Hello everybody.. Here we are after Trish was voted out, 4:1, by what is now, the final 4. I watch these finale shows looking for 3 things. The final challenge that will name one player immune from the final vote (before Jury time), To see the final3 sweat the jury, Then to see who won.. I will take this recap in 3 separate parts, one for each of those. I won’t spend much time on the reunion, they usually bore the hell out of me.
The final 4 we stand with are Spencer, Kass, Woo, and Tony. After the vote the 4 return to camp. Tony feels bad about voting out his show wife, Trish. He figures however between her and Kass, he can beat Kass. This is what Kass is counting on, the cocky douche thinking he can beat her. Maybe he can. His ass kissing dog, Woo, is just digging life and I can still barely understand anything he says. I’ve still never been that stoned.
Spencer knows that if he doesn’t win that next immunity, he’s done. Kass isn’t there to make any friends. Both are wondering and will keep wondering about that special idol and how long it can be played. Final 5 or final 4. Tony still trying to bluff the others about that special idol. Of Tony, Kass thinks it was a mistake to vote out Trish, says he hasn’t had to do much, says he was on a winning team until the merge.
The next day, the castaways are surprised with family visits. Kass’s husband, Spencer’s sister, Tony’s freind (wife home with 4mo baby), Woo’s cousin, didn’t catch his name).. They all kiss and then it’s lunch time, PB&J.. Tree mail, not a good time to be afraid of heights, Jump Right in but could be voted out.. (or something like that)… Kass talks about being hated by the others, She played like a man, to the women, she’s a bitch.. That’s how they see her. Once again, Spencer knows he has to win the immunity challenge.
The ‘loved ones’ can watch. In past seasons they participated.. Sometimes it helped contestants, sometimes it did not. Usually, the latter. As you can see, each is perched on top of a platform on a pole, in the water., The ropes they are holding have buckets at the end of them that they will scoop water with and use that water to fill another vessel to raise a key. Once they can reach the key, they take it back to shore, and unlock some puzzle pieces. First one to complete that puzzle, wins and is guaranteed a final 3 spot.
Out of the gate, both Tony and Spencer have a method to their madness. Both are able to fill that floater tube (shown at bottom right of perch post) without much trouble and get their keys first, in that order. Woo isn’t too far behind. Poor Kass can’t get a drop of water to go into that vessel, and in fact, her rope gets tangled in the key float. She has to untangle it in order to keep going. Also worth noting, Tony cannot swim so he has to climb down and walk rather than jump and swim. By some miracle, Kass gets her key while the others are trying to put their puzzles together. Now, Tony sucks at puzzles, and I think Woo does too. Spencer isn’t great at them and all of this combined allows Kass to catch up. Before getting to the puzzle, she was basically a lost cause in this challenge. In the end however, she won immunity.. She won that coveted third spot.. But, is it so coveted?
A new twist in this game along with a few others is that TWO will be sweating it out in front of the jury rather than three. Regardless of which one, Kass wants to be there with a brawn, rather than Spencer. Her plan all along, since the merge has been to get rid of him because she believes he Could beat her. Anyway, Spencer is a Bitter Benny The Bitch about Kass’s win because he wasn’t very far behind Kass when her puzzle was completed. He remains bitter throughout the rest of the episode (Asshole).
Back at camp, Tony and Spencer and Kass and Woo are having their chats. The bottom line of these chats is Kass is an idiot, and Tony cannot make final 3 (these people are still questioning the validity of that special idol and whether or not it’s just a souvenir at this point.. Spencer knows he’s gone so he’s working on Tony about who he can beat (I think he pried Woo’s lips from Tony’s ass to get his own in there, hoping for at least a 2:2 split, forcing a fire challenge).. We’ll see about that..
Not much of one.. Probsting asks Kass about her motivation in her stunning win at the challenge. Kass’s husbands voice inspired her, she says. Who can beat who and all that fun stuff.. Tony finally fesses up, that his special power idol can be used after the vote but only before or during final 5. Votes are cast, the one falling short of final 3:
Spencer is gone and yes, he’s still bitter.. This ain’t over yet though.. Normally, as long as I have been watching, we’ve had a final 3. The game use to go to final 2 however and we are going back to that for this season. There is still one more immunity challenge left. By the nature of the vote, whoever wins that one gets to choose who will sit next to them at the jury. 5050 shot of getting it right.
2nd Immunity Challenge
That’s some maze, isn’t it? Each has to race through there collecting parts to a puzzle lock, to open that chest. Once they get all of them and unlock the chest, with the gears they puzzle solve again to make a crank mechanism they will use to turn and raise a flag. The rubs here are, all parts of this challenge are puzzles, and second, throughout that maze are turnstyles that may or may not turn. Where they don’t. dead end.. Let’s end the suspense here.. Woo beats Kass by literally less than a second. While Kass may be the puzzle master, she isn’t very good at navigating these courses.
So Woo is one of the final two. Kass and Tony will vote for each other. Woo has sole say at this point, who the 2nd of the final 2 will be. Back at camp, both try to convince Woo how much they suck, in the eyes of the jury, against him, so he should pick them.. Got that? Think about it for a moment if not..
Tribal Council #2
Woo has a choice to make and it’s a million dollar question. Kass or Tony… He’s hell bent on sticking to his Tai Kwon Do teachings and values and doing the honorable thing. Since his lips have been locked to Tony’s ass almost since day one, that’s who he chooses to take to final 2, and votes out Kass. (Idiot) He hands us some bullshit about wanting to beat the best one there instead of just winning.. He just wants to vote and doesn’t want any input from Probst (Moron) This guy is too painfully stupid to watch anymore..
During that brunch or whaever it is with the stale bread the flat champagne, and the food that none of them knows how to cook, a note falls from the picnic basket and Tony finds is. It tells him something awaits them at camp.. That something is a mirror and a scale. The mirror so they can see how trashed they look, and the scale so they can see how malnourished they are.. Woo thinks he looks good with his 38 days of facial hair growth… (Ummm, Woo, that isn’t facial hair.. It’s that brown ring from Tony’s ass I’ve been telling you about all these weeks. I guess he didn’t hear me though)
Let’s let the jury have at these two.. EVERY SINGLE Jury member read Tony and called him a backstabbing liar, especially Jefra, Sarah, and Trish about him swearing on this and that, including his dead father’s grave. Jefra is just plain pissed at him for all his lying including the day she was voted off. Sarah thinks more of her badge than he does of his. Trish, is pissed that he’d use his dead daddy to make a lying promise because she has dead friends. Then, we get to hear from the Bitter Benny Bitch. Spencer. He reads everyone, including Woo about what a great game Tony played while they all sat on their asses and kissed Tony’s. Woo was his pet. Tony said sit, Woo sat. Roll over, that’s exactly what Woo did. (You got a little brown stuff on your lips there Spencer).. Jeremiah doesn’t believe he even has a wife and kid. Do you think any of this matters? Let’s see. Time to vote.
I’m just going to end the suspense and ask you to remember how much they all said they hated the guy for his lying. 8 to 1, Tony won the big prize. Later when the jury was asked if Woo made the wrong decision by bringing Tony instead of Kass, they all said yes. He hadn’t a prayer against Tony and could have beaten Kass. He went back to his statements about wanting to play an honorable game.. Yeah, Woo, keep telling yourself that as Tony and his currently pregnant wife count their 600k (after taxes).. I think I saw Woo bite the tip of his tongue off when the Jury told him of his million dollar mistake.
That special idol? It was Tyler Perry’s idea who evidently is Probst’s twitter buddy of the last few years. I wish the guy would tell Probst that we’re sick of the retreads, returning players. Survivor sealed it’s fate with me for next fall by announcing Blood vs Water II. Another season of retreads. Probst seemed almost giddy that there would be a season 29 but, sorry folks, It’s going to take a near miracle to get me interested in watching that one. I thought the first one sucked and to me, most of those players were new. For me, Bring on the HoWives version. I’ll thank you for watching and commenting on my posts and I will leave you with this. Plenty of time for someone to step up and take these retread reigns from the hound.
In case anyone is curious about prize money and pay…
The player chosen as Sole Survivor receives a cash prize of $1,000,000 (prior to taxes). The Sole Survivor sometimes also receives a car provided by the show’s sponsor.
In addition, the final five or six contestants may have the opportunity to compete for a car. The winner of this challenge has never won the game, leading to the concept of a “Survivor car curse”.
Every player receives a prize for participating on Survivor depending on how long he or she lasts in the game. In most seasons, the runner-up receives $100,000, and third place wins $85,000. All other players receive money on a sliding scale, though specific amounts have rarely been made public. Sonja Christopher, the first player voted off in Survivor: Borneo, received $2,500. In Survivor: Fiji, the first season with tied runners-up, the two runners-up received US$100,000 each, and Yau-Man Chan received US$60,000 for his 4th place finish.
All players also receive an additional $10,000 for their appearance on the reunion show.
The finals of Dancing with the Stars spanned this past Monday and Tuesday nights. I have chosen not to do a dance-by-dance recap of the two nights mainly because, if you are a fan of the show, you’ve probably already watched the two episodes and, if you aren’t a fan and didn’t watch, you probably know the final results anyway or don’t care. The mirror ball trophy went to Maks and Meryl for Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. Amy and Derek placed second, and Candace and Mark placed third.
On Monday night, James and Peta were eliminated. As usual, that caused an outpouring of accusations about voting irregularities and such from the James fans because, obviously, James is a better dancer than Candace. This seems to be a recurring theme with competition shows. There are always those left in the last weeks that should have gone home earlier than some of the eliminated ones. It’s going to happen when home viewers are allowed to take part in the voting process instead of leaving it up to the “professional” judges to decide. I honestly didn’t know who James Maslow was before seeing him on Dancing with the Stars. I think everyone, at least if you’re over a certain age, remembers Candace as DJ on Full House. This series is still running regularly on various cable channels so it’s also probably gaining some new younger viewers. Candace probably had a bigger fan base than James. I would imagine James’ fans wouldn’t normally be watching a show like DWTS. I mean, my 80 year old mom watches and she rarely turns on the television set.
I know a lot of people, myself included, held the opinion that it wasn’t quite fair to throw two ice dancers into the mix because they had the advantage. Obviously Meryl and Charlie had to have taken dancing lessons in order to be Olympic ice dancing champions. That being said, I still think Maks and Meryl deserved to win the competition. It’s not that every one of their performances was the best choreographed dance. To me, it came down to chemistry and how well they danced together as a pair. There was just something about the two of them as partners that the others, even Derek and Amy, didn’t have.
Finally, after 14 seasons (he missed seasons 1, 6, 16 and 17), Maks won his first mirror ball trophy. As he put it, “It’s just plastic but it means so much.” After skipping the last two seasons, he seemed more laid back and less arrogant this time around. Maybe Meryl made the difference. They just seemed to click.
Amy and Derek, who came in second place, definitely deserve props for overcoming big obstacles due to Amy’s prosthetics. Derek was definitely the right partner for Amy. He’s one of the best choreographers among the professionals in my opinion and created great performances around and despite any limitations Amy may have had. Amy’s fearlessness was astounding.
I enjoyed this season of Dancing with the Stars. With the exception of Sean Avery, I thought all of the stars were gracious, good sports, and not uber-competitive to the point of not supporting the other dancers. I’m including Nene in this group, although, if I’m not mistaken, she blamed her elimination on the drama surrounding the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion stuff going on at the time instead of the fact that maybe she wasn’t that good of a dancer. She should be happy she made it as far as she did. Oh that Nene – a legend in her own mind.
So with this being my last recap, I am taking a break from reality TV, at least from the standpoint of blogging. I may catch a reality series here and there if I see something that sparks my interest but, for the most part, I can honestly say I am pretty much burnt out on that particular genre of television. I would have never predicted I would be watching LESS television AFTER retiring from a full time job. Who knew?
I’ll still be checking in with my Lynn Family to see how everyone is faring and giving updates on Just Jack and the newest addition to the family coming in the fall. Between Jack and my mom, I have plenty to keep me busy and then some!