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‘Survivor: One World’ Power Rankings – Sophie Clarke vs. Benjamin ‘Coach’ Wade

April 18, 2012

"Coach' Wade vs. Sophie Clarke (CBS)In honor of “Survivor: One World’s” men vs. women theme, it has been decided that XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” guy Gordon Holmes should lead a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” guys against a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” gals.

The Rules: Each week a representative from each team will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Troyzan is voted out this week, Sophie’s team will receive 9 points and Coach’s will receive 7 points. At the end of the season, the team with the most points will be named the “Survivor: One World” Power Rankings Challenge Champions.

Last Week: Gordon managed to prove that he’s smarter than a coffee mug. He had Jay in spot ten, while the mug had him in spot seven. Gordon must be so proud. The current score is now Team Salani 72, Team Manono 52.

Before we get into this week’s battle, let’s check in with Power Rankings fave Benjamin “Coach” Wade…

Gordon Holmes: Great to have you back, Coach. What’ve you been up to since we last saw you on “South Pacific”?
Benjamin “Coach” Wade: I’ve been up to Dragon Slayer Radio, conducting symphony concerts this week…i.e. Musica De Espana including a Latin Symphony I wrote. Working on finalizing things for hosting my own show, coaching college soccer, etcetera.

Holmes: Are you enjoying “One World”?
Wade: Yes. Good cast (not great, but good) and great twists and turns. It’s been a fun ride

Holmes The guys just got steamrolled this season. Was there anything they could have done to prevent it?
Wade: For every hayseed “Survivor” casts, 10 I.Q. points = 1 dumb move. Therefore, if someone has the I.Q. of 120 (below average) and they are a country bumpkin, then you take away 10 points=110. Because a smart player has a game I.Q. of say 145…145-110=35=at least 3 bad moves.

Hayseed #1: Jay
Hayseed #2: Michael
Hayseed #3: Troyzan


In answer to your question; stop casting hayseeds on the male side. There is nothing they can do now except charm, win immunity, and make a case for dumb moves = a lame duck in the final three.

Note: Assisting Coach with his rankings is “Survivor” blogger extraordinaire Brenda Porter!

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Current Score: 72

Got any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter.


Current Score: 52

Got any advice for Coach? Drop him a line on Twitter.


1. Kimpossible, Kimsanity, Kim.goddess. Anyone with this many nicknames is a frontrunner. 1. Hands down the best female player since Parvati Shallow in my opinion. She has it all: strength in strategy, challenges, highly competitive, she also has a subtle style that she employs around people that she can get them to do whatever she wants and people trust her. Case in point: Jay and Troyzan and even Tarzan. She can handle herself at Tribals and state her points without those points coming back to bite her. People know she is strong but no one (except Troyzan) wants to take her out. She is unruffled when plans are going amok and can stay cool under any tough situation. She will take it this season, I feel.
2. Sabrina is tough. She seems to be at the top of her alliance and, unlike Kim who saw some votes at Tribal Council last week, she hasn’t drawn any attention to herself. 2. She is very smart strategically but I am not seeing a lot of the social game except from just within her circle. She has shown herself fair in challenges but she has common sense and good game judgment and Kim trusts her. She’s also shown leadership characteristics in old Salani. She seems good strategically and is strategically better than Chelsea.
3. Kim’s lackey was a bit too reluctant to vote out her boy Jay last week. She did eventually vote him out, but her wishy washyness makes me question if she has what it takes to actually win this game. 3. Chelsea is smart but lacks the killer instincts that are needed to win in the game. She reminds me of Amanda (Kimmel) who is someone who made the Finals in back-to-back seasons due to her social game and challenge strengths but struggled with the character decisions she would have to make in order to succeed in the game. Chelsea is wishy washy at times and leaked info to Jay that she shouldn’t have. Her alliance with Kim will take her to the Finals. She has a very solid social game and reminds me of both Natalie White and Amanda. She does seem to be developing the killer instinct more though, more so out of greed for the money.
4. Kat is safe this week. I don’t think anyone on the island sees her as a threat to win the game and she is a member of the seemingly unbreakable girls alliance. Then again, maybe once the girls find out that Kat is actually just Fabio with a haircut, they will cut her loose. 4. Kat comes across as rather unsure of a lot of things but has a lock in within the power alliance and knows she will need to tread water to stay in. She is on the outer rung of a power alliance. She has strength in challenges and can step up and play hard but she lacks in some of the social aspects and strategies.
5. Alicia is the odd girl out of the girl’s alliance and, unlike the other stragglers Kat and Chelsea, Alicia isn’t one to be content taking the backseat. If Alicia wants to make a move for more power, she needs to do it sooner rather than later. 5. Whereas she is very observant she can make waves and has done so at Tribals and in camp. This almost cost her before and even Jay recognized this. It can cost her again.
6. Whatever hatred your tribemates had for you has been replaced by a belief that you are in no way a threat. That’s good for keeping you around, but not so good for your bank account when the game is over. You might make it to the end, but there’s no way the jury is giving you this game. 6. She has intelligence but has not found a way into the power alliance and I feel will exit early due to not having found it. Socially she is quiet and gets along with people but she has played both sides before and that can be dangerous especially if you have two people fighting for control and one possesses the absolute control (Kim).
7. The girls are picking off the challenge threats, and Tarzan is not one of them. Plus, they need to keep around the eye candy, right? 7. He made and allowed too many poor decisions early and will have to stay in because of an immunity. He is strong challenge wise but like Ozzy his arrogance will cost him. If he could get his act together he could easily be what he is, which is Kim’s counterpart on the island. Instead, like Ozzy, he is allowing some arrogance to seep through because he realizes that Kim has him cornered. If he would just calm down and use his natural honed abilities he could flip this game still on its head but instead he is letting Kim get under his skin.
8. Leif performed well in the challenge last week and if Troyzan wins immunity this week, he is next on the chopping block. 8. Though a funny character to watch, his tendency to rub people the wrong way and lack of social etiquette makes him a perfect “goat” for the Finals. I think he lacks a solid game but will be taken deeper as an extra vote and as a backup goat if needed for Kim. Thing is I doubt she will use him and take Chelsea to the Finals and if a F3 Sabrina also.
9. Troyzan is likeable, a great challenge competitor, and idol-less. He was lucky to survive last week but I doubt he will be so lucky again. 9.  Leif  is too trusting, too nice, and voted against Kim last Tribal even though I am sure he knew Jay was going. Leif is not playing the game and seems to just be out there for the adventure perhaps. Earlier on he spilled info to Bill while on the Manono side and I think he doesn’t realize that to stay in the game you have to make numbers with people and play as you go. I don’t think he understands the game fully.

‘Survivor: One World’ Castaway Interview – Jay Byars

April 12, 2012

Jay Byars (CBS)

It’s often said that your first instinct is usually the right one. It’s possible that Jay Byars has never heard that piece of advice.

For weeks, Jay’s instincts had been telling him to be on the lookout for a women’s alliance. But that didn’t stop the 25-year-old model from trying to piece together a union between himself and the game’s dominant females.

I spoke with Jay the morning after those dominant females blindsided him and sent him packing from the game. During that chat, I had a chance to find out about the two things he said he’d never do (that he ended up doing), if he and Troyzan could have flipped things, and which player he thinks is a “witch.”

Gordon Holmes: Every week I’m watching “Survivor” and every week you’re saying, “We’ve got to watch out for the girls.” And even with that, they still manage to blindside you. Can you walk me through how they managed to get you even though you kinda knew it was coming?
Jay Byars: When the tribes swapped and I became a member of Salani, I was so excited to get off of the Manono squad. So, I formed relationships with the ladies and decided that I was going to work with them. Obviously they chose to go back with their old alliance and they got the best of me.
Holmes: What was it like to watch that on TV? It had to be like trying to warn someone in a horror movie when you know Michael Myers is hiding in their closet.
Byars: I was thinking, “What the hell were you thinking?” “Why did you step down from that challenge?” “Why did you think you were safe?” I was just sitting at home feeling helpless.
Holmes: I had an ex-girlfriend who was a law student, and you could always tell when she wasn’t being 100% truthful because of the way she’d word things. I noticed Chelsea saying, “That’s not necessarily the case,” and Kat saying “What am I going to say, no?” Those aren’t concrete statements. Were you picking up on those things?
Byars: Yeah. I definitely was skeptical. I kept picking up on things like that. I woke up that morning and had an eerie feeling that it wasn’t going to be a good day. But I was trying to work with Troy, I was trying to work with Kim and Chelsea. I still trusted them at that point even though things felt shady. I didn’t think I was going to be the next one. Obviously that’s why I stepped down from the challenge.
Holmes: So during that challenge you thought you were 100% safe?
Byars: I did, completely. I’d say that was probably the dumbest move I could make at that point in the game. And going into the game I said I would never, ever drop down for food. No matter what. And it cost me a million bucks.

Holmes: Could things have been different if you’d listened to Troy?
Byars: Even if I listened to Troy and voted for Kim, I really think the votes would have swung my way.

Holmes: I’m very good at playing “Survivor” when I’m well fed and sitting on my couch in my air-conditioned home. How do you explain the differences between watching it and living it to someone like me?
Byars: You obviously see the mistakes I’ve made in the game. But when you’re there, it’s so hard to separate the relationships you’ve made with the people because you’re with them 24/7. And when you have to backstab someone, it’s hard to separate those two. You really get a sense of trust in some people. And you have to trust someone to move forward.
Holmes: I think that if I was hungry enough, you could talk me into anything.
Byars: (Laughs) Yeah. I wish everybody understood that who was watching on the couch.

Holmes: You had these male vs. female concerns even before Michael was sent home. Was there anything you could have done with Tarzan or Leif? Or maybe tried to get Christina and Alicia to flip?
Byars: At the merge that would have been a definite possibility had the guys decided to work together or tried to pull Alicia and Christina in. But as you could see, from day one the guys were not united. You never could trust the guys. Everybody had their own agenda. You never could trust Tarzan. Whatever his mood was, that was the way he was going to go. You couldn’t get a strong vibe from people. But obviously I wish me and Troy had stuck together and that I would’ve listened to him on that last night.
Holmes: Kim seems to be running the show out there. Alicia and Christina think they’re safe. You and Troyzan thought you were safe.
Byars: Watching it now, she really was the mastermind behind a lot of this. I fell for her. She got me. She’s a super strategic player. She’s a super fan of the show, she knows it inside and out.
Holmes: You used the term “fell for her.” She’s quite lovely. Chelsea’s quite lovely. Did that play into it at all?
Byars: You know Gordon, I said before the show that I would never, ever be smitten by a girl, but the fact that I did trust those two just proves that I did.
Holmes: Cause I’m pretty sure that Chelsea could talk me into anything.
Byars: (Laughs) That’s what everybody keeps saying.
Holmes: She could tell me the sky was pink and I wouldn’t bother looking outside.
Byars: Twenty five days into it, when you have two beautiful girls telling you you’re safe…what can you do?

Holmes: When you were making your play to send one of the women home, why did you go with Alicia over Christina?
Byars: Number one, it’s because Christina seemed to be floating through the game. Nobody was really worried about her at that point. And I knew Alicia was working with Tarzan and was close with Kat. She was working both sides, guys and girls.

Holmes: Let’s do some word association here. We’ll start with Troyzan.
Byars: Fun and in-shape.
Holmes: Kim?
Byars: Hot and sweet.
Holmes: Chelsea?
Byars: Lovable and hilarious.
Holmes: Sabrina?
Byars: Athlete and she can talk her way into or out of anything.
Holmes: Christina?
Byars: Slacker.
Holmes: Alicia?
Byars: I don’t want to curse so…witch.
Holmes: Leif?
Byars: A wrestler.
Holmes: Kat?
Byars: Ditzy blonde.
Holmes: Tarzan?
Byars: A nutcase.

Holmes: This has nothing to do with anything, but the Tikiano flag looks awesome. Who’s the artist on the tribe?
Byars: We actually all had a little part in that. But Chelsea and Tarzan are the two main artists of that center piece. Chelsea does a lot of painting on the side, and Tarzan used to paint back in the day.
Holmes: So those two were able to put aside their underwear dispute long enough to create a really nice flag?
Byars: No, they definitely painted at separate times. I do remember that.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor: One World’ Recap – Align in the Sand

April 11, 2012

'Survivor: One World' (CBS)

Last Week: Kim misled Troyzan with a tall tale, Tarzan misdiagnosed Chelsea reason for disliking him, and Michael’s misplaced trust sent him packing…

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Let’s see where the tribe currently stands…

The Tikiano Tribe (wearing black)
Alicia –  25, Special Ed Teacher
Chelsea – 26, Medical Sales
Christina – 29, Career Consultant
Kat – 22, Timeshare Rep
Kim – 29, Bridal Shop Owner
Jay – 25, Model
Leif – 27, Phlebotomist
Sabrina – 33, High School Teacher
Tarzan – 64, Plastic Surgeon
Troyzan – 50, Swimsuit Photographer

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We kick this deal off with a beautiful sunrise at Tikiano beach. Jay starts the day off by telling everyone that he had a dream that he was shot. Foreshadow much?

Later on, Tarzan tells Troyzan that the women are looking to eliminate the men. That’s gotta be bad news when Tarzan is the voice of reason.

Troyzan says they could turn the numbers around if they just had the hidden immunity idol. I’ve got to say, I like Troyzan using the rarely-seen strategy of keeping his idol possession a secret.

Tree mail arrives in the form of a chalkboard, a pole, and other goodies. They lug all the gear back to camp and we learn that it’s time for another do-it-yourself reward challenge.

Reward Challenge: The players will divide themselves into two teams of five. They’ll then take turns throwing bolos at numbered stakes on a pole. The team with the most points wins a boat ride to a secluded island. While there, they’ll enjoy a barbecue. No word on if delicious 7Up will be served.

The players pull rocks to decide which team they’re on. Troyzan, Kat, Alicia, Jay, and Tarzan are one team, while Christina, Sabrina, Chelsea, Leif, and Kim are on the other.

Troyzan decides that he’ll be Faux Probst and calls the action. Hmm…if I were Troyzan I wouldn’t quit my day job. Oh wait, his day job is taking photographs for swimsuit magazines. I wouldn’t quit that day job for anything.

Round 1: Jay and Kim both fail to score.

Round 2: Kat scores two while Leif comes up empty.

Round 3: Troyzan and Chelsea both miss.

Round 4: Tarzan hits a four while Christina hits a one.

Round 5: Alicia and Sabrina both come up short.

The final score is six to one. Troyzan, Kat, Alicia, Jay, and Tarzan win reward.

The barbecue consists of rum, coconut, and all of the seafood in the world. Once they’re done eating, Jay and Kat discuss a little bit of strategy. Jay is still very concerned that the women are going to start axing the guys one by one. Yeah, you keep saying that, but you voted off Michael.

Back at camp; Kim, Kat, Chelsea, and Alicia are going over the pecking order. Apparently Jay or Troyzan is next on the chopping block depending on who wins immunity. Chelsea doesn’t love this plan as she’s given her word to both of those guys. Yeah, she’d better be careful, nobody’s ever lied on “Survivor” before.

Alicia thinks Chelsea should suck it up and get with the plan. Sabrina agrees with her. Uh oh…

Jay wants Alicia to go home next as a way for the women to prove that they aren’t ganging up on them. He takes this plan to Kat. When he asks for confirmation, she says “What am I going to say, no?” Hmm…but she didn’t say, “Yes.” I’m starting to like me some Kat.

The rest of the women agree to Jay’s plan, but Kim later tells Alicia that they’re going to pretend to vote for her.

Is there still a guy named Leif on this show?

Immunity Challenge Time: Players will stand on a perch with an arm in the air. Tied to their wrist is a rope that is connected to a vat of colored water. If they move too much, their vat will drop their water on them and they’ll be eliminated. Last person standing wins immunity.

The challenge starts off and Tarzan immediately pulls a Crystal Cox and falls. He’s followed by Christina.

Probst brings out some cookies to tempt the players. Sabrina drops out.

Next up, J-Pro brings out some cupcakes. Kim and Kat call it quits.

Alicia offers to drop down to help Chelsea win. Chelsea thinks she just wants something to eat.

Jeff brings out another plate. Alicia says she doesn’t care what it is, she wants it. To prove her point, she steps down.

(Please be sea water. Please be sea water.)

Unfortunately, it’s a bowl full of candy.

Before the next food item can be brought out, Troyzan loses his balance and is eliminated.

Some chicken wings and beer are up for grabs next. Jay decides to take Probst up on the offer.

Chelsea tries to convince Leif that winning immunity will make him seem like a threat. He doesn’t buy it.

However, he does buy the burgers that Probst brings out. Chelsea wins immunity.

Quick Aside: Leif double checked with Chelsea to make sure that dropping out would make him seem like less of a threat. So much bad strategy this season.

Back at camp, Kim makes the call that they should split their votes between Troyzan and Jay. The concern is that Troyzan might have an idol.

Kim does her best to make Troyzan feel safe, but the lady doth protest too much, and he doesn’t buy it.

Blam! How many “Survivor” recaps quote Shakespeare? Classes up the joint a bit.

Troyzan does some solid last-minute scrambling, trying to get Christina, Tarzan, and Jay on his side.

Jay tells Kim that they should vote for Alicia to flush out Troyzan’s idol. You know, they could vote for Jay and flush out the idol too…just saying.

That night at Tribal Council, Troyzan admits that he thinks there’s still a men vs. women dynamic.

Tarzan thinks the women are a lot smarter than the guys. Gordon thinks that’s an understatement.

Kim, Jay, and Troyzan think they’re in danger.

Troyzan thinks it’s shady that everyone applauded when he was eliminated from the immunity challenge.

Alicia thinks the men might have an immunity idol because they’re wearing shorts with pockets. Interesting observation.

Voting Time: Jay votes for Alicia, Troyzan votes for Kim, Kat votes for Troyzan (but she calls him “Monkey Man”), and the rest of the votes aren’t shown.

Probsty tallies the votes, then asks if anyone would like to play an immunity idol. Troyzan takes him up on this offer. In doing so, he says he’s not going to go down as a dumb player who left the game with an idol in their pocket. In your face, James Clement.

Two votes for Troyzan, one vote for Kim, one vote for Jay, one vote for Alicia, one vote for Jay, one vote for Alicia, one vote for Jay, and the ninth person to leave “Survivor: One World” is…Jay.

Verdict: The show picked up a bit this week with some interesting strategy. However, I wish it seemed like people other than Kim, Troyzan, and Sabrina were playing this game.

Who’s Going to Win: I still think we’re going to see a Kim/Sabrina/Chelsea final three. I also think we might have a jury that appreciates gameplay. If that’s the case, Kim could take it.

Power Rankings Update: Blam! In your face, inanimate object! The coffee mug I pulled names from had Jay in spot seven while I had him in spot ten. Thus providing my team with its first win this season. The current score is now Team Salani 72, Team Manono 52.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes


‘Survivor: One World’ Power Rankings – Desperation Edition

April 10, 2012
'Survivor' Hall of Fame Mug

'Survivor' Hall of Fame Mug

In honor of “Survivor: One World’s” men vs. women theme, it has been decided that XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” guy Gordon Holmes should lead a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” guys against a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” gals.

URGENT UPDATE: The female Power Rankings squad has soundly defeated their male counterparts in every outing except for one (which was a tie). So, in an attempt to find competition that the men could conceivably defeat, this week’s women’s picks will be made by pulling slips of paper out of a Limited Edition 2010 “Survivor” Hall of Fame coffee mug.

We’re sorry it had to come to this.

The Rules: Each week a representative from each team will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Troyzan is voted out this week, the mug’s team will receive 10 points and Gordon’s will receive 9 points. At the end of the season, the team with the most points will be named the “Survivor: One World” Power Rankings Challenge Champions.

Last Week: Another week, another beating for the male team. Power Rankings legend Andrea Boehlke had Mike in spot nine, while John Cochran had him in spot seven. The current score is now Team Salani 65, Team Manono 42.

Wanna Play? Tag Gordon (@gordonholmes) in your own Twitter Power Rankings. If you do better than the male team you’ll get a special shout out in next week’s Power Rankings.

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Current Score: 65

Got any advice for the mug? Too bad, it doesn’t have a Twitter account.


Current Score: 42

Got any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter.


1. Kim is killing it this season. However, there are still some blindsides between her and the final three. The challenge for any dominant player is to figure out how to trim the numbers without costing yourself jury votes.
2. Right now I have Kim, Chelsea, and Sabrina penciled in as the final three. Kim may get points off for being the mastermind, Chelsea has an obvious feud with Tarzan, but Sabrina?  I don’t think she’s on anyone’s bad side.
3. Kim might be tempted to cut a female loose to make Jay and Troyzan happy. If that happens, don’t worry Alicia, it’ll be Christina. That being said, are you planning an end game?
4. Chelsea, you’re my girl, but you made a big slip-up last week. Jay is much quicker than he’s being given credit for and he picked up on your “necessarily” immediately. I don’t think it’ll cost you in the end, but you’ve gotta be smarter than that.
5. I love my plastic surgeon (my calf implants are amazing), but that isn’t why I love Tarzan. I love Tarzan because he’s burning shelters, crafting combs, and making things interesting on an otherwise slow season.
6. This week’s preview makes it look like the guys are going to try to pull Kat over to their side. I don’t see that happening. Throughout this game she’s struck me as more of a follower.
7. If Kim is going to try to keep Troyzan and Jay on her side for a little longer, her pitch might be to get rid of the threats. That whittles the other side down to Leif, Kat, Alicia, and Christina. Leif’s proven he can get things done after Probst yells, “Go.” That could put his head back on the chopping block.
8. Kim has about three ways she can lead this show going forward; appease the guys by losing a girl, appease her post-swap alliance by losing an opposing tribe member, or appease the girls by losing a guy. One, maybe two of those three will not work out well for Christina.
9. The only thing that could possibly stop Kim from steamrolling her way to the end is Troyzan’s idol. I hope he’ll use it smartly, but with how quickly he fell for her anti-Michael story last week, I don’t have much hope.
10. I think Jay is destined to be remembered as a wildly underrated player. He picked up on Chelsea hesitance immediately. Unfortunately for him, it might be too late to get back into this thing.

Ernie Hudson Talks About ‘Ghostbusters’ – The Lost Interview

April 6, 2012

Here’s the second lost “Ghostbusters” interview from the magazine feature I was never paid for. Enjoy…

Read the Lost Harold Ramis Interview

Gordon Holmes: It’s been 20 years since the Ghostbusters last rolled into action, was it tough to get back into character?
Ernie Hudson: No, to me Winston was very specific, the kind of guy he was and his approach to life. I think once you get that sense of a guy’s perspective on the world it’s just part of who you are. Every character is a little bit different. But, I like Winston, he’s got sort of a laid back approach to things compared to everyone around him. So, it was fun to get back into the character and explore it a little bit.


‘Survivor: One World’ Castaway Interview – Michael Jefferson

April 5, 2012
Michael Jefferson (CBS)

Michael Jefferson (CBS)

Here’s a quick tip for anyone appearing on “Survivor.” If you’re being interviewed, and they ask if you if you think you’ll be blindsided, just say “Yes.” That way, they won’t have a hilarious clip to play before your alliance turns on you.

It’s too bad I didn’t get a chance to give Michael Jefferson that tip before he started playing “Survivor: One World.”

I spoke with Michael the morning after he was eliminated and got his thoughts on last night’s shocking vote, Tarzan’s grooming habits, and the great pick-axe heist…

Gordon Holmes: So, still think blindsides are fun?
Michael Jefferson: (Laughs) You know, honestly going into “Survivor” I didn’t want to fight for my life if I knew I was going home, so blindsides are great. It lets you go out with some honor.
Holmes: Did Jay tip you off at all, or was he completely working you?
Jefferson: I thought we had an alliance and we were talking the whole time. He wanted to keep the new Salani tribe together.
Holmes: And your plan was to boot Christina and even up the guy/girl numbers.
Jefferson: We were trying to be fair to the girls. We voted out Jonas, and then we should vote out a girl. You know, going into “Survivor,” I knew that women tend to stick together better than men.
Holmes: So let me get this straight, people don’t play fair on “Survivor”?
Jefferson: (Laughs) Yeah, we were trying to be fair. If we were adamant about voting a girl off every time, they might get suspicious.

Holmes: Kim told Troyzan that you were gunning for him, and he completely bought it. Did you have any indication that she’d managed to get to him?
Jefferson: I knew from the get-go that Troy and I didn’t get along. We didn’t talk much, we didn’t talk strategy with each other. I feel like he was threatened by me the entire game. So, last night’s episode, he was going crazy when Kim told him that I wanted him gone. He was irate. He fell for it. He fell for the trap.

Holmes: It was kind of odd to me that a big, strong guy like yourself was playing what appeared to be an under-the-radar game. What moves and strategies didn’t we get to see?
Jefferson: Out of the gates, we had Jay, Matt, and myself and we were calling the shots. My goal was to put one person ahead of me, and that person was Matt. Unfortunately, and I love Matt, but if he wanted to be the leader, I was going to let him be the leader. But he left the game so quickly that it didn’t work in my favor. I wanted to lay low a little bit after Matt was gone.

Holmes: Now that the woman have the numbers, do you regret not doing more to keep Bill and Jonas?
Jefferson: Jonas was a guy I didn’t talk with at all. He didn’t associate with me because his tribe would think he was going against them. So, Jonas and I never really talked during the game.

Holmes Were you ever Tarzan’d? And if so, what is that experience like?
Jefferson: As far as Tarzan goes, I never really put up with his little antics and games. He would ramble on. It took him two days to make a comb. He’d do all of these things that didn’t make sense. He was just kind of dead weight. So, I never really got Tarzan’d.
Holmes: I’m sorry, Tarzan took two days to make a comb?
Jefferson: He made it out of bamboo. They showed him chewing on it last night. He really wanted that comb.
Holmes: I find it odd that someone who’s so concerned with their grooming would be at the center of this dirty underwear controversy.
Jefferson: He is a very clean guy. He’s a doctor, he’s probably one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met. He just doesn’t really have people skills.
Holmes: So you think it was dirt?
Jefferson: (Laughs) I don’t think it was dirt.

Holmes: And on that note, let’s do some word association. Let’s kick this off with Kim.
Jefferson: Dominant, powerful.
Holmes: Troyzan?
Jefferson: Loony, afraid.
Holmes: Jay?
Jefferson: Sincere, but lost.
Holmes: Leif?
Jefferson: (Laughs) I don’t know…wily.
Holmes: Chelsea?
Jefferson: She likes to ride coattails.
Holmes: Christina?
Jefferson: Maybe…smart, but lazy.
Holmes: Sabrina?
Jefferson: Strong and sweet.
Holmes: Tarzan?
Jefferson: I’m going to say he’s intelligent, but goofy.
Holmes: Kat?
Jefferson: Innocent, cheerful.
Holmes: Alicia?
Jefferson: She’s a fireball.

Holmes: Jeff Probst and I had a chat about your thieving ways. We both agreed, which is rare, that it seemed like a high-risk/low-reward move. What was going through your mind when you decided to liberate all of the girls’ stuff?
Jefferson: When I saw the girls’ pile, I don’t know what came over me. Just because you make a pile doesn’t make it yours. So, I ran back and forth a few times grabbing everything. And it was amazing to me that not one person saw me. Not one guy or one girl. I told Jonas, but I think he was caught up in the moment and didn’t remember what I said.
Holmes: So, you telling Jonas never came back to bite you? Nobody even knew you were responsible?
Jefferson: Nobody ever did. And I didn’t bring it up because I knew it could send me home.
Holmes: You’re like a “Survivor” ninja.
Jefferson: And I’m like 6’5” stealing all their stuff!

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor: One World’ Recap – Kimpressive Strategy

April 4, 2012

'Survivor: One World' (CBS)

Last Week: Sabrina dug in the sand until she was pooped, Troyzan found one immunity and won number two, and Jonas’s chances of winning were dropped in the dump.

Oh…and Chelsea grew sick of Tarzan’s crap.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Let’s see where the tribe currently stands…

The Tikiano Tribe (wearing black)
Alicia –  25, Special Ed Teacher
Chelsea – 26, Medical Sales
Christina – 29, Career Consultant
Kat – 22, Timeshare Rep
Kim – 29, Bridal Shop Owner
Jay – 25, Model
Leif – 27, Phlebotomist
Michael – 30, Banker
Sabrina – 33, High School Teacher
Tarzan – 64, Plastic Surgeon
Troyzan – 50, Swimsuit Photographer

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The episode kicks off with Troyzan and Jay talking strategy. Troyzan feels bad that they had to boot Jonas, but he ended up on the wrong side of the tribe swap. They’re both very concerned that the girls could align and send the them packing.

Anyone remember when the women couldn’t start a fire? Funny game this “Survivor.”

Tree mail arrives in the form of a 7Up bottle. Oh…so that’s why we’ve been having 7Up “Survivor” Original commercials.

Reward Challenge: The players will be split into two teams of five. One by one they’ll slide down a ginormous slide, run out into the ocean, and retrieve puzzle crates. Once the tribe has all seven of their crates, they’ll use them to complete a puzzle. First tribe to finish their puzzle will be taken to a barbecue at the “7Up Oasis.” They’ll enjoy burgers, steak, and all the cool, crisp, refreshing 7Up they can drink.

A pick-em decides the teams. The green team will consist of Jay, Troyzan, Alicia, Kat, and Chelsea while the yellow team will be Michael, Kim, Christina, Sabrina, and Leif.

Tarzan was not picked. I wouldn’t want him touching my 7Up either.

The challenge starts off and the lime team jumps out to a slight lead. They manage to maintain that lead throughout the crate-gathering portion.

As the lemon team is bringing their final crate back, Christina runs off to take a look at the puzzle. Leif does not approve of this strategy.

Troyzan comes up with the clever strategy of standing on one of the crates so he can get a top-down view of the puzzle. However, the lemon team replicates this strategy and manages to come from behind to win reward.

In a hilarious moment, Leif starts screaming “Barbecue!” like he was an otter puppet in a Christmas special. I’m pretty sure nobody will get that joke.

Later on at the Oasis, the lemon team is having a blast drinking the delicious nectar of the gods known as 7Up.

When they’re done basking in the lemon-lime glow of America’s favorite clear, carbonated beverage, Sabrina and Kim take a minute to discuss strategy. Kim wants to bring the band back together in an all-girl alliance.

Quick Aside: The overhead shots of the camps are beautiful. Good job, “Survivor” production.

The next day, some harsh Samoan weather wreaks havoc on the shelter. As if that wasn’t bad enough, apparently Tarzan is ripping down parts of the shelter to use for firewood. Well, that’s certainly a new one.

Tarzan thinks Chelsea is starting to become annoyed with him. In other news, the sky is blue, sugar is sweet, water is wet…

Tarzan takes Chelsea aside and asks if she’s negative toward him because he’s a plastic surgeon and she might be angry with her own plastic surgeon. So good.

Despite this ridiculous line of thinking, Chelsea shows she’s a gamer by saying that as annoying as Tarzan is, he isn’t a threat and should be kept around.

Later, Kim plants a Kimberly seed in Troyzan’s head by telling him that Michael is gunning for him. Troyzan, of course, goes for it hook, line, and sinker.

Kim, Chelsea, and Sabrina in the final three? Sounds about right.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will race across a ladder bridge while moving puzzle pieces along a rope. The first four to get across the bridge will move on to the puzzle stage. First person to complete the puzzle wins immunity.

Not much to describe in the ladder portion except for eleven people hunched over, pushing bags of puzzle pieces. Jay, Kim, Troyzan, and Alicia advance.

Alicia and Kim jump out to a decent puzzle lead, with Troyzan slightly behind them and Jay way in the back. Kim thinks she almost has it, but is one piece off. Alicia suffers a similar fate. Jay roars back from behind and manages to win the challenge and immunity.

Politicking around camp centers around Jay wanting to boot Christina to even up the guy/girl numbers and Kim still trying to get rid of Mike.

Chelsea approaches Jay with Kim’s plans. He’s not into it because he’s worried that he’ll be next. Chelsea slips up when she says that isn’t “necessarily” true. Jay jumps all over that unfortunate phrasing. He’s like a lawyer.

Jay and Mike hustle off to talk a little strategy. Before they have a chance to figure out what’s really going on, Kim chases after them and pitches the idea of getting rid of Christina. Mike’s cool with blindsiding Christina because he thinks blindsides are fun. Yeah, Lincoln probably thought plays were fun too.

That night at Tribal Council, Jeff asks everyone if they’re worried about going home. None of them are.

Chelsea says you should be aligned with several groups to keep your options open. I’m sure her alliance members loved hearing that.

Alicia isn’t sure who’s on whose side.

Tarzan thinks people are worried about revealing too much at Tribal Council, so Jeff can be counted amongst the people being lied to.

Kat coins the term “Tarzan” to mean a “rantic.” I’m thinking that’s a cross between a rant and an antic? Anywho, if you’re the victim of one, then you’ve been Tarzan’d.

Voting Time: None of the votes are shown.

J-Probst leaves, gathers the votes, takes a nap, tallies them, then returns. Two votes for Christina, two votes for Tarzan, four votes for Mike, and the eighth person to leave “Survivor: One World” is…Mike.

Verdict: Alright, I think I’ve figured out my big problem with this season; it seems like everyone has adopted Sandra Diaz-Twine’s “Anyone But Me” strategy. And with everybody doing that, it allows the Coltons and Kims of the game to basically do whatever they want. Somebody make some counter moves!

That, and there’s nobody to really root for. Who do you like? I’m sure they’re nice enough people, but nobody’s inspiring me.

Who’s Going to Win: Like I said, I think we’re heading to a Kim, Chelsea, Sabrina final three with Chelsea taking home the big check.

Power Rankings Update: Another week, another beating for the male team. Power Rankings legend Andrea Boehlke had Mike in spot nine, while John Cochran had him in spot seven. The current score is now Team Salani 65, Team Manono 42.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor: One World’ Power Rankings – Andrea Boehlke vs. John Cochran

April 4, 2012

Andrea Boehlke vs. John Cochran (CBS)

In honor of “Survivor: One World’s” men vs. women theme, it has been decided that XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” guy Gordon Holmes should lead a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” guys against a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” gals.

The Rules: Each week a representative from each team will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Troyzan is voted out this week, Andrea’s team will receive 5 points and Cochran’s will receive 10 points. At the end of the season, the team with the most points will be named the “Survivor: One World” Power Rankings Challenge Champions.

Last Week: Oh boy. Last week’s vote could have gone a variety of different ways. Unfortunately for Manono, it ended up with Jim Rice’s number one pick, Jonas, being sent home. Dawn Meehan had Jonas in spot ten.  The current score is now Team Salani 56, Team Manono 35.

Quick Note: I’m well aware that Andrea Boehlke wasn’t a member of the “Survivor: South Pacific” cast. However, with the violent beating the guys have been receiving at the hands of Dawn, Sophie, and Christine, I thought it’d be nice to have a reminder of a time when the Power Rankings didn’t cause me emotional pain.

Wanna Play? Tag Gordon (@gordonholmes) in your own Twitter Power Rankings. If you do better than the male team  you’ll get a special shout out in next week’s Power Rankings.

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Current Score: 56

Got any advice for Andrea? Drop her a line on Twitter.


Current Score: 35

Got any advice for Cochran? Drop him a line on Twitter.


1. Two words: GIRL. POWER. I like “Survivor One World” because I’m a raging feminist and I love seeing chicks in control. Okay I’m not a raging feminist, but I like that the girls have the power. Sue me. Kim is really proving herself as a savvy player and seems to be in a great spot in this game. She also has an idol…go Kim! 1. Kim’s edit is frustratingly perfect. She always has a serene smile on her face and a zen look of determination in her eyes. She gives flawlessly diplomatic answers at Tribal Council, effortlessly finds a hidden immunity idol, and creates two viable alliances that leave her options open. All this, and she still finds time to luxuriate, sprawled across the fishing boat. Kim’s not going anywhere — in fact, I think she’ll win.
2. Chelsea is totally Kim’s hot wing woman, but with a mind of her own. (Editor’s Note: Mmm…hot wings.) I love the Chelsea-Kim duo; I think they complement each other nicely. The girls have the numbers on their side; they just have to watch out for Troyzan’s idol possibly shaking things up in the next few weeks. 2. Kim’s right-hand woman. As long as Kim is still in charge of things — and she is — Chelsea is safe.
3. Wait. Another strong, smart female castaway? Can I get a what-what? Alright! I honestly see these girls sticking together and I’m okay with that. Also, Sabrina is my sister’s name, so that is an extra 50 points in my book. 3. Sabrina was hugely visible in the first few episodes of the season, but she’s kind of faded into the background recently. Still, she’s level-headed, smart, and in a majority alliance. Safe!
4. I think it comes as no surprise that I adore Kitty Kat. Kat likes me (check out her pre-interviews) and therefore I like her and predict she will get 5th place like me and we will be best friends forever. Gordon, you can be invited to the wedding. Cochran, you can come too. 4. I’m still smitten with Kat-the-Kitten. After a rocky start in the game, Kat proved herself to be capable in last week’s challenges; I wouldn’t be surprised to see her win a few immunities before the game ends. She doesn’t seem to be a part of the inner core of the women’s alliance, but she was a member of Nu-Salani, and so she is presumably closer to the core than the next two women are.
5. I love Troyzan. His love for the game of “Survivor” is so apparent, and I was stoked that he found an idol last week. He is clearly strong in challenges and likeable, he just has to find a way to make things happen within the dynamics of the game. Dear men, don’t get Pagonged/Ometeped/Upolued! 5. Anyone else warming up to Alicia again now that Colton’s gone? Alicia’s promised that the backstabbing is going to begin sooner rather than later. There’s no need for Alicia to get too aggressive anytime soon, though–she’s been reunited with her women’s alliance, which now controls a majority of the votes in Tikiano.
6. Although her buddy Colton is gone and took his immunity necklace as a souvenir, she still has her homegirls of the original Salani so I’m thinking she is safe. Alicia is a bit of a wildcard for me; she seems like the girl most likely to stir things up so I’m excited to see some Alicia strategy brewing in the next few weeks. 6. This will be a pivotal episode for Christina. Does she stick with the women, where she’s apparently at the bottom of the totem pole (kind of like Edna or, arguably, me, last season)? Or should she flip over to the guys, where she also risks being number six? The men aren’t solid, though (as evidenced by last week’s vote) — the cracks could give Christina the Cockroach some much-needed leverage in this game.
7. Jay “no coffee for you” Byars seems to be more chummy with the girls than some of the other dudes, but sooner or later he is bound to be targeted for being a challenge threat. Jay is also not bad on the eyes, so maybe (hopefully) the girls will keep him around. For my sake. 7. Michael seems like the man most on the outs of the old Manono tribe. He doesn’t have any allegiance to his old tribemates. I could see him agreeing to vote with the women (not that they need him) just to secure another few days in the game, which can be invaluable.
8. Christina is hard to place. She wasn’t a part of the original girl alliance and Alicia seems to have some vendetta against her. Hopefully she can weasel her way into some solid alliance, because I’m a definite fan of hers! 8. While I’m sure there’s a big part of the women’s alliance that would like to get rid of Tarzan for being such an abrasive, unpredictable guy, he simply isn’t a threat at this point in the game. In actuality, he’s the perfect sort of guy to bring to the end. Also, please note that I resisted making any sort of “poopy pants” jokes about him.
9. Right before Jonas left the island, he quipped to the tribe that Michael is the strongest guy and SHOULD be the one going home. Did this perhaps put a bug in some ears? Only time will tell. 9. As the only person who didn’t vote for Jonas last week, Leif could be in danger. And yet, I don’t think he’s most in danger because he seems so easily-intimidated; the majority alliance could pressure him into anything.
10. I have a question. In last week’s reward challenge, WHY would you have Leif dig the first hole? Does this make any sense? I’m baffled. Although I don’t think Leif will be targeted for being a challenge threat, he is not one of those people you want to be sitting in the final 3 with. Unfortunately Leif is just on the wrong side of the numbers. 10. The promos for this week’s episode promise that a power player will shockingly be taken out. Outside of Kim, Troyzan is the only guy who could really be considered a power player. He has the idol, won individual immunity and reward, and has bonds with the old members of both Manono and Salani. If the promos aren’t being too misleading, then, I could see Troyzan being taken out — possibly in a rather humiliating fashion, with the idol still in his hands.
11. Don’t even get me started on Tarzan’s underwear. The more he defended “THE STAIN” the more I started to feel queasy. Tarzan doesn’t really have an alliance so I don’t know how much longer people are going to humor him. I actually really enjoy watching Tarzan—I find him endearing and unintentionally hilarious. 11. The promos are known to be misleading, though, so I expect Jay to go. He could be considered a “power player,” as he’s a member of the Nu-Salani alliance, and he’s the sort of amiable, buff guy that frequently turns out to be an early merge boot. It’s a toss-up between Jay and Troyzan, but I think Troy has a little bit more story left in him. If Jay goes, though, I fear the rest of the season will just be the women predictably eliminating the men. As someone on a season with a Pagonging, I know that isn’t exactly a recipe for riveting television.

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