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“That’s why I drink.” Survivor Cambodia Second Chance December 2 and December 9 2015 Recap

12 Dec

Alas I must sum up the December 2 episode with mere bullet points as I lost my notes for that show!

The episode gave us the familiar “loved ones challenge.” I usually fast-forward through this, but this time we got to see two loved ones who were former contestants themselves: Jeremy’s wife Val (who is pregnant and whispers to Jeremy that the baby will be a boy) and Kelley’s father Dale, whom I loved seeing again! Dale’s as feisty as ever. Kelley wins the challenge and chooses Keith, Abi-Maria, Kimmi and Joe to join her with their respective loved ones. There’s a very heartfelt seen with Joe’s father who tells him “I never had a friend like you.”

The immunity challenge involves balancing a small statue on a pole that has to be made longer and longer. One woman and one man will win immunity. Kelley wins for the women, and for the men it comes down to Joe and Keith. Both hang on for a really long time, then we see Joe suddenly go to the ground. He has collapsed! Everyone runs over to him and the medics are called. The medic says “Joe!” and doesn’t get an answer (though this may well be that Joe just didn’t understand the doc’s Australian accent). But the diagnosis is that nothing is seriously wrong with Joe, his brain just needed oxygen.

So does that mean Joe will be voted out? Tasha reports to Jeremy and Spencer that she has been offered a spot in a women’s alliance, though she says she’s not taking it. That’s enough to make the guys really nervous: should they vote out Abi instead? They decide not to, and Joe is out of the game.

As we begin the December 9 episode, there are seven people left in the game, and Spencer and Jeremy think they’re in trouble with a women’s alliance brewing. The key is: who will be able to make a group of four? They decide that they need Kimmi and Tasha on their side or they’re done. Meanwhile, Keith, who threw a vote Tasha’s way at tribal council, says he needs to mend fences with her.

We find out that the reward challenge was run once before in a prior season, and won by Keith. And he proceeds to win this one too. But is winning a good move? I actually think that at this stage in the game the savvy player should make sure not to win any reward challenges, as whoever he chooses not to take along will surely be mad. Keith picks Kelley to go with him since she had chosen Keith to be able to spend time with his wife the prior week. And Keith’s second choice is … Spencer? Asked to explain the choice, Keith says there was “no real logic” except that Spencer didn’t get a chance to spend time with his girlfriend the prior week, and he implies (rightly!) that that’s a bigger deal than not getting to spend time with your cousin. Well, so much for Keith wanting to shore up his relationship with Tasha!

By the way, I’m shocked anytime the contestants have to give a lot of thought to whom they’re bringing on a reward. They have all day to strategize about such things beforehand!

On the reward, Keith, Kelley and Spencer make a (halfhearted) final-three deal. Spencer suggests voting Tasha out, the only problem is that to make that happen they would need to count on the ever-volatile Abi.

Back at camp, Tasha asks Abi if she would mind if Tasha and Jeremy spoke privately. She says she wouldn’t in a way that indicates she really means she would. Jeremy is amused: “Scorpios are crazy. I got two of ’em in my house, that’s why I drink.” Tasha tells Jeremy that Abi is the one to vote out: “We can’t have any messiness coming down to the finals.” But would Spencer be up for that?

The immunity challenge is won by Spencer, and the most memorable part is that Tasha has swallowed so much water she can’t swim back and the medics have to move in. It’s nothing serious, however.

Now Spencer has a decision to make … stick with the stronger players or hope to go to the end with two “dream goats” in Keith and Abi? We chooses the former, and Abi is voted out: four votes for her (Jeremy, Tasha, Spencer, and Kimmi), two for Tasha (Keith and Kelley), and one for Keith (Abi). Why in the world did Abi vote for Keith?I have no idea, but since this happened it’s good for Spencer that he didn’t flip since that would have just made a 3-3 tie.

Favorites: Tasha, Spencer, Jeremy, Kelley Wentworth

No chance: Kimmi, Keith

Jury and who I think they’ll vote for: Kass (Spencer), Andrew (Tasha), Kelly (Kimmi), Ciera (Spencer), Stephen (Jeremy), Joe (Kelley), Abi (Kelley)


“You can hashtag that”: Survivor Cambodia Second Chance November 25 2016 recap

2 Dec

After the predictable reactions to tribal council, everyone settles in to deal with the torrential rains.


We see Keith’s feet and they look scarily awful, literally as bad as a corpse’s feet … or worse!


Jeff Probst breaks from tradition by saying what the reward is before even describing the challenge. Once the contestants hear that it involves shelter, they’re all for it. The challenge is the “basketball with tackling” one we’ve seen played in prior seasons.


Everyone who goes on the reward wants Stephen to be voted out, or claims to, while everyone who’s not on the reward says they want Joe out.


Stephen tells the camera he’s in a good position, then notes that on Survivor you should never say you’re in a good position. Soon thereafter we see him shivering at the shelter and grimacing with stomach pain. Through tears, he tells the camera that quitting is not an option. The weather does look absolutely miserable.


Before the immunity challenge Probst gives everyone one black and one white rock. He says there is a construction crew at camp ready to build a solid shelter, but only if at least five of the ten players choose (by showing a white rock) that they will give up participating in the immunity challenge to get the shelter. Everyone reveals their choices, and all show a white rock except for Joe and Keith.


The challenge involves standing on a block pressing a ball against another block, using what looks like a rolling pin. Joe is the winner, it’s his fourth immunity in a row. Afterwards Spencer points out that — assuming Keith is safe — someone who sacrificed immunity to get shelter is going to be voted out.


Stephen targets Ciera, as he thinks he could sooner work with Kelley or even Abi. Joe wants Stephen out, to the delight of Ciera who suggested this at the reward. Tasha takes Spencer aside and says, “If we go with the girls, it’s the Ciera show,” i.e. if it works, Ciera will have the “big move” on her resume. Spencer is more inclined to get Stephen out. Jeremy doesn’t like the Stephen idea. By the way, is it really possible that Stephen doesn’t suspect a blindside?


At tribal council, everyone who showed a white rock acts more than a little sanctimonious about their decision. But Joe clarifies: “If I put out that white rock, I go home tonight. No question asked.” And everyone knows he’s right.


The votes are cast, and Probst asks if anyone wants to play an idol. Jeremy says, “Yeah, Jeff …” and we go to commercial (this is a double episode tonight, mind you).


After the ads, Jeremy hands over his idol (or as we viewers know, one of his idols) and says he is playing it for Stephen. As Probst shows one vote after another that were for Stephen, Mr. Fischbach whispers to Jeremy “I’m with you… all the way.” And shortly Jeremy whispers to Spencer.,”I would do the same thing for you.”


So Ciera is the one voted out, having received three votes (Stephen, Kimmi, and Jeremy) to two for Kimmi (the other alliance did split the vote in case Stephen had an idol but didn’t reckon with Jeremy’s switch).


All in all it’s a great moment, and Jeremy is blushing a bit at the whole thing.


The next day Stephen tells Jeremy that at tribal council he knew he was done. So why didn’t he play his advantage? Probably because he figured the other side’s numbers were so overwhelming, there was no point in adding just one more vote to his.


The reward challenge is one that’s been done before — Probst tells a long story about the host country, and then the players have to run around and make choices based on remembering parts of the story correctly. This one might even date all the way back to the first season. But there’s an inspired twist: it’s done at night, by torchlight. This does add to the drama!


Also, before the challenge starts, the camera shows us one of the packages the players will have to unwrap. Special effects unfurl the string around it to show us there’s an idol clue. Pretty much through sheer chance, Kelley is the one to pick up that particular package. She sees the clue and discreetly tucks it away.


Stephen wins the reward, a spa trip. Predictably he can take someone along, and he announces “I have a lot of damage control to do,” and picks Tasha. He gets one more choice and it’s Jeremy. Spencer is miffed and begins to plot against Jeremy and Stephen, realizing those two are tighter with each other than they will ever be with him.


On the reward, we are reminded that Tasha and Stephen were allies early on in the game. To build trust, Stephen tells her and Jeremy what his advantage is.


Back at camp, everyone except Kimmi and the three who were on the reward get together and decide that Stephen is the one to go, unless he wins immunity, in which case it’s Tasha.


In the meantime Kelley has unwrapped her idol clue and now knows that the idol is tied beneath the raised floor of the shelter (which is maybe 3 feet off the ground). Now seems a great opportunity to try to grab it, since several people are off on their reward and then the remaining guys go fishing. There’s only one problem: Abi keeps puttering around and won’t leave. Finally Abi heads for a nearby hammock and Kelley scoots under the shelter, but the idol is tied down pretty securely and takes a while to loosen, and she hears the guys coming back from their trip. Just in time, she gets it loose and puts it away.


The immunity challenge is one that has been done before, involving stacking blocks using only one’s feet. Spencer edges out Joe to win.


That means Stephen sees his big chance to get Joe out. For whatever reason, Stephen wants to convince Joe that he’s voting for Abi, which seems implausible. Meanwhile, Abi sees Joe talking to Stephen and decides that Joe is “shady.” She tells Kelley that she doesn’t trust Joe.


Stephen boasts that since he has his vote-stealing advantage, he has the numbers to “split the vote reliably.” Stephen tells Spencer he’s using his advantage (and what it is). Stephen asks Spencer to vote for Abi rather than Joe. So obviously Stephen thinks Spencer is still his firm ally … is he, though?


At tribal council, when Jeff Probst announces it’s time to vote, Stephen says he’s using his advantage, and that the vote he’s going to steal is Joe’s. He goes to the voting booth to cast his two votes … but only casts one of them for Joe and the other for Abi. What the heck?


The votes are read, and the person getting the most is … Stephen, who is out of the game. The breakdown is four votes for Stephen (Spencer, Kelley, Keith, and Abi), three votes for Abi and two for Joe. So if Stephen and his friends had simply put all their votes on Joe, Joe would be going home.


This was a colossal blunder on Stephen’s part and a classic case of outsmarting himself. He was more worried about Joe having an immunity idol than worried that Spencer might not be his best friend. Horrible decision. And why didn’t Jeremy figure this out and alert him?


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


No chance: Abi, Kimmi, Keith


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