Welcome back castaways.. Last week Brad decided it would be dangerous to have both Candice and John in the came so they sent John to the island. That didn’t really matter to me because the best thing ever happened on Survivor – the bigot quit again. The show opens this week as John hits redemption island and of course both he and his wife are shocked that he’s there. What that means is one of them isn’t coming back to the game. Only one returns from redemption island and they have to fight for their spot. I don’t particularly like the guy but I can’t deny that Brad is playing the game. Caleb is a little worried that his partner is gone and that leaves him alone in the game. I don’t think he should worry, the guy was useless anyway.
The show gets right to Redemption Island (RE) competition as everyone learns what has taken place. When the 3 RE players are brought in, Candice flips Brad off. Jeff Probsts her a little bit asking if she was surprised to see her hubby there at RE. She was, and still is. She wanted someone there that she and Marissa could work together to eliminate. Someone they both could hate, such as Brad. There is some discussion as to whether Brad ‘hushes’ the women on his tribe. John says he doesn’t see it. However, John does tell the tribe not to trust Brad because he’s playing all of them. We’ll see if these dumbasses are smart enough to get the hint. Monica (Brad’s wife) says there is more than one person voting. She’s right. I wonder if John told his wife that he has shared the idol clues with Brad (an absolute moronic move IMO).
The challenge… We have seen these before. They have to maneuver a key along a rope that is wrapped around a ladder platform to unlock a bag of puzzle pieces. John and Marissa are the first to get their to their bags and unlock them to begin the puzzle, Candice is bringing up the rear.
All 3 are working on their puzzles now. John basically runs away with this challenge with a little help from Brad. I don’t think he needed it though. He wins the right to give away a clue to anyone he wants. Candice is slow and methodical with the puzzle and it is paying off. Marissa is getting frustrated even as Gervace (her uncle) tries to coach her. In the end, Candice wins that middle spot and Marissa is out of the game.
Probst asks John who to give the clue to, Candice says to give it to Monica. Probst asks him if he always listens to his wife, she says something to the effect of she always suggests. John says that he gave it to Monica to put the same target on her back that was on his. She decides she doesn’t want it, and burns it. Probst says that’s the first time that’s ever happened on Survivor. Did she make a mistake? We’ll see. At the RE beach, John and Candice are happy to be playing the game together again. How sweet. All they have to do to continue this payed for tropical vacation, is keep winning.
At the Galang camp, Monica is touting her husband’s good traits and thinks it is he who is keeping the Tadhang tribe alive by feeding all of them and being the papa bear of the group. Fact is, she doesn’t know because she isn’t there. She wonders if there will ever be a duel where her husband isn’t accosted. It’s a game Monica, build a bridge and get over it. Gervace points out that she knows Brad the family man. She doesn’t know Brad the survivor contestant. He’s right. In TH he says that if Brad has emerged as the leader and everyone is following him (as always happens in these games) then kudos to him because it certainly wasn’t his niece, Marissa, who took that role. Brad is still an ass though – MTH.
Over at Tadhang, all are noting that people are taking things way too personally. That’s all I am going to say about that. TH Brad sets his sights on Caleb because he’s unconnected and there isn’t going to be someone on the other side hurt that he was voted off. Caleb thinks that if they lose, it will be one of the two remaining girls who is voted off. The guys say they need to keep Brad around because if they all make it to the merge, it will be him with the huge target on his back. They say that they have to be careful that they don’t get “Johnned”… Guys, there were only two girls at the last tribal, it took a couple of you to vote him off too – MTH. Just sayin. At Galang, I guess Tyson is still in the game, he was just pulled from the last challenge. He’s working that hurt arm though as the women are waiting on him hand and foot. In TH, he admits that he’s milking it a bit though it does hurt. While the women are off doing other things, he and Gervace go to the coconut grove.. Apparently, they are taking the coconuts and poking holes in them to drink the contents and leaving the empty shells. That way when the others go to gather coconuts, all they are finding are the empty ones. Pretty shady and both know that if they get caught, they are cooked. Somehow the women become convinced that it must be some insect or other creature drilling through one inch of coconut shell to get to the contents. Whatever, ladies.
Teams must paddle these boats out into the water, go around a flag and on the way back, collect 5 crates that are tied to the bottom. Then bring them back, and build a staircase, that is itself a puzzle spelling blood vs water. Then two members from each tribe has to solve another puzzle that will reveal a combination. With that, manipulate the combination lock to unlock a key. That key will open a lock at the top of the platform. Once they open the lock, they can raise their team flag and that ends the challenge. First to do that, wins immunity. They are also playing for reward. Coffee, tea, baked goods. That, or they can trade it for fishing gear. I guess that option only exists for Tadhang as they have none, but, they don’t appear to be starving. Due to numbers, Galang has to sit out two members. They choose Kat, and Tina. Probst asks Tyson if he’s going to be able to do this, he says he wants to give it the ole college try. Kat is historically useless in these challenges, Tina is a pretty strong woman. We’ll see how this works out for them. Let’s get this party started. The teams get their boats in the water and begin paddling. Tadhang takes an early lead as the teams race out to the flags. On the way back the teams are pretty neck and neck in getting those crates untied. Laura B proves to be a huge asset at that part of it for Galang.. Brad gets most of the crates for Tadhang but their boat tips and they lose a couple opening the door for Galang to take the lead. Both make it to the shoreline with all 5 though and begin unloading their crates. All 5 have to be on the deck before they can begin building the staircase. Both get it done and then it is on to the puzzle. It always comes down to the puzzle. The teams working the puzzle are Tyson and Laura M vs Cierra and Vytas. This is the second time Laura and Cierra (mother daughter) have gone head to head in a puzzle challenge in this game. First time, Laura won. It’s kind of a close race at this point but it is Laura and Tyson who win again for Galang (yellow). Tyson solves the combination lock and raises the flag for Galang, giving them the win so they remain undefeated. Tadhang loses once again, I won’t say it’s for lack of effort, they both gave it their best shot. Although, I have to wonder why Vytas (Tadhang) was rolling his crate along the beach when everyone else was carrying theirs. I guess at this point, it doesn’t matter much, they lost again, will remain without fishing gear or even the goodies that the other tribe now gets to enjoy, and are on their way, again, to tribal council. Laura wants her daughter to succeed but isn’t going to throw a game so she can. Her tribe is counting on her to do her best and that’s what she has to do.
The pre-tribal stuff begins at Tadhang, this stuff rarely reveals anything so I’m not going to go deep into it. TH Hayden thinks that they are the stronger team but they just can’t pull off a win. Today, they lost to a one arm dude and three moms. Brutal, Brutal, he says. TH Cierra says that there is always a routine.. The guys go to get water which is code about which girl to bounce, the girls stay behind to make rice which is code for how do they save their asses. Today however, Brad stays behind to tell Cierra and Katie that his target is Caleb. Hopes they believe him, Cierra says she is going to go along with it. He tells them if the then lose another challenge, then it’s time for some people to go (code for another girl will go).. Caleb and the other two guys are suspicious that Brad stayed behind to talk to the girls. They want to send Cierra to RE but are concerned that they may get Johhned. Let’s get to tribal council.
The tribe arrives and the Probsting begins. Brad says this game isn’t as he visualized it. Twice they’ve lost games that came down to the puzzle, and both times, Cierra volunteered to do the puzzle, and both times, they lost even though they had a lead going in to the puzzle. He said earlier in TH, he’s the dick, and it doesn’t matter if he draws heat from Laura M, who is Cierra’s mom. Cierra admits she may not be as good at puzzles as she thinks she is.. Ya Think, Cierra? Probst turns back to Brad and notes that he’s always the ass at RE taking the heat for who is voted off. Probst then notes, that Brad may be thinking that it is a good idea to vote off someone who doesn’t have a loved one left in the game to remove that heat from his feet. Brad says, “yeah”.. Watch out Caleb. He says that his alliance with Heydon and Vytas is solid but he no longer trusts Brad. This whole Probsting session has left a bad taste of blindside in his mouth even though he loves a good blindside, when he’s not the butt of it. He then tells Cierra that he’s going to write Brad’s name down, she and the others can do what they want. BBB is hurt that it has even been said, and says he isn’t going to write Brad’s name down. Heydon and Vytas cannot believe what they have just heard and both say they aren’t voting for Brad. We all know this doesn’t matter but it was interesting to see the alliance begin to split apart. So who is going? Let’s vote. Caleb voted Brad, Brad voted Cierra. Probst collects the votes, asks for the idol, 3/3 split, Cierra vs Brad. Revote and neither of them can vote. Votes read and holy crap on a cracker, the shot caller is on his way to RE with Candice and John. Monica is going to be pissed. It had to be Vytas who voted for Brad because Heydon was shown about to change his vote from Cierra but he voted for her in the end. Caleb and Katie were the other two.
See you next week. MTH.
SAMCRO fans, here is my recap for this week.
Million Dollar Listing L.A.
Episode 10 – Madison vs. Heather (Again!)
Madison has a listing appointment up in the hills of Malibu, at a home designed by architect Finn Knappe. He meets with the owner Mimi in her glass walled home. At 2000 square feet, it has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and encompasses three levels of canyon views on one acre. Mimi is a chef and offers Madison a glass of wine as she cooks and explains her reason for selling: they have enjoyed their three years here but as a part-time residence it is time to move on. The bedrooms are on the small side, has no ocean views and it does need some repair work, even though it is quite unique. Her purchase price 4 years ago was $1.285 million, and even though she’s looking for a nice profit margin, Margin convinces her to try a first listing price of $1.995 million. Mimi agrees to give it a go, and even offers Madison a nice plate of chicken marsala to celebrate.
Josh F. and Heather are at their Tony Duquette estate special event brokers’ open. This home will have a listing price of $4.8 million and is 38 acres. Duquette was a famous interior designer, and this home is filled with his vision and will be sold with many of his pieces. Mikey, Josh Altman’s assistant, was brought in to help assist with the food and details. Josh F. doesn’t mind as long as Mikey doesn’t screw up! Madison shows up and takes a tour. He is rather surprised to find out that his former assistant Heather is partnering with Mr. Flagg on this listing. He wonders aloud to her what her boyfriend Mr. Altman’s opinion of this was. Heather says it is none of Josh’s business what she does in her career. Madison also questions Heather’s morals in listing a property with Flagg, a direct competitor of her boyfriend, and did she even let him know she was going to do so? Before things get too heated, Mikey tells Madison he better leaveas the two former friends argue. Josh F. is relieved that no outsiders (potential buyers!) witnessed that little confrontation.
The Altman brothers receive a call from George, a very good client of theirs who purchases and renovates homes at a nice profit. George’s latest venture is a small home in the Westwood section of Los Angeles that George has tried to keep as original as possible. The brothers agree to a brokers’ open next week, sight unseen.
The day of the Westwood house showing dawns. This little gem has been completely gutted and redone in its original Spanish style. It is 2700 square feet and has four bedrooms, 4 baths, and a beautiful outdoor courtyard. George has sunk $500,000.00 in this renovation and it shows. The furnishings look authentic but are brand new. The brothers have even brought in a mariachi player to keep the mood festive as potential buyers and brokers arrive.
Josh F. begins to show his beautiful renovated high rise condo fully furnished and at an asking price of $2 million. He already has a half a million dollar investment in this 1,700 sq ft, 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit, with a gorgeous Viking kitchen with imported Italian marble floors. He feels a bit strange when he has to accept various criticisms from the potential buyers and brokers but he knows his personal connection to the place will be a plus.
Josh A. and his brother Matt are rehashing the brokers’ open at the Westwood home, and are still waiting for an initlal offer on the renovated property. . Matt worries that no one will appreciate the beautiful finishes that George has installed in the house. Josh asks his assisant Mikey to send out a mass mailing to as many brokers as possible on the west side of Los Angeles.
Madison gets his new Malibu listing properly photographed before his brokers’ open. Unfortunately, rain greets the day of the showing. He still has numerous visitors and many brokers are fawning over the house. He even receives a written offer DURING the showing for $1.6 million. He calls the owner with the amount, but she feels it is a bit low. They agree to counter offer back at $1.795 million. Madison frets it may be too high and that this could scare the potential buyer away. He nervously makes the call.
Josh F. gets an all-cash offer of $1.7 million for his condo. He is firm that he would not accept below $1.85 million. The opposing broker says her clients are really not even interested in the furnishings, but Josh points out how valuable the pieces are. He receives a counter offer of $1.8 million. Josh hesitates and tries to act his way to a higher amount but now pretending his has second thoughts about selling his home.
Josh A. meets with George about their listing. He presents the $1.8 million offer, which is about $200,000.00 below their asking price. George would like to counter back the FULL price, but Josh tries to point out how risky that could be. George would agree to a 30-day closing if Josh could get $1.9 million. He makes the call. He receives a response that the amount would be offered if all the newly-installed antique sinks are REPLACED; a firepit installed; and the wrought iron gate to be motorized. George is insulted that the sinks he looked so carefully for are being rejected. His wife tries to reason with him that it is just a matter of taste. George decides to make the changes. The deal is struck.
Back in Josh F.’s high rise condo, he finally receives the offer he wanted: $1.85 million. Josh decides to be a bit greedy and holds out for $1.86 million, or another 10 grand. The broker makes the call and he gets his price! He knows he has to call Colton and let him know they have 30 days to move to….where?!
Josh A. heads to the jeweler to take a first look at Heather’s engagement ring. He opens the box and stares at a stunning round-cut perfect ring. It is absolutely beautiful, completely studded with 2.6 carats worth of diamond and rated “D” flawless. Josh cannot believe his is going to be proposing to Heather, who he admits he is so in love with.
In Malibu, Madison is lamenting that the offer he had received was suddenly taken off the table. Another broker, however, is coming to the home to talk further about a potential offer. This broker is going to be doing “sound checks” in each room to test the level of quietness! The house passes that test. The broker brings up small issues (no pool, small cracks in the kitchen floor). Madison tells the broker that the the cracks were there from Day 1 and have not grown. The offer is $1.4 million, quite below the $2 million asking price. Madison knows this will be hard to present to the seller.
Heather meets with Josh F. to discuss the Duquette situation. They decide how they should proceed with any possible price reduction; Josh says that will not be an option for the seller at this point. The two agree to keep the house listed and to continue to plug away. Josh also knows he has to keep Madison and Heather separated in the future, or at least away from HIM!
Madison feels Mimi will insulted at the $1.4 million offer. He tells Michael the opposing broker that he already has a second offer of $1,600,000.00, which has not countered yet. Michael calls his client to let them know of this development. He receives word that his client will be willing to add 5 grand, and go to$1.605,000.00. Madison has to call Mimi with this other offer. She wonders if this is a good price? Madison advises her to accept the deal, and he gives Michael the good news.
Next week’s episode looks juicy; did Josh Flagg take a client away from the Altmans?! Also, Josh must let his beloved grandmother know he will be leaving his condo and she won’t be his penthouse neighbor anymore.