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.