Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 1

In season 36, Survivor returns to visit the bad decisions of the past. 20 people make up the Survivor: Ghost Island cast and are split into two tribes of ten.

Malalo (Orange): Brendan, Donathan, Jacob, James, Jenna, Laurel, Libby, Michael, Stephanie Gonzalez, Stephanie J
Naviti (Purple): Angela, Bradley, Chelsea, Chris, Desiree, Domenick, Kellyn, Morgan, Sebastian, Wendell

Malolo chooses Brendan to represent their tribe. Niviti picks Chris. They each assume the fittest guy is the proper representative. It turns out that these picks are left to choose people to participate in the challenge. Brendan picks Michael as the fittest person and Laurel for the puzzle. Chris chooses Sebastian and Desiree.

The first person will race through a series of obstacles to dig up a set of keys to use to retrieve puzzle pieces, then the other person will solve the puzzle. They will get much less rice than any previous season, but they instead receive fishing gear. The twist is that the winning tribe not only will receive a shelter building kit, but they will also get to keep the fishing gear. If they think they are going to lose, the leaders can forfeit and keep their fishing gear, but it will come with a penalty of losing eggs and flint to the winners.

Michael hits the ground running but fades about half way through. Still, the tribes are roughly even as they hit the puzzle. Desiree objected to being selected to do the puzzle, though she was not vocal about it like Morgan was. Laurel did not express similar concerns. Chris eventually decides to forfeit the challenge.

Probst questions whether anybody wishes they could have made a different decision. Yes, Domenick does.

Michael is actually 18. He is going to pretend to be 23. He has the body to pull it off, but does he have the maturity?

Chris and Sebastian immediately form an alliance, and they are already worried about Domenick.

On day two, Jacob loses his shoes. Not off to a promising start. After this dumb mistake, he promptly goes searching for an idol, and he is obvious about it.

Wendell went to law school. So now he is a furniture designer. Those skills may come in handy on the island at least.

Sebastian makes the mistake of trusting too many people, telling Wendell that the target is Dom. Nobody blames Sebastian, though. They assume Chris is the trouble maker.

For the immunity challenge, they will use ropes to pull a sled with giant puzzle pieces. Someone from the losing tribe will be the first to visit Ghost Island. Naviti takes a lead retrieving the ropes, and they are still ahead by the time it comes to the puzzle. It doesn’t get any better on the puzzle either. If anything, it gets worse. Naviti wins immunity.

Naviti can pick who goes to Ghost Island. That person cannot be voted out. The simple concept here is to pick a weak link, and they choose someone whose mouth stands out, Jacob, who has been assuming he is probably on the chopping block.

Jacob can gamble for an advantage. He can either gain an advantage or lose his vote next time. He wins the legacy advantage, which guarantees immunity at either six people or 13. He can’t use it and seems unlikely to get that far anyway, but he must gift it to someone on the other tribe, choosing Morgan.

Since their easiest target is gone, they need to find a second choice. Donathan’s name comes up. Knowing that will probably happen, he suggests Gonzalez. Although he is arguably the weakest link, the concern is that she would be less likely to listen to people.

Gonzalez gets up at Tribal and starts whispering. We’ve seen this before, but it is weird to see this early. What’s going to happen here should be pretty obvious, at least to more than half the tribe. If you don’t have this lined up by now, you aren’t going to change it by doing this.

Votes
Donathan
Gonzalez
Gonzalez
Gonzalez
Gonzalez
Gonzalez

With 5 votes, Gonzalez has been voted off the island. Seeing her behavior at Tribal Council, that result doesn’t seem particularly surprising.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 2, which airs next on CBS.

Celebrity Big Brother Season 1 Winner

The first season of Big Brother: Quitters Edition has been as rushed and abridged as perhaps we can expect when dealing with people who think they are celebrities. There are still five people left heading into the final night, as we conclude with the same expedited nature of the show that we have seen all season. Omarosa, Ariadna, Ross, Marissa, and Mark are the final five. With all the dumb luck twists and hurrying through the season, it’s hard to really point to which of them has played the best game, though it hasn’t gone so fast that I can say any of them has grown on me to the point where I’m actually rooting for them.

The HOH competition requires them to be the last person standing on their skis. Marissa is predictably the first to fall. Ariadna is next. Ross puts a deal on the table, which seems silly at this point in the game. Night one maybe, but we’re way too far in by now. Except it actually works, no matter how much Omarosa sticks her nose into it. Ross wins HOH.

Nominations
Ariadna
Omarosa

The veto competition requires them to match days with events that happened in the house. They must try to get the fastest time possible, but also must get as many correct answers as possible. Mark (6 correct), Ariadna (4 correct), and Omarosa (1 correct) are eliminated based on the other two having a perfect score of 8 correct. Marissa finishes in 12:31. Ross wins the power of veto with a time of 5:42.

Veto Ceremony
Veto is not used.

Votes
Marissa: Omarosa
Mark: Omarosa

By a vote of 2-0, Omarosa has been evicted from the Big Brother house. Good riddance. Please stop showing up on my TV screen. She had the chance to stop this alliance, but she kept them intact both times she was HOH.

The final HOH competition normally takes place in three parts, but we don’t have time for that here. Instead, it is a single multiple guess question challenge.

Marissa is the only one to get the first question correct. Everybody gets the second, third, fourth, and fifth questions correct. Ross and Mark get the final question correct, bringing us to a three way tiebreaker. Everybody goes over, so Marissa wins HOH with the closest answer.

Marissa must now eliminate not one but two people and determine the other person sitting next to her in the finals. She chooses to evict Mark and Ariadna so that her ally Ross can come with her. Perhaps not the smartest decision but a loyal one.

Now the first jury since season 3 to know exactly what happened during the entire season returns to vote. There’s a reason for sequester (Danielle should have won that season), although it is broken because everybody is sequestered together and can spend weeks trying to influence the result.

Votes
Mark: Ross
Ariadna: Marissa
Omarosa: Marissa
James: Marissa
Brandi: Ross
Metta: Ross
Shannon: Marissa
Keshia: Marissa
Chuck: Marissa

The Celebrity Big Brother winner is Marissa Jaret Winokur.

As far as America’s favorite, the top three vote getters are Shannon, James, and Ross. I was expecting Shannon and James, but the actual winner is Ross.