The Amazing Race 27 Episode 2

Posted by Shane on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm

After taking so long to solve a puzzle in The Amazing Race 27 Episode 1 Kelly & Shevonne were the first team eliminated.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Tanner & Josh - 9:40AM
Second: Jazmine & Danielle - 9:44AM
Third: Cindy & Rick - 9:48AM
Fourth: Denise & James - 9:56AM
Fifth: Logan & Chris
Sixth: Alex & Adam
Seventh: Ernest & Jin
Eighth: Kelsey & Joey
Ninth: Justin & Diana
Tenth: Tiffany & Krista

Teams will now head south to Buenos Aires, Argentina. All teams are on the same flight much later that night. This leaves them plenty of time at the airport for Justin to rub people the wrong way.

The detour is a choice between cartoneros or fletero. In cartoneros, they will pick up 100kg of cardboard from recycling bins. In fletero, teams must transport statues.

Cartoneros: Justin & Diana, Tanner & Josh, Logan & Chris, Tiffany & Krista, Ernest & Jin, Cindy & Rick, Alex & Adam, Denise & James Earl, Jazmine & Danielle
Fletero: Kelsey & Joey

Only 1 team chooses to do the statue detour, forcing Jazmine & Danielle to run around until there is an available cart, though they did have the option of switching detours, which probably still would keep them in last place anyway.

The road block requires teams to learn a tilted tango, which involves dancing on a wall for some reason.

Road block (in order of arrival): Diana, Tanner, Logan, Cindy, Kelsey, James Earl, Krista, Jin, Alex, Jazmine

The pit stop for this leg of the race is the cathedral of polo.

First: Justin & Diana (win a trip to Morocco)
Second: Tanner & Josh
Third: Denise & James Earl
Fourth: Logan & Chris
Fifth: Cindy & Rick
Sixth: Tiffany & Krista
Seventh: Kelsey & Joey
Eighth: Jazmine & Danielle
Ninth: Ernest & Jin
Eliminated: Alex & Adam

Tanner wins a footrace to the mat, which will give him a 1 minute advantage in the next leg, but pushes himself so hard that he pulls a hamstring in the process. This may be competing hard, but it’s not competing smart.

Though Alex struggled with the dancing, I thought Jazmine & Danielle were goners when they were still in last place at the end of the road block, but this time the editors weren’t playing tricks. Alex & Adam have been eliminated following the cab ride to see Phil.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of The Amazing Race 27 Episode 3, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Survivor: Second Chance Episode 2

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm

One potential flaw when they play a second time is that everybody knows everybody else, which is what led to Vytas being eliminated in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 1. There’s all this talk about old school vs. new school, and so far the schemers are beating the people who think they can just survive by working hard at camp.

Although he voted with the schemers, Jeff says he just did that because he wanted to show the people who are sitting back that they need to wake up and stop letting the overplayers control the game.

Joe has this theory that being nice and building things is going to save him. Sure, that’ll work for now, but I’m not sure anyone will want to keep him around much past the merge.

Abi’s annoying everybody. Nobody is surprised. Eventually, Shirin and Peih-Gee start talking about her behind her back… right in front of her face. Opportunity knocks for Terry, who goes to console Abi when she heads to the beach as she’s being laughed at.

At the challenge, they will race across a series of A-frames, each requiring more effort and teamwork than the last, use ropes to pull a crate, and solve the puzzle. Reward is a Survivor tool kit. Bayon has a decent lead heading into the puzzle. Only two people can work on the puzzle at a time, but they can tag out if they want, which they do. In the end, Spencer and Shirin seem to come from behind but incorrectly solve the puzzle, and Joe and Jeremy win immunity and reward for Bayon.

Shirin and Spencer thought they were in control of the game, but the camp is turning on them. Their allies fall in line and turn on them as it becomes clear what’s happening. Spencer and Shirin seem to be oblivious to it until Abi reveals the plan. Abi and Woo flat out refuse to help Shirin.

Probst points out the irony that Shirin has gone from the victim to the bully. Now that he’s about to lose his closest and only remaining ally, Spencer promises the tribe he’s going to forge relationships rather than continuing to try to be the strategist.


With 5 votes, Shirin has been voted off the island. As far as challenges, it’s way too early to drop Spencer, and I don’t think they’ll miss Shirin too much. Coming out of the gate with guns blazing didn’t work, especially after she worked so hard to get rid of the person she considered the biggest threat.

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

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The Amazing Race 27 Episode 1

Posted by Shane on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Gone are the days of the lame blind date twist that fell totally flat. This season’s 11 teams of two have a preexisting relationship with their partners.

Alex Manard & Adam Dingeman (Cousins)
Cindy Chac & Rick Chac (Married)
Denise Williams & James Corley (Mother/Son)
Ernest Phillip & Jin Lao (Brothers)
Jazmine Lewis & Danielle Littleton (Friends)
Justin Scheman & Diana Bishop (Engaged)
Kelly Berning & Shevonne Sullivan (Friends/Co-Workers)
Kelsey Gerckens & Joey Buttitta (Dating/Co-Workers)
Logan Fazio & Chris Gordon (Dating/Business Partners)
Tanner Kloven & Josh Ahern (Friends)
Tiffany Chantell & Krista Debono (Former NFL Cheerleaders)

Their first destination is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They start off with a challenge, a water bike race that will determine which team departs half an hour prior to all the other teams. At least this time everybody is basically on equal footing, unlike the usual three teams fighting for last while everyone else just coasts. Justin & Diana win the race to get on the first flight. Tanner & Josh, on the other hand, drop from first to last after they break their transportation.

The first flight is delayed by 20 minutes, and the second flight arrives 5 minutes early, so that head start is almost completely irrelevant. Still, with a few minutes lead over the second place team, Justin & Diana take a weather dependent fast forward. They decide to take the risk because the skies are clear. Little do they realize weather means wind, and the fast forward cannot be completed, ironically making their earlier challenge win a big disadvantage rather than the advantage they thought it was. Justin is crying already. It’s a little early for this, dude.

The detour is a choice between sand or sidewalk. In sand, teams will play footvolley against local pros but will be allowed to use their hands and must score 6 points before their opponents score 18. In sidewalk, teams will put together a geometric slide puzzle.

Sidewalk: Cindy & Rick, Denise & James, Kelly & Shevonne (switched from sand), Tiffany & Krista (switched from sand)
Sand: Tanner & Josh, Jazmine & Danielle, Logan & Chris, Alex & Adam, Kelsey & Joey (switched from sidewalk), Justin & Diana (switched from sidewalk)

The soccer volleyball task seems simpler because the pros are good but are so handicapped that it doesn’t seem very difficult to beat them. The puzzle is a lot more hit or miss. Could be 10 minutes or 2 hours.

I’ve never seen this much indecision, though. Everybody is switching detours, and the battle for last comes down to two teams who thought they could do better at puzzles than volleyball, despite none of them apparently being good at puzzles.

The pit stop for this leg of the race is Arpoador Lookout. Already? That was a quick leg.

First: Tanner & Josh (win express pass, which once used must be given to another team)
Second: Jazmine & Danielle
Third: Cindy & Rick
Fourth: Denise & James
Fifth: Logan & Chris
Sixth: Alex & Adam
Seventh: Ernest & Jin
Eighth: Kelsey & Joey
Ninth: Justin & Diana
Tenth: Tiffany & Krista
Eliminated: Kelly & Shevonne

After 3 hours and 45 minutes of puzzle solving, TMZ girls Kelly & Shevonne finally finish it, but they took so long that Phil has to pay them a visit to eliminate them.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of The Amazing Race 27 Episode 2, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Big Brother 17 Winner

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 8:32 pm

Vanessa has basically controlled the game from the beginning, as her game theory overcame her emotions. Still, Liz can’t be overlooked, considering she has been in a dominant alliance that none of the other idiots in the house targeted for months. And Steve has been… in the house with them.

There was an episode on Sunday night, which I didn’t bother watching because literally nothing happened. We begin tonight with the first part of the final HOH competition, an endurance competition in which they must swing on apples. Steve is the first to fall. Then Vanessa seemingly easily talks Liz into dropping, promising her she’ll take her to the final two.

Steve was hoping for a puzzle, and it looks like that’s exactly what he got for part two. They are greeted by a giant crossword puzzle using clues from this season. As it’s a giant puzzle, there is also a bit of a physical aspect to it of climbing up and down.

Steve - 28:27
Liz - 31:11

It’s pretty close, but there is no surprise that Steve has won the puzzle challenge against Liz.

Dr. Will is back to chat with the jury. Austin offers to cut his ponytail and beard if Vanessa comes in. Can he do it anyway? And then he whines and whines and whines. He’s not alone. He’s just the most bitter.

John calls Steve a rat, and Julia refers to him as cowardly.

When asked why Liz should win this game, John has a simple answer: she shouldn’t. Liz, of course, has two guaranteed votes no matter what, and she has some other big fans as well.

Now for the final part of the final HOH competition, 50/50 guess to fill in jury member quotes.

Shelli said, “My favorite moment was winning HOH. Duh.” Steve gets a point.

Jackie said, “The most annoying thing about the house was the constant paranoia.” Both are incorrect.

Becky said, “The biggest lie told this summer was everything that came out of Audrey’s mouth.” Both get a point.

Meg said, “The houseguest who I think needs a reality check the most is Clay. Who gives up a half million dollars for a girl?” Both get a point.

James said, “The strongest competitor was Johnny Mac.” Both are incorrect.

Julia said, “The person whose gameplay I respected the most was Austin because he’s been watching the show since season 1.” Both get a point.

Austin said, “The most embarrassing moment for me was Zingbot telling me I stink.” Vanessa gets a point.

John said, “The best thing about being in the house was not having to drill people’s nasty teeth.” Steve gets a point.

By answering the final question correctly, Steve wins, for lack of a better term.

I don’t see how Steve has a shot here either way. I think his best hope is that he takes Vanessa and there are too many bitter people, but he does not see it that way. He compliments Vanessa, calling her the strongest female player ever, then he votes to evict her. My vote is for Danielle from season 3, but his sentiment is not wrong. Vanessa outplayed all of them. She says she wouldn’t have taken him either, so it’s not like she can hold it against them for breaking their final two deal that neither of them ever really intended to honor.

John wants to know why he’s wrong in thinking that Steve relied on him and Vanessa. He points to splitting up the twins, as well as getting rid of Jackie.

Becky asks what strategy was Liz’s and not from Austin. She doesn’t really have an answer.

James asks about Steve floating through half the game. He disagrees, saying he was not floating but building layers of protection.

A similar question for Liz to the one she already tried to answer: what was her biggest game move, other than winning competitions? She aligned with strong people.

And then Steve basically gets the same question he already got, too. Really, they could have just asked them one question each, and we’d be at the same point but in less time.

Liz says she deserves to win because she came in with a huge disadvantage of having a twin, which in theory should be true, but in actuality it ended up being what got her this far.

In his concluding statement, Steve says he just got rid of the strongest player in the game. I think that’s a more harmful statement than helpful, even if he’s not wrong, but by this point what they say doesn’t matter.

Vanessa: Liz
John: Steve
Austin: Liz
Julia: Liz
James: Steve
Meg: Steve
Becky: Steve
Jackie: Steve
Shelli: Steve

By a vote of 6-3, the Big Brother 17 winner is Steve. I didn’t see that coming. Steve is the more likeable of the two, but his game was underwhelming for about 3 months, although he did peak at the right time, just as Liz fizzled. Perhaps that’s the point. Liz spent the summer building relationships with a select few, going after the other side of the house, which now makes up most of the jury.

James, John, and Jason are the top three vote getters for America’s vote. James wins the $25,000 prize.

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Survivor: Second Chance Episode 1

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm

20 previous contestants return for a second chance. According to Probst, these are people’s favorites. I’m not sure whose favorites. It’s like how the Big Brother producers said I like the battle of the block.

Abi-Maria Gomes (Philippines, Season 25, 5th place)
Andrew Savage (Pearl Islands, Season 7, 10th place)
Ciera Eastin (Blood vs. Water, Season 27, 5th place)
Jeff Varner (Outback, Season 2, 10th place)
Jeremy Collins (San Juan del Sur, Season 29, 10th place)
Joe Anglim (Worlds Apart, Season 30, 10th place)
Kass McQuillen (Cagayan, Season 28, 3rd place)
Kelley Wentworth (San Juan del Sur, Season 29, 14th place)
Kelly Wigglesworth (Borneo, Season 1, 2nd place)
Kimmi Kappenberg (Outback, Season 2, 12th place)
Keith Nale (San Juan del Sur, Season 29, 4th place)
Monica Padilla (Samoa, Season 19, 7th place)
Peih-Gee Law (China, Season 15, 5th place)
Shirin Oskooi (Worlds Apart, Season 30, 8th place)
Spencer Bledsoe (Cagayan, Season 28, 4th place)
Stephen Fishbach (Tocantins, Season 18, 2nd place)
Tasha Fox (Cagayan, Season 28, 6th place)
Terry Deitz (Panama, Season 12, 3rd place)
Vytas Baskauskas (Blood vs. Water, Season 27, 10th place)
Woo Hwang (Cagayan, Season 28, 2nd place)

Bayon (purple): Andrew, Cierra, Jeremy, Joe, Kass, Keith, Kimmi, Monica, Stephen, Tasha
Ta Keo (blue): Abi-Maria, Jeff, Kelley, Kelly, Peih-Gee, Shirin, Spencer, Terry, Vytas, Woo

Their first task is to dump as much of their supplies as they can off the boat and load them on rafts. There is not a time limit. Rather, they just have to beat the other team because the first team to make it across the way to grab the rice will win that reward. Except really it’s just about who’s the fastest swimmer, which turns out to be Woo, much faster than Kelly who looked like she might get there first.

Terry’s son told him to trust Spencer. So Spencer is happy to make a plan with him. And everyone else.

Abi told herself she is going to control her emotions. She is struggling already. Eventually, she finds her bracelet in Peih-Gee’s bag. So begins the drama about her supposedly being a thief, but it seems fairly tame.

Joe starts a fire the first day for his tribe. That’s a hell of a start.

There is already searching for idols. Kelley receives a clue to the idol, and this time, it’s hidden in plain sight (like it usually is) but at a challenge.

We return to the first challenge ever. They will race to a raft, light a torch, use that to light a series of fires, build a pole, and retrieve a key. It’s neck and neck until Keith lets the fire go out. Ta Keo has a large lead when they get back to the beach after lighting all the fires. In a battle of Kelly against Joe, my money is on Joe. That’s a safe bet, and Bayon comes from behind to win immunity.

Meanwhile, as everybody looks in anticipation to find out who is going to win, Kelley grabs herself the least hidden hidden immunity idol ever.

They are going to Tribal Council right now. No time to prepare. They have been talking for days, though, so there is not a reason for them to be unprepared.


With 6 votes, Vytas has been voted off the island. Shirin came out of the gate early swinging at him, not because he was not valuable but because of his potential relationships, though his attempts at flirting didn’t help him.

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

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America’s Got Talent Season 10 Winner

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 8:08 pm

I’ve never been thrilled with an end result of American Idol Lite (although at least it’s never been as bad as New Zealand’s Got Talent where every single act danced or sang), but a season like this is refreshing. Comedians and magicians and a real dragon. Lots of variety to go around. Makes for a very watchable final episode, too.

Derek Hughes has been eliminated. Oz Pearlman joins the top 5.

Gary Vider has been eliminated. Drew Lynch joins the top 5.

Uzeyer Novruzov has been eliminated. The Professional Regurgitator joins the top 5.

Benton Blount has been eliminated. The CraigLewis Band joins the top 5.

Piff the Magic Dragon has been eliminated. Paul Zerdin joins the top 5.

The CraigLewis Band finishes in fifth place.

Stevie Starr The Professional Regurgitator finishes in fourth place. He is an amazing act, but I kept thinking he already had his chance on Britain’s Got Talent.

Oz Pearlman finishes in third place.

Drew Lynch finishes in second place.

The America’s Got Talent season 10 winner is ventriloquist Paul Zerdin.

As one of the top shows of the summer, America’s Got Talent will be back again next year for season 11, though Howard Stern will not be returning.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 38

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Vanessa finally got rid of Austin in Big Brother 17 Episode 37 as an accidental backdoor. Then Steve became HOH because he added wrong.

Vanessa’s crying again after the eviction. Liz doesn’t care and hates everybody, but she’ll work with Vanessa because it’s not like the other two want anything to do with her. That seems to be the motto of everyone. Work with Vanessa because there is no other choice. Until she screws you over because she controls every vote.


Weird. I guess it doesn’t really matter since the veto holder controls the eviction but still. Weird. Obviously, Steve’s target is not John, but he does want to get rid of Vanessa.

Even when he gets to the jury house, Austin is still bitter. This isn’t going away. He refuses to acknowledge that the person who beat him has outplayed him. It’s not very long until finale night, so I’m guessing he’ll still be a baby then.

Brendon and Rachel are pregnant. I’m not sure how many people care, but this show is probably more successful at showmances than The Bachelor.

Why is Beast Mode Cowboy back? The veto competition requires them to press buttons a bunch of times to answer questions based on numbers. After two strikes, they are out. Liz is last on the first question and then the second question, and she has been eliminated. Steve is unable to answer the third question and the fourth, and he is eliminated. John has been killing it so far, but Vanessa beats him on the next question and then again. Vanessa wins the power of veto.

The right person won, and the end game threat is clear. John is good fun, but he can’t really point to anything he’s done, despite two chances. Liz has to go. Of course, the problem with that is that Vanessa would risk sending yet another bitter person to the jury, who is both a twin and part of a showmance, which means 3 votes. That is exactly the reason why they should not have dragged that trio this far. Even letting the second twin come into the house in the first place was seriously risky.

Vanessa uses the power of veto on herself. Liz is the only possible replacement nominee, and Vanessa has the sole vote.

Vanessa: John

The positive in this for Vanessa is that Steve and John both want to get rid of her or at least keep each other, whereas with Liz she might have a shot of being brought to the finals. So though this is not the wise move as far as who she can beat, it may be smarter as far as who would bring her to the end.

Due to football, there will not be a show tomorrow, but there will be one last Sunday night episode before the finale, which will contain a single part of the HOH competition and mass amounts of time wasting.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 17 Episode 40, where we will find out who the Big Brother 17 winner is, which airs Wednesday at 9:30/8:30c on CBS.

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Big Brother 17 Episode 37

Posted by Shane on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm

Vanessa won HOH in Big Brother 17 Episode 36 and nominated Steve and John, keeping the showmance safe.

Tonight is a surprise eviction episode for the houseguests. It’s a surprise to me, too. I should pay more attention to Julie’s rambling.

John gets the vibe that he’s out of the club, and he offers throwing veto to Austin and Liz. Interesting. Seems kind of dumb. But interesting. I guess if he has nothing to lose, perhaps it’s worth rolling the dice and seeing what happens. Austin immediately tells Vanessa.

The veto competition is a promo for a new CBS show. They have to construct puzzles on magnetic boards while crossing back and forth on a balance beam, avoiding taking too much time to prevent their pieces from falling. John says he only wants to win if Steve is getting close to winning, which is a real possibility since it’s a puzzle, though balance isn’t his strong suit.

Losing track of time, Vanessa is out almost immediately. Austin’s not a factor. Like I said, it’s a puzzle. Realizing that it’s a very close race between Liz and Steve, John decides to win.

Vanessa never wanted to send Steve home, but either she needs to do that or break up the showmance. They will never vote against each other, which is exactly why they need to be broken apart. John probably won’t vote against Steve either, but at least in that case there’s a chance for John to be convinced. If John votes to keep Steve, that would force Vanessa to break the tie.

Steve asks to talk. Vanessa wants to be alone. Yet she wants to talk to Austin.

John uses the power of veto on himself. Austin has been nominated.

Vanessa talks with John. They make a deal. Perhaps this is less fake than the last deal they had. Vanessa now thinks she should get rid of Austin. John then goes on about keeping Austin just to tick Vanessa off. Highly illogical and unlikely but good for show.

Liz: Steve
John: Austin

Since the votes are tied, the HOH must decide who goes home. Vanessa votes to evict Austin. He probably would have been better off if Liz had gone home last week instead of Julia because this was the perfect excuse to get rid of him. He leaves warning Vanessa that she can’t win the game now that she has made yet another big move. I can sense we may have a bitter jury member on our hands.

The HOH competition requires them to guess bleeped out words based on what houseguests have said throughout the season. These are so lamely open to guessing, as the words could easily be multiple things. Of course, CBS wants us to think they are dirty.

Everybody gets the first and second questions correct. Steve gets the third question correct. Everybody gets the fourth question correct. John gets the fifth question correct. Everybody gets the sixth question incorrect. John and Steve get the final question correct. Liz has been eliminated, and the other two will participate in a tiebreaker. The answer is about 2800. Steve guesses a seemingly ridiculous 601, forgetting a 0. John guesses a much closer 3600, but he’s over. Steve wins HOH.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 17 Episode 38, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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