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‘Survivor’ Runner-Up Spencer ‘Jeremy Got Me to Shoot Myself in the Foot’

December 17, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

There’s a “Survivor” theory that postulates that the first juror sets the tone for the rest of the jury.

When you’re Spencer Bledsoe and the first juror is the person many consider to be your mortal enemy, “Chaos” Kass McQuillen, that can’t be a good sign.

I spoke with “Survivor’s” “Young Lad” the morning after the “Second Chance” finale and asked him about Kass’s influence, Jeremy’s bombshell, and a mistake he made with Kelley…

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Spencer Bledsoe: Did you enjoy the finale?
Gordon Holmes: Yeah, once I could do the math behind that Tribal and my head stopped spinning it was a blast.
Bledsoe: Jeff had your back with the lightboard.
Holmes: That telestrator needs some kind of branded name like the Probst Tron.
Bledsoe: We can figure something out.
Holmes: You’re the chess master. You’re thinking three moves ahead. Did you anticipate Jeremy making the clean sweep?
Bledsoe: That was my biggest fear and my biggest fear came to fruition. (Laughs) Every step of the way I thought Jeremy was playing a super strong game and could win. With seven people left I weighed it back and forth. It was a really tough decision for me. With five people left it was a tough decision. I considered going to Wentworth and Keith and saying, “Let’s vote Jeremy out.” But, I told myself I could do it at four. I obviously didn’t get that chance.
Holmes: What did you think your chances were against the jury?
Bledsoe: I thought I had a chance, but I was quite afraid of what ultimately happened. He crushed me.

Holmes: That final four Tribal really hurt you when you told Jeremy that you’d vote for Kelley to win and try to get other people to join you. What happened that got you worked up enough to make that claim?
Bledsoe: I think it was Jeremy playing the game well. I think he saw that I could only hurt  myself by talking. And, he made it seem like he was up in the air more than I thought he was previously. I got up in my own head and wondered if I was being voted out. I thought, I might be hurting myself, but I’d be kicking myself more for not saying those things in the moment and then being voted out. It was time number 9,471 that I zigged when I should have zagged.
Holmes: So, you’re crediting Jeremy with shaking you up. Kelley didn’t have a hand in that?
Bledsoe: Yeah, I would say so. I knew Kelley was voting for me, so my real worry was Jeremy. Jeremy was the one considering making it a tie. Kelley deserves a lot of credit for playing a great game, but in that instance Jeremy got me to shoot myself in the foot.

Holmes: In “Redemption Island,” Boston Rob had that no cross-alliance buddying up method. Whereas you guys have Kelley and Jeremy chilling out in a hammock. That would drive me insane.
Bledsoe: Oh yeah. We did talk about that. That was probably the only time Jeremy was off talking with someone, that and the awesome moment where he was trying to get Keith Nale’s attention. Those were the only times the he really talked to them. We did stick together, we didn’t want to make each other paranoid. We didn’t have BR rules in place, but kudos to Jeremy for getting those conversations in and getting Keith’s attention, which was awesome.
Holmes: It only took him half an hour, so it was worth it.
Bledsoe: (Laughs) That was the best moment in the green room. You’ve gotta love Keith Nale.

Holmes: There’s a lot of talk about the first juror setting the tone for the jury. In this case it was your buddy Kass. Did that worry you?
Bledsoe: At the time I wasn’t sure. Kass and I had a long, heartfelt talk on the beach when we first swapped. I apologized for a lot of what happened in Cagayan. We mended some fences. I really thought we’d moved past a lot of that stuff. I thought things would be fine. I don’t think Kass was necessarily that spiteful against me. I think she was very objective as far as who she decided to vote for. But, I do think it was a factor. Kass absolutely hated Tasha and was very venomous toward Tasha. And, there’s also the jury house. People have admitted that they were spreading rumors about me. Kass was spreading things about me that I think ultimately hurt me. I can’t fault her at the end of the day for thinking Jeremy played better. He did.
Holmes: What kind of rumors were being spread about you?
Bledsoe: Kass and Stephen were going around telling people that I was extremely rich. That my mom had won this huge lawsuit divorce settlement. That’s just completely untrue. I used the money from the first time I played “Survivor” to help my dad get out of credit card debt. This time I’m using the money to give a loan to my sister. I have a thousand dollars in my bank account now. So, I don’t know how that got started. But there was this perception that I was a spoiled, bratty, super rich kid which was unfortunate.

Holmes: I wrote in my notes, “The Man Who Can’t Be Killed.” You’re like a cockroach.
Bledsoe: I can’t give myself enough credit to say that’s a strategy. It’s a bunch of nerves and a bunch of luck. It just happened that Varner was more pissed at Shirin than at me. And then Kass had something against Woo and wanted him out. I’m at the right place at the right time. I’ve had awesome good luck and awesome bad luck. I’ve had these close calls.

Holmes: You were on a tribe with everyone at some point. So word association is going to take about 45 minutes. Let’s start with Monica.
Bledsoe: OK, I’m doing something really special. I didn’t do this in advance. This is off the cuff.
Holmes: It’s supposed to be. Don’t listen to Shirin. She’s a horrible influence.
Bledsoe: (Laughs) I think Monica…I feel bad for her. It’s tough. She was a player. My heart goes out to her.
Holmes: Vytas?
Bledsoe: Shifty.
Holmes: Shirin?
Bledsoe: Great friend.
Holmes: “Word association cheater” would also be accepted.
Bledsoe: Look, I can neither confirm nor deny that I helped with her cheating. I think she was pretty on point.
Holmes: I’ll give her that. Varner?
Bledsoe: Electric.
Holmes: Abi-Maria?
Bledsoe: A little more electric.
Holmes: Peih-Gee?
Bledsoe: Grounded, bad ass. She’s great in life.
Holmes: Terry Dietz?
Bledsoe: Awesome guy.
Holmes: Woo?
Bledsoe: My very gracious tae-kwon-do instructor.
Holmes: Kass?
Bledsoe: Like…two-sided.
Holmes: Savage?
Bledsoe: Emotional.
Holmes: Wiglesworth?
Bledsoe: I guess fifteen years ago. Literally every time Probst would talk to her he’d start, “Kelly, fifteen years ago you were blah blah blah.”
Holmes: Ciera?
Bledsoe: Amazing player. I think Ciera is the person I’m the most shocked at how good she was. She was the person who my vision of how good she was went up the most.
Holmes: Fishbach?
Bledsoe: Neurotic.
Holmes: Joe?
Bledsoe: Golden boy.
Holmes: Kimmi?
Bledsoe: Sharp. Sharper than people give her credit for.
Holmes: Keith?
Bledsoe: Love Keith. He’s the funnest guy to be around.
Holmes: Wentworth?
Bledsoe: Betrayed.
Holmes: Tasha?
Bledsoe: Fierce.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Jeremy.
Bledsoe: Earnest, deserving, happy for him.

Holmes: Let’s jump back in there with Wentworth. It seems like there was more animosity than we were shown. Why did you say, “betrayed”?
Bledsoe: I meant betrayed as in; I betrayed her and I felt really bad about it. What you missed is that we got really close. We talked about a lot of personal stuff. We related to each other, we connected. We had a trust and so that was the bond that I felt the worst about breaking. And I didn’t realize how upset she was. I’ve never had any bad feelings toward Kelley, but she probably has some toward me. I felt bad about that one.

Holmes: You’re sitting at final three and Jeremy drops the baby bomb.
Bledsoe: (Laughs) Baby bomb.
Holmes: It’s a thing.
Bledsoe: I’ll give him credit, I think he was going to beat me without the baby bomb. But, “I have a son” was probably the best speech in Tribal Council history. That was game over.

Holmes:  One of the things I wanted to ask about was the importance of picking a narrative. Yours was obviously that you’d grown as a person emotionally over the season. Is that something that gets brought up for the first time at Final Tribal or are you sprinkling bits of that as the season goes along?
Bledsoe: That was the entire time. There’s this idea that I got out there and then things started going poorly and I thought, “Oh dear, I’ve got to change.” But, it really wasn’t that. I think I’ve grown from my first season and I thought that was valid.  It’s on me for not proving that to the jury. But, what I was talking about was real to me. It was a special experience.

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‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Spencer: “People…Think Kass and I Are Secret Friends”

August 27, 2015

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Name: Spencer Bledsoe
Previous Season: “Survivor: Cagayan”
Finish: Fourth Place
Why You Should Remember Him: This “Young Lad” almost went the distance after “Survivor” host Jeff Probst (and…uh…someone else) went on record saying he had no chance to win.

Gordon Holmes: What’ve you been up to since Cagayan?
Spencer Bledsoe: I’m in a lull between school and work, so I’m a glorified bum. But soon I will be a trader in Chicago.
Holmes: Oh man, I aspire to be a glorified bum.
Bledsoe: (Laughs)
Holmes: You have the most powerful thing a Survivor can have, and that’s XFINITY Power Rankings experience.
Bledsoe: That’s true.
Holmes: Is that unfair to everybody else?
Bledsoe: I think it’s a little unfair. There’s no way you can brush shoulders with a great Power Ranker like yourself and not come out a genius for it.
Holmes: (Laughs) And you were a chess champion to begin with.
Bledsoe: Chess playing was great, but the Power Rankings took me to the next level. I’m just worried about the fierce competition of another Power Ranker in my midst.
Holmes: You’re referring to…?
Bledsoe: Ciera Eastin.
Holmes: Is this something you can bond over?
Bledsoe: Yeah, potentially. There are few things you can bond over more than being Power Rankers. I’m looking forward to playing with Ciera. Has anyone ever beat you?
Holmes: Tons of times; Charlie Herschel, Taj George, Dawn Meehan…
Bledsoe: So, it’s a recent streak.
Holmes: Yes, between that and the press challenge streak, it’s truly an embarrassment of riches.
Bledsoe: Have you done the press challenge yet?
Holmes: Not yet.
Bledsoe: Are you nervous?
Holmes: Horrified. But, I am every time. And it’s awful, because I won the first one and was like, “This is awesome! My life in complete!” And then it started building. And now it’s this six-challenge juggernaut.
Bledsoe: I had the opposite. Everything went wrong.
Holmes: You’re so lucky.
Bledsoe: (Laughs) So, really it can’t get worse. I’m playing Roger Federer and he only has one more set to win, so nothing’s stopping me.

Holmes: You are wildly popular, which based on your pre-game interviews was a shock.
Bledsoe: (Laughs)
Holmes: Does being a fan favorite put a target on your back?
Bledsoe: Yeah, just being recent and being from a very good season like “Cagayan” does put a bit of a target. I think it might be tempered by that pre-game perception that I was a kid who had no idea how to play. So, maybe there’s still some of that lingering. So, maybe if people don’t think I have social skill or self awareness that could help. And I think there might be bigger fish to fry here. For example, Joe could easily steal my thunder. Because he’s from a more recent season, a better looking guy, more athletic, potentially a more popular guy who could take some heat off of me.
Holmes: Well, in your defense, nobody is better looking than Joe.
Bledsoe: (Laughs) I’ve been told he looks like a Greek god. That he should be on the cover of a romance novel.
Holmes: There are so few of us.

Holmes: How do you think people in this cast will perceive you?
Bledsoe: I think more people perceive me as a huge fan, happy to be here. I think there will be the perception that I idolize some of these people. I can make that a positive. If I can be the understudy of someone with a big ego, if I can get under Terry Dietz’s wing and make him think that he’s taking this adoring fan along until it’s time to cut his throat? Then that’s perfect.

Holmes: Do you think you’ll be an early target?
Bledsoe: I think I could be if the tribe make-up is such that people want to get rid of me. I feel like I can work a lot easier here with a lot of the women than a lot of the men. I think a lot of the men probably would want to target me. The strategic people might see me in a threatening way. Or, someone might just want to take down a recent, popular player. And the average age of the guys is sky high.
Holmes: You got a problem with old guys?
Bledsoe: (Laughs) I hate old guys.
Holmes: Cause an old guy can kick your ass in the Power Rankings.
Bledsoe: That’s true. If I can make it work, if I can fit that son/understudy niche it could work out fine. But, if I am threatening to an older guy because we relate to different things, or he feels excluded, or I feel excluded, then it becomes a problem.

Holmes: Who is an early target?
Bledsoe: Anyone who has proved themselves to be a bad ally could be in trouble. I think Kass might be sweating it because she has shown to be disloyal, not a good challenge competitor, not very helpful to her tribe. And then I think that the more threatening players are. There’s a huge gap. There are players who are good and players who aren’t. And those who are good are really threatening players; Jeremy, Vytas, Ciera, some of these players are strong and have great reputations. It’s the people in the middle who probably feel safe.

Holmes: Eleven people didn’t come on this journey, and they’ve already been talking. Since you hopped on that bus there has been a lot of talk about pre-game alliances.
Bledsoe: I’ve tried to err on the side of underplaying that side of the game because I think it’s easier to recover from. When you’re Brad Culpepper and you’re going nuts, having Monica call everyone and hiring software engineers to write code to get you votes? If you’re going that hard pre-game? If you’re calling everyone incessantly, that’s hard to recover from. If you’re keeping it low-key, that’s easy to recover from. I’ve had six or seven people here that I’ve talked with frequently. With who I’ve said, “I trust you on some level.” I feel really good about Shirin, about Kelley Wentworth, Andrew Savage by proxy of some of those people. Stephen Fishbach, that’s a natural pairing. Tasha from my season. I really like Peih-Gee. And then I have people I have surface-level relationships with, just being friendly.

Holmes: There are four Cagayaners…is that correct? Cagayanees?
Bledsoe: That’s probably the lesser of the many evils you could come up with.
Holmes: And the worst is…?
Bledsoe: I think Rob Cesternino has done pretty much every imaginable pronunciation.
Holmes: Having three people from your season along, is that good? Bad?
Bledsoe: I like Tasha, we could be partners. But, it comes out in the wash because it could create a target because people expect to have us together. I think with someone like Kass it’s a negative because we’re not tight and people could suspect that we are. I think there’s definitely a strong, noticeable minority of people who think Kass and I are secret friends.
Holmes: Because that’s true.
Bledsoe: Yup! We’re thick as thieves. I don’t know what she’s thinking. I don’t know if she wants to immediately target me. But we’re not super tight. And given that some people think we’re tight, that hurts me more than it helps me.

Holmes: If there are any twists, what do you think they are?
Bledsoe: Hmm…do you think Jeff Probst has the gall to bring back Redemption Island?
Holmes: I can’t say.
Bledsoe: But you do know!
Holmes: I do. That’s what makes this job fun.
Bledsoe: (Laughs) I do know there is a school-yard pick for the tribes.
Holmes: How do you know that?
Bledsoe: I overheard Dalton (Ross) talking.
Holmes: OK. I’m neither confirming nor denying.
Bledsoe: (Stares at Gordon)
Holmes: I think I know Dalton a little better than that. Basically he’s the Terry Dietz to my Spencer Bledsoe.
Bledsoe: (Laughs)
Holmes: You’re trying to trick me after all we’ve been through?
Bledsoe: (Laughs)
Holmes: I’m not even mad, I’m proud.
Bledsoe: Don’t tell him, I’m going to try the same thing on him. But I do think the tribe division is the heaviest thing on everybody’s minds. We all thought we’d get some clue when wardrobe was decided by color schemes, but then we were told to wear something similar to last time. They could do something like men vs. women. I pray it’s not that. Maybe it’s an age thing? But, the numbers don’t seem to be there. Maybe it’ll just be you ten over here and you ten over there.

Holmes: Alright, we’re going to play “Align or Malign.” In my hand I have nineteen cards featuring your competitors. You’ll go through them and tell me who you’ll align with and who you’ll malign. Trick is, you only get eight aligns.

Bledsoe: Kelly Wiglesworth, she’s tough for me. I don’t know if I can align with someone frozen in a time capsule and doesn’t want to make an alliance. I think I’d have a hard time playing with Kelly because I wouldn’t trust her to not vote off some random person because they’re not helping with camp life even if it contradicts our strategic goals. So, malign.

Bledsoe: Jeremy…I like. We were competitors on Mr. Survivor.
Holmes: And who won that?
Bledsoe: I believe I did. So I imagine Jeremy is out to get me. I couldn’t blame him. I couldn’t deal with someone taking the greatest prize out from under me. So, I have to malign Jeremy before he maligns me.

Bledsoe: Monica is a pretty friendly person from the pre-game interactions. I’ve never talked to her. But at the same time, she seems to be smiling and nodding at everyone. I think she has a lot of strategic chops that we didn’t see in Samoa, so I’m going to malign her as well.

Bledsoe: Jeff Varner…I like. I think it’d be easy to relate to him over the fact that Kimmi is annoying as hell. So, I’ll align with Jeff.

Bledsoe: Vytas…Vytas and I have talked pre-game. But, I trust him, as Jeff Probst would say 0.0%.
Holmes: We’re going to hear about that forever, aren’t we?
Bledsoe: (Laughs) Yeah.
Holmes: You should just get the tattoo.
Bledsoe: Well when I win I’ll have to get a 100.0% tattoo.
Holmes: Nice.
Bledsoe: The thing with Vytas is I think he thinks people buy his (expletive deleted) a lot more than they do. Vytas will go up to and in a seemingly sincere tone say, “Hey man, I just want to go out there and have fun. I just want to make great friends. This is going to be awesome.” I think he thinks people are eating it up when they’re not. I think he could be someone I work with at some point, but I always trust Vytas to what’s best for Vytas. So, malign.

Bledsoe: I really like Peih-Gee. We had brief interaction, but I have a good vibe from her. I’m going to align Peih-Gee.

Bledsoe: Stephen I have a lot in common with. We’re both deep in the RHAP community. He’s someone kind of like Vytas where I trust him to do what’s best for him. But he’s smoother and would be a better ally, so I’ll align with Stephen.

Bledsoe: Tasha, I love Tasha. I’ll align with Tasha.

Bledsoe: Kass? Is there another category other than “Align” and “Malign”? Can we get an “Exterminate” pile? I guess I’ll just malign her.

Bledsoe: Shirin is my favorite person in this group. If I can get a positive Harry Potter word association from her I’ll consider it a successful season.
Holmes: The damn Dirty 30 and their pre-determined word associations.
Bledsoe: You didn’t like that?
Holmes: It did make me feel loved that they took the time to put something together. But, it defeated the purpose.
Bledsoe: I helped her with that.
Holmes: So, you’re to blame.
Bledsoe: Hardcore aligning with Shirin.

Bledsoe: Kelley I really like. We’ve talked a decent bit. I think she’s a better player than she got to show. I’ll align with her.

Bledsoe: Terry…I could go either way. A fun story is that Trish tried to force me and Terry into an alliance. She Facebook messaged me, “I don’t know much, but I know people. You can trust Terry (expletive deleted) Dietz. We’re (expletive deleted) Boston!” Even though he’s not (expletive deleted) Boston. I messaged him, we had a decent chat. He could be a guy who’s plopped out of “Mad Men” and if that happens, then me and the people I want to align with will not be a fan. So I’ll err on the side of maligning.

Bledsoe: Abi-Maria…again I could go either way. I could see her being tolerable. She is the most ridiculously chatty person ever and it will be annoying. It could work out to use her. But, again I’ll err on the side of maligning.

Bledsoe: Ciera, can’t go against a fellow Power Ranker. Align.
Holmes: The tightest bond you can possibly have.

Bledsoe: Woo…I like Woo. I think if I could align with nine people I would align with Woo. But, I don’t know where his head is at. And I’d like to reduce that Cagayan target. So, malign.

Bledsoe: Keith…I don’t have anything against Keith, but I don’t see a particular reason to align with Keith. He could be someone good to take to the end, because even if he played a good game I don’t know if people would respect him or credit him with it. But, I think early on I’m not going to be thinking that far ahead. So, malign.
Bledsoe: Kimmi, she hasn’t even spoken to me yet, but she seems extraordinarily annoying. She doesn’t seem very self aware to me. She doesn’t seem like someone who could bring in new people or bridge gaps, mend fences. So, I’m going to malign Kimmi.

Bledsoe: Andrew, I think he’s really solid. He has definitely a degree of wanting to play loyally which is extremely rare in the 31st season of “Survivor.” So, if I could play with him, I would align with him.

Bledsoe: Last one.
Holmes: And you’re out of aligns.
Bledsoe: You’ve got to take out the golden boy. So, I’m maligning Joe.
Holmes: Sorry, Joey Amazing.

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

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‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Power Rankings – Finale Edition

December 16, 2014

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NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” coverage with “all the fixin’s.” This Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the season finale, and starting Thursday you’ll be able to watch the finale and read interviews with the new champion and the other castaways. Be sure to follow Gordon Holmes on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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Important Announcement: The “Survivor” Hall of Fame has announced the first member of class of 2014.

Another Important Announcement: This season’s Power Rankings competition is over and Gordon Holmes has claimed his fifth straight victory. We at the Power Rankings Regulation Committee would like to thank Spencer Bledsoe for being such an entertaining and insightful competitor.

Yet Another Important Announcement: The following rankings are based on where our two competitors think the individual Survivors will finish the season.

And One Final Important Announcement: This edition is for exhibition purposes only. Betting on the “Survivor” Power Rankings is frowned upon.

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 1. Jaclyn – Top 5! Top 5! This week, my rankings are simply a stab at exactly how this final 5 will go down. Gordon Holmes dominated Power Rankings this season like Probst dominated flint negotiations. However, I’m going for redemption with an unconventional winner prediction: Jaclyn Schultz will take down the $1M prize Wednesday night. She’s shown the game insight that Jon didn’t have. She has a great shot of making the final three against Missy and Baylor. She has a story at the end that she needs the money to start a family. As long as Jon gives her credit for her great plays, she’ll have a case to make.
  1. Natalie – You’ve gotta do it, Natalie. You’ve gotta win this thing. And, I really think you can. I think you’re taking home the check no matter who you go to the end with. But, your best bet is obviously against Missy and Baylor. Neither will have a family member on the jury and the other jurors aren’t their biggest fans. The trick will be making sure they don’t realize what a mega threat you are.
 2. Missy – She’s no Phillip Sheppard, but Missy seems to have made herself an appealing person to take to the end. She’s not a threat in challenges anymore, but she has a final three deal with at least Natalie, so I don’t envision Nat, Keith, and Jaclyn unifying against her. To Missy’s credit, despite the middle fingers and blowouts, she’s played a strategic game, keeping herself in the majority, and I see her carrying more winner equity than most realize.
  2. Missy – Missy’s going to the finals. With a broken foot and her Bay (or “Bae”) by her side she’s going to the finals. She may even pick up a vote or two if someone appreciates her strong strategies, big moves, or her gutting through an injured foot. But, she won’t be winning.
 3. Baylor – Everyone and their mother, including Baylor and her mother, wants these two in the final three. I see no reason they can’t pull it off, but based on Baylor’s recent word associations in XFINITY exit interviews, I worry about her chance to win.
  3. Baylor – What do Gervase Peterson, Sherri Biethman, Dawn Meehan, Chelsea Meissner, Albert Destrade, Natalie Tenerelli, Matthew “Sash” Lenahan, Russell Hantz, Mick Trimming, Stephen Fishbach, Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, Cassandra Franklin, Dre “Dreamz” Herd, and Becky Lee all have in common?

 4. Natalie – If Natalie makes final Tribal Council, I think she completes the season as a mirror image of her twinnie and wins it all. For that reason, and the fact that she has an idol, I can only see her getting two places: First or fourth. She’ll be in a solid spot at final four as the best challenge competitor. If Missy is there, she could even have over a 1-in-3 shot at immunity. Still, I think it’s a bit more likely she gets cut right before the end.
  4. Keith – Here’s where it gets iffy. I’m thinking that Natalie and Maylor (Baysy?) are going to go after Jaclyn first because she’s going to be annoyed about them sending Prince Ali Fabulous He Ali Ababwa to the jury. That would be a mistake. Jaclyn hasn’t done anything challenge-wise this whole time and Keith has held the necklace on a few occasions. And if Keith can get to the end, he can win. Probably not against Natalie, but against anyone else, he can win.
 5. Keith – A Keith win would be one for the ages. As an event, it would instantly ingratiate itself in “Survivor” lore as one of the biggest upsets ever. The sky could come crashing down as Keith performed his signature maniacal laugh. Sadly, I think he’ll be the biggest non-immune jury threat at final 5, and without any real close allies, he may not have any solid plans to stick to.
 5. Jaclyn – Shouldn’t there be an 80s metal song called “Blindsided”? Man, I’d use its lyrics in every headline. “Blindsided! Ooo, baby you cheated. Blindsided! My heart has been defeated.” Anywho, I can’t imagine Jaclyn being cool with the remaining ladies after last week’s vote. Can she keep a cool head long enough to convince Maylor that Natalie is the real threat? Probably not.

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‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Power Rankings – Double Elimination Edition

December 3, 2014

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NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” coverage with “all the fixin’s.” We’ll have Power Rankings with “Cagayan” fave Spencer Bledsoe, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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Important Announcement: The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is honoring the show’s most iconic Tribal Councils.

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 Baylor is voted out this week, Spencer will receive three points and Gordon will receive two points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Spencer and Gordon both had Wes in spot seven. So, the current score is Team Farm Guy 79, Team Corinsanity 95.

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Team Farm Guy’s Score = 79

Any questions for Spencer? Drop him a line on Twitter: @SpencerBGM

  Team Corinsanity’s Score = 95

Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

 1. Jon – There looks to be trouble in paradise in this week’s “Survivor” double-header, as Jon and Jaclyn are seen fighting. They’ve both proven solid game players, though, and I trust the couple to keep their eyes on the prize even whilst hangry.
  1. Jaclyn – Natalie totally saved the day last week. If she doesn’t speak up at Tribal, Jon doesn’t play his idol, he’s sent packing, and you’re probably next. Now, don’t let that move make you feel too warm and fuzzy toward your new favorite Twinnie. With the exception of possibly Reed, Natalie is the last person you want to be sitting next to at the final Tribal.
 2. Jaclyn – With the numbers down to eight, Jon, Jaclyn, Missy, and Baylor have it within their power to face nothing worse than a tie at Tribal Council. If a dice roll comes, Jon and Jaclyn at least have an idol going their way.
  2. Baylor – I can’t imagine a scenario where Baylor could win at this point. She could get to the end against acne on prom night and yellow snow and still not get any votes.
 3. Baylor – In “Survivor,” any press is bad press, so it’s bad news that Reed is seen calling Baylor a brat. Whether he’s targeting her or trying to rustle her feathers, I felt better about Baylor when she was flying under the radar / Missy’s wing.
  3. Missy – I think you’re in the same boat with your daughter. You just haven’t done enough for a jury to award you the big prize.

 4. Natalie – Natalie’s in an excellent spot this week. She has an idol, and the Jon/Jaclyn/Baylor/Missy coalition need her vote. While shaking things up Ciera-style might be risky and mean a nonzero chance of going home, it could be the play she makes to have a shot at winning.
  4. Natalie – “Survivor” champions Ethan Zohn, Jenna Morasca, “Boston” Rob Mariano, and Amber Mariano have all played the “Amazing Race” and lost. Are we prepared for what’ll happen if Jeff Probst has to hand over a million-dollar check to one half of the Twinnies? (Also, what convenient bookends it’d be with Nadiya being the first out.)
 5. Missy – If Natalie decides to make something happen, and we end up in a gridlock, idols will become paramount. Natalie will have one. Jaclyn or Jon will have one. Missy will almost definitely not have one.
 5. Jon – You dodged a major bullet, buddy. And I’m betting things will finally calm down so you can cut the excess players from the tribe. But, don’t think for a second that because Natalie doesn’t have a loved one that she’s the right person to take to the end. I feel like people respect her game more than yours.
  6. Alec – “Survivor” teases that this week, contestants will willingly give up reward in the middle of a challenge. Surely they’re not talking about our beloved meat collector? Alec hasn’t made waves in a while, so hopefully two hours will be long enough to see something interesting from him.
 6. Alec – Hey…weren’t you on “Survivor”?
  7. Reed – You have to feel for someone who constructed a plan that was going to work – going to shake the game – and fell apart with four small words: “Stick to the plan.” Reed has fought the good fight, but he’s nearing his last lifeline, and has little hope of establishing long-term trust anywhere.
 7. Keith – Wow…just wow. That was… I can’t believe… Of all the… You know, when they talk about the biggest mistakes in “Survivor” history, people lean toward the showier ones like people being voted out with idols or Erik giving up his idol. But Keith’s has to be up there. If he’d played it right, he’d have the numbers and an idol right now.
  8. Keith – Talk about screwing the pooch. Keith claims not to understand “mathematics and all that mess,” and paid for it last week when he let the cat out of the bag regarding “that mess.” I’m rooting for more soundbites, but fear this is the week an idol-less Keith finally takes his last spit in San Juan Del Sur.
 8. Reed – Oh, Reed. You deserve better. It’s not your fault that Keith dropped the ball…and the ball rolled into the street…and a gasoline truck ran over the ball…and the truck swerved and hit a tree…and the gasoline doused the remnants of the ball…and an errant spark ignited the ball and burned it to dust…and then a dog relieved itself on the ashes...

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‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Power Rankings – Misch Best Served Bold Edition

November 26, 2014

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NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” coverage with “all the fixin’s.” We’ll have Power Rankings with “Cagayan” fave Spencer Bledsoe, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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Important Announcement: The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is honoring the show’s most iconic Tribal Councils.

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 Natalie is voted out this week, Spencer will receive four points and Gordon will receive nine points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Spencer had Jeremy in spot three, Gordon had him in spot nine. So, the current score is Team Farm Guy 72, Team Corinsanity 88.

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Team Farm Guy’s Score = 72

Any questions for Spencer? Drop him a line on Twitter: @SpencerBGM

  Team Corinsanity’s Score = 88

Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

 1. Baylor – Last week Baylor actually received… zero votes. The apocalypse is here. I don’t see why anyone would want to take her out before Missy. I sense the move for Reed, Wes, Keith, Natalie, and Alec is to band together against the other four, but I also sense it won’t happen.
  1. Jaclyn – The Jasmine to Jon’s Aladdin was in the middle of things again this week and now that I’ve had time to think about it…I don’t hate the move to get rid of Jeremy. I mean, I hate it from the sense that I had picked Jeremy to win and it would’ve finally broken my stupid curse, but getting rid of Jeremy makes a JaclJon win much more likely.
 2. Jaclyn – Our power couple is living the swinging dream – surfing from alliance to alliance leading into the endgame. As long as they can stay afloat, and people need their votes, I like them to go far.
  2. Baylor – I can’t imagine a situation where a jury would give the win to Baylor. There’s simply no final-three combination that’s going to award her the prize. Well, maybe if she gets there with Keith and Wes after they murder the rest of the players.
 3. Jon – …And they have an idol.
  3. Missy – Missy, on the other hand, could win it. If people can ignore her train-wreck social game and focus on her big, bold moves, she has a chance. Not a good chance, but a better chance than Baylor.

 4. Natalie – Who cares if giving up reward is transparent? Who cares if Jon and Jaclyn saw through it? Transparent gestures can still carry weight, and although this one didn’t work, it gives even more proof that Natalie is one of the few left who is PLAYING.
  4. Jon – Hate on Jon all you want, but the fact remains that he and his girlfriend got rid of the game’s two most dominant players in back-to-back weeks. And, he’s still got an idol. If he and Jaclyn can figure it out so there’s some combination of him, Jaclyn, Missy, or Baylor at the end, they’re going to walk away with that million-dollar check.
 5. Missy – I’m actually way higher on muffin than many; she’s pulling strings, and whether or not she’s a good player she’s some of the better casting on the season. With Jeremy gone, we’re gonna need someone who can form a coherent sentence.
 5. Reed – Kudos to Reed for going from the bottom of the barrel to seemingly being a part of the new dominant alliance. However, he is nowhere near safe. He’s the most popular member of the new fivesome and his boyfriend is a well-liked member of the jury.
  6. Keith – Only talking to females when he passes them, Keith boasts a social game somewhere in between John Rocker and Shannon Elkins levels. With an idol, hopefully he doesn’t also meet John Rocker’s fate.
 6. Keith – It took some guts to hold onto your idol last week. But, the time for being shy with that thing is over. You need to figure out which way Jon and Co. are voting and counter it. I’m thinking the only people you can trust at this point are Wes and Alec. Make your move this week to bounce one of the dominant alliance, then you can pick up Natalie and possibly Reed.
  7. Wes – Wake up. Spit. Burp. #TacoOverload. Talk to women in passing. Spit. Wes’s simple “Survivor” life is in danger of coming to a screeching halt very soon.
 7. Wes – You or Alec need to win immunity this week. It’ll give Team Jonclyn one less person to target at Tribal and it will give you a better chance at correctly playing your dad’s idol.
  8. Reed – The sky is falling! Not only does Reed now speak on the show, but he seems… possibly… safe this week? After uniting with Jon/Jaclyn/Baylor/Missy to blindside Jeremy, that foursome is hardly in a position to immediately turn on him. And yet, the season’s first idol play could easily leave someone like Reed out by a few stray votes.
 8. Alec – See Wes.
  9. Alec –This ain’t no charity, now! If you’re bad at “Survivor,” you’re gonna go home eventually.    9. Natalie – “What the ___, Missy?” Thank you for so eloquently expressing exactly what I was thinking. Unfortunately for Natalie, when the leader goes, that person’s right hand often follows. I doubt she can work her way into the dominant alliance, but maybe she can inspire Keith to finally shake up the game with his idol.

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‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Power Rankings – Flatulent Fireman Edition

November 19, 2014

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NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” coverage with “all the fixin’s.” We’ll have Power Rankings with “Cagayan” fave Spencer Bledsoe, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Keith is voted out this week, Spencer will receive nine points and Gordon will receive six points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Spencer had Josh in spot eight, Gordon had him in spot ten. The current score is Team Spencer: 69, Team Gordon: 79.

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Spencer’s Score = 69

Any questions for Spencer? Drop him a line on Twitter: @SpencerBGM

  Gordon’s Score = 79

Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

 1. Natalie – The last time we saw a Natalie this quiet, she took down third place (S22). The time before that, she won the game (S19). Our twinnie has been a small presence, but every time she speaks, she shows strategic chops worthy of carrying on the tradition of her namesake.
  1. Jaclyn – She’s in the dominant alliance, her bae has an immunity idol, and she isn’t a challenge threat. She isn’t going anywhere.
 2. Baylor – Baylor has aspirations greater than simply taking the most crap from Alec; she’s going for records. The irony is that despite collecting votes quicker than Probst collects cargos, Baylor is in little danger. She’s under Missy’s protection, in the majority and out of the fray.
  2. Natalie – Natalie has taken a backseat since the merge, but that’s not always a bad thing. Jeremy’s taking all the shots because he’s the leader, meanwhile she’s working hard and making friends.
 3. Jeremy – All of the sudden, Jeremy has shifted from Grinch of San Juan Del Sur to dragon slayer of San Juan Del Sur. When he isn’t questioning why others are happy, he’s aggressively taking those happy people out. Jeremy is in control after slaying Josh.
  3. Baylor – “Naïve,” “Spoiled,” “Brat,” “Ugh,” and “Lazy” are five words that have been used in five different exit interviews to describe poor Baylor. And, that’s just the people who’ve left the game. Alec wants her to smell his farts, Keith wants to actively whoop her, and her own mother punched her in the face.

 4. Missy – Keith can bemoan her parenting all he wants, but Missy successfully lead her daughter toward a comfortable majority. As long as she doesn’t consume all the rice in the next three days, she should stick around.
  4. Missy – Everyone’s got to be wondering; how do I get to the end with Baylor and Missy? Seems like a guaranteed million-dollar check.
 5. Jon – They finally did it. Jon and Jaclyn planted their flag alongside team Jeremy; they picked a side. Time will tell if this couple blundered, but with the numbers still tight, I think they bought some short-term safety.
 5. Jon – I have a theory that every “Survivor” is a product of the last season the cast saw before they went on location. The last thing this group saw was Tony being rewarded for stabbing people in the back in “Survivor: Cagayan.” Jon, you might think you’re safe, but you’d better keep that idol close at all times. Beware the odd-numbered votes…
  6. Jaclyn – I like the Jaclyn that’s emerging – a decision-maker with the backbone to call people out for hovering around Jon rather than her. Speaking of howler monkey whisperer: He’s got an idol, and seems nice enough to use it should Jaclyn need it.
 6. Keith – I’ve given Keith’s use of the idol some thought, and I don’t think he completely dropped the ball. If he’s low on Jeremy’s list of people to boot, he could ride things out until that alliance is about to break up and sneak his way into a final three with a desperate duo. Is he thinking that far ahead? Probably not.
  7. Alec – Who says chivalry is dead? This charmer unfortunately found himself in the minority after the last vote, and is skating on thin ice. What used to be merely rubbing someone the wrong way might now be a “Survivor” death wish.
 7. Wes – I want Wes to make it to the end, just so his jury speech can start, “I’m a good kid, I haven’t been in jail yet.” Can he get there from here? That all depends on if his father is in a sharing mood.
  8. Wes – Despite the extent of his taco overload, Wes is on the verge of an even more extensive binge-eating session if he becomes the second juror. It’s nice that his dad has an idol, but with the way things are going Keith could just as easily give Wes a “whooping” as he could bail him out.
 8. Alec – Wow, did you guys blow it. As the lone single person in your alliance, you were a shoo-in to be in some couple’s final three. Now look at you; you’re going to be remembered as the guy who wanted to fart on Baylor.
  9. Keith – If we’re to expect a blindside this week, Keith might be our man. He’s done nothing with his idol so far (and it could have plausibly changed the game), and I fear that trend may continue one vote too long.
  9. Jeremy – Jon and Jaclyn have defected! Team Jeremy reigns supreme! Let the Pagoning begin! Well…not so fast. There’s still the outside chance that Keith could wake up and realize that he could put his alliance back in power with his idol. An outside chance. A waaaaaay outside chance.  But, it could happen.
  10. Reed – A Joshless Reed is ready to stir things up. He’ll “light this camp on fire” and search through bags before going down. I’m rooting for him to pull some rabbits out of hats, but so far in barren Nicaragua, I haven’t seen many rabbits.
  10. Reed Reed’s Spidey Sense must be freaking out right about now. Why do I have him so low? Because he’s so well liked. If I’m Team Jeremy, I’d be worried that he’s the only one out of the guys who could weasel his way into any alliance cracks that could form in the coming weeks.

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‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Power Rankings – Stinky Smooch Edition

November 11, 2014

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NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” coverage with “all the fixin’s.” We’ll have Power Rankings with “Cagayan” fave Spencer Bledsoe, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Keith is voted out this week, Spencer will receive three points and Gordon will receive five points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Spencer and Gordon both had Julie in spot twelve. The current score is Team Spencer 61, Team Gordon 68.

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Spencer’s Score = 61

Any questions for Spencer? Drop him a line on Twitter: @SpencerBGM

  Gordon’s Score = 69

Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

 1. Baylor – Baylor has come a long way since being lost at the grocery store, scared and unable to find her mom. She’s now following her Missy’s lead, and securing a spot atop the Power Rankings.
  1. Jaclyn – So much has changed since Julie quit because she missed John Rocker, or she was caught hoarding food, or she didn’t like rain, or whatever. The world’s been introduced to “Too Many Cooks,” LeBron James has lost and found his mojo, and someone stole my idea for Dorito-flavored Mountain Dew. The one thing that hasn’t changed is how much the rest of the game will hinge on the next move of Nicaragua’s Hottest Couple.
 2. Jeremy – Things weren’t looking too pretty for Jeremy last week before purple Julie felt the last rain drop in the coffin. Probst said someone could have gotten a million dollar break last week, and with Jeremy’s hold over Alec, amongst others, the tide might turn once again this week.
  2. Jon – Julie’s quit was a nice little undercard match to set up this week’s main event. It’s a six-on five elimination match with the drama centering around which side JaclJon (Jonlyn?) will take. If I were them, I’d side with Jeremy and Co. because Jeremy is the only physical threat. But I understand why they’d be worried about being the last intimidating couple left standing.
 3. Keith – He may not remember birthdays. He may demand help picking up wood, per the previews. But as long as Keith doesn’t go home with an idol, we’re in for another week of laughs.
  3. Baylor – Nobody is truly  safe this week outside of the golden couple. Baylor’s only this high because somebody has to be. We might end up with a situation where idol fear causes one team to go after a less-likely target.

 4. Missy – Missy is a risky ranking. I’m jumping out on a limb and predicting that things will work out well for the Missy/Baylor/Jeremy/Natalie coalition, but truth be told, they’re all in the hands of Jon and Jaclyn. And that’s a scary place to be.
  4. Natalie – See Baylor.
 5. Natalie – Same rationale as Missy, only Natalie seems slightly more tightly tethered to Jeremy, and slightly less maneuverable.
 5. Keith – I’m starting to think that nobody knows Keith has an idol because this is the second week in a row where his alliance could’ve used an idol and nobody mentioned it. Is that good?  Yes and no. It’s good because he has a safety net if he feels threatened. It’s bad because he could put Josh’s alliance in the driver’s seat with one move and he doesn’t seem willing to do it.
  6. Jaclyn – We actually heard from Jaclyn last episode – twice! With she and Jon positioned as a power couple this week, expect lightning to strike again.
 6. Wes – Aww…poor Wes His dad forgot his birthday, then he bested him in an immunity challenge. It’s cool. You don’t want to look like too much of a threat.
  7. Jon – As swing votes, Jon and Jaclyn have taken over the narration duties of the show. Suffice it to say, I don’t think Morgan Freeman is sweating this one; his job is safe.
 7. Missy – All signs pointed to Julie being majorly creeped out by Missy last week. That’s bad. There’s nothing worse in this game than not appreciating how people perceive you. So, why is Missy so low this week? Because I’m thinking she’ll be the target if Team Josh wins the affections of J-Squared and Jeremy wins immunity.
  8. Josh – Josh is the guy who is continually, inevitably, perpetually shafted. He saves his rice on Coyopa only to show up at Hunahpu and have nothing to eat. He played his cards well – becoming effective mob boss in the early going – but is now ultimately left grasping for control. It’s all up to the woman who can’t speak and the man who talks to howler monkeys.
 8. Alec – So, I wrote out all of the options, and it looks like Alec is in real danger of being the odd man out. If Jon and Jac go with Team Josh, it’s a couples’ alliance and Alec doesn’t fit in. And, if J&J go with Team Jeremy, they don’t need Alec and he has no real foundation with them.
  9. Wes – He’s made the background his home, staying quiet thus far, but could catch a stray bullet if Jeremy wins the Jeremy-vs-Josh clash. Wes might just need to ask dad for that idol.
  9. Reed – Your worst-case scenario is Team Jeremy winning the love of JaclJon and Josh winning immunity. (Hey, remember when we thought Reed was the player and Josh was the tag-along?)
  10. Reed – With each passing day, an athlete like Reed becomes a higher nail to be pounded down. With each vote, the fact that he and Josh remain together will make others uneasy. In a very different sense than the fallen John Rocker, Reed is a ticking time bomb.
  10. Josh Alright, if I were a betting man (and I totally am) I’d bet that the wonder twins will end up by Josh’s side. Here’s my reasoning; 1. Jon wasn’t that close to Jeremy on old Hunahpu, 2. The more couples there are around, the less dangerous it is to be in a couple. 3. Josh and Reed seem much more intimidating challenge-wise (and are thus bigger targets) than Jon and Jaclyn.
  11. Alec – Next episode looks like hard times for ‘basically a badass’ junior. His rudeness toward Julie last week at least reflected others’ outrage after the #TrailMixScandal, but the rudeness he’s teased to bring this time looks… ugly. Alec may find plenty of time at Ponderosa to be a meat collector as the first juror.
  11. Jeremy – The shame of the Jeremy/Josh showdown is it’s probably going to cost us one of this season’s two solid players. I’m hoping Jeremy can figure it out and break the Gordon-picked-me-to-win curse, but I’m thinking Josh has got him beat.

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‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Power Rankings – Merge Edition

November 4, 2014

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NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” coverage with “all the fixin’s.” We’ll have Power Rankings with “Cagayan” fave Spencer Bledsoe, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Keith is voted out this week, Spencer will receive five points and Gordon will receive two points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Spencer and Gordon both had Dale in spot thirteen. The current score is Team Spencer 49, Team Gordon 57.

Let’s check in with our two competitors before jumping into this all-important pre-merge ranking…

Gordon Holmes: First up, thanks a ton for playing this season. It’s awesome to have you on board.
Spencer Bledsoe: Of course! I consider it an honor, or at least consider it the kind of nerdy activity I would be doing with my friends anyway while watching “Survivor,” without it being posted on XFINITY.
Holmes: Nerdy? I resent that. What’ve you been up to since you proved Jeff Probst and I don’t understand how the show works?
Bledsoe: Since May I’ve just really enjoyed refocusing on real life – getting a job, working toward graduation – but now that I’m a bit removed from the experience, I’m loving watching the show again with the player cap off and the fan cap on.

Holmes: What would be your ideal situation heading into a Blood vs. Water season? I’m thinking a family member would be safer than a spouse, because a family member can’t divorce you.
Bledsoe: As tempting as taking someone I care zero about would be (the Corinne Kaplan approach), I’d feel good about being out there with my sister Taryn.

Holmes: Alright, we’re six votes into this season and I’m kind of blown away by some of the horrific gameplay we’ve seen. You could argue that Val, Rocker, and Drew were all totally responsible for their own exits. What’s your take on this pre-merge mess?
Bledsoe: You mean to tell me that Ms. “I have two idols,” the badass of San Juan Del Sur, and John Rocker had subpar gameplay? I think it’s a couple of things. Newbies are always a mixed bag; I think we’ve just forgotten how bad the play can be since this is the first all-newbie season following another all-newbie season in five years. Cagayan, One World and Nicaragua all had their share of bad players, so I don’t think the poor play is as novel as it might seem. San Juan Del Sur also seems like a case study in why you want people who know the game out there. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that people like Josh or Jeremy have been the most compelling so far.

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Spencer’s Score = 49

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  Gordon’s Score = 57

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 1. Baylor – She’s stepped in gum. Josh (her closest ally) has voted for her. She’s had honey in her hair. Seven separate people have voted for her at least once. Her Dairy Queen has melted. It’s about to be merge time, but no matter what the sticky situation, Baylor always seems to emerge unscathed.
  1. Jaclyn – Even if Jaclyn ends up on the wrong side of the numbers, she isn’t going to be anyone’s first vote. Her boyfriend on the other hand…he might be in some trouble.
 2. Jeremy – WHY. ARE Y’ALL. HAPPPYYYYYYY?!?!?!?? These people are so DUMB! If they were smart, they would have gotten rid of Jeremy long ago. Now they have to be called idiots in at least ten more of his confessionals.
  2. Keith – Dale thinks that Keith is totally in Missy’s pocket, and why wouldn’t he be? Apparently she gives out the biggest servings of rice. The question is; will Wes join up with his dear old dad? Out of all the couples this season, they seemed to be the most likely to go their separate ways.
 3. Natalie – I’m actually not high on singles to thrive like they did in the first “Blood vs. Water,” but like Jeremy, I think Natalie will find a niche anyway. She has close ties from the original Hunahpu, and I could see Missy/Baylor/Jon/Jaclyn, or even Josh/Reed/Wes/Keith, welcoming her aboard.
  3. Baylor – Will Baylor be torn between partnering with her mom or her old pal Josh? I don’t think so. Josh voted for her for funsies a few too many times. But could they work together? All of ’em? Team Missy and Team Josh? Nope, this isn’t “Big Brother.” You can’t have an alliance of 40 people.

 4. Jon – I think it was an aggressive move of Mattel to release Barbie and Ken: deaf-mute and howler monkey-whisperer edition. Jon seems as detached from other players as Jaclyn is from the show at large (Missy and Baylor are his only other bond). Still, four couples remain at the merge, and Jon is just a few new allies away from forming a paired mega alliance.
  4. Missy – Between the original alliances, the post-swap alliances, and the original relationships, this whole merge looks like a big mess. Missy has ties with the former dominant alliance at old Hunahpu. Natalie and Jeremy are right there ready to join up with them. But, Baylor has ties with Josh. I’m not sure which way they’ll go, but they’ll have options and won’t be obvious targets.
 5. Keith – Keith rounds out the five people that I’d bet the farm are safe for another week. With the game’s only current immunity idol and options between his son’s and his own relationships with Alec and company and Missy and company, respectively, Keith could hardly be set up better.
 5. Natalie – If Natalie was able to convince Baylor that her and Jeremy were still on Team Missy when she volunteered to go to Exile (not an) Island, she may have made the move of the season.
  6. Josh – Josh takes the biggest dip in my rankings because a merge means uncertainty – something he hasn’t faced in a long while. We see him mulling over a pact with Reed, Keith, Wes and Alec, but there’s no sure sign he can lock down a majority (7/12 players). Further, Jeremy has sunk his claws into…
 6. Jeremy – Hunahpu traded their eternal souls to Jeff Probst for a bag of rice. Jeremy wasn’t a fan of the move, but he made sure the only person he told was the cameraman. Smart man. Now that he’s made the merge, here’s hoping he’s either able to make peace with Keith, realign with Missy, or make some other clever moves.
  7. Alec – Alec. He’s in limbo. His position in the game is as precarious as his word choice when he said, “I’m a meat collector” and “my skirt was blown up” last episode. I think he’ll stay tied to Wes, but beyond that, I have no idea where kingpin junior will find his place.
 7. Wes – You’re tight with Josh. Your dad is tight with Missy. So, no matter what you should be able to maneuver your way into the alliance that has the numbers.
  8. Jaclyn – In the tradition of hearing from or about Jaclyn,
 8. Alec – Things are going to get really interesting after the merge feast, and you’re someone who is going to have some options. I don’t think you’re going to be an obvious target no matter which way the wind blows. So, take your time and find the situation that best suits your needs.
  9. Missy – It’s a shame Missy has to merge just when things were getting good – her foremost enemy (Dale) just left, and she appears to have full control of the new Coyopa. Despite a silver lining that Hunahpu now has more rice for her to cook, I think the merge is worse news for Missy than for anyone else.
  9. Reed – Jeremy had a real good point last week about Reed and Josh spending too much time together after the swap. You’ve got two guys who are smart, likable, and in shape. It’s like the Baskauskas Brothers version 2.0. They’ll have plenty of time to canoodle after one of them takes home the Sole Survivor title.
  10. Wes – Wes is just threatening enough, via his connections to Keith and Alec, to be taken out. He isn’t powerful enough, however, to save himself. If we’re to anticipate a shootout between Josh and Jeremy, I fear Wes is the guy who gets caught by a ricochet bullet.
  10. Jon It was very nice of production to allow you to try on the merge buff early last week. (Ahem.) But, you shouldn’t count on Missy to do you any favors once she has her original alliance back.
  11. Reed – Reed’s “Survivor” game has mirrored Gordon Holmes’s Power Ranking game thus far. Things have gone smoothly – almost too smoothly – and he hasn’t yet found reason to worry. I like Reed, but for the sake of avenging the fallen Ciera Eastin, here’s to a downfall of Garrett Adelstein proportions.
  11. Josh – Yup…you’re in the same boat as Reed, except you’re double dangerous because Baylor knows you were running the show at old Coyopa.
  12. Julie – Julie is as determined to win “Survivor” as John Rocker is to win a Nobel Peace Prize. All signs point to a quit, but if she does steal something, food or otherwise, from the merge feast, a rain of Julie ballots may extinguish her fire before Nicaraguan precipitation extinguishes her will.
  12. Julie – You’re in an amazing position to make a serious run at the crown and you’ve been detoured by…rain? Like, one night of rain? Right now the cast of “Survivor: Samoa” is hating you. Whatever you do; don’t quit. Being John Rocker’s girlfriend is rough enough, you don’t want to have to deal with the “quitter” label.

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‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Power Rankings – ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ Edition

October 28, 2014

'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' (CBS)

NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” coverage with “all the fixin’s.” We’ll have Power Rankings with “Cagayan” fave Spencer Bledsoe, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Keith is voted out this week, Spencer will receive 7 points and Gordon will receive 1 point. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Spencer had Kelley in spot four, Gordon had her in spot five. So, the current score is Team Spencer 36, Team Gordon 44.

Spencer’s Score = 36

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  Gordon’s Score = 44

Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

 1. Josh – Josh has put himself in a solid strategic foothold throughout the game, he has his loved one around as a buffer, and his tribe is winning. As long as Jeff’s price for rice isn’t “the most competent member of the tribe goes home,” Josh should find a way to maneuver forward.
  1. Keith – OK, I ranted about how much I hate tribe swaps last week, but I forgot to mention that it’s a pain to redo all of these graphics with the proper tribe colors. Cut me a break, CBS! Alright…Keith. He ended up on the right end of the vote last week and he’s still got an idol in his pocket. He isn’t going anywhere.
 2. Baylor – While Baylor has a remarkable double-digit number of votes cast against her without going home, she isn’t in nearly as much danger as it might have seemed at times. I see Baylor and her mother as being locked in with Jon and Jaclyn, with bodes very well for all four until the merge.
  2. Jon – As one half of last week’s swing vote and the strongest challenge competitor in a dead-in-the-water tribe, he’s got to be feeling good about his position. My only concern is that he might fall for Dale’s adorable little faux idol. Or that he might try to use the weird faux idol to barter with Probst for a karaoke machine so he can regale his tribe with his dead-on Jafar and Iago duets.
 3. Jeremy – The Grinch of San Juan Del Sur may have expressed displeasure at the tribe shake-up, but it honestly left him in a perfectly fine position. He’s surrounded by friends from his initial tribe, and continues to play better than just about anyone else.
  3. Jaclyn – So, did Jon and Jaclyn make the right choice last week? Buh… I don’t know. With Kelley gone, I can’t see this tribe winning many immunity challenges. But, it’s possible a merge is right around the corner. Missy and Baylor aren’t going to set any individual challenge victory records, so maybe that was the play? Keep the less threatening people around? I dunno…their strategy is weird. But, they’re so pretty. Pretty and weird. Pretty weird.

 4. Natalie – Natalie’s in a similar spot to Jeremy: Without a loved one and among allies. As long as she’s at peace with Julie, a savvy game player herself, no one should have a reason to target her – at least no one with the ability to do it successfully.
  4. Missy – Twenty nine seasons later and it still always comes down to food. Fortunately for Missy, Coyopa is going to have less and less mouths to feed as they get destroyed in the challenges.
 5. Missy – Keith and Dale can have all the idols (and fake idols) they want. The two couples on this tribe won’t likely split up, and can afford to split a vote for the time being.
 5. Alec – There’s a new swing vote in town, and he has sweet hair. So, what’s a little bro to do? Stick with the status quo and be the odd man out in the potential Keith/Wes/Josh/Reed post-merge alliance? Or, form a team of onesies with Natalie, Jeremy, and Julie?
  6. Julie – Since Rocker went down in flames, Julie has rebuilt her games and stood on her own two feet like she promised. The one person who’s brought her name up – Jon – is separated by the swap, leaving Julie relatively safe until the merge.
 6. Julie – If the former Coyopa bros take over new Hunahpu, Julie will probably be the least of their worries. If Jeremy and Natalie can win Alec over, they’re going to need Julie to keep the numbers. Either way, she’s making the merge.
  7. Keith – He’s got an idol. He’s yet to do “the dumbest thing in ‘Survivor’ history.” He’s seemed removed from his new tribe socially. I expect he might get votes. Frankly, I have no idea on Keith, so in the middle of my rankings he goes.
 7. Natalie – Things aren’t looking great for the last twin standing. She’s down in numbers and she’s surrounded by the former Coyopians she’s been cursing out at challenges. But, she’s got three things working for her; she may be able to flip Alec, Jeremy would probably be Team Josh’s primary target, and the merge is going to be crazytown with all of the competing pairs and alliances.
  8. Jon – For the same reasons as Missy and Baylor, he’s in a great spot. Even the howler monkeys have his back.
 8. Reed – Reed really needed the swap. He wasn’t voting with the majority, and if word got out that Josh was running the show at Coyopa, it would have put a target on his back. Now he and Josh might want to consider dialing back their challenge performances. They don’t want to come off as too much of a post-merge threat.
  9. Jaclyn – I’ve consumed my rock, made more palatable by some excellent seasoning tips from Francesca Hogi, and I’ve learned my lesson. I owe Jaclyn an enormous apology for slotting her at the bottom of my power rankings week after week. She’d been quiet. She’s still quiet; it’s working for her, though.
  9. Josh – It looks like everything is coming up Josh. He went through the swap and was not only reunited with his boyfriend, but he kept his most prominent soldiers by his side. If he can get through one vote, he should be good. It’ll prove that Alec is loyal to his Coyopa roots. But, if Alec swaps, Josh might be the first to go.
  10. Reed – Did Reed not learn his lesson from his fallen badass? You barter with Jeff, you’re going down, and you’re going out. We know remarkably little about him via confessionals, but taking him out to weaken Josh seems like a reasonable thing for a bunch of people without loved ones to do.
  10. Wes If Jeremy can swing the vote his way, Wes could be in for a rough run. Jeremy already has a beef with Wes’s dad. And, I’d bet that Missy isn’t the only person that knows about Keith’s idol. That’d be another reason to axe Wes before the merge.
  11. Alec – Alec’s predicament grows slightly worse with each successful, calculated stroke of his ego from Jeremy. A team of Davids – the old Coyopa – may have been able to beat a team of Goliaths that were throwing a challenge two weeks ago. But I’m not sure that this David can beat the sharp Goliaths on the new Hunahpu that outnumber him.
  11. Baylor – Dale seems like a slam dunk if Coyopa loses immunity. But, voting for Baylor seems like so much fun. Everyone’s doing it! When I order coffee at Starbucks, I tell them my name is Baylor just so they can know the joy of writing her name down.
  12. Wes – Wes has the worst of more than a few worlds. His loved one is still in the game, making him a sensible target, but Keith and his idol aren’t actually on the same tribe as him and therefore can’t bail him out. He’s tight with one and exactly on person on his current tribe – Alec, who’s now found a puppeteer in Jeremy.
  12. Jeremy – Oof…my big fear this week is the deal Probst makes for the rice has something to do with the immunity challenge. I’m worried Hunahpu is going to have to give Coyopa some kind of Medallion of Power-esque advantage and they’re going to pull off the win. I’m worried that Jeremy simply won’t have enough time to get Alec on his side. I worry.
  13. Dale – It’s all falling apart for Dale. He’s once again in a minority of one on his tribe, and the only other potential outsider (Keith) has an idol. His last-ditch effort to bluff with a fake idol could prove clever, but more likely than not it will just entice everyone on Coyopa but himself and Keith to split votes and flush it. Missy and Baylor won the battle when they voted off Kelley, and are now about to win the war.
  13. Dale – Seems like a pretty obvious bottom-of-the-pile pick. He’s not well liked on his tribe, he isn’t a big help in challenges, and he’s freaking out over food. His only hope is that Jon buys his faux idol trick. I don’t like his odds, but stranger things have happened.

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‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Power Rankings – Broadway Blindsider Edition

October 14, 2014

'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' (CBS)

NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” coverage with “all the fixin’s.” We’ll have Power Rankings with “Cagayan” fave Spencer Bledsoe, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Keith is voted out this week, Spencer will receive 11 points and Gordon will receive 13 points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Spencer and Gordon both had Rocker in nine. So, the current score is Team Spencer 25, Team Gordon 24.

Spencer’s Score = 25

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  Gordon’s Score = 24

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 1. Josh – Once again, the official narrator of “Survivor: San Juan Del Sur” has orchestrated the vote and emerged from the fire unscathed. By the fire, I mean the Coyopa tribe currently going down in flames. Amidst the calamity, Josh is sitting back and making calculated decisions to better his game; at least that’s what I heard in one of his 6,389 confessionals.
  1. Josh – Did Josh make the right move last week by blocking Rocker to exit stage left? Maybe-ish. (How’s that for a non-committal answer!) It was good because Rocker simply couldn’t be trusted not to say or do the wrong thing at the wrong time. He just wasn’t a savvy “Survivor” player. However, the tribe that hasn’t won an immunity challenge just lost their biggest challenge threat, and Josh’s idol-wielding ally is now gone. So, Josh is safe for this week, but I’m not sure if he made the best move in the long run.
 2. Jeremy – Jeremy has now gone a couple of weeks without seeing what Tribal looks like. He’s at the head of the only Hunahpu alliance we’ve heard of. He’s physically strong. His wife (and thus part of why he is threatening) is gone. We haven’t seen things go so well for a guy just starting the game since Garrett Adels… oh. Ah well. I already wrote all this.
  2. Missy – Julie’s tribemate berates the love of her life after a challenge. The spray-tan mogul takes a moment to wander off into the Nicaraguan jungle and have herself a bit of a cry. Who was there to be a shoulder for her to cry on? Missy. That’s smart. You never know who’ll end up on the jury. You never know who you might need as an ally down the line. Well done.
 3. Jon – If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. These guys have been atop my rankings for a while now, and still seem remarkably safe. Add this pragmatic (reminding Drew who’s on his team might become a big priority as things heat up) monkey-howler to the trio and you have a group I feel very confident will be around another week.
  3. Kelley – You are a person who is on the 29th season of CBS’s “Survivor.” You are in an alliance that seems to be on wobbly legs. You have blonde hair. You’re probably safe.

 4. Natalie – Natalie took some flack for mouthing off to Rocker last week, and may have lost momentum in some peoples’ books – not mine. The twinnies are still going 50% strong, Natalie appearing to be securely entrenched in Hunahpu. Further, I think her outbursts could actually help her; she has beef with anyone in orange and has no loved one left… Why wouldn’t her tribe mates want to take her toward a swap or merge?
  4. AlecThere’s a solid little core over at Coyponda that’s going to be around for a little bit. It’s made up of Baylor, Josh, Wes, and Alec. Everyone there seems to get along, and they have two people on the outs that they can get rid of before they have to turn on each other. So, they’re mega safe for the time being.
 5. Kelley – Despite speaking as many words this season as Josh speaks before the first commercial break, or as Jeff speaks when berating a tribe for improper negotiation etiquette (oh please let there be more to come), Kelley is SOLID. I’m not compromising on this. Worst case scenario, Coyopa could be a challenge disaster after losing their only member over six feet tall in John Rocker.
 5. Wes – See Alec.
  6. Alec – If the Coyopans have a prayer in challenges, they’ll need their few athletes to perform. Alec could prove indispensable on some kind of sick Ulong-Matsing-Luzon hybrid tribe. Then again, if the tribe anticipates a swap Alec could be walking on thin ice already.
 6. Reed – How’s Reed doing? Alright, I guess. We just don’t know enough about what’s going on over at Hunahpu beach. But, if this week’s preview is to be believed, that’s all about to change.
  7. Drew – Tall. Athletic. Spacey. Lackadaisical. Longhaired. Model. White. Male. Interesting. Entertaining. Sleepy. Strong. These are all words that describe Drew more accurately than “Kingpin.” What I can count on is Drew entertaining us for another week.
 7. Jon – Probably a “no news is good news” situation for Jon last week. At least he didn’t try skipping the flint into the ocean like a stone. It’s unfortunate that due to Hunahpu’s winning streak that we know so little about what’s going on over there.
  8. Julie – I predict Gordon will rank her quite a bit lower than this, and if this is my fatal Power Ranking misstep then so be it, but I’m hitching my wagon to Julie. The now Rockerless and exceptionally competent puzzle guru has room to work.
 8. Natalie – Dude, if Rocker’s depiction of how you act in challenges is accurate, you’re going to be someone’s dream to take to the end. (That is, if someone doesn’t decide to take her out for berating their loved one.) If you don’t feel like clicking over, she was cursing out everyone. Not just Rocker. Add to that the way she called out Drew about his napping schedule, and you have the makings of a Phillip Sheppard-level social game.
  9. Baylor – Slow and steady. Baylor is edging up the food chain week by week, and now has as good a silver lining as she’s found in the game so far – Dale was on the outside of the last vote, and she wasn’t. She isn’t out of the woods just yet, but she’s well on her way to Chase Rice 2.0 status.
  9. Jeremy – I’m thinking Jeremy already has Hunahpu’s immunity idol. If Rocker could find it with the same clue, Jeremy should have no problem. The question is; can Keith be trusted? It really sounded like Keith and Jeremy weren’t seeing eye to eye when Keith was at Exile. Jeremy already has a solid core with Natalie, Missy, and Kelley. I’m sure Jon (or more likely Reed) would jump at the chance to swap into that alliance.
  10. Missy – Missy has been quiet; she hasn’t necessarily left a huge mark. Perhaps being quiet is helping her cause, however, on a tribe with Drew, Natalie and…
  10. Baylor – Baylor should be in the same boat as Alec and Wes, but I can’t really get a good grasp on how Josh feels about her. It’d make sense that she’d be his dream girl to take along to the end of the game, but he keeps treating her like a second-class alliance member. She’s probably safe for now, but she needs to stay on her toes.
  11. Keith – Don’t let our favorite mouthy southerner fool you: He has the emotional spectrum of Lisa Welchel and Dawn Meehan combined. Now that he’s bunking at Hunahpu once again, and not beside Josh on a bed of rocks, he can do what he does best – make people laugh their asses off and have no reason to can him.
  11. Jaclyn – Oh, Jaclyn. If you were on the right side of the vote, why did you almost tip Rocker off at Tribal Council? Rocker plays his idol and Baylor goes home and you’re back where you started. You’ve got to play smarter than that.
  12. Wes – He’s younger than his old man, and he might be able to whoop him in a challenge, but Wes is also on a god awful tribe, and for that he gets slotted down. He’s voted in the majority every time, but on Coyopa, anything’s possible.
  12. Julie – You had a rough week and none of it was really your fault. Fortunately, the Rocker blindside should take a lot of heat off of you. If the wheels are going to start coming off at Hunahpu, your best bet is to stand back and let whatever happens, happen.
  13. Reed – If Reed had a nickel for how many more times than him Josh spoke, he’d demand the most airtight prenup Kassandra McQuillen could write up for when the two tie the knot. Much like the quality of that hypothetical legal document, Reed’s position in the game is disastrous. He sits outside the apparent Hunahpu majority, and across from an imposing partner in Josh. Teammates have every reason to cut Reed at this stage; it would weaken Josh, and hey, they can afford to lose a few challenges without Spider-Man’s physical prowess. They’ve got the lead to do it.
  13. Keith – Why are you so determined to get the idol before Jeremy does? That made no sense to me because I was under the impression that you two were in an alliance. Well, it’s bad news for Keith if he and Jeremy are on the outs. Losing those first two key days of alliance-making could come back to haunt him.
  14. Dale – This… hurts me. Man, I really should have saved the Erik Cardona throwback for this week. I love Dale, but as the only guy who stood by Rocker on an abysmal tribe that only knows defeat, Dale’s fire making goodwill may finally run out this week.
  14. Dale – You’re done. You’re a goner. The tribe is now dominated by youngsters. With Rocker gone, challenge prowess is at a premium. And, you were the only person who voted with Johnny Rock last week. Nobody needs a tribe swap right now more than you do.
  15. Jaclyn – Consistency. It pays off, like when Tony consistently builds spy shacks, schemes and breaks the ankles of cameramen by randomly sprinting on his idol hunts. Sometimes it doesn’t pay off, like when Jaclyn’s allies consistently insist they have two idols. I’m hoping this is one of those situations where my consistency is eventually rewarded.
  15. Drew – If there’s one bad things about being on a tribe that’s dominating challenges; it’s that they’re more likely to get rid of young athletic men who annoy them.

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