Archive | November, 2015

“The little witches’ coven.” Survivor Cambodia Second Chance November 18 2015 recap

19 Nov

Kimmi begins the episode determined to break up the “little witches’ coven” of Kelley Wentworth, Ciera, and Abi. Meanwhile, the revelation that there are indeed immunity idols in the game gets everyone interested in looking for one, and even though Jeremy has one, he decides he’d like to have a second since he lost one of the “shields” he was hiding behind, namely Andrew.

While some of the players are at a reward and others are busy around camp, Jeremy goes sneaking off to look for an idol. He finds a clue that says to get the idol, he needs to slyly sneak away from camp in the middle of the night. At that late hour, everyone happens to be staying up  much later than usual. Finally Jeremy just says he’s going to the bathroom and goes and gets the idol. This was way too easy for him!

Stephen observes that Joe and Kelly Wigglesworth have become pals in sort of a brother/sister or aunt/nephew relationship. This gets him to thinking.

The challenge is one that’s been done before with the players standing on what look like half-submerged floating doghouses, with their feet on small ledges on the sides of the “doghouse roof.” This time there’s added difficulty: it’s raining hard and freezing cold. Eight minutes in, Jeff Probst starts making some generalizations on how success in the game depends on making the right move at the right time. Suddenly he grabs a machete and chops a rope at his feet, and a row of little floating balls suddenly floats to the surface perhaps 15 yards from the players. Probst announces that the first person to touch the ball across from him wins an advantage in the game but is out of the immunity challenge. There’s a brief pause, and Stephen dives in, and a heartbeat later Spencer does the same. They swim furiously, and believe it or not Stephen touches his ball first to get the advantage! The two watch the rest of the challenge, which comes down to Joe and Abi, and finally Joe wins.

Back at camp Kimmi reiterates that she wants one of the girls out. Certainly nobody wants a repeat of last episode when the majority group inexplicably didn’t split the vote, so they opt to split between Kelley Wentworth and Ciera, with Kelley receiving the most.

Stephen opens his advantage message and it’s “beyond his wildest dreams”: an opportunity to steal a vote from another player and convert it to one of his own, in addition to casting his own vote. So it’s even more powerful than Dan’s double vote from the prior season. But Stephen immediately says he won’t use it at the upcoming tribal council but save it for later!

Stephen then goes to the “three witches” and proposes teaming with them to vote Kelly Wigglesworth out. With not much else in the way of options, they’re all for it. Now he needs to pitch it to Jeremy and Spencer. He tells them they need to make a move, they can’t keep playing from the bottom, though Spencer doesn’t think they’re on the bottom (note Stephen is the man who previously said nobody is on the bottom). Jeremy and Spencer see the wisdom in what Stephen is saying, but the part they don’t like is the idea of having to trust three people they don’t trust. Particularly since one of them is the unpredictable Abi!

At tribal council, it’s raining hard and everyone is shivering. This time as Kass walks in, she flips off the entire group.

Near the end, Probst asks which of the players are seriously worried they could be the one voted out tonight, and six people raise their hands. When it’s time to vote, Stephen looks incredibly grim-faced, as he appears to be contemplating using his advantage. But he votes normally.

The votes are read and … Kelly Wigglesworth is voted out! Stephen, Jeremy, and Spencer did join with the three women. By the way, Kelly is not one of the players who said she was worried tonight! She obviously should have been.

Favorites: Spencer, Joe, Jeremy, Stephen, Tasha, Kelley Wentworth, Ciera

No chance: Abi, Kimmi, Keith

Jury and who I think they’ll vote for: Kass (Spencer), Andrew (Joe), Kelly (Joe)

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“Joe is my white whale and I am Ahab.” Survivor Cambodia Second Chance November 11, 2015 recap

17 Nov

The episode begins with Andrew feeling good about his alliances with Jeremy and Joe, and Ciera thinking about pulling in Stephen to try to oust Joe. Of course, voting Joe out has certainly been on Stephen’s mind. Mr. Fischbach notes: “I don’t want to be run over by a bunch of bros.”

Being on the team that wins the reward challenge, Ciera takes the opportunity to campaign. She says that on her prior season she thought she was in a tight group but it didn’t work out. No way Jeremy, Tasha, Stephen, and Andrew are breaking up, she says, her comments intended for Joe. Joe agrees with this, as he tells the camera later.

The group was brought to the reward in a rickshaw that was powered by a motorcycle (we learn that this contraption is known as a tuk-tuk), and Keith decides to try and start one up and take it for a spin. He does, and everyone else jumps in for a ride up and down the beach. A wonderful, carefree moment.

Meanwhile, Stephen is presenting his “oust Joe” idea to Jeremy, who already nixed it in the prior episode. Stephen also pitches Spencer, who seems to be in, and Tasha, who obviously isn’t and does a poor job of trying to act noncommittal. Either she warns Andrew or he overhears something, because Andrew soon warns Joe. Joe thought something like this was coming, but not this early in the game.

Also, Andrew tells Joe, “On my kids’ lives, I will never write your name down.”

Joe makes it moot for now by winning the immunity challenge, which involves balancing a ball on a platform steered by long ropes. Stephen laments, “Joe is my white whale and I am Ahab.” Joe would like to get Ciera, Kelley Wentworth, and Abi to ally with him to get Stephen out. Andrew certainly loves the Stephen idea — he hasn’t liked him ever since Fischbach committed the unforgivable crime of not being blown away by one of Andrew’s stories. Andrew passes on this nomination to Jeremy, but Jeremy doesn’t like it. As we know but Andrew doesn’t, Jeremy wants to be the new J.T., i.e. the person who takes Stephen all the way to the end and then beats him handily. So Andrew is overruled within his alliance, and Kelley Wentworth and Ciera are mentioned as candidates to vote out. Joe alerts the two women that they are on the chopping block now, not Stephen.

At tribal council, Kass walks in as the first jury member and flips off Andrew as she does so. Why Andrew, I wonder? Kass did have six votes against her last episode and we didn’t see anything to indicate Andrew was the mastermind. Anyway, Kelley says at tribal council that four people are running the game, but confusingly, the four she lists are: Jeremy, Tasha, Andrew, and Stephen or Joe. This is debated for a while, and Ciera repeats her lament that so many players aren’t playing aggressively. Of course, what’s left unsaid is that there are good reasons to stay under the radar!

It’s time to vote, and when Andrew walks past Kass, she makes a “P.U., he stinks” hand motion.

Jeff Probst asks if anyone wants to play an idol, and Kelley pulls one out, to the shock of everyone else, including her ally Ciera! Remember, she acquired it back on the very first episode, and she and Jeremy are the only ones who know for sure that there are any idols in the game this season at all. Probst reads the first nine votes, and all of them are for Kelley. And while he does, the show cuts back and forth between all of the tense faces, as everyone wonders who the three girls voted for since that person will be going home. The votes are read: they’re for Andrew Savage. Shockingly, three votes in a tribe of twelve are enough to vote him out! Abi tells him in mock consolation “You made it to the jury…” and he sticks up his middle finger toward her as he walks out. Kass is loving every second and Ciera can’t believe her good fortune.

This sequence was absolutely masterful, as by cutting back and forth the producers were able to show us the expressions and reactions of all twelve players plus Kass on the jury. Bravo, Survivor!

I do think Andrew was the perfect choice for the three women, as he was the one who tied Jeremy, Tasha, and Joe all together.

In my rankings I am moving Spencer past Tasha into the #1 spot. Tasha seems a bit paranoid this season and not very likeable, neither of which applies to Spencer at the moment.

Favorites: Spencer, Tasha, Joe, Jeremy, Kelley Wentworth, Stephen, Ciera

No chance: Abi, Kimmi, Kelly Wigglesworth, Keith

Jury and who I think they’ll vote for: Kass (Spencer), Andrew (Joe)

“You Just Unleashed The Beast”: Survivor Cambodia Second Chance November 4 2015 recap

4 Nov

Even though we just shook up the two tribes last episode, this one begins with the tribes merging. Thirteen people are left in the game. So the question becomes, who will be able to make an alliance of seven?

Andrew and Jeremy are reunited, and know they have Kimmi, Tasha, Stephen, and Kelly Wigglesworth in the fold. So they only need one more.

Meanwhile, Kass and Kelley Wentworth feel good about Ciera and Keith. Joe is someone they hope to rope in, while Abi and Spencer seem like free agents. (Why Abi is not on the same side as Andrew and Tasha isn’t explained).

Spencer says “Joe’s a guy I wouldn’t mind sticking with and swinging with.” As the two talk, Spencer points out he has no alliance that’s lasted longer than a day, while Joe’s alliances have not been tested since he hasn’t been to tribal council yet at all! (That seems incredible, but the same is true for Keith this season.)

Kass tries to talk with her old Cagayan teammate Tasha, but Tasha just tries to answer everything with a noncommittal non-answer. Is the original Bayon group sticking together, Kass asks? Tasha replies in the negative.  All of this frustrates Kass who tells the camera, “You just unleashed the beast.” The next day Tasha admits she was just putting up smokescreens and tells Kass she has no reason to tell her the truth. The two go back to camp and continue their argument, and Ciera joins in by sowing some seeds of discontent about Andrew, which he disputes.

The first individual immunity challenge is won by Joe. Upon the return to camp, the name on everybody’s lips to be voted out is that of Kass… even Keith agrees, surprisingly. And the supposed swing votes Joe and Spencer seem firmly with the Jeremy group. They all decide to split the vote between Kass and Ciera. Kass anticipates the split, which would have to be 5-4. So if she, Ciera, Wentworth, and Abi could somehow find a fifth person to vote against Tasha, Tasha would go home.

Unsurprisingly, the person Kass targets to try to sway is Spencer. OK, sounds good, Spencer says. It’s not convincing. But Spencer is secretly pleased to have been offered the deal: “I have never been in this position before to influence the game.”

Jeff Probst says 13 people is the biggest-ever Tribal Council. In the end, Kass is voted out 6-4-2-1, with votes as follows:

Voting for Kass: Keith, Kelley Wentworth, Tasha, Andrew, Stephen, Kimmi. The surprise here is Kelley, who evidently saw no value in being on the losing side.

Voting for Ciera: Kelly Wigglesworth, Jeremy, Joe, Spencer.

Voting for Tasha: Kass, Abi.

Voting for Andrew: Ciera, in a somewhat puzzling move.

Favorites: Tasha, Spencer, Joe, Jeremy, Andrew, Kelley Wentworth, Stephen, Ciera

No chance: Abi, Kimmi, Kelly Wigglesworth, Keith

Jury and who I think they’ll vote for: Kass (Spencer)