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  1. I'm thinking not Hannah...or Hannah Ann. Looks like that idiot Kelsey goes far enough to tell him she loves him. Why? Whyyyyy does he keep her around? She wore a strapless jumpsuit with NO! NECKLACE! Awful! On the other hand, that face full of champagne was classic. And I totally think production manipulated Champagne-gate from the get-go. Well done, soulless TV minions. Hannah Ann has no idea what the term "bullying" means. It does NOT mean someone telling you they don't like you. That's not being a bully. Natasha is very forthright. I liked that.
  2. cops, I gasped at Tyler's comment, too. I'd been kind of pulling for him, but that was just so rude! His outfit was pedestrian, so his attitude was not backed up by his work. The shots they had of clothes he made outside of the show looked really beautiful, but I'm glad he was booted. Sergio...oh my. What an ass. I hope his humiliation is clear and completed. Definitely liking Christian as mentor. Like knewb, I miss Tim Gunn, but Christian has brought a lot of sass to the mentor role. Don't miss Heidi. I rather like Karlie. I wish Michael Kors would come back, though. Haven't really gotten a handle on the designers so far, as in no one person is really standing out as far as their clothes go.
  3. Thanks, Mags, and thank you to everyone who stuck with the season to the slightly bland winner end.
  4. Please note: this recap will be brought to you with zero politically motivated interruptions. Although I think whoever is dyeing Jeff’s hair should be impeached. Speaking of which… Why is Probst dressed like a German spy, circa 1968? I realize I am used to seeing him in various shades of blue with the occasional foray into black, but this all-black, slim pants, tight mock turtleneck thing is simply not working for me. Just because the reunion is pre-taped doesn’t mean you don’t have to make an effort. The live pre-taped show starts off with a display of the final five. All look good, except for Lauren who does herself no favors with an ill-fitting royal blue dress and a straight haired wig sporting severe bangs. Oh, Lauren, no. Just no. Tiny Tank looks dynamic in a red spaghetti strap jumpsuit, but the real story is that Noura is nearly Tommy height. I had no idea she was so tall! It was easy to tell that Tommy was vertically blessed, but we never really got that sense about Noura. Interesting. Dean and Tommy look neat and clean. They wave then Probst moves on to bringing out the big guns: Boston Rob and Queen Sandra, who is sporting a diamond tiara and gorgeous diamond necklace that I would like sent to me immediately. She claims that she wanted to be a mentor with Rob because she wanted to study HIS game and learn from him. Oh, that Sandra. Always playing Survivor. It’s total bullshit because she knows exactly how to play, better even than Rob, since she won twice. That’s why she’s the Queen and that’s why I will always love her. Probst shows the audience clapping and I see in the lower left corner Les Moonves in a tuxedo. Did he get lost on the way to a “Support For Grabby Dan” rally? (I may have made that up) Switching to the actual show, it is the morning of Day 36 out of 39. Rob and Sandra compare their stories. Rob found happiness with Amber and his daughters because of Survivor. Queen Sandra found happiness with the money she won. They toast each other. Meanwhile, the skiff is racing to Lame-wacko beach. The note delivered tells them to get their personal items and get in the boat. They assume they are going to the Island of the Idols and they are excited. Apparently one of Noura’s personal items includes a small palm tree. Oh, you crazy Noura. Never change. As the boat pulls up, Tommy reminds us that he is the only one who has not been to the Island of the Giant Heads, but he must have been told what awaits him as he is not surprised at all to see Rob and Sandra. Warm greetings are exchanged by all with lots of hugs and welcomes. Yeah, yeah, you are all just great, can we get on with it? Rob and Sandra give the final five new “Island of the Idols” buffs and tell them they get to move into the superstructure Rob has “built” during their time on Giant Head Island. Then the masters head off with the skiff skipper to parts unknown, or as we like to call it, Survivor 40: All Winners, No Untoward Touching. The ragtag final five settle in to the new mansion. Tiny Tank is thrilled with her situation. She has it all figured out: guaranteed final four with that hidden immunity idol she showed to Tommy, then she can make fire like nobody’s business and thus guaranteed to be in the final three. Oh, Janet. You are surrounded by chickens. Remember that old fable about counting them before they are hatched? DOOMED! Noura is running around being Noura, Lauren is enjoying the comforts. It is Tommy who really starts thinking about what it means for them to be there as opposed to back on their own beach. He looks at the new buffs, suspicious that they were given new ones and notes there is a machete on the design, which strikes him as unusual. This leads him to find a machete half buried in a coconut, which is painted pink on the inside. Or possibly red. Apparently Tommy is red-color blind so he cannot tell different shades apart. This challenge was rigged for people with normal color vision! And small feet! Foolishly, or not, considering how the show turned out, Tommy turns to Dean for help. Dean is “D.K. Chillin’” as he assures Tommy he will take him to the end, because otherwise his choices are lose to Lauren or lose to Tiny Tank, and Tommy spills the clue-beans. There is a pink bamboo in the pathway to the mansion/shelter which apparently looks normal to everyone else who walks past it. Underneath is a symbol that looks a bit like a cattywampus H. The two men confer and Dean says he has to go poop before looking for something else. Who knew all that Cologuard poop box commercials would finally pay off in the finale? Anyway, Dean is the one who figures out the symbol is for the random swing attached to the rafters and he finds a hidden immunity idol. And because Dean is not a total fucking idiot, he does not tell Tommy about it. Immunity and Reward challenge time! Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Sweet Baby Boy shirt, for those keeping score at home. We’ve got a multipart challenge here. The Survivors will retrieve a series of rope rungs, build a ladder up to the first part of a platform. They will then maneuver a bag of BALLS up a ladder, by sliding the metal rungs back and forth as they climb higher to the second part of the platform. Once there, they will use the balls on a large table maze to land both BALLS in their respective holes. Or as some people like to call it, dating. First Survivor to finish wins immunity and a reward. What’s the reward? Food that is not from Applebee’s. Survivors ready? GO! Unsurprisingly, the young, athletic men have large leads on gathering the rope rungs. They also finish their rope ladders first. At one point, Tiny Tank is shaking on the ropes as she tries to stabilize herself. It reminded me of those old exercise machines that wrapped a wide band around your backside and jiggled your flesh like a Jello tower. Noura, Dean, and Tommy are all working on the a-maze-BALLS part of the challenge and Dean uses the strategy of getting the more difficult ball, the one furthest away, in the hole first. This proves to be the winning choice because in the end, it is Dean who wins immunity and the reward of a feast. So now he gets to choose which of the other four go with him. Tiny Tank pleads her case, to which Dean shuts her down immediately. His choice? The strange one of Crazy Noura. Lauren is of the opinion that Dean is just doing jury management. I would like to point out to Lauren that is not the case since all of you want Noura sitting next to you at the final tribal, but I feel that might fall on deaf ears. The less said about the feast between Dean and Noura the better. Suffice it to say she suddenly decides that pretty Dean might actually be into her and thus a long segment of Noura trying to flirt and Dean pretending it likes it goes on waaaaay too long. But hey, there was no touching so it’s all good. Tiny Tank is so certain she will be in the final three with Tommy, she is already planning what she is going to say to the jury. Tommy, on the other hand, feels more loyal to Lauren since they have been bonded since Day One. Once Tommy lets Lauren know, a plot is hatched. Tommy clues Pretty Evil Dean in on Janet’s idol so he can use his nullifier on her. For his part, Dean isn’t sure who he wants to get out tonight: Lauren or Janet. Pretty Evil Dean gloats to the camera that he has all “the toys.” Sure, if you consider a tiki necklace, a couple of shells strung on a thong, and a carved up hockey puck “toys” then sure. So that is the set up for Tribal Council. Speaking of which… Tribal Council. Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Lime Foam shirt, for those keeping score at home. We get a long shot of a spider climbing up a pole, and I guess that is the substitute for Boston Rob and Queen Sandra sneaking into their grass spy shack. Sadly, they seem to be gone permanently from the game at this point. As the jury walks in, we see Elaine looks like she still hasn’t taken a shower. The talk is pretty average, with the only real issue when Tiny Tank waxes poetic about the new digs on Giant Head Island, particularly the stone fire pit when she started the fire in one second flat. You are not doing yourself any favors here, Tiny Tank! Although it’s not like they don’t know how awesome she is at starting fire. I mean, she did it without flint the first night, which seems like a billion years ago. So let’s just get to the vote. Probst goes to tally the votes. He invites anyone with a hidden immunity idol to play it. Tiny Tank stands up and plays it. The jury LOVES it, particularly Missy and Elizabeth. Probst confirms that it is a hidden immunity idol…and that the hockey puck he pulls out of the voting urn is an idol nullifier. He explains that if it is used with the correct name. He flips the puck over and there is Tiny Tank’s name, clear as day. She turns around to look at Tommy immediately and then Dean, who attempts a neutral expression. As soon as Tiny Tank is facing forward, Pretty Evil Dean grins at the jury and Missy stage whispers to Elizabeth, “It was DEAN!” Probst reads the votes. Loren. Janet. Janet. Janet. And with that, Tiny Tank is voted out of the game. I am sad to see her go because she represented Women of a Certain Age very well, she was always kind and protective and capable and non-judgmental. Is it too late to get her to run for President? At the pre-taped Live Reunion, Tiny Tank in her hot red number is brought out to a standing ovation. Probst calls her out on showing Tommy the idol and she admits as soon as she did it, she knew it was a mistake. She talks about the kind of response she has received out of the game and how emotional it makes her that people are being inspired by her. Aww! Let’s cut the sentimental crap and get back to some backstabbing and Pretty Evil Dean being pretty evil. The morning of Day 38 on Lumpa-wumpa beach, Dean tries making fire and admits that he has not made fire ONCE this entire season. Dude, did you think you would get by on just your pretty looks and charming smile? Oh, right, it has worked so far. Tommy, on the other hand, pretends he has no idea how to make fire and claims this to Noura, trying to convince her that he is the best choice to take to the final three. Noura is sucking all the attention up like a sponge cake sitting in a pool of rum. She is speaking to the camera and gets distracted by Pretty Evil Dean doing yoga on the beach. I mean…Dean’s okay, but he’s no Colby. Or Joe if you want a more recent reference. Immunity challenge time! Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Onyx Black shirt, for those keeping score at home. The challenge is simple and difficult. The Survivors will have to stack blocks on a wobbly table and spell out “Island of the Idols.” There is a hinge at the bottom linked to a foot pedal in order to lock in the table and keep it steady while more blocks are collected. Survivors ready? GO! There is a bit of a learning curve to handling the table, but this is a tortoise challenge. The slow and steady wins this one. Also it helps having longer arms in order to place the blocks. The game is really between Noura and Dean, and in the end it is Crazy Noura who manages to complete the task first. It is her third immunity, which okay. Funny enough, she is the one person who really didn’t need immunity tonight and here she is, squealing and doing a cartwheel. The other three half-heartedly cheer her win but it seems obvious they are only going through the motions since she pretty much holds their fates in her flailing hands. Post-challenge, the final four sit in the shelter….well, let me rephrase that. Three of them sit and Noura stands up and tells them excitedly that this is how it is going to go: she is going to take a dip in the ocean and chill and then have a pineapple and then they can have some fun and then she will explain her logic and psychology behind her choice of who is going to sit next to her and who is going to make fire and…Tommy begs her to just tell them what she is going to do and not torture them, but dude...have you even MET Noura? That simplistic wish is not going to happen. Not ever. Certainly not when she is in the cat-bird seat and has an audience eating out of her hands. When we finally get to the pay off, she starts in on her explanation without actually articulating who is going to sit next to her and Crazy Noura drags it out as long as possible. She calls Lauren her number one, she tells Pretty Crazy Dean he is “the man” and Tommy is loyal and on and on and on and there are a few edits that suggest she was standing up there for a week with non-stop chatter. That may be close to the truth. FINALLY she gets to the point where Lauren is told she is going to be making fire. Of course it takes another six hours before she says Pretty Evil Dean will be the other person and once he hears that, Dean gets up, gives Crazy Noura a high five and wanders off. Lauren scurries out of there soon after, overcome with emotion. Now, I like Lauren and I think she has played a pretty good game socially, but she kind of lost me when she cried about how she has never made fire since they have been out there. Excuse me, you had Tiny Tank – the mistress of making fire – for 38 days and never once had her walk you through it? Never once asked her to show you what to do? That’s on you, girl. Totally and completely on you. So too bad, so sad, enjoy being on the jury. Tribal Council. Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Prairie Kitchen Blue shirt, for those keeping score at home. Noura talks and who cares? Well, Lauren cares because as Noura is talking, she suddenly pivots to calling Lauren out on her expressions and being combative. Lauren is totally unapologetic. Good for you! You are still going to fail at fire! Noura tells Probst that Pretty Evil Dean is the second person making fire. Let’s get to the fun stuff. Okay, it’s not really all that fun. Dean makes a wood base and then adds his coconut husk. He gets a flame first, though Lauren does get hers going, but she keeps putting tiny sticks on the flame and it is spreading out rather than going higher. BIGGER STICKS!! GAH! Even Probst is telling her what to do by saying to the general audience, “You’ve got to build it” and “You have got to go higher.” Pretty Evil Dean’s flame finally reaches the rope and it snaps, raising the flag and giving Dean the win. In an attempt to be folksy, Dean casually says to the jury, “this morning was the first time I made fire so I don’t know what Noura was talking about. Tommy played you, Noura.” Jack on the jury snickers and whispers, “Tommy played YOU.” Yes. Exactly. Dean thought he was smarter but Tommy really did play him like a fiddle. Lauren is sad and angry at getting her torch snuffed. Shoulda learned how to make fire. That is all. Day 39. Giant Head Island. Time for reflection among the three finalists. And by reflection I mean a champagne brunch. Hey, it’s a tradition. Pretty Evil Dean considers it a final two as Noura is unlikely to get any votes. He is not wrong, but we all knew that from the very beginning. At least Tommy, while saying the same thing as P.E.D. about it being a final two, gives Crazy Noura some credit for lasting, winning immunities, and possibly being able to turn it all around to her. HAHAHA! That won’t happen. Dean thinks all the stuff he won and the resume he built – a term I still really, really hate with this game – is enough to earn him the win. He has forgotten that likability plays a huge role these days. Final Tribal Council. Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Pearl Violet shirt, for those keeping score at home. It’s not actually violet, which would have been an awesome switcheroo, but a dusky blue. The jury files in, sporting poker faces, except for Jack, who always looks somewhat bemused. The format is still the same as recent years: questions are divided into three portions: Outwit, Outplay, Outlast. Probst defines Outwit as alliances, emotional intelligence, social game. Jack makes a statement that they, the jury, are tremendously undecided about who should win. Kellee wants to hear about their strategies and how they evolved. Pretty Evil Dean’s was to not be the loudest guy in the room. Noura (“outwit = halfwit” per Magpie) babbles on about pneumonic devices. I am not paying attention. Elaine accuses her of not playing with any strategy, just emotions. Noura tries to answer but the entire jury breaks out with “TIME OUT!” to get her to stop. It’s hilarious. They debate amongst themselves if Noura had strategy or not. Finally, Tommy talks about making connections with everyone, making them comfortable. He wanted to play from the middle the whole time, which I think he was successful at doing. Lauren asks Tommy who was he most loyal to and his answer was Lauren. Then Noura outs Tommy for helping Dean make and build fire that he did not do for Lauren. Ooooo! Burn! Janet wants to know when he planned to betray her and he answers at boot eight. Jamal’s question has to do with lines that he was not willing to cross, so he wants to know what lines they had that they were unwilling to cross. Noura didn’t want to look back at anything she did and be unhappy with the person who made the move. Tommy claims he told the kids he teaches that he would be acting a bit different by lying and cheating and stealing if he needed to while he was out there, but it was bullying that he would not cross. Pretty Evil Dean has no answer other than promising a final three if he didn’t mean it. Probst moves on to Outplay. He defines it as physical challenges, idols, and twists. Jamal asks Noura to explain her logic as to why she brought Tommy and made Lauren and Dean build fires. Noura pretty much wins Tommy the million dollars by talking about how Tommy convinced her he is awful at making fire. Jamal asks Tommy to clarify that he is the goat, the sacrificial kid brought along to win the game for someone else. Tommy agrees. Then Jamal says, “But doesn’t Dean have a better story?” and I’m suddenly having horrifying flashbacks to Season 8 of Game of Thrones. AAUUGH! I was already traumatized once from that, don’t make me relive it again! Although Pretty Evil Dean would make a ruthless Three Eyed Raven. Aaron asked about challenges. Noura was happy to be at the individual challenges since she didn’t have to be roped to Weekend at Karishma’s. Pretty Evil Dean likens it to a horserace where you stay in the middle of the pack. Sort of like speeding down a highway. If you are in the middle of a pack, you are much less likely to get pulled over for a ticket than if you are leading the pack or lagging only slightly behind. Safety in numbers, people! Tommy talks about how he knew about nearly everyone’s idols and advantages. Dean pulls out his legacy from Jamal, who confirms it is not real. Dean’s face is great as it falls, but Jamal compliments him on not needing to use it. Then Pretty Evil Dean whips out his Giant Head Island immunity idol and gloats out the story of how he found it while Tommy was looking for it, too. Tommy’s response is to say sure you had all that “bling” but you didn’t actually use any of that to your advantage (well, I’d say except for the nullifier, although that was actually Tommy’s hand stirring the pot on that). A-a-ron tells Tommy he should basically just shut up and several of the women tell Aaron that no, they want to hear what Tommy has to say. In your smug face, Gym Rat. Suddenly a very LOUD crack of thunder opens up overhead and rain starts pouring down on everyone. It’s a deluge, everyone is soaked, including Probst, and just as suddenly it stops. Noura feels refreshed and claims all the negative energy has been washed away, and Missy looks she swallowed a sour lemon. Finally Probst gets to Outlast. He claims it’s back to the final three and that if there is someone on the jury they are unsure about, now is the time to address that. Tommy claims he built relationships with all of them and then he posits a question to them: who do they want to represent Season 39. Noura says she just wanted to be transparent, and launches into her “I’m wild and crazy” and she never takes a breath when she talks or uses a period at any time. Dean acknowledges they are all Survivor fans, and reminds them how much fun it is to watch the game and see the person with their back against the wall and how they survive and move forward, and they should vote for him because it will be AWESOME to watch him on TV. He also implores them to “make history” with him by voting for him. Goddammit, I said NO POLITICS! Screw you, Pretty Evil Dean. And with that, it’s time to vote. One by one, the jurors make their way up to the voting booth. We see Aaron vote for Dean and Lauren vote for Tommy. Long time viewers know this means no one voted for Noura, because if they had, we would have seen it. Probst collect the urn and takes off into the night, for his rendezvous with Skiff Skipper. See, now that would have been the perfect transitional segment: Probst getting on that little motor boat and chugging off into the night, pretending that is how he crossed the Pacific Ocean rather than a first class seat on Air New Zealand. We are back to the pre-recorded live show. Tommy looks dapper in a navy blue shirt, pink shirt and neatly trimmed hair and beard. Dean looks smugly handsome in a shiny gray suit and black shirt. Noura looks lovely in a peacock inspired strapless gown. Points off for no necklace, but I’m totally envious of her gorgeous hair. Time to read the votes. Tommy. Dean. Tommy. Dean. Tommy. Tommy. Tommy. Tommy. That wins it. Tommy the fourth grade schoolteacher wins Survivor and gets mugged by his family. The Dean votes were from Aaron and Elizabeth. All the rest were for Tommy. Ah well. Another season put to bed. It started off great, with a really interesting and diverse cast, an interesting twist with Giant Head Island and the lessons in Survivor from a couple of original Survivor champions. Sadly, it all went to Hell and deflated a lot of my enthusiasm for the season. But I still love Survivor and at least when February rolls around and we have nothing but former winners, we can all be assured they at least know how the sausage is made and won’t screw it all up. Oh, who am I kidding? Someone is going to fuck it up. My money is on Tyson. See you in February!
  5. Pick one of the Final Three as your choice for winner.
  6. A tad late but at least they corrected the course.
  7. Apparently Dean sent out a picture of the finale set:
  8. One degree in art, second one in history. Hamster Caretaker for life. *FIST!*
  9. This season started off with so much promise, like a straight A student beginning freshman year at her dream college. Then someone introduces her to Kahlua and vodka, and suddenly she’s flunking out of English 101 and the dream of a perfect season ends. Thus goes Survivor 39: Island of #TimesUpForGrabbyDan. Post-tribal finds Noura continuing her No Really I Was Gonna Tell Tommy tour. She fails miserably and what appears to be a locked up final four in TinyTank, Lauren, GrabbyDan and Tommy shoo her away so they don’t have to listen to her idiocy anymore. Noura blames Dean for both her failure to create a coup and the Lindenburgh baby kidnapping, so for revenge she…steals his kicks. Apparently he keeps his tennis shoes pristine and she decides to hide them high up on the Lumuwaku flag pole that also contains trophies (in the form of forgotten clothing) from the previously deceased tribe members. Fun fact: Elaine wore A-a-ron’s pants to the next tribal council following his ouster and he was so pissed off about it, he held on to it until she got to Ponderosa so he could yell at her. What a baby. The next morning, everyone wanders off to look for the newly rehidden immunity idol that Elaine wasted the night before. After a great deal of wandering around like Moses in the desert, TinyTank finally looks where the cameraman has been pointing his lens for ten minutes straight and finds a blue wrapper. It is not a discarded old Rice Krispie Treat foil packaging, but indeed the immunity idol. She calls Tommy over and they celebrate by READING THE PARCHMENT OUT IN THE OPEN. Oh, sure, they looked around surreptitiously but failed to notice Dean and Elaine standing twenty feet away from them. Idiots. Dean is quite pleased that he knows what they know while they don’t know what he knows. Elaine is having trouble extrapolating that sentence. So am I, but I’ve got a Kahlua and cream to get me through. Later on what I assume is the same morning, Elaine tries working on Lauren to understand that the boys have an alliance that does not include her and that even if they bring her to the final four, they will make her build a fire for her life. Elaine, as it turns out, is exactly right but Lauren trusts Tommy, who looks, feels, and sounds trustworthy. Spoiler alert: he is not. While Big Red assures Lauren that all is well, he goes back to the Boys Alliance and tells them to make sure Lauren feels safe and tell her they want to get rid of Janet. In truth, Tommy knows he cannot win against Lauren, that none of them can. I would argue that everyone can win against both GrabbyDan and Crazy Noura. Dean is a wild card at the moment. But we are at the point in the game where everyone smells the finale close at hand, so scenarios are being spun in their heads like sugar cookies. (Not a fan of plums.) Whirrrrrrrrrrrrr! The sound you hear is the boat for Island of the Giant Heads. The bag is handed over by the skipper of the skiff. The Survivors must draw one name to go to the island. Now, let’s see. Out of everyone left, who has not been to see the secret of the season? TinyTank has been, Elaine, Crazy Noura. Tommy, Dean, and Dan have not, which is a good thing for GrabbyDan because he would have lost his fingers had he tried to touch Sandra in an untoward way. I don’t remember if Lauren when and I’m honestly too tired to look it up, but I do not think she has been (she did go in Episode 10, so yeah, I’m losing it. Thank you, Wikipedia). So a name is drawn and who gets to go? Dean. He assumes it will be the last trip of the game and it means his good luck is kicking in at the right time. The camera focuses on a flaccid, pale harbor seal in red shorts…oh, I’m sorry. That’s Boston Rob out spearfishing. He manages to get a large Orange Roughy that looks like it came directly from the fishmonger’s ice tray and takes it back to Idol camp, where he cooks perfectly cut filets for himself and Sandra (and soon Dean). Boston Rob LOVES being out there on Survivor Island and claims it feels like home. I’m sure Amber and your daughters love hearing you say that, you big lunk. Dean gets dropped off on the lovely beach and does the whole quizzical “Why are there giant heads of Linda Ronstadt and George Lucas circa 1983 on a beach in Fiji?” thing. Rob and Sandra greet him and give him some food, and talk ensues. Dean shares his legacy given to him by Jamal and asks them to confirm that it is real. Sandra immediately says no can do, Frat boy. Only Probst is able to confirm that. Dean goes on to detail how he made a fake of the (fake) legacy and the Idols are impressed by his ingenuity. They are less impressed when he blathers on about getting everyone to vote for him then pulling out his (fake) legacy advantage. Rob may have called him a dunce. The lesson must go on, however, and it is about jury management. They talk to him about storytelling to the jury, to “differentiate” himself and I’m impressed that Sandra made that word choice, because she usually likes the short and to the point vocabulary. Now comes the test: if Dean wins, he gets to choose because an extra vote, an idol nullifier, or an idol that has to be played for someone else. All he has to do is win a coin flip. He does, and he chooses the idol nullifier as he knows Janet has an idol. Boo. Don’t you dare be mean to TinyTank! Lumuwaku, Day 34. I said it before and I’ll say it again. This is the second worse merge tribe name, after Nobag (Gabon, Africa). Dean comes back from Idol Island. His story is a simple version of the truth, a lesson Noura could have used a few weeks back. He claims it was a coin flip to lose his vote and win either an extra vote or an idol that could be used for someone else, and he lost so he does not have a vote for the next Tribal council. As soon as he is alone with Dan, Tommy and Lauren, he tells them the truth, which puts Tommy on edge a bit. Tommy had been cruising along thinking Dean was just Pretty Dean with the Good Shoes, but this show of sneaky snake underhandedness proves Dean has at least something of a story to sell the jury. I think it is a mistake on Dean’s part as well to say he has an idol nullifier, because Dean KNOWS that Tommy and TinyTank have an idol! Didn’t think that part through, did you, Pretty Boy? Day 35, Immunity Challenge time! Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Rich Navy shirt, for those keeping score at home. This is going to be a physical challenge, big time. Survivors will have to spin to uncoil a rope, then make their way through a series of obstacles – my most-oft used phrase this season, right after “Glidden Paint” and “Stop Touching Me, Dan.” A single puzzle piece will be collected along the way, which seems cheap. Then the Survivors will have to make a word puzzle that spells out “This game will mess with your mind” and reputation, but who’s counting? Survivors ready? GO! Watching dizzy people try to navigate a rope net and a balance beam is pretty damn funny. A dizzy challenge is a must-have from now on. The puzzle round has everyone pretty even. Elaine, though, is pretty close but unfortunately it is Dean who beats her to the punch. On my first watch, I thought he might have looked at what she was doing, but seeing it again, I don’t believe that happened, at least not right at the end enough to matter. Elaine is very upset and knocks her pieces over. Her frustration is mostly at herself, for both being so close to finishing and not being able to get there, and then at wasting her immunity idol at the last tribal council. Of course, WE know that even if she still had it, she would have been nullified by Dean’s new toy. Elaine knows she is on the chopping block and that her only play, really, is to try and convince people to vote out Crazy Noura. Yeah, I think that ship has sailed. She’s too tempting as someone to drag to the end. Post challenge the decision is that everyone except Dan will vote Elaine, and Dan will vote for Noura just in case an idol is played. Elaine tries to talk Lauren into switching to Noura, and for her part Lauren listens. It’s an idea that would probably help Lauren more than just going along with the crowd and voting out the easy choice in Elaine. Lauren and TinyTank discuss it and while TT thinks this might work, she also knows Elaine is a real threat to win at the end, to make fire as fast as TinyTank can make it, just in case it comes down to that choice at the final four. Another note: we have barely seen Noura this episode, so it seems painfully obvious who is going home. Tribal Council time. Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Windswept Blue shirt, for those keeping score at home. Twenty minutes for tribal seems like a long time, especially when we know pretty much who is going. Let’s get on with it. Rob and Sandra are in their grass shack and Rob is…shocked? overjoyed? flabbergasted? that Dean won immunity. It’s hard to tell, but then when he starts making fun of Dean “stretching before flexing” it means he just likes to poke at pretty boys and their pristine shoes. The jury comes in and Weekend at Karishma’s’ is looking like a hot mama. An inept, whiny hot mama, but still pretty hot. I mean, if you like a hot mess, that is. Elaine complains about Dean winning, and Dean pivots to playing up to the jury, making Boston Rob proud that someone actually listened to him. GrabbyDan likens the last tribal council to an earthquake and that the foundation was rebuilt to be stronger. He then says, “Unless it’s the big one tonight…” Oh GrabbyDan. You have no idea. Also, don’t say, “the big one” while gesturing at your pants, even accidentally. Elaine points out she has been called a target from day one and she completely owns that she will be voting out Noura. Rob loves it. Elaine lays her case against Noura to get out the one the boys want to drag to the end. Elaine really opens up about why she is there (money and adventure) and how rough her life has been recently. Her mother passed away three months before leaving. Everyone is pretty much in tears, even Boston Rob. TinyTank once again captures my heart by being so amazing to another person that I wish she would adopt me (even though we are about the same age). She hugs Elaine (I hope she asked permission first!) and speaks to her directly, telling her that in times of darkness she has always known there is light on the other side and that Elaine will get there, in her head and in her heart. It is so lovely and kind and so very, very Janet. Elaine says dreams are still alive, until Probst snuffs her torch. So Jeff says, “That is true. And with that…” and he gestures to her. Elaine finishes the sentence,”…it is time to vote.” Time to tally the votes. Elaine. Noura. Elaine. Nora. Elaine. Elaine. That’s enough. Hugs and love from Janet and Lauren, who is red-eyed with tears. Elaine asks Probst for a hug after her snuffs her torch and Sandra declares her love for Elaine as well, which Sandra is not always quick to do. That says something right there. She wanders off down the path to food and clean clothes and Survivor stardom. However, the show is not quite over yet. On Day 36, Probst makes his way down the beach to the camp, shocking everyone just by showing up. Jeff says he needs to share some news, causing TinyTank to look around and ask, where is Dan? Probst barrels on with his mission: a decision was made, Dan won’t be coming back to camp, won’t be on jury, he is gone, gone, gone. TinyTank realizes that “real world” things have come into the game, while Tommy is scrambling to figure out how to reshuffle his playing cards. An informational slide is thrown up at the end, and all it says is that Dan was removed from the game for another “incident” that happened off-camera and did not involve a player. So, more taint to mar what started out as a fantastic season and leave a bitter taste in our mouths as viewers and as fans. I am as disappointed in Season 39 as my mother was when I majored in art.
  10. Dan and Classy aren't even in the same area code. He is the kind of guy who is a total crybaby when he is on the losing end of the stick, and a total asshole while he is winning. His kid seemed like a nice boy, at least. Must take after mom. I suspect that Tommy wanted to get rid of Noura but was talked out of it by Grabby Dan, and it is going to turn out to be a mistake.
  11. Here we are again, post-Thanksgiving bloat and all. Hope everyone had a good holiday and… ENOUGH CHITCHAT! CHALLENGE TIME! Seriously. Day 30, the show opens with a swooping shot over Challenge Beach with a course set up partially in the water. Probst is there, wearing a Glidden Paint Deep Onyx shirt, for those keeping score at home. The spot where I paused the screen gives me a good look at Probst’s legs and by the shape of his calves, I’m guessing he has a Peleton at home. Here’s hoping no one is forcing him to document his progress on his equally expensive iPhone. Also I really don’t like these lack of transition type of openings. It feels like we miss something when we don’t get night-vision “what just happened” conversations back at camp after the previous tribal council. Wouldn’t it be fun to hear Weekend at Karishma’s doing a “nanny nanny boo boo” at everyone after using her immunity idol and thwarting their desire to FINALLY oust her useless ass? Don’t answer that. The less we see of Weekend at Karishma’s, the better. Probst goes into his speech mentioning some of the milestones along the Survivor journey: merge, finals, and the family visit. Even before he gets to the loved one reveal, the Survivors are beside themselves in varying degrees of emotion. I’m sure they did the math and knew this was coming today. So let’s meet the loved ones. Lauren’s husband, Matt, comes out and they hug. Lauren is an emotional wreck. Matt is cute and looks an awful lot like Jason from earlier in the season. Probst asks, “Why Matt?” which…really Jeff? What do you think she is going to say, that it’s because he has a big pecker? Of course Lauren lauds his qualities of love and support while he sheepishly smiles next to her. They seem like a sweet couple. Tommy’s girlfriend, Nicole, is next. She is tall and thin and, as Tiny Tank says, she is beautiful. Tommy is shaking like a leaf with emotion. He can’t speak so Nicole does it for him, talking about how wonderful he is and how he is emotionally supportive. Then she whispers to him, “Just get it done” which could be taken as a threat. However, I am feeling magnanimous today so we will just call that a competitive nature coming out. Ugh. Weekend at Karishma’s husband, Drew, is next. He jogs out and cheerfully says, “Good morning, Karishma!” in a jovial tone. Weekend at Karishma’s pleasantly responds, “Hi Roomie!” I may have made that part up. What she does is what we all expect: completely embarrasses herself with an emotional reaction and tears that would make Tammy Faye Bakker cringe. Her husband is very, very sweet. As she sobs about how not good she is, he tells her he’s got her; he is there for her. Aw, Drew, you are a good guy. I’m so sorry. As Weekend at Karishma’s goes through how misunderstood she is, how she has had to endure hunger and deprivation, she doesn’t once mention how she cut her hand nearly in two. Noura’s sister, Lana, is next. She is obviously quite a bit younger than Noura but their faces are nearly identical. Alana tells her she is proud of her for still being there, and Jeff asks what that was about. Noura launches into a tearful explanation of how much she admires and wants to be like her sister – who seems grounded and dare I say normal? – and that Lana calls Noura crazy but affectionately has named it “Nourable” as in adorable. It is very sweet and sisterly and I develop some mad love for Lana when Probst tells her to give Noura a last hug and Lana sasses him with a, “This won’t be the last hug, sir.” Probst loves it, too. Janet’s husband, John, is announced and TinyTank is charging up the beach even before John appears from the jungle. He runs around and all we see is a hot pink t-shirt. Turns out that color is a signal to the new grandchild on the way. Cute idea! John is florid, freckled and blond, looking sort of like a blown up Jon Gruden. Probst asks what it is about Janet and John talks about how amazing his wife is, how there is no challenge she won’t take. He talks lovingly about how she broke barriers for women all the time, as one of the first female ocean front lifeguards, and that every time something comes up, it doesn’t matter that she’s a woman, she will handle it. I love how he speaks about her. Laura, Dean’s mom, is next. She is wearing a leopard print dress and he picks her up when they hug. It’s not the most uncomfortable reunion between a parent and child we have ever had on this show (Hello, Joe and Joe’s dad). She really looks more like his older sister. They talk a little bit about some of his emotional struggles in high school and how supportive she was with him. There is a whole lot not being said here about Dean’s life so I guess we will just leave that aside for now. The Redemption of Grabby Dan begins. His thirteen year old son, Ryan, comes out. Sweet looking young kid, overjoyed to see his dad, who falls to his knees and cries and asks if everything is okay at home. It is, as they apparently haven’t gotten word yet that Dan likes touching younger women. Probst asks Ryan how it was coming over to Fiji by himself and I find it VERY hard to believe that production let a child fly internationally by himself without a family member as an escort. The kid makes me laugh by telling Probst he is surprised his dad has lasted this long. Oh, Ryan. You sweet summer child. Stay off the internet for the next year, please. Finally, there is Elaine. Her girlfriend, Tanya, comes out and is a dead ringer for Big Tom from Africa (Season 3). Elaine asks how everything is at home and then tells Probst a bit about their relationship, how scared she was that Tanya’s children would accept them together. She says the oldest child is in college and the youngest is Elaine’s best friend. At first I was a little confused, thinking Elaine was friends with Tanya’s child and THEN they got together, a sort of L-word Stacey’s Mom situation, but on rewatch that is not what she said, so whew! They have a few mild PDAs like the rest of the couples and then the last hug. Probst then pivots to the challenge. Survivors will be tethered in pairs then to a rope, and I’m so sorry for whomever is partnered with Weekend at Karishma’s because they have already lost. I kind of hope it is Noura so we can see her dragging Weekend at Karishma’s through the course like we enjoyed on the worm-in-the-sand challenge. The pairs will make their way through a series of obstacles, involved the tangled rope, over and under beams challenge, then digging and squeezing underneath a log in the sand. After that, they will have to land a single sandbag on a disc platform while still tethered together. First to land on the platform wins reward, which is of course time to spend with loved ones along with a feast. Pairs end up thus: TinyTank and Tommy, Dan and Noura, Dean and Elaine, Lauren and Weekend at Karishma’s. Sorry, Lauren. Survivors ready? OH! Wait! Before they go, Probst talks to Noura’s sister and confirms that she is visually impaired. He asks the rest of the loved ones if they mind him taking Lana out with him to watch the action and of course none of them say they mind. There is no reason to object and to do so would be churlish and mean spirited. Seeing her sister with Jeff, Noura asks what is happening and immediately starts crying when Probst explains it, thanking him every which way. Yeah, yeah, let’s GO! Everyone splashes through the water, but Dan is so far ahead of Noura that she falls and then she just starts swimming in the shallows like a sand shark looking for an ankle to bite. Probst snarks that “Noura is swimming when she could just walk through it.” But whatever, Dan and Noura are up on the beach first and start threading their way through the obstacle-rope maze. Up, over, under. This is harder on the shorter women and both Noura and TinyTank take some hard falls. Elaine and Dean are finished first and soon everyone is digging in the sand except for Lauren and Weekend at Karishma’s. Poor Lauren is sobbing as they finally run up the beach to start digging but Jeff screams that they are not out of it yet, as Dan is still struggling to get under the log. Both Dean and Tommy are brutally thin compared to Grabby Dan and his middle aged spread, so that is understandable. Finally everyone is tossing the sandbag and Dan nearly lands his on the first try. In the end, the pair of TinyTank and Tommy win reward. YOU FOOLS! You forgot one of the cardinal rules of Survivor! Do NOT win the loved ones reward! Take a lesson from Dadbod Rick last season: talk to your loved one before heading out to Survivor and make a deal that you will not try to win, and hope you will be chosen to join the winner. Because now Probst makes Tommy and TinyTank choose another….then one more person to join them. I watched this and thought about it and I am a little pissed. Probst should have made them choose ONE of the tethered teams to join them. That way, if Lauren is chosen, then Weekend at Karishma’s gets the reward as well for no good reason. If Dan is chosen, Crazy Noura gets reward and Lauren falls to pieces. We know neither of winners would choose Elaine or Dean, so they are out no matter what. They pick Dan, which is actually a good choice because that is his thirteen year old son there and how can you say no to that? I couldn’t be that cruel. I mean in real life. As a keyboard warrior, it is all about the bitchiness. Their other choice, no surprise, is Lauren. The rest of the reactions are expected: Dean and Elaine already knew, Noura is pissed/disappointed, and Weekend at Karishma’s is sulking. Probst asks her how she feels. She claims to have clarity about being on the bottom and all I can say is that it sure took her long enough to realize she is on the bottom. Weekend at Karishma’s is mad! She wants to band the losers together and, as she puts it, put a wrecking ball in someone else’s head. Someone else? Was there a wrecking ball on this season smacking into someone that I missed? Pretty sure I would have recapped that event. Or maybe the police in Weekend at Karishma’s hometown should be investigating unsolved murders involving wrecking balls. Just saying. Probst give it a big WOW! He sends them back to camp with nothing. The reward feast is as you would expect, with some strategy talk. TinyTank suggests Elaine is the first to go since she has a chance at winning immunity, with the implication that Weekend at Karishma’s has a less than zero chance. They decide to tell Noura to vote Elaine. Then the talk pivots to splitting the vote between Elaine and Weekend at Karishma’s to be on the safe side. All reasonable conclusions. Lauren talks to the camera, suggesting that she doesn’t think it likely that the ones left back at camp, aka the Group of Losers (Thanks Grabby Dan and also fuck right off) will manage to come up with any sort of strategic plan. And so we immediately go to the Group of Losers deciding to try and figure out how to get the Group of Winners out. Hilariously, Crazy Noura starts babbling about how she now knows she is on the bottom of that foursome. She says…out loud mind you…that she is the Karishma of that group, except she is enjoyable to be around and I Cannot. Stop. Laughing. First of all, Noura, yes you are more “enjoyable” to be around that Weekend at Karishma’s but that is like saying would you prefer to put your hand in the box with the scorpion or the tarantula? It’s not really a great choice either way, it’s just that one is a bit more painful than the other. Noura keeps blathering and who likes it the most? Dean. He just can’t stop grinning to himself and Noura goes on and on and on. Hilarious. Crazy Noura swears her loyalty to them. They decide Lauren is their target on the vote. They take advantage of their time alone at camp to go out idol hunting on Dean’s suggestion. There is a lot of searching but Elaine is the one who is victorious in the end as she finds the idol. Immunity Challenge time. Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Sausalito Sky shirt, for those keeping score at home. Simple challenge: stand one foot on top of the other on a narrow beam. Hold a BALL! against a vertical wooden bar with an oval shaped small buoy threaded with a dowel up over their head. Last player standing with a BALL! still in place wins immunity. Survivors ready? GO! Dean is out almost immediately after the challenge starts, followed closely by Tommy. Surprisingly Noura is out nextI. I thought she would last longer in this one with her mad yoga skills. TinyTank falls hard off her beam and seems to have scraped a good part of her skin off her foot, causing it to bleed everywhere. In Weekend at Karishma’s terminology, Janet has cut her foot off. Probst is concerned and runs over to help her up but Janet shrugs it off like it was a fleabite and limps over to the bench. We never see Dr. Joe but I assume someone came over from Medical, cleaned the wound and bandaged it. Or, you know, sewed her foot back on. Weekend at Karishma’s is next and she certainly lasted longer than expected. Let’s give her a round of applause for lasting more than thirty seconds, shall we? Grabby Dan loses concentration and drops, so I am guessing a pretty young medic was over taking care of TinyTank. So we are down to Elaine and Lauren and can someone explain why after thirty days Elaine has zero armpit hair? And also why I am checking to see how much armpit hair the women are sporting? Poor Lauren’s arms are shaking badly while Elaine looks as solid as a rock. Suddenly Elaine’s arms move a bit and her BALL! drops. There was a question about whether this was a deliberate move on Elaine’s part, so in looking at the moment over a couple of times, I have concluded that it is possible but unlikely. Elaine is too much of a competitor to just give up when there is no reason for her to sacrifice to the other person still in the challenge. Better for Elaine if she had immunity AND the idol. So Lauren wins immunity and thwarts, unknowingly, the plans of the Group of Losers to vote her out. Post challenge, the idea is to split votes between Elaine and Weekend at Karishma’s. Grabby Dan, TinyTank, and Noura vote Elaine. The rest vote for Weekend at Karishma’s, assuming other than her voting for herself, though I wouldn’t put it past her. TinyTank and Dan clue Noura in on the plan and she turns around and tells the Group of Losers. This excites Weekend at Karishma’s because now they can just vote for whichever of the others they want, which seems to be Tommy as the biggest threat. Elaine is concerned about Noura being a Fruit Loop, and her fear is not unfounded. Crazy Noura corners Dean and starts talking complications. She goes through all the perambulations of every possible scenario and drives the usually somnambulant Dean to distraction. He tells her they cannot worry about every scenario and should just make a decision and stick with it, then finally has to level with her that he worries most about her. Dean tells us that putting his faith in Noura’s hands is scary. This then makes more sense later during tribal council, at least to explaining Dean’s actions. It does get noticed that Dean and Noura are missing for a while and that makes Lauren, Dan and Tommy nervous. Also, Dean and Elaine talk and share their concern for trusting Noura. They feel certain they can trust Weekend at Karishma’s to vote how she says she will vote, so she’s got that going for her, which is nice. Not that Weekend at Karishma’s will ever appreciate it. Elaine recalls her lesson from the Island of the Idols, of which you may have a vague memory, to not hesitate. I’m not sure that the entire lesson was just to go “balls out” but more along the lines of look for an opening then take it, not barrel through like a bull in a china shop. But you do you, Elaine. Tribal Council time. Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Blue Phlox shirt, for those keeping score at home. I have watched this Tribal Council through a few times and the highlights are Missy in the jury box pretending to eat popcorn while the Survivors run around in chaos, and Boston Rob snarking from the grass spy shack above the proceedings. His utter disgust at the voting result by the end is palpable and also highly amusing. What happens is that Tribal Council starts off normally enough: jury troops in, and it was recently pointed out to me that Probst does not give their names as they come in to the council area anymore. Chitchat ensues about the loved ones visit and Prosbt asks Elaine to extrapolate on something. Elaine asks him what extrapolate means, but she has a sly little smile on her face which screams to me that she is playing Probst like a fiddle. Suddenly Dean leans over to whisper to Tommy that the rest of the Group of Losers is voting for him but Dean is not doing it. Tommy is surprised that Noura is in on that, which Dean confirms. Tommy then whispers to Dan, who talks to Noura who has suddenly been caught out and all her pre-Tribal council planning starts blowing up in her face. Lauren wants to know if Noura was voting Tommy, Janet is just stunned, Elaine comes over to where Noura and Tommy and talking and sticks her face right in there, which seriously made me lose it. Her expression is halfway between inquisitive and smug. It is great. Dean is simply bemused by all he started, and I suspect this has been his actual strategy this entire season, or at least since Chelsea left. It’s all a long con for revenge on getting his main squeeze out of the game. Finally Noura declares she is just going to talk out loud and bypass all the whispering. She calls out Dean on being untrustworthy and she outs Elaine’s idol as well. Noura claims to Tommy she was going to tell him but Dean got to him first, which is such a lie! Weekend at Karishma’s butts in and tells Tommy that ten minutes before tribal, Noura was with them. Noura keeps talking and talking. Janet asks Weekend at Karishma’s if she is willing to write down Noura’s name and of course she is! Boston Rob is ranting quietly to Sandra in their spy shack about how getting caught in a lie is Noura’s mistake and getting caught should be reason enough to be voted out. Sandra concurs. Elaine swears on her grandfather’s grave to Tommy that she is not writing his name down. Tommy wants Noura to go next and Dan is clarifying whether he means tonight or next tribal council. We don’t get our answer. Everyone settles down and Probst tries to take control again. He asks Noura how she feels about what she instigated and she is immediately launches into top ten reasons why everything is Dean’s fault. Dean is laughing and that just pisses her off more as she gets angrier and angrier that anyone should trust him. Probst asks if they are ready to vote and it is time. Probst goes to tally the votes. Anyone want to use an idol, ELAINE? Yes, yes she does. She hands her idol to Probst, apologizes in case it smells like feet and it may very well at that as Probst holds it pretty far away from his face. Time to read the votes. Weekend at Karishma’s. Noura. Nora At this point, Sandra says, “Damn Noura, they screwed you.” Boston Rob snorts and says, “She screwed herself.” Word, Rob. Noura. Weekend at Karishma’s. Weekend at Karishma’s. Weekend at Karishma’s. Weekend at Karishma’s. Boston Rob cannot believe it. “All of that talk just to vote out Karishma.” That’s pretty much the motto of this season, Rob. All of this talk, just to vote out Weekend at Karishma’s. But on the bright side, she won’t be anywhere near the million dollar prize, so we’ve got that going for us. Also, her hand seems to have regained full function. Probst to the Survivors: "I got nothing for you. Good night." Good luck to the members of jury, who now get the honor of listening to Weekend at Karishma’s list of grievances. Happy Festivus!
  12. What the hell did I just watch in that Tribal Council??
  13. No, I can see how she would have been very well liked. Other than that awful decision to gin up the Grabby Dan stuff, which was directed by Missy, she has been pretty mellow and seems fun to be around.
  14. Looking back on the season so far, I think a huge clue was when Karishma made the comment early on about staying modest around the other women on Lairo. Knowing what we have seen of their personalities (Elaine, Missy, Elizabeth) I cannot imagine any of them would shame Karishma or bully her for keeping covered up. It occurs to me that she was looking for evidence from the start that her differences would set her apart and feed into the victimhood she seems to have embraced. That whole exchange with Probst at the immunity challenge was soooooo uncomfortable to witness.
  15. I do agree with Tsy's reasoning as to why Lauren used the idol, but it was still a panicked move. I had thought when she first stood up, she was going to use it on Tommy.
  16. Thanks! Figured if I didn't get it done right away, it wouldn't happen until at least Saturday night. Luckily this was a straightforward episode.
  17. As you remember from last week, the tribe was split into two groups. The first group makes it back to camp and they await the return of the second group to find out who got voted out. Lauren is fearful that her main alliance partner, Tommy or Big Red as Elaine calls him, will be the target, so she is overjoyed when he sees him emerging from the jungle like a ghost of Survivor Past. As relieved as she is, the girl is still in game mode and they regroup to plan the next step. I really like Lauren and Tommy as partners in this game. Neither one panics, they think things out, and seem to be pretty solid in their alliance. I would probably lean more toward Lauren as a stronger player but a case could be made for both. Apparently there is a Goat Army alliance, or at least the name of a pretend alliance. Dean calls it mustering the Goat Army to get rid of the bigger threats. It is hard to figure out who was recruited into this Bovidae Army, but we see Dean talking to Tommy and Elizabeth about it. For a few minutes, I was actually thinking Dean is not the complete nunchuck he seems to be, but then he goes and confirms he is still an idiot by deciding the fake advantage that Jamal crayoned while at Island of the Idols is actually real and dude. Seriously? If I stuck a box of Crayollas up my butt, I would poop something more believable than that sloppy parchment. Dean gets the bright idea to use some of the paint leftover from the new tribe flag and make up a fake legacy parchment in order to keep what he thinks is a real legacy advantage in his pocket. Oh Dean. It’s a good thing you’re pretty. Sound of a motor boat wafts over the beach. Finally! Back to Island of the Idols! The tribe has to choose one person to go to the island unanimously, otherwise a name will be drawn from the bag. I have a question: are the names only those who have not been yet or of everyone left in the game? Like, could Janet or Elizabeth conceivable be picked to go again? Just some idol (ha) curiosity. Lauren immediately pipes up that she wants to go, and the votes trickle in for her. Naturally, this causes Weekend at Karishma’s to find something to whine about. I swear, this woman. She just gets worse as the season drags on. I mean, we all knew from the outset that Reem Daly was an annoying loudmouth, but Weekend at Karishma’s has taken a downward track since landing on the beach. She is bitter that other people are running the tribe. I guarantee that if she were part of the majority alliance or in the decision making circle, she would be singing the “Too bad so sad” tune to those on the outs. Because Weekend at Karishma’s is kind of a rude bitch. Sorry to insult bitches everywhere. So Lauren hops in the boat. On the way over, we are treated to a funny scene where Rob and Sandra are eating freshly sliced papayas with lovely hand-carved wooden forks that cost several dollars apiece at Crate and Barrel, when a chicken sneaks up on Sandra and pecks the papaya in order to knock it out of her hands and start munching on it. Rob laughs that Sandra has been very loyal to the chicken this whole time and that is how she is rewarded. Something tells me this chicken is going to become Pollo Saltado by the next episode. Lauren makes her way up the beach and sees the giant heads of Miles Standish and Priscilla Mullins (Happy Thanksgiving!), and then when Rob and Sandra emerge from the jungle, she gets completely giddy. They take her back to their secret villain lair to play their mind games. For once, Sandra is allowed to speak and she says they want to know what is going on with her in the game. Turns out their Survivor lesson is one on “situational awareness” to see how well she knows the people on her tribe and if she can predict how they will choose to play on the next challenge. If she’s right, she gets an idol good for two councils, if she’s wrong she loses her vote. Boston Rob tells her what the challenge will be (hold a bar until a ball falls), but the twist is that those who choose to sit out will get breakfast foods. This is an easy choice as I love breakfast foods. Bring on the bacon! Lauren has to choose someone who will play the challenge. She equivocates a bit, noting that Noura is vegan so she might not be tempted and Elizabeth is without allies and is a competitor, so she thinks they will for sure play in the challenge. The Idols sweeten the deal by giving her two choices and if one of them plays the challenge, she wins the idol. Boston Rob claims he doubled her odds and two out of ten doesn’t seem like an actual doubling. But hey, it’s math so I will defer to the millionaires on TV. After giving it some thought, she picks Noura and Elizabeth. Sandra explains that if she gets it right, the idol will be hidden by tree mail. Lauren gets back to camp and tells a much better story and Noura. She tells them she knows what the challenge is and explains it. She adds that the twist was that she got to choose if it was a sit out and eat challenge and what they would eat. The tribe loves it, especially when she mentions bacon. She has them all fooled, it seems, so that was successful. A little later, Lauren pulls Tommy aside and clues him in to the real thing and they decide to work on everyone to they want to sit out to do just that. Weekend at Karishma’s whines that a mimosa is her favorite drink in all the world and she would order it in bars if she could! I wonder if Applebee’s will put a new mimosa based drink on their menu? I also wonder if Weekend at Karishma’s has no idea how to order a glass of orange juice and a champagne split and an empty glass? It looks like Lauren and Tommy are doing a great job convincing the people they want to convince, and I’m getting more and more impressed with them. Immunity challenge time! Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Gray Hearth shirt, for those keeping score at home. Elaine has to give back the immunity necklace but she makes it as difficult as possible while getting a little handsy with Probst. Did she not pay attention in #MeToo discussion the producers JUST had with you people? Jeffy explains the challenge, lift the bar, out when the ball drops. He then does his big reveal to show the array of breakfast goodies and…..he is shocked. None of the Survivors react at all. It was so silent that we could hear the wind whistling in the space between Dean’s ears. Lauren explains they all had a heads up, like Probst didn’t know about that ahead of time, and he pretends to be relieved as to why no one started drooling immediately. He gives everyone a red rock and a yellow rock. They will display red if they want to play, yellow if they want delicious pancakes, bacon, hash browns. When the reveal comes, it is only Weekend at Karishma’s, Elizabeth, and Noura who are playing. Well done, Lauren! Probst makes it clear that when the challenge is over, the food goes away. Survivors ready? GO! And the people eating barely have enough time to shove some bacon in their mouths before Weekend at Karishma’s ball drops. Probst tells her she can sit down but she cannot eat and she mutters, “I can handle it.” Jeffy is confused and asks concernedly what she can handle. Weekend at Karishma’s explains that she can handle smelling the food and not being able to eat and also feeling like a failure. You’d think she would be used to that by now. Probst stares at her for a moment and asks why choosing to do the challenge would make her feel like a failure. Naturally she starts whine-crying about something stupid and I just can’t with this broad. Neither can Probst who says something generic and runs away back to the challenge, leaving Weekend at Karishma’s to weep alone on the sit-out bench. I can hear Lauren crunching bacon in the background and it sounds delicious! Okay, back to the challenge. Eventually, Elizabeth’s ball drops so Noura wins the challenge, but Noura does not move a muscle. She says she is staying there as long as she can for her tribe to keep eating, but Probst gently explains to her that the challenge is over so the eaters have to shove in their last bites. Elaine: “We’re tryin’ Jeff!” Post challenge. Lauren and Tommy find their idol that she won. The talk post-challenge has to do with voting between Weekend at Karishma’s and Elizabeth. Tommy feels that they can vote out the weak one any time and my LORD how many times do these people say that and yet she still survives? Noura and Elizabeth fret that Weekend at Karishma’s might have an idol. The two girls approach her to see how she is doing okay after the challenge, but it is a subterfuge as Noura grabs Weekend at Karishma’s bag to go through it. She and Elizabeth rifle through and find a crumpled up note, which OMG DID YOU EVEN READ IT? and some shells so they assume that means she does not have an idol. They forgot to check her armpit. Meanwhile, Dan talks to Weekend at Karishma’s and says they are splitting the vote between Elizabeth and Janet, even though in truth it is split between Elizabeth and Weekend at Karishmas. Immediatelyl after finishing the conversation, Weekend at Karishma’s goes over to Elizabeth in FULL VIEW of Dan to talk to her about what just happened. Lauren joins Dan and it turns out that another one of Lauren’s talents is reading lips. I love it. Dan confronts them but Weekend at Karishma’s just says they were talking about JAN-et. Mmmhmm. Tribal council time. Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Bali Hai Teal shirt, for those keeping score at home. Rob and Sandra are in their little grass shack. They love that Noura got immunity and know that means Lauren got the idol. The jury comes in and Jack’s hair has been washed and fluffed. It’s very curly. Probst goes into the challenge and what happened and Missy looks fairly disgusted that six of the nine chose to sit out the challenge. A-a-ron just looks like he wants to punch a nerd. Elizabeth laments not winning immunity. Weekend at Karishma’s claims she chose not to eat because she wanted to challenge herself. I hope she remembers the lesson she learned is that she sucks. To quote Homer Simpson, “You tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.” Dan says something, but he is gesturing with his hands and that is just distracting now, so I ignore him. Dean reminds Probst that he has a legacy advantage and Boston Rob grins from the confines of his grass spy shack. Probst goes on to ask about people agreeing on what to do and Tommy makes a great analogy about asking his girlfriend where she wants to eat, and even though it’s one person they still can’t figure it out. Tommy missed a great opportunity here to pick up a sponsor in Applebee’s by claiming they can always agree on that! I hear they have mimosas now. There is more talk about loyalty and core alliances and I don’t care because tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I have to get up and drive four hours in the morning. So let’s get to the vote. Probst tallies the votes. He asks if anyone has an immunity idol they would like to play. Dean stands up and gives Probst his legacy advantage and Jeffy takes great delight in denying its authenticity. Rob and Sandra LOVE it. Then suddenly Weekend at Karishma’s stands up and reaches into her armpit. She pulls out her hidden immunity idol and hands it to Probst. There are some shocked looks on just about everyone’s face, except of course for our Idols, who are wriggling with glee. I’m surprised no one asked if there was a snake in that grass hut overlooking the tribal council area, as Rob and Sandra were moving around so much. Probst confirms that it is a hidden immunity idol and thus any votes for Weekend at Karishma’s will not count. And yet before he goes on, Lauren interrupts him to play her own idol. Sigh. So unnecessary. She should have known she was safe! Did you not learn anything from your lesson with Boston Rob? Read the tribe! Probst starts to read the votes. Weekend at Karishma’s. Does not count. Weekend at Karishma’s. Does not count. Weekend at Karishma’s. Does not count. Weekend at Karishma’s. Does not count. Weekend at Karishma’s. Does not count. Weekend at Karishma’s. Does not count. Weekend at Karishma’s. Does not count. Janet. (NOOOOOOOOOOO!) Elizabeth. It is officially a tie. The Survivors will have to revote. No one can vote for Weekend at Karishma’s, they can only vote for Elizabeth or TinyTank. I swear if this is how Janet goes out I’m gonna riot. The Survivors revote and Probst goes to tally the votes again. Jeff reads the new votes. Elizabeth. Elizabeth. Elizabeth Elizabeth. That’s enough. The Olympian is voted out and she takes it in good humor, smiling at everyone and wishing them luck. So that’s it this week. Good luck, travel safe, and enjoy your Thanksgiving, whatever it looks like. I’m thankful for all you people who come back every week and read these recaps. I salute you with a forkful of mashed potatoes. (Recap title from a suggestion by Tsylyst)
  18. Aaron's interview with Parade magazine. As noted on Missy's thread, Aaron and Missy are both not responding to EW.com's request for interviews, which is unprecedented for the writer, Dalton Ross.
  19. Missy has an interview with Parade magazine about her time on the island and the controversial stuff. Survivor Missy Byrd Eliminated In other news, Dalton Ross of EW.com tweeted that neither Missy nor Aaron have responded to exit interview requests, which is the first time since he has started covering Survivor.
  20. I went with Elaine, Janet/TT, and Noura as well. These are the three I like the best, and there are reasons for each of them to be there. Bottom went to Weekend at Karishma's because she is freaking useless or worse, Grabby Dan for being Grabby, and Dean because he is a sad sack who has forgotten how to smile and he turned on Queen Kellee, for which he will never be forgiven. Ever. And he should be forced to live with Reem Daly for a period of not less than one year.
  21. Time to pick which Survivor you want to have a chance to win and which you would like to see join Reem Daly on Exile Island....FOREVER!
  22. So let me explain: had a friend in town and we did an overnight trip to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to explore a new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad trail and go see the wild horses on Assateague Island. We stayed the night at a brand name hotel and when “Survivor” started, I plopped down on the room’s couch to watch. As soon as I sat my fundament down, the couch cushions went WHOOOMP! and I got sucked down into the sleeper-sofa like I was a bug and this was a Venus fly trap. I mentioned this dilemma to my fellow HT admins and their reaction was what you would expect: no sympathy, much laughter, and a comparison to Karishma’s ineptness. Jerks. I wouldn’t want to be in any other alliance. Now back to this week’s episode. Post-worst-tribal-council-ever, Janet is feeling very sad and defeated. She expresses that she is still not sure if she wants to stay there but by the next morning she has worked through the doubts and disappointment at having been played, and she double downs on being determined to stay in the game as an example to her daughters, her granddaughter, and her husband, and her beach (lifeguarding) family. I honestly could not love TinyTank more than I already do. She is not a great Survivor player by modern standards of the game itself, but as a person? Spectacular. And by comparison, Weekend at Karishma’s looks even worse. The night is one of those brutally rainy, stormy nights Fiji seems to get at least once a season. At some point, a mouse makes its way into camp and jumps into Weekend at Karishma’s mouth. She screams and wakes everyone up, which okay if a mouse jumped into my mouth in the middle of the night I would do the same thing, no lie. Lauren, TinyTank, and Noura all make reassuring noises at her, but of course that is not good enough and the next morning there is talk about how Weekend at Karishma’s complained all night long. Everyone is unhappy, there is water and sand over everything. Elizabeth looks absolutely miserable and her hands are waterlogged. Boo hoo. She gets some comfort from others and manages to rally herself back to island normal in the light of the morning. Weekend at Karishma’s, on the other hand, mopes around and pretends to be sleeping upright while sitting in the hammock when Dan asks if she would help in chopping up some wood for the fire. This leads to a great talking head from Noura who compares her to an eighty-five year old woman who expects everyone to do everything for her. Hey, I’ve been around quite a few older women and most of them are more TinyTank than Weekend at Karishma’s. My husband’s grandmother, who lived to be 100, would have had that entire camp up at dawn, cleaned up and organized, and getting Dan to light her Camels for her. Don’t disrespect the old broads, Noura. In any case, Noura asks Weekend at Karishma’s to walk along the path and gather coconuts and despite acting like it is a mighty struggle, the resident PitA manages to get up off the hammock and wander around, aimlessly picking up stray coconuts and shaking them. Weekend at Karishma’s gives us a bit of an insight into what went wrong: she had a vision of herself on Survivor being Queen of the Jungle and bonding with everyone out there, making friends, earning respect, and though she doesn’t say it, winning the game AND America’s Favorite Player in a unanimous vote. Then she goes on to say she has realized her husband, in choosing to love her and be in a marriage for the rest of their lives, is the real hero to her. And I’m sorry, wasn’t just a couple of weeks ago where she was talking about how her husband and she are basically cordial roommates who pass each other in the hall and nod politely? I am hoping beyond all hope that Weekend at Karishma’s makes it to the fabled family visit. The question remains if I want her husband to be there or for someone else to show up instead and let that marinate in her pathetic paranoia for a while. And, thanks to Noura suggesting she look for coconuts that might just happen. Weekend at Karishma’s does what no one else thought she could: find an idol. Bah. As she makes her way back to camp, she passes the water well, where Noura, Tommy, and Lauren are talking about the next vote (decided: Weekend at Karishma’s, then Janet). They see that she has been gone for an hour and has only two coconuts to show for it. Some concern for her well-being is expressed by Lauren mostly about calling the doctor for her since she seems out of it and loopy. Yeah, no. Weekend at Karishma’s was playing up not feeling well to cover for her lost time and it backfired on her. She likely figured that would get them to leave her alone, but instead they acted concerned for her health. What a bunch of jerks who obviously hate her and want to get her removed from the game because they feel threatened by her power! HAHAHAHAHA! Oh, my. Delusion. It’s what’s for dinner. Also coconuts. Immunity challenge time! Damn, this is early. Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Bright Sailing Sky blue shirt, for those keeping score at home. Unlike Noura and certain HT admins, I am going to pay attention to the rules of this challenge. Survivors will be standing on a narrow beam as they roll a BALL around the inside of a hoop. They have to keep the BALL continually spinning as they move down to narrower portions of the beam during timed intervals. Now for the game twist: the tribe will be divided into two groups. One person from each group will win immunity. Both groups go to tribal council separately and vote out one person from that group. Division comes by luck of the draw, and the groups end up as such: Orange with Missy, Tommy, Elaine, Elizabeth, Weekend at Karishma’s, and Purple with Noura, A-a-ron, Dan, Dean, Lauren, TinyTank. Survivors ready? GO! Everyone gets their BALLS going, with TinyTank employing a bouncing method that looks like it will wear her out quickly. The challenge barely gets going before Weekend at Karishma’s has dropped her ball and is out of the running. Probst apparently finds this the right time to mention that the last person with their ball still turning from either group will win peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for that same group. Also, that group will go to Tribal Council last so they have the advantage of seeing how the first group voted. Very quickly Orange is left to Elaine and Missy, while Purple has Noura, Dean, and TinyTank bouncing along. As Probst calls for the ones still swirling to move down to the next portion of the beam, TinyTank drops her ball. It’s just as well because that bounce was bound to break at some point. Soon after Dean drops his ball which gives Noura immunity. We can hear A-a-ron tell her to keep going but Noura gives no fucks and tosses her hoop in the air while screaming WOOOOO!!!! Either Dan, or Dean (my guess) calls her stupid. Maybe they were referring to her action of giving up the PB&J stupid but nah, probably meant CrazyNoura. And yeah, she does not care, which I find hilarious and very Noura-ish. Orange is pretty stoked about getting the treat, and soon thereafter, Missy’s ball goes flying. Elaine wins the second immunity tiki torch necklace. Both Noura and Elaine ask Probst for hugs, which he gladly gives, and Elaine even steals a kiss on his cheek. ELAINE! Did you learn NOTHING from the last tribal council? Orange is dismissed from the challenge arena and Purple is send to the old Lairo camp with some basic supplies. The Lairo camp looks much like the old Lairo tribe: broken, uncomfortable, useless except for a couple of bamboo poles still standing. Aaron hates it there as it reminds him of how his game got screwed up at the very first vote. He believes the vote is an easy one to get rid of Janet and he confirms this with Noura. Not so fast there, buddy. Noura sees an opportunity to take out Big Physical Threat A-a-ron and she works the others to come to this conclusion. The only one unhappy with this idea is Dean, as he enjoys the meatshield to his game that is Aaron. What is it with Dean, anyway? He always looks so unhappy, like he is sucking on a lemon that has been doused in kerosene. Just look at his expression next time. His mouth is turned down, his brows are knitted together and I think he needs a goosing from Grabby Dan to shake up his malaise. Speaking of which, Dan and Janet reconnect and agree to bury the past and work together again, and Dean and Dan agree that TinyTank will win this game if she gets to the end. Well, duh. She is kind of awesome and you guys kind of suck. Aaron is pretty sure Janet is going home and he is safe. Over on the Orange group, PB&J is being enjoyed but the tribe, however I cannot abide the jelly leaking through the bread. It is an abomination, much like Weekend at Karishma’s still being in the game. Missy decides she is going to go ahead and flip on voting out Weekend at Karishma’s. She pulls Elizabeth aside and suggests voting out Tommy to separate him from Lauren and thus ensure that Lauren is completely on their side. In addition, Missy knows Tommy can win and there is no way ANY of these people are voting for Weekend at Karishma’s. I’m certain her own mother isn’t voting for Weekend at Karishma’s at this point. Missy does what Missy does and pulls everyone’s favorite anchor/goat aside to give her marching orders on how to vote. First thing Weekend at Karishma’s does is start to whine about not wanting to go home, but Missy isn’t having any of that conversation. She cuts her off and tells her, “Vote Tommy.” Missy tries to keep explaining to Weekend at Karishma’s how to act and what to do and the older woman is having NONE of it. Missy keeps talking at her and Karishma keeps walking away, with Missy actually putting her hand on Karishma’s arm and pulling her back, demanding two minutes. First, yeah, don’t pull at someone like that. Second, read the body language that is going on. Even as she informs Missy that she has been mean to Weekend at Karishma’s, Missy is simply not listening or reading between the lines. Hilariously, she walks away and Missy’s mouth is left hanging open. I’m kind of dying of laughter here, first at Missy being struck speechless, second that it was Weekend at Karishma’s who did it. Now, I think Missy is great fun in this game and has been a blast to watch as she maneuvers and manipulates the rest of the players, from A-a-ron after that first vote to forming a girls’ alliance without actually calling it a girls’ alliance. Also, Missy’s personal life story really says something about her ability to overcome a really tough break, which is not something I have ever sensed from Weekend at Karishma’s. But Missy does tend to talk like a no-nonsense sports coach who is parsing out the plan and expects total obedience from her players/tribemates. I hate that I side with sad sack Karishma on this one but every time she shuts Missy down for the rest of the scene, around the campfire or in front of Elizabeth, it just cracks me up even more. If Missy had working with Elaine first and then gotten Elaine or even Elizabeth to bring up the Tommy vote to Weekend at Karishma’s, the tribal council might have gone very differently in the end. However, this approach just gave Weekend at Karishma’s a chance to get to Elaine and Tommy first. Elaine plays this exactly right, seeing that Missy is the real threat with her connection to Aaron. She and Tommy talk, but they agree that Weekend at Karishma’s has been so wishy-washy it might be dangerous to hinge the vote on her. Eventually, Missy and Elizabeth talk to Weekend at Karishma’s one on one and convince her that they want to work with her. Missy has a rather unkind camera talk where she basically “Ugh, Karishma, amirite?” We hear you, girl. We understand. But you should have worked on Weekend at Karishma’s a whole lot earlier in the game. Tribal Council. Probst is wearing a Glidden Paint Niagara Reef Jade shirt, for those keeping score at home. Boston Rob and Sandra and settled in their little grass shack with some snacks and win for all we know. The purple group comes in, consisting of Noura, Aaron, Janet, Grabby Dan, Dean, and Lauren. Then the jury comes in, while Dean rolls up his shirt. Boston Rob finds this hilarious and whispers to Sandra that Dean is showing off his muscles again. They giggle like little kids at a fart joke. Dan responds to Jeff’s question that the two groups were divided up in a good way since the people who were likely targets were on different groups. Janet acknowledges she knows she was on the bottom. Noura talks about how things happen like underestimating Dean which resulted in Jack going home. Aaron calls this tribal an opportunity to write his name down and dude, you probably should not have said that. Rob tells Sandra he thinks Aaron is going, Sandra is sticking with TinyTank. Time to vote. Probst declares it time to tally the votes. Janet. Aaron. Aaron. Aaron. Aaron. Boston Rob triumphantly whispers to Sandra that he was right in his guess and Sandra gives him her patented, “yeah okay” look. Janet smiles at the jury members and Jack especially smiles back. Bringing his torch for snuffing, Aaron starts to walk down the path but Probst stops him and directs him to go sit on the jury bench. Ha! From game to lame in thirty seconds flat. Jeff sends them out to bring in the second group while we hear Aaron’s endgame comments. He knew it would happen sooner or later without immunity and he is actually pretty matter of fact about being voted out. Better than I expected him to be, actually. Now on to the next tribal council. They are surprised to see Aaron sitting there, but none more so than Missy and Elizabeth, both of whom look sick to their stomachs. Missy declares that this is now how the jury should be looking. Well, sure, not according to her vision of the game and how it is going to get her to ONE MEELLION DOLLARS. It is really terrible when people do not roll over and play dead just because you want them to, Missy. But you won’t have to worry about it for very long. Elaine commends Probst for separating the groups and forcing some game play. Elizabeth tells Jeff that there was chaos back at camp. Missy outs Weekend at Karishma’s as causing chaos for her personally. Karishma claims she and Missy have been butting heads since day one – true – and she would rather just say her piece and walk away until things calm down. Uh…calm down? Do they need to calm down because YOU started a shitstorm or is your definition of calm down more along the lines of “Until I can figure out a snappy comeback”? I’m guessing the latter. Missy calls for a time out and claims that Weekend at Karishma’s has gone above the game by calling Missy a bully for yelling at her and being aggressive. She is not happy at being labeled those things and refuses to consider that those names apply to her. Color me not thrilled about defending the very useless Weekend at Karishma’s again here, but to her and compared to her, Missy IS those things. Just because Missy doesn’t want to be called those names doesn’t mean that it isn’t Weekend at Karishma’s truth. And while I do not think Missy is a bully at ALL, I do think she is aggressive in her game play. This is not a knock on her, though. This is how she has been shaped by being an athlete in a team sport and by being in the military and by being a leader. Missy’s “aggression” is not a bad thing, it is not evil or mean or even necessarily overbearing to most people. Understanding how you come across to all sorts of personalities is something we learn along the way rather than when we are as young as Missy. She will figure it out. Sandra whispers to Boston Rob that there isn’t room in the tribe for the two of them. Elaine resists Jeff’s attempts to draw her into the controversy by claiming the beef is between Missy and Weekend at Karishma’s, so she is staying out of it. So then Missy tells Probst that they are ready to vote but first! She wants to call him out on something. She tells him, “I love you….” And there is a long pause left in by the editors which is slightly awkward. Finally Missy goes on, “But the other day two African Americans wore the necklace at the same time and there was no mention of it at all. It doesn’t happen very often. Women are typically the first voted out, minorities are the second. So to have two minorities on the same day win the challenge and wear the necklace, that is just something that I feel like representation matter and I feel like my future nieces and nephews and future other family members need to see that because we are here too.” Okay. Quite a speech. Of course Probst loves it because he loves anything he senses is going to get traction on social media and perhaps erase the taint of the previous tribal council. His response is classic Probst: “I gotta say I love that you brought it up. I’m not sure I would have highlighted it. It actually never occurred to me but I think I would have been a little reluctant to for fear of saying, Wow like it’s something that you wouldn’t expect to happen.” Personally, I was a little too drawn up in all the Grabby Dan drama to even take notice, though I would point out to Missy that she seems to have forgotten that this week also has something unusual: two minority women with necklaces. (Noura is of Lebanese heritage.) Time to get work, Probst. Also, time to vote. Probst goes to tally the votes. No one (Weekend at Karishma’s) uses an immunity necklace so here we go. Missy. Tommy. Tommy. Missy. (here Elizabeth’s eyes get HUGE and I start to laugh) Missy. Missy is shocked! She says, “Yo…who did it?” Tommy looks her dead in the eye and says, “You came after me” and Missy responds with an incredulous, “I didn’t come after you!” HAHAHAHAH! I think the votes that came from you and your lackey Elizabeth CLEARLY show you came after Tommy. Why in the world are you trying to deny it now? Oh but Missy is not done yet ignoring the rule to immediately bring your torch to Probst and get snuffed. She first picks up the wrong torch. Then she hugs Elaine, who says she had to do what she had to do, which surprises Missy (which…why? Five votes, two of which are you and Elizabeth so….where the hell did you think the other two votes came from?). Then Weekend at Karishma’s stands up and tells her no hard feelngs and Missy says I was keeping you for the end. Boston Rob whispers to Sandra that they are all keeping Weekend at Karishma’s for the end and the two Idols are back to giggling again. Then she hugs Elizabeth and whispers to her that it is time to kill Elaine, slowly and methodically. WTF? She keeps talking to the jury and Probst is just letting her get away with it? That is foul. She gathered information and gave instructions to her minion before finally walking out. Not cool, Probst. Not. Cool. I am, however, comforted that Elizabeth is pretty useless out of the water. Kind of like me trying to get out of that hotel room couch. Next week a chicken attacks Sandra. Nice knowing you, Billina.
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