Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 1

We start with a cast of 18 castaways split into three tribes of six people each.

Levu (Heroes): Alan, Ashley, Ben, Chrissy, JP, Katrina
Soko (Healers): Cole, Desi, Jessica, Joe, Mike, Roark
Yawa (Hustlers): Ali, Devon, Lauren, Patrick, Ryan, Simone

They begin right away with a combination supply run and reward challenge. They will gather supplies from the boat and load them on to their own boats. When Jeff rings the bell, they must all get on their boats and head toward shore, where they will have to lift one person high enough to light their torch. First place is a fire making kit; second place is flint. Ryan picks up the secret advantage randomly hidden among the supplies everybody is tossing overboard in complete chaos. After the bell rings, Heroes and Healers are doing well while the Hustlers aren’t even pointing in the right direction. Healers win. Heroes place second right behind them. Hustlers, they aren’t even on the beach yet.

Probation officer Joe views his fellow Healers as people with big hearts (aka suckers).

The Heroes start making alliances almost immediately. Ashley and JP specifically are the first two to combine, and they like Ben, who has joined forces with Alan to make a foursome. It doesn’t help that the other two are older women who can be their own alliance but are not viewed as challenge assets.

Likewise, Ali promptly forms an alliance with Patrick on the Hustlers tribe.

Ryan’s advantage? An immunity superidol. Really? It can be played after the votes have been read, but at least it can only be played at the first Tribal Council, making it essentially useless. He shares this information with Devon.

Mike’s 10 year old son told him he should search for an idol, so that is what he does. He is obvious about it, and Joe warns him that they know.

Alan never really trusted JP and Ashley, and he wants to stir the pot, realizing it may make him look like a crazy man. A strip search ensues. So much for that alliance.

For the immunity challenge, they will race up a cargo net, pull a heavy cart, and ride it to a table maze, which they will carry to the top of a taller tower to solve. They are close to even after the carts, but being slightly ahead of another tribe allows them to pick which maze they like, Heroes first and then Hustlers. Healers got stuck with the maze that the others left behind, a simple single line balancing “maze”, and they easily win. Heroes bounce in and out on their third ball, allowing Hustlers to take second place.

Immediately after the challenge, Chrissy falls to the ground and vomits. They didn’t need a sign that she is a weak link, but that may be one if they did need it. The other potential target from a keeping the tribe strong perspective is Katrina. Their saving grace may be that Alan doesn’t trust the couple, assuming there is a couple.

But there’s a twist. Even if her own tribe didn’t take the hint that she may be a problem in challenges, Ryan did. His super idol must be played at the first Tribal Council. Since he will not be there, he had to will it to someone, and he chooses Chrissy, who can play it after the votes are read and as such can save herself or Katrina, ensuring that the tribe will be forced to sabotage itself because any other choice will apparently weaken the tribe in challenges, though getting rid of Alan, which is not an option on the table, would remove disruptive behavior.

Votes
Katrina
Ashley
Katrina
Katrina
Katrina

With 4 votes, Katrina has been voted off the island. Chrissy joined the rest of the tribe to vote out what they deemed the weakest link, eliminating her closest ally in the process.

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

Big Brother Season 19 Winner

Kevin became Paul’s latest victim in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 37, leaving a final three of Christmas Abbott, Josh Martinez, and Paul Abrahamian. I could probably come up with a worse final three if I had to, but there are not many. I’m torn between the same things the jury is. Paul is the only one who actually played the game and played everybody who was too dumb to see it just because they saw him on TV last year. But his gameplay was not as genius as he thought because the whole point was to not get any blood on his hands, which he failed miserably to do since it was so obvious to everybody he burned, albeit too late for them to do anything about it but maybe vote against him in the end. That said, I can’t think of the justification of voting for either of the other two, no matter how bad Paul was. There is no argument for Christmas or Josh, just one against Paul. Most people in the jury probably wish they could just not vote at all, and I’m left unenthused about the outcome as I have been for the past couple of very predictable months.

The first part of the HOH competition is endurance. They will have to stand on a tilting cloud while holding the tail of a unicorn. Christmas is finally healed enough to compete, but that doesn’t mean she is 100%. Josh is the first to fall at 40 minutes. After 54 minutes, Christmas falls, and Paul wins.

Part two of the final HOH competition requires them to identify houseguests that match the clues on screen and knock the others over using various weapons.

Christmas – 1 hour, 39 minutes
Josh – 1 hour, 32 minutes

Josh wins and will compete against Paul in the final part of the HOH competition.

Paul has already been working on convincing Josh to drop Christmas and take him instead because he knows that people don’t him but they don’t like Josh either.

Dr. Will returns to talk to the jury. Whatever is happening inside the house, that won’t stop the bickering between the jury.

Nobody has any respect for Josh, but he comes out ahead of Paul in the minds of some because at least he was brutally honest.

Christmas doesn’t come off much better, but at least they don’t hate her. Her biggest move was that she broke her foot. Then she got carried to the end.

Paul played. Overplayed. He did whatever it took to get to the end, but he forgot that those people he backstabbed have to vote for someone in the end.

The final multiple guess competition will require them to fill in the blanks of juror statements.

Cody said his favorite moment in the house was winning the battle back. Paul is correct.

Elena said her biggest regret in the game was not standing up for Mark more. Josh is correct.

Mark said the moment in the house that irritated him the most was when the house harassed and bullied Jess and Cody. Both are correct.

Matt said the best thing about being in the house was Raven’s cooking. Josh is correct.

Jason said his most embarrassing moment in the house was not being able to defend himself in an argument with Matt. Both are incorrect.

Raven said the most annoying thing about the house was the gross nasty kitchen. Both are incorrect.

Alex said the houseguest who she thought made the worst game decisions was Jessica. Josh is correct. Josh wins HOH.

Vote
Josh: Christmas

I didn’t expect that. Josh is banking on people being so pissed off at Paul that they will refuse to vote for him. That is not off base, but it’s a gamble. Still, I don’t know if he had much choice. Taking Christmas means taking somebody who hasn’t been pissing people off from the beginning, even if she didn’t do much. Maybe Christmas should have listened to Josh when he repeatedly tried to warn her about the game Paul is playing.

Paul is asked about the bullying tactic he orchestrated and participated in.

Josh is asked about his lack of strategy. He points to the alliances he joined and the elimination of Alex.

Following the theme, Paul is asked about friendship, or rather all the friendships he created to destroy.

Josh is asked about playing a bigger part in Paul’s game than his own.

The next question for Paul is why he lied to the jury days and even hours before they left, knowing they would compare notes.

Lastly, Josh is asked about all the fights he was in. Neither of them came out of this looking any better.

After the votes but before revealing them, they do show one smart move Josh made. He ratted out both of his allies to every jury member, starting their wheels spinning before they even made it to the jury house.

Votes
Christmas: Paul
Kevin: Paul
Alex: Josh
Raven: Paul
Jason: Josh
Matt: Paul
Mark: Josh
Elena: Josh
Cody: Josh

By a vote of 5-4, the Big Brother Season 19 winner is Josh Martinez. How fitting for Cody to cast the deciding vote, the person who has been saying since the beginning all the things about Paul that everybody else was too dumb to realize until they were sitting on the jury, except for Raven and Matt, who still don’t get it. For the second season in a row, Paul comes one vote short. Please don’t make it a third. He gets a lot of points for controlling the game, but he failed to consider the jury, so focused on making it look like he had no blood on his hands that he didn’t see it was all over the rest of his body.

After he screwed his team over and took safety for himself then started picking fights with random people for no reason in the first week, I thought Josh was not long for the game. Then he made allies with the guy who made everybody else angry and the girl (one of them) who did nothing. I expect people to begrudgingly accept this win because they wanted Paul to lose, but happy is not likely a word that will accompany the description.

The top three vote getters of America’s favorite houseguest were Kevin, Cody, and Jason. Cody wins the vote and $25,000. If not for the battle back, he was on his way toward being one of the most hated, but at some point in those few weeks people started agreeing with his seemingly crazy plan.

Big Brother will return again this winter with the first US edition of Celebrity Big Brother.

America’s Got Talent Season 12 Winner

10 acts advanced to the finals of America’s Got Talent, and tonight the winner of the public vote will be revealed. The final 10 acts in the running are:

Angelica Hale (singer)
Chase Goehring (singer)
Sara and Hero (dog act)
Diavolo (dance/acrobats)
Evie Clair (singer)
Preacher Lawson (comedian)
Keichi Okwuchi (singer)
Darci Lynne Farmer (singing ventriloquist)
Mandy Harvey (singer)
Light Balance (dancers)

There are a few stand out acts in that group to go along with the singers, and overall it is a good lineup.

Five acts have advanced to the top spots:

Angelica Hale
Darci Lynne Farmer
Light Balance
Mandy Harvey
Sara and Hero

5th Place: Sara and Hero
4th Place: Mandy Harvey
3rd Place: Light Balance
2nd Place: Angelica Hale

America’s Got Talent Season 12 Winner: Darci Lynne Farmer

Most of the singing only acts fall flat for me, though Angelica Hale is very talented and not surprisingly came close to winning, but Darci was different with the addition of ventriloquism and comedy. A deserving winner following in the footsteps of Terry Fator, who won the show a decade ago.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 37

Paul finished turning on Alex in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 36 and had his idiot minions send her packing, then he won HOH for the first time since June. As for those who remain, they still don’t seem suspicious, except for Josh, who should be suspicious of everybody because of the terrible allies he has picked and is now stuck with.

Nominations
Josh
Kevin

The final four nominations are largely symbolic, but they still mean something. Christmas is the one Paul should trust most because she is so awful at this game she would consider going against him in the finals.

Matt goes to the jury house, the only place he is going to find any common sense in this game. He was taken out despite the plan to “backdoor” Kevin, the guy who has lost almost every competition in spectacular fashion. Then there’s Cody. He doesn’t care at all, the same sentiments shared by a lot of people about this season.

Jason comes in and tells the story. They were going to backdoor Kevin. Honest. He’s a massive challenge threat. Jason is so far gone that he blames Alex. She didn’t do anything but make the same stupid decisions he did, which he’ll find out in about a week.

Maybe not even that long. Here comes Raven an hour later. Her video of what happened shows Jason exactly who is to blame, possibly, he still doesn’t really believe it was Paul’s fault. Speaking of blame, Raven doesn’t place any on Paul. Despite her and Matt being evicted back to back, she knew that Paul had an alliance with everybody, but she considers them his one true alliance. This just keeps getting more ridiculous. Elena can’t help but laugh.

It takes Alex being evicted for Jason to finally admit that he was wrong. Raven, she’s probably still going to be living in denial even after she goes home and watches the show in which she did nothing.

The question in the jury house is: do they vote for the one person that is actually playing the game, or do they vote against the guy who is playing such a shady game with the most over the top case of wanting to appear as if he’s not getting blood on his hands (which is not working… people know what he’s doing, except Raven, but only after it’s too late)?

The veto competition will have them spinning wheels to set the day number when an event happened. Christmas finishes last on the first question, the first of three allowed last place finishes. The other person who sucks at this challenge, Kevin, loses next. Then again. And again. Kevin has been eliminated. With Kevin out, now Christmas can start finishing last, twice in a row. Josh has finished first almost every time so far. Josh finishes last in the next round. Then the next round and the one after that. Paul wins the power of veto.

There’s no need for Paul to use the power because whatever happens is somebody else’s fault. Christmas has been a bad ally for Josh lately, but I can’t imagine what she would gain by turning on him, even if Kevin hasn’t done much and can’t win anything.

Veto Ceremony
Veto is not used.

Vote
Christmas: Kevin

By a vote of 1-0, Kevin has been evicted from the Big Brother house. Paul pretends that Christmas went rogue, and in case you missed the pattern, Kevin buys it.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 39, where we will find out who the Big Brother Season 19 winner is, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 36

After everybody else threw the HOH again in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 35, Josh won and predictably nominated Kevin and Alex.

It’s a surprise eviction episode. Nobody is sad. Let’s get this season over with.

Josh’s awful ally, Christmas, continues to get worse. She refuses to tell him she will take him to the final two.

The veto competition is to match BB Comics with those on the wall. Christmas has not been medically cleared for this one that involves climbing a ladder and running around.

Kevin – 45:00 (time expires)
Alex – 14:34
Josh – 24:36
Paul – 12:10

Paul wins the power of veto. Isn’t it convenient how he can win veto but can’t win HOH to save his life? The warning signs keep flashing, people.

Paul is finally honest with Alex. Sort of. For once. He will not be using the veto on her. Paul needs to tread carefully here. He has duped all these idiots, which they are at long last realizing, but he’s not doing it in a way that will make them remember him fondly as they head to jury.

Veto Ceremony
Veto is not used.

Votes
Christmas: Alex
Paul: Kevin

It’s tied again. What a gutless vote. Once again, Paul refuses to accept responsibility for his plan. We’ve passed the point of not wanting to get blood on his hands into a blatant strategy that nobody is buying (too late). Josh votes to evict Alex.

The HOH competition requires them to fill in blanks of statements from their fellow houseguests. Everybody gets the first question correct. Paul gets the second question correct. Everybody get the third question correct. Paul is the only one to get the fourth and fifth questions correct. With only two questions remaining and a clean sweep, Paul wins HOH.

Paul has not won HOH since week 1. Now he is somehow able to win it in the week in which his power does not matter and all the blood goes on somebody else’s hands, typically the veto winner. Again, where is the alarm in these people’s heads? It’s not like he’s Dr. Will and throwing every single competition to look incompetent. He only wins when it benefits only him, let his team be damned, all 12 of them.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 37, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 35

The double eviction thankfully got us closer to the end of the game in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 34. First Jason went home on a planned split vote that only served to get no blood on Paul’s hands, then Raven was eliminated in a thoroughly pointless HOH.

Paul talked Alex into making the stupid nominations she did, and once again she bought it. She did instruct Josh to vote out Kevin, which he did, but adding insult to injury, he was the only one to play along with her obvious wishes since she has been trying to get rid of Kevin for weeks. After being screwed over twice in half an hour, she’s starting to talk like someone who realizes she’s been getting played this whole time. That makes Christmas the last remaining wall who refuses to see Paul’s game even a little.

Same story from Paul. He wants everybody to throw the competition along with him so that some other idiot can do the dirty work. The plan is for Josh to win and take out Alex. That would be par for the course for this season. Josh talks tough about how he’s going to do what he wants, but I haven’t seen anything to convince me of that.

The HOH competition is based on a BB Comics movie trailer they are shown. Josh, Christmas, and Kevin get the first one correct. Everybody gets the second question correct. Everybody other than Kevin gets the third question correct. Paul is the only one go get the next question correct. Only Kevin gets the next question correct, which makes everybody tied. Josh is the only person correct on the next question. Everybody is incorrect on the next question. Josh wins HOH.

Though he came a lot closer than he usually does, Kevin threw the competition, so he tells us, under the impression that Christmas was going to win.

Nominations
Kevin
Alex

Predictable as always.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 36, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 34

Paul won the power of veto and did what he planned with it in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 33, saving Alex who was replaced with Kevin to go up against Jason.

The theory is that he doesn’t want to get any blood on his hands, but I don’t really get it. With 4 votes to evict, in order to get rid of Jason, Paul must vote him out, unless Christmas is dumb enough to let Paul send a tie to her, which based on what we saw last night would not be all that surprising but really does not make any amount of sense.

And so we start off the show and find out that is precisely his plan. Please don’t tell me these people are this dumb. The only person who benefits from a tiebreaker is Paul. Again.

Once again, Josh attempts to be the voice of reason. Yeah, Josh is the voice of reason.

Votes
Alex: Kevin
Raven: Jason
Paul: Kevin
Josh: Jason

The vote is tied 2-2. HOH Christmas has the deciding vote and votes to evict Jason. This is one of the dumbest seasons ever. He leaves without saying anything to anyone, not even Alex, who runs after him as he exits.

Following the eviction, Josh and Paul stage a fake fight in which Paul asks if the same thing would have happened to him. Then Jason talks to Julie, telling her he doesn’t know who turned on him. Perhaps Josh can shed some light on it. He admits his part but gives all the credit/blame to Paul. Right after that, we see Paul’s less convincing video, denying any responsibility.

The double eviction continues with a real/fake news HOH competition about events that may or may not have taken place in the house this summer. Everybody gets the first question correct. Raven, Kevin, and Alex are correct on the second question. Everybody is correct on the next question. Everybody except Kevin is correct on the fourth question. Josh and Alex are the only ones correct on the fifth question. Everybody is correct on the next question. As we go to the final headline, Alex has gotten everything correct, while Josh and Raven can only hope to tie her. Everybody but Kevin is correct on the final question. Alex wins HOH.

Nominations
Kevin
Raven

And you thought she was going to seek revenge for what just happened. This gets worse and worse. These people aren’t even trying.

With six people left, everybody plays in the power of veto competition. They will race to find limes in a pile of lemons, which they will then drop from atop the stairs into tubes. The tube dropping is harder than it looks, and people keep missing. Alex hasn’t been finding the most, but she does have the best aim and is two ahead of anybody else. Raven and Josh eventually pull even with her at three each. Josh seems like he’s been taking the most shots, and he ends up pulling ahead and winning the power of veto, which he wouldn’t have if Julie weren’t rushing him since she had to keep telling him during his celebration it doesn’t count if he doesn’t press his button.

Veto Ceremony
Veto is not used.

Kevin or Raven? Once again, it doesn’t matter. What a weak HOH.

Votes
Paul: Raven
Christmas: Raven
Josh: Kevin

By a vote of 2-1, Raven has been evicted from the Big Brother house. Did Paul make Josh vote differently for the sake of casting doubt? Josh profusely apologizes to Raven as she leaves the house and he again breaks down crying. What is with these people? Their logic does not resemble our Earth logic. As far as Alex’s target, it wasn’t Raven, but her alleged ally Paul didn’t care.

Julie makes an announcement of something I actually wasn’t expecting, unlike almost everything else that has happened on this show the past several weeks. This winter, there will be a special Big Brother. No, not that CBS All Access nonsense. Rather, Celebrity Big Brother will be happening.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 35, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 19 Episode 33

The entire house handed Christmas HOH in Big Brother Season 19 Episode 32, and she used it to target the last other remaining duo, Alex and Jason.

Paul plays dumb, and Jason knows it. He’s aware that Paul knows what is going on in the house because they have been following him around since the beginning because he was a vet. I was hoping at some point someone else could earn the distinction of being called that.

Josh also plays dumb, but it’s Josh. Easy to sell.

Jason jokingly (apparently) says that he hears that Josh has an alliance with Christmas. Isn’t it obvious? Josh accuses Paul of being the one telling him everything, and Christmas warns him that she’s angry and he can’t say anything like that again. The guys are sort of figuring things out, but the women are trying to keep them in their delusion about Paul being on anybody’s side.

Christmas picks Kevin at random to participate in the power of veto competition. Alex chooses Raven. Jason picks Paul (houseguest’s choice).

The veto competition is Punch, Slap, Kick, in which they will be punched, slapped, and kicked and must recall the sequence and answer multiple guess questions like “Which action happened four times?” Everybody but Jason gets the first question correct. Alex, Paul, and Raven are correct on the second question. Only Raven is correct on the third question, but she is the only one incorrect on the fourth question. Kevin and Raven are incorrect on the fifth question. Alex and Paul are tied for the lead while Jason and Kevin have been mathematically eliminated. Everybody is correct other than Raven on the final question so they go to a tiebreaker. With encouragement from Jason, Alex decides not to throw it. Both are correct again and again. Both are incorrect next time. This keeps going. Finally, Paul wins the power of veto.

Josh proposes not using the power because that will protect all three of them. Of course, Paul is not interested in protecting all three of them, so it’s not going to happen. Josh continues to get suspicious. Christmas continues to remain in denial, and she again gets mad at him this time because he walked away from talking to a wall. He’s stuck with this alliance whether they ignore him or not.

Veto Ceremony
Paul saves Alex.
Kevin is the replacement.

The excuse is that Kevin is the only person who has never been on the block. Paul points out he hasn’t been on the block either, which was conveniently forgotten. Kevin is afraid that he may have thrown his game away when he threw the veto away.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother Season 19 Episode 34, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.