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About Lisa Marie Bowman

Sweet little thing with morbid thoughts. I love movies and I love writing. Natural redhead asthmatic.

Survivor 35 Episode 9 “Fear the Unknown”

Hi y’all!  Happy Thanksgiving!

To be honest, this has been a confusing season of Survivor.  Almost all of the castaways are difficult to read.  Sometimes, they’re brilliant and sometimes, they manage to make the dumbest mistakes possible.  Almost every season of Survivor is edited so that, no matter how random the game may be, it still appears as if there’s some sort of central storyline, whether it’s a story of redemption or a story about an underdog proving that they can play the game or a story about a villain who is so clever that they become an antihero.

We’re nearly finished with Survivor 35 and no real storyline has developed.  Right now, everyone is obsessed with getting rid of the Healers but the most obnoxious of the healers has somehow managed to avoid being targeted.  It’s been a strange season.  Last night’s tribal may have featured some excitement but the end result was what everyone thought it would be at the beginning.  Cole failed to win immunity so Cole was sent to the jury.  Will anyone be smart enough to notice that, since Cole didn’t use the immunity idol that Ben swore that he had, that means someone else has to have it?  Probably not.  After all, it appears that they didn’t notice Lauren’s missing vote at the last tribal council.

These are not strategic geniuses.  They don’t pay attention to details.  Chrissy may think that she’s the best strategist in the history of Survivor but so far, she’s just gotten lucky,  Ben may think that he’s in charge of a huge alliance but there really isn’t an alliance.  Instead, there’s just a bunch of people hanging out together.  Nobody seems to be thinking more than few steps ahead.

Last night was full of “What were they thinking moments?”

Ryan decided to tell both Devon and Ben that he has an idol.  What was he thinking!?

Ben decided that he wants Devon to be his biggest ally, despite the fact that they have nothing in common.  What is he thinking!?  (Of course, Ben and Devon also discovered that Ryan told each of them about the idol and then swore that he hadn’t told anyone else.  Bad news for Ryan.)

Joe’s decided that the best way to get to the end is by being so obnoxious that everyone will assume that they can beat him.  That may be true but is Joe playing to be in the final three or is he playing to win?  When asked what his strategy was during the final jury, is Joe going to say, “Oh, I just decided to get on everyone’s nerves.”

Last tribal, Dr. Mike voted for Joe as a way to show that he would be loyal to Ben.  This tribal, Mike suddenly attacked his newfound allies and wasted his idol on himself.  What was Mike thinking!?

Ben decided that the votes would be split between Cole and Mike.  Everyone else told him they’d rather vote for Joe.  Ben ordered them to vote for Cole and Mike.  What is he thinking?  Now, the entire tribe resents him from ordering them around and they’ll probably be quick to turn on him once the last healer is gone.

Is there any strategy at all going on during this season of Survivor?  This is a confusing one.

Anyway, again, the final results of Tribal were that Cole was voted out and Dr. Mike played his idol for himself.  If the healers had been smart, they would have cast their three votes for Ben and hoped that maybe playing the idol would have put Ben in trouble.  (It wouldn’t have worked but still, it would have been worth a try.)  Instead, Mike played his idol on himself and then he and Joe both voted for Cole.  Why?  Why, when you’re that far on the bottom and you’re playing an immunity idol, would you at least not take a chance and vote for the people who want you out?

I don’t understand it at all.

It’s been a strange, strange season.  But I’m enjoying writing about it!  On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful to all of you for reading and commenting!  I hope all of you are having a great day and have a wonderful night!

Lisa Marie

The second member of our jury, Cole!



Survivor 35 Episode 8 “Playing With The Devil”

Hi, everyone!

Sorry, I’m running a little bit behind with my thoughts on last night’s episode of Survivor.  I actually had to rewatch the episode a few times because, to be honest, tribal council left me feeling very confused.  While it makes sense that the Heroes and the Hustlers are continuing to pick off the Healers and I can understand why Mike and Cole went over to the other side (why stay on a sinking ship?), I don’t understand why — after the first tie vote — they decided to vote out Desi and keep Joe.  Yes, Desi is good at challenges but Joe is good at finding idols and he’s about a 100 times more annoying than Desi ever was.

So, I don’t get the logic there.

Even if tribal left me confused, I still enjoyed this episode.  It started out with Lauren finding a secret advantage. The advantage was that she would be allowed to cast an extra vote in a future tribal council but the catch was that, in order to claim it, she couldn’t cast a vote in the upcoming tribal.

Then, after winning a spaghetti lunch in the reward challenge, Ryan, Chrissy, and Cole all ended up seeing a clue, one that announced where a secret immunity idol could be found back at the camp.  (The sneaky Survivor Gods decided to create some drama by making the clue so obvious and easy to find that there was no way only one person would see it.)

Back at camp, Ryan immediately started digging underneath the tribal flag and found the idol.  Chrissy then started to push the sand back into the hole.  Cole spotted this and he and Chrissy got into a wrestling match underneath the flag.  (If I had been Cole, I would have started digging as soon as I got back to camp.)  This led to everyone finding out about the clue but everyone — other than Ryan and Chrissy, who knew better — assumed that Cole had the idol.  What I find to be hilarious is that Ryan is so underestimated that it didn’t occur to anyone that he might have found the idol, despite the fact that he was digging underneath the flag merely seconds before the Chrissy/Cole wrestling match.

With everyone, especially Ben, convinced that Cole had the idol, it looked like the plan would be to vote for him at tribal and force him to use it.  Fortunately, for Cole, he won the immunity challenge.  So, then, the plan became to split the votes between Joe and Desi.  For a few brief moments, Ryan did consider blindsiding Ben but he wisely reconsidered.  Now is not the time to rock the boat.

Joe attempted to cause some drama by claiming that Ben couldn’t be trusted because Ben had “sworn on the marine corps,” which Ben said that he had not done and never would do.  I’m not really sure what Joe’s strategy was.  Maybe he thought that he could get Ben so angry that everyone else would get freaked out and vote him out.

Lauren told Ben about her advantage, which led to Ben getting momentarily panicked.  He was worried that Joe had an idol and wanted to split the votes between Ben and Desi but, if Lauren couldn’t vote, that would mean that, if Joe had an idol, he could play it and Ben might go home.  (Of course, Joe didn’t have an idol.)  This led to Ben reluctantly bringing Cole and Mike into their alliance.

At tribal, the first vote led to a 4-4-1-1 tie.  Joe voted for Ben and, for some reason, Desi voted for Lauren.  Mike and Cole both betrayed their alliance by voting for Joe.  Lauren managed to play her advantage so she’ll get an extra vote in future tribal.  Because of the tie, there was a revote, in which only Joe and Desi could be voted for.  Chrissy voted for Joe.  Everyone else voted for Desi.

Desi was really upset when she got voted out, which took me by surprise.  I can understand being upset but Desi really seemed to be shocked, despite having plenty of evidence that she was a target and that she was on the button of the new tribe.  Did she think everyone was going to go after Joe in the revote?  Did she think that Cole had the immunity idol and that he would play it for her at tribal?  I get the feeling that a lot more happened before this tribal than we were lucky enough to see on last night’s episode.

Anyway, Desi may have been voted out but she’s now the first member of the jury!

We’ll see what happens next,

Lisa Marie

The first member of the jury, Desi!

Survivor 35 Episode 7 “Get to Gettin”

Hi, everyone!

It’s my birthday so I hope y’all will be willing to excuse this recap for being a little bit rushed!

Well, the merge has finally happened!  Apparently, it didn’t happen a moment to soon because, at the start of last night’s episode of Survivor, the entire Levu tribe appeared to be on the verge of starving to death.  It’s actually kind of a tradition that all merge episodes start with one tribe talking about how they’re on the verge of death but still, it does highlight why Survivor is still the best of the reality competition shows.  It’s not an easy game.  Unlike Big Brother, where people spend the entire season getting fatter, Survivor is a show where everyone ends up looking like Tom Hanks in Castaway.

Anyway, I’m always happy when the tribes merge and it goes from being a team game to an individual game.  Sure, there’s still alliances.  It’s not Survivor without alliances.  But, ultimately, the only way to be safe now is to either win individual immunity or to find an idol.  Everyone is playing for themselves and everyone is responsible for their own fate in this game.

Take Jessica, for example.  She made it to the merge and promptly tried to set herself up as the new power player, trying to set up an alliance between the Healers and Ben and Lauren.  Since the game’s begun, Jessica has obviously had a high opinion of herself and her strategic abilities.  Of course, what she never seemed to realize is that, to everyone else, she was an obvious phony who really only cared about keeping Cole in the game.  Even after Cole repeatedly got on everyone’s nerves and proved himself to be more of a liability than an asset, Jessica remained loyal to Cole.  Even after it became obvious that Lauren and Ben wanted nothing to do with any alliance that involved Cole, Jessica remained convinced that she could convince them otherwise.

It didn’t work and last night, Jessica became the 7th person voted out of the game.  Jessica was stunned because, apparently, she believed that Ben and Lauren would join with her to vote out Chrissy.  Instead, they joined with the remaining Heroes and Hustlers and they voted out Jessica.

Jessica, of course, wasn’t their original target.  Originally, they were planning on targeting Joe but then they figured out that Joe might have an immunity idol.  They were right, of course.  Joe even pulled out his idol during the middle of tribal council, which was a stupid move on his part.  Joe then proceeded to waste his idol by playing it for himself.  For me, that was the best part of the episode.  Joe is so extremely cocky and so obnoxious that there was no way that I couldn’t enjoy watching him play himself.

Anyway, Jessica is gone now.  For her final words, she said that she still hoped that she and Cole would go out on a date after the season.  Jessica, sweetie — no.  Just no.

So, for now, it appears that it’s the Heroes and the Hustlers vs. the Healers and the Healers are in the minority, with only Dr. Mike having the safety of an idol.  Speaking of idols, it looks like there’s going to be fight over another idol next week.  I can’t wait to see that!

What does everyone think?  Was I too harsh on Jessica or was she truly the architect of her own demise?

Lisa Marie

The 7th person voted out of Survivor, Jessica!

Survivor 35 Episode 6 “This is Why You Play Survivor”

Hi y’all!

So, I just now finally got to watch last night’s episode of Survivor.  The main thought that I had as I watched the episode was, Who is this JP character?  Was he on the show before this episode?  Is he a new guy who just showed up on the island?

Seriously, I had no idea who JP was!  Looking over my previous recaps, I see that I did mention JP in the past but he was always just kind of there.  He never made a huge impression on me, one way or the other.  For lack of a better term, he was just a part of the scenery.

But last night, suddenly it was almost all about JP.  JP, it turns out, was the biggest physical threat on the Soko Tribe.  Normally, when you’re trying to win challenges as a tribe, that’d be a big advantage.  But I think the members of Soko understood that, even with JP, they were still never going to win a physical challenge.  Not with Ryan on the tribe.

So, Ryan came up with the idea of voting out JP before the merge.  That actually made sense to me.  When it came to winning individual immunity, JP was a real threat and his uncommunicative nature made him difficult to read.  When Soko once again lost the immunity challenge, it seemed as if Ryan was going to get rid of JP.

But then Chrissy decided that she wanted Ali to go instead.  And apparently, what Chrissy says goes.  And so, at tribal, Ali was blindsided and sent off the island by a 3-1 vote.  Ali was not happy about it either.  She was the most sore loser since Patrick was voted out at the end of the third tribal council.  In the end, we may not know who JP will be loyal too but we now know that Ryan is basically going to do whatever Chrissy tells him to do.

As for the other two tribes, Joe once again found an immunity idol.  Bleh.  Joe is so annoying and the fact that he might be good at this game just makes it even worse.

Meanwhile, on Yawa, Cole continued to get on everyone’s nerves.  When he dramatically fainted because of lack of food (despite the fact that he’d been eating nonstop), everyone was concerned except for Lauren.  You could just tell that Lauren was thinking, “Whatever, you drama queen.”  Jessica said that she was so upset when Cole fainted that it reminded her of how important he is to her.  I guess that means that the most annoying showmance in Survivor history will not be ending anytime soon.

Next week, it’s the merge!  Finally!

So, as we move into the 2nd half of the season, I’m still pretty much hoping for what I’ve been hoping for ever since this season started: a Ryan, Ben, and Dr. Mike final three.  I have a fear, though, that Joe is going to sneak into the group.

The merge could definitely make things interesting, if just because almost everyone’s loyalty is up in the air.  It’s hard to know who is going to team up with who.  The new merged tribe will be made up of the following:

Ben (Yawa, former Levu) — Before the tribal shakeup, he was apparently close to Chrissy.  After the shakeup, he’s allied with Lauren and Dr. Mike.

JP (Soko, former Levu) — No one knows who he will ally himself with but, if not for Ryan and Chrissy, he would have been voted out last night.  On the former Levu tribe, he had a potential showmance with Ashley.

Chrissy (Soko, former Levu) — On her first tribe, she was close to Ben.  Now, she’s extremely close to Ryan and maybe JP.

Jessica (Yawa, former Soko) — Jessica thinks she’s smart but spends most of her time obsessing on Cole.

Cole (Yawa, former Soko) — A total moron.  Jessica is his only ally but Cole’s probably too dumb to realize that.

Joe (Levu, former Soko) — Tony Vlachos wannabe.  He’s got an immunity idol.  On his former tribe, he was obsessed with getting rid of Dr. Mike.  Close to Desi.

Ashley (Levu) — Former power player but her struggles after the tribal shakeup would indicate that she’s not as strong a strategist as many assumed.  Devon is her only ally on the current Levu tribe.  On the former Levu tribe, she came close to having a showmance with JP.

Devon (Levu, former Yawa) — Ashley is his only ally.

Lauren (Yawa) — Has an outside chance of making it to the end.  Close to Ben and Dr. Mike.  Hates Cole.

Ryan (Soko, former Yawa) — Strong alliance with Chrissy.

Desi (Levu, former Soko) — Close to Joe.

Mike (Yawa, former Soko) — Close to Ben and Lauren.  Dislikes Cole and Joe.  Has an idol.

That’s a lot to keep track of!  We’ll see how it plays out next week!

At the halfway mark, who do you want to win?  Let us know in the comments below!

Lisa Marie

The sixth person voted out of Survivor 35,, Ali!


Survivor 35 Episode 5 “The Past Will Eat You Alive”

Hi y’all!

Just a few thoughts on last night’s episode of Survivor:

On the whole, I thought it was a good episode.  The challenges were fun to watch.  We learned more about Ben and Ryan.  Despite all expectations, Chrissy is apparently emerging as a power player.

Soko went to tribal council and Roark was voted out by a vote of 3-2.  It was a blindside, in that Roark was convinced that she had the votes to get rid of Chrissy.  But Ryan decided that he’d rather be allied with Chrissy than Roark and he voted with JP to send Roark out of the game.

It’s always nice to see a blindside but it would have been more powerful if I actually felt like I knew anything about Roark.  All I know is that Chrissy didn’t have much respect for her and Roark didn’t know how to read Ryan’s intentions.

As for the other tribes, over on Yawa, Cole has suddenly turned out to be not just stupid but annoying as well.  Lauren, who doesn’t seem to have much patience for anyone, is clearly getting sick of him.  Even Jessica seems to be over him.  Judging from the previews for next week’s episode, it appears that there’s a good chance that Cole’s going to be medically evacuated.

With the help of Jessica, Dr. Mike found an immunity idol.  Mike made a point of saying that the idol is his but I’ll be curious to see if Jessica feels the same way.

However, in the end, this episode was dominated by Ben.  Up until last night, Ben had been a quiet presence.  I tended to think of him as just being this season’s cowboy.  But last night, he spoke movingly about his PTSD and it brought tears to my eyes.  On a game level, I assume that the attention given to Ben is an indication that he’s going to go far in this game.

Right now, I guess my three favorites are:

Ryan/Chrissy, because they’ve both been underdogs since this seasons started

Dr. Mike, because I thought it was cute that he went searching for an idol specifically because his daughter told him to

Ben, because of last night’s episode.

So, as early as it is, my current preferred final three would be: Ben, Mike, and then either Ryan or Chrissy.

What did everyone think of last night’s episode?  Were you as moved by Ben as I was or do you think I’m going overboard?  As always, I look forward to any and all comments!

Lisa Marie

Our latest discarded castaway, Roark!

Survivor 35 Episode 4 “I Don’t Like Having Snakes Around”

Hi y’all!

So, I finally got to watch last night’s episode of Survivor.  I still feel like we’re kind of waiting for this season to really kick into high gear but last night’s episode was still more exciting than the one that came before it.

Things started with a tribal shake-up and not a minute too soon because the Hustlers were getting close to extinction.  Before the reward challenge, Jeff had everyone randomly draw new buffs and split into three new tribes.

(I have to admit that I was hoping the reshuffle would result in two big tribes instead of three little tribes.  Tribal council is always more fun when it’s a big group of people, instead of when its only five.)

Here the new tribes:

Levu Tribe (Formerly The Heroes Tribe)

  1. Alan (Former Hero)
  2. Ashley (Former Hero)
  3. Devon (Former Hustler)
  4. Joe (Former Healer)
  5. Desi (Former Healer)

Yawa (Formerly The Hustlers Tribe)

  1. Ben (Former Hero)
  2. Jessica (Former Healer)
  3. Cole (Former Healer)
  4. Mike (Former Healer)
  5. Lauren (Former Hustler)

Soko (Formerly The Healers Tribe)

  1. Ali (Former Hustler)
  2. Ryan (Former Hustler)
  3. JP (Former Hero)
  4. Chrissy (Former Hero)
  5. Roark (Former Healer)

The majority of the show deal with the new tribes getting to know each other.

On the Soko Tribe, Ryan let Chrissy know that he was the one who gave her the secret advantage and they had a bonding moment.  Seeing as how both of them seem to be underestimated by the rest of their tribemates, I actually like the idea of a Ryan/Chrissy alliance.

On the Yawa Tribe, we were provided with yet more evidence that Cole and Jessica are possibly the stupidest people to ever appear on Survivor.  As a result of winning the reward challenge, each member of the tribe won a peanut butter sandwich and a bag of potato chips.  Inside her bag, Jessica discovered a new secret advantage.  The advantage gave Jessica the ability to take away a person’s vote at tribal council.  Like the previous advantage, it was only good for the upcoming tribal and, if the Yawa Tribe won immunity, Jessica would be required to use the advantage on someone else on the tribe that didn’t.

Of course, Jessica told her fellow Healers, Cole and Mike.  Cole, being an idiot, decided that the best way to win over Lauren and Ben would be to tell them about the advantage, even though there was no strategic reason to do so.  Lauren then mentioned to Mike that she knew about the advantage and Mike got paranoid about whether Cole and Jessica were planning on blindsiding him.

This all led to Jessica telling Cole to stop being an idiot.  If Jessica was smart, she’d realize that Cole is an unreliable ally.  But, because she’s crushing on him, she just kind of laughed it off.  “Oh, Cole…”

However, both the Yawa Tribe and the Soko Tribe won immunity so Jessica was spared any more drama.  Instead, the new Levu Tribe was sent to tribal and we got our season’s first blindside.

On the new Levu Tribe, it was two heroes and two healers with Hustler Devon as the deciding vote.  However, in order to help out her former tribemates, Jessica canceled out Devon’s vote.  Joe, having gone out of his way to be obnoxious so that the he would be targeted at tribal, played his immunity idol.  This turned out to be a smart move because both Ashley and Alan voted for Joe.  Meanwhile, Joe and Desi voted for Alan.  By a vote of 2-0, Alan was voted out of the game.

I thought this was a pretty good episode,  The tribal was fun and it was nice to see someone finally use an immunity idol correctly for once.  I’m not a huge Joe fan but he has every right to be proud of himself after that vote.

What did everyone else think?

Lisa Marie

Fourth to be voted out of Survivor Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers, Alan Ball


Survivor 35 Episode 3 “My Kisses Are Private”

Hi, y’all!

I’m on vacation right now but I still made sure to catch the latest episode of Survivor.  I was hoping for some drama tonight, maybe a few betrayals, maybe a blindside or two…

And, it must be said, Patrick was certainly blindsided when he got voted out of the Hustler Tribe tonight.  Patrick looked really shocked as Jeff read the votes.  He gave all of his tribemates a truly chilling death stare as he realized that they had decided to keep Lauren after him.  When he stood up to leave, he muttered something under his breath.  When his torch was snuffed, he looked over his shoulder at the tribe.  Then, in his final interview, he said that he was still in a state of shock.

So, Patrick was definitely taken by surprise.  But really, that had less to do with the rest of his tribes being great strategists and more to do with Patrick being an idiot.  Patrick was on thin ice through the entire episode.  Even before the immunity challenge, his obnoxious personality was already turning everyone off.  The only reason they had for keeping him was because he was supposedly good at challenges.  Then, almost single-handed, he managed to lose the challenge for the Hustler Tribe.  Back at camp, he was too quick to assume that the tribe would automatically vote out Lauren.  In many ways, this episode was all about Patrick digging his own grave.

That said, Lauren shouldn’t get too confident.  Her social game is almost as bad as Patrick’s.  Personally, I lost all sympathy for her as soon as she started talking about how she never trusts anyone with red hair.  I mean, seriously, what was going on with that?  Lauren not only said it to Patrick but then repeated it at tribal council.  Apparently, she thought she was saying something really clever.  Speaking as a redhead, I can’t wait for Lauren to be voted out.

Other than the Patrick vs. Lauren conflict, this was a fairly boring episode.  The Hustler Tribe is pretty much helpless and it really wasn’t that much of a shock to see them once again at tribal council.  As for what happened on the other tribes:

On the Hero Tribe, Alan is paranoid.  Ben says that he and Chrissy are in charge of the tribe.  Ashley and JP are scared of being seen together because they’re worried people will see them as being a power couple.

On the Healer Tribe, Joe is being arrogant and unlikable.  Joe is apparently obsessed with voting out Dr. Mike but the rest of the tribe is getting sick of Joe.  Cole and Jessica have a showmance developing, one that would probably be cuter if Cole and Jessica actually had personalities.  Cole told Jessica that Joe has the idol and then proceeded to tell everyone else on the tribe as well.  Cole wants to target joe.

Next week, Jeff will be ordering everyone to drop their buffs!  It’s time for tribal shakeup!  It may seem early in the season but, then again, the Hustlers are such a weak tribe that the producers probably didn’t have much choice but to go ahead and change things up.  Personally, I don’t mind.  It’s time for some of the Healers to experience tribal council.

What did everyone think of tonight’s episode?

Lisa Marie

The third castaway voted out, Patrick.