Survivor: Second Chance Episode 6

Kimmi kept whining about Monica for some reason in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 5, and for some reason Monica was oblivious to it, which proved to be her downfall.

The previews already gave away what happens next. Terry gets a late night visit from Jeff Probst with news that his son is in the hospital, and his wife and doctor think it’s serious enough that he should go home. Terry departs from the game.

Drop your buffs. Again. Angkor is dead. We hardly knew you, and you were incompetent most of the time.

Ta Keo: Andrew, Kass, Woo, Spencer, Kelly, Abi, Ciera
Bayon: Stephen, Kelley, Joe, Jeremy, Tasha, Keith, Kimmi

Jeff asks Kass how she’s feeling, and she wastes no time throwing Spencer under the bus. On the other side, Kelley is the odd person out.

For the reward challenge, they will race down a slip and slide, grabbing a ring to toss along the way. Reward is a picnic. Jeremy beats Andrew by a second to give Bayon the lead 1-0. Kass beats Stephen to tie it at 1-1. Abi beats Kimmi to take the lead 2-1 for Bayon. Joe beats Woo to make it 2-2. Kelly beats Kelley to win for Ta Keo.

Andrew comes up with a plot. He tells the others that Spencer is the target, and they will tell him that Ciera’s the target. This despite the fact that he loves Spencer. Somehow, Ciera gets all bent out of shape at the thought of just having her name mentioned.

Joe is trying to bond with the person who is the easy target, Kelley, which gets Stephen paranoid. Jeremy doesn’t want Joe to go, however, as Joe is a good shield.

Immunity is a gross eating challenge. Woo and Spencer eat their tarantulas before Tasha and the very bad at this challenge Kimmi. Ciera sucks as bad as Kimmi, allowing Keith and Jeremy to tie it 1-1 after eating water beetles. Kass is unable to finish her pig snout, giving Bayon the 2-1 lead. Kelly plows through the frog, beating Joe to make it 2-2. Kimmi refused to eat cow’s brain in her last season, and she refuses to eat pig’s brain this time. Woo gets it down in a few seconds anyway, taking the 3-2 lead for Ta Keo. Ciera loses again, allowing Kelley to tie it. The final round is Kass against Tasha eating balut, and we already know how this is going to turn out. Kass isn’t even competitive. Bayon wins immunity.

Everybody seems to be onboard with the Spencer vote. Except Ciera. She has issues with her name being brought up at all, though her bigger issue seems to be she’s willing to do whatever to make it known she’s playing the game, not necessarily whatever smart but just whatever. Her target is Woo, which she reveals to the other women. Of course, Abi will have no problem with this.

Though she doesn’t trust Spencer, they’re going to have to play together if she wants to get rid of Woo. Kass informs Spencer that he’s Andrew’s target. In her case, she wants to prove something just like Ciera, except that’s how she was the first time, too. This whole concept of Chaos Kass is just stirring up trouble for trouble’s sake.

Votes
Spencer
Woo
Spencer
Spencer
Woo
Woo
Woo

With 4 votes, Woo has been voted off the island. I’m not entirely sure why, though the people responsible for this tribe being at Tribal Council due to their poor challenge performance controlled the vote. Savage has some regrouping to do because he just got his legs kicked out from under him after thinking he was in total control.

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

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 5

Jeff played hard trying to prove he was new school, so hard that he never really had a chance, and was eliminated in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 4, the week after getting caught conversing with another tribe at a challenge.

Kimmi and Monica get into an argument about how much food they should take out of the ocean.

For the reward challenge, three members will be tied together and roll one person in a barrel who collects balls to be rolled into holes. Reward is comfort. Terry and Kass sit out for Ta Keo; Stephen and Kelly sit out for Bayon. Bayon falls behind as Monica takes long to untie the bags, but it will come down to the ball toss. Jeremy starts to make things interesting but then falls behind again. Spencer takes over for him and gets Bayon back to a tie. Keith wins the larger comfort reward and refreshments for Ta Keo. Angkor places second to receive a tarp thanks to Woo’s tossing.

As Terry’s off fishing, the others talk about getting rid of him. Considering how weak they were at the challenge without him, I’m not sure how good an idea that is.

Woo tells a story about his mom’s transplant, which Abi interprets as an attempt to gain sympathy. Maybe it is, at least in part, but I don’t see what she’s gaining by telling that to Tasha.

For the immunity challenge, they will shoot with giant slingshots on platforms they must reach by climbing. Ciera and Kelly sit out for Ta Keo; Monica and Jeremy sit out for Bayon.

Joe scores for Ta Keo. Spencer scores for Bayon. Andrew scores for Angkor. Kelly scores for Bayon. Woo scores for Angkor. Stephen scores for Angkor, which is not his tribe. Tasha scores for Angkor. Terry scores for Ta Keo. Woo scores again to win immunity for Angkor for a change. Spencer scores for Bayon. Joe scores for Ta Keo. Keith scores to win immunity for Ta Keo.

Having come from the minority tribe, Spencer and Kelly are the two potential targets. As they’re discussing it, Monica tells Kimmi that they need to keep the girls’ numbers up, which Kimmi reports back to the guys.

Votes
Kelly
Spencer
Kelly
Monica
Monica
Monica

With 3 votes, Monica has been voted off the island. I didn’t think much of that little squabble at the top of the episode, but perhaps Monica should have because opening her mouth to the wrong person sunk her in the end.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Second Chance Episode 6, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 4

Peih-Gee’s feud, for lack of a better term, with Abi finally came back to bite her in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 3, and she was eliminated.

Immediately after the voting is done, the drama starts. Tasha tells Woo he’s good with her and that Jeff should have been the one to go. Seeing someone talking to Woo does not sit well with Abi, who confronts her and refuses to talk about their differences in private. Abi thinks she’s in the majority, but she just keeps digging her own grave and making enemies for no reason.

For the reward challenge, they will race to the water, retrieve sandbags, and launch those into a net back on shore. It’s a hero challenge. Andrew will compete for Angkor, Jeremy will compete for Bayon, and Terry will compete for Ta Keo. Terry seems like kind of an odd choice when they have Joe, but he builds a big lead on the others. All it takes is for Andrew to make a basket after one try to come back from dead last and erase that lead and win the better of the two food rewards. Terry holds on for second place.

Kass thinks she played a great strategic game last time (she didn’t), but she realizes she sucked at the social game. Nobody trusts her, but she’s going to play nice and see if that gets her further.

Spencer throws Kelly under the bus to try to save himself. It doesn’t work.

For the immunity challenge callers will direct blindfolded tribe members to pick up puzzle pieces. Monica sits out for Bayon; Ciera sits out for Ta Keo. The callers are yelling at the tops of their lungs, but everybody is complaining about being unable to hear anything. Then we get a montage of people getting hurt. Everybody is roughly even heading into the puzzle. Bayon wins immunity. Ta Keo places second. Angkor loses again, as they pretty much just give up.

For all the bumping into each other while blindfolded, Jeff is the one who gets most injured after dropping a piece on his foot after they take the blindfolds off. He hasn’t been much use in challenges so far, and this only makes things worse.

Tasha continues to pitch her idea that Jeff needs to go. He knows it’s either him or Woo and feels his saving grace may be he’s not the one who voted for Abi (twice). Of course, as comfortable as she feels, Abi is always a potential target because of her personality, but at this point they don’t have much choice but to keep her.

Votes
Jeff
Woo
Jeff
Jeff

With 3 votes, Jeff has been voted off the island. He played himself out of the game last week and was lucky to survive then.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Second Chance Episode 5, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 3

Shirin played hard and fast, controlling the first vote, which led to her demise in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 2.

Now Terry has himself believing he’s the one in control.

In contrast to the other tribe that keeps losing, Kass tells everyone at the challenge that she’s on the love tribe.

Well, with that in mind, drop your buffs. They are going from two tribes to three.

Bayon (Purple): Monica, Jeremy, Stephen, Kimmi, Kelly, Spencer
Ta Keo (Blue): Keith, Kass, Joe, Ciera, Terry, Kelley
Angkor (Yellow): Woo, Jeff, Peih-Gee, Abi, Tasha, Andrew

This leaves 4 original Bayon members on the Bayon tribe with Kelly and Spencer in the minority, though for Spencer, he’s probably higher on the totem pole than he was when he was being buddies with Shirin.

There are also 4 original Bayon members on the new Ta Keo tribe. This is a pretty brutal numbers advantage. They are joined by Kelley and Terry. With how he was talking, I was getting a dead man walking edit from Terry.

The last remaining tribe doesn’t get an established camp and must rebuild as if it’s day 1. Angkor consists of a 4-2 advantage for old Ta Keo with Tasha and Andrew being the odd people out.

Kelley immediately throws Terry under the bus, knowing it’s probably going to be one of them to go home first, even though getting rid of him over her wouldn’t make much sense.

Spencer says he was on camp macho before. I don’t think that was the problem. It was overplaying. The only reason he’s still around is that he’s not Shirin.

Abi and Peih-Gee obviously don’t like each other, which Tasha takes as a possible opportunity.

Jeremy and his group go searching for an idol. He gets a clue, telling him to look at the challenge.

For the challenge, they will push a cart through an obstacle course, collect chests, disassemble the cart, and use the pieces in the chest to solve a puzzle. Spencer, Tasha, and Kass previously participated in this challenge (and lost) as part of the Brains tribe, one of the dumbest tribes ever. Ta Keo build a decent lead heading into the puzzle with the other two tribes roughly tied. Ta Keo wins immunity, and so does Bayon.

And then Tasha starts talking about a rat. Probst is right there, and he doesn’t know what’s happening either. Look away for a second, and you miss it. I had to watch the replay of Jeff mouthing something to the other tribe. Following this, Woo learns that Jeff had made an alliance with Tasha and Andrew, though he told us he didn’t plan to honor that.

The logical conclusion regardless seems to be to be for whatever tribe that wins to remain united, but Jeff just painted a target on his back that was otherwise not there. Woo doesn’t think that getting rid of him would be such a bad idea. They still have a majority with Abi. Yeah, Peih-Gee’s best friend, who Woo voted to get rid of two weeks ago.

Abi presents an alternative. She refuses to cooperate with her tribe. So now Peih-Gee wants to get rid of her instead, like her arm needed twisting, and she won’t budge when Andrew and Tasha talk to her. That makes Peih-Gee their target.

As the other tribe implodes, that leaves Tasha and Andrew in the unique position of being in control, despite logic dictating one of them should be going home.

Votes
Abi
Peih-Gee
Abi
Peih-Gee
Peih-Gee
Peih-Gee

With 4 votes, Peih-Gee has been voted off the island. I didn’t think much of that feud, but it sure came to a head quickly. That leaves Woo, who voted for Abi a second time, and Jeff, whose game Tasha tried to end, all of a sudden at the bottom.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Second Chance Episode 4, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 2

One potential flaw when they play a second time is that everybody knows everybody else, which is what led to Vytas being eliminated in Survivor: Second Chance Episode 1. There’s all this talk about old school vs. new school, and so far the schemers are beating the people who think they can just survive by working hard at camp.

Although he voted with the schemers, Jeff says he just did that because he wanted to show the people who are sitting back that they need to wake up and stop letting the overplayers control the game.

Joe has this theory that being nice and building things is going to save him. Sure, that’ll work for now, but I’m not sure anyone will want to keep him around much past the merge.

Abi’s annoying everybody. Nobody is surprised. Eventually, Shirin and Peih-Gee start talking about her behind her back… right in front of her face. Opportunity knocks for Terry, who goes to console Abi when she heads to the beach as she’s being laughed at.

At the challenge, they will race across a series of A-frames, each requiring more effort and teamwork than the last, use ropes to pull a crate, and solve the puzzle. Reward is a Survivor tool kit. Bayon has a decent lead heading into the puzzle. Only two people can work on the puzzle at a time, but they can tag out if they want, which they do. In the end, Spencer and Shirin seem to come from behind but incorrectly solve the puzzle, and Joe and Jeremy win immunity and reward for Bayon.

Shirin and Spencer thought they were in control of the game, but the camp is turning on them. Their allies fall in line and turn on them as it becomes clear what’s happening. Spencer and Shirin seem to be oblivious to it until Abi reveals the plan. Abi and Woo flat out refuse to help Shirin.

Probst points out the irony that Shirin has gone from the victim to the bully. Now that he’s about to lose his closest and only remaining ally, Spencer promises the tribe he’s going to forge relationships rather than continuing to try to be the strategist.

Votes
Spencer
Shirin
Shirin
Shirin
Spencer
Spencer
Spencer
Shirin
Shirin

With 5 votes, Shirin has been voted off the island. As far as challenges, it’s way too early to drop Spencer, and I don’t think they’ll miss Shirin too much. Coming out of the gate with guns blazing didn’t work, especially after she worked so hard to get rid of the person she considered the biggest threat.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Second Chance Episode 3, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Second Chance Episode 1

20 previous contestants return for a second chance. According to Probst, these are people’s favorites. I’m not sure whose favorites. It’s like how the Big Brother producers said I like the battle of the block.

Abi-Maria Gomes (Philippines, Season 25, 5th place)
Andrew Savage (Pearl Islands, Season 7, 10th place)
Ciera Eastin (Blood vs. Water, Season 27, 5th place)
Jeff Varner (Outback, Season 2, 10th place)
Jeremy Collins (San Juan del Sur, Season 29, 10th place)
Joe Anglim (Worlds Apart, Season 30, 10th place)
Kass McQuillen (Cagayan, Season 28, 3rd place)
Kelley Wentworth (San Juan del Sur, Season 29, 14th place)
Kelly Wigglesworth (Borneo, Season 1, 2nd place)
Kimmi Kappenberg (Outback, Season 2, 12th place)
Keith Nale (San Juan del Sur, Season 29, 4th place)
Monica Padilla (Samoa, Season 19, 7th place)
Peih-Gee Law (China, Season 15, 5th place)
Shirin Oskooi (Worlds Apart, Season 30, 8th place)
Spencer Bledsoe (Cagayan, Season 28, 4th place)
Stephen Fishbach (Tocantins, Season 18, 2nd place)
Tasha Fox (Cagayan, Season 28, 6th place)
Terry Deitz (Panama, Season 12, 3rd place)
Vytas Baskauskas (Blood vs. Water, Season 27, 10th place)
Woo Hwang (Cagayan, Season 28, 2nd place)

Bayon (purple): Andrew, Ciera, Jeremy, Joe, Kass, Keith, Kimmi, Monica, Stephen, Tasha
Ta Keo (blue): Abi-Maria, Jeff, Kelley, Kelly, Peih-Gee, Shirin, Spencer, Terry, Vytas, Woo

Their first task is to dump as much of their supplies as they can off the boat and load them on rafts. There is not a time limit. Rather, they just have to beat the other team because the first team to make it across the way to grab the rice will win that reward. Except really it’s just about who’s the fastest swimmer, which turns out to be Woo, much faster than Kelly who looked like she might get there first.

Terry’s son told him to trust Spencer. So Spencer is happy to make a plan with him. And everyone else.

Abi told herself she is going to control her emotions. She is struggling already. Eventually, she finds her bracelet in Peih-Gee’s bag. So begins the drama about her supposedly being a thief, but it seems fairly tame.

Joe starts a fire the first day for his tribe. That’s a hell of a start.

There is already searching for idols. Kelley receives a clue to the idol, and this time, it’s hidden in plain sight (like it usually is) but at a challenge.

We return to the first challenge ever. They will race to a raft, light a torch, use that to light a series of fires, build a pole, and retrieve a key. It’s neck and neck until Keith lets the fire go out. Ta Keo has a large lead when they get back to the beach after lighting all the fires. In a battle of Kelly against Joe, my money is on Joe. That’s a safe bet, and Bayon comes from behind to win immunity.

Meanwhile, as everybody looks in anticipation to find out who is going to win, Kelley grabs herself the least hidden hidden immunity idol ever.

They are going to Tribal Council right now. No time to prepare. They have been talking for days, though, so there is not a reason for them to be unprepared.

Votes
Vytas
Abi
Vytas
Abi
Vytas
Abi
Vytas
Abi
Vytas
Vytas

With 6 votes, Vytas has been voted off the island. Shirin came out of the gate early swinging at him, not because he was not valuable but because of his potential relationships, though his attempts at flirting didn’t help him.

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