Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 4

The Goliaths lost for a change in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 3, forcing them to choose between the two most annoying people on their tribe, and they chose to get rid of the stronger of the two, Jeremy.

Before we get started, Bi has an announcement. She has decided to leave the game because of her injury, to prevent further damage because of her career.

Now we can proceed with the twist. They can drop their buffs. What’s the point of David Vs. Goliath if you’re intermingling them after three Tribals? But it doesn’t end there. They are splitting into three tribes.

Vuku (Orange): Natalia, Kara, Alec, David, Elizabeth
Tiva (Green): John, Dan, Alison, Christian, Gabby
Jabeni (Purple): Natalie, Mike, Angelina, Lyrsa, Nick

Between all the Goliath victories, someone just quitting, and luck of the draw, all three tribes have more Goliaths than Davids. Tiva will be starting over at a new beach.

Carl is the odd man out, who will head to Exile Island. Whoever loses gets him as their replacement.

Natalia’s paranoid already. She is afraid that Kara is getting along too well with new tribemate Elizabeth. Kara is not planning to screw up the numbers, but Natalia is sketchy.

Carl is immediately greeted by a clue. Fate has decided he shall receive an advantage, an idol nullifier, which can block the use of an idol of any other player. He must play it during the vote, trying to guess correctly who is playing an idol. If an idol is played for that person, it does not count.

Natalie has no interest in getting to know these people either. They were afraid that Natalie may flip, which is a reasonable concern, but it would be just as easy for the others to flip and get rid of her because nobody trusts her. This wouldn’t have happened with Jeremy.

Gabby was playing a game of fear before, and it’s only getting worse. As Christian gets along with their new tribe, she’s becoming the outcast.

For the immunity challenge, one caller will sit on a driving wheel while two blindfolded people push them. The caller will then guide two other people through a table maze. Tiva pulls ahead of the others on the final obstacle. Jabeni was struggling at the start of the challenge, but they move into second with Vuku pulling up the rear. Tiva never looks back and wins immunity and reward of pastries and coffee. They nearly threw it away, but Jabeni finally lands their ball to place second and win immunity.

Elizabeth was in a good spot, but she seems to be the easiest target tonight. Davie will use his idol if pushed, but that push will not come tonight. She thought she could find an idol and get rid of Natalia, but neither of those plans seem to be working. Plan B is to offer to go after Davie.

Natalia’s aggressiveness puts her name into the mix. Seems unlikely that will actually happen. Flip and hand the Davids the numbers when Carl comes back? This does not sound like a serious plan.

During the middle of Tribal Council, Alec gets up and whispers in Elizabeth’s ear. That’s weird. Kara says she trusts him. Natalia unsurprisingly expresses her disapproval.

Votes
Elizabeth
Davie
Natalia
Natalia
Natalia

With 3 votes, Natalia has been voted off the island. This seems like a really dumb move, but Natalia invited it. She continues behaving as she had been behaving even as her torch is snuffed. Even if it does turn out Alec made the wrong decision in the long run, this show is satisfaction enough that it was right for now. Though she wasn’t part of this vote, Kara for some reason voted Davie.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 5, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 3

The Davids lost again in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 2, so rather than voting out their weakest links, they chose to get rid of Jessica.

Gabby considers Christian her number one ally. He may play along, but his primary ally is Nick. The two of them spread gossip that Gabby is to blame for the last vote. Nick sees this as an opportunity to get rid of someone who may become a closer ally to Christian than he is.

Jeremy’s paranoid that everybody is talking about him behind his back. He calls a tribe meeting to tell people to stop doing this. Are they actually doing it, though? Furthermore, he warns people that Dan has an idol. He didn’t exactly show it to him, but he knows because he is searching through people’s belongings.

A very rainy immunity challenge requires to them to maneuver through an obstacle course while attached to a rope, hook and pull a sled, and solve a large block puzzle. Reward is wet blankets, pillows, and other comfort items. Natalia and Angelina sit out for Goliath. Alec and Bi are the two on the obstacle course and end up dead even. That frees up two groups of three for the next leg. Still tied. Goliath pulls into a bit of a lead on the sled ring toss, but it’s anybody’s game heading into the puzzle. It’s the two nerds going against presumably less well equipped goliaths, including Natalie, who insisted on not sitting out as usual. Davids win immunity.

Despite the good news, Bi sprained her MCL during the challenge. She previously tore it and had to sit out for two months from her fighting. A weak knee could turn an otherwise potentially helpful asset into a liability.

Natalie’s failure at the challenge could easily be the final nail in her coffin. As it is, people don’t like her bossing them around and being aggressive, which she acknowledges, though she tries to use more favorable words.

Her only hope is that Jeremy is a dangerous player who has proven to be willing to do anything. Angela is pushing very hard to make this plan happen. Under the right circumstances, it’s not a tough sell because Jeremy is a problem. He’s just less of a problem than Natalie and can also contribute in a team game.

Though she’s annoyingly scrambling by arguing with Jeremy, Natalie seems to know she only has a couple hours left in the game. The bickering continues at Tribal Council. Whoever goes, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this behavior from the one who remains.

Votes
Natalie
Jeremy
Jeremy
Jeremy
Jeremy
Jeremy
Jeremy

With 6 votes, Jeremy has been voted off the island. Not the smartest move this early in the game.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 4, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 2

Any strategy went out the window in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 1 when Pat was medically evacuated after being injured on the transport back from the immunity challenge.

The hits keep coming. This time, the tribes get some of the worst weather conditions, a cyclone.

Kara seems to be in a showmance with Dan, but she wants people to know that isn’t really true. Natalia decides the girls have the power and have the guys wrapped around their fingers.

Dan says two too many people know about the idol. You told them. There was no reason for it. Now, more people know. Jeremy searches his bag and finds it. His rationale is that smart people should expect people to search their belongings. He also tells Mike.

Since he caught the octopus, Davie wants to fall into the role of provider. He’s constantly searching for food. And other things. In his travels, he finds an idol.

Nick was the target, but now that they lost Pat, they can’t just throw potentially strong people away. Carl targets Lyrsa as the weakest person. Not an unreasonable accusation. She takes credit for the first challenge, the one that Christian won and she just happened to be there, as an example of why this is wrong.

Natalie’s game is to lay low and get along with people. She can’t even do that little. John warns her, and she aggressively takes it to the others. She calls it assertive and doesn’t care if people get offended. Oh, they will.

For the immunity challenge, they will climb a ladder to retrieve a key to unlock a boat, paddle to a platform, retrieve bags of puzzle pieces, and solve a block puzzle on a wobbly table. Natalie sits out for Goliath. In addition to her social conflicts, she’s not apparently going to be any use in challenges either. Alec is the ladder climber and easily beats Bi. She finally finishes by the time Goliath starts on the puzzle. This seems over, but they aren’t exactly the puzzle tribe if the first challenge is any indication. Perhaps none of that matters because Jeff eventually tells us it’s been over an hour and they’re still working on the puzzle. In the end, Goliaths win immunity and fishing gear.

Lyrsa’s hail Mary is Jessica, not the most logical option, but they aren’t playing to win challenges, just to make it another day. Elizabeth wants to save her friend. Gabby is worried about a Lyrsa vote because she admits she’s also weak, so if weak people are targets, she’s next. They hope to win over Christian and in turn Nick.

Votes
Lyrsa
Jessica
Lyrsa
Jessica
Lyrsa
Lyrsa
Jessica
Jessica
Jessica

With 5 votes, Jessica has been voted off the island. Not a result I would have predicted, but there are just enough people worried about what the others will do with the power rather than what will happen in challenges.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 3, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 20 Winner

Kaycee won the power of veto in Big Brother Season 20 Episode 38 and eliminated Angela, saving Tyler to honor her final two deal with him. The same deal everybody in the house had.

The first part of the final HOH competition has them hanging on to amusement park rides. JC is the first one to fall at 54 minutes. Tyler promised to throw it to Kaycee. Should he? Does it matter? Kaycee falls two minutes later. Tyler wins part one of the three part HOH competition. I don’t know if that was worth risking alienating her. I wouldn’t expect JC to be able to beat him in the next competition, regardless of what it is.

The second part of the competition requires them to climb the wall and answer the questions about the season that match four houseguests. Kaycee botches the second question of the three, while JC is left guessing on the third.

Kaycee – 18:55
JC – 19:34

Kaycee’s poor performance is not enough to stop her from winning.

Dr. Will nearly 20 years later joins the jury. They know who’s played the best. No chance Tyler joins them. They are happy to see Angela.

It’s here that they find out about Level Six as Angela spills the beans, which she seems to have planned with Tyler.

Kaycee gets credit for winning competitions, mostly vetoes that she didn’t need to use. When asked what else she did, the answer is nothing.

Faysal admits that JC played them. Who didn’t? They had such an awful alliance that they could play themselves. Still, though he largely served as a necessary vote to keep Level Six afloat, JC was always scheming and in everybody’s ears on both sides.

Multiple people admit having a bad taste in their mouths because of Tyler. He promised to be with them until the end, almost every one of them, right up until he wasn’t.

The 50/50 guess final part of the final HOH competition requires them to listen to the jury members rambling and answer whether they are making all factual statements. At least in this case, they actually have to know something about what happened during the season, instead of just guessing about the jury’s feelings. Both are correct on the first six questions. Both get the seventh and eighth questions incorrect. That brings us to a tie breaker. How long was the jetpack competition in seconds? We know it was just shy of an hour or 3600 seconds. 3413 is the answer. Kaycee wins HOH with an answer of 3400.

JC has no enemies, but he has a much tougher sell to convince people he played a strong game.

Vote
JC

I don’t know if that that was the smart move, though it was the loyal one. Her only hope is that people are bitter that Tyler outwitted them, which they are, but how bitter and can they get over it?

Tyler talks about the things people already know, all his final two deals and Level Six. He also surprises everybody by revealing his power app. Kaycee says her strength is her social game. Very generic. She can’t point to big moves because there weren’t any.

Swaggy C proposes to Bayleigh. Really? You were eliminated in week 2.

Votes
JC: Tyler
Angela: Tyler
Sam: Kaycee
Brett: Tyler
Haleigh: Tyler
Scottie: Kaycee
Faysal: Kaycee
Rockstar: Kaycee
Bayleigh: Kaycee

By a vote of 5-4, Kaycee is the Big Brother Season 20 winner. Not necessarily a bad winner. Loyal, won a lot of competitions, formed strong alliances and let them do the dirty work. Nowhere near as good as Tyler, who played everybody from the beginning and by the midway point had alliances with literally everybody. The opposing side blames him for beating them, and Sam puts a cherry on top after Tyler perhaps made one final two too many. She told us she would get revenge, and there it is.

Haleigh, Brett, and Tyler are the top three vote getters for America’s favorite houseguest. Tyler wins.

Big Brother will be back again next summer for season 21, and Celebrity Big Brother will return for season 2 in the winter.

Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 1

Season 37 pits 10 contestants who are the underdogs against 10 who have had it easier. Some members of the Goliath tribe laugh at their challengers as they see them getting on the boat. Not a great first impression.

David (Orange): Bi, Carl, Christian, Davie, Elizabeth, Gabby, Jessica, Lyrsa, Nick, Pat
Goliath (Purple): Alec, Alison, Angelina, Dan, Jeremy, John, Kara, Mike, Natalia, Natalie

The Goliath tribe is asked to pick the weakest man and woman on the opposing tribe. Christian and Lyrsa are selected. Then they pick their own strongest man and woman: Alison and John.

Because the others have selected the competitors, the David tribe may now pick which path they prefer. They choose to send the others over a plank bridge, through a net tube, and then have them do a 15 block puzzle. Davids will do the beam over water, crawl under nets, and do the 8 piece slide puzzle.

Lyrsa and Christian jump out to an early lead, but the second obstacle was not quite so easy, roughly tying the teams as they hit the puzzle. Davids solve the puzzle in less than 5 seconds to win a shelter kit reward. Apparently, Christian wrote slide puzzle algorithms as an undergrad. Apparently, people write slide puzzle algorithms. This is the problem with these choices. They picked the physically weakest man, disregarding that he is not mentally weak.

Dan and Kara are already flirting pretty much minute one.

Pat is a property manager and immediately takes charge of the shelter building. The problem is that he may fall into the trap of the overbearing chief when others don’t want a chief. On the opposite end is Nick, who doesn’t see why he should waste energy building.

Likewise, Natalie thinks she is the other tribe’s boss. She is a CEO and old enough to at least be the mother of most of the others. She’s used to being in charge of such people.

Jessica is a 19 year old pretending to be 22 because she doesn’t want others to think she is too young. So 3 years then.

Mike goes looking for an idol right away. This is not going to help him remove the target already on his back from being on The Amazing Race and people believing he probably doesn’t need the money. Despite all their whining about how he is trying too hard and putting a target on his back, everybody follows suit. Kara, Natalia, and Dan go idol hunting in a group. Dan is the one to spot it. Rather than keeping it secret, he calls it out and tells them. That may form a bond, but it could also backfire.

Davie manages to catch an octopus. If he keeps it up and can become the provider, he’ll be safe for a while.

The immunity challenge will require them to run through obstacles, dig under a log, trying to be first so the other team must be penalized by having to untie knots, climb a ladder, cross the Survivor pole vault, and solve a giant number puzzle. Carl and Alec are the diggers, and Alec gives Goliaths the lead, which only grows. Christian is the caller for his tribe in this giant slide puzzle, while the other tribe is yelling at each other. It wouldn’t seem that would be a winning strategy, but Goliaths win immunity. That was close enough that, if not for the early performance, Davids could have won.

Just as we thought the drama of the Tribal Council was coming up, we cut to a scene of Pat on a stretcher. They were on a boat transporting them back to camp, and they hit a wave which led to him injuring his back. He’s begging to not leave despite the obvious pain. They have to take him to the hospital, which means he is out of the game.

You want to talk about underdogs. Hell of a way to get eliminated from the game. It’s not like he did anything wrong. Maybe it was avoidable with better safety precautions being taken by the crew, but he was just coming from a challenge, standard mundane routine.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 2, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 20 Episode 38

Given a choice between JC and Sam, Level Six chose to get rid of Sam in Big Brother Season 20 Episode 37 because she has not been very compatible with the other females in the house. Then JC won HOH.

They won’t admit it, but this is actually good news. For whoever survives. They have all generally played well, but they don’t really want to go up against each other in the final two. That is not smart gameplay.

Nominations
Angela
Tyler

JC wants to split up the couple, and he wants revenge. He tells Tyler he’s just being a bitch to him.

We take a first visit to the jury house. Kaycee seems to have more fans than the other two. She hasn’t done much other than win veto competitions, but that’s the point. Tyler and Angela are the bad guys who are getting rid of everybody. Then Angela talks down to them as they leave. As more people enter the house, they realize that Tyler had a final two with a lot of people. He played them. Extremely well.

The final veto competition will require them to remember the competitions and like or dislike the competitions that correspond to the clues by dropping balls into slots using pulleys. JC gets the first strike and the second strike, predictably losing any chance to gain additional power this week, leaving the final decision up to whoever wins this. Tyler gets the next two strikes. Angela gets the next two strikes. Kaycee wins the power of veto.

I don’t think she has much choice. Angela has played a solid game, but she has bad jury management. Tyler may likewise potentially have a bunch of enemies, but that’s because he was close to everybody, until he cut them.

Vote
Kaycee: Angela

I don’t get it. But Kaycee explains to Angela. She is honoring the final two deal she and everybody else has with Tyler.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother 20 Episode 40, where we will find out who the Big Brother Season 20 winner is, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

America’s Got Talent Season 13 Winner

I found this season to be often lackluster. Even during the finals, I found myself fast-forwarding half the acts. Still, there was plenty of talent on display, even if some of the better acts were cast aside early.

In no particular order, these acts finished in the bottom five:

Courtney Hadwin
Daniel Emmet
Duo Transcend
Glennis Grace
Vicki Barbolak

Fifth place: Michael Ketterer
Fourth place: Samuel J Conroe
Third place: Brian King Joseph
Second place: Zurcaroh

The America’s Got Talent Season 13 winner is Shin Lim. I found him compelling initially but got bored as the season went on. I thought Zurcaroh was going to win. At least it wasn’t a singer.

Big Brother Season 20 Episode 37

Angela won HOH in Big Brother Season 20 Episode 36 and maintained the alliance, nominating the only non-threatening people remaining, JC and Sam.

Julie surprises them a day early. It’s a fast forward episode.

JC has nobody left to talk to, except for a stuffed owl. But he guesses he’ll settle for talking to Tyler as well because he doesn’t have much choice.

The veto competition requires them to make their way through a maze in the correct order, passing from each station to the next in under 30 seconds.

Kaycee – 5:46
Sam – 30:00 (max)
Tyler – 6:29
Angela – 10:50
JC – 11:09

Kaycee wins the power of veto. She tells us she needs to make the right decision for her game, as if there is any decision to be made.

Veto Ceremony
Veto is not used.

We already know the result, no matter how much Tyler talks about getting mad about JC continuing to discuss getting rid of Angela and Kaycee.

Votes
Kaycee: Sam
Tyler: Sam

By a vote of 2-0, Sam has been evicted from the Big Brother house. She got a bit of power in week 4, but that was the last time she did anything other than prop up Level Six with her vote.

The HOH competition is to answer true/false questions about what the other houseguests said during random moments throughout the season. This is anybody’s game of random guessing. JC and Tyler get the first question correct. JC gets the second question correct. Everybody gets the third question incorrect. Everybody gets the fourth and fifth questions correct. JC and Tyler get the sixth question correct. Kaycee gets the seventh question correct. JC wins HOH.

Well, that backfired. Of course, Sam could just have easily won this, but JC finally wins something after a season long drought, which will take out one of the remaining half of Level Six no matter how loyal they may have wanted to be.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 20 Episode 38, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.