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‘Survivor’ Dawson Has Harsh Words for Jeff Kent, Loving Words for Jeff Probst

October 19, 2012

Sarah Dawson and Jeff Probst (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Monday Jeff Probst and I will tackle a wide variety of topics with the “Survivor” Question of the Week. Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player.  Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

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Several months ago, Sarah Dawson and I were enjoying a delightful conversation in a charming gazebo located in the scenic Caramoan Islands. Then a picture frame fell off the wall and cracked her over the head. It was the first time I’d ever tried to murder a “Survivor” contestant.

Later, Sarah Dawson was enjoying a comfortable stay in the game of “Survivor.” Her tribe had a nice winning streak going and she was in the middle of a female alliance. Then Denise joined her tribe, her buddy got sick, and she was voted out.

One minute you’re fine, the next you’re wondering what the hell just happened.

I spoke with the quirky Kalabawian the morning after her elimination and had a chance to learn about how she used Jeff Kent’s secret, how Dana’s illness impacted tribe dynamics and the touching embrace she shared with Jeff Probst…

Gordon Holmes: Morning, Dawson. How are you doing?
Sarah Dawson: Well, my torch got snuffed, so I’m a little less on fire today. But I’m still blazing.
Holmes: Well, I’ll make your day a little better. I promise in no way will you be injured during this interview.
Dawson: (Laughs) I was wondering! Is he going to come in and throw a vase at my head?
Holmes: I wouldn’t dream of it. Any injuries you suffer in the next ten minutes will have to be your doing.
Dawson: Thank you.

Holmes: This might cheer you up; I think we have something in common. I think we both have a crush on Jeff Probst.
Dawson: I know I have a crush on Jeff Probst. You want to go to his house?
Holmes: I wouldn’t take it that far. I wouldn’t run up to the man and hug him and plant a kiss on his cheek after being voted out.
Dawson: (Laughs) I recommend it highly. It is the experience of a lifetime. Seeing the look on his face…he didn’t know if I was going to go crazy because of the intensity in my eyes. He’s thinking, “She’s going to go crazy, or she’s about to hump my leg.”
Holmes: For the sake of them keeping their rating, I’m glad you refrained from humping his leg.
Dawson: I would’ve done it classily, you know.
Holmes: Is there a classy way to do that?
Dawson: You know, bring me back for another season and I’ll give some demos.

Holmes: My first instinct when you were walking with your torch was that you’d turn around and out Jeff Kent’s baseball past. Why did you keep that secret?
Dawson: I’d watched Jeff Kent play for twelve days and I watched his social game. And, I gave him tips on his social game because it was so lacking. I knew if I didn’t out him he’d probably go down anyway.
Holmes: What was wrong with his social game?
Dawson: He didn’t socialize.
Holmes: Ah yes, a key component of a social game.
Dawson: If Kent finds a speck of dirt on his cowboy boots he’ll go out and pout about in on the beach for a day and a half. I tried to help him, but he didn’t want to work with me. I don’t want him to lose because he’s a millionaire, I want him to lose because his game wasn’t that good.

Holmes: Here’s an idea I had; what if you’d approached him and said, “Look Jeff, I know you don’t want to partner with me, but the second I’m voted out I’m going to out you.” It’d be like some hardcore “Survivor” blackmail.
Dawson: I actually did do that. You have to be in the mindset of being out there and hungry. At the point I was in the game, my brain wasn’t working on all cylinders. I didn’t want to out him, but I did blackmail him. But I didn’t take him down because I want him to be voted out, not because he has money. You’re going to go home because of your social game.
Holmes: So, he knows that you knew?
Dawson: Absolutely. That’s why he targeted me.

Holmes: Before Dana went down, did you try to bring Denise into your alliance?
Dawson: Denise was on board with a four-woman alliance. We were actually going to take out Carter. Once Dana left Katie and I lost a lot of leverage. And, the guys knew we were coming after them.
Holmes: Katie voted for you last night. Was that a blindside?
Dawson: No, Katie can’t blindside me. I knew she was voting for me and I begged her not to. I said, “I’m a huge fan of the show. If we’re going to go out, let’s go out big. Let’s make this a tie, let’s pull rocks, that hasn’t happened in years! And, if they kick me out, you’re going next.” Unfortunately I couldn’t convince her.

Holmes: Let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Dana…
Dawson: Badass.
Holmes: Jeff Kent?
Dawson: Awkward.
Holmes: Denise?
Dawson: Awesome. I love Denise.
Holmes: Carter?
Dawson: Who?
Holmes: Carter?
Dawson: Who?
Holmes: Gotcha. Well played… Katie?
Dawson: Delaware.
Holmes: Something wrong with Delaware?
Dawson: No, nothing’s wrong with it.
Holmes: I was going to say, Wilmington represent.
Dawson: (Laughs)
Holmes: Let’s finish this off with Penner.
Dawson: Oh man…brilliant player. In one word he’s masterful.

Holmes: Early on it looked like you guys were gunning for Penner. Was that in the cards?
Dawson: We never really targeted Penner. He actually isolated himself from us. He was so obsessed with the idol that he wouldn’t engage with us. He wouldn’t spend any time with us. He didn’t even know the girls’ names until day three. He kept calling me “sweetheart.” He kind of brought that on himself. Jeff Kent wanted him out.

Holmes: I’m super psyched we’re finishing this interview with you in one piece.
Dawson: Yes! In one piece and no one else has been kissed yet today. If you talk to Probst you can tell him I’m available all afternoon. We can finish what we started.
Holmes: He is a married man.
Dawson: I know. And I meant to ask him about that on the island…you know…if that was still going well.
Holmes: That’s terrible.
Dawson: No! I wasn’t hoping for something else…but…you know. You can’t blame a girl for dreaming.
Holmes: You’re only human.
Dawson: And so is he.

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‘Survivor’ Castaway Dana: Jeff Kent ‘Fights Directly Against What I Fight For’

October 18, 2012

'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Monday Jeff Probst and I will tackle a wide variety of topics with the “Survivor” Question of the Week. Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player.  Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

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The “Survivor” producers tempted fate and it bit them.

When you host a season where you invite back players who had been medically evacuated it’s bound to result in someone being carted off. Dana Lambert was that someone.

(Poor Dana never got to visit Tribal Council, but at least she got to wear Jeff Probst’s jacket.)

I spoke with Dana the morning after her elimination episode and had a chance to discuss her medical concerns, her relationship with Jeff Kent, and which member of Kalabaw is a “chauvinist”…

Gordon Holmes: Good morning, Dana. How are you?
Dana Lambert: I’m doing good! Way better.
Holmes: Excellent. You did not look so good last time we saw you.
Lambert: Yeah. (Laughs).
Holmes: People were concerned because they don’t do a follow-up on the show. So please, walk us through everything that happened.
Lambert: Well, I pretty much started the game sick in my stomach. I was definitely hanging around the bathroom there in the beginning. And, it just started going downhill. Everything I ate would come back up. And then living off of coconut didn’t help. I felt that sickness the whole twelve days I was there. And, I’d get to challenges and I’d say, “C’mon Dana, suck it up and kick ass in this challenge.” I’d try to hide the sickness as best I could. But there in the end it just all came to a head. There was no way to hide it anymore.
Holmes: Did they find out if it was an infection?
Lambert: After I left the game I went to a clinic in the Caramoans. I spent a day there getting fluids. It was basically dehydration. And then I spent some more days in Manila in the hospital getting more fluids. It was pretty bad news.

Holmes: There was some concern before the season started about how you, a lesbian, would get along with Jeff Kent, someone who donated money to Prop 8 in California. What was your relationship like?
Lambert: You know, I wish I would have known that. I don’t know if I would have treated the situation any differently if I’d know that he makes so much money. Because he fights directly against what I fight for. But, I also believe that you don’t change people’s minds by being a jerk to them. I feel like we got along pretty good on the island. He’s kind of a southern boy and I respect him a lot. I felt like just him knowing who I was and what kind of person I was, maybe it opened his mind. I don’t believe in homophobia. I don’t believe that people are scared of gay people. I believe that they’re basically just (expletive deleted). They just don’t want to accept it because maybe they’ve never been around it. So, I think it was good for him, he got to be around me. He knew that I was a pretty normal girl. Maybe he took something from that. Maybe all gay people aren’t so bad after all.
Holmes: It seemed like you two were getting along pretty well.
Lambert: Actually, when I first got to the island, Penner asked if I wanted to be in his alliance. But then Jeff and I started talking and we clicked automatically. That was until he turned against me and decided he was going to write my name down if there was a chance. That’s when I asked, “Why follow the guys when I can lead the girls?”
Holmes: So there was talk of booting you if Kalabaw went to Tribal?
Lambert: I don’t know. For Jeff, he was saying let’s use your name as a decoy but really try to get Dawson out first. As soon as he said that I realized that it was no longer me, Dawson, Katie, Jeff, and Carter against Penner. I could begin to see that he had a different route. I knew that physically they still needed me in challenges. So they were going to keep me around as long as they needed me.

Holmes: Dawson knew that Jeff Kent was a former Major League Baseball player. Had anyone else picked up on that?
Lambert: I had no idea. And she did not tell me and I wish she would have. I would have approached that situation differently last night. I would not have approached him with it, I would have approached everyone else. He already has millions of dollars. Why do we need to give him another million? But, it wasn’t my choice.

Holmes: Alright, let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Carter.
Lambert: Chauvinist
Holmes: Penner?
Lambert: Awesome. Super awesome man.
Holmes: Jeff Kent?
Lambert: Hard worker.
Holmes: Denise?
Lambert: Strong woman.
Holmes: Dawson?
Lambert: Upbeat to a fault.
Holmes: Katie?
Lambert: Genuinely sweet…but weak around camp.

Holmes: Just to jump back into that…Carter’s a chauvinist?
Lambert: Carter was definitely playing the male game. Whether or not he was in our alliance, when it came to challenges Carter’s thought every single time is that he wanted to sit all of the girls. And I know it probably has a lot to do with his age, but he definitely has that thing where women are weak, men are not. He just didn’t have any faith or trust in women that they could compete as hard as he could. I like Carter, but he did piss me off quite a few times.
Holmes: That’s a shame, because if I need to remember a non-illness Dana moment on “Survivor,” I’m going to be the way you killed it in that diving challenge.
Lambert: Yeah, I guess after reading plenty Twitters and comments, I guess I can swim after all. (Laughs) I think honestly, if I had to go against RC racing she would have kicked my butt. But, underwater I’m pretty comfortable.
Holmes: I think RC would kick most people’s butts.
Lambert: Yeah, she was a badass in that challenge.

Holmes: Russell Swan was eliminated in “Survivor: Samoa” due to a medical issue and it really seemed to haunt him. You’re in a very similar situation. Have you been able to find peace with the way you left the game?
Lambert: If I had to make the same decision again, I would. But, it was upsetting because I felt like me being sick the whole twelve days…I felt like my bubbly personality that I wanted to get across to people…I felt like I didn’t get a chance to get it across. I think maybe I could have even done better in challenges. It’s just not fair, but it’s how it happens sometimes. And you just can’t beat yourself up about it. It is what it is.

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‘Survivor: Philippines’ Recap: Matsing’s Swan Song?

October 17, 2012

'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Monday Jeff Probst and I will tackle a wide variety of topics with the “Survivor” Question of the Week. Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player.  Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

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Last Week: RC was set up, Malcolm let Matsing down, the Kalabros invited Carter in, and Russell was voted out.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

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

The Kalabaw Tribe (wearing red)
Carter – Track Coach, 24
Dana – Cosmetologist, 32
Dawson – Insurance Sales, 28
Katie – Student, 22
Jeff Kent – Former MLB Player, 44
Penner – Writer, 50

The Matsing Tribe (wearing blue)
Denise – Sex Therapist, 41
Malcolm – Bartender, 25

The Tandang Tribe (wearing yellow)
Abi-Maria – Business Student, 32
Artis – Computer Engineer, 53
Michael – Professional Speaker, Author, and Coach, 50
Lisa – Former ‘Facts of Life’ Star, 49
Pete – Engineering Graduate, 24
RC – Investment Banker, 27

This episode starts, as most episodes do, at the super sad Matsing camp. I’m pretty sure when Denise and Malcolm made a final-two alliance, this isn’t what they had in mind.

Malcolm swipes my joke by saying he didn’t expect to be around this small a tribe until Day 39. Of course, he made that joke about six months ago. Let’s call it a wash.

Denise thinks they’re going to be split up and sent to the other tribes. I think she’s probably right. I was debating the merits of pretending like they hate each other. Then people wouldn’t be worried about them coming back together at the merge. Just a thought.

The next morning, mail comes in the form of an invitation to a reward challenge. Malcolm is worried that they won’t be coming back to camp, so he and Denise go on a mad hunt for the idol.

They aren’t having any luck. Denise even says “I’m clueless” in a non-ironic away. Finally, Malcolm figures out that the emblem on top of the rice is the idol. He’s beyond excited and they share their “Spaceballs” handshake.

Reward Challenge Time: Players will square off in one-on-one battles. Each player will be holding an idol on a post. First person to knock off their opponent’s idol wins a point. If both idols are knocked off, the first idol to hit the ground loses. First tribe to five wins a selection of coffee, cookies and other goodies.

Before the challenge starts up, Probst does indeed split up the rest of Matsing. They pull buffs, with Malcolm ending up a Tandanger and Denise joining the Kalabaw Nation.

Round One: Jeff Kent bests Malcolm. Poor Malcolm never wins.

Round Two: Artis beats Dana.

Round Three: Katie tops Lisa.

Round Four: Skupin wins over Penner without mangling himself.

Round Five: Denise dives in and nails RC’s idol.

Round Six: Pete defeats Carter.

I’m running out of words for “beats.”

Round Seven: Dawson grabs Abi’s hair, but still loses. Abi thinks Dawson should play like a man and not a…uh…witch that starts with a B. Ooo…snap.

Tandang leads 4 to 3.

Round Eight: Malcolm throws his own idol high in the air so he has time to knock down Kent’s! That’s actually pretty brilliant. Tandang wins reward.

Back at camp, Malcolm is super psyched to have an immunity idol, a new family, and some breakfast cookies. Aww…poor Angie missed out.

RC, however, isn’t as pleased because she thinks Peter and Malcolm will become BFFs. Her next move is to try to use her feminine ways to get on his good side. Speaking of Angie…

Later, Pete spills the tribe dynamics to Malcolm. Even going so far as to tell him that they have the idol. It’s nice to see that poor Malcolm won’t just become fodder.

Denise looks like she’s in good shape too. Katie wants to bring Denise on-board as part of her Kalababe alliance. I guess that’s the good part of joining a tribe with even numbers.

In other news, Dana is in pretty bad shape. It seems like the cold is getting the best of her and she’s feeling sharp pains in her stomach. Medical and Jeff are eventually called in. And that’s not a quick trip from base camp to the Kalabaw beach. It’s like an hour by boat. So, she must’ve been in agony for a while.

Fun Fact: The doctor refers to Dana’s mid section as her “tummy.” I’m almost positive that isn’t a medical term.

It’s decided that her stomach is irritated, but they don’t know if it’s an infection. He thinks she can stay in the game, but they’d check on her in another 12 hours.

Jeff asks her if she’d like to stay in the game, but Dana’s had enough. The rest of Kalabaw comes out to wish her well on her way out.

A medical evacuation on the medical evacuation season? How cliché. And she didn’t even wait until the sixth episode…

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will race through a series of obstacles. Then they’ll untie ropes to release a drawbridge. From there, they’ll chop through a piece of rope to release lettered bamboo puzzle pieces. First tribe to complete their phrase wins immunity.

Abi will sit out for Tandang. She lets us know that she’s only competed in two challenges. Look out, Courtney Yates. Someone’s coming for your record.

Tandang jumps out to big lead. Kalabaw is behind due to Katie’s problems with some obstacles.

Kalabaw makes up some ground at the drawbridge, but Tandang is still in the lead.

Malcolm cuts through the ropes and Pete and Lisa pull puzzle duty.

Kent has trouble chopping through the ropes, so Penner tags in. They release their pieces and Penner and Dawson go to work on their puzzle.

Lisa figures out the phrase and Tandang wins it by a single second. Wow. That was ridiculously close.

Back at Kalabaw beach, Katie feels bad for letting her tribe down. It probably didn’t help that Probst drew attention to it forty times.

Dawson doesn’t think she should worry though, because Denise is the obvious boot.

Kent shows everyone how wrong Dawson is by bringing Denise into the Kalabro alliance. I guess I’m going to have to rename that quartet.

Politicking around camp comes down to Katie or Dawson. Both have targets on their backs because of how badly they did in the challenge.

Later, Dawson starts messing with Jeff Kent by bringing up sports. She says that football is better than baseball. That’s pretty funny, although she’s very wrong.

Kent thinks she might know something about his previous career, and that’s a reason to get rid of her.

That night at Tribal Council, five people are visiting the Tribal set for the first time. That’s amazing.

Penner thinks it’s bad luck that they’re going to lose two people in two days. And, he thinks they would have won if Dana was around.

Katie owns up to how badly she did in the challenge. She hopes everyone remembers how well she did in previous challenges.

Dawson thinks Denise should stay because she’s a competitor.

Jeff Kent is going to vote for the tribe’s weak link.

Voting Time: Oooo…no votes are shown. I’d bet that means it’s five votes to one.

J-Pro leaves for a bit, reads a few votes, then returns. We’ve got one vote for Denise, three votes for Dawson, and the sixth person to leave “Survivor: Philippines” is…Dawson.

As Dawson takes her torch to Probst, she somehow resists the urge to turn around and yell, “He’s Jeff Kent! He played second base in the World Series! He’s super rich!” Instead she gives Probst a hug. Can’t say I blame her…

Verdict: Alright, now we’re talking. Nice to see Kalabaw finally make their way to Tribal. Also nice to see Denise and Malcolm not become their tribes’ obvious boots. Good times.

Who’s Going to Win: Call me crazy, but I really like Lisa. She isn’t rubbing anyone the wrong way. She knew the right thing to say about Matsing. Instead of saying they were decimated, she said that Malcolm and Denise must be survivors. If mergeville is right around the corner, she’s the least aggressive member of the dominant alliance.

Power Rankings Results: Kat killed it this week. She had Dana in spot fourteen and Dawson in spot thirteen for a total of twenty seven points. I was right behind her with Dana in fourteenth and Dawson in twelfth for a total of twenty six. The current score is Team Kat: 68, Team Awesome Thunder 73.

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‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Four

October 17, 2012

'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Monday Jeff Probst and I will tackle a wide variety of topics with the “Survivor” Question of the Week. Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player.  Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

The Rules: Each week Kat and Gordon will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Artis is voted out this week, Kat will receive 10 points and Gordon will receive 5 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

Last Week: We both pegged Russell Swan as last week’s boot, so we both received 15 points. The current score is Team Kat: 41, Team Awesome Thunder 47.

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Kat’s Current Score: 41

Any advice for Kat? Drop her a line on Twitter: @KatEdorsson

Gordon’s Current Score: 47

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 1. Michael: You know, I love Skupin. Normally returning players have a huge target on their backs, but I think Skupin is playing a really smart game. Plus, his tribe is strong so he is in a great position right now.
 1. Pete: Pete’s little trick with the immunity idol clue was twelve shades of hilarious. Abi clearly wants to hate R.C. even though everyone’s favorite hoop roller hasn’t done much to deserve it. So, pushing her in the direction she already wants to go probably isn’t going to do anything but help cement their alliance.
 2. Lisa: Lisa has come so far. Plus, her hair looks amazing in all that rain! I believe the “Lamb” scenario will play a big role for Miss “Facts of Life.” She is definitely under the radar.  2. Penner: One minute he’s clearly the first Kalaballer to go. The next, he has an idol and he’s in an alliance with Jeff Kent and Carter. If it does come down to a battle of the ladies vs. the gents, I’m betting on the team with the idol.
 3. Pete: Peter is becoming quite the gamer. At first I didn’t think he had it in him, but how he framed RC with the clue for the idol was genius. He’s really creating drama and it’s fun to watch.  3. Abi-Maria: With your immunity idol in one hand and your fiery temper in the other, you might be the perfect person to take to the end of the game.

  4. RC: The drama between RC and Abi is FANTASTIC!! I think these two are going to be each other’s own worst enemies, but RC is really strong in competitions. She has that going for her. I hope she can pull through!!
 4. Lisa: Let this be a lesson to Russell Swan; luck plays a huge role in “Survivor.” If casting had told Lisa to wear a blue shirt she’d be long gone by now. Instead, her yellow attire landed her on a tribe that had enough time to turn on each other before their first Tribal.

  5. Abi-Maria: Good for her for finding the idol. I don’t have much else to say other than I think she needs to prove her worth to her tribe otherwise she could be in trouble just because they find her annoying.   5. Artis:  My big concerns for Artis headed into the game were; how he’d react to the elements and how his tribe would react to him. Going on what we’ve seen of him (which admittedly, hasn’t been much) he seems to be doing well on both counts.
 6. Malcolm: Malcolm is great. I don’t know what will happen to him and Denise now that Matsing is down to two people, but he is physically strong and really smart so I hope he can go far.
 6. Jeff Kent: Alright Jeff, I know you’re smart enough to know that an alliance of three is at least one short, right? The question is; who is the fourth?
 7. Denise: She is one of my favorite players this season. Another triple threat – physical, strategic, and social. I just hope that the quick demise of Matsing isn’t her downfall.
 7. Carter: Welcome to the show, Carter! Now that you’re a member of the Kalabros, it’s time to start thinking about a post-merge strategy. As the challenge stud, you’re going to be in trouble if you guys are down in the numbers. Time to start looking into some side deals.
 8. Penner: You can tell Penner is on his third time playing this game. He is just a cut above the rest of his tribe. He seems to have pretty good alliances, but he better watch out because on “Survivor” you never know what can happen.
 8. Katie: OK, this is where I pick Katie as the Kalababe to join the Kalabros. Why? Because I think Dana’s a goner due to her illness and I think Katie has a better relationship with Kent and Penner (Kenner?) than Dawson does.
 9. Jeff Kent: Jeff was amazing in the last challenge. If he can keep that up his tribe can’t afford to get rid of him.  9. Michael: If anything, Michael deserves credit for breaking his four-episode streak of injuring himself.
 10. Artis: Artis kind of rubs me the wrong way. Sometimes on “Survivor” you have to vote off the people that you don’t want to hang out with. Unfortunately, I think the first time Tandang loses Artis will be going home because Artis just rubs his tribe the wrong way.  10. RC: It’s been quite a fall from frontrunner to possible next boot for RC. Right now, her best bet is trying to get to Lisa and Artis and convince them that partnering with such a loose cannon might not be the smartest move.
  11. Carter: I think the guys alliance on his tribe is the strongest so that makes him safe for now, but I don’t know how long that will last. We’ll see.
 11. Malcolm: So…what’s next for Matsing? Do they do a total tribe scramble? That could work in Malcolm’s favor. He’d have room to maneuver. But, if they decide to split him and Denise up and send them to already existing tribes, they’ll probably be in some serious trouble…
 12. Katie: Katie needs to make some moves. It looks as if Matsing won’t be around for much longer so that makes her a prime target if Kalabaw doesn’t win at challenges. She needs to step up her game.  12. Dawson: Right now the biggest thing Dawson has going for her is the fact that she knows about Jeff Kent’s previous career as a baseball player. However, if I were Penner, that fact would want me to keep him around even more. Who wouldn’t want to face a multi-millionaire in the finals?

  13. Dawson: Same as Katie. She could be in trouble if Kalabaw doesn’t keep winning in challenges.  13. Denise: There’s also the possibility that we could see Denise and Malcolm as a tribe of two. They did it in Palau. If that happens and they lose again it might come down to a fire-making challenge. And, they’ve shown time and time again that Malcolm is a fire-makin’ fool.
 14. Dana: I saw the previews for this week. It looks like Dana is really sick and has a huge decision to make. I’m really hoping she stays because I really like her and think she is an awesome competitor. But, she didn’t look good.  14. Dana: Dana is as sick as a dog in a promo they’ve been playing. Normally it wouldn’t be smart to assume she’s out of the game, but the promo makes a point of having the medic say she can stay in the game if she feels up to it. I doubt they would have shown that tidbit if she was going to stick around.

Watch ‘Survivor: Philippines’ every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

‘Survivor: Philippines’ Recap: The Little Tribe That Could

October 10, 2012

'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Monday Jeff Probst and I will tackle a wide variety of topics with the “Survivor” Question of the Week. Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player.  Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

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Last Week: Penner pitched an alliance to Jeff Kent, Abi-Maria threw RC under the bus, and Matsing tossed their cookies.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

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

The Kalabaw Tribe (wearing red)
Carter – Track Coach, 24
Dana – Cosmetologist, 32
Dawson – Insurance Sales, 28
Katie – Student, 22
Jeff Kent – Former MLB Player, 44
Penner – Writer, 50

The Matsing Tribe (wearing blue)
Denise – Sex Therapist, 41
Malcolm – Bartender, 25
Russell – Environmental Attorney, 45

The Tandang Tribe (wearing yellow)
Abi-Maria – Business Student, 32
Artis – Computer Engineer, 53
Michael – Professional Speaker, Author, and Coach, 50
Lisa – Former ‘Facts of Life’ Star, 49
Pete – Engineering Graduate, 24
RC – Investment Banker, 27

We start off with sad times on Matsing beach. The rain is pouring down and nobody is talking. Things have gotten so bad that Malcolm can’t even start up the tribe’s fire. He’s not totally down though, he thinks all it’ll take is one win to turn things around. You don’t even need a win, just don’t be last.

Russell’s plan is to mount a comeback. That’s a hell of a plan. My plan is to be good at everything and to never die. We’ll see how those turn out.

Over at Tandang, the rain can’t damper Pete’s good mood. Apparently he’s going for a Hantzian, let’s-make-some-chaos type of game. For his first trick, he plants the immunity idol clue in RC’s bag. This stratagem serves two purposes as it infuriates Abi while amusing Pete. Well played.

Meanwhile at Kalabaw, Penner, Kent, and a skinny, blonde dude decide to do some fishing. Penner and Kent eventually bring the guy into their alliance. Then the guy actually gets to speak! The lower-third graphic identifies him as “Carter.”

At camp, Katie, Dana, and Purple Dawson realize that the boys are plotting against them. Their plan is to make it to the merge, then start up some “One World” girl power with the other females.

Back at Matsing, Russell sums up the tribe’s problems as being stuck with “A smoker, a lunatic, and a beauty queen.” Sounds like a sitcom pitch to me!

Russell’s also concerned because nobody has approached him to discuss voting strategy. Realizing that his number is probably up, he starts hunting for the idol. Just now…like five days after he found the clue.

Denise catches him searching, but he denies what he’s up to. Later, her and Malcolm dig through his stuff in an attempt to find it. They have no luck.

Over at Matsing, RC tries to have a chat with Abi, but she’s not having it. It’s like a weird Springer episode. RC tries to get some info out of Pete, but he denies everything. This is pretty awesome. I kinda want Tandang to lose so we can see them at Tribal.

Immunity Challenge Time: One player from each team will put a pot of rice on each end of a yoke. They’ll then put the yoke over their shoulders and carry it over a weird obstacle. From there they’ll put the pots into holders and head back. Then, the next person will go. Once they have six pots in place, one player will swing a small demolition ball in an attempt to destroy the pots. First tribe to smash all six pots win immunity and a steak dinner. The second tribe wins immunity, veggies, a pot, and spices. The losing tribe gets a relaxing evening by the fire with talk show host Jeff Probst.

Katie, Dana, and Dawson will sit for Kalabaw, while Lisa, RC, and Abi-Maria will sit for Tandang. Soooo sexist.

The challenge starts off and Carter immediately drops a pot. No, I’m not going to make a Carter/pot joke. But, feel free to make your own.

Matsing has a bit of a lead thanks to Malcolm. Do you believe in miracles?!

Tandang eventually catches up and is the first to start swinging the demolition ball. Matsing is right behind them. Artis is swinging for Tandang while Malcolm swings for Matsing.

Kalabaw catches up and Kent, of course, is in charge of hurling the ball.

Artis does a fantastic job and the Tandangers win it.

Matsing and Kalabaw are neck and neck in the battle for second place. Both sides had several near misses, but eventually Jeff Kent managed to pull off the victory.

Quick Aside: The editing on Kent’s final hit was amazing. There was slow-motion footage of the ball knocking the pot over but it didn’t break. Then, when the ball swung back it smashed the pot. No lie, we loudly cheered in my living room. “Survivor” is the best show ever.

And true to form, Russell has another fit after the loss. The frustrated returnee walked over and smashed the remaining pot. He then started talking to God. He even slipped up and called Jeff, “Lord.” Oh c’mon, if Jeff was the Lord, “Survivor: Nicaragua” would’ve never happened.

And, as we’ve discussed before, God doesn’t care who wins “Survivor.” But if he does, he clearly isn’t a Matsing fan.

Also, Tandang and Kalabaw were greatly amused by the blow-up. This isn’t Russell’s day.

Back at camp, Malcolm seems a little torn between keeping Russell’s strength or Denise’s loyalty. I don’t believe him. No way he votes against Denise.

Denise is worried that Russell has the idol, so she and Malcolm decide to make Russell feel like he’s safe. Oddly enough, he seems to buy it.

That night at Tribal Council, Jeff Probst punches Matsing’s loyalty card. Two more visits and they get a free ice cream.

Russell thinks it’s OK to expect excellence from himself. He doesn’t say if it’s OK to freak out when you don’t get it.

Malcolm owns up to failing on the demolition ball portion of the challenge.

Denise thinks she should stay because she’s a physical player and has a strong social game.

Malcolm thinks he should stay because they can’t wait for a twist, they need to win a challenge.

Russell thinks he should stay because he’s no slouch in challenges and that he has a strong social game. Surely, the others saw Kalabaw and Tandang laughing at him, right?

Russell and Malcolm both think that Denise can’t be beat at the final Tribal. They might be right.

Voting Time: Russell votes for Malcolm, Malcolm votes for Russell, and the rest…well, there’s only like one other vote, and we don’t get to see it.

Jeff tallies three whole votes and returns. We’ve got one vote for Russell, one vote for Malcolm, and the fourth person to be voted out of “Survivor: Philippines” is…Russell.

Verdict: That challenge was awesome. I was literally on the edge of my couch. And frankly, it was fun to see a good, old-fashioned Ulonging.

That being said, a tribe of two is probably too small. Whether Denise and Malcolm are split up or there’s a full tribe reshuffle, it’ll be interesting to see how everything shakes out.

Who’s Going to Win: Could Lisa Whelchel win “Survivor”? As a non-dominant member of the dominant alliance in the show’s strongest tribe, she has to have a serious shot, right? That would totally blow my mind.

Power Rankings Results: Ooo…a tie. Kat’s getting good at this. We both pegged Mr. Swan as this week’s boot, so we both receive 15 points. So, the current score is Team Kat: 41, Team Awesome Thunder 47.

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

‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Three

October 9, 2012

'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Monday Jeff Probst and I will tackle a wide variety of topics with the “Survivor” Question of the Week. Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player.  Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

The Rules: Each week Kat and Gordon will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Artis is voted out this week, Kat will receive 11 points and Gordon will receive 8 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

Last Week: Kat called it. She had Angie in spot sixteen while I had her in spot fifteen. So, the current score is Team Kat: 26, Team Awesome Thunder 32.

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Kat’s Current Score: 26

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Gordon’s Current Score: 32

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 1. Malcolm: During the challenge this week Malcolm showed great potential. His alliance with Denise as a pair is growing stronger by the minute, and I believe if they both stay together they will take it to the end. They were the only two who completed the challenge in a tribe of four which is very impressive.
 1. Penner: An idol and a tentative alliance with the guy who seems to be the most powerful person on your tribe…everything’s coming up Penner. Why am I OK with this less-than-rock-solid alliance? Because both guys are going into it knowing what’s up. Who knows, maybe the fact that they’ll have to reevaluate it occasionally will make it stronger.
 2. Denise: Really enjoying this determined duo. Seems to be the only true pair out of all three tribes as of right now. Hopefully Denise being such a beast at challenges will keep them strong if they can make it to the merge.  2. Abi-Maria: Last week I gave Abi grief for getting a little too crazy before going to her first Tribal Council, but I may have to take that back. Her move to bring Pete in by sharing RC’s secret was smart and using RC’s clue to find the idol for herself was inspired. And by aligning with the less threatening third of her tribe (Artis and Lisa), she may have set herself up perfectly for a big post-merge run.
 3. Michael: Bleeding from the face, Skupin?! I’m really enjoying watching him play. Unfortunately, he did not find the idol, and now it looks like Peter is going to use Abi with the remaining tribe mates to blindside Skupin and RC. I still have faith, because he is one of our veterans and I feel like Peter and Abi together might be a train wreck.  3. Jeff Kent: Jeff Kent seems to be getting along with his entire tribe, he’s making sound strategic moves, and he’s a challenge beast. If all celebrities would play the game the way Kent does, then I;s be all for it. (No offense, Jimmy Johnson.)

  4. Penner: Finding the idol and telling Jeff could have increased or decreased his chances of playing in this game. Ultimately this was the only card he had to play, because like I said in the beginning, you can’t play this game alone especially before the merge. Jeff and Penner can be a strong pair, however, Jeff has a secret that could put Penner in the hot seat as the game continues.
 4. Pete: Well, the big moves train has left the station. Still seems like an early departure to me. That being said, he has Abi in a good place. After betraying RC, she can’t possibly go back to her. And, Lisa doesn’t seem to have any other options than to play Edna Ma to his Coach.

  5. RC: Still one of my favorite girls in the game. She killed it in the swimming challenge. I feel like the more the game pushes against RC and Skupin the better they will align which would be my second favorite pair in the game. Their tribe seems to be doing well, and I’m happy to see her keep her cool during her disaster of an alliance with Abi.
 5. Carter:  Oh, Carter. You are definitely a person who is on this show. A person who wears a red buff and seems to perform well in challenges. You smile when other people say things and…that’s it. I’m out of Carter stuff.
 6. Pete: I don`t believe a Rottweiler and a Chihuahua should ever be on the same team, but hey, if it works for you it makes great TV for me! Abi completely sells out RC to Pete which ultimately gives Pete great leverage in the game. Being a good competitor with options is “Survivor” GOLD.
 6. Lisa: I heard an interesting “Survivor” strategy a while ago; you need one person that you need and one person that needs you. Well, right now Pete needs Abi-Maria and Lisa needs Pete. Color me fascinated to see where this new alliance is headed.
 7. Abi-Maria: Abi is up high this week because she deserves it. Finding the idol is impressive. I hate to admit it, but she is playing the game. Her weakness is not competing in challenges, and she happens to be a loose cannon so I could be biting my tongue sooner rather than later.  Confiding in Pete and having an inside secret alliance within her alliance with RC could be completely brilliant or absolutely stupid.
 7. Dana: Man, Dana really went for it in that challenge. She dove into the water like a champ. That kind of effort had to be noticed.
 8. Jeff Kent: I enjoy watching Jeff strive. He did well in the challenges, and he seems to be the top dog over in Kalabaw. Having options in this game is so powerful and given his new side alliance with Penner just increased his odds from 0 to 10. Not to mention Penner shared the secret of his idol to prove his loyalty. So, Jeff seems to be in a great position right now.  8. Artis: Really, Artis? You’re mad because Skupin broke the mask? That seems random. (Quick Aside: The best part about Skup shattering the mask wasn’t that it was Mike’s 4th consecutive “Survivor” episode with an injury, it’s that he handed the broken mask to RC and she put it on. Hilarious.)
 9. Carter: Carter SPOKE!!! Love those pants! Looks like Kalabaw is completely well aware that Penner has the idol, so they could team together. He did great in the challenge, pretty impressive. He should be safe going into next week.  9. Malcolm: From #1 to #9…that’s quite a drop. But, he’s not down here because he’s doing anything wrong. He’s down here because there’s a very real possibility that Russell could finally find that idol. Sadly, that would make my favorite alliance go poof.
 10. Lisa: Lisa could possibly be the new Christina Cha from “One World”, (aka “The Lamb”). Being a floater, I repeat “FLOATER” is very useful in the game. Also, they make it to the end before they realize how they got there. This “go with the flow” attitude can really make an impact on this game and in “Survivor” you need all the help you can get.  10. Denise: See Malcolm.
  11. Artis: He seems to be upset with Skupin because of miscommunication about diving into the water with the mask on. But come on, in the heat of the moment people do stupid things, like jumping in the water consistently when you’re not supposed to. Anywho, I think he’ll be safe.
 11. Dawson: Gah…I still have no clue what’s going on with the non-Penner, non-Kent members of Kalabaw. All I really have to go on is challenge prowess, and you’ve been sitting out quite a bit.
 12. Dana: Poor Dana, I don’t want you on the bottom, honest! But as of now, Penner has the idol and pairing up with Jeff leaves you, Dawson, Katie, and Carter on the bottom. Hopefully you guys will come together and flush the idol out. She is consistent in challenges though which is great.  12. Katie: See Dawson.
  13. Dawson: Dawson you have the secret, USE IT! If necessary she has a backup plan that can throw Penner and Jeff’s ideal duo in the dumps!  13. Michael: Last week I introduced the Michael Skupin Injury Tracker to keep an accurate record of all of his many injuries. Here’s hoping this week’s entry doesn’t include “Stabbed In the Back.”
 14. Katie: Katie, Katie, Katie, you’re such a beautiful girl and I’m really hoping for the best for you in this game! If Penner uses his idol I believe you could be the first to go.  14. RC: Wait, what does “RC” stand for? Robbed Clue? My favorite hoop roller has definitely backed the wrong horse. Let this be a lesson to all future first-day alliance makers.
 15. Russell: Russell, it’s been fun while it lasted but I think this will be the end of your “Survivor: Philippines” experience. You are a stronger competitor than Angie, that is for sure. But, if Matsing fails to pull out the win, I don’t believe your tribe will come together to save you once again. This really is a shame, but unless you find the remaining idol in your camp this might be the end!  15. Russell: C’mon, Russell! Ever since Samoa all you’ve been asking yourself is “What if?” What if I didn’t pass out? What if I could’ve stopped Russell Hantz’s reign of terror? You need to turn that camp upside-down and find that idol.

Watch ‘Survivor: Philippines’ every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

‘Survivor: Philippines’ Castaway Angie: ‘Roxy Was Just Obnoxious’

October 4, 2012

Angie Layton (CBS)

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The pantheon of “Survivor” villains boasts names like Russell Hantz, Jonny “Fairplay” Dalton, and Randy Bailey. After voting off the lovely Angie Layton, the men of America might want to add Malcolm Freberg to that list.

I spoke with the latest victim of the Matsing curse the morning after her elimination to get her thoughts on last night’s vote, Jeff Probst’s Tribal Council scolding, and her favorite dessert…

Gordon Holmes: Alright, is Matsing beach cursed?
Angie Layton: Yes. (Laughs)
Holmes: Did you guys build your shelter over an ancient burial ground?
Layton: I don’t know. I think we just had bad luck from the beginning. Maybe blue is just a bad color.

Holmes: Did you know before Tribal that you were going home?
Layton: No. But, I knew there was a 50/50 chance it could be me or Russell.
Holmes: What did Denise and Malcolm tell you before you headed to Tribal?
Layton: They told me Russell was terrible in the challenge and I said my spiel about how I wanted them to go in the challenge so we were as fast as we could be. And Malcolm told me that Russell was pathetic in the challenge and he’d let me know if they were going to vote for me. But, he never let me know before we went to Tribal Council.

Holmes: How accurate was the editing’s portrayal of the challenge last night, because it looked really bad. Every time they cut back you guys were having trouble.
Layton: The water challenge wasn’t that bad, it was just that I couldn’t figure out how to pull that thing up. And for me, it shook me up. I took so long. When you feel like you’re rushed it makes you feel nervous.

Holmes: When I spoke to the contestants before the game, it seemed like a lot of people had already formed opinions about you.
Layton: Yeah, I read them all. They were funny.
Holmes: What do you think the misconceptions about you are?
Layton: That I’m a bleach-blonde bimbo. Unintelligent, dumb, you know…the typical stuff. Pageant girl, whatever.
Holmes: Now watching the show, I didn’t hear you complain about the weather. You seemed to be doing as well out there as anyone. Do you think you proved people wrong?
Layton: Yeah, I think I proved everybody wrong in the first episode. I was playing the game. My head was in the game. I was mentally there. I tried to play the game physically even though I have some disadvantages. But, I gave it my all. And I was really there to win, and some people just go out there and lay low. I didn’t lay low. In that small of a tribe you have to play the game.

Holmes: I spoke with Roxanne last week, and she still seemed annoyed with how you performed in the sled challenge. I had trouble with this because you ran two legs and she ran one…
Layton: The fact was Russell said, “Do you want to go twice?” I was like, “Not really.” And she said, “I haven’t been drinking water, so I can’t.” And they didn’t show this, but I said, “Well, I’ll go.” I stepped up to the plate and went twice. She’s eight years older than me and in the military. I model and I do pageants. I stepped up to the plate and I gave it my all. That’s why I collapsed at the end because I gave it my all.
Holmes: Roxanne also still thinks that there is something between you and Malcolm. Was that the case or are you two just BFFs.
Layton: I think there was something going on with her. I think she’s a little jealous. When you’re on “Survivor” you cuddle because you’re cold. Now obviously, he’s cute, I’m cute…whatever. But there’s nothing wrong with that.
Holmes: Nobody here is debating that you and Malcolm are cute. But are you implying that Roxanne wanted to be cuddling with Malcolm?
Layton: (Laughs) Yeah. Maybe she wanted to get in the middle. But, she was not a happy camper.
Holmes: Literally.

Holmes: What reactions have you been receiving from fans?
Layton: I’ve gotten so many good reactions. I’ve been traveling a lot, and I travel with no makeup and my hair in a bun, and people stop me and say, “Are you Angie from ‘Survivor’? We’re big fans.” It’s been really positive. And I wasn’t sure because of the pre-game stuff I wasn’t getting a lot of positive feedback. But it’s been really awesome.

Holmes: Let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Malcolm.
Layton: Strong.
Holmes: Zane?
Layton: Hilarious.
Holmes: Denise?
Layton: Intelligent.
Holmes: Russell?
Layton: Big and tall.
Holmes: Cookies?
Layton: I love them!
Holmes: And let’s finish with Roxanne.
Layton: Jealous.

Holmes: You and I have at least two things in common. One, I travel with my hair in a bun and no makeup.
Layton: Awesome. (Laughs)
Holmes: And two, we both think cookies are the bomb. Since you made your Tribal comment, have you received any cookies from friends or fans?
Layton: I have had so many people tell me they want to ship me cookies. They’re very generous.
Holmes: And your favorite cookie is…?
Layton: Oatmeal chocolate chip.
Holmes: Oatmeal?
Layton: It’s so good.
Holmes: Everyone’s welcome to their opinion, but you’re wrong.
Layton: No, oatmeal!
Holmes: Agree to disagree. Now, during the cookie incident, Jeff seemed to get a bit frustrated with you when he gave his “Wake up” speech.
Layton: Oh, he loves it. I knew that I was safe. I literally didn’t want to be there. And the fact that everyone was so serious and Roxy was just obnoxious. Everyone was freaking out and the tension was just so much. I did it as a joke; I wanted to lighten the mood. And I don’t think “cookies” is a worse answer than “do less work around camp.” I think that’s worse. And who wouldn’t want cookies?
Holmes: I believe that cookies make every situation better.
Layton: They do.
Holmes: It’s rare you see Probst at a loss for words.
Layton: Oh, it threw him off completely. I think it made him a little upset and he wanted to get more out of me. He clapped at me. But I wasn’t going to lose my composure at all.

Holmes: I liked your final confessional last night because it seemed like you learned something during your time out there. Has being in the game changed you?
Layton: Yeah. The experience was great for me. I learned so much about myself. I’m so appreciative of my life, the little things and how blessed I am. It was the best thing for me.

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‘Survivor’ Recap – Now Featuring the Michael Skupin Injury Tracker!

October 3, 2012

Michael Skupin (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Monday Jeff Probst and I will tackle a wide variety of topics with the “Survivor” Question of the Week. Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player.  Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

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Last Week: Penner was better at finding idols than the Kalabaw rookies, if RC and Abi-Maria were Han Solo, then Skup and Pete would be their wookiees, Angie’s plan for improving Matsing involved some Tribal Council cookies, and anyone who picked Roxanne to win owes some money to their bookies.

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

The Kalabaw Tribe (wearing red)
Carter – Track Coach, 24
Dana – Cosmetologist, 32
Dawson – Insurance Sales, 28
Katie – Student, 22
Jeff Kent – Former MLB Player, 44
Penner – Writer, 50

The Matsing Tribe (wearing blue)
Angie – Student, 20
Denise – Sex Therapist, 41
Malcolm – Bartender, 25
Russell – Environmental Attorney, 45

The Tandang Tribe (wearing yellow)
Abi-Maria – Business Student, 32
Artis – Computer Engineer, 53
Michael – Professional Speaker, Author, and Coach, 50
Lisa – Former ‘Facts of Life’ Star, 49
Pete – Engineering Graduate, 24
RC – Investment Banker, 27

The show starts off with Matsing after Tribal Council…wait, didn’t I see this episode before?

Anywho, Angie is annoyed that Roxanne threw her and Malcolm under the bus. But, she’s fine with it because the rest of Matsing knows that her and Malcolm are just BFFs and not totally going steady.

CUT TO: Russell doesn’t think they’re just friends.

The next morning at Tandang, RC wants to hunt for the idol while Abi-Maria wants to rest her injured knee. Also, in the understatement of the year, Abi lets us know that she trusts herself more than anyone else there. That’s good, it gets ugly when you can’t trust yourself.

The two eventually get into a weird fight where Abi won’t let RC talk. Gah…you two are winning! Settle down.

Then, Abi lets Pete know about the idol clue. Pete (complete with his knee-high argyle socks) decides that he isn’t going to trust RC because she didn’t share the clue with him.

Pete takes Lisa aside and tells her that she’s the tribe’s main target. However, he wants to keep her around. He asks if she’d be willing to get rid of Mike. Seeing that as a better alternative to going home herself, she agrees.

Lisa then lets us know that she’s had her up days and her down days in the game so far. So, you take the good, you take the bad…

At Kalabaw, Penner is telling a charming story about his posterior. While he’s doing that, Jeff Kent realizes that the logo is missing from the top of the rice box. (Called it.) Kent puts two and two together and figures out that not only was that the idol, but Penner probably now has it.

Quick Aside: I’m loving Jeff Kent. He’s good in challenges and very savvy with his tribe. That, and it seems like he’s having the time of his life.

Carter thinks the smartest move if they lose immunity is if they act like they don’t know that Penner has it. Hmm… Then wouldn’t he be more inclined to play it? Wouldn’t it be better to let him know you think he has it, in the hopes that he doesn’t play it?

At Matsing we learn that the tribe’s raft has drifted off. Of course, I’m wondering how useful that raft is considering the other tribes have turned their rafts into parts of their shelters.

Later, Malcolm makes it clear that Denise is his true alliance. If they lose immunity again they’ll have to choose between Angie and Russell. Denise is leaning toward keeping Russell because they need the challenge strength.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will dive from a platform into the ocean and release puzzle wheels from a line. Once they have all eight puzzle wheels, they’ll use them to create a word. First tribe to do so wins immunity and a fishing kit, second tribe wins immunity and a smaller fishing kit. Losers have a date with Probst at Tribal Council and no tiny fishing kit.

Abi and Lisa will sit for Tandang, Dawson and Katie will sit for Kalabaw.

We kick things off and Angie immediately has trouble releasing a wheel. Uh-oh…

Then, Skupin shatters his tribe’s scuba mask on his face! As you can see from the pic up top, he’s all kinds of bloody. I hate to see the dude hurt, but it’s a good chance to debut this…

Back in the challenge, Russell has trouble getting back on the platform. As in, he can’t climb a teeny ladder. It might be time to check to see if Matsing beach is cursed.

Dana and Denise are doing a fantastic job. RC swims so well she gets three pieces in a row.

Angie tells Denise that she doesn’t want to go back into the water. That didn’t work out well for Roxanne last week.

Russell goes out, but can’t dive deep enough to get a wheel. He returns empty-handed and still can’t get back up on the platform. Yow…

Kalabaw starts their puzzle first, Tandang is slightly behind them. Matsing finally catches up.

Kalabaw solves the puzzle first, then Tandang. Oof…poor Matsing. At least Russell didn’t freak out, that’s a step in the right direction.

After the challenge, Penner approaches Kent and tells him about the idol in an attempt to win his trust. Kent does a decent job trying to play along, but he talks about working together “for a while.” That would set off bells for me.

Also, Kent shakes on it using four fingers, which is apparently not as good as a manly five-finger handshake. What happens if you shake with four fingers and have your other fingers crossed? Do they cancel each other out?

At Tandang, Artis finally gets a chance to talk, and he is not pleased with Michael for breaking the mask. I’m not sure how that was Michael’s fault. Is that a diver thing? Anyone?

Later, when RC and Michael are looking for clams, Abi finds the Tandang immunity idol. She shares it with Pete and they bury it in the woods. Wow, has any tribe ever had this much drama and backstabbing without having ever been to Tribal Council?

Meanwhile at Matsing, Denise and Malcolm are down in the dumps about how terrible their tribe is. Well, they have a point. Angie approaches them and wants to let it be known that she never said she couldn’t participate in the challenge. She just didn’t want to because she didn’t think she was fast enough. She has a point too.

We meet up with Russell later as he’s praying…instead of looking for the immunity idol.

That night at Tribal Council, Jeff tries to turn their smiles upside down by pointing out that three of them will remain in the game. Jeff’s a glass-is-half-full kind of a host.

Denise is bummed to be away from her family. Malcolm admits that being on “Survivor” is his dream and it’s been heartbreaking so far.

Malcolm calls out Angie and Russell for performing poorly in the challenge, but admits that he and Denise should have stepped up.

Angie is worried that she could be going home tonight. But, she doesn’t think it’s fair to vote her out because Russell gave up.

Russell disagrees, saying he made a strategic decision and that Angie can’t hold a candle to him. She could if that candle was on a platform that had a teeny ladder.

Angie thinks she’s willing to fight more than Russell, but he reminds her that he almost died for the game. Touche.

From there, Angie does a solid Sugar impersonation by breaking into tears.

Voting Time: Russell votes for Angie (duh), Angie votes for Russell (equally duh), and the rest remain a secret.

J-Pro is all like, “Tally the votes? Don’t mind if I do.”

We’ve got one vote for Angie, one vote for Russell, one vote for Angie, and the third person to be voted out of “Survivor: Philippines” is…Angie.

Oh man…Malcolm’s a cookie monster.

Verdict: I’ve got to admit, they swerved me on that one. I thought they’d stick with Angie as an easy vote.

I’m still liking this season. And I’m glad we’re seeing strategy from Kalabaw and Tandang even though they haven’t lost immunity. But, here’s hoping red or yellow buffs make their Tribal debut next week.

Who’s Going to Win: What happens if Matsing loses again? Are Denise and Malcolm split between the other tribes? They’d both be goners. C’mon Matsing, get your act together.

Power Rankings Results: “Survivor: One World” fave Kat Edorsson called it. She had Angie in spot sixteen while I had her in spot fifteen. So, the current score is Team Kat: 26, Team Awesome Thunder 32.

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

‘Survivor: Philippines’ Castaway Roxanne: Angie Is ‘Bubble-Minded’

September 27, 2012

Roxanne 'Roxy' Morris and Jeff Probst (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Tuesday, I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player. Also, starting October 1st, we’re bringing back the “Survivor” Question of the Week where Jeff Probst and I tackle a wide variety of “Survivor” topics. Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

Getting romantically involved has been a no-no on “Survivor” ever since “Boston” Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich teamed up to dominate the “All-Stars” season. For them, it resulted in a million bucks, a marriage, and some cute kids. For every couple since then? Not so much. Just ask “Survivor: South Pacific’s” Elyse Umemoto.

Roxanne Morris got that part of the strategy right when she called out Malcolm Freberg and Angie Layton for their late-night canoodling. However, she missed the part where you shouldn’t go after the guy who has a secret alliance with the swing vote.

I spoke with Roxanne the morning after her elimination to get her take on Matsing’s tribe dynamics, Russell’s loyalty, and cookiegate…

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Gordon Holmes: Alright, what’s going on with Malcolm and Angie?
Roxanne Morris: I think it was obvious. They were cuddling, and I get that that’s the game and that people become allies. But, there’s a difference between people who are partnering for the sake of the game and people who are building a romantic relationship. That’s going to put a pair of blinders on and I wanted to make sure that my tribe was making the best strategic move.
Holmes: So, it wasn’t just late-night cuddling for warmth, you think there was something romantic going on?
Morris: I think that it was something romantic going on, and in the game of “Survivor” a romantic relationship naturally becomes an alliance.

Holmes: Heading into Tribal last night, did you know that your number was up?
Morris: I knew I had Russell convinced because I could foreshadow to him exactly what was going to happen to him if he decided not to support me. I told him exactly how it would go and that fear was already there. But, I knew if Denise was not on our side that Russell’s best move was to vote against me.  I was fully aware of that. I was not going into that being naïve. I was prepared that I was going home if Denise wasn’t on my side. The tribe’s destiny was in her hands.

Holmes: It seems like the weather is starting to get to everyone, but it’s hard to tell exactly what it’s like with the editing.
Morris: The first day we got there it was sunshine, but it got so rainy. At one point it was three straight days of rain. I think Russell said it best, where after a while you don’t even want to hear the sound of a raindrop. It’s like we were facing some kind of water plague.
Holmes: Malcolm said that it seemed like you’d checked out and that you weren’t doing much around camp. Was that a fair assessment?
Morris: I don’t think that’s a fair assessment. You get to a fork in the road where you have choices to make. And when you watch your tribe lose the first challenge, you have to decide what’s most important. And when you’re not eating regular meals you decide to say, “Hmm…what should I be saving my energy for?” Obviously it should be for a challenge. I’m not going to be like Angie falling on the floor.
Holmes: Russell made the argument that you were conserving energy for challenges, then you ran only one of the three sled legs because you hadn’t had enough water. As an outside observer, I think he has a point. You conserved your energy then did less than Angie.
Morris: I think that whenever you’re going down on a sinking ship everyone is looking to point fingers and put the blame on somebody. And that, to me, was a clear case of that. Everybody’s trying to point to someone else. And honestly, Russell, I’m not the person you need to be saying anything about. So, he can give me that criticism if he likes, but at the end of the day, me being there was a strength to him.

Holmes: Before the show you said that God already knows how the game is going to end. What do you think you were supposed to learn from your time out there?
Morris: I learned that as a Christian I’m not afraid to share my testimony, tell my story, and show who I really am. You saw me go through all kinds of emotions on national TV. You saw me praying in ways that I only pray when I’m absolutely alone. You saw me cry. You saw me tell people how it is. You saw me be human. And being a Christian is not about perfection. If the expectation is perfection, then I’m not one to follow. But if you’re looking for raw, real people who are working on their salvation on a daily basis, then come and talk to me.

Holmes: Let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Malcolm.
Morris: Headless chicken.
Holmes: Zane?
Morris: Joy.
Holmes: Russell?
Morris: Another headless chicken. He goes in that category too. (Laughs)
Holmes: Denise?
Morris: Sneak, sneaky, snake-ish. And when I use the word “snake” I don’t mean it in an ill-mannered way. I think there’s wisdom that goes with that. A worldly wisdom.
Holmes: Angie?
Morris: Bubble-minded. Literally, I feel like I could just look in her brain and there’d be nice, well-scented bubbles just floating around.

Holmes: Everybody’s talking about Angie’s cookie-centric plan to make the tribe better. I know you and her had your differences, but you have to admit cookies make everything better.
Morris: Yeah. Winning a challenge and gaining some cookies would definitely be awesome. Absolutely, but I honestly don’t think it was given in a very intelligent way. I think it was more like, “Oh wow, I have nothing else to say and I’m very hungry.”

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

‘Survivor’ Recap: Lisa and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad, No Good Day

September 26, 2012

Lisa Whelchel (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Tuesday, I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player. Also, starting October 1st, we’re bringing back the “Survivor” Question of the Week where Jeff Probst and I tackle a wide variety of “Survivor” topics. Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

Last Week: Russell said he was going to avoid a leadership role and didn’t, Lisa Whelchel and Jeff Kent tried to keep their professional lives under wraps and didn’t, and Zane asked his tribe to send him home and they did.

Quick Note: Calling Jeff Kent “Jeff” on a show that has focused on one main Jeff for 30 years is throwing off my flavor. From now on, I’ll use some variation of “Jeff Kent,” “Kent,” or “Captain Motocross.”

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39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

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

The Kalabaw Tribe (wearing red)
Carter – Track Coach, 24
Dana – Cosmetologist, 32
Dawson – Insurance Sales, 28
Katie – Student, 22
Jeff Kent – Former MLB Player, 44
Penner – Writer, 50

The Matsing Tribe (wearing blue)
Angie – Student, 20
Denise – Sex Therapist, 41
Malcolm – Bartender, 25
Roxanne – Seminary Student, 28
Russell – Environmental Attorney, 45

The Tandang Tribe (wearing yellow)
Abi-Maria – Business Student, 32
Artis – Computer Engineer, 53
Michael – Professional Speaker, Author, and Coach, 50
Lisa – Former ‘Facts of Life’ Star, 49
Pete – Engineering Graduate, 24
RC – Investment Banker, 27

Tonight’s shindig gets started off over at Casa de Matsing where Russell is thanking his tribe mates for not voting him out. Russell decides that he’s going to let someone else lead so he won’t be on the chopping block anymore. Funny, I’ve heard Russell make that plan before…

Later that evening, Malcolm and Angie get their cuddle on. If “Survivor” Hall of Famer “Boston” Rob Mariano is to be believed, that’s a sure way to tell when someone’s in an alliance.

Roxy calls this cuddling a “Booby Trap.” A joke from Roxy! Well done.

The next morning, RC stumbles over the hidden immunity clue. She immediately shares it with Abi-Maria even though she isn’t sure she can trust her. Abi-Maria proves that she probably can’t be trusted by letting RC know that she isn’t psyched about how close she is to Mike. A little too early for the paranoia there, Abi-Maria.

Over at Kalabaw, Jeff Kent is doing his best to make sure he doesn’t strain his injured knee. He proposes a leisurely game of island checkers so he can sit back and relax. This displeases Penner because he wants everyone to clear out so he can look for the idol.

When everyone eventually runs off to the cave to get out of the rain, Penner goes to town searching for it. He finally figures out that the Kalabaw logo on the top of the rice container is the idol. Unfortunately, that logo is hard to miss, others will probably notice that it’s gone…

Back at Matsing, Malcolm and Angie are still twisted up like a pretzel. Roxanne decides that one of them has to go. She approaches Denise and Russell with her concerns.

Russell proves that he’s a master at the art of stating the obvious by letting us know that Angie has “some boob thing going on.” Well, he’s not wrong.

At Tandang Nation, Lisa’s having trouble bonding with everyone. When she goes off to spend time by herself, the others assume she’s looking for the immunity idol.

However, we learn that she’s just really upset that she isn’t meshing well with her tribe mates. In a sad bit, that makes a ton of sense in light of the recent revelation that she got a divorce shortly before traveling to the Philippines, she has a bit of breakdown. She tells us how she’s always had to take care of herself and isn’t comfortable opening up to others. C’mon, Blair! Pull yourself together! Buddy up with Skupin! Make this work!

The rain continues over at Matsing. Russell’s on fire duty, Denise and Malcolm are working on the shelter…and Roxanne has mentally checked out. That’s weird from someone who was pushing hardcore strategy earlier.

Immunity Challenge Time: Two members from each tribe will run across the course while pulling a large sled. They’ll load up their sled with Tetris-shaped puzzle pieces and return. Then another pair will go out. When they’ve received three sets of puzzle pieces, one pair will work to complete the three puzzles. One member of the tribe will stand on a tower and shout out instructions. The first tribe to complete their puzzles wins immunity, blankets, and a tarp. The second tribe will receive immunity and a tarp. The third tribe…we’ll let’s just say it’s not going to work out well for the third tribe.

Abi-Maria will sit out for Tandang, Dawson will sit out for Kalabaw.

They show the pre-game strategizing and neither Roxanne or Angie want to pull the sled twice. Also, I love that they’re showing pre-game strategizing.

Carter and Kent, Russell and Angie, and Pete and Skup are the first sled pullers. Tandang and Kalabaw get their sets back first while Matsing is having trouble maneuvering the sled.

Artis and RC and Katie and Penner go next. Roxanne and Malcolm are behind them but manage to make up some time.

In the last trip out, Kent and Carter build a lead with Skup and Pete behind them. Russell and Angie are still having problems with their sled.

We finally get all of the pieces back and RC and Pete, Malcolm and Russell, and Penner and Kent are our puzzle teams. Dana, Denise, and Lisa are our tower callers.

Tandang gets their first two sections done quickly. Matsing is just behind them. Kalabaw is having troubles. Probst blames it on them not listening to Dana’s advice.

Finally, everyone’s working on the final puzzle. Tandang completes theirs first to win immunity. Kalabaw and Matsing are neck and neck, with Kalabaw managing to pull off the win.

Russell’s ticked. He chucks one of the puzzle pieces. Probably cause it’s the second time he’s lost a tarp on this show.

Once they get back to camp, Russell apologizes for blowing up again. That’s his second apology this episode. Angie proves she’s a glass-is-half-full kind of girl by saying at least they were close.

Politicking at Matsing centers around Roxanne trying to get rid of Angie. She accuses Angie of being the weakest link…which is weird because Angie pulled the sled twice and Roxanne didn’t.

Denise sums everything up as Angie and Malcolm on one side, Russell and Roxanne on the other and her in the middle. She hopes Malcolm isn’t blinded by the headlights, which might become one of my favorite “Survivor” lines ever.

This also marks the third person who has made reference to Angie’s…assets. It’s a hat rack trick!

That night at Tribal Council, Roxanne says the one thing she’d change about the tribe is that they spend too much energy working around camp.

Denise disagrees, she thinks they need to have fire, water, and shelter to be strong at challenges.

Angie says if she could change one thing about the tribe, it would be that they could have cookies. Probst has no response but to stare. Am I the only one who’s starting to like Angie?

Malcolm tries to play it off, saying they’re all hungry. Probst doesn’t buy it. Malcolm agrees that Angie didn’t give a phenomenal answer.

Next, Roxanne says something about Angie and Malcolm sitting in a tree. Oooo…

Malcolm says that Angie is like a sister to him. Roxanne finds that statement creepy. I’m saddened by the fact that Roxanne didn’t use Christy’s “creepy” sign language from “Survivor: The Amazon.”

Probst literally tells Angie to “wake up” and realize that being in a relationship puts a big target on their backs. It’s like he’s teaching “Survivor 101” and this is a lecture from the Ozzy Lusth/”Boston” Rob chapter.

Voting Time: Roxanne votes for Angie, Angie votes for Roxanne, and the rest of the votes gots some waitin’ to do.

J-Pro takes the votes, reads them, places them in a specific order, has a drink of water, and returns. We’ve got one vote for Roxanne, one vote for Angie, one vote for Roxanne, and the second person to be voted out of “Survivor: Philippines” is…Roxanne.

Verdict: I’ve got to tell you, the hardest part about going out to “Survivor: Philippines” was coming home and having to watch “Survivor: One World.” I was dying to see this cast play the game and they haven’t disappointed so far.

However, I would like to see Kalabaw and Tandang worry about Tribal for a change.

Who’s Going to Win: Boy, it’s tough to stick to my Malcolm prediction. If Matsing keeps losing, there’s bound to be a tribe swap or something and that rarely turns out well for strong people from the smaller tribe.

Power Rankings Results: “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorrson had Roxanne in spot ten, while I nailed it, placing her in spot seventeen. So, the current score is Team Kat: 10, Team Awesome Thunder 17.

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


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