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  1. Sources tell me it is his son's face, which is kind of a sweet, sneaky way to get a picture of your loved one out there with you.
  2. I have to say, her blindside seems like a waste of a vote. I can't blame her for not having a clue she was the target for the vote, mostly because it was a super-dumb move.
  3. This woman, honestly. I get so annoyed when people whine about being on the outs. I guarantee Elaine has less in common with the rest of the "sorority girls" than Karishma does, but she just seems bound and determined to make herself an outcast of the tribe and leans in to that victim status she seems to love.
  4. Chelsea was voted out in a blindside at Tribal Council, but it almost seemed like anyone's game could have been up. Was Chelsea the right choice or some the tribe have voted someone else out?
  5. Even Rob and Sandra figured that out almost immediately.
  6. As usual, we begin the same evening of tribal council with the members of Lairo attempting to talk one of their members down from the ledge. Karishma is pleasant enough, but of course she is upset that she was considered Plan B. Which is crazy, right, since she has been so good at meshing with the other members of her tribe. Aaron, who feels her pain from his own experiences, tries to be reassuring to her that her place is secure. You know, her place at the bottom of the pile. A-a-ron has his own targets in mind: Chelsea and Dean, who are suddenly an item and shown canoodling in the shelter. When did this development take place? Because the only thing I have seen Dean do so far is stub his toe on a sand pile. Missy and Aaron wander off to discuss the Dean-Chelsea showmance, even though Chelsea denied to Elaine that she will get romantically involved during Survivor because it, and I quote, “Messes up people’s games.” Let’s keep that in mind by the time we get to the end of the episode. Missy talks to us about her connection with Aaron, that they are both athletes and competitors and African-American and…..wait, what? Aaron is black? When did that happen? Okay, okay, I know. RACIST! But seriously, I thought he was of Mediterranean descent – Egyptian, Italian, possibly Turkish. Not that it really matters in the end, because what REALLY matters is that he is kind of an alpha male douchebag sort of gym-bro. Although if he said, “I pick things up and put them down” I would take back every disparaging I said about him. Mostly. As they talk about Karishma, both Missy and Aaron decide she is still an easy vote and they can get her out later. For now Missy wants Dean out so Chelsea will stop hanging out at the frat house and circle back to her sorority sisters. Their dismissal of Karishma seems like a heavy handed case of foreshadowing later in the season. Over on Vokai, Jamal’s pointy moobs decide to stay at camp while the rest of the tribe went out fishing or gathering firewood. He planned it this way in order to go out and search for a hidden immunity idol. There is a voice over from Jamal talking about a past relationship that I could not care less about, as we see a pastiche of him searching through the jungle. And as is usual when we see a longer scene of someone looking for an idol, he actually finds it. I’m okay with this. First, the cameraman was not pointing the camera to the spot where the idol was hidden. Second, Jamal was using a stick to poke into some of these creepy hidey holes in the trees, which may be the first time I have not seen someone sticking their hand blindly into a possible nest of spiders or snakes or poisonous tree frogs. I mean, it seems like a no-brainer, right? Anyway, Jamal and his moobs are quite pleased with themselves since he sees Vokai as a tribe descending into complacency. If only something would shake that up! Vrroooom! Vrrrroooom! The tinny sound of a motorboat engine is heard on Vokai beach. The skiff pulls up and its silent occupant hands out a rolled up parchment and a bag tied with a purple ribbon. Tommy reads the parchment aloud, sounding a bit like he is reading to his fourth grade class. Turns out the tribe has to pick someone unanimously to come to Island of the Idols and if they cannot come up with someone, they will have to draw a name from the bag. Interesting change up! Naturally, as people who have watched the game play out for years, they all know that volunteering for something is one of those massively stupid moves that puts a huge target on your bac….what’s that? Noura has volunteered to go? Of course she has! Kellee is a little worried about someone going and blowing her secret, understandably so. She knows she will have to make an alliance with whoever actually goes. Jack has to explain to Noura why no one is stepping up to volunteer, because Noura is a dumbass when it comes to human nuance. As it turns out, the rest of Vokai was happy to let her go to the island because it meant an afternoon of peaceful existence for them. Oh, we don’t see anyone saying that but it is an easy extrapolation. Walking up the beach on Idol Island, Noura sees the giant heads of Julie Chen and Phil Keoghan, so she is quite surprised when Boston Rob and Sandra come strolling out of the jungle. They give her the usual welcome, though we do not see the Idols Oath being read. There is a little chitchat and when they offer Noura some watermelon, she squeals with delight. The Survivor editors splice in a large flock of birds taking flight on the beach as Noura’s loud squeal is dubbed over it. Hilarious! Then Rob gets down to business. This lesson is on persuasion. He tells her that it’s about figuring out what people want in order to line up what you can get (with a flashback to Erik giving up his immunity after Cirie convinced him). Rob mentions appealing to someone’s ego (Parvati flirting with a guy), scaring them (Yul showing Penner an immunity idol), and Sandra says you can start a rumor (Sandra telling Russell Hantz that Coach was gunning for him), and Rob finishes with an offering someone something (Rob asking Lex to watch out for Amber with a promise to take care of him later). Noura claims her connections are intellectual. Now, Rob drops the bomb. They have insight into the next immunity challenge: it will be a blindfold challenge with a caller. Noura has to convince the tribe to make her the caller – and they have to agree unanimously – for her to win an advantage to block another player. If she is not chosen as the caller, then she loses her vote for the next tribal council. Noura IMMEDIATELY agrees to do it, even as Sandra tries to counsel her to think about it for a minute. Noura blows her off and says oh, she’s doing it WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Rob and Sandra glance at each other and their expressions convey that they both think Noura is a nutjob. Welcome to Vokai’s world, Idols. Sandra tells us later that Noura’s inability to think things through are going to get her in trouble (too late, we rounded that corner already) and Rob tells us in his patented incredulous way that Noura is the LAST person who should be calling the tribe in this challenge, that she just lives in Noura-world. As she is motoring back to Vokai, Rob says to Sandra, “She is definitely perceptive. The question is, is her perception reality?” Have I mentioned how much I love these two as mentors? (“Whoooooo!” – the inner thoughts of the skiff operator after he drops Noura off on Vokai beach.) Speaking of which, Vokai Beach, Day Nine. The tribe gathers to greet Noura and hear what happened at Idol Island. And boy, howdy, does she spin a tale remarkable in its ill-conceived logic and poorly delivered execution. Essentially, Noura presents a tale where the tribe has to agree on her role in the upcoming challenge and she can give them full details about the challenge itself. She is wild-eyed and frenetic as she attempts to employ what she calls a “this for that” strategy, but she really only succeeds in making herself look even more manic and unreliable. After some initial hesitation, the tribe members all agree that she can have whatever role she wants and then she describes the challenge: tribe will be blindfolded, she will call out to them which way to go and retrieve stuff and bring it back to her and the first back wins, that’s it. Turns out to be a little more complicated than that, but we’ll get there when we get to the challenge. I do love that Noura did not get ALL the details of the challenge from Rob and Sandra. This is already a big advantage for Vokai because now they can spend their time practicing walking around blindfolded and listening to a caller give them directions. Anyway, after her frenzied description of the challenge, there are some pointed questions from the tribe, but Noura does her level best to shut them down. My favorite is Jamal’s sardonic expression as he watches her gesticulate her way through demonstrating the challenge. Please note it is entirely possible I am enjoying Jamal in this moment because he has a shirt on. We are treated to an entertaining montage of Noura failing spectacularly at being a caller for her blindfolded tribemates. Immunity challenge time! Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Deep Artic Night Blue shirt, for those keeping score at home. The challenge is mostly what Noura described: one member will be the caller, the rest of the tribe will be bound together in teams of two. They will have to find their way through a course while retrieving three keys. Once they have brought all three keys back to the caller, that person will then physically lead the entire tribe back through the course to a final station, where the caller will use the keys to unlock puzzle pieces. The caller will then direct one person to put together the puzzle while still blindfolded. First tribe to get the puzzle completed wins immunity. No other luxury reward is offered this time. Probst turns to Vokai and reminds them they have an extra person and need to figure out who will sit this out. What happens is a great Survivor moment and I watched it back several times. Kellee looks directly at Lauren and though we can’t see her face, we do see Lauren give a slight nod and she turns to the rest of the tribe and says matter-of-factly that Noura is sitting out. The rest of the tribe either agrees or is silent, including Noura’s erstwhile alliance member, Jason, who nods in agreement. Noura herself is shocked but quietly accepts her fate and takes her spot on the bench. She can’t believe after all her efforts to come up with the perfect lie and gain the advantage that they thwarted her plans! My suspicion when I first saw the episode was that Kellee, who has proven herself no slouch when it comes to thinking things through, put two and two together and figured out Noura as the caller would get her an immunity idol (the logical conclusion rather than an advantage). Thus Kellee may have lead a pre-challenge discussion to maneuver around Noura’s stated role and negate whatever she got for herself at Idol Island. However it happened, I LOVE it. Survivors ready? GO! Jason calls for Vokai, Elizabeth for Lairo. Jason is calm, cool and collected. He calls out clear directions and send his whole tribe out at once, while Elizabeth is sending people out in pairs. Whoever had Tommy in the pool to get the first smack in the cojones wins. Oof, that looks like it hurts! Lairo makes a big mistake when Dean and Chelsea go over an obstacle rather than under and they have to backtrack as Elizabeth yells at them. At one point, all the players run into each other while all the Survivors smacking into their opposition. Probst snarks that some people are meeting for the first time as Dan accidentally clocks Missy in the jaw. Vokai is at the puzzle table with Jason calmly talking Kellee through the puzzle assembly. They are almost done but the puzzle design is slightly off so they have to fix it. Meanwhile, Elizabeth talks Aaron through the assembly of the puzzle pieces and they catch up to Vokai quickly. Aaron slams the last piece into the puzzle and Lairo starts screaming, however the design is off just like Vokai’s was, so they have to move a couple of pieces. This gives Jason’s cool leadership as the caller enough time to enable Kellee to correct their puzzle and win immunity. Thus Lairo is headed back to Tribal Council for the third time. Post challenge in Lairo beach, Karishma knows she is the easy vote. If it were up to Tom and Elaine, no muss no fuss, bing bang boom, Karishma is gone. But this is Survivor. We are long past the days of Dr. Sean’s alphabet strategy of voting. Votes are more complicated since the introduction of the immunity idols, but also because of players who are savvy to the long term parts of the game, the post merge, the final three, and that thing I haaaaaaate: creating a resume. Although creating LinkedIN profiles for these people might be kind of fun. The conversations that go on involve Aaron campaigning for Dean to go since he isn’t helping to win challenges. Missy is good with that, but Elizabeth less so. She really wants Karishma to go for sucking at challenges and camp life. Dean at least works around camp. Elaine rightly hits on the one thing we all know: Karishma is going to jump to the other side at her earliest opportunity, either at the merge or during a tribe-swap. Aaron is less of a threat to do that, thanks to Missy working him. Karishma? Oh hell no. She’s waiting for the door to be opened so she can betray all those who allowed her to nearly bleed to death. I can’t wait for Noura and Karishma to meet and compare noble outsider stories. Missy keeps trying to figure out who would be the best option and goes to Elaine and suggests Chelsea as another option. They keep Dean for strength, Karishma for another easy vote, and they break up the Dean-Chelsea bond. Elaine’s head is spinning at how quickly Missy is able to pivot to someone else as a vote. Love Elaine as a person, but Missy is really impressing me with her game play and forethought. Well, except for the main thing she is missing which is VOTE OUT KARISHMA NOW YOU FUCKING IDIOTS! Tribal council time. Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Seawall shirt, for those keeping score at home. And once again I really have no idea who is going home this time. Sandra and Rob sneak their way into the duck blind to observe the proceedings and Sandra snark-whispers, “They just love Tribal Council.” Ha! Probst jumps in talking about blindsides and gets to Karishma, pointing out that she is still there. She attributes that to praying to the Survivor Gods. Oh, honey. The Survivor Gods are sitting in a little grass hut above the Tribal Council. No need to pray to them, they are just going to amuse themselves at your expense. Elaine tells Probst she gets her head turned around by all the changing plans, and Sandra waves her hand dismissively and whispers to Rob, “This one never knows anything.” Sandra’s not wrong here, but I think that Elaine plays up the affable yokel a bit to keep people off-guard. I would be interested to see how she interacted with them on Idol Island. Dean tells Probst that the chaos is good for Karishma’s game because it could mean that other names are out there, and Chelsea piles on saying that if you stop for just a moment, your name could be out there. Elizabeth stares at her wide-eyed, which should have been a major clue. Elizabeth tells Probst that it started with one path and turned into several move plans. Missy all but says that Karishma is not the one going home tonight due to all the chaos and of course Karishma loves what she is hearing at tribal. Missy snaps back at her, however, for being such a crappy player. Missy calls her out on being a terrible puzzle player, and says Karishma is getting lapped so she should not be so smug about it. Rob loves Missy’s open verbal smackdown, but Karishma doesn’t care. She quotes the worst (well, prior to the entire last season) scene from Game of Thrones by claiming, “Chaos is a ladder” and something something climb out of a pit. There is more talk about blindsides, but whatever, I’m tired of it. Let’s just get to the vote already. Probst goes to tally the votes. Karishma. Karishma. Chelsea. Chelsea. (Sandra: “Look at her, she’s looking around!”) Chelsie. Chelsea. Chelsea. And with that, Dean’s main squeeze is voted out with an idol in her pocket. Sandra loves it. “You wanted a blindside, you gotchu one.” Next week? Drop! Yo! Bluff!
  7. MrsGryn


    Interesting! Thanks for the follow up.
  8. If by "bone fragments" you mean flakes of coconut, then yes.
  9. Okay, I was ready for him to go by the end. I tried really hard to like him and there are elements to Vince that I still like but he seems like he would be really annoying to live with over the long haul. Loved how in a confessional after his Vokai camp raid he was sporting a big old bleeding scrape on his leg. War wound!
  10. We should take a vote on that, AD.
  11. That was not bone,. It was coconut. And she deserved to be injured for using a knife that way. Idiot. As far as no one fussing over her...hard to say why exactly that happened. They knew medical was on the way, I assume, she wasn't screaming or actually passing out. If she had shown more emotion or pain or, you know, asked for help I have a hard time believing that they would ignore her completely. Karishma wants to be a victim and dammit, she is going to be a victim!
  12. Last week it was high school cliques. This week it is college sororities. Can the Survivors please just be adults already? Vokai High, post tribal. Jamal and Jack realize they were on the outs, but they take two different tacks when their tribemates pull them aside to discuss the Molly Blindside. Jack gets it and actually smiles at the audacity of the move, acknowledging to us that yeah, he totally missed any signs of impending doom. He tells the others he would appreciate some honesty from now on. Jamal, on the other hand, is pulling an Aaron from Lairo: he is gonna burn the mother DOWN! Well, he is slightly more controlled than that implies. Jamal is going to anaconda his rage and humiliation and wait in stealth mode before he turns on these traitors who dared to play their own game. Lairo beach. Out over the ocean is a YOOGE waterspout, swirling far out to sea. Sadly, it does not come close to shore where the girls of Lairo are cavorting in the surf, while the guys sit around camp and bitch about how much they hate mornings. Amateurs. If I were out there sleeping on bamboo with bugs, smelly strangers, and no coffee you would see some professional level bitchery happening. The women seem to be having a nice time with each other, which is always nice to see and gives me hope the girls’ alliance might actually stick together. Well, everyone except Karishma, who feels the need to tell us that Indians are very modest and she is very uncomfortable out there in her underwear. Also she is faking liking the other girls. Yeah, just drop that bomb and walk away. It’s okay to say you have nothing in common with the other women. Elaine and Missy have very little that they can relate to with each other, at least on the surface, but they are managing to have a good time with Chelsea and Elizabeth. It’s called sisterhood, Karishma. And as a, as you put it, thirty-seven year old married woman, you should be a little more secure in yourself and not worry so much what the wider community thinks of you being on a TV show that showcased a “fat, naked” gay man in its first season. The men are the ones who are really uncomfortable with the women being so close. The three men, Aaron, Tom, and Vince discuss sticking together against the women. Vince goes along with that on the surface but has no use for the big strong guys now wanting to work with him. First, points for agreeing to whatever alliance is thrown your way and thinking about it later. That is basic strategy for surviving. However, why is Tom being punished for Aaron and Ronnie’s votes against Vince when Tom was the one who was bonding with Vince and Elaine in the first few days and helped prevent Vince being the first person evicted? I want to like Vince – I really do – but he is making it super difficult by acting like a entitled brat. Vokai makes fire. This is not exciting, but it does lead into a “Let’s all hate on Noura again” segment. She is Dan’s target for the next vote as an easy target and he is certain Jack and Jamal are on board, and he is just as certain he can, as he puts it, “lead people to a decision that is good for them…and me.” He is so oily and so very Hollywood smarm. Jamal is totally not buying what Dan is selling, and in fact likens Dan to a used car salesman, calling him “icky.” Yeah, okay, pointy moob guy. I agree with you on this but show me some better game play beyond napping and then pouting. Then we’ll talk. Jamal tries to recruit Janet, aka Tiny Tank, who listens but declares she will have to go talk to Tommy as well. Tommy seems to be the node everyone goes to on this tribe, which is a great position for him at this early stage. He comes across as measured and thoughtful and concerned. It seems a safe bet that he is a beloved teacher at his school. Back to Lairo. Karishma is cutting a coconut on her lap, which seems like a recipe for….DISASTER! She cut her palm from what I can see and immediately proclaims that she can see her bone, which…no. Those are pieces of coconut floating in the blood, you flake. She kneels then bends over in order to keep from fainting…or is that feinting? In the meantime, her tribemates eat their rice and chat amiably in the background. This causes Karishma all kinds of trauma as not one person came over to see if she was okay. At some point medical came in to clean her wound and bandage it, and since we didn’t get to see Cute British Doctor, the wound wasn’t nearly as life-threatening as she would have liked. She declares the rest of her tribemates as dead to her and I declare her Drama Queen of the Season. Also, sorry for thinking it was Chelsea who cuts herself. I blame Tsylyst. Easy scapegoat. Vrrrrroom! A skiff pulls up to Lairo beach and everyone ignores it. Hey, it’s not like the boat cut its hand or anything. Eventually the skipper has to call out, “Hello? Helllllooooooo?” before the indolent Lairo stir themselves to see what the heck is going on. They finally get excited when they realize it is a message for them (side note: Dean stubs his toe pretty badly on sand). Reading the parchment aloud, it turns out Vince is the one chosen to head to Idol Island. He immediately whines, “How did I get picked?” and just shut up, dude. He is probably hell to live with, though at this point he is only third worst after Noura and Karishma. Just get in the damn boat. After Vince leaves, the rest of the tribe is standing on the beach and there is some idle chat about the possibility of him picking up an idol and Dean brightly says, “We should just split the vote!” which is immediately followed by an uncomfortable silence. Dean, Dean, Dean. This is not a good episode for you to finally be featured. You stub your toe on sand and then then blurt out a plot to split the vote in front of EVERYONE, including Karishma. She knew immediately that she would be the one being the other vote. I guess she didn’t lose enough blood to cause brain malfunction. On the Island of the Idols, Vince approaches the giant wooden heads of JWoww and The Situation, and then is surprised when Sandra and Rob come out of the jungle to greet him. They take him back to their camp, sit him down and after Rob asks him where he is from, he is at a loss for words. Channeling all of us, Rob asks, “You don’t know where you’re from?” but Vince stutters out some words and keeps weeping. Rob and Sandra are very kind to him, and even in an aside to the camera later, Vince shows some self-awareness of how ridiculous it is for a grown man to be crying like that. Hey, a game like this causes emotions to float to the surface much more easily than in real life, so I will cut him some slack there. Moving on, Rob cuts to the heart of the matter: Vince’s lesson is keeping calm under pressure. His task will be to sneak into the Vokai camp with a torch, steal fire, and sneak back out without being caught. If he can accomplish that, he will get an idol good for the next two tribals, otherwise he loses his vote. If there is no fire, he has to bring them proof that he accomplished the test. Vince agrees. Rob and Sandra show Vince a map of the Vokai camp and suggest ways to sneak in, along with Sandra imparting the wisdom of her “five years of military training” by teaching him how to crawl in the sand. I mean…okay, but isn’t that information that is basic to humans who have learned to walk? Rob gets a kick out of Sandra’s methods and gives her a hard time after Vince is being whisked by motorboat over to the enemy camp. She wishes she could go with him, and Rob tells her she is too loud. Sandra snorts and declares she is stealth mode and he laughs at her. They seem to be having a really good time , together as Island Idols. Vokai camp at night has everyone sleeping. No one, not even Noura is away and tending to the fire. In fact, there is no fire at all. As Vince stumbles his way through the jungle, he spies their shelter and makes his way closer. His timing is pretty bad as apparently Tommy is plagued with night terrors and starts screaming in his sleep. Jack, who is next to Tommy, holds him down as he wakes Tommy up out of his bad dream, and everyone rolls over and goes back to sleep. Vince is able to get closer and finds their fire is dead. He decides to collect as much ash from the cold hearth as he can to prove he was there. Using his water bottle to collect it, he runs out of camp and promptly slips in the mud. Back with Sandra and Rob, they decide he completed the task and hand him the idol. Vince is thrilled and recognizes that he will need to use the idol correctly. Pretty sure every Survivor who has won an idol has used that exact same wordage. Immunity Challenge time! Probst is wearing a Glidden paint Bright Prelude Blue shirt, for those keeping score at home. This is another partial water challenge, which is great because if you have an Olympic swimmer and a lifelong lifeguard, why wouldn’t you have as many water challenges as possible? On this one, the Survivors will start off on a platform where one tribe member will swim to a cargo net attached to another platform, dive down to untie a key and climb up the net to give the key to two waiting puzzle solvers. Once that key is done, the rest of the tribe will swim to a wooden teeter-totter where they will have to use their bodies to balance their weight in order for the last one up to untie a bag with puzzle pieces. They will then have to move to the other side of the teeter totter to get the second bag of puzzles pieces, then swim the bags to the second platform and let the puzzle solvers work. First tribe to finish the really neat hanging puzzle wins immunity and reward in the form of luxury (tarp, pillows, blankets, chairs, hammock). Survivors ready? GO! Elizabeth the Olympic swimmer and Janet the lifeguard swim against each other. They are pretty well matched, but Elizabeth is both younger and faster and thus is able to get to her key quickly. Janet, whose swimming skills center on strength as opposed to just speed, has a harder time getting her key, so much so that Lairo is already on the teeter totter. Missy gets the first bag of pieces while Vokai is still getting on the teeter totter and working Kellee into position to get their bags. Eventually Lairo gets both bags and they are able to have Karishma and Dean working on the puzzle with a big lead. Finally Vokai gets to the last platform and Jamal and Lauren start working on their puzzle. Vokai flies through their puzzle as Karishma and Dean completely flake out. Probst exhorts them to get it together and then says Lairo is dead in the water. Vokai wins the Tiki Torch immunity idol and some Pier One pillows. Post challenge, the talk on Lairo is splitting the votes between Vince, in case he has an idol, and Karishma. Dean talks to Missy that the girls will vote Karishma and the guys will vote for Vince. She is not sure that is how she wants it to go and talks to Vince, who suggests Tom because he is older and might “wither out.” Elizabeth is not so sure, because she likes Tom and is sure Elaine feels the same way. Vince and Karishma talk but they are both whiny bitches and all I hear is Charlie Brown Teacher Talk. Also, Vince does a lot of smelling of his hands and that is just grossing me out. He is aware that he may need to play his idol tonight. You know, the idol that is ONLY good for two tribals. I mean there is every reason to hold on to it, right? Tribal Council time. Probst is wearing a Glidden paint Everclear Blue shirt, for those keeping score at home. Rob and Sandra sneak into their duckblind to watch the proceedings unfold once again. Probst starts the talk with Aaron, who notes that screwing up puzzles is what brought them both losses and he knows exactly who is responsible for it. Karishma huffs and rolls her eyes and Probst asks what she would like to say. She goes into a speech about being different from everyone else there and how it is harder for her to relate to them and then mentions that Missy, Elizabeth, and Chelsea are all younger than her and she isn’t part of their “sorority.” Well, that’s just stupid. Other than ignoring her dramatics over the cut on her hand, the other women have not shown signs of excluding her. And even more pointedly, Karishma did not include Elaine in that sorority comment. Does she really think it is harder for her to fit in than it is for Elaine? Hardly. Elaine is worlds away different from the rest of the tribe in life and experience, but her personality is warm and comfortable and puts others at ease. Karishma might need to learn a lesson here on how not to alienate people and then blame it on them. Anyway, Elizabeth outright assures Karishma that they in no way intended to make her feel that way, and I believe her. Probst turns to Tom, who basically says I want to win. Shocking words coming from a former professional athlete. Vince counsels keeping faith with the people you are connected with and don’t let the paranoia set it. You know, Vince, a little paranoia right now might do you some good, especially when Karishma gets up to whisper to Elizabeth, Missy, and Chelsea. Tom is having none of that, saying “Come on, this is all an act. Come on. Are you guys buying this?” It is hilarious. Probst thinks so, too, but he is paid to take this stuff seriously so he asks Tom to elaborate. The former hockey player grunts that Karishma is just trying to change the plan and that’s just rubbish. And with that, it’s time to vote. Probst goes to tally the votes. Tom. Karishma, Karishma, Karishma. Vince. Vince. Vince. Vince. Vince. Sandra is SHOCKED at this. And with that, Vince is voted off with an idol in his pocket. Probst leaves them laughing with a joke: “You may suck at puzzles, but you are really good at blindsides.” The votes broke down this way: Vince voted for Tom. The votes for Karishma came from Dean, Aaron, and Tom. The girls all voted for Vince. The takeaway for me is this: not one of the girls felt enough of an alliance with him to warn him to use an idol if he had it. That speaks to either the stronger girls alliance or that Vince was much less well-liked than we saw from the editing. At any rate, I’m glad he is gone because I am not sure I could take any more scenes of him smelling his fingers.
  13. Cassandra was lovely and very conscious of the scrutiny of the cameras. She was mature and careful in how she presented herself. Great person all around. Sad news.
  14. I...I mean...what? Seriously? Sex repellent? I'm all for making light of people on this show (obviously), but that statement is a bit harsh. She is a fifty-something year old woman who has worked an outdoor, physical job for years. Eye candy is great, but it is not the be all and end all of Survivor casting. Thanks be to Probst.
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