Survivor: Kaoh Rong Winner

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:55 pm

In the most anticlimactic penultimate episode ever, Joe’s age finally caught up to him in Survivor: Kaoh Rong Episode 13 when he became the third person this season to be medically evacuated. That leaves a final four of Aubry Bracco, Cydney Gillon, Michele Fitzgerald, and Tai Trang competing to be the Survivor: Kaoh Rong winner.

Meh. I still want Caleb to win. But his buddy Tai has proved to be quite the force in this game despite at first glance seemingly being out of his element.

Oh, and Mark the chicken still survives.

He had planned to play his idol at 5 regardless, but now Tai’s hidden immunity idol is useless because it can’t be used after 5, the third one this season to not be used. Not that they haven’t had an impact. They just haven’t been getting used to nullify votes.

Aubry is concerned about Michele because she hasn’t made enemies on the jury.

For the reward challenge, they will crawl under a net, toss tiles through a target, balance those tiles while crossing a balance beam, and lastly look for matching pairs. Aubry is the only one having much success, but she apparently doesn’t know what the word pair means. In the end, Aubry realizes her mistake and wins reward, a meal.

She can choose whether to bring someone or not, and she picks Cydney. Why play favorites like that if Jeff’s not forcing you to do so, especially this late in the game? Tai and Michele should probably be getting the hint since this is exactly the same thing Aubry did last week.

Michele and Tai discuss what just happened, but there don’t seem to be any real alliances here. Everybody is up for whatever, as long as it’s not them.

For the immunity challenge, they will race back and forth across the water retrieving keys and then solve a three layer puzzle. Aubry builds up a good lead retrieving the pieces, and logic would suggest her as the last standing member of the Brains tribe to be the favorite to win. Tai is the first to advance to the second level and the third level. Michele is kind of in it, while Aubry and Cydney are lost. Then Tai all of a sudden slows way down, and Michele wins immunity.

Despite the fact that she keeps going out of her way to bring Cydney on rewards, Aubry feels her only option is to force a tie. On the other side, Michele wants to get rid of Aubry, so Cydney will go with that plan. They approach Tai, hoping he will just make the easy Aubry vote, rather than forcing a fire making challenge that Aubry is not so sure she can even do. If Aubry does go, Tai’s probably on his own next time if there is a final two instead of a final three, so with that in mind, it makes sense to at least give her a shot to control her own destiny because it’s not like he’s at risk either way.


There is a tie. Tai and Michele don’t see a reason to revote. Cydney and Aubry must compete in a fire making challenge.

Aubry is the first to make fire. As her blaze continues to grow, Cydney isn’t even competitive. Just as it looks like Aubry is going to win, her fire slowly dwindles to nothing. Luckily for her, Cydney is still having nothing resembling success. Aubry wins, and Cydney has been eliminated. Cydney’s waterworks as she leaves suggest she would have had a strong case for a sympathy vote.

Tai just got what he wanted, but Michele fears he just handed Aubry the game. Given the number of evacuations, it would seem there’s still another challenge.

There is another challenge, but there’s also one last twist. They are not competing for immunity. They are competing for the right to vote out a jury member. An interesting twist, though I’d still rather see a final two like classic Survivor instead of the final three where one person is usually just taking up space.

They have to bring balls across a balance beam and build a stack. Michele is consistently in the lead throughout the challenge, and as Aubry’s stack comes crashing down in a last second come from behind attempt, Michele wins.

Michele has already made it clear that she’s afraid of Aubry, which means her winning should be just as beneficial to Tai. Michele thinks there’s one clear vote, Joe. The other likely Aubry vote is Neal. On the flip side, Tai’s former allies Scot and Jason may vote for him, assuming they’re not bitter. Then they start rambling about how they need to get rid of someone who may persuade other votes, perhaps a loud mouth like Scot or Jason. I’m not convinced this is even a consideration or worth the time they are spending on it.


Neal is clearly bitter as he leaves, so he can just blow his hot air in departing because he’s now irrelevant. It’s a pretty safe assumption that he was an Aubry vote and that Michele made the right choice. Of course, there’s the risk that Tai’s the bigger threat, but I don’t think anyone has made it quite so obvious they are voting for him.

Nick tells Michele to be intelligent, Tai to be aware, and Aubry to be confident.

Debbie asks a very Debbie question. Does Tai have multiple personalities? Then she tells Aubry she’s very proud of her.

Julia, perhaps the weakest player there tonight, calls Michele the weakest link, and claims that her big move was getting rid of her. She then says Tai was weak after the merge when he had multiple alliances, a secret advantage, and a hidden immunity idol.

Joe says he’s going to ignore Michele, but he pretends to humor Tai.

Jason asks Michele whether she just got lucky, and he asks Tai a question that he’s already answered, why he left Scot and Jason.

Cydney also asks about her own elimination.

Scot mostly just wants to make Tai and Aubry squirm, but he concludes by saying that Michele is the only one who got stronger as the game continued.

Before the vote is revealed, they have one last piece of business to attend to. They have to say goodbye to Mark.


The Survivor: Kaoh Rong winner is Michele Fitzgerald. She’s not an unlikable winner, which perhaps is the point because that means bitter jury members can’t take it out on her, but I’m not sure I can think of what she did.

As Jeff asks Tai questions, someone apparently famous starts yelling. Sia wants to give $50,000 to Tai and $50,000 to a charity of his choice.

Survivor will return again for season 33, Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. I’m not sure this is a good thing or a bad thing.

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The Amazing Race 28 Winners

Posted by Shane on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1:18 am

After deciding to switch detours in The Amazing Race 28 Episode 11, Burnie & Ashley really had no chance of staying in the game. That left Tyler & Korey, Dana & Matt, and Sheri & Cole competing to see who will be the winners.

Tyler & Korey have been one of the dominant teams, and the last two legs have seen their toughest competition fall. They are left competing against one team with a member who was constantly bickering with herself and another team that barely survived, so they are the clear odds on favorite, but one of the underdogs pulling it off is entirely possible and perhaps even likely in a show like this, where the best team often isn’t the winning team.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived, probably.

Teams must now fly more than 7000 miles to Los Angeles, CA. All teams are on the same flight.

The road block requires teams to jump off a skyscraper to grab their clue suspended in the air.

Road block (in order of arrival): Matt, Sheri, Tyler

A scary but simple road block, but if they miss the jump, they have to try again. Matt makes it on his first attempt. Sheri, who’s doing this because her son is afraid, doesn’t even come close as she jumps through the tears. Tyler likewise misses on his first attempt. With each failed attempt, the clue is moved closer, making it easy like the camel racing task, although Tyler still misses on his second try.

From there, teams will take a helicopter ride to Santa Barbara. Upon arrival, they will search through hundreds of boats for a specific one.

Dana & Matt have been running ahead of the pack, but then they tell their taxi to leave and have to find another one. This is a pretty basic mistake for the final leg. As dumb as this seems, they aren’t alone. Sheri & Cole do the same, and then they leave the only cab in the area because the driver says she doesn’t know where their destination is. By the time they realize they’re not going to find anything else, Tyler & Korey are sitting in that cab. They hope to point the driver in the right direction using her cell phone, but ironically, though you would think being in the US would serve some language advantage or at least not a disadvantage, the barrier still exists.

At Gibraltar Rock, one team member must attempt a tyrolean traverse while lowering their partner down the vertical rock. This looks like a first come, first served task, causing Tyler & Korey to have to wait for the team in front of them to finish.

The final road block requires teams to use barrels to spell cities they have been to based on hashtag clues.

Road block (in order of arrival): Dana, Cole, Korey

Like the previous road block, this doesn’t seem like much of a challenge, as Dana & Matt get it on their first try. It’s pretty obvious how this race is going to end.

The Amazing Race 28 winners are Dana & Matt. They ran a competent race, despite all the unnecessary yelling, but never really performed at the top of the pack. Sheri & Cole finish in second place. After being the best performing team and finishing first five times, Tyler & Korey trip at the finish line for third place, never catching up after struggling a bit to find the first road block.

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Survivor: Kaoh Rong Episode 13

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Jason was the obvious vote in Survivor: Kaoh Rong Episode 12, and he was the one who did end up going home, much to Tai’s surprise.

Tai feels that Aubry pulled a fast one on him by not informing them that the plans had changed or at least that nobody wanted to listen to his plan to get rid of Michele. She deliberately left him out of the loop in attempt to reclaim some control. He might have been better off sticking with those asshats Scot and Jason. They were planning to screw him, too, but because he’s a threat, not just randomly.

For the reward challenge, they will retrieve bags from the jungle to toss. Reward is a trip to a spa. Cydney and Aubry get off to an early lead. Aubry ends up scoring 4 out of the 5 she needs. Eventually, everybody can just take a nap as Joe slowly makes his way through the challenge. In this instance, however, speed is irrelevant, and it’s probably doing more harm than good to rush. He can just take his time because after they run out of bags, they have to wait around until everybody is finished before they get any more bags. Joe ends up winning reward after scoring on his final two tosses in a row.

Joe chooses Aubry to go with him on reward. Then, at Aubry’s insistence, he picks Cydney to join them, a slap in the face to Tai and really not anything that was necessary. She should have shut her mouth and let Joe make enemies, rather than painting a target on her own back.

As they discuss their plans for final three that none of them are really sure about, Tai and Michele have the opportunity back at camp to try to bond since they seem to be on the bottom.

During their time at the reward, Aubry has decided that Cydney’s also a threat, so she might as well stick with who she has been with so far. This leads to her patching things up with Tai. When Cydney sees this, she approaches Michele, who also thinks she has Tai onboard with her.

A side effect of the reward is that during it Joe kept eating meat. He calls in medical because he’s stopped going to the bathroom.

After some medication and a bit of improvement, he’s still struggling and not improving enough where he’s comfortable. At age 72, his enlarged prostate is a contributing factor to the doctor’s concern that he won’t be able to recover while on the island. With that, Joe is evacuated.

Three people have now faced medical evacuation this season, the most ever. Normally we see something like this mid-season as well, so for it to happen one episode away from the finale feels somewhat anticlimactic.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Kaoh Rong Episode 14, where we will find out who the Survivor Kaoh Rong winner is, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Amazing Race 28 Episode 11

Posted by Shane on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11:24 pm

The lead teams colluded, without apparently having been smart enough to actually plan for it, to eliminate Brodie & Kurt in The Amazing Race 28 Episode 10 by using the U-Turn against them and then not permitting them to U-turn anyone else.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Tyler & Korey - 7:34AM
Second: Burnie & Ashley - 7:35AM
Third: Dana & Matt - 7:48AM
Fourth: Sheri & Cole - 7:51AM

With their U-turn plan, Tyler & Korey and Burnie & Ashley are the odds on favorite and eliminated what had been the strongest team, at least until Kurt couldn’t do any more road blocks and everything fell apart. Tyler thinks Dana & Matt are learning to communicate. I have not seen that change. Then there’s Sheri & Cole, who admit they’re not up to par with the other teams, but perhaps they could dumb luck their way into the finals.

Teams must now fly more than 2000 miles to Shenzhen, China. All teams are on the same flight.

Upon arrival, they have to find clues. After finding theirs, Tyler & Korey lie to Sheri & Cole and tell them they haven’t found anything yet. Then Burnie & Ashley walk by and comment about how there aren’t any clues left. Well, that lie didn’t work, and after finding the last clue, Sheri & Cole know exactly what just happened.

The road block at the Window of the World theme park requires teams to solve riddles to find famous monuments.

Road block (in order of arrival): Tyler, Dana, Burnie, Sheri

Not wanting to compete against Burnie & Ashley if possible, Tyler decides to work with Dana. That may help them get ahead, but it won’t do anything to help Sheri & Cole catch up. Then they do end up helping Burnie anyway because Dana, presumably not wanting to litter, tosses sticker backings into one of the cases. More bad lying by Tyler follows, but Burnie doesn’t fall for it.

The detour is a choice between commuter cycle or master of arts. In commuter cycle, teams must learn to ride hands free electric unicycles. In master of arts, teams must deliver and hang paintings according to the specifications.

Commuter Cycle: Sheri & Cole
Master of Arts: Tyler & Korey, Dana & Matt, Burnie & Ashley (switched from commuter cycle)

The cycling task is a matter of continuing to practice until you learn it. Burnie & Ashley eventually decide it will take too long, moving themselves from first to last. The other task is about precision of hanging paintings, which may require multiple (two) attempts with a lot of shifting the paintings around but doesn’t seem too difficult.

The pit stop for this leg of the race is Shenzhen Library Terrace.

First: Tyler & Korey
Second: Dana & Matt
Third: Sheri & Cole
Eliminated: Burnie & Ashley

Sheri & Cole struggled with the detour but stuck with it because they felt like they had no choice. Had Burnie & Ashley done the same, they probably would have been the third place team.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of The Amazing Race 28 Episode 12, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Survivor: Kaoh Rong Episode 12

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 10:57 pm

Julia was somewhere in the middle but never really in control, and it finally caught up with her in Survivor: Kaoh Rong Episode 11 as the majority alliance decided to get rid of her.

Jason’s now completely alone, but he has one last card to play. Nobody likes him, and he hasn’t done anything that would win him the game.

Tai reveals his extra vote to Aubry and Joe. That extra vote would give them the majority regardless of how everybody else votes.

In order to make himself extra dislikeable, Jason has a new strategy. Just sit around and do nothing. People may not like you more than now, but I don’t get how that’s a path toward winning.

For the reward challenge, they will cross obstacles in the water and then maneuver three balls through a maze. Reward is to go to an animal rescue sanctuary and have a picnic. Joe, Aubry, and Cydney are against Tai, Michele, and Jason. Joe is limping his way through the challenge and puts his team behind. They can’t really figure out the maze anyway, and by the time they land one ball, it’s already too late. Tai, Michele, and Jason win reward.

Though Tai loves animals, he’s worried that he’s going to the reward with the two outcasts rather than anyone with whom he is allied. The only thing he is missing is the girls getting mad at Joe telling them how to tend the fire, especially Cydney, who doesn’t like being told what to do.

For the immunity challenge, they will stack blocks on a wobbly table held by a rope and walk back and forth to the blocks. Jeff keeps talking about how Joe and Michele are winning, but none of that matters because they drop their blocks. So do Aubry and Tai. Then Jason. Meanwhile, Jeff has been going on and on about how Cydney is out of it, but slow and steady now has her ahead of the others. Joe can’t spell the word immunity any more, and Michele, Tai, and Aubry all drop again. Cydney’s leading all through the eighth letter, but then Jason passes her by seconds. Within feet of victory, Jason drops. Cydney wins immunity.

Tai has decided that Michele is the bigger threat because she hasn’t made any enemies. Aubry agrees. Tai tells everybody about this, including Jason. Joe and Cydney would prefer to get rid of Jason instead. Cydney’s the one who warns Michele, and now we’re back again to how Cydney can’t be told what to do.

The claws come out at Tribal Council, while Jason just sits there and watches.

Prior to the votes being read, Tai reveals that he wants to use his advantage, voting again for Michele, but he still needs one or two more.


With 4 votes, Jason has been voted of the island. Tai’s entire alliance turned on him but not to get rid of him, which just seems odd.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Kaoh Rong Episode 13, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Amazing Race 28 Episode 10

Posted by Shane on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 12:59 pm

As the only team to have a female do the first very physical road block, Zach & Rachel were eliminated in The Amazing Race 28 Episode 9.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Tyler & Korey - 7:45AM
Second: Burnie & Ashley - 7:52AM
Third: Sheri & Cole - 7:53AM
Fourth: Dana & Matt - 7:54AM
Fifth: Brodie & Kurt - 7:58AM

Teams must now head to Nusa Lembongan, still in Indonesia. All teams, including the team that was eliminated, finished within 15 minutes of each other.

The detour is a choice between harvest or haul. In harvest, teams must harvest seaweed. In haul, teams must deliver 50 coconuts and 4 chickens.

Haul: Tyler & Korey, Burnie & Ashley, Sheri & Cole, Brodie & Kurt, Dana & Matt

Every team chooses the same detour. This would seem to favor the stronger males. But then there’s Dana, the only person who can only carry a single chicken because she needs to save the rest of her energy to yell at her partner. After doing her share of about 15% of the work, she’s still exhausted.

Tyler & Korey are the first to arrive at the U-turn board, and they U-turn Brodie & Kurt, who they see as the biggest threat, though Brodie must now do all the road blocks and has proven to not be very good at them. Korey isn’t sure they made a smart move because everybody did the same task, and they can just turn around and U-turn the team behind them. Burnie & Ashley have a better plan. They U-Turn Tyler & Korey, wasting the U-turn so that Brodie & Kurt can’t use it on anybody.

The road block requires teams to jump four stories off a cliff.

Road block (in order of arrival): Tyler, Ashley, Cole, Matt, Brodie

A rather simple task that won’t last long enough for anyone who just had to do two detours to catch up.

The Bajra Sandhi monument is the pit stop for this leg of the race.

First: Tyler & Korey (win an Alaskan cruise)
Second: Burnie & Ashley
Third: Dana & Matt
Fourth: Sheri & Cole
Eliminated: Brodie & Kurt

After the other teams colluded to get rid of them, Brodie & Kurt have been eliminated.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of The Amazing Race 28 Episode 11, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Survivor: Kaoh Rong Episode 11

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 11:43 pm

Scot and Jason thought they were in control of the game, but that all changed in Survivor: Kaoh Rong Episode 10 when Tai refused to play along with their super idol plan and ejected Scot and Jason’s idol from the game.

Michele and Julia were out of the loop and realize that puts them on the bottom with Jason.

Tai feels bad for what he did, but he realizes it’s a game in which he now has all the advantages.

For the reward challenge, they will retrieve rings from an obstacle course and then toss them. Reward is a helicopter ride to a picnic. They are tethered together in pairs: Joe and Tai, Julia and Aubry, and Michele and Cydney. By random draw, Jason will not participate. They are pretty close as they get to the ring toss. Joe and Cydney are the only ones having any success. After scoring for a third time, Cydney wins reward for herself and Michele. They choose Aubry to go with them, giving the reason that she hasn’t eaten.

While eating, Aubry and Cydney agree that they still trust Michele. Cydney would rather keep her around a lot more than Tai, who they can’t beat. This is Tai’s problem. None of his alliances actually want to keep him for very long. He’s a challenge threat, a social threat, and has both a hidden immunity idol and an extra vote.

Meanwhile, back at camp, Jason and Julia are plotting to get rid of Tai. They tell cydney when she gets back. As soon as he’s gone, they’re eating Mark the chicken.

For the immunity challenge, they will race out to a platform in the water to memorize symbols and corresponding numbers, which they will use to solve a puzzle on the beach. It doesn’t seem likely that they would do it on the first try, but Julia and Michele both do that and open their boxes with letters to unscramble. It’s even more unexpected that the Beauty tribe members are winning while the Brains fall apart around them. Joe decides to just quit, but by this point it doesn’t matter anyway. Michele wins immunity.

Jason’s the easy vote, but Julia wouldn’t be such a bad choice either after coming so close at the challenge. Michele was fine with the Jason vote, but she doesn’t want to get rid of Julia.

Before the votes are read, Tai asks Aubry if he should play his idol. She thinks he’s fine.


With 4 votes, Julia has been voted off the island. Always being with both sides but not really has finally caught up to her.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Kaoh Rong Episode 12, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Amazing Race 28 Episode 9

Posted by Shane on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 11:59 pm

Sheri & Cole continued to limp along in The Amazing Race 28 Episode 8 but were saved by non-elimination.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Brodie & Kurt - 12:28AM
Second: Burnie & Ashley - 12:30AM
Third: Tyler & Korey - 1:18AM
Fourth: Zach & Rachel - 1:31AM
Fifth: Dana & Matt - 1:48AM
Sixth: Sheri & Cole - 4:11AM

Brodie & Kurt may not be that far ahead of some of the teams, but it’s clear based on how far ahead they are of the trailing teams, notably Sheri & Cole, that they wasted their express pass. It’s not even like they gave it a lot of consideration or effort and thought they were in danger either. They were in first place and had plenty of time to make a decision.

Teams must now fly 4600 miles to Bali, Indonesia. All teams are on the same flight.

Upon arrival, teams pick times for departure the next morning.

6:15AM - Brodie & Kurt, Sheri & Cole
6:30AM - Burnie & Ashley, Tyler & Korey
6:45AM - Zach & Rachel, Dana & Matt

The first task is to deliver offerings to temples, including the large snakes that are put around their necks.

The road block requires teams to collect sea water and produce salt.

Prior to that, Sheri & Cole must prepare and sell 10 breakfasts and eat one themselves for their speed bump.

Road block (in order of arrival): Kurt, Tyler, Burnie, Rachel, Cole, Matt

Brodie doesn’t seem to want to do any road blocks, which may become a problem now that Kurt is up to his sixth since it puts the team in a position where they have no choice but to have Brodie do them. With Brodie having done only three, one of which he quit without really trying, their ability to win this race may come down to poor planning.

This task is just a lot of physical labor, specifically the carrying of buckets of water from the sea. This seems to be bad news for the one female who chose to do this task (and apparently does not have sunscreen with her), but for all the focus over this, she does not seem to fall too far behind.

The next road block requires teams to build and fly a giant kite. Whoever did not perform the first one must do this.

Road block (in order of arrival): Ashley, Korey, Brodie, Sheri, Dana, Zach

The pit stop for this leg of the race is Phinisi, a traditional Indonesian sail boat.

First: Tyler & Korey (win $5,000 each)
Second: Burnie & Ashley
Third: Sheri & Cole
Fourth: Dana & Matt
Fifth: Brodie & Kurt
Eliminated: Zach & Rachel

In a footrace (on boats), Brodie & Kurt narrowly survive their stupid decision to use the express pass last week, but in the end, Zach & Rachel have been eliminated because of a bad road block choice.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of The Amazing Race 28 Episode 10, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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