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.

Big Brother 14, Episode # 12 – Danielle: Loosing Grip on Power?

Hey There Readers!

I was kind of happy at first about Danielle winning HoH, but after this episode, I’m not so sure I am anymore. I mean, sure, nominating Wil and Frank, two players that are threats in this game in their own ways, but there are also bigger fish to fry around the House. She is taking advice Dan who has his own end-game, and may not be looking out for her best interests. Let’s see how Danielle handles her power on the House.

After the Nominarion Ceremony, Danielle and Wil go up to her HoH Room. Danielle was crying, sad about putting Wil up as a pwan. Wil doesn’t believe her, but he tells her that things are cool between them, just in case she decides to take him off the block.

Janelle and Dan were talking in the HoH Room about how Boogie and Frank were complaining about the nominations, as well as how they were talking strategy so blatantly in public. They were worried that the Coaches deal was going to fall through because of Frank’s continual presence in the House. They decided to try and work on Boogie to see if he would be able to get rid of Frank.

Dan took Boogie into the Storage Room to talk strategy. Boogie was upset over the fact that he looked like an idiot, may be backdoored due to how the nominations went, and how he thought Danielle felt about him. This is what really bothers me about players like Boogie in this game. They like to dish out all of the punishments in the House, but they think it’s unfair to receive any of it. It’s a game, Boogie! You can tell he was just one of those kids who didn’t play well in the sandbox. Dan tried to smooth things over by agreeing with whatever Boogie said, but also slid in the possibility of Frank leaving the House this week. Boogie was against this idea, and said that if he got the chance to win the Veto Competition, he would save Frank from eviction. Red flag waving, anyone?

Since Frank was nominated, again, and saw how guarded Boogie is of him, Ian did the first smart thing in this game. He went to Britany and Dan to see if he could work with them to save his butt. I’m not sure if you remember me writing about this in my first BB post, but this is the strategy he wanted to use before he entered the game. Britany told Ian he had to be loyal to their alliance. Ian wanted to have Frank’s safety, but the reaction he received to this idea, he then began to think that he would be safer in the House if Frank was gone.

Frank decided to talk to Janelle in the bathroom. Janelle was trying to clear some of the bad blood that was spilt between them, but in no way was she trying to be on good terms with him. Britany witnessed their exchange, and misinterpreted the situation. She thought Janelle was going against their alliance and getting buddy-buddy with Frank.

Letting her cattiness get the best of her, she ran off to complain to Danielle about what she saw instead of asking Janelle about what happened. Oh, Ladies of BB14! In order to be successful at this game, you have to play less catty and more stratigically. This fueled the suspicious feelings Danielle had towards Janelle. Dan saw this and was beginning to think that he may not be able to get rid of Frank and keep all of the Coaches together like he hoped.

At the Veto Competition, Field of Veto, the HoH the nominees, along with Wil, Shane and Jenn, had to roll a baseball on a ramp and try to score as many points as possible during each round. The person with the lowest score after each round was eliminated, and has to pick a prize or punishment. They are able to trade with another player for their prize. The winner is the person who ended up with the PoV at the end of the Competition. After many rolls and swaps, here is how the game concluded:
Frank – had to wear a “Spiritard” for a week
Jenn – won a trip to Maui
Ian – had to live a dog’s life for a day
Wil – won $5000
Shane – got a ticket to compete in the next PoV competiton; and
Danielle – won the PoV.

Boogie doesn’t like Danielle having all of the power in the House, so he decided he and Frank had to figure out how to get an “in” with Danielle in order to get Frank off the block. When he spoke to Danielle, he used the only card he knew would get her to reconsider changing her mind about Frank: the “I-Hate-Janelle” card. That sparked a charge in Danielle. Oh, Danielle, here we go again with the playing with your emotions instead of with your head strategy. Boogie then planted this seed with Dan to have it solidified in Danielle’s mind.
The Coaches then got together to talk strategy. Boogie took this opportunity to make Dan and Britany believe that Janelle couldn’t be trusted. Since Boogie was not willing to let Frank go on the block, Boogie suggested that Ashley should take Frank’s place. Janelle didn’t want more of her former players leaving the House, so after a slight pause, she said not this week. This, for some reason, put doubt in Dan’s mind about Janelle’s motives. What bothers me about Dan’s thoughts is that he is suspicious of Janelle’s motives, but he is not suspicious of why Boogie is so set against not letting Frank go to show good faith to the other Coaches.

Britany and Dan told Danielle about the meeting, trusting Boogie, how Janelle could no longer be trusted, and having Janelle backdoored. Ian, who was also present at this meeting was backing having Frank stay in the House. Even though it went against her better judgement, Britany went along with the majority on this new plan. Britany and Dan then went to Boogie to solidify the plan and to set conditions on their new alliance – The Slient Six.

At the Veto Meeting, Danielle used the Veto to remove Wil from the block, and surprised Janelle by using her as Wil’s replacement. This change in nominations also had some mixed reactions to the rest of the houseguests.

Come on, Houseguests! Boogie should not have gotten away with this plan. He has hijacked Danielle’s HoH week, and she doesn’t even realize it. Way to control the House, Danielle. Readers, they all have watched Boogie at work, yet they think they can still trust him? Un.be.leav.able. And poor Janelle! A possible backdooring. If Boogie pulls this one off, this is showing how desparate he is to get Janelle out. He’s afraid of her in this game, so he has to resort to backdooring. Really, it’s a few steps down for him. Well, Readers, come back for my next BB Post find out if Boogie’s able to pull off this scheme against Janelle.

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.