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‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ Episode 3 Recap: Boys Clubbed?

October 5, 2016
'Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X' (CBS)

‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ (CBS)

QUICK NOTE: XFINITYTV.com is the place to be for all of your bug-eatin’, back-stabbin’, “Survivor” coverage. During the season we’ll have insightful weekly Power Rankings, exit interviews, and full episode recaps. Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute updates.

Watch the Season Premiere of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X” 

Last Week: David’s idol-finding skills were honed, Michelle’s reasons for voting were postponed, and Mari’s game was totally pwned.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor Blog…

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

The Vanua Tribe – Millennials (wearing orange)

Adam – 25, Homeless Shelter Manager
Figgy – 23, Bartender
Hannah – 24, Barista
Jay – 27, Real Estate Agent
Michaela – 25, Vacation Club Sales
Michelle – 28, Missionary Recruiter
Taylor – 24, Ski Instructor
Will – 18, High School Student
Zeke – 28, Asset Manager

The Takali Tribe – Generation-X (wearing purple)

Bret – 42, Police Sergeant
Chris – 38, Trial Lawyer
CeCe – 39, Insurance Adjuster
David – 42, Television Writer
Jessica – 37, Assistant District Attorney
Ken – 33, Model
Lucy – 42, Dietician
Paul – 52, Boat Mechanic
Sunday – 45, Youth Pastor

The fun starts off at Millennial beach where Zeke and Adam are not pleased. Hannah explains that she didn’t intend to vote the way she did going into Tribal, but she changed her mind because Michelle said she had the numbers. Well, if Michelle said so…

She then says that they would have lost the vote anyway, which while that may be true, doesn’t do much to instill trust.

Over at the old folks’ home, David breaks down the alliance as himself, Ken, and CeCe against the world. Well, actually…it’s him, Ken, CeCe, and an immunity idol.

In other Gen-X news, Paul is thankfully feeling much better after his heart attack heat exhaustion episode. He goes fishing, but only comes back with stories about fish that he couldn’t quite catch.

At Millennial beach, an invitation to a summit arrives. They pull rocks to decide who will attend and Will, Jay, Figgy, and Taylor win. Taylor is psyched that his four-person alliance gets to go…but…hmm…five people are left behind…

David, Chris, CeCe, and Paul pull the rocks for Gen-X.

The eight Survivors meet up on a random island where they’re greeted by a nice lunch. Both tribes try to get info out of the others, but everyone is playing things close to their chests.

The summit breaks up for a bit and David and CeCe purposefully let it slip that Paul is in charge.

Later, David tells Taylor that he will happily jump to his side if given the opportunity.

The representatives return to their camps and CeCe tells Ken that the Millennials are referring to him as “Ken Doll.” This rubs him the wrong way because he doesn’t want to be known as the male Barbie. I feel you, dude. I hate it when people are always talking about my good looks.

Later on, Ken tries to bring Jessica over to his side. She likes Ken, but she’s already made promises to Paul and the Paulstones.

Politicking around Millennial beach features the cool kids targeting poor Zeke while Adam still wants to break up the Taygy (Figlor?) power couple.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will carry bags through an obstacle course and then over a balance beam. They’ll then use sandbags to knock down a wall puzzle. Finally, they’ll rush to put the puzzle back together. The first tribe to rebuild their wall will win immunity and blankets and whatnot.

The Survivors are ready and they go. Things are pretty even until we get to the balance beam where CeCe…is…taking…quite…a…bit…of…time.

Meanwhile, Taylor goes over the beam several times with other people’s bags.

The Millennials are the first team to start chuckin’ sandbags. They have a significant lead by the time Gen-X finally joins them.

Zeke and Michelle have puzzle duty. They’re eventually joined by David and Sunday, but the lead was too great. The Millennials win immunity easily.

Before the Millennials can claim their comfort reward, Jay asks if they can trade the items for fishing gear. Probst says they can make the swap if Gen-X agrees to it.

Gen-X discusses the proposition, but they ultimately tell the Millennials to enjoy their blankets.

What’s with the reward trading? In my day we were lucky to get a handful of Pringles and a sip of Mountain Dew.

Back at Gen-X beach, Paul and his alliance want CeCe to go home due to her challenge performance.

However, Jessica is worried that there may be a male alliance. When she asks Paul about it, he says that if there were, he’d tell her that she’s on her own. Oh…so if there was a male alliance you’d leave her behind. Gotta watch your wording there, buddy.

Sure enough, Jessica takes this to mean that he isn’t loyal to her. Gotta watch your semantics around lawyers.

Jessica approaches a camera person named Lucy and tells her that they should boot Paul.

That night at Tribal Council, CeCe believes that she, Ken, and David are on the bottom.

Chris thinks it’s too early to be making assumptions about alliances. On day nine? Alliances are set, dude.

Then, Jeff asks the Gen-Xers if they text by writing “you” or “u.”

Fun Fact: Tribal is like two hours in real life. I wonder if Jeff polled the Gen-Xers about their favorite emojis.

Paul thinks the level of paranoia in the six is low and the paranoia in the three is high. So…Chris was wrong about making assumptions about alliances?

Ken hopes his work ethic will keep him safe. I’d keep him safe based on his seafood naming prowess.

CeCe gives herself a 10% chance of staying in the game.

Voting Time: David votes for Paul, Paul votes for CeCe, and the rest of the votes are secret.

JPro tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Paul, one vote for CeCe, one vote for Paul, one vote for CeCe, one vote for Paul, one vote for CeCe, one vote for Paul, and the third person voted out of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X is…Paul.

Wow. Gotta watch that wording, Paul.

Verdict: Welp…I don’t know what the point of that summit was. Weird, right?

But, this season is chockful of blindsides and neither side is dominating. Good times.

Power Rankings Results: Michele Fitzgerald had Paul in spot eighteen, while Shirin Oskooi had him in spot seventeen. So, the current score is Team Fitzgerald 23, Team Oskooi 24.

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

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‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ Power Rankings Round 2: A-Seat-at-the-Cool-Kids’-Table Edition

October 4, 2016
'Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X' (CBS)

‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ (CBS)

QUICK NOTE: XFINITYTV.com is the place to be for all of your bug-eatin’, back-stabbin’, “Survivor” coverage. During the season we’ll have insightful weekly Power Rankings, exit interviews, and full episode recaps. Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute updates.

Watch Full Episodes of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X” 

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.  The person with the most points at the end of the season will be declared the “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X” champion.

Last Week: Michele had Mari in spot five while Shirin had her in spot seven. So, the current score is Team Fitzgerald 5, Team Oskooi 7.

Quick Note: XFINITY “Survivor” loudmouth Gordon Holmes will be unable to participate in this season’s Power Rankings due to being more than a bit spoiled. Therefore, he has invited defending Power Rankings champion Shirin Oskooi to take his place.

Michele Fitzgerald and Shirin Oskooi’s Rankings

michele shirin

Michele’s Score = 5

Any questions for Michele? Drop her a line on Twitter: @meeshfitz

Shirin’s Score = 7

Any questions for Shirin? Drop her a line on Twitter: @theshirin

 1. – Michelle: This missionary’s position is on top.
 1. – Will: All the way at the top because he’s squarely in the middle. #wilktoast 
 2. – Ken: Your alliances will be genuine because you are genuine. That trait is gonna get you far.
 2. – Chris: If David is your puppy dog, does that make you the…
bret
 3. – Jay: People have labeled Figgy and Taylor as the power couple, but last week proved Jay and Michelle are the couple to watch. Beneath all that bro-talk is someone who is trusted with valuable information, and smart enough to know how to use it.
 3. – Bret: Bret has what it takes to survive – lots of testosterone.
 4. – David: You made fire, you found an idol, you forged an alliance. We are all so proud of you. *claps*
 4. – Ken: More than just a pretty face.
sunday
 5. – Sunday: You are so sweet and I genuinely believe that you care about the people playing this game. As we saw with Michelle last week, those real relationships hold power.
 5. – Jay:  Even if you take out the other two, this third wheel should keep rolling.
sunday
 6. – Chris: Don’t underestimate the puppy dog, dawg.
 6. – Sunday: On the fifth through seventh days, Sunday rested.
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 7. – Bret: It is great that you are not seen as the leader of the posse. There are bigger targets.
 7. – Taylor: Dr. Robotnik always targets Sonic first, and that’s where Tails is half-smart. The snowboard dream lives on.
 8. – Michaela: Dang, you clearly hate Figgy and yet you had enough self preservation to put your ego aside and work with her. Put the machete down, and use your sharp mind.
 8. – David: Figured out the right place to find the idol, now figure out the right time to play it.
 9. – Will: I like where you are sitting right now. You have chosen to go with majority and no-one is looking at you except as a number. The trick here is knowing when to reshuffle because you are not in the core 4.
 9. – Michelle: And that’s how you recruit people from The Tribe.
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 10. – Jessica: Much like my dating life, I didn’t expect to like you at first, and then when I did, you went missing. That’s ok, I will sit here patiently waiting for you to reappear.
 10. – Adam: Our reliable narrator of the season, he’s PREACHING THE GOSPEL. But he’ll need to start voting truth, too.
figgy jessica
  11. – Figgy: I hope your luxury item is chapstick. Last week, you were kissing Taylor. This week, you better be kissing ass…
 11. – Jessica: She went invisible as her visibility improved. And just like that, her long-term outlook declined as her short-term outlook improved.
taylor lucy
 12. – Taylor: I have never experienced love goggles, but if they are anything like beer goggles, I know it never ends well.  12. – Lucy: I don’t want to alarm you, but I’ve spotted a trend…
 13. – Hannah: Michelle was pulling the strings, but all eyes are on the puppet. You have some explaining to do.  13. – Zeke: Zeke got his first taste of defeat. Now it’s time to see if he can change the game. Not that that’s a requirement.
hannah
  14. – Adam: Every super fan who plays “Survivor” should experience a big blindside on their first tribal. It is a bucket list item. Sure, it totally sucks that you were on the outs, but you’re still here, and it’s how you move forward now that will define your game.
 14. – Hannah: Will Michelle be her savior? The misfits are angry with her; she was an afterthought addition to the majority, and she’s probably seen as the weakest in challenges.
 15. – Zeke: Based on previews for next week, I worry about how you will handle the Hannah flip. I hope you find the Zen Zeke who is just happy to be on “Survivor” because we all love that guy.
 15. – Michaela: The queen has got to reign it in.
cece figgy
 16. – CeCe: YAS GIRL, overthrow that alliance. I love a good underdog story, and I hope you give us that.
 16. – Figgy: Less than just a pretty face.
lucy
 17. – Lucy: Genuinely curious what your voice sounds like.  17. – Paul: Paul’s looking shaky. Maybe he needs to balance out that ego.
paul cece
 18. – Paul: Apparently the only time you lay low is when you are having a heart attack! I am so glad your heath is ok, but I am not sure about your game…
 18. – CeCe: She’s physically incapable of standing on her own two feet, always searching for the idol, only judging people on their testosterone, and as an Adonis, is the biggest threat to win this game. It’s a small wonder she’s made it this far.

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