Survivor 33.5 “Idol Search Party”


Last week, when David used his idol to save Jessica, I really thought he was screwed.  I shook my head and I said to myself, “Well, David, your game is done.  Your going to be everyone’s number one target.  Jessica isn’t going to put her neck on the line to repay the favor.  You lasted longer than anyone expected but … buh bye, David!”

Well, that shows you what I know.  David is not a physical threat.  He’s not a strategic mastermind.  His social game is a mess.  BUT HE’S LUCKY!  At the start of last night’s episode, David somehow managed to find the immunity idol for the second time.

Of course, shortly after finding the idol, David also found himself on a new tribe.  Last night started out with a tribal reshuffle.  The two tribes were separated, via random draw, into three tribes!

Here’s your new tribes:


  1. CeCe (former Gen X)
  2. Chris (Former Gen X)
  3. David (Former Gen X)
  4. Michelle (Former Millennial)
  5. Zeke (Former Millennial)


  1. Adam (Former Millennial)
  2. Figgy (Former Millennial)
  3. Taylor (Former Millennial)
  4. Ken (Former Gen X)
  5. Jessica (Former Gen X)


  1. Bret (Former Gen X)
  2. Hannah (Former Millennial)
  3. Jay (Former Millennial)
  4. Michaela (Former Millennial)
  5. Sunday (Former Gen X)
  6. Will (Former Millennial)

The Ikabula Tribe was sent to an entirely new beach and had to build a new shelter from scratch.  (That’s also why they were given an extra member.)  Amazingly — free of the influence of Taylor and Figgy — Jay stepped forward as a leader and shelter builder.  Michaela, who was not happy about the tribal shuffle — stepped up and made fire.  Bret and Sunday did … nothing.

As for the other two tribes, it’s interesting that the same thing seemed to happen at both camps.  On Takali, Taylor and Figgy were happy to be together and confident that they had the numbers but they didn’t seem to notice that Adam appeared to be growing closer to Ken and Jessica.  Since Adam has never liked Taylor or Figgy, I wouldn’t be surprised if he flipped in an upcoming episode.

Meanwhile, on Vanua, the Gen Xers had a numerical advantage but Chris and Zeke immediately started to bond.  And when Vanua lost the immunity challenge, Chris had no trouble voting out his former tribemate, CeCe.  I was a little bit more surprised that David went along with the plan but perhaps he finally realized how little there was to gain from keeping CeCe as his only ally.  In the end, CeCe was finally voted out of Survivor.

What will happen next week?  It looks like there will be yet another medical crisis!  And it looks like Taylor and FIggy might be in some trouble as well!

We’ll see what happens!

Lisa Marie


Survivor 33.4 “Who’s The Sucker At The Table!?”


Honestly, David — you’re going to miss that idol.

Last night’s episode of Survivor was an idol episode.  Almost all of the action revolved around the two immunity idols.  Over on the Millennial Tribe, Adam managed to find the immunity idol.  Oddly, it appears that he was the only one looking for it, which highlights what could be the Millennial’s biggest problem: they don’t seem to understand that Survivor is ultimately going to be a game of individuals.

Meanwhile, over on the Gen X tribe, David used his immunity idol to save Jessica from eviction.  He didn’t even let his closet alley, Ken, know what he was planning.  By playing the idol, he kept Jessica from being voted off the island and, presumably, he also made an ally out of her.  If Jessica does remain loyal, that would mean that the new Gen X majority alliance would be Ken, CiCi, David, and Jessica with Bret, Chris, and Sunday on the bottom.

As a result of David’s move, Lucy was voted out.  After spending three episodes in the background, Lucy suddenly emerged as a literal terror last night.  She attempted to take control of the Gen X tribe and she came on so strong that I’m not surprised that she freaked out David.  David is scared of grasshoppers, after all.  It’s not surprising that Lucy would send him into a panic.

Next week, we get a tribal shakeup.  Buffs will be dropped.  New tribes will be formed.  I can’t wait to see it because something definitely needs to change.  Right now, the tribes are to unevenly matched.  Gen X is too old and out-of-shape.  The Millennial Tribe may be full of annoying people but at least they know how to work as a team.

Still, David’s going into a tribal shakeup without an immunity idol.  That’s not necessarily a good thing for him.

Anyway, have a good week everyone!  I apologize for the short post.  Jeff & I are currently at Mt. Nebo in Arkansas!  I’ll be back next week and, just in time for the tribal shakeup!

Lisa Marie

Survivor 33.3 “Your Job Is Recon”


Hi, everyone!

Sorry for the late update!  I’m currently up at Lake Texoma on vacation and I’ve only now had a chance to watch last night’s episode of Survivor.

And what can I say?  I’m not surprised that Paul was voted out.  It seems like every season, a self-styled alpha male and self-appointed tribe leader ends up getting blindsided.  Players like Paul might be helpful when it comes to building a shelter but they always seem to get cocky.  It was unbelievably stupid of Paul to tell the women that he would abandon them if the men started an alliance.  That led to all of the women joining in with David, Ken, and CiCI and voting for Paul.  The final vote was 6-3.  Paul, Bret, and Chris voted for CiCi.  Everyone else voted for Paul.

To be honest, I don’t know how I would have voted in that situation.  Paul may have been a blowhard and a jerk but, at this point in the game, the tribe needs to concentrate on winning challenges.  After all, if the tribe would start working together and actually win the next few immunity challenges, no one would have to worry about who Paul would vote for at tribal council.

Now, I’m not sure that I agree with those who thought CiCi and CiCi alone lost the immunity challenge for Gen X.  Gen X was running pretty far behind before CiCi started doing her thing on the balance beam.  But CiCi’s performance definitely didn’t help.  In fact, it was pretty selfish of her.  She may have felt getting across the beam was a personal triumph but, at this point, Survivor is all about team triumphs.

That’s one reason why the Millennial Tribe is doing well.  Whatever issues they have as a tribe, they work well together as a team.  But that’ll probably cause them trouble after the merge and suddenly, everyone’s playing as an individual.  Gen X could do well, post-merge — assuming that enough of them make it to the merge to prevent the Millennials from picking them off, one-by-one.

The other highlight of last night’s episode: Hannah’s desperate attempt to explain her actions to Zeke.  During the first episode, a lot of viewers thought Hannah would be the new Aubry.  That didn’t last.

Anyway, have a great week everyone!

Lisa Marie


Survivor 33.2 “Love Goggles”


Hi everyone!

So, what did we learn from last night’s episode of Survivor?

First off, we learned never to assume anything.  We all assumed that somebody was going to have a heart attack and end up being medically evacuated last night.  It didn’t happen that way.  Paul collapsed due to heat exhaustion.  The doctors checked him out.  The doctors said, “He’s good to go.”  And, the next day, Paul led Gen X to victory in the immunity challenge.

Secondly, we learned that David is probably going to be around for a while.  For all the crap he’s taken for being so obvious about searching for the immunity idol, it paid when he actually found the idol.  I don’t know why people are always so apologetic about searching for the idol.  You can either have your tribe’s trust or you can have an idol.  History has shown that the idol is usually a lot more useful in the game of Survivor.

David also made an alliance with Ken.  And, to be honest, I think this alliance is going to last a while.  David and Ken both seem to be “love him or hate him” type of players.  There’s no middle ground.  Personally, I love them both.  David is the type of neurotic player who will keep the game interesting.  My feelings could change, of course.  They often do.

Third, we learned the Taylor and Figgy are, at this point, the most annoying showmance in the history of Survivor.  My problem with Taylor and Figgy is that they both seem to think that they’re more interesting than they actually are.

Fourth, we learned that the Millennial Tribe seems to think that it’s playing Big Brother.  “Showmances never win!” Jay said at one point.  Uhmmm….Rob and Amber?  Remember them?  (Probably not.)

Fifth, we learned that this is probably not going to be a lopsided season.  After last week’s episode, I was concerned that the Millennial Tribe was going to be so dominant that the immunity challenges would get boring.  Gen X seemed to be too old and out of shape to win anything.  But last night, Gen X proved me wrong.  They won immunity and they did so decisively.

And finally, at tribal council, we learned that the Millennial Tribe is kind of a mess.  Everyone on the tribe agreed that it would be a good idea to break up Figgy and Taylor by voting out Figgy.  So, of course, they voted out Mari.  How did Figgy, Taylor, Jay, and Michelle manage to convince three other people in joining their alliance in getting rid of Mari?

Essentially, they lied and bullied.

During tribal, Michelle learned over to Hannah and said, “Vote out Mari.”

“Why?” Hannah whispered back.

“I’ll tell you later,” Michelle replied.

And so, Hannah voted for Mari.  She did this despite the fact that she had no reason to do what Michelle told her to do.  During the first episode, Hannah was the one freaking out about how “the pretty people” were running the tribe.  She and Mari formed an outcasts alliance.  Hannah bragged about how smart she was.

And then, in last night’s episode, Hannah changed her vote.  Why?  Because Michelle said she would tell her later.

Sorry, Hannah — you’re no Aubry.

Adam, Zeke, and Mari voted for Figgy.  Figgy, Hannah, Jay, Michaela, Michelle, Taylor, and Will voted for Mari.

And so, as a result, one of the tribe’s stronger players — Mari — was voted off the island.

That said, I don’t think that Figgy is gong to be able to hold her alliance together.  She and Taylor survived this tribal council but I get the feeling that they might not survive another.  There’s only so many times you can promise to tell someone later.

Lisa Marie


Survivor 33.1 “May The Best Generation Win”


Hi everyone!

Welcome to this season’s coverage of Survivor!  If you’re a subscriber to this site, this post should show up in your email.  If it doesn’t, drop me a message at and I’ll try to fix that.  Thanks!

As for last night’s premiere…

Well, every season of Survivor starts out with a gimmick.  One of the great things about Survivor is that, even though it starts out with a gimmick and usually pushes that gimmick pretty hard, the gimmick always eventually gets abandoned.  After a few episodes, there’s always a tribal reshuffle.  Add to that, the castaways are often too busy simply trying to stay alive to spend too much time obsessing on the gimmick.

This season’s gimmick is Millennials vs. Gen X.  It’s an okay gimmick as far as Survivor is concerned, though I don’t think it’s quite as clever as Brains, Brawn, Beauty or that time that one tribe got everything while the other tribe started out with nothing.  Last night’s premier emphasized the generational divide to almost a comical extent but I have a feeling that it will be abandoned after a few episodes.

To be honest, I would have called this season Survivor: Young vs. Old.  Though the majority of the episode was devoted to showing the Millennials screwing up, I really wasn’t the surprised when they won the immunity comp.  Even when they were occasionally behind, they were never that far behind.  Physically, the Millennials are in better shape than Gen X.  And that’s always going to be an advantage, especially in team challenges.

I’m a Millennial but I hate my generation so I have to admit to being a little torn about which tribe I want to see win.  And, in many ways, the Millennial Tripe represented every negative stereotype about my generation.  Hopefully, that was just a case of editing and they’ll be a little less annoying as the season proceeds.

Here’s my initial impressions of the players:

Takali Tribe (Gen X);

Rachel Ako — Rachel talked too much and said she was great at puzzles.  As soon as I saw her volunteering to do a puzzle, I knew that Takali was going to lose immunity and Rachel was going to be in trouble.  Never volunteer to do anything.

Sunday Bourquest — Sunday seems like she’s nice but I’ll be surprised if she makes it to the merge.

Chris Hammons — Chris seems like he could emerge as a strong player.  He’s one of those hard-working, physically competitive players who always seems to make it to the merge but never to the final three.

Lucy Huang — Lucy did not make a huge impression on me.  Maybe she’ll get a chance to shine in a future episode.

Bret LaBelle — Bret appears to be this season’s burly, blue collar Boston guy.  He seems like a natural soul mate for Chris.

Jessica Lewis — Jessica is an assistant district attorney.  At the start of the game, when the two tribes were grabbing supplies, Jessica grabbed a parchment.  According to the parchment, if Jessica makes it to Day 36, she’ll receive an advantage.

Ken McNickle — Ken is the model who claims to have spent the last two years living off the grid.  Ken came across as being a little full of himself.  If he knows what he’s talking about, he’ll be okay.  If he turns out to just be a blowhard, he’s going to get voted off quickly.

CeCe Taylor — CeCe seems like she’s nice but, otherwise, didn’t make much of an impression.  For some reason, she received a lot of votes at tribal council.  It wasn’t enough to get her voted off the island but still, I was surprised when I discovered people had voted for her.  Hopefully, during the next episode, we’ll get an explanation as to why so many people voted for CeCe.

Paul Wachter — At 52, Paul is the oldest castaway this season.  He seems like a rather gruff but likable character.  According to the preview of next week’s episode, a member of Takali is going to have a medical emergency.  I have a feeling it’ll be Paul.

David Wright — I was surprised that David didn’t get voted out.  He is way too paranoid and has no idea when to stop talking.  A part of me cringed whenever David was onscreen but then another part of me wanted to see what he would say next.  If David somehow manages to avoid getting kicked out of his tribe, I think he could be one of the most controversial castaways of all time.  He’ll be the guy you either love or hate.

Vanua Tribe (Millennials)

Michaela Bradshaw — Michaela’s from my home state!  Otherwise, she didn’t make much of an impression on me.

Figgy Figuero — Figgy is this season’s “I’m too flirty to be smart” castaway.  Figgy says that she hopes to go home with both a million dollars and a husband.  Bleh.  If you have a million dollars, why do you need a husband?

Adam Klein —  Adam has a nice smile.

Michelle Schubert — Michelle is in a four-person alliance with Figgy, Taylor, and Jay.  Unfortunately, none of them appears to be smart enough to realize that the rest of their tribe dislikes them.

Hannah Shapiro — Hannah is this season’s bitter girl.  In the style of last season’s Aubry, she appears to be set on targeting anyone who she feels is too physically attractive.

Zeke Smith — Zeke is an odd one.  He’s only 28 but he looks like he’s in his 40s.  With his mustache and his Hawaiian shirt and his somewhat nasal voice, it was kind of easy to dismiss Zeke but, by the end of the episode, he was emerging as his tribe’s leader.  He stepped up to get the tribe’s shelter made and also started fire.  Zeke says that he’s not comfortable with the Millennial label.  Zeke is either going to do very well or he’s going to get voted off for being bossy.  That’s what always happens to anyone who emerges as a leader early on in the game.

Jay Starrett — Jay is the hot real estate guy, who appears to not be that bright.  He started a pretty people alliance with Taylor, Michelle, and Figgy.

Taylor Lee Stocker — Could Taylor be this season’s Fabio, a total airhead who comes out of nowhere to win?  I hope not.  Taylor’s annoying.

Mari Takahasi — Mari makes her living playing video games on YouTube.  Mari declared herself to be the leader of the Millennial outcasts, which I think will lead to conflict with Hannah, who apparently also wants to be the outcast leader.

Will Wahl — Will’s a high school student!  He’s the youngest castaway ever!  Otherwise, he didn’t make much of an impression on me.

As for last night’s episode, the highlight was definitely the two tribes being evacuated from the beach, as the result of a cyclone.  The evacuation reportedly lasted for several days.  This was the first time that ever happened on the show and it reminded me of why I like Survivor.  You can actually die while playing Survivor.  They’re not kidding when they say that the game is about survival.

As for the immunity challenge, Gen X lost because Rachel and David struggled on the puzzle and squandered a narrow lead.  I honestly thought that David would be voted out (and he didn’t help himself by clearly searching or an immunity idol) but instead, it was Rachel who was the first voted off the island.  (Rachel, it should be noted, never really took any responsibility for struggling with the puzzle whereas David was literally begging people not to vote for him.)

The tribe has spoken!

Next week, it appears that someone will have a heart attack!  I’m predicting Paul.

What did everyone else think about the season premiere of Survivor?

Lisa Marie



Hi, everyone!

It appears that I have a lot of new subscribers here at Reality TV Chat.  I’m guessing that most of you came over from the Big Brother Blog!  WELCOME!

Survivor starts tonight.  I will posting a recap of the episode either later tonight or maybe tomorrow.  It depends on how tired I am after writing up my recap of the Big Brother finale.

Thanks again for coming over!


Survivor 32 Episode 14 “Not Going Down Without A Fight”


Well, that was strange.

Going into the final three, I was convinced that neither Michele nor Tai had a chance.  Even with Michele winning the power to remove a jury member (and choosing one of Aubry’s strongest allies, Neal), it didn’t seem like it would make much of a difference.

(That said, Neal totally changed my opinion of him when he verbally attacked Michele while leaving tribal council.  Way to be a bitter jerk, ice cream man.)

When the jurors asked their questions and gave their little speeches, they pretty much ignored Michele.  Nick took the time to lecture the final tree and essentially came across like a condescending idiot.  (I can’t believe I ever thought he was hot!)  Scot and Jason both spent most of their time attacking Tai.  The only questions directed at Michele were vaguely dismissive.  Listening to the jury, it was obvious that they all knew that Aubry was the strategic player and that they were all angry towards Tai.

And it seemed so obvious that Aubry would win.  I assumed that Michele would get Julia’s vote and I thought she might have a chance to capture Nick’s vote.  Otherwise, everyone was going to vote for Aubry.  The vote would be 5-2 and Aubrey would win.

And I was okay with that.  Admittedly, I have not been a big Aubry fan.  I found her to be whiny and I got sick of listening to her brag about how she was playing with “logic” when almost all of her votes seemed to be based on emotion.  She spent too much time complaining about not being popular and her vendetta against both Julia and Michele felt petty.  Aubry’s game seemed to largely be about getting revenge against the pretty girls that she resented when she was in high school.  But, even with all that taken into account, Aubry still played a good game.  She was a good strategist, she was a good competitor, and she was responsible for almost every blindside that happened over the course of the season.

Aubry was the obvious winner, right?


Michele won and, despite the fact that she was the member of the final three to whom I most related and that I wanted her to win, I was still shocked.  Michele not only won but she won in a blow-out.  Michele received 5 votes.  Aubry received only two — one from Joe and one from Debbie.  Even if Neal hadn’t been removed from the jury, it wouldn’t have made a difference.  Not even Cydney, who was often Aubry’s closest friend on the beach, voted for Aubry to win.

(I’m guessing that Cydney was angry that, in the end, Aubry decided to keep Tai and to try to get rid of her.  If Cydney had made it to the final three, I would have wanted her to win.  Hopefully, Cydney will return for another season.)

How did this happen?  Well, I think some of it was because, as Michele herself admitted, no one expected her to make it to the end.  She exceeded everyone’s expectations and it’s totally possible that everyone on the jury assumed that she must have played a better game than she actually did.  As Jeff put it, everyone loves an underdog.

But ultimately, I think it comes down to this being a bitter jury.  Out of the three final survivors, Michele was the most likable.  Tai had betrayed almost everyone on the jury.  Aubry often struggled to relate to people on a social level and, when she answered the jury’s questions, she came across as rather cold.  If Aubry had emphasized her own journey, going from crying during the first night on the beach to totally controlling the game, she might have done better.  Instead, she emphasized the “logic” of her game.  By refusing to make her final appeal a personal one, Aubry made a good case but not an exciting one.

Michele, meanwhile, had the type of personal connection with the jury that both Aubry and Tai lacked.  Michele may not have played the strongest game but she was probably the only one of the final three that the members of the jury would actually want to hang out with outside of the game.

In other words, never doubt the importance of a social game.  You may be a great strategist or a compelling competitor but if people don’t like you, why should they give you a million dollars?

Personally, I was hoping we’d get a little bit more insight into what the jury was thinking at the reunion show.  However, Australian singer Sia decided to crash the show so that she could give some money to Tai and a charity of Tai’s choice.  And Sia being Sia, she proceeded to go on and on and on and on.  As a result, we didn’t really have any time left to get insight into the jury.  So thank you, Sia, for making the the finale of Survivor all about you.

And consider this: Michele won the game and got a big cash prize.  Tai came in third and got absolutely no votes but still got money.  Meanwhile, Aubry got two votes, came in second, and got absolutely nothing.

(For that matter, neither did Cydney.  I mean, if we’re just going to give money to the Survivors for the hell of it, it seems like a rich celebrity could step up and help out Cydney and her mother.)

Well, that concludes this season of Survivor!  It was a pretty good one and don’t worry, Aubry fans!  I’m sure she’ll be back for an All-Stars season.  (For that matter, so will Tai.)  Apparently, the next season of Survivor will be Millennials vs Gen X.  I’m a millennial but I hate my generation so I’m torn about who I should support.

I will be back for both the next season of Survivor and the Amazing Race!  And, of course, starting in June, I will be covering Big Brother over at the Big Brother Blog!  Hope to see you there!

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Love you all!

Lisa Marie

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