Here we go folks… Back to the islands with a whole new cast of players.. er, not so fast. 10 returning suspects and their ‘loved ones’. I am on record here saying how much I despise the need of CBS to keep recycling these people as if they are the only ones who have ever wanted to play the game. Given some of them they’ve recycled this time, that view of mine hasn’t changed. Even some of the loved ones, are recycled players. I’ve only been watching for about the last 6 seasons so the players I am familiar with are for the most part, less than impressive. For now, as I mention each of these people, I will provide a link to their profile on Wiki. I will provide a list of all these people next week, it would take me too much time to do it tonight and until it gets down to about the final 5 or 6, none of these people matter anyway as they are usually willing pawns in someone else’s game. This recap is going to be general and I will get into the real nitty gritty of it next week. I have too much on my plate right now to give a line by line, play by play, recap.
The way this game works is this… Each of the 10 pairs is dropped off at a separate place om the island where they will spend the night with their partner with no supplies, alone (with a camera crew- let us not forget that part, they aren’t really ‘alone’). Until a reshuffle or the merge, this is the last time these ‘pairs’ will play together. The next day they will be mortal enemies in the game as they will be on opposite tribes. That is twist number one, that they all knew going into this. They will be playing against their loved ones rather than with them.There are a couple returning suspects that I had hoped to never see again. One, is Colton. Yeah, you all remember that guy. The gay bigot. He is there with his fiance’, Caleb. He says that people just didn’t understand Colton and he’s hoping the guy can redeem himself. I don’t have any faith in that happening but we’ll see. Honestly I can’t stand the sight of the guy’s face or the sound of his voice. Good luck, Caleb, you’re the one who has chosen to spend your life with him. Another that, right away, had me groaning, was Kat. She was also from one world (Men vs women, same season as Colton) and this is actually her third time on the show. This to me, has to be one of the dumbest most whiny women to ever play this game. She is okay at the challenges sometime but even with those, unless she’s done some serious training, that and her whining is where she’s going to fall short. She, btw is there with a former Big Brother 12 winner, Hayden Moss (see what I mean about CBS recycling these people?). I wonder if they are actually dating or if this is a relationship for the purpose of this show.
Mmmkay… Opening day, day 1. All the castaways meet up with Probst on the beach and he tells them, they will be competing against one another not playing with each other. In the opening scene we are led to believe they already knew that. So they separate into their respective teams. Recycled is Galang tribe (gold colored buffs, ‘newbies’ are Tadhana (red colored buffs). I’m not going to bother trying to pronounce either one.. The first order of business, is to vote someone off of each. That’s right, no council, no game, just get rid of one from each tribe AND, everyone knows how everyone voted. Could get interesting.
The first one voted off was Laura, Rupert‘s wife. Yeah, that guy is back. 100 days of playing survivor (3 seasons, and he never made it to the end). I’ve never seen the guy before though. From the Galang tribe (recycled), Candice is knocked out. She is there with her husband, John. Here comes twist number 2 folks.. Each of these players will be sent to redemption island where they can compete to remain in the game. Now, Probst drops a third bomb on us. Each of these players, the significant other can choose to switch places with them and go to redemption island instead. There they will have to fight for their own spot in the game but their partner will get the chance to actually play the game. If one of them switches places, then the player they are saving, will take Their place on their tribe. In other words, each player voted off here, has the opportunity to go to the Other tribe. Rupert needs not even think about it, he switches spots with his wife to go to redemption island himself. That makes her a rookie on a team of 8 veterans. This never ends well. John and Candice have a pow-wow and she decides she can take Rupert on the island. Let me remind you Candice, 100 days, just sayin. Tina, who is a returning suspect, is not happy with Rupert’s decision. She wanted him to stick around because he knows how to do all the camp stuff. She is there with her daughter, Katie. So now the scene is set. Probst tells the tribes to follow their maps to their camps and get set up.
At the camps, each tribe has a box of tools and supplies. Both get started on building shelters, LauraB is already in trouble because she’s the new kid. I hope she doesn’t fall in the trap of pushing any of these other people to the end to wind up on the outside, looking in. A few of these people know how to make fire rubbing two sticks together so that’s one of their first orders of business. Monica, is disappointed to be playing with Colton again, as he screwed her over last time. She is Brad Culpepper’s wife. Apparently this is the local team for our T-Rex. She tries to make a no screw pact with Colton but if she’s stupid enough to trust that guy, she deserves to get blindsided. Let me sidebar here for a second..
This is season 27 of survivor, 13 years. No one gets screwed over on this show unless they let it happen. Especially returning players. That’s all I’m saying about that, for now.
Over at the newbie camp, they too are working on a shelter. The guys, have already decided they need to band together against the women come tribal time. That is, the four guys, and the one gay guy. Someone there said it, I’m just reporting it. Some of them are more interested in screwing off than getting any work done, particularly, Brad and John. Brad tells his tribe, that if he’s seen not giving one hundred percent, they have his blessing to vote him out. Not that I think any of them give a shit about his blessing but, good to know, big fella. I think this Brad guy has been hit in the head too many times during his NFL career. The other guys are like, yeah dude, whatever. Even Caleb at this point will agree to anything that will keep him in the game.
Later, Brad is trying to start a fire (this is the first thing the other tribe did) and he’s there with Ciera and Vytas. She is LauraM‘s daughter, he is Aras‘s Brother. She has two kids from as many daddies. A 16 and pregnant story (not the show), her mother wasn’t happy at first but now that she’s married, with another one, mom is okay with it. He has spent his life trying to live up to his brother who could never do any wrong. The partial result is he is now 14 years on the recovery road from a heroin addiction that cost him a year of his freedom when he tried to rob a woman to feed his habit. The two brothers still aren’t quite right (and never will be) as a result of that addiction. It is something that will be in his brother’s mind, always. Trust me on that one. Brad is shocked to learn these things. Shocked as he may be, the three of them fail to start a fire on that day so they will be eating raw and drinking dirty water for that night, if they eat or drink at all.
It’s night time and over at the other camp, Colton is telling his story.. On his last season he was mean and caniving to everyone (careful people, zebras don’t change their strips) and it was because he was insecure. Looked like an asshole to me but maybe it was insecure. He says when he was growing up he was the sweetest kid but, being from the deep south there’s a certain mindset.. He says he eventually got tired of being called sissy, faggot, and queer and just began to strike out. I imagine anybody would but what do you think southerners… Is that what it’s really like in the deep south? He continues his story and begins his drycry and we’ll leave that there for now.. Except I think he’s trying to turn disdain for his past survivor behavior into sympathy. He was medivac’d out last time with some mysterious disease (in other words, he quit). Monica hopes he’s serious, but knows he is probably full of it.
Over at the redemption island site, Candice is chopping wood and with each whack, she names those who voted her out. Rupert is happy to let her do all the work, she’s annoyed by it. He wants to keep his strength.
At the camps, Tree Mail. It lists several things they may be doing. This is the first immunity challenge. It’s an obstacle course finishing with a puzzle. It always comes down to the puzzle. Each tribe will divide into 6/3. 6 will run the obstacle course, the other three will build the puzzle. The prize is tribal immunity and flint for fire. Probst asks each if they have fire, the vets do, the rookies say they do, but they don’t.
For the obstacle part of the challenge, players must swim out into the water, climb up over a net, swim to some crates, jump off, swim to a platform, once all there, the can go to untie their boat, then get in, row to shore, carry a box of puzzle pieces to their waiting 3 tribemates. Got all that.? Newbies rule this part of the challenge. Weak link on the vets team? Gervace who is there with his niece, Marissa. The man cannot swim, he cannot climb. He can barely walk. Earlier he was the one running his mouth about how he wasn’t going to carry weak players. Yeah, okay, go sit down and stfu. The puzzle to be built was a ship’s steering wheel. We had two mother daughter pairs competing on this one, and the moms ruled it. Coming from WAY behind and completing the puzzles first to raise the team flag and win immunity. It was all them because the recycled players running the course, sucked, including Colton who threatened to hit one of his team mates with the paddle while in the boat (I told you this guy was still useless.. Too bad. His partner, Caleb seems like a good guy. ). After they win, Gervace does a celebratory yell that really leaves a bad taste in the newbies’ mouths and puts a target on his niece’s back. There isn’t much tribal talk at camp about who is going, it’s her. Brad, who I think is going to be the Pinky of this tribe loves to run his mouth about everyone giving or rather not giving one hundred percent. The guy is a tool, I’ll just leave that there.
Tribal council, 8 to 1, Marissa is heading to redemption island.
The end. See you next week. Til then, Peace.
Million Dollar Listing L.A.
Episode 7 – The Battle of Malibu
Josh Altman meets with his dentis Dr. Elbaz, who has been a steady client over the years. He tells Josh they are now looking at Malibu for a second vacation home with some privacy, meaning the beach homes would not be as enticing as the homes up in the hills. His budget will be in the $3-4 million range. Josh begins to make some calls.
Josh Flagg has a listing appointment with Barbara, a good client. She shows him a 3,200 square foot, three bedroom condo in a popular high rise. The apartment is quite dated but Josh advises her NOT to do any upgrades as the new owner should be the putting their own stamp on it when it is purchased. He advises listing the unit for $2 million for a quick sale. Barbara believes that Josh can do the job.
Madison meets with new potential client Ivy at a Malibu restaurant. She currently lives in Calabasas (home of Britney Spears and the Kardashians) but are looking to head down the hill to Malibu. She stresses to Madison that she really wants the ocean view that Malibu is famous for. Her budget will be around $3 million, which will be a challenge for Madison. She tells Madison that their current home aleady has a buyer and is in escrow, so time is of the essence.
Josh A. is trying hard to find a Malibu property for Dr. Elbaz, but is not having much luck due to the low inventory. They visit a 4300 square foot home with an indoor pool and glass walls with three bedrooms and bathrooms. The doctor’s wife feels this home may be too modern. They decide to move on to other prospects.
Madison and Ivy have a private showing in Malibu. She already feels the ocean view is too far away. The home is priced at $3.5 million and is 3,200 square feet. Even with four bedrooms, Ivy tells Madison it may be too small for her family even on 3/4 of an acre. She would sacrifice home size for a better view.
Josh F. spends some time with his grandmother Edith. He often visits with her to get advice and wisdom in his career, and to find buyers from her many lifelong contacts. He asks for help in selling the dated condo. Edith immediately makes some calls. Love that cute lady.
Josh A. has found two Malibu properties for the good doctor. The first is an incredible home priced at $3,49,500.00. It covers 5,265 sq ft., has a game room, marble round bar, 4 bedrooms and baths (one bath has a fire place by the tub!), and beautiful marble and white kitchen. The doctor’s wife is stunned by the infinity pool and ocean view. Josh wishes she would tone down her enthusiasm in front of the seller’s agent, as that would impact their offer. Josh is wondering if their offer could be as low at $2.”something”. The opposing broker tells Josh to put something in writing if they are serious.
Madison has only about three weeks to find Ivy a Malibu property. He shows her a home on the SAME STREET as the home Josh A. has just shown to his doctor client. Priced at$3,400,000.00, it has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths, a cook’s kitchen, gorgeous views from every room, encompasses 5,200 square feet, and has an open floor plan. Ivy is excited and feels her husband will feel the same way.
Josh A. heads to the exact same house that Madison and Ivy are coincidentally(!?) still viewing. They bump into each other and ponder the odds of this chance meeting (sure, Bravo!) Josh teases Madison in front of his clients, which infuriates Madison. He ushers Ivy and her daughter to the car so he can have a private moment with Josh. Madison admonishes Josh for his unprofessional comments but they part with a good natured challenge to each other.
Josh F. is getting lots of viewings on the dated condo. Agents stop by and he explains to each and every one how wonderful the building amenities are. They all agree the $2 million price tag is quite competitive.
Josh A. places a call to Madison to sneakily try to figure out which of the two Latigo street homes his client is more interested in. Madison is not budging on any information (and why should he?) Josh is wondering if they are both going after the same house. In fact, they are not; Madison’s client Ivy prefers the upper home while Josh’s client Dr. Elbaz is looking closely at the lower home. Josh threatens Madison that he will write offers for BOTH homes if Madison does not fess up. Madison hangs up without offering any confidential information, and rightly so.
Madison meets with Ivy and her husband Alex to discuss the status of their offer. They had offered $2,950,000.00, and the counter-offer was $3,300,000.00, which is higher than what they had wanted. They are told that another offer is on the table (thanks, Josh!) Ivy and Alex realize they are in a bidding war. They decide to counter back with $3,500,000.00. due to their desperate time crunch.
Josh F. shows the condo again, this time to Josh A.’s girlfriend Heather and her clients. They express interest in the unit.
An angry Madison personally visits Josh A. at his Hilton & Hyland office to find out why he is purposely driving up the selling prices of the Latigo homes by making double offers. Josh tries to explain to Madison he did that just to protect his client in case their real deal did not work out, and that Madison should have told him up front which house his client was making an offer on to prevent this from happening. Madison asks point blank which house Josh’s client is really interested in, but both men do not budge.
Josh A. finally admits his clients really want the top house on Latigo, and Madison says his clients want the bottom home. Madison asks why Josh just can’t retract his “fake” offer on the bottom home to end this nonsense. Josh decides to agree, but Madison still doesn’t trust Josh and wants him to retract the offer right there in his presence. Josh does so and then hands the phone to Madison so he can try to finalize his deal. Both agents go back and forth and agree on a $3.1 million price for the home. It is later revealed that Josh and his doctor client made a clean and accepted $3.1 million offer the upper home! It looks like everyone is a winner in this situation, with both homes selling for the same price.
Josh F. finds an international buyer for the condo. He meets with their agent to try to cap this deal. He finds out that $1.9 million would be the offer made, even though Josh wants nothing less than $2 million. Their agent would be willing to go up an additional $50,000 if a country club membership is included. Josh still doesn’t want to go below $2 million.
A car-less Josh A. accompanies Heather to meet with Mauricio Umansky at a new listing that she will be involved in. It is an 11,200 sq ft. home $13,700,000.00 with a movie theater, six bedrooms and with beautiful views. Josh really wishes he and his brother had this new listing, but it is Heather’s shot first. It bothers Josh a bit that Heather is working with someone else, but he had already told her that he did not want to jeopardize their relationship by working together.
Josh F. gets the good news from Lillian, the opposing agent: He is getting the full $2 million for the condo! Josh can relax and add another successful sale to his long list
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