I’ve missed you guys. But they haven’t invented a word for how busy I’ve been so I haven’t been watching TV let alone writing about it. But I finally got to catch up and wow did I pick a week to get caught up….especially on Survivor!!!!
Luckily for me with not being able to watch too much TV lately, is that I completely missed the alleged spoilery preview CBS had out there this week. And people were PISSED. I don’t blame them. I don’t know what CBS was thinking by previewing that rocks would be drawn this week (and the minor spoiler of showing Caleb on the jury confirming that he lost to Tina and Laura on RI.) What is the point of that? If they wanted to talk about how something major happens or something we haven’t seen in a long time happens, that’s fine. But from what I hear they say that this only happened once before and they show Jeff Probst asking for people to open their hands. Easy conclusion…rocks are drawn so someone flipped. Can you say epic FAIL CBS? Having watched last night’s episode I can say right now that I would have been LIVID if I knew what was coming. The tension and back and forth with Ciera was incredible. You Hayden really pushing her to understand her place in the 4 person alliance and Gervase and Tyson trying to convince her that she’s fine and not to listen to “liars.” She kept turning her head back to listen to them and every time she faced front she looked more and more distraught. I really had no idea what she was going to do. And if I had seen that preview, it would have been ruined because I would have known rocks were coming. I feel awful for the people who couldn’t experience that situation raw last night because let me tell you….it was fabulous!!!
So while I enjoyed that moment so much last night, it also pissed me off at the same time. You know why? Because Ciera did this a week too late. Remember when Hayden was pitching her to blindside Tyson (again) on the hammock and she said she wouldn’t do it because it’s not the majority and she wants to be with majority? Well dumb ass, if you did it last week, you would have been in the majority with a much stronger chance to win! If you aligned with Hayden, Caleb, and Katie, you could have taken out Tyson, Monica, or Gervase and run the table. And the way Laura and Tina are working together on RI, one of them is coming back in the game. Which means if you align with Katie (since Hayden and Caleb were tight), either her mom or yours hops on your alliance and BOOM, final 3. I applaud that Ciera is working hard to keep herself in this game and get far but that’s the problem…she playing to get further in the game but not to win the game. And it’s probably lack of experience that’s hurting her right now because she can’t see the forest through the trees. And when she finally did, it was too late (at least I think it is.) Next week should be really interesting because they took a big gamble and it partially paid off because Hayden got Ciera to switch. But then Katie pulled a white rock (she can’t even do that right) and they still have 2 people vs. the 3 man alliance. Their only hope (not knowing when the RI person is coming back in) is to get Monica to flip.
Let’s dive into this more. Where does Monica fit in all this? She’s probably one of the nicest Survivor players ever, I mean the woman doesn’t have a mean bone in her incredibly fit body. But it appears as though she has annoyed some people around camp…but maybe not the jury members. She has been a challenge fiend lately winning a bunch of individual immunity challenges (and almost winning last night’s and had she thrown her bags a bit faster she might have won again.) I think if Monica gets to the end, she has a real chance to win this thing. The question is, who does she have the best chance to beat? If she stays with Tyson and Gervase, I think she beats Gervase. Unfortunately for my Philly guy, he’s been a little too cocky and really has no self-awareness, at all, to understand where he truly falls in the game. So I don’t think he has a chance to win this game. Can she beat Tyson? I don’t know. She might. Monica hasn’t lied or really pissed anyone off. She’s been very loyal and like I said, has been incredibly strong in challenges. I know people really like to reward the strategy part of the game over everything else, but people think that always has to be big moves to be rewarded. Sometimes it’s not always the big move, but the smart move. Monica hasn’t made a big move but she’s made a dumb one either. Socially she’s strong, physically she’s strong. And there is something to be said for letting someone else, be the bad guy. I personally don’t think that’s a bad way to go…I just wish more people owned up to it and celebrated it at the final tribal. Will Tyson and his arrogance have rubbed enough people the wrong way that Monica would beat him? It’s possible. If we look at Hayden and Ciera, I think she definitely beats Ciera. Hayden, I don’t know. He’s a very likable guy as well. He’s been trying to make some moves and make things happen (last night was a HUGE move) he just hasn’t had the people on his side to make it happen. But he got Ciera to flip. If he can get Monica, that’s two massive moves that would be really hard to overlook. He hasn’t been as good in the challenges as I would have thought he’d be and that could be a bit of a knock on him. But if he gets to the end, he would be tough to beat. The one thing he has that could hurt him unfairly is that he won Big Brother. So the jury could look at him and say he’s won before, he doesn’t need to win again. I would hope that wouldn’t happen but you never know. Also by Monica flipping to Hayden and Ciera, she would lose Tyson and Gervase votes. I think Caleb would vote for Hayden. So the question is, can she get the votes from Tina, Laura, Katie, Aras, and Vytas to win the game? The big wild card for Monica is who re-enters from RI. If it’s Tina, she beats Tina. If it’s Laura, I don’t think she beats Laura. I think anyone would have a tough time beating Laura. She would have been voted out….twice…and still get to the final 3 by being a challenge beast. That would be majorly impressive. So maybe in the end, Monica is better staying with Gervase and Tyson and taking her chances.
What did you all think of last night’s episode? And who do you think is the front-runner to win it all? I think it’s still Tyson’s game to lose at this point but watch out for Laura if she gets back in this game. And Monica could be someone who surprises a lot of people. She can still win this thing if she plays it right and Tyson is, well, Tyson. I can’t wait for the last three episodes!!!