Game Changers: episode 6 recap

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Going Out Challenge (Ongoing)

Ahoy, Pool Players! It’s time to stop filling that Easter basket with candy and start filling your eyeholes with Survivor! Previously on Survivor, Debbie went on the Debbie Fan Cruise, with a special guest appearance by a bewildered John Cochran. At Tribal Council, Sandra’s tremendous reign finally came to a halt as she was voted out for the first time ever in her storied Survivor career. Back at the beach, Debbie is thrilled to be “back where [she] belongs” at Nuku. Is there anywhere Debbie doesn’t belong? She’d fit in anywhere from Costco to Katmandu! Debbie wastes no time in lying about Exile, saying there wasn’t even any flint. I mean, I guess that’s not technically a lie, since that boat probably came equipped with a TV showing a digital yule log. Meanwhile, Ozzy and Tai have a conversation about Tai tossing Ozzy’s name out during Tribal Council. Tai admits to being terrible at Tribal. He’s not wrong, but after tonight I can think of at least one person who is worse. Speaking of being terrible, Jeff Varner was deceived by Zeke and now finds himself at the bottom of the tribe without a paddle. Turns out that reading a room might not be one of Jeff’s better skills. Jeff and Zeke agree to continue working together and say they will have no more lies between them. Enough is enough! (Is enough!)

Reward time! In this Reward Challenge the Survivors need to unspool some ropes, get a key, and then jump on a teeter-totter to toss five balls into five targets. The winning tribe will receive not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven, not eight, not nine, but TEN WHOLE PIZZAS as a reward. Seriously, folks, ten, count ’em, ten whole pizzas. That’s a lot of pizza, and I say this as someone who can confidently put down a ‘za any time day or night. What are seven people going to do with ten pizzas? Is there going to be some sort of frisbee challenge? Are they going to turn them into five calzones? Is there going to be a pizza bath? In any event this is another pretty close challenge, with surprisingly poor turns from Mana’s Sierra and Brad, who you think would be good at this considering she’s a professional rodeo person (rope) and Brad Culpepper made his living playing with balls (balls). Unfortunately for both of them, Nuku has Ozzy, which pretty much guarantees their victory in the ball-tossing department. Too bad, I was really looking forward to seeing Brad Culpepper eat an entire pizza.

Back at the losing Mana beach, everyone commiserates over losing the pizza together. Sierra has a cry about how hard Survivor is, to which just about everyone else chimes in. Sierra reminds us that Survivor is “100% real” and you can’t beat 100%! Turns out playing Survivor is hard! They all talk about how nobody knows how hard being on the show is until they actually do it, and then they return home changed forever. It’s the same experience I had after watching Twilight in the theater. Even Brad Culpepper opens up about how he never knew how hard it was for his wife, Monica, since he only played twelve days in his previous season and she lasted thirty nine. This is also a good reminder that Monica was the runner-up on Blood versus Water. She was in the finale! Bet you didn’t remember that! Brad leaves to have a cry on the beach, and Aubry congratulates him for opening up. If even a big lug like Brad can weep on screen, then there’s probably hope for, uh, just about anyone else. Aubry tells us that Brad is the most genuine person in the game, and he’s not a half bad decorator, either! Over at Mana it’s time for the inaugural meeting of the ten pizza club. Everyone chows down while Jeff reminds us that he’s still on the bottom. Jeff needs to deflect the vote to someone else, and Ozzy is the next natural target. For someone who has always been talked about as a huge threat in this game, Ozzy sure had made the merge a lot. Jeff wants to get Ozzy out and save himself, and he’ll do anything to get there. Yes, anything. Yes, again, anything. Yes, the worst thing you can think of, that kind of anything. We’ll get there.

Immunity time! In this Immunity Challenge the Survivors need to swim to a raft, untie some lettered buoys and then spell a very long thirteen-letter word in METAMORPHOSIS. Once again Ozzy is strong in the challenge, swimming down and getting his tribe to the letter scramble first. Unfortunately, METAMORPHOSIS is a really long and kind of out-there word, and everyone is stumped when it comes time to arrange the letters. Mana catches up and starts moving their letters around, until Hali has the revelation that it’s got to start with META. Hali gets her tribe on the right track and Mana wins another Immunity victory. Back at camp, nobody on Nuku is too upset over losing, since METAMORPHOSIS is a really long word that you learn in science class like, once, and don’t really need to use in your everyday diction. Jeff knows he’s on the outs, and says he’ll talk to everyone individually, starting with Ozzy. While Jeff and Ozzy go off to get water, everyone else discusses if it makes sense to vote Ozzy out instead. They seem to be pretty split on this, but agree that both need to go. When Varner gets back he talks with Zeke, who says that Varner has a 50/50 chance of surviving the vote. Zeke says that Andrea and Sarah would likely lie to him, and say that he’s safer. Armed with this knowledge, Jeff surmises (incorrectly) that Zeke and Ozzy must have an alliance, and that they’re planning on voting out everyone else. Jeff thinks that this is quality information, and he goes to both Sarah and Andrea. Sarah is particularly thrown off, and is worried that Zeke and Ozzy might be playing her. For a second it looks like Zeke may be in trouble, although it’s unclear how Jeff would secure more votes. Not to be deterred, Jeff tells us that he is, “not going quietly off this island!” Truer words were never spoken.

At Tribal Council… oh, Tribal Council. This one is a doozy. It starts off well enough, with Jeff saying that he’s prepared to go home tonight but also that the rest of the tribe needs to know that Zeke and Ozzy are working together. Jeff says that there is deception here, and that he can prove it because, (are you sitting down), Zeke hid the fact that he was transgendered. All together now, what? It’s one of the most upsetting things I’ve ever seen on television, and that includes the time Nicole Scherzinger ruined that child’s dreams. It’s a senseless act of violence against another player. Zeke is shocked, Jeff Probst is shocked, but -to their incredible credit- the rest of the tribe is immediately taken aback, calling Jeff Varner out on what is probably the worst thing to ever happen on this show. Jeff Varner tries to back himself up, by connecting this back to the game, but it’s clear that a line has been crossed by a country mile. It’s upsetting! There’s perhaps no precedent for this kind of behavior on the show. I mean, even when someone threatens to pee in the rice there’s at least a little humor in that situation. (Peeing in rice is funny!) The rest of Tribal Council turns into a course correction for Jeff Varner, with everyone berating him for saying such a stupid thing. At first Jeff doesn’t seem to get it, but he does come around, and eventually apologizes to Zeke. Zeke, it must be said, handles this with such an enormous level of grace that I’m surprised he wasn’t canonized on the spot. All goofs aside, it’s a terrible thing that happened, and Jeff Varner was wrong, and it was good of everyone to put him in his place. They also decide on the spot to vote Jeff out, to which he agrees, since there’s no sense in continuing to let someone who did something so wrong keep playing this game. Jeff Varner is gone, having never made the merge in three seasons. This Tribal Council was a certain bummer, (although Jeff Probst confusingly refers to it as ‘beautiful’), but it’s good to see Zeke still in the game surrounded by people who just want to play with him as an equal. I hope he wins the whole gosh-darn thing.

Speaking of winning, make sure to click on over to the Leaderboards to see where you stand. The Pool Princess is practicing her Easter Bunny hop, but she promises to stop hopping around long enough to send out the next bonus chances. Next time on Survivor: how do you follow that? With a merge! Drop your buffs, we’re dipping our toes in the second half! See you next week!

Game Changers: episode 5 recap!

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Ahoy, Pool Players! It’s another Wednesday and time again for Survivor. Previously on Survivor, Troyzan was on the outs of Tavua, Tai found a clue to an idol, and Debbie lost her darn mind. All this lead to JT getting voted out, to the surprise of his one remaining ally, Aubry. Back at the beach, Aubry says that Sandra is, “cutting my legs off like a slow death.” Oh, no, death by leg! Leg death! Aubry reminds us that Sandra is the queen of this game. Queen Sandra, may she forever reign! Tai knows that he has to make more big moves so he opens up the clue to the idol. It says that the idol will be revealed by INVISIBLE INK. This apparently involves pouring water on some planks of wood, and then one will reveal a special symbol that will show you where to dig. This is a clever way to hide an idol and I guess they’re just glad that it didn’t rain? Tai sprinkles the water and finds the place to dig, netting his second idol of the game. The next morning, everyone shows up for a challenge but there’s another “game changing” twist in store. Yes, it’s time to #DROPYOURBUFFS because Survivor is switching it up again. Do you think when the tribes go to the fake challenge set they know it’s going to be fake? What kind of challenge did they have set up? It just looked like a bunch of tribe flags in the sand. The three tribes are going back to two, so see you later, Tavua! It’s like we hardly knew ya! Each tribe will have seven people, which leaves one castaway with the short straw. That person is, improbably, Debbie, who spent most of last episode alternating between yelling obscenities and doing angry pushups. The new Mana is a whole lot of ladies with Micheala, Sierra, Hali, Aubry, and Cirie, plus Tryozan and Brad, for good measure. The new Nuku is Sandra, Tai, Zeke, Sarah, Jeff, Andrea and Ozzy. Immediately Sandra and Jeff are on the outs of their new tribe. Sandra isn’t fazed, and says that, “If something goes left, then I go right.” Sandra might be good at Survivor, but she’s terrible with directions! Debbie will be sent to “Exile” where she’ll have plenty of time to be as loud as she wants. How is Debbie going to do at Exile? “As a youth, I went off on my own a lot, with only a pony,” Debbie explains, although I’m not sure if she is describing her own life or the plot of Seabiscut.

At the new Mana, Brad and Troyzan come to the realization that they are the only two dudes on their tribe. “The last thing I want is to be bamboozled by women again!” says Troyzan, referring to when he was outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted during his unremarkable time on Survivor: One World. Over at Nuku, Sandra and Jeff are totally on the outs. Sandra isn’t worried about being voted out, and tells us she’s not even scared. Have we ever seen Sandra scared? The closest we got was when that giant bug attacked her at Tribal Council, and I’m not talking about Russell Hantz! Sandra may have a little reason to be scared since her new tribe-mate Zeke is planning on voting her out. Zeke speaks for the audience when he says that it’s insane that Sandra is still in the game, and that she’ll win again if she makes the merge. Being on a new tribe also makes Tai nervous, so he decides to see if he can find a similar idol to the one he found at his own beach. He dumps the water on the board and reveals the symbol showing him where to dig. Tai now has two hidden immunity idols. Tai tells us that the Survivor gods are smiling on him. Are there gods for other reality shows, too? Was there an American Idol god? A Trading Spaces god? Was there a god for The Littlest Groom? What sort of deity presided over A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila? It’s time to check in with Debbie at Exile, which turns out to be an Exile… boat? Yes, Game Changers has struck again, and Exile Island is now a fancy big ship full of food and booze like a good old fashioned reward. This segment is full of choice Debbie quotes, including, “I’m the luckiest girl in Survivor history!” and “This is a tribe of Debbie!” and “Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!” We are not told if Debbie has any previous nautical experience, but let’s go ahead and assume that she does. Just when it seems like things can’t get any better here’s a boat that brings mysterious new visitor. Is it a pony?!?

Yes, Game Changers has struck again, and the second new twist is that you’re not alone at Exile, you’ve got a former Survivor to talk to. This week it’s one-time winner John Cochran. Debbie is beyond thrilled at meeting Cochran, saying that she’s met “Presidents and Prime Ministers,” but even they can’t compare. Debbie, just because you got drunk in Canada once and met a man who called himself the “Prime Minister” doesn’t mean that either of you were entirely clear about that encounter. Cochran isn’t there to join the game, he’s just going to be a “sounding board” for all of Debbie’s wacky opinions. Of course, Debbie stays on-brand and tells Cochran that she’s in a great position and she doesn’t have any trouble with anyone in the game. That’s not exactly true, and Cochran  calls her on it, prompting Debbie to admit that she’s had some bad luck with Brad Culpepper. Cochran does a truly unfortunate impression of Brad Culpepper that involves beating his chest like he’s King Kong, when, in reality, Brad Culpepper is about as threatening as George of the Jungle. Before Cochran goes, he has one more twist to deliver, a “game-changing” choice between three different advantages. Debbie can choose either a kit to make a fake hidden immunity idol, an extra vote at Tribal Council, or an advantage for her new tribe at the next Immunity challenge. Debbie takes the extra vote, reminding all you young people out there to vote early, vote often! This is either a well-intentioned goof or a signal that we may want to look at how many states Debbie is currently registered to vote in.

Challenge time! In this Immunity Challenge the Survivors need to swing from the monkey bars, lift some heavy puzzle pieces onto a cart and then recreate the plot of Fitzcarraldo. Once their boat is up the shore, they’ll need to assemble their puzzle, and the first tribe to win gets Immunity and also protection from the incoming Debbie. It’s another close challenge, full of super-fun close-up shots of completely exasperated people trying to push a heavy boat uphill. Mana makes quick work of the puzzle, though, sending the new Nuku tribe to Tribal Council. Oh, no, Ozzy lost a thing!

Back at Nuku, Zeke assures Jeff that he’s safe. They have this conversation while tanning on some rocks in a manner that looks decidedly uncomfortable. Jeff is happy that Zeke says that he wants to vote out Tai, even if Jeff has his doubts. Jeff tells Sandra that Zeke isn’t going to vote for them. Sandra has even stronger doubts than Jeff, and seems through Zeke’s plan like cellophane. Sandra says that they need to be worried about Debbie, Tai and Aubry joining together, since they all played together in Koah Rong. What could Koah Rong, etc, etc. Everything is almost in place and then Tai messes up and tells Jeff that they’re voting for Sandra, in front of Ozzy. Tai is terrible at this! Ozzy starts to worry that Tai might not be trustworthy since he decides to vote based on a whim. Tribal Council is all about big targets, and there are plenty of them on this tribe! Not a Sierra Dawn-Thomas in sight! Sandra hams it up, but she thinks that it is it for her. Jeff Probst tries to squeeze some intel out of Tai, but Tai is lost in thought. Tai decides to whisper a new plan to Sandra, prompting everyone to question his loyalty. If I have one complaint about this season it’s that there’s too much whispering at Tribal Council. If I have two complaints about this season it’s that it’s been, like, five weeks and we haven’t checked in on the #SPYSHACK. It’s finally time to vote and before the votes are read Tai doesn’t play either of his idols. Sandra is voted off. The queen stayed the queen, until she couldn’t queen any more. At the end of the episode Jeff Probst seems genuinely confused, even though voting out Sandra has been the only logical thing to do for this entire game. She lasted sixteen days! That’s ninety four total days of Survivor for Sandra Diaz-Twine! I’m not sure I’ve done anything for ninety four days and I sure don’t have two million dollars to show for it!

Speaking of big winnings, make sure you click on over to the Leaderboards to see where you stand. The Pool Princess just told me that “April showers bring May Flowers” with a big wink, but she promises to explain herself and send out the next pool updates shortly. Next time on Survivor: alliances are broken! Troyzan sees a chance! Debbie sees a ghost! Well, maybe not, but you totally know she has and she would tell you all about it. Tune in next week!

Game Changers: episode 4 recap

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Ahoy, Pool Players! This month has been in like a Tony and out like a baby goat, but it’s time for another all-new episode of Survivor! At the last Tribal Council things went super-bad for JT, who ended up spilling the beans to the other tribe and inadvertently voting out his only friend Malcolm. The “previously on” segment takes about five seconds so you know we’re in for another barnburner. Back at the camp, JT tries to cover his behind by saying that he didn’t tell Brad who they were voting for. Sandra tells us that she’s not sure how the other tribe knew, and that JT must have told them. Of course he did! You couldn’t trust JT to keep a lunch order secret, much less actual intelligence. The next morning, JT knows that he needs to find an idol to stay in the game. He sticks his mitts in a few trees before finding a very similar clue to Tai’s from last week. JT finds the trees and starts digging, and nabs himself a hidden immunity idol. At least that will make a nice souvenir!

Reward time! In this Reward Challenge, the Survivors need to gather some supplies, balance some balls across some planks and then do a big old slide puzzle. What if instead of finishing the challenge with a slide puzzle they finished with a slide whistle? That would be a lot more whimsical! The first team to finish wins reward in the form of peanut butter jelly time, complete with overstuffed cookies and a gigantic pitcher of milk. Nothing goes better with tropical heat than a refreshing pitcher of milk. The second team to finish will get a plate of half-sandwiches, which, again, look like they were prepared hastily about twenty minutes before the challenge began. I’m all for having rewards on this show, but can we stop raiding the Survivor cafeteria? During the strategizing, Debbie insists on doing the beam since she has, “a really good sense of balance.” Of course we all remember the six senses: taste, smell, hearing, seeing, touching, and balance. Stay out of this one, Bruce Willis! Professional rodeo-woman Sierra is predictably good at using the grappling hook, professional Survivor player Ozzy is predictably good at balancing, while the Nuku tribe stays true to their name by being particularly good at imploding. Debbie keeps falling off the beam and Nuku doesn’t even make it to the slide puzzle, where Zeke wins for Tavua and Sandra scores second for Mana. “Yes, you finished it,” says an exhausted Hali to Debbie, once Debbie finally makes it across the balance beam, after the challenge has ended. No worries, I’m sure, it’s just one challenge. Nothing worse could come to this tribe, right? Who needed all that milk, anyway?

Cheers to Tavua for winning another challenge, again. Sarah reminds us that this tribe started from scratch and now they’re dominating. “Peanut butter and Survivor is like gold!” exclaims Ozzy, although it should be mentioned that mixing peanut butter and gold will get you kicked right out of the museum at The Alamo. Meanwhile at Mana, things have gone from unsteady to worse for Debbie, who is having a full-on Survivor meltdown. First she grabs her things and storms off. It’s a good thing there are no doors on this beach because they’d all be SLAMMED SHUT. Tai, who has been known to be unusually perceptive, tells us that he thinks Debbie is really upset. Uh, ya think, Tai? Hurricane Debbie hits the beach, where she starts banging on about how Brad never listens to her, and how they should never put their trust in “Princess Hali” and how she did so well in the challenge since apparently Debbie lives in the upside down. She even does some angry push-ups in an attempt to be less angry. It’s the sort of behavior that any reasonable five-year-old would find “over the top.” After Debbie yelling at Brad about crushing her heart we blissfully head to commercial, where we can indulge in more peaceful forms of entertainment, like a trailer for the eighth Fast and Furious movie.

If you thought you were done with the mean-spirited section of this episode well put those keys back in the bowl because here it comes again. This time it’s JT criticizing Michalea for, are you sitting down, enjoying too much sugar with her coffee. Sandra sees this as an opportunity and decides to eat the rest of the sugar. JT will think that Michaela did it and he’ll only want her gone more. Indeed, the sugar is gone and JT immediately points the tiny spoon at Michaela, who denies all wrongdoing. Showing uncharacteristic restraint, Michaela tells us she was so mad at JT that, “I wanted to kill him!” Over at the Mana tribe the Debbie tension is real, and Tai says that he needs to find another idol to guarantee his safety. He finds a clue, but it’s surprisingly cryptic, so he pockets it for another day. They can’t all come with GPS signals!

Immunity time! In this Immunity Challenge the Survivors need to scale a wall, roll a cube, transport some sandbags and then slingshot their way to victory. All the silly twists of last week are gone, and the first two tribes to finish will receive Immunity in the form of a crummy old helmet and the post it stands on. Seriously, this is the best we could do for Immunity? This Immunity Idol looks like it belongs in a fish tank, not on Survivor. Debbie wants to do the balance beam again, and she gets upset with everyone who tells her, nah, that’s a bad idea. Debbie reminds her tribe that she took gymnastics for ten years, and she never gave them back! This challenge finally gives us something that Ozzy is bad at with the slingshot. Try as he might, Ozzy can’t keep up with yet another dominating performance by Brad “Culpepper” Culpepper. Folks, I have to level with you, Brad Culpepper is dangerously likable this season. He’s been great in challenges, handled that Malcolm vote perfectly and didn’t sink down to Debbie’s level when she threw all her toys at him. Is Brad Culpepper…an okay dude? Maybe we should give a few more episodes before we definitively answer that question. For now, his tribe has immunity, which means we all get to see which new profession Debbie pulls out of her hat next week. I’m guessing it won’t be “hostage negotiator.” It’s a nail-biter between JT and Ozzy for second place, but Ozzy finally finds his stride and Tavua wins yet another challenge. Nuku is headed back to Tribal Council, which is becoming very familiar territory for a whole lot of them.

It’s time to scheme! Aubry is so upset with her tribe that she forgets their name. I know the feeling, Aubry. Aubry and JT want to vote out Michaela. Sandra goes along with this, and reminds JT that there will be less “sugar-knapping” with Michalea gone. It should be noted that sugar-knapping is when sugar is involved in a theft, whereas sugar-napping is when you eat too many Peeps and need to call it an afternoon. JT mentions the sugar incident so much that Sandra actually steals a moment to wink at the camera. The best! Sandra and Michaela meet in secret and decide to vote out JT. They can both do it, but they’ll need Jeff Varner as their third. It was at this moment that I realized there’s only five people left on this tribe! That’s math! Jeff Varner isn’t sure of how to vote, and tells us he would like to go both ways at the same time, just like that famous Fleetwood Mac song, “You Can Go Your Own Way Both Ways at the Same Time.” At Tribal Council, JT explains the great sugar heist and everyone has a laugh about it, to their deep credit. “Their feud started over sugar,” says Sandra, which I’m pretty sure is also the plot of the television show Feud. Aubry and JT want to vote out Michalea since they’re “tired of babysitting.” This house doesn’t even have cable! It’s finally time to vote, and we see it’s going to come down to Varner. Before the votes are read, Jeff Probst asks ifs anyone would like to play an idol, and JT doesn’t play his, which prompts Michalea to take out a big mug and sip it, Kermit-style. The votes are read and as Michalea sips the tea, JT is given the 3-2 boot. He’s shocked and Aubry is shocked, and of course Sandra just starts laughing. She’s been to four of the five Tribal Councils and has yet to have a vote cast against her. She also comes clean about the sugar incident immediately, and everyone thinks it’s a hoot. You guys, Sandra is the greatest of all time. For what it’s worth, JT is sober and gracious in his exit interview, since he probably seems like a nice guy who got lucky at this game exactly once. At the end of the day, it turns out that just a spoonful of sugar helped the southern boy go down, in the most delightful way.

Speaking of delight, it’s time to click on over to the Leaderboards to see where you stand. The Pool Princess claims to have never seen a Fast and the Furious movie, but I did once catch her greasing the wheels of her shopping cart, so we’ll have to wait and see when she sends out the next mini team challenge. Next time on Survivor: Drop your buffs! Someone is going to exile! And someone is… returning to the game? I hope they keep Redemption Island out of this! Tune in next week.

Game Changers: Episode 3 recap!

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Ahoy, Pool Players! With the positively Spring temperatures outside, it’s time to throw open those windows and welcome in a new episode of Survivor! Previously on Survivor, two tribes became three and no goats were harmed in the process. JT and Troyzan were on the outs of their new tribes, while Brad Culpepper found new fame and voted out Caleb, with the help of Caleb’s former bromance partner, Tai. Back at the beach, Tai said that it was hard for him to vote out Caleb, but he knew it was the best for Brad’s game. Wait, no, Tai’s game! It was the best for Tai! Tai says that this time he’s playing with his head, not his heart, much to the terror of the nearby chickens. Speaking of chickens, Hali feels like a brand new bird after surviving the first vote, and thinks she has a new partnership with Debbie. The two of them take a stroll and discuss voting out Tai next for, uh, reasons. Debbie tells us that Hali is still next to go, saying that Hali has no options left in the game. Debbie reminds us that this is her second time playing and not her first, which is an unnecessary reminder that I bet Debbie gives in all her careers. Debbie has never had a first-time anything. “Don’t worry, this is my second time flying a plane, not my first!”

Hey, remember Reward Challenges? They’re back! In this Reward Challenge just two members of each tribe will be selected to compete. They need to balance a ball, use that ball to unlock a key, and then toss some sandbags at some pegs. The winning tribe will get a coffee prize package, complete with iced coffee, iced tea, mugs, and cookies. The runners up get a jug of iced coffee. The third place finishers get nothing, except for a higher confidence level in the gastrointestinal department. The challenge runners will be JT & Malcolm, Ozzy & Troyzan, and Tai & Brad “Culpepper” Culpepper. Of course Ozzy takes to this quickly and gives his tribe a lead, but JT quickly catches up. It’s not such good news for our friend Tai, who is having a bit of difficulty balancing his ball on the beam. Everyone tells him to just keep it slow. At one point Zeke yells out, “Way to be, Ozzy!” which could also be read as “Way to be Ozzy, Ozzy!” It gets down to the sandbag tossing and Malcolm gets the job done, delivering Nuku the reward. The second place is a race between a clumsy Troyzan and a Brad Culpepper who, hilariously, just keeps throwing sandbags at his targets. Amazingly, Culpepper’s strategy actually works, and he picks up the jug of suspiciously-labelled “Iced Coffee.” Folks, I’ve accused this show of being somewhat budget in the past, but this reward takes the (coffee) cake. It seriously just looks like they took a jug from craft services and printed out an “Iced Coffee” label for it. Was this challenge decorated by the Survivor intern? I bet those cookies were part of Jeff Probst’s lunch! Also, the show throws up an unnecessary “#COFFEEISFORCLOSERS hashtag, which only serves to make me wish that Alec Baldwin was a guest narrator for these challenges. Now there’s a man who knows something about balls.

Back at camp, Ozzy says that his tribe needs him to survive in the game. You know what, he’s not wrong. Here’s the extended Ozzy Fishing Montage you were looking for, complete with majestic helicopter shots and capped by Ozzy catching a stingray. All this hubbub sure seems like overkill until you realize how satisfying it’s going to be when he’s finally voted out. Over at Nuku it’s coffee hour! Aubry is buzzing with excitement! Sandra is ecstatic with her place in the game. “I’m the queen here, I know that much and nobody but me knows it!” she exclaims. The very next scene is JT explaining to Malcolm that it’s time to get rid of Sandra, to which Malcolm agrees. JT and Malcolm have formed an alliance based on their mutual need to vote out Sandra, and also because Malcolm probably has a picture of JT hanging in his attic.

Immunity Challenge time! This is one fast moving episode! This is the old blindfold challenge where one person yells out directions and everyone else takes bets on what injuries they’ll receive. After the stumbling there will be a ball table maze. For those keeping score at home, that’s two ball challenges in a row. Say ball again. Ball. There’s also a twist so big that Jeff Probst almost forgets to mention it – only one tribe will win immunity, sending the other two to Tribal Council. Cirie, Jeff Varner and Brad Culpepper are the callers for their blindfolded tribes, which goes about as well as you might expect. Cirie is actually pretty good at this, while Jeff Varner just yells “Haul ass!” a lot. Not faring quite so well is Brad Culpepper, who, despite all the bravado, is actually kind of a low talker. “We can’t hear you, Brad!” is usually not a bad problem to have. Jeff’s ass hauling gives Nuku a big lead, and they make it to the maze first. The other two tribes are pretty close behind, making this another exciting challenge. Alas, Jeff Varner can’t sink the third ball for Nuku, and Andrea (of all people!) wins Immunity for Tavua. They go off to celebrate as Nuku and Mana learn about part two of the twist: both tribes will be voting out one person. It’s kind of a ridiculous twist, but in a season where everyone already knows each other, it’s not entirely unfair. It also makes me excited for next week’s twist, which, at the rate this is going, someone will probably be forced to vote for Jeff Probst.

Time to scheme! Malcolm says he needs to be ready for everything, since, “who knows what Probst is cooking up next!” Smells like drama to me! This is all pretty simple on paper, since Nuku has six members and Mana has five. It would take only one person to change sides, a point that will be hammered home about twenty or thirty more times this episode. Sandra wants to vote out Sierra since she’s one of the strongest people on the other tribe and she’s unlikely to have an idol. JT, meanwhile, could use this opportunity to vote with the other tribe and take Sandra out. Knowing that he has to do something, Tai decides to look for the idol. He first finds a clue, which has another actual map showing exactly where the idol is. Tai might be bad at Survivor, but he’s at least passable with maps, so he’s able to dig it up and show it to his tribe. At Tribal Council, things start off with a snooze as Brad Culpepper explains to us what a “Mexican standoff” is. Nuku isn’t worried about the vote because Sandra repeatedly assures everyone that they’re going to vote together. And then the madness stats. Did you think March Madness was just about basketball? Well it extends to Survivor, too! First, Sierra and Hali have a behind-the-back conversation, presumably not about thier matching tattoos. Then, JT just gets up and tells Brad that his tribe is voting for Sierra. And then everyone starts whispering! “I feel like I walked into the wrong wedding!” cries Aubry, which is good, but we also would have accepted, “I feel like I picked the wrong door on Let’s Make A Deal! Both tribes huddle up to make their final decisions. Jeff Probst sits and says nothing, which is a rare accomplishment. It’s time to vote– OR IS IT? as Hali states, “I didn’t give consent.” Hali coming with the flames! Sandra tells her to pipe down and then it’s actually time to vote. Before the votes are read, Tai plays his idol by giving it to Sierra, who hands it to our host. Nuku’s plan explodes back in their face as every vote for Sierra is nullified. The third person voted out of Survivor: Game Changers? It’s not two-time winner Sandra. It’s not one-time winner JT. It’s our poor friend Malcolm, who is truly stunned in the first actual blindside of the season. It’s a shame Malcolm had to leave on Wacky Twist Week, but that’s the game for you! Hats off to JT for completely bungling the entire plan, revealing himself as a possible traitor, and basically having no safety net left in the game. Time to work on that penmanship!

You’ve got a couple of days left to check out the Leaderboards, so make sure to click on over to see where you stand. The Pool Princess has crossed out all of the actual teams on her March Madness bracket and just written BATMAN across the whole thing, but she’ll wait to explain herself until after the next bonus points are sent out. Next time on Survivor: JT did a silly and now needs to make up for it. Also, somehow Sandra is still there. The queen stays the queen! Tune in next week.

 

 

 

 

 

Game Changers: Episode 2 recap!

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Ahoy, Pool Players! It’s time again to take a trip to the magical television island of Survivor! Previously on Survivor, King Tony and Queen Sandra battled it out for the tropical throne. Sandra toppled Tony and even clapped back at him on his way out. I would say that Sandra is the greatest of all time, but there will be plenty of time for goats later in this episode! The “Previously On” doesn’t mention it, but previously on previously on Survivor, Ciera was also voted out. Who? It doesn’t matter! It’s the top of the episode and we’re already at challenge beach. Jeff reveals that Tony is no more, to which a flabbergasted Sarah exclaims, “I can’t believe this!” Really? Maybe Sarah didn’t even watch her own season. The two tribes are gathered and Jeff reminds them this is a season of “Game Changers” etc etc and can they all guess what’s happening now? I don’t know, Jeff, is it time for the talent competition of our program? Zeke surmises correctly that it’s time for a tribe swap, and we are indeed going from two tribes to three. Everyone nervously draws new buffs. Throw all your notes from last week out of the window because we have a new Mana, new Nuku and a new “Truvua” tribe. Truvua? Too-vea? Trivia? Trivagao? No matter how you spell it, six of these Survivors are going to need to start over, and they include Andrea, Cirie, Ozzy, Sarah, Troyzan and Zeke. The new Nuku is Aubry, Jeff, JT, Malcolm, Michaela, and Queen Sandra, may she reign long and prosper. The new Mana is Brad, Debbie, Hali, Sierra, plus everyone’s favorite Koah Rong power couple of Caleb and Tai. Caleb and Tai reunited! Will Tai finally get that kiss? Will Caleb last longer than Day 9? Will their budding bromance be rudely interrupted by Mr. Helicopter? Keep watching!

At the new Nuku tribe, Malcolm is amazed by the lavish pad of his former competitors. They have chickens! They have a functional shelter! They have weird glass orbs! Look, I’m all about living your best Feng Shui life, but what are those orbs and where did they come from? Does this island have a Pier One? Are they there to ward off evil spirits? Is Debbie going to take one down and read me my fortune? JT knows he is on the outs at this tribe, since he’s the only original Mana member there. In need of a idol, JT hatches a WILD plan to basically maroon his tribe at sea and then swim back to look for the idol by himself. It’s the sort of stupid-bold gameplay that you’d expect from everyone’s favorite Heroes versus Villains letter-writer. Everyone knows he’s looking for the idol, and they can’t do anything about it stranded on that raft!

At the new Mana, Brad offers to rebuild their camp. “I love antiquing!” Brad exclaims, in what may be the funniest goof of the night. Turns out it’s Brad who’s been hoisting all those glass orbs around. Maybe he thinks they’re round, glass footballs, like they’re footballs from the future. Seasoned Tribal Council veterans Hali and Caleb know they are in the minority numbers-wise, and Hali thinks she might be the first to go. Brad, meanwhile, has finished hanging up his glass balls  and talks to Tai about voting out Caleb. This kind of confuses Tai, who, lest we forget, is not very good at Survivor. Tai doesn’t know if Brad wants Hali or Caleb to Debbie to go first. Just go along with the plan, Tai! As long as Sia is there to write you another check, you’ll be fine. Over at Truvua, it’s Troyzan who is on the bottom of his new tribe. Nobody really wants to tell him, but they all know it! Troyzan asks Andrea, “So, do I have the plague?” Andrea tries to laugh it off, but she is no medical professional, and there is certainly something stinky about Troyzan. He decides he needs to find an idol, like, yesterday, and starts searching on the beach. Low and behold there’s a bottle half-buried in the sand and it contains a message from STING AND THE POLICE wait just kidding it’s a clue to a hidden idol. The twist is that the idol will be hidden at one of the challenges, underneath a table. I say “hidden” but the clue not only spells out exactly where the idol will be, it includes a DIAGRAM with an ARROW pointing to the RIGHT REAR CORNER of the TABLE. “I’ll have to figure out where the right rear corner is!” exclaims Troyzan, who presumably has some difficulty with directions. Seriously, the only thing this clue is missing is a GPS signal at the challenge to let Troyzan know how close he is to the idol. Maybe Jeff can stand on the sidelines and yell, “warm, warm, warmer, cool, cool, cooler, warm, cool, cold, ice cold, freezing cold, Troyzan, watch out for that tree!”

Back at the new Nuku, JT, Sandra and Aubry have discovered the goats. Actual goats, like real live animal goats! Goats! JT and Malcolm start chasing the goats and they actually manage to catch one… except it’s a mother goat and her baby. Sandra still wants to eat the goats but everyone else has their doubts. You don’t want to be known as the Survivor who killed a mother goat on primetime television. “This is like the goat version of Bambi!” exclaims Malcolm. Do you think there are goat versions of other Disney franchises? Goat Cinderella? Beauty and the Goat? The Little Goat Maid? Cars (Except they’re goats)? Sandra argues that the goats are there for human consumption and/or satanic ritual, but the group decides otherwise. The goats are freed and they decide to do the humane thing and kill a chicken instead. Goats one, chickens none! Somewhere Sia has hurled her TiVo into the sea.

Challenge time! In this challenge three chained-together Survivors need to race through an obstacle course and then use a bucket of water to lower a gate and then they need to solve what looks to be a pretty easy puzzle. The first tribe to finish will get immunity, a tarp, and comfort either in the form of pillows, spices or a copy of “Jeff Probst Sings the Hits.” Mana gets off to a slow start when they inexplicably choose to go under their obstacles instead of over them. It’s a pretty close challenge, but Nuku is able to run away with the puzzle and wins the first Immunity. The second Immunity goes to Truvua, sending Mana to their first Tribal Council as a new tribe. In the post-challenge celebration, Troyzan is able to kneel by the table and stuff the idol into his “junk drawer.” Before the break, former geologist Debbie tells us that her tribe is going to stick together, and that they’re “rock solid.” You know, when I think rational decision-making and solid gamesmanship, I often think of Debbie. Thanks, show!

Hali tells us that she is going to need a miracle to stay in the game. I’m going to need a miracle to remember who she is, so at least we’re on the same page! Caleb reminds us that he was medically evacuated on Day 9 of Koah Rong, after collapsing during a challenge that briefly turned Survivor into a very intense public service announcement on the benefits of proper hydration. Everyone has decided to vote out Hali, but glass-orb-lover Brad has other plans. Presumably threatened by the appearance of another muscle-bound dude, Brad thinks that now is the time to snuff out the Beast-smoke Cowboy. Brad makes this appeal to Tai while Tai is in the midst of some sort of cleansing sand-bath. Tai doesn’t want to vote out Caleb since the two have a legitimate connection, but he also understands Brad’s argument about keeping Caleb after the merge. The merge! This is the third episode, folks, and we’re already banging on about the merge! At Tribal Council there’s a lot made about how past relationships impact currently gameplay. Even Sierra Dawn-Thomas chimes in to remind us that she played with Hali, but they didn’t really have any connection so there is nothing to worry about! Were they even ever on the same tribe together? I’m not looking it up! Caleb says that Hali may be easier to manipulate than he is, although I think you could manipulate Caleb with a Budweiser attached to a string. Brad ruins any goodwill he may have earned this episode by referring to Hali as a “budding attorney.” What the heck is a “budding attorney?” She’s going to school, not living in a flower pot. Put a sock in it, Culpepper! It’s time to vote and Caleb is given the unanimous boot. It’s pretty sad, but he does have a kiss on the head for Tai on the way out. Caleb is gracious in his exit, saying that he’s glad to be leaving on his feet and not on a stretcher. Be well, Beastmode! Maybe one day you’ll make it to day ten!

Speaking of making it, make sure to make your way over to the Leaderboards to see where you stand. The Pool Princess is certain she can find “Gonzaga” on a map, but she’ll quit looking long enough to send out the next bonus point opportunity. Next time on Survivor, it may be curtains for Queen Sandra. Just don’t let her near the goats on her way out! See you next week.

 

 

 

Game Changers: Episode 1 update!

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Ahoy, Pool Players! It’s time to crawl out from your spy bunkers and re-enter the world of Survivor! Previously on Survivor, there have been five HUNDRED episodes of this mess and almost as many contestants. A blind dog picking names out of a hat has chosen twenty “Game Changers” AKA previous players who could easily drop their day jobs and play Survivor again, some of them for the fourth time. These game changers range from legitimate, (Tony, Cirie, Sandra), to who-iest, (Hali, Andrea, SIERRA DAWN-THOMAS?!?). What’s been going on in their lives? Tens of people want to know! But first! First we meet Tony, who won the game after causing drama and speaking llama. We’re less than twenty seconds in and the spy shack is already being mentioned. Blessings on blessings! Malcolm, who changed the game by losing back-to-back seasons, is also back, as well as two-time winner Sandra. Three-time loser Cirie is also back again, approximately four hundred years since she last played. Here’s Debbie from Season 32, who I think of as less of a game changer and more of a job changer. Model? Gymnast? Civil Air Patrol Captain? Debbie’s done it all! Debbie promises that she’ll be tenacious, like a “giant squid.” Does Debbie get all of her strategy from old-timey sea chanties? “Aye, the sea was less than gracious and the kraken was tenacious!” Debbie says that winning Survivor: Game Changers would be like winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, before taking a big bite of a tasty apple and having a producer put peanut butter in her mouth so she can talk like people.

“Sails in, anchors down!” cries our fair captain Jeff Probst, who formally introduces us to the season. This is Survivor Game Changers, where some have made big moves, (talking in llama), and other have made quiet moves, (at this point the camera pans DIRECTLY to Sierra Dawn-Thomas). We’ve got two tribes, Mana and Nuku. One of them is blue and the other is like orangish red. It doesn’t matter! It’s time to start the game with a traditional marooning. The Survivors need to get as much gear as they can off of this boat before the actual captain comes out to take a broom to them. There’s also a tube of tools underwater a few yards away that only one tribe can receive, so naturally, congratulations to whichever tribe has Ozzy! You know things are going according to plan when our friend Tai gets beaned in the ocean by a crate of chickens. During the mad scramble a “Secret Advantage” envelope pops up and who gets it oh you guessed it right with your first guess when you said SIERRA DAWN-THOMAS. That’s a game-changer for you! As everyone paddles away Jeff shouts out that “For one of you, a million dollar journey starts right now!” And for nineteen others of you, enjoy your shiny new buffs!

We meet the Mana tribe first, where Hali tells us that this time she’s going to play like a cobra. Hiss! Recent returnee Michaela says her strategy is to try to keep a straight face and not let her emotions show through. Good luck with that, Michaela! No sooner have we all said hello than Tony is off running into the woods to look for an idol. He does this with a weird shriek that lands somewhere between llama talk and the sound Xena makes when she goes into battle. Nobody follows him because this is a season where everyone has played before and they’re not falling for these old tricks. Over at Nuku, Zeke tells us that he’s got to make more big moves. Oh, no, Zeke! Making too many big moves is exactly what got you voted out the last time! Sarah plans on playing the quiet game, which probably means she wins. Sierra Dawn-Thomas reveals that her secret advantage is the re-tooled Legacy Advantage, which pretty much amounted to nothing last season. This time it can only be used when there are 13 or six people left, just like that classic Chicago song, “13 or Six to Four.” With Sierra’s captivating screen presence out of the way here’s BRAD CULPEPPER, who changed the game by being the recipient of the immortal line, “**** you, Brad Culpepper.” I’d get that embroidered on a pillow! Brad’s new strategy is to recite a mantra in his mind, “WWMD.” Don’t worry, Brad has not spent his off-years becoming a medical professional, this stands for, “What would Monica do?” It’s always good to ask yourself what the strategy of another two-time loser would be!

Cirie and Ozzy are both back for a fourth time and are both on the same tribe and they both  played together on Fans versus Favorites where Cirie helped voted Ozzy out. Also this happened like eight years ago, and there’s still beef. Poor Tai gets stuck in the middle when Cirie catches him lying about how Ozzy feels. Tai seems like a genuinely nice guy but he’s also sort of terrible at this game. Speaking of things being terrible, Tony has decided to upgrade his Spy Shack to a Spy Bunker, which he is digging into the ground. You can insert your own joke about Tony digging his own grave here. Ciera is concerned that Tony is Tony, and she wants to make a big move. Also, your favorite and my own, Beastmode Cowboy himself, Caleb slips and falls on some rocks. Of course he does!

Immunity Challenge time! In this Immunity Challenge the Survivors need to find the keys that you threw into the ocean because it had been a late night and at the time you thought it would be funny, but it turns out you were just plain drunk. They’ll use these keys to unlock some puzzle pieces, solving a ship’s captain puzzle and using it to hoist the immunity flag. Immunity is in the form of a giant deep-sea diver helmet, which looks like something the props people found in the basement of a haunted costume shop. Some of these puzzle pieces need to be dug out from the sand, so someone make sure Caleb is properly hydrated, please! It’s a close challenge but Nuku comes through on the puzzle and avoids Tribal Council. You guys, Debbie helped with that puzzle and she totally did well and contributed. Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me!

Back at the Mana beach, everyone is pretty much set on voting out Ciera. She’s playing too hard, too fast, which is something to be said for a season where a man has already dug a hole in the ground. Everyone who is not Ciera needs to tell her who they’re voting for, so they all say Michaela, without asking Michaela about it first. This understandably upsets Michaela, who drops her happy face in favor of an “Excuse me?” Michaela isn’t happy she wasn’t told about the plan and she may take it out on her alliance. Maybe! It’s time to go to Tribal Council, and even though Jeff tries to make something out of it, it’s clear that Ciera is going home. For those of you keeping score at home, Ciera is out and Sarah, Sierra and Cirie are still in. Ciera, Sarah, Sierra and Cirie need to take this act on the road, as long as they play in venues where the marquees have plenty of A’s!

Don’t touch that dial because it’s a two hour spectacular tonight, with even more Survivor coming up next! Sorry, fans of “Criminal Minds!” The next day, Tony and Sandra agree to have an “alliance of winners.” Start your stopwatches, because this may be one of the shortest-lived alliances in Survivor history. Over at Nuku, Tai is caring for his chickens, since, uh, I guess that’s how he changed the game last time? Tai wants to name the chickens “Gloria” and “Monica” while everyone else just kind of wants to eat them. JT says, “You could either win a million dollars or you could marry these chickens” which I swear was the plot of a short lived reality show on FOX from the mid-2000s. Speaking of the mid-2000s here’s Ozzy and Cirie, and the beef is still real. Sarah decides she’ll team up with Cirie. Sarah tells us that the last time she played like a cop, and this time she’ll play like a criminal. What does that mean? Is she going to vote somebody out and the swipe a pack of gum? Cirie knows she has to get alliance members, so she courts an awe-struck Zeke and a slightly less-enthusiastic Debbie. Debbie tells us that, as a Civil Air Patrol Captain, she’s able to detect bogus stuff. Did you know the Civil Air Patrol is a real thing? It sounds like a badge you’d get in the scouts. If nothing else it’s another entry in Debbie’s increasingly long resume. Do you think Debbie has every actually flown a plane? Do you know how fast I would exit a plane if I saw that Debbie was behind the controls? I’d be like, nah, I’ll have better luck out there.

Back at Mana it’s all Sandra and all Tony, all of the time. Their alliance has crumbled after Tony overheard Sandra talking to Troyzan in the middle of the night. Sandra has rallied the weaker players to join with her, while Tony thinks he can get by with the strong dudes and uh, Aubry. You guys, if there’s a net positive to come out of this episode, it’s that Tony and Aubry seem to get along great. For some reason that just warms my heart. Unfortunately, Sandra is now on a mission to vote Tony out at all costs. Tony’s got the same mission in reverse, and tells us, “I don’t mind snakes, but weasels gotta go.” Tony would make for a very specific exterminator. Hear that scratching in the walls? Hope it’s not a weasel!

Immunity Challenge time, again! In this challenge the Survivors need to carry a heavy snake out from the ocean and onto the sand where they will open it up to reveal three numbered tiles. These tiles will solve a combination lock, which will drop a series of hoops. This hoops need to be tossed around eight oars to show the word “Immunity.” Good luck remembering all of that! Nuku is off to a strong start since it turns out this snake is, like, really heavy. Poor Jeff Varner does his best to climb that cage but it’s just not happening. They make it to the oar-tossing where actual professional rodeo person Sierra Dawn-Thomas starts to do well… and then Mana improbably catches up. It comes down to the final letters in Immunity, but JT seals the deal and Nuku wins again.

Michaela does not do losing! It is not in her vernacular. Michaela is having none of this and is starting to wonder if they should vote off some more weaker players. There’s a big long segment where both Tony and Sandra attempt to court the same seven people, with about as many shifting allegiances as you may expect. When the vote hinges on Caleb, you know one of you has messed up. Still, Sandra expertly gets her side together and never stops talking to everyone to try and get Tony out. It’s a master class. At Tribal Council, it’s basically the Tony show, where Jeff starts to question where everyone stands. Also, a big bug flies into Sandra’s hair and it goes about as well as you’d expect. ALSO Troyzan, who has been uncharacteristically soft-spoken, is wearing some sort of amazing fern-printed kimono. He looks divine! It’s time to vote and Tony is given the somewhat-surprising unanimous boot. Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! Sandra is the greatest Survivor player of all time. Also during this episode there were actual goats. Goats! You guys, I hope Tai is able to see that no harm comes to our goat friends. All they need is love, hugs, and maybe an empty can or two. You can let them eat the tribe flag!

It’s time to jump back into our pool and give out some all important points! Make sure to click on over to the Leaderboards to see where you stand. The Pool Princess has been signed to a contract extension by the Buffalo Bills, but she’ll stop throwing hail mary passes downfield to send out the next pool updates soon. Next time on Survivor: WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT THE GOATS? Come with me, goats! You can live in my backyard! Just don’t tell my landlady! See you next week!

Survivor: Generation X versus Millennials: finale update!

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Ahoy, Pool Players! After thirteen weeks and thirty nine days, it’s time to crown this season’s sole Survivor. In a finale jam-packed with fake idols, real blindsides and plenty of heartfelt emotion, Millennial ADAM emerged victorious, claiming the million dollar prize. Adam won every single jury vote, leaving Ken and Hannah in the dust. Congratulations to Adam and all our best to his family during what has clearly been a very emotional year. What a season! This season had it all: complex gameplay, compelling characters, an actual high school student, a romance dubbed “Figtails,” a secret lawyer, and even a gay Boston cop. Everyone on that cast was a winner in their own way. Even you, Mari! Especially you.

Curtains for Survivor means it’s also time to wrap up our pool. After the final tallies, it looks like DEBBIE has won the season. Congratulations, Debbie! Debbie becomes the first quick pick player to win the whole ball of wax. Don’t worry, that’s a turn of phrase, the actual prize is cold hard cash, not an actual ball of wax. In second place was CLAUDIA and rounding out the top three was MARY ANN. AMBER gets our special tenth place prize, while SHAWN receives the coveted non-monetary prize. Hats off to all of our winners and congratulations to all who played. We hope you had fun. Now it’s time to find something to do each week until MARCH when the new season begins. Once it starts we’ll be there, and we hope you are, too. You can even bring a friend and pick up some extra points! Thanks so much for playing and we’ll see you next season.