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‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ Episode 9 Recap: Sunday Schooled?

November 16, 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” 

Last Week: The young people were not happy with last week’s vote.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor Blog…

Let’s take a look at the tribe as it currently stands…

The Vinaka Tribe (wearing black)
Adam – 25, Homeless Shelter Manager
Bret – 42, Police Sergeant
Chris – 38, Trial Lawyer
David – 42, Television Writer
Hannah – 24, Barista
Jay – 27, Real Estate Agent
Jessica – 37, Assistant District Attorney
Ken – 33, Model
Sunday – 45, Youth Pastor
Taylor – 24, Ski Instructor
Will – 18, High School Student
Zeke – 28, Asset Manager

Things kick off back at Vinaka Beach after Tribal where Jay is congratulating Adam for his new placement at the bottom of Gen-X. I’m pretty sure he meant that sarcastically.

Taylor points out to Jay that you can only trust so many people in the game. Yeah, none.

Chris is psyched that his alliance is coming together, but he still doesn’t trust Adam. Well, then that’s common ground for everyone.

Later on, Taylor and Adam make a deal where Adam won’t tell anyone about Taylor’s hidden food if Taylor doesn’t tell anyone about Adam’s reward stealing advantage. This will last.

The next morning, Hannah tells Jay that she flipped on him because she was worried that she was being treated like a goat. Well, at least she’s aware.

Reward Challenge Time: The tribe will be split into teams of six. They’ll race through an obstacle course and retrieve a key. The key will be used to release a box. The team will then drag the box under a net and to the finish line. They’ll then open the box and retrieve bolos. First tribe to throw all of their bolos onto a pole will receive a cruise trip to a resort and a delicious meal.

A schoolyard pick is held to determine teams. We end up with Chris picking Bret, Ken, David, Sunday, and Taylor vs. Hannah who picked Adam, Will, Zeke, Jay, and Jessica.

The Survivors are ready…and they go. Chris’s team is the first to retrieve their key and is also the first to get their box to the finish line. Taylor and Sunday are the bolo tossers for their team.

Hannah’s team is taking foreeeeever to get under the net. And in fact, they never get out of the net as Taylor is a bolo-tossing savant. Chris’s team wins reward.

Hannah is bummed that her team lost, but she admits to us that she picked Jay and Will for strategic reasons. Well, is that strategic bonus worth more than a hamburger?

We meet up with the winners at their reward and yow…two tons of food. Taylor explains that he’s more used to food than the others because of his secret stash. I love that Taylor thinks he’s an evil genius for his hidden food stashes that everyone knows about.

And in a nod to classic “Survivor” rewards, Bret decides to get hammered. Somewhere Jonny Fairplay is watching this and smiling.

Back at camp, Jay’s looking for a way to stop his losing streak. He has a chat with Adam, but Adam is too worried about messing up his standing with his new alliance to do anything. He does, however, tell Jay that Taylor is the reason that he’s on the bottom now.

When Jay relays this message to Will, Hannah, and Zeke, he makes it sound like Adam was rubbing it in his face. It didn’t seem like that to me, but I only saw an edited version.

Better yet, when Jay calls Adam an (Expletive Deleted), Hannah and Zeke both agree with him. Yikes.

Zeke later tells us how annoyed he is with Adam for being a jerk to Jay. Which, again, I don’t think he was based on the edit. This’ll be interesting if Jay’s exaggeration gets Adam voted out.

Things aren’t all peachy with Gen-X either as Bret and Sunday are getting tired of Jessica. Sunday approaches Jay to get his thoughts, as apparently they’re tight from their time at Ikabula. He tells her he’ll do whatever she wants…and she wants Jessica gone.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will stand on a beam and balance a ball on a bow. How’s that for alliteration! At regular intervals they’ll move to a thinner beam. Last person with their ball in place wins immunity.

Before we begin, JPro offers the players a chance to sit out and enjoy sandwiches, beer, and other tasty treats. Zeke and Will take him up on the offer.

Really, Will?

We start off and Hannah is out quickly. She’s the only person to be eliminated in the first round.

Quick Aside: Probst keeps teasing Will because he’s not old enough to have a beer. But, Google tells me the drinking age is 18 in Fiji.

Bret is the only person to fail in the second round.

Sunday, Jessica, and David are immediately out as we switch to the third round. Chris goes shortly afterwards.

We’re down to Adam, Ken, Jay, and Taylor.

Adam’s first out, he’s followed by Jay.

Another Quick Aside: Of course Taylor has those toe shoes.

Taylor and Ken battle it out, with Ken eventually picking up the win.

Back at camp, David lets us know that Jay and Taylor are the main targets. They also want to split the votes in case there is an idol in play.

However, Sunday still wants to send Jessica packing. It’s nice to see Sunday making moves, but I wonder if it’s a bit too early.

Later, Taylor decides to share his stash with Jay. This may be the most innocent stash two surfer types have ever enjoyed. During the feast, Taylor spills the bean (figuratively) about Adam’s advantage while spilling the other food (literally).

Before we head to Tribal, Jay wonders if he should play his idol or save it for a rainy day. I’m not sure it gets much rainier than right now, Jay.

Meanwhile, Taylor vows to avenge the love of his life, Figgy. (Ahem.)

That night at Tribal, Michelle is introduced as the first member of the jury.

Jay admits that last episode’s blindside was a good move, but he wishes he’d been on the other side of it. Adam says that he knows how he feels.

Probst senses some animosity between the two. Jay lets him know that he’d love to vote for Adam again.

Jay knows that he, Taylor, and Will are on the bottom.

Chris has been on the wrong side of the vote before, but you can work your way back into cracks.

Taylor is psyched to know there are cracks. Soooo…he admits that he stole and hid food…and Adam helped him do it. He also says that he and Jay ate the rest of the food that afternoon.

Adam clears the air by saying that he watched him do it, he didn’t help. All he did was keep the secret.

Taylor thinks that Adam is the bigger threat because he has an advantage. Adam admits it and tells them that he can steal a reward.

Taylor keeps the heat on, saying that Adam could steal their family visit. Adam responds by saying, if the advantage is too big of a deal, to vote him out.

Jessica doesn’t think the crime is OK just because you admit it.

“I’m not a dumb surfer.” – Something Taylor Said Out Loud

Next, Adam calls Jay out for eating the stolen food.

How much are you loving this if you’re a super-fit challenge threat like Ken?

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone would like to play an idol…and nobody does.

We’ve got one vote for Jay, one vote for Taylor, one vote for Adam, one vote for Jay, one vote for Taylor, one vote for Jay, one vote for Taylor, one vote for Jay, two votes for Taylor, and the ninth person voted out of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X” is…Taylor.

During Taylor’s closing statements, he says he hopes he and Figgy will get a sailboat and go on adventures. Oh, hindsight.

Verdict: I’m loving this season, but I’m not feeling the same vibe from others. How do you feel about it?

Power Rankings Results: Michele Fitzgerald had Taylor in spot 10, Shirin Oskooi had him in spot 4. So, the current score is Team Michele 79, Team Shirin 68.

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

‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ Power Rankings Round 7: Dirty (and Probably Stinky) Dozen Edition

November 16, 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 Fitzgerald had Michelle in spot 11, Shirin Oskooi had her in spot 8. So, the current score is Team Michele 69, Team Shirin 64.

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

Team Michele’s Score = 69

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

Team Shirin’s Score = 64

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

zekemerge zekemerge
 1. – Zeke: Sneaking into the #1 spot.
 1. – Zeke: I am the keymaster. Are you the gatekeeper? #goatbusters
chrismerge sundaymerge
 2. – Chris:  You are my dad’s favorite.
 2. – Sunday: It’s like we’re only getting half a weekend because there’s just no Sunday.
davidmerge chrismerge
 3. – David: You have an idol and you have the numbers. Let someone else be paranoid this week.
 3. – Chris: This Tight End is the gatekeeper.
kenmerge taylormerge
 4. – Ken:  Sit still, look pretty.
 4. – Taylor: Someone is going to preserve this goat in a mason jar till final tribal council where they can feast on him.
bretmerge davidmerge
 5. – Bret: Like Florida, both parties will want your vote.
 5. – David:  David is settling in and saving his best stuff for sweeps week.
sundaymerge kenmerge
 6. – Sunday: Change your name to Wednesday because you are right in the middle.
 6. – Ken: His edit was too quiet last week to go home this week. #keepquietcarryon
hannahmerge adammerge
 7. – Hannah: Fumbling through this game like George Bush – “Fool me once… shame on you.. fool me, and you can’t fool me again.”
 7. – Adam:  All these people are trying to throw Adam under the bus, and he’s just trying to get them to come on board. Ride…or die.
jessicamerge bretmerge
 8. – Jessica: For you, it was better to wear paint than the necklace last week. Flashy accessories will only draw unnecessary attention right now.
 8. – Bret:  Zeke might see him as the other…gatekeeper.
adammerge hannahmerge
 9. – Adam: Paranoia is like a virus. It can infect others and leave you as the one to blame.
 9. – Hannah: Hannah has flipped more than a gymnast, but she’s not going to be able to stick the landing.
taylormerge jessicamerge
 10. – Taylor: Still on vacation…
 10. – Jessica: Don’t play the mom card, Mrs. Ken. You’ll only get Trumped.
jaymerge jaymerge
  11. – Jay: Are you the charmer or the head of the snake? Both are dangerous but only one controls the power.
 11. – Jay: The only thing in his pocket is an idol, and it might stay there.
willmerge willmerge
 12. – Will: Where there’s a Will, there’s a Jay.  12. – Will: He’s got a good mom, a good bro, and soon a good glass of milk at Ponderosa.

‘Survivor’ Castaway Michelle: ‘I Made a Fatal Mistake in the Game; I Stopped Strategizing’

November 10, 2016
'Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X' (CBS)

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

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Gordon Holmes: It really feel like you took a bullet for Taylor last night. Why am I talking to you instead of him?
Michelle Schubert: (Laughs) I made a fatal mistake in the game; I stopped strategizing. And I did this on purpose. I heard whispers from my own alliance that Gen-Xers have heard that you’re out there being friends with everyone and strategizing. They said I need to chill and lie back. At the time, in my sleep-deprived brain I thought, “Yeah, I’ll do that.” What I didn’t realize is that now all of these people that I was building friendships with and who had said they wanted to vote with me, and I had a different vote in mind, they’re thinking, “Now Michelle’s not strategizing with me. That means she’s not voting with me.”
Holmes: You had a different vote in mind last night?
Schubert: Yeah, I had already talked to some people about getting rid of Chris. It seemed like an easy sell. Millennials want to get rid of Gen-X. All the females were like, “Dude, we’re going too quick, let’s get rid of a guy.”
Holmes: So that was noticeable out there.
Schubert: Yeah. And there were some rifts in the Gen-Xers. Some of them were already on board. I think it would’ve been a good vote. Then I thought, “Nope, there are plenty of vote to get him out.”
Holmes: What was this Gen-X rift?
Schubert: There was definitely a rift between Chris and Jessica. I played on that. I knew that Chris was gunning for Jessica. You bring that up to Jessica and she says, “Oh no, we need to get rid of Chris.” Then you have not only you, but her rallying the troops. I think it could have happened had I not made that mistake.

Holmes: Were there any clues before Tribal that you were in trouble?
Schubert: Oh yeah. When people are talking to you less and less on Tribal Council day. I sat in the hammock with Hannah and she got all weird and walked away. I asked David to take a walk with me and all of the sudden he lost his contacts or something like that. And certain people that I saw scrambling and then all of the sudden weren’t scrambling. They got comfortable. My thought was I was going to sit back and chill for this vote. Let’s just hope it doesn’t fall on me.

Holmes: Did Jay tell you that he had found an idol?
Schubert: I’m not sure. I don’t quite remember. I think he did. My mind was so…I think he did. I’m going to go with yes, but I’m not 100% sure.
Holmes: David and Adam have the other two. Where did people think the other idols were at this point?
Schubert: I think there was a small bit of suspicion that Adam did have one. But I don’t think we suspected it was from our own beach.

Holmes: If the vote had gone your direction last night and Adam had been eliminated, what was your plan from there to get to the end?
Schubert: I honestly didn’t care too much who I sat with at the end with. I was planning on getting rid of the bigger dudes. But, I’d already made moves that people respected. I’d made friends with just about everybody out there. And, they all knew I was good at challenges and puzzles. I felt pretty comfortable in my own game. My highest priority was keeping people close to me who would never vote against me.

Holmes: Alright, word association time.
Schubert: Oh no.
Holmes: Right? Let’s start with Taylor.
Schubert: Dude bro.
Holmes: Jay?
Schubert: Safety.
Holmes: Adam?
Schubert: I like Adam. We’re going to be friends in real life.
Holmes: Zeke?
Schubert: Charming, but deceptive.
Holmes: CeCe?
Schubert: She never played her own game.
Holmes: Chris?
Schubert: The Hulk
Holmes: Hannah?
Schubert: (Laughs) Sweet little Hannah. (Laughs) Bruises, scrapes, and bug bites.
Holmes: Michaela?
Schubert: Oh man…Fun, yet unpredictable.
Holmes: Mari?
Schubert: The silent beauty. She never really talked to people that much.
Holmes: Figgy?
Schubert: Taken too soon.
Holmes: Will?
Schubert: Lowest voice on the island.
Holmes: Sunday?
Schubert: Wish we would have aligned.
Holmes: Jessica?
Schubert: She told me she was a photographer. (Laughs)
Holmes: Ken?
Schubert: Dreams. Just dreams.
Holmes: And let’s finish with Bret.
Schubert: Hilarious.

Holmes: I feel like between Jessica’s photography and Bret’s mortuary, they could have quite a little booming business together.
Schubert: I know! (Laughs) Chris told me he was a football coach!
Holmes: You have to look them up in the pretend Yellow Pages.

Holmes: We didn’t see a lot of you, but when we did it seemed like you were always making smart moves. What else was going on that we didn’t see?
Schubert: What you didn’t see was I was friends with just about everybody out there. We actually liked each other and would sit and talk about things that didn’t have anything to do with strategy. My sleep deprivation…I was so cold at night. I just couldn’t sleep. If I had a coat, that would be a game changer. I would sleep three hours a night. And the rest of the time I’d be looking for firewood to keep myself warm.
Holmes: You were friends with “just about” everybody. Who didn’t you get along with?
Schubert: (Laughs) It wasn’t necessarily getting along. I feel like Chris, David, and Zeke were the only ones I couldn’t get in with. It was like a rubber wall. I’d throw something and it’d bounce right back.
Holmes: You called it. In the pre-game I asked about hunger, paranoia, and all the stuff that can get to you out there and you said sleep deprivation would be your big problem.
Schubert: Yeah. And I didn’t realize to what extent. I value sleep and I’m a slightly cold person in general. It was a perfect storm.
Holmes: When you get invited back you’ll have to sneak some Ambien.
Schubert: (Laughs) And a coat.

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

‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ Episode 8 Recap: The Kids Are All Fight

November 9, 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” 

Last Week: Taylor vowed to get even, David and Zeke formed a couple that was odd, and Michaela was voted out because we can’t have nice things.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor Blog…

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

The Ikabula Tribe (wearing green)

Bret – 42, Police Sergeant
Hannah – 24, Barista
Jay – 27, Real Estate Agent
Sunday – 45, Youth Pastor
Will – 18, High School Student

The Takali Tribe (wearing purple)

Adam – 25, Homeless Shelter Manager
Jessica – 37, Assistant District Attorney
Ken – 33, Model
Taylor – 24, Ski Instructor

The Vanua Tribe (wearing orange)

Chris – 38, Trial Lawyer
David – 42, Television Writer
Michelle – 28, Missionary Recruiter
Zeke – 28, Asset Manager

We start off back at Ikabula Beach where Jay is pretty proud of getting rid of one of the game’s fiercest challenge competitors. Hannah swears she would have voted with them if she had known. Or, ya know, if someone had told her in the middle of Tribal with the promise of a good reason to be provided at a later time.

The next morning a boat arrives with news that they have just reached Mergeville, Population 13.

Ikabula and Takali are both taken by boat to Vanua Beach. However, Zeke’s lower third informs us that it is now Vinaka Beach. Vinaka? Still better than Nobag.

While the new tribe goes to town on the merge feast, Jay breaks down his options for us. He has Taylor and Michelle back, Will and Hannah, and hopefully Bret and Sunday. And if all else fails he has an idol.

Eventually, all of the old alliances touch base and wonder  how they can make these number schemes work in their favor. You’ve got Bret and Chris, the Tri-force (sans Figgy) and the Millennial AV Club (Adam, Zeke, and Hannah).

Once Zeke has all of the intel about last week’s Ikabula vote, he becomes very wary of Jay. He is determined to break up the bro-liance.

Adam sneaks out during the merge feast and finds a very unique advantage. This new twist will let him steal someone’s reward. Hmm…that seems like it’s just going to annoy potential jurors. That’d have to be some reward. Well, maybe if it was a challenge advantage or something.

Anywho, you have to use it right after the person wins. I’m sure Hillary supporters are wishing something like that existed last night.

(Yeah, probably too soon. Sorry about that.)

At any rate, Adam is very excited to be a part of “Survivor” history. Well, Dan Foley was probably excited to have the first extra vote too…

Later that night, Taylor decides to go all Coconut Bandit on his tribe with the merge feast rations. Unfortunately for him, he forgets the key part of Tyson and Gervase’s brilliance where you don’t let someone see you steal the food.

Bret sees Taylor’s theft and decides to hold onto the info. Adam sees the theft and sees it as an opportunity to build trust with Taylor. That might be the clearest example of passive vs. aggressive strategy I’ve ever seen.

As Taylor is chowing down, Adam lets him know about his reward-theft advantage. Adam also pitches the idea of getting rid of Jay’s new right hand, Will. Taylor pretends to go along with it, but he thinks it’s a dumb move. And he still holds a grudge over Figgy-gate.

Taylor immediately shares this info with Jay and Jay (as you’d imagine) is not pleased. They agree to target Adam. Zeke overhears this and scrambles to find a way to keep Adam safe. If only he had an idol. Ahem…

The next morning Bret outs Taylor as the food thief to the other members of Gen-X. Along with Zeke and David, it looks like Taylor is going to be sent packing.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will stand on a perch while holding a handle over their heads. The last person left standing will win immunity.

Survivors are ready, and they go. And Crystal Cox is immediately out.

Just kidding.

Sunday is the first to go. She’s followed by Chris and Bret.

Ten minutes pass and Jay, Zeke, Ken, and Hannah are out.

Twenty minutes pass and we lose Michelle, Taylor, David, and Adam.

We’re down to Jessica and Will.

An hour and a half passes and they’re still battling it out. Wow.

Finally, Jessica flinches a bit and loses it. Will wins immunity.

Back at camp, Jay and Will try to rally the Millennials around the idea of getting rid of Adam. Michelle doesn’t think it’s the best course of action.

Zeke and Hannah let Adam know that Jay is on to him. And Zeke is hopeful that they can sway sentiment to get rid of Taylor.

The Gen-Xers seem like they’re into the plan, but David is worried about idols so they can’t decide on who to target.

Soooo…Adam goes back to Taylor to try to cut a deal. Taylor hilariously chastises Adam for targeting Will because information leaks. HE LEAKED IT!

Aaaaand, David sees Adam talking with Taylor and gets nervous. Zeke and Hannah are over Adam’s shenanigans as well.

You know, Shenanigans, that restaurant with all of the goofy (expletive deleted) on the walls and mozzarella sticks.

Oh, and Will and Taylor are convinced Adam doesn’t have an idol because he’s scrambling so hard.

That night at Tribal, David immediately makes a crack about the Millennials eating more food than Gen-X. Give him a break, David. Gen-Xers grew up on Capri-Suns, Millennials have to deal with that Honest Kids organic crap.

Bret doesn’t beat around the bush, he tells everyone it was Taylor. And Taylor doesn’t deny it. He claims it wasn’t stealing because his stomach was messed up.

Probst does a quick poll and everyone is hungry. Hannah even tells J-Pro, “I could eat you.” Of course, he’s full of Pro(bs)tein.

(Wow, that’s a new low in these recaps. And I’ve been doing this for a long time. I apologize.)

Chris thinks this was a selfish move. But Taylor counters that he wasn’t hungry, his stomach was “freaking out.”

Back to the game, Adam doesn’t believe the Millennials are an alliance anymore.

David again tries to coin “the people I trust vs. the people you trust.” Much like “fetch,” it isn’t going to happen.

Michelle wonders if alliances are just who you mesh with best. Whoa…

Will has a clear objective in tonight’s vote.

Chris says lines will be drawn in the sand.

Michelle hints that trust will be broken.

Taylor looks right at Adam and says that there’s nothing that can be done at this point.

Voting Time: Taylor votes for Adam, Zeke votes for someone he has never been able to trust, and the rest of the votes are lost to the magic of editing.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks is anyone wants to play an idol…and nobody does.

We’ve got one vote for Adam, one vote for Michelle, one vote for Adam, one vote for Michelle, one vote for Adam, one vote for Michelle, one vote for Adam, three votes for Michelle, and the eighth person voted out of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X” is…Michelle.

Verdict: There are about a dozen different ways this season can go from here. So many fractures, so many strong players. I’m loving it.

Power Rankings Update: Michele Fitzgerald had Michelle in spot 11, Shirin Oskooi had her in spot 8. So, the current score is Team Michele 69, Team Shirin 64.

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

‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ Power Rankings Round 6: Feast-or-Famine Edition

November 9, 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 Fitzgerald had Michaela in spot 5, Shirin Oskooi had her in spot 7. So, the current score is Team Michele 58, Team Shirin 56.

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

Team Michele’s Score = 58

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

Team Shirin’s Score = 56

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

 1. – David:  Creating a bond with a Millennial shows that you are playing this game with an adaptability that will be essential in the merge.
 1. – Sunday: Sunny, yesterday your life was filled with rain.

Sunny, you smiled at them and really really eased their pain.
Now the dark days are gone and the bright days are here…
zeke
 2. – Zeke:  This game is similar to a diet. You need pace, self control, and if all else fails, just close your mouth.
 2. – Zeke: He’s got a watch with a minute hand,

Millennial hand and a Gen X hand.
When they meet it’s a happy land.
Powerful man, universe man.
adampurple
 3. – Ken: You had a quiet week, but you shouldn’t have trouble adapting in this merge.
 3. – Adam: Is this the real life?

Is this just fantasy?
Merge with an idol,
No escape from reality tv.
Open your eyes,
Look up to the skies and see.
 4. – Jay:  This game strips you down and exposes you. What started as a sheep, may actually be a wolf.
 4. – David: Do you know what Gen Xers said when they saw his first idol arrive? ‘Be careful with that one, love. He will do what it takes to survive.’ #Burn

 5. – Jessica: Luckily since the infection has cleared up, you seem to be keeping your eyes open.
 5. – Ken:  All I do is win win win no matter what.
Got money on my mind, I can never get enough.
And every time I step up in confessional
All my rippling abs go, ‘wut’
willgreen chrisred
 6. – Will: Hear that deep voice? Will has finally hit puberty.
 6. – Chris: No one fights like Gaston,

Douses lights like Gaston,
In a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston!
For there’s no one as burly and brawny.
 7. – Adam: Comfortably in the middle of Millennials and Gen X again.
 7. – Taylor:  YOLO. Say no no.
Isolate yourself
And just roll solo.
Be care-folo.
You oughta look out.

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 8. – Taylor: You believe Figgy was the light, but in this game, you shine brighter without her.
 8. – Michelle:  This is not The Greatest Michelle in Survivor, no.

This is just a tribute.
Couldn’t remember The Greatest Michele in Survivor, no, no.
This is a tribute.
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 9. – Sunday: Last week you gained a voice, and it was pure and heartfelt. I look forward to hearing more of it.
 9. – Hannah: Waiting for an invitation to arrive. Going to a party where no one’s still alive.
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 10. – Bret: The only funeral you will be directing is your own if you continue with that lie.
 10. – Will: What’s he like? It’s not important. Particle man.
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  11. – Michelle: Reuniting with your Millennials is your saving grace this week.
 11. – Jay: Leave it to me to be holding the matches

When the fire trucks show up and there’s nobody else to blame.
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 12. – Chris: Will your manners reappear at the merge feast?  12. – Bret: At every occasion he’ll be ready for the funeral.
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 13. – Hannah: It is not good when people leave you out of decisions because they can’t trust your response. Time to reassess those alliances, girl.  13. – Jessica: If I should stay,

I would only be in Ken’s way.
So I’ll go.

‘Survivor’ Castaway Michaela: ‘It’s Better to Hit a Tree Than to Hit a Person.’

November 3, 2016
'Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X' (CBS)

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

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Gordon Holmes: A friend of mine told me her daughter was worried you were going to stab Jay last night.
Michaela Bradshaw: (Laughs)
Holmes: How close did you come to stabbing Jay?
Bradshaw: I try not to be violent in regular life. But, I was filled with emotions. I’m glad there was nothing sharp in the vicinity.
Holmes: Because I figured when you said, “My shoes” and went back…that we were seeing a ruse that would let you get close enough to clobber Jay.
Bradshaw: (Laughs) I was so shocked. They didn’t show it, but I walked up to Jeff without the torch. And he just looked at me. So I went back to get the torch and I was like, “Uh uh, I need to get my shoes.” And my shoes just happened to be right at Jay’s feet. Oh…there was so much passion. Devastation. But, these things happen. I can look at it as a compliment.
Holmes: Right, it wasn’t, “Michaela is annoying,” or “Michaela sucks in challenges.” It was “Michaela is too smart and too strong.” I get that all the time.
Bradshaw: (Laughs) That’s why we’re friends, Gordon. I take it as a compliment. In the moment it’s like, “Man, we were a team.” In regular life I play for my team. If I help the team win, we win. I like those scenarios.

Holmes: Were there any signs heading into Tribal that Jay and Will were making a move on you?
Bradshaw: I wouldn’t say there were no signs, but I would say I was willing to test it. Number one: We hadn’t talked about who Bret and Sunday are voting for. And two: Will and Jay know that I know that they have an idol. And three: I know that Jay didn’t intend for me to know that he had an idol. He didn’t invite me into the forest. So, when you put those things together the skeptical part of your brain says, “Watch out for Jay and Will.” But your heart will say, “No, we’re in this as a team.” It’s that struggle between your head and the need to be suspicious of people and your heart that wants to trust. In that game, it’s better to go with your head and not your heart.

Holmes: Why didn’t you tell everyone about Jay’s idol on your way out?
Bradshaw: In the exact moment that I saw my name pop up, my mind was like…I knew that was the last time I was going to see him. So all I was thinking was, “Why would he break up the trust that we’re building?” I play for the team, so it’d be hard for me to go from, “I’m devastated that you broke up our team,” to flipping on someone and ruining his game. I’m not a vengeful person. So, by the time I got on the boat to go to Ponderosa, I was thinking, I should’ve. But, I can respect good gameplay. That part of me isn’t going to throw salt on someone’s game.
Holmes: You say you’re not a vengeful person, but I think there’s a tree at Tribal Council that would disagree.
Bradshaw: (Laughs) The tree I hit! That wasn’t vengeance, that was just getting all of that negative energy out of my body. Sometimes you’ve got to let it go. It’s better to hit a tree than to hit a person.
Holmes: That’s true.

Holmes: Let’s go back to the Figgy vs. Mari vote. Why did you end up siding with Jay, Taylor, Figgy, and Michelle?
Bradshaw: That alliance started on the second or third day of the game. It was all I had. The first episode, nobody would talk to me. So if we lost the first challenge, I bet I would have went home. I was the outcast in the beginning. I wasn’t the cool kid and I wasn’t the nerd either. I was in the middle, you know, cute and smart. (Laughs) So, Jay and Michelle were the only two people who would actually talk to me. Everybody else kept me at arm’s length. I told them, “I’ll have your back the rest of this game.” That’s where that started. But, they never said they’d have my back the rest of the game, so I knew I could only trust them to some extent.

Holmes: During the ball puzzle, you were giving Hannah some stern advice. Do you think that hurt her feelings or did you two have the kind of relationship where that was OK?
Bradshaw: Those challenges take so long and it gets so hot the longer you stay out there. And you’ve still got things to do back at camp. So I just wanted to not lose. Me and Hannah had a great relationship. She was a person that I talked to a lot. Even more than Jay. And from Hannah’s perspective, she wanted to show that she could contribute. That’s a big thing for Hannah. I get it. My thing is; you have intrinsic value to me because you’re a person and you’re on my team. Right need I need you to fall back so I can make sure that we don’t go to Tribal. I figured out the puzzle and in my mind it took one person and the second person was there to cause conflict. So, I was telling her, “You need to hold the table and let me work the balls in the holes.” She wanted to keep helping. But I tried to explain to her nicely at first, “Helping is just standing still.” But at a certain point, you just have to get people to listen. So, I came across a little snappy and I apologized to her after.

Holmes: Alright, word association time. Let’s start with Figgy.
Bradshaw: Attention.
Holmes: Taylor?
Bradshaw: Blonde.
Holmes: Adam?
Bradshaw: Smart.
Holmes: Will?
Bradshaw: Childlike.
Holmes: Bret?
Bradshaw: Cute cop dad.
Holmes: Sunday?
Bradshaw: Mom.
Holmes: Hannah?
Bradshaw: Goofy.
Holmes: Michelle?
Bradshaw: Sweet.
Holmes: Zeke?
Bradshaw: Genius.
Holmes: Mari?
Bradshaw: I want to say, “Underplayed.” Like, there was more…but we didn’t get it.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Jay.
Bradshaw: Bold.

Holmes: What was the dream end-game scenario if Bret had gone home last night?
Bradshaw: Now looking at it, I know it’s unrealistic. But, myself, Will, and Hannah sticking together. That was my thing with the shells. There was a clear path to the end. But, that path involves letting go of the other alliances that you have. And that includes Michelle and Taylor. For Jay and Will, that would not happen. In reality, that plan would not have worked. But, nobody wants to take me to final four because I can win immunity and get to the end. I was thinking it was the least complicated way, but that’s not how “Survivor” works.

Holmes: I think we were all excited when we saw how diverse the casting was on the women’s side. And yet, five of the first seven people out were women of color. What is your take on this outcome? Did something feel off out there or is that just how the cards fell regardless of race?
Bradshaw: It feels like America. You don’t feel it in the moment until you step back and look at it. Then you realize that we’re playing a social game. Part of making alliances is who you feel like you can trust. Part of who you feel like you can trust is who you feel familiar with. Part of who you feel familiar with is who you’re typically around. And part of who you’re around is who people look like. In a social game, what you look like can have an effect on what’s familiar to a person which can impact how quickly they trust you and how long they trust you. And so, maybe that had something to do with the boot order, maybe it was random. But I can say that I noticed.

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‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ Episode 7 Recap: The Zeke Squad

November 2, 2016
'Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X' (CBS)

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

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Last Week: Adam took his vote and got Figgy with it.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor Blog…

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

The Ikabula Tribe (wearing green)

Bret – 42, Police Sergeant
Hannah – 24, Barista
Jay – 27, Real Estate Agent
Michaela – 25, Vacation Club Sales
Sunday – 45, Youth Pastor
Will – 18, High School Student

The Takali Tribe (wearing purple)

Adam – 25, Homeless Shelter Manager
Jessica – 37, Assistant District Attorney
Ken – 33, Model
Taylor – 24, Ski Instructor

The Vanua Tribe (wearing orange)

Chris – 38, Trial Lawyer
David – 42, Television Writer
Michelle – 28, Missionary Recruiter
Zeke – 28, Asset Manager

We start off after last week’s Tribal and Adam immediately wants to clear the air with Taylor. Adam admits to screwing Taylor and ruining his romance.

Well, now that it’s come to light that Taylor is expecting a child with another woman…hopefully Adam doesn’t feel too guilty about it.

Taylor plays it cool, but he does plan on destroying Adam. Bro-venge is a dish best served totally chill.

(I’m old.)

Over at Vanua, David shows Zeke his idol in an attempt to gain his trust and make the most adorable alliance ever. Team Zavid! Deke? I’ll work on it.

Reward Challenge Time: Teams will work to release a bag of three balls. They’ll then shoot them through a hoop. From there they’ll take the balls and throw them onto a perch. First tribe to finish will receive a meal prepared by a chef. The second tribe will receive kabobs that they’ll have to cook their own darn selves. Third tribe receives self-doubt.

Quick Aside: So many basketball-type challenges. Was Scottie Pippen originally supposed to be on this season?

Before the challenge starts off, Jay is shocked to learn that with Figgy gone, his triforce is now a bi-force.

Michaela, on the other hand, is amused.

Bret and Sunday will sit out for Ikabula.

We start off and Ikabula is the first tribe to get to the ball-shooting portion. However, the other two tribes aren’t far behind.

Vanua is the first tribe to move on to the final stage and it looks like Chris’s height is going to be a big help in getting the balls on top of the perch.

Sure enough, Vanua wins it easily.

It’s Ken vs. Michaela for second place with Michaela coming from behind to win kabobs for Ikabula.

Another Quick Aside: I love me some Jeff Probst. He’s a hell of a guy. It makes my skin crawl when he talks about bellies being full.

Back at Vanua beach, Chris, Zeke, and David seem to be having some kind of burping/farting contest. This might be the grossest thing since Kaoh Rong’s “Show us your festering sores” montage.

Michelle is a little worried that she might be an easy vote because she isn’t participating in the parade of bad manners. Well, there’s one way to remedy that, Michelle.

At Takali, Taylor and Ken are enjoying a political debate. No, seriously.

Later on, Taylor claims to be a free agent and swears allegiance to Ken and Jessica. Jessica likes that Taylor is much less strategic than Adam.

Meanwhile at Ikabula, Michaela compares her intensity to Michael Jordan. Yeah…but Michael didn’t need to win a popularity contest at the end of the NBA Finals.

In other Ikabula news, Hannah is sizing up the competition. With four Millennials facing two Gen-Xers, she thinks Bret or Sunday should be next to go. And she simply doesn’t trust Bret. She asks him what he does for a living and he says, “Definitely not a cop.” OK, he didn’t say that, but his funeral director story is just as bad.

Sure enough, she’s convinced that he’s a cop.

Immunity Challenge Time: Players will race to throw coconuts into a net. Once the net is full, it will raise a flag that will reveal a combination. The players will use the combination to open a lock and release a slingshot. The first two tribes to use the slingshot to knock down all of their targets will win immunity.

Hannah and Will are gonna sit for Ikabula.

The Survivors are ready…and they go.

Takali is the first tribe to reveal their combination, they’re followed by Ikabula.

Vanua is waaaay behind and Michelle’s problem with the combination lock is not helping matters.

Fortunately, the other tribes aren’t doing well with the slingshot. Jay asks Michaela if he can tag in, but she turns him down.

Vanua finally makes it to the slingshot and Chris starts hitting some shots.

Ken and Taylor manage to nail all of the targets, winning immunity for Takali.

It’s back and forth between Vanua and Ikabula with Vanua finally pulling off the win.
Politicking around Ikabula starts with the four Millennials ganging up on the Gen-Xers. Michaela doesn’t care who goes home because they’ll still have the numbers.

It’s decided to split the vote in case one of them has an idol.

However, Jay is worried because Michaela is smart and a challenge machine. He approaches Will with this plan. Will is on board and points out that Michaela knows about Jay’s idol.

That night at Tribal, Probst points out that both of the majorities have voted out one of their own since the merge.

Michaela isn’t worried about that because her tribe is full of trustworthy people. #famouslastwords

She’s also bummed they have to vote out “Uncle Bret” and “Mama Sunday.”

Bret says he’s been genuine with everyone. This comment causes Jay to give a Eliza-Orlins-on-a-jury-type reaction.

Will thinks a Tony Vlachos game is dangerous. It worked for him.

Jay believes that you should follow your gut.

Will and Jay both agree that tonight’s vote will make the tribe stronger.

Michaela hopes that Bret or Sunday don’t feel like they’re on the bottom after the vote.

Voting Time: Hannah votes for Bret and it’s the only vote shown.

J-Pro tallies and returns. We’ve got two votes for Bret, three votes for Michaela…

Note: At this point, Michaela yells, “What?!” and asks Jay if he was responsible for that vote. He coldly responds, “Yep, I did it.”

And the seventh person voted out of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X” is…Michaela.

On her way out, Michaela tells Jay that he “Just (expletive deleted) up,” and that he’s “Going to feel like an (expletive deleted).”

This whole incident sets off another panic attack for poor Hannah.

Verdict: This season, man. Wow.

And now we’re heading into a merge with a fractured Millennial alliance and three idols in play. Crazytown.

Power Rankings Update: Michele Fitzgerald had Michaela in spot 5, Shirin Oskooi had her in spot 7. So, the current score is Team Michele 58, Team Shirin 56.

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

‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ Power Rankings Round 5: Heart Bro-ken Edition

November 2, 2016
'Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X' (CBS)

‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ (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.  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 Fitzgerald had Figgy in spot 13, Shirin Oskooi had her in spot 9. So, the current score is Team Michele 53, Team Shirin 49.

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

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Team Michele’s Score = 53

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

Team Shirin’s Score = 49

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

 1. – Jay:  I bet your family is super proud of you. Now, how to handle that Michaela hiccup…
 1. – Ken: Probst read his vote against Figgy last, not Adam’s, so Ken knew he was safe when the guillotine dropped, enabling him to have maximum composure…for his winners edit. #kenspiracy
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 2. – Zeke:  David gives this brand new baby a fun toy to play with.
 2. – Zeke: Like a versatile wine, this medium-bodied white pairs well with both Chris and David.
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 3. – Will: At least you know which hands hold the idol…
 3. – Chris: Chris and Zeke are a pair of tighty whiteys: comfortably snug.
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 4. – David:  Us: David, you did the right thing last week. You: ‘What? I can’t hear you! Did I do the wrong thing? Go the opposite way next time?’
 4. – Adam: Even if Taylor tells Ken that Adam put his name on the chopping block, his idol still protects him.
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 5. – Michaela: You have too much info, too much opinion, too much strength, too much airtime… The problem with having too much is that everyone wants a little, too. With you gone, even Sunday may regain a voice.
 5. – Jessica:  Highly unlikely she and Ken will turn on each other at this point.
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 6. – Sunday: Always listening, never talking.
 6. – Will: The Purple Kelly Willglesworth edit -> he’ll even be invisible in his (post-merge) boot episode.
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 7. – Jessica: Putting you in the middle so I don’t look as foolish when you continuously prove me wrong.
 7. – Michaela: Stop moving so big…just hold steady…don’t get frustrated…I’m just trying to get you to win. Shut. Up.
 8. – Ken: Between prancing around the Maypole, your sarcastic response to Figgy, and a tearful confessional, women around the world are hoping you keep listening to Jessica so you stay a while longer.
 8. – Jay:  This is your chance to impress us and give one of the bottom queens the chop (or send the bottom cop to Queens). #LipsyncForYourLegacy
 9. – Chris: Whenever you seem to be in control of an alliance, David swoops in and snags them. 
 9. – David: It’s a simple game of rochambeau. People I trust (paper) vs. people you trust (scissors) vs people with idols (rock).
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 10. – Adam: We were screaming at you to get rid of the power couple, now we are screaming “Hide from Taylor!”
 10. – Hannah: Diagnosis: Panic attack. Side effects may include: Perception of weakness.
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  11. – Hannah: No worries, babe. Aubry is proof that anxiety is awesome.
 11. – Sunday: Closed for business.
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 12. – Taylor: Maybe if you keep impersonating Jessica you can fool your tribe into thinking you have some strategy.  12. – Taylor: Kappa Kappa Survivor, meet Phi Beta Kappa.
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 13. – Bret: All I want in life is a big bear hug while you whisper “there’s nothing you can’t do” in my ear.  13. – Michelle: ‘I ain’t fraid of no goats.’
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  14. – Michelle: Handing out the truth like religious pamphlets at a casino. You have the right idea, but you have the wrong audience.
 14. – Bret: Silent but not deadly. 

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