Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Winner

Rupert’s elimination in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 13 has brought us down to the final five: Parvati Shallow, Russell Hantz, Jerri Manthey, Sandra Diaz, and Colby Donaldson. By the end of the night, one of them will be the Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains winner. Hopefully, we’ve got a two time winner in store.

Parvati came off as just a flirt her first time out in Cook Islands, but she became the mastermind of the awesome black widow alliance in Micronesia. Despite that fact that everybody on both islands deemed her the most dangerous player who needed to be eliminated, she stuck around and proved to be a dominant force once again.

Russell did the same thing he did last time, latching on to the women all the while making ridiculous and silly moves just to prove he could, getting people to listen to him when it made little to no sense to do so. Russell’s flaw is the same as it was last time: everybody hates him and won’t vote for him should he make it to the end. Unlike last season when it was a great big joke that he didn’t win due to the most bitter jury in history, this season he’s actually got real competition that deserves to beat him.

Speaking of Russell, from there we move on to Jerri. She voted along with him on more than one occasion when nobody could figure out why. This blind following of Russell demonstrated her own weakness, and left me confused what the heck her strategy is supposed to be.

Sandra was another early target but showed why she won in Pearl Islands. Her philosophy is simple: it doesn’t matter who goes home, as long as it’s not her.

Then we have the lone remaining hero, Colby. What happened to Superman? Colby’s been weak in challenges and even weaker in strategy, but nonetheless he is the only chance the Heroes have for pulling out a win.

Russell says that Sandra playing the idol rather than keeping it in her bra was a stupid move. While she didn’t need it, it would have been stupid if she’d gone home because she didn’t play it. Seems he’s mostly upset that she didn’t tell him that she had the idol, not that he told her about his idols. In addition, Parvati’s a liar because she didn’t tell him about the idol that she had no idea about. This is all good for Colby. At least Russell’s not targeting him, not at this minute anyway.

Russell says that Colby’s gotta go, but if Colby wins immunity, it’s time to set his sights on the biggest threat, Parvati.

For the challenge, they will balance ceramic dishes on a long wobbly balancing arm. They add a large plate, a large bowl, another large plate, and then some more dishes. They’re stacked 9 dishes high, and there’s some wobbling going on. At least Colby’s not the first one out. That would be Sandra. Jerri’s been wobbling for a while, and she is finally out at 14 dishes. The 16th dish takes out Russell. That brings us down to Parvati and Colby, perhaps the two people who need it most. The 17th dish takes out Colby. Parvati wins immunity.

Colby’s the easy target here. He’s the only person not from the Villains tribe, and he doesn’t have any enemies on the jury because he really hasn’t done anything. He asks for them to just enjoy day 37, and he’s not planning on scrambling. With that surrender speech out of the way, 30 minutes later, he makes one more attempt. He approaches Russell to see if they can team up with Jerri to get rid of Sandra, a move that would seem to weaken Parvati, the person everybody still is the most afraid of.

Votes
Colby
Sandra
Colby
Colby

With 4 votes, Colby has been voted off the island. Whoever wins, it will be on one of the Villains. Following their implosion midseason when they got rid of Boston Rob, things looked rocky, but the Villains have for the most part dominated the season.

Colby sure called Parvati out at tribal council. Jerri and Russell return to talking about how they have to get rid of her once they get back to camp.

Following the walk down memory lane, it’s the final immunity challenge. It’s a Survivor maze. They will each be blindfolded and will have to use their fingers to read the symbols to collect four necklaces. Russell grabs the first necklace, followed by Jerri and then Parvati. Sandra finally gets her first necklace after wandering around for a while. Russell has his second necklace and a good lead. Parvati has her second necklace, and so does Jerri. Jerri has taken the lead with her third necklace. Parvati has her third necklace. Sandra manages to get her second necklace. Russell seems to have dropped back but has grabbed his third necklace. Banging into each other, Parvati and Russell grab their fourth necklaces. As they make their way back to the center, Jerri has her fourth necklace. First one back wins. In a nailbiter, Russell wins immunity, beating the other two by seconds.

Jerri’s quite excited by the prospect of a Parvati elimination.

Russell says he’s keeping Sandra no matter what. His theory is she can’t get any votes, except maybe Courtney’s. Parvati views things differently. If Sandra’s up against them, she instantly gets Amanda, Candice, and Courtney.

He thinks he’s got this won no matter what but tells Parvati that his best move is to be up against Jerri and Sandra. However, if he gets rid of Jerri, he’s still got her vote, whereas he may not get Parvati’s vote.

Parvati sticks her foot in her mouth at tribal council. She’s been protecting Russell, or at least they’ve been protecting each other. Not a good thing to say to the guy who’s desperate to be in control of everything.

Votes
Parvati
Jerri
Jerri
Jerri

I wouldn’t want to be sitting up there against Parvati and Sandra if I were Russell, but with 3 votes, Jerri has been voted off the island. That said, this jury is presumably less likely to be as bitter as Russell’s last jury. He’s made some stupid, aggressive moves, but there’s no denying he’s controlled a lot of the game.

This final three consists of 3 of the 4 people to have made it to the end twice (the other being Amanda).

Russell says that this time his strategy has changed. He’s brought two people he believes the jury does not like.

Sandra has decided to burn Russell’s hat. A taste of his own medicine.

Sandra’s case is that she’s done this without an alliance and without immunity.

Russell says that he played hard. He apologizes if he’s done anything to offend anyone, but he played the game.

Parvati didn’t slay Russell the dragon. Instead, she kept him as her pet. She played the ultimate strategic, physical, and social game, despite being labelled a threat by everybody.

Colby asks Russell if he just said there was no luck involved in getting him there. Russell says he was strategic, to which Colby responds that Russell is delusional if he really thinks that. Luck is not controlling the game like Russell did. Luck is getting as far as Colby got in spite of himself. His question to Parvati is what strategic moves she made. She was the target, from day 1, but survived by fighting harder than anyone. One example of her strategic play is the awesome two idol move, which was risky but very smart move she made on her own.

Coach calls Parvati the charmer and manipulator, Russell the schemer, and Sandra the coattail rider. He respects that Parvati was a warrior in challenges, although the irony is that the day he trusted her, she turned on him.

Amanda asks Sandra how her strategy was better. She wishes it was better because she wanted to get rid of Russell, but none of the Heroes would budge, stupidly running back to Russell to report her disloyalty to him instead.

Courtney is very proud of Parvati and Sandra. Parvati was athletic, while Sandra was loyal.

JT asks whether Russell has done well with retaining the jury’s votes. He believes that everybody on the jury respects the game and, in turn, his gameplay. As for Parvati, she was a huge threat, whereas Sandra was a sleeper. Sandra wishes she could have intercepted the idol and given it right back to JT.

Danielle accuses Russell of lack of skill in his jury management, but he does not regret anything. If he didn’t play how he did, he wouldn’t have made it as far as he did. She’s desperate for him to admit he played wrong, no surprise seeing as he screwed her over, but that ain’t happening.

Jerri wants to know why Russell did not get rid of Parvati. His defense is that Jerri did not have any enemies on the jury, and she would have won. Parvati chimes in: Russell got rid of Jerri because he knew he was getting her vote if she were on the jury.

Candice tells Russell he told lies he didn’t need to tell, going too far, while Parvati was under Russell’s thumb.

Rupert calls Russell a manipulative, deceiving, lying person, which is taking the easy way out. He wishes he had talked more to Sandra, but he was swayed (outwitted) by Russell. Parvati was a strong player, but her alliance choice was terrible.

Jerri casts the first vote for Parvati. Candice made it clear she was voting for Sandra. Danielle obviously gives a vote to Parvati. The next obvious vote is Courtney’s for Sandra. Coach gives Parvati another vote. Then Rupert goes for Sandra. Once again, Russell gets nothing, which is why it would have been stupid to get rid of him like Sandra so desperately wanted to.

Votes
Parvati
Sandra
Parvati
Sandra
Parvati
Sandra
Sandra
Sandra

The Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains winner is Sandra Diaz. Parvati should have won, but the Heroes weren’t about to let that happen because they’re still upset about their own stupidity. That said, if Parvati couldn’t win, I’ll take a Sandra win.

Russell’s argument against Sandra is she’s a lousy social player, the worst physical player ever, and failed in her only strategic move of trying to get rid of him. He thinks Parvati should have won.

There are 5 nominees for dumbest move ever: Tyson changing his vote and in turn getting himself voted out, JT giving his idol to the enemy, James getting voted out with an idol in each pocket, Colby for taking Tina in Australia, and Erik for giving his immunity necklace away to Parvati’s girls. JT is the winner. He defends his decision, saying he was going big because he was pretty sure his tribe was getting ready to get rid of him anyway.

Amber is in the audience with the first Survivor baby, Lucia Rose. That’s why she was not on this season, though I don’t think we’ve seen the last of her.

The Sprint player of the season, as voted by the public, has come down to two people: Rupert and Russell. Russell has won the vote and the $100,000 prize.

Continuing its run as a top 20 program, Survivor has already been renewed for season 21 (and 22). Survivor: Nicaragua is the fall 2010 edition.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 13

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 12 featured a double elimination. First, Candice was voted out because she flipped, and although this cost her in the end and people will paint her flipping as the wrong move, it’s easy to argue to the contrary. Then, after Russell decided he’d had enough of Danielle and Parvati, he and for some reason Jerri decided to get rid of Danielle.

Jerri says that now they gotta get rid of Rupert and Colby. Yeah, Jerri (specifically Jerri) already blew two chances to do that.

Parvati doesn’t trust Russell at all, but she’ll still play nice for the time being. She’s worried she’s next. No kidding. Russell can’t be trusted. He pulls off a bunch of crazy game changing moves that never make a great deal of sense, although you’ve gotta give him credit for being able to dupe all these people, some of whom are not idiots.

Treemail’s a Palm Pre. I’m gonna guess Sprint paid for this ad because Palm’s past the point of bothering, currently selling somewhere below “other” (maybe things will be better over at HP when they start making tablets). On the phone are videos from their families. If they want some more love, they have to win the challenge. They will use a pail to scoop water out of the ocean and pass it to their loved ones, who will dump it into their buckets. The winner will go to the blowholes to experience the natural wonder and get some food. Colby’s getting angry with his big brother. Russell, Jerri, and Rupert are competing for the win. Russell’s bucket is the first to move, but Jerri and her sister Jennifer win reward. Russell wants to go. She will be bringing Parvati and her father Michael. Can she take one more person? Yes, she can. Not Russell. Sandra and her uncle Fernando are also going.

Russell’s not happy, and Jerri knows it. If you’re going to vote stupidly, at least back that up with your other actions.

Back at camp, Russell takes credit for taking care of Jerri the entire time. Parvati, too, is an unappreciative little bitch. That said, he makes a final three deal with Colby and Rupert. Rupert doesn’t really trust this villain, but he’s a great guy to take to the end because nobody is going to vote for him. They’d like Russell to pretend like Jerri’s still on his side so that they can get rid of Parvati.

Rupert is keeping people up at night. This is a great time to do as much physical labor as possible.

With their arms outstretched, they will use the palms of their hands to hold two poles in the air. If their poles drop, they’re out. These poles are very light, and it won’t take much time for them to fall to the side. Speaking of which, Colby is out at 15 seconds. Sandra’s out after less than 1 minute. Russell is the next to fall. Just as Jeff’s saying that Jerri’s poles are dead center right where they started, she’s out. Rupert was one of the first to start shaking, but he’s still up there with Parvati at 17 minutes. Rupert’s flirting with disaster and is on the edge of elimination. Parvati starts to move as well. In the end, Parvati wins immunity.

Russell’s plan to take out another ally is up in smoke. Now he’ll have to burn his newest alliance instead, aiming for Rupert.

Sandra wants to get rid of Russell. Still. Armed with this information, Rupert goes to Russell to warn him about the girls. Russell approaches Sandra, who says she’s against him, but he ain’t going anywhere. Her advice to Rupert: loose lips sink ships. Now that they’re pushing his buttons, Russell wants to get rid of Sandra, too.

This is the final night on which Sandra can use her hidden immunity idol. Better safe than stupid. She would hate to go home with the idol in her bra, so she plays it. Nobody had any idea.

Votes
Rupert
Sandra (does not count)
Rupert
Sandra (does not count)
Rupert

With 4 votes, Rupert has been voted off the island.

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

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 12

With Candice switching sides in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 11, Amanda was eliminated. Tonight there will be two immunity challenges, two tribal councils, and two more Survivors will meet their fate.

Jerri has decided that someone who would flip that easily is untrustworthy, and, therefore, useless to them now.

Rupert says the Heroes are now on a sinking ship. As if they weren’t on one before. This isn’t Candice’s fault. It’s the fault of everybody who was stupid enough to give Russell the hidden immunity idol.

Rupert and Colby aren’t talking to Russell. What game do they think they’re playing anyway?

We head off to the first immunity challenge, a familiar test of endurance. They will stand barefoot on a small wooden perch with their hand tethered to a bucket. Rupert previously competed in this challenge, lasting over an hour. At over 6 hours, Parvati won this challenge. The one new addition is the perch, which should cause feet pain to go along with that arm strain. A twist will be revealed at the end of the challenge. First temptation is offered at 1 minute. Sandra and Russell both want it without seeing it. They’ll be sharing cookies and milk. After 20 minutes, the next items up for grabs are donuts and an iced coffee. Not much in the way of protein in that snack, but it’ll taste good. Colby, who’s as in danger as anyone left standing, will take it. At 35 minutes, the next item is peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches, chips, a bowl of candy, and milk. Now that’s an interesting offer. Danielle, Candice, and Jerri will be sharing it. Wanting someone to outlast Rupert, they’re leaving it all in Parvati’s hands. Rupert stumbles after 1 hour and 10 minutes. Parvati wins immunity.

Rupert says he’s going home tonight and is done.

Jeff reads the hidden immunity idol clue out loud for all to hear. When they get to camp, everybody starts scrambling for the idol. Sandra finds it.

Rupert sticks a rock in his pocket, hoping people will believe he’s got the idol, or at least is just happy to see them. Russell falls for this immediately and wants to split the votes.

Parvati proposes splitting the votes, three for Colby and three for Rupert. Jerri would rather get rid of Candice. Knowing that Candice may get some votes, Colby and Rupert plan to join in on the anti-Candice vote.

Colby and Rupert take the opportunity at tribal council to whine some more about Candice flipping sides. Her defense is that she wasn’t going to down on a sinking ship, and her vote was not the final nail in the coffin of the eye rolling Amanda. A fair defense.

No hidden immunity idols or rocks are played.

Votes
Rupert
Rupert
Rupert
Candice
Candice
Candice
Candice
Candice

With 5 votes, Candice has accidentally been voted off the island. Poor move by the Villains listening to Jerri about sending votes Candice’s way, but quite the interesting play by Colby and Rupert, who may not be as dumb as they have appeared thus far (okay, they probably are).

Russell calls this a terrible decision, and he blames the girls. What he does finally realize is that he’s no longer in control of the game, or at least he says he’s only half in control with Parvati.

Now it’s time for another immunity challenge. Each person will dig up a peg and get it through a table maze. The first 5 move to the next round, where they will use pegs to get to the top of a climbing wall. The first 3 will go to the final round, where they must solve a slide puzzle. Rupert, Sandra, Russell, Parvati, and Danielle advance to the second round. Russell, Rupert, and Parvati will compete in the final round. I’m not so sure any of them are any good at puzzles. Russell wins immunity.

Russell doesn’t like that Parvati and Danielle are a team, so he’d like to break up that couple. He tells Danielle that he wants to get rid of Parvati, and he tells Parvati that Danielle wants to get rid of her. He assumes they’re not going to talk to each other. Once he finds out that Parvati wants to talk to Danielle, he warns her that her game’s going to be over if she does that.

Seeing the girls talking, Russell has decided he wants to get rid of Danielle tonight. Colby and Rupert will be easy to get onboard. Then he tells Jerri that, if they don’t get rid of Danielle, she’s next.

The others are all still talking Rupert. With Russell wearing the immunity necklace, they can’t flush out the snake.

Danielle’s explanation to Jeff for the events of the day: just a miscommunication. After the truth comes out and Danielle says she’s in a three-way alliance since the beginning with Parvati and Russell, Danielle starts crying. And by the way, she’s closer to Parvati than Russell thinks. Holy excessive honesty.

Votes
Rupert
Rupert
Rupert
Danielle
Danielle
Danielle
Danielle

Wow. By a vote of 4-3, Danielle has been voted off the island. Russell I’m not surprised by because these random senseless acts are his trademark, but I’m totally confused what the heck Jerri’s plan is here. Granted, this is the same person who flipped to take out the strongest members of her tribe, thereby sinking their dominance.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 13, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 11

In one of the most awesome moves ever, Parvati blindsided the whole cast in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 10 when she gave away both of her hidden immunity idols to keep her tribe safe and eliminate the not so bright giving your idol away to the other tribe JT.

Russell considers Parvati not telling him about the idol to be a lie. He’s digging his own grave if he doesn’t get over himself. Parvati finds Russell’s panic to be amusing.

The Heroes were too stupid to listen to Rupert in the first place. Now his only hope is to try to get Sandra to open that door they slammed in her face once already.

Not trusting Sandra, Russell wants Candice to jump over to the Villains. A good choice. Unlike the other Heroes who talk about loyalty and integrity and all those other things that are just plain lies in a game of Survivor, we’ve seen Candice flip before to get away from a tribe that she hated (and vice versa).

The reward challenge is Survivor shuffleboard. Reward is to go to the home of Robert Louis Stevenson, which is now a museum, for a screening of the movie Treasure Island and a night’s stay. Candice, Parvati, and Jerri are the black team. Rupert, Russell, and Sandra are the red team. Colby, Danielle, and Amanda are the blue team. Candice starts things off. Russell manages to beat her mark. Jerri knocks him closer. Rupert gets the red team closer still. Danielle knocks Rupert out of the way, but that still gives red the lead. With the final shot of the game, Colby lands right on the X to win the reward for the blue team.

A rather boring trio to be at the reward. No chance these guys are going to make a move to bond with Danielle. One thing they are all focused on, though, is the fact that they assume a hidden immunity idol has been replanted. Danielle finds it in the bowl of popcorn. Amanda acts suspiciously, wanting Danielle to move over on the bed. When Danielle doesn’t move over, Amanda spots the clue on the ground and takes it. Chick fight ensues. Colby thinks it would only be fair that Amanda give the clue back. So much for keeping it a secret.

Danielle shares the clue with the other Villains. Russell finds the idol, and he has no plans of letting his tribe know he’s got it because he is the king. He does, however, tell Candice, promising her final three.

Sandra’s talking to Colby. If she makes a move, that would still be 5-4, with her at the bottom regardless, in either scenario hoping to make a climb up that ladder. They have decided that Danielle has the idol, but that it doesn’t matter since she won’t think she’s in danger. Russell warns her that she can flip if she really wants, but they have 6 votes currently. Whatever the case, Sandra has to decide how desperate she is to get rid of Russell.

For the immunity challenge, each person will have 150 wooden tiles that they will use to build a house of cards 10 feet tall. Jerri, Russell, Danielle, and Colby are building a nice house of cards. Colby’s comes tumbling down. Jerri’s got the lead at 6 feet, with Russell at 5 feet and Danielle at 4. Sandra’s next to collapse. Jerri and Russell are approaching 8 feet with caution. Jerri hits 9 feet first. Nobody else is close to her and Russell, and many of them are just watching the show. In a close finish, Jerri wins immunity, her first ever.

Sandra will be voting for Russell. She’s been wanting to get rid of him for 30 days and is doing it for Boston Rob, Tyson, Courtney, and even Coach, who she doesn’t care about.

Russell wants to get rid of Amanda because she’s an aggressive strategic player.

Candice is aware that either move she makes could be the winning of the end. At least she’s not with a bunch of babies like on Cook Islands where they sent her to Exile Island over and over and over again to seek revenge.

In true Russell style, he marches right up to Sandra to confront her once he hears from Candice that he’s the target, telling her that Candice told him the plan. Now Sandra’s worried that they’re hanging her out to dry.

Based on, well, something entirely unclear, they are now going to vote for Parvati instead. With Candice sitting right next to him, Colby says that, if this doesn’t work, it’s her fault.

Candice and Sandra are now attempting to come to some sort of unified conclusion so that either way they are both still in the majority.

Russell will be playing his idol.

Votes
Amanda
Amanda
Parvati
Parvati
Amanda
Amanda
Parvati
Amanda

With 6 votes, Amanda has been voted off the island, the first time she’s had her torch snuffed in three seasons. It sure would have made things interesting if Sandra flipped, but for sheer stupidity alone, the Heroes deserve to be getting picked off.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 12, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 10

After weeding out all the strong players, the Villains finally got rid of some dead weight in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 9. The real story was that JT threw his hidden immunity idol away by giving it to an enemy, Russell of all people.

Treemail sends the Villains with a map to the Heroes camp and a key.

Russell’s story is that he didn’t do as instructed just in case both he and Parvati played idols. This is not going to be a hard sell to JT, who just assumes that both Russell and Parvati played idols before even hearing a word.

Nobody is surprised to find out they are merging. Jerri suggests naming their tribe All Villains.

Parvati realizes that nobody wants her there either.

Sandra’s got a reality check for Rupert, one he’ll consider cashing if he wants to survive. Whatever Russell says, he’s lying. I’m still struggling to identify who to root for here. The Heroes are a bunch of idiots, but Russell needs to be knocked down a few pegs.

Rupert is now becoming the voice of reason. JT refuses to believe Russell hasn’t flipped. Even Amanda doesn’t believe it, and I thought she was the smart one. Their plan is to vote for somebody other than who they tell Russell they’re voting for. That’s about as far as they’re willing to go to humor Rupert.

Amanda warns Parvati what she already knows: everybody wants her gone. After Amanda promises to be really honest with her, Parvati has to tell her something. She has an idol, which Amanda interprets to mean she’s got another idol. As much as Amanda may possibly be willing to work with Parvati, neither of them fully trust each other, and Amanda views Parvati as a threat to beat her (again).

The new tribe name turns out to be Yin-Yang.

Individual immunity is now what they seek. Last person hanging on a pole wins. JT, Candice, and Parvati have all competed in this challenge previously. This will probably go to a woman. Amanda, Colby, and Sandra start off quickly inching down their poles. Sandra and Colby are the first ones eliminated. Russell is the next one down. Rupert’s out next. 20 minutes elapse before Amanda is eliminated. JT drops next. After an hour and a half, Parvati’s just hanging around getting a tan. Jerri is the next one down. Candice, Parvati, and Danielle all remain at the top. Candice wishes them luck as she goes to step down. Before she steps down, Jeff asks why seeing as he considers her the odds on favorite. Her reasoning: they look like they could go for a while. Danielle ain’t giving up. Parvati already has an idol that Danielle wouldn’t mind her burning. So Parvati agrees to drop. Danielle wins immunity. Perhaps not the strategically best move, but better safe three more days than possibly not I suppose.

The Heroes will be voting for Sandra or Jerri but plan to tell Russell they’re going to get rid of Parvati.

Sandra realizes she’s stuck with Russell for now, whether she likes it or not.

Russell’s plan is to give his idol to Parvati again. Well, she doesn’t need one since she’s already got one, but she could always use a second.

Amanda tells Parvati she’d better play that idol, just in case, which Parvati can tell is a lie.

So who are the Villains voting for? Whatever they do, they should plan to be a united front for a change. Russell’s target is his new buddy JT.

Rupert hopes this vote reveals Russell to be a liar.

Parvati hands her idol over to Sandra. Interesting. Too bad she picked the wrong person since the Heroes targeted Jerri, believing that she’s the least likely person to receive an idol from someone. The Heroes smile realizing the error in Parvati’s ways. Oh, but it ain’t over yet. Jerri, you can have one, too. Okay, hard not to be a Parvati fan after that. Within 5 seconds, she outsmarted all the Heroes while keeping her side safe, made Amanda realize she’s not a convincing enough liar, secured some goodwill from Jerri and Sandra, and knocked Russell off his high horse.

Votes
Jerri (does not count)
Jerri (does not count)
Jerri (does not count)
Jerri (does not count)
Jerri (does not count)
JT
JT
JT

One of the best tribal councils ever. With 3 votes, JT has been voted off the island. He got himself served. He’s learned not to trust Villains. Or women.

Having kept Russell in the dark, despite the fact that her plan saved the day, Parvati now has some explaining to do about her little secret.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 11, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 9

Continuing their trend of voting off their strongest members, the Villains got rid of Coach in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 8.

Jerri’s worried she may be next. A valid concern. If so, she has herself to blame.

Russell promises us that Sandra and Courtney will be the next ones go to, since they’re the ones he doesn’t trust. Heard that one before.

The reward challenge will test their endurance and threshold for pain. This is the one from Tocantins where Coach dramatically fell over at the end. They will have to rank their tribe from strongest to weakest and then compete against the matching rank from the other side. Rupert’s pride tells him he’s the strongest on his tribe, but his tribe doesn’t think that’s a wise move. While Russell would like to be ranked as the strongest on his tribe, they realize as well that this will probably be easiest for the women.

The winning tribe will receive a feast from Outback Steakhouse. By default, Russell will sit out for the Villains, being ranked as their weakest. By order of strongest to weakest, Danielle and Candice, Courtney and Amanda, Parvati and JT (who won this in Tocantins), Colby and Jerri (old friends), and Sandra and Rupert face off against each other. Everybody makes it to the second footholds. After another ten minutes, everybody advances to the third and final set of footholds. Colby is first to fall, and Jerri puts the Villains up 1-0. Rupert’s the next one down, as Sandra takes the lead 2-0. Amanda’s the third person to fall, as the Villains sweep the challenge, a change of pace from their 4 challenge losing streak.

As a side note, Amanda, who placed third in China and second in Micronesia, is the first person in Survivor history to reach the 100 day mark. If only she could stop going to the finals with people who beat her.

Inside Parvati’s napkin is a tiny rolled up clue. Nobody else saw that, so depending on how many people go into her underpants, this should give her an advantage over the rest of her tribe. After, she does show it to Danielle. Danielle doesn’t have any pockets either, but she can stash it in her boobs. For now, Russell doesn’t need to know.

The Villains find it amusing that the other tribe thinks there’s an all girl alliance. However, there is no all girl alliance. So is that a good thing or a bad thing?

JT’s got a plan. If they win the next immunity challenge, JT gives Russell the hidden immunity idol, and he votes out Parvati. Worst. Idea. Ever. Give a hidden idol to the opposing tribe? Really? Amanda’s skeptical. For all they know, he could be in with the girls. Candice says that at least JT wouldn’t have the idol any more, though.

The next morning, Amanda and Danielle go for a walk with a shovel. In their travels, they find the idol pretty quickly. It’s not all about King Russell. It’s about Queen Parvati.

JT proceeds to write his letter to Russell, instructions what to do with the idol. This could turn out to be one of the biggest moves of the season. Too bad it’s going to blow up in JT’s face.

Both tribes will have to move puzzle pieces through a series of obstacles in the water. Sandra sits out for the Villains. Jerri takes a slight lead over Rupert, but that doesn’t last long. JT’s off first to be squaring off against Danielle. Amanda’s got the third bag with a large lead still intact, and she’s going against Parvati. Candice and Courtney take off fourth. There’s just enough time here for Colby to tell Russell to go see JT after the challenge is over. Colby returns first as the Heroes start their puzzle first. Before Russell can get back to the beach, Heroes win immunity. Then JT gives Russell his idol. Wow. Just. Wow.

At the top of the note is a request for Russell to read it in complete privacy. So he lets Parvati read it out loud. Yeah, Parvati finds out that the other tribe all wants her gone, too. She can’t believe that guy actually won.

Apparently, the people in control will be getting rid of Courtney, again. Courtney approaches Parvati to make a deal, which Parvati believes may be a better deal than Russell’s alliance.

Russell says that it’s all about who he can trust. They’re not voting along the lines of who can or cannot help them in challenges. I noticed.

Jerri says she’s not in anybody’s alliance and never was.

Votes
Jerri
Courtney
Courtney
Courtney
Courtney

With 4 votes, Courtney has been voted off the island. Sandra’s a much bigger threat, although she’s unlikely to win because she already won before.

The winner of Micronesia and the sixth place finisher in Cook Islands, Parvati will join Amanda at the 100 day mark as of tomorrow. The only other person with a shot at hitting that is Rupert, assuming he makes it all the way to the end.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 10, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 8

Coach and Jerri flipped to allow for Boston Rob to be voted out in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 7.

Now we get to hear more about how great Russell is. Last season it was entertaining. This season it’s just getting old.

Coach complains that he did not want Boston Rob out. There was a simple solution: don’t vote against him (the cowardly move of voting for Courtney still counts as a vote against Rob). Jerri, who was the one of that pair to write Rob’s name down, says she misses Rob already.

The Heroes may have made a deal to go look for the idol together, but that doesn’t stop JT from going off on his own to search and find it. Amanda discovers him before he can move. Candice is right behind her. Since everybody will know anyway, he decides to show the rest of the tribe.

Treemail leads the Villains to assume they’re merging, to the extent that they pack up their camp and bring it with them. Are they really that desperate to move on?

The Heroes point out that it looks like the Villains have got an all girl alliance.

When Jeff greets them, he points out the very nice feast behind them. Before they move any further, he tells everybody to drop their… expectations. It’s not a merge. Both tribes have an opportunity to win this challenge (Survivor bowling). They win it, they eat. Sandra and Courtney sit out for the Villains. Probably not the smartest move if the immunity challenge is remotely physical, and Coach’s influence and desire to eat is likely to get the blame in hindsight. Parvati gets a gutter ball. Rupert scores 3. Parvati gets a second gutter ball. Heroes lead 1-0. JT knocks down 6. Danielle misses. JT stays at 6. Danielle’s gutter ball brings the Heroes to a 2-0 lead. Russell gets a gutter ball. Colby follows suit. Russell knocks over 5 pins. Colby hits just 1. Villains are behind 2-1. Coach hits 5. Amanda does the same. Coach hits 1 on his second roll. Amanda hits 2 to win reward.

The Heroes consider it a silly move to have gotten rid of Boston Rob, their best physical and mental competitor.

Jerri says that every single person on their tribe is an idiot. Oh, and voting Boston Rob out was stupid, and they’re screwed in an immunity challenge since they sat out Sandra and Courtney. As Jerri stands there whining, Sandra’s sitting right behind her, not clear why they’re blaming her for their loss.

Sandra decides she hates most of her tribe, and she suggests getting even with Coach. Russell’s the kind of person who will vote for someone who’s gunning for him. What if the rumor starts that Coach wants him out?

Russell eats this up pretty easily. He’s onboard with getting rid of Coach, which further would make it even easier for the Heroes to believe it’s a women’s alliance.

For the immunity challenge, they will be belted together in pairs, going through a muddy obstacle course to retrieve flags. Jerri and Danielle sit out for the Villains. Russell and Sandra go against Amanda and Candice. Amanda and Candice have the lead the whole time, which opens into a massive gap as the leg plays on. Heroes lead 1-0. Coach and Rupert go against each other in the one-on-one challenge. Coach is leading at the start, but Rupert passes him on the way back. In a footrace to the finish, Coach edges him out to tie it 1-1. In the final round, Parvati and Courtney go against JT and Colby. It’s pretty obvious what’s going to happen here. Heroes win immunity.

Danielle is upset. She doesn’t want people who can’t compete in challenges in the tribe. If she weren’t following Russell around like a lost puppy, she would have done something about that last week and gotten rid of Courtney instead of Boston Rob.

Coach kind of wants to vote out Russell, but he’d rather get rid of the weakest link, Courtney.

Russell would prefer to get rid of Coach. However, Danielle tries to get her point across to Russell that they should get rid of Courtney. He doesn’t want to hear a word of it and walks away.

Shortly thereafter, Russell says he’s changed his mind. Now he wants to vote out Courtney.

Jeff points out the result of voting out Tyson and Rob: the tribe has now lost 4 times in a row. They’re pretty much getting what they deserve. Whatever blame he may want to assign to Courtney, it’s not her fault. She didn’t vote them out.

Votes
Coach
Coach
Courtney
Courtney
Courtney
Coach
Coach

By a vote of 4-3, Coach has been voted off the island. Interestingly, Russell voted for Courtney, but his girls did not.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 9, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 7

Both tribes went to tribal council in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode 6. After Boston Rob pieced together the correct strategy, bonehead Tyson went off on his own and got himself eliminated. Then James got voted out due to his injured leg.

Russell wants to work on Jerri next. Well, good luck getting Jerri and Parvati to not hate each other.

Colby realizes it’s put up or shut up time for him. Wouldn’t hurt for someone else on the Heroes tribe to step up either.

The reward challenge involves a race through the water to get a ball and score a basket. The winning tribe will go to an outdoor waterfall with lunch. Courtney, Sandra, and Parvati sit out for the Villains. Colby misses twice. Then Coach misses twice. Then Colby finally makes a basket to lead 1-0. On the next point, an aggressive Heroes tribe takes the 2-0 lead on a score by Candice. Colby scores again to take win reward 3-0.

In addition to the food, they get a clue telling them there’s another immunity idol at their beach. They pretend like they’re going to ignore the clue. For a few minutes. They agree to use it together against the other tribe.

Russell tells Jerri and Coach that he wants to be in the final three with them. Coach thinks this is all bunk, but that Jerri is buying it. While these two may say they’re allies, they don’t seem to be on the same path.

For the immunity challenge, three members of each tribe will race relay style across a net, then climb up a rope web to retrieve puzzle pieces. Once they’ve collected all six bags, the two remaining tribe members will solve the puzzle. Jerri, Danielle, and Russell sit out for the Villains. JT and Amanda are on the puzzle for the Heroes; Boston Rob and Sandra are on the puzzle for the Villains. Parvati gets a slight lead over Rupert for the Villains. Courtney extends that lead over Candice. Coach continues the lead over Colby. Parvati loses some of the lead. Then Courtney completely loses it with her slow climbing and fear of jumping off the net, falling way behind Candice. Colby then runs with it to give the Heroes the early start on the puzzle. For a change, it looks like the Heroes may actually win on a puzzle, and they do.

Coach says that they need to get rid of the weak link, which would be Courtney following that challenge.

Russell is talking to Rob, Courtney, and Sandra. He wants to get rid of the weak. Either Courtney or Sandra. At least he’s not hiding his plans.

Coach agrees with that logic. They have to be too careful at the challenges because Courtney and Sandra are weak.

Rob’s plan is to get rid of the threat, Russell. His theory is that the thing most important to Coach is his loyalty. Either he sticks to the alliance, or it will be known he’s a liar.

In turn, Russell would like to get rid of Rob. This is going to be a harder sell than Courtney, who clearly blew the challenge.

Coach says that the elimination of Tyson removed the bridge of the gap between the sides. He begs Rob and Russell to stop being at each other’s throats.

Votes
Rob
Russell
Rob
Russell
Rob
Russell
Courtney
Rob

By a vote of 4-3, Boston Rob has been voted off the island. That pretty firmly establishes Russell’s control of the game.

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