Survivor: Cagayan Season Finale – That Was Not a Shocker!

Hey Readers!

 

Sorry it took so long for me to publish this post! Life got in the way…  😦

So another season of Survivor has come and gone, and another Castaway has been handed a $1 million check. For me, it was no surprise who was going to win this season, and when the votes were revealed all I could do was shake my head and continue to watch the Reunion Show.  Who was this season’s big winner that helped answer this season’s question whether brains, beauty or brawn was the best? Read on and you’ll find out.

After Spencer, Kass, Tony and Woo had a visit from their loved ones, they were called upon to battle it out in an Immunity Challenge. Jeff Probst explained that the Castaways had to stand on a pole and collect water with a bucket on a rope. They had to use the water they collect to fill a long shoot to retrieve a key. Once the water in the shoot is high enough for the Castaways to reach, they must then jump off the pole they’re standing on into the ocean and swim back to shore. They must then use the key to unlock a chest that was holding block pieces to a puzzle they must solve. The first player to solve the puzzle correctly wins Immunity. It was a crazy challenge to watch as Kass came from dead last to decisively win.

At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst spoke to the Castaways about Kass and her come from behind victory, the visit from their loved ones, and Spencer’s situation since he didn’t have Immunity. Spencer tried convincing Tony to keep him instead of Woo because he has played a subtle game and is favoured by the Jury. Kass said that she would take Woo to the final before she would take Tony because she felt she would have a better chance at beating him in front of the Jury than with Tony.

Once the votes were cast, Tony came clean with his lie about the other Idol in his possession. He told everyone he had an Idol that he could use st the Final Four and after the votes were revealed. The Idol he held did allow him to use it after the votes were read out, but he had to use it before the Final Four. Everyone groaned as Tony had tricked his way into the Final Three as it was found that Spencer was the next to join the Jury and loosing his chance at winning the game.

At the final Immunity Challenge, the Castaways had to race through a maze of turn stalls to find four medallions. Once all four medallions have been found, the players must use the medallions to open a chest that held a number of cogs. The cogs had to be placed in a certain order to turn a crank and release a flag signifying their win in the challenge. It was a close one, Readers, but Woo pulled out a win, just beating Kass by a a second.

At the final Tribal Council, Jeff Probst spoke to the Castaways about Woo winning the final Immunity Challenge, Kass loosing this challenge and her thoughts about her safety in the game, and Kass and Tony sharing their thoughts about why Woo should take them to the final. Woo stopped the chit-chat by saying he didn’t want to hear anymore opinions, and that he wanted to get to the vote. After Woo wrote down the name of the person he didn’t want to go on in the game with him, Jeff announced this unlucky person. The line piece of paper in the urn had Kass’ name on it. Shaking her head, she had her torch extinguished by Jeff Probst, ending her time in the game.

The next evening, Woo and Tony then had to speak in front of the Jury to sway them to give them $1 million dollars. Most of the Jury came down hard on Tony for his actions throughout the game, while they scratched their heads at Woo’s responses. The Jury then cast their votes to choose the Sole Survivor of this season.

Back in Los Angeles, Jeff Probst walked in to the studio with the urn holding the votes the Jury cast. After some small talk, he finally got down to business. It wasn’t even close, Readers. Tony was crowned the Sole Survivor and the winner of $1 million with an 8-1 vote count! When Jeff Probst asked Woo about how he felt, he was one of the most gracious and classy losers ever. He was all smiles, and said he was happy to be sitting beside the best at the end of the game.

Jeff Probst asked the Jury if Woo had taken Kass to the final, how many of them would have voted for Woo to win, all of them raised their hands. Did Woo make a $1 million mistake? Yeah! But he said he wanted to live by the code he upheld through his martial arts training (honor, loyalty and going up against the best). Even though I would have taken Kass and probably won, I gained more love and respect for Woo!

So, the final also answered the question whether brains, beauty or brawn was the best trait to have. Technically, since Tony and Woo were on the Brawn tribe, you would have to say, the case of Survivor that brawn was the best trait. Having said this, it wasn’t Tony’s brawn that got him the money this season. It was his brain that got him the bug prize. He went hunting for Idols.

Tony also got his alliance to follow him and believe what he said, as well as everyone else about the lies he told them. The best lie he told was about the powers of the special Idol. He said he could use it up until the Final four, when actually it was up until the Final Five. I know watching at home is very different than actually playing the game, but why didn’t anyone call Tony’s bluff on the Idols as other Castaways have on previous seasons? Or at the very least flush out the Idols so they can be back in play again. The Castaways sort of sat there and let Tony run the show. It was nerve-racking to watch, but since I’m such a Survivor fan, I had to keep watching!

So, that is a wrap to another season of Survivor! I can’t wait until the fall for Blood vs. Water 2!

I will be following Big Brother again this season, so if any of you Readers are BB fans as well, pop back over to my blog for the latest on what’s happening in the BB House!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Big Brother 15, Episode #36: The Winner of Big Brother 15 Is…

Hello, Readers!

I decided to be a bit more formal with you because of this episode’s occasion: it’s Finale Night!  Yes, I’m so excited about tonight because one of my picks to win BB 15 had made it to the Final Three!  Yes, sneaky, yet calculating good guy, Andy has wormed his way to this position in the game along with GinaMarie and Spencer.  Which one of these three will win the pivotal HoH, then get the Jury to vote for them to win $500 000?  Read on and you’ll see!

When we left these three in my last post, the Final Three were competing in Part 1 of a three-part HoH Competition called The Greatest Skate.  House Guests  were being swung around the BB roller rink trying to avoid obstacles on the ground to trip them up.  Spencer was finding it hard to hold to his bar as the producers decided to speed up the cords the bars were attached to.  Spencer just couldn’t hang on any longer, and fell.

Andy and GinaMarie were still hanging tough in the game until they were being sprayed with jets of fog, water and foam.  This made Andy and GinaMarie slip and slide all over the rink until Andy’s footing gave out on him, making him let go of his bar and fall.  GinaMarie won the first of three competitions for the HoH, and a by from competing in Part 2.  She was showered with a golden glitter which she ended up choking on in her excitement. Andy confessed he began to wonder whether his fall could have cost him the game.

Part 2 of the HoH Comp called Crab Grab had the fellas rigged up for some wall climbing as they had to find the faces of the House Guests that had been evicted on crab pieces, then climb up a wall ad put them in the correct order of when they left.  Andy and Spencer got to compete individually, and both had a hard time at this challenge.  In the end, good ol’ Andy won Part 2 of the Comp!  At this point, Spencer felt he had to get GinaMarie and Andy to realize just how easy it would be for them to win the game if they took him to the Final 2 with them in order to win $50 000 and at least second place.

GinaMarie and Andy had a private conversation about what they were going to do should either of them won this HoH.  Andy said he would take GinaMarie since Spencer would beat both of them due to the fact that he has less blood on his hands than the two of them.  GinaMarie confessed in the Diary Room that she would probably go with Andy as well.  She was worried about making this move because she felt she would lose to Andy because he was such a good kid, and he deserves to win the game.  Yet, at the same time, GinaMarie could screw him over because she needed the money as well…

Julie Chen then announced to the viewers that Dr. Will Kirby ( a BB icon) had visited the Jury House to speak to the Jurors about the Final Three, and to get them to think about who they were going to vote for to win the game.  He asked the Jury what made each person worthy of the grand prize.  This got Amanda practically yelling at most of the other Jury members, and even some questionable looks shot at McCrae for his opinions that didn’t agree with those she shared.

The show then went to the Final part of the HoH Competition.  For this final part of this HoH showdown, Julie Chen asked them to finish off a statement given by each of the Jury members.  Julie Chen gave them two possible options as to how each person had responded, and the players had to choose which statement was the correct one.  For every correct answer they gave, they got a point, and if one player had more points than the other, the scales they were put on would lower in their favour.  After answering 8 questions about their Jury members, Andy answered more statements correctly than GinaMarie, making him the last, and the most important HoH of the season.  Yay! My pick has made it into the Final 2!

The show then moved quickly to the last Live Vote and Eviction of the season.   Andy apologized to Spencer, telling him he knew he told him he would take him to the Final 2, but he made a promise to GinaMarie from Day 1 that he would take her to the end of the game.  Spencer was the  last evicted House Guest from the House this season, as well as the final member of the Jury deciding who would win the game.

When Julie Chen interviewed Spencer after his eviction, he told Julie he kind of saw his eviction coming, and he was proud of Andy for staying loyal to GinaMarie for all this time.  He was also proud of the fact that he broke the “Pawn Always Goes Home” curse that lingered around the BB game.

It was now time for the Jury to interrogate the Final 2 to decide which of them would win BB 15.  First, Julie Chen introduced Spencer to the Jury as its last member, and got them up t speed as to what happened in the House.  The Julie Chen let the Jury lose on Andy and GinaMarie.  As usual, the questions, ” What was your biggest move in the game,” “What was your biggest obstacle to overcome,” and “Why should we give you the money” were asked, as well as “Why should we give you our vote when you had offended us and called us cockroaches?” by Candice of GinaMarie.  GinaMarie answered that she was upset by Nick’s leaving, that it was not an personal attack against anyone, and that she loved everyone in the House.  Wow, after cussing Candice and supporting her Eviction, GinaMarie sure does know how to do a 180º turn when $500 000 is on the line!

Then Julie Chen gave the Final 2 their last chance to sway the Jury to choose them to win the season.  GinaMarie continued her love fest, flattering the Jury, telling them how great of an opportunity this prize would be for her, and that she was sorry for offending anyone.  Andy said he played the game with his heart, but that he played the game more with his head.  He went on to say that he played both sides of the House in order to get further in the game.  Then the Jurors each put their key in a box with the name of the House Guest they wanted to win BB 15.

To add more suspense to the evening, Julie Chen then brought out the first 5 evicted House Guests so the Jury and the Final 2 could get a better perspective of what they were able to watch from home.  They spoke about all of the controversial events that happened, and how they were affected both inside and outside the House.

Finally, the moment many of you have been waiting for: the winner of BB 15!  The winner had to have at least 5 votes to win.  This was who the Jurors voted for:

Spencer – Andy; McCrae – Andy; Judd – GinaMarie; Elissa – Andy; Amanda – Andy, Aaryn – GinaMarie; Helen – Andy; Candice – Andy; and Jessie – Andy.

If you add it all up, it was a 7-2 vote for my pick ANDY!!!! YES! My pick finally won a season of a show!  My bad luck curse has finally broken!  I don’t think GinaMarie minded too much, just winning $50 000 for second place, and running straight to a somewhat weary, yet nice Nick.  She didn’t let go of him for the rest of the broadcast!  Nick took it all in stride.

Lastly, Readers, Julie Chen announced the winner of the $25 000 America’s Choice prize.  American viewers were asked to vote on who they thought played the game the best, and they would be awarded this prize.  The top 3 vote-getters were Judd, Elissa ad Howard.  Readers, it was no surprise who won…it was Elissa!  If she was chosen by America to be the MVP 3 weeks in a row, of course they were going to choose her to win this prize, too!

After all of this, Julie Chen thanked the viewers for watching this season, and the theme music closed out the show.  It was kind of sad.  I know they have the show on so often to make up for reruns during the summer, but this was my thing to watch!  Oh well, I have 2 seasons of Survivor to watch until next summer to fill this void!  Thanks, Readers, for popping in to catch up on what was happening in the BB 15 House this season.  I really appreciate your support.  If you didn’t know, I am also posting Survivor 27: Blood vs Water right now, so if you wanted to keep up with Survivor, come back to my blog and check out those posts until Big Brother 16 starts up next summer.

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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.

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Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.