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‘Survivor’ Runner-Up Tasha and Castaway Kelley Discuss the Finale

December 17, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

Kelley and Tasha weren’t the most memorable people on their previous seasons. You could argue that they weren’t even the 5th or 6th most memorable people on their season.

That’s why when they were given a Second Chance by the “Survivor” fandom, they swung for the fences. Their shots might have been caught at the warning track, but they were impressive nonetheless.

I spoke to the second and fourth place finishers the morning after the explosive finale and asked them about Jeremy’s pregnancy, Spencer’s loyalty, and proper voice retention methods…

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Gordon Holmes: Good morning.
Kelley Wentworth: Good morning. I kind of lost my voice, so I’m sorry.
Holmes: How dare you.
Wentworth: (Laughs) I know, I know, I sound like crap.
Holmes: Tasha, thank you for being a professional and managing to keep your voice.
Tasha Fox: (Laughs) I know. Especially after going to “The Price Is Right” on Monday where they made us scream the entire time.
Wentworth: This is crap, I sound like I smoked ten packs of cigarettes last night.
Holmes: Well, how many did you smoke?
Wentworth: I kept it to one. I’m totally joking, I don’t smoke. Please, I’m not a smoker, guys.
Holmes: Too late, it’s on record. You can’t trust those press people, they’re all scumbags.
Wentworth: (Laughs) I know all about it.

Holmes: Tasha, you get to final four and it’s been said that anyone who goes to the end with Jeremy is playing for second or third place. If Jeremy drops a ball, would you have booted him and tried your luck with Kelley?
Fox: I would’ve kept Jeremy. Kelley was a strong player and could have won the game as well. I would’ve kept Jeremy because he was my boy from day one and loyalty would have trumped everything in that situation. So, it’s the devil you know or the devil you don’t know.
Holmes: If they had voted for you instead and we ended up with a final three of Jeremy, Spencer, and Kelley, where would have your vote gone?
Fox: Definitely Jeremy. That’s a no-brainer. You can’t deny a man with a wife and a baby on the way.

Holmes: Kelley, you had an idol up until final six. Was there ever an opportunity to try to sway the numbers to your side beforehard using the idol as leverage?
Wentworth: When did I ever have the numbers in my favor, Gordon? C’mon. I was in danger, I was on the bottom for much of the game, I wasn’t going to play it until I had to.

Holmes: When I talked to Jeremy, he said that the big turning point was when you didn’t choose him, Tasha, or Spencer for the family reward. That seemed to cement that alliance.
Wentworth: That was a tough one. Looking back I should not have won that one. I knew leaving people back at camp was dangerous. And unfortunately I thought I was closer to Spencer than I was. So, when I got back I said, “I trusted you back here.” Clearly that was a mistake. But, watching it on television I saw exactly what went on and it doesn’t surprise me.
Fox: I talked to Spencer after the merge and we pretty much said depending on where the game goes from here, it’ll decide whether or not we can stick together. But after the merge Spencer was playing both sides. I think he had relationships with Kelley and her side and Jeremy and me. He was wavering back and forth since the merge. And it was the family visit that solidified that alliance. We were able to talk through the rest of the game.

Holmes: Kelley, I just spoke to Spencer. When we did the word association for you he said…
Wentworth:  Oh boy…
Holmes: He said, “betrayed.” I asked him to elaborate and he said that he felt bad for betraying you.
Wentworth: Oh.
Holmes: And that was one of his biggest regrets in the game. What exactly happened to cause such animosity?
Wentworth: It’s tough, as Tasha said he was playing both sides. From day one, even on Ta Keo, he was the one person that I felt close to. Obviously that vote with Shirin did a little damage to our relationship, but after the merge he was working both sides. We had a lot of personal conversations about family. I don’t want to get into too many details about what we were talking about, but I didn’t think he’d be the kind of person to go to the other side.

Holmes: Kelley hung in at the bottom for a while. She played two idols at the right time. Tasha, how scared were you guys that she would get to  the end?
Fox: We were definitely afraid of Wentworth. She was a formidable threat. Fortunately, there were expendable people whenever she had a necklace. She was a threat the entire game. The timing happened to work out. Spencer, Jeremy, and I were locked in, so if any one of us won, we knew what to do.

Holmes: Tasha, were you concerned that Kass was the first juror?
Fox: Yeah, I knew she was going to be a hater. And I know based on Ponderosa videos that Kass made me the topic of conversation every day, fifteen times a day. That’s what Savage said in Abi’s Ponderosa video.
Holmes: Kelley, what was your experience like on the jury? I’d imagine it was a quick turnaround.
Wentworth:  I was only at Ponderosa for a short time. I was in a cloud, I was trying to process everything. I’d go by myself and watch movies. I saw people talking to people and people asked me what happened in the last days. When Jeremy said that thing about his son, anybody who was on the edge, that put them over.
Holmes: When Jeremy told everyone about the baby, a little part of me wondered if people thought he was pulling a Jonny Fairplay “Grandma” move. Did anyone on the jury have that feeling?
Wentworth: I don’t think anyone believes that Jeremy would lie about something like that. He was too emotional. And I knew based on how he won that last challenge that there’s no way he’d lie about that.

Holmes: The big theme of this season was Second Chances. And I’d kind of lump you two together as people who had potential the first time out, but you weren’t able to overcome being dealt a bad hand. What does it mean to get to show the fans that voted you in that they made a good choice?
Fox: For me, I started out on the Brains tribe that was quite the experience. I had my back against the wall the entire time. My Second Chance was about building the necessary relationships so nobody flips. I had to change my direction in the game when Angkor happened. I had to claw my way from the bottom to the top. I put on ten pounds before the game started so I didn’t look like a challenge threat. I knew that wasn’t the game I wanted to play. Being the competitor I was, I had to let that go. And after a while, my challenge activities dwindled because I was trying to play a social game. I let the physical part go.
Wentworth: For me personally, I didn’t make the merge. It is what it is. People were like, “Oh God, who is this girl?” I wanted to come out and prove myself and make big moves. That’s exactly what I did. As far as the fans believing in us and the entire cast? It’s so amazing. I can’t put into words what it’s like when people want to see you more.

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

December 17, 2015

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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’ Champion Jeremy – ‘They Shouldn’t Have Taken Me to the End’

December 17, 2015

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From the second he hit Bayon Beach, Jeremy the fireman was on fire, man. He quickly implemented the “meat shield” strategy he laid out for me in his pre-game interview and went to work.

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From there all it took was a key immunity win, two (count ’em!) perfect idol plays, and a last-second pregnancy reveal at the final Tribal, to earn all ten of the jury’s votes.

I spoke with Jeremy the morning after his big win and had a chance to ask him about the Collins on the way, why people kept him around, and Savage’s special gift…

Jeremy Collins: Gordon, how are you?
Gordon Holmes: Not as good as you.
Collins: (Laughs)

Holmes: So you’re a fireman, who’s married to a police officer, who has a beautiful family, and a son on the way. Who is worse to go to final three with than you?
Collins: (Laughs)
Holmes: Maybe a nun who’s playing for orphans?
Collins: Kass was saying early on, at the merge, “If you take Jeremy to the end, he’s going to win. I’d vote for him.” Ciera would say it. Abi would say it. It was hard, but they shouldn’t have taken me to the end.

Holmes: I thought you had it in the bag before you told everyone that Val was pregnant. But, part of me was wondering if some jury members might think you were trying to pull some Fairplay-level shenanigans.
Collins: No, they all know me and they know I’m not like that. They all trust me. I had a connection with every person out there at some point in time. They all know that I’m a stand-up guy. I’m not going to lie about my family. I wanted anyone on the fence, for this to push them over the edge.

Holmes: Looking back at your game, the only real mistake you seemed to make was trusting Kimmi. It almost cost you.
Collins: I started the game with Kimmi. We were together every single day. All of the tribe swaps, we never left each other’s side. I trusted Kimmi. When she turned her back on me, it did hurt my feelings. Gameplay aside, you don’t think like this out there. We talked about family out there. It was crazy to me that she went after me. It was a good play. I applaud her for taking her shot. Spencer and Tasha were telling me and I just didn’t see it.

Holmes: If you’d lost final four immunity, how confident were you that Spencer and Tasha would keep you around?
Collins: That’s tough. I think if Spencer wins final immunity…I don’t know if he takes me. Kelley has a lot of people on the jury. She’s an underdog story and she played a great game. I don’t know if he goes that route. I think when we said it was us to the final three, we had that bond from when Kelley gave us time alone at the family visit. I think that solidified us.
Holmes: Knowing that Kelley had a lot of people on the jury, did you ever seriously consider keeping her instead of Spencer?
Collins: No, I didn’t. You always try to think of every possible option. But, I’d made my decision. I felt like Kelley’s picks at the family visit, that was her mistake in the game. She played a great game, but that was her mistake. We were going to capitalize on that.

Holmes: It seemed like Stephen was your third earlier in the game. What was your plan for him before he was voted out?
Collins: I wanted to be his JT. He had his heart set on getting out Joe. And I knew if Joe was gone I’d be the JT. That’s why I wanted to keep Joe around. Stephen trusted me. He never lied to me. It would be tough for Stephen to vote me out after I saved him with the idol.
Holmes: When I interviewed Stephen, he said he’d have gotten rid of you before the end.
Collins: It’d be a good move. That’d mean Stephen is playing to win. It takes balls to do that, though. Could you do that? Someone saves you? The emotions out there, I don’t know if I can do it. If you saved me, I’d have to play for second place.

Holmes: You were like the Godfather out there. People were coming to you, you weren’t saying a lot. And your game is exactly what you told me in pre-game. Hanging back, letting bigger guys take the heat.
Collins: It was unbelievable. I wanted my meat shields and I had that. And Kimmi said I was like the Godfather. I wanted to be that, but I didn’t want everybody to see that, so I started pulling back and letting others take over. If I wanted someone gone, I’m not putting them out there. But, I’m with you, so who do you want gone? Maybe later on you guys will take out the people I want.

Holmes: Word association time. Let’s start with Monica.
Collins: A sweetheart.
Holmes: Abi?
Collins: Abi…she’s crazy…but she’s a good crazy. Out of the game she’s awesome.
Holmes: Isn’t that amazing?
Collins: It’s crazy. If her mom played “Survivor” with Abi, she could win the whole thing. She was so pleasant and awesome when her mother was there. And then a few days later, Abi went back to crazy Abi.
Holmes: I have a theory that there is something in the material that the buffs are made out of…
Collins: (Laughs)
Holmes: It seeps into her skin and sets her off.
Collins: We had Abi handlers! At one point I was an Abi handler, but then I couldn’t handle it and Spencer took over.
Holmes: Kass?
Collins: Kassanova. I met Chaos Kass one time. The rest was Kassanova.
Holmes: Savage?
Collins: A role model.
Holmes: Savage’s hat?
Collins: (Laughs) I like the beanie! He gave me one!
Holmes: (Laughs) A million dollars and a beanie!
Collins: (Laughs) Yeah!
Holmes: You really cleaned up, my friend. Wiglesworth.
Collins: Kelly is serene.
Holmes: Ciera?
Collins: I thought I was going to not want to work with Ciera, but I’m a huge fan of hers.
Holmes: Fishbach?
Collins: Fish is my dawg.
Holmes: Joey Amazing.
Collins: Amazing! Period. He can do it all. He’s the greatest “Survivor” challenger.
Holmes: Kimmi?
Collins: Kimmi is loyal, even though she came after me.
Holmes: Keith?
Collins: Keith is funny.
Holmes: Wentworth?
Collins: She’s a great Survivor.
Holmes: Tasha?
Collins: Day one. She’ll know what that means.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Spencer.
Collins: Spencer is my brother.

Holmes: I predicted you would win “San Juan del Sur” and you lost. So, I didn’t predict you this time because I care about you.
Collins: I appreciate that. (Laughs)
Holmes: So, since I predicted you to win about a year ago and you did win eventually…I think I need your endorsement to get credit for finally guessing something correctly.
Collins: Absolutely. I’d take that.

Holmes: I’m talking to Keith later. I love that guy. But what should I be asking him that we didn’t see on TV.
Collins: I have questions for Keith! He wanted to take me out last season because I was a challenge threat. And this season we connected and I said, “I’m not going down that route again. Let’s have a clean slate.” And then he goes with Joey Amazing. Joe is the best “Survivor” challenger ever. And Keith went with him! We’re firefighters, we’re parents. Just ask him why we didn’t connect out there.
Holmes: You’ve got it.

Holmes: Do we have a name yet for this boy that’s on his way?
Collins: We do. But Val is not releasing that information to anybody.
Holmes: How about Bayon?
Collins: (Laughs) If you talk to Stephen it’s “Young Fishbach.”
Holmes: (Laughs)
Collins: It’s Fishbach Chaos Savage Amazing Collins.
Holmes: That’s got a nice ring to it.

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‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Finale Recap: A-Lad-Win?

December 16, 2015

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Quick Note: Just because the season is over doesn’t mean the fun will be stopping. Starting Thursday we’ll have interviews with the final six players. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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Previously on “Survivor”: Vytas? Vamanos. Shirin? So Long. Peih-Gee? S.O.L. Varner? Sent Outback. Padilla? See ya. Dietz? Fortunately everything worked out OK. Woo? Gone too. Kass? Didn’t last. Savage? Outcast. Wiglesworth? The vultures took her and did whatever they wanted with her. Ciera? Sayonara. Stephen? Sent bach. Joe? Had to go. A-bi? Abye.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog…

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

The Orkun Tribe (wearing orange)
Jeremy – San Juan del Sur
Keith – San Juan del Sur
Kelley W. – San Juan del Sur
Kimmi – The Australian Outback
Spencer – Cagayan
Tasha – Cagayan

Rejected Headlines: “Cash DiSpencer?” and “Jeremy CollWins?”

Note: Probst has promised something we’ve never seen before. My money is on a reward not worth playing for or someone digging too deep.

Let’s get this thing started!

We kick things off after Tribal, and Keith is shocked that they booted Abi because he thinks she couldn’t win at final three. Spencer points out that if everyone was trying to take Abi to the end, they wouldn’t want to take him. Oh…

Kimmi thinks all of this is her chance to swoop. She tells Kelley that she wants to get Jeremy, Tasha, and Spencer to split the votes so they can get out Jeremy. Lookit Kimmi playin’ “Survivor!”

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will collect puzzle steps, then put them in place to build a staircase. The first person to complete the slide puzzle at the top of the staircase will win immunity.

Probst says there are no more repeat challenges going forward.

Note: Well, this challenge is fresh to these players, less fresh for “Boston” Rob.

We start off and there isn’t much to describe except for sweatin’ and step placin’. Spencer is off to an early lead. Wentworth and Jeremy are behind him.

Spencer is the first to reach the slide puzzle. Wentworth and Jeremy eventually join him. Keith, Tasha, and Kimmi make it up too.

They battle it out for a bit, but Spencer’s lead was too much for the rest to overcome. He claims his fourth immunity.

Before we head for commercial, Kelley says they need to make a move now. Dude, you have an idol. You could flip it!

Back at camp, Keith and Kimmi go out for a chat. She pitches her vote-splitting plan and tells him that they’re targeting Jeremy. Kelley eventually joins them. Oof…too intricate a plan for Keith?

Meanwhile, Spencer and Tasha are totally wondering what the threesome is up to.

Later, Kimmi pitches the boys voting for Keith and the girls voting for Wentworth to Tasha, Spencer, and Keith.

As soon as Kimmi walks away, Tasha and Spencer tell Jeremy that she’s “a rat.” Jeremy isn’t sure if he believes it.

Jeremy confronts Kimmi, and she turns on the fake tears. Wow…go Kimmi.

Spencer and Jeremy chat about idols. Spencer is positive that Wentworth doesn’t have an idol. He also doesn’t think Jeremy has one. Heh… The producers must’ve been high-fiving when they got that footage.

That night at Tribal, Savage wears that hat again.

Jeremy admits that there are alliances.

Kelley thinks it’s her and Keith against Kimmi, Spencer, Jeremy, and Tasha.

Tasha isn’t so sure about that.

Keith is ready to lie, cheat, and steal. Lovin’ the Eddie Guerrero reference.

Spencer says there was a plan to split the votes, but they aren’t going to do that anymore. He says he’s voting with Tasha and Jeremy and they can draw rocks if they have to.

Keith points out that Spencer can say that because he’s safe.

Spencer whispers to Kelley, “You’re good.”

Kelley doesn’t trust him because they said she was safe last time.

Eventually it breaks down with both sides trying to convince Kimmi which way to vote.

Oh boy!

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

Oh man, I think Keith is totally tuk-ed.

Probst tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…Kelley does!

And then…Jeremy plays his idol!

Oh boy again!

We’ve got one vote for Kelley, one vote for Jeremy, one vote for Kelley, one vote for Jeremy, one vote for Kelley, and the last vote is for…Jeremy! No votes count!

OK, the rules state that they’re going to re-vote. Spencer, Kelley, and Jeremy are all immune.

Voting Time (Once Again): No votes are shown. (Once again.)

Probst tallies and returns. (Once again.) We’ve got one vote for Tasha, one vote for Kimmi, one vote for Tasha, one vote for Kimmi, one vote for Tasha, and the final vote is for…Kimmi. A tie!

The four people who weren’t voted for have to discuss who should go home. If they don’t come to a unanimous decision, they draw rocks. But, in this scenario, Tasha and Kimmi are safe and Keith would go home because he’s the only one who isn’t immune. Whoa.

They talk it over and Keith offers to give up his spot because Kimmi is a single mother. Wow.

Kelley wants Keith to stay, so she changes her vote to Kimmi. Keith does too. Kimmi is the fifteenth person eliminated from “Survivor: Second Chance” and the eighth member of the jury.

Ugh…they should’ve just pulled rocks from Savage’s hat.

Again, this all could’ve been avoided if Kelley had done something more constructive with her idol.

Back at camp, Spencer geeks out because this has never happened before. Whew…I hope it never happens again. I’m exhausted.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will race along a six-pronged obstacle course. They’ll gather six bags of puzzle pieces. The first person to return with all the pieces and complete the puzzle wins immunity.

Note: I saw a drawing of this challenge in Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer’s office. It looked awesome on a dry-erase board. Even better in real life.

Another Note: It’s very similar (or maybe even identical) to the final four challenge  in “South Pacific.”

We start off and it’s pretty even to start, but Jeremy has a slight lead. Kelley intentionally tries the hardest prong first. Will it pay off?

It totally does! Kelley is the first one with all of her pieces. She’s followed by Jeremy and Keith.

Tasha and Spencer eventually join them.

Wentworth is cruising on the puzzle. Keith almost catches up, but he’s too late and Kelley wins it.

Back at camp, Tasha, Spencer, and Jeremy want to target Keith, but they’re scared to death of immunity idols.

When they’re away from camp, Kelley makes a fake idol for Keith. I’d give it a solid eight on the Runaround Bob scale.

The ploy seems to be having an effect on Jeremy, because he’s getting a bad vibe from Keith and Kelley.

Jeremy hilariously tries to get Keith’s attention, snapping and waving in his direction. Keith finally realizes what’s going on. Jeremy alludes that they should vote for Spencer.

That night at Tribal, Wentworth says she knew her back was against the wall.

Keith thinks it could be him unless things change.

Spencer believes that a straight-forward vote would be a big move in this season of crazytown votes.

Kelley wants to vote because her vote doesn’t count and Keith is going home. Sneaky…sneaky…?

Keith admits that there are some tricks left to be played.

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

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

We’ve got one vote for Spencer, one vote for Keith, one vote for Spencer, one vote for Keith, and the sixteenth person eliminated from “Survivor: Second Chance” and the ninth member of the jury is…Keith.

Whoa…no messing around. Check the clock cause it’s…

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will place a ball at the top of the track. It’ll spin around the track and drop out of the bottom. They’ll have to catch the ball and put it back in the top. They’ll add more balls as time goes. Drop a ball and you’re out. Last person standing wins a trip to the final four.

We start off and there isn’t much to describe except for ball spinnin’.

Kelley is the first one out when they get to four balls. She is not pleased.

Tasha’s out next. We’re down to Spencer and Jeremy for immunity.

They go to five balls and…it…is…intense! Spencer finally drops one, giving Jeremy immunity.

Jeremy breaks down, telling Jeff that it’s all about his family. He doesn’t mention the family member on the way.

Kelley tears up too because she knows she’s on the outside looking in.

Back at Orkun Beach, Jeremy realizes that he said he’d be loyal to his three, but now that he has the necklace he can switch it up.

Spencer asks Kelley who she’s targeting. She doesn’t say. He tells her he’s writing her name down because he thinks she can beat him.

Kelley tells Jeremy that she thinks people respect him, but people who appreciate sneaky gameplay will like Spencer. Jeremy considers the idea of making Spencer and Kelley do a fire-making challenge.

That night at Tribal, Jeremy says he couldn’t control his emotions after the challenge.

Spencer hopes he’s set himself up to stay in the game.

Kelley knows the trio is close, but they should be considering who they can beat at the end.

Jeremy is thinking about himself and his family’s future.

Kelley admits she’s voting for Spencer because he probably has his final Tribal speech planned. I hope it’s “I love you all!”

Spencer believes that Kelley will get a ton of votes if she gets to final three. He even says he’d try to get people to vote for Kelley. Hmm…if Spencer survives, I wonder how the jury will feel about that.

Voting Time: Spencer votes for Kelley, Kelley votes for Spencer (and says that it’ll be the last time she writes his name down), and the rest are secret.

Probst tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Spencer, two votes for Kelley, and the seventeenth person eliminated from “Survivor: Second Chance” and the final member of the jury is…Kelley.

The next morning, the final three is greeted by a mirror and a scale. Best diet ever.

They then devour the Day 39 breakfast. Worst diet ever!

Spencer hopes getting in touch with his feelings is the story he needs to win it all.  Yeah, but do you have a mystery baby on the way like Jeremy?

Mystery Baby > New Feelings.

That night at Final Tribal, Savage starts us off by saying the answers have to be impactful. He tells Spencer that he’s arrogant, calling him out for threatening to bury Jeremy. Spencer says he was arrogant the first time, and it’s a mask for his insecurities. His mask slipped at last Tribal.

He then asks Jeremy why he verbally attacked Kimmi when she was voted out. Jeremy says he was hurt because Kimmi flipped.

Fishbach goes second. He asks Tasha why she did Jeremy’s dirty work. She says that she’s a strong, independent woman and nobody dictates anything to her.

Stephen then asks Spencer why he was willing to betray people. Spencer says he had to jump between blocs because he didn’t have the best relationships.

Ciera is next. She says that flippers rarely make it to the end, and the jury feels very betrayed. Jeremy thinks the season was different because of the caliber of the players. He then throws it back at her saying she encouraged everyone to make big plays.

Tasha claims it was because of all the swaps.

Spencer thinks there were so many different types of relationships and he had to take advantage of that to get rid of threats.

Wow, all three are doing pretty well.

Keith bats clean-up. He asks Jeremy why Spencer should win. Jeremy says he thinks Spencer made good moves and survived being on the bottom. Spencer gets the same question and says that Jeremy was in a powerful position through most of the game.

Abi wants to know about everyone’s subtle moves. Tasha admits she was closer with Spencer than Jeremy due to Cagayan. Spencer played Joe by pushing distrust on him. Jeremy says he was hunting for idols when people were at rewards.

Wait, Abi knows what the word “subtle” means?

Kimmi calls Spencer a bully for how he treated Jeremy at the previous Tribal. She then calls Jeremy out for replacing her in the pecking order with Spencer. Jeremy claims that he never replaced her with Spencer and that his feelings were hurt when she voted for him.

Joe is dreamy. He also says his vote is open. He doesn’t think Tasha was aware of what was going on. He wants to know when she was able to turn it around. She says when they voted him out, Jeremy and Spencer were confused and she stepped up and voted him out.

Kelly reminds everyone that she lost “Survivor: Borneo” by one vote. She asks everyone to pick a number between one and ten. Hilarious! Greg Buis represent!

Kass reminds Spencer of when he said she had 0% chance of winning. Spencer knows he’s said dumb things, but he wants her vote because he believes he’s changed. Kass congratulates him for trying to change.

Wentworth finishes it up, asking what their second chance stories are. Tasha says it was to build and maintain relationships. Spencer’s was teetering between who he was and what he’s become.

Finally, Jeremy admits that he’s here for Val and his two kids…and the mystery third kid!

Hmm…will people like that or think he’s Fairplaying them? He was already going to win without it.

Voting Time: No votes are shown…so all ten for Jeremy?

Probst snatches up the urn and the next thing you know we’re in Los Angeles.

Tallying Time: Five votes for Jeremy and the winner of “Survivor: Second Chance” is…Jeremy!

Whoa…and his wife Val is mega pregnant.

Verdict: What can you say about a season where most people brought their A-games, there were a billion surprises, and the right person won? I’ll have to let it settle before figuring out a final placement, but it’s got to be one of the greatest seasons of all time.

Power Rankings Results: (Note: Tasha and Spencer tied for second.) Jenn had Jeremy, Kimmi, and Keith in the right spots for six points. Max had Jeremy, Spencer, and Kelley in the right spots for six points. And, I had nobody in the right spot for zero points. The final score is Team Jenn: 136, Team Max: 130, and Team Gordon: 119. Congrats, Jenn on becoming the “Survivor: Second Chance” Power Rankings Champion!

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

‘Survivor’ Power Rankings Final Round – Wentwin? Jeremillionaire? Big Spender Spencer?

December 16, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Jenn Brown and Max Dawson. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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Finale Rules: For the finals, each player will rank the remaining Survivors in the order in which they think they will finish. The first contestant is the winner, the second received the second most votes at Tribal, etc. Each correct placement is worth two points.  The person with the most total points for the season will be named the “Survivor: Second Chance” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week:  Jenn had Abi in spot six, Max had her in spot three, and I had her in spot four. The current standings are Team Jenn 130, Team Max 124, and Team Gordon 119.

Jenn’s Score = 130

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Max’s Score = 124

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Gordon’s Score = 119

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 1. Jeremy: I’m surprised they didn’t just give him the money at the start of the season.
  1. Jeremy: Congratulations, Jeremy! Not only have you managed to make it to the finale with a strong alliance, a hidden immunity idol, and jury goodwill; according to the edit, you haven’t so much as burped or farted for the last 36 days. Jeremy is a human being, and human beings aren’t perfect. Jeremy the “Survivor: Cambodia” castaway, on the other hand, has been nothing short of golden. When was the last time we saw someone get so positive an edit? I’m thinking Kim Spradlin.  1. Spencer: He’s been fighting an uphill battle since Varner Varner’d him on day six. He’s the most likely person to win these last few immunities. And, axing Jeremy is a move that many jurors will respect. He won’t sweep it, but if things go the way I’ve predicted (and they rarely do) he could be the next sole survivor.
  2. Kelley: I think one of these top two are the winners, whichever one makes it to the FTC. There’s no way someone would bring both of them, and there’s no way they would bring each other, so we shall see.
  2. Spencer: Spencer has won challenges, made Big Moves™, and demonstrated emotional growth. So why won’t he win? Because Jeremy.
 2. Kelley: Right now the belief seems to be if Kelley or Jeremy get to the end, one of them will win. I’m not totally sold on that. Stephen said he didn’t appreciate how good of a job she had been doing until he watched her on TV. That being said, I still think she’ll have some jury love from Kass, Ciera, and Abi…ooo…I don’t know…it’ll be close…
  3. Tasha: She’s basically the Dan or the will of Her season. You’d be stupid to not have her at Final Tribal Council, because I think there’s zero chance she could win.
  3. Tasha: Tasha has played a perfect game…if her desired outcome was the make it to the final three and not receive a single vote. Exit interviews aren’t canon, but few of the eliminated castaways have had kind words for Tasha. What has Tasha done to rub so many people the wrong way? I understand why Varner has an issue with her, but why are the rest of the Second Chancers so anti-Tasha? It probably didn’t help that her number one adversary was the mayor of Ponderosa…  3. Tasha: Tasha actually might have a vote or two against Kelley and Spencer. But, with a certain Chaotic Juror working against her, she’ll have an uphill battle.
  4. Spencer: Spencer is great, and has played a great game. However, I don’t think he has a chance up against Kelley or Jeremy.
  4. Kelley: It’s going to hurt when Kelley doesn’t make it into the final 3. Along with Jeremy, Kelley has dominated this season. But while Jeremy has never experienced true adversity, Kelley has had to scramble since the beach people disintegrated way back on day six. To me, that makes Kelley’s performance even more impressive than Jeremy’s. Spencer, Tasha, and Jeremy are savvy enough to recognize that she crushes Spencer or Tasha in a jury vote and makes things uncomfortably close for Jeremy. And so for no reason other than the fact that she would probably win Kelley will not be able to swing the numbers in her favor and will become the final member of the jury.
 4. Jeremy: No idols can save you at final four, Jeremy. And, everyone knows you’re the most dangerous person out there. Ciera said that going to final three with Jeremy was a guaranteed second-or-third place finish. Stephen knew this, and that point will not be lost on Spencer and Tasha. If he doesn’t win that final-four immunity, this will be where his impressive run ends.
 5. Keith: Keith is fantastic, I love him. He’s been my favorite all season and I can’t wait to see him and Big D in a couple days. But I cant see anyone letting him get to the Final Tribal Council not because Jeremy and Kelley wouldn’t beat him, I just don’t see it happening. He’s a little too good at challenges and a little too likable. I think if he loses a challenge he will be next to go.
   5. Kimmi: According to Jeff we’re about to see something that we’ve never seen before in 31 seasons of “Survivor.” Whatever happens I think it will have something to do with the remaining idols and is going to lead to Kimmi going home.  5. Kimmi: Probst said we’re going to see something we’ve never seen before during the finale. The theory that makes the most sense to me is Kelley and Jeremy both play their idols and cancel out all of the votes. So…then what? A revote with Jeremy, Kelley, and the challenge winner safe? Spells bad news for the fourth person in the four-person alliance.
 6. Kimmi: I don’t think there is any way her and Keith aren’t the first two out of the final episode. No way.
   6. Keith: Imagine Keith makes it to day 39 and then in a stunning speech to the jury reveals that his country bumpkin persona is nothing more than an act. “When I said ‘No logic whatsover’ at the final seven reward challenge,” Keith explains to the jury with perfect, erudite diction, “that was the cognitive equivalent of Tyson’s sling in ‘Blood vs. Water.’ I have something to confess – I’m not a firefighter. I’m actually a professor of Comparative Literature at LSU Shreveport.” Unfortunately that’s not going to happen. What is going to happen is that there is going to be an IC that involves a puzzle or memory. Keith will lose and be sent to the jury.  6. Keith: Oh Keith. I love ya, buddy. Must be frustrating to never vote for the person who is eliminated. Unfortunately, I don’t think the rules will allow you to vote for the first person who will go home on Wednesday either.

‘Survivor’ Castaway Abi-Maria: ‘Being Real on ‘Survivor’ Is Not a Great Strategy’

December 10, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Jenn Brown and Max Dawson. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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What do Andrew Savage, Ciera Eastin, and Jeff Varner have in common?

They all used the word “loyal” to describe Abi-Maria Gomes in their exit interview.

That’s right, the same Abi-Maria who seemed to bounce from alliance to alliance, calling out her partners in public fashion, and saying she didn’t know who she was going to vote with at Tribal is super loyal.

I spoke with the “Brazilian Dragon” the morning after her elimination and asked her about her wild game, last night’s odd vote, and Joe’s golden locks.,,

Abi-Maria Gomes: Good morning, Gordon!
Gordon Holmes: Good morning, Abi. I hear you’re well caffeinated.
Gomes: I’m trying. I’m getting there. I literally just got out of bed.
Holmes: Then let’s do this. You voted for Keith while everyone else voted for you or Tasha. What happened there?
Gomes: I thought I was sitting right in the middle. I thought I was exactly in the spot that Spencer is in right now. Just being able to go with Jeremy and Tasha or Wentworth and Keith. I thought I was sitting pretty. The only reason I voted for Keith, was last week Kimmi mentioned that she wanted to do a woman-strong alliance. And I was on board. It was my whole reason to vote for Keith was to empower the women and send a message that a woman can be strong. That’d give us the numbers.
Holmes: When Tasha asked to speak to Jeremy alone…that would raise some red flags with me.
Gomes: Right! Yeah. It’s like, “Hello, people, we’re the final seven!” I don’t want to curse…
Holmes: Feel free to curse.
Gomes: I was like, “What the (expletive deleted). Really, Tasha?! Really?!” That’s how I felt. So much happened and honestly at that point we shot from May to June and everything seems like a dream at this point. Everything is so blurry in my memory. In “Survivor” world people love to see me as a dingle berry. That little piece of (expletive deleted) that’s just hanging.
Holmes: (Laughs) You never know where these interviews are going to go.
Gomes: (Laughs)

Holmes: But that brings up an interesting point. When I asked about you in exit interviews, your edit had you coming off as wildly erratic, but the word that came up often from your peers was “loyal.”
Gomes: I was extremely loyal. Gordon, I was so loyal. If you weren’t waking up the Brazilian dragon, I was with you all the way.
Holmes: Then why do people feel the need to wake the dragon…
Gomes:  I don’t…
Holmes: And then give her coffee?
Gomes: (Laughs) I believe they had just watched my last season. I do think that people were doing their homework. They had probably just watched “Survivor: Philippines.” And I don’t know if they were aware of the wording that was used towards me. Especially by Peih-Gee…and Wiglesworth. They were using such accurate words that were used against me in the Philippines. Call it paranoia, but I’m pretty sure that’s what it was. There were so many similarities. I had Denise dreams, flashbacks, 2.0. It’s like, “Denise is here! She came back to haunt me! I see her in the body of a dementor! What the heck?!”

Holmes: If the Keith vote had gone your way last night, what was your plan for the rest of the game?
Gomes: I was hoping to go to the end with Kimmi and Tasha.
Holmes: Did you think the jurors wouldn’t appreciate the game they were playing?
Gomes: I was playing my game moment by moment. I knew that I had a lot to patch up with the jury. I was hoping to be nourished after having the meal prior to the jury. You get that breakfast. I was hoping to have a glass of champagne and a nice breakfast and get to the final Tribal and tell my story. I was a target since day one and I managed to get through the swaps and the merge. And after all that target on my back, I felt like the move I made at Angkor was powerful by saying good-bye to Ta Keo. I was on the bottom and approached Tasha and Savage and started a new alliance. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the advantage of building bonds with the Bayon people because I was stuck in the ghetto. I didn’t get to meet a bunch of those people. At the merge I was trying to understand the relationship they had. I was trying my best. But, apparently people seem to not like me on “Survivor.”
Holmes: That’s one of the amazing things about you. On the show you’re the dragon and in real life you’re delightful and very personable.
Gomes: It’s just so easy to throw me under the bus. I think that when it comes to the social experiment that people identify with whatever is easier to identify with. And I’m not the best example of someone people would identify with. We come from such different walks of life. But, I’m real. And being real on “Survivor” is not a great strategy.

Holmes: So…the Poopy Pants.
Gomes: Mr. Fishbach. Debbie Downer.
Holmes: How poopy were these pants?
Gomes: They were so poopy. Anybody who was there, you’d think that you’re going to get infected. My mentality was; we’re sharing this tiny little shelter, it’s raining, and we’re stuck with poopy pants. I got all hypochondriac for a second there. This guy keeps getting out and (expletive deleted) all around the shelter. Marking his territory. I don’t want this guy to get close to me. I don’t want to be Poopy Pants 2.0. So, I wanted distance. I was serious. I’m not getting sick here, dude. Poopy Pants, go!
Holmes: That why people come here for the hard questions that most people are afraid to ask.
Gomes: (Laughs)

Holmes: Alright, word association time. Let’s start with Vytas.
Gomes: What did Shirin call him? Downward puppy dog?
Holmes: Shirin?
Gomes: Cry me a river.
Holmes: Kimmi?
Gomes: Mom.
Holmes: Wentworth?
Gomes: Idols.
Holmes: Wiglesworth?
Gomes: Hypocrite.
Holmes: Jeff Varner?
Gomes: Jeff Varner, you little bitch.
Holmes: (Laughs) Woo?
Gomes: Woo! Woo! The Woo train! You voted for me twice!
Holmes: Jeremy?
Gomes: I wouldn’t date you either, Scorpio.
Holmes: Tasha?
Gomes: She should have died last night. Oh, God. That sounds so mean. Swimming lessons.
Holmes: Savage?
Gomes: Grow up.
Holmes: Stephen?
Gomes: Poopy pants! That’s the first thing that came to mind.
Holmes: That’s the goal. Terry Dietz?
Gomes: Dad. Astrology, star, airplane.
Holmes: Joe?
Gomes: Moldy clown.
Holmes: Kass?
Gomes: Kassanova!
Holmes: Ciera?
Gomes: You can borrow my clothes any time, sister.
Holmes: Keith?
Gomes: Golly!
Holmes: Spencer?
Gomes: I’m not really a fan of Spencer right now. Spencer can go die in a fire.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Peih-Gee.
Gomes: Die in a fire as well. I’ve tried to apologize to that chick so many times and she continues to hate on me on social media. I just don’t have time for it. Go away.

Holmes: You made fun of Joe’s hair…
Gomes: (Laughs) Come on, Gordon! You’re being so sensitive about his moldy, clown hair! Please. We actually have similar hair, but I’m not a clown.
Holmes: I heard that you got some heat on social media due to your comments.
Gomes: Isn’t that insane? I think that half of the hormonal teenage girls are sensitive about Joe’s hair. So, hopefully when he cuts his goldilocks I can get a piece of it and put it in a zip-lock bag and call a truce. But it’s a very sensitive subject.
Holmes: I made a joke about being the one to put your bracelet in Peih-Gee’s bag.
Gomes: (Laughs)
Holmes: And I got comments like, “You die and you rot in hell, Gordon Holmes!”
Gomes: Oh my God. It’s a joke people! People love to hate me. Welcome to my world.

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‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Episode 13 Recap: Anonymous and Outfoxed?

December 9, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Jenn Brown and Max Dawson. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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Last Week: Family members were greeted and then some of them eated*, a female alliance was pitched and then possibly ditched, and Joey Amazing passed out and then was cast out.

*Not a word.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog…

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

The Orkun Tribe (wearing orange)
Abi – Philippines
Jeremy – San Juan del Sur
Keith – San Juan del Sur
Kelley W. – San Juan del Sur
Kimmi – The Australian Outback
Spencer – Cagayan
Tasha – Cagayan

The evening’s fun starts off back at Orkun Beach after Tribal. Abi doesn’t feel bad about Joe going home because, “Payback is a bitch.” Feel free to write your own joke.

Everyone else is psyched because they all now have a chance at winning immunity. Really, Kimmi?

They go over the night’s votes, and Tasha realizes that Keith voted for her. This does not please her. I probably wouldn’t be giddy about it either.

The next morning, the San Juan del Surians point out that all three of them made the final seven. Yeah, well…half the Australians are there too.

Later, Jeremy and Spencer are having serious buyer’s remorse now that Joe is gone. I feel the same way at breakfast when I order something sweet like pancakes, but then I see someone else order an omelet. Every time. Their regret is more focused on the possibility of a female alliance.

Reward Challenge Time: The players will run through an obstacle course while hooked to a rope. They’ll then use sandbags to knock over a series of blocks. The first person to knock off all their blocks will be taken to a Cambodian temple and will enjoy food and a sleepover.

Fun Fact: Keith won this challenge in San Juan del Sur.

We start off and there’s not much to explain except for obstacle navigatin’. Keith is the first one to the sandbags. He’s followed by Spencer, Tasha, and Jeremy.

Jeremy and Spence have trouble with their slack allowance, but it doesn’t matter because Keith plows through the blocks to win reward.

THIS IS KEITH’S ISLAND!

Keith is allowed to take two people with him. He chooses Kelley because she chose his wife to come to camp last week. He also chooses Spencer for no real reason.

While trying to explain why he picked Spencer, we learn that Keith doesn’t know Tasha’s name. That’d be me on “Survivor.” I’m the worst. No joke, my wife and I have a code where I’ll squeeze her hand quickly three times if I need her to give me someone’s name.

Look on the bright side, Tasha. If he doesn’t know your name, he can’t vote for you. Well…he can’t vote for you again.

Back at camp, Kimmi makes the point that Keith is the new Golden Boy and he needs to go. He’s more like a Golden River Boy. Apparently that’s a chewing tobacco. Yes, I had to use Google for that joke.

At the reward, Keith points out that the temple looks like somewhere Indiana Jones has been. Fortune and glory, Keith.

The trio is blessed and then treated to an elegant Cambodian dance. Afterward, they sit down to a delicious meal. Spencer, Kelley, and Keith all say they’re cool being the final three together. Well, what are you supposed to say?

Keith wants to get rid of Jeremy first. However, Spencer wants to target Tasha. Brains tribe explodes!

They decide to bring Abi in as a fourth. What could possibly go wrong?

At Orkun, Tasha asks Abi if she can chat with Jeremy alone. Abi says it’s cool, but her face, body language and death glare say otherwise.

Abi goes off, and Tasha and Jeremy immediately discuss getting rid of her. Well, I guess Abi was totally justified with her death glare.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will race down an obstacle course that is floating in the water. When they get to the end they’ll retrieve a key. They’ll then return to the beach and unlock five puzzle pieces. The first person to complete the puzzle wins immunity.

Fun Fact: This puzzle was one of the choices in the first challenge in “World’s Apart.” But, nobody chose it.

Another Fun Fact: Actually, Parvati Shallow chose it in the press challenge. It did not end well for her.

We start off and Jeremy and Spencer jump out to a lead. However, Spencer wipes out and Jeremy takes over. They go back and forth with Jeremy getting to the puzzle first. Spencer is right behind him. He manages to figure out the puzzle in less than fifteen seconds and win it.

Note: People are saying that the puzzle was too simple. But, I watched crew members struggle with it for twenty minutes in Nicaragua.

Whoa…Tasha is having trouble out in the water. The safety crew is sent out after her. They get her up onto one of the platforms and medical is called in.

Apparently she swallowed a lot of water, but she’ll be fine. Thank goodness.

Politicking around camp has Tasha wanting her, Jeremy, Spencer, and Kimmi to vote for Abi while Keith, Kelley, Spencer, and Abi want to target Tasha.

Abi is wondering who to take to the final three. Well, she might win against doing your taxes and getting punched in the face.

Later Tasha and Jeremy lay out their plan to Spencer. Ooo…Spencer the Swing Vote.

That night at Tribal, Spencer admits that he was worried about what he missed at camp while he was at the reward.

Tasha is feeling better, but she thought she was drowning.

Spencer thinks any event in “Survivor” could cause change.

Keith says the vote will get them back to where they need to be.

Jeremy is under the impression that there are five voting blocs right now.

Tasha believes that a lot of people are keeping their options open and aren’t locking in their loyalty.

Keith is confident that his alliance will win. Spencer admires his confidence because he’s nervous.

Jeremy isn’t sure which of his alliances he should be confident in. Oh…how many alliances you got there, Jeremy?

Voting Time: Kimmi votes for Abi, Keith votes for Tasha, and the rest of the votes will have to wait till the credits.

JPro tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Abi, one vote for Tasha, one vote for Abi, one vote for Tasha, one vote for Abi, one vote for Keith, and the fourteenth person eliminated from “Survivor: Second Chance” and the seventh member of the jury is…Abi.

So, Abi voted for Keith while Keith and Kelley voted for Tasha. So…I’m assuming the dominant foursome must’ve had Abi on their side and convinced her they were targeting Keith.

Verdict: This season is just too crazy to predict. Not sure why Abi went when there are other big threats that you don’t want to take to the end around.

And now we’re heading into a final episode with six players and two idols still in play? Color me intrigued.

Who’s Going to Win? I’m holding out hope that Kelley can work some magic with that idol of hers, but Jeremy is lookin’ good.

Power Rankings Results: Jenn had Abi in spot six, Max had her in spot three, and I had her in spot four. The current standings are Team Jenn 130, Team Max 124, and Team Gordon 119.

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‘Survivor’ Power Rankings Round 11 – Boys on the Side? Edition

December 9, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Jenn Brown and Max Dawson. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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The Rules: Each week our three 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 three players will earn. For example, if Kelley is voted out this week, Max and Gordon will each receive one point and Jenn will receive two points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Second Chance” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Jenn, Max, and Gordon all had Joey Amazing in spot eight. The current score is Team Jenn 124, Team Max 121, and Team Gordon 115.

Important Note: These rankings are not based on who is most likely to win the entire season. Players tend to rank the players based on their safety in the next episode.

Jenn’s Score = 124

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Max’s Score = 121

Any questions for Max? Drop him a line on Twitter: @fymaxwell

Gordon’s Score = 115

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 1. Jeremy: At this point they should just give Jeremy the money. Also “it’s a boy” made the entire country tear up. I also love Val as much as I love Jeremy. And I thought he would be challenge threat #1 after Joe left but he’s not! It’s Keith! And I love that.
  1. Kelley: As soon as I saw the first flashes of his traffic-cone orange Ephrata shirt through the Cambodian brush I was certain that Kelley was toast. The curmudgeonly Dale Wentworth has a penchant for making waves around camp. My initial thought was that we were about to see Dale rip into Kimmi for undercooking the rice or start an argument with Spencer about why Trump is more qualified for the presidency than Jeb Bush. And yet somehow Dale’s visit went off without a hitch. If Kelley can survive a family visit from @farmguy69 she can survive anything.  1. Kelley: She’s got an idol and she’s making the right moves at the right time. Kelley is killing it. My only concern for her is; does the jury appreciate what she’s done? They should, but has she been playing it too close to the vest? Too sneaky, sneaky?
  2. Kelley: She’s still one of my favorites. Finally got rid of Joe, is in a great position with her alliance, and will probably make it to the end because SHE ALSO HAS AN IDOL STILL.
  2. Spencer: Spencer has created for himself a number of potential paths to the final three. He’s at the point where he needs to be giving serious thought to who will be sitting next to him. I worry, though, that with all of those scenarios to run the old gamebot Spencer could re-emerge, and that he could lose his grasp on the social game he has worked so hard to build. Remember how great Mitt Romney was during the primary, and how awful he was during the election? Spencer, don’t be a Romney.
 2. Jeremy: Ya got me last week, Jeremy. Waterworks in the Holmes household the second Val said, “It’s a boy.” Now, back to the game. You’re actually in amazing shape for someone who’s had some rough votes. You’ve got an idol in your pocket and nobody is viewing you as a challenge threat. But, Ciera pointed out that nobody can beat you at the end. They’re coming for you, you have to figure out when.
  3. Keith: I love that Big D made an appearance this episode. She is just as great as Keith is, trust me I’ve met her. We all went to the Dallas aquarium once, and it was a blast. Anyway. There’s no way anyone is getting rid of Keith soon, so towards the top he will remain. Hell I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to the final 4 or 3.
  3. Abi-Maria: Abi likes dark-haired gamer bros with severe ADHD. You like curly-haired mold clowns. That doesn’t give you the right to post something horrible on her Instagram. Apparently after last week’s episode some viewers felt compelled to take time out from mistaking “Onion” articles for real news stories to disparage and/or threaten Abi and Kelley on social media. The “Survivor” community stands united against this disgusting behavior. Don’t do it. And certainly don’t tolerate it.  3. Tasha: Nobody needs an all-female alliance more than Tasha. In fact, I’d wager that the only people she could beat at the end are Abi and Kimmi. And that’s a big “if.” A lot of the jurors are fond of Kimmi.
  4. Spencer: The “Survivor” gods love Spencer. So much airtime, so much positive edit about him becoming a being with feelings, so much love for his girlfriend.
  4. Tasha: Tasha handled the women’s alliance situation with all of the grace that Dan Foley exhibited when he explained how to talk to the ladies. Moments like that one suggest that Tasha doesn’t have the finesse to win this game.
 4. Abi-Maria: Abi’s going to the final three, isn’t she? Is there a downside for anyone to make that move? The only person on that island who would possibly vote for her is her mother. And I’m assuming she was sent home before final Tribal.
 5. Tasha: Tasha has a final-3 deal going, however she totally turned on her female alliance! She had the numbers with that alliance. Why would she do that? What happens when Jeremy tells the girls that Tasha ratted them out? WHAT HAPPENS?
   5. Jeremy: Option 1: Jeremy wins immunity and he, Tasha, Spencer, and Kimmi vote out Keith. Option 2: Jeremy loses immunity and idols out Keith. Either way, I think Keith is getting the big d this week.  5. Kimmi: An all-female alliance worked in Micronesia and it could absolutely work here. That is, if Tasha hadn’t run off and told her boys.
 6. Abi-Maria: Abi made it this far into the game, just like last time, and I am actually shocked after the start of this game that she has. But it seems like she’s had a bit of a turn around. However her alliance member just ratted her and the other girls out, so I’m thinking it’s Abi or Kimmi next, because…damnit, Tasha. Why don’t all girl alliances ever pan out (minus the black widows and also just me and Hali who did nothing really)?! I would love to see an all female final 8 or something. That’s the “Survivor” season I want to see. And that way there are no “male and female” immunity necklaces.
   6. Kimmi: In like Caryn, out like Monica? Suddenly Kimmi wants to do all the girls? I don’t buy it. Kimmi’s reaction to seeing her dad told me everything I need to know about her next move. She’s sticking with her game dad, Jeremy.  6. Keith: You went toe-to-toe with the Golden Boy week after week and now he’s gone! And the reward for your amazing feat is…you’re the biggest challenge threat in the game. Whoops. The only thing working for you is that nobody is worried about you pulling any clever strategies out of your hat.
 7. Kimmi: Ditto to above. I wrote a bunch there and then realized I was writing it for both of them, so whatever. Also can I have Abi and Kimmi both tied for last? Gordon?
  7. Keith: When Keith talked about killing the Golden Boy I don’t think he had last week’s challenge in mind. I also don’t think he had given much thought to what Joe’s elimination would mean for his game. Sure, Keith now stands a much greater chance of winning immunity challenges. But as soon as doesn’t win he’s going to realize that the threat of Joe making an immunity run was all that was keeping him in the game.  7. Spencer: I really liked “Survivor’s” tie-in with “The Wiz Live!” last week where they gave Spencer a heart. His moment with his girlfriend was adorable. But, his courage in challenges and his strategic brains make him a threat. It could cause them to send him home.

‘Survivor’ Castaway Joe: ‘The Fans Didn’t Vote Me Back to Not Compete’

December 3, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Jenn Brown and Max Dawson. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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Anyone who’s followed XFINITY’s “Survivor” coverage over the years is sure of one thing; I’m terrible at predictions. From day one when I picked Michelle Chase to win “Survivor: Gabon,” it’s been a disaster.

So, why was I so confident that Bayon would win the first immunity challenge? Because I knew it’d come down to the gate and I knew Joe Anglim would destroy it.

He did, and for once I was right.

Unfortunately, it also confirmed everyone’s suspicions that Joe would be this season’s dominant challenge force.

I spoke with “Joey Amazing” the day after his elimination and had a chance to ask him about his scary challenge mishap, his on-again, off-again alliance with Kelley, and Abi’s hair-raising comments…

Gordon Holmes: Your dad is awesome, your mom is delightful, your sisters are super-talented singers. Who do I talk to about being adopted by the Anglim family?
Joe Anglim: (Laughs) You’re going to have to take that up with Mom. She’s adopted a lot of people already, so I’m sure you’re going to have no trouble getting into the club.
Holmes: Sweet!  I’ll get that application ready.
Anglim: And a background check. We’ll do it right.

Holmes: So, last night you scared the (expletive deleted) out of me.
Anglim: (Laughs)
Holmes: You just passed right out in the middle of that challenge. Did you warn your parents about what they were about to see?
Anglim: I told them, “You’re going to have to wait and see.” That’s usually the response I give them. Or, that I forgot. I’ll say, “I don’t remember, you’re going to have to watch tonight.” I had about 25 people, family, friends over and I think I had all of them in tears. A couple of them were crying pretty hard. It’s more fun that way, not telling anyone and then almost killing my grandma.
Holmes: You’re a monster. Was this some kind of ploy so you wouldn’t have to get up to get snacks?
Anglim: (Laughs) No, I’m refilling the wine glasses and asking anyone if they need anything because I’m in control of the remote. So, I get the end-all, say-all. I get to run the ship as I see fit.

Holmes: What do you remember from that moment?
Anglim: I remember looking up at the sun and it’s just beating down. It was directly above the idol. I remember starting to lose sensation in my legs and my hands. This cold/hot sweat creeping up my back. I’m blinking, and then I’m seeing black. I’m blinking but I’m not seeing anything. I yelled to Jeff, I knew I was going pretty quick. I said, “Can we go to one hand?” I said, “Keith, do you want to go to one hand or add another length or something like that?” And, Keith was good with that. Jeff’s grabbing a couple of the extra lengths of pole to hand to us and I just remember going black. I woke up on my back and Doctor Joe was giving me some oral glucose. Jeff was holding my hand and they had umbrellas to get me out of the sun. It was so unbearably hot. It was so hot.
Holmes: I was shaky after our press challenge and Doctor Joe had me eat a glucose square. I was wondering if it was against the rules of the show.
Anglim: It was just for blood sugar. They give you a quick squeeze. It dissolves quickly into your blood. But, the night prior to that I got a severe cold. I had a high fever. I was around the fire all night with the chills. I couldn’t hold anything down. I was running to the bathroom every couple of hours. I woke up feeling like crap, being dehydrated. I was asking for trouble going into that challenge.

Holmes: Mike Holloway encouraged you to hold back in challenges. You obviously took the opposite approach. Was that just a case of, everybody knows, so why bother?
Anglim: I really wanted to go into this season and be able to hold true to that. I need to hold back, but it’s not in my nature. At that point in the beginning of the game I said, “When we get to the individual portion of the game, let’s keep our alliance strong.” This was me talking to Jeremy, Savage, and Tash. “I’ll win the immunities and we can pick off who we want to pick off. We won’t have to worry about them winning immunity.” I really embraced my challenge ability more than try to hide it. Everybody knows. They all saw my season. I might as well accept it and not try to hide it. And more than that, I want to play! It’s like Keith said, “I wanna compete!” I want to give the fans something awesome. The fans didn’t vote me back to not compete. It’s tricky.

Holmes: Does it make it better or worse that the loss that took you out of the game was kind of out of your hands?
Anglim: Phhphphpphpphphpph…
Holmes: That’s the perfect answer.
Anglim: (Laughs) I’m still working through it. It’s still a little of a tough subject to swallow. I’ve come to terms with it. It wasn’t meant to be. That was my lesson. I was meant to be humbled. I thought I was tougher. Mentally I thought I could handle anything. Being sick and being taken out of that game, it broke me. I thought I was invincible. If I had not been taken out physically by my own weakness and I would’ve just lost to Keith? I think that’d be easier to accept.

Holmes: I wish they’d gone into the relationship with you and Wentworth a little more. Take me back to Ta Keo and lead me through last night’s vote.
Anglim: When I was on Ta Keo, I noticed that Kelley didn’t have anyone that she connected with on her previous Ta Keo tribe. I reached out to her and said, “I was a big threat on my season, I had nobody going into the merge. Let’s look out for each other. I’ve got your back 100% if you’ve got mine.” Me and her locked it in. I had Keith, she had a good relationship with Kass and Ciera. I was close with Kass and was building a relationship with Ciera. That was a pretty solid five. I felt pretty comfortable with that. But, when we hit the merge, Kass and Ciera started playing too hard and it was easy for the group-think to point the finger at them. And Kelley was obviously associated with them, so I retracted with Keith. We joined back with the Bayon majority. The girls were on the outs.  I still was connected with  them though. I’d play both sides. I needed to stay with the majority for a couple of votes. And when the time is right we’ll take out who we need to take out. I really did want to  keep Kelley in the game.
Holmes: And when she played her idol?
Anglim: I told her, “If you have an idol, you need to play it.” Of course, not thinking she had one. And I didn’t think the next person they’d vote for would be one of my biggest allies in the game. There are a lot of things like that that I wish I could go back and change. But, once I didn’t have Kelley’s back I think she put up that wall and it became a fake façade of her telling me what I wanted to hear and vice versa.

Holmes: If you could’ve scripted out the end to this thing, who would’ve been your final three?
Anglim: I would’ve liked to have picked off one of the girls. I would’ve gotten Abi and then Jeremy or even Tash. Maybe keep Jeremy around longer. Then Kelley. Then Kimmi… You know, for me, I thought if I could get to the end I could make a case against anybody.

Holmes: Alright, word association time. Let’s start with Monica.
Anglim: Damn, girl.
Holmes: Kimmi?
Anglim: Motherly love.
Holmes: Stephen?
Anglim: Ohhh….Steeephen! Put it like that, “Ohhh…Steeephen.”
Holmes: Savage?
Anglim: Inspiring.
Holmes: Terry?
Anglim: Compassion.
Holmes: Spencer?
Anglim: Witty.
Holmes: Tasha?
Anglim: Crazy.
Holmes: Kass?
Anglim: Ridiculous.
Holmes: Ciera?
Anglim:  Entertaining.
Holmes: Wentworth?
Anglim: Snarky.
Holmes: Wiglesworth?
Anglim: Good humor.
Holmes: Keith?
Anglim: Priceless.
Holmes: Jeremy?
Anglim: Proud.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Abi-Maria.
Anglim: My favorite…uh…how about…dramatic.

Holmes: What the heck, man. As a future Anglim, I’m offended by what she said about your hair.
Anglim: What are you going to do? (Laughs) Eventually I’m probably going to cut if off and donate it to charity. But, we’re going to have to do it right. Maybe I’ll let Abi cut it.
Holmes: How short are we talking?
Anglim: It depends. If I get into the fire academy I’ll probably have to cut it pretty short.
Holmes:  I hear hearts across the county breaking as we’re having this conversation.
Anglim: (Laughs) I’m really hoping for that Herbal Essence commercial deal.

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‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Episode 12 Recap: Who Run the World?

December 2, 2015

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Jenn Brown and Max Dawson. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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Last Week: Kelley found de idol, Joe was devoted, and Stephen and Ciera joined de jury.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog…

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

The Orkun Tribe (wearing orange)
Abi – Philippines
Jeremy – San Juan del Sur
Joe – Worlds Apart
Keith – San Juan del Sur
Kelley W. – San Juan del Sur
Kimmi – The Australian Outback
Spencer – Cagayan
Tasha – Cagayan

Before we get too far into this…

Oh man…family visit night…keep it together, Gordon.

Things start off the morning after Tribal where Jeremy and Spencer are enjoying a delightful chat over coffee. Spencer assures Jeremy that they’re still tight, but Jeremy isn’t so sure.

At camp, Kimmi wants to target Joe if he loses immunity. WHY DIDN’T ANYONE ELSE THINK OF THAT?! Kimmi also pitches an all-lady alliance to Kelley and Tasha. They both seem into the idea.

Kimmi then tells us that it’s time to make her move. Oof…never good when someone who hasn’t said much starts saying a lot. Don’t get Padilla’d.

Before we get to the reward challenge, Probst teases them about the loved-one visit. He pretends like the family members aren’t there, but they totally are. Is this “American Idol?”

Val shows up for Jeremy and it…is…waterworks. She simply says “It’s a boy” and I lose it.

Tasha’s cousin is next. They hug it out and are sooper adorable.

Then we get to meet Spencer’s girlfriend and…he tells her he loves her! He wants to know what love is, he wants her to show him!

Abi’s mom hits the beach, and Abi promptly votes her out. Just kidding, they share a nice hug.

From there Keith is greeted by his wife. Equally adorable!

Then it’s Dale Wentworth! Who expected to see him back before Baylor?

Joe’s dad comes out and fulfills Joe’s “Worlds Apart” wish to make the family visit.

Finally, Kimmi’s dad made the long trip to Cambodia. They cry and hug while I just cry.

Reward Challenge Time: The players will collect five bags of puzzle pieces while going through an obstacle course. First person to complete the word puzzle gets a barbecue at camp with their loved one.

We start off and Kimmi jumps out to a lead. However, Keith is the first one to get to the end with all of his bags.

He’s followed by Jeremy, Kelley, and then Joe.

Everyone eventually makes it except for Kimmi. Poor Kimmi.

Kelley scores the win by spelling “Nourishment.”

Kelley is allowed to pick three people to join her. She goes with Keith, Abi, and Kimmi.

Wow, Kimmi loses it. I might lose it too.

Kelley’s allowed to pick one more and she goes with Joe.

Back at camp, there are like 40 people on the beach with all of the loved ones. It’s like spring break down the shore.

Quick Aside: I hate myself for that joke.

Joe shows his dad the cool tribe flag he painted. Then his dad confesses that Joe is his best friend. STOP! STOP IT! I NEED TISSUES!

Jeremy and Spencer aren’t surprised with who Kelley picked to join in the reward. Spencer isn’t used to all of these emotions he’s feeling. Does…not…compute.

Spencer assures Tasha and Jeremy that the Stephen thing wasn’t personal. They agree to take each other to the final three. Tasha, however, is still considering the all-female alliance.

The newly minted trio decides to target Joe next. HOW DARE YOU VOTE OUT JOE’S DAD’S BEST FRIEND?!

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will balance a statue on top of a pole. As time goes on, they’ll add to the pole to make it longer. The last man and woman with their statue in the air wins immunity.

Probst says that with two immunity necklaces up for grabs it increases everyone’s odds of winning. Well, not the non-Joe males.

We start off and it’s a lot of standin’ and pole holdin’.

(Get your mind out of the gutter.)

Kimmi is the first person out. She’s followed by Abi. It’s quickly down to Kelley and Tasha for female immunity.

Tasha eventually drops out. Kelley wins immunity. Good night for her.

Then we lose Spencer and Jeremy in short order. It’s down to Keith and Joe for bro immunity.

The two battle it out until the one-hour, twenty-minute mark when Joe just kind of collapses.  Medical is called in and everyone is shocked.

And…we cut to a commercial! Gah! Be OK, Joe!

We come back and Joe is conscious. He says his legs went numb. Doctor Joe says that his blood sugar dropped to a dangerous level, but he won’t have to be pulled from the game.

Fun Fact: Doctor Joe gave me a weird sugar square when I was woozy after the press immunity challenge in Cambodia.

Another Fun Fact: We totally won that press challenge.

Back at Orkun Beach, everyone is happy to have Joe back in one piece. Abi especially because she’s very excited to vote him out.

Joe and Jeremy go out for a chat. Joe pitches voting out Abi, saying she’s dangerous because everyone wants to go to the end with her. Huh…everyone wants to go to the end with her, but that doesn’t make her dangerous. She won’t get jury votes.

Later, Tasha admits to Jeremy and Spencer that there are rumors of an all-girl alliance. As you’d imagine, they are not cool with this.

Spencer and Jeremy meet later and debate pulling Tasha, Joe, and Keith over to go after the other women.

That night at Tribal Council, Stephen’s looking psyched to be a part of the jury. Over/under on the number of Shakespeare references he makes in his jury speech?

Kelley thinks Joe is dangerous because he’s willing to compete until he passes out.

Jeremy believes the voting bloc thing is cool, but it’s time for an alliance.

Joe knows he’s on the chopping block, so does Abi.

Spencer says it doesn’t matter if you can beat someone at the end, if they won’t help you get to the end.

Joe hopes everyone sticks to the plan. A Keith reference?

Voting Time: Abi votes for Joe and tells him to get a haircut because he looks like a clown, Joe votes for Abi, and the rest of the votes are secret.

Probst asks for idols…and nobody plays one.

We’ve got one vote for Joe, one vote for Abi, one vote for Tasha, two votes for Joe, and the thirteenth person eliminated from “Survivor: Second Chance” and the sixth member of the jury is…Joe.

Verdict: Kudos to the “Survivor” editing crew for making the Joe vote look a little surprising. Seriously, they had to get rid of him. Just glad he went out on his feet instead of his back.

Who’s Going to Win? Woody Boyd sang it best, “Kelley, Kelley, Kelley, Kelley, Kelley, Kelley.”

Power Rankings Results: Jenn, Max, and I all had Joey Amazing in spot eight. The current score is Team Jenn 124, Team Max 121, and Team Gordon 115.

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