Who did NeNe want dropped from Housewives? by NMD
NeNe Leakes sat down for a one-on-one interview with Andy Cohen to be aired this Sunday. During the Atlanta reunion, NeNe announced that she’s like one of the “girls” to be replaced, but she acted coy when asked which one. Many assumed NeNe was talking about Phaedra Parks or Kandi Burruss, but it turns out she wanted the woman that she has called her “little sister,” Porsha Stewart, dropped from the show. In an interview with People Magazine, NeNe explains:
“Yes, I did feel that Porsha at that time needed to leave the show because there was something – I’m a good judge of character; I’ve been blessed, child, I’ve been given a gift – and I kept feeling like Porsha and Kordell were not being real enough.”
That is hilarious considering Kenya Moore faked her on-screen relationship with Walter, and many people are convinced that NeNe’s own divorce was simply a way to allow Gregg to clear his debts.
Meanwhile Porsha tweeted: “Keep turning the knife SMH.” It’s unclear if she’s reacting to NeNe, more games by Kordell who appears to be wooing her back, or the rumors that their divorce drama was faked.
Real Housewives of Orange County by Stars99
Welcome to Crazytown!
Remember last week…Deadbeat dad Slade is on his way to New York to be with his son who was undergoing some major but necessary surgery; Briana and her new husband Ryan don’t want Brooks within 10 miles of their baby Troy or Vicki; much to everyone’s surprise, newbie Lydia and Alexis actually attended Tamra’s Bravo’s staged “party” at the new CUT Fitness Studio thingie which is looking not much more than a large, empty warehouse with a convenient garage door through which people could make their exits, if necessary…
Alexis was telling Heather that she could just continue being as mean as she wants… Heather doesn’t think she’s being mean – she says that she’s just talking… Heather, just because you’re not yelling, does not mean you’re not saying mean things…Tamra interjects that if Heather is being mean then Alexis is also being mean – and since Alexis put on her big girl panties this week, she mistakenly tells Tamra to “butt out”… which, apparently, sends Tamra over the edge and she gets up to physically remove Alexis from the “party”… Alexis is telling Tamra “don’t touch me, don’t touch me” which is something I’m sure that Eddie tells Tamra all the time… Alexis is gladly leaving… Gretchen wildly applauds and almost launches into a cheer of glee… Where are her pom poms, anyway?
In her talking head, Lydia welcomes us to “Crazytown” and tells us that she’s never seen such a spectacle. Oh, honey, you’ve not seen anything yet… run while you still can! Tamra screams at Vicki that she’s going to have to choose sides right now… or else she can “get the f*** out, too”… In her talking head, Vicki mutters the understatement of the year, “Omg… Tamra is crazy.” Wow, Vicki, you’re just getting it now?
Immediately after Alexis leaves the brood of vipers, Lydia walks up to console Alexis who seems to be waiting around in the parking lot, and says, “I’m so sorry.” Alexis just doesn’t understand why they’re so mean to her. Lydia attempts to sanely explain to her that it’s because there’s so much emotion from so much past history with them… Alexis marvels that she really can’t have a conversation with just one of them, because the minute she talks the rest of them jump into the conversation. Alexis, once again, unfortunately asserts she’s being bullied – and reminds us that the definition of bullying is when someone is badgering you to the point where like, you’re going crazy. When the word “bully” is used in this group, it seems that it’s like lighting a match and throwing it on gasoline – cuz there’s always a huge explosion. In her talking head, Lydia says, “Do I think that they were all going at her at the same time? Of course! Do I think she’s being bullied? Absolutely not!” I think I’m really liking this Lydia chick.
We hear Tamra telling us all how “gracious” Heather was to be telling Alexis her side of the story. “Gracious”… really? Tamra uses that word like 5 times during the course of the evening. “Gracious” must have been the word of the day on Tamra’s “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader” daily word builder calendar. It seems that Tamra feels the need to stick up for Heather… which is just hysterical to me. Vicki, (who is still seated at the table, btw)… is reasonably telling Tamra that Heather has a point and that Alexis has a point, too. But, noooOOOoooo…. According to Tamra, “No, Alexis has no f***ing point.” And because Gretchen’s brain just can’t handle more than one thought in her head at a time, she cackles once again about when they were in San Francisco and how Alexis lead the pack against Vicki – who was merely telling Vicki that sometimes Vicki says things that are offensive. Ummm… that can be said of most of us, can’t it? And if I remember correctly, Vicki was saying really ugly and outlandish things to people. Therefore, according to Gretchen’s warped logic, Alexis can’t cry “victim” now since she confronted Vicki way back when… Holy cow… In her talking head, Gretchen explains that everyone had something negative to say about her back when she was dating the rich, gravely ill, older guy named Jeff – Everyone claimed Gretchen was a gold digger and that she was cheating on him… Bravo’s Way-Back machine kindly provides us with a scene when Vicki and Tamra are leaving Gretchen and immediately start gossiping about her and Jeff. Vicki’s saying that if he didn’t have any money, that Gretchen wouldn’t be dating him… and Tamra is saying that Gretchen was dating Jay at the same time… and Alexis was saying… oh wait, Alexis wasn’t saying ANYTHING about Gretchen’s dating life because she wasn’t even on the show at that time! So we have a whole season wherein Tamra and Vicki make snide remark after snide remark about Gretchen… and when Alexis comes on the scene a season later, since Gretchen is so beat up about everything, she really seems to be a friend to her and sticks up for her all season long. Fast forward to now and who does Gretchen choose to attack? Yep… Alexis… makes PERFECT sense to me.
Awww… aren’t we so proud of Gretchen cuz during that whole season she never claimed anyone was bullying her but instead that they were just offering their opinions about her. Right… that’s how you took the comments at the time. Just keep on believin’ that… Gretchen pretends to take responsibility for choosing to continue to come out and hang out with this group – oh, and get paid more money than she could otherwise make on her own since she no longer has her sugar daddy around. Isn’t Gretchen such an awesome person? She’s making a point that Alexis shouldn’t have shown up to the event if she didn’t want to hear from them about all the stuff she’s been saying about them – that she shouldn’t have even walked into the door. After all, she is not a young kid on a playground being forced to do something against his will.
Alexis mistakenly thought that Tamra had grown as a person (ha!) and that she came to the event tonight thinking that it could have been a turning of a page for her and Tamra. Alexis has never in her 35 years felt so much hate and cruelty towards her.
Vicki verbally expresses to Tamra that she’s there for her at this event. Heather wants to point out the fact that Vicki is still there sitting there at the table with them – that she didn’t immediately leave and go after Alexis which means something. Just what… I’m not sure… Heather, while talking to Tamra, tells her that she loves Tamra but says sometimes Tamra has no filters. Heather says Tamra spoke a little harshly, and Tamra immediately looks like she sucked on a honkin’ lemon wedge and got a seed caught in her teeth. Heather explains that Vicki did not get up and storm out of the room with Alexis – but it’s hard for Heather to talk because Tamra is woah, woah, woah, woahing… as if what Heather just said blew her mind. Heather quickly clarifies that there were some “F” words thrown around and there were some moments… then Tamra asks Heather if she would like to get thrown out, too…Heather puts up her hand and gestures in her best traffic guard “Stop” hand signal and says, “No no no no…” Heather is just saying that Vicki didn’t run after Alexis – she’s here because she loves you and is supporting you. Tamra tells her to back up… In her talking head, Heather thinks Tamra is a nuclear bomb she needs to diffuse but she doesn’t know quite which wire to clip. Tamra just can’t get over what Heather just said, and wants to know specifically when it was that she spoke harshly to Vicki? In a Captain Obvious kind of way, Heather responds with when you told her she could get the f*** out and all that – that’s harsh. In her talking head, Tamra says she doesn’t know what the h*** Heather is talking about and she doesn’t want to hear it. She says that Vicki is a s*** stirrer – that’s what Vicki is. Gretchen, because she wants Tamra all to herself, pours gasoline on the fire by pointing out that Vicki is the one who brought someone along that ruined the night – so of course, why wouldn’t Tamra be mad at Vicki, too? Stars just giggles…. Vicki, in a clear effort to only use small words that Gretchen can understand, says “Shushhhhhh for a minute.” Gretchen is NOT going have any of that…no she is not! She is NOT going to “Shush… how about that one?” Lol… Thankfully, Vicki explains to viewers in her talking head, “Everything that comes out of Gretchen’s mouth is just hot air. Gretchen is just stupid.” Vicki tells Gretchen not to yell at her and Gretchen assures her she will yell at her all she wants. Gretchen is not askeered of Vicki, nope nope nope… Vicki says she doesn’t expect her to be afraid of her, she just doesn’t want her to yell. It seems like a reasonable request, no? ooooOOOoo Gretchen claims she can yell at her all she wants because Vicki is being stupid… See that? Gretchen thinks she’s being smart by turning that “Stupid” comment Vicki made about her earlier that evening (about 5 minutes earlier, Bravo time) back on Vicki because well, Gretchen, quite frankly, has never had an original thought… Well, perhaps one, but then it died from loneliness. Then Vicki and Gretchen stupidly argue about which of them is actually stupid… I kid you not…
Meanwhile, in the parking lot, Alexis is telling Lydia she doesn’t want her to feel like she needs to come to her rescue… Lydia says she’s going to go back in and check in with Vicki to see what’s going on and will come back out and tell her what they’re going to do, is that cool? Remember, Alexis, Vicki and Lydia all came in the same car. Alexis goes off to sit and cry in the limo. Alexis is bemoaning the fact that she came to this party for Vicki – and up to this point, Vicki hasn’t bothered to check-up on her and she’s really sad. No, Alexis, Vicki is far too busy telling Gretchen she’s nuts.
As she reenters the snake pit, Lydia, in her best “ohmygosh don’t kill the messenger voice” says, “Alexis is going to go” and then she asks Vicki if she’s going to stay… In an effort to guilt Vicki into staying, Tamra reminds her that she’s having someone come over to bless this f***ing building… Lydia suggests they go outside to say “bye” to Alexis then… In her talking head, Vicki says that she probably should have walked out with Alexis, but that she’s trying to stay neutral and she thinks this whole thing is weird and embarrassing. Vicki peeks her head into the limo where Alexis is crying… Vicki says she doesn’t blame Alexis for crying and Alexis is wondering why Vicki stayed in there? Vicki and Lydia climb into the limo with Alexis, but keep the door open. Alexis says she came to the event for Vicki and then she just stays there when she was thrown out of it. Vicki explains that she’s trying to understand the anger they have and that she’s trying to fix it. Alexis asserts that she has to be loyal to Alexis because she came for Vicki. Vicki understands and it’s not that she’s being disloyal – she’s just trying to fix things – if she just leaves, it’s really not fixing anything.
Meanwhile, we see Tamra shaking her vapid head and saying she just can’t handle this right now… and she walks out the garage door with a glass of red wine in her hands. Rut roh… this isn’t looking good – Hold on to your Gucci bags and your Jimmy Choo’s everyone! She’s scaring Heather but not so much that Heather gets up to follow her out.
Lydia acknowledges to Alexis that while she doesn’t know the whole situation, she does know that when Alexis throws around the word “bully” that it causes an immediate reaction. Lydia thinks they were all just saying their side of the story. Lydia says that it was definitely ungracious when Tamra just kind of snapped and said, “Get the F*** out of here…Lydia’s never really seen that before… don’t you kind of feel sorry for Lydia – cuz you know they’re all going to turn on her at some point this season, no? Meanwhile you see Tamra creeping up to the side of the car without saying anything… eavesdropping on their conversation. Lydia thinks they were just trying to state their point of view that she doesn’t think they were bullying Alexis – and for Alexis to use the word “bully” that it’s such a huge thing to say – people commit suicide over being bullied… Alexis blurts, “And I had to go on Xanax for it, Lydia!” In her talking head, Alexis explains that Costa Rica did a number on her and she had to start taking some medication for it…)… Lydia maintains she doesn’t think it’s bullying and Alexis told Lydia that she didn’t walk in her shoes for that month of her life… Wait, only a month? Hmmm… then Alexis says that someone tears you down and tears you down… Vicki reassures Alexis by saying, “It’s not fair, it’s not fair.” Lydia says people kill themselves when they’re bullied so Alexis concludes that she has to die – that then she needs to go home and slit her wrists. Whoa… that’s a little over dramatic, no? Lydia says, “Well, you signed up for this, though…” In a shockingly mature talking head, Lydia tells us that she supports Alexis but that doesn’t mean she’s just going to say whatever Alexis wants to hear – that’s not a true friend. Wow – Lydia is just not going to last long in this franchise – she’s really too good for it. Alexis continues her thought process, “And just because they’re not pushing or hitting…” Suddenly, Lydia sees that Tamra is listening in on their conversation and alerts the others by saying, “The host came…” Tamra, with a cat who ate the canary grin on her face, says, “Evidently, I heard a lot about what you said.” Vicki asks her what she’s mad about now… and Tamra says, “Nothing.” Vicki says, “This girl is crying – do you not have compassion for people who are sad?” Tamra says, “Listen, if my life turned in a direction where people were saying things to me, I would take a good long look at my life.” (Okay, where do I sign-up to tell Tamra a thing or two? Lol…) Vicki asks her, “How do you know she hasn’t?” Alexis said that her therapist never had to worry about her until that Costa Rica trip happened. Tamra says, “Well, maybe you shouldn’t be around us, Alexis.” Alexis said that she thought there might have been a glimmer of hope that Tamra had as a person, too… since in the last few months, even though the girls crushed Alexis – she has worked through a lot of her issues. Alexis tells Tamra that she came to support Tamra… wait, I thought she came to support Vicki? Well, I guess you can have 2 goals, no? Tamra said that she was more than gracious (dangit, there’s that word again) and just because Alexis feels a certain way, it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how everyone else feels. Alexis says, “When you’re being constantly intimidated and pushed… When you are the weaker person it’s being bullied.” Whoa, did Alexis just say she’s a weaker person? Tamra says that since Alexis is playing the bullying card that she should go home and be bullied there. Tamra arrogantly walks off thinking she’s won this battle. Tamra is still the queen of mean, according to Alexis – but she has God on her side. Yes, I’m sure God is just so pleased when you attempt to use Him as genie to magically make everything okay when you’re involved in these petty little games.
Tamra returns to her viper den and proudly announces that she listened in on Vicki, Alexis and Lydia’s conversation for about 5 minutes before they even knew she was there. Gretchen says, “Oh… I like it.” By the way, we see other people who are seated at the table but who have not said a word and they’re identified for the first time. One is named “Heather” and is identified as Gretchen’s friend and there’s a “CJ” and a “Cory” who are both identified as Tamra’s friends. Tamra says that Vicki, “Was up Alexis’ a**” (such a class act, that Tamra)… and that Lydia was actually standing up for all of us. Gretchen was surprised at this news and thinks it’s awesome that Lydia could see through Alexis and her bullsh** within 5.2 seconds of knowing all of us… this is a cool chick. (Gag) Vicki and Lydia decide to go back in and retrieve their purses from the snake pit so they can leave. Lydia tells the vipers, “We’re going to leave” and they stammer out excuses… that after all it’s 12 o’clock at night… Alexis is sad… Tamra says, “Really?” Heather thinks they should let Alexis go home and they stay because after all, Tamra is having a psychic come. I would have paid money to see how Lydia and Vicki reacted to the psychic. They start talking about opinions and Tamra expresses that she doesn’t know what team Vicki is on… and Vicki says she’s on Vicki’s team… Tamra is wondering why Vicki even likes Alexis but surmises it’s because Vicki ran to her when she and Tamra had a falling out… Vicki says it’s because she didn’t really know her before. Tamra thinks it’s just weird… Vicki says it’s weird that she and Tamra broke up… Tamra insists they didn’t break-up but that they just had a fight. I wasn’t aware they were dating? Who knew? In her talking head, Vicki says Tamra thinks she can hurt people and that they can just forgive her…”Bulls***… we broke up.” Vicki tells Tamra she doesn’t understand why everyone is making such a big deal about the word “bully” and Tamra says it’s because Alexis used it and Vicki encouraged her to do so. Vicki insists she never said that Alexis was bullied… Tamra tells Vicki to leave and live in her dream world but that she’d rather be with the other snakes at that table who know what life is about. Yeah, it kind of didn’t make sense to me, either. Vicki asks Tamra how she got so perfect? Vicki tells Tamra that she never said the word bully. Tamra said tells Vicki that she was encouraging Alexis in the car. Bad Vicki! Tamra said that even Lydia had the brains to tell Alexis that she wasn’t being bullied… Then Tamra really pushes Vicki’s button by saying, “Evidently, Lydia is a little bit smarter than you.” Vicki immediately says, “No, she’s not!” They’re both talking as if Lydia wasn’t sitting right there. Vicki then backpedals and says maybe they’re the same – since she doesn’t know anything about Lydia’s IQ. Lydia says she’s a genius, just so you know… and laffs… Lydia is handling this pretty well, I think. Vicki says she is leaving, “Exit stage left.” Lydia somehow genuinely says to Tamra, “Thank you for having me.” As Lydia and Vicki walk out of the empty warehouse through the garage door, Tamra gives them the finger behind their backs. Nice, Tamra – but I expect nothing less from you.
Tamra tells the remaining women that Alexis said she had to go on Xanax because of all of them…. Heather takes great offence to that… Meanwhile inside Heather is going on about how there are various reasons for people needing to be medicated, and Alexis’ little rich girl problems aren’t don’t count. Heather doesn’t understand why Alexis chooses to put herself back into a group of women who have caused her to go on anti-anxiety medication.
Vicki says Tamra has humiliated every single person she has come in contact with… Vicki doesn’t agree with how Tamra handled Brooks, Slade, Alexis, Jim, Jeana and Vicki herself – and that one day Tamra’s going to wake up and she’ll be on her own little island all by her little lonesome.
Charlene the charlatan (psychic) magically shows up. Tamra says that we want to bless this building because we just got “the toxic out.” Umm… no, you guys are still there, duh! Heather thinks they just may need an exorcism to get out all the negativity. Then as they stand in a circle while holding hands, the charlatan calls on the ascended masters and their spirit guides to assist them in the celebration. Whoa, holy theosophical cult, batman! Yeah, I’m guessing some people of faith would have issues with this whole thing… but it’s okay, because it’s not like Tamra actually believes in anything anyway… As Tamra is praying she’s wishing for success and a really hard body. Yeppers, that’s our Tamra!
Briana’s day was terrible because Troy was sick. Vicki offers to do night duty but Briana says, “No.” Vicki, like usual, is serving dinner to Briana… Vicki is thankful Troy came into the world because in a strange way, he helped put a fractured family back together again. Vicki’s family is flying in the following morning to see Troy for the first time. When they told Vicki’s mom that she was going to be a great grandmother… she asked Briana what took her so long since she’d been married for 3 long months. As Vicki and Briana are talking, perfectionist Vicki gets distracted by a dining room chair that’s crooked… and Vicki can’t function with a crooked chair. Who did this? Off with their head! Briana shows Vicki her rings; a wedding band for their elopement; a wedding band from their big wedding; an engagement ring; and, her “pushing” ring. Vicki sadly remembers that she bought her own first and second wedding rings. Vicki prays everything goes well for Briana and Ryan. They reminisce over pictures of Vicki at 25 when she was pregnant with Briana which is interesting because Briana was 25 when she gave birth to Troy. Vicki hopes Briana has learned from Vicki’s mistakes. Motherhood has really given Briana some compassion for Vicki. While Briana agrees with Tamra about the subject of Brooks, she also says that what matters in life is family and not all these women who waste your time. Briana says she loves Vicki, that she’s the best mom ever… then as they hug there’s an awkward arm on a boob or something… I dunno…
Next we see Gretchen is packing so she can fly out to be with Slade because his son’s surgery didn’t go so well. Slade is not eating or sleeping – so Gretchen is going to be with him. Gretchen’s friend Victor is going to take care of the dogs and will hold down the fort. In a moment of maturity, Gretchen says she doesn’t want to intrude on Grayson’s mom’s space… and that this whole thing puts life into perspective. Stupid fights with Vicki and Alexis aren’t important… I think she meant to say, “Stupid fights about who is stupid…” But then, that would just be stupid, no?
Tamra and Eddi are having dinner at Casa Ranchero Mexican Cantina… In her talking head… I kid you not, Tamra says, “Eddie feels very at home at a Mexican restaurant. It definitely brings out Eddie’s “Inner Beaner.” – and then she snickers. Whoa… whoa… whoa… Raciscm, party of one? Okay, let me say… that in this part of the country, that comment is highly offensive! It’s a horribly racist term used to describe someone of Hispanic descent, usually from Mexico. It’s shocking to me that Tamra used it to describe her future husband. What is the saying, “Out of your mouth come the contents of your heart?” I just shudder… Eddie and Tamra rehash the happenings of the party, with Tamra of course, rewriting history. Tamra says Alexis is on Xanax and is under psychiatric care because of all of us. Then she said Vicki said something to piss her off… so Tamra responded with, “If you don’t like it – you can get the f*** out, too.” I’m totally laffing, because it’s like it’s important to Tamra that Eddie sees her as some sort of badass or something. Tamra explains that now that Alexis is around, Vicki is a total bitch again. Eddie wants to change the subject and wants to talk about something good – like when are they going to get married? He basically tells Tamra that she has a lot to do – since he has no time to work on a wedding and since he doesn’t know anything about planning weddings. Tamra wants to know if this is this a fancy way to push it off? Is it a problem? Tamra looks like she’s about to cry… Eddie asks if it is a problem for them to put it off until they actually have time to plan a wedding? I’m thinking, umm… yeah, cuz it’s not like you’re starting a new business or anything and sinking a lot of cash into that…oh wait, timing is important because they want it to be on Bravo’s dime. I almost forgot… Tamra says the original plan was for them to be engaged for a year – but at this point they’ve been engaged for 7 months with no wedding date in sight. Eddie says that this is a beautiful thing for us and he doesn’t want to stress out about it. He doesn’t want to suddenly say, “Oh f***, we’re getting married!” Tamra jumps on him, “Why? Is that what you think now?” Eddie tells her “No” but it’s too late because he’s pissing her off. She just doesn’t know why he can’t commit. Umm… have you looked in a mirror lately? Tamra doesn’t understand because he’s acting like he has no interest in planning a wedding – well, many guys have no interest in planning a wedding – they just want to show up. Eddie clearly tells her that wedding planning, “This is completely you – if you want to take on that responsibility.” Tamra says that if Eddie didn’t want to get married, she shouldn’t have asked. Somewhere in the distance, you hear “Island girl” playing… well, maybe it was just in my mind….
Vicki’s mom (Joanne), brother (Billy), nephew (Kyle), sister (Lisa), and sister (Kathy) are here for a visit to see Troy. Vicki explains that her family all wish that Don was still there but that she wishes they would all just get over hit. Billy seems to like Brooks – but he just wants Vicki to be happy. Vicki thinks that if she’s happy – then what else is important? After all, she’s not asking her family to date Brooks. Vicki’s mom shows off her new driver’s license picture. She’s excited that she passed! Evidently, mom has a lot of road rage. She describes a situation wherein she hit some guy’s motorcycle and he started swearing at her and saying that she keyed it. When the police arrived, they asked her if she had any weapons? Being a true smart ass she said “Sure” and she implied she had a gun in the glove compartment. That’s just about the time she got arrested. She thought she was just being funny – but the cops kind of take that stuff seriously these days. She says that she knows better now. Vicki says her mother has a lot of balls and that the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Lydia is over at Alexis’ to help her unpack. Alexis is wearing a headband… What is it about headbands and these housewives? Lydia asks Alexis how she’s doing after the other night? Dude, I’m in disbelief (Oh, I get it – this is Alexis trying to be cool). Lydia has never seen such a spectacle and thinks it was totally ridiculous. She tells Alexis that she needs to be a functional human being – that she shouldn’t show-up to a party and expect a parade (She must have seen Aviva’s episode from RHONY) Lydia tells Alexis that we’re called to be a bigger person (“as Christians, is implied but not stated) She is supposed to forgive “70 x 7”. Alexis has done the math and thinks she’s done it enough, thank you very much. In her talking head, Lydia explains that in the Bible that Jesus says we’re supposed to forgive 70 x 7 times – which basically means there’s no end to your forgiveness. Alexis asks Lydia if she would want to put herself around women who hate you like that? Lydia says, “No” and that she would have never gone to Tamra’s party. Lydia says that you can get stuck in a rut by keeping score of who did what to whom and when…and delude yourself into thinking they should roll out the red carpet for you when you show up. She says that if you believe that then you’ll be a loser. Lydia sincerely asks, “Why do you think they all gang up against you?” Lydia thinks it has to come from somewhere because it just doesn’t add up… it seems so bizarre to her. In her talking head, Alexis wonders if Lydia actually saw what happened at the table that night. Alexis tells Lydia that she needs to ask that question of Gretchen, Tamra and Heather to know why they’re acting like that. Lydia has a different solution – she wants to focus just on Heather at this point – since she already knows her. She wants to take one battle at a time and insists that maybe it’s all just a misunderstanding. She wants to meet with Heather but Alexis so not going to do that. Alexis is over it. In her talking head, Lydia says she can see why they don’t like Alexis because anytime you say even constructive criticism, she gets really emotional and defensive about it. Lydia is confident that Alexis can muster up the strength to reach out to Heather.. but Alexis doesn’t want to be bullied again. She doesn’t want her to be attacked or belittled again. Her life is full. Afterall, she’s got the G-O-D. At this point, Stars sighs deeply and just hangs her head…
Vicki reconstructed her backyard grotto and they’re making s’mores… woo hoo… Sounds like a recent campfire conversation… but I digress. I’m guessing no CJs at this one…Vicki’s mom and Briana’s husband, Ryan are talking about Brooks and that they’re worried about golddiggers who sniff around Vicki. Ryan says that Brooks is different behind closed doors but that it’s just a fling – something just to fill time. Gee, and how well did Vicki know you before you married her daughter again? Vicki feels that Ryan is always watching her. Ryan sits down with Billy and talks about their living situation. Briana and Ryan have lived there for 2 months…They have told Vicki that Brooks is not welcome there and that he can’t come over tonight or any other night. Ryan even put up cameras all over the place. Vicki made a verbal agreement with them that while they were living there and paying rent that Brooks wouldn’t come there. Ryan says that they don’t want Vicki to be single – but they want her to find someone of good character and values. He tells Billy that the more he and Briana found out about Brooks, the more shocking it was. Billy asks for specifics. Evidently, they went to Mexico for the weekend and they saw two women who were clearly prostitutes. Brooks said something like he wonders if they’re worth it and he starts staring them up and down while making perverse sounds. Brooks evidently gave Ryan the whisper sign which in “bro code” means to keep it on the down low. Ryan says that just because he’s also from the South that it doesn’t mean they’re “bros.” They told Vicki about the incident, but Vicki just doesn’t want to hear it. Ryan says that 2 years from now he will still be Vicki’s son-in-law. Billy tells Ryan if Brooks is still around, that he will have to make amends with him. Ryan says, “No,” he’s not going to do that… Ryan thinks you’re responsible for how you act and that they’re just looking out for what’s best for Vicki.
Meanwhile, Heather is in a car with her daughter Collette who is shouting undecipherable monosyllabic words and causing her mom to go crazy. She recognizes that Collette has something to say but that she doesn’t have the words to say it yet… and she concludes she’s so lucky she’s cute… She’s funny, adorable and a terror all wrapped into one little package.
Billy, Vicki and Michael (Vicki’s son) meet at a restaurant. Billy asks Michael if he lives around there? Michael tells him, “Yes, right across the bay.” Vicki evidently doesn’t know Michael’s address, since in the past she’s been known to show up unannounced on game day and embarrass Michael in front of his friends. Vicki says she doesn’t know Michael’s address and she never will. Wow. Michael says he always thought he would have wanted to be a young parent – but he’s changed his mind. Vicki tells him to be sure to use a condom – that he needs to use protection every time. They flip it back on Vicki… does she use one every time? Billy asks Vicki how long are Briana and Ryan going to live with you? Billy says he thinks there’s tension. Billy doesn’t like the fact that it seems like Ryan is telling Vicki what to do and that he’s controlling her home. Vicki talks about the cameras and that the tape is going 24/7 – there even have night vision cameras. Billy reminds Vicki that it’s her house. Vicki says it’s why she can’t have Brooks over. Billy says that just because Briana and Ryan pay you $1,000 a month in rent, it doesn’t give him the authority to run your house – It’s YOUR house… Billy says Ryan shouldn’t tell her who she can date or who she can have come over to the house – it’s not right, it’s ridiculous. Michael says he keeps his relationship with Brooks on a superficial level – they talk about football and stuff. Briana is way more passionate about it…Billy says that Ryan isn’t even part of the family… (Ummm… actually, he is) Billy thinks if Ryan doesn’t want to deal with Brooks, then there’s another conversation to have – “there’s the door.” Vicki just sits and rubs her temples.
Survivor 26 Caramoan Fans vs Favorites by MelTheHound week 12
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 11th castaway voted off/3rd Jury Member
Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah
Occupation: English Professor
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 13th castaway voted out/5th Jury Member
Current Residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Harvard Law Student
Previous Season: Survivor: Redemption Island – 13th castaway voted out/ 8th Jury Member
Current Residence: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Entertainment Host and Writer
Edward “Eddie” Fox
Current Residence: East Brunswick, N.J.
Current Residence: San Francisco, Calif.
Occupation: Real Estate Sales
Current Residence: Boise, Idaho
Occupation: Fast Food Franchisee
Previous Season: Survivor: Nicaragua – 11th castaway voted out/3rd Jury Member
Current Residence: Miami, Fla.
Occupation: Paddleboard Co. Owner
Previous Season: Survivor: Micronesia – 13th castaway voted out/6th Jury Member
Current Residence: Santa Clarita, Calif.
Occupation: Comic Book Artist
Voted out week 9, First member of the jury.
Voted out week 10, 2nd member of the jury
Voted out week 11, 3rd member of the jury.
The Beginning of the End
Welcome back Castaways. Last week, Malcom was voted out. The Three Amigos were down to two. This week, back at camp after that council, Reynold is feeling pretty salty that after all this time, he’s still here. He thinks he has the ability to win the all of the next immunity challenges, which, is the only way he’ll survive in the game, and he knows it. Eddie is feeling the joy too as he’s managed to ride coat tails all the way through day 30. Andrea is off talking to Cochran. She notes that they need to make a move. If they (fans) win all the rest of the immunity challenges, they could control the game. Cochran says that isn’t going to happen. TH Cochran says that all the power rests with the alliance of six. The fans have nothing. He wants to suck up as much of that power for himself. What he’s saying is he’ll screw anyone he has to to get ahead in the game. He’ll do it without remorse or reservation. He says it scares him to say it, his mother would be shocked, but he’s not the little Harvard nerd that was trembling in the bushes last time. Okay, Cochran….
Day 31… The castaways are ready for another reward challenge because they want food. Instead, it’s tree mail and it reads.. “Shaky footing or loss of control, could put you out of this game. Lose focus for even a moment, and tonight you could lose your flame”. Yes, kids, it’s an immunity challenge. No reward challenge this time around. Erik is disappointed. Reynold knows he has to win, everyone else, knows he must not. The stealthy six are gunning for him.
See the picture. These floating doghouse roofs are there for an endurance challenge. There are 3 stages and you see them standing at the first stage. After 15 minutes, they will move to the second stage, and then after 15 more minutes, they will move to the top. Last one standing, wins immunity. There’s a twist. Food is offered to get people to quit. Also, whoever wins will get information that may or may not help him/her in the game (it’s the clue to the hidden immunity idol that Malcom paid $480 for and never found). Let’s get started. Probst right away brings out a plate of donuts and a glass of cold milk. Erik and Eddie decide to share that treat and jump off right away, giving up immunity for some sugar. I think Eddie asked what kind they were, Probst said “fresh” has he bit into one. So there are 5 left. They are all okay with Erik giving up the shot at immunity and Reynold is okay with Eddie doing so. At the end of 15 minutes, they move to the second stage. Probst brings out 3 hot dogs and a soft drink (pop). Cochran decides his legs can’t take anymore and amid scowls from the women, he jumps off to claim his lunch. It’s quite windy but the remaining 4 are holding their ground pretty well. Reynold has a couple mis-steps but does recover. Dawn is perched like a rock as are Brenda and Andrea. That doesn’t last long as the 30 minute marker comes and they now have to stand on top. That’s a 5 inch wide board with an obstruction running down the middle of it. They can’t firmly plant their feet. It’s quite windy, Dawn falls off followed by Sherri. Reynold is waivering, Andrea and Brenda are pretty solidly perched on top. He isn’t too long for the challenge though as he finally falls off leaving, the two women. They at first discuss a deal, Andrea offers to share that clue if Brenda jumps. Brenda says beat me in the game or give up yourself. After 3 hours of them standing on top of those things, they start talking deal again. Neither one trusts the other but they decide, to add a 4th phase to the game. Each will lift her left leg and who ever can stay on to of the roof the longest, wins. After a few seconds, Brenda falls off and Andrea wins immunity and the little clue scroll. Yay for her, I guess.
Back at camp, everyone is slapping Andrea on the back for winning. I have to admit, they all did far better than I ever could have. After seeing what a strong physical competitor she is, Andrea wants to blindside Brenda. Vote her out. She does share that clue with Brenda and in fact, shares it with her entire alliance. They all go to the well where Malcolm was digging (on the wrong side of the tree) and Erik finds the idol. He immediately hands it over to Andrea. Much to Cochran’s chagrin because he thought for a split second, he could use Erik and that Idol to further his own game. Before he could open his mouth however, Erik gave the idol right up. Dumbass. Actually she kind of snatched it from his hand. So now she has both personal and hidden immunity idols. Pretty much puts her in charge of the game for the next council. She says she wants to get rid of Reynold but is still considering Brenda. TH Cochran says that these two women jockeying for a spot in the final 3, probably spells the end of this alliance of six. There is some other chatter that really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. The target, is Reynold.
They head off to tribal council and are ushered in by Probst. The jury is seated and the Probsting begins. He asks Eddie why he gave up so easily. Eddie answers that basically he knew he didn’t stand a chance in hell of winning immunity so he sacrificed himself and some pride for a few donuts. I don’t know if Erik felt the same way but I’m sure he felt safe so he just simply joined Eddie. The talk turns to when is it the right time to make a move. Cochran says it’s very critical to do it just at the right time or the one making the move will be voted out. After Probst notes that anyone can be voted out at any time, Dawn says it’s a matter of what do you believe and who do you trust. She admits that even she, has turned on people and tattled when she promised to keep her mouth shut. Everyone does it says Andrea after Probst tells her that Dawn just gave one of the most honest answers in the game. To Reynold, Probst says that this must give some hope. Reynold says yeah, at this stage of the game, keep him around and use him for a vote or two. I think Eddie said something along those lines. Look over on the jury bench fellas and ask Michael how well that kiss ass statement worked out for him..
Again, this discussion is of little consequence. Let’s vote. We see Brenda’s vote. She says that she thinks things might have been better for Reynold if he had been a little bit more humble in the game. Brenda, That is the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard yet. Look over on the bench at Pinky who was probably the least humble out of everyone. Cut the shit, please. Meaning, that isn’t the reason she’s voting for Reynold. The people vote, Probst collects them and asks for the hidden idol. No one speaks up, whoever is voted out, goes. 4 votes for Reynold, 2 votes for Eddie (that’s the six), 1 vote for Sherri and 1 for Erik (Reynold and Eddie). Reynold is gone and the fourth member of the jury.
So there you have it kids. The one who was the biggest braggart at the beginning of the episode, is voted off. His pal, Eddie continues to fly under the radar in a lot of ways. One amigo left, says Probst. Reynold took it in stride and was a good sport about it all. He says he had the time of his life and can’t wait to see how it all turns out now that he’s a viewer rather than a player. Before you move on to your days though, there is still more to come on this episode. Double elimination. There is another immunity challenge and tribal council to come here so don’t leave me just yet.
The players arrive back at camp and they’re all celebrating making the final 7. Andrea doesn’t waste anytime planning her next move. She’s talking to Cochran about who to blindside (rather than getting rid of Eddie) for a really big move. She suggests Brenda or Dawn preferably, Brenda. . See the picture? That’s Cochran Meehaning Andrea. Just as Dawn would run and spill the beans every time she got wind of somebody’s plan, Cochran is doing the same to Andrea. The flaw in Andrea’s plan is this. Cochran and Dawn are tight. Have been since the beginning. Dawn and Brenda want to vote Eddie out but Cochran notes that Andrea isn’t going to get behind that. TH Brenda says now that she knows Andrea wants her out of the game, it’s time for Andrea to get her walking papers. Simply tit for tat.
Day 33 and Immunity Challenge time. There is a rope connecting those platforms to the posts in the foreground. Each player will begin on one of the platforms and on Go, will drag a buoy along the rope winding it through the obstacle in the middle to get to the post. They have to be careful how they do it because a wrong move could hang them up (we’ve seen this before). Once they get to the post, they have to untie a bunch of knots in another rope so they can grab a key. That key will unlock a trunk that holds 10 rungs for a puzzle ladder that they have to complete, from the bottom up, in order, so they can climb up the tower and release a flag to win immunity.
Okay, let’s get this party started. At Go, they all grab their buoys and jump in the water. Erik is first to the obstacle with the buoy and is on his way. The others, except Sherri are close behind him. She is having trouble negotiating the rope obstacle. They all get to the keyposts at around the same time, separated only by a few seconds. There are about a dozen knots to untie to release that key. Erik finishes first followed by Andrea. Eddie gets his next followed by Brenda. Cochran, Dawn, and Sherri are still working on the knots and never really regain a footing in this game. The others are too far ahead of them by the time they get their trunks unlocked. At first, Erik has a little bit of trouble but as soon as he figures out what to do, He becomes the ladder puzzle zen master and leaves the others biting his dust. He finishes his ladder, races up, pulls the rope that raises the flag, Erik just guaranteed himself a spot in the final six by winning individual immunity. The only ones who even came close to challenging him were Brenda and Eddie. I don’t think Andrea even past the first rung on the ladder. There are 4 possible ways each rung could have been placed on the ladder and most spent a lot of time fumbling. Erik seemed to be able to visualize where each piece would go. Rewind a little bit in Survivor history. The last time Erik won an immunity challenge, he gave it away to some girl (I think), and was sent home that same night.
Okay. This doesn’t botch anyone’s plans because Erik was never a target.Not today anyway. Back at camp, they congratulate him. TH Erik calls the idol a safety blanket that can get him further in the game. In other words, he isn’t going to make that dumbass mistake twice. Andrea is still pushing to send Brenda packing in a blindside and has as much as promised Eddie and Sherri final three if they help her out. There’s a little bit of backstabbing chatter going on but what it boils down to is this. It’s either Andrea (unbeknownst to her) or Brenda (who knows of the planned blindside). Remember, Andrea has the hidden idol and everyone knows it with the possible exception of Eddie. Andrea believes she is fully in charge of this game at this point and Cochran would like nothing better than to get rid of a player who actually thinks ahead. He says he admires a player that has a plan but when her plan doesn’t include him (he wants to be a part of everybody’s plan), it’s time for her to go. He also notes that Eddie is moving further and further up on her scale of who to go to final 3 with. The decision is to split the vote between Andrea and Eddie. If she plays the idol, he’s gone. If not, She is. This of course isn’t Andrea’s plan so Let’s see if Andrea is as in charge as she thinks she is, shall we?
Tribal council.. You know the drill by now. The Probsting begins with Eddie. He is the last one who is on the outside of the group. If someone decides to make a move at this council and he survives the night, it won’t matter because he’ll still be in that spot at the next one. Tonight is the perfect night for a blindside. Probst to Brenda… What’s going to happen if there is no blindside? People are going to start lying to each other and someone is going to get hurt, that’s the nature of Survivor. Sherri definitely believes people are lying to each other. The discussion revolves around the fact that everyone is lying to everyone at some point. Andrea spills what everyone already knew, She has the hidden idol (Malcom chuckles at this).. Probst to Cochran, that’s a big deal at this point. He agrees, it’s very powerful, just as much as the immunity necklace that Erik has. Typically the idol can only be played until final 4 so there are limited chances left to play it. She says that if she feels paranoid by what is going on around her, she would probably play it. Remember folks, Every single idol that has been played in this game was unnecessary.
Let’s vote. Andrea votes for Brenda because she feels that she is a threat. Brenda votes for Andrea stating “You’re a sneaky snake little girl, always ready to blindside someone. But, I don’t think you’re ready for this one”. Probst collects the votes and polls for the idol. Andrea does not play it. The grins on Brenda’s and Cochran’s faces are priceless. Probst reads the votes. First round, Brenda, Andrea, Eddie. Second round, Eddie, Andrea, Brenda. Andrea is shocked I tell you, just plain shocked. Ruhroh, Next vote decides it and it is for…… Andrea. The peanut gallery on the jury seats are loving this. I think with the exception of Pinky. She was his pal in the game. She smiles, says that was good, takes her torch for the snuff. Seemed to take it in good sportsmanship that she got beat at her own game. Next week kids, get the hankies out. Family fun time visits. Also, Cochran may be in trouble and Erik is starving to death. We’ll see how it all plays out.
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Peace, MTH aka WTFIJeff