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‘Survivor: Redemption Island’ Power Rankings: Round 12

May 9, 2011

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Nicaragua” finalist Matthew “Sash” Lenahan and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” loudmouth Gordon Holmes 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 Ashley is voted out this week, Sash will receive 5 points and Gordon will receive 4 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at “Redemption Island.” If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point for each player. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Redemption Island” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Sash and I both had Matt and Mike as our Redemption Island picks. So, we both earned two points. Sash and I both had Andrea in spot six. So, we both earned six points. The current score is now Team Sash 137 to Team Gordon 124.

Note: I won’t be doing a recap for this Wednesday’s episode. However, be sure to check back late Sunday night/Monday morning for my recap of the “Survivor: Redemption Island” finale.

TEAM SASH

Current Score: 137

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TEAM GORDON

Current Score: 124

bostonrob . natalie
#1 Boston Rob – Quite possibly the most dominating performance in “Survivor” history…as long as Matt doesn’t come back into the game. . #1 Natalie – Still the safest person in Nicaragua. Time will tell if she’ll take the mantle of “Natalie Who Slipped Under the Radar and Won the Million.”
natalie . phillip
#2 Natalie – Not a single move, not a single mistake…well played Natalie. . #2 Phillip – If Rob has kept you around for this long, he’s going to take you to the end. Dying to hear this amazing argument you’re going to bust out at Final Tribal.
grant . bostonrob
#3 Grant – Like many contestants this season, Grant has all the makings of an incredible player, but like most contestants this season he fell short of making any strategic moves. . #3 Boston Rob Time for me to eat my words. I thought there was no way Rob or Russell would be allowed to compete. But Rob has dominated. Could he still be blindsided? Maybe…but doubtful.
phillip . ashley
#4 Phillip – Like his Cherokee warrior ancestors, Phillip’s perseverance may actually make history. . #4 Ashley – You wouldn’t be a bad choice to take the end. I think people like Natalie more than they like you. But, Rob likes Natalie more than he likes you.
ashley . grant
#5 Ashley – Breaking up any duo is “Survivor” strategy 101.  Ashley deserves to be let go if she didn’t take notice when Andrea was blindsided during the last Tribal Council. . #5 Grant – Rob has to be worried that Grant could make an immunity run. That, and he could make the argument that he wants Grant to go to Redemption to eliminate Matt and Mike.
mike

matt

andrea

. matt

mike

andrea

Redemption Island Winners – Ralph’s survival skills may work wonders when spending the weekend camping, but when it comes to the game of “Survivor” his strategy is still as incoherent as his words. . Redemption Island Winners – No offense intended to Ralph here, but, I’d be dumb to bet against Mike and Matt, and Andrea has shown a ton of fire.

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

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‘Survivor: Redemption Island’ Power Rankings: Round 11

May 4, 2011

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Nicaragua” finalist Matthew “Sash” Lenahan and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” loudmouth Gordon Holmes 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 Ashley is voted out this week, Sash will receive 4 points and Gordon will receive 5 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at “Redemption Island.” If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point for each player. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Redemption Island” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Sash and Gordon both had Matt and Mike as their Redemption Island picks. So, they both earn two points. Sash had Steve eighth and Ralph seventh. Gordon had Ralph eighth and Steve seventh. So, both earn fifteen points. The current score is now Team Sash 129 to Team Gordon 116.

Wanna Play? “Survivor” fans have been posting their own Power Rankings on Twitter. Tag Gordon (@gordonholmes) in your own Twitter Power Rankings, or post your picks in the comment section of this post. If you do better than Gordon does, (which is highly likely) he’ll give you credit in his weekly recap.

TEAM SASH

Current Score: 129

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TEAM GORDON

Current Score: 116

bostonrob . natalie
#1 Boston Rob – Rob still has an idol, still has control of the tribe, and still can pretend he’s Phillip’s best friend…that’s impressive! . #1 Natalie – There’s a good reason to vote every member of the tribe out…except for Natalie.
natalie . phillip
#2 Natalie – Natalie is a prime example that in “Survivor” you don’t have to be the best at survival skills, you just have to be the best at being loyal. . #2 Phillip – They’re hinting that Phillip may be pretending to be crazy. Possible? Yes. Probable? No. Crazy nearly got him voted out in the first episode.
phillip . bostonrob
#3 Phillip – Phillip’s antics are outrageous and perfectly designed to make it to the end…but is he outwitting the tribe or himself? . #3 Boston Rob Rob’s strategy has worked perfectly up until this point. If he can finish strong this’ll have to go down as the most dominant performance since Tom Westman in Palau.
ashley . grant
#4 Ashley – Ashley’s abrasive tone has impeded her ability to make any strong alliances, and with the game nearing the finish line, she needs a strong ally. . #4 Grant – Rob Cesternino made an excellent point on his podcast that it’s much easier to make a big move at five than at six. The big move is coming to get rid of you, Grant. And it’s coming next week at five.
grant . ashley
#5 Grant – If Grant can oust Boston Rob, he can win this game.  Unfortunately for him, that’s easier said than done. . #5 Ashley – Ashley isn’t interested in making any moves. In fact, the only move she’ll make this week is to pray that Andrea doesn’t win immunity.
andrea . andrea
#6 Andrea – Andrea has the whole package to make it far, but she has already shown her hand and will be immediately on the chopping block because of her obvious strengths over the other women. . #6 Andrea – I think your number is up, Andrea. Which is a shame because I never felt like you had a good opportunity to make a move.
matt

mike

. matt

mike

Redemption Island Winners – Knowing they are fighting for a chance to spend time with their loved ones, Matt and Mike will continue to dominate on Redemption Island. . Redemption Island WinnersHow many people are left on Redemption Island? Fourteen? I guess I’ll go with these two guys again, they’ve been lucky for me.

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

‘Survivor: Redemption Island’ Power Rankings: Round 10

April 26, 2011

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Nicaragua” finalist Matthew “Sash” Lenahan and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” loudmouth Gordon Holmes 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 Andrea is voted out this week, Sash will receive 6 points and Gordon will receive 2 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at “Redemption Island.” If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point for each player. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Redemption Island” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Sash had Matt as his Redemption Island pick, Gordon had David. So, Sash earns a point. Sash had Julie in spot seven, Gordon had her in spot five. The current score is now Team Sash 112 to Team Gordon 99.

Wanna Play? “Survivor” fans have been posting their own Power Rankings on Twitter. Tag Gordon (@gordonholmes) in your own Twitter Power Rankings, or post your picks in the comment section of this post. If you do better than Gordon does, (which is highly likely) he’ll give you credit in his weekly recap.

TEAM SASH

Current Score: 112

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TEAM GORDON

Current Score: 99

bostonrob . natalie
#1 Boston Rob – Hook, line, and sinker…could this game be any easier for Boston Rob?  If he can get rid of Grant and Andrea while avoiding comeback kid Matt, he will have his redemption. . #1 Natalie – Natalie’s probably going to get a lot of grief for riding Rob’s coattails, but what else should she do? Make a bold move that could cost her a guaranteed Final Three in order to maybe sway some jury votes? Jury votes that are already annoyed with Boston Rob?
natalie . andrea
#2 Natalie – Riding coattails is what Natalie does best.  Could this be the easiest ascent to Final Tribal Council in “Survivor” history? . #2 Andrea – The previews make it seem like you’re in trouble. This leads me to believe you are safe. Also, Rob doesn’t want to target Ometepe until he has to. Otherwise, he’ll have a tough time with the jury.
phillip . ashley
#3 Phillip – Phillip is playing this game almost as hard as Boston Rob is.  We’ve seen him go from crazy to ridiculous…a perfect strategy for making a run for Final Tribal Council. . #3 Purple Ashley Something about Nicaragua must make it easy for blonds to blend into the background.
ashley . grant
#4 Ashley – If “Survivor” was a scored game, Ashley would have zero points.  How can someone coast so easily to the end?  Two words; Boston Rob. . #4 Grant – You’re still safe, Grant. But if you don’t make a move soon you’re going to join Lex and Big Tom on Boston Rob’s list of buddies he’s stabbed in the back.
grant . bostonrob
#5 Grant – Grant’s best shot at the end is blindsiding Boston Rob.  Hopefully he isn’t completely brainwashed yet as light at the end of the tunnel begins to appear. . #5 Boston Rob – If the Ometepians ever decide to make a move Rob is done for. But right now that seems like a very big “if.”
andrea . phillip
#6 Andrea – What’s going to happen when all the remaining Zapatera have been voted out?  Andrea needs to quickly decide on her end game; otherwise, she won’t have any hope of making a run for the million dollars. . #6 Phillip – I agree that Phillip is the perfect choice for Boston Rob to take to the end, but I think he might earn some goodwill from the jury if he sends him home. Will Rob go this route? I doubt it.
ralph . steve
#7 Ralph – Ralph definitely has a way with words (when we can understand them), but hasn’t been able to charm the Ometepe women in the slightest.  Unless he can go on an immunity run, he’s a goner. . #7 Steve – Why weren’t you voted out last week, Steve? Is it because you irritate Phillip? Could Boston Rob want everyone to hate Phillip as much as possible and that’s why you’re sticking around?
steve . ralph
#8 Steve – Steve’s wish to be sent home to Ponderosa was not granted by Boston Rob and now he must endure a slow, painful death with Phillip outlasting him…ouch! . #8 Ralph – Steve and Ralph are pretty interchangeable at this point. I’m going to go with Ralph here because he’s stronger physically.
matt

mike

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mike

Redemption Island Winners – Julie has no shot at Redemption despite Matt’s sanity cracking at the seams. . Redemption Island WinnersYeah, Matt seems to be having a rough time with his return trip to Redemptionville. But, has Julie done a thing this season to make me think she can top either of these guys in a challenge? Nope.

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

‘Survivor: Redemption Island’ Power Rankings: Round 8

April 12, 2011

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Nicaragua” finalist Matthew “Sash” Lenahan and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” loudmouth Gordon Holmes 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 David is voted out this week, Sash will receive 6 points and Gordon will receive 7 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at Redemption Island. If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Redemption Island” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Sash and Gordon both had Matt winning the Redemption Island challenge.  Sash had Matt in spot ten, Gordon had him in spot six. So, Sash jumps up to a big 87 to 76 lead.

Wanna Play? Last week, several “Survivor” fans posted their own Power Rankings on Twitter. Tag Gordon (@gordonholmes) in your own Twitter Power Rankings, or post your picks in the comment section of this post. If you do better than Gordon does, (which is highly likely) he’ll give you credit in his weekly recap.

Before we get into this week’s action, let’s check in with our second-place competitor…

XFINITY TV: Gordon, you scratched and clawed your way up to a respectable 2-2 record by defeating such notables as Benjamin “Coach” Wade and the “Survivor” All-Stars. Is it disheartening to follow that up with this sad showing?
Gordon Holmes:
Not at all. I wanted Sash to be my competition this season because I knew he was capable of giving me a strong battle. I just didn’t know he’d be quite this strong.

XFINITY TV: I’ve noticed you’re now challenging readers to post their picks in the comments section and on Twitter. It seems like most of them are beating you too.
Holmes:
That’s not really a question.
XFINITY TV: Fair enough. Here’s a question, do you actually put thought into your picks or do you just throw darts at a list of names?
Holmes: You’re lucky I don’t have any darts right now.
XFINITY TV: That’s not really an answer.
Holmes: Fair enough.

TEAM SASH

Current Score: 87

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TEAM GORDON

Current Score: 76

natalie . ashley
#1 Natalie – Until recently Natalie has been known as Boston Rob’s girlfriend, but seeing how she won the last individual immunity, we may see her wearing the pants in that relationship sometime soon. . #1 Ashley – Sometimes people see someone like Ashley high in the rankings and they think I think she’s going to win. No, I don’t think she’ll win. But I think she’s probably the safest person in the game right now.
ashley . andrea
#2 Ashley – Ashley is in perfect position now having a great alliance and flying under the radar.  The only problem is she hasn’t made a bold move yet which is the only way to find respect at Final Tribal Council. . #2 Andrea – Last week’s blindside wouldn’t have happened if Boston Rob didn’t trust Andrea. It speaks volumes about her gameplay that she was able to get on his good side.
andrea . natalie
#3 Andrea – Andrea is a strong competitor and won’t leave this game without a fight.  Not having a close ally is her only weakness at the moment.  Who will cozy up with her now that Matt is back on Redemption Island? . #3  Natalie Good job in the challenge last week. Not sure it’s smart to have you pushing to win immunities when you don’t need them, but I appreciate the effort.
julie . julie
#4 Julie – Julie’s only hope is if she puts together an all-girl alliance despite having no interest in the girls.  If she can realize that the beach isn’t like the firehouse she works at back home, she could outlast the rest of the men. . #4 Julie – Vanilla Julie will be the last Zapateran to get the axe. Or the first. I don’t know, is she still on this show?
phillip . phillip
#5 Phillip – Phillip’s only hope is his own cluelessness.  Anything else will mean his ouster. . #5 Phillip – The game certainly has changed since we were all convinced Phillip was the next to go. Can he possibly win a jury? Is Rob hoping to go to the end with him?
david . grant
#6 David – David’s problem prior to the merge was his mouth.  If he can keep quiet, perhaps Boston Rob will focus on the physical threats instead. . #6 Grant – The trailer is making it look like Grant is going to start some business. I think it’s a fake-out. There’s no reason for him to rock the boat at this point.
bostonrob . david
#7 Boston Rob – Boston Rob is the godfather of the island, but what mobster ends his life happily ever after?  Look for him to get the axe instead. . #7 David – I’m torn on David right now. I’m betting he thinks now is the time to jump ship, but if Rob thinks he’s too crafty he may boot him sooner than he normally would have.
grant . bostonrob
#8 Grant – Grant is Boston Rob’s best buddy, but rarely do best friends stay loyal to the end in this game.  With two girls in their alliance who focus on spa days, Grant has to know his life is limited as long as Rob maintains control of the tribe. . #8 Boston Rob – Why is Boston Rob so low? Because he’s obviously the head of his alliance, and if the Bradys are able to swing some kind of deal they’re going to go after him first.
ralph . steve
#9 Ralph Ralph no longer has an idol and if Russell had the foresight to target Ralph, Boston Rob will too. . #9 Steve – Are you as bad at challenges as Krista and Stephanie made you out to be? If you are, you’d better play that up, otherwise you’re next after Mike.
steve . ralph
#10 Steve – Steve was targeted as a decoy in the last tribal council.  He may not be as lucky during his next visit there. . #10 Ralph – A lot of people are giving you grief for playing your idol last week, but it was probably your best bet. If David’s reaction is to be believed, you guys had no idea that Matt was on his way out.
mike . mike
#11 Mike – Cross Boston Rob and you’re out.  Mike showed Rob that he can hustle and manipulate just as well as anyone by almost swinging Andrea and Matt to the original Zapatera tribe.  Rob’s new focus will be sending Mike to Redemption Island ASAP. . #11 Mike – If the Zapateran dominoes are going to start falling one by one, I think you’re looking at the first domino. Immunity wins are Mike’s only hope now.

Any questions? Drop me a line on Twitter at @gordonholmes.

‘Survivor: Redemption Island’ Power Rankings: Round 4

March 15, 2011

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Nicaragua” finalist Matthew “Sash” Lenahan and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” loudmouth Gordon Holmes 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 David is voted out this week, Sash will receive 1 point and Gordon will receive 6 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at Redemption Island. If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point. At the end of the season, the person  with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Redemption Island” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Sash had Kristina in spot 15 while I had her in spot 14. Both of us thought Russell would prevail at Redemption Island, so no bonus points for either competitor. Sash still leads by a score of 38 to 34

TEAM SASH

Current Score: 38

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TEAM GORDON

Current Score: 34

david . bostonrob
#1 David – David is playing well.  As long as he keeps his arrogance in-check, he’ll win this game. . #1 Boston Rob – I told myself I’d never put Russell or Rob this high in the rankings, but Rob is untouchable right now. He’s got an immunity idol and Ometepe can’t afford to lose any challenge strength.
mike . mike
#2 Mike – Mike has been trained to be a loyal soldier and will follow David to the end. . #2 Mike – I doubt we’ll see much drama from the Zapatera Six until Russell’s ladies are sent to Redemption Island. So, Mike holds onto his spot until he does something stupid to cause me to drop him.
natalie . grant
#3 Natalie – Staying out of trouble and staying close to Rob will carry Natalie far. . #3 Grant – He’s like the Chewbacca to Rob’s Han Solo. He’s also super safe at Ometepe until they hit the merge, then it’s back to Kashyyyk. (Yes, I’m a nerd.)
ashley . sarita
#4 Ashley – One of the most physical women in this game looks to be in a good position at the moment, but Ashley will need a stronger ally than Natalie to make it to the end. . #4 Sarita – What would have happened if Sarita wasn’t at Redemption Island? Would Ralph have shown the idol? Would he have given up his social security number? Would he have sent all of his money to a deposed Nigerian prince?
grant . julie
#5 Grant – Grant is sticking close to Rob which will help him maneuver through the game and get within reach of the end. . #5 Julie – Not much from Julie this past week. Hopefully she can sleep now that the big, bad Russell Hantz isn’t in the game anymore.
ralph . david
#6 Ralph – Ralph still has the idol and we still need subtitles when he speaks.  Showing everyone the idol was a huge mistake and he will pay for it. . #6 David – Why David’s big drop this week? Because Russell spilled the beans about a knock down, drag out fight he had with Stephanie. I thought he was a cool-headed tactician. Maybe I was too quick to crown him with Stephen Fishbach’s wizard hat.
steve . steve
#7 Steve – Russell called out the Steve-Mike alliance after his Redemption loss which won’t help Steve at all when these tribes merge. . #7 Steve – I don’t have a very good reason for saying this, but Steve strikes me as someone who could be easily outsmarted. I could see Boston Rob or David getting the best of him very easily.
sarita . ralph
#8 Sarita – The first smart move she made in this game was telling Ralph not to show his idol.  It was a good start, but she’ll need a lot more than that to stick around. . #8 Ralph – Of the 40 stupid things Ralph did last week, was anything dumber than showing his idol to his alliance after Russell was gone? So what was the point of risking a split vote if you had the idol? What if Julie had flipped? Erik Reichenbach would have had competition for dumbest move ever.
julie . natalie
#9 Julie Julie should have thought through her double-cross of Russell before playing her hand during the last Tribal Council.  Stephanie and Krista now have dirt on her, which will ultimately send her packing. . #9 Natalie – Natalie’s in a great spot right now as Rob’s right-hand faux-Amber. If Team Rob gets to the merge and can overcome a probable numbers disadvantage, she could win this whole thing.
bostonrob . ashley
#10 Boston Rob – Rob was clever to leave camp and search feverishly for that idol.  Those 15 minutes of searching paid off, but has Rob’s 15 minutes of reality fame expired? . #10 Ashley – It may look like Ashley is super low on the list, but I still think she’s safe. She’s a goner if Ometepe keeps dropping challenges, but she’s safe for now.
andrea . andrea
#11 Andrea – So far so good.  Andrea has successfully kept a low profile and now just needs to survive to the merge for another chance in this game. . #11 Andrea – Ometepe needs to win immunity challenges. And, Boston Rob probably heard about Andrea telling Matt that she didn’t vote for him. So, if Phillip can manage to stay, Andrea will be going next.
krista . krista
#12 Krista – If Stephanie is the new Russell, Krista is her Natalie.  The problem for Krista is that only one Russell exists and his moves cannot be duplicated. . #12 Krista – What should be tops on Krista’s “To Do” list? Distancing herself from Stephanie. But, if the previews are to be believed, they’re gonna perform some Russell-esque camp-destroying performance art.
stephanie . phillip
#13 Stephanie – Stephanie is smart and she knows the only way to save herself is to cause some trouble around camp.  Could she be the second coming of Russell? . #13 Phillip – As if it’s not bad enough that you’re annoying the crap out of everyone, now you’re trying to pull a power play with the one guy who’s helping you stay in the game. Next time Ometepe loses immunity you’ll be hunting crabs on Redemption Island.
phillip . stephanie
#14 Phillip – Phillip’s only chance at life in this game is to go undercover, but I don’t think they taught him that skill at Langley. . #14 Stephanie – Russell is gone, he’s out of the game…and you still defend him. You’re not just going down with the ship, you’re having your mail forwarded to the bottom of the ocean.
matt . matt
Redemption Island Winner – Matt will continue his winning streak against Kristina in this duel.  Look for him to stay awhile. . Redemption Island Winner – No reason to vote against a guy on a hot streak.

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‘Survivor: Redemption Island’ Power Rankings: Round 3

March 8, 2011

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Nicaragua” finalist Matthew “Sash” Lenahan and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” loudmouth Gordon Holmes 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 Andrea is voted out this week, Sash will receive 11 points and Gordon will receive 12 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at Redemption Island. If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point. At the end of the season, the person  with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Redemption Island” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Both Sash and Gordon earned the Redemption Island bonus point by picking Matt, while Gordon had Russell in spot 14 and Sash had him in spot 9. Sash still leads by a score of 23 to 20.

TEAM SASH

Current Score: 23

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TEAM GORDON

Current Score: 20

david . david
#1 David – David’s move to flow with the tribe’s consensus of throwing the challenge has kept him off everyone’s radar, but at some point he is going to have to make a bold move to win this game. . #1 David – Ding dong, the troll is dead. Well, for the time being. Last week’s move gives the Zapatera Six a strong foundation (as well as two more cannon fodder votes) that should get them to the merge. From there, David will have plenty of room to maneuver.
mike . mike
#2 Mike – Mike is David’s sidekick and is willing to allow others to make the decisions.  That mentality will get him to the end, but won’t win him the million. . #2 Mike – If you’ll notice, the Zapatera Six (I’m going to have to think of a better name) makes up the top six spots in this ranking. I have them all this high because I don’t see a reason for any of them to shake things up before the merge. I think they’re in it for the long haul.
natalie . julie
#3 Natalie – Natalie seems innocent enough to follow Boston Rob until he gets voted off and will easily find another boy to latch onto when needed.  Her lack of strategy will carry her far, just not far enough. . #3 Julie – If Russell and Stephanie went after Julie because she’s the low person on the totem pole, Julie did her best to show the members of her alliance that she deserves a higher slot.
ashley . ralph
#4 Ashley – Ashley is playing a great game, but will undoubtedly show her hand too soon as a physical and strategic player which will ultimately cause her demise. . #4 Ralph – Know this, if a grown man ever tried to wake me up with a rooster call, he’d end up with a coconut upside his head. That being said, he bested “Ressell” and he’s got an immunity idol, so he must be doing something right.
bostonrob . sarita
#5 Boston Rob – Boston Rob is playing harder than anyone else in this game and that’s tough to keep up for 39 days.  He is clearly the puppet master of his tribe but sooner or later someone has to catch on, right? . #5 Sarita – Still waiting to hear more from Sarita. Is she a mover and a shaker, or is she content to blend into the background?
grant . steve
#6 Grant – Grant has found himself in a great alliance with Boston Rob, Ashley, and Natalie but because of his strength he is also on the bottom of that pecking order and will suffer the consequences. . #6 Steve – Why is Steve at the bottom of the Zapatera Six? Because he lied to Russell about Francesca winning at Redemption Island. Granted, it worked out fine for him, but it was a worthless lie. It didn’t help his game, all it could have done was hurt it.
ralph . grant
#7 Ralph – Ralph is in a great position right now with his alliance, by providing at camp, and by holding onto the hidden immunity idol.  He claims he knows how to play this game, but I’ll have to see it to believe it. . #7 Grant – Grant is the safest person on Ometepe beach. Rob can’t afford to lose his only challenge monster. After the merge though? He’d better watch his back.
steve . ashley
#8 Steve – Throwing a challenge is always a bad idea, especially when you can win shelter in the form of a tarp, which aside from food and an idol is the next most important item you can possess in Nicaragua during the rainy season…trust me, I lived there.  I thought this guy was smarter. . #8 Ashley – Oh, Ashley. You’re fine. If Ometepe needs to lose someone for challenge strength, it’s Ashley or Natalie. If they want to lose someone who’s annoying, it’s Phillip. If they want to lose someone who’s a strategic threat, it’s Kristina.
sarita . bostonrob
#9 Sarita Sarita hasn’t made any bold moves and I don’t expect her to.  She is at the bottom of her alliance and should consider what Stephanie and Krista may offer before voting them out. . #9 Boston Rob – We’ll see how strong Boston Rob’s alliance is the next time Ometepe loses immunity. I’m still not sold on that Matt move and I wouldn’t put it past Ashley or Kristina to try to send the Robfather packing.
julie . natalie
#10 Julie – Julie played it safe by not voting with the Russell-Stephanie-Krista alliance, but playing it safe will never win “Survivor” and she looks to be headed down that path. . #10 Natalie – I want to say Natalie is super safe, but the fact remains that Ometepe is 0 and 2 in challenges that Zapatera is trying to win. That, and the other players may want to split her and Rob the way they split Andrea and Matt.
andrea . phillip
#11 Andrea – Andrea made a bold move by speaking up during the Matt-Francesca duel by letting Matt know that she didn’t vote for him.  Although she is in no immediate danger, that target on her back just got a lot bigger. . #11 Phillip – Has Phillip toned things down, or did we just not see much of him last week due to Ometepe winning the immunity challenge? His best bet is to settle down and become important to Rob.
krista . andrea
#12 Krista – Krista played into Russell’s hands and now finds herself only shielded by Stephanie.  I’m sure she had good intentions, but she should just enjoy the ride as her dismissal looms closer. . #12 Andrea – Andrea played Matt’s exit from the game perfectly. However, Rob will never fully trust her. Which is unfortunate, because Andrea hasn’t done anything to betray Rob’s trust.
phillip . krista
#13 Phillip – Phillip is getting on everyone’s nerves and although he’s a loyal servant to Boston Rob, sometimes your sanity on day 39 is more valuable than a million-dollar vote. . #13 Krista – Bad news: One third of Russell’s Angels was sent to Redemption Island. Good news: The other third of Russell’s Angels was ridiculously vocal in her defense of the team leader. Krista will be safe the next time Zapatera loses immunity, but will be next on the chopping block after that.
stephanie . kristina
#14 Stephanie – Stephanie has proven herself a better strategist than most of her tribemates but she also aligned with Russell which makes her next on the chopping block. . #14 Kristina – Kristina’s been living on borrowed time ever since the first Tribal Council. Rob has to know she’s too dangerous to keep around. Right now her only hope to get something started is to sway Andrea or find another immunity idol.
kristina . stephanie
#15 Kristina – With no immunity idol, Kristina is now defenseless against Boston Rob and his cronies.  She needs to disrupt the tribe dynamic to place the focus on someone else and Phillip is the biggest target out there. . #15 Stephanie – Russell’s Angels must’ve been convinced they had Julie last week. Otherwise, why would Stephanie have been so insulting at Tribal Council? I’m sure her tirade wasn’t forgotten, she’ll be an easy next vote.
russell . russell
Redemption Island Winner – Russell’s newest tattoo will “keep hope alive” for this Good vs. Evil duel by making Matt wish he stayed home in Nashville.  Evil will prevail. . Redemption Island Winner – I wouldn’t call myself a Russell fan, but I think the show is more interesting with him around. Go Russell.

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‘Survivor: Redemption Island’ Power Rankings: Week 2

March 1, 2011

The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Andrea is voted out this week, Sash will receive 12 points and Gordon will receive 13 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at Redemption Island. If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point. At the end of the season, the person  with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Redemption Island” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Sash showed his Power Rankings prowess, jumping out to an impressive eight-point lead. Sash had Matt in spot 13, while Gordon had him in spot 5.

TEAM SASH

Current Score: 13

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TEAM GORDON

Current Score: 5

david . grant
#1 David – Sitting David out of the challenge was smart, because absolutely nothing about the last challenge was smart.  If he continues to stay off Russell’s “hit list”, he will cruise to the merge and to the end. . #1 Grant – Leaping long pools in a single bound! In a stage of the game where Ometepe is down by two people and they just booted one of their young bucks, Boston Rob can’t afford to lose Grant. He’s safe until at least the merge.
mike . david
#2 Mike – Mike is playing a great game and is aware of both alliances in camp.  By keeping his options open to both sides of the Russell-Ralph divide, he can continue winning challenges for his tribe while allowing others to strategically shoot themselves in the foot. . #2 David – David’s shining moment last episode took place around the ol’ waterin’ hole. While Ralph and Russell got into it, he just stood back and observed. Smart guy. If he gets to the merge with numbers you could be looking at the next sole survivor.
natalie . ashley
#3 Natalie – She’s young and is willing to go with the flow.  This lack of strategic game play will carry her far, but Boston Rob’s pawn won’t know what to do when the King has been captured. . #3 Ashley – I’m in the camp that thinks voting out Matt was a big mistake. Boston Rob’s happy lil’ alliance is now splintered. Fortunately for Ashley nobody will be gunning for her when it comes time to vote out the next Ometepian.
bostonrob . steve
#4 Boston Rob – “Things went pretty much according to plan…seems as though this group of players knows how to follow directions.”  Rob is making all the right moves, but how long can he rely on this freshman class to avoid making a fatal mistake? . #4 Steve – Chalk Steve up as one of the people who is playing the Zapatera drama perfectly. Let Russell and Ralph have it out, then decide what to do with the victorious party.
phillip . julie
#5 Phillip – Phillip’s speech back at camp after losing the immunity challenge reminded me of Colby’s in Heroes vs. Villains in that they both accepted their fate and dismissal from the tribe.  Did anyone ever expect those names to be mentioned in the same sentence?  This Special Agent is cluelessly making all the right moves and I’m impressed.  Will his luck ever run out? . #5 Julie – I’m putting Julie and Steve in the same category. Just keep your head down during the drama and you’ll be in a good spot once the dust has settled.
ashley . natalie
#6 Ashley – Ashley is proving she can be a physical competitor, but showing your hand too quickly in this game is the ultimate sin. . #6 Natalie – Being Amber 2.0 has its benefits. Most importantly, Boston Rob will be the one taking all the bullets. The downside? If they turn on Rob, they can’t afford to boot him just yet (from a challenge standpoint) which puts a target on her back.
steve . mike
#7 Steve – His quarterback skills will help him see plays far down the field, but his strength and wisdom will be feared by all.  Anyone who allows him to taste breakfast on day 39 will be sorry they did. . #7 Mike I’m not quite sold on you, Mike. You seem like a good guy, but I worry that you don’t know when to keep your mouth shut. You’re gonna be in enough trouble post-merge because of your athletic prowess, saying something at the wrong time could make it worse.
krista . krista
#8 Krista – As Russell’s replacement for Stephanie, she’ll find it difficult to emerge unscathed from his train wreck of mistakes. . #8 Andrea – Being the second girl in Russell’s alliance is never a great spot to be in, but, she should be safe for a while. They always gunned for Parvati instead of Danielle, right?
russell . phillip
#9 Russell “You’re either with me or against me.”  Haven’t we heard that one before?  The only problem for Russell is that this time everyone knows his game, and he’s executing it for the third time flawlessly.  Can this guy be any more predictable? . #9 Phillip – Phillip survived?! And now Boston Rob kinda trusts him?! Happy day! Now, let’s hope Phillip tones down his super annoying tendencies so he can stick around longer. Good news for me, bad news for crabs.
julie . stephanie
#10 Julie – If Julie’s smart she’ll cling to the alliance that has the numbers, but Julie may be the next Shambo in Russell’s eyes…that means disposable.  Hey Julie! Don’t fall for it! . #10 Stephanie – I’ll give Stephanie credit, she knows she’s going all in with her alliance with Russell. Maybe it’s safer to hedge your bets, but if Russell trusts you now, he’ll do everything in his hobbity powers to take you to the end.
grant . bostonrob
#11 Grant – Grant’s a great competitor and his tribe would be crazy to send him packing any time soon; however, Boston Rob isn’t in the shape he once was and Grant would be his biggest threat when the individual game begins to win challenges.  Look for Rob to pull a 180 on Grant pre-merge. . #11 Boston Rob – OK…the more time I’ve had to think about the Matt move, the more I hate it. Do Grant and Ashley trust Boston Rob that much? And even if they do, he just gave them a BIG reason not to. Unnecessary drama, too soon into the game.
andrea . sarita
#12 Andrea – I still have high hopes for my Wisconsin homegirl, but it doesn’t take a genius to know how powerful a couple can be in this game and severing the Matt-Andrea alliance was crucial to Boston Rob maintaining his control.  If Andrea holds a grudge against Rob and the rest of Ometepe, she’ll need to keep it to herself until the merge…let’s just hope she can hold out that long. . #12 Sarita – Ralph hates Russell, Russell hates Ralph. The only other member of Zapatera that has any heat on them? Sarita. She didn’t do so well in last week’s challenge, but hopefully the fact that it was a challenge they won will help her out a bit.
ralph . andrea
#13 Ralph – Oftentimes wielding the power of an immunity idol is more powerful than actually playing an immunity idol.  Although Ralph looks to be in comfortable shape now, any savvy “Survivor” player should know that trouble is near when you begin to feel too comfortable.  Perhaps “savvy” isn’t in Ralph’s vocabulary just yet and he should continue on collecting rocks for fun and staying out of trouble. . #13 Andrea – How attached were you to Matt? Enough to earn a ticket to Redemption Island? If you’re serious about making it to the end, you’d better kiss and make-up with Rob quick. If you’re still mad a few eliminations from now, then you can pull some strings to try to boot Rob. However, now is not the time.
stephanie . russell
#14 Stephanie – Stephanie has the street smarts that many “Survivor” players lack, but she’s completely allowed herself to be Russell’s puppet and a huge target.  Maybe if her name was Natalie I’d have higher hopes, but it’s not and I don’t. . #14 Russell – I don’t know what to say about Russell. He’s going up against a guy who has numbers, an idol and a rooster call. Surely that’s reason enough to put Russell at the bottom of this list. But people have gone broke betting against Mr. Hantz…
kristina . kristina
#15 Kristina – Kristina now finds herself with no alliance and no idol.  She needs to find a crack in Boston Rob’s alliance or stir up some trouble quickly if she plans to make it to the merge. . #15 Kristina – Even though your head wasn’t on the chopping block last week, there was no way of knowing it. So, playing the idol was a smart move. Rob’s next move is probably bringing his crew back together and that means voting out an outsider. Thanks for playing.
sarita . ralph
#16 Sarita – It’s obvious that Russell has no interest in making Sarita one of his groupies, and without a strong alliance on either side, this rookie hasn’t developed the skills needed to be a swing vote. . #16 Ralph – What benefit was there to confronting Russell about the clue? All it did was put a target on Ralph’s well-insulated back. I like Ralph, he seems fun, but I question his ability to make a serious run in this game.
matt . matt
Redemption Island Winner – Matt will take the win, but he won’t last there long. . Redemption Island Winner I’m giving Matt the slight edge in this week’s Redemption Island challenge. I’ve got to imagine that the alone time, building your own shelter, etc was tough on Francesca.

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Matthew ‘Sash’ Lenahan Accepts ‘Survivor’ Power Rankings Challenge

February 22, 2011

Last Season: The student defeated the master as XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” fella Gordon “The Truth Seeker” Holmes bested Benjamin “Coach” Wade.

This Season: One of “Survivor’s” sharpest minds and last season’s third-place finalist Matthew “Sash” Lenahan will match wits with XFINITY TV’s two-time Power Rankings champion (um…and two-time loser).

The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Andrea is voted out this week, Sash will receive 2 points and Gordon will receive 8 points. At the end of the season, the person  with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Redemption Island” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

TEAM SASH

Current Score: 0

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TEAM GORDON

Current Score: 0

david . grant
#1 David – Want to bet he put the puzzle together instead of Russell?  David is smart enough to not let others know how smart he is.  As long as he keeps a low profile and teams up with a physical player, he’ll make it to Final Tribal…and win. . #1 Grant – I think one of the biggest takeaways from the first episode is that the challenges are no joke. This makes our friend Grant very valuable (until the merge at least) to Boston Rob.
andrea . david
#2 Andrea – She’s smart enough to take orders from Philip and laugh it off, she’s from a Wisconsin farm and won’t get beat-up by the weather, she’s with Rob but not “with” Rob, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she uses her acting skills like Fabio did last season to meander her way to the end. . #2 David – The pre-game interviews made David look like an arrogant first-boot candidate. However, inside the game he’s shown that he’s capable of putting his ego on hold. He’s going to be one to keep an eye on.
mike . steve
#3 Mike – Reminds me of Chase from Nicaragua by being a physical force and very likable.  No one wants to vote out an Iraq War Veteran, and he’ll be a powerhouse in challenges winning rewards.  My guess is he’ll get owned by David using him to clear a path to the Final Tribal council. . #3 Steve – If a Russell vs. the world showdown is going to take place at Zapatera, it’d be wise for people like Steve to let Mike and Ralph take the lead. Russell has shown the ability to overcome numbers disadvantages before, no need to become the latest victim on the Russell highlight reel.
natalie . krista
#4 Natalie – Can we call her Amber?  She’s in love with Rob.  Rob loves that she’s in love with him.  Does anyone care that he’s married with kids?  Maybe not for 39 days.  The only problem is that no one is going to allow Rob close enough for a shot at the end.  As soon as Rob is gone, Natalie will be next. . #4 Krista – Krista’s this high because she wasn’t Russell’s pick for Natalie 2.0. That was a smart bullet to dodge. That, and she’s a former Auburn cheerleader. War Eagle!
bostonrob . matt
#5 Boston Rob – He already has the women wrapped around his finger and he’s not going anywhere any time soon…but he did say, “I’m going to do, what I said I was going to do, with the people I said I was going to do it with…and that’s it.”  Hey Rob, last time you put that much trust in your own alliance, you were quickly sent home.  Watch for history to repeat itself. . #5 Matt – People keep saying you look like Fabio, but I’m getting more of a younger Jimmy T. vibe from your look. Anywho, you’re in the same boat as Grant, Boston Rob needs you guys right now.
phillip . mike
#6 Phillip – How can you not be in a “hyper state of arousal” when watching this Former Federal Agent(?)?  Despite breaking the law by wearing those droopy fuchsia colored briefs, Mr. Dry Mouth, who pre-game I had pegged to be first voted out, has just earned himself a Get Out of Jail Free card as he’s a sure bet to get zero votes at the end.  Look at him as a swing vote to make it far. . #6 Mike – The good news for Mike? David is a smart player and could take him far. The bad news for Mike? I’m not sure how familiar he is with the game, especially after his comment about trying to avoid immunity challenges.
ashley . sarita
#7 Ashley – This pageant winner wasn’t sad about losing the challenge, she was sad about letting Rob down.  She’ll do anything her leader says and Rob will sacrifice anyone to keep himself in the game.  Mark my words; Ashley’s departure will cause a downward spiral for the original Ometepe Tribe. . #7 Sarita I didn’t get that good of a feel for Sarita in the first episode. But she’s smart enough to know that getting rid of Russell should be high on Zapatera’s to-do list.
steve . andrea
#8 Steve – His NFL skills will get him to the merge because of his strength, but no one wants to see this guy do what Tom Westman did in Palau by going on an immunity run.  He’ll be a big target after the merge. . #8 Andrea – Andrea didn’t get much screen time, but what we saw spoke volumes. While Francesca and Kristina were frustrated with Phillip, she wouldn’t let him get to her. And, she didn’t hack her own foot off, so that’s a plus too.
stephanie . ashley
#9 Stephanie She called herself out after seeing Russell get off the helicopter, “If I’m not the one person he picks to go to the end, I’m going to be out…I’M GOING TO BE OUT”.  Guess what…You’re Out!  She’s smart for telling Russell not to be seen walking around camp with her, but she’s dumb for letting everyone see her walk around the camp with him.  Her life will hinge on Russell.  Once he’s gone, his prom date will be next. . #9 Ashley – Ashley was more concerned with letting Rob down than with losing immunity. She should be more concerned that Amber is waiting for her at Redemption Island.
russell . julie
#10 Russell – Love him or hate him, he has successfully lost every time he has played by making it to day 39.  If these players are smart, they’ll allow him to self-destruct a third time.  The only problem is his arrogance won’t allow him to make it that far. . #10 Julie – Didn’t get to see much from Julie either. However, with challenges being as physical as they are this season, she should be safe for a while.
grant . natalie
#11 Grant – A pre-season favorite of mine, but may be just a bit too “Zen” for the rest of the tribe.  Instead of finding himself during “Survivor,” he’ll probably find his torch snuffed by Jeff pre-merge.  Besides, Rob is focused on the women, and the women have the numbers. . #11 Natalie – Another one of Rob’s lovely ladies. She’s going to be safe while they weed out Kristina and possibly Phillip, but she has to be first on the chopping block if Team Rob has to start eliminating their own.
krista . bostonrob
#12 Krista – With Russell having already found his Queen in Stephanie, this southern belle’s fate will remind us of Parvati’s closest ally Danielle in another divide-and-conquer move by Russell. . #12 Boston Rob – He has the numbers, he’s a challenge monster, and he’s a proven leader. Rob’s biggest problem? He’ll never be safe. Ever. If you’re the one to mastermind Rob’s dismissal, you’ll have made a name for yourself.
matt . russell
#13 Matt – This harmonious, Fabio-esque, med-student may just be loving “Camp Harmony” so much he won’t see his harmonious blindside by his own tribemates. . #13 Russell – I had hope for Russell when I saw him trying to switch up his game. However, that hope went out the window as soon as people saw him walking around with Stephanie. That’s a big mistake.
kristina . phillip
#14 Kristina – Wow!  Last season Marty had huge balls for not playing his idol during Tribal Council, turns out that Kristina has huge b….um…well, let’s just say it was a bold move not playing her idol too.  Unfortunately she’s the only one on the chopping block from her tribe.  She’s given herself another 3 days, but not much longer. . #14 Phillip – Oh man…love me some Phillip. But what is Ometepe going to do? Bounce him because he’s bad for tribe morale, or keep him and try to take him to the finals NaOnka-style? It probably doesn’t matter what they decide as Phillip will use his federal agent powers to thwart them.
julie . ralph
#15 Julie – This gruff momma already admits that she’s more likely to bond with the guys over the girls.  On a tribe where Russell likes young women, and guys are needed to compete in challenges, this 50-year-old firefighter may have a hard time making friends. . #15 Ralph – The preview makes it look like Ralph will be the first target of Team Russell. I’d like to think with Russell’s reputation that Ralph wouldn’t have much to worry about, but I’ve lost too many Power Rankings points betting against Russell to risk it.
sarita . kristina
#16 Sarita – She’s not young enough to be Russell’s girlfriend and may be a bit too naive to realize that villains do exist in this game.  Her glowing happiness is ripe for Russell to devour. . #16 Kristina – Has anyone ever done so much right and so much wrong in one episode of “Survivor” before? You found an idol with no clues, then trusted the craziest person the show has ever seen. I’d say you were safe this week because you still have the idol, but I wouldn’t be shocked if you traded it for a handful of magic beans.
ralph . stephanie
#17 Ralph – Ralph, aka “Steel Wool”, was a pre-game favorite of mine to make the end.  Unfortunately he wound up on Russell’s tribe and Russell doesn’t care about winning challenges, he cares about winning over the women.  Despite having “The Most Impressive Man Sweater I’ve Ever Seen”, this beach may not be big enough for the both of them. . #17 Stephanie I don’t think teaming up with Russell is a bad idea. I think letting people know that you’ve teamed up with Russell is a bad idea. Luckily for Russell, they’ll need his strength. Unluckily for you, they’ll want to split you two up. Good luck against Francesca at Redemption Island.

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‘Survivor: Nicaragua’ Finale Recap: Did Sash Get the Cash?

December 20, 2010

My Back-up Headline: Fabio or Fabi-no?

Last Episode: Chase again picked the wrong people to join him on a reward, Fabio’s immunity win provided him with a much-needed reprieve, and Jane was sent home but doused the campfire as a way to get revenge.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 ‘Survivor‘ Blog

Ladies and gentlemen…here are your final five…

The Libertad Tribe (wearing red with white highlights)
•    Chase – 24, Race Car Jackman/Country Singer
•    Dan – 63, Real Estate Executive
•    Fabio – 21, Student
•    Holly – 44, Swim Coach
•    Sash – 30, Real Estate Broker

We start off with Leslie Stahl telling us about biographical memory, a condition that allows people to remember every moment from their lives.

Wait…what?

Oh, football ran long. This is “60 Minutes.” I’ll be back in a few.

And, I’m back. OK…let’s do this.

The show starts off with a recap of the trip to the final five. The highlight has to be Dan sitting in the giant Gulliver chair. They should make the quitters on the jury sit in ridiculously huge chairs.

We start off with Dan back at the Libertad camp. He’s carving a notch in a tree to mark how long they’ve been there. How he walked all the way from the shelter to a tree is a mystery. I’m going to assume Chase carried him.

Fabio shows how strategic he can be by saying that they need to break Sash, Chase and Holly up. You’re thinking of this now? You didn’t think of this when Jane was around to help you out?

Fabs and Dan follow this up with the worst alliance pitch ever. They basically say to Holly, “Hey, how about aligning with us?” For some reason, she doesn’t go for it.

Sash tells us that he’s prepared to make deals with everyone to get to the end. We then see him telling Fabio that he’d like to go to the end with him and Chase. I’m going to disagree here. I think his best bet is to tell Fabio that he doesn’t want to take him because he doesn’t think he can beat him. That way if Fabs does end up on the jury, at least he’ll respect his honesty.

Immunity Challenge:
The players will race out to a station and answer a question about Nicaragua. They’ll then grab a bag that corresponds to the answer they chose. If they chose right, the bag will have puzzle pieces. If not, they’ll have to go back. Once they have all three of the correct bags, they’ll put the pieces together to form a big “Survivor: Nicaragua” logo. First person to finish the puzzle wins immunity.

Everyone gets the first question correct.  Holly, Sash and Chase get the second question right, Fabio gets it wrong and has to head back. Uh oh…one of Chase’s pieces fell off of his board. Chase, Sash and Holly all get the third question right too. For some reason, they’ve stopped showing us what Dan’s up to. I’m going to assume he’s taking a nap.

Fabio eventually gets all of his pieces, but he has to make up a lot of time.

The rain pours down as the players go to work on their puzzles. Dan eventually wakes up and joins in the fun too.

It’s Fabio and Sash neck and neck toward the end with Fabio pulling out the win.

Chase complains that he was missing a piece, but Fabio points out that it fell under his board. Aww…helpful in victory. That Fabio’s a prince.

Once they get back to camp, Fabio goes to work on Chase trying to get him to vote out Holly. Chase doesn’t want to turn on Holly. For some reason, he’s decided that now is the time to stop stabbing people in the back.

Fabio and Dan then make a move for Sash. Dan shows that he is capable of a little strategy by saying that nobody will vote for him because the jury knows that he has money.

That night at Tribal Council, Jane proves that she’s forgotten how to properly use make-up during her time in the wilderness. It’s like she put on her eye shadow with a paint roller.

Dan again echoes his belief that people should take him to the end because the jury knows that he’s well off. That strategy didn’t work for Jimmy Johnson.

Holly is worried that Dan has been pushing for an all-male final four. Dan disagrees that he ever said he wanted it to be all males, but does admit that he thinks Holly is a threat.

Holly snaps back at him. Not sink-his-expensive-shoes snaps, but there was some anger there.

Dan tells her that as a woman from a small town she has a more touching story than he does.

Probsty tells us that Dan would be a good person to take to the end because he hasn’t done very much strategically. (He didn’t do much physically, either.)

Voting Time:
And…none of the votes are shown again! This is an ugly trend.

Jeff tallies, returns and here we go. Two votes for Dan, one vote for Chase and the sixteenth person to be eliminated from “Survivor: Nicaragua” and the eighth member of the jury is…Dan.

During the final confessional, Dan tells us he voted for Chase because he can’t stand him, that Holly should have her hands cut off for stealing his shoes and that Sash is a whiner.

WHAT?! Why didn’t Dan talk like this all season?! Put Dan back in the game!

Also, looks like Fabio has a vote if he can get to the final three.

We meet up with Team Libertad back at camp. Fabio talks to Chase and Sash and asks if they’ll take him to the final three. They of course agree. I can’t tell if Fabio’s buying this or not. But Sash assures us that he’ll send Fabio home if he’s given the chance.

Tree mail arrives in form of a very cool antique sword. Uh-oh…fallen comrades time.

I’m putting the over/under for the term “competitor” at four this time.

First up is Wendy Jo. Holly doesn’t bring up the alliance they created 15 seconds into the game.

Shannon’s next. Chase is sure that he’s an awesome guy outside of the game. Yeah, we’ll see at the reunion. Maybe he’ll try to out the entire cast.

Holly remembers how Jimmy Johnson kept her in the game. Fortunately we’re shown highlights of Jimmy talking to the monkeys.

Fabio thinks Jimmy T. is one of the game’s goofier characters. Chase agrees, but also thinks Fabio is among those ranks as well.

Ha! They don’t say anything about Tyrone. Well, Holly points out that he was a fireman.

Kelly B. is remembered as an inspiration by Holly. If NaOnka was there she’d remember her as “remarkably easy to knock down.”

Yve is next up. She’s called a hard worker.

Fabio wonders if Dr. Jill just didn’t click well with the youngsters when she joined La Flor.

BOOM! Sash refers to Alina as a “competitor.” I was worried we’d get through this mess without hearing that word once.

Fabio remembers Marty for always having a master plan. Well what do you expect from a fake chess grandmaster?

Brenda is remembered as a great strategist. Is “Strategist” the new “Competitor.”

Note: All of the tags up until this point have been in the tribes’ colors. NaOnka’s tag is black with a big X on it. Well played, production.

The players are all still shocked that NaOnka quit while still having an idol. During NaOnka’s voiceover she reminds us of how friendly she was. Also, she claims to be the smartest player in the game. Makes you wonder what color the sky is in NaOnka’s world.

Next us is Purple Kelly. Her voiceover informs us that she is not a quitter. I bet her sky is pretty too.

Benry is remembered as a very strong competitor. Benry’s “Loser” backflip dismount is shown.

Jane is remembered for how much work she did around camp…and the lovely steam bath she gave Dan before she left.

Dan is given props for lasting as long as he did. I give Dan grief, but give the guy credit for gutting it out while the NaOnkas and Purple Kellys of the world tapped out.

The final four arrives at a little barbecue and sets the players’ tags into the fire. It’s the circle of life…or something like that.

Immunity Challenge: Each player will balance a sword on a shield with one hand. With the other hand they’ll balance coins on the handle of the sword. If the coins fall, that person is eliminated. Last person standing wins immunity and a trip to the final Tribal Council.

Jeff informs us that the higher the stack gets, the harder it’ll be to balance. Also, water is wet.

Not much to describe here except for some coin stacking.

Holly’s the first to drop a coin, followed shortly by Chase.

Sash and Fabs continue on for a few more stress-filled minutes…but Sash’s stack eventually falls. Fabio wins immunity…and a million bucks.

Oh wait…he didn’t win a million bucks yet. But I’d bet he will in about an hour.

Fabio is downright giddy back at camp as he gets to watch everyone scramble for his vote. I’m not going to lie, I’m enjoying it too.

Fabio tells Sash that he hasn’t figured out who he’s going to vote for yet. You could tell he was trying to hold back the laugher. Sash goes over the potential jury votes with Fabio, saying that most of those votes will go to Chase.

Fabio then asks if Sash would’ve voted him off if he’d lost immunity. Sash says that he wouldn’t have and that Fabio is his best friend in the game.

Yikes, Sash. An ugly truth has gotta be better than a transparent lie at this point.

Later Fabio, Chase and Holly sit down for a heart to heart. Chase is annoyed that Sash was gunning for him. And again, Fabio is giddy throughout this whole thing. This is actually way too much fun.

Fabs asks Chase and Holly if they would’ve taken him to the final three if he’d lost immunity. They both own up to it saying that they wouldn’t have taken him.

Fabio does the math and realizes that Sash and Chase have been lying to him about going to the final three. He also realizes that Holly has never lied to him. However, he’s worried that he can’t beat Holly in front of a jury.

That night at Tribal Council, Probst makes light of how happy Fabio is. Fabio talks about how fun it was to watch the three-person alliance turn on each other.

Speaking of, that alliance never had a cool nickname. I tried “Chasholly,” but it’s not catchy.

Sash thinks that he’s been more committed to Fabio than Chase has. He also says he believes he would’ve take Fabio to the finals. J-Pro jumps on that asking if he believes he would have or if he actually would have. Sash says he didn’t have the idol so he didn’t have to make that choice.

Get out of real estate, Sash. You’re a born lawyer, buddy.

Probst gives everyone one more chance to pitch their case to Fabio. Both Sash and Chase claim to have been honest with Fabio. Fabio agrees, but they were only honest at the last minute when they had to be.

Holly admits that she would’ve booted Fabio, but says that she is glad that Fabio respects her.

It’s like it’s the final Tribal already and Fabio is the jury. Make ‘em squirm, Jud the Stud! (I also like “Judweiser” as a nickname.)

Voting Time: For the fourth straight time, zero votes are shown. Lame.

Mr. Probst does his thing and returns…one vote for Sash, two votes for Holly…and the seventeenth person to be eliminated from “Survivor: Nicaragua” and the final member of the jury is…Holly.

Note: Yikes, Holly looked livid as she was holding up her Sash vote.

Back at camp, Fabio tells us that he pitted Sash against Chase so the jury knows that he knew what was going on. Whoa…go Fabs.

Note: This has totally been the Fabio show.

Sash tells Chase and Fabio that he’s honored to have the two of them as his wingmen. Well, the biggest bachelor in New York would need two wingmen.

Sash and Chase realize they looked bad at Tribal, but they both promise to bring the big guns at the final Tribal.

The customary final three breakfast greets them the next morning. The three enjoy pancakes, sausage and more as they discuss strategy. Chase says that he thinks Fabio is going to win. Apparently this is part of Chase’s plan to make Fabio overconfident.

After that, the guys set fire to the camp…intentionally this time.

That night at Tribal Council, Chase is the first to give an opening statement. Chase fesses up to being wishy-washy and welcomes everyone’s questions.

Fabio is up next, claiming that his strategy was to be himself then to turn up the intensity when he needed to. He punctuated his statement saying he could have a lot of fun with a million dollars. Well, you can’t argue with that.

Sash goes last, saying that he played a different game than Chase and Fabio. They all outlasted the jury, but he did a better job outwitting and outplaying. He also says that he takes friendships more seriously than alliances and that he hopes the friendships last after the game.

OK, here’s my issue with Sash. I think he says the right things, but I don’t think he’s a very convincing liar. He could learn a lot from Todd Herzog.

Brenda takes the stand first. She says that she’s really proud of all of them. However, she gives grief to Sash for breaking all of his alliances. Sash defends himself saying it was part of his strategy and he still wants to be friends with everyone.

She goes after Chase next, saying it was shocking how easily he got over having to vote for her. He disagrees, saying he went right to her when he found out she was in trouble. Sash disagrees with that statement, saying Chase didn’t do enough to save her. Brenda then gives it to Sash, saying Sash could’ve given her his idol.

Meanwhile, Fabio giggles.

Marty’s up next, he asks Chase who should win the “Dumber Than a Bag of Hammers” award. Marty also states that as the creator of the award, that he is ineligible. This caveat frustrates Chase as he’d like to give the award to Marty. Chase eventually decides not to answer.

Marty then gives Sash credit for being a good strategic player. He then congratulates Fabio on his evolution as well as his immunity wins.

Holly takes the stand, she asks Chase what his best strategic move has been. He says taking out Shannon was his best move because it allowed him to play with people he likes.

She then asks Fabio if his immunity wins were too little too late.

Um, Holly? Gordon Holmes, XFINITY TV…I’d like to field this one if you don’t mind. It seems like those wins were just what he needed exactly when he needed them. Thank you.

Fabio agrees with me, saying it was the best timing possible.

Holly then asks Sash if he’d ever lied to her. He owns up to it, saying he voted for her when he said he wouldn’t.

Uh oh…Jane (and her eye make-up) are up next. She starts off by calling Sash a New York City gutter rat. Well…it’s possible she could’ve meant that in the nicest possible way.

She then tells Chase that she’s still mad at him, but being on “Survivor” with him was the most fun she’s ever had. She asks him what he’d do with the money if he wins. Chase says he’d donate $100,000 to cancer research. He then says he’d take care of his mom.

Fabio then steps in, saying he wants to take care of his parents too.

Benry gets to go next. He has nothing to say to Chase, he then congratulates Fabio on his immunity wins.

Benry then tells Sash that he was able to see through him the entire game.  Sash says that if Benry could see through him, then he should’ve tried to take him out.

Dan goes next. He calls Sash a liar, a phony and spineless. He also hates his smile and that he should go to a doctor and have him remove the trademark Sash wink.

He then tells Chase that he was the most paranoid player in the game. He also points out that Sash backstabbed everyone in the jury. He puts the cherry on the top by saying, “Beauty fades, dumb is forever.”

WHAT?! Did they recast Dan Lembo with Sue Hawk? Where was Dan all season? Can I get a DVD of his confessionals?

Purple Kelly gets to go next. She starts off by asking Sash to explain how he outwitted everyone. Sash thinks he should have been voted out at the merge. He says that it’s unfortunate that he hurt so many people.

And…that’s all she has. One question for one guy. And he didn’t even really answer it. What, they couldn’t have recast her with Corrine Kaplan?

Oh boy…time to hear from NaOnka. She tells Fabio it’s been a pleasure cursing him out. She asks Fabio if seeing his mom was what he needed to get him to the end. He starts off laughing at first, but breaks down a little bit when he talks about his mom.

Jeez…just hand over the check, Jeff.

Alina gets to go last. She tells Fabio that she doesn’t want to give a million dollars to a boy, that she wants to give it to a man.

That’s totally age discrimination.

Sash says that he deserves credit for outwitting people and that Fabio wasn’t involved in most of the votes.

Chase then claims that he wasn’t wishy-washy and that he was getting out of crumbling alliances before they took him down. He also says that usually after Tribal Council Fabio was trying to figure out what had happened.

Fabs parries that by saying he managed to get to the end of “Survivor” without lying to anyone.

Chase thinks that’s because he didn’t know what was going on and that the only reason he’s there is because he won immunity three straight times.

Voting Time: Marty votes for Fabio, saying he loved Fabio’s game. Alina votes for Chase because he had his game face on during the final Tribal Council. Dan voted for Fabio, saying he wants Fabio to win for his mom. Brenda votes for Chase…and the rest of the votes will have to wait until we hit Los Angeles.

And we’re instantly taken there. I miss the days when Jeff Probst would jet-ski to New York.

Whoa…Fabio has Justin Bieber hair.  I change my mind, give the money to Sash.

Alright…let’s finish this up. One vote for Fabio, one vote for Chase, one vote for Fabio, three votes for Chase, two votes for Fabio…and the winner of “Survivor: Nicaragua” is…Fabio.

St. Louis represent!

Wow…I can’t believe it was that close.

Fun Moments from the Reunion:

•    Fabio claims that he has been crazy for a while and that his family is responsible for the invention of the folding card table.
•    Chase and Brenda deny being romantically involved.
•    Terry Bradshaw was in the house to lend support to his buddy Jimmy Johnson.
•    “Survivor” Hall of Famer Russell Hantz, Cirie Fields, Rupert Boneham and Power Rankings star Benjamin “Coach” Wade were in the audience.
•    Dan wore a tuxedo. Seriously.
•    Holly bought Dan a pair of ostrich cowboy boots to make up for that little shoe-sinking snafu.
•    Marty still denies ever “fluffing off” Jane.
•    The whole NaOnka/Kelly B. feud started when NaOnka offered to carry Kelly B. on her back and Kelly turned it down.
•    There is a new rule that states that the producers can make the call as to whether or not to let quitters on the jury.
•    Jane won the Sprint fan favorite vote by the widest margin ever.
•    “Survivor” Hall of Famer “Boston” Rob Mariano is also in attendance and is a father for the second time.
•    The next season of “Survivor” (which will also take place in Nicaragua) will involve a twist where voted out players will go to a magical land known as Redemption Island. The first person who is voted out will live there alone. When the next person is voted out, they’ll visit the island and square off in a one-on-one challenge. The winner stays, the loser goes home. Eventually the last person standing will get to reenter the game.

Verdict:
Was this the worst season of “Survivor” ever? No. Was it the end of the strong run “Survivor” has been having since “Survivor: Tocantins”? Definitely.

I think “Survivor: Nicaragua’s” legacy will ultimately be that everything that was put into place to help it compete with “Heroes vs. Villains” fell short. The Medallion of Power was a dud, Jimmy Johnson was the third person out and the underdog older tribe wasn’t terribly likable.

I think Fabio’s come-from-behind win will leave people with a good taste in their mouths, but “Survivor: Nicaragua” will probably go down as one of the more forgettable seasons.

Power Rankings Results: Team Dragon Slayer had Fabio in the correct slot for two points. Team Truth Seeker had Chase, Sash and Dan in the correct slots for six points. The final score is Team Dragon Slayer 140, Team Truth Seeker 145. This bumps my record up to a barely respectable two and two.

Much love and thanks to Benjamin “Coach” Wade for being such a great competitor this season.

Follow me on Twitter for breaking “Survivor” news: @gordonholmes

Personal Note: I have a blast watching “Survivor” with you guys. I hope you enjoy it too and look forward to seeing you next season for “Survivor: Redemption Island.”

What Do You Think? Were you happy with Fabio’s win? Why didn’t Sash get any votes? Where does this season rank?


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