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‘Survivor’ Castaways Share Their Watchathon Binge Watching Picks

April 4, 2014

'Survivor: Cagayan' (CBS)

NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to be for all sorts of “Survivor: Cagayan” back-stabbin’, torch-snuffin’ fun. We’ll have Power Rankings with “Blood vs. Water” competitor Ciera Eastin, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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The game of “Survivor” lasts 39 arduous days. And that’s not just for the people who make it all the way to the end. The people who are sent packing need to fill that time too. So, in the spirit of XFINITY Watchathon Week, I asked this season’s castaways which shows they would watch if they had a ton of time to kill…

Brice Johnston: I love “The Walking Dead.” I love “Game of Thrones.” I love “True Detective” on HBO. So, I’d definitely binge watch all of those shows.

Cliff Robinson: There’s one show that people keep telling me about and I haven’t had an opportunity to watch it is, “Banshee.” I like all the HBO shows, once I’m hooked on one I try to DVR it or catch it On Demand.

Alexis Maxwell: I’m like a TV connoisseur. “Girls,” I love “Girls.” It’s such a good show. It’s very realistic, like uncomfortably real. And it’s so funny because of it.

Sarah Lacina: If I had a week where I couldn’t do anything but sit at home, I’d probably watch…”Game of Thrones.”

Lindsey Ogle: I’m into “Once Upon a Time.” That’s my show right now. My daughter and I, we watch it together. Maybe it’s just a general feeling of something to look forward to, relaxing with her.

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

‘Survivor’ Castaway Sarah: Kass Was ‘Wreaking Havoc Around Camp’

April 3, 2014

Sarah Lacina and Jeff Probst (CBS)

NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to be for all sorts of “Survivor: Cagayan” back-stabbin’, torch-snuffin’ fun. We’ll have Power Rankings with “Blood vs. Water” competitor Ciera Eastin, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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The problem with being a swing vote is that it’s a position that draws a lot of attention and can easily be taken away.

Police officer extraordinaire Sarah Lacina learned that the hard way.

I spoke with the former member of Cops R Us this morning and got her take on last night’s blindside, Tony’s lies, and her surprise BFF…

Gordon Holmes: Last night’s Tribal was just…wow. Did you have any idea that Chaos Kass was going to throw you guys under the bus?
Sarah Lacina: No, I didn’t. I kind of picked up that the other tribe was going to vote for me once they realized I wasn’t going to flip. I tried to hold off as long as I could. I knew from before they hit the beach that I was staying. I didn’t want them to know because I’d rather them come to me than someone else because I was afraid of them flipping. And sure enough, that’s what happened. But, I was sitting at Tribal Council and it was a total roller coaster. LJ and Tony are patting each other on the back thinking, “Ha! We got ‘em.” And then the first name Jeff reads is Jefra, and I turn around and give them a little smirk. And it took forever for Jeff to read the votes, and I’m thinking, “We already know Jefra is going home. Just say it.” And before he reads the final vote, I look back at Jefra and she’s got tears in her eyes and I’m thinking, “See ya.” Then he reads “Sarah.” It took me a minute to process it. I’m telling myself, “You have to get up because you have to leave now.”

Holmes: In hindsight, were you trying to take charge of the alliance or did you think these conversations were just spirited discussions? Because whatever it was managed to alienate Kass.
Lacina: I didn’t feel like we were alienating her at all. We were having conversations as a six-some. I felt strongly about it being time to get a power player out. I knew how dangerous LJ and Tony were. I wanted them out of the game. I was going to stand firm to that. This is my game, it’s an individual game for everyone. And I’m not going to let the fate of my game sit in someone else’s hands. If they think I’m going to take a backseat, then I have to look at my options and go somewhere else. I sound like a diva saying it has to go my way, but I felt the vote needed to go the way I wanted it to.
Holmes: From what I’m seeing on the show, I’d be assuming that Kass would be the last person to jump. You’ve got numbers with the six, then she’s in the smaller alliance with the Brains.
Lacina: No. Spencer, Jeremiah, and I were very close out there. And we said we’d take it to the final six as a group. Then as a threesome, we had discussed getting Kass out earlier because she was causing so many problems around camp. And not just with me, she was just wreaking havoc around camp. I knew it was not going to end up good the way it was going.

Holmes: What was it like to come home and watch on TV how much Tony was lying?
Lacina: I’ve spoken with Tony since, so I knew I was going to see him talk bad about me or lie. I was surprised by how much he did lie to me. If it were anyone else I wouldn’t have put that much trust in him, but the fact that he’s a cop it was like, I’ve put my life in the hands of other police officers. And they trust me with the same. We had heart-to-heart, hour-long conversations about that. I really felt connected with him. So, I did not expect him to be lying as much as he did. I wasn’t nice to him either, I called him a “dumb ass” and “stupid.”  So, I wasn’t a peach to him either.
Holmes: But you meant “dumb ass “ in the nicest way possible.
Lacina: (Laughs) Yeah, exactly.
Holmes: Is that why you were so convinced that he didn’t have an idol?
Lacina: Yeah. Tony does not come off as super smart. He comes off as sneaky. Lindsey said, “I don’t think he could count to 20 with his shoes on.” He’s definitely a lot smarter than he looks.
Holmes: In the pre-game you made it sound like you were going to get rid of Tony quickly because he was a cop. What changed?
Lacina: I wanted nothing to do with Tony. It changed when I found out we were on the same tribe.  It turned into a “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” situation. I wanted him in my back pocket so I could keep an eye on him.

Holmes: Alright, word association time. Let’s start with Trish.
Lacina: Hilarious and loyal.
Holmes: Woo?
Lacina: Chill.
Holmes: Tony?
Lacina: Sneaky.
Holmes: Latasha?
Lacina: Determined
Holmes: Spencer?
Lacina: Bud.
Holmes: Morgan?
Lacina: Awesome…wait…bad ass.
Holmes: LJ?
Lacina: Horse whisperer.
Holmes: You’re not the first person to give that answer.
Lacina: (Laughs) I know!
Holmes: Let’s finish with Kass.
Lacina: Ridiculous.

Holmes: Let’s jump back in there. You said Morgan is “awesome.” During these exit interviews it seems like most people didn’t click with her. Did you two get along?
Lacina: Morgan is the (expletive deleted). Between her, Trish, and Jefra, those are my best friends from the show. Morgan and I are like the duo you would never expect to get along. We mesh super well. We think the same things are hilarious and we hate the same people.

Holmes: What has the reaction been like from other police officers?
Lacina: My co-workers at my local department are great. They couldn’t be more proud. They felt like I honored our badge and played an honorable game. I’m happy with their reaction. And other states, people have contacted me and said, “Thank you for staying true to your badge.”

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

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ Episode 6 Recap – Kasstastrophe!

April 2, 2014

'Survivor: Cagayan' (CBS)

NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to be for all sorts of “Survivor: Cagayan” back-stabbin’, torch-snuffin’ fun. We’ll have Power Rankings with “Blood vs. Water” competitor Ciera Eastin, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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Last Week: Lindsey quit cause she thought Trish was a jerk, Tony’s idol clue ruse didn’t quite work, and poor Alexis twerked her last twerk.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Let’s take a look at the tribes as they currently stand.…

The Aparri Tribe (wearing orange)
Jeremiah – Model, 34
Kassandra – Attorney, 41
Latasha – Accountant, 37
Morgan – Ex-NFL Cheerleader, 21
Sarah – Police Officer, 29
Spencer – Economics Student, 21

The Solana Tribe (wearing purple)
Jefra – Miss Kentucky Teen USA, 22
LJ – Horse Trainer, 34
Tony – Police Officer, 39
Trish – Pilates Trainer, 48
Woo – Martial Arts Instructor, 29

We meet up with Aparrians after Tribal Council and the vibe around camp is that they’re going to try stay a solid six. That will not happen.

The newly united alliance wants to know who to target in case there’s a merge. Trish’s name is thrown around randomly. Hey, get to know her before you hate her.

Sarah says that Top Six sounds better than Top Five. Wait, what?

The next morning, Kass tells Sarah that she’s a little worried that she could flip. Oh, well now that you’ve told her that you’re concerned about it, she’s sure to be true to the alliance.

Over at Solana, tree mail says it’s time for Mergeville, Population 11.

Tony and LJ both scurry off to retrieve their idols. Tony says he’s willing to use it to save his alliance. LJ makes no such declaration.

The Solana five arrive on Aparri beach and we’re officially merged.

Jefra is bummed that Alexis isn’t around anymore. You and me both, Jefra.

A note lets them all that an idol with “Special Powers” is located around camp. Oh…I hope it’s X-ray vision!

The tribe starts debating their new name, and they decide on “Solarrion.” I wonder whose mother’s name backwards that is…

Tony thinks he can get Sarah back because she swore on her badge. But the sarge took her badge because he was sick of explaining her renegade antics to the commissioner!

He approaches Sarah and asks where she stands. He asks her to swear on her badge again, and she doesn’t.  Maybe I was right about the commissioner thing.

Later, things get testy as Sarah, Jeremiah, and Kass are debating strategy. Jeremiah thinks that LJ has an idol, so they should target Woo. Sarah doesn’t want to vote for Trish.

Kass lets us know that she doesn’t trust cops. Heh, she’s not the only “Survivor” lawyer who thinks that way.

The next morning, Latasha does her best to bring Sarah on board. Kass takes this as an insult. What a mess.

Immunity Challenge Time: Players will balance on a doghouse-looking platform. As time goes by, they’ll move up to a higher position. Last person standing win immunity.

Note: This exact challenge was done in “Survivor: Caramoan” and was dominated by tiny little ladies. It was criticized for being unfair to heavier people. Let’s see if that happens again.

Round One: Everyone survives.

Round Two: Everyone survives again.

Final Round: Spencer, Kass, Sarah, Jefra, and LJ are immediately out. Tasha, Trish, and Jeremiah quickly follow them. It’s down to Tony, Woo, and Morgan. A gust of wind takes out Morgan. Gravity takes out Tony. Woo wins immunity.

Tony lasted  a long time, I guess it’s a fair challenge.

Back at camp, Sarah’s still trying to decide which side to go with. Right now she’s leaning toward Aparri because they’re worse at challenges.

Aparri discusses who to vote for; Spencer and Latasha want Jefra, Sarah wants LJ or Tony because she doesn’t think they have idols. Oh man.

Sarah calling the shots is driving Kass insane. But Kass, Sarah has brilliant insights like “Tony definitely doesn’t have an idol.”

Tony tries to get Sarah on board again. She says she’ll make her decision at Tribal Council. Yeah, that never happens.

Trish approaches Kass and tries to bring her into the fold. Kass doesn’t commit, but Trish tells her they’ll all be voting for Sarah.

Oh and Kass gave herself the nickname “Chaos Kass.” I’ll second that nickname if she creates some chaos at Tribal.

That night at Tribal Council, LJ thinks he’s in the hottest seat in town. That sounds like a strip joint.

Latasha thinks he should be worried because he is a threat.

Tony thinks you don’t move forward with an alliance of numbers, you move forward with an alliance of comfort. That’s a nice sentiment. Probably isn’t true though.

Kass says she’d be worried if she was a strong, male who was doing well in challenges.

LJ thinks there might not be any idols and that it’s a “Survivor” joke. Tony disagrees because he has an idol.

Zing!

Tony tells Probst that he’s going to play his idol for his tribe. Spencer doesn’t believe him, so he produces it and puts it on.

Aparri turns to each other and says to vote for “the other one.” Tony thinks this is a good call.

Voting Time: No votes are shown! Uh…DUN DUN DUN!

Shortest Tribal ever…

J-Pro tallies and returns. Tony asks Jeff to validate his idol. Jeff confirms that it is a real idol. Tony then gives the idol to LJ. The Aparri tribe seems cool with this.

Then, LJ gives his idol to Tony. What the what?! Aparri seems less happy. Spencer looks like he’s going to cry.

We’ve got one vote for Jefra, one vote for Sarah, one vote for Jefra, one vote for Sarah, one vote for Jefra, one vote for Sarah, one vote for Jefra, one vote for Sarah, one vote for Jefra, one vote for Sarah, and the eighth person to be eliminated from “Survivor: Cagayan” and the first member of the jury is…Sarah!

Afterward, Kass admits to flipping. Spencer lets her know that she has no chance of winning the game.

Verdict: CHAOS KASS!

That was crazytown. I don’t agree with Chaos Kass’s move. Seems like she had a better shot sticking with the brains and not enraging the jury. But, we’ll see if she has any other tricks up her sleeve.

And Sarah is a perfect example of someone overplaying their hand. She could’ve stayed cool and gone far with whichever alliance she chose.

Power Rankings Results: Ciera had Sarah in spot eight, I had her in spot five. So, the current score is Team Ciera 57, Team Gordon 65.

Who’s Going to Win? Well, Spencer is right, Kass probably can’t win. Of the other five, Tony is building a hell of a resume.

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

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ Power Rankings: Merge Edition

April 1, 2014

'Survivor: Cagayan' (CBS)

NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to be for all sorts of “Survivor: Cagayan” back-stabbin’, torch-snuffin’ fun. We’ll have Power Rankings with “Blood vs. Water” competitor Ciera Eastin, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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The Rules: Each week our two combatants 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 Woo is voted out this week, Ciera will receive 11 points and Gordon will receive 7 points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Cagayan” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week’s Results: Ciera had Lindsey in spot twelve. Gordon had her in spot thirteen. Ciera had Alexis in spot ten, while Gordon had her in spot twelve. So, the current score is Team Ciera 49, Team Gordon 60.

Ciera’s Score = 49

Any advice for Ciera? Drop her a line on Twitter: @cieraeastin

Gordon’s Score = 60

Any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

 1. Latasha –  Tasha still seems like the leader of the Brains alliance without having the spotlight of being the “leader.” Which is a great position to be in. If people do get wise and want to split up the brains it is very unlikely they target her first.   1. Jefra – Merges aren’t always hard to rank. This one is. The Brawns could reunite. The Beauties could reunite (sans Morgan). Tony’s new fivesome could stick together. The current Aparri tribe still has numbers. Tony and LJ both have idols. I have no idea what’s going to happen Wednesday, but I’m willing to bet that Jefra will still be around when it’s all over.
 2. Kassandra – Again the Brains seem to be holding strong and have picked up a few potential numbers at the tribe swap. Kass is riding under the radar and is probably the least threatening player out there which should allow her to coast through this week.
  2. Morgan – Like I said before, a ton of stuff could go down. But getting rid of Morgan isn’t on top of anyone’s to-do list.
 3. Tony – This week is really tricky with the merge and all .You really start to see where the line is drawn. Tony does have the idol and he does have relationships with the people on his new tribe and Cops R Us with Sarah…if he can save himself from that “final 5” comment he made last week.
  3. Tony – It’s gonna get crazy, buddy. You’ve got some options. Can you woo Sarah back? Is Morgan a swing vote? Does Jeremiah want to partner with LJ again? So much. Keep that idol handy.

 4. LJ –  Another guy with a hidden immunity idol in his hand. I would love to think he wouldn’t be dumb enough to go home with a hidden immunity idol in his pocket but you never know! He did great work by bonding with Trish, and he still has Jefra. LJ is in a good spot this week if he can lay low.   4. LJ – Ever hear that old saying, “A man is only as loyal as his options”? Well, last time LJ was at Tribal he only had one real option. This week he’ll have many. That being said, he should follow the advice I gave Tony and keep his idol close.

 5. Jefra –  Jefra is a shoo-in for someone who you would want to take to the end because you know you can beat her. She’s not making any moves and she’s not really solidifying her spot in an alliance. She’s probably not going anywhere but she’s definitely not playing to win.   5. Sarah – Solana’s chant after the immunity challenge really seemed to get into Aparri’s heads. You’re all convinced that they’re rock solid, when that’s rarely the case. In a funny way, Solana has all the power when they’re still down numbers. If Tony’s smart, he realizes that Sarah is his best bet to swing the vote.
 6. Trish –  With conditions being so bad out there, and everyone Hangry (So hungry you become angry) Trish’s drama and loud voice could get her booted. Being too open and vocal about who you like and don’t like is not a good thing and people really could start to get annoyed with that.   6. Kassandra – It’s looking like the Brains have two ways to go; play way under the radar at the merge or try to solidify an alliance with Morgan, Jeremiah, and Sarah. I have no idea what’s going to happen, but if the Brains block finds themselves in trouble, I doubt Kassandra will be the first one to go.
 7. Morgan – She’s definitely on the outs of her current tribe and has no ties to the other tribe. But come merge time that might not be too bad of a thing.
  7. Woo – Maybe the Aparri voting block will stay together. Maybe it’ll be a Parvati-esque sitution where the Solanians have to give the idols to the right people. That could be bad news for Woo. That, and Woo is definitely a challenge threat.
 8. Sarah –  She seemed fully committed to Cops R Us until she heard Tony yell “final 5.” She said she is all in with her new tribe and alliance but the question is will Tony be able to reel her back in? Being a swing vote can either be a great thing of a terrible thing. I guess we’ll find out!  8. Trish – Trish cemented herself as the perfect person to take to the end. She’ll accrue jury votes in the same way the Cubs accrue World Championships. But, if she rubs the Aparrians the wrong way, they could unite to bounce her.
 9. Spencer –  Let me start by saying that if Spencer goes home my heart will break. In his current tribe he is in a great spot the issue comes in because merge time people want to get rid of the big threats. He has shown to be great in the challenges, he’s obviously smart, and he’s the only male in a major alliance.   9. Spencer – Solana has the idols and they have the momentum. The question is; LJ aligned with Tony when he had to, but will he stick with him now that his options have opened up? Could the Brains team work with LJ, Jefra, and Jeremiah? So many questions.
 10. Jeremiah –  Jeremiah does a great job of deflecting attention off of himself. But he doesn’t have an alliance, and he is a huge threat, with the merge around the corner that is a terrible combo.   10. Jeremiah – Your fate is in your buddy LJ’s hands. LJ knows Tony tried to set you up. LJ could let that cat out of the bag and everyone will know how hard Tony is playing the game. Or, LJ could think taking Tony to the end is a good way to get a million bucks.
11. Woo – Having Cliff gone really sucked for Woo…and then having Lindsey quit double sucked for Woo. His alliance is dropping like flies and he is the lone ranger. He is a big threat not only in the challenges but socially. 11. Latasha – As the dominant member of the dominant alliance in the tribe that is falling apart, this could be it for you. I hope it isn’t, you’re my preseason pick and you’ve been through a lot.

Don’t miss “Survivor: Cagayan” this Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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


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