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‘Survivor: H.V.V.’ Episode 4 Recap: The Cowboy Way

March 4, 2010

Last Week: James flexed, Parvati flirted, and Randy floundered.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Here are the tribes as they currently stand…

The Hero Tribe (wearing blue)

Rupert Boneham – 45
James Clement – 32
Colby Donaldson – 35
Cirie Fields – 39
Amanda Kimmel – 24
James “JT” Thomas Jr. – 25
Tom Westman – 45
Candice Woodcock – 27

The Villain Tribe (wearing red)

Tyson Apostol – 30
Sandra Diaz-Twine – 34
Danielle DiLorenzo – 28
Russell Hantz – 37
Jerri Manthey – 38
“Boston” Rob Mariano – 33
Parvati Shallow – 27
Benjamin “Coach” Wade – 38
Courtney Yates – 28

We start off with the villainous crew arriving home from tribal council. Coach is still upset that Sandra called him out. He lets us know that he may be more emotional than most but he hides it behind his bravado and accomplishments. He expresses his frustration to Tyson and breaks down in tears in a touching moment. Coach eventually tells Tyson that he’s considering quitting.

Tyson wants to help Coach out, so he does a little coaching of his own. He tells Coach not to wear feathers at tribal council and not to tell his stories because people aren’t taking him seriously. That may be the first time they’ve shown Tyson without him making a snarky comment.

The following morning Boston Rob gives Coach a pep talk letting him know that he’s not on the outside of the tribe. This speech helped Coach feel better. Well, I assume he feels better, he started quoting Confucius which is a step in the right direction, right?

Later, tree mail arrives at the Heroes camp.  They’ll get to pick rewards for the upcoming challenge from a Wheel of Fortune-esque display of Sears items.

Sears…Life Well Spent

Reward Challenge: The players will oil themselves up then run and slide down a slip ‘n slide.

A slip ‘n slide?! Nice…call me when there’s an air hockey challenge. I’m awesome at air hockey.

Once they reach the end of the slip ‘n slide they’ll have to grab a numbered ball and shoot it into a basket. The first person to score a basket wins a point. The first team to four wins the items their tribe chose. The Heroes will receive cooking and fishing items. The Villains will receive building tools. One person has to sit out for the Villains, they choose Parvati.

Wow, the players are really oily. They were really muddy last week. What’ll they be rolling around in next week? My money is on jello.

Round 1 – Coach vs. Tom: Both players slide to their balls at the same time, however Coach hits his shot first. Dragon Slayer’s back in the game.

Round 2 – Cirie vs. Russell: Cirie has trouble both slipping and sliding. Russell wins easily.

Round 3 – Candice vs. Courtney: Candice sinks her first shot, winning a point for the Heroes.

Round 4 – Amanda vs. Jerri: An even match down the slip ‘n slide, but Jerri hits her shot first.  Cougar power!

Round 5 – Sandra vs. James: Wow, I hope this turns out better for Sandra than it did for Randy. And…it doesn’t. Sandra doesn’t even get to her ball before James scores.

Round 6 – Rupert vs. Danielle: Is it me, or does Danielle always look scared? Hmmm…maybe she should be, cause Rupert and his broken toe just beat her.

Next point wins reward.

Round 7 – Colby vs. Tyson: A bit of a back and forth, but Tyson manages to score first. The Villains win reward.

As the Villains are opening their Sears gift package, they discover a clue to a hidden immunity idol. The tribe decides to find the idol and throw it away because whoever finds it will have a target on their back. Russell, staying true to form, has other ideas.

Russell tells everyone that he’s going for a walk with all of the subtlety of a jackhammer. Boston Rob sends Sandra to go spy on him. Sure enough, she catches him searching.

The Villains decide that Russell should be the next to go because they had all decided not to look for the idol. A frustrated Boston Rob calls Russell a “Hobbit on crack.” A more accurate description may be a hobbit under the influence of the One Ring.

Don’t judge me.

Meanwhile, the Heroes find an immunity idol clue in the coffee they won at the last immunity challenge. The Heroes take a different approach than the Villains, they all go searching.

During the fracas (or was it a fray?) Tom manages to find the idol and stash it in his sock. However, Amanda saw him smuggle it away. Tom’s OK with this, because he’s going to use it to buy his way into the alliance.

Immunity Challenge: One person from each tribe will be strapped into an American Gladiators-esque ball. The person in the ball will have to tell his blindfolded tribe mates where to push the ball as they maneuver it through a winding path. Once they get to the end, the person in the ball will have to tell four other blindfolded tribe mates how to maneuver a ball through another maze.

Note: This is the same challenge they never got to finish in Samoa because Good Russell passed out. Poor Good Russell.

The Villains have to sit two people, they choose Courtney and Sandra. The Heroes will sit Cirie.

Tom goes inside the ball for the Heroes, while Boston Rob takes the lead for the Villains.

Coach and Tyson push Boston Rob to the end of the path well before the Heroes. However, during the maze portion the Heroes are able to catch up. It’s very close in the end, but the Villains end up winning it.

When it’s over J-Pro compliments Boston Rob on stepping up into the risky position of being the team talker.

Wow, Boston Rob is getting the best edit ever.

Back at the Heroes camp, Tom and Colby are worried that one of them will be the next to go.

Meanwhile, Candice and Cirie are performing complex mathematics to describe how half the alliance will vote for Tom while the other half will vote for Colby to flush the idol out.

Amanda and JT are having a conference of their own. JT says he’d like to have Tom and his idol in his alliance. He’d also rather send Candice home.

Later, a larger meeting takes place between Tom, JT, James, and Amanda. Tom even offers to give the immunity idol to them if they want it.

Tom is smart.

Amanda meets up with Cirie afterwards to discuss strategy. Cirie thinks it’s foolish to keep Tom around because he’s a threat. It looks like Amanda and the rest of her alliance agree with her.

Tom and JT discuss this development. Tom thinks if JT flips his vote and if Tom plays his idol that they could boot Cirie. JT isn’t sure if he should go along with it or keep the status quo.


That night at tribal council, J-Pro asks JT if it’s smart to vote strong people out because they’re in another alliance. He thinks it’s way too early for that.

Rupert wants to keep the tribe strong, but he’s going to stick with his alliance even if he disagrees with the vote. Jeff gives him a hard time for keeping his word when it’s costing his tribe.

James says he’s going to base his vote on wanting to keep the tribe strong. Tom and Colby don’t think the way he’s going to vote will help them win challenges.

Voting Time: Candice votes for Tom, Tom votes for Cirie, and JT draws a “C.”


Before J-Pro can read the votes, Tom pulls the immunity idol out of his sock and plays it. Probst accepts the idol, then begins reading the votes. Three votes for Tom (which don’t count), two votes for Colby, two votes for Cirie…and the fourth person voted out of “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains” is…Cirie!

JT makes a move!

Verdict: Was that a smart move by JT? Probably not, the other Heroes still have a numbers lead. But, it makes for an interesting show. Maybe they can get Rupert to switch since he’s waffling.  Anywho, “Heroes Vs. Villains” has been really entertaining so far.

Who’s Going to Win? I’m solidly in Team Cougar right now. Jerri’s in good with Coach and Coach is apparently in good with Boston Rob.

Power Rankings Update:
Who’s laughing now, Charlie Herschel?! He had Cirie in spot 3 while I had her in spot 16. So, the current score is All-Stars 24, Team Gordon 43.

More “Survivor” Fun: Check out my exit interview with Randy Bailey and the latest batch of game insight from “Survivor: The Amazon” champion Jenna Morasca.

What Do You Think?
Did JT make the right move? Did Russell sign his own death warrant? Did you feel bad for Coach?

‘Survivor’ Power Rankings – ‘Survivor: Gabon’s’ Charlie Herschel

March 3, 2010

The road to Power Rankings redemption is not without peril. It’s littered not only with former “Survivor” champions like Natalie White and Tina Wesson but with former “Survivor” Power Rankings champions like Gabon’s Onion alliance kingpin Charlie Herschel…

Holmes vs. Herschel II is upon us. Bring it.

The Rules: Each week a member of our “Survivor” All-Star team and your beloved “Survivor” recapped Gordon “Truth Seeker” Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of that Thursday’s episode will determine the number of points the two combatants will earn. For example, if Jerri is voted out this week, Fancast’s “Survivor” All-Star Team will receive 2 points and Gordon will receive 8 points. At the end of the season, the person (or team) with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Randy doesn’t look as good in a skimpy bikini as Parvati does, so he was sent home. This earned the “Survivor” All Star Team eighteen points while Gordon scored only twelve points.

So, before we dive into this much anticipated rematch, let’s see what Mr. Herschel has been up to since we saw him last…

Gordon Holmes: Winning the “Survivor” Power Rankings is quite a prestigious accomplishment. How has your life changed since your victory?
Charlie Herschel:
Thanks to winning the first season of “Survivor” Power Rankings, I got a boyfriend, I got my own window office at work, and I completed my first triathlon.
Holmes: That’s awesome. Always good to hear the Power Rankings are bringing people together.
Herschel: Gordon, how has life changed since you were crowned Loser Ranker?
Holmes: Not great. The friends that still do talk to me won’t look me in the eye.

Holmes: How are you feeling about “Heroes Vs. Villains” so far?
Even though Eliza Orlins isn’t playing this time, “Heroes Vs. Villains” is awesome.
Holmes: I love me some Eliza, but that might be Micronesia overload. And what tribe would you even put her on?
Herschel: Eliza would be such a villain. She would do anything to win “Survivor,” all with a vampy eye roll.

Holmes: Was it rough to see two Gabon players booted so quickly?
I’m glad that Sugar was accurately portrayed this time and sad that Randy didn’t go further. I thought he would have done better as a non-threat.

Charlie Herschel’s Picks
All-Star Team’s Current Score: 21

tyson #1 Tyson: Tyson is the only intelligent person out there besides Candice. Although I am not sure he has enough control over the game right now, I feel like his smarts matched with a less cocky attitude this time around will ride Tyson to the end.
jerri #2 Jerri: Love love love love love love love love. I don’t even remember why she is a villain. I want to be her best friend. Love love love.
cirie #3 Cirie: My #1 favorite “Survivor” ever. I’m not worried that she doesn’t seem to have a super strong alliance yet, because that didn’t pose a problem for her early game the last two times.
bostonrob #4 Boston Rob: I hope this guy goes far so he can lose the 40 pounds he has gained since his last season for Amber’s sake. Why is he shirtless in all of his confessionals? It’s gross.
parvati #5 Parvati: Although I’m on team Bitter Cougar, I still dig Parvati and I would totally fall for her shtick out there too.
russell(2) #6 Russell: I’m impressed by Russell.
candice #7 Candice: As one of the only smart people out there, I wish she had stronger alliances. She reeks of mid-game. I think her paranoia is endearing.
sandra #8 Sandra: Sandra cracks me up, but hasn’t seemed to do much yet.
courtney #9 Courtney: Apparently Randy was voted off because he was weaker than paper-thin Courtney?! Maybe someone is looking out for her, but I don’t see a Todd in the group who is willing to drive Courtney to the end.
danielle #10 Danielle: Danielle needs to lighten up and ditch the tacky accent.
rupert #11 Rupert: Rupert’s constant baby voice and the tie dye are way too much for me.
amanda #12 Amanda: Snoozers galore. Why is she on this season? Why was she on ANY season?
coach #13 Coach: I really like this guy in real life A LOT. Not such a fan on the show. Coach comes off as clueless, delusional, and crazy. He will be used and abused and look like a total tool all the way to the end again.
#14 James: Obviously James isn’t playing the game – he is saying whatever is on the top of his mind and doing whatever he pleases. Stupid! That won’t work, thank God.
colby #15 Colby: I recall Colby being boring TV, but I actually am rooting for him. He’s so charming and seems like the voice of reason. Colby’s resistance to faking it will make it hard for him to go far…especially since he only seems to have an alliance of two.
tom #16 Tom: Tom is not in a good position on his tribe AT ALL. Gunning for Cirie in Episode 1 and then begging for Cirie’s loyalty in Episode 2? BAD! Defending Stephenie to a tribe that almost unanimously wants her gone for no strategic reason? DUMB.
jt #17 JT: And what does JT add to this game? This is a wishful thinking ranking.

Gordon Holmes’s Picks
Gordon’s Current Score: 27

jt #1 JT: So, JT stirs some trouble up between Candice and Cirie and nobody on the Heroes tribe rats him out? He’s super safe.
bostonrob #2 Boston Rob: In a normal season Boston Rob would be good until at least the merge. He makes fire, he builds shelter, he’s a monster in challenges. But, I can’t shake the feeling that Russell might try to boot him just so he can say that he did.
coach #3 Coach: I think there’s a hierarchy in the Villains tribe right now with Boston Rob at the top, Coach being Rob’s buddy, and Russell trying to play the good soldier. Watch out for these three.
colby #4 Colby: The Colbster (always hated that nickname) is in an interesting spot. Last week proved that the Heroes can destroy the Villains in any strength competition. I think they’ll want to keep that going for a while.
danielle #5 Danielle: My big fear going into this season was that a non all-star would win the whole thing. No offense to Boston Rob’s wife, but Amber had no business being an all-star and her winning always tainted the “All Stars” season for me. Right now, Danielle’s making a strong run at being Amber 2.0.
#6 James: Felt a little uneasy watching James chuck the bag at poor Randy after he decimated him last week. James is on a mission, the question is, how long will the Heroes put up with it?
tyson #7 Tyson: Did you see Tyson kiss JT after they faced off in the challenge? Is it crazy to think there could be a Tocantins alliance between Coach, Tyson, and JT? Courtney’s close with the Tocantins cast, she could join up too…
jerri #8 Jerri: There’s so much animosity between Jerri and Parvati. What’s the difference between the two? Nobody is afraid of Jerri.
amanda #9 Amanda: I’m not much of an Amanda fan, but I’ll give her credit for bringing it during last week’s challenge. However, I can’t help but feel like she’s clinging to James, which might not be a good move with the bridges he’s burning.
russell(2) #10 Russell: Did Russell save Parvati last week? If so, what kind of pull does he have within the Villains tribe? Can he do it again this week? How soon until they feel the need to separate them? I don’t know. What I do know is when this season is over I want a Russell/Coach/Boston Rob sitcom.
tom #11 Tom: Maybe as a former winner Tom doesn’t feel the need to shy away when someone’s out of line. That kind of play may get him voted out, but it’s admirable.
parvati #12 Parvati: They know she’s dangerous, she’s not much help in challenges, and she doesn’t do anything around camp. Unless Russell is saving her, why are they keeping her around? Is it the bikini?
rupert #13 Rupert: If Stephenie is to be believed, the Heroes aren’t super fond of Rupert right now. If the Heroes think they’re strong enough in challenges, Rupert could be the next to go.
courtney #14 Courtney: Courtney seems to get along well with the rest of the Villains peeps, but if they ever decide to beef up for challenges, she could be in trouble.
candice #15 Candice: Candice sure does seem to be the odd person out on the Heroes tribe. Cirie was her last ally, and that seems to be out the window.
cirie #16 Cirie: Just because the Heroes seem to be turning on Candice doesn’t make Cirie safe. If they want to stay strong for challenges and dismantle the Micronesia alliance Cirie could be next.
sandra #17 Sandra: Really, what was the point of calling Coach out at tribal council? I think that move could come back to bite her the next time the Villains lose immunity.

More “Survivor” Fun: Check out our exit interview with Randy Bailey and exclusive commentary from “Survivor: The Amazon” winner Jenna Morasca.

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