Survivor: Second Chance Winner

With no time to waste, we start off right away with an immunity challenge. They will race to collect puzzle steps, which they will use to build a staircase, then they will complete a slide puzzle when they reach the top. Spencer is in the lead on the stair building the entire time, but Kelley and Jeremy are right behind him. Everybody eventually joins in on the puzzle, but it’s between Spencer and Kelley. Spencer wins immunity.

Kelley wants to piece together her own alliance of outcasts because they are screwed if Spencer, Tasha, and Jeremy go any further.

Kimmi goes off to get water with Keith, which causes immediate suspicion from Spencer, only getting worse after Kelley goes to join them. Kimmi’s target is Jeremy.

Then she returns to try to talk the others into a split vote. Spencer may not trust her, but Jeremy does.

When they get to Tribal Council, Spencer warns the others that he, Jeremy, and Tasha are voting the same way and not splitting the vote. He has deliberately excluded Kimmi from this decision, and either someone joins them or they go to rocks. But don’t worry, Kimmi, you’re still in the alliance.

Kelley plays her hidden immunity idol. Jeremy plays his, too.

Votes
Kelley (does not count)
Jeremy (does not count)
Kelley (does not count)
Jeremy (does not count)
Kelley (does not count)
Jeremy (does not count)

Because everybody voted for someone who used an idol, none of the votes count. Now they have to revote for somebody who is not immune. Jeff gives them some time to talk. Jeremy needs to confirm who voted for him. Really?

Votes
Tasha
Kimmi
Tasha
Kimmi
Tasha
Kimmi

It is tied again. They will not revote because Jeff confirms that none of them are willing to change their votes. Here’s where things change from the usual rock drawing. Either the others come to a unanimous decision, or Keith goes home by default because the two with votes are safe in that situation and everybody else has immunity. Kelley agrees to change her vote, and Kimmi has been voted off the island.

For the immunity challenge, they will race to six stations and collect puzzle pieces to solve a puzzle. Jeremy gets a bit of a lead over the rest of the pack, but Kelley manages to pull ahead. Spencer and Tasha fall behind the others, but everyone is still theoretically in it because it all comes down to the puzzle. Kelley wins immunity.

Since the other three are so tight, Keith realizes he’s probably at the top of the chopping block. He may not have any ideas, but Kelley makes a fake hidden immunity idol for him.

Jeremy’s not willing to take a chance that one of them has an idol. He tells Keith to vote for Spencer.

So the question is how does Keith let them know he has an idol without being obvious about it? He is subtle. So subtle that it’s lost on everyone.

Votes
Spencer
Keith
Spencer
Keith
Keith

With 3 votes, Keith is voted off the island. His idol may have worked, but he didn’t do anything with it.

For the final immunity challenge, they must keep balls in play as the balls spin around a maze, with more being added at regular intervals, up to a total of six. Seems kind of lame for a final immunity, but this one could be anyone’s game. Kelley is the first eliminated. Tasha follows. Then Spencer, all before they have even added the sixth ball. Jeremy wins immunity.

Like Keith before her, Kelley assumes she is gone. Perhaps she should have saved the hidden idol for herself because Keith wasted it. Her last ditch effort is to convince Jeremy what he already demonstrated concern about: Spencer is his biggest threat.

Spencer repeatedly threatens his allies that he will do whatever it takes to make sure they lose if they get rid of him. I don’t think I’ve seen this tactic so strongly employed before or understand why he keeps getting so aggressive in front of the jury.

Votes
Spencer
Kelley
Kelley
Kelley

With 3 votes, Kelley has been voted off the island.

Andrew blasts Spencer about his arrogance, specifically how he threatened his allies at the last Tribal Council. Spencer’s response is that may be so, but he’s better than he was in his last season. Then he uses the word arrogant again, calling out Jeremy for how he acted when voting out Kimmi.

Stephen asks Tasha about how she is viewed, as the person who did Jeremy’s dirty work. Then he asks Spencer to defend jumping between voting blocks, which he was far from alone in doing.

Ciera basically has that same question for all of them, this from the person who kept telling everyone they had to make big moves.

Keith asks Spencer and Jeremy to convince him why he should vote for the other person. I guess he’s not voting for Tasha then.

Abi doesn’t care about big moves. She asks about subtle moves. Tasha points to her relationship with Spencer. Spencer says he shifted blame toward Joe. And Jeremy, he played an idol, which is… subtle?

Kimmi is not even worth listening to. She has silently been a baby while the others spoke, and now she gets her chance to lash out.

Kelly Wiglesworth asks them to pick a number between 1 and 10. Over the course of 15 years, the best she’s managed to do is come up with the same question she was asked. With answers of 2, 3, and 4, if she really does use this question to decide, Spencer has a 70% chance of getting her vote.

Kass wants to complain about Spencer calling her a dumbass for the last two years, which she was. Her chaos bit was not a path to victory.

Kelley Wentworth asks about their second chance story. Oh, like we haven’t heard this episode after episode. Jeremy tugs at the jury with a story about how he’s going to have a baby, which he apparently didn’t want to reveal until right before the final vote.

Votes
Jeremy
Jeremy
Jeremy
Jeremy
Jeremy
Jeremy

The Survivor: Second Chance winner is Jeremy Collins. This is silly. Jeremy may have played a good game, but not convincing enough to win in a clean sweep. It’s pretty clear that the other two made a really stupid choice, though. Spencer had the chance go to the end with people like Abi and Keith but chose to go down what he knew was a worse path. In the end, he did a great job… of getting Jeremy the end. As did Tasha, who the jury apparently views as someone who did Jeremy’s dirty work, for which they give her blame rather than credit.

Survivor will of course be back again in February. The season is dubbed Brains, Braun, & Beauty. Oh. This again? Last time the Brains tribe was one of the dumbest and most inept ever, although interestingly, two of them are sitting next to each other in the final three tonight, with no votes to show for it.

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 13

The women overzealously made it known they wanted to get rid of Joe in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 12, and despite knowledge of a looming all female alliance, the guys went along with them.

The reward challenge will require them to unspool rope to which they are attached, build a bridge, and toss some sandbags. Reward is a trip to temples at Siam Reap. Keith won this the first time it was done, and with Joe gone, he may be the biggest challenge threat. Keith is leading the whole time. He has enough rope, which Jeremy and Spencer lack, allowing Keith to run away with the challenge. He chooses Kelley and Spencer to go with him. He picks Kelley to return the favor for her choosing him last time, and then he rambles about why he picked Spencer in a way that he knows doesn’t make much sense.

The girls predictably want to get rid of another guy, this time Keith. But trust them. They’re not trying to form an alliance based on gender. Their logic is sound. They’re trying to get rid of challenge threats, logic that can just as easily apply to Spencer and then Jeremy.

Spencer, Keith, and Kelley form a final three, which doesn’t seem particularly serious. Their target is Tasha.

Tasha asks Abi if she can speak with Jeremy alone, which again provides the opportunity for them to see that Abi has a tendency to cause drama. It’s a weird and unusual request, to which Abi responds about as can be expected. Now Tasha wants to get rid of Abi instead.

For the immunity challenge, they will race to the water, cross a series of obstacles, and return to solve a puzzle. In a very physical start to the challenge, Jeremy and Spencer start with a lead. The others look like they may make it back to the beach in time to catch up on the puzzle, but then Spencer solves the puzzle in under 15 seconds. Before he can be crowned victor, Tasha needs to be rescued by medical as she struggles in the water, but their presence is brief.

Spencer’s torn between two options, either the weaker group of outcasts or the stronger group who he doesn’t really want to be sitting next to in the finals.

Votes
Abi
Tasha
Abi
Tasha
Abi
Keith
Abi

With 4 votes, Abi has been voted off the island. Not a bad choice. She’s hardly a threat and would be great to take to the end, but she’s so volatile and unpredictable that it would be tough to actually make it that far with her.

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

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 12

Despite his arguably too powerful advantage coming into play in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 11, Stephen still fell victim to the minority after he and his allies split the vote.

Since her primary ally is gone, Kimmi is forced to come up with a new plan, all women.

It’s time for the loved ones visit and challenge. Their task is to race and dig up bags attached to rope in the sand, spin around a post, cross a balance beam, and solve a word puzzle. Reward is a BBQ with their loved ones. Kimmi gets out to the early lead, not what I was expecting. Keith takes the lead as they hit the balance beams and is first to the puzzle, but I don’t think anyone is concerned about him being a puzzle challenge threat. Kelley is not far behind him and looks pretty solid considering all the spinning she just did. Kelley wins reward. She chooses Keith, Abi, and Kimmi to share in the reward, then she adds Joe as the fourth, leaving Tasha, Spencer, and Jeremy out.

The three who are left to themselves start talking strategy. Spencer proposes a final three with Jeremy and Tasha. The groups may not be the same, but the target is. Everybody wants to get rid of Joe. Little does Spencer know he’s playing right into their hands, but he’s right to fear Joe.

For the immunity challenge, they will balance a statue on a pole. The first man and the first woman will win. Every 5 minutes, a section of pole is added. After 20 minutes, everybody is still standing.

Kimmi is the first to drop, and Abi is right behind her. At the 25 minute transition, Tasha drops. Kelley wins immunity because all the other women have dropped. There’s no way to know how well she would have done if she had to go further, but it doesn’t really matter because the challenge is not about who the two best are, only the two best by gender.

Almost immediately after that, Spencer is the first man to fall, and Jeremy can’t survive the transition either. That leaves us with Keith and Joe again. The final section of pole is added at 30 minutes. It becomes pretty obvious who the strongest two are, as both are still standing at 1 hour and 20 minutes. I would think fatigue or at least the wind would have gotten to them by now. Unlike the others who just let their statues drop, Joe collapses. Keith wins immunity.

The immediate and vocal celebration by Kelley, Abi, and Kimmi quickly fades, as Jeff goes to check on Joe and call in medical. This turns out to be the most minor visit from medical ever, though, as he just blacked out after his blood sugar dropped.

Even in losing, Joe still shows up just about everybody, surviving 3-4 times longer than almost everybody else. Nobody else is going to be able to push themselves to the point of passing out.

Joe’s target is a rather odd one. Abi. She’s dangerous because she’s so… Abi. Jeremy says she’s easy money at the end, which Joe’s concern, that she’ll just keep getting dragged along and end up taking up someone else’s spot at the end.

Tasha blows up the all girl alliance by telling Spencer and Jeremy about the plan. She’d rather tell them than have them find out from someone else. In doing so, she has created trust and fear, but she still pushes to get rid of Joe.

Votes
Joe
Abi
Tasha
Joe
Joe
Joe

With 4 votes, Joe has been voted off the island. Hard to blame them because he is such a challenge threat, but it’s questionable whether the guys just shot themselves in the feet. The left field Tasha vote came from where you might expect, Keith.

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

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 11

Stephen was clueless about his impending doom in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 10, but Jeremy knew enough to give him a hidden immunity idol and save him.

Jeremy insists that Spencer should still trust him, but should he really?

For an individual reward challenge, Jeff will tell them a story about Cambodian history, which they must remember as they run to stations and answer questions. Reward is a helicopter trip to a hotel. Abi is not missing anything, but she’s going slowly. Spencer and Stephen are with her in the lead. Spencer takes too long to untie his final bag, allowing Spencer to win reward.

Rather than taking the person who was right behind him, he chooses Tasha and then Jeremy to partake in the reward along with him. Playing favorites in a case like this is playing with fire. Spencer doesn’t need any more reason to flip. Joe and the two girls who remain should be pretty easy, but they’ll need someone else. That would be Keith, someone who’s a lot less dangerous than Tasha and Jeremy to share a plan with, as long as he remembers not to say “stick to the plan” at Tribal Council.

Abi protests. She’s not sure she can trust Joe and Spencer. Oh boy.

To prove his trustworthiness, Stephen reveals to Jeremy and Tasha what his advantage is.

She didn’t win, but Kelley did find a clue to the hidden immunity idol. It’s right underneath their shelter. There’s a good chance nobody would have found that without a clue because they’re always looking elsewhere rather than right under their feet. After everyone else leaves, Kelley crawls under the shelter and grabs her idol.

For the immunity challenge, they will use their feet to stack blocks. There’s no telling who this challenge favors, but Joe is probably good at this, too. Joe’s close to winning, but being in the lead in this challenge doesn’t really matter, as he finds out when some of his blocks fall. This allows Spencer to catch up and take the lead. Joe is making a good showing here, but he’s not able to come back. Spencer wins immunity.

I’m not sure Spencer just did himself any favors. He’s unlikely to be a target, but he needs Joe for his plan to work. Joe is now a very compelling boot choice. It’s hard to predict which way Keith will swing. Both are dangerous. And then there’s Abi, who nobody can trust because she is completely unpredictable.

Abi’s got everybody freaking out, enough so that Stephen is willing to reveal his advantage to Spencer. He threatens to use it, but it seems really early to do so.

At Tribal Council, Stephen does indeed use his advantage, and he steals Joe’s vote, which he uses to vote for Joe. If nothing else, this now makes him a non-threat, so getting rid of him doesn’t seem so necessary any more, although it does split some key alliances demonstrated by his reward challenge choices.

Kelley’s got the idol and can flip this thing on its head, but she decides not to.

Votes
Joe
Abi
Stephen
Joe
Abi
Abi
Stephen
Stephen
Stephen

With 4 votes, Stephen has been voted off the island. In the end, what cost him was the assumption that Joe might have an idol. Stephen’s undoing is a split vote. Everything else, however interesting it made the episode, didn’t matter.

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

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 10

Kelly Wiglesworth was voted out in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 9 because something about voting blocks or… something.

After flipping, Jeremy thinks everything is the same as it used to be, and they can still get rid of one of the girls. Tasha seems fine with it. She’s willing to give them a chance to fool her twice.

For the reward challenge, they will play basketball in the water. Kelley, Kimmi, Stephen, Jeremy, and Keith go against Tasha, Abi, Joe, Ciera, and Spencer. Jeremy scores to take the lead for the green team after Spencer misses. Joe beats down everyone to tie the game. Spencer redeems himself to give the purple team the lead. Tasha drags Kimmi to the basket to win reward for purple. Reward is food somewhere dry, which they desperately need after days of rain.

Ciera’s not doing very much at the reward challenges, but she seems to be getting the most reward. Once again, she is the one to bring up strategy. She wants to get rid of Stephen and his advantage, which is going to become increasingly problematic as the numbers dwindle.

The other group discusses how they want to get rid of Joe. Duh. They just need to beat him at something for a change.

Before the immunity challenge, Jeff passes out rocks. Then he describes the challenge. They will balance on one foot on a small block while balancing a ball on an overhanging piece of wood. The last endurance challenge, like every challenge, was won by Joe.

Now Jeff describes his offer. A construction crew can revamp their poorly constructed shelter. Abi asks what everyone is thinking: what does he want? If 5 people hold out white rocks and sit out the challenge, they get the better shelter. Joe and Keith are the only ones who are not willing to play along.

I think we already know what’s going to happen here, but it’s not like most of the people who are sitting out were going to win anyway. Joe beats Keith to win immunity.

Tasha and Jeremy are questioning the power Ciera is gaining. They really have no power, not now anyway, but they have a big enough group of three that they are useful for their numbers and in turn may prove dangerous. Spencer and Jeremy are both convinced the other is wrong.

I didn’t expect this, but before the votes are read, Jeremy speaks up. We know he has two idols, so he may as well burn one of them and save his ally. He gives Stephen an idol.

Votes
Stephen (does not count)
Stephen (does not count)
Stephen (does not count)
Stephen (does not count)
Stephen (does not count)
Ciera
Ciera
Kimmi
Kimmi
Ciera

With 3 votes, Ciera has been voted off the island. They shared their plan with one too many people.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Second Chance Episode 11, which airs next on CBS.

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 9

Most of the tribe decided to ignore the possibility of a hidden idol in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 8. After Kelley played her idol, Andrew was sent home.

Kelley seems really impressed with herself, but the reality is not that she’s great but that everybody else is so dumb or at least so full of themselves. All they had to do was split the votes. Basic Survivor 101 that people who Jeff claims are fan favorites should know, no matter how much they may wish to underestimate the lackluster minority.

For the reward challenge in the rain, they are divided into two teams of five and will use poles to build a staircase, make their way through a maze, open a chest, and solve a puzzle with the pieces inside. Reward is a trip to the Survivor spa. Tasha, Stephen, Spencer, Joe, and Ciera (purple) go against Kelly, Keith, Kelley, Kimmi, and Jeremy (green). Nobody picks Abi. Purple takes a huge lead as green falls apart at the beginning. I’m not sure I’ve seen a performance this disastrous before. Green doesn’t even make it to the puzzle.

Ciera is again the person to bring up strategy at the reward.

Back at camp, the others sit around together while Jeremy goes off on his own to find a clue to the hidden immunity idol, a map that leads him right to the idol, his second.

Stephen wants to join the outcasts, who have been dubbed the three witches. He wants to get rid of people who are actually threatening, unlike them and himself.

At the immunity challenge, they will balance on triangular platforms in the water. As the challenge starts, so does the rain again. Jeff offers them an advantage in the game to jump in the water and swim for a buoy. Somehow, Stephen beats Spencer in the swimming race, and he didn’t really give up anything because it’s not like he was going to win immunity. Those who remain transition to the top of the platforms. Kelley, Jeremy, Ciera, Kimmi, and Tasha all fall as they try to do that.

Keith is the next to fall. Joe’s shaking an awful lot compared to the women who remain. After half an hour, they go to one foot, which should make quick work of two of them. Kelly can’t make this transition. Abi falls. Joe wins immunity. As usual.

It’s a little late, but the majority is now talking about a split vote plan. They’re going to try to get rid of Kelley again.

Of course, there’s Stephen’s advantage to consider. His advantage is roughly what I thought it would be but bigger. He can steal a vote. That gives him the power to make the split vote come back and bite them if he wants, but he doesn’t want to use it tonight. This power gets even more powerful as time passes, so it does make sense to hold off rather than ending up on the bottom with the others.

Stephen tries to talk Jeremy and Spencer into his plan to get rid of Kelly instead of one of the thre girls. He doesn’t seem to be providing them with a particularly compelling reason.

Votes
Ciera
Kelley
Kelly
Ciera
Kelley
Kelly
Ciera
Kelly
Kelly
Kelly

With 5 votes, Kelly has been voted off the island. Somehow, Stephen managed to talk people into going along with his plan to get rid of Wiglesworth. I still don’t understand because that conversation didn’t seem to go very well to me.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Second Chance Episode 10, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 8

Kass trying to cause chaos bit her a lot earlier this time than last, leading to her elimination in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 7.

Ciera wants to play hard, not smart, just hard. She tells Stephen that her target is Joe. That’s not a bad idea actually. When he stops winning.

For the reward challenge, they jump into boats, untie crates, and stack those crates so there are no repeating colors on any side. Reward is a trip to the Survivor cafe. Joe, Kelly, Kelley, Keith, Kimmi, and Ciera are against Tasha, Andrew, Spencer, Jeremy, Stephen, and Abi. They are even until the midway point when Joe pushes the others team off course, the first in a series of problems from which they never recover. Joe’s team wins reward.

At the top of the episode, Ciera said her target is Joe. Now that she’s on a reward with him, she has a different story for the group: Jeremy, Tasha, Stephen, and Savage will never turn on each other. If you keep stirring the pot and just throwing names out there for the sake of throwing names out there, there’s always the risk that someone will say your name.

Stephen’s whining at camp that he lost as usual. The people he needs to bond with are on the reward with his enemy, Joe. After that, he uses the time to plot against Joe, which Andrew overhears. When Joe finds out, he says he didn’t expect this so soon. Why not? That seems pretty dumb.

For the immunity challenge, they will balance a ball on a disc attached to ropes. Kelley and Ciera are eliminated within seconds and then the other Kelly and Jeremy. Abi is next followed by Stephen and Andrew. They are dropping like flies here. Round 1 lasts for 10 minutes. Kimmi is the first to drop in the next round and then Tasha. The three who remain move to the final round. Spencer is out. A second ball is added for the final two. Keith won this the last time he competed in it, but this time he gets beaten by Joe. Basically any challenge no matter what is likely to be won by Joe, which is exactly why there’s no way he’ll make it to the end unless he wins everything.

Because Stephen got caught talking about Joe, he’s the target now. Joe approaches the three girls who are on the bottom to secure the necessary votes, and Andrew goes to everybody else. Jeremy’s the only one to offer resistance to this plan, and it is immediately changed as a result. Joe lets the girls know this is a no go, and they assume one of them is the target.

At Tribal Council, Ciera again points out the group of four people who are in control: Jeremy, Tasha, Andrew, and Stephen or Joe. I think that’s five. Kelley won’t name names just in case she’s still here tomorrow.

Knowing she’s a possible target, Wentworth plays her idol, shocking everybody.

Votes
Kelley (does not count)
Kelley (does not count)
Kelley (does not count)
Kelley (does not count)
Kelley (does not count)
Kelley (does not count)
Kelley (does not count)
Kelley (does not count)
Kelley (does not count)
Andrew
Andrew

With 2 votes, Andrew has been voted off the island. The outcasts controlled the vote as the majority doesn’t even think about splitting the vote, despite having plenty of votes to split it between three people if they wanted. They just got cocky. If Joe kept quiet and didn’t tell the girls that plans had changed, perhaps he could have saved his closest ally.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Second Chance Episode 9, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 7

Terry went home because his son was in the hospital, and then Woo was voted out in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 6.

There are 13 people left, which leaves most people to suspect that the merge won’t happen soon. But it will. Their new tribe name is Orkun, which means thank you.

After being blindsided last week, Savage is happy to be off that island and ready to turn on his tribe. Of course, he’s not alone, as there is much scrambling right away. There’s a lot of talking going on. I’m not sure how much of it is even relevant.

The Brains tribe, for lack of a better term, still don’t trust each other. Kass and Spencer reluctantly worked together last week, but Tasha isn’t having any of Kass.

9 out of the 13 people who remain were originally on Bayon. Joe talks about how he hasn’t even been to Tribal Council yet more than two weeks into the game.

For the immunity challenge, they will stand on a narrow beam while balancing a ball on a pole. After a few seconds, Stephen drops. Keith is next, and Ciera and Kimmi also don’t get out of the first round. Abi is out within a second of the second round beginning, followed by Kass, Kelly, and Kelley. The third and most difficult round begins after 20 minutes. Andrew is eliminated. Tasha is next and unable to repeat the victory she had the only other time this challenge was done. Jeremy is next. Spencer places second like when he lost to Tasha, and Joe wins immunity, as if he needed a bigger target.

Ciera vocally joined in with Kass’ chaos earlier in the morning, making them the biggest targets. The first 20 minutes of the show when people were talking and talking doesn’t seem to matter much after this argument.

A very large group gathers to discuss their fate, leaving Kass, Ciera, Kelley, and Abi as the outsiders who need to try to overcome a split vote. That other group is so large that it’s not sustainable for very long.

Spencer is the only hope Kass has, and now he has the chance to return the favor from when she saved him last week. This should be a slam dunk, but the plan to split the vote means all they need is one swing.

Votes
Kass
Ciera
Tasha
Kass
Ciera
Tasha
Kass
Ciera
Andrew
Kass
Ciera
Kass
Kass

With 6 votes, Kass has been voted off the island. The throw away vote for Savage came from Ciera, while Kelley joined the rest of the tribe in voting out Kass. They clearly realized it was a lost cause.

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