Survivor Caramoan – Week 13 by MelTheHound
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
Edward “Eddie” Fox
Current Residence: East Brunswick, N.J.
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.
Voted out week 12, 4th member of the jury
Voted out week 12, 5th member of the jury (double elimination week)
Don’t Say Anything About My Mom
Welcome back castaways… We are at week 13 and day 35 of the game. Last week was a double elimination episode and Reynold and Andrea were sent to the jury box. Back at camp after Tribal, Eddie and Cochran are chatting and Eddie is convinced he’s next. Cochran says it doesn’t have to be that way if he wins Immunity (no more hidden, Andrea carried it out of there in her pocket). He asks Eddie who may be next if it isn’t him. Eddie tells Cochran he can see Him being on the chopping block. There is some other chatter about getting rid of Cochran amongst the others. TH Cochran says he may have to rethink his whole game. He’s no longer the sweet beatable nerd that everyone feels comfortable taking to the end with them. Suddenly, he feels vulnerable (it’s only the beginning of the episode here folks). A little later, Erik is starving. He feels he’s in a prison with nothing to do. Nothing new ever happens and they are all just stuck there. Then he decides he wants coconuts and the ones hanging in the trees are just mocking him and his hunger (what happened to all that rice and beans that Andrea bought at the auction?). So, he decides he’s going to have some coconuts and begins to scale one of the trees. The women are worried about him and tell him to come down, he does, without any coconuts. Ummmm WTF was that all about?
It is Sprint treemail time. The treemail is a Sprint phone with recorded messages from each player’s loved one. We hear from Brenda’s dad, Dawn’s husband (it’s her 21st anniversary), Sherri’s husband, Cochran’s mom (who hopes he’s wearing his sunblock), Eddie’s dad, and Erik’s brother. Hearing from his brother has somehow rejuvenated Erik. I mean, no one really thought he would Quit 5 days from the end, did they (thinking back to last week’s preview edit)?
The Survivors are marched into the playing area where Probst notes that they all received video messages from their loved ones. The only thing better, he says, is being with them. We all knew this was coming. One by one, the family members are called out, Brenda’s dad first. She sobs and tells him she took his advice, “be humble”. Probst says that in 26 seasons, he’s never cried at a loved one. That is now broken. The rest get to wrap their arms around their family members and spend a few seconds in the embrace. As usual, the family members will be participating in the challenge. Cochran’s mom apologizes to him in advance.
Here’s the object of the game. Each team has to unscrew a rail from a post by each grabbing one end and walking around in circles until it unscrews. Then put it on rails to form sort of a ladder. There are three of these. Then they have to toss a bolo (rope with a ball on each end, someone can help me with the spelling if I’m wrong), on to one of the three rails. First team to land 3, wins the reward challenge. They get started and they are only going to be as fast as their slowest member. Eddie’s dad, Ed, and Cochran’s mom, Arlene, struggle with it a bit (she’s 64). Probst says something about that and Cochran tells him not to say anything about his mom. In the end, Raymond, Brenda’s dad, lands the third bolo and they win the reward challenge. Cochran never really had a shot at it. As they were unscrewing the rails from the posts, they were having a nice conversation.. “how was the flight”, etc. I think Cochran knew that he wasn’t going to win this one and chose not to push his mom.
What did Brenda and Dad win? An offshore floating barbque 50 yards from the beach (in plain sight of everyone else) and she gets to choose another team to participate. That’s going to be Dawn and her husband. For a Whole lot of reasons. Hold up though… There is yet another Sprint phone with a message from Brenda’s sister. Apparently, again first time ever, a Second loved one. Her sister is there, Erik’s other brother, Sherri’s son, Eddie’s mom, Cochran’s dad, and Dawn’s best friend. Now, here’s the twist (there’s always one isn’t there?)… Brenda, can either choose one other team to do this reward -OR- she can give it up, snatching it away from Dawn in the process, so that all 4 of the other teams can do the reward. Really, Jeff? Well, Brenda agrees to give it up for the other 4 teams. She and Dawn will go back to camp and watch them all have a good time (I think that part of it is a bit cruel).
Reward time… All the family and friends gather on this floating oasis while Brenda and Dawn get to watch from the beach. She, is Livid. Pissed. As we see everyone but Dawn and Brenda gathering for the shingdig, TH Cochran recounts how at 13 years of age, he and his mom watched Survivor on in the year 2000. He’s gone through puberty, had his first kiss (and a little more) with Survivor and now here he is actually sharing the game with his loved ones. Apparently, Cochran’s dad doesn’t typically wear sunglasses or ever man the BBQ grill. Here however, he’s doing both.. Flipping burgers, poking hot dogs, drinking beer, the whole 9. How many of you parents have kids who don’t have a clue of what you use to be like before they arrived? I use to tell my nephew that there’s a whole lot of stuff that happened before he was born. I’m not saying any of this to bash any of these people, it was all a good time for them. At one point, they even waved to Dawn and Brenda back at the beach. Brenda is disappointed that she can’t spend time with dad and sister but she figures she’s made a good strategic move.
The party is over, the relatives have been taken back to wherever they are staying, and the 4 survivors wade back to camp. As they are coming back, TH Brenda notes that this could be a double edged sword. Either she’s a rock star for doing what she’s done or it will bite her in the ass (paraphrased of course). When they get there, they all thank Brenda for her generosity. TH Cochran says that the more likeable she seems, the bigger the target on her back. At this point in the game, no one wants to go to the end that everyone would vote for. We are seeing stirrings here folks that people want Brenda to go. Remember that Eddie thinks it’s a foregone conclusion that he’s done.
The object of this day 36 game is to stand on that log leaning out over the water with their arms behind their back holding on to a rope. That rope is on a winch that Probst will turn, thereby lowering the survivors out towards the water. When they can no longer hold on, they will fall in, and be out of the game. The only one who is convinced they have to win this, is Eddie. Cochran falls in first after 15 minutes. Eddie eats it second after 25 minutes. I’m noticing Brenda, she isn’t sanding straight out like the others are but rather staying on top of the log and just bending at the hip and leaning over the edge. Erik is next to fall in followed closely by Sherri. Erik would have given up right away for food but Probst says this is to test their will to stay in the game. Since Eddie is out of the challenge and it’s a foregone conclusion that it’s his turn to join the jury, Dawn asks Brenda to jump so she can have the Immunity necklace for the first time ever (was this Dawn being strategic?). Brenda says no. Probst asks if there’s a deal going on, they say no.. Just that Eddie is out, Dawn would like to win one for a change but she understands that Brenda wants to test herself. Well, guess what kids, Brenda jumps. I’ve seen her in these endurance challenges and I don’t believe for a second that she couldn’t have outlasted Dawn (who is doing pretty well herself) in this game. Good Lawrd, I think she’s going to cry again.. I think Brenda just got Meehan’d. TH Brenda even says, if it had been her vs Eddie, she would have held on a lot longer. However, with someone as paranoid as Dawn, she didn’t have a problem jumping in.
Back at camp, a quick back stabbing session before the go to tribal council. TH Brenda says that the whole plan was to keep Eddie from winning so he would be sent home that night. Next, is Cochran, in her mind. If everything goes as (she) planned, it will be amazing. TH Cochran says that if he has his choice between voting out Eddie or Brenda, he would rather bounce her (she’s more of a threat). He believes that Dawn and Sherri may feel the same way but it’s such a lock, that Eddie will leave that night, he’s not sure how to approach it. He speaks to Sherri about Brenda who is all on board for a blindside ensuring her, a final 4 spot. He then talks to Dawn who weighs the pros and cons about it all. She didn’t play her own game last time so she’s not sure what to do now. In Brenda’s mind, Eddie is done. They head off to council…
The Probsting begins with Dawn. The first time wearing the necklace.. How does it feel? She says it’s nice to be able to breathe at council. She’s trained for this, she’s happy to have beaten Brenda for it. Getting the necklace was a bucket list item. Brenda claims she only had about 5 minutes left so she didn’t try real hard to win but only would have done that for Dawn to win. To Eddie, always on the chopping block since day one it seems. He says he thinks he’s packed his bag for tribal for the last time. Probst says yet, he seems to escape elimination every time. Eddie says yes, but the fuse on that one amigo is getting pretty short. Now we get to the giving up of reward by Brenda. She says it was a no brainer, the two of them (Her and Dawn) verses the four of them. To Dawn, Does a gesture of good will buy anything for Brenda? Dawn says yes. Sherri agrees, she says everyone is looking to Brenda as a saint and no one could possibly do anything to her at this point. To Cochran… Eddie is an easy vote tonight but nothing in this season has been easy or predictable. Cochran says that it’s about weighing short term gratification against long term benefits.To Eddie, What are the odds you’re done? He says that it’s very likely but he isn’t bitter about it. He’s had a great time and is grateful to everyone there. Probst: Dawn is not going home, Eddie is likely going home, Time to vote. They vote.. We see Sherri vote for Brenda, Brenda vote for Eddie. Probst collects the votes, asks for a hidden idol (is there still one to be had?), and reads the votes. It comes down to:L 2 for Eddie, 1 for Erik, and you guessed it, 3 for Brenda. She’s headed to the other side of the fire with the jury. As she is carrying her torch to be snuffed, She says to the others, “I was honest with you guys… I was genuine with you guys”.. After Probst snuffs her torch, she says, “It hurts” and then walks down the plank into Survivor oblivion. 3 days left says Probst, and if they are anything like the previous 36, it’s going to be a wild ride. Votes, Cochran, Sherri, and Dawn voted for Brenda.. Erik and Brenda voted for Eddie. Eddie voted for Erik. That’s all folks. Click the Survivor banner above to watch the show or click here…
Programming note. This season ends, this Sunday, May 12. A two hour finale episode followed by the winner reveal. That’s 3 hours of this stuff on Sunday. I’m going to give you a heads up, It may only be a partial recap come Monday May 13. Three hours is just too much for me but I’ll do what I can. See you then.
Til next time, Peace… MTH
Real Housewives of Orange County Cast Blogs by BB
Heather Dubrow’s Bravo Blog by BB
Quote: “A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs – jolted by every pebble in the road.” Henry Ward Beecher. In Heather’s case, a good example of being jolted by a pebble in the road is when someone steals the bow off your most special cake.
The first portion of Heather’s blog was a great big ole plug for Tanaka’s Pile of Pumpkins. Since I’m sure a very small portion of people reading her blog live anywhere near Orange County, this seemed to be a waste of good blog space. Moving on.
The next two pages are huge screen shots of a Hot in Cleveland script page and a picture of Heather in one of the Hot in Cleveland scenes. Heather felt it important to name the cast of Hot in Cleveland. Moving on.
Then Heather explains the scene of her and Terry in Zov’s Restaurant with three of their four children, who were doing their homework there, which I found a little strange. Heather explains she thinks Terry’s funny and they joke around a lot. I guess the Bravo cameras are just never around when that happens. Too bad.
Heather admits she is over-sensitive (Really? I hadn’t noticed) and should let things roll off her back, but she’s just not built that way. She wanted Terry to not make any jokes, not include their kids in the conversation, and to just say to her “Whatever you need, I’m there.” I get it. Even though Heather doesn’t regret giving up her highly successful and illustrious acting career to become a wife and mom, she NEVER gets any me time and wanted it to be about her this one time.
I can see how Terry’s constant joking can get on Heather’s nerves when she’s trying to have a serious conversation. But she needs to cut him some slack. After all, he had been in surgery all day (removing women’s belly buttons) and he just wanted to converse with the kids and let off a little steam after a hard day’s work
Heather closes her blog with a flowery speech about how happy her marriage is and how marriages have their ebbs and flows, and we seem to be seeing a fair amount of ebbing this season. She also lets us know she sent Terry her blog for his thoughts before she submitted it to Bravo. His response: “Brilliant, honest, real: exactly what I would expect from you. I love it. I love you.” Good thing he didn’t make a joke about it or he may have gotten “The Face.” You know the one I’m talking about.
Next up: Gretchen Rossi. I can only handle one at a time, people.