Survivor: Philippines, Season #25 Finale – Sometimes Scrapping It Out Does Pay Off!

Hey Readers!

It’s another Finale Night on Survivor: Philippines.  I have been anxiously awaiting the end of this season because I am surprised about who the Final Four Castaway are.  After her breakdown, Lisa has pulled it together and not many people knew she was Blair from The Facts of Life.  Skulpin, targeted because he was one of the three returning players, managed (with some help and some Challenge wins) to skirt through Tribal Councils to make it this far.  Malcolm, besides the fact that he was one of the most dominating people throughout this season, had to still manouever his way out of some sticky spots to get to this point.  Last, but certainly not least, Denise used her social capabilities to scrap her way through three tribes without being voted out to have the chance to be so close to the end of the game.  What will Jeff Probst have in store for the remaining Castaways? Let’s dive right in to see who will be one million dollars richer!

After getting rid of Abi during the last Tribal Council, the rest of the tribe celebrated her exit.  Once that was taken care of, the real work of solidifying a Final Three deal had begun. Everyone was scrambling, talking about what deals they had with other Castaways for the end of the game, as well as their chances were of winning.

The Castaways received Tree Mail. It contained a clue as to what their final Immunity Challenge would entail. Denise was worried about her chances of making through the final Tribal Council because she is now the outcast out of those players remaining in the game.

At the final Reward Challenge, the Castaways had to race through an obstacle course to retrieve three bags of puzzle pieces. The first to complete the puzzle won a HUGE advantage in the final Immunity Challenge. Once, again, it was a close match between Malcolm and Denise, but, as usual, Malcolm came out the victor!

It was more shop talk once everyone got back to Dangrayne. Lisa and Denise were especially talking about how dangerous it would be to keep Malcolm as one of the Final Three, and, if he doesn’t win the final Immunity Challenge, that it should be him that gets voted out. Lisa later admitted she was happy Denise would be willing to cut Malcolm loose, knowing that the alliance between Denise and Malcolm may be over. Denise was scrapping away, trying to work her magic on Skulpin as well, hoping to change his mind as well. Lisa and Skulpin were unsure who to take with them because of the options that laid in front of them.

More Tree Mail was sent to the Dangrayne tribe. It told them that they were going on the Fallen Comrades Walk before the final Immunity Challenge. This is where the final contestants follow a path with the posts which once held the fire of the Castaways who had been voted out, or had to leave the game because of illness or injury. The gang reminisced about each person, then burnt these posts at a bonfire set up for them at the end of the Walk.

At the final Immunity Challenge, the players had to balance a ball on a piece of wood that had a groove carved into it. After five minute intervals, the Castaways had to then attach more pieces to each side to lengthen their pieces of wood, making it harder to balance the ball at the center. The last player to have their ball on their piece of wood would win the last Immunity Challenge, guaranteeing their spot in the Final Three. The advantage that Malcolm won was if he dropped his ball at any point during the Challenge, he would be able to have a second chance and continue at the round where he had dropped the ball.

Everyone did well until the Round Two. Malcolm, the king of Immunity Challenges was the first to drop his ball. A few moments later, Malcolm dropped the ball again! Yeah, it was a shocker! Everyone was surprised, and Malcolm was devastated. After a few more rounds, Skulpin came out the big winner. He was the only one with a smile on his face as the tribe left Jeff Probst to figure out who would be the last Castaway voted out of the game.

Both Malcolm and Denise were working hard to make their case to Lisa and Skulpin as to why they should be taken to the Final Three. Lisa and Skulpin were split on their decision. Skulpin wanted to take the best to the end, but Lisa wanted to bring those who she thought she could beat in front of the Jury.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst and the Castaways spoke about the importance of the strength of an alliance. Denise and Malcolm knew they had to break their alliance at some point, and Lisa and Skulpin always wanted to stick together. They also spoke about whether the players were basing their vote on favours or strategy. Skulpin was partial to the favour Malcolm did for him when Malcolm allowed for Skulpin’s relative to join them at their camp. Lisa was partial to the strategy by getting rid of the best in order to win.

It was then time for the vote. After each Castaway made their decision, Jeff Probst counted the votes and announced that Malcolm would be the last Castaway voted out of the game, joining the other Jury members to hear the pleas of the Final Three.

The Final Three celebrated their last day in The Philippines with a super deluxe breakfast left for.them at Tree Mail. They then secretly confessed why they deserved to win the million.

At the final Tribal Council, the Final Three were on pins and needles, worried about who the Jury was going to vote for to win Survivor.. Denise explained how she had to use her social skills to make it through each tribe she was a part of in order to make it this far in the game. Lisa told the Jury she had to adjust to different situations and trust her gut to make it to the end. Skulpin explained to the Jury the reason why he deserved to win the game because he was the only remaining returning player left when he was constantly being targeted throughout the game because this was his second time playing the game.

Not surprisingly, the Jury was bitter towards the Final Three. Jonathan was particularly vocal in his address to the Final Three. He even revealed Lisa’s past fame to the Jury. No one really looked as though they cared, though. Most of the rest of the Jury yelled and belittled the last Castaways in the game. Even though they envied the Final Three, each member cast their vote as to who they wanted to win.

Jeff Probst then took the votes and the locale changed from their Tribal Council hut in The Philippines to the CBS Studios in Los Angles. He reveled one vote that was cast for each of the Final Three members before showing the rest of the Jury had chosen the Survivor: Philippines winner was…..Denise! I was so happy for her. Out of the last three players in the game, Denise did have to work the hardest to stay in the game, having to rely on her social skills to scrap her way throughout the game.

It’s the end of another season of Survivor, Readers! What still boggles my mind is how some people competing on these reality shows don’t get that players will lie and betray other players in order to win. If they are aware that players will do this to win, why are they surprised when these actions cause for them to leave the game? Maybe it is because they thought they would be able to see through the lies, yet they were not able to do so. The next season will be another Fan vs Favourites season. I can’t wait to see who the fans have voted to bring back to the game. Maybe it will be a showdown between Malcolm and Ozzy? I hope so!

To bid your time between now and the next season of Survivor, you should check out my other posts, stay tuned for my future posts on other subjects or the premiere of the next Survivor season, and look at my Facebook page to see extra things I post if you want to see some of the other things I’m interested in or like doing.

I cannot say this enough: thank you for showing your support by checking in and reading my posts. It really means a lot to me.

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor: Philippines, Episode #13 – You Are Not the Mastermind You Think You Are!

Hey Readers!

The Survivor: Philippines Finale is fast approaching!  One more episode will determine who will be named the Sole Survivor for this season.  At the end of the last episode, Abi was able to slither through another Tribal Council by telling her tribe mates she had found the other Immunity Idol, and that she would use it to save herself.  When the time came for her to use it at Tribal Council, she didn’t pull it out, making the other Castaways even more upset with her. This caused Carter’s Survivor experience to come to a close.  Will Abi’s “clever” rouse carry her through yet another Tribal Council, or will the other Castaways see through her deception and vote her out of the game? Read on and you will see!

After Tribal Council, Abi was not sure if the rest of Dangrayne still belived she had an Immunity Idol. Malcolm was worried about his chances of making it to the Final Three because of Lisa’s comments about wanting to go to the end with people she felt she could beat. He felt he would be able to win more of the Jury’s votes over Lisa, so he was just hoping she would stick to her word and follow the plan.

Abi made an excuse for herself in order to look the Idol she supposedly had in her possession. She also realized she had to destroy the alliance between Malcolm and Denise if she had a shot at reaching the end because of how dangerous the two of them were together for anyone else in the tribe.

Even though she didn’t believe what Abi was telling her, Lisa was still comptemplating whether she should take Abi to the end of the game, or to stay true to her alliance.

At the Rewards Challenge, the Castaways had to grab two bundles of rings after going through an obsticle course. They then had to toss the rings onto separate posts. The winner would win a helicopter ride to a boat waiting for them with pizza and pop and whale watching. Malcolm screwed up, allowing Skupin to have a huge lead. Not surprisingly, Malcolm made up a lot of time, and was going head-to-head with Skupin. It was not enough, though, as Skupin landed the last ring on the post, guaranteeing his Reward Challenge win. He then chose to bring Malcolm and Lisa along to enjoy his victory, leaving Denise to have to deal with a very upset Abi by herself at camp.

The next morning, Denise woke up in a lot of pain, finding strange bite marks on her neck. She was worried about it affecting her ability at the Immunity Challenge. While the rest of the tribe was praying for her recovery, Abi was hoping this “setback” would get the rest of the tribe to vote her out, making Abi’s road to the end of the game all that much easier.

For the Immunity Challenge, the contestants had to use planks to assist them across a rope bridge, then they had to assemble a puzzle maze and guide a ball through it in order to win Immunity. Malcolm fell off the bridge early in the Challenge, putting him at the back of the pack. Denise had the lead, putting the pieces of her puzzle together quickly, but out of the blue, Malcolm came from behind, got his ball through the maze, and won Immunity.

A devestated Abi was still trying to convince Lisa and Skulpin to break their alliance and take her to the Final Three. Skulpin and Lisa were considering all of their options, because the wrong choice could result in them not winning the million dollar prize.

Thinking of how to keep her own Survivor life alive, Denise asked her partner in crime, Malcolm, if he was going to give her his Idol to save her from being voted out at Tribal Council. Malcolm told her she didn’t need it becuase of their alliance deal with Lisa and Skulpin. I think Malcolm wanted to hold all of the power when they were at Tribal Council, and if Denise got voted out, it would be one less strong person to beat in front of the Jury.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst and the Castaways talked about Malcolm winning the Immunity Necklace, as well as Abi and her scrambling to break up the Final Four alliance she up against. Abi kept telling her tribe mates to keep her to the end because there was no way anyone would vote for her due to the fact that she was so hated by most of the Jury. She also spoke against keeping Denise because she was a threat where Abi was not one. She warned the rest of the tribe if she was to leave, that Lisa and Skulpin would not win the game.

While Jeff asked Skulpin how he was voting, Abi decided to use her “social skills” to change Skulpin’s mind about his vote by calling him stupid and a moron if he votes her out. Malcolm commented that Abi’s actions could actually be her game plan. Being hated and obnoxious is not as bad as having most of the Jury’s blood on your hands in Survivor..

The votes were tallied up. Surprise, surprise! Abi was voted out of the game (it was a 3-1 vote for her to leave). The “mastermind’s” plan had blown up in her face. Welcome to the Jury, Abi!

Now there are only two Tandang members against two members of Matsing. The intersting part of this Final showdown is that there are two members of a tribe that was dismantled and put on other tribes still battling it out to be the Sole Survivor. If I were Lisa and Skulpin, I would be worried about how this would play out in font of the Jury. To still be the game after being shuffled around from tribe to tribe speaks volumes about one of the most important components of winning Survivor: having a great social game. Denise and Malcolm both have this in spades, and if any of these two make it to the Final Three, Lisa and Skulpin may have just kissed one million dollars goodbye.

I can’t wait for the season finale in order to find out who wins it all! My money is in either Malcolm or Denise to win. Lisa and Skulpin may have make some good moves in the game, but they have also been brought along for most of it as well by those on the Jury. Who do you think will win this season of Survivor? You have to check back in here to find out who is this lucky Castaway!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor: Philippines, Episode #12 – Luck Be a Lady!

Hi Readers!

Oh, what an episode this was! Throughout this season, the people you’d think would have been voted out of the game have either gained Immunity, or were spared as a result of another being sacrificed.If you read my previous post, Abi was lucky enough to have an Immunity Idol to save her butt.  Now she has to fend for herself to stay alive in the game.  Will Luck smile down on Abi again during this episode, or will she be shown the door?  Read on, and you’ll see!

After the last Tribal Council, Abi was in damage control mode, apologizing to everyone, especially Lisa, for her behaviour and her lack of tack.  No one was buying what she was trying to sell.  The Castaways also found a box with five hundred dollars for each person in it.  Survivor fans would know what this means…it’s Survivor Auction time!

Yes, Readers, the Reward Challenge for this episode was this season’s Survivor Auction.  For you Readers who are not familiar with the Auction, this is what happens: Jeff Probst will display a number of prizes for the Castaways to hid on with the five hundred dollars they were given.  Some things were visible (or described), while others were covered.  The Castaways also didn’t know when the Auction would end, nor could they keep any of the money, so they were encouraged to use it when they wanted something. The Castaways bought plates of pancakes, sub sandwiches, and even the opportunity to give up what they were bidding on to trade it for something the tribe could use. The most notable prize to bid on was to gain a huge advantage at the next Immunity Challenge. Abi snatched up that prize, hoping it would help her stay in the game longer.

Back at Dangrayne, Abi began shooting her mouth off, again! Really?! Does she ever learn? Abi has to realize that, regardless of your place in the game, you shouldn’t burn any bridges just in case you need to cross over one of them in the future. Jonathan tried advising her about her bluntness, but Abi brushed him off. Jonathan later admitted that Abi was annoying and obnoxious; he couldn’t wait to get rid of her. Abi also thought her tribe mates would change their tune and want to work with her because they wanted to reap the rewards of whatever advantage she was going to gain.

Abi then separated herself from the rest of her tribe to read what her advantage was for the next Immunity Challenge. Her advantage was that she would be able to go straight to the final round of the Immunity Challenge. There was an extra tidbit in her prize. It was a clue to where the next Immunity Idol was hidden. Abi then went in search of this new Immunity Idol, but with no success. With one “golden ticket” out of her reach for the moment, she had to bank on her advantage at the next Challenge to allow her to win Immunity.

At the Immunity Challenge, Abi read what her advantage was o the rest of her tribe, but made a point not to share the rest, and ceremoniuosly, ripped up the piece of paper it was written on. The other Castaways had to get themselves through a course where they were attached to a rope (this has happened a lot this season) that was tied around a beam for the First Round. The top five went through to compete for Immunity. In Round Two, the contestants were also attached to rope, but had to go through a jungle gym of poles. The top two joined Abi in the Final Round. That Round, the Castaways had to untie knots of rope while climbing through a tower. Most of the tribe had their fingers and toes crossed that Abi would screw this Challenge up. Abi whipped out her four-leaf clover, beating her other competitors and gaining Immunity from the night’s vote.

Back at camp, the rest of the tribe were quaking in their boots about their safety in the game. Malcolm was looking to get rid of Jonathan since he couldn’t do the same to Abi. He relayed his wishes to Lisa, who didn’t like the idea, but agreed to go through with it.

Feeling the guilt of the plan she was about to follow, Lisa, in a stupid move, went straight to Jonathan and let him in on the plan. Jonathan was flabbergasted that he may be on the chopping block, and began to work Lisa to find out whether it was Malcom’s wish to get rid of him. He also asked her why she was following Malcolm’s lead. She explained it was because Jonathan didn’t want to lock down a Final Four deal with her and Skulpin.

With his Survivir life on the line, Jonathan was scrambling to make Denise the new target to be voted out. He told Carter to vote for her, and tried to get Skulpin to change his mind in order to stay. Skulpin had qualms with getting rid of Jonathan, as well as loosing Jury votes, and considered following suit.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst and the Castaways about Abi’s change of luck. The other tribe members were not worried about this change of events. Jonathan then expressed his anger over Lisa and Skulpin possibly voting for him, but he also pleaded with him for some more time in the game. Once all the votes were counted, Jeff Probst annnounced that the next Castaway to be leaving the gqme was indeed Jonathan. Oh, all of his hard work just went down the drain!

Well would you look at that, Readers, the game has been turned on it head once again! Abi was sooooooo lucky that Luck was her side to extend her life in the game. Oh well, Jonathan! Now there is one less schemer in the game for the Casaways to have to worry about. As there are so few players left in the game, who will be one to rid the tribe of Annoying Abi? Will she save herself yet again, or will the rest o the tribe’s dream come true, and she’ll be the next to leave? Read my next Survivor post to find out!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor: Philippines, Episode #11 – From Top Dog to Voted Out.

Hey Readers!

The fortunes of the Castaways are so uncertain this season on Survivor: Philippines.  Just when you think you are on top of the world, someone pulls the rug out from under you, and you find yourself powerless, with Jeff probst snuffing your forch as your time in the game has come to a close.  This happened to one of the Castaways by the end of this episode.  Read on to see which one it was.

Abi and Pete were shell-shocked over what happened at the last Tribal Council. They didn’t expect Lisa and Skupin to side with the Kalabaw Four, blindsiding them and sending Artis home.  Abi, in her forcefull manner let Lisa know how upset she was with her and Skupin for jumping ship, believing that no matter how badly the rest of the Tandang alliance had treated the two of them, that they would remain loyal. Lisa let Abi know that she and Skupin didn’t like the way they were being treated, and they had moved on.

At the Reward Challenge, the Castaways were split into two teams. Each team member had to race to flip their three drum heads before the persn from the other team. Best of five rounds won the Challenge. The winning team would win a spa lunch which included a bath, massage, and lunch on a secluded beach. The two teams were:

Red Yellow
Abi Denise
Carter Lisa
Malcolm Skulpin
Pete Jonathan

It was a nail-bitter, but Skulpin flipped over the wrong drum head during the last round, giving the Red Team the win.

Once all of the winners were sipping on a drink, Malcolm asked not to have any strategy talk during their Reward. The rest of his temporary teammates agreed and soaked up every moment of the pampering they were receiving. Malcolm really wanted no game talk because all of the people he really wanted to work with were back at camp.

Back at camp, the remainder of the Tribe was working when they saw the return of the Reward winners. When asked how the Reward was, everyone said it was good and didn’t embelish. Everyone, except Big-Mouth Abi. She went on and on about what she experienced. Was this the smartest of moves to have made, considering her new spot on the Dangrayne totem pole? Just about everyone ini the Tribe was gunning for her to be the next to leave because of her gruff and aggressive attitude. Abi heard their conversation, and loudly said that she knew she was leaving soon, so it didn’t matter how she acted towards the rest of the Castaways.

Malcolm was keeping his eye on the prize by putting together his Final Four team. He and Denise went to Lisa and Skulpin and to see if they wanted to band together against the rest of the tribe. Lisa and Skulpin wanted to keep their options open until they spoke to Jonathan and Carter. When Lisa brought up the idea of a Final Four to Jonathan, Jonathan tuned her down, saying it was too early to make a move like this. This set off alarm bells with Lisa, and she thought Jonathan had passed up an opportunity. Lisa and Skulpin then went back to Malcolm and Denise, and solidified their Finak Four alliance.

This episode’s Immunity Challenge took place in three rounds. In the first round, the Castaways had to move a buoy through a tangled rope on a post. The top five moved on to Round Two, where they had to move a buoy across a beam. The top three when on to the Final Round, where they had to move a buoy around an obsticle course that stretched from the beach to boats out in the ocean. After all of the courses were done, Carter found himself the winner of the Immunity Challenge.

Back at camp, Abi and Pete saw the predicament they could be in if the two of them didn’t start hustling. They came up with the plan that they would offer the other Castaways an alliance deal and vote Malcolm out by blindsiding him so he wouldn’t use his Immunity Idol. They knew the remainder of the votes would be split between the two of them, and that Pete would go home because Abi would use the Idol they found many moons ago at the old Tandang camp. If they could just get one person to flip their vote to Malcolm, then the two of them would live longer in the game. Well, they planted the seed into the heads of the other Castaways, hoping that it would grow to fruitition later on that evening.

At Tribal Council, Malcolm revelled that he had heard about Abi and Pete’s plan to get rid of him, and he knew he was a threat to other players in the game because of his physical ability around camp and at Challenges, as well as his own Idol in his pocket. Others admitted that Abi and Pete’s plan was tempting because of the reasons Malcolm previous gave.

Pete and Abi also admitted to not like going from a position of power to be at the bottom of the totem poll. Abi also said she regretted how she acted s of late around camp, blaming her lack of a grasp for the English language, as well as her culture, describing it as being harsh and fiesty when she was trying to get something across to people.

Denise, not swayed by Abi’s pleas for understanding, brought up the fact that she wouldn’t want to take someone like Abi (you know, dead weight), to the end with her because she didn’t want to win the game by default. She wanted a stronger player with her at the end. Abi was offended by being deemed dead weight, and didn’t understand why everyone hated her so much.

Before revelling the results of the vote, Jeff Probst asked if anyone wanted to use their Idol to save themselves from being voted out. Abi prompting gave Jeff hers. Once all of Abi’s votes were taken out of the equation, the vote was 3-2 for Pete to say goodbye to his chances at the $1 000 000 Survivor grand prize, and leaving Abi to fend for herself.

Well, Readers, it just goes to show you how important your social game is in Survivor. Pete just had his butt handed to him because he and Abi treated Lisa and Skulpin so horribly. Will Abi be the next to voted out because of her lack of filtering herself, or will she be able to pull it together? Will Malcolm’s Final Four alliance stay true to each other through the next few votes at Tribal Council? These questions and much more will be answered in my next posts on Survivor: Philippines.

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor: Philippines, Episode #10 – Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Hey Readers!

The last eposode was a shocker, wasn’t it?  Well, that happens sometimes when a player makes a big move in the game.  It slapped Lisa in the face big time!  She was already sort of an outcast within the Tandang tribe, but will this move bring her and Skupin closer to their tribe, or will it shatter their alliance within Dangrayne?  Read on, and you’ll see.

After Tribal Council, Jonathan was upset that Jeff was no longer in the game.  He was also mifted that he was out of the loop about the big moves both Lisa and other people were making to get rid of returning players.  He so has to find a way to loose the target on his back.

Jonathan thought he found a way to break apart the Tandang alliance, and it was through their “weakest” links – Lisa and Skulpin.  He figured if he could work over Lisa and Skulpin to ditch the Tandang alliance, he could extend his safety a little longer.  He was able to have a moment with Lisa after they had a heart-to-heart.  Lisa was a little weary about Jonathan’s motives, but was also happy someone was able to understand where she was coming from.  She didn’t receive any of this kind of kindness from most of her alliance.

The Reward Challenge was a messy one! The tribe had to divide themselves into teams of two.  Abi was the lone person out, deeming her uneligible to win the Reward.  Each team had to collect four bags wih three balls out of a mud pit, then go through some obstacles.  Then all members had to get all twelve balls into a narrow hoop with a tube attached to it to collect the balls.  The winning team would get to go on a giving and receiving experience.  They would go to a village with school supplies and toys fir the children, then have a feast and downtime with the villagers.  This was the breakdown of the teams:

Red – Pete, Artis, Lisa and Skupin
Yellow – Jonathan, Denise, Malcolm and Carter.

Jonathan’s idea to find all of the bags for his team may have cost time on his leg of the challenge, but it paid off, allowing for the rest of his team to fly through the course and win Reward.  They went to the village, had fun with the villagers, and even had time to talk strategy.

While the winning team was at their experience, the loosing team was sulking back at camp.  Pete confessed that their alliance had to stay intact in order to go further in this game.  He was worried about this because of how the last Tribal Council played out, as well as how they had treated Lisa and Skulpin throughout their time in the Philippines.

Abi wasn’t helping to solidify their alliance by chewing Lisa out about her performance at the Reward Challenge.  Artis couldn’t stand Abi, saying that she thought she was a know-it-all about this game, and that she should keep her mouth and her emotions in check sometimes.  He knew her behaviour could push Lisa and Skulpin away to the other side.

Artis must have been reading Lisa mind, because she was thinking those same thoughts.  She was torn because she wanted for her and Skulpin to not be constantly stepped on by the rest of their alliance, yet she also didn’t want for her speech on the importance of loyalty to your alliance to come back and haunt her if she were to betray them, either.

At the Immunity Challenge, each of the Castaways had to place and then balance six balls on a ridculously large paddle one at a time. The first to accomplish this would win Individual Immunity. It was a horse race between Skulpin and Pete, but Skulpin came out victorious, saving his bacon from the frying pan.

Back at Dangrayne, the scrambling was rampant. The Kalabaw Four were wringing their hands wondering how to get the numbers to keep Jonathan and have a chance to gain control in the game. Jonathan was continuing to work Lisa to have her and Skulpin jump ship. Lisa and Skulpin were seriously weighing their options as to whether staying with their Tandang alliance or going on to Kalabaw would be in their best interest.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst and the Castaways spoke about how Lisa was treated after their last Tribal Council. They also spoke about their individual safety. The only one that admitted to feeling safe was Skulpin due to the Immuniy necklace hanging around his neck. Abi also belittled Lisa during their discussion, and Lisa, frustrated with Abi’s comments,stated this was an example of how her alliance treated her and how she didn’t like it.

The vote was a close one, Readers! It was between Jonathan and Artis. In the end, Jeff Probst had to douse Artis’ torch, ending his chances at winning Survivor: Philippines.

Well, Readers, it looks like the tables have been turned, again, on Survivor: Philippines.. Maybe the remainder of the Tandang alliance shouldn’t have taken Lisa and Skulpin for granted like they did. It’s too bad that it was Artis who was the casualty and not Abi, you know, who was the one that ultimately caused all of this to happen. What will the fallout be because of Lisa and Skulpin jumping ship? Will Abi have learned her lesson to keep her opinions to herself? Who will win Immunity and who will be the next Castaway to be voted out on Survivor: Philippines? Come back and check out my next Survivor post to find out.

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor: Philippines, Episode #4 – Who Can You Really Trust

Hey Readers!

Are you ready for another episode of Survivor: Philippines.  Last week, Matsing lost another Immunity/Reward Challenge, forcing them to send pagent girl, Angie, off the show. Besides the age struggle, this episode also brought about the question all reality-based game shows ask: Who can you really trust? Some of the Castaways are slowly beginning to realize who these people, and for one Castaway, not having the trust of anyone on their tribe causes their downfall.

Matsing returned from the last Tribal Council cold, depressed and short one person. Wait a minute, doesn’t this sound like a rerun of the past few weeks?  Russell, Malcolm and Denise all believed that what Matsing needs in order to get back on track in this game is to have a few wins under their belts and to make it to the Merge.

Russell also began running his mouth around camp, again.  This annoyed Malcolm, and said the only reason why Russell was still in the game was because he and Denise chose to keep him for his athletic ability or his knowledge or prior Survivor experience.  Russell also became suspicious of Denise and Malcolm over the amount of time they spent talking to each other, and was wondering how much out of the loop he really was within his tribe.

Denise felt as though she could no longer fully trust Russell, either.  She saw Russell looking around their camp and assumed he was looking for the Idol.  Russell then tried covering up his suspicious actions.  Denise brought this information to Malcolm’s attention. They thought Russell had the Idol, and that they may have to smoke it out.

At Tandang, Pete wanted to stir up some chaos between Abi and RC to completely sever the bond that joined them. He saw the clue that he and Abi used to find the Immunity Idol, and put it in RC’s bag to make it look as though RC took it.  Pete’s plan worked.  Abi was furious with RC, and shared her anger with the rest of their tribe. 

At Kalabaw, Jeff and Jonathan were both keeping each other close until one can strike against the other.  Carter, a younger member of the tribe, wanted to start working with Jeff and Jonathan in order to form an all-male alliance to knock off the women when the time comes to do so.  Don’t worry, Readers, the women of Kabalaw thought that the men would try to eliminate them, so they are starting to preparing for whatever the men have in store for them.

At the Immunity/Reward Challenge, each member participating had to carry two pots of rice through various obsticles. Then one member must smash all of these pots with a wrecking ball.  Here is a break-down of the Rewards:
First – Steak, veggies, spices for fabulous celebratory dinner, along with Immunity;
Second – Veggies, spices for an okay dinner, along with Immunity;
Last – As usual, Tribal Council.
Jeff Probst also mentioned that either of the winning tribes were able to trade their Reward in for a tarp to keep them dry at their tribe.

This is how the Challenge turned out:
First – Tandang
Second – Kalabaw
Last – Matsing.
Kalabaw traded their so-so dinner for a much needed tarp.  Out of frustration, Russell freaked out, again, asking God why his tribe always lost Challenges.  Jeff Probst was trying to reason with Russell, but it didn’t work.

After the Challenge, the members of Matsing were depressed over their loss, as well as trying to figure out who they could trust.  They were weighing the pros and cons of why to keep one person over another, and they gave each other the “I will take you” speech.  As you can tell, no one felt safe going to Tribal Council.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst got Matsing to talk about who they thought should stay in the tribe and why.  They also talked about Malcolm loosing the Challenge for Matsing, as well as Russell’s actions after the Challenge.  After falsly flattering each other, the tribe made their decision, making Russell the next casualty of Survivior: Philippines.

I have a feeling that the Castaways are beginning to realize they shouldn’t really trust anyone in the game of Survivor.  The only things that can get them through this game are your initial instincts and a lot of luck.  Russell wasn’t so fortunate to have the use of any of these things this time around, and that’s why he’s no longer in the game.  Well, that, and he had an over inflated sense of himself.  If you want to find out who the next Castaway sent packing will be, come back to my blog to see what happened!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor: Philippines, Episode #3 – The Young vs. Old Power Struggle Continues

Hey Readers!

It’s the third episode of  this season’s Survivor: Philippines, and boy, have the claws come out!  During this show, you are really able to see the Young versus Old power struggle coming through.  In some cases, the whipper snappers have the older players on the run while in other cases, the more seasoned players have the power.   Read on to see why this is so!

Coming back from Tribal Council for the second time, Matsing looked defeated.  Angie was whining about how Roxy had called both her and Malcolm out for potentially being a couple.  She thought that since the tribe voted to keep Angie, that everyone didn’t agree with Roxy, and that they trusted her as much as she trusted them.

Unfortunately for Angie, this was far from the truth.  Russell thought that Angie and Malcolm were a couple, and they needed to be split up.  He was also thinking about moving forward in this game, and knew that Angie, being so young, would not be loyal to him if they all hit the Merge.  Finally, Russell knew he would be the next one gone should they go back to Tribal Council again.  He knew it was crucial to get Denise on his side in order to stay any longer in their tribe.

Adding insult to injury, Matsing woke up the next morning to find that their raft was no longer at their camp. It was swept out to sea because they didn’t tie it up tight enough the night before.

Once they finished complaining about this news, Malcolm and Denise were talking about the future of their tribe. They also knew it would be either Angie or Russell leaving their tribe should they loose the next Immunity Challenge, but they were having a hard time figuring out who to keep.  Denise secretly wanted to keep Russell for his strength and his lack of youth, but also wanted to keep Malcolm on his side, and that may mean keeping Angie around.  Malcolm wanted to keep Angie because he could manipulate her easily.

At Tandang, RC and Abi’s alliance was becoming more bumpy.  Abi had hurt her knee twice at the challenges, and was becoming paranoid about RC seeing her injuries as a liability for their agreement.  RC told her that this was not the case, and that she was indeed being paranoid. Abi took a hissy fit, and stomped away from their argument, leaving RC to then turn to Michael for help and advice.

Abi then turned to Pete to help her find the Idol without consulting RC about it first.  She still didn’t trust RC, and Pete was thrilled to get in on this hunt.  They both didn’t trust RC, and have now become a sub-alliance.

Pete, feeling more powerful with this turn of events, wanted a back-up sub-alliance should this one with Abi falls through.  He turned to friendless Lisa, telling her she would have to be able to vote Michael and then RC out of the tribe.  Lisa, with no real ally in her tribe, agreed to Pete’s terms.

At Kalabaw, the tribe noticed something different about the rice box.  They realized the decoration on the top of this container is gone.  Jeff thought that Jonathan had found the Idol but was keeping his mouth shut about it.  He gave kudos to Jonathan, and was upset with himself for not finding it first.  He also wanted to blindside Jonathan the first chance he got.  He shared these thoughts with other members of his tribe, and they agreed with him.

At the Immunity/Reward Challenge, Jeff Probst informed the tribes of what they had to do to win Immunity and reward.  Members of the tribe had to dive and retrieve puzzle pieces to build a puzzle wheel and spell out a word as quickly as possible.  The tribe that finished first would win a fabulous fishing kit and a canoe along with Immunity.  The second place tribe also would receive Immunity as well as a fishing kit that was not as elaborate as the one won by the first place team.  As usual, the team that lost would be meeting Jeff Probst at Tribal Council and loose a member of their tribe.

Here are the results of this Challenge:

1st – Kalabaw; 2nd – Tandang; and, once again, 3rd – Matsing!

This time, it was Angie and Russell being totally useless at the diving portion of the Challenge that lead to their defeat.

When Kalabaw returned from the Challenge, they were greeted with seeing their new canoe docked on their beach along with their new fishing kit. Jonathan was being leery of Jeff, yet wanted to gain his trust to keep an eye on him.  He then took Jeff aside and let him in on his secret about finding the Idol to gain his trust.  Jeff told Jonathan what he wanted to hear, and that he trusted him..  Jeff had the same the idea as Jonathan, and was waiting for the right moment to get rid of him.

At Tandang, Micheal’s accident streak continued with his new injury: the cuts on his face he received during the Challenge moments ago.  Artis was upset that they did not win first place in this Challenge, and had put some of the blame on Michael because he felt that Michael getting injured during the game cost their precious time and first place.

Abi and Pete started looking for the Idol at their camp while the other members of their tribe went looking for clams with their new fishing kit.  Abi looked at the top of the rice box, saw the design on the top and pried it off to find the Idol.  Pete then ran off to make sure he had Lisa and Artis in his pocket when it came time to vote someone out.

At Matsing, the tribe was wallowing over their third consecutive loss.  Malcolm and Denise were both upset about Angie and Russell’s performances at the Challenge.

Angie was trying to cover for her part of their loss by saying she tried as hard as she could, and never said she was a good swimmer, so they all shouldn’t have taken turns diving.

Russell was at least enough of a man, stepped up, and took some of the blame for his part of their loss.  Russell also trying to figure out why the game was putting up so many road blocks preventing him from winning.  He said that no matter what, he would never give up until he was voted out.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst pretty much had Matsing talk about what quality they would rather have in their tribe: youth or experience.  Both Denise and Malcolm said they wanted someone who could step it up and compete, or else they should go home.

Angie said it wouldn’t be fair if she went home because she never gave up at Challenges, while Russell tooted his own horn, saying that Angie couldn’t compare to him as a competitor.

Denise also said that loyalty was another trait she would like to have in their tribe in order to get to the Merge with the other tribes.

After counting all of the votes, it was clear who Malcolm and Denise wanted to go forward with.  They voted for Russell to stay and for Angie to hit the road.  Angie was not surprised by this decision, and wished Matsing luck for the rest of the season.

So the Young versus Old battle will continue throughout this season.  It looks to be almost even at this point.  We may be able to see which side will come out victorious when the Merge happens.  It would be awesome if both sides could come together and just start picking off weaker players.  These players annoy me with their sense of entitlement.  We’ll see how this, as well as other power struggles work out as the season progresses.

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor: Philippines, Episode #2 – Practice What You Preach!

Hi Readers!

Oh, the things people say and do when they are cold and deprived of the creature comforts of home!  In this episode of Survivor: Philippines, we see how the Castaways are already starting to crack, and how it could ultimately  lead to their exit from Survivor: Philippines.

At Matsing, everyone was dealing with the cold rain at night in their own way.  Most tribe members just curled up in the fetal position and hoped to trap some of their own body heat to sleep.  Not Angie and Malcolm!  They went with the tried and true method of the buddy system.  That would be cuddling with each other to keep warm.  Angie said she was only doing it to stay warm at night.  Malcolm admitted to finding Angie attractive, but he knew that he had to keep his eye on the million dollar prize, and wouldn’t start a relationship with her while on the show.  Roxy saw their situation in a different light.  She believed they were a couple, working together in an alliance to get through the game.  I don’t know, Roxy, I didn’t see it that way.  I just saw it as two attractive people wanting to snuggle on cold and rainy nights.

Roxy then began her mission to break the Cuddle Buddies up due the threat they presented to her in her head.  Roxy went to Russell with her suspicions, and he saw where she was coming from, but he wasn’t swayed to join in on her witch hunt, either.  She continued to go around the rest of their tribe, spreading her accusations and trying to drum up some support for her cause.  Denise was in a secret alliance with Malcolm, and let him know what Roxy was doing.  He knew what kind of damage this information could do to his game, and then let Angie know what was happening.  They decided they shouldn’ t look so comfortable around each other all the time.

I think all of the cold weather was affecting Roxy because she then began to shut down.  She wasn’t doing anything around their camp, and her tribe mates noticed her lack of physical activity.  She was also complaining about how Angie did nothing around the tribe a lot. What Roxy said was true about Angie, but maybe Roxy should practice what she preaches once in a while.  She said she was outside of her comfot zone being in this game.  Russell was trying to get her spirits up, telling her to hang in there, and that while they were out there, Matsing was her family.

At Tandang, the atmosphere was similiar. RC found a clue to an Idol in the rice bucket.  She instantly showed it to her alliance member, Abi, but not to the rest of their crew.  RC said she only trusted Abi in this game, and that she felt closest to her than towards anyone else in this game.  Abi felt differently about their relationship.She thought she couldn’t fully trust RC because she was always running off with Michael.  When Abi confronted RC with questions about what was happening between her and Michael, RC said she regarded Michael as a father figure, and that her alligance would always be to Abi.  Now both ladies are on shaky ground with each other because the trust was not as strong as they thought it was.

Lisa was having a bit of a Roxy moment herself.  She still was not able to shake her intraverted nature to build up her social game amongst her tribe.  The rest of the tribe could see her shutting down and going off by herself a lot of the time.  She explained her behaviour by saying she was used to being alone a lot when she was younger, and she didn’t know how to get past this way of being to become closer to her tribe mates.  The majority of the tribe assumed she was trying to find the Idol on her own.  They did not like the idea of her having this power all to herself.

At Kalabaw, Jonathan was going stir crazy because he had a hunch about the Idol being hidden around their camp.  The rest of the tribe decided to go to a nearby cave and play chess to wait out the rain.  Jonathan gave a lame excuse why he wasn’t going to join them, and began his frantic search once everyone else left.  A few people from Kalabaw realized that they needed their flint to start a fire to keep warm, so they went back to get it.  They saw Jonathan looking around their camp and asked him what he was doing.  Jonathan lied, telling them he lost his glasses and needed them to see.  He remembered a part of the clue telling him the Idol was right under your nose.  There was a big nose on the lid of their container of rice.  Jonathan pried it open when no one was looking, and Ta Da!  There was the Idol!

At the Immunity/Reward Challenge, the Kalabaw and Tandang tribes had to sit one player out since Matsing had five players.  They then put themselves in pairs.  One pair would take a sled and pick up puzzle pieces.  Once all of these were collected, another player would give advice to the second pair of players to help them put their three puzzles together. The tribe that accomlished this the fastest won Immunity from Tribal Council, and a luxury prize of blankets, pillows and a tarp.  The tribe that came in second would also get Immunity as well as a tarp.  The loosing tribe would have to go to Tribal Council and vote out a member of their tribe.

The results of this Challenge were as follows:
Winning Tribe – Tandang
Second Place – Kalabaw
Last Place – Matsing, again.

Jeff Probst asked Russell why he was so upset after their loss.  Russell said it was because he felt that his tribe should have beaten the other two tribes at this Challenge, and that there was too much whining by his tribe mates about what they can’t do.  This was pointed towards Roxy and Angie.  Everyone should either put up or shut and go home.  I agree with him.  All these two ladies did was complain about what they couldn’t do around camp and at Challenges.  I’d want them to go home, too.

Back at Matsing, Russell was still fuming over their loss.  He apologized for his outburst, and was starting to get tired of Roxy and her tendancy of talking the talk, yet not walking the walk.

Roxy was planning on forcing Malcolm and Angie to reveal the status of their relationship, ultimately targeting for Angie to be voted out.  Malcolm got wind of what Roxy was doing and warned Angie of Roxy’s plan.  They talked about how they were going to defend heir actions to the tribe.

Russell and Denise were discussing whether to keep Angie or Roxy.  Russell didn’t like Angie because he thought there was more to her than the “pageant-girl” façade she was showing to the rest of the tribe.  Denise didn’t like Angie being so close to Malcolm, either, but she saw Roxy as a bigger threat because she seemed to have more spirit that Angie did that could give Roxy more strength than she credited towards Angie.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst asked Matsing what changes they would make at camp.  Roxy suggested that they not work as hard around camp before and after Challenges.  Denise disagreed with her, saying that is what would make them a stronger tribe.  Angie thought that cookies would help them be a better tribe.  Cookies.  Both Jeff Probst and I looked at her and repeated “Cookies?” to her at the same time.  The rest of Matsing rolled their eyes at her.  Malcolm tried defending her, but Russell cut him off, saying that this was what was wrong with their tribe.

Jeff Probst then moved on to talk about the importance of relationships between people within a tribe.  Roxy then threw the Angie-Malcolm relationship into the spotlight. Malcolm defended his relationship with Angie by saying there was nothing between them, and that he thought of her as a sister.  Angie looked at him like he was crazy, and Roxy said that their relationship was creepy, and that their relationship was more along the lines of a “booby trap.”  She then warned the rest of the tribe how dangerous these types of relationships can be.  Malcolm and Angie maintained that what they had was strictly platonic.

The tribe voted, and decided that they would be better off without Roxy in it.  See, Readers, this is what happens when you say things, but can’t back them up.  Roxy became too smug, and was focused on others when she should have been trying to gain the trust, or at least the allegiance, of her tribe mates.

Now Matsing is down to four members.  This should be interesting for the next episode.  Maybe Matsing will break their loosing streak, and another tribe will experience Tribal Council.  Will Kalabaw discover that Jonathan has the Idol, or will Jonathan have loose lips and let it slip?  Will Lisa dig deep within herself and become the social player she wants to be?  Come back to my blog to find out!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor: Philippines, Season 25 Premiere – Don’t Try So Hard So Soon!

Hey Readers!

I’m back covering a different reality show!  Since BB 14 has come and gone, it’s time to different reality show.   This time, it’s going to be Survivor: Philippines.  This series is on it’s 25th season this year, and I’m still surprised people are willing to go on this experience.  Some Castaways like to get their bearings in the game, while others like to go all out.  I would advise to hang back a bit, and see what kind of players are in your tribe.

For this season, the show cast two celebrities, Lisa Whelchel (Blair from the show The Facts of Life) and former MLB player, Jeff Kent.  As well, three former Castaways that got injured and had to leave the game early were back for another try at Survivor.  The other members of this cast had no idea these five people would be joining them, and the celebs were mixed in with the new members.  Let’s get to this season’s premiere and see how they approach their situations.

When the cast reach their destination, Survivor host, Jeff Probst, introduced the three returning players that would be joining them this season.  Some Castaways were happy they were there, while others were already plotting against them.  They also learned they would be placed into three tribes this season: Matsing (in blue), Kalabaw (in red), and Tandang (in yellow).  Each one the returning Castaways were put into one of the tribes to even things out.  These Castaways were Russell Swan (Matsing), Jonathan Penner (Kalabaw) and Michael Skupin (Tandang).  Jeff Probst also informed them of the three Immunity Idols hidden at each of the camps.

The Castaways were then instructed to pick a raft and grab as many supplies as they could within sixty seconds and head towards their new homes.  Kalabaw experienced some early set-backs when their raft tipped over, spilling anything they had collected into the ocean.  As well, Jeff Kent’s knee popped while collecting the Kalabaw’s supplies.  Hopefully, this won’t hinder him and his tribe later on down the road.

When the Tribes reached their destinations, some interesting things happened.  On Matsing, returning Castaway, Russell Swan, declared to his tribe mates that there should be no formal leader for their tribe, and that they should work together to make decisions.  Isn’t what he just did something that a leader would do?  Maybe a passive-aggressive one.  The other tribe members caught on to this when they started to put their camp together.  Russell was telling them what to do, and was showing Malcolm how to start a fire.  Russell’s actions were ticking a few people off, putting a target on his back.

Zane took a different approach to getting to know his tribe mates.  He found a topic he could start a conversation with, and tried getting on their good side.  He then proposed that they should form an alliance with each and every person.  Why would you do that?  He even went so far as to tell Russell and Malcolm that he had done so.  They just shook their heads and commented on him trying too hard too early in the game.

Russell wasn’t looking for an Immunity Idol clue, but he found one in their bag of rice.  He tried to carefully conceal it in his pockets until he was away from his tribe mates to read it.  What Russell didn’t know was that Zane saw what Russell did with the clue, destroying any trust he had built with Russell.

On Kalabaw, Jeff’s knee was just the beginning of his troubles.  Dawson recognized who Jeff was, yet she didn’t let anyone else know of this powerful bit of information.  She will let him know what she knew when the time was right for her.

Jonathan was not doing himself any favours by going all out trying to find the Immunity Idol on his own.  The rest of his tribe noticed what he was doing, and were not impressed with his tactics.  They believed they should work more as a unit and less as individuals.  I can relate with both sides in this situation.  Sure, Jonathan had played the game twice before, putting a huge target on his back, and having the security on an an Immunity Idol in his pocket makes sense to me.  I also get that it may not have been the best play for Jonathan to be so brazen about going after the Idol in front of his tribe.  You’re not helping your social game this way, Jonathan!

On Tandang, an alliance was formed quickly between Abi-Maria and RC.  They then pulled in Pete and Michael to have an alliance of four.

Celeb Lisa was trying to fit in with her fellow tribe mates, but was not succeeding as well as she thought she would.  Michael had recognized her, and let her know he knew who she was.  After finding out why she didn’t want the others to know who she was, was he on her side and would not reveal who she was to the rest of the tribe.  She didn’t want her fame to cloud their opinion of who she was today, or for them to think that she was rich.

Michael was also trying to shed his mistakes from his first time on the show.  It wasn’t working at all.  He cut himself a few times while trying too hard to work around camp and be an asset to his tribe.  He even has a huge gash in his foot.  I don’t know, Michael, your stock may be going down in the eyes of your tribe mates!

At the first Immunity/Reward Challenge, Jeff Probst explained what the Castaways had to do.  Each tribe had its members split into three pairs.  One pair had to race and get the oars for a raft that a second pair had to use to row their raft out to a point and retrieve a chest containing puzzle pieces.  The last pair then had to then put the puzzle together in order to win Immunity from Tribal Council and Reward.  The Reward for the wining tribe was a full fishing kit.  The tribe that came in second would also have immunity, as well as flint to start fires easier.  The tribe that came in last would have to go to Tribal Council, loosing one of its members.

Kalabaw came from behind to win the Challenge.  Tandang  was second, leaving Matsing to have to go to Tribal Council.  Russell took a some of the blame for their loss because he took on the leadership role on Matsing, dictating what role each person took on for the Challenge.

Once back at Matsing’s camp, Russell started lecturing the rest of the tribe about the importance of going all out at challenges.  Zane put in his two cents, putting some of the blame for their loss on himself because he knew he didn’t give it his all.  This was part of Zane’s plan to try to gain sympathy with the rest of the tribe so that they wouldn’t send him home.  I’m not sure how this would work in his favour.  When your tribe looses at challenges, people are looking for scapegoats to vote out.  I don’t think it’s a good idea, Zane.  Zane was also telling the rest of the tribe about Russell potentially having an Idol, setting up a blindside if he didn’t.

Russell continued his “non leadership” role by telling people that Zane was the one to go and that they were safe.  That act upset a lot of the tribe members because Russell wanted to steer the ship, yet he didn’t want to be on the ship as it went down.  The rest of the tribe was conflicted over who to sent home at Tribal.

At Tribal Council, Zane made himself look very cocky and like and idiot in front of everyone.  Russell admitted he blew it for his tribe at the Challenge, and that he realized he resorted back to his dictating ways.  Yet after all of these admissions, he said he would be shocked if he was the one going home.  The rest if the tribe let their feelings about Russell’s actions be known, and they were not favorable.

Matsing voted, and they decided that the first person voted out of their tribe, as well as Survivor: Philippines would be Zane.  As much as Russell became a dictator, Zane did too many things to make his tribe mates want to get rid of him.  I’m not sad he’s gone.  He made too many moves too soon in the game, and it caught up with him pretty quickly.  That is what happens when you try too hard too fast in the game of Survivor!

I’m not sure if I’m rooting any tribe or Castaway in particular at this point.  I haven’t really connected with any of them yet.  As for the celebs, my big question is why do they want to be on these shows and think they will not be recognized? They have to realize that someone will figure out who they are, and it could hurt their game for trying to conceal it.  If you want to learn about any of the this season’s Castaways, check out the link I’ve provided for you under Cast Info found lower on this post .   I wonder what will happen in the next episode.  Will those Castaways on the brink of being let go on their tribes gain some stock in the eyes of their tribe mates?  Will other Castaways step their game?  Well, come back to my blog and check out what happens in the next episode!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.