Survivor Recap


On this week’s Survivor, “A Mystery Package,” the Murlonio tribe reigns supreme as the final two Zapatera members, former NFL player Steve Wright and farmer (and my favorite) Ralph Kiser, are sent packing for Redemption Island. Puppetmaster Boston Rob Mariano continues to pull the strings which will likely ensure him a spot in the finale, seeing as his minions can’t think for themselves.

Last week, Julie’s flame was extinguished, but not before she admitted to burying Federal Agent (?) Phillip’s shorts where they will never be found. Fortunately, the “mystery package” was not the viewers having to watch Phillip tool around in his pink tighty-whiteys (tighty-pinkys?) for the entire episode–this undercover specialist has a dream in which his grandfather comes to him and leads him to his missing shorts. Lo and behold, he actually finds the spot, digs and digs, and retrieves his shorts. Thankfully. He can’t wait to face Julie wearing said shorts, and compares it to a scene from A Few Good Men. “You know what I want to say to Julie? What did Jack Nicholson say to Tom Cruise? ‘You can’t STAND the truth.'” Eh, close enough, Phillip.

Matt, Mike and Julie make the trek over from Redemption Island to see who will be second loser the next member of the jury. Matt admits that he feels at peace, and if God thinks it’s his time to go home, he’s ready to leave. He glances quickly (and not too kindly) at that chick who threw him under the bus Andrea, who later remarked that it seemed like he gave her a dirty look, but she could be reading into it. Yeah, that’s it. The three compete in a battle to the death, or “shuffleboard” as the geriatrics call it. Sadly, Julie just can’t slide the disk across the board, so puck it, she’s the newest addition to the jury.

Andrea feels some guilt for breaking Matt’s spirit “on a human level, not on a game level” (thanks for the clarification), which causes her Ometepe buddies to question her loyalty in the event Matt comes back from Redemption Island. With that in mind, the cast heads to a log roll competition for the immunity challenge and reward–chocolate cake and ice-cold milk. After two nail-biting rounds of the castaways tap dancing on a log, Grant Mattos and Ralph are left to vie for immunity. Grant wins, inviting Boston Rob to sit next to him in the cafeteria and braid his hair join him for cake. He also shares his loot with Andrea in hopes of making her feel secure before her tribe turns against her and throws her under the bus.

Jeff Probst gives the remaining group a “mystery package” which is a twist that will be revealed at Tribal Council. I can’t help but wonder if Jeff didn’t just wrap up a brick to mess with these folks. Steve tries to get the Ometepe girls to join him and Ralph in their attempt to vote off Boston Rob. Ralph, through the magic of subtitles, believes he will be voted off. (I LOVE him. Being from the South, I sometimes wish I had someone translating for me a good bit of the time.) Smart cookie, that Ralph.

At Tribal Council, Ralph is voted off to no one’s surprise. However, the “mystery package” is opened and (HOLY TWIST!!) there will be an immediate immunity challenge followed by another vote, giving the crew no time to discuss alliances. This must have been the retirement home episode, because after the riveting game of shuffle board, this immunity challenge is basically a dumbed down “Simon Says” with camping images printed on tiles. Boston Rob wins immunity, and the lone Zapatera Steve goes to join Ralph on Redemption Island.

I highly doubt veteran Boston Rob will be going anywhere anytime soon. I mean, if so, who will be around to pull the strings of his tribe members? Not everyone can form a clique as easily as a 10th grade mean girl, so I have to give Rob major props. And in the event he is voted off soon? Fear not, folks…he’s covered.

After four seasons of Survivor and two seasons of Amazing Race (with wife and fellow Survivor winner Amber), Rob is teaming up with monster truck guru Dennis Anderson. People.com reports that the two “will challenge each other to circumnavigate the globe using 80 different methods of transportation with the caveat that each cannot repeat any way twice” in the History Channel’s new series, Around the World in 80 Ways. Rob cites his time on Amazing Race as fueling his love of travel. The appeal of this show, however, takes a unique approach. Rob reveals, “Around the World in 80 Ways is completely different from anything I’ve done before in that this show will be a celebration of transportation throughout history.” While Rob admits he will miss his wife and young daughters (and hopes that none of the modes of travel will cause claustrophobia), he is very excited to begin this new adventure. I wonder what kind of strings he’ll be pulling then…

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The new season of Survivor Nicaragua is already causing controversy only two weeks in.

It all started when Shannon Elkins, a 30 year old pest control co. owner from Louisiana, decided to make some seemingly homophobic comments during his tribe’s tribal council meeting. During the meeting, Shannon decided to randomly accuse one of his fellow tribe members, Sash, of being gay before adding that New York is filled with a lot of gay people. Sash is from New York by the way.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Shannon attempts to clear his name by stating he isn’t a homophobe or a sexist. He states he brought up Sash’s sexuality to prove that he wasn’t being honest about certain things. Shannon also believes he was the biggest threat in Nicaragua. Excerpts from his interview below –

What about going off like a loose cannon?
People think I dug my own grave but I knew I was going home. Anyone who has ever played Survivor will tell you that when one person can’t look you in the face, it’s you. It didn’t matter what I said . . . I tried to take down the two idiots with me.

Do you mean Chase and Sash?
Chase admitted he was playing both sides. He was playing The Bachelor out there with his aspiring country music singer sob story and waiting for Brenda to bring him a freaking rose. Chase did not change the vote out on the island, where I could have defended myself and tried to change the vote to NaOnka. He did it on the way to tribal when we weren’t supposed to be talking.

Your arguments against Sash and his sexuality seemed based on personal disapproval.
Did I stereotype Sash? Yes. That was wrong and I’m sorry. But you saw less than 40 percent of that tribal. There’s an edit. I didn’t straight up ask that dude if he was gay. I didn’t need to ask his preference. He showed it while he was out there.

But why even bring it up unless you thought it’d turn people against him?
The guy kept coming after me, calling me a liar. I said, “I lied to you because you lied to me.” He said, “When?” And I said, “When you told me you weren’t gay.” . . . I was simply trying to show people you can’t trust him because he wasn’t being honest about who he was. Why would you want to be in an alliance with, a liar and not me who shoots straight?

No pun intended?
I could give two craps what Sash does in his spare time. I’m not a homophobe. I didn’t bash gays. I bashed Sash as a person. I’m also not a damn sexist. I’m married to a woman and I’m voting for Sarah Palin in 2012. And I think a woman, Brenda, is the biggest threat. She’s athletic, sneaky and got Chase to fall in love day one.

A new episode of Survivor is set to air tonight at 8/7c on CBS.

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Russell Hantz of Survivors: Heroes vs. Villains was arrested this morning, reports TMZ.

According to TMZ, Russell was arrested in Louisiana early this morning for attacking someone at a street festival. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Russellwas partying at the Festival International de Louisiane, when he allegedly “shoved” somebody to the pavement.

Russell, 37, was then arrested and taken to jail, but has now been released.

On the topic of Survivor, how amazing was last night’s episode? Parvati‘s move to give both of her idols to Sandra and Jerri was not only genius and entertaining, but proved to be effective as the Heroes’ JT was sent packing.

The question now however seems to be whether or not Parvati made the best move for the long term. When you think about it, Sandra isn’t exactly on her “team” or “alliance.” So why waste an idol to save her? More importantly, why not get a deal from Sandra before you decide to use your idol on her? Plus by not telling Russell about her idol, she has now somewhat alienated her strongest ally in the game.

So it seems though while a great move at the moment, it will likely hurt Parvati in the long run, and I still can’t get over just how much JT trusted Russell. Hello? The guy’s on the villain’s team JT! It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. The show’s definitely getting good.

UPDATE – Russell’s mugshot has been released, as can be seen above.

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