Denise Apologizes for “Misleading” Survivor: China Finale

In the Survivor: China finale, Denise led us to believe that she had lost her job as a result of the show, prompting Mark Burnett to offer her $50,000 (in addition to the $70,000 she got for coming in fourth place). It was pretty apparent between this (prompted by Jeff Probst) and the comment about going back to being a lunch lady and making $7/hr that the producers were more than happy to help her in seeking sympathy.

When the superintendent of schools was questioned about this on The Early Show, she said Denise was promoted (better benefits and much better pay) to janitor before she even went on the show. Denise readily agreed this was correct.

Denise’s side of the story is that she was upset that she could not go back to being a lunch lady, which isn’t about being a distraction like she claimed on the finale, but rather that the position was filled and has been filled for quite some time, since she’s been working as a janitor since March 30.

“It was not my intention to be misleading,” she said.

On the show, she did not commit to what would happen with the money. However, since that time, she has told the Associated Press that she does not plan to keep the money.

“I do not feel comfortable about accepting the $50,000. I would instead ask that it be donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation,” Denise said. “Please accept my apology. I would also like to thank all the people who have supported me through this experience.”

Survivor: China Winner

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One of the more hardcore players of the season, Peih-Gee, finally got the boot in Survivor: China Episode 13. Now we’re down to the final four: Todd Herzog, Amanda Kimmel, Courtney Yates, and Denise Martin. At this point, we’re basically just coming down to the end of the Todd and Amanda show. I can’t imagine a scenario in which either of the other two win, and I hope the jury doesn’t get stupid all of a sudden and give them the win for doing nothing (but not for lack of opportunity). Now it’s just a question of whether Todd or Amanda can get rid of the other one to boost their own chances.

The reward challenge is for food (pizza, beer, soda, and brownies), much to everyone’s delight. It’s a mini Great Wall, a comination obstacle course and puzzle. They must climb down the wall then build a bridge. Todd and Amanda are the first to complete the bridge. The others are out of it. They’ll then grab the puzzle pieces and bring them up the wall. In this more physical part of the challenge, Todd manages to get a bit of a lead. Courtney finishes the bridge and has some prayer. Denise, well, she finally finishes her bridge… eventually. Amanda’s the first to finish the puzzle and wins reward.

Jeff gives her a choice. It’s a serving for one (it’s a whole pizza, a few beers, a pitcher of soda, and a few brownies… but okay, we’ll go with the serving for one theory). She can either keep it that way or invite one or two people to come along with her. She decides to bring Todd with her. I don’t think she really needs to have any more security than that, although Courtney certainly has the potential to be a bitter juror.

She says she picked him because she doesn’t trust him at all. This is rather an odd alliance. Nobody trusts Todd, yet they continue to work with him, up to and including doing as he tells them to do. For some reason, not only does she tell us she doesn’t trust him. She tells him, too. He swears that he’ll take her no matter what.

Denise complains about not getting picked all the time or being picked last. She’s had chances to change her fate in the game, but she’s refused and has been content to just stay on this same course.

Todd’s telling everybody what they want to hear. It’s hard to tell what’s true. What we do know is he just wants someone other than himself to be sent home. That and he’s really paranoid.

After a walk down memory lane, it’s time for the final immunity challenge (yeah, the lame final three instead of final two is still alive). The challenge is to balance dishes on the end of a wooden arm. A plate and a bowl go on first, followed by another plate. They keep adding dishes as time goes by. It’s unclear what length of time they’ve got between dishes, but it doesn’t appear like it’s a lot (about 30 seconds). Still, this is a combination of a relatively brief endurance challenge along with having to be extremely still and focused. Todd’s the first to show any sign of weakness and is the first person to be eliminated. With the next dish, Courtney and Denise are struggling. Amanda, who seems to be doing fine, thinks outside the box and places a dish in the way she thinks will give her an advantage, rather than the way everybody else is. Courtney’s out on this dish. Denise wants to make a deal. Amanda’s not interested. On the next dish, Denise is out. Amanda wins immunity.

Denise feels like she’s on the outside (still), so she approaches Amanda. With a sob story.

Todd pitches the vote out Denise plan to Amanda and Courtney. Both appear to be onboard. He reiterates that he’d be proud to lose to Amanda, whereas he’d be pissed if he lost to Denise. Amanda promises Denise she won’t vote for her tonight. She’s afraid of going up against Todd, who’s played the game quite well. Courtney’s more concerned that Denise will get sympathy votes.

At tribal council, Denise brings up the theory of sympathy votes. James laughs. Courtney tells us how she’s sucked at the game and doesn’t have the best personality. Amanda denies having told Denise she still has her back. For some reason, Todd takes the time to make a comment, one that is potentially a dangerous one, about this.

Votes:
Denise
Todd
Denise
Denise

She had the chance to force a tie two weeks ago, and she had the chance to flip with Amanda and Peih-Gee last week. Denise being fourth out of this group was something everybody else saw coming a mile away.

At this point, Courtney’s only usefulness is if she can steal a vote or two (perhaps Frosti’s). Todd’s played the game well. Perhaps too well. Everybody knew what he was doing, but none of them acted on it. Has he pissed off too many people, or will they reward him for playing the game? Then there’s Amanda. She’s played just as smart as Todd, often times smarter. But her gameplay has been much stealthier. She probably doesn’t have as many enemies, but have people taken as much notice of what she’s done?

When they get back to camp, Amanda confronts Todd about what happened at tribal council. She feels awful because she helped him get to the final three. He apologizes, but she doesn’t believe it.

Amanda’s opening comments are about her strategy and an apology for voting against some people who didn’t think she was going to vote for them. Todd’s speech is about how he played the game, whether he backstabbed them or not. Courtney says she had no strategy and no idea what she was doing but plays up that she didn’t get voted out right away as she expected.

James is up first. He just asks about the good times they’ve had in the game. Courtney goes back to the first challenge, where she realized she wouldn’t be the first person voted out. He tells Jeff he asked this question because it’s going to get ugly with some of the more bitter members of the jury.

Jean-Robert’s upset he’s stuck choosing between these three. He says he hasn’t made up his mind yet. Courtney tells him she came from the worst odds. He confronts Amanda about telling him she wouldn’t put his name on a ballot. She denies that it was a lie but that she couldn’t not vote for him because everybody else was going to. He doesn’t understand why Todd got rid of him. Todd says he wanted to get rid of Jean-Robert because he was his biggest strategic threat. James is amused because this shuts Jean-Robert up.

Peih-Gee wants to know what Todd did to get to the end, and he responds that he did play strategically from day one. Peih-Gee doesn’t like that it looks like Amanda’s setting Todd up as the bad guy and wants to know what she actually did. Her response is that it was her idea to get rid of James.

Erik’s question is to Amanda about her riskiest move. She again brings up James, and that this was risky because if it backfired, she would have lost Todd.

Frosti confronts Todd about lying all the time. Todd apologizes. Then he confronts Courtney for blindsiding him, which he didn’t expect.

Courtney tells Jaime she doesn’t need to air Todd’s dirty laundry because everybody already knows. She’s unable to commit to whether Todd deserves to win more than she does. Todd says Courtney just went along with him and didn’t want to be there in the first place. Amanda feels Courtney is ungrateful and didn’t put her heart into anything. She feels Todd should have played better to where he didn’t lie too much. Todd responds that he did the dirty work for the nice girl.

Denise gives them a lecture about lying being bad. She respects Courtney for being honest, whatever that’s about. She’s making about as much sense now as she did when she was still in the game.

Jaime votes for Todd because of his jury answers. Erik votes for Amanda because he likes her at least attempting to be honest and feels she played the best game. Denise votes for Courtney because she apparently always tried to tell her the truth.

Votes:
Courtney
Amanda
Todd
Courtney
Todd
Todd
Todd

Looks like the story from last month was right. Todd wins Survivor: China. Despite some slip ups (his arrogance in booting off Jean-Robert rather than James was just playing with fire), Todd definitely played the game well and is one of the people who made sure this season didn’t suck for a change. Amanda set herself up for the loss by agreeing to take him with her. How the bloody hell did Courtney get more votes than Amanda? Pitiful. But at least for the first time since the final three twist was implemented we don’t have a person with no votes. That was starting to get really old.

Todd tells Jean-Robert he just played him by stroking his ego hoping it would work.

Denise thought her best chance was to win the final four immunity (not sure what gave her that thought) and then take Amanda and Courtney with her. The straw that broke the camel’s back was apparently that she couldn’t vote against Todd but may have considered it if Peih-Gee was willing to get rid of Courtney instead. This explains her vote for Courtney. She never felt she was in an alliance with her to begin with, whereas she felt the other two stabbed her in the back.

Courtney mostly gets recognized by tourists and kids, who she doesn’t like. She went from 93 pounds down to 86 pounds. Obviously, she’s not going to acknowledge having an eating disorder, which is still going to be a rumor regardless of what she says.

Jean-Robert loves the way he played the game. For some reason. He believes his poker playing has improved following this show.

Denise has gone from being the lunch lady to being the janitor. They claimed she was too distracting. She reveals the reason she has a mullet is because she needed short hair for work but still wanted to look like a woman.

Jaime and Erik are dating now. Obviously, Jeff wants to know if he’s still a virgin, and he says of course.

Ashley’s had support from her fans, regardless of being voted out second.

Leslie believes her mouth got her in trouble, not her religion.

Chicken’s happy he went first (so was I) because if he wasn’t going to get the money going first was the best thing.

Like back when Rupert was so popular, we’ve got another giveaway. This time it’s $100,000. The three top people are Denise, James, and Peih-Gee. Obviously, the winner of the public vote is James.

In addition, Mark Burnett has offered Denise $50,000, having heard her story earlier.

That wraps up Survivor: China. For a change, I’m not walking away from this one with a bad taste in my mouth. Yes, there are still a couple of particularly lame twists that I’d like to see die, but with improved casting and vastly improved tactical gameplay, this has been one of the better Survivors I’ve seen in a while.

Survivor 16 is a half stars edition, featuring lifelong fans (good… enough of the people who have never seen Survivor before) going against people from prior seasons, including at least one person from this season. Survivor: Micronesia will be dubbed Fans Vs. Favorites. It will premiere in its usual timeslot on February 7, the week leading up to the premieres of Big Brother 9 and Jericho Season 2. As always, stay tuned to dingoRUE for live recaps.

Survivor: China Episode 13

Peih-Gee won immunity to keep herself alive in Survivor: China Episode 12. Unable to convince an admittedly outcast Denise to get rid of Todd, Erik ended up going home as could have been expected.

The reward challenge involves a replica of an early Chinese repeating crossbow. Each contestant gets arrows and must decide who to give them to (anybody but themselves), then they’ll shoot the arrows they get and try to connect with targets containing their name.

Peih-Gee: 1 arrow
Todd: 6 arrows
Denise: 2 arrows
Courtney: 12 arrows
Amanda: 4 arrows

Pretty telling results.

Peih-Gee misses with her only arrow.
Denise connects once.
Amanda hits Denise twice to give her the lead at 3.
Todd scores 5.
Courtney hits herself, Denise, Amanda, Todd, Denise two more times, Todd, and Denise twice more.

Denise wins reward. Because Courtney gave her the reward (albeit accidentally), she chooses her. She’s given the offer to choose another person and decides against Peih-Gee because she says she doesn’t want her to get stronger (but not quietly enough for Peih-Gee to not overhear). Peih-Gee’s clearly upset. Amanda’s left out as well, as Denise picks Todd. The reward is a trip to the Great Wall of China.

While back at camp, Peih-Gee and Amanda take the time to start building a relationship. Todd’s pretty confident Amanda will get over not being taken because he doesn’t think she has any options but to stick with him. Courtney’s also happy with the decision because she’s more afraid of Todd than Amanda.

Amanda tells Peih-Gee she’s open to switching things up. Todd’s also pondering it, and he poses the question whether it would be a good idea to take out Amanda if Peih-Gee wins immunity again. Denise doesn’t know where she stands with Todd.

When they get back from reward, Todd and Courtney are complaining about the food. Neither Peih-Gee nor Amanda are pleased with this.

Amanda doesn’t trust a word Todd says because he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win.

The immunity challenge is a combination of previous challenges. The first round is throwing stars. Peih-Gee scores 2. Denise scores 6. Amanda scores 3. Courtney scores 2. Todd scores 1 and is out. Next is eating balut. Amanda finishes first. Peih-Gee finishes second. Courtney finishes third. Denise is unable to finish as she was the first time and is out. The next round is bouncing a ball on a drum. Amanda finishes first. Peih-Gee finishes second. Courtney is out. The final round is knot cutting/puzzle solving. Amanda gets her puzzle pieces first. Peih-Gee never manages to catch up, and Amanda wins immunity.

If they’re gonna shake things up, now’s the time to do it, and I think most of them are smart enough to realize it. The only question is whether they’re willing to act on it, or just take the easy road and get rid of Peih-Gee.

Amanda pitches the idea of getting rid of Todd to Denise. They’re both considering it but not convincingly behind it. Todd will be pissed off if he gets blindsided, but he’s in this as a player, so he seems like he would understand.

Once again, Peih-Gee’s very vocal at tribal council, letting her feelings about Todd and Courtney be known.

Votes:
Peih-Gee
Todd
Peih-Gee
Peih-Gee

Like her or not, Peih-Gee’s played this game aggressively from the beginning, but the numbers have finally caught up with her. I wouldn’t have wanted to face her in the end either. If nothing else came from this episode, Amanda just secured herself another jury vote.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: China episode 14 A Slippery Little Sucker, to be followed by the reunion show, where we will find out who the winner is, which airs Sunday at 8-11/7-10c on CBS.

Survivor: China Episode 12

James pressed his luck one time too many in Survivor: China Episode 11 and was booted off the island with two idols in his back pocket. We’re getting down to the nitty gritty now, with some of the key playmakers still in play.

They start talking about being homesick. So obviously the reward will be family visits.

Todd seems to be married to the current final four plan, though he thinks it would be smart to take him out.

Erik’s mom, Amanda’s sister Katrina, Peih-Gee’s dad Lawrence, Todd’s sister Brandy, Courtney’s dad, and Denise’s husband Robert are their partners for the reward challenge. Reward is a boat trip, meal, and phone call home from other family members, to be followed by an overnight visit at camp. Todd receives a message from his sister that his other sister had a miscarriage. Everybody’s blindfolded and must make their way through a maze to meet up with each other in the center. Denise and her husband are the first to meet up, and they’re really the only team to actually be in the running to win this. She must pick two people to go along with them: Todd and Amanda.

While they’re eating, Denise gets a call from her oldest daughter.

Back at camp, they’re more than a little skeptical of Todd’s story about his sister. It does smell of Fairplay, but he tells us he’s telling the truth.

Peih-Gee is pissed off that Denise didn’t return the favor by inviting her on reward.

Amanda says she doesn’t want to backstab anyone. Any more. They’re leaning toward dropping Denise in the final four because they know the jury’s as upset with Courtney as they are with them.

Denise has a chat with Peih-Gee in an effort to patch things up. At the end of the day, Peih-Gee really can’t afford to be mad at Denise.

At the immunity challenge, they are attached to a rope that runs the length of the course and must go through a series of obstacles, passing over/under them. At the end of the course, they’ll have a question and must pick the correct one and bring it back to the start. They need three questions right to win. Todd is the first to get a lock undone. Amanda’s right behind, and Peih-Gee’s still in this. Erik’s way behind but misses his first question anyway. Todd gets his next question right, but Amanda gets hers wrong and is now a long ways out of it. Peih-Gee gets her second question right. Todd gets his third question wrong, putting Peih-Gee in the lead. Peih-Gee wins immunity. Do they get rid of the country boy or turn on each other?

Todd thinks this vote is easy. He wants to vote out Erik. Peih-Gee and Erik will vote for Todd and try to get Denise to swing. They offer her final three. She thinks her odds of getting to the final three are better but doesn’t like her odds of winning as much should she get there. Peih-Gee has a lot of enemies, but Erik sure doesn’t.

Peih-Gee makes a very open pitch at tribal council. Denise acknowledges that she feels like she’s on the bottom of the four.

Votes:
Erik
Todd
Todd
Erik
Erik
Erik

Erik has been voted out. He didn’t play a particularly aggressive game, but he was good at it nonetheless.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: China episode 13 Hello, I’m Still a Person!, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Survivor: China Episode 11

As much as they wanted to get rid of the person annoying them the most, Peih-Gee, in Survivor: China Episode 9, her immunity win prevented that, so they got rid of Frosti instead, with every move being obviously orchestrated by Todd. We left the show at tribal council, where we were told there was more business to attend to.

They’re going to participate in a reward challenge right at tribal council. The winner will travel to the Shaolin Temple by private jet. Before the challenge even starts, they’re told they’ll need to choose two people to take with them. As twists go, this is rather lame. Fun to watch them sweat, but not worth a two week cliffhanger.

The challenge is multiple choice about China. Todd, James, Peih-Gee, and Denise get the first question right. Everybody got the second question right. Everybody except Denise got the third question right. Everybody except Amanda got the fourth question right, putting Peih-Gee, James, and Todd one away from winning. Peih-Gee wins reward. She picks Erik first, the only logical personal choice, then she chooses Denise, an odd choice, but Denise has made it clear she feels like the outcast of her tribe for a while. May be better off bonding further with Amanda, though.

Peih-Gee doesn’t waste any time. On the flight to the temple, she’s already discussing a final three plan. For some reason, though, she still sees James as someone potentially on her side. Back at camp, the others are discussing being the final four, but Amanda tells us she doesn’t want to go to the finals with any of them.

Denise mentions that she’s been studying karate for 8 years. When they get to the temple, they’re greeted with a martial arts demonstration from guys with the level of skill you would expect at the Shaolin Temple. Then the Survivors join in. Denise makes it obvious she’s probably the most grateful person who could have received the reward, so maybe there is some hope that Peih-Gee’s choice will pay off.

When they get back, Amanda goes out of the cave to greet everybody. The other three just stay hidden, avoiding the rain and probably the people returning.

Denise quickly goes to Todd and tells him Peih-Gee’s plan to be final three, as well as the first person mentioned as a boot, him.

James has no interest in flipping and doesn’t even pretend and dangle a ray of hope.

Amanda goes to Courtney with a plan. She wants James out because he’s got the two idols. If they don’t do it now, they won’t be able to because he will save himself at 6 and again at 5. He still feels unnecessarily secure, so this is definitely a plan that could work.

The immunity challenge is throwing Chinese stars. Peih-Gee scores 0. Todd hits once, scoring 3. Erik hits twice, scoring 6. Courtney hits all three times, scoring 6. Amanda hits twice, also scoring 6. Denise hits once, scoring 2. The four who scored 6 move onto the final round. In the final round, they get one throw each with a target 10 feet further out. Courtney misses. Amanda scores 2. Erik scores 3. James misses. Erik wins immunity.

James wants to take out Erik but will settle for Peih-Gee. Amanda goes to the rest of her group with the plan to get rid of James. Peih-Gee goes to Amanda to propose a James boot. Amanda tells her to shut up the rest of the day and pretend like she’s going home. Dangerous, but it may be her best plan. She does as she’s told, but she takes one extra step and suggests to Erik that they should vote for Todd, just in case James uses the idol.

James doesn’t play his idol.

Votes:
Todd
James
Peih-Gee
James
James
James

With two hidden idols in his back pocket, James gets blindsided. Well played, and hopefully a lesson for future players on how to get rid of the idols instead of letting them carry someone to the finals like they have for the past three seasons. It’s clear we’ve got one of the smartest casts we’ve seen in a while. That said, it’s no doubt this season’s most popular player just got the boot. He leaves with a positive attitude and won’t carry a grudge.

Next week, Amanda looks to get out from under Todd’s shadow, while Denise remains on the outside, which now is enough to make her a key swing vote.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: China episode 12 Going for the Oscar, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Survivor: China Episode 10

Tonight’s episode of Survivor: China is a special clip show, with 14 new never before seen scenes. The show will continue with the final 7 Survivors next week. For full recaps thus far and continuing live blogs, check out our Survivor: China section.

Before the season even got started, their first task was to climb and climb and climb up to the temple. Chicken was content to just take his time, which is not entirely surprising. The girls are covered up because their clothing was too short for a temple. After this ceremony, they were divided into tribes.

Todd nominated Aaron to be the leader. I think it’s a misconception that being a leader is bad, though. It’s being bossy that gets you in trouble.

A hungry Zhan Hu had no problem eating worms, but Ashley’s disgusted. An improvement to the worms comes when they get frogs. Leaves and roots from the water were fair game as well. They had no clue whether half this stuff was bad/poisonous, but most of them didn’t care.

First person out of the tribe after Fei Long’s win was Chicken, a well deserved boot. He played the dumb role quite well. Too well.

Todd and Amanda quickly formed an alliance. Then Jean-Robert came up with his brilliant strategy of being lazy. For the so-called leader, Aaron’s not acting much like one. So James put him in his place.

At the next reward challenge, the entirely lame Exile Island was replaced by the only partially lame kidnapping twist. And the stupid hidden immunity idol that’s killed the last few seasons was still not dead. Fei Long kidnapped Jaime. Not getting any luckier after the loss, Zhan Hu returned to a flood that they needed to figure out how to drain.

Jaime gave the idol clue to Leslie, the weakest member of the team. Leslie told Todd because she trusted him, like everybody else has.

Aaron got tired of making decisions. He didn’t want to be a leader any more and relinquished that position.

Before the challenge in which Dave embarrassed himself and ran out of steam, he insisted that they don’t eat before the challenge. For that matter, he wasn’t eating that much to begin with. Due to his clash with Ashley, she was the game’s second victim.

Zhan Hu finally got it together and won immunity. By this time, Courtney was already hating Jean-Robert. Despite Jean-Robert’s personality, voting against him didn’t make any sense, so they decided to send Leslie home instead.

Sherea was a bitch because she could be, but despite that, Zhan Hu ultimately got rid of Dave.

With a tribal shakeup, Sherea and Frosti moved to Fei Long, while James and Aaron moved to Zhan Hu.

The new Fei Long was joking and doing impressions of the other castaways. But Peih-Gee and Jaime had to figure out how to survive at the new Zhan Hu. So they plotted to throw the challenges, which they did and voted out Aaron.

An overly impatient Todd got the immunity idol right in front of Frosti (along with Todd’s partner in crime Amanda, odd considering he said he’d never tell anybody), forcing them into trusting him. So he then came up with a new plan, giving the idol to James and asking him to throw the challenge and use it to get rid of Jaime. To go along with this, they threatened Frosti, telling him he needed to win or go home. Regardless of this well orchestrated plot, Denise was unable to eat the chicken fetus, allowing Fei Long to lose, and Sherea was sent home.

Following the failure of this plan, James not only kept his first idol but got the second one as well.

Not being able to be saved by her fake immunity idol, which was a completely anticlimactic moment that I was hoping would be a lot funnier, Jaime was the next person voted out of the tribe.

James feels he’s the glue holding the alliance together.

Jean-Robert came up with Todd’s plan to get rid of James, which was a brilliant plan, so Todd instead came up with a stupid plan to vote out Jean-Robert, which of course worked.

Peih-Gee got herself into more danger by arguing with James, and an apology fell on deaf ears. But because she won immunity, they couldn’t take the easy way out and instead had to make a tougher decision, which meant voting out Frosti.

After that immunity challenge, we were told they wouldn’t be going right back to camp because they had more business to attend to at tribal council. And that cliffhanger is where we now stand.

Next week, in addition to the end of the tribal council, Amanda goes to Peih-Gee with a plan and tells us that Fei Long is not together any more. 7’s a great time to flip and pull in a swing vote.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: China Episode 11 Ready to Bite the Apple, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: China Winner Revealed?

This spoiler turned out to be correct. Read the Live Finale Blog for more.

The latest issue of Instinct Magazine may or may not have spoiled the identity of the Survivor: China winner based on, well, nothing they’re revealing to the public.

***Possible spoilers ahead***

The Malcontent picked up Instinct’s December issue, which has a cover story featuring Todd Herzog, who it labels “Million Dollar Man”. Unfortunately, the article itself has no hints as to what this actually means, if anything, as Todd’s tossed questions about his first kiss and the Spice Girls.

So what’s this all mean? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything. I’ll leave it up to you to take what you will from this.

Survivor: China Episode 9

In Survivor: China episode 8, we saw yet another genius plan get flushed down the drain, as the group opted to kick out Jean-Robert instead of the highly dangerous James, doing so in a manner that allowed James to know he better watch his back.

Since he’s got two idols and a great shot at winning immunity, James isn’t particularly concerned, but he’s more likely to use those idols given the chance.

Courtney’s excited to have Jean-Robert gone. Hopefully now she can stop obsessing about him and start obsessing about someone else.

Not surprisingly, Denise is even more upset at her old tribe, as nobody decided to tell her that plans for the last tribal council. Any time someone’s intentionally left out of the loop like this, they become a big risk to flip.

Courtney’s getting closer and closer to Frosti, and she’s already proved her allegiance to her old tribe is not of a great deal of importance to her. They’re getting scared, and they should be. Courtney’s been a very emotional player thus far.

Reward challenge is a balancing act, where players will balance balls on drums. The reward is an overnight dinner cruise down a river. Peih-Gee and Erik are captains. Peih-Gee chooses James, who picks Todd, who picks Denise. Erik chooses Frosti, who picks Amanda, who picks Courtney. Erik’s group gets off to an early lead, scoring their first point before the other group even gets past the starting gate. Frosti and Erik are essentially a two man team and take a 2-0 lead, followed by a third point for the win.

Peih-Gee and James get into an argument over their group’s pitiful performance at the reward challenge. She realizes this probably isn’t the smartest way to stay in the game.

Todd says the four people he gets along best with are off on a boat. Interesting observation considering that group only consists of one of his close allies, Amanda. On the reward, all of the four get along really well, so it would make for an interesting alliance. However, Frosti’s not thinking that way. He’s afraid of Erik.

Completely unrelated to the game, Amanda seems to have made a rather unfortunate swimsuit choice. She’s got a blur covering her throughout much of the episode.

The immunity challenge is a memory game. They will have symbols in front of them that they must get in the correct order. It’s a temptation immunity. People can sit out and instead eat burgers, fries, and drinks. Courtney’s eating (good), as are Todd (who’s probably the safest of the bunch), James (I’d go for it if I were him, just to save the hidden ones, unless he really is feeling completely safe despite the three votes last time), and Denise (who knows she’s not safe with these people). Peih-Gee, Frosti, Erik, and the person taking the bullet for her team, Amanda, will participate in the challenge. Erik’s first out. Amanda is out in the next round. Peih-Gee wins immunity. Easy target’s off the options list. Now it’s time to scramble.

Erik and Frosti think they’re the targets tonight. Frosti’s obviously willing to sell Erik out to save himself. I’d think they would have the pull to be able to at least try to get something together on their own and take out someone else. Todd’s afraid of Erik being such a nice guy, but he’s also concerned that Frosti continues to be one of the top performers in both physical and mental challenges. Todd wants to try to convince Courtney to vote out Frosti. Nobody thinks she’ll do it, so he suggests maybe they should get rid of Courtney instead.

James is as comfortable as he let on and doesn’t use his hidden idol.

Votes:
Frosti
Erik
Frosti
Frosti
Frosti
Frosti

Frosti has been voted off the island. While I do think the plot to get rid of James should have been raised again, Frosti has proved to be one of the biggest threats there, so his boot does make sense. Do you think they made the right choice?

But it’s not over yet. They have more business to attend to at tribal council. Whatever that means, we’ll find out next time.

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