Survivor 27, Episodes #6 & 7 – Have the Trust of Your Alliance Before Making a Big Move

Hey Readers!

I do have to apologize for running so far behind on my Survivor posts. That’s why I have been combining two episodes together, and writing about only the competitions and Tribal Council, so you would get the action bits of the show.

So, alliances between players are being tried more than on any other season of Survivor!  It might be because half of this season’s Castaways are returning players, while the other half have heard the war stories of the Returning Players.  No one truly went into this season with blinders on.  When the alliances have been true to each other, it always seems as though the person at the bottom of the totem pole made a big move on their own which went against the wishes of their alliance, resulting in their departure from the game.  Two players fell into this trap of thinking they had the support of their alliances, only to realize that they were the odd Castaway out.  Who were these two players?  Read on and you’ll find out!

Episode #5 – Redemption Island

After Jeff Probst introduced John, Laura M and Brad as the competitors for this Duel, he explained how the these three players had to race across a balance beam while untying 4 bags and collecting numbered tiles. With ea h bag, they then had to put the tiles in numerical order from 1-100. The player not to finish would leave the game, losing their chance at $1 000 000.

Laura M won the Challenge, while John came in a very close second.  You know what that means, Readers! Yes, Brad is out of the game! Monica was in tears as she said her goodbyes to Brad and watched his buff burn in the urn as he left the game.

Jeff Probst then announced that the living situation was going to be switched up a bit fir the Castaways.  They had to drop their old buffs, and blindly draw for new buffs.  Which ever buff they picked was the tribe they would be on.  Strangely enough, Galang ended up having 4 women and 1 man, while Tadhana had 4 men and 1 woman!  Here is the actual breakdown of both tribes:
Galang – Monica, Laura B, Kat, Tina and Vytas
Tadhana – Gervase, Tyson, Aras, Caleb and Ciera.

Immunity/Reward Challenge

Each tribe had to swim out and get 3 fish traps.  They then had to bring them back to the beach and use the wood from the traps as puzzle pieces.  They then had to put the vertical puzzle together first to win Immunity, and either Luxury Prize of a Picnic complete with meat, fixings and brownies, or they could trade it for the fishing gear Tadhana still didn’t have.

It went down to the wire, but Tadhana won the Challenge! Vytas was very upset because of his situation on Galang (being the only man with a bunch of women).

Tribal Council

Jeff Probst and Galang spoke about the following topics:
How the tribe was getting along since things had been switched up – Monica and Kat said it was hard. Kat said Monica was strategizing too much, and it was putting a strain on the rest if the tribe, shaking the trust of the other ladies. Vytas was playing humble, saying his name would be most if the ballets to leave.
Vytas and dealing with being only man on tribe of women – Vytas said he would be open with the ladies about who he was, and that everything else would be what it will be
Kat and the ladies’ trust in her since it came out she was gunning to try and get Monica out – Kat, trying to save her skin, said she could really be trusted by them. Vytas challenged her, saying it was not true. Kat was then begging the rest of the tribe to keep her, in spite of trying to get rid of Monica and ruin their alliance.

Here were the results after the votes were cast:
Vytas – 1; Kat – 3 (they didn’t show the last vote because it was enough to have Kat leave).

A very sad Kat then found her way to Redemption Island to await her fate at the Duel Challenge against John and Laura M.

Episode #7 – Redemption Island

Once Laura M, John and Kat the Redemption Island Duel Area, a crying Kat asked Jeff Probst if she could get a hug from her boyfriend, Hayden. Jeff Probst asked Kat why she was so upset. Kat answered it was because she felt as though she had let him down for being voted out so early in the game. She didn’t want him to think of her negatively.

After Jeff Probst asked Hayden what he thought, Hayden answered that their relationship was more important than how well someone played this game. Jeff Probst asked whether Hayden wanted to take Kat’s place at Redemption Island. Hayden and Kat took FOREVER to decide that Kat would stay where she was. If seemed for as though Kat was going to let Hayden take her few seconds. I would have been so pissed if she did, after the way she went after Monica, then tried to put the blame for her predicament on others.

For this Duel, the 3 players had to untie and cut through ropes, using a machete, to release puzzle pieces. They then had to put a difficult fire-shaped puzzle together. The player that didn’t finish the puzzle would see the the end of their Survivor game.

John blew through this Challenge, finishing it first. It was a close race between Laura M and Kat, but Laura M was able to figure it out where the pieces of the puzzle went quicker than Kat could, ending Kat’s time on the show. Kat said a tearful goodbye to Hayden, then put her buff in the urn and left the Area. John chose Monica as the recipient of the clue to the hidden Immunity Idol, and she, once again, destroyed in by putting it in the urn to burn.

Immunity/Reward Challenge

For this Challenge, 4 members of each tribe were tied together, and had to move together to untie bola pieces. They then had to work through a mini obstacle course to untie the other bola pieces. They then had to be the first tribe to toss 3 of them on a post to win the Challenge. The Reward for this Challenge was a fried chicken picnic with all the fixings!

Tyson won this Challenge for the mostly male Galang tribe, sending Tadhana back to Tribal Council.

Tribal Council

Jeff Probst and Tadhana spoke about the following topics at Tribal Council:

  • Laura B taking it upon herself to tell Vytas he was going home – Vytas said is was discouraging, milking sympathy for how bold Laura B came across when she let her bombshell go off.  Monica shared the sentiments of the tribe, which was that what Laura B. did was very risky, especially since she did not have the tribe’s trust or approval to go and tell Vytas about his fate.  Vytas added that lack of trust in a Castaway was the reason why Kat went home, making Laura B’s case look worse in front of the rest of the tribe.
  • Tina played Devil’s advocate, saying that Vytas could be saying all of these things because of the situation Vytas is in right now (only man on a tribe with 4 women).
  • Vytas and his lot on Tadhana – Vytas said he was in a good place within his old tribe, now he’s in a lot of trouble because he’s the only man on a tribe filled with women.
  • Vytas and Aras relationship – pleading to stay, Vytas said he wanted to continue to work on mending the relationship he has with Aras, and that the best way to do so would be to stay in the game.  Laura B wisely warned the rest of the tribe that to keep Vytas and Aras in the game would be dangerous because they were not only a pair, but that both of them were also good players and could win Survivor.
  • Laura B’s story –  Laura B felt as thought this experience, especially without Rupert around, has allowed her to come out of her shell more, improving her self-confidence, and live outside of Rupert’s shadow.

Here are the results of the votes: Vytas – 1; Laura B – 3.  Laura B then left to join the other on Redemption Island.

Well, Readers, players, both returning and new to Survivor, must be aware of where on the totem poll they sit when in an alliance.  In Kat and Laura B’s case, they thought they had enough support to overthrow other alliance, only to find out too late that they were the ones in need of the support.  Where Vytas is concerned, even though he’s the lone man amongst a pack of women, it  it looks like he’s doing well for himself…for the time being anyway.

Will the merge happen soon? Will the alliance hold now that Kat and Laura B have left their tribes?  Who will be the next Castaway to leave the game?Pop back to my blog to find out!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Survivor: Caramoan, Episode #8 – Blindsides are the Order of the Day!

Hello Readers!

Finally, after all this time, the Merge has occurred! Oh, it’s another chance for alliances to strengthen or crumble. Don’t think just because the Favs outnumber the Fans that a Fan will be the overwhelming choice to to be the next to leave the game. I wasn’t sure who was leaving this week until the Vote was revealed. Who was this lucky individual? Read below and you’ll see.

After Tribal Council, Michael was thanking everyone for keeping him in the game. Phillip took Corrine and Dawn aside to let them in on secret that he threw the last Immunity Challenge in order to get rid of Julia.  Dawn and Corrine saw through Phillip’s delusion, stating that if Phillip had decided to throw the Challenge that he would have gotten them together to let them know if his plan, not  right in the middle of a Challenge. Corrine was so ready to dump Phillip, but she had to grind her teeth and bear Phillip until she had her shot to get rid of him.

At Gota, a boat came to their shoreline to deliver their Tree Mail. It informed them to gather their belongings and to get on the next boat that will bring them to their new home. Yep, Readers, you’ve guessed it, it was the Merge! Once the boat dropped the Gota tribe on Bikal’s beach, they celebrated with a chest full of food, and Malcolm renamed the tribe Enile Dam. Why Enile Dam? The sweet boy that he is wanted to let his momma know he was thinking of her. The rest of the tribe was unaware of this, but accepted their new tribe name.

Phillip and Andrea separated themselves from the rest of the group, and caught each other up on what has happened. They both agreed that the Favs had to stick together to make it further in the game. Corrine and Malcolm have their own discussion, only their talk about their new alliance and how to get rid of Phillip and their Favs alliance. She wanted to do this by combining her and Malcolm’s Fan minions (Reynold, Eddie, Erik and Michael).

At the Individual Immunity Challenge, Jeff Probst announced that this contest was a throwback to one Survivor ran many seasons ago. The Castaways had to eat a series of local delicacies. They had to eat quickly in order to make it through each round. The winner of the final round would gain Individual Immunity.

The players of Part 1 of Round 1 were: Malcolm, Corrine, Sherri, Erik, Eddie and Andrea.  The players of Part 2 of Round 1 were: Dawn, Reynold, Brenda, Michael, Cochran and Phillip. The first dish the Castaways had to eat was beetle larvae.  Malcolm, Eddie, Phillip, Michael, Cochran and Erik made it through to Round 2.  The second round found the Castaways eating ship worms. The top three, being Malcolm, Cochran and Eddie, made it to Round 3. These three lucky guys got to battle it out by eating balut,or duck embryos. Cochran and Malcolm were the only two that were able to stomach this dish to make it to the Final Round, which saw these boys eating pig brains. It was a close one, but Cochran shocked everyone by beating “golden boy” Malcolm to win Individual Immunity!

Back at Enile Dam, everyone was congratulating Cochran for his first Individual Immunity win. Malcolm was also a bit sore for coming in second, and went off to lick his wounds to make himself feel better.  The only thing that was bringing Cochran down was the fact that the feeling of triumph would fade away with the craziness of this game. Boy was he right!

Malcolm and Corrine went into action, rallying their troops to set their plan into action. They augmented their plan by setting their target at Sherri, since they thought she was expendable. Then they would go after Phillip and control the rest of the tribe for the remainder of the game.

Corrine had to keep up appearances, so she went to the Favs to discuss getting rid of Sherri. Phillip didn’t like this plan, thinking that they should get rid of either Reynold or Eddie because of their strength. After Phillip stomped his feet to have his way, Corrine was more motivated than ever to get rid of Phillip.

Corrine corralled the Lady Favs together and told them of her new plan. At first, they were in board. Then a light bulb of recognition went off in Dawn’s head. This scenario was what got her voted out the game.  She didn’t want to go down this path again.

Dawn then shared this information with her confidant, Cochran. Cochran pieced together Corrine’s end-game of taking control of the tribe, leaving Cochran and Dawn in the cold, and he wasn’t a fan of that at all! They knew that they had to get rid of Corrine to stay in this game longer. Cochran went to Andrea with this information. As much as she disliked Phillip, she couldn’t let Corrine get away with her plan, either. They needed Erik and Sherri to flip the shift of power to make their plan work. Andrea then Phillip in on what was happening, and he became angry at Corrine’s betrayal.  The big question was whether Sherri and Erik were going to believe them and work with them or against them.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst spoke with the Castaways about whether it was ideal for a Fan to be the next to leave the game. Corrine confessed that she was open to suggestions if the right plan came along. Reynold pretty much said the Favs shouldn’t count their chickens before they’re hatched. Andrea was paranoid because she has been burned by trusting people in Survivor.

The Castaways were nervous as the votes were cast and read out by Jeff. It was 7-5 vote for Corrine to leave the game! It was a huge blindside for her. She was so sure her plan was going well, that she was too cocky that others wouldn’t catch on to what would happen if her plan was successful.

Good work, Cochran! He totally read that plan and cut it off before it got too bad. I know the way I described what happened in this episode made it seem as though Corrine was the one to go, but the way the show was edited, if was really touch-and-go up until the Vote. It really could have gone the other way if a few people had voted another way. The next episode should be interesting, as it will show the fallout of this Tribal Council, as well as seeing how some of the Castaways will react to this blindside. Come on back, Readers, to see how all of this plays out, or check out my other posts or my Facebook page for other fun Reese Speaks tidbits!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Big Brother 14, Episode #21 – Dan’s the Man with the Master Plan!

Hey Readers,

The BB House is under the Frank’s reign again.  With Danielle and Dan both nominated this week, Dan has to do some fancy maneuvering this week to get both himself and his strongest ally off the block.  Will Ian step up and help out his fellow Quack Pack member, or will he slink back into the shadows again?  This week’s Veto Competition is probably the most important this season.  Let’s see how everything played out…

After the eviction nominations were announced, Britney and Dan put their heads together to figure out how to get both Quack Pack members off the block.  They figured that if they could get Ian to use his veto on Dan, then all they had to do was win the other one to save Danielle.  Britney let Ian in on the plan.  He was not sure if he wanted to go along with this plan.

Draw Something was the name of this week’s PoV Competition.  The HoH, the Nominees, along with Shane, Britney and Jenn had to guess what fans of the popular app had drawn, based on the blanks beneath the picture.  If the player answered correctly, they then had to accept a punishment in order to accumulate points.  The player with the highest score at the end of the game won the Power of Veto.  Prior to the competition, Britney and Dan had discussed that Dan should throw the game, letting Britney win it to save Danielle without having.another Quack Pack memeber go up on the block.  In the Diary Room, he confessed he couldn’t leave winning the veto up to anyone but himself.  He had to win to secure his safety, regardless of the safety of the rest of his alliance.  After Frank gets himself DQ’d and Britney gets herself eliminated, Jenn surprises everyone by pulling out a win, controlling the Power of Veto.

Dan, having to go to a solitary dance party for twenty-four hours, was sulking, trying to find a way out of being evicted this week.  He admitted he would go so far as to stab his allies in the back if that’s what it took to win the game. 

After twenty-four hours passes, the houseguests go to the Have-Not Room where Dan has been.  They opened the door to find a pale, lost-looking and somewhat smelly Dan.  He then spoke with Britney asking her to call the House together to have a House meeting.  This peculiar meeting turns out to be Dan throwing his own funeral. So many tears were shed for Dan’s “death” in the game.  He said something nice about all of the houseguests, even Frank.  Then he got to Danielle.  It seemed as though he severed ties with her, saying she did something against him, and she was dead to him.  This shocked everyone in the House because they all thought that Danielle was Dan’s closest ally in the game.  Danielle was devestated, crying and confused over what had just happened.

Dan was then shown in the Diary Room letting the viewers in on his plan.  He staged this funeral in order to seem a little kooky, but it was a way to shed his old game and to start fresh in the House.  I guess he was trying to be symbolic, you know, like a phoenix rising from its own ashes.  The second part of his plan was to talk to Frank and to sell out the Quack Pack, exposing Ian for his true part in Boogie’s eviction.  Finally, he would throw Britney in the line of fire by suggesting to Frank that the two of them should work together, and replace Dan with Britney because no one would want to put her on the block.  Dan took all of this to Frank and he liked this idea because it would mean he would have a power player on his side who could take him further in the game.  Their alliance would also include Danielle and Jenn in order to have more numbers.

Dan had to then smooth things over with Danielle to keep his plan rolling.  He explained his funeral speech, apologized to her, and let her in on the plan.  She was still very upset with him, but she was okay wih the plan.  The only thing Danielle didn’t like about the plan was that Britney was the target for eviction.  They had become closer as friends, and not telling her was going to bother Danielle.  Frank also let Jenn in on the plan.  Her only concern was the target it would put on her back.  Don’t worry, Jenn, you are seen as expendable.  You should be lucky you’re still in this game.

At the Veto Ceremony, Ian decided not to use the PoV he won in order to try and gain some trust with Frank.  Jenn, going along with Dan’s plan, uses her PoV and removed Dan from the block.  Frank then replaced Dan with Britney.  Dan was celebrating the success of his plan that could have gone wrong at so many times. Britney, Ian and Shane are shocked with this blindside, wondering what happened to the Quack Pack alliance.

Readers, I’m not sure what happened in this episode, but somehow, Dan went from being on the road to eviction to being one step closer to winning $500 000.  I really don’t know how he convinced everyone, including Frank, to go along with his crazy master plan.  After all of this master-minding, Dan has become a very powerful, but also a very targeted player.  He is going to have to keep his friends close and enemies closer.  Then again, in Big Brother, for the most part, friends and enemies tend to be the same thing.  Will Dan’s plan work, sending Britney packing?  How will the Quack Pack respond to Dan’s betrayl?  Will Frank and Dan go to the Final Two together?  Come back to for my next BB post to find out!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.