alliances and who do they trust.

The voting goes down, and Brainiac votes for Adam saying, “This one’s for Figgs”. Everyone votes, and Jeff asks for any idols. Adam doesn’t play his idol! Does he know something we don’t? The votes are read and, wow, it’s Michelle! Brainiac doesn’t even get one vote. Michelle gets 9 votes to Adam’s 4. Jay and Will can’t believe it. So much for the “Kingpin” LOL. Michelle becomes the first member of the Jury. Sorry Jo Lynn! πŸ™

Scoring: For Michelle (Jo Lynn), 9 votes is -9; she finishes 13th for +7, and gets +5 for making it to jury. No one has Adam, so there’s no points there. Will (Bella); Bret (Kelly); Chris, Jessica, and Hanna (Me); Ken (Jo Lynn); and Jay, Brainiac, and Zeke (Haylee) each get 3 points for receiving no votes at tribal. Haylee and I are the only players with all three of our castaways still playing in the game, while everyone else has just one player left. That is weird! This is Haylee’s third episode in a row with the lead. She scored 23, I scored 18, Bella scored 16, Jo Lynn scored 12, and Kelly scored 6. The season totals so far are: Haylee with 103, Me with 97, Kelly with 66, Jo Lynn with 64, and IzzyB with 38. There are 6 episodes left this season, and 3 castaways left in the game that no one picked. This means that it’s possible that by finale night, which will likely start with 6 castaways, and eliminate 3 of them to get down to a final 3, could see those final 6 be both Haylee’s and my complete teams. Hey, it’s possible hehe. πŸ™‚ Hayway: I’m coming for you! Prepare yourself!

Until next week my lovely peeps! Remember always the wisdom of the following word: “This too shall pass.”

Survivor, Season 33, Episode 7: “I Will Destroy You”

Here we go once again, my survivor lovelies. I hope all is well with each of you. It is now time for the first episode: post Figgy. I am still mega sad LOL….

…and so is Taylor of course. At the Purple camp, directly after tribal, Adam is talking with Taylor one on one trying to apologize. He keeps admitting how hard he screwed him. Yeah, it was mega hard, Adam. But it’s almost funny how he keeps admitting over and over how much he screwed him. Come on, Adam, you know there’s no way he’s going to work with you. Taylor admits as much in a diary sesh. He’s playing a total revenge game now. He says he will play it cool now, but says soon, “I will destroy you,” which is the title of the episode. This gives him and Haylee 3 points!

At the orange camp, David is trying to strike up a deal with Zeke. He says he feels like him and Zeke are cut from the same cloth, and he then tells him about his immunity idol even. Zeke is elated during his diary sesh. We’re not seeing this right now, but I have a feeling he may use this knowledge in his alliance with Chris. At least I hope so lol.

It’s now time for another reward challenge. Everyone is shocked that Figgy was eliminated, except for Michaela who is, of course, very happy. I’ll say this yet again: her mouth is going to get her into trouble. The challenge looks cool. Gathering 3 very large balls, shooting them into a basket, pushing them through a rope tunnel, and then lay them up on a perch and try to make them balance there. The reward for first place is to have a chef come to camp and cook for them. Second place gets kabobs that they have to cook themselves. The Green team, as usual as they are clearly the most athletic as a group, quickly takes the lead and starts shooting first. It’s Jay shooting for them. Purple starts shooting, with Ken shooting. Ken makes it! You can’t shoot again until you get the ball through the rope tunnel. Orange has caught up, and Chris is shooting for them. He makes it on his first shot! Jay finally sinks one for Green. Orange was WAY behind, but is now the first team with a ball through the rope tunnel. Chris sinks the second ball before Purple finally manages to get their first ball through the tunnel. Orange has their 2nd ball through just as Green gets their 1st. Purple gets their 2nd through right after that. Jay sinks the 2nd ball for Green. Chris makes the 3rd for Orange, and they look like they may be well on their way winning this one. Ken makes the 3rd ball for Purple. Orange has their 3rd ball through, and now Chris is trying to get them to balance on the perch. The beam with the perch looks like it may be about 5 feet above Chris’ head. Purple has their third ball through while Green is still moving their 2nd through the rope tunnel. Chris has the Oranges’ first ball on the perch. Ken is laying up for the Purples. Jay sinks the 3rd ball for the Greens finally, and they are working it through the tunnel. Chris has the 2nd ball balanced for the Oranges. Ken has the Purples’ first ball balanced. Chris balances the third ball, and the Orange come in first for reward! Chris was a BEAST in this one – yes! Ken is still working on balancing the 2nd call for the Purples, and finally the Greens have their third ball through the tunnel. Michaela is laying up for the Greens, and finally getting involved in this one! And just like that Michaela balances the first one for the Greens, and now they’re tied with the Purples. Ah man the Purples have been getting their asses handed to them – are they going to lose this one too?! Sweet – Ken balances the 2nd one for the Purples! Michaela ties it up again! Ah man this is awesome – coming down to the wire. I’m still pulling for the Purples to win something, though. Next ball balanced wins the kabobs – who will it be?! Michaela does it again! She is such a badass! Green wins 2nd place, and will get to take the kabobs back to camp. Poor Purples get nothing.

Here’s how the scoring shakes down. Chris (Me), Michelle (Jo Lynn), and Zeke (Haylee) get 3 points for first place. Will (Bella), Bret & Michaela (Kelly), Hanna (Me), and Jay (Haylee) get 1 point each for 2nd place. Michaela says in a diary sesh that she’s happy that they were able to come back, but is nervous that always kicking so much ass makes her a target. I think her mouth makes her more of a target than anything. We will see….

Back at the Orange camp, they are enjoying the Chef and their reward. None of them have eaten so much so fast. Poor Michelle is the only girl, and she is overwhelmed with the guys all belching and farting because they ate so fast. Personally, I found it quite hilarious lol.

At the Purple camp, they don’t seem to be sad over losing yet again. Ken and Jessica are taking with Taylor, and Taylor is making an alliance with them. Taylor says he will never write their names down, and they all shake hands. Jessica says that Taylor wouldn’t understand strategy even if it spanked him on the ass and called him Figtails (Okay – those were my words, but she said something similar lol), but she feels better being in an alliance with him because he’s such an open book. She knows Adam is way smarter and more strategic. She and Ken can use Taylor, but they likely wouldn’t be able to use Adam.

Hanna is now talking to Bret at the Green camp. She is suspicious of him because he claims to be a funeral director while he actually a cop. Hanna grew up in Boston, and says she thinks he’s a cop. Look at the big brain on my Hanna! Yes! Bret doesn’t seem to realize that Hanna doesn’t believe him, which kinda gives me some hope for her. Cops usually can read people better than Bret seems to be reading Hanna. Bret says in a diary sesh that cops get targeted in Survivor, so he’s going to keep lying. Jay now says he agrees with Hanna. Bret may be the first one the Greens vote out. Seems like that’s what they’re setting us to believe. We’ll see….

Time for the immunity challenge! Fill a basket with coconuts. Their weight will lower the basket to drop a flag, with a combination on it. The combination will unlock a key. The key unlocks a slingshot. Then they use the slingshot to shoot sandbags at targets to knock them down. Sweet! Each person on each tribes has to take turns shooting, so it’s not just one person like in other challenges. Surprisingly to me, the Purples have the combination first! Greens are second. Purples have their key and are unlocking the slingshot. Greens are next. Oranges are falling massively behind because Michelle can’t figure out the combination! Purples have their first target down! Now their 2nd. Oranges finally have their key and are unlocking the slingshot. Purples get their 3rd target! Oranges have their 1st target down before the Greens do! Greens just then get their first down. Purples get their 4th – just one more to go! And they’ve done it! Finally the Purples win a challenge, and what a one to win. They come in first for immunity! Oranges get their 2nd target. Greens get their 2nd. Oranges get their 3rd. Man I can’t believe they’ve come back after being so far behind. Oranges get their 4th target, and will come in second with just one more! And they do it! Orange comes in 2nd! The Greens are going to tribal for the first time since they split into 3 tribes. Wow! What a cool challenge. πŸ™‚

Here’s the scoring for the Purples coming in first, the Oranges 2nd, and the Greens going to tribal. Jessica (Me), Ken (Jo Lynn), and Taylor (Haylee) get 5 points each. Chris (Me), Michelle (Jo Lynn), and Zeke (Haylee) get 2 points each. Will (Bella), Bret and Michaela (Kelly), Hanna (Me), and Jay (Haylee) get -2 points each. Looks like Bret is going to be the one to go.

Back at Green camp, Michaela gathers everyone and shows them her plan for the rest of the game. She wants to go to final 4 with these 4 MS here on the Green tribe. She says it’s because she trusts them, but to me it’s because she knows she’s more of a comp badass than all of them. Then Jay, in a diary sesh, is all like, “Michaela is too smart” (paraphrase). Now he is convinced they need to get Michaela out tonight. I always thought her mouth would get her into trouble, but I didn’t expect it to be like this. Jay talks to Will about it, and they seem to be agreeing. Another strike against Michaela is that she knows about Jay’s idol. They decide to vote her out, and not tell Hanna because they’re afraid she will freak out. But they don’t show Jay and Will telling Bret and Sunday about this plan. Is it happening?!

At tribal, Michaela and Hanna clearly believe it’s one of the GXers going. I can’t tell for sure what everyone else thinks is happening. They are all preaching unity, and being a tribe where no one feels like they are on the bottom. Well we will see what happens. Ah wow they are actually doing it – they are voting out Michaela. She can’t believe it’s happening. She screams out “What?!” when the third vote comes because then she known it’s not just the GXers voting for her. It inspires an on screen hashtag for 2 points for her and Kelly. Hanna’s mouth drops open. Michaela asks Jay if he did this, and he just matter-of-factly says, “Yeah.” Hanna says she did not. Michaela is out of here. Sorry, Kels! This was one of the coolest tribal after voting reactions I’ve ever seen – from everyone not just Michaela. So awesome.

Scoring: Michaela (Kelly) gets 4 votes for -4, and finishes in 14th for +6 points; Bret (also Kelly) received 2 votes for -2, but gets the 2 point bonus for surviving multiple votes. Will (Bella), Hanna (Me), and Jay (Haylee) each receive 3 points for getting no votes. Haylee leads the week once again with 15 points, I’m in 2nd with 12 points, Jo Lynn is in 3rd with 10 points, and Bella and Kelly both had just 2 total points this week. Haylee takes over the overall lead with 80 points, I’m in 2nd with 79, Kelly is in 3rd with 60, Jo Lynn is in 4th with 52, and Bella is last with 22.

Next week the merge is happening! MS have 7 left in the game, and the GXers have 6. It’s going to be interesting to see how Zeke’s bond with both Chris and David might change things, how Taylor goes about extracting his revenge against Adam, and now Hanna wants revenge against Jay. My guess is that the MS are not going to be united at all. It’s till anyone’s game from either tribe!

In her exit interview, Michaela still believes that her 4 Greens could have ran the table and made it to the end with one of them winning the million. Maybe she’s right – who knows. She’s certainly badassed enough, and with a voting block behind her then she may have been right. But at the same time, if they didn’t get her out then I think she just might have won the game. It was probably the best move they could have made. In any event, Michaela finishes up by saying, “Oh well – I’m going to get rich some way.” LOL – that’s awesome! You go, Michaela. Winners always win even when they lose, so that’s the attitude to have.

Well……….until next week my peeps! Hugs for you all!

Survivor, Season 33, Episode 6: “The Truth Works Well”

What up my Survivor babes?! Much love to you all! I’ve been massively busy with scary / thriller movie watching like I do every year for October / Halloween. That has taken up most of my free time, so now that is over I shall get cracking on writing this post for last week’s Survivor episode. Tomorrow is episode 7, so this one may be short. We’ll see….

At the Orange tribe, everyone is pleased to come back now that they’ve voted off Cece. David says in a diary sesh that it was the right thing to do. He says it’s no longer GX versus MS – it’s the people he trusts vs the people you trust. We’ll see about that, because Zeke, in his diary sesh, seems bemused that this all went down. He says the “silly GXers sent home one of their own on the ONE tribe where they had the numbers.” Indeed they did. We’ll see how this all works out now….

At the Green tribe, where these peeps had to go and start over last week, everyone is hungry. Jay in a diary sesh is breaking down because he wants to win this for his family. He is off looking for an idol, and he finds the symbol clue. Like a dummy, he points this out to Will. He breaks it open and find the idol, but right in front of Will. I don’t think Jay is as dumb as I used to think he is, but he could have handled this better. If he had been David (someone smarter), he would have turned that bamboo over so the symbol didn’t show and come back later by himself. He didn’t though, and it just so happens that Michaela walks by as he and Will are talking about it LMAO. So now she knows about it as well. But as it is, he did find the idol, and that gives Jay and Sailor Moon… er I mean Haylee… 5 points!

Now it’s time for a reward challenge, and Figgy is elated to see that Michelle is still in the game. Probst notices her and asks her about it. She says that she and Michelle are close, so she’s happy that it was Cece and not her that was voted out. Probst asks Michelle if she’s concerned about such an open display, and Michelle says, “No…actually I think the truth works well in this game.” This shocks Probst, and me as well, because the truth often will not serve you well in Survivor. Probst says he thinks she’s the only one who has ever said that, and I agree. Not sure if she believes that, or is just saying it, though. Anyway, that is the title of the episode, so that gives Michelle and Jo Lynn 3 points! The reward challenge is the blindfolded challenge they shows in the “next time on Survivor” clip last week. Sweet! Reward is apple pie, cookies, brownies, sweet tea, and milk (for the first tribe to finish); and just cookies for the second place team.

The blindfolded challenge is always awesome fun and hilarious. These people stumbling around, running in objects and each other. David in this one was especially hilarious. He apparently does not take direction well. Because of him the Orange tribe was massively behind the whole time, but because Michelle has a brilliant mind she was able to work with Zeke to get the puzzle solved first. Orange comes in first to win reward, and David lucks out yet again, giving Chris (Me), Michelle (Jo Lynn), and Zeke (Haylee) 3 points each. During the challenge, Hanna is one of the ones sitting out due to being an extra tribe member. However, she starts complaining that she feels faint. She goes to sit in the shade, but as the comp goes on she’s feeling worse. Green comes in second for reward, giving Will (Bella), Bret and Michaela (Kelly), Hanna (Me), and Jay (Haylee) 1 point each. All of this after the Purples had a MASSIVE lead due to gathering the puzzle pieces so quickly. However, Figgy just wasn’t able to help Ken put the puzzle together quickly enough. Turns out that Hanna just had a minor panic attack. She just got too hyped up watching the challenge, and her rapid breathing caused her to start cramping up. The pain made her panic. The docs sort it out, though, and she’s all good. Poor Hanna. I don’t think she has a chance to win, but I love her. I’ve always had a soft spot for Jewish chicks, though.

At the Purples camp, Figtails just can’t deal with keeping their secret. They are sure that Adam is on their side, and therefore they have the numbers. Little do they know that Adam detests both of them. So Figgy breaks down and tells Jess and Ken about Figtails. Unsurprisingly, they already are aware of it. So Figtails is out in the open – good for them!

I’m usually writing this recap as I’m watching the episode for the first time, or at least writing in shorthand while I watch, but this time it’s not the case as I’m writing while I watch the episode again. It’s hard for me to separate what I know is going to happen with what I’m seeing. Poor Figtails. I’m so sad!

Anyway – time for the immunity challenge. It’s another “gather stuff from the water and bring it ashore” challenge. They have to bring little white balls to a table maze, and navigate three balls through it. The Purples are first to gather all the balls and start the maze. Figs and Jess are not working well together. Michelle and Zeke aren’t working well together either. Hanna and Michaela aren’t either. Michaela’s mouth is going to get her into trouble in the future, but her badassery gives the Green’s first place! The Purples are on their last ball, but it keeps going in and out. The Oranges are on their last ball, and the same is happening. But the Purples lose it, and the Orange make it. Once again, the Purples blow a huge lead to lose a challenge.

Here’s the scoring: first place to the Greens gives Will (Bella), Bret and Michaela (Kelly), Hanna (Me), and Jay (Haylee) 5 points each. Second place to the Oranges gives Chris (Me), Michelle (Jo Lynn), and Zeke (Haylee) 3 points each. The Purples going to tribal gives Jessica (Me), Figgy and Ken (Jo Lynn), and Taylor (Haylee) -2 points each.

Adam says in a diary sesh that he can side with either pair he wants to at this point. So either Ken / Jess or Figtails are going to be sad after tribal. He doesn’t seem to be sure yet what he’s going to do. He tells Figtails that they need to vote out Ken. They’re on board with that, of course, but privately tell each other that they’re not sure they trust Adam. Jess approaches Adam, and Adam admits that he’s not sure what he’s going to do, but Figtails are voting for Ken. Jess tells Ken he needs to work Adam, and he does so. He makes some good arguments that are going to seal the fate of Figtails in this game.

At tribal, they are talking about the Figtails relationship. Probst says that since he’s an ordained minister, if they want to get married right now then he’ll perform the ceremony. Figgy is all like, “Let’s do it.” Taylor, in true dude style, is all like, “Are you serious?!” I would have been all like, “Hell yes!” LOL. Anyone who wouldn’t want to wake up next to Figgy every day doesn’t like beautiful women. I mean – good lord – she’s gorgeous. Anyway – long story short Adam sides with Ken and Jess and votes out Figgy. NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Ah man I’m going to miss her, and her perfect bikini bod. Oh well….

Figgy gets 3 votes, which is -3 for Jo Lynn, but she finishes 15th for +5. Ken receives 2 votes, so that’s -2, but he gets the +2 bonus for surviving multiple votes, for Jo Lynn as well. Jessica (Me), and Taylor (Haylee) receive no votes and get +3 each. I saw no player inspired hashtags tonight, but if you did then let me know.

This weeks final scores are: Haylee with 18, Me with 13, Kelly with 12, Jo Lynn with 7, and Bella with 6. Current standings are: Me with 67, Haylee with 65, Kelly with 58, Jo Lynn with 42, and Bella with 20.

Next week it looks like Taylor is vowing revenge, and Zeke & David are forming a bond. Well, I say next week but that’s actually later tonight as it’s 3am Wednesday morning as I finish this up. I also just realized that I forgot to update the spreadsheet last week, but it is updated now. Well, until next time my peeps!