December 20, 2015

Survivor Cambodia - Second Chance: Jeremy is the Sole Survivor

12/20/2015 Posted by Mel Got Served , , No comments
Week 13 - Finale and Reunion

The end of Survivor is near, but first you have to get there. Spencer wins immunity in a stair-building/puzzle making challenge, so he ends up immune to a secret plan Kimmi machinated by Kimmi. Instead of being on the bottom of a foursome, Kimmi wants to team up with Keith and Wentworth and blindside Jeremy out of the game. While Kimmi reassures the rest of the foursome (Spencer, Tasha, Jeremy) that she is game with splitting the votes between Keith and Kelley, she's obviously lying. Spencer and Tasha sense something in awry and plead with Jeremy not to trust Kimmi and instead all vote as a solid trio. Put all the votes on Wentworth because she definitely doesn't have an idol, Spencer says. TEE HEE HEE, viewers laugh at home. So the two targets of the evening are people holding secret idols? This should be fun!

Tribal Council time! Finally it's admitted there are alliances at this point in the game and not only voting blocs of convenience. The assumption is Keith or Kelley Wentworth will go home tonight and either will do anything to last another three days. Spencer totally outs the entire evening's plan to vote three strong and not split votes, leaving Kimmi out to dry which only confirms her suspicions she is the odd gal out of her supposed alliance. Spencer whispers to Wentworth that she's fine, but she reminds the group last time she was "fine" she had to play an idol to save herself. Guys, it's gonna be a Rock Off. The votes are cast and then magic happens. Kelley Wentworth plays her second idol. THEN Jeremy gets up and plays his second idol. Basically everyone is crapping themselves because something unheard of happens: every single vote is null and void.

This is when the pure chaos and scattered nature begins, not to mention the paranoia when Jeremy realizes Kimmi of all people betrayed him (and he gets pretty fiesty). First there's a revote where no one can vote for Spencer (immunity holder) or Kelley/Jeremy (idol players), and that leads to a 3/3 split between Tasha and Kimmi. Now here's where it gets to be a real confusing mess, like so confusing Probst has to do a play-by-play from the live reunion: Jeremy, Kelley, Spencer, and Keith need to come to a unanimous decision of who to eliminate between Kimmi and Tasha. If the four cannot make a decision, Tasha and Kimmi become immune and then by default as the odd-man-out without immunity, Keith would be eliminated. In case you're wondering, yes I just gave myself a migraine trying to make sense of it all again. Of course Jeremy and Spencer aren't budging about losing Tasha, so it's basically do they agree to eliminate Kimmi or sacrifice Keith. Keith almost falls on the sword for Kimmi, but his ally Wentworth helps talk him out of it and keeps Keith. After some great attempts to scheme and change the game, it's Kimmi who loses out on it all and joins the jury. For real, I need an Excedrin.

With imminent game death approaching, the Immunity Challenges are crucial for Kelley Wentworth and Keith. The Immunity Challenge is to race through a giant obstacle course that looked like the way you drew sunsets as a kid with long sunrays beaming into the sky. Anyways, Wentworth pulls out the victory to secure her spot in the final four. But Kelley isn't planning to move along without her tightest ally, so she constructs one of the best fake immunity idols I've seen and has Keith make a few obvious shows of the idol wrapped in cloth with the note. Jeremy gives the package the total side-eye and worries that this could spell his doom, so after several attempts to catch Keith's eye, he suggests/agrees to vote off Spencer. Anything to save his butt! Sadly at Tribal Council, the fake idol doesn't detract from the obvious plan. In a vote of 3-2, Keith Nale is voted out of the game and American weeps.

The final Immunity Challenge of the season is a test of reflexes and speed, as the survivors use only one hand to drop and catch balls through a spiraling chute. If the ball drops, you'reeeee out. Jeremy ends up winning immunity, guaranteeing him a spot in the final three which leads him to an emotional breakdown about doing this all for his family. Wentworth also breaks down because she knows the ball drop basically ended her game. But she doesn't go out without a fight. Jeremy's decision now is about who he could beat in the final three, so Wentworth tries to get Jeremy to dump Spencer instead of her with some valid arguments of the moves his made and great speaking skills. Jeremy knows Kelley and Spencer are both strong adversaries, so who would he have a better chance to beat? Jeremy even teases viewers with the idea of forcing a tie to send to a fire making battle, which is so cruel to tease us with because we fans love fire. At Tribal Council, Kelley pleads her case and explains why Spencer is a threat to win. Spencer in turn explains why Kelley is the bigger threat, but doesn't stop. He gets a little too defensive, saying that should Jeremy vote him off he'd spend all his energy turning the jury against Jeremy. Eaaaaasy Spencer. I'm all about passion to stay, play, and win, but at times Spencer's big argument comes off as petulant - a total turnoff for the jury. Ultimately, Jeremy chooses to stay loyal to his alliance and Kelley Wentworth is eliminated. Ah, so close on my winner's pick yet again!

Jeremy, Tasha, and Spencer celebrate their final three status with their breakfast feast and a look in the mirror at their emaciated bodies. But who cares, it's FINAL TRIBAL COUNCIL TIME! There's no opening remarks and instead it jumps right into the jury questioning. Turns out, the jury doesn't care for Spencer, with Kimmi hoping her kids wouldn't be like Spencer and Savage disliking Spencer's arrogance and idea to turn the jury against Jeremy if he was eliminated. Spencer is also questioned on his constant flipping and betrayals in the game, which Kass points out is the same stuff she did their first time around and he lambasted her for such gameplay. Karma by Kass - it's real. Jeremy's basically only in trouble for showboating and being rude after Kimmi betrayed him, which he apologizes for because he was upset. Tasha gets a few scraps of questions, which is in no way surprising. For a girl who called everyone else a goat, the self-fulfilling prophecy is amusing. Also, apparently Spencer and Tasha were aligned the whole time, tighter than her and Jeremy. Ugh the bonds of Cagayan live on. And of course season 31 is not complete without beating us to death with the term "voting blocs" one last time, which Tasha attributes to the constant tribe swaps, but also all cite that it was necessary this time to flip more than usual. What I know is I cannot wait for season 32 so I don't have to hear the phrase "voting blocs" on TV until AT LEAST fall of 2016. Wiglesworth uses her final question to retread the "Pick a number" question she received her first time around, which surely someone told her to do. But Jeremy brings the house down in his final question, revealing the epic truth bomb that Val is home pregnant and he couldn't talk about it as it would make him a target and he was playing for his family the whole time. The jury is in tears and it's the moment that Tasha and Spencer realize they are not winning this game.

At the big live reunion, Probst reveals the votes and it's a unanimous vote: Jeremy is the winner of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. Jeremy played an excellent social game and deserves such a victory (and his 10 votes helped me win my Survivor pool, so I'll take it!). As you regular readers will know, I hate recapping reunions so here's a quick rundown. Jeremy knew he'd be a sympathetic target if people knew he was a firefighter with a baby on the way so he kept his secret locked up for 39 days. Everyone felt pressure to please the fans that voted them on and make big moves. Wentworth was underestimated out there and Keith can't seem to talk on the reunions without looking teary-eyed. America is obsessed with Joe enough to give him a full segment, therefore making Joe the new school Rupert. Spencer temporarily stopped watching the show and still loves his girlfriend. Terry's son Danny got a heart transplant and is OK now. And next season on Survivor Kaoh Rong, everyone is getting injured which makes me think perhaps there are 18 corporeal ghosts walking the Earth, waiting to crossover until after their season airs. Can't wait until February 17th!

And the moment you've all been waiting for: the Pre-Show Winner Prediction Winners. Congratulations to the four people below who picked Jeremy to win. If only I left my San Juan Del Sur prediction more open-ended to say Jeremy would win Survivor in general and not his specific season because then I could brag more. But congratulations to my four winners!

[All images credited to CBS]

December 13, 2015

Survivor Cambodia - Second Chance: Which We Will You Be?

12/13/2015 Posted by Mel Got Served , , No comments
Week 11

Now that Joe's gone, everyone is excited at the prospect of actually having a chance to win a challenge. But it's the perpetual challenge runner-up Keith who wins the carnie-inspired challenge of throwing beanbags at blocks after crossing a shaky stick bridge. A bumbling Keith chooses Kelley and Spencer to join him on an outstanding reward of visiting and sleeping at a temple (along with Cambodian delicacies like wine, spaghetti, and garlic bread). Tasha continues to be irked by Keith who voted for her at Tribal Council and couldn't even remember her name at the Reward Challenge. You are an angel, Keith - never change. While on reward, Kelley, Keith, and Spencer agree they could be a pretty awesome final three and would simply need one more vote to have the majority and vote off Tasha. It's Abi-Maria.

Abi-Maria is aware that people think she's a goat to take to the end, but she doesn't feel that way. Abi's current target is Keith now that he's inherited the challenge master title from Joe and others agree. Jeremy and Spencer are both paranoid at the idea of the women's alliance booting them, fearing that if Keith goes they are next. Both long for the days with their shield Joe around camp. But viewers may recall the way to Abi-Maria's heart and loyalty is to be nice to her. Her former ally Tasha is failing on that angel. Seems Tasha is far past her babysitting days and asks Abi to leave so she can talk to Jeremy alone. Abi thinks it's beneficial she sticks around to talk, but is willing to leave, then Tasha is like nah I don't want to be rushed. Eventually Tasha and Jeremy talk and think it's OK to keep Keith and dump Abi instead.

This week's Immunity Challenge has the survivors running across obstacles in the ocean then dive to into the ocean to retrieve puzzle pieces, which they will solve back on the beach. This challenge could unofficially be titled "Wipeout: Cambodia" because everyone is slipping, falling, hitting their junk, and cracking themselves in the face on wooden platforms. Spencer wins immunity after completely slaughtering the puzzle, a retread of the five piece puzzle no one picked in Survivor Worlds Apart. Looks like someone took some advice before heading out there. But the victory is interruped when Tasha loses all energy in the water and needs to be rescued. You'd think if anyone would nearly die in this challenge it'd be a cracked skull on a platform, not the swimming part but Tasha was winded. She's thankfully saved and maybe a little more full of salt water than intended.

After everyone consoles Tasha after her frightful water experience, everyone is back to the game. The show must go on - Joe will tell you that firsthand. Spencer, Kelley, Keith, and Abi agree as a four they will vote off Tasha and Abi's fine with anything that saves her and helps build her final Tribal Council resume. On the other side, Tasha is pushing hard to get rid of Abi, saying that Kelley, Keith, or Abi getting to the end would be an "abomination" to this season and a letdown to the fans. Not this fan, Tasha. She might see Wentworth as a goat, but fans definitely don't. But OK, Keith and Abi you're right. At the same time, do you want to win? Then take a goat. Spencer in the middle with his final three deals on both sides. What's a guy to do?

Tribal Council time! Juror Savage's beanie is completely upstaged this week by Juror Fishbach's loud Hawaiian shirt. It's so bold I am craving a glass of Hawaiian Punch right now. Keith and Spencer discuss the magical reward they experienced, but also the weirdness of being out-of-the-loop while others are back at camp. Probst checks in with Tasha after her near-drowning incident and she's better, but thrown off. Having the numbers is a big discussion point and using the term "we" over and over so that the inner child in us all snickered at hearing "we we." C'mon children, maybe it's more like saying "yes yes" in French. Ok, nope - pee is funnier. The "we" talk about all this broad, vague talk going nowhere so the tribe votes. Spencer picks a "we" and opts to vote with Jeremy, Tasha, and Kimmi to vote off Abi, the dream goat who didn't even vote with her own "we." And with that the fire of the Brazilian dragon is extinguised.

[All images credited to CBS]

December 6, 2015

Survivor Cambodia - Second Chance: Time to Go, Joe

12/06/2015 Posted by Mel Got Served , , No comments
Week 11

It's that sentimental time of the season: family visits. Some familiar faces return from the Blood vs. Water seasons, Joe's dad gives him a mouth kiss, and we finally see Spencer take steps forward in the becoming an emotional human being quest and tell his girlfriend he loves her. Oh and Val is having a baby boy, but that's still a secret! To win time with loved ones, the survivors have to balance and retrieve letters which spell out "NOURISHMENT." Kelley Wentworth slaughters the competition swiftly and gets time with her dad Dale AKA farmguy69 over some barbeque. Allowed to choose three others, Wentworth picks Abi/her mom, Keith/his wife (Big D!), Kimmi/her dad, and Joe/his dad. Joe's dad does not have a manbun, but a low ponytail to prove that the Joey Amazing family lineage all value their hair. Joe's ultimate Survivor dream since childhood was fulfilling the moment of having his dad come see him out there in the game so check there.

With no loved ones around to cuddle with, Spencer, Jeremy, and Tasha commiserate and then strategize. The trio make a final three agreement after Spencer essentially apologizes for the move he made blindsiding their ally Stephen. But Tasha actually has more options brewing. Kimmi of all people wants to start a girls alliance, and you may recall Kimmi helped get Monica booted for having such impure thoughts of girls aligning. Either way, both alliances right now are very aware that Joe can't stay in the game much longer or he'll be carrying home a giant check at the finale.

The Immunity Challenge this week has the survivors balancing statues on top of ever growing, wavering poles for as long as they can. I truly thought someone's statue would fall and give a concussion to another player. Thankfully all craniums were in tact, so they were luckier than Kelly from Worlds Apart. As a little twist of the episode, there is immunity for the last man and woman standing. Or I guess holding. Kelley Wentworth is the last woman in the competition, giving her immunity. The drop-offs quickly happen so that it's yet again a battle of Keith and Joey Amazing. After over an hour of balancing Joe drops... literally. Everyone briefly celebrates until they realize something is off. Medical is brought it and Dr. Joe explains that Joe's blood sugar has come down after exerting all his energy and his body collapsed. Thankfully Joe doesn't have to be med-evaced, but needs some shade, water, and rest and he'll be better.

The bad news is that Joe is vulnerable without immunity and while everyone emphasizes with his medical issues, it's still a game for a million bucks. Wentworth informs Abi about Kimmi's girls alliance and that Tasha is in too, so the four girls plan to vote off Joe. Fully aware that he's screwed, Joe tries to find a new target and approaches Jeremy about voting off Abi-Maria. Abi is a total goat this season and literally every single person would take her to the end to guarantee a win, but Joe wants players to get to the end not the easy win. Double agent Tasha is a bit torn after the she quickly outs the girls alliance to Jeremy and Spencer. The idea of the girls aligning is a terrifying idea to Jeremy and Spencer, who then wonder if a totally different move should happen to keep the testosterone rolling strong. Tasha returns to talk some sense into the overly paranoid men about what could happen if Joe is left in the game. But c'mon, women are so scary!!

Tribal Council time! Probst jumps right into the dramatic day with Joe dropping in the challenge and everyone's feelings seeing it happen. But of course seeing a man give literally every fiber of his being to win a challenge and stay in the game is a pretty terrifying notion to the others who want to win too. Sure there's empathy but the game mode button has been pushed again and everyone is playing hard. And back to scheduled redundant phrasing, the group talks about voting blocs and that their time may finally be over and alliances are set in stone. Good because I'm tired of hearing about the alleged blocs. Joe brings up why he considers Abi a thread since she's the #1 losing candidate in the bunch. Abi suggests they take out the bad apple, though like Joe seems like the nicest most beautifully haired apple of the bunch. The tribe votes and despite his best pleas and nearly dying while holding a pole, Joe AKA Joey Amazing is eliminated.

[All images credited to CBS]