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‘Survivor: Kaôh Rōng’ Episode 5 Recap: Beauty Marked?

March 16, 2016

'Survivor: Kaôh Rōng' (CBS)

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Last Week: Beast Mode was med-evac’d and Alecia was punished for the NBA experience she lacked.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

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

The Chanloh Tribe – Brains (wearing blue)
Aubry – 29, Social Media Marketer
Debbie – 49, Chemist
Joseph – 72, Former FBI Agent
Neal – 38, Ice Cream Entrepreneur
Peter – 34, ER Doctor

The Gondol Tribe – Beauty (wearing yellow)
Anna – 26, Pro Poker Player
Caleb – 28, Army Veteran
Julia – 19, Student
Michele – 24, Bartender
Nick – 30, Personal Trainer
Tai – 51, Gardener

The Totang Tribe – Brawn (wearing orange)
Cydney – 23, Body Builder
Jason  – 31, Bounty Hunter
Scot – 40, Former NBA Champion

The fun starts off the morning after Tribal at Casa de Brainy where Joe has a pretty gross wound on his finger. Peter uses his doctorly ways to help take care of him. Neal refers to Peter as a cancer. Dude, that’s the opposite of a doctor.

Later, Neal locates the hidden immunity idol clue. He uses Tai’s pole technique to scoop up the idol.

Scoop up? Ice cream guy? Nothing? Alright, let’s move on…

We next see all of the tribes as they meet up with J-Pro. The baseball cap wearing dynamo informs them that the Brawn tribe is no more and requests that they kindly remove their buffs.

ToTang, we hardly knew ye.

Before they pick buffs, Probst tells them that the person who picks the odd buff will have to live at Brawn beach alone. The good news is that they won’t have to go to the next Tribal. The bad news is, they’ll join the tribe that loses at the next reward challenge.

Alright, the new Gondol is Aubry, Joe, Tai, Anna, Peter, and Scot and the new Chanloh is Cydney, Michele, Nick, Neal, Debbie, and Jason.

Julia picked the odd buff. Wah-wah… She appreciates that this is a disadvantage because she won’t be around for alliance-making. Yeah, but you can pick your nose all you want.

Over at Gondol, the Brains are very impressed with the former Beauty camp. Peter is psyched to not be the low man on the totem pole. He tells us it’ll be no problem making the merge. Why do people say stuff like that that can be used against them later?

Scot is not thrilled to be without his Brawny buddies. But, he’s been on five different NBA teams, so he used to partnering with former opponents. Scot was in the NBA? Why is this the first I’m hearing of this?

Aubry and Peter talk strategy and he points out that if they lose a challenge a former Beauty will be joining them.

Aww…it’d make me sad to be referred to as a “former beauty.”

At Chanloh, Michele gets to say some things. She’s bummed that her female alliance has been split in three.

Debbie, meanwhile, is doing her best to get in with the former Brawnies. She pitches bouncing a former  Beauty first and it seems like Cyndey and Jason are both into it.

Later on, Nick tries to make in-roads with Jason. Nick informs us that he’s the best at being manipulative. Not according to Caleb.

Back at Gondol, everyone’s loving them some Tai. All aboard the Trang Gang! He and Scot work together to get coconuts and I’m immediately annoyed that Tai was able to get over Caleb so quickly. I’m also annoyed that I did think of the alliance name “Beauty and the Beast Mode” until just now.

Anna realizes that the numbers are not in her favor. She makes sure to tell everyone about how they caught Tai looking for idols.

Over at ToTang beach, Julia is in pretty bad shape. Apparently she’s dehydrated and freaked out a little over being out of the game for the time being. Yeah, that’s gotta be rough. But on the plus side, she doesn’t have to follow the Brawn tribe’s strict pooping-in-the-water rules.

Immunity Challenge Time: Two players from each tribe will swim out to a net to retrieve fish-shaped puzzle pieces. When they return to the beach, two other players will remove the fish from the net and place them on hooks. Then two other players will have to figure out how to fit all of the fish into a box. First tribe to complete the puzzle wins immunity.

Scot and Aubry start off for Gondol and Nick and Jason start for Chanloh.

For some reason, Scot does all of the untying for his team. Both tribes release their nets at the same time, but Gondol is the first to get their net back to the beach.

Joe and Tai start untying the fish for Gondol, while Cydney and Michele get a late start. However, the ladies manage to catch up with the guys.

Peter and Anna and Neal and Debbie take puzzle duty. Chanloh flies through the puzzle to claim immunity.

Back at camp, we learn that Tai is considering using his idol.

Aubry wants Tai out, but Peter would rather target Anna. Joe wants to keep Tai because he’s a good provider.

Hmmm…Aubry is covering her mouth with her buff. Is she worried someone will read her lips?

Later on, Peter admits to Tai and Anna that they’re probably going to target a Beauty. This annoys Tai, so he goes to Scot and Anna and pitches getting rid of Peter with his idol.

However, Scot realizes that if they target Anna he can later get Tai and Jason to work together with their merged idols. Huh…

That night at Tribal Council, Aubry admits that she wants to stick with the people she knows.

Anna realizes that she and Tai are the targets because Julia is joining their tribe. Tai agrees.

Tai makes the pitch that he’s the hardest worker at camp. He even shows off scabs he’s gotten from his work. That’s uh…thanks there, Tai.

Joe thinks the twist for this season is that there are no idols. That’s a pretty crummy twist.

Tai says he’d never find the idol because he’s terrible at looking for things. Yeah, and I’m bad at late-night snacking and being too lazy to go to the gym.

Peter doesn’t think the Brawns and Brains would partner up against them. Why do you say these things, Peter?

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

Probst tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol…and nobody does.

We’ve got one vote for Peter, three votes for Anna, and the sixth person eliminated from “Survivor: Kaôh Rōng is…Anna.

Verdict: Gah…it’s a shame the Julia twist put all of the Beauties in danger. It’d have been nice to see them have to battle it out without such an obvious handicap.

Who’s Going to Win? There’s no way they’d let Tai get deep into the game, right? He’s too likable. I’m starting to feel good about Cydney though…

Power Rankings Results: Shirin and I both had Anna in spot nine. So, the current score is Team Shirin 48, Team Gordon 47.

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‘Survivor: Kaôh Rōng’ Power Rankings – Heart-Stoppin’, Buff-Droppin’ Edition

March 15, 2016

'Survivor: Kaôh Rōng' (CBS)

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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 players will earn.  For example, if Scot is voted out this episode, Shirin will receive seven points and Gordon will receive thirteen points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Kaôh Rōng” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Shirin had Caleb in spot four, Gordon had him in spot eight. They both had Alecia in spot fifteen. The current score is now Team Shirin 39, Team Gordon 38.

Quick Note: Rankings are not based on who the player thinks is most likely to win. The smart strategy is to rank the contestants based on who is the most likely to be voted out in the next episode.

 

Shirin’s Score = 39

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Gordon’s Score = 38

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 1. – Tai: Shantay you stay. #GoodLuckAndDontFItUp
 1. – Tai: Man…I hate ranking tribe swaps. So, those who are packing idols get a trip to the top of the heap. (Quick Aside: Deleting Caleb’s image from the Power Rankings template gave me the sads. Bring back Beast Mode!)
 2. – Cydney: During challenges she fights while others roll over. Outside of challenges she rolls over while others fight.
 2. – Jason: Jason the Bounty-Hunting Enigma…had a very shiny back. Is he the man who refuses to call Alecia by her real name or the guy who nurses a fallen teammate back to health? He’s got a hard exterior and a soft, gooey inside. Like an old twinkie.
 3. – Julia: Wake me up before you go go.
 3. – Cydney: The only bright spot in a horrible episode last week was Cydney recuperating while the other Brawns battled each other. Hilarious. I have a feeling she’s going to be fine no matter which tribe she ends up on.
 4. – Michele: She’s the snitch on the Quiddich pitch: shiny, quick, and tough to spot. Most players are going after the quaffle.
 4. – Julia: Julia’s like a secret little challenge champ. She’s an adorable Ozzy.
 5. – Jason: This is a song for the ladies

But fellas listen closely… #TheD
 5. – Michele: Maybe in this season’s director’s cut, we’ll learn that Michele snuck down to the reward challenge early and buried all the bags super deep. Evil…
 6. – Neal: What flavor is camouflage? And will those pants continue to hide him from his swapmates as much as they hide him from the cameras?
 6. – Aubry: It seems like Aubry has found her bearings after that first-episode freak-out. She’ll have plenty of room to figure things out after the swap.
 7. – Scot: A small man stands on the shoulders of giants to elevate himself so he can look down on people. But unlike the NBA, “Survivor” doesn’t give you the title for watching others win. “Hey, I got two bags!” Yeah, and they both start with “D”.
 7. – Joe: Oh Joe… You’re probably fine. Just keep the crankiness at a minimum with your new tribemates.
 8. – Nick: Caleb’s footrest is the most useful tool he’ll be all season.  8. – Neal: I’m really nervous for all of the Brains members. Peter is going to spill his guts quickly. And if he tells his new tribemates that Neal is a player, he could have trouble rum raisin his standing in his new tribe. (That was awful. Don’t worry, I have way more.)
 9. – Anna: I’m willing to wager her swapmates won’t buy this emperor’s new clothes when she’s exposed as the head of the girls’ alliance.
 9. – Anna: Alliance leaders usually run into trouble during a swap, but I don’t know if Nick even knows that Anna doesn’t trust him.
 10. – Peter: Will anyone in his new rotation be willing to swallow his prescriptions? Side effects may include: heart palpitations, weight changes, eyerolls, and loss of weak members.  10. – Peter: Nobody needs a tribe swap more than Peter. He’s clearly on the bottom of the Brainy Bunch. The question is; will he be able to flop his knowledge and swing vote for safety, or will he be viewed as a physical threat to send packing?
  11. – Aubry: Seriously concerned the Deatheaters will come for Aubry + Debbie (Daubby). Let’s hope the latter can put a sock in it and they straddle the fence like a half blood princess.
 11. – Debbie: I’d wager your cheering has put you on the other tribes’ hit lists. Add that to Peter ratting you out as a power player and you might be serving cheesy biscuits at Ponderosa.
 12. – Debbie: A swap is coming and our tenacious D bags already don’t like cheerleaders. Add the unflattering ring of “C’monnn brain stems!” and Debbie may not hit it off with our favorite brawny Neanderthal.
 12. – Nick: There are three rules I live by; never get less than twelve hours sleep, never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city, and never rank strong guys high in a merge episode. #teenwolf
 13. – Joe: Joe’s shade game is on point like a California redwood. But will his swapmates ax this inert giant as a challenge liability? #AllBarkNoBite
 13. – Scot: The problem with being eight-feet tall is there’s just too much real estate to place a target.

‘Survivor’ Castaway Alecia: ‘(Jason Is) Probably a Mall Cop Rolling Around on a Segway’

March 11, 2016

Alecia Holden (CBS)

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When I was on the set of “Survivor: Nicaragua,” I sat and watched Wendy-Jo beg her tribe to keep her around. For two solid hours, Wendy Jo went through a laundry list of reasons why she was a smart choice to save  – even at one point mentioning that she had less blisters on her feet than everyone else. It didn’t matter. She was still unanimously voted out.

And up until this past Wednesday, that was the most hopeless Tribal performance I had ever seen.

I spoke to the victim of the new most hopeless Tribal performance the morning after her one-sided elimination. We chatted about her bullying tribemates, her positive attitude, and deceptive marker caps…

Gordon Holmes: Let’s start off with the relationship between you and Scot and Jason. Would you categorize that as more of a big brother/little sister antagonizing relationship or was it more like bullying?
Alecia Holden: I was smiling and laughing the whole time because I’d say, “If you want to portray yourself like that for all of America to see, than go ahead and do it.” But there was definitely a bullying aspect to it.
Holmes: I don’t know how smart this was from a gameplay standpoint, but it seemed like you were always standing up for yourself even though they held the power in the tribe.
Holden: Yeah, me and Scot were like David and Goliath out there, I’m not intimidated by him just because he’s bigger than me. And if I have a problem with someone I’m going to express how I feel. And they didn’t say much to my face until later episodes. That’s when I started confronting them.
Holmes: What did you make of Scot’s basketball analogy last night?
Holden: It’s funny because Scot says I’m a cheerleader, but most of his NBA career he cheered from the bench.

Holmes: When you found the idol clue, you shared it with Cydney. Did you trust her?
Holden: We got really close in the second episode. She even came up to me and said Jenny was flipping, vote her out. She had my back. I thought I could trust her. But it happened so fast and sometimes you just don’t think in the moment. So, I definitely made a game-changing mistake in sharing the idol with Cydney. I highly regret that.

Holmes: How did the Jennifer vote go down? How did it go from a potential all-female alliance to Jennifer standing on her stump at Tribal?
Holden: I was all about an all-girl alliance. I said if Jason goes home I’ll be doing the happy dance. Then I broke out into some embarrassing dance I wish I never had done on TV. But, I realized my option to stay in the game would be to get her out. But I ultimately wished she had been able to stay.
Holmes: Did you and Cyndey approach Jason and Scot with the information that she was flipping?
Holden: Jenny told me that she had gone up to Jason and told him that it was my idea. And that raised a lot of questions to me. If you’re trying to blindside someone, why tell them it was my idea? And then, Cydney had also spoken to Jason. Cydney asked me if I wanted to vote out Jenny or Jason. I said, “Jason.” The only reason I switched my vote was because Cydney came up to me right before Tribal and said, “Jenny is trying to flip. Let’s vote out Jenny to keep you in the game.” So, she gave me a tip on that so I thought I could trust her.

Holmes: Which was more embarrassing, the happy dance or leaving the cap on the marker at Tribal?
Holden: (Laughs) That made “Survivor” history. That was a very exotic pen. I can laugh over it. Lesson learned.
Holmes: In your defense, it’s not like that marker is a classic Sharpie. The design on that thing is very intricate.
Holden: That’s an extremely exotic pen out there.

Holmes: When it was clear that you were on the outs with your tribe after last night’s immunity challenge, did you think about outing Jason’s immunity idol to the other players?
Holden: I was thinking about telling the other tribes to put a target on his back, but it all just happened so fast. But I wish I had. I was in a tough situation out there.
Holmes: What happened back at camp after the challenge?
Holden: I had no options at that point. I approached Scot with how he acted at the challenge and it just led to a bunch of fights.

Holmes: Alright, word association time. Let’s start with Jennifer.
Holden: Jennifer is tough. She could have a bug in her ear and centipede could bite her face. That’s tough. She’s a…what do you call it? She’s a teeter-totter. She’s up and down, up and down.
Holmes: Scot?
Holden: Mid-life identity crisis. He was the dinosaur of the tribe. He was the old one in the tribe. And after the challenge he said, “Alecia just wants to talk about herself.” All he did was talk about himself. The man thinks he’s LeBron James. And he calls me a cheerleader when most of his career he was cheering his team on from the bench. He thinks of himself as God’s gift to basketball.
Holmes: Darnell?
Holden: Hilarious. Darnell is extremely funny.
Holmes: Cydney?
Holden: Muscles. She has some arms on her.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Jason.
Holden: They didn’t show this, but in my first interview I called Jason a mall cop. I said, “This guy comes in her trying to be all intimidating, thinking he’s Dog the Bounty Hunter. He needs to take those earrings out of his ears. He’s probably a mall cop rolling around on a Segway.” He tries to portray this whole bad-boy exterior. But, we had a day when our chicken got loose and it’s funny because Jason was like, “I can get all the bad boys, I’m a bad bounty hunter.” And when our chicken got loose, Mr. Bounty Hunter couldn’t catch it. I think he’s all talk.
Holmes: So if a chicken breaks the law in South-East Michigan, it has nothing to worry about.
Holden: (Laughs) Yes, 150%.

Holmes: Watching you these past couple of weeks, some pretty harsh things were said about you during the broadcast. Where are you with that?
Holden: I have a lot of fans. They feel bad for me, but I was OK out there. I’m an adult and I was smiling and laughing through much of the show. My mindset has always been; if I don’t care about you and I don’t respect you, you can’t hurt my feelings. The only people who can truly hurt me are the people I care about. I laughed. America is going to see how you’re acting and the light you’re going to be portrayed in.
Holmes: It really seems like you don’t let much get to you.
Holden: I really don’t. I grew up around boxing. I was a big tom-boy growing up. I have a lot of mental strength and I’m not going to break down. Everyone made fun of me the first episode when I said, “I’m a mental giant.” But I spent five hours making fire while they were sleeping. I didn’t cry. I didn’t sit in a corner feeling bad for myself. I remained mentally strong.

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‘Survivor’ Castaway Caleb: ‘That Wasn’t How I Wanted to Leave’

March 10, 2016

Caleb Reynolds (CBS)

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Eight years ago in Gabon, I got to test out an immunity challenge that involved digging. We were maybe at it for ten minutes and the temperatures were probably in low ’80s…

And it was probably one of the most exhausting things I’ve ever done.

So, when the Caleb went down after 45 minutes in the excruciating heat, I wasn’t surprised. I was just glad he was OK.

I spoke to the “Beast-Mode Cowboy” the morning after his medical evacuation and asked him what he remembers from that horrific afternoon, what’s going on around the Brains tribe, and if he ever got that kiss from Tai…

Gordon Holmes: Beast Mooooode.
Caleb Reynolds: (Laughs) How are you doing?
Holmes: I’m alright. You?
Reynolds: I’m doing much better.
Holmes: I’d hope so, I couldn’t imagine you doing much worse.

Holmes: I was watching it last night with my wife and she said she couldn’t imagine what your loved ones must be going through watching that and feeling so helpless. You’re engaged, correct?
Reynolds: Yes.
Holmes: What was her reaction to last night’s episode?
Reynolds: She was pretty teared up. She wasn’t sobbing because she was sitting next to me on the couch knowing I was OK. For her to know that there was nothing she could do while I was gone and knowing that I went through that, it was emotional for her and my mom who was sitting to the right of me, and my brothers and their wives in the house. They were saying, “Gosh, we hate that you went through that.” I couldn’t imagine what they’d be thinking if it was live. They’d have  bought a plane to Cambodia as soon as I fell over. Even for me it was emotional. I’m better now and I’m very healthy now, but the thing that made me emotional was that I gave it my best. I gave it my all. I worked my butt off until we won, then it happened. I left it all out there. I stayed true to myself.

Holmes: Watching it back, you’d roll a ball and if it’d bounce off the course and you’d sprint to get it back. You’re well enough to do that and as soon as it’s over you drop. It had to have been adrenaline carrying you.
Reynolds: That’s what I’m guessing. I see Cydney, she’s digging and they’re rolling balls. After we win, it was the same thing with Debbie. They had won and then all of the sudden it hit her. That body response also happened to Cydney and me. I guess I was pushing myself a lot harder or it hit me worse. The adrenaline was keeping me moving and keeping my mind on track. As soon as it was over there was a quick flash and I fell on my back. My eyes started getting blurry, I got real dizzy. I wasn’t sweating. My skin was really dry. I thought, “This can’t be good.” I found the nearest shade and went over there. And the moment I fell, I don’t really remember anything except opening my eyes here and there.

Holmes: What do you remember after they took you out of the game?
Reynolds:  I remember Jeff had put his hand on my head and he said, “Can you hear me?” I didn’t have the energy to respond. He asked me again and I nodded. I remember he said, “We have to take you out of the game.” And I said, “No.” I shook my head no. He said, “I know you don’t want to, but we have to.” I remember waking up in the helicopter once and Doctor Joe’s hand was on my chest. And he was like, “I’m sorry.” I asked, “What’s wrong?” And he said, “I have to take you out of the game. You’re in bad shape.” And I just started crying. That wasn’t how I wanted to leave. I remember waking up in an ambulance a little later on and then I remember being in the hospital where I was for five days.

Holmes: Your tribemates were very emotional. It’s clear you were well-liked. You and Tai were adorable. My pitch is you and Tai for “The Amazing Race.”
Reynolds: (Laughs) It’s really crazy because that’s the show that I applied to from the beginning of this journey. I could totally see Tai and I doing “Amazing Race” together! I really enjoy Tai’s company. He had us laughing every day. I connected with Tai because of his story. I grew up pretty rough as well. Tai’s story seemed similar to mine in an emotional way. You wonder how someone could make it through all that and still be happy today. Tai and I really did connect. At the same time, he was a big asset. He knew everything. I was constantly hearing something new from Tai everyday. More than anything, he taught me things. I learned being around him. I didn’t learn much from the other people. Everything that they talked about or did, I’ve done that, or we talk about that too. I got to hear new things, new adventures, and new wisdom from Tai.

Holmes: I wanted to ask about Nick. I feel like we haven’t seen or heard much from him. How does the tribe feel about him?
Reynolds: At first, Nick did a lot around camp. He seemed strong, he seemed a bit manipulative. He seemed like he was very quick to tell someone one thing and then tell someone else another thing. I connected with him because we both work out, we’re fitness trainers, we live the same lifestyle. When you’re the muscle of the team, you connect. We were like, “We’re going to be here a while. They’re not going to send guys like us home.” So, we wanted to work together. But other people thought he was sly. They weren’t sure about him. As far as I know, Nick was cool with everyone when Tai started looking for the idol. We thought Nick is good and Tai will be the first one to leave. The girls and I, we connected. They didn’t like Nick. They felt uneasy around him. They said that his laugh was fake, his smile was like the Grinch. I’m pretty sure it was because he told Tai one thing and then he told one of the girls another thing. And then they talked, of course. Next thing you know…we didn’t want to blow him up. We didn’t want him to know that we knew what he’d done. But that was Day Two.

Holmes: What were your alliances out there?
Reynolds: I had me, Nick, and Tai. We were good. I had me and the girls good. Me, Michele, and Anna with Nick. It was all over the place honestly. But from what I know from when I was out there, he was in an OK position until Tai found the idol. And then he was in a bad position.
Holmes: So, you knew Tai had the idol?
Reynolds: I wouldn’t say we knew he had it, but when he came back with his fingers full of mud…we pretty much knew that he had been digging. And you know, in past seasons you dig for the idol. And, he straight up told us that he was looking for an idol. We had suspicions that he was lying and he had it. We were playing as if he did.

Holmes: Alright, word association time. Let’s start with Nick.
Reynolds: Strong, athletic, untrustworthy.
Holmes:  Anna?
Reynolds: Bubbly, outgoing, flirty.
Holmes: Julia?
Reynolds: (Laughs) Funny, goofy, young.
Holmes: Michele?
Reynolds: (Laughs) All the girls ring the same bell to me.
Holmes: (Laughs) Let’s finish with Tai.
Reynolds: I could give you a thousand words for him. Tai is one of a kind. He is very admirable.
Holmes: Good kisser?
Reynolds: He did try to kiss me. I thought he was kidding. I didn’t really know he was going in for a kiss!
Holmes: How can you blame him, Caleb?
Reynolds:  (Laughs) It threw me off guard because the night before he was telling us that he’d been with his boyfriend for nine years. They’re in love, they just haven’t gotten married yet. The next day he tried to kiss me and in my mind I’m thinking, “He’s got a boyfriend at home, so he had to be just kidding because his boyfriend is going to see that.” I hope he tells his boyfriend that he’s just kidding or he’s going to be in trouble.
Holmes: What happens on “Survivor,”…gets broadcast to America.
Reynolds: (Laughs) I Facetimed him and he said, “My boyfriend doesn’t like you.”
Holmes: (Laughs)
Reynolds: I said, “That was all you, Tai!” And he said, “I know, I’m in so much trouble!” He should have watched that episode all by himself.

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‘Survivor: Kaôh Rōng’ Episode 4 Recap: Did the Reward Challenge Go Too Far?

March 9, 2016

'Survivor: Kaôh Rōng' (CBS)

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Last Week: The Beauty tribe committed poultry-cide, the Brawn’s v-idol signs stabilized, and the Brains performed a Liz-botomy.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

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

The Chanloh Tribe – Brains (wearing blue)
Aubry – 29, Social Media Marketer
Debbie – 49, Chemist
Joseph – 72, Former FBI Agent
Neal – 38, Ice Cream Entrepreneur
Peter – 34, ER Doctor

The Gondol Tribe – Beauty (wearing yellow)
Anna – 26, Pro Poker Player
Caleb – 28, Army Veteran
Julia – 19, Student
Michele – 24, Bartender
Nick – 30, Personal Trainer
Tai – 51, Gardener

The Totang Tribe – Brawn (wearing orange)
Alecia – 24, Real Estate Agent
Cydney – 23, Body Builder
Jason  – 31, Bounty Hunter
Scot – 40, Former NBA Champion

Things kick off at Brainy Beach where Peter is trying to keep his cool. Debbie approaches him and tells him that she couldn’t have let him go.

As soon as she leaves, he promises to take them out one-by-one after the tribe swap. Eyes on the prize, Peter. Revenge won’t get you far.

And with that…we’re off to a reward challenge. Before the credits and the commercial? Oh…that’s not a good sign.

Reward Challenge Time: Players will race through a series of obstacles and under a log. They’ll then dig up three bags of balls. After that, they’ll have to roll the balls up into a series of six targets. The winning tribe will receive a kitchen set. The second-place tribe will receive spices.

Anna and Julia will sit for Beauty, Neal will sit for Brains.

The Brawns are the first ones to the digging pit. They’re followed by the Brains and eventually Beauty.

The Brawns find their first two bags quickly. Brains and Beauty each find one as well.

CUT TO: Forty-five minutes later and they’re still digging. Holy cow.

Quick Aside: I’ve done a lot of things in the nine “Survivor” challenges I’ve participated in, and nothing is as exhausting as digging. And the climate I was doing it in wasn’t nearly as hot as Cambodia.

No kitchen gear is worth this. Well, maybe a Foreman Grill.

The Brains find their second and third bags and they move on.

Fun Fact: During a test challenge in Nicaragua, it took so long to find a bag of puzzle pieces that the producers were worried they’d forgotten to place them.

The Brains win the challenge easily.

The Beauties find their bags and Caleb goes to work.

As they’re doing this, Deb is starting to fade. Joe worries that she has heat exhaustion.

Probst calls in medical and we GO TO COMMERCIAL?! YOU MONSTERS!

We come back and medical is tending to Debbie. They pour cold water on her in an attempt to bring her body temperature down. Thankfully, this makes her feel better. She’ll stay in the game.

Meanwhile, the other tribes are still going at it. Alecia tries to cheer her tribe on and Scot and Jason promptly tell her to shut up. Oy…

The Brawns eventually find their third bag and start for the targets. But, it’s too late. The Beauties win second place. Such an effort for some salt.

Caleb is zonked, medical rushes over to his side and pours water over him as well. They also use a lighting reflector to fan him. He looks really bad.

Oh man, now Cydney is in bad shape. She’s shaking and crying. This is really hard to watch.

Probst calls in the entire crew to help out, and for once the world gets to see how many people are really out there during a challenge.

An oxygen mask is put on Caleb and it’s hard to tell if he’s even breathing. This is just brutal.

And then…ANOTHER COMMERCIAL! My heart hates this episode. Be OK, Beast Mode! Be OK, Cydney!

We come back and Caleb is finally responding to Probst, but he still looks terrible. They start to give him fluids intravenously.

Medical makes the call to bring the chopper in to evacuate Caleb. Cydney seems to be coming around with Jason nursing her back to health.

Probst addresses Caleb and tells him that the doctors have decided to pull him from the game. Heartbreaking.

Jeff shares the bad news with the Beauty tribe and they are a mess.  I might be a mess too.

As we head to commercial, we’re told that Caleb recovered 100% and hopes to play again. God speed, Beast Mode.

Back at Brainy Beach, Debbie says she didn’t want them to call medical in because she didn’t want to look weak in front of her daughters. Aww… So many emotions this episode.

Over at Brawny Beach, Alecia confronts Scot and Jason about what they said to her during the challenge. She asks Scot how he’d treat a teammate during an NBA game, and he makes the point that NBA players are the best in the world and he’s a former world champion. So…is Scot claiming to be one of the best diggers in the world?

Alecia says that she hopes there’s a split so she can get away from them. Scot assures her that she’ll go home if they go to Tribal.

Hilariously, Cydney is off on the side recovering from her near-death experience.

Immunity Challenge Time: Two tribe members will race into the jungle and retrieve puzzle pieces, then two other members will go into the water to retrieve puzzle pieces. First two tribes to complete their puzzles will win immunity.

Tai will sit for Beauty, Joe will sit for Brains.

Julia and Anna, Cydney and Alecia, and Peter and Debbie rush off into the woods. They’re all pretty even until the Brains forget a piece and fall way behind.

Scot and Jason and Michele and Nick head into the water. They’re eventually joined by Neal and Aubry.

The Beauties are the first back, they’re followed by the Brawns.

Anna and Julia and Cydney and Alecia start working on their puzzles.

Finally, Debbie and Neal start the puzzle for the Brains. Peter tags in and he and Neal finish the puzzle quickly to claim immunity.

Nick swaps in for Anna and he and Julia figure out the puzzle to win immunity. Uh-oh, Alecia.

Probst asks the Brawns how it feels to lose again, and Alecia responds that she tried. Cydney quickly corrects her, pointing out that they tried.

JPro asks what the odds of Alecia surviving the vote are and the others say she’s a goner. Probst offers an immediate Tribal, but Alecia won’t accept it.

CUT TO: Tribal Council.

Probst asks Scot, Alecia, and Jason if their minds have changed. Unfortunately for Alecia, it seems like they haven’t.

Jeff tells Alecia that he thinks she’s a goner, but he’s rooting for her. Can Probst rooting count for three votes?

Voting Time: Scot votes for Alecia, while saying they were trying to help her. The rest are secret.

Probst tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Alecia, one vote for Scot, one vote for Alecia, and the fifth person eliminated from “Survivor: Kaôh Rōng is…Alecia.

Verdict: That was just brutal. Poor Caleb. He was a lot of fun to watch.

And Alecia…uh…Alecia. Not surprising.

Hopefully next week’s tribe swap lets us finally see some of those Beauties go to Tribal.

Was the Challenge Too Intense? I went back and watched the challenge, and it didn’t seem that much different than many other “Survivor” challenges. They’ve done strenuous events under extreme heat before. “Tocantins” immediately comes to mind. And, those challenges are vigorously tested by John Kirhoffer’s Dream Team assistants.

Who’s Going to Win? I don’t care. I just hope everyone literally survives.

Power Rankings Results: Shirin had Caleb in spot four, I had him in spot eight. We both had Alecia in spot fifteen. The current score is now Team Shirin 39, Team Gordon 38.

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

‘Survivor: Kaôh Rōng’ Power Rankings: Dig Trouble in Little Cambodia Edition

March 8, 2016

'Survivor: Kaôh Rōng' (CBS)

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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 players will earn.  For example, if Anna is voted out this episode, Shirin will receive nine points and Gordon will receive three points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Kaôh Rōng” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Shirin had Elisabeth in spot fourteen. Gordon had her in spot thirteen. The current score is now Team Shirin 20, Team Gordon 15.

Quick Note: Rankings are not based on who the player thinks is most likely to win. The smart strategy is to rank the contestants based on who is the most likely to be voted out in the next episode.

Another Quick Note: It seems like there is a medical evacuation this week. Shirin and Gordon both stayed away from promos that could hint at the identity of the unfortunate player.

Shirin’s Score = 20

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Gordon’s Score = 15

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 1. – Jason: Between his Mecha build, Scot’s height, and Alecia’s idol, when push comes to shove, Jason is the biggest man to ever play the game.
 1. – Tai: I’m a hardcore carnivore, and even my heart went out to poor Tai when he was conflicted over killing the chicken. So, I guess it’s official; I am Team Tai. I’m part of the Trang Gang. Hopefully that idol helps him stick around for a long time.
 2. – Tai: A crying Tai holds his idol up in the air as the sun drops his competitors, one by one, to their knees. All hail the king. Maaaaaaaaa zeemenyaaaaaaa zabagichi yama… It’s the Circle of Life. #NoWaste
 2. – Jason: “I am possibly one of the best bounty hunters in South-East Michigan.” Not THE best? So, Jason is basically Dengar. But, he’s Dengar with an idol.
 3. – Scot: Scot took a shot at the idol, but Jason grabbed the rebound. Unfortunately for Scot, I don’t think Jason will try for an assist.
 3. – Anna: She’s clearly running the show at the Beauty tribe. Add that to the fact that she won’t be an obvious target after a swap and you have someone who could be sticking around for a long time. And, as a male with functioning eyes I’m OK with that.
 4. – Caleb: Everyone on this tribe wants to cuddle with Bamboo Mode Cowboy.
 4. – Scot: I was way off last week. Scot and Jason are still besties, Scot just voted for Alecia because he gave his word to Jennifer. Scot’s going to be fine again this week, but he’s going to be in big (tall?) trouble if there’s a tribe swap next week.
 5. – Michele: I can’t hear you over all the Tai buzz. #MuffliatoCharm
 5. – Aubry: Things are far from stable over with the Brainy Bunch. But, there’s no reason to target Aubry this week.
 6. – Julia:

So it’s gonna be forever,
Or it’s gonna go down in flames,
…But I got a blank space baby,
And I’ll write your name.
 6. – Julia: I super-underestimated Julia at the beginning of this season, she can go. She did a fantastic job with the ball maze. (Also, did anyone else hear Probst say, “The key is to avoid the holes in the maze”? That’s like saying “The key to winning football is to have more points than your opponent.”)
 7. – Cydney: To the left, TO THE LEFT CYDNEY, everything you could’ve owned in a box to the left.
 7. – Michele: Hey.
 8. – Aubry: I would sob if Aub was robbed by squabbling doc and the quant job. But Aub is mob and hobnobs with Deathstick Deb (obv) and 6-pack Joe whose DOB predates Bob…Crowley. #BustaRhymes  8. – Caleb: The Beast Mode Gardeners are in good with Anna’s Angels and now they’re packing an idol.
 9. – Anna: She’s busting ahead in these primary stages, but she’ll pay the price in the general election.
 9. – Joe: You can’t get me to do exercises when I’m well fed in the comfort of a gym. This guy is doing leg-lifts in the crazy Cambodian heat. Cranky-ness aside, he’s harmless and it seems like he’s just a floating vote.
 10. – Joe: Bust out a 6-pack and enjoy the show, Joe.  10. – Cydney: I should feel better about Cydney. She played last week’s idol situation as best she could, but Scot and Jason might worry that she has Alecia in her pocket.
  11. – Debbie: The tiger suit is still there…beneath the goat suit. But zip it back up so the others can’t see!
 11. – Neal: Peter and Elisabeth targeted Neal because they thought he was a strategist who couldn’t be trusted. That does not bode well for the future of his game. It’s gonna be a rocky road. (I hate myself for that.)
 12. – Neal: The reason Neal keeps smirking is because there *is* a snake in those pants, Peter. But which way will Debbie Bobbitt’s knife fall in the age old “Survivor” battle of peter vs snake in the pants? #DeathstickDeb
 12. – Debbie: This tiger has claws! She put a plan into action last week and it played out perfectly. But, can she keep the momentum going?
 13. – Nick: I think this guy studied “Worlds Apart” for social graces, which has left him worlds apart from the beauty tribe vibe.
 13. – Peter: Dude, “Survivor” is a social game. You can’t hang out in the water talking strategy all day. Didn’t you see “Second Chance”? Oh wait, you totally didn’t.
  14. – Peter: Neal’s pants creamed you.
 14. – Nick: How did Nick end up on the outside? He seems to get along with everybody well enough. Maybe he just can’t compare to the combined charisma of the Beast Mode Garderers.
15. – Alecia: Alecia’s embryo must have had a storied past because a bounty hunter raided her box and snatched it. #RedWedding  15. – Alecia: I don’t blame Alecia for trying to cement an alliance with Cydney with the immunity clue, but…wow… The mental giant needs a tribe swap more than anyone right now.

‘Survivor’ Castaway Elisabeth: ‘(Debbie Is) Probably the Best Liar’

March 3, 2016

Elisabeth Markham (CBS)

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Muscles don’t help you figure out how to whittle down your alliance to get to the end, and beauty rarely helps you decide on the perfect final jury speech. You need brains to do all of those things.

The problem comes when you’re on a tribe of people as smart as you are.

I spoke with the first smarty pants out the door the morning after her elimination and had a chance to ask her about tribe dynamics, hidden idols, and the benefit of ice cream pants…

Gordon Holmes: Alright, what’s worse; nine days of heat, starvation, and bugs or dating Stephen Fishbach?
Elisabeth Markham: (Laughs) Stephen is a smart guy. He’s a good conversationalist. We only had a few dates. But, I think nine days of starvation is worse. On the other hand, playing “Survivor” is really fun.
Holmes: So, it’s a tie?
Markham: Oh yes, a tie. (Laughs)

Holmes: It seems like Neal was targeted last night because you had problems trusting him. What led you and Peter to that distrust?
Markham: He’s a very smart guy. He’s savvy. He was very interested in playing the game. And, just based on the way he acted, he seemed like someone who wouldn’t have any qualms turning on an ally. He seemed willing to make moves against his side. It was more of a vote of respect.

Holmes: With Debbie, in hindsight were you surprised that she could be so deceptive or were you always wary of her?
Markham: I think it’s easy to underestimate her, especially at first. But after a few days of getting to know her, I think we picked up on the fact that she’s pretty perceptive. And of everybody in the game, or at least on the Brains tribe, she’s probably the best liar.
Holmes: With the juggling and the cheering, do you think any of that is an act to throw you off?
Markham: Sometimes I wondered. I don’t know why she does those things. I don’t think it’s an act, I think maybe it’s an attention getter.
Holmes: Do you think it’s a super power to be able to look at water and tell if it’s contaminated?
Markham: (Laughs) I think most of the time water is just fine, but if it’s not fine and you get a parasite or an infection you’re going to really regret it. It’s a question of odds, it’s a gamble. I do not think you can tell if water is safe by looking at it.

Holmes: Aubry had a meltdown on day one. It seemed part physical, part mental. Did that change your opinion on working with her?
Markham: Before Aubry had her breakdown, I wanted to work with her. I thought she was going to be my best friend in the game. But, she took it very hard. I think the intensity was too much. Everyone is scared. It’s a different situation. She actually almost quit and Debbie and I talked her out of it. We thought going into the first challenge down numbers would be pretty bad.
Holmes: How far into quitting process did she get?  Was Probst called in?
Markham: They called in medical to check on her. She wanted to get look at for dehydration. Peter had checked her out. The resident E.R. doctor. We thought she was fine. It was definitely more of an anxiety attack than a physical illness. She was suffering out there. We did what we could to comfort her.

Holmes: Peter did not look great last night. He came off as really arrogant. Tell me about the Peter you know.
Markham: At first, I thought he was really arrogant. I think the reason I thought that is on day one you have these opinions of people, what sort of classic “Survivor” character archetype they fall into. And I sort of mentally slotted Peter into that arrogant guy role. When I got to know him, he was full of self-effacing humor. He seemed insecure more than arrogant. I guess my opinion of him shifted a lot, but not so much the other contestants. They thought he was pretty arrogant.
Holmes: Which classic “Survivor” archetype are you?
Markham: (Laughs) I guess I fit the role of the late-20s/early 30s professional woman who does not know how to stop playing the game.

Holmes: Were there any clues before Tribal that you and Peter were in trouble?
Markham: About half an hour before we went to Tribal, things started to feel pretty different. The tone of interactions with Joe and Neal shifted. Aubry and Debbie were better at concealing their intentions. I thought that it was going to be Peter at Tribal.

Holmes: You and Joe butted heads a few times. What was that all about? Did you just not click?
Markham: I think most of the times things were good between us. The first couple of days he was so likable, so positive, I thought he was the biggest threat to win the whole thing on the tribe. After a couple of days he got more hungry and more irritable. And he had a tendency of snapping at people for things. In particular, it bothered him pretty much any time I tried to do anything survival related. The one time I grabbed the matches to start a fire, he started yelling at me. He said, “Let the boys do this!” I felt that it wasn’t personal because he’d snap at other people. But in hindsight it was me and Neal. Neal was the second-most person he’d snap at.
Holmes:  Were there girl jobs and boy jobs?
Markham: Fire, fishing, those were things that were in the boy job category.
Holmes: It’s like the ‘50s. And the girl jobs were…baby making?
Markham: (Laughs)
Holmes: That’s so bizarre to me to divide work in that fashion.
Markham: We’d go out looking for edible plants, coconuts, that sort of thing, collecting firewood.

Holmes: Alright, word association time. Let’s start with Neal.
Markham: Sneaky.
Holmes: Peter?
Markham: Obama.
Holmes: Aubry?
Markham: Manatee.
Holmes: Joe?
Markham: Grumpy.
Holmes: Debbie?
Markham: Wacky.

Holmes: Was there anything that happened out there that we didn’t see that you wish we had?
Markham: My shellfish allergy…and the fact that they didn’t give us any rice. In most seasons the tribes get a big bag of rice that they gradually eat. But, I guess the abundance of shellfish made them think that they didn’t need to feed us.  So I pretty much didn’t get to eat much of anything. A little bit of coconut now and then.

Holmes: Who was looking for the hidden immunity idol?
Markham: I think everyone spent a lot of time idol searching. But, none of us had found anything as far as I could tell. Peter and I had suspicions that Neal had one based on the fact that he stopped going out as often.
Holmes: That’s why you wear ice cream pants, to camouflage any idols.
Markham: (Laughs) The pockets are useful.
Holmes: Does last night’s vote affect how you view ice cream?
Markham: (Laughs) One of the first things I ate when I got home to America was a pint of Three Twins Ice Cream.

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

‘Survivor: Kaôh Rōng’ Episode 3 Recap: Leopard Changes Her Spots?

March 2, 2016

'Survivor: Kaôh Rōng' (CBS)

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Last Week: Alecia’s embryo burst into flames, kerosene started a Brainy explosion, and Jennifer’s stand-up act bombed.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

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

The Chanloh Tribe – Brains (wearing blue)
Aubry – 29, Social Media Marketer
Debbie – 49, Chemist
Elisabeth – 29, Quantitative strategist
Joseph – 72, Former FBI Agent
Neal – 38, Ice Cream Entrepreneur
Peter – 34, ER Doctor

The Gondol Tribe – Beauty (wearing yellow)
Anna – 26, Pro Poker Player
Caleb – 28, Army Veteran
Julia – 19, Student
Michele – 24, Bartender
Nick – 30, Personal Trainer
Tai – 51, Gardener

The Totang Tribe – Brawn (wearing orange)
Alecia – 24, Real Estate Agent
Cydney – 23, Body Builder
Jason  – 31, Bounty Hunter
Scot – 40, Former NBA Champion

Things start off at ToeTag…er…ToTang, where Scot admits that he voted for Alecia because he had promised to never vote for Jennifer. That’s a nice sentiment, but if that person isn’t going to the jury, what difference does it make?

Alecia pretends to be cool with it, but she’s annoyed. She tells Cydney that Scot should go next because he’s a former NBA star and probably has a lot of money.

Cydney immediately rats her out to the guys.

Over at Gondol, Tai is running around in his Jeff-Winger-esque stripey undies. In crafty Jeff Winger fashion, he’s created a long pole to to try to retrieve the key. He pokes away at the contraption and manages to retrieve the key.  He unlocks the chest and retrieves the idol. Way to go, Tai!

Fun Fact: Then he used to long pole to poke ugly, naked guy. #smellycat

Whoa…the idol comes with instructions the size of an iTunes agreement. It explains that if Tai pairs this idol with a second idol, he can make a super idol that can be played after the votes are read.

At Chanloh, Peter and Lis are making fun of Joe as he does his morning exercises. Wow, got that much energy to burn, Joe? Peter breaks down the tribe dynamics as himself and Lis, Neal  and Aubry, and Joe and Debbie.

They decide to target Aubry and Neil…hmmm…

Meanwhile, Debbie thinks that Peter is a challenge asset and Lis is worthless. She approaches Neal and  Aubry with her plan to boot Lis and it seems like they’re into it.

Then, Debbie tells us about how she’s flying under the radar. Seriously? With the leopard-jammies?

At Beauty Beach, Beast Mode is preparing to vote a chicken out of the game. Tai jokes about releasing them, but it’s probably the same kind of joking where a guy jokes with his girlfriend about a  threesome.

They kill one of the chickens and Tai is pretty upset. Aww… Someone hug Tai, please!

Later, Anna tells Caleb that the girls are solid and that she doesn’t trust Nick. Caleb seems into joining their side.

Back at Casa de Brawn, Alecia finds the idol clue. She immediately shares it with Cydney. While they’re doing this, Jason totally sees them.

Cydney sends Alecia away and tries to get the idol for herself. But, it’s locked in the box.

Back at camp, Cydney tells the guys about the clue. Smart.

Scot and Jason go to the tree to look for it. Jason finds the clue and he and Scot use Tai’s pole technique to retrieve the key.

They open up the box and Jason claims the idol. So…that was basically Alecia’s worst-case scenario.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will swim toward a boat. One member from each team will climb into the boat and hand bags of rice to their teammates. They’ll them have to work the bags through a small hole in a wall. From there, they’ll go across a balance beam, then dig through the bags for three balls. The first two tribes to work all three balls through a vertical maze will win immunity. The first tribe will choose between comfort items or personal emotional items. The second tribe will get what the first tribe didn’t choose.

Anna and Michele will sit for Beauty, Aubry and Joe will sit for Brains.

Before we start off, we see that the tribes have their swimwear and Debbie is not wearing her tiger outfit. Boooooo…

The Survivors are ready, and they go.

It’s even early on, but Beauty pulls ahead at the wall. Brawn is in second, Brains in third.

The Beauties get to the puzzle first and they’re flying through it.

The players tag in and out with the Beauties easily taking the win.

The Brains and Brawns are tied with two. It comes down to Debbie and Cydney and it…is…tense! Cydney finally get the final ball in giving the win to the Brawnies.

The Beauties choose comfort over emotion. So shallow… Or, they don’t want to freeze to death.

Back at camp, Elisabeth is psyched that they lost so they can get rid of Neal. Apparently Neal is the target because he’ll be a schemer later in the game. They’re going to tell Debbie and Joe to vote for Neal, while her and Peter will vote for Aubry.

Debbie tells Lis that it’s a done deal even though she has no plans on working with her.

Peter and Lis tell Neal that they should go for Joe. However, Neal knows what’s up.

Aubry would rather get rid of Peter because she thinks he’s a bully.

That night at Tribal, fire = life. You know, it’s part of the ritual of Tribal Council.

Peter admits to being close with Lis, Aubry, and Neal. We’ll see about that.

Aubry says that comments and silences need to be focused on, it isn’t all numbers.

Peter claims to be an expert in social interaction. Oh man…the editors are loving this.

Lis believes that everyone should feel a little paranoid. Well, it is “Survivor.”

Joe is suspicious of everyone due to his career.

Peter judges books by their cover. He says that he can trust Joe because he was a cop. Probst reminds him that the last time they did Brains vs. Beauty vs. Brawn, Tony, a cop, lied his face off.

Peter says a plan is in place. Neal wonders which plan he’s talking about. Peter says it isn’t Neal’s plan.

Whoa…

Lis thinks that the person who goes home won’t be completely shocked.

Voting Time: Lis votes for Aubry…and that is the only vote that’s shown.

Probst tallies and returns. We’ve got two votes for Aubry, two votes for Peter, one vote for Lis…and the final vote is for Lis. A tie!

Voting Time Part Deux: No votes are shown.

Probst tallies and returns yet again! We’ve got one vote for Lis and the third person voted out of “Survivor: Kaôh Rōng is…Lis.

Verdict: Awesome episode. We got to see what’s going on with the Brains and the Beauties.  And Debbie…DEBBIE is kind of in control of a tribe.

Who’s Going to Win? A likable guy with an idol? That could be trouble. I’m looking at you, Tai.

Power Rankings Results: Shirin had Elisabeth in spot fourteen. I had her in spot thirteen. The current score is now Team Shirin 20, Team Gordon 15.

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

‘Survivor: Kaôh Rōng’ Power Rankings – Brawn-Almost-Gone Edition

March 1, 2016

'Survivor: Kaôh Rōng' (CBS)

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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 players will earn.  For example, if Anna is voted out this episode, Shirin will receive twelve points and Gordon will receive five points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Kaôh Rōng” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Shirin had Jennifer in spot six while Gordon had her in spot two. (Yikes…) The current score is Team Shirin 6, Team Gordon 2.

Quick Note: Rankings are not based on who the player thinks is most likely to win. The smart strategy is to rank the contestants based on who is the most likely to be voted out in the next episode.


Shirin’s Score = 6

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Gordon’s Score = 2

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 1. – Michele: Strolling around Hogwarts, this vigilant headmistress observed the groundskeeper Hagrid, a big old softie protective of animals and the environment, precariously riding Buckbeak the Hippogriff, feral and proud yet loyal and caring. “How quaint. I’ll allow it.”
 1. – Cydney: Cydney went from being the fourth person in the five-person Hefty Smurf tribe to the second person in the four-person Hefty Smurf tribe. You’ve got to admire that.
 2. – Julia: What’s 50 grand to a mother<redacted> like me, can you please remind me? A few spots short of the million.
 2. – Aubry: Aubry got just what she needed after last week’s meltdown; an episode where she wasn’t featured in any of the tribe drama. She’ll get to be the swing vote when the Brainy Smurfs finally go to Tribal.
 3. – Jason: This guy has a–hole written all over him. More specifically on a tattoo under his armpit.
 3. – Jason: If I’m reading last week correctly, Alecia and Cydney told Scot and Jason that Jennifer wasn’t loyal. When they got to Tribal, her wishy-washy answers proved it. Jason made a move and Scot didn’t. Jason’s a player.
 4. – Scot: LeBrawn gets off Scot-free for missing the mark despite Darnell taking the Heat for losing the mask.
 4. – Neal: With Joe and Debbie on one side and a Peter and Elisabeth on the other, it’ll come down to the Miss Manatee and the Ice Cream Man (which is a hell of a band name).
 5. – Neal: What do we say to the god of death? Not today. #ASongOfFireAndIcecream
 5. – Anna: We spent three minutes with the Vanity Smurfs last week, and it was all focused on Tai’s idol hunt and the Beast Mode Gardener bro-mance. I’m assuming that means Anna’s ladies alliance is still in charge.
 6. – Caleb: Although classed as a flesh-eater, the giant panda almost exclusively eats shoots and leaves.
 6. – Julia: If this trio sticks together, they could totally make “fetch” happen.
 7. – Peter: 30% of the human brain is dedicated to vision. It’s no wonder with brains this big, Debbie can test water on sight, and Peter can do cat scans on sight.
 7. – Michele: You were in last week’s episode as well.
 8. – Cydney: Let’s try this again: Alecia exists…
 8. – Caleb: Are Caleb or Tai going to win this season of “Survivor”? Doubtful. But could they be the best television ever as an “Amazing Race” team? Totally.
 9. – Kelly: Holmes: Shirin, there’s no Kelly on this cast.
Oskooi: Yeah there is, the same one from every season. Blonde, pretty, quiet…
Holmes: Nick isn’t even blonde.
Oskooi: Who?
 9. – Peter: Alright, Peter. It’s you and Elisabeth vs. Debbie and Joe. It seems like a slam dunk for you guys, but Aubry and Debbie might be closer than you think.
 10. – Aubry: All she needs now is the Resurrection Stone and the Wand of Destiny to unite the Deathly Hallows and become Master of Death.
 10. – Scot: Last week had to suck for Scot. His closest ally basically admitted that she was plotting against him, and his second closest ally made a plan without him. Fortunately for Scot, his name can survive without two Ts, but his tribe can’t survive without him.
  11. – Tai: Looks like that key is just out of reach, just like that kiss from Caleb. Will the Tai-dyed tree continue to stump him?
 11. – Nick: I think the best thing Nick has going for him now is that he’s better in challenges than Tai. Unless the challenge involves leaving bloody graffiti on a tree.
 12. – Anna: Like a deleted tweet, Anna hasn’t completely disappeared. She’s still out there if you look hard enough. But is a Taidol wave on the horizon?
 12. – Tai: Tai and Caleb are adorable. But, Tai is the most expendable. If he can’t figure out a way to climb fifty feet up that tree, he’ll be in trouble at Tribal.
 13. – Debbie: She has the immunity system of a horse, and the frontal lobes of a horse…
 13. – Elisabeth: The first immunity challenge I ever witnessed in person was in Gabon. The Fang tribe was getting destroyed, but that didn’t stop Gillian from cheering for them. She cheered for them up until the second Kota placed the last puzzle piece. The Fang tribe looked like they were ready to murder her. If Elisabeth can’t use Debbie’s lack of self-awareness to her advantage, then this might not be the reality show for her.
  14. – Elisabeth: Liz wasn’t “ill” dehydrated. She hadn’t even gotten to the point of chapped lips.
 14. – Joe: I was getting a really strong B.B. vibe off of you last week, Joe. You’re on a tribe with younger people, you need to Netflix and chill. (Is that how that slang works?)
15. – Joe: Joey Kerosene knows there’s more than one way to get a person of interest off of this island, and he tipped his hand. But Joe, you needed to use the whole bottle!!
 15. – Alecia: I think Jason is going to try to bring Scot back into the fold and put Alecia back on the bottom. However, I will give Alecia mad credit for capitalizing on Jennifer’s mistakes last week.
16. – Alecia: Alecia has life in this game thanks to her embryo. Unfortunately for her, I can’t imagine it makes it past the first trimester.
 16. – Debbie: So, you can look at water and tell if it’s contaminated, but you can’t look at your tribe and tell if they’re annoyed with you?

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