Hiya folks. Good to be back online this week for Survivor. I want to thank Designernailsdiana for picking up the slack last week with her review of the show. For my money, she can guest blog these shows anytime she wants to.
I still don’t have a cast list for you but if you’re watching, You know who the players are by now. You can also look here. Last week, Rachel was sent to redemption Island to replace Rupert who lost to the women. There is what appears to be a solid men’s alliance on that tribe led by one Brad Culpepper. I have a question… If these men are so great, how come they keep losing to the other tribe? Hmmmmmmmmm? I mean for Christ sake.. The other team has Colton, arguably the worse physical player to ever play this game.. Speaking of whom, the little pussy is upset that no one on his team will discuss strategy with him. They don’t trust him.. and with good reason. Anyway, With only 2 girls left on their tribe, the Tadhana tribe should start to win something if the women have been such terrible players, right? Hold that thought.. The women they have voted off are the stronger women who could have helped them win while keeping the weaker ones they can push around. Yes, I just said that..
So far, each episode has begun with the Redemption Island challenge. As the 3 players are revealed, it is evident to everyone that the women on the Tadhana tribe are the targets of the 5 guy alliance when Rachel is one of them. She is there with now 3 time player, Tyson. The twist of this game is he can give up his spot on his tribe and take hers on the redemption island challenge. The hope was that he would do just that but, he leaves it to her and she decides to leave things as they are. A scuffle occurs when baby Brad is called out for targeting the women on the tribe as payback for their loved ones celebrating their wins. Marissa, Gervace’s niece, goes so far as to call him out and tell him F you. Gervace corrects his niece and tells her to be a lady and tone it down. While it’s good to see that overinflated asshole called out, that wasn’t the best part. The gay bigot is drycrying.. Probst calls him out on it when he says he wants to quit. Those of you who saw One World (men vs women) will remember that he was removed from that game with ‘appendicitis’ that turned out to be fake. In other words, he quit then too. Probst has had his fill of this guy and tells him to step, don’t let the doorknob hit you where the good lord split you (yes, I’m paraphrasing). I wonder if his mommy will come to the finale again to defend what a shitbag this guy really is.. Before he sashayed out of there he ran and sat on Caleb’s lap. I kind of feel bad for that guy, he seems like decent people. Buh-bye bigot. Let us never speak of him again.. Even as the asshole he is, he is not worth our effort.
The challenge.. None of the loved ones swap places with their mates in this one. So the players are, Candice, Marissa, and Rachel. The game is a domino type game where they must line up large domino type pieces on a series of ramps. Then pushing the first one causing the others to fall, release a ball that will roll and smash a plate. You may notice that the ramps aren’t all sloped the same. For this to really work, the dominoes have to be standing straight up and evenly spaced. This entire rig is on springs and there are trip bars that when bumped will shake the rig and perhaps cause the dominoes to fall prematurely. The dominoes are all cut to go on a specific ramp so this is a bit of a puzzle challenge as well. First two to do so, stay. Last one is out of the game. Also, again, first to finish gets to give a clue of where the hidden idol is to anyone she wants to. This is being done in 114 degree humid heat. Candice won this privilege last time and gave it to her husband John. She won that privilege again and again gave it to John.. Marissa beat Rachel to stay in the game and Rachel is gone. I guess a rite of passage in this game is when you lose competing, you get to burn your buff in the Survivor cauldron. Probst wouldn’t let the quitter whiny pussy bitch burn his, he just told him to get the phuck out of his sight. I don’t blame him. Don’t go on a game show if you are not going to play to win because there are others who would like to be there. Yes, I know I said I would never speak of him again but it is just too much fun to revel in seeing him leave.
Back at camp, Tyson isn’t bitter that his girlfriend was sent home, it’s a game and somebody has to go. They wonder as if they care, why it quit rather than play the game and all agreed it’s because it didn’t have any control as when it played the game last time. Over at the other camp, Big Baby Brad is crying that everyone has his number and there is a huge target on his back. I see this mistake every season. A big shot names himself the boss and the others play along for awhile until they just get sick of him. Wahphuckingwah Brad. Suck it up. The unfortunate part is that John is kissing this guy’s ass. In fact the idiot is sharing the clues with him. Ass kissers never win, John (unless they happen to be on Big Brother)..
The tree mail speaks of pushing each other around and pushing them into the water. What it is, is Sumo wrestling on a floating platform. They will use those bags laying there to do their pushing. The one who pushes their opponent into the water, Wins that round. First team to 5 wins, wins the game. Below is how it stacks up, Monica sits out the challenge. Winner will be shown in bold type.
Galang – Tadhana
- Gervace vs Brad
- Laura B vs Katie
- Arus vs John
- Kat vs Cierra
- Tyson vs Heyden – Tyson dislocated his shoulder and is out of the game.
- Tina vs Katie – Mother vs daughter
- Arus vs Vytas – Brothers
- Laura M vs Cierra – Mother vs daughter
What did they win besides immunity? Comfort. Tarp, mosquito net, pillows, etc. One of the best matches of all of them was Tina vs Katie although Cierra gave a good effort to try and push her mother into the water. Vytas and Arus were pretty evenly matched and after agreeing to a restart, Vytas tried to take advantage of the idea that his brother may not be prepared and instead of resetting, tries to knock his brother off. Probst calls it unsportsmanlike but I say all is fair in love and Survivor. These two have known each other all their lives and each knows what the other may try and pull. So Tadhana is once again going to tribal council. Let’s go back to camp.
For a minute, it looks like the 5 guys alliance will take out one of the women. This time it looks like it will be Cierra. In fact it looks like it’s a lock. However, people start to strategize a little bit and John gets brought up. So does Baby Brad (but he doesn’t know it).. Cierra is on board for whatever keeps her in the game. Typically this pre-tribal chatter doesn’t mean anything but sometimes it’s interesting to hear what people are thinking. What is not wanted is for Candice to come back from redemption island so they are trying to send someone who can beat her.
Probsting begins.. Questions are asked, answers given. John knows that having the clues puts a target on his back. It is obvious that there is a Men’s alliance and that Brad is the ring leader.. Big Baby Brad (BBB) complains that he’s being targeted in all of the comment. Voting begins. So who will get blindsided? John.. He hasn’t found the idol yet and if he has, he got bounced holding it. He is sent to redemption island where he will have to compete against his wife, Candice. We will see how that works out.. She doesn’t strike me as a quitter like that whiny pussy. Okay, this time for real.. I’m done mentioning him except to point you to what Probst had to say about him.
Next week, kids, BBB becomes a real target and Candice will this time flip off the crowd. She and John better hope they can beat Marissa or one of them is going home. She is doing a good job of holding on to that middle spot.
I know some of you watch Sons Of Anarchy so here is my recap for this week.
See you next week. MTH.
Million Dollar Listing L.A.
Episode 9 – Mexican Retreat
The action opens with a surprise lunch meeting between Josh Flagg and Heather, Josh Altman’s girlfriend. Purpose of this powpow? It’s not apparent from the start, but as the two discuss current business Josh informs Heather that he may have a Malibu property they can co-list. The two clink glasses and agree to give it a go.
The Altman brothers head to Brentwood, a beautiful 6,210 square foot, 6 bedroom home with chef’s kitchen, infinity pool, and ocean views. Brentwood is perfectly located next to my favorite part of California, Santa Monica. The two parties try to come up with a listing price and decide on $3,995,000.00. One condition is a security guard will have to be present at all showings because of the many antiques in the home. No problem, the brothers say.
Madison’s mom Wendy is visiting her son from Colorado . She had been hoping to meet Marcos, her son’s new boyfriend, but something strange has happened. Marcos is missing! He had been unavailable through phone or text, but finally answered Madison’s frantic phone calls. Madison was informed that Marcos was ending the relationship, with no clear explanation. Mother and son try to figure out what happened, especially since Madison has a business venture planned IN Mexico in a couple of days! What to do, Madison frets. His mother advises he should go anyway and bring a friend to accompany him. He decides to ask Christina, his best friend.
Josh F. and Heather head to the wilds of Malibu to get a look at the potential co-listing. What a beautiful ranch, 38 acres, tennis court, once belonging to late designer Tony Duquette, who has willed it to his long-time partner. The home is exquisitely designed and Josh would like to sell it fully furnished. His partner would like to keep about half of the pieces for sentimental reasons. The two parties agree on a listing price of $4,800,000.00.
Josh A. meets for dinner with Heather, who had come directly from the Malibu meeting. Josh is surprised to say the least and a bit annoyed. He feels Josh Flagg is only involving Heather to bug Josh. He says Heather is going to be doing all the grunt work because of her extensive knowledge of Malibu while Flagg sits back and collects the commission. Heather says he has no right to get involved with her business since she is not part of the new brother team.
Madison and Christina head to gorgeous Cayares, Mexico, near Puerta Vallarta. The agent they are meeting, Marco, is looking for American-based agents to help sell the units in this complex. The friends are shown to their beautiful suite; Madison is already missing his boyfriend, who he had been expecting to share this working vacation.
Josh F. and boyfriend Colton are in their condo. Josh has an idea to list the condo for $2 million; Colton is all for it, but does NOT want to move to another condo. Josh would like to head to another condo where they do not have to worry about security or doing any household repairs. The two men continue their discussion, but Colton is not going to be a doormat and wants some compromise on their future living arrangements. Josh knows his beloved grandmother is still a penthouse resident in their building and he would not want to upset her. The two agree to look at BOTH condos and houses to appease each other.
The brokers’ open is about to start in Brentwood. The Altman brothers run smack into the promised security guard, who is quite imposing. Several agents come through the doors; it is quite a successful day.
Back in Mexico, Madison is having a productive meeting with his possible new partner. One sample listing is priced at $4.5 million, encompassing 6,855 sq. ft, 1.6 acres, with an incredible rooftop lounge with stunning ocean views. Madison is quite impressed.
Josh F. is visiting Heather at home for the first time. He thinks the Altman house is “quaint” and not what he expected. The two sit down and try to come up with a theme for the Duquette ranch. They decide on a catered invitation-only lunch for prospective buyers. On his way to the bathroom, Josh does a double-take and snickers at the posed photos of Altman and Heather on the walls. What a surprise, Mr. Altman unexpectedly pops in because he says he was in the neighborhood and is surpremely annoyed to find Josh F. there. Heather retorts it is now HER house too and they are having an important meeting.
Josh A. and his mother head to a jewelry store….what is this all about?! They are going to look at rings for Heather! The two begin big but quickly start to downsize the carats. Still these rings are going for a couple hundred thousand, and Josh is calculating the commissions this will be costing him, heheh. Still he seems excited to be possibly taking the next step in his relationship.
Private showings are beginning at the Brentwood home. Merv the security guard is still a huge presence and some comic relief for the brothers. The showings are going extremely well.
Josh F. is in his office making many calls to put out feelers on his own condo. He is setting the price at $2 million furnished. He already has a buyer coming that evening, he informs a startled Colton.
Back in Carayes, Madison is concluding his business trip. He feels he and Marco could have a very good success rate in getting Californians to look at the properties in Marco’s region.
Heather has set up a brokers’ open at the Duquette ranch in the coming days. Josh is very impressed with Heather’s attention to detail. They look forward to a successful open.
Josh A. heads to a meeting with Brant, the seller’s agent for the Brentwood property. He had been offered $3.6 million but Josh informed Brant the offer will have to be upgraded. Brant contacts his clients and has permission to raise their offer to $3.8 million.
Still in Carayes, Mexico, Madison is lamenting the absence of Marcos, his missing ex-boyfriend. He doesn’t know what went wrong and ended so badly. He tells Christina he thought they had a real relationship and is hurt, but he will be okay with some time to heal.
Josh A. is in receipt of the $3.8 million offer, with the condition that ALL of the furnishings are included. Josh calls his brother Matt, who advises Josh that the furniture had cost a total of $500,000.00. The owners had given the brothers consent to a best and final selling price of $3.8 million, but WITHOUT the custom furniture. If the buyers could make a counter offer of anything OVER $3.9 million, a deal could be struck. The buyer’s agent makes a call and informs Josh their final offer will be $3,901,000.00, only adding a measly one thousand dollars to the amount. Josh laughs and protests, but he knows he will have to accept it as it over $3.9 million, but just barely! The men shake hands and agree that they are done!