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!


Big Brother 14, Episode #3 – A Line Drawn in the Sand

Hey Readers!

I was revved up for this episode of BB 14!  Why, you ask?  Well, this episode showcased the Power of Veto (PoV) competition!  What’s so important about the PoV competition?  This competition can make or break all of the power a HoH has during their reign of the BB House, shifting power over to another player for this part of the week.  For those of you that are don’t know what the PoV is, let me explain.  The PoV competition allows for the winner to decide whether the nominations the HoH made at the beginning of their week will change or remain the same, as well as being safe from becoming a replacement nominee themselves (up until a certain point in the game).  The only people allowed to compete in the PoV competition are the HoH, the two nominees, and three people from a random draw.

Before the PoV competition, the House was still reeling over Willie’s nominations for eviction.  Dan was consoling Kara, and Mike Boogie was advising Frank to just keep calm, try to win the PoV, and to get in good with Willie just in case Frank did not win this power.  Frank followed Mike Boogie’s advice, and spoke with Willie, trying to get his trust.  Willie (in my opinion, is about to make another mistake in this game by letting his guard down) confided in Frank that he wanted Mike Boogie out of the game, even though he still wanted Frank in the House.  Frank just took all of the information in and pretended to agree with Willie.

Willie announced the PoV competition would begin shortly, but three additional house guests had to be chosen in order for the PoV competition to be played.  Shane, Danielle and Wil were chosen to compete alongside  Willie, Kara and Frank.  Kara took Shane aside and asked him to use the PoV on her if he ends up winning it.  Shane said he would rather have Kara around than Frank because he doesn’t view Team Dan’s players as big of a threat as Frank.  I’m not sure how many times I have and will say this, but perception in this game is critical.  Shane not viewing Team Dan as a threat is dangerous in the BB game.  You should never underestimate any player in this game.  You just never know what each competition will bring, or who will win it.

Mike Boogie wanted to make sure that the Blonde Alliance was actually real.  He went to Brittany to get her thoughts on the game.  After Brittany didn’t really give him any indication where she stood, he tried intimidating Brittany, telling her that if one of Janelle’s players was not put on the block for eviction, then a line would be drawn in the sand between them.  Brittany didn’t back down to him, aggravating Mike Boogie a bit, then left to confront Janelle.

He took a more friendly approach with Janelle to see where her her head was.  Janelle didn’t give him any indication, either.  Mike Boogie then told Janelle that he and the ladies should be focusing on getting Dan out of the game because he has one less player than they do, and one of them is up for eviction.  I’m pretty sure Boogie got the impression the Blonde Alliance was a sure thing, and a line in the sand between the Coaches has been established.

Janelle took what she learned and told Dan.  Dan was disappointed because his suspicions about aligning himself with Mike Boogie (mentioned in my previous post) were confirmed.  Janelle also hoped giving Dan this information would also help her in the future with Dan.

Loose Change was name of this PoV competition.  Each person had to find $1.25 in BB change and toss them in the slots of a BB vending machine.  After a few minutes, it was clear that this competition was between Shane and Frank.  Shane put the winning coin in the vending machine, causing the PoV medallion to slide out and to end the competition.

Shane still was not sure what he would do with his new power.  He was being pulled in three directions.   Overall, Shane wanted for himself and Willie to be safe in the game.  At the PoV Ceremony, Shane announced to to the house guests that he would not be using the PoV on any of the nominees.  Shane didn’t want to disrupt Willie’s choices at the beginning of the week.  Both Frank and Kara were disappointed.  I think Shane made the right choice because he’s securing his safety for a bit longer, and saving one of the nominees would have made him a larger target in the game.  Every one then scrambles to figure out what they should do next in order to stay in the BB House.

That’s the end of another episode of Big Brother!  In the next episode, either Kara or Frank will be evicted from the BB House, and a new HoH will be crowned.  Personally, I would want Kara gone, but Frank is just too big of a threat to leave in the game.

Until my next post, Readers!