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Ahoy, Pool Players! After thirty-odd days, thirteen weeks, and a half-dozen trips to the world’s least haunted island, it’s finally time for the Survivor finale! This season promised chills with Ghost Island, but delivered mostly shrugs in terms of actual gameplay. Every time someone had a chance to make a big move they did the opposite, leading to a game almost completely controlled by buddies Domenick and Wendell. Dom and Wendell rode this train to the end, making the final Tribal Council with classic third-wheel Laurel. After an impassioned jury session, Jeff brought back the urn and then READ THE VOTES. In quite honestly the first surprising event of the season, Dom and Wendell tied, leaving Laurel to cast the deciding vote. Laurel (of course) voted for her best friend Wendell, giving him the million dollar prize. So Laurel made zero moves the entire season, stayed in the game because Dom knew she couldn’t start a fire, and then decided the outcome of the whole thing. Maybe it was part of a grand master plan, or maybe she’s just the luckiest Yale graduate of the year! In any event, Wendell is our winner, besting Construction Dom, Yale Laurel, Army Angela, “Don Don” Donathan, and Far Out Sebastian. Seriously, where was Sebastian during the jury deliberations? I know Sebastian the body was there, but Sebastian the brain checked out a loooong time ago. Congrats to Wendell, probably the only Survivor winner to say during the final Tribal Council, “I made three beds.”

Speaking of making a success, congratulations to our big Pool Winner ADAM, also known as me. Seriously, I’m as shocked as you are! A big second place finish to Goldie also known as the Pool Princess. We promise that the fix is not in! Third place went to newcomer and frequent Leaderboard-topper Rachel. The middle-of-the-pack Thanks For Playing Award goes to Team Bala. Our super secret non-monetary award goes to Valerie. Finally, the special Exile Island award goes to Mary Lou. Congrats to all our big winners!

Thanks to everyone for playing. We truly could not have the pool without YOU. As the train pulls out of the Ghost Island station, here’s to hoping we never have to hear Chris rap again, see Jacob’s feet again, or listen to anyone talking about how they would reverse the curse. Next time on Survivor: It’s a tribe full of Davids versus a tribe full of Goliaths! Wait, what is the plural of Goliath? I guess I have a few months to figure that one out. In the meantime and in-between time, make sure to check your inboxes for all the latest on the big pool luncheon, where we’ll dish on this season of Survivor and talk all things Survivor Pool. It’s never been a better time to dive in! Thanks again to everyone for playing and we will see you soon!

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Survivor Ghost Island Episode 12 Recap

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Ahoy, Pool Players! It’s another Wednesday and time again for Survivor. Previously on Survivor, Donathan and Laurel had the chance to make a big move but instead they stuck with their original alliance, sending Chelsea to the jury. The unstoppable majority alliance leaves Kellyn without any allies, except for barely-there Angela, who is such a non-factor tonight they could have recast her with a completely different contestant and I’d be none the wiser! Kellyn now finds herself at the bottom, and is willing to speak with whoever comes to her. For, what, exactly? Advice? Kellyn reminds us that after her divorce REMEMBER THAT she was able to pick herself up, and she plans to do the same here. Kellyn says she needs to trust her gut and get on her right side, because that gut has worked so well so far! In the morning, Donathan and Laurel are having a chat and Donathan no longer wants to play safe. Laurel knows she can’t beat Dom or Wendell, but they’re her two best friends! Eager to make a move, Donathan goes to Kellyn and they realize they can flip the game 4-3. That plan requires a lot of moving pieces and, by my count, about two fewer hidden immunity idols. As for Kellyn? Kellyn’s just happy to be here!

Reward challenge! In this reward challenge the Survivors need to work in teams of two to stop some spools from rolling away. The winners will be nominated as Survivor ambassadors, after which they’ll be confirmed by the Senate and knighted by Jeff Probst. The teams are Kellyn and Sebastian, Laurel and Donathan, and Domenick and Wendell. If you’re keeping score at home you’ll notice Angela wasn’t chosen. Angela will sit out the challenge and will have no chance at reward, Ghost Island, or contributing anything of substance to this entire episode. You may think that the team with the construction supervisor and the furniture designer would be good at this challenge and, folks, you’d be right! This is really Dom and Wendell’s to lose, which is much like the state of this season. You can’t break these two up, even in reward! Dom and Wendell win, of course, and choose Laurel to go with them as an honorary third Survivor ambassador. This makes me wish there was some sort of United Nations for reality television shows, maybe just so we could hear “The ambassador from Jersey Shore has the floor.” “Would the ambassador from Little Women: LA please rise?” “We will now hear closing points from the ambassador to A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.”  Dom and Wendell also get to choose someone to go to Ghost Island, and they send their buddy Sebastian, which makes sense since both Sebastian and his good pal Scooby Doo have plenty experience with ghosts. This leaves behind a visibly upset Donathan, a visibly confused Kellyn and a completely invisible Angela. Who?

Ghost Island! Sebastian compares himself to a fish who feeds off of bigger fish and it’s sort of like when someone tells you a story that doesn’t really go anywhere but is, like, kinda deep if you think about it, man. Sebastian breaks an urn, which he hilariously pronounces “yurn,” and gets the chance to play a “game.” The odds have improved once again, giving him a 3 in 4 chance at an advantage. Sebastian chooses correctly and unlocks the box to reveal the same vote steal / extra vote advantage that Kellyn wasted earlier this season. Third time’s the charm! Sebastian exhibits such enthusiasm at this advantage you’d think he was accidentally delivered two pizzas. It’s time to check in on our Survivor ambassadors. Dom, Wendell, and Laurel have brought a boat armed with school supplies and, uh, pool noodles to the schoolchildren of Fiji. Dom picks up some kids like a sack of potatoes, Laurel plays some volleyball, and Wendell “plays basketball” about as much as you can with children less than half your height. They sit down for lunch and Dom loudly declares that this is the final three. Spoilers! Dom asks someone there who she thinks will win and she uses the fern of truth to determine it’s Laurel. Double spoilers! Laurel reminds us that she’s still here to play, and she’s ready to cut some throats. Finally! Laurel is ready to make a move! We’ve been waiting WEEKS for this! Surely this means it will happen! Surely!

Back at camp, Wendell asks Donathan if he feels safe. Donathan starts to waver, and Wendell reassures him that he’s with them 100%. You can’t beat 100%! Donathan still won’t commit and says he needs to keep his options open. Donathan tells Wendell that Wendell would lose to Domenick, and that if Domenick is in the finals, Donathan would vote for him. Domenick comes over, Wendell tells him everything, and Donathan is cagey yet again. Apparently this is Donathan’s way of pitting Wendell and Dom against each other which, it ain’t gonna work, buddy. Dom says that he’s now worried about Donathan, since Donathan is ready to “slit our throats with a credit card,” which I think was the plot of American Psycho.

Immunity time! In this Immunity Challenge the Survivors need to build a bridge, build a ladder, scale a wall and solve a slide puzzle. Jeff loudly proclaims this is a “do or die moment!” in a desperate attempt for something ANYTHING interesting to happen. And yet we reach the puzzle with Wendell, Laurel, Sebastian, and Domenick in the lead, aka the four who have been in the lead this entire time. Angela can’t figure out how to even build a bridge, which is a pretty funny metaphor. Despite Sebastian’s best attempts to turn the slide puzzle into a magic eye, this is really Wendell and Laurel’s to lose. Wendell finishes the puzzle but Laurel calls it first, securing her Immunity. There is some discussion over whether or not this will need to go to the judges, but Wendell agrees with the rules, even though it sort of seems like they make them up on the spot. What would they have done? Issue two immunities? Held the challenge again? Sounds like this is a case for the… Survivor ambassadors!

Back at the beach, the consensus is to vote out Kellyn. Lest you think something else will happen, Laurel assures us that she won’t flip after Wendell didn’t challenge her Immunity win. Too bad, Laurel, because that would have been the baddest time to flip! Even though Dom and Wendell want Kellyn out, Dom is increasingly nervous about the increasingly erratic Donathan. Dom and Wendell decide to cook up a scheme involving a fake idol to perhaps put some fear into Donathan? I don’t know – the actual plot of what happens here is a  bit vague, but it ends up with Dom VERY SUSPICIOUSLY taking something out of his bag and putting it in Wendell’s bag, right in front of Donathan. This is such an obvious bit of theater that I half-expected Domenick to adopt a British accent and say something like, “Oh no! It appears the colonel has been murdered!” Donathan, always one to enjoy a show, immediately senses trouble. Donathan goes to Kellyn and is like I SAW IT. At Tribal Council, Jeff reminds us that Survivor is both physically and mentally difficult, and he’s not just talking about the energy it takes to keep watching this season. Donathan and Wendell have a bit of a tizzy, and Dom tries to insert himself but is shut down. Dom reminds everyone to stick to the plan, and not just any plan, but the hammock plan. Hey, a hammock plan sounds like a good plan to me. Seeing that there are other options, Kellyn cheerfully says “plans b and c are good for me!” It is time to vote and Kellyn goes with everyone else, resulting in a tie between her and Donathan. It’s time to vote again and Kellyn is finally given the boot. Goodbye to Kellyn, who seems like a genuinely nice person who just happened to be terrible at Survivor. Goodbye also to Kellyn’s gut. which never faltered in steering her in the wrong direction. Here’s to a lifetime of excellent decisions!

Speaking of excellent decisions, make sure to click on over to the Leaderboards to see where you stand. The Pool Princess has hooked up the garden hose and tells me she’s going to make it rain, but she promises to stop long enough to send out the final pool point opportunity. Yes, folks, it’s true, after many weeks and two forgotten Stephanies, we have finally reached the end of this season. Who will take home the million dollar prize? Will it be the dancing Donathan? Space cadet Sebastian? Who-gela? Too-little, too-late Laurel? Ah, who are we kidding, it’s going to be Dom, or it’s going to be Wendell, and if it’s neither of those two I pledge to eat this hat. See you next week!

Survivor Ghost Island Episode 11 Recap

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Ahoy, Pool Players! It’s a hot hot Wednesday and time again for Survivor! Previously on Survivor, past mistakes came back to haunt the players during BIG TWIST WEEK as Donathan wasted his Immunity Idol, and Kellyn wasted her extra vote during a special twofer Tribal Council. Back at the beach, the Survivors are counting up the votes, realizing that two plus two plus one plus one doesn’t equal five. Kellyn eventually fesses up that the extra vote belonged to her, saying that she had to come clean. Kellyn says that by revealing her extra vote she can work with Laurel in the future. Laurel, meanwhile, isn’t sure that Kellyn is working for her best interests, especially considering she just tried to vote her out twice.

Reward challenge time! This isn’t just any old reward challenge, it’s the annual visit from home. “We’re talking love!” Jeff says, but he leaves out the part about “all the fix’ins.” Yes, it is time for the Survivors to be greeted by their loved ones from back home. As much fun as it is to dunk on the Survivors for the rest of the season, the loved ones visit is a non-ironic highlight for the Pool Kingdom, especially in a season where everyone is just so darn likable. We’ve got Wendell’s dad, Wendell Sr, who Wendell calls “The Original.” We’ve got Kellyn’s older brother, Clay, who she bonded with by watching Survivor. We’ve got Donathan’s Aunt Patty. We’ve got Laurel’s older brother, Hardy, no, I mean Frank. We’ve got Angela’s adult daughter Paige, which makes me realize I have no idea how old Angela is. We’ve got Chelsea’s sister, Sydney, who Chelsea lovingly calls “Spittles” (?!?). We’ve got the guy who stands on Sebastian’s corner to let him know if the cops are about to show JUST KIDDING we’ve got Sebastian’s friend Big Rob who brought along a stack of pizzas and some blacklight posters JUST KIDDING we’ve got Sebastian’s sister Grace, who Sebastian says is, “my twin!” but then “not really my twin.” Last, and certainly not least, we’ve got Domenick’s wife Kristen and her amazing head of hair. Kristen leaps through the bushes, into Dom’s arms, and then tells about the agony he’s causing back home. Kristen is a legend. All these arrivals are given their own time to shine on The Jeff Probst Talk Show, where he goes on about family, and how do you feel, and I’ve never seen a sister embrace a brother like this and don’t hang onto each other too tightly, because we’ve got a challenge to get to!

After all that emotional exhaustion, the actual challenge is sort of ho-hum. The family members watch from afar as the Survivors balance on one beam, balance on another beam, dig themselves through some sand, and then try to land a sandbag on a dinner plate, At one point Donathan whiffs it on the balance beam and Aunty Patty stands up IN HORROR but it’s okay, Donathan is fine, you can sit right back down, Aunt Patty. Sebastian ends up winning the challenge, getting a big picnic reward for his family member, plus not one, not two, but three other Survivors and their family members to take along. Sebastian chooses Domenick, Wendell, and Donathan, which, if you’re keeping score at home, is all of the dudes. The women, especially Kellyn, look upset, but Jeff’s not done with the twists. Waiting at Ghost Island is an advantage that the Survivor who goes there will just get. No Deal or No Deal chests to unlock! Sebastian can now choose one of the remaining players to go to Ghost Island, or one of the Reward goers can elect to go, and if nobody can decide the remaining four get to choose. This all seems like a lot for poor Sebastian to process but luckily Wendell steps up and volunteers to go to Ghost Island. Wendell will miss out on the reward, but he will get to hang out with the ghosts and the mysterious advantage. Question, does Wendell Sr. still get to go on the reward, or does a picnic for eight just become a picnic for six? The dude-heavy reward is not lost on Kellyn, who says, “We have some work to do, girls!” Kellyn’s energy and optimism can only mean that things are absolutely going to go her way!

Ghost Island! There’s no urns to break, no fire to follow, just a box with an advantage… and a stick and a marble. Yes, this is Malcolm’s advantage from way back in Survivor 25, when he got the chance to re-do the marble balance immunity challenge. Malcolm, by the way, was voted out in that very episode. Wendell has the same advantage, which means he knows what the next challenge will be and has time to practice. Does Wendell need this advantage? Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to have it. Wendell does miss out on the big meal, anchored by Domenick, who declares that this group will make it to the end. Domenick even makes a vow to Aunt Patty that he’ll work in Donathan’s best interest. I, for one, wouldn’t go against Aunt Patty, she looks like she’s turned the garden hose on a fellow or two back in her day. Back at the beach, Kellyn has HAD IT with losing, and says she needs to rally the girls to vote out Wendell or Domenick. Wait, so this wasn’t a good plan when Desiree brought it but, but now it’s all the rage? “We can do whatever the fudge we want!” says Kellyn, who claims her family visit was “wrecked.” I mean, yeah, she’s missing out on downing martinis with Aunt Patty and Kristen, so I get her pain. Kellyn tells the girls that with the four of them, plus Donathan, (and it’s an important plus), they can vote out one of the guys. Plotting! Scheming! Kellyn!

Immunity time! In this Immunity Challenge the Survivors need to balance a marble on a pole, but you already knew that from Wendell’s advantage. This is a tough challenge, and Kellyn quickly drops out, followed by Angela. Wendell teeters and totters and drops, but stays in thanks to his advantage. It ends up doing him no good, as Wendell drops out again, losing his shot at immunity. It’s down to the unlikely trio of Domenick, Chelsea, and Donathan, certainly not the three you’d peg at the beginning of the season to be challenge beasts. Chelsea drops out and Donathan follows, giving Domenick his second Immunity win. You know, there’s a lot you can say about Domenick, but at least he hasn’t lost his marbles!

Everything’s coming up Kellyn! She tells us that it’s “game on” for the girls to take control, and Laurel and Donathan are up to bat. What Kellyn doesn’t know is that Laurel and Donathan have already been batting for Wendell and Dom. Wendell, meanwhile, feels pretty secure even though his advantage was wasted. Wendell and Domenick want to vote out Chelsea, since there’s a concern she could just keep winning, even though she never says a word. Kellyn still wants to get out Wendell, and says that it would be her “sweetest Survivor victory.” One by one, the girls go to Donathan and tell him that they want to blindside Wendell. Laurel tells Domenick and Wendell that they’re OK, but she’s noticeable shifty about it, which leads Wendell to consider playing his idol. Laurel says that it will come down to who she can trust versus who she can beat, like any good board game alliance should!

Tribal Council! Kellyn comes clean again about her extra vote and subsequent attempts to patch things up with Laurel. Donathan reveals that there is an opening for the two Malolo to survive. This is news, apparently, to Wendell and Dom. Donathan then continues the truth bombs, saying that there is a split in Naviti between the guys and the girls, and that he and Laurel are the swing votes. The Naviti women do an admirable job of acting totally shocked by all this, even though it was their idea to begin with. It is time to vote, and before the votes are read, Jeff asks if anyone wants to play an idol. For a moment it looks like Wendell should play one or he’s doomed, but he doesn’t – correctly, as it turns out, since Laurel and Donathan vote with their original group, sending Chelsea home. Chelsea! You remember Chelsea! She won two immunities and still we hardly knew her. Adios to Chelsea, and hello to the newly fractured Naviti. This season finally feels like it’s going somewhere, with what, two episodes to go?

Make sure to click on over to the Leaderboards to see where you stand. The Pool Princess is trying to fry an egg on the sidewalk but she promises to stop long enough to send out the next bonus point opportunity.  Next time on Survivor: Donathan is on the loose! He’s a wild cannon! Domenick may soon incur the wrath of Aunt Patty! Tune in and we’ll see it together!

Survivor Ghost Island Episode 10 Recap

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Ahoy. Pool Players! It’s a warm Wednesday and time again for Survivor. Previously on Survivor, Desiree came up with a great plan, told too many people, and got the short end of the Naviti stick, sending her to the jury. Dom was glad to go to Tribal Council since it finally cleared up the truth, you know, the whole four against one thing. “Thank God for Laurel!” Dom said, since she likely saved him, Kellyn, Wendell, and the rest of the unstoppable Naviti alliance. Laurel feels great about her spot in the game, which is either an indication that she’s going to be a runner-up or she’s going home tonight. “I’m so happy I could marry you!” Dom tells Laurel, prompting Jeff to show up on a boat saying “I’m an ordained minister, let’s do this!” Kellyn, meanwhile, is not in such high spirits. Kellyn’s name was thrown out there for the first time, and she’s starting to wonder if she can trust Laurel, or if Laurel should be the next Malolo to go. Sebastian greets us the next morning by saying they should celebrate by having something called a “Fruity Rice Bash.” My apologies to the Manchurian Candidates in the viewing audience who just got activated by Sebastian saying the phrase “Fruity rice bash.” Dom and Wendell have a moment where they decide to stick together, or as Wendell says, “not ‘f’ with each other,” and he doesn’t say funk!  Even though Wendell feels secure, Dom tells us that he’s willing to cut ties with Wendell when the time is right. The time is right for Dom to find another idol, so he goes out on the hunt. Dom searches high and low and stumbles upon a coconut with a decoration on the side. He cracks it open and inside is not an actual idol, but David’s fake idol from Survivor: Millennials versus Gen X. This idol was memorably found and played by Jay, who went home after learning it was a fake. Since it’s only been a couple of seasons, this idol has NOT yet matured, and is still fake, which there is only power if Dom convinces someone it is real. Wait, what? I feel like we’re missing part of the plot here, but Dom hides it away in a place where it hopefully can be found, but feel free to forget about it for the rest of this episode since it’s, like, the only idol or advantage you won’t see again in the next forty minutes!

Do not adjust your clocks because it’s still the first segment and time for Immunity. Yes, immunity! We arrive at immunity so early in the episode because tonight comes with a twist. This immunity challenge will have two winners, and then two people will be voted out at Tribal Council. The ten remaining Survivors are separated into two teams of five, purple versus orange. (It’s pretty significant that nobody says Malolo during any of this). One player from each tribe will win immunity, and then one of the other four will be voted out. The longest tribe to last in the challenge will go to Tribal Council second, meaning they’ll be able to see who gets voted out at the first Tribal Council. Clearly Survivor was hoping for some grand shakeup here, but, alas, it turns out that the two teams are both three Naviti, two Malolo. Sigh. It’s still a really great twist, and definitely opens the window to some exciting gameplay. The actual challenge is an endurance one, with the Survivors needing to hold up a bowling ball on a track above them, and if their ball drops, they are out. This challenge actually moves pretty quickly, and comes down to Domenick versus Wendell on the Orange tribe, and Angela versus Chelsea on the Purple tribe. Who? It’s not important. Angela drops first, giving Chelsea another immunity, and then it’s the showdown between Wendell and Dom. There’s plenty of playful lip between these two, with Dom says that he’s got experience, since he’s from a family of eight and they would, “kill each other for the last chicken nugget.” How many chicken nuggets were there? Eight? Wendell strikes back by saying that green is his favorite color. Verbal! Assault! Eventually, Wendell drops first, giving Dom an unnecessary Immunity victory. So, two teams and Naviti wins immunity on each. The sun rises, the sun sets. Life, death, taxes, and a Naviti victory.

Back at the beach, it’s pretty clear that Malolo’s days are numbered. Dom says that the orange tribe should put all their votes on the pesky Michael. Michael knows he’s in trouble, so he goes to Donathan and asks to borrow the immunity idol. Donathan says no. very clearly, since even though they’re original Malolo, Donathan doesn’t want word of the idol to slip. But can’t Michael borrow it, just for an afternoon? He promises to return it! Michael instead decides to improvise, and rather than faking an idol, just straight up tells Kellyn that he has one. Kellyn BELIEVES THIS, completely without evidence, and quickly runs to Domenick. Domenick assures her that Michael doesn’t have an idol, saying, “I’m not a genius, but I’ve got a pretty good read.” Kellyn still thinks Michael might have the idol, so she decides to use her extra vote advantage for an extra vote against Laurel. Kellyn is either terrible at Survivor, terrible at math, or terrible at all three!

Over at the purple tribe, Sebastian, Angela, and Chelsea all decide that they’re going to vote out Jenna. They don’t want Jenna to know this, so they tell her that the target is Donathan. Jenna doesn’t want Donathan to know that he’s the target, so she tells him that she’s actually the target, which she is, but doesn’t know. It’s like the inverse of the old they know that we know they know! Donathan, ever the chivalrous dude, realizes that he can play his idol to save Jenna and they can decide who goes home, even though he doesn’t realize that Jenna is going home, and if he plays his idol for her it’s likely going to be enough to vote him out. It’s enough to make your head spin!

Tribal Council, Part 1! Oh no, could the former Malolos be in trouble? Jenna plays like she is going home, which she is, but she doesn’t know it. Jeff desperately asks if anyone tried to switch the Navitis, which nobody did, because why would they. Also the Navitis on this tribe are the Mensa members Angela, Chelsea, and Sebastian, and I’m pretty sure you’re not going to get high strategy from any of them. Well, you might get high strategy from Sebastian, but it’s more of the *cough*cough* home grown variety. Jenna asks if they can vote and even Jeff is surprised. This may be the fewest number of questions Jeff has ever asked during a Tribal Council. I’m pretty sure he got more mileage out of Rick. It is time to vote but before the votes are read Donathan indeed plays his idol… for himself. Whoops! The votes are read and Donathan’s idol was for nought, with Jenna getting the majority and voted out of the game even though she voted for Donathan to go home. It’s not an unpredictable result, but it burns an idol and sets up Donathan for a real uphill climb going forward. Plus, no nobody can borrow that idol! It’s in the trash!

Tribal Council, Part 2! Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Naviti keeps playing and Naviti keeps winning! That being said, Kellyn is still scared because she’s convinced that Michael has the phantom idol. Dom once again assures the group that there’s no idol to be had, and even if there was, wouldn’t Dom have found it, himself? It seems like this might be a predictable vote, but then Dom and Wendell have a whisper session during Tribal Council that they pointedly do not include Kellyn in. Poor Kellyn just sits there like, “I don’t know what’s going on!” but it’s finally time to vote. Before the votes are read, does anyone have an idol? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Nope, no idols to be had, which immediately drops Kellyn’s spirits. The votes are read and it’s two votes for Michael, two votes for Laurel, one vote for Kellyn, and one vote for Wendell. Quite literally everyone who could have gotten votes gets at least one, with Kellyn’s extra vote netting Laurel a total of two. (The jury has a fun moment where they figure this out. “There were six votes!” Libby says). A tie means time for a revote, which is decidedly less dramatic as young Michael is finally given the boot. Michael leaves the game without anyone knowing he was secretly eighteen. What else has Michael been hiding? Is he a secret juggler? Does he like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain? Is he not into yoga? What about those bodies in the desert? Looking forward to seeing Michael on another season of Survivor, and also in his upcoming film, Catch Me if You Can 2: Island Boogaloo.

Make sure you leap on over to the Leaderboards to see where you stand. The Pool Princess just laundered her habit, and when I asked why she cryptically replied “Suns out, nuns out” but she promises to stop long enough to send out the next bonus point opportunity. Next time on Survivor: Naviti is finally crumbling! It’s the end of the empire! Tune in and we’ll watch it fall together.

Survivor Ghost Island Episode 9 Recap

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Ahoy, Pool Players! It’s another Wednesday and time again for Survivor! Previously on Survivor, Michael played his idol and his fellow Malolo Libby was voted out. At this point I’m pretty sure the camera-people outnumber the original Malolo. Tonight on Survivor, it’s Day 26! We start the episode off with a Weird Dream Report from Dom, a man who’s probably had a few weird dreams as a result of too little salami: “I had a dream that Martin Sheen was Laurel’s father, and we all had breakfast together.” Oh no, Dom’s weird dream was a Sheen Dream! This means he’ll be visited by a Sheen! Dom’s deliriousness is attributed to lack of food, a feeling that is all-too-familiar to the once-homeless Desiree, who says that her game is actually firing on all cylinders. Desi knows she’s on the bottom of Naviti and is ready to start making big moves. Previously unknown biographical information and a desire to shake up the game? Not a good combo! Desi says that she didn’t come out here to be told what to do, so she turns around and tells Malolo what to do. Desi’s plan is to get together with Chelsea and Malolo to vote out Kellyn, then Dom, then Wendell, going against her alliance and taking out the three strongest Naviti. Laurel isn’t sure if this plan is legit, but she’s willing to hear it out since she’s part of the original Malolo tribe. Laurel is also in a double secret alliance with Domenick, Donathan, and Wendell, and she’s nervous that Desi’s plan may actually work.

Reward time! The eleven Survivors will be competing in two teams of five, which means one of these losers is sitting out. The teams will need to row a boat to three platforms, unlocking Survivor jails to free their teammates, and then solving a big Survivor logo puzzle. The winners will be taken by chopper to a picnic feast, complete with bread! meat! and brownies! Seriously, I think Jeff Probst is just listing his grocery shopping list. “The winning team will receive bread! meat! brownies! eggs! a new toothbrush! Honey Bunches of Oats, with almonds! I don’t want it if it doesn’t have the almonds!” Sadly, everyone’s favorite backwoods breakdancer Donathan was not chosen, which means he misses out on the challenge and a chance at Ghost Island. This challenge is bad news for people who don’t know how to use oars, as Wendell and Dom struggle to get their boat going in the right direction. Their team is behind the whole way, until it looks like they might have a shot at the big heavy puzzle. Turns out this puzzle has a few extra pieces – which is both devious and pretty clever, leading someone to ask “Why does it say Survivor twice?” The orange team figures it out first, and wins reward, sending Sebastian, Michael, Chelsea, Kellyn, and Jenna to the big fun in the sky. It’s also time to choose someone to go to Ghost Island, and the decision is once again left up to rocks. Unceremoniously, Angela is sent to Ghost Island. You could call her… G.I. Angela. I’ll show myself out!

Chopper! Sebastian is having a blast, comparing the flight to entering Jurassic Park, and says that it’s “the gnarliest thing I’ve ever done.” THE gnarliest thing, Sebastian? I imagine Sebastian is just having gnarly experiences all days of the week. Maybe it’s his go-to compliment. Sebastian seems to know about two adjectives, and I bet the other one is “radical.” Maybe you can throw a “tubular” in there. “You don’t even need food when you get high like this!” Sebastian says, which is odd because you usually need food when you get high like this. Luckily there is actual food, as Kellyn makes a sandwich “the size of her head.” Everything’s coming up Kellyn! She’s super confident in her position and ready to vote out another Malolo, what could possibly go wrong?

Spooky times! Angela is excited to be on Ghost Island because, “I want to experience Ghosts!” Well I’ve got bad news for you, Angela! After last week’s uneventful Jenna visit, Angela does get to play a game of chance. She has a choice between three shells, and two of them contain a secret advantage. Hey, two out of three ain’t bad! Angela picks her shell and, alas, chooses the one funky one in the bunch. Angela does not get an advantage and instead loses her vote at the next Tribal Council. Darn you, ghost!

Back at camp, there’s plenty afoot as Laurel tells Dom about Desiree’s plan. Laurel basically outs Desiree, saying that she’s ready to go after the three strongest Naviti. Dom is nervous that Desi wants to “go against the family,” on this, the day of my daughter’s wedding! Dom tells this to Kellyn, who up until now was having such a great day! Kellyn’s response is basically “whaaat?” Kellyn can’t believe that Desi and Chelsea, two of her oldest allies, may actually want her out. Imagine that, someone wanting to vote against you, in this, the game of Survivor!

Michael knows that Naviti wants him out, so it’s time to search for an idol! Donathan goes along with him, which Michael wasn’t too thrilled about, but whatever. Lo and behold, Donathan finds something hidden beneath a tree. It turns out to be just half of an idol with the other half hidden underneath their shelter at camp. I don’t know why they keep trying, because no idol hidden at camp scene will ever be better than when Kelley Wentworth found her second idol – sneaky sneaky! Sadly, their shelter is out in the open, and there are too many people around for Donathan to make a move. He’s finally able to convince the other Malolo to surround him, and he reaches through and gets the second half of the idol. With our powers combined!

Immunity time! In this Immunity challenge the Survivors need to balance a ball using two ropes and a small disc. Within the first minute of the challenge six Survivors drop out, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of Jeff Probst ball-related humor to go around. Some choice cuts, presented blissfully context-free: “Michael’s ball is moving quickly!” “Donathan’s ball is on the move!” “Just like that, Domenick’s ball takes off!” As everyone loses their balls, the challenge comes down to the unlikely duo of Chelsea and Sebastian, two WHOs??? Chelsea ends up winning immunity. Oh no, does this mean we need to know sho she is, because I’m not sure I’m ready for that commitment.

Back at the beach, Desi’s plan is in full effect to vote out Kellyn. Unfortunately for Desi, Kellyn has already heard of the plan and she has some concerns! Kellyn, Desi, and Chelsea all have a conversation where they try to determine if Dom is paranoid, based on what he heard from Laurel. It’s the old game of Survivor telephone! A frantic Desi realizes that Laurel just threw her piano out the window, so Desi takes the next logical step: confrontation! Desi goes to Laurel in front of the rest of Malolo, and basically accuses her of lying, even though she’s saying it in front of everyone she originally said it to. Laurel and Dom try to have a conversation, but Desi hops right in, with all the finesse of someone sliding into the DMs. Kellyn and Dom get back together and realize that maybe Laurel was telling the truth after all. At Tribal Council, Donathan says that the afternoon was “lit” and not in a Sebastian way! Desi doubles down on her lie, saying that she never said anything to Malolo about voting out Kellyn, even though all four of them dispute her claims. Desi seems to come from the school of thought where if you just keep saying something is true, eventually everyone will believe you. Insert current events allegory here! Kellyn says she spent the afternoon trying to be Sherlock Holmes, but felt more like Helen Keller. I think she means more like Helen Kellyn! It’s time to vote and turns out all of Desi’s scheming backfired, as she’s voted out eight to two. Adios to Desiree, we sort-of hardly knew ye. Malolo remains for another Tribal Council, Angela didn’t get to vote, and Chris wore a colorful shirt. It was a pretty good episode!

Make sure you click on over to the Leaderboards to see where you stand. The Pool Princess is hoping to enter the NFL Draft as the first-ever selection from Wossamotta U, but she promises to send out the next bonus point opportunity soon. Next time on Survivor: is there hope for the Malolo four? Can Michael make a fake idol happen? Will we ever learn what’s keeping Donathan’s hair in place? Tune in and we’ll find out together!

Survivor Ghost Island Episode 8 Update

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Hello, Pool Players! We’re back tonight with a new episode of Survivor! Alas, there won’t be a full-on, 1,000+ word recap this week. Perhaps in the coming days this space will be occupied with… something… but for now you’ll have to savor your sea slug craving on some other website. Sorry! We promise to be back next week with all the Malolo-voting-out you can handle. Seriously, is this tribe doomed or what? At least Michael made a safe play with his idol this week. Here’s to hoping the next few votes bring a little bit more drama, or else this season will end up as dull as Jenna at Ghost Island. Jenna! You know Jenna! She went to Ghost Island! Also this episode featured the grand return of the gross food challenge, which is good news for those of you who like seeing other peoples tongues (you know who you are). Next time on Survivor: might there be a Malolo uprising? Probably not, but tune in and we’ll find out together!

Survivor Ghost Island Episode 7 Recap

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Ahoy, Pool Players! It’s another Wednesday and time again for Survivor! Previously on Survivor, Dom was in control when he engineered the ouster of the boorish Bradley. Dom also had the Legacy Advantage, a Hidden Immunity Idol, and a longtime nemesis in Chris, the hunky male model with a pronunciation problem. The Dom versus Chris storyline has been going on for so long across so many different tribe swaps that it basically has it’s own cinematic universe, complete with spin-offs, sequels, prequels, and a line of novelty lunch boxes. We don’t even get a bye-bye to Bradley as this week begins with the boats rounding up the Survivors for the merge. Yes, the merge! Even though it seems like we barely know some of these losers it’s already time to bunch them together and then pick them off, one-by-one. While Kellyn can’t wait for the merge, Dom is a little more hesitant since he’ll be reunited with his “boy” Chris. IN CASE YOU DID NOT KNOW these two gentlemen do not get along, and they’re all ready to tell you all about it. Dom says that he feels safe with his four-way alliance of Donathan, Laurel, and Wendell – and while Dom calls that an alliance they’re really just unrelated people who have happened to vote with him in the past. Chris says that he’s not worried about Dom, and then recites a poem / rap where he compares himself to Lebron James. Chris probably couldn’t even make the practice squad of the Washington Generals, so a Lebron comparison is a bit of a stretch. Luckily there’s the merge feast to calm things down. Everyone sits around a table and chows down before Kellyn says “The next step is we eat each other!” I have always wondered why there was a barbershop over Kellyn’s meat pie business, but, hey, good pies!

Everyone gets shiny new black buffs, and when Chris unwraps his he finds a surprise. Yes, Chris has randomly been selected to get the clue for an idol, which it turns out is hidden at Ghost Island. Chris will need to slip away to Ghost Island UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS to go get the idol, which may alert suspicion from his tribe. Chris is of course going to do this, and chuckles at his newfound advantage. Meanwhile, Wendell and Dom just want to stay Naviti strong for at least one vote, which would mean convincing Chris to vote with them and getting rid of a Malolo. Wendell says that he will be the mediator between Dom and Chris as they host some sort of cold war summit. Wendell says that he wants to resolve this peacefully instead of going to nukes, which, timely! Wendell convenes a meeting of the minds, where he and Dom ask Chris if Chris will vote with them against Libby, Jenna, or Michael. Chris can’t commit to this, and can’t even agree to anything Dom and Wendell offer. Dom and Wendell vow to vote Chris out, and Chris says that, “they were pitching me B.S. but I’m too suave for that,” except he pronounces “suave” like “José.” Chris is an actual cartoon character. He’s the closest we’ve ever had to Johnny Bravo on this show except without the wit or nuance. Chris is the perfect combination of being both full of himself and completely un self-aware. He is definitely not sua-vé.

It’s the middle of the night! Chris wakes up and sneaks away to Ghost Island. Chris says that he was ready to go since he went to sleep “strapped up” with his shoes on. Either Chris doesn’t know what “strapped up” means or his shoes are the kind with the big velcro straps since making those bunny ears was just too dang hard. Chris takes a boat to a pretty-cool-looking torchlit Ghost Island where he is gifted with JT’s unused idol from Game Changers. JT’s idol from Game Changers! You remember Game Changers! You remember when JT was on Game Changers! You remember when JT found an idol on Game Changers! We all do! In any event, Chris has the idol, but it comes with a catch. The JT idol can only be used at the next Tribal Council unless Chris is willing to play a game of chance to give it power at subsequent Tribal Councils. Taking the risk and failing will cause Chris to lose his vote at the next Tribal Council. Chris unlocks this power by making a 50/50 choice between two different boxes. If you’re keeping score at home you may think this sounds like a little game called “Deal or No Deal” and you would be correct. Since Chris is “pretty clutch” he decides to take the risk, which pays off in the first round, giving his idol power for an additional week, but then bellyflops in the second round, losing his vote for the next Tribal Council. Chris is still pretty thrilled, though, since he has the idol for two Tribal Councils, so there’s no way anything bad will happen to him in the first. Right? Right??

The new merge tribe has a name and the name is LAVITA. No, not the name of the country bordered by Lithuania and Estonia. No, not the name of a former member of Destiny’s Child. Lavita! This is an extended sequence of Dom versus Chris, with Dom going to Libby and Jenna and basically telling them to sit tight, because it will all be over soon. Chris says that he’s like Dwayne Wade, since he “started from the bottom, now he’s here.” Someone might want to tell Chris that Dwanye Wade and Drake are two different people, and one of them doesn’t play basketball! Jenna and Libby confer and agree that Dom is the more dangerous one, since Chris is dumb, but at least he’s loyal.

Hang onto your hats folks because it’s barely 8:30 PM and already time for immunity! It’s the first Individual Immunity competition, where the remaining Survivors will be playing to win a real stinker of a necklace. Seriously, Survivor usually does so well with the production design and the props that when they bring out a necklace that looks like it was designed in the dark it’s a little hard to get excited. This is the double-balance challenge, where the Survivors need to balance on a narrow beam while balancing an idol on a pole above their heads. Adding to the drama is a particularly windy day, so hang onto your hats! Jenna and Don are both out quickly, followed by a confident-looking but eyes-closed Angela. Glamor shots of the unfortunate necklace pass the time as more Survivors drop out and we’re left with Kellyn versus Libby. Libby’s idol falls and Kellyn wins the first individual challenge. Everyone reacts to this like Kellyn just won a Nobel prize, with unusually enthusiastic clapping and Angela, hilariously, yelling “Kellyn!” like she’s looking for an autograph at a concert.

Back on the beach, Chris takes EVERYONE except for Wendell and Dom to the well to formulate a strategy. Chris says that they can all split the vote for Wendell and Dom in case Dom plays his idol. Meanwhile, Wendell is convinced now more than ever that Chris needs to go. Donathan is so thrilled by the idea of a blindside against Chris that his eyes pop out of his head like a cartoon cat admiring a pie. Meanwhile, the four Naviti women, Angela, Chelsea, Desi, and Kellyn, are formulating their own plan. Lest these meatheads run the show, Desi proposes that the four of them bond together and vote out Libby, since she’s arguably a bigger strategic threat. With a vote split potentially three ways, this is a remarkably bold plan, especially since it almost certainly wouldn’t work past this week. Still, they all seem intrigued, and we head into Tribal Council with nary a clue as to what will happen next. Well, we do know this will be the Chris versus Dom Wrestlemania that everyone expected. Dom basically lays out their whole backstory in a LET ME TELL YOU style, starting from their very first day on the beach. Wendell pipes up for a few jabs, but Chris really does dominate Tribal Council. It’s time to vote, and Dom loudly casts his for Chris, which is kind of funny. Before the votes are read, Dom does choose to play the legacy advantage, which makes him immune from the vote. It’s the only idol that is played, and the foreboding music suggests an exit for either Wendell or Chris. Rest easy because Chris is sent home with a near-majority, with only two of the Naviti women voting against Libby, and Chris without his own vote. Adios to Chris, turns out his first time at Tribal Council was also his last. Started from the bottom, now he’s out the door! Also congrats to Wendell for the most memorable voting scene of recent times. After casting his vote for Chris, Wendell pauses and delivers, “Someone has to say it. Chris, stop rapping. You’re trash.” (realizing that Chris might mistake trash as slang for being good, as in “Michael Jackson Bad” Wendell reassess) “You’re bad at rapping. You’ve got no bars. Please stop.” It’s a wonderful moment, and truly needed to be said. Here’s hoping we can escape this season without an EP by Chris aka Lil’ Chris aka Yung Chris aka Male Model Money aka Rico Sua-vé aka “I Put the Key West in Kanye West” aka Stay Strapped with My Velcro Shoes aka The Lebron James of Ghost Island. Adios!

Make sure to click on over to the Leaderboards to see where you stand. The Pool Princess has dusted off her glove and says she’s headed out to right field, but she promises to come back long enough to send out the next bonus point challenge. Next time on Survivor: it’s the gross food challenge! Put those baluts in the oven and we’ll see you next week!