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Let me be the first to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving. To start this holiday season off right, our friends at CBS are serving up two scoops of fun with a two-hour double episode of Survivor tonight. Hey, it’s one less hour than anticipated that you have to spend with your family. And just like there are sure to be fireworks around the dining room table this week between political rivals old and young, don’t expect the eleven remaining Survivor contestants to be all cordial.

So let us set the table for tonight’s big double episode, and hope that there is some excitement on the menu.

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Last week, Taylor went down swinging, throwing a few hay-makers on his way to the jury. Speaking of jury, if you have never checked out the “Ponderosa Videos” on CBS.com, you can’t call yourself a true Survivor fan!

Ponderosa, in case you aren’t aware, is the area where all of the jury live and hang out when they’re not being summoned into Tribal Councils every three days. This short video series (each “episode” is under 10 minutes) chronicles each voted-out contestant and their time spent at jury. There is a lot of great insight in the videos, and they supplement the show very well. So please check them out and make this required weekly viewing!

Now, history tells us that most double episodes of Survivor are scheduled strategically, often times to burn through what might be a “lesser,” more predictable Tribal Council. But this season has been anything but predictable. Does the official synopsis from CBS give us any clues as to what may go down? Here is what they’re saying about tonight’s new eps:

Episode 10/11 – “Million Dollar Gamble” – A power struggle between castaways erupts, and each player tries to arm themselves with allies. Also, tensions rise when castaways from Gen X turn on each other and one castaway throws another under the bus to build trust in the game, on a two-hour SURVIVOR, Wednesday, Nov. 23 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

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This description hints that the Gen-Xers are finally going to start turning on one another. The seed was planted last week that Sunday is looking to blindside fellow Gen-Xer Jessica sometime soon, so will tonight be the night where she makes her move?

What makes the game interesting at this point is that we still have three Idols in play, possessed by David, Jay, and Adam (I incorrectly stated that Zeke had one in last week’s article…nice catch and thanks for reading!). With an odd number of players left in the game and the Millennials dwindling, now might be the time that Sunday pounces. But let’s not forget that Adam has very few allies at this point and is between alliances for the most part. If we’re looking to “speed through” an episode, might Adam be everyone’s mutual target and if so, will he throw everyone for a loop by playing his Idol? Or will the easy target be Jay, who is still seen as a threat and who is now Taylor-less? But he has an Idol too…oh my, oh my!

Speculation is tough when there are so many Idols in play. So let’s just hope that tonight’s two hours of Survivor feels worth the extra time commitment. At the end of the night, we’ll be down to just nine players left in the game, and only a handful of episodes remaining leading up to Finale.

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Quick Note: Due to the double episode and Thanksgiving tomorrow, I’m going to try my damnedest to get the recap out late tonight, but don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t post until Friday. Don’t worry, that would still give you five days to prepare for next week’s episode.

The Fans Have Spoken: Looking through the comment section from last week’s recap, there was no love lost for Taylor, who it seemed was unanimously hated among Reality Tea readers. As I had eluded to the previous week, it didn’t sit too well with many that Taylor stole food from the tribe and then was so glib and carefree about his actions. Good riddance, I say, but way to go out fighting. Although Ken didn’t utter nearly a word last week, he still gets comment-love each week and seems to be the fan-favorite of many despite his low-key game. I’m also hearing a lot of people say how much they’re enjoying this season, which is great! I’m enjoying it too, and I enjoy reading all of your comments each week. Let’s keep the conversations going!

Again, see you on the other side of tonight’s double episode, with my recap that will post late tonight (or on Friday).

TELL US: WHO WILL GO HOME TONIGHT? DO YOU WANT SUNDAY TO TURN ON JESSICA OR STAY LOYAL? AND WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO USE THEIR IDOL FIRST: JAY, ADAM, OR DAVID?

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