Survivor 27, Episodes #4 & 5: Your Cockiness Was Your Downfall!

Hiya Readers!

Paraphrasing from Jeff Probst, Survivor is a game of knowing when to make big moves that will get to to the end of the game.  Most players of this game make big moves but they may not be at the opportune moment, or let their cockiness get in the way of their judgement, getting them voted out of the game.   Two players have fallen into this trap during these two episodes, and should not have been surprised by the blindside they got at Tribal Council, essentially ending their game.  Who are they, you ask?  Read on and you’ll find out!

Redemption Island (Episode #4)

Jeff Probst introduced Galang and Tadhana to Castaways competing in the three-way duel  – Candice, John and Marissa.  Jeff Probst then asked Candice how she felt to see her husband show up at Redemption Island, to which she said she was upset because there was one person really responsible for sending him there.  Paraphrasing what she said, it was Brad.  Monica, standing by her man, says that more than just Brad is responsible for John being at Redemption Island, meaning the rest of the Tadhana tribe.  Actually, both women are right.  Sure, most of the time, it takes more than one person to vote a person out of a tribe.  But it only takes one person to place a seed of suggestion in the minds of everyone else in the tribe to want to have that person leave as well.  John then said that every time a person had to leave their tribe, Brad “muscled” his opinion around as to who this person should be.

For this duel, the players had to race across a ladder-rope with a key that was attacked to the ladder-rope.  They had to use this key to unlock bags containing puzzle pieces.  They then had to put the puzzle together.  The first two to do this would still be in the game, with the loser having to leave the game.  As well, the winner of the duel will also get to choose a Castaway to get a clue as to where the hidden Immunity Idol was located.

John won the duel.  Candice came second, leaving Marissa to have to say goodby to her uncle, Gervase, as well as to the game.  Jeff Probst asked Gervase what he thought of Marissa’s performance in the game.  Gervase said he was impressed with what Marissa could do, especially since she really didn’t get a chance to play much.  He also said her leaving also gave him more incentive to win the game.

In a strategic move, John chose Monica to receive the clue for the lost Immunity Idol.  They chose her in order to put an even larger target on her back.  Brad immediately told Monica to burn it.  She listened, and threw it into the fire that Marissa dropped her buff into, making this the first time anyone has destroyed a hidden Immunity Idol clue!

Immunity/Reward Challenge

5 members of each tribe had to paddle out inn a canoe to where two crates lay at the bottom of the ocean.  Each tribe had to then bring them back to the beach ad use them as steps up to a platform.  The other two members of the tribe had to then put the puzzle together to get the combination to unlock a flag that signaled the tribe was finished the Challenge.  First tribe to finish would win Immunity, and the choice of a Luxury Reward of an awesome tea and coffee party, or they could trade it for fishing gear.  When Galang were asked to sit two people out, and Tyson wasn’t one of them, Jeff Probst asked why he was competing with his injured shoulder.  Tyson replied that he thought he could, and that he was better than anyone on Galang with 1 arm!  Jeff was shocked, but let Tyson compete.

It was a close battle, but, once again, Galang won the Immunity Challenge, taking their luxury tea and coffee party prize with them.  A sad looking Tadhana had to face Jeff Probst for another Tribal Council, where one of them would then be sent to Redemption Island.

Tribal Council

Jeff Probst spoke to Tadhana about the following topics:

  • Has Tadhana lost firsdt 4 Immunity Challenges because of lack of strength or lack of puzzle-solving ability? – Tadhana flip-flopped about this topic.
  • How Tadhana was going to vote this episode – Jeff Probst asked they were going to vote based on who’s left in the game on the other side. Brad said it would be great to vote people out from those whose “blood” (partner/family member) is gone.
  • Trust – Caleb announced he wasn’t going to vote the way Brad thought he originally said he would.  Ciera was slated to go home, as per Brad, but Caleb didn’t like how Brad was operating, and that he was going to vote for Brad to leave the tribe. Brad started back-peddling, trying to maintain his grip on the tribe.  Brad even said he wasn’t going to write Caleb’s name down.

The votes were cast, and, after a second tiebreaker vote between Ciera and Brad, guess who left the tribe…Brad!  After displaying all of his cockiness, especially after John was blindsided, it was now his turn to feel what it was like to have the rug pulled out from under himself.  Jeff Probst even commented that this may have been the biggest shifts of power in Survivor history, and this may have been one of the biggest move in Survivor history!

Episode #5 – Redemption Island

Castaways on both tribes were very worried about their safety in the game, and they were doing what they could in order to ensure they were not the one voted out.

Redemption Island

Jeff Probst introduced Candice, John and Brad as the competitors in this episode’s Elimination Duel. Monica wanted to take Brad’s place in the Duel, but Brad told her he could handle it.

Each player in the Duel had to create a bridge out of a crate and then cross it. They then had to dismantle the bridge, flip over the bridge pieces, and use these bridge pieces to put the puzzle together. The first two players to finish would remain in the game. The player not to finish would leave the game.  The winner of the Duel would get to give a Castaway watching the Duel a clue to where the location of hidden Immunity Idol on their island.  John was the first to finish the Duel. Luckily, Brad finished his puzzle before Candice could, knocking Candice out of Survivor.  John chose to give Monica the clue for the hidden Immunity Idol, which she burned, again, saying it was too dangerous to have this sort of power. Candice then said goodbye to her husband, and threw her buff into the urn, signifying the end of her game.

Immunity/Reward Challenge

Castaways on each tribe had to take turns racing down a slide, then tossing a ring onto a post. The first tribe to score five points would win Immunity, and could win either a Luxury Reward of a steak and veggie feast, including spices and a wok, or trade it for the fishing gear.

It was a close one, but Tadhana finally won their first Immunity Challenge! Instead of choosing to take care of themselves for the rest of the game by taking the fishing gear, Tadhana chose to celebrate by taking the Luxury Reward. Maybe this boost of confidence may be clouding their judgement!

Tribal Council

Jeff Probst and Galang spoke about the following topics:

  • how hard his Blood vs Water twist was for the players this time around. Galang said it was hard because your decisions could impact your
  • how easy of a vote it would be for Galang to get rid of Laura B because she was the only member of Galang not to be a Returning Player, so she doesn’t share that bond like the rest of them do.

Once the votes were cast, guess what, Readers? Yes, another blindside went down! Laura M was voted out of Galang because the tribe felt she was not trustworthy, was a bit too cocky, and trying too hard to be friendly with every one in their tribe.

Oh, Readers! Brad really dodged a bullet at Redemption Island, and Laura M didn’t see herself being voted out so early in the game.  It seems as though nothing is following the usual routine of Survivor this season.  Will Brad’s fate finally be sealed by losing in he next Redemption Island Duel? Who will be the next Castaway to be voted off of their tribe? What else is in store for the Castaways this season? Find out all of this and more during my next post on Survivor: Blood vs Water!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor 27, Episode #3 – Drama, Action, Blindside!

Hey There, Readers!

This episode of Survivor had three basic components: drama, action and blindsides.  Well, I guess this can be said about every episode of almost any reality series, but this episode of Survivor really had all three elements.  There was a blindside that even Jeff Probst didn’t see coming until it happened!  How does all of this happen, you ask?  Well, read on, Readers, and you’ll see!

The episode began at Galang, where the Returning Players were sitting around enjoying each others’ life stories without a care in the world…everyone except for Colton.  He really couldn’t take how laid back the rest of the tribe was at this point in the game.  He wanted to strategize about what was happening at Tadhana, who to sit out at the next challenge, and he also wanted some drama to happen on his tribe.  No one else on Galang wanted to deal with Colton’s “worries,” and Tyler told him to relax.  Colton was going crazy with the amount of people telling him to relax.  This was not the game Colton signed up to play, or the tribe he wanted to play the game with.  Colton, no one gets to set the type of tribe you get to be on!  An important part of this game is to go with the flow and adjust your game to how the game is going, not force people to play your way.  Soon, you’ll get your wish when/if Galang fimally losses an Immunity Challenge.

Both tribes were instructed to go to Redemption Island to watch the end of another player’s game after losing a hard fought challenge. Tyson was really upset to not see Rachel with Tadhana. He said he thought Tadhana voted Rachel out to try and get rid of him. Rachel agreed with Tyson’s line of thinking.  Jeff Probst asked Tyson whether he would like to take Rachel’s place and have her join Galang in his place. Tyson asked Rachel whether he should take her place. Rachel said he would have a better chance at winning the game if he stayed with Galang than to take her place. Tyson took her advice, and let Rachel stay. Tyson then issued a warning to Tadhana, saying that if Tyson ever ended up at Redemption Island that they’d better watch out for him, as he’d be taking everyone out and returning to the game.

Marissa then chimed in, saying that Tadhana was voting out its strong players in order to keep its tribe weak. She was directing her comment at Brad, and everyone knew it. Brad, feeling the heat of the situation and the target growing larger on his back, told Marissa that this was the game of Survivor, Babe!  Marissa told Brad what to do with himself (If you didn’t know, I try to keep my posts as clean as possible, just in case younger eyes are reading.).  Gervase told Marissa to keep focused on the up-coming task.

This is where the first blindside of the show happened.  Colton began crying.  Jeff Probst asked Colton what was with the water works, and Colton responded that he no longer wanted to be a part of the game anymore.  After a commercial break, Jeff Probst asked Colton if he was quitting the game, to which Colton responded, “Yes.”  Jeff Probst, taken aback, said Colton was doing the opposite of what he told the producers he wanted to prove in the game.  Colton explained that he didn’t want to play the game with the tribe he was on, so he wanted to quit.  Jeff Probst told Colton he was being selfish.  Colton replied that this decision may be selfish, but it may be the best move for him to make to make himself happy.  Tina then told everyone about how Colton shot himself in the foot by be over aggressive, and was worried he’s lost everyone’s trust in Galang, along with no one wanting to be catty like Colton was, so he no longer wanted to be a part of the game.  Colton slightly agreed with what Tia said.

Jeff Probst then used Colton as an example of the type of person who thinks they want to play Survivor that should actually just stay on their couch at home because they’re not able to adapt to changes or different personalities within the game.  Colton said he didn’t care about the insult Jeff Probst threw at him, and went over to Tadhana to say goodbye to his partner, Caleb.  Jeff Probst then told Colton not to throw his buff in the urn because it was reserved for players that wanted to play the game, had competed and lost, not for quitters, and to leave the game.  Well, Readers, I’m glad Colton left.  All he did was whine about not getting his way, then whined when he knew he screwed up instead of trying to fix what he broke!  I hope you are happier, Colton!

At the Redemption Island Challenge, the players had to stack bricks along a pathway that angled up and down while it lay on a huge spring and having trip bars along the bottom of it so players couldn’t race up and down the course.  The first 2 players to have all of their bricks fall down, ad have a ball at the end of the platform break a plate at the end of the platform would get to stay in the game, while the last person would see their game come to an end.  The person who finished the challenge first would also get to choose a person from any of the tribes to receive a clue as to where the hidden Immunity Idol was on their island.  Just as before, Candice finished the challenge first, leaving Marissa and Rachel to battle it out for their Survivor lives.  After some mistakes, Marissa pulled out a win over Rachel, sending Rachel to say goodbye to her boyfriend, Tyson, and watch her buff, as well as her chance at 1 million dollars, go up in smoke.  Candice then gave her husband, John a second clue to the whereabouts of the hidden Immunity Idol.

Back at Galang, Tyson was sad about Rachel having to leave the game, and was being consoled by the others on his tribe.  He vowed that he had to try and win the game to make up for not taking Rachel’s place, potentially keeping her in the game longer.  Tyson also confessed that he felt weird not being around Monica, as it was her husband, Brad, who had sent Rachel packing.  At the same time, he could not blame her because it was not her actually telling Brad to make the decisions he’s been making.  He also felt that it was a good move Brad because, if Tyson was in Brad’s shoes, he would have done the same thing.

At Tadhana, Brad was confessing that it  sucked being called out for the moves he made.  He didn’t like Redemption Island because the people you vote out of your tribe have the chance to let you know how your decisions made them feel, and they have a chance to get back into the game to exact their revenge on you.  He felt that he was taking some of the heat off of himself by making the others think voting certain people off was a group decision, not solely his.  Uh, Brad, most of the Castaways actually see you as the proverbial head of the snake.   They do see you as the decision-maker, not the rest of the tribe.

John felt as though he had an even bigger target on is back because Candice chose him to have another clue to the Immunity Idol.   He felt that the smartest thing to do was to let Brad in on its location, and he liked Brad enough that he didn’t mind Brad knowing about where it was.  John asked Brad not to let anyone else know where the Immunity Idol was.  Brad agreed with John, but he was also testing John’s loyalty because of his past actions (originally not sharing the clue with him, and his ties to Rachel).

At the Reward/Immunity Challenge, it was a sumo wrestling-like battle where one member from each tribe had to try and push a member from the opposing tribe off of a floating platform over the water.  For each win, the player’s tribe got  a point.  First tribe to 5 points won Immunity from Tribal Council, and the choice between a Luxury prize (pillows, blankets, a tarp, mosquito netting), or they could trade it for a fishing kit like the one Galang won at the last Immunity Challenge.

During one of the showdowns, Tyson popped his arm out of its shoulder socket, and could no longer take part in the challenge.  He didn’t want to leave the game, though.  In the end, Galang came away with a 5-3 with over Tadhana, winning Immunity, and taking the Luxury prize with them.

Back at Tadhana, they went about their regular consoling ritual, losing their 3rd Immunity Challenge in a row.   The guys got together to talk about who should leave the tribe this time, and they spoke about how Katie lost to her mother who was well into her 60s.  Then they went over what the last two women on their tribe bring to the table.  Katie cooks all of their meals, while Ciera doesn’t do much of anything.  After to the conclusion that Ciera was leaving, John went to go look for the Idol.  Once out of ear shot, Brad got the rest of the guys together to talk about Jon becoming a bigger threat to their game, and getting rid of him.  These were Brad’s arguments as to why John needed to leave sooner than later:

  • John was a strong player
  • John would be controlled by Candice should she return to the game and the tribes got to the Merge, not by them (by them, Brad really meant himself).

Vytas didn’t really trust Brad’s reasons as to why they should get rid of John.  He felt Brad was acting a bit shady, and that Brad was making everyone do their dirty work for him.  Vytas voiced his concerns to the ladies of the tribe, who seemed receptive to what Vytas was saying.  Hayden was torn as to what he wanted to do, but was sure that someone would be leaving by way of a blindside at Tribal Council.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst and Tadhana brought up the following topics:

  • Why the men were the only ones who scored at the Immunity Challenge – Katie said it sucked she was not able to beat her mom at two different Immunity Challenges (not sure if she was smart to have voiced her concern at that moment).
  • What Trust meant in this game – Vytas said trust was the currency of the game.  The more you ca trust someone, the further you could go in the game.
  • John having 2 clues to the Immunity Idol – Candice’s comment about how John knew “what to do with the information” really wasn’t helping John’s chances at staying.  Hayden said they had to trust that John was telling them the truth about not having the Idol.  Brad chimed in, saying that at some point, you have to lie in the game, so how could they trust John now?

After Jeff Probst asked Tadhana to write down who they wanted to vote out, he went to count the votes.  This was how it all played out:

Ciera – 1; John – 4 (we didn’t get to see the rest of the votes, as all a person needed was 4 votes to leave).

John didn’t see this happening to him, and he felt betrayed as he meet up with Candice and Marissa on Redemption Island.

Oh, Readers!  I think Tadhana made a HUGE mistake, again!  Or maybe this was Brad’s plan to weaken his tribe.  This move, in the end, I think, will only hurt his game. He’s losing any trust with Tadhana, since they can’t trust him when they say they’re safe.  Galang, besides his wife, are beginning to hate him because their loved ones are leaving the game at his hand.  I think he is putting a huge target o his and his wife, Monica’s back for making these decisions.  If, for some reason, Galang was to lose an Immunity Challenge, she might be the first player they vote out to get back at Brad.  Will Tadhana finally win their first Immunity Challenge?  Will Tadhana blindside Brad?  Who will be the next player at Redemption Island to leave the game?  We’ll find out in the next episode of Survivor: Blood vs Water!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor 27, Episode #2 – Voting Someone Off Has Become More Complicated

Hey There, Readers!

With Marissa voted off Tadhana to join Rupert and Candice on Redemption Island, the stage is set for the first battle to keep your game alive in this season’s Survivor.  As well, the game has really begun on both tribes as they have to begin to strategize who needs to leave their tribes next.  How will everything shake out? Read on to find out!

At Redemption Island, Marissa spoke to Rupert and Candice about how upset she was about being voted out because of Gervase’s outburst after the Immunity Challenge.  Candice said that Marissa was to Redemption Island because she said she didn’t like Brad when all of the Castaways were together before they were split into tribes.  Marissa thought about it, and agreed with her.  Rupert then welcomed Marissa to Redemption Island by telling her it was a place with a lot of pissed off people!

At Galang, the tribe was acting as a cohesive unit, engaging itself in a group massage.  Everyone, that is, except for Colton.  He wasn’t “feeling the love” like everyone else on the tribe.  He was cursing it!  Others on the tribe were sensing that Colton was not as zen as they were, so Monica and Aras went over to talk to him and see if they could help him.  Colton went off on them.  Monica asked him to be patient.  All Colton could whine about was how much he missed Caleb, and how disappointed he was about not being able to play the game with him.  Aras said Colton should think about looking ahead in the game, not thinking about his disappointment.  Colton wished they were at Tribal Council, so they could vote him off right now.  Privately, Colton confessed that his tribe was stupid to think that the good times were going to continue for the rest of the game, and he wanted to get his point across to the rest of his tribe.

At Tadhana, Brad was flexing his leadership skills by showing the guys on his tribe how to fish.  Rachel, seeing where the power laid in the tribe, decided not to align herself with the other two ladies left in Tadhana, and decided to make bonds with the guys.  She was lucky enough to have made an alliance with John.  Don’t think there aren’t eyes everywhere within this tribe, Readers, because this alliance didn’t go unnoticed!  Ciera saw Rachel becoming buddy-buddy with the men on the tribe, and has suspected that Rachel has started an alliance with John.  Ciera wasted no time in sounding the alarm bells, telling anyone she could about what she thought she knew.

Both tribes received Tree Mail telling them it was time for the first battle to take place on Redemption Island.  After both tribes took their seats, the camera panned over to Gervase, who discovered that his niece was not with Tadhana.  He then realized she was going to be the third competitor to fight for their Survivor life in a few moments.  Jeff Probst then introduced Rupert, Candice, and Marissa.  Jeff Probst asked Marissa why she gave her tribe such a long, hard stare.  She said it was because she was voted off for something she didn’t do.  Then she looked at her uncle, Gervase, and said that she was there becasue of him.  Gervase swore he would get revenge upon those who sent her there (I guess the whole Tadhana tribe.)

For this competition, the players had to use a poll to pick up 10 spools and weave it up through a metal maze, one by one, then pile them up o each other on a platform with a wobbly sprig base.  The first two people to have their tower of spools held up for three seconds, would save their Survivor lives.  The last would be permanently out of the game.  If someone’s pile falls over, they have to start from the beginning.  The person who comes in first would be given the chance to give whoever they wanted from any tribe a clue as to where the hidden Immunity Idol was on their island.

It was a windy day out there in the Philippines, so Candice and Marissa were taking it slowly, while Rupert was actually throwing caution to the wind, trying to burn through the challenge.  This made his tower topple over, making him have to start again.  Candice took advantage of Rupert’s mistake, by cautiously finishing the challenge first.  Marissa, also taking her time not to crash, finished second, meaning it was Rupert’s game ending at this challenge.  Readers, it was a sad one to watch, but someone had to go.  It just sucks it had to be Rupert.  He said he had no regrets about leaving because it meant that Laura B could stay longer, that he loved his wife, and that he was still a lover of this game.  Rupert then placed his buff on a pile of burning coals, letting the Castaways, and us viewers, watch Rupert’s game go up in smoke.

Jeff Probst also reminded the Castaways of the twist where a loved one would be able to take the place of their voted off partner and take their place on Redemption Island.

Back at Tadhana, the guys were taking what Jeff Probst said to heart, and started thinking about who they would vote out next so their partner on Galang would take their place and potentially leave the game to weaken Galang.  It didn’t take them long to come up with Rachel’s name.  The guys wanted Tyson, Rachel’s boyfriend, to take her place on Redemption Island, and then lose and have to leave the game.  They know he was a formidable player, and wouldn’t want his girlfriend to go out to Redemption Island if he could save her.  John wasn’t too happy about this because of the side alliance he had with her.  He knew he must quickly find the Immunity Idol, and that he couldn’t share if he found it with anyone in order to keep Rachel safe.

At Galang, the tribe was consoling Laura B on Rupert being the game’s first casualty.  She confessed she was sad, but with Rupert gone, she could now easily concentrate on playing the game.

Colton began his zen-crushing mission by lying about who’s saying what about who.  Colton wanted everyone to depend on his word, and to rule in chaos.  Tyson, saw what Colton was doing, then confessed that he felt Colton was over-thinking the situation he and the tribe were in, and that it could get him voted off the tribe.  Colton confessed he wanted the tribe to actually lose at Tribal Council so the tribe would wake up and start playing the game.

The next morning, Colton noticed that the rest of the tribe was acting a bit sketchy toward him.  When Colton was out of ear-shot, Tyson told Aras, Gervase, Tina and Monica about how he thought Colton was trying to turn the tribe against each other, and to counter it by talking to each other to get the real story.  Aras agreed with Tyson, calling Colton a bully for acting this way, and saying he didn’t want to play with a person who acted this way.  The five of them decided that they should create an alliance as they have had the most Survivor experience out of the people on their tribe, and to stop Colton from ruining their tribe.

At the Immunity/Reward Challenge, 3 members from each tribe would be rolling a barrel, while a 4th was inside being rolled about from three stations, untying complex knots and collecting bags of balls. Then the rest of the tribe would take turns, if they wished, at rolling the 6 balls up a skee ball-like platform, getting the balls to stay in the holes.  The first tribe to finish this game would win Immunity, and the reward of a fishing kit.  The loosing team would go to Tribal Council, where one person would be voted out of the game.  It was a close competition, but it came down to Gervase and Hayden rolling the balls into the holes to win the game.  Gervase won the game for Galang as his last ball just found its home in the last available hole.  He was happy about beating Tadhana for a few reasons:

  • Galang wouldn’t have to go to Tribal Council;
  • Gervase received a bit of satisfaction for Marissa being voted off of Tadhana; and
  • Gervase winning the game for Galang vindicated his poor performance from the last Immunity Challenge he competed in.

When Tadhana returned to their tribe, they began their consoling ritual again.  Te guys then went off a bit into the jungle to decide which of the ladies was going to be voted off next.  4 of them wanted Rachel to go, but John was still fighting strong to keep her.  This began to sound the alarm bells for the rest of the guy alliance, as they didn’t understand why John would be so keen to keep er unless the 2 of them were had an alliance.  This fact, along with him going off to find the Immunity Idol alone, was beginning to make John a potential candidate to be voted off.

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

  • The man vs woman ratio on the tribe – The women notice it, and how the me go off to talk without them.  Hayden said that, yes, the guys have bonded, but it didn’t necessarily mean anything.  Jeff Probst didn’t believe that, and let his feelings about Hayden’s statement be known.
  • John and the Immunity Idol clue – Caleb believed John may have the Immunity Idol, but was not saying anything to anyone.
  • The Redemption Island twist – Hayden said they could get rid of certain players, just to get their loved ones to use the twist, then hoping it would backfire like it did for Rupert.  Rachel didn’t like hearing that!

Jeff Probst then asked the Castaways to cast their votes.  After counting them, this was how the vote went down: Rachel – 7; John – 2; and Ciera – 1.  Yep, Rachel was voted off of Tadhana!

Well, Readers, it was another strategy-filled episode of Survivor!  Once again, the wrong person has bee voted out of the tribe to now have to compete at Redemption Island.  I just shook my head again and again over the horrible decision-making Tadhana keeps making.  Rachel must now know how Marissa felt as she was leaving her tribe for no reason other than for Tadhana to make a strategic hit at Galang.  Will the plan cooked up by the guys of Tadhana work?  Will Rachel allow Tyson to take her place?  Who will be the next to leave Redemption Island and the game for good?  These answers will be answered in the next episode of Survivor: Blood vs Water!  Check out my blog to see what happens next!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor 27, Episode #1: Someone Else’s Actions Could Hurt You

Hey Readers!

It’s back!  It’s back!  It’s back!  Survivor 27 has finally started, and this season already has some interesting twists.  Most people knew about the Blood vs Water variation on the show, but how the producers did it was kind of neat.  Then there were the other curve balls they threw at the Castaways at the beginning of the game that got me more intrigued about how this season was going to play out.  Oh, they brought back Redemption Island, where voted out Castaways have the chance to compete to win their way back into the game.  Another hard part about this season is that you have to be careful of your actions, as they can then be reflected onto your loved one.  Two Returning Players, one for strategic reasons, one for payback, had their loved ones affected because of their actions, past and present.  What do I mean by this, you ask?  Read on and you’ll see!

Survivor took the Castaways and the viewers back to the Philippines for their 27th season of the show.  Viewers were introduced to each of the 10 Returning Players vying to win the million-dollar prize, along with their Loved One, and how they were related.  They separately spent their first night alone with each other in various locations on an island to get acquainted with the surroundings.  Some of the Loved Ones were a bit disappointed with the lack of survival skills their Returning Player partner had when first out there, but they all seemed to make it through the night,

They then met each other on the beach the next morning.  Jeff Probst welcomed the group to the Philippines, as well as to the game.  It was here that a twist o a twist was revealed to the players.  They found out that the Returning Players would be on a different tribe from their Loved One for a part of the show.  This shocked some of the Castaways, while it made other pairs even more ready to play the game.  Once separated, they were told their tribe names and given their buffs.  The Returning Players were called Galang, while the Loved Ones were called Tadhana.

Now that the tribes had been formed, Jeff Probst hit the Castaways with another bombshell.  Each tribe would be voting one of its members out of the game right then and there.  Whoa!  My jaw dropped at this bit of news!  I had a prediction about Rupert’s wife, Laura ( I will call her Laura B , as there is another Laura, who I will call Laura M) being voted out first because Rupert is Survivor royalty, and he plays a very emotional game.  You know, Readers, to mess with his head.  Well, it happened!  Tadhana voted her off because of Rupert’s past actions and to weaken his game-play. Galang voted Candice off of their tribe.

After the two votes were taken, Jeff Probst informed the Castaways that these players were not necessary out of the game yet, as they were resurrecting Redemption Island.  The twist on this twist was that, at this point in the game, was that the loved one of the Castaways who were just voted out could take their place, possibly giving up their chance to play the game so their loved one could experience more of the game.  Without batting an eye, Rupert said he would take his wife’s place on Redemption Island.  He did this for two reasons:  he said he would protect his wife however he could this season; and Rupert wanted his wife, Laura B, to have a true Survivor experience.  Let me tell you, Readers, this is why viewers and players have fallen in love with Rupert!  Despite the rough exterior, he’s truly an awesome person.  This moment made me an even bigger Rupert fan!  Candice and her husband, John, discussed the situation, he decided to let Candice go to Redemption Island because he felt she could beat Rupert and return to the game.

At Galang, the Returning Players got down to business.  They had their fire going, their shelter almost built, water boiling, and rice cooking away.  Laura B, felt out of place because she was the only one who didn’t know what to do.  Se also felt as tough the rest of her new tribe mates thought she would be like Rupert because they were married.

Monica was becoming weary of Colton.  She didn’t want to be burned by him like she was during their last meeting on Survivor: One World, where a power-tripped Colton back-stabbed Monica, sending her out of the game.  She said that he was mean and vindictive.  She was going to keep a close eye on this wily character!

Colton shared with Galang his intentions this time around in the game.  He said that he had turned over a new leaf since meeting his partner, Caleb.  Colton went on to say he has matured, and will be less insecure about himself, you know, be more like the true Colton he really was.  He wanted people to understand him.  He then started crying.  Monica started to soften her stance on Colton due to this display of waterworks.  She said the tribe shouldn’t be too quick to judge him unless they’ve walked in his shoes.  Hopefully, she keeps an eye out for Colton.  He seems as though he could be a wily one.

For the Loved Ones at Tadhana, things aren’t as optimistic as they are at Galang.  They were having trouble building their shelter and making fire.  They were all expecting to have their other halves with them to show them what to do.  Readers, this is one of my pet peeves about this show.  You know you are going to be on Survivor, and the first thing you should do at home, in the woods, somewhere, is to learn how to build a fire!  This ability may save your butt in this game!  Come on!  Especially when all of the Loved Ones have a personal connection to a former player of Survivor.  This really annoys me!

Brad started doing what smart players of this game do once they arrive at their tribe: form an alliance.  Since there are 5 men and 4 women, Brad thought it was only natural for the men to band together and pick off the women if they had to go to Tribal Council.  He went and did a hard sell on all of the guys in his tribe.  Some were on board, while others were sitting back on the idea.

At Redemption Island, Rupert and Candice had different ideas about how to get things done around their camp.  While Candice toiled around camp, pretty much doing everything to make sure they would get through their night, Rupert lounged and watched Candice wear herself out, living off of the spoils of Candice’s work.  Wow!  That doesn’t sound like the Rupert we all know and love!  Well, Readers, here’s the thing.  This was all a part of Rupert’s plan to beat Candice and return to the game.  He figured that by Candice tuckering herself out around camp, she wouldn’t have enough energy to beat Rupert in a head-on challenge.  He admitted this may have been why he lost so many challenges whenever he went out and played the game.  Oh, Rupert, you mastermind!  Candice, not catching on to what Rupert was doing was complaining about Rupert’s laziness, as well as the Returning Players who voted her out.

At the Immunity Challenge, the tribes had to send 6 of its members through a obstacle course in the water, untie a boat once all it their members reached their designated platform, and then row their boat back to shore which contained pieces to a ship’s stirring wheel.  Once they reached the beach, the remaining 3 members had to work together to put the wheel together, then put it on a crank to let their tribe flag down, signifying they were finished.  First tribe to accomplish this would win Immunity, and gain flint to have fire at their tribe.

When Jeff Probst asked the tribes if they had fire yet, Tadhana lied, saying they had fire.  Galang just scoffed at them, not believing a word they said.  Tadhana didn’t want to seem weak in front of their new enemies.  Well, their bluff was blown when Galang came from behind (no thanks to Gervase’s stellar performance in the water, or the poor puzzle-solving work of Ciera, Katie and Rachel), to win the first Immunity Challenge of the season!  Gervase, who should have kept his mouth shut because he almost lost the challenge for Galang, was the loudest of the Returning Players to trash-talk their Loved Ones!  Really, Gervase, I don’t think that was the smartest thing you should have been doing at that moment.  I was surprised he had the nerve to say anything after his lack luster performance!

Back at Tadhana, the tribe was consoling each other over their loss to Galang.  Katie was becoming nervous because she barely touched the puzzle when she had earlier boasted she was better at putting puzzles together than her mother, Tina, was, and that she could help them win the challenge.  Marissa was also getting worried, as it was her uncle, Gervase who was the loudest trash-talker of Galang.  Could his actions affect her safety in the game?  That was something that was going through her mind a mile a minute.

Brad and John were talking about Katie and Marissa’s worst fears at that same moment.  They said it really didn’t matter which of the ladies on their tribe left, so long as it wasn’t one of the guys.  Vytas, wanting to be the nice guy to keep ties with the ladies on the tribe, told them it would be one of them leaving.  I’m not sure this gave any of them that much comfort.

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

  • The first Immunity Challenge – what their actions, or those of Galang, could sway people’s ideas of who to vote for.  Marissa and Katie both voiced their concerns.  Marissa believed she shouldn’t be judged by Gervase’s actions, while Katie believed she shouldn’t be judged by her poor performance at a challenge when it was their first one.  John haughtily said the vote wasn’t based purely on a person’s poor performance.
  • Redemption Island – John felt guilty about not taking his wife, Candice’s place out there.
  • Where the game was going from this point on – how voting someone off will effect the game of the Returning Players.

After their talk, Jeff Probst asked Tadhana to cast their votes.  After the votes were counted, Jeff Probst revealed the votes were 8-1 in favour of Marissa to leave the tribe.  Marissa was supposedly shocked by this, and gave her tribe an wordless, ugly glare as her torch was snuffed out.  So Marissa was also effect by Gervase’s actions in this game.  He’s not going to find out it until the next time the tribes meet again.  She then surprised Rupert and Candice on Redemption Island, awaiting their challenge to see who would return to the game, and who would go home.

It was an interesting season premiere, Readers!  You see how easy it is for a player’s game to be effected by another person’s  actions?  I think both votes for Laura B and Marissa were unfair.  They were both attacks against players in the game, not against anything they did themselves.  I’m not sure just how Gervase will take the news of his niece being voted out because of his actions.  In the promos for this season’s game, he said he would write her name down if it meant it would get him closer to the ed of the game, but I’m not sure if he even thought she would have been voted out because of him.  I want to see his reaction to her leaving in the next episode.  Which Castaway will win their way back into the game, who will go home?  Has Colton really changed his spots, or will he revert back to the Colton we all…well, know?  What other challenges will the islands of the Philippines have in store for these Castaways?  Come back to my blog and see what happens next on Survivor: Blood vs Water!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Big Brother 15, Episode #36: The Winner of Big Brother 15 Is…

Hello, Readers!

I decided to be a bit more formal with you because of this episode’s occasion: it’s Finale Night!  Yes, I’m so excited about tonight because one of my picks to win BB 15 had made it to the Final Three!  Yes, sneaky, yet calculating good guy, Andy has wormed his way to this position in the game along with GinaMarie and Spencer.  Which one of these three will win the pivotal HoH, then get the Jury to vote for them to win $500 000?  Read on and you’ll see!

When we left these three in my last post, the Final Three were competing in Part 1 of a three-part HoH Competition called The Greatest Skate.  House Guests  were being swung around the BB roller rink trying to avoid obstacles on the ground to trip them up.  Spencer was finding it hard to hold to his bar as the producers decided to speed up the cords the bars were attached to.  Spencer just couldn’t hang on any longer, and fell.

Andy and GinaMarie were still hanging tough in the game until they were being sprayed with jets of fog, water and foam.  This made Andy and GinaMarie slip and slide all over the rink until Andy’s footing gave out on him, making him let go of his bar and fall.  GinaMarie won the first of three competitions for the HoH, and a by from competing in Part 2.  She was showered with a golden glitter which she ended up choking on in her excitement. Andy confessed he began to wonder whether his fall could have cost him the game.

Part 2 of the HoH Comp called Crab Grab had the fellas rigged up for some wall climbing as they had to find the faces of the House Guests that had been evicted on crab pieces, then climb up a wall ad put them in the correct order of when they left.  Andy and Spencer got to compete individually, and both had a hard time at this challenge.  In the end, good ol’ Andy won Part 2 of the Comp!  At this point, Spencer felt he had to get GinaMarie and Andy to realize just how easy it would be for them to win the game if they took him to the Final 2 with them in order to win $50 000 and at least second place.

GinaMarie and Andy had a private conversation about what they were going to do should either of them won this HoH.  Andy said he would take GinaMarie since Spencer would beat both of them due to the fact that he has less blood on his hands than the two of them.  GinaMarie confessed in the Diary Room that she would probably go with Andy as well.  She was worried about making this move because she felt she would lose to Andy because he was such a good kid, and he deserves to win the game.  Yet, at the same time, GinaMarie could screw him over because she needed the money as well…

Julie Chen then announced to the viewers that Dr. Will Kirby ( a BB icon) had visited the Jury House to speak to the Jurors about the Final Three, and to get them to think about who they were going to vote for to win the game.  He asked the Jury what made each person worthy of the grand prize.  This got Amanda practically yelling at most of the other Jury members, and even some questionable looks shot at McCrae for his opinions that didn’t agree with those she shared.

The show then went to the Final part of the HoH Competition.  For this final part of this HoH showdown, Julie Chen asked them to finish off a statement given by each of the Jury members.  Julie Chen gave them two possible options as to how each person had responded, and the players had to choose which statement was the correct one.  For every correct answer they gave, they got a point, and if one player had more points than the other, the scales they were put on would lower in their favour.  After answering 8 questions about their Jury members, Andy answered more statements correctly than GinaMarie, making him the last, and the most important HoH of the season.  Yay! My pick has made it into the Final 2!

The show then moved quickly to the last Live Vote and Eviction of the season.   Andy apologized to Spencer, telling him he knew he told him he would take him to the Final 2, but he made a promise to GinaMarie from Day 1 that he would take her to the end of the game.  Spencer was the  last evicted House Guest from the House this season, as well as the final member of the Jury deciding who would win the game.

When Julie Chen interviewed Spencer after his eviction, he told Julie he kind of saw his eviction coming, and he was proud of Andy for staying loyal to GinaMarie for all this time.  He was also proud of the fact that he broke the “Pawn Always Goes Home” curse that lingered around the BB game.

It was now time for the Jury to interrogate the Final 2 to decide which of them would win BB 15.  First, Julie Chen introduced Spencer to the Jury as its last member, and got them up t speed as to what happened in the House.  The Julie Chen let the Jury lose on Andy and GinaMarie.  As usual, the questions, ” What was your biggest move in the game,” “What was your biggest obstacle to overcome,” and “Why should we give you the money” were asked, as well as “Why should we give you our vote when you had offended us and called us cockroaches?” by Candice of GinaMarie.  GinaMarie answered that she was upset by Nick’s leaving, that it was not an personal attack against anyone, and that she loved everyone in the House.  Wow, after cussing Candice and supporting her Eviction, GinaMarie sure does know how to do a 180º turn when $500 000 is on the line!

Then Julie Chen gave the Final 2 their last chance to sway the Jury to choose them to win the season.  GinaMarie continued her love fest, flattering the Jury, telling them how great of an opportunity this prize would be for her, and that she was sorry for offending anyone.  Andy said he played the game with his heart, but that he played the game more with his head.  He went on to say that he played both sides of the House in order to get further in the game.  Then the Jurors each put their key in a box with the name of the House Guest they wanted to win BB 15.

To add more suspense to the evening, Julie Chen then brought out the first 5 evicted House Guests so the Jury and the Final 2 could get a better perspective of what they were able to watch from home.  They spoke about all of the controversial events that happened, and how they were affected both inside and outside the House.

Finally, the moment many of you have been waiting for: the winner of BB 15!  The winner had to have at least 5 votes to win.  This was who the Jurors voted for:

Spencer – Andy; McCrae – Andy; Judd – GinaMarie; Elissa – Andy; Amanda – Andy, Aaryn – GinaMarie; Helen – Andy; Candice – Andy; and Jessie – Andy.

If you add it all up, it was a 7-2 vote for my pick ANDY!!!! YES! My pick finally won a season of a show!  My bad luck curse has finally broken!  I don’t think GinaMarie minded too much, just winning $50 000 for second place, and running straight to a somewhat weary, yet nice Nick.  She didn’t let go of him for the rest of the broadcast!  Nick took it all in stride.

Lastly, Readers, Julie Chen announced the winner of the $25 000 America’s Choice prize.  American viewers were asked to vote on who they thought played the game the best, and they would be awarded this prize.  The top 3 vote-getters were Judd, Elissa ad Howard.  Readers, it was no surprise who won…it was Elissa!  If she was chosen by America to be the MVP 3 weeks in a row, of course they were going to choose her to win this prize, too!

After all of this, Julie Chen thanked the viewers for watching this season, and the theme music closed out the show.  It was kind of sad.  I know they have the show on so often to make up for reruns during the summer, but this was my thing to watch!  Oh well, I have 2 seasons of Survivor to watch until next summer to fill this void!  Thanks, Readers, for popping in to catch up on what was happening in the BB 15 House this season.  I really appreciate your support.  If you didn’t know, I am also posting Survivor 27: Blood vs Water right now, so if you wanted to keep up with Survivor, come back to my blog and check out those posts until Big Brother 16 starts up next summer.

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Big Brother 15, Episode #34: Your Luck Has Finally Run Out

Hey Readers!

It’s yet another Eviction Night on this episode of BB 15!  I know, they’re just throwing the House Guests out at this point  in the season!  With Andy being the HoH this week, it’s be up to McCrae to take his butt out of the fire again if he wants to make it into the Final Three.  Will McCrae be saved by the PoV or some last minute deal?  Keep reading and you’ll see!

After Julie Chen got the viewers caught up on what was happening in the BB House, the show cut straight to Andy announcing his Eviction Nominees.  He put McCrae and Spencer up on the block.  McCrae confessed after the Nomination Ceremony that he had a good chance of going home this week if he didn’t win the Veto.

The Exterminators were in the HoH Room discussing the Veto Competition as well.  They agreed that McCrae can’t win the PoV again.  Andy was also thinking about what would happen if McCrae did win the Veto this week.  He confessed it didn’t matter whether Spencer or GinaMarie were on the block, so long as McCrae went home.

At the Nomination Ceremony, Andy’s decision was revealed.  e put McCrae and Spencer up for Eviction.  Andy said his decision was not personal, and that this week was all about winning the PoV.  McCrae was confused as to why Andy would put him up if they’re in an alliance together.  Spencer didn’t like how Andy put him up on the block instead of GinaMarie, and felt there was something fishy going on between the two of them.

The show then showed the viewers what was happening at the Jury House.  They showed Aaryn, Amanda and Elissa joining Candice, Jessie and Helen.  Yeah, Readers, a House and a Jury full of women could spell trouble for those remaining in the game.  There was some verbal cat fights between Amanda and Candice over who deserved to win the game.  Of course, Amanda was forcing her opinion down everyone else’s throat, preaching about how McCrae should win the game, while Candice thought GinaMaire should win.  No surprise why Amanda would have such strong feelings for McCrae to win, but it was interesting why Candice would want GinaMarie to win after everything that wet down between them.  Maybe it was a girl power feeling, or maybe it was because GinaMarie was the person she liked the most out of everyone else left in the game.  They each argued over how the other’s pick rode on someone else’s coat tails to get where they were.  When Judd joined the ladies, it was a hot/cold sort of reaction to his presence with them.  This was because he had sent some of them to the Jury, while some of them still adored his easy-going manner.

At the last Power of Veto Competition (I’m not sure if the producers gave this Comp a name), the players had to match up the correct House Guests to the clues provided on 14 spiders connected to a web on boards in the BB Backyard.  Some of the clues had more than one correct response, but there was a proper House Guest to make the web work.  The player to correctly figure out this puzzle ad hit their buzzer won not only the Veto, but also put themselves into the Final Three, and got the right to cast the sole Vote, deciding the last person to go on in the game, while sending the other person to the Jury House.  After a lot of pondering and switching around by the House Guests, HoH Andy won the Veto, along with the opportunity to decide who goes along with him to the Final Three.

After the Veto Competition, McCrae was crushed, potentially losing his last chance to stay alive in this game.  He said he was going to try to do anything he could to make Andy see that he should bring him along to the Final Three.  Andy and Spencer were in the HoH Room, trying ot figure out whether he should use the Veto or not.  Spencer confessed he would rather have McCrae go on with himself and Andy, leaving GinaMarie to join the Jury.  He felt threatened by GinaMaire because of all of the support she may have on the Jury, so getting her out would be better for his chances to win the game.

McCrae went to Spencer to make his pitch as to why he should go on in the game.  He let Spencer know about GinaMarie’s potential support on the Jury because she sis what so many others were afraid to do: get rid of Amanda.  I agree, this was a major move in the game, and if Spencer doesn’t take McCrae’s point to heart, he could be making a half a million dollar mistake!

McCrae the went on to make his pitch to stay with Andy.  He told Andy that GinaMarie and Spencer have not made that many enemies on the Jury since they haven’t had to get their hands as dirty as he and Andy have.  He also reminded Andy of how dangerous GinaMarie was in the game.  McCrae also told Andy that if it came down to it, he would take Andy with him to the Final Two because he knew he would lose to Andy, but would have a better chance at winning than against GinaMarie or Spencer.

At the Veto Ceremony, Andy chose not to use the PoV on any of the Nominees.    Right after Andy made his decision, the show moved right along to the last Live Vote and Eviction Ceremony of the season.  When given their chance to try and save themselves, McCrae thanked his family and supporters at home, and told GinaMarie not to worry about what was going to happen, as she was the only one allowed to vote.  Spencer told the House Guests to do whatever she wanted.  In the end, GinaMaire decided to stay true to the Exterminators, choosing to Evict McCrae.

As an extra tidbit, before the Live Vote and Eviction Ceremony, Julie Chen informed the viewers that The Exterminators had outed themselves to McCrae.  They replayed this footage for us viewers to see.  In McCrae’s exit interview, he told Julie Chen he wasn’t sure where his relationship with Amanda was going to go after the show ends because life outside of the House is much different than it is within it.

Well, Readers, McCrae will be missed by me.   He was a funny little character.  The one thing I won’t miss is typing his name!  Now with him out of the way, the Final Three House Guests are Andy, GinaMarie and Spencer.  The next episode will show these three battling it out to become the final HoH of the season, guaranteeing their spot in the Final Two, and also getting to choose who they want to sit beside in front of the Jury on Finale Night for the $500 000 prize.  There are only two episodes left, Readers!  Who do you think will make it, and who will be the last member of the Jury?  Come back to my blog and see how it all plays out!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Big Brother 15, Episode #26: Oh, How the Tables Have Turned, Again!

Hey Readers!

With the Jury Members and the remaining House Guests all competing for the HoH, the future of the BB House is really up in the air!  Will Helen have a comeback, crushing 3 AM, or will another Jury Member be able to come back into the House to try and finish what they started at the beginning of the summer?  Read on and you’ll find out!

The Off the Wall Competition continued in this episode, with McCrae and Spencer being the first two casualties of the game.  Andy and Jessie quickly followed them.  Helen was trying to hang on in order to beat Amanda, but she, too, fell off the wall, followed by Candice, wishing Judd, the returning Jury Member, good luck in the BB House.

As the mini platforms began to move quicker beneath the feet of the remaining competitors’ feet, Judd fell off, losing his chance at being HoH this week.  Everyone else (Elissa, Amanda and GinaMarie) were hanging on for dear life.  After tapping into her Reilly Power Ring for extra power, Elissa pulled off some really spectacular saves to catch 10 baseballs first, making her this week’s HoH!  Oh, Readers, it was amazing!  My oldest and I were at the edge of our seats!  We were also watching some major boot shaking from many of the other House Guests.

Elissa confessed that she wanted Amanda and McCrae on the block to make up for splitting up the Mom Squad the week before.  She was also curious as to why Judd didn’t want to give her hug wen he left the House a few weeks ago.  Judd told her about how he wasn’t happy with how he had left the House at Helen’s bidding.  Judd went on to say that this unpleasantness was water under the bridge, and that he wanted to return to the game with a new slate.

Amanda, curious as to where Elissa’s head was at, went to her and asked if she and McCrae were safe this week.  Since Amanda is Elissa’s main target this week, Elissa said that the two of them being on the block together was a possibility.  ELissa also said Aaryn was a probable pick.  Amanda tried to change Elissa’s mind by throwing GinaMarie in the line of fire, if she was going after Aaryn.  Amanda left the room, even more worried and upset over not getting her way.

After relaying the information to McCrae, Amanda got McCrae to go to Elissa, since he was able to persuade many other HoHs to do 3 AM’s bidding.  McCrae also started throwing GinaMarie’s name around as a possible candidate for Eviction.  Elissa simply told McCrae that this was her HoH week, so she would be deciding who was going up on block.  McCrae tried every way possible to get Elissa off of the Idea of Amanda and himself being on the block, but Elissa stonewalled McCrae at every turn.  Amanda, after hearing about McCrae’s negative progress with Elissa, went back to Elissa, in fear of not being able to control this week’s nominations, crying and pleading to not to have the two of them on the block together, but no dice, Readers!  Elissa wouldn’t budge for them!

Aaryn, also worried about Nominations this week, was so preoccupied in her thoughts about being on the block that she took a swig of nail polish remover instead of her water from her water bottle!  Spencer and Andy witnessed what happened, and they knew why she did such a crazy thing.

Elissa was sharing her thoughts with Judd on how she would like for this week.  She wanted to see either Amanda or Aaryn go to the Jury House this week.  Judd pledged his full support for Elissa’s plans, and wanted to befriend Elissa.  She reciprocated Judd’s sentiments, so much so that they agreed to create an alliance between themselves.  I wonder what they will name their alliance?

Aaryn went to Elissa to try and sway Elissa not to put her up on the block.  Aaryn was trying to make Elissa fall for her line of BS by proposing fake promises, and fake deals.  Just as Aaryn had done to her the week before, Elissa listened with deaf ears.

At the Nomination Ceremony, Elissa’s choices for Eviction were revealed: Aaryn and McCrae.  Elissa said she nominated McCrae because he was a strong player, and she hoped he would win the Veto to get himself off the block.  Elissa nominated Aaryn to show her how Elissa felt when Aaryn targeted her last week, and because Aaryn as been making Elissa’s life in the BB House miserable since Week #1.  Elissa, please tell us how you really feel.

Oh, Readers, I smell a back-door situation being set-up by Elissa here to get rid of Amanda!  The only way this won’t work is if McCrae or any other competitor wins the PoV and doesn’t use it at all.  This way, the nominations stay the same, and Amanda is safe for the week.  Amanda wouldn’t care if Aaryn is directly in the line of fire.  She was just using Aaryn to lock her HoH noms last week.  3 AM was doomed to fail from its inception.  Will Elissa’s plan work?  Will McCrae save himself or sacrifice himself for Amanda?  How will the PoV change the game this week?  Oh, before I forget, in my next post, the House Guests will be getting a visit from another seasonal visitor!  Come back to my blog to check up on this season of BB 15 to see who it is!

Before I go, I do ave to give a humongous thank you to fellow WordPress blogger, Notes from a Southern Kitchen for showing so much support to my blog, and to my eldest child, for giving me a HUGE assist on this episode’s post!  It really means a lot to me.

Until my nest post, Readers!

Reese.

Big Brother 15, Episode #23 – 25: The Writing’s on the Wall

Hello Readers!

I have to apologize for my lack of BB 15 posts, Readers.  The past few weeks have been filled with so many events that I’ve become behind on my BB 15 posts.   To save on time, I will condense this past week of BB 15 for you into one post.  This week of BB15 was so hard to watch.  There was only one real focus: Helen.  I kept smacking my hand against my forehead, asking Helen via my TV why can’t you see what’s happening? What happened to make me almost bruise my forehead in frustration?  Read on and you’ll see.

Episode #23

After winning her fourth HoH competition, Aaryn confessed she felt honoured to have accomplished this feat, but she was also worried she would be made to do someone else’s dirty work, getting blood on her hands.

Amanda was still complaining about not being able to win any competition she played in so far this season, even when McCrae threw the last challenge to make Amanda happy. McCrae made the mistake of telling Amanda he wasn’t going to throw any more competitions for Amanda to win because he wanted to try and hold onto the power in this game as much as possible. This information angered Amanda for two reasons: Amanda wanted McCrae to be able to show trust in the others un their alliance (Aaryn and Andy); and she wanted McCrae to help her win something so she didn’t look like a looser. Amanda then stormed out of the Have-Not Room to have her baby hissy-fit in the Storage Room.

Amanda and McCrae  spoke with Aaryn in her HoH Room about nominations.  Aaryn wanted to nominate Elissa and Spencer, but the happy couple wanted someone else to take Spencer’s place on the block: Helen.  They wanted Helen to think Elissa was the target, to not to win the Veto, and not see what was going to happen until it was too late.  Aaryn, on board with this plan gave everyone in their alliance, 3 AM a codename.  Amanda was the Mastermind for obvious reasons.  Andy was the Agent because he brought information back to the group no one else would.  Aaryn was the Beast because she was good at winning competitions.  McCrae was called the Enforcer because he was able to convince people to do what he wanted.

Helen was sad because Elissa didn’t think she wanted to be in the game anymore if she ended up being evicted this week.  Elissa told her she wouldn’t be part of the Jury, and would go home instead.  Helen made the big mistake of telling this to the 3 AM alliance while sobbing.  They were all trying to convince Helen anymore in order to turn Helen against her.  3 AM were all secretly laughing at Helen, as Helen was the actual target, and Helen should have been worried about herself, and not Elissa.

After a lot of harping from Helen, as she was under the impression that Elissa was this week’s target, Elissa went to Aaryn to see if she could change her mind about putting her on the block.  After a bunch of babbling on about her yoga mat issues, Aaryn was more convinced than ever to put Elissa in harm’s way.

Have/Have-Not Competition: The Black Box

Team Orange (Spencer, McCrae, Andy and Aaryn) and Team Green (Amanda, GinaMarie, Helen and Elissa) had to go as a team into a pitch black room created in the BB Backyard and find a key amongst some crazy vasts of objects and a slimy floor.  They then had to race outside and unlock the buzzer to stop the timer that was keeping how long it took them to complete the task.  The team that did this in the longest amount of time were Have-Nots for the week.  Team Orange blazed through the competition, making Team Green the Have-Nots for the week.

Nomination Ceremony

At the Nomination Ceremony, it was no surprise who Aaryn put up for Eviction this week.  Yep, Helen and Elissa were on the block against each other.  3 AM wanted the Mom Squad to forget about their alliance and to start fighting against each other.

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Helen, still wearing her rose-tinted glasses, thought her Final Three deal with Andy and McCrae was still intact.  What about the Mom Squad?  Where was Elissa in your plans, Helen?  Even though Helen wasn’t thinking of Elissa in her future plans, she wanted to help Elissa get through this week by advising her about keeping her behaviour, especially where Aaryn is concerned, in check.

Elissa interrupted Amanda and McCrae’s make-out session to ask about the nominations.  Since Amanda’s fun time was cut short, she felt like messing with the Mom Squad by pitting Elissa against Helen.  Luckily, Elissa didn’t fall for Amanda’s fake words of advice.

Veto Player Selection Meeting

These were the players competing in this week’s Veto competition:

Aaryn (HoH), Helen (Nominee), Elissa (Nominee), Spencer, GinaMarie and Andy ( their names were drawn out of a hat; Andy was Elissa’s choice).

Power of Veto Competition – OTEV

This season’s OTEV was a heart-broken beaver who had written love letters to certain evicted House Guests, but had lost them.  In each round, OTEV would give clues as to which letter he wanted the players to find in a forestry-bog-like setting in the BB Backyard.  The last player back to OTEV, either because they could not find a letter, empty-handed because the letters were found, or they found the wrong letter, was eliminated.  The winner would then receive the Veto.  Elissa must have put on her Reilly Ring of Power for this competition, because she was diving under water, and tackling people out of her way in order to win the PoV this week.  It was like seeing Rachel in the game, only the nicer version.  Readers, it was pretty awesome!

Elissa went to Amanda about putting their beef aside to work together and get Spencer out of the House.  Amanda told her this wasn’t going to happen, because Elissa was never the target, but that it was actually Helen.  Elissa went back to Helen, trying to relay this information to her without it actually coming out of her mouth.  Helen somehow deciphered Elissa’s message, took off her blinders to what was happening in the House against her,  and started to rally the troops (Spencer, Andy and GinaMarie) to take Amanda down.

Veto Ceremony

It was no shock to the House that Elissa used the PoV to take herself off the block.  It also was no shock, to me, that Aaryn put Spencer on the block, then blaming the power ruling the House for pushing her into a corner to do so, or else she’d be going home next week.  Boo-hoo, Aaryn!

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Helen was putting the pressure to the House Guests to start fighting against Amanda.  She was trying to paint Amanda as a bully (not much paint job was needed, Helen), so that the House would want to keep Helen in the House to defend them from this “bad” person.  She was absolutely sure that her Final Three alliance was fake when she was rejected by Andy and McCrae to change their vote this week to Amanda.

Amanda heard how Helen was portraying her, and she asked McCrae, Andy and Spencer if this was how the House really saw her.  McCrae didn’t answer her (smart man), but Spencer, bless his honest heart, told her that she was kind of a bully.  Amanda tried to brush off Spencer’s assessment of her by saying Helen was mad because Amanda had beaten her at her own game.

Helen had finally saw that the writing was on the wall when she got the truth out of Andy.  He said he was going to vote for Helen to leave the House this week because it would be better for his game if Helen left now.  Helen warned Andy that if he voted for Helen to leave, there would be more targets placed onto his back.  Andy confessed that if this was true, that he may start to rethink what was really best for his game.

Live Vote and Eviction Ceremony

When given the chance to say their last words, Spencer thanked his family, again, and said he wanted to stay and keep playing.  Helen said hi to her family and friends at home and thanked then for their support.  She also said that this game was her dream, and she would love to continue playing.  The Vote was, once again, predictable, as Helen was the one to leave the BB House.  (The Vote was 4-1 for Helen).

Jury/House Guest HoH Competition – Off the Wall

After Julie Chen spoke with Helen about her impressions of the House, Julie Chen announced to Helen and the other House Guests that the HoH Competition would be played by the Jury (Candice, Judd, Jessie and Helen), as well as the remaining House Guests, to see which Jury Member would return to the House, and which individual, Jury Member or remaining House Guest, would become HoH.  In this game, the players would be standing on a moving platform against a wall while trying to catch 10 baseballs and getting sprayed at by jets of water.  The last Jury Member left in the game would win their chance back into the House and continue playing for the $500 000 prize.  The last person standing, Juror or remaining House Guest, would be HoH for the week.   I’m sorry to say Readers, but the show ended with the beginning of this competition.  It will conclude in the next episode.

Whew!  That was a lot of typing and editing from what I like to share in my BB 15 posts.  I’m just happy I got this one out!  I’m glad I’m getting back into the swing of things, and I’m almost caught up.  My pick of the Jurors to return to the House?  Helen.  You know, to get Amanda out and gain some redemption.  Who do I rooting for to win this HoH Comp?  Elissa, of course!  Why?  Because turnaround is fair play in the Big Brother game, no?  Who really will win this HoH Comp?  Which Jury Member really will reenter the House?   How will all of these outcomes influence the games of the remaining House Guests?  Pop back into my blog for the answers!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Big Brother 15, Episode #20: Now It’s Time to Choose a Side

Hiya Readers!

So Candice and Judd have been made the first two members of this season’s Jury.  Aaryn just finished her second stint as HoH.  The House Guests are still upset over Judd’s departure from the game.  Where is this season’s game going to go from here?  Well, it looks as though the players are going to have to start really choosing who they are going to be placing their trust with for the rest of the season, or be left in the dust, or The Jury, I guess.  For some players in the game, it will be much harder than others to make this decision.  Which of the House Guests have this problem?  Read on and find out!

The show decided to fill in the blanks from the Double Eviction Night of the last episode.  They started off with the Candice-GinaMarie verbal cat-fight.  GinaMarie went too far, saying that even Candice’s mom didn’t like her.  Why is this bad?  Well, if you didn’t read Candice’s bio, she was adopted, so GinaMarie, feeling petty, thought putting in that cheap shot gave her the upper-hand in their argument.  Aaryn didn’t like GinaMarie’s actions with this cat-fight, as she said they were reflecting poorly on her since they were friends.  Uh, did we forget your past actions, Aaryn?  You know, your horrible comments about other House Guests, or you flipping Candice’s bed because you didn’t like her?  Didnt they reflect poorly on GinaMarie?  Was GinaMarie whining about these things?  No, she had your back!  You are right about these actions hurting your game as well as GinaMarie’s, but why is it that you can’t won up to your own actions?  Again, it might be because you haven’t experienced real life yet, or no one has put you in your place about what comes out of your mouth!  When that day comes, hopefully, you will learn from it.

After Candice left the House, GinaMarie was apologizing to the House for the cat-fight.  Aaryn confessed in the Diary Room that she would like to put GinaMarie up for Eviction, but she couldn’t because she GinaMarie was her girl, and it would look bad if she was going to put up her best friend in the House.  After Aaryn nominated  Jessie and Spencer, then won the PoV, Aaryn got advice from Helen, telling her to backdoor Judd.  Along with Amanda Andy, Helen told Aaryn that Judd was a dangerous player, and that he was lying to everyone to keep his social game up.  Helen said they should take this opportunity to get rid of him now, so he won’t stay and win the game.  Helen continued, telling Aaryn that she shouldn’t waste a Double Eviction Night on Jessie when you can go after a big fish like Judd who has a good social game.  Helen does have a point.  These types of nights are for getting the big fish out.  Maybe Aaryn should have gone after Amanda, or Helen, not Judd.  You could go after Judd anytime.  Helen even said she would get the House together (you know, using the clout she said she didn’t have) to gain support for this plan.  I must say, Helen is putting her skills as a Political Consultant to good use in this game!  She’s pulling the strings of those that hold the power in this game.  Hopefully, that won’t bit her in the butt if she makes it to the end of the game.

Judd got wind of what was going on after the PoV Competition, and he was trying to stop this from happening.  He told members of the House and the second Live Vote and Eviction Ceremony to not believe what was being said about him, and to keep him in the game since he’s been so loyal to so many people.  If you read my last post on Episode #19, you would have seen that this speech fell on sad and deaf ears, as Judd was the one to leave the BB House.  This also answered my questions as to why Amanda and McCrae were sad and hugging each other, and why Judd didn’t want hugs from Helen or Elissa when he was leaving the game.  While the rest of the House was mourning Judd’s picture turning gray on the wall, Helen was trying to make the House forget about Judd.  She told Aaryn that it was the right move to make, and she was just like Janelle for making a move like this, and that she was going to win the game for it.  Oh, Helen!  Telling the House anything they wanted to hear to take away any guilt they felt over Judd leaving so they wouldn’t go after her.  Again, a good move since not many of the players left in the game are playing on a strategic level.

The House Guests then played the next HoH Competition where the BB Backyard was transformed in the BB Diner.  It was another tourney-styled competition where the House Guests were paired off and had to compete in head-to-head rounds.  The first player to place their cherry on the top of their sundae won and continued in the tourney until there was only one person standing.  This person would be the HoH.  Here is ta break-down of what happened in this competition:

Round #1

Helen vs Jessie – Jessie won    Andy vs GinaMarie – Andy won

Amanda vs Spencer – Amanda won   Elissa vs McCrae – McCrae won

Final Four

Jessie vs Andy – Andy won     Amanda vs McCrae – McCrae won

Championship Round

Andy vs McCrae – Andy won HoH!

Andy also has to pick four House Guests to be the Have-Nots for the week.  Aaryn, Jessie, GinaMarie and Helen volunteered for this honour.  Wow!  They must all think they’re safe this week if they’re volunteering to be Have-Nots!

Backtracking for a second, Amanda was whining after McCrae beat her during the HoH Competition.  She was truly upset because McCrae didn’t let her win their match-up.  Really, Amanda!  If you are in such control of the game, does it really matter whether you are HoH or not?  She was carrying on about this to McCare after the competition was over, saying she sucks at everything, and that she just wanted to be HoH, but she wasn’t upset at him.  Helen, continuing her campaign of good will (for herself), went to comfort Amanda with Elissa, telling her that the reason they were still in the game was because of Amanda’s game-play.  When Amanda and McCrae were alone again, McCrae made her see that Andy being HoH this week may have put them in the best place possible.  This was because Andy was part of their Final Four alliance, and he would be doing their dirty work, so their hands would be clean, both of them would not be nominated this week, and both of them still had a crack at HoH next week.

Helen and Andy were talking in Andy’s HoH Room (which they didn’t show this week, probably due to time constraints) about who to nominate this week.  They were both on board for Jessie leaving, but they were divided about who the other nominee should be.  Helen wanted Amanda gone because she was the other big fish the House.  Andy was trying to change Helen’s mind about Amanda, saying that she was trustworthy.  Helen wanted to separate Helen and McCrae, and they would lose the opportunity to do so if they didn’t strike now.  Andy felt stuck between the two heavyweights of the game, but he had to ultimately choose a side that would ultimately get him as far as he could to the  $500 000 prize.

Andy’s choice in nominees will make his choice in which side of the House he was truly on for the remainder of the game.  At the Nomination Ceremony, it was crystal clear where Andy’s loyalties lay.  He chose Jessie and Spencer as this week’s nominees.  Andy was on Amanda’s side of the House.

A line in the sand has been truly been drawn in the House between Amanda and Helen.  People will be scrambling on to one side or the other.  Which side am I cheering for?  As much as I want the Mom Squad to come out victorious in BB 15, I’m not sure they have much steam left in the game unless they make a huge move with the next few weeks to thin out some of Amanda’s allies in the House like Amanda as done to Helen.  Helen has to watch her back, and her actions, if she wants to make a bit longer in the game, or else she really will be the next big target.  Will Jessie or Spencer win the PoV to take themselves off the block?  Will Helen try to get Amanda out of the House if the PoV is used?  Will Amanda start gunning for Helen?  Hopefully, all of these questions will be answered in the next BB 15 episode.  Come back to by blog to find out!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese!

Big Brother 15, Episode #19: It’s a 2-for-1 Special!

Hey Readers!

It’s Double Eviction Night!  It’s a night on BB 15 when 2 people leave the BB House on the same night, as well as a whole week of competitions (except the Have-Not competition) are played.  These nights are so much fun to watch because the House Guests become even more, and if there’s no room for error, either.  You can really see where a player’s allegiance lies, too, as there is no real time to plan a strategy, or to try and recover from saying or doing something stupid.  It’s do or die time, and, well, someone’s gotta go!  Who were the two unlucky characters to get the boot out of the BB House?  Continue reading below and find out!

After welcoming the audience to the Double Eviction Night, Julie Chen announced that, from this point on, the House Guests that are evicted from the game will become part of The Jury who selects who will ultimately win BB 15!  Yeah, I know, 9 jury members!   Usually there are 7, but since this season started so early, I guess the producers figured they’d add 2 more members!

Now, getting to the show itself…Amanda figured she’d better start playing nice in order to save her butt from Eviction.  She went to Jessie to “reason” with her about their fight a few days ago.  Amanda even said she would support Jessie to the end of the game!  Can you smell the desperation Amanda must have been feeling in order to say that to get Jessie to change her mind?

Amanda then spoke to her secret alliance of McCrae, Judd and Andy about trusting each until the end of the game.  In the Diary Room, she confessed she didn’t truly trust Judd.  To her, he had been acting a bit shady, and this didn’t sit well with her.

Candice, Elissa and Jessie were trying to figure out ways to save Candice from Eviction.  They thought the only way to get this done would be to switch the Vote to Amanda.  Jessie went to talk to Helen to see if she could use her sway to accomplish this task.  Helen said she would need to have all of her allies on board in order to do this.

Jessie then went to her buddy, Judd, and asked if he would vote Amanda out as well.  Judd confessed in the Diary Room that if he went along with this plan, it would completely change the outcome of the game.

Helen went to her confidant, Andy with this plan.  Oh, Helen, if you only knew how close Andy was to Amanda, and that Andy squeals EVERYTHING e hears around the House to her.  Andy confessed in the Diary Room that if he did this, he would lose one of is biggest allies in the game, and that this plan may not be the best one for his game.

Candice was doing everything she could to stay.  She went back to Helen to see if there was anything she could  to change the Vote.  Candice told Helen that the House was crazy to want Amanda to stay because she’ll win if she doesn’t leave soon, and that she knew Helen had enough clout around the House to make things happen.  Helen’s weak defense was that Amanda hasn’t done anything against her.  Candice warned her it was only a matter of time until Amanda did.  Helen confessed in the Diary Room that if Amanda was to leave the House that the next big target would be her.

The show then went back to Julie Chen and the live studio audience.  Julie Chen spoke to the House Guests and told them she had good and bad news for them.  The good news was that the Jury would begin that night with the next evicted House Guest.  The bad news was that it was also a Double Eviction Night, and just because you’re on the Jury doesn’t mean you’re out of the game.

It was then time for the first Live Vote and Eviction Ceremony of the show.  Wen it was time for the nominees’ final words, Candice used her time to cuss GinaMarie out, making Julie Chen have to yell at them to stop.  Spencer thanked his family and the House Guests for the summer.  Amanda greeted her family, and said she was giving the same speech as last week.  There is no need to break down the Vote for this Eviction.  It was an unanimous decision:  Candice was evicted from the BB House, and was the first member of The Jury.

After Julie Chen spoke with Candice, it was time to start off the next week of BB 15 in one night.  Summer School was the name of the HoH Competition.  It would suck to be the HoH on a Double Eviction Night because you only hold this had position for about 40 minutes, yet you are ineligible to compete in the next HoH Competition.  You have no real time to strategize about who to nominate, and you put a large target on your back.  In this competition, the players, except GinaMaire, had to answer questions about items and events within the BB House.  They had to say whether it was more or less than what Julie Chen asked.  After just 4 rounds of play, Aaryn came out as the winner and the HoH!

Aaryn had so many voices in her ear, trying to tell her who she should nominate for Eviction.  When it was time for Aaryn to give her nominees for Eviction, Julie Chen told the House that the MVP twist was now over, so from this point on, there would be only two nominees for Eviction each week.  The House seemed relieved at this news, since they didn’t know for sure who it was for the last two weeks.  Aaryn then told the House that she chose Spencer and Jessie for Eviction.

The show then went to the PoV Competition called Nailed It!  The players (Amanda, Judd, Andy, Aaryn , Spencer and Jessie) had to find  6 different sized nails that fit into certain holes on a Veto board.  Once they found all of them and hit their buzzer, and they were put into the right holes, they would win the PoV.  If the nails were in the wrong holes and they used the buzzer, they would be eliminated from the competition. It didn’t take Aaryn too long to complete this game, winning the PoV, holding all of the power to decide who stays or goes on the block.

Before the PoV Ceremony, Aaryn was pulled aside by Helen, giving her more advise.  Yeah, Helen, you really don’t have any clout around the House.  The cameras also showed Amanda and McCrae holding each other and crying.  Was one of them going to be back-doored? Aaryn put my suspicions to rest by revealing what she was going to do with the Power of Veto.  She vetoed Jessie’s nomination, and replaced her with Judd!  She told him if she didn’t do this, she would be evicted next week.  How gracious of you, Aaryn!  You can never take any responsibility for your own actions in the House, can you?  Judd?  He was a pal of hers, as well as the rest of the House.

It was quickly time for the second Live Vote and Eviction Ceremony of the night.  Spencer thanked the House Guests, again, for the summer, and that he wanted to stay and play.  Judd told the House he loved all of them, and pleaded with them to keep him in the game.  He also said what was being said about him was wrong, and to change their minds about their vote.  It was another unanimous decision.  Judd was sent packing out of the BB House.  It was the first time this season I saw just about the whole House sad about someone leaving the game.  I say just about because Helen and Elissa were the only ones for really upset, and Judd didn’t want them to hug him.  Whoa, that’s huge, since Judd was such a nice guy.  I liked him, he was so real with the House Guests.

Well, Readers, this wraps up Double Eviction Night!  It was a crazy one, though.  I loved the Candice-GinaMarie verbal cat-fight!  I can’t wait for Gina-Marie to leave the House.  The best part about Double Eviction Nights is that , unless it’s apparent who the power players are, you never know for sure who will be the second person evicted.  Tonight was one of these nights.  Judd’s quick dismissal from the House left me with a lot of unanswered questions.  Why would Helen go after Judd?  What will happen to the House now that Judd’s gone?  Will new battle lines be drawn because Judd is gone?  We’ll find all of this out when you return to my blog for the next BB 15 episode wrap-up!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.