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!


Big Brother 14, Episode #11 – The Underdog Rises!

Hey Readers! 

I’m back with the all of the sneaky tidbits of BB 14!  Since there was no eviction this week, how will this week’s HoH fair in the BB House? Let’s find out right now!

The HoH Competition continued from the last episode.  The show then cut to a scene that was recorded before the competitiom began where Dan was talking frantically to Boogie.  He told Boogie that Frank was the intended target for eviction, not Joe.  Boogie was livid because he found out that he was not in control of the game, and that Frank was going to be backdoored without his knowledge.Boogie then let Frank know once both of them were eliminated from the competition about this development. He, too,  began to question where he actually stood with those he thought he could trust in this game.

Back at the competition, after many of the houseguests let go of the ship, either out of sheer exhaustion or because they thought/assumed they were safe from eviction, Danielle, the Underdog came out as the victor, as well as the first female HoH of this season.  After she peeled herself off of the side of the ship, Dan gave her a big hug, and Shane, probably out of a sense of gratitude because Danielle would not put him on the block yet, gave her a super-duper kiss.  Yeah, Danielle wasn’t complaining how sore she was after that display of affection!

After the competition, Boogie was playing detective in order to find out why Frank was the target of the last eviction.  He also wanted to know who else was in on this plan.  Brittany was questioned by Boogie about what she knew.   She then made a beeline for Shane to warn him about what Boogie knew and to keep his mouth shut.  This is because it could ruin the trust that Frank still possibly had in him which could cost Shane the game.  Brittany also tried to smooth things over with Boogie and Frank hoping they would believe she knew nothing of this plan.  Unfortunately for her, they were on to her, and decided to no longer trust anything she says for the rest of the game.

Dan finally admitted to letting the cat out of the bag to Brittany and Danielle in the Storage Room.  After some smooth talking, Dan got the ladies to forgive him for making such a huge mistake.  They regrouped in the Danielle’s HoH Room to discuss who were the biggest threats in the House.  They decided they were Boogie, Janelle, Frank and Wil (no real surprise there, Readers!).  Dan didn’t like the idea of two former Coaches possibly being put in the block because he felt it would put a larger target on his back if one of them left the House.

At the Nomination Ceremony, Danielle announced that Frank and Wil were up for eviction this week.  This choice made both nominees furious.  Of course, Wil was upset over Danielle’s choices. He was one of the people Danielle promised safety to during the HoH Competition.  All I have to Wil is never, ever take the word of anyone in this game, no matter who it is.  After all, promises are made to be broken, especially in the BB House!  Frank was upset because he was nominated for the second week in row, and that can mess with a player’s head in this game.

How will Danielle’s turn on the HoH throne impact her game-play?  Is she going to be able to make a decision for herself this week, or will she depend on Dan to hold her hand and tell her what to do? In my next BB post, maybe we will have some, if not all, of these questions answered.  Oh, and check out my page for Reese Speaks on Facebook!   You can find out more about me, some of the other things I’m interested in and some of my future blog topics, along with links to these sites.

Until my next post, Readers!