December 21, 2014

Survivor San Juan Del Sur: Twinnie Natalie Wins Survivor!

12/21/2014 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments

Baylor gets all emotional about getting to the end with her mom, but you can tell Missy is kinda like ehhh. She's worried about challenges, since she's on island-made crutches still. The challenge is quite physical, navigating through obstacles while attached to a giant rope to ultimately retrieve sandbags and toss 'em. Keith knocks off his blocks first, winning reward in the form of an advantage at the next Immunity Challenge. Bet he would've liked a snack, but whatever. Keith pardons crippled Missy from Exile Island and instead sends Jaclyn, who uses the time to get re-motivated and do it for Jon. And maybe avoid being the loose cannon who snaps like she did earlier at Natalie saying Jon isn't a loyal person in the game.

Keith and Jaclyn are the obvious targets, though Natalie is having some consideration about making a different final three happen than her/Missy/Baylor. Keith's advantage is getting a version of the challenge table in advance so he could practice moving the balls around the spoons of this version of Survivor Mouse Trap. This challenge requires little leg action, so Missy can actually participate in the Mouse Trap-esque challenge. It's just Probst's way to wrap up a season saying "balls" a lot. The practice advantage pays off and Keith wins immunity again. Since the plan was to eliminate Keith, this is a problem but Jaclyn would be the default after Keith. Jaclyn offers her vote to Natalie to eliminate Missy, while Baylor requests Natalie give her mother the immunity idol. I mean, surely Natalie will keep obvious no-votes-ever Missy and Baylor right? It seems crazy to chance it, we're all screaming.

Tribal Council time! Jaclyn gives the pros and cons of having her loved on gone. Keith meows like a cat to demonstrate a catfight. Missy expresses confidence in the idol because she knows who has it, and obviously Jaclyn has no clue. Jaclyn explains that she tried to campaign to Natalie, knowing that Keith rocking the immunity necklace makes her vulnerable. Missy is a wee overconfident in essentially saying "BYE GURL." After the votes are cast, Natalie plays the idol but not on herself: on Jaclyn. "I'm going home," Missy realizes. But it's not Missy, it's Baylor.

Natalie explains that she couldn't risk putting her trust in a pair that could turn on her and now I'm A-OK with her initially alarming decision. For what it's worth, Missy is pretty level-headed about it and glad she didn't have to vote her kid out. No one wants to take Keith to the final three so the challenge goal is Keith has to lose. Missy, of course, can't compete in this super physical challenge of racing down a tower, maneuvering through obstacles, and wrapping it all with a Survivor logo puzzle and a combination lock. And too bad for her because she's a firepole, slides, and lots of fun stuff. Jaclyn takes a huge fall on the fire pole but that doesn't stop her from running her ass of and winning the final immunity of the season. Jaclyn is so excited to have immunity and to be guaranteed a spot in the finals. But it's also a big decision. Keith thinks Missy will get a lot of votes, including sympathy votes her her ankle. Jaclyn and Natalie seem like they're on the same page, until Jaclyn approaches Missy to vote out Natalie. Natalie is the strongest player there and Jaclyn's gut says it's time for her to go. OH NO.

Tribal Council time! Jaclyn is yet again in the middle and in a tough spot, killing someone's dream right before the end. Natalie doesn't expect the kind gesture of safety to be reciprocated, but would appreciate it. Probst wonders why Natalie's name isn't brought up to go home, to which Missy gives a brush-off answer. Natalie voices that she does think she can win the game and played a risky game. It's the kind of answer that's a kick in the gut, thinking Natalie has sealed her fate. But alas, it is not the worst answer ever and the women stay strong to vote Keith out.

The final three women get their last day breakfast feast and then head into the final Tribal Council of the season. The opening statements have Missy saying she played with loyalty, Jaclyn compares the game to the ups and downs of her real life and her struggles of not having a uterus, and Natalie says she outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted better than the others. The jury interogation itself is mostly dull, which isn't surprising given the players this sister. It's Natalie who clearly articulates her solid game plan, from playing without a loved one to voting out Alec to use Keith as a weapon against Jon. Jaclyn tries to argue her game and has a couple OK points, and Missy is the usual punching bag. It's Reed who brings the drama to final Tribal, giving a speech about Missy being the Wicked Stepmother of the tribe who spoiled her children, took things she didn't earn, performed the worst, and abused the help of the minority alliances that could have helped her. The speech wraps up, "This is why I love fairy tales because they always have a happy ending and the Wicked Stepmother never wins." And THAT'S how you read a chick. Baylor's in tears. Everyone votes, time skips ahead...

It's the reunion set which we've seen way too much of already from various awkward Survivor interstitials throughout the finale. The votes are read and Natalie is the winner of San Juan Del Sur! From her twinnie going out first, to the other twinnie winning - it's a dream story. The twinnies used to drive me nuts on The Amazing Race, but wow this show has made me love the kickass sisters.

At the reunion, Natalie looks like perfection while talking about the big moves she had to take to win and playing alone in a game filled with couples. If Natalie was voted out over Keith, Keith would've won. Keith was happy with lasting longer and longer, gets teary, and now lives life teased for the infamous "stick to the plan" botched blindside. Jeremy tries softly to say that people who don't know how to play the game make it very hard for others to play the game since they're wildcards AKA why this season was often a mess. Josh and Reed the Christian gay couple are getting lots of nice messages and Reed doesn't apologize for his dramatic Wicked Stepmother speech. Jon and Jaclyn are engaged, which the show kept teasing like they're over with and everybody knows they're fine and dandy. Missy has dropped the shame of her three divorces and Missy/Baylor are basically just the same as always (not the TV answer). It's nothing to write home about, but I have to write home about it because I'm a recapper. The reunion ends with the Survivor 30 teaser. Next season: Worlds Apart. Three tribes split by white collar, blue collar, and no collar.

Most importantly, who are the Pre-Show Winner Prediction Champions this season? Well a lot of us fell off come merge with our picks of Jeremy and Josh. But two remained strong and two now hold the [picture of a] trophy. Congratulations @ChannonSarah and @gy64!

December 14, 2014

Survivor San Juan Del Sur: Blood vs. Water vs. Teeter Totters

12/14/2014 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 12

Split into two teams, the survivors get belted together to race through an obstacle course that includes traversing through hay, carrying water across a teeter totter, and of course.. a puzzle! Turns out this challenge was designed by a Make A Wish kid and that's a pretty awesome wish to make - and a job well done. Mid-way through their first run of the course, Missy whispers to her teammates Jon and Keith that she twisted her ankle which slows them down as she hobbles through. But the other team is inept at puzzles, so they win the spa day reward compete with food, massages, and a shower to wash the stank off. After another dumb lover's tiff, Jon gives up his reward to Baylor so it can be a mother/daughter spa day... plus Keith. And there's endless amount of clueless-come-to-Jesus moments for Keith as her experiences his first spa day. Jon and Jaclyn get a day alone at camp together for their neverending PDA-fest and to ponder Natalie's "mistake" that she didn't understand who to vote for (a brilliant lie by Natalie). And Natalie spends a lonely 48 hours at Exile Island.

Before the Immunity Challenge begins, the Baylor nourishes exiled Natalie with some rice and Missy cries over her icky looking ankle. Seeing her pain, medical insists on checking Missy before attempting to compete and the diagnosis is a serious sprain, possibly even broken and that means being pulled from the game for an X-ray. Missy's in tears over the possibility of leaving the game, but since they are near the end they'll embolize the ankle and let her stay. Missy sits on the sidelines while the other survivors look like marionettes on a teeter totter while balancing a vase. Natalie wins immunity, which Jon says makes up for her "messing up" the last vote. Oh clueless Jon.

Jon and Jaclyn believe Keith's going home, but since there's an idol Natalie wants to split the votes between the couple. Natalie tells Keith that he needs to act depressed, not crazy which really means don't ruin this like you did the last attempted blindside. Jon and Jaclyn talk because she's concerned maybe he'll get blindsided, but he's confident it's not happening. The only problem with the plan is Missy, who treats Jon like a son and made a deal with him. Baylor tries to talk sense into her mom, reminding her the goal is to get to the end together. Missy's not budging yet, but also really torn since it's clear Jon's gotta go.

Tribal Council time! Keith jumps in right away to pretend he's a goner, explaining that he's a good vote to keep around. Jon says that they don't not trust Keith, he's just not part of their trustworthy group of five. "I don't think Jon and I are going anywhere," Jaclyn says after reiterating her trust in the alliance. But Jon really puts his foot in his mouth when he talks about already thinking about his final jury speech to win him the game. And Missy's still talking about not wavering from the deals she's made. The votes are cast and no immunity idol is played, which is awesome. This forces a 3-way tie between Keith, Jaclyn, and Jon so there's a re-vote. Natalie, Baylor, and Missy vote again and at long last we bid adieu to Jon. Jon's blindside had everybody like:

Credit: Basically everyone on Twitter

December 7, 2014

Survivor San Juan Del Sur: Blood vs. Water vs. 2 Hours of Stupidity

12/07/2014 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 11

The first Reward Challenge of the night is classic elimination trivia. The survivors answer questions about their fellow castaways and if you get a question right, you cut a person's rope. 3 chops and you're out! I love these because it's revealing about the tribe and loyalties. Reed's trivia skull is crushed first, fake blood splattering and it's no surprise because he's the obvious target. When only the alliance of five remain, trying to figure out what to do, Jeff is like um let's just call it over with and you pick a winner because you're wasting my time. The consensus is to just give it to Missy. Missy picks Baylor and Natalie along for her horseback riding reward, and Jaclyn realizes they sacrificed a win for their alliance and she's got the shaft. Also in fun stuff, Reed calls Baylor a brat, and this starts a tiff between Missy and Reed. It's wonderful because it's true.

As part of her "win," Missy chooses Jon to go to Exile Island who gets another super easy "clue" that leads him to a new Hidden Immunity Idol. Hey producers- it's a clue, not instructions. This will give Jon yet another chance to make a move, since he earlier balked at the idea that using the idol was another's idea but his own (because it was Natalie's idea, though Jaclyn says it was hers). On the reward, a final three deal is made after Natalie and Baylor tell Missy about the Hidden Immunity Idol they have. Back at camp, Jaclyn seethes about not being picked which Reed tries to use to change the game. Jaclyn's definitely interested because she's mad and has the proclivity to flip in this game when upset. The reward trio returns and notices Alec flirting with Jaclyn and her giving him the time of day, which Natalie finds suspicious. Alec is creepin' and it's gross.

Keith wins immunity after successfully balancing balls on a pizza paddle. If only his social skills were as good as his challenge skills. The question of the night is will Jon and Jaclyn flip again? Jaclyn begins telling Jon the whole shebang and it leads to a disagreement between the pair. Reed tries to talk to Jon, who snaps at Reed that this is all a plan to blindside him. But once Jon starts to actually listen, Natalie interrupts so Jon gives a wink to say shhhh. However Jaclyn is still mad at Jon because instead of talking to her, he consults mother figure Missy. Jaclyn gives Jon the silent treatment, they bicker more, and who knows what's going to happen with their allegiance of the week.

Tribal Council time! Jon admits he and Jaclyn have been fighting all day, which then leads into everyone talking about the couple. Ugh, I'm so over the Jon and Jaclyn show. But Probst brings up how it's interesting to have real-life arguments with a loved one while being stuck in a game. They're in the middle yet again, and even Reed admits he's tried to get them to see the light. Then comes the discussion of Alec's awkward flirtation with Jaclyn, which everyone notices (even Jon). Missy acknowledges that choosing Natalie could cost her, but it was a choice she made. The votes are cast and "rabblerouser" Reed is voted out of the game.

And when the night feels like it should be done, it's time for another hour.

Natalie wins the second Reward Challenge of the night, standing on a little block while keeping a ball stable with what looks like the love child of a rolling pin and buoy. She sends outsider Alec to Exile and wins a night in a king size canopy bed and a spaghetti dinner in said bed. Spaghetti in bed, just like your favorite mother's day tradition! Natalie chooses Jon and Jaclyn to join her, but it's a calculated move: appear to be an ally when you're secretly planning your revenge. I love Natalie. The trio eat spaghetti in bed and drink wine, while Natalie pretends to care while being extremely irritated by Jon's rambling dream of being a sommelier. Jaclyn worries Missy is pissed that Natalie chose them, which is rich coming from the girl who always flipped the whole game 48 hours earlier for not getting picked for a reward. But a key moment is the pair feel trust with Natalie, so Jon confides with her that he has found another idol. With this news in her back pocket, Natalie pitches Baylor with getting rid of overconfident Jon, but they're keeping Missy in the dark because she loves Jon. Jon senses the weird vibe at camp, but Jaclyn worries maybe they can't trust Natalie.

But of course whenever someone is a target they come out and win immunity. Jon saves himself with the balancing and stacking challenge and we all collectively groan. The boring plan is to target Keith, but split the votes between Keith and Alec in case of idols. Talking to Keith leads Natalie to have an epiphany: vote out Alec, save Keith, gain a new loyal ally who could beat Jon at challenges. Baylor would prefer to keep Alec around, but that might be due to his terrible flirting strategy. While Natalie's argument is good, she was also sitting pretty as the third for either side of her alliance, so this isn't necessarily something that'll get her to the end.

Second Tribal Council time! Probst points out that voting now isn't just who you want out but who you want still around. Since Keith is good at challenges, he knows he's in trouble but also knows he's not good at other stuff. And just as Probst begins to make one of his speeches, a rat interrupts the festivites. Some scream (Natalie), others want to eat it (Alec). Jon talks about the wine again, which is that he loves wine because of his dad who has cancer. It's a weird situation of not wanting a personal situation to sway your game, but it could. But as Probst points out, this is a night where someone could make a move that says "I came to play. I came to win." Sadly I think maybe only two or three of them even considered that idea. The votes are tied up until the very last vote sends Alec home and makes Jon's eye pop out of his head. It's glorious.

November 30, 2014

Survivor San Juan Del Sur: Blood vs. Water vs. the Chicken McNugget Champion

11/30/2014 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments

Week 10
The Reward Challenge is for teams to climb and jump off a platform into the water to collect keys that unlock, duh, puzzle pieces. The puzzle is pretty cool because it's a tall tower, but also it's pretty easy. Most trouble stems from an inability to undo locks. Jon, Jaclyn, Reed, and Alec win the reward, but Reed gives up his spot to Missy since she's never had a reward. Considering the shade Reed threw last week about giving up a reward being transparent, this is amusing (even if he has a plan). Wes is given the honor of time alone on Exile Island. The reward is to bring baseball gear to local kids and I always like when the survivors bring good will to their host country. But no reward is complete without the opportunity to binge eat so they're treated to hot dogs, hamburgers, and caramel corn while the kids play ball and avoid the smelly castaways. And Jon and Jaclyn get their story told about their dream to adopt children since Jaclyn has no uterus. Winner's edit?

Reed's reward sacrifice was all for him to hatch a plan at the beach, slowly explaining to Keith how this game works. That's because Keith clearly has no idea what is going on. Reed suggests the foursome of himself, Keith, Wes, and Alec ban together to take out Jon. Natalie has a plan herself: she finds the last remaining hidden immunity idol (with Baylor) and they want to vote off challenge threat Reed. They'll string Jon along one more vote to ensure there will be a female majority. I'm so Team Twinnie right now, so this is great.

Immunity is back up for grabs, this time having the survivors balance on a narrow perch while holding a handle above their head. To make this challenge interesting, there's temptation! Jon drops off for a plate of candy because it's his favorite chocolate bar, and also because he believes he would've lost anyways. Missy falls on her own because she's horrible at challenges. Baylor and Jaclyn basically run off their poles for chocolate chip cookies and milk and to that I say: I get it. The sight of wings and beer sends Wes flying off as well but this is perhaps due to his legacy as a Chicken McNugget eating championship holder. Keith points out to Natalie that her whole alliance has bailed, so they must be overconfident. Watching people hang is so dull that Wes starts making small talk with Probst about his guest spot on Two and a Half Men. Wes is a treat. The final two are Natalie and Reed and she'll only step down for food (she wants sustenance for her time hanging), so Probst brings out pizza, wings, cookies, and beer. Reed wins immunity, so this should be an interesting vote.

Because Jon stepped down seven minutes into the challenge, Reed sees the overconfidence and plans to blindside him. Reed has to play both sides to make this work so that the other side splits votes between Wes and Keith. Missy and Jon talk about split concerns, especially since Keith/Wes probably have an idol. Alec assures them he can be trusted, so this pacifies Jon and he has no intention of playing the idol at this moment. This is called foreshadowing.

Tribal Council time! Probst brings us blindsides and trust, pointing out two strong players are currently sitting in the jury. He also brings up that not a single idol has been played yet when like every single person is holding one at this point. Natalie says that an idol is a blessing and a curse and that it's about perfect timing. Reed brings up Wes stepping down might be a sign of overconfidence, then Keith does one of his classic ruin-the-secret moments and tells Reed to stick to the plan. Everyone is frantically whispering to each other about the votes and plans. After the votes are cast, Natalie tells to Jon to play his idol which shocks him because he doesn't know how to read a room. Jon plays his idol. Then Keith and Wes whisper and play their idol, saving Keith. Double idols! So any votes cast for Keith and Jon are null. And with that, the vote splitting does matter and Wes joins the jury. Hopefully there are McNuggets at Ponderosa.

November 23, 2014

Survivor San Juan Del Sur: Blood vs. Water vs. Lying About Immunity Idols

11/23/2014 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 9

Huyopa is split into two teams for the Reward Challenge where they'll battle head-to-head to knock each other off a wobbly balance beam. We all love a good fighting challenge where people flop into mud. And it's worth slamming people into the mud for sandwiches, soft drinks ("for the youngns"), cocktails, and champagne. It's less fighting and more slap attempts and bouncing the beams until someone falls off. Baylor, Natalie, Jeremy, Alec, and Reed win the reward, but Natalie and Jeremy give up their position to Jon and Jaclyn. Jon hasn't eaten, so this is a move to make him happy and show trust in him swapping sides. I mean, it's dumb because it's transparent - but it's a try.Jeremy brought his bags all packed and gets shipped off to Exile Island where you'd GD right there are no sandwiches. And no immunity idol, cause Jon is packing that bad boy, which Jeremy figures out after a miserable two days of useless searching.

Later the tribe head's to this week's Immunity Challenge, which is to unspool ropes to drop blocks into a basket, then stack those blocks. Ugh, so easy - J/K! This challenge has to be done all with their feet. Foot fetishists, rejoice! I am not in that group and instead it's watching a bunch of dirty feet lifting blocks for what seems like forever. It's originally a battle between Reed and Keith, but Baylor does the old slow and steady and wins immunity.

So there's a pretty easy target this week and it's Reed, who is all alone now that Josh is gone. Desperate to stay or at least create havoc, Reed goes through Keith's bag and finds the clue to using the hidden immunity idol. No physical idol, but proof enough to know Keith definitely has the idol. Reed snags the note and brings it to show Baylor and Missy. Keith is aware someone ransacked his bag and took the clue (but he has the idol himself). But Wes/Keith hope their earlier plea to not "#blindside" them is heard. Meanwhile, Jeremy confides in Natalie that Jon has the idol and they need to catch him in a lie to call him out. Jon denies having the idol (and realizes it was a bad move sending a smart person to Exile who would understand a clue), which heightens his worry about the target Jeremy is putting on him. Jon decides to change the course of the game and tells Missy, wanting to get rid of Jeremy this week or next. Missy isn't sure what the hell to do yet except keep the six together just a smidge longer.

Tribal Council time! Right away the topic of discussion is trust, like how Jeremy and Natalie gave up their reward to show their trust and bond. Reed points out the move isn't selfless at all. Then Probst brings up immunity idols. Jon is sure that people have idols (EYEROLL), Natalie thinks someone in her alliance could even have one, and Jaclyn is pretty sure Wes/Keith have one since they didn't even campaign. The guys ignoring Jaclyn becomes a topic of bickering again, and Reed's is just hoping they'll fight enough to forget he exists. Natalie implores her alliance to think of the long-term goals and to not be distracted by the others; it's the wisest thing said all season. Come voting time, no one listens to Natalie's sage advice. What seems like a sure week of Keith or Reed going doesn't happen. Jeremy is completely blindsided out of the game. So back-to-back we've lost two of the season's best players and I lose yet another pre-show winner prediction.

November 14, 2014

Survivor San Juan Del Sur: Blood vs. Water vs. Taco Farts

11/14/2014 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 8

The first full blown Reward Challenge of the season has the tribe in two groups loading heavy puzzle pieces to build a temple, then hoist a statue up. The reward is a taco bar with chicken, steak, veggies, iced tea, beer, and margarita. Nothing like getting crunk and pooping up tacos later! No one picks Missy so she doesn't even get a chance to have tacos. Natalie, Reed, Wes, Keith, and Jeremy win the taco feast reward, but have to be a-holes and send someone to Exile Island. Jon is chosen to go to Exile since he'll be able to survive it (as they always let people die out there). The winners head to their taco hut to chow down on tacos and guac AKA living the dream. While overindulging in tacos, Wes/Keith deny knowing how they would've voted last night if Julie didn't quit; Jeremy sees right through them. Also right through them? THOSE TACOS. Fart city, guys.

Those farts are super important as all the hard work Josh put into making Jon/Jaclyn feel welcome falls apart because of Wes, Keith, and Alec. They're burping, farting, and being douchebags to the girls on the tribe. The guys only seem to care about Jon (who finds the Exile Island immunity idol with what has to be one of the easiest clues in recent memory), blowing off Jaclyn as pretty much Jon's plus one tag-along.

The Immunity Challenge is a memory sequence challenge which is so old school Survivor, and I'm loving it. People get "mask" and "ax" confused. Lots of whispering to try and remember the words. In true battle of head honchos showdown, the final two are Josh and Jeremy. Jeremy wins immunity and I'm inaudibly screaming because my pick to win has escaped the fate that was awaiting him this week.

Jeremy is relieved to escape "Josh's goons" and hopes Jon/Jaclyn are on his side, or else immunity will have to be his every week. Josh's alliance plans to vote off Baylor because she won't swing to their side. The "You owe me" defense apparently doesn't work on Baylor. It's Jon and Jaclyn in the middle AGAIN, but Jaclyn doesn't like the guys. They don't acknowledge her, are challenge threats, and are just plain rude. Jon is too busy thinking about final three when that's a long way's away. Keith proves his ineptness at playing this game, who tells her mother that Baylor is useless at camp. Keith's a fun character but man, what a game dummy. Missy is close to Jon, so tries to get him on their side to vote off Josh. This is the deciding vote of how the game will likely play out, so it's a huge Tribal Council.

Tribal Council time! Wes is very open with who his alliance members are, so Jon and Jaclyn have to talk about being in the middle. They aren't trying to be the swing vote, but it's happened. Natalie brings up how the guys completely ignore Jaclyn and only care about Jon in the alliance. Jaclyn feels less respected than she should be. Missy brings up the burps and farts of Wes, Keith, and Alec and then Keith gets very defensive about farts. Reed thinks Jon/Jaclyn are strong and should align with the other strong teams, and the singles will target them eventually too. Oh how will Jon/Jaclyn vote? It's a back and forth of votes for Josh and Baylor, but that final vote seals the deal: Josh is voted off and the first member of the jury.

But man, I wish the show edited in some farts this week for hilarity:

November 6, 2014

Survivor San Juan Del Sur: Blood vs. Water vs. Stolen Trail Mix

11/06/2014 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 7
Tree Mail arrives with big news: it's the merge! Josh and Reed are ready to run the game, getting the boys together to target Jeremy first. Keith will probably be happy to jump back to the other side, upset that Missy and the tribe wrote his name down as the split vote. The tribes unite as one and have a merge feast, because lord knows they haven't complained about food enough yet. The buffs are a beautiful new teal green and I want one. Guys, buy me one! However, Huyopa? Smoosh two names together, what a novel idea!

Huyopa has a lot of couples and few singles. Jeremy and the singles are good, so he knows he'll need two couples on his side to gain control. Jeremy's planned super alliance includes himself, Natalie, Julie, Missy, Baylor, Jon, and Jaclyn. On the other side is Josh who has himself, boyfriend Reed, Alec, Wes, and Keith - and Josh is definitely worried Jeremy will have the numbers to take his alliance out. Josh wants to try and get more couples on his side, particularly Baylor using a "I saved you" guilt trip, but Baylor's not as brainwashed as he hoped. Missy tells Baylor that Josh is scrambling without the numbers and Baylor's gotta fake it and play the game. Josh keeps working, approaching John and Jaclyn who totally stressed being in the middle but probably flattered at being so cool still.

The first Individual Immunity Challenge is to balance a ball on a round platform, eventually moving on to two balls. It's mainly a lot of Probst saying "disc" and "balls" a lot. It ends in a father/son battle where Keith wins immunity and we all win by not having to see the soulless immunity idol anymore.  After the challenge, Jeremy is totally humiliated at being the first out before all the other players. While John initially plans to be on Jeremy's side, a well-placed mention that Jeremy is targeting couples gets John to flip (again) and join the couples movement, while becoming the bigger flippers thus far.

The tribe is still quietly seething that Julie stole trail mix from the merge feast and didn't share it, being the hungry savages they are by going through bags. Alec makes a snarky comment about how he'd love to have some trail mix and it gets into Julie's head. Julie is apparently already in a mind space to quit and Missy attempts to talk her into staying, which uses the wise "I'll be your loved one" to the fail point which is basically saying Julie is just a number they need. Missy is playing a slick game but Julie isn't going to stick around just to help others advance. But Julie's in a crappy mindset and hates being alone amongst all the couples since her and John Rocker are inseparable, and because she got caught being the trail mix bandit. Jeff Probst is called in to talk to Julie for her official quit, and he reminds her children go to summer camp for longer and can be separated from loved ones. Oh and her quitting could be a million dollar quit for another person. Julie officially quits the game after 18 days. Probst tells the tribe and they hate quitters, with others much more upset since she was a number in their favor. But no Tribal Council so someone (ahem, Jeremy) got a reprieve. Moral of the story: trail mix is lame.

October 30, 2014

Survivor San Juan Del Sur: I'm a Meat Collector (But I'll Trade for Rice)

10/30/2014 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 6

Jeff Probst arrives at Hunahpu camp, sack of rice in hand. Time for a deal with the devil instead of say, scavenging and fishing or, you know, surviving. Probst reminds the tribe they're terrible at rationing and he fully believes they're full bellies led to challenge wins. I'll disagree with that because they still beat Coyopa last week when Coyopya was well fed. Anyways, Probst offers the rice with a huge penalty: basically everything besides the machete, one pot, and one flint. The rest of the tribe is happy; Jeremy is not enjoying this in the slightest and Julie's not excited to lose the tarp and freeze in the rain. Hey guys, it's Survivor.

Over at Hero's Arena, the rules for Exile changes a bit since the tribes were shuffled. Each tribe picks one person to compete this week and the loser goes to Exile Island. This week's competition is Reed vs. Baylor, must navigate an obstacle course to retrieve puzzle pieces and then recreate the puzzle - all while blindfolded. Hunahpu wins reward of a Survivor barbeque grill and shish kebabs - which will go great with all that rice! You can feel Jeremy grimacing that they gave up all their comfort for a sack of rice, knowing fully well they'd probably get food in the future. Baylor is heading to Exile Island by default, and Natalie joins her - though originally Reed picked Julie. The twinnie nominated herself as a way to show Missy/Baylor she's with them come merge time. And that message is clear as Missy lets her tribe know Natalie is totally on her side come merge.

Hunahpu prepares their feast while Jeremy grimaces more. He thinks Josh/Reed feel like they're running this place, plus that the tribe was shortsighted in making the rice decision. Either way, everyone is happy to have a protein-filled meal (especially "I'm a meat collector" Alec). But the joy is short-lived as torrential rain pounds their camp. The tarp would've been real handy, especially in keeping away the tears of Julie who is miserable. Jeremy tries to pep her up because they're in this together. And because he doesn't want to get eliminated before Julie because who would?

This week's Immunity Challenge is to navigate obstacles to get puzzle pieces. Oh sorry, am I repeating myself? No the show is. I've been re-watching old seasons recently and it's been such a relief at the variety of challenges and not puzzles for everything. The twist for receiving puzzles is a literal twist, as the bags are on spirals. Coyopa kills it with an early lead, but faulters badly with the puzzle. Hunahpu sneaks right up and the brain power of Reed and Josh slaughter the puzzle.

Time for Coyopa to narrow down the tribe yet again. An obvious choice is Dale, since they ousted his daughter Kelley last week. He's alone, he's annoying... it's easy. But he shows Jon the fake Hidden Immunity Idol he's rocking and Jon can't decide if it's real or fake. Dale reeeeeally shoots for the fences and says that if they save him tonight, Dale will give Jon his idol. Keith is the one actually holding an idol and he'll play it to save himself, plus he's got Wes still in the game which is good for future alliances in merge time. Since there's idol playing possibilities, the tribe is going to split their votes between Dale and Keith so one of them goes. Jon says every move he makes is to ensure him and Jaclyn are the power couple come merge.

Tribal Council time! Dale explains that the mental side of the game is what is draining moreso than the physical stuff. Baylor and Missy get all mother/daughter crying about their bond and Baylor's sense of loss over on Exile. Probst reminds us for the millionth time that having loved ones around changes the game completely. Jon/Jaclyn makes some cryptic comments which make Missy nervous and Dale says he's stuck putting faith in the people who voted out his daughter. The votes are cast and not a single idol is played, real or fake. Missy gets 1 vote, Keith gets 2 votes, and Dale gets the rest. If only he played that fake Immunity Idol LOLZ.

October 23, 2014

Survivor San Juan Del Sur: Blood vs. Water vs. Rice Portions

10/23/2014 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 5

There's a surprise ahead at Hero's Arena and I don't just mean the shock of Drew getting the boot. "DROP YOUR BUFFS," commands the almighty Probst. Everyone grabs new buffs from a bag and the tribes are shuffled in a big way. Coyopa is a real couples fest with Kelley/Dale, Missy/Baylor, Jon/Jaclyn, aaaaand all alone Keith. Hunahpu has only one pair of Josh/Reed and the rest of the tribe includes Alec, Julie, Jeremy, Wes, and Natalie. But hey, none of you have to go to Exile!

Josh and Reed are so excited to be back together. Jeremy's assumption is Reed will ditch their alliance for his boyfriend, Wes, and Alec (the former Coyopa). Despite Alec being irritating, he's an asset needed in a move to save the singles from Survivor extinction. Though they may die of starvation first from a lack of rice - will there be some groveling to Jeff? Over on Coyopa beach, it's basically the blondest tribe of all time. Jon and Jaclyn kiss a bunch from happiness, inbetween sharing who they trust/distrust. And lonely ol' Keith wears his cowboy boots on the dock while all the couples sit in the water together. But the perfect pairs crack quickly over the tale as old as time: rice portions. Dale wants to conserve the rice, while Missy likes handing out hefty portions (which now explains why Hunahpu has hardly any rice left). RICE FIGHT!!!

The Immunity Challenge is to retrieve a bag of keys, trudge through mud, and toss sandbags onto a platform. Despite being a tribe of mostly related people, Coyopa continues their destiny of being a failed orange tribe. Hunahpu's new tribe maintains the physical dominance that it previously had and they win immunity. And then Hunahpu requests a little side talk with Jeff: Reed begs and pleads for a trade to get a bag of rice. Others from Coyopa jump in to express their disgust at the poor rationing. Probst is like, "Well maybe your hunger is why you guys lost a bunch." BURN! Probst plans to come to Hunahpu's beach eventually with a proposal. Let's hope the Jeff Probst asking fee is a better deal than Rumpelstiltskin or Ursula the Sea Witch.

The easy vote for Coyopa would be Keith, a lone wolf, but some couples aren't being embraced (OK one single couple and it's Missy and Baylor). Except he's not even up for consideration since Dale doesn't care for Missy or Baylor. Jon and Jaclyn become the swing pair and are torn who to align with: Dale/Kelley are sneaky and Missy/Baylor are known flippers (well just Baylor).

TRIBAL COUNCIL TIME! Keith feels like the tribe swap kind of screwed him. But Jeff reminds the tribe that two pairs will probably team up to take out another pair, so it's all cutthroat. Dale is very open that he doesn't care for Baylor since she turned the girls against him week one. Jon and Jaclyn think being the swing is a good position and Dale jokes about them being the hottest couple. Because they are, seriously. But see, it's just parents trying to protect their kids and isn't that wonderful? Eh not really, let's get to Blood vs. Water battling! The royal couple choose a side: Kelley is eliminated from the game with three votes.