Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 1

Season 37 pits 10 contestants who are the underdogs against 10 who have had it easier. Some members of the Goliath tribe laugh at their challengers as they see them getting on the boat. Not a great first impression.

David (Orange): Bi, Carl, Christian, Davie, Elizabeth, Gabby, Jessica, Lyrsa, Nick, Pat
Goliath (Purple): Alec, Alison, Angelina, Dan, Jeremy, John, Kara, Mike, Natalia, Natalie

The Goliath tribe is asked to pick the weakest man and woman on the opposing tribe. Christian and Lyrsa are selected. Then they pick their own strongest man and woman: Alison and John.

Because the others have selected the competitors, the David tribe may now pick which path they prefer. They choose to send the others over a plank bridge, through a net tube, and then have them do a 15 block puzzle. Davids will do the beam over water, crawl under nets, and do the 8 piece slide puzzle.

Lyrsa and Christian jump out to an early lead, but the second obstacle was not quite so easy, roughly tying the teams as they hit the puzzle. Davids solve the puzzle in less than 5 seconds to win a shelter kit reward. Apparently, Christian wrote slide puzzle algorithms as an undergrad. Apparently, people write slide puzzle algorithms. This is the problem with these choices. They picked the physically weakest man, disregarding that he is not mentally weak.

Dan and Kara are already flirting pretty much minute one.

Pat is a property manager and immediately takes charge of the shelter building. The problem is that he may fall into the trap of the overbearing chief when others don’t want a chief. On the opposite end is Nick, who doesn’t see why he should waste energy building.

Likewise, Natalie thinks she is the other tribe’s boss. She is a CEO and old enough to at least be the mother of most of the others. She’s used to being in charge of such people.

Jessica is a 19 year old pretending to be 22 because she doesn’t want others to think she is too young. So 3 years then.

Mike goes looking for an idol right away. This is not going to help him remove the target already on his back from being on The Amazing Race and people believing he probably doesn’t need the money. Despite all their whining about how he is trying too hard and putting a target on his back, everybody follows suit. Kara, Natalia, and Dan go idol hunting in a group. Dan is the one to spot it. Rather than keeping it secret, he calls it out and tells them. That may form a bond, but it could also backfire.

Davie manages to catch an octopus. If he keeps it up and can become the provider, he’ll be safe for a while.

The immunity challenge will require them to run through obstacles, dig under a log, trying to be first so the other team must be penalized by having to untie knots, climb a ladder, cross the Survivor pole vault, and solve a giant number puzzle. Carl and Alec are the diggers, and Alec gives Goliaths the lead, which only grows. Christian is the caller for his tribe in this giant slide puzzle, while the other tribe is yelling at each other. It wouldn’t seem that would be a winning strategy, but Goliaths win immunity. That was close enough that, if not for the early performance, Davids could have won.

Just as we thought the drama of the Tribal Council was coming up, we cut to a scene of Pat on a stretcher. They were on a boat transporting them back to camp, and they hit a wave which led to him injuring his back. He’s begging to not leave despite the obvious pain. They have to take him to the hospital, which means he is out of the game.

You want to talk about underdogs. Hell of a way to get eliminated from the game. It’s not like he did anything wrong. Maybe it was avoidable with better safety precautions being taken by the crew, but he was just coming from a challenge, standard mundane routine.

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

Big Brother Season 20 Episode 38

Given a choice between JC and Sam, Level Six chose to get rid of Sam in Big Brother Season 20 Episode 37 because she has not been very compatible with the other females in the house. Then JC won HOH.

They won’t admit it, but this is actually good news. For whoever survives. They have all generally played well, but they don’t really want to go up against each other in the final two. That is not smart gameplay.


JC wants to split up the couple, and he wants revenge. He tells Tyler he’s just being a bitch to him.

We take a first visit to the jury house. Kaycee seems to have more fans than the other two. She hasn’t done much other than win veto competitions, but that’s the point. Tyler and Angela are the bad guys who are getting rid of everybody. Then Angela talks down to them as they leave. As more people enter the house, they realize that Tyler had a final two with a lot of people. He played them. Extremely well.

The final veto competition will require them to remember the competitions and like or dislike the competitions that correspond to the clues by dropping balls into slots using pulleys. JC gets the first strike and the second strike, predictably losing any chance to gain additional power this week, leaving the final decision up to whoever wins this. Tyler gets the next two strikes. Angela gets the next two strikes. Kaycee wins the power of veto.

I don’t think she has much choice. Angela has played a solid game, but she has bad jury management. Tyler may likewise potentially have a bunch of enemies, but that’s because he was close to everybody, until he cut them.

Kaycee: Angela

I don’t get it. But Kaycee explains to Angela. She is honoring the final two deal she and everybody else has with Tyler.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother 20 Episode 40, where we will find out who the Big Brother Season 20 winner is, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

America’s Got Talent Season 13 Winner

I found this season to be often lackluster. Even during the finals, I found myself fast-forwarding half the acts. Still, there was plenty of talent on display, even if some of the better acts were cast aside early.

In no particular order, these acts finished in the bottom five:

Courtney Hadwin
Daniel Emmet
Duo Transcend
Glennis Grace
Vicki Barbolak

Fifth place: Michael Ketterer
Fourth place: Samuel J Conroe
Third place: Brian King Joseph
Second place: Zurcaroh

The America’s Got Talent Season 13 winner is Shin Lim. I found him compelling initially but got bored as the season went on. I thought Zurcaroh was going to win. At least it wasn’t a singer.

Big Brother Season 20 Episode 37

Angela won HOH in Big Brother Season 20 Episode 36 and maintained the alliance, nominating the only non-threatening people remaining, JC and Sam.

Julie surprises them a day early. It’s a fast forward episode.

JC has nobody left to talk to, except for a stuffed owl. But he guesses he’ll settle for talking to Tyler as well because he doesn’t have much choice.

The veto competition requires them to make their way through a maze in the correct order, passing from each station to the next in under 30 seconds.

Kaycee – 5:46
Sam – 30:00 (max)
Tyler – 6:29
Angela – 10:50
JC – 11:09

Kaycee wins the power of veto. She tells us she needs to make the right decision for her game, as if there is any decision to be made.

Veto Ceremony
Veto is not used.

We already know the result, no matter how much Tyler talks about getting mad about JC continuing to discuss getting rid of Angela and Kaycee.

Kaycee: Sam
Tyler: Sam

By a vote of 2-0, Sam has been evicted from the Big Brother house. She got a bit of power in week 4, but that was the last time she did anything other than prop up Level Six with her vote.

The HOH competition is to answer true/false questions about what the other houseguests said during random moments throughout the season. This is anybody’s game of random guessing. JC and Tyler get the first question correct. JC gets the second question correct. Everybody gets the third question incorrect. Everybody gets the fourth and fifth questions correct. JC and Tyler get the sixth question correct. Kaycee gets the seventh question correct. JC wins HOH.

Well, that backfired. Of course, Sam could just have easily won this, but JC finally wins something after a season long drought, which will take out one of the remaining half of Level Six no matter how loyal they may have wanted to be.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 20 Episode 38, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 20 Episode 36

A double eviction started with an easy move in Big Brother Season 20 Episode 35 with the elimination of Haleigh. Then Brett’s alliance turned on him.

Level Six, other than Brett, had planned this, but they left JC and Sam in the dark. What are JC or Sam going to do about it, though? Sam believes Tyler that Brett was coming after her, but JC is unconvinced. He realizes that he made a mistake trusting Tyler. Too late.

The HOH competition requires them to listen to clues about BB movie posters and answer which movie is being discussed. Angela buzzes in with the right answer first on the first question. Also the second question. JC gets the third question correct. Sam gets the fourth and fifth questions correct. Angela gets the sixth question correct to retake the lead. JC buzzes in ahead of Sam, preventing her from tying on the final question. Angela wins HOH.

JC’s a lot sneakier, but Sam has been having run ins with other women all summer. With the girls in power, that makes Sam an easy target.

Tyler and Angela declare their love for each other. It is probably not smart for them to bring each other to the end, but it’s seeming more inevitable.


Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother 20 Episode 37, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 20 Episode 35

Kaycee won the power of veto in Big Brother Season 20 Episode 34, keeping her nominees on the block, Haleigh and Sam.

Haleigh’s obviously gone. It’s not even a fake editing discussion. What does need to be discussed is what happens next. Of course, JC and Sam, but what happens if one of them wins a competition for once or after they are gone? Angela volunteers to be a pawn.

Meanwhile, Brett has a final two with Tyler. Who doesn’t? He wants to get rid of the girls. Tyler shares this information with Kaycee. He’s afraid that Brett is a smooth talker, which he is, but he also tends to stick his foot in his mouth by being a jerk, albeit a likable one.

Tyler: Haleigh
JC: Haleigh
Brett: Haleigh
Angela: Haleigh

By a vote of 4-0, Haleigh has been evicted from the Big Brother house. She was a lot more likable than most of her alliance, such as the woman who was literally spewing blood, but she picked the wrong side and continues the trend of them being kicked out. The goodbye messages are a coordinated attack against Brett. She believes it. Sure, it was Brett. It wasn’t the whole four person alliance that you already know about. It was one person.

They get to watch videos of highlights from the summer, obviously preparation for the next HOH competition. Sam and Tyler get the first question correct. JC gets the second question correct. Tyler and Brett get the third question correct. Everybody but Angela gets the fourth question correct. Everybody but JC gets the fifth question correct. Everybody gets the sixth question correct. Sam, Tyler, and Angela get the final question correct. Tyler wins HOH.

Why would he do that? He’s allied with everybody. Now he has to take a side. If the alternative was throwing the wolves (second place Sam), perhaps that’s worth the risk.


The veto competition requires them to roll a ball through a maze that they build. Angela wins the power of veto.

Veto Ceremony
JC is saved.
Brett is the replacement nominee.

Speaking of people picking the wrong alliance. Seems unnecessary to get him this week, but we already know the result of tonight’s vote.

JC: Brett
Kaycee: Brett
Angela: Brett

By a vote of 3-0, Brett has been evicted from the Big Brother house. The season’s almost over, but this could be the first time this season I mind who’s been eliminated.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother 20 Episode 36, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 20 Episode 34

A predictable Big Brother Season 20 Episode 33 ended with the nomination of Haleigh and Sam.

Without his big dumb puppet Faysal to push around anymore, JC now has a new bromance with Brett, though both consider the other expendable.

Kaycee selects Tyler at random to play in the power of veto competition. Haleigh selects Angela. Sam picks Brett (houseguest’s choice). She went with the guy who can win rather than the guy who would be easy to beat.

The veto competition requires them to spot superhero impostors in the city from BB Comics. Paying close attention to subtle differences will help. Dumb luck 50/50 guesses won’t hurt.

Tyler – 6:35
Brett – 7:30
Kaycee – 2:17
Sam – 15:48
Angela – 9:53
Haleigh – 18:56

Kaycee easily wins the power of veto. No chance of the nominations changing. Tyler was talking about how maybe he would have changed them because JC is getting on his nerves talking about wanting to target his allies, but that wasn’t going to happen either. Tyler brings it up anyway. Yeah, you really want to save Haleigh, the only person to ever try to come after you. Still, important seeds to plant because he wants to make sure these people are at war with each other, not him.

Veto Ceremony
Veto is not used.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Big Brother 20 Episode 35, which airs Thursday at 9/8c on CBS.

Big Brother Season 20 Episode 33

For the second week in a row, Scottie was unanimously voted out of the house in Big Brother Season 20 Episode 32, then Kaycee won HOH.

One of the nominations is obvious. Haleigh is the last person standing from her awful alliance. The choice for a pawn is between JC or Sam, and they want it to be Sam.

Most of the episode is filled with a Big Brother party to celebrate the engagement of Nicole and Victor from season 18, but there’s not much strategy to discuss anyway because the plan is already obvious.

Haleigh gives it an effort, but there is really no point to this conversation or the crying. She’s on the wrong side and nominated Kaycee twice during her HOH week.


Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Big Brother 20 Episode 33, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.