Skip to comments.Survivor: Samoa
Posted on 09/09/2009 6:47:07 PM PDT by JillValentine
Premiers Thursday, September 17 @ 8PM EDT/PDT on SeeBS
20 new contestants will compete for the $1 million prize on the islands of Samoa
Who will be the sole Survivor?
How About Survivor America
Greetings, fellow Survivor fans! After a long summer of dull reruns and uninspiring imitation "reality" shows, here's your new season's Survivor ping.
Host Jeff Probst has promised us that this season will have the best (or worst) villain ever. Also, in a new twist in homage to Samoan culture, each tribe must elect a chief who will be their sole decision maker - and they must elect their chiefs before the contestants can even speak to each other.
Wasn’t that tonite’s healthcare speech — Sameoa, Sameoa?
On the Foa Foa tribe:
Occupation: Spa Sales
This 22 year-old woman describes herself as funny, outgoing and flirty, with an emphasis on flirty. Ashley once moved to San Diego for a relationship that did not work out, but now this bubbly former competitive cheerleader plans to use her flirty ways to endear herself to and at the same time manipulate the male castaways. Not only relying on her womanly wiles, Ashley feels that her strong determination will get her far in the game. She claims that she usually gets whatever she wants as long as she puts her heart and mind to it.
In her spare time, Ashley loves kickboxing, watching movies, and shopping. She describes her perfect day as sleeping in followed by working out and shopping, then ending her day with a nice dinner and a movie. During her time away from home, she will miss her mother, whom she describes as her best friend. She will also miss her favorite comfort item, which is her pillow.
Ashley works in a very competitive commission based sales job where she can sell almost anything. She has no qualms about selling items that she hates as long as it helps her reach her quota. She hopes that her get it done attitude will win her the title of Sole Survivor. Her first purchase, should she take home the grand prize, would be a condo or new house.
Jill's Thoughts: The flirt-her-way-to-the-top girl. Yawn. We've seen this before - many times. Most likely a fairly early boot, even if her flirting is successful (see: Sydney - Survivor: Tocantins).
Occupation: Bar Manager
Ben Browning is a transplanted country boy helping to run some of the most successful bars and restaurants in Los Angeles. A bar manager, Ben is often seen with a girl on each arm and boldly claims hes never been rejected. (Oh please). Im one of those people that just get lucky for some reason, if I want it, I do what I have to do to get it.
Growing up in Kirksville, Missouri, Bens parents raised him with a strict set of morals and instilled in him a strong work ethic. His parents would always be there to whip Ben into shape whenever necessary.
Ben has worked hard for all he has in life and says I dont like cry babies, I like people who work their asses off, like people from where Im from. He is also quick to admit that the one thing he cant stand is whiners and wimps.
When he is not hunting or fishing, Ben can probably be found on his motorcycle. Despite breaking his leg in a wreck in 2007, he is still an active rider and even part of a motorcycle club called WhiskyBoys. Described by friends as a big hillbilly who will be rich someday, Ben intends to leave his mark on the game of SURVIVOR.
Jill's Thoughts: He annoys me with his arrogance, but he's a young, outdoorsy guy. If his work ethic holds up he should make the jury, but no further.
Occupation: Police Officer
Betsy Bolan dreamed of being a cop her entire life and at age 47 finally turned that dream into a reality. Her friends and family still cannot believe this mother of four is an officer of the law. Even though she is nicknamed Officer Friendly, Betsy isnt naïve and knows that nice people can be snakes. She feels her skills as a cop will help her stand up to the possible jerks and alpha-males she could run into during SURVIVOR.
Betsy is happily married with two boys and two girls ranging in age from 8 to 16, but her world almost came apart when her husband was diagnosed with stage-four prostate cancer. Now with his cancer in remission, all is good on the home front, but Betsy says the money would mean a lot to her family since her husband does not have health insurance. (Obama will make it worse).
After going through a wild time in her youth, this former hippie has now been clean and sober for 21 years. Betsys overcome a number of obstacles in her life and is ready to tackle the next one, especially, now that she has become the person shes always dreamed of being.
Jill's Thoughts: A good sentimental favorite. Her life experience and transformation from hippie to clean will help her. If she can play the game as a player, not a cop, she could go far.
Occupation: Lawyer/Urban Planner
Elizabeth Kim wasnt born in this country, but that is not stopping her from living the American dream. Everything Ive gotten to this date has been out of pure determination. Emigrating from South Korea with her parents at age two, Elizabeth grew up in Franklin Lakes, NJ and is the elder of two children. The first in her family to go to college, this Ivy Leaguer's positive outlook combined with her determination has served her well in life helping her to earn degrees from Barnard-Columbia, Princeton, and University of Pennsylvania, Law School, where she served on Law Review.
After several years of practicing litigation at a top New York City law firm, Elizabeth now works as an urban planner in coordinating and managing industrial real estate development projects for New York City government, although just how much shell reveal to her fellow tribemates is still up in the air. Im not sure Im going to tell people where I went to school or that I'm an attorney. A self-described social butterfly, Elizabeth sees herself as an outgoing people person" who is opinionated and passionate about life. She admits that this behavior often leads to her being blunt with others and putting her foot in her mouth, and that her biggest challenge will be being assertive without being abrasive.
A runner and avid tennis player, Elizabeth tries to stay active as much as possible. She recently completed training for a marathon, and is looking forward to tackling the game's many physical and mental challenges.
Jill's Thoughts: I don't think there'll be much of a middle ground with her. Either her intelligence and athleticism will carry her far in the game, or her abrasive, blunt attitude will get her booted very early.
Occupation: Law Student
Both physically and mentally prepared for the game of SURVIVOR, Jaison is a very educated 28-year-old, who is currently working on his law degree from the University of Chicago. Before deciding to obtain his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, this goal-oriented academic was given a congressional nomination to attend both the Air Force and the Naval Academy. Even though Jaison chose a route other than the military, he still contemplates one day working in the armed forces in order to serve his country.
In addition to his current focus on education, this Eagle Scout is extremely active. Named Mr. California by Cosmopolitan magazine, Jaison is also an avid sports lover and enjoys basketball, football and hiking he has even scaled the top of Venezuelas Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. He also feels that one of his greatest achievements is making the U.S. National Water Polo team. In addition to his love for physical activities, Jaison plays both the piano and the cello.
He dreams of waking up to the view a top Mount Everest and boasts that, for a million dollars, he would snowboard all the way down. His favorite board game, Diplomacy, gives a bit of insight as to how he plans to play SURVIVOR. Much like SURVIVOR, Diplomacy is a strategy game that uses communication, negation and deception in order to win. Even though he plans to use positive elements such as strength and intellect to win, he will not hesitate to betray others if it wins him the title of Sole Survivor.
Jill's Thoughts: A classic alpha male. I think he has the potential to go far because he doesn't seem as cocky as some of the other alpha males.
Marisa Calihan is no stranger to surviving off the land. This 1st generation Appalachian was born on a farm in Ohio and learned many of her survival skills from her father. Growing up with eight siblings, in a blended family with many adopted children, Marisa learned from an early age how to take care of herself. I am paying my own way through school and have been on my own since I was 17.
Aside from her early roots in farming, Marisa also has experience working in third world conditions. While abroad, she worked with street children in poor countries with no plumbing or running water and it changed her life. Although after eight years of being a free spirit and living abroad in such places as El Salvador and Spain, Marisa returned home to go back to school and help take care of her family.
For Marisa, the money would go a long way in making her familys lives better and helping her achieve a few long term goals. There are so many things I can do if I just had a nest egg to start with. I wont have to fight tooth and nail for everything, if I just had a little bit of money.
Jill's Thoughts: Growing up on a farm in a blended family should give her both physical survival skills and social skills. The comment about her being a"free spirit" makes me somewhat less enthusiastic, though. I think she makes the jury.
Smart, funny, charming and a doctor, Mick is every single womans dream and every single mans nightmare. At 33 years old, this Idaho import is a resident anesthesiologist at UCLA who takes great pride in his intense occupation. He is highly motivated to do whatever it takes to win the million dollar prize in order to pay off the hundreds of thousands that he owes in student loans.
Involved in an all consuming residency life, Micks pet peeve is when patients, who have neglected their health throughout their whole lives, come to him with extraordinary demands. With all of the stress in his life, he candidly describes his perfect day being one where he is able to sleep in until 7:30 (or maybe 8:00) a.m. In addition to reading trade magazines, he enjoys the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and the ones hidden underneath his mattress.
A man of humor, another one of Micks pet peeves is when people cannot admit they are wrong. He also admits that the quickest way to get him angry is to throw dirt clods at him. Definitely a conversationalist, topics that are off limits to Mick are ridiculous situations that people find themselves in, and he absolutely refuses to talk about the sexual escapades of peoples grandparents.
In addition to his desire to pay off student loans, he hopes to buy a vacuum cleaner with the winnings. Oddly enough, the wildest thing he would do to win would be to give a homeless person a tongue bath but he would never go as far as disabling someone well at least not permanently.
Jill's Thoughts: Smart. Successful. Weird. I've known doctors like him (brilliant, but with a totally weird sense of humor). If A and B trump C, he could win it all. If not, he could go home early.
Occupation: Personal Chef
This California transplant, originally from New York, will do or say anything to become the next SURVIVOR. After a career as a college football coach at Boston University in the 1970s and over 30 years in the food industry, he currently works as a personal chef.
Married without children, he enjoys gardening, reading, working out and spending time with friends. He is funny, dependable and quiet, yet, he is never afraid to tell it like it is. He cant stand bad drivers, Republicans or bigots and admits that the easiest way to make him angry is to move around his kitchen equipment.
At 62 years old, he has been preparing for his experience on SURVIVOR by working out with a personal trainer on a daily basis and has lost over 30 pounds in preparation for his chance at the million dollar prize. A true SURVIVOR fan, he has watched every single episode from the very beginning and came close to being part of the cast last season. His strategy includes remaining cooperative and low-key so the stupid, cocky ones self-destruct. Rather than making aggressive moves, he plans to allow his leadership qualities to emerge naturally which may mask the fact that he can, at times, be competitive and almost predatory.
Jill's Thoughts: Of course, no season on a SeeBS show is complete without the obligatory militant liberal jerkoff. Frankly, although his age will put him at a disadvantage, his "be cooperative and low-key" strategy, I have to admit, sounds like a good one. However, the fact that he has a twisted and inaccurate view of what conservatives are really like may make him unable to successfully use the strategy he has planned.
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales (where have we heard this before?)
Natalie White is your typical Southern Belle, but she is definitely not afraid to get her hands dirty. Friendly and savvy are two of her attributes that her fellow castaways will pick-up on right away.
White plans to bring her background in pharmaceutical sales into the game and knows that if you do not make the cut, you are more than likely going to be cut. You either make the numbers or go home.
Natalies convinced that her ambitious personality will help her during the game. Im literally so competitive and scrappy that I dont care if I have to dive on the ground and get bruised and scraped up, Ill do it. Ill do it to win. I love to compete. Natalie will not waste any time changing her game plan if needed. Im observant and flexible, not to mention smart enough to know how to adapt to my surroundings.
Jill's Thoughts: The producers love to cast these uber-aggressive alpha females. Not that I'm criticizing - I'm kind of like that myself. But many of these types cast for the show fail to live up to the hype.
Occupation: Oil Company Owner
Russell Hantzs personality speaks for itself when he proudly displays a missing tooth that he refuses to fix! This married father of four is visually memorable. Standing tall at only 56, he is built like a brick house with a bald head. At 200 pounds of pure muscle, Russells solid figure and sharp tongue has helped him carve out a multi-million dollar business in the oil-tanking industry.
A huge SURVIVOR fan, this self-made man built his business from scratch by working hard, speaking his mind and stepping on anyone who got in his way. Russell wont apologize for his style of game play either saying, Im not going out there to make friends. Im just not doing it. But everybody is going to think Im their best friend, because Im just such a lovable character.
Russell cant wait to get in the competition and show these morons how its done and he plans to play the game dirtier, smarter and more cunning than anyone can imagine. It is those skills that have allowed him to achieve his biggest accomplishment in life and that is being able to provide for his family.
Jill's Thoughts: His extreme arrogance trumps his strength and work ethic. It would not surprise me in the least if he butted heads with one too many of his tribemates and got booted early. People who say things like "I'm going to show these morons how it's done" usually end up eating their words.
Occupation: T-Shirt Designer
Brett Clouser grew up in Salem, Oregon before coming to LA in 2004 to attend Pepperdine University. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Clouser first decided to go the corporate route, only to find his passions were elsewhere. Brett then pursued his dream of launching a cause based clothing company which would soon become, The Monument of Our Hearts. An up-and-coming social entrepreneur, Clouser strives to leverage his brand to actively support and advocate for healthy body image.
Bretts flirtatious behavior with women could be his biggest asset in the game or it could be his biggest hindrance. Im going to try and put up the best wall I can, but I feel like Im going to be a sucker for a couple of them.
Always a showman, Clouser loves to be in front of people and make them laugh. When hes not operating his clothing company, Brett can be found in his element, the great outdoors. Never a fan of the gym, Brett enjoys trail running and extreme outdoor activities. His charm and competitive nature will make him a dynamic player and force to be reckoned with on SURVIVOR.
Jill's Thoughts: Sounds pretty boring. Naive, self-important. Most likely an early boot.
Occupation: Fitness Instructor
"Danger" Dave Ball grew up in a family full of preachers but don't be fooled because he is not your typical "son of a preacher man." After he earned a degree in opera from Oklahoma State, this "rock and roll rebel" took many odd jobs to stay afloat including one as a flight attendant at a major airline.
Although Dave's fiery personality may have gotten him into hot water more than once, he has a knack for reading people which has helped him through the rough spots. His innate intelligence has been honed through years of playing strategy games and his body benefits from the martial arts, biking and hiking he enjoys in his spare time.
Dave is currently teaching fitness and nutrition to people who want to lose weight and improve their health. "It took me a long time to sort out my own health issues and if I can help others get healthy, then it will be worth it." Dave is the most physically fit he has ever been and he is counting on the element of surprise to propel him to the top of this game.
After spending 10 years on the road, this journeyman says, "I've never been terribly concerned with money. I've always been more interested in making my life a rich experience. Having said that, I can do anything for a million dollars because that will set me up for life."
Jill's Thoughts: Yawn. Another effort by SeeBS casting to impress us that falls flat on its face. He's like an older version of Brett, and may last a little longer than him because of more life experience.
Proud womanizer, Erik claims that he can date four to five women at the same time without any issues. He has no qualms about chasing after a taken woman (as long as she is not married) just for the fun of the chase. He says, Theres nothing sweeter than taking another mans goods. His top hobby is skirt chasing. Even though he can be found chasing multiple women at once, he says that he does have a special female in his life his dog, Adrian.
Erik holds two degrees from Pepperdine University in Psychology and Sociology but has chosen a career as a bartender. When asked why he has chosen that specific career route, he explains that he likes waking up around 10:00 a.m. and running on the beach instead of being stuck pencil-pushing in a cubicle. He says that he enjoys life while the sell-outs do not.
He greatly admires his father because he has sacrificed everything in life for him. In raising him, Erik observed his fathers mental and physical strength as well as endurance for raising an active boy. He feels that his fathers example has provided him with tools that will help him win this game. In addition to his fathers influence, Erik is self-motivated by his competitive nature and desire to prove to himself that he has what it takes to be the next Sole Survivor.
Jill's Thoughts: This. Guy. Is. A. Jerk. Period. Just looking at that arrogant smirk on his face makes me want to punch it.
Hopefully, he'll get voted off early so he can go home and enjoy his "special relationship" with his dog.
Occupation: Rocket Scientist
John Fincher claims winning is his favorite hobby, and because of that he should have no problem playing the game of SURVIVOR. Being a rocket scientist probably will not hurt his chances either. This charmingly cocky genius believes he possesses the analytical skills necessary to take him far in the game while helping him create a mastermind strategy. In addition to brains, he is a former semi-pro soccer player, who is also going to pose a physical threat in the game.
Fincher says that he is at his best during high pressure situations and times of complete chaos. He finds idiots or unskilled people amusing, and has no problem telling them to their face. John has traveled extensively in South America, Europe, South Africa, and Canada, and he plans to use his experience of dealing with people from diverse backgrounds to his best advantage.
John is no stranger to creating conflict and thinks it could work to his advantage in the game. Although, John also believes his good looks and charm will help even out his aggressive personality, especially with the ladies. He also will not apologize living a privileged life and claims that he will party his way around the world with his winnings.
Jill's Thoughts: He's cocky, but as a rocket scientist may actually have the goods to back it up. I think he'll make the jury, but then get voted out because the others will see him as a threat.
A free-spirit with an edgy twist, Kelly prefers to take life as it comes and embrace the unknown. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, she now lives in Southern California, arriving there after one of many cross-country treks.
Self-described as spontaneous and passionate in her desire to live life to the fullest, Kelly makes her living as a hairstylist, which fuels her creative side. As homage to her outlook on life, she has chosen to place fairly permanent markings on her body that represent some facets of her personality and life. Among her multiple tattoos are the words cuidado (Spanish for careful) on her forearm and trouble on her left foot.
Her unconventional life experiences and choices have resulted in a positive outlook on life and her belief in the power to change. She feels that making small attainable goals end up contributing to the greater good which is, ultimately, what she wants to do. Her open and straightforward communication style allows her to delve into the deeper meaning of life and provide insight to those closest to her.
Jill's Thoughts: The most impressive thing about her bio is that it contains more cliches than anyone else's. Eye candy and nothing more. Early boot.
Occupation: Office Manager
Laura Morett is a 39-year-old Hawaiian mother, wife of 21 years and also a grandmother. Her beauty is complimented by the fact that one of her occupations is fitness instructor, which helps her stay in shape and gives her the energy to keep up with her three kids and two-year-old grandchild. When she is not spending time with her family, working out or riding her Harley, this conservative Christian is running the lobby message center at the Oregon State Capitol building for over 400 lobbyists.
Similar religious and political beliefs, as well as the fact that her daughter had a child at 18, has Laura referring to herself as a, fit version of Sarah Palin. (the real Sarah is quite fit as well. See pictures for evidence). Laura enjoys listening to Christian music and is studying womens ministry. In addition, Laura counsels couples in her church based on her experiences in a long-lasting marriage with a man she describes as her other half.
Determined and competitive, she freely admits that she wants to win SURVIVOR for the money but in doing so claims that she would never do anything to compromise her faith to get it.
Jill's Thoughts: If she's really as much like Sarah Palin as she claims, then I wish her well. However, if she wants to go far in the game she'll have to know to keep her political and religious beliefs to herself, as this season seems to be even more full of liberals than most.
Occupation: Law Student
Monica Padilla is the first in her family to not only complete her undergraduate degree but also obtain a Juris Doctor. Recently, she graduated from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where she perfected, what she describes as, her power of persuasion. She fully intends to use her beauty and the fact that she can sell ice cubes to an Eskimo to her advantage in the game.
Exotic looks, in addition to intellect, have landed her a wide range of jobs, such as a clerk position at a well-known investment firm, as well as a position playing a theme park Pocahontas. With the keen ability to change from bookworm to party girl in a matter of moments, she is sure she will be able to adapt to anything she comes across on the island. She says that while in the Samoan wilderness, she will miss partying, clubbing and lunch with friends the most, which was exactly what she did in her free time even as she was in the home-stretch of obtaining her degree.
Much like Parvati and Amanda (from SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA), she plans to be as sweet as pie, while subtly using the flirt card, in order to come off as endearing rather than overbearing. In addition to killing her fellow castaways with kindness, she has every intention of pulling her own weight around camp while studying their words and actions meticulously to learn about her enemies before she chooses her weapon. Confident that she can win the title of Sole Survivor, Monica plans to buy a designer purse as her first selfish purchase.
Jill's Thoughts: I think she has the potential to do well. Her subtle use of flirtation will most likely work far better than Ashley's in-your-face version of it.
At 511 and 220 semi-solid pounds, this attorney spends his working hours suing companies and individuals who violate environmental laws. In addition to practicing law, Russell enjoys spending time with his wife and five-year-old daughter and watching independent films. (MAJOR LIBERAL ALERT)
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Russells father fell victim to layoffs at a local steel mill and struggled to support his family. Forced to move into Section 8 housing, his parents eventually divorced but the separation did not weaken any of his relationships, including the one he shared with his parents. Russells hero is his dad whom he says, really loved his family and was a perfect example of what a husband should be to his wife, and what a dad should be to his child.
Despite tumultuous circumstances (or as a result of), Russell has been attracted to jobs with responsibilities ranging from environmental protection, minority youth education advocacy and representation for homeless individuals. (MAJOR LIBERAL ALERT) He is a dedicated father and a loving husband and describes a perfect day as spending time with his daughter and ending the day by talking privately with his wife.
A passionate man, Russell cannot stand hearing over-generalizations about specific groupings of people (does this include comments about "typical white people"?)and avoids discussing topics relating to race and sexuality because he feels that others usually have a hard time dealing with his conversation style.
Always prepared to joke and laugh at himself, Russell is willing to go to drastic lengths for a million dollars in order to win including making a vow to cut off his dreadlocks if he wins the title of sole SURVIVOR.
Russell, I'd like to see you keep your dreadlocks.
Jill's Thoughts: Another lib. Sigh.
If his ability to laugh at himself trumps his passion for "causes," he could make the jury, but I don't see him going any farther than that.
Shannon Waters is proud to be the first female Marine Sergeant to play the game of SURVIVOR. Although she has completed her military service and is now in the world of sales, Shannon will always remain true to her roots as a second generation Marine.
After serving her country for five years, Shannon went onto become a chef before changing gears to be a sales representative for a food service company. She credits her success to her industry knowledge and people skills. In her sales role, she feels connected to people soon after meeting them and is able to understand how to deliver what they genuinely need. This ability helped her achieve Salesman of the Year in 2008, along with the support of a great sales team.
On the weekends, Shannon splits her time between riding her Harley, which shes affectionately named Chunky, enjoying the companionship of her dogs and hanging out with family. As number 8 out of 9 kids, she has plenty of family in close proximity to keep her busy.
Shannon is committed to preparing for the game. She has lost 4 pant sizes and 70 pounds but admits that she may have trouble staying under the radar. Im like this ball of energy just ready to explode, because Im putting it out there and I think that rocks.
Jill's Thoughts: As a Marine Sergeant, she certainly has my respect. However, I'm afraid that her self-admitted problem with staying under the radar may hurt her. I hope she does well, though. Nice to see that the two oldest women this season are a cop and a Marine.
Yasmin Giles is nicknamed Sassy Yassy and is ready to show everybody how she got this moniker. An opinionated motor mouth from the Motor City, she always speaks her mind.
Growing up in Detroit, Yasmin claims her life experiences have prepared her for anything that comes her way. She is aware that her know-it-all attitude can rub people the wrong way, but she doesnt care. If youre going to give it to somebody straight, real and raw, then a big mouth doesnt matter, because they are going to think about what I said and realize Yasmin was right!
Yasmin believes that once you get past her constant chatter, she is likeable, funny and quick-witted. In addition, working in a beauty salon has helped her learn how to hustle because she is constantly competing with the other employees for new clientele in order to earn a living. While she may look feminine, Yasmin insists shes a tomboy at heart.
A firm believer in the mantra winners never quit and quitters never win, Yasmin claims shes a winner and shell never quit SURVIVOR. I want to do this and I want to take it all the way.
Jill's Thoughts: Her mouth will get her in trouble and she'll be an early boot.
And there you have them.
Rumors about Survivor 20:
It’ll also be in Samoa.
It’ll be another All-Stars with a “heroes vs. villains” theme.
Possible returning contestants include StepheME, Jonny Failplay, and Ben “Coach Renee” Wade.
No exile island either. Jeff Probst said no exile island this time because it was getting too predictable.
Yippee, only 8 days to go.
The 15th season of The Amazing Race starts on Sunday, September 27. Contestants were announced today.
Does anyone know if FR still has “Amazing Race” threads/ping list?
Good grief! What is this, “Let’s make sure a stupid lawyer wins” competition?
This may actually turn out to be one of the better seasons because the contestants are extremely lame or extreme. I can only hope that the female lawyer kicks ALL the lawyers’ butts...at the same time. Now THAT would be entertaining.
I have one question.... hey, Ben “I’ve never been rejected” dip shi’ite, where’s your chest?! Having your money accepted every time is NOT the same as never rejected.
I’m sure everyone what’s LG’s breakdown of the contestants so I’ll come back to that later. :-)
I like your insite on the picks.
I Like the first show just just because it shows the initial scramble for alliances.
From that you can pretty much figue who is going to be the first three boots - maybe not the order.
The good back stabbing don’t come until merge/jury time.
My picks are: (and they are just wild guesses!)
Pre Jury boots: (in no particular order)
Yasmin, Shannon, John, Dave, Brett, Natalie, Mike, Ashley, Elizabeth, Betsy, Ben
Jury: (again, in no particular order)
Russell S., Kelly, Russell H. (the villain of the season), Marisa, Jaison and two of the final four
The final four:
Laura, Erik, Monica, Mick
And my pick to win: > > > > MICK
(although, I will say that Mick is rather insincere when he says that he has to put up with patients "who have neglected their health throughout their whole lives", that come to him with extraordinary demands. After all, an anesthesiologist only sees the patients right before they put them to sleep. The Doctor/Surgeon is the one that has to put up with the demanding patients.)
I can agree with most of your picks.
I think Ben will last a couple of TCs more than Russell.
Thanks for the ping! Survivor and TAR? COOL!!
Even with the “edited for TV” portions that Survivor picks for us each week I still think its hard to hide who you really are for more than a few days.
Russell could luck out on the “Alliance scramble” and end up on a team’s short list up until the merge but right about that time many players may be happy to see him go.
Its funny how the real flamers (chicken man) get thrown out so quickly.
Pre-jury boots: Ashley, Ben, Erik, Kelly, Mike, Natalie, Shannon, Yasmin
Jury: Betsy, Brett, Dave, John, Laura, Marisa, Mick, Russell H., Russell S.
Final Three: Elizabeth, Jaison, Monica
All wild guesses, of course.
Survivor 19 (warning, contains liberal ignorance on display)
Apparently, this season there are twelve teams on the Race - and one of them gets eliminated right at the very beginning. Maybe the last team to get to the airport is out - or maybe the last team to reach their bags after Phil says "Go!" Would suck to be them.
“...(warning, contains liberal ignorance on display)....”
True - but it seems that the ones they did find to go on the show were not the best examples of Christianity.
Some of them were, to be kind, a little “rude” about the way they handled things.
I did some snooping earlier on the race just looking for cities and when I saw the final city, I accidently saw one of the final three teams. Oh well, but at least I only know one team out of the three.
Those were the days. Enough people to do running commentaries. Where has everyone gone? Same thing with the Survivor threads.
I like looking at the new Amazing Race contestants each season and laughing at SeeBS’s hypocritical ideas of what “diversity” is.
Gay male couples virtually every season, but it took until season 10 (!) for the show to have a lesbian racer.
Token black couples virtually every season, but this one (season 15) is the first to feature an interracial couple (!!).
Got to get past the burger commercial but.....
What the heck is he doing? Will he be the first boot?
Any hints or spoilers yet?
I'll post the official episode preview soon.
Looking forward to tonight — hope that everyone remembers to watch.
Man - I was checking out some of the previews.
The butt head Russell was pouring out water from the canteens and burning socks while the others were sleeping.
One forum was saying he took a leak in some of the canteens.
Foa Foa Tribe (Yellow Buffs): Ashley, Ben, Betsy, Elizabeth, Jaison, Marisa, Mick, Mike, Natalie, Russell H.
Galu Tribe (Purple Buffs): Brett, Dave, Erik, John, Kelly, Laura, Monica, Russell S., Shannon, Yasmin
Episode 1 title: "The Puppet Master"
Twenty new contestants begin the adventure of a lifetime on the tropical islands of Samoa. A new twist requires each tribe to elect a chief before doing anything else - including talking to each other. And host Jeff Probst promises us the "best villain ever" this season, who we now know is Russell H.
Reward Challenge: A challenge with several stages, each stage being performed by one member from each tribe. Swimming, lifting and carrying, a balance beam, and puzzle solving are all involved.
Immunity Challenge: Six contestants from each tribe will carry heavy coils of rope over a series of walls, then pull a crate onto a platform. The four remaining players from each tribe will then disassemble the crate and solve a puzzle made from pieces of the crate.
Spoilers (note that these will be [educated] guesses - highlight to see):
Reward challenge winner: Foa Foa
Immunity challenge winner: Galu
Voted Off: Marisa
I'll be back after the show with the recap.
Tookie got to die doing what he loved most - overdosing on drugs.
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I just snuck a quick peak, but I don’t get to see it until 8 PM west coast time.
She may be the first to get the boot but she was the first to see what Russell was doing.
She handled it wrong and knew she was in the soup at TC.
But did you see the after TC words of wisdom? She’s got Russell pegged.
Let’s see how long it takes the others on the team to see through him.
The next person he target’s and everubody else should go “I’ve been down this road before.”
It’s gonna be fun to watch him sabotage his clan!
I just had to get in here to say I LOVE RUSSEL THE OILMAN!!!!!!!!!!
I hope he stays around for a while to keep the show interesting.
OK... I know you have all been dying to hear LG’s breakdown of the contestants, :-) so here we go.
Ashley Trainer — As Jill, said, we’ve seen the flirt before. Bad news for Ashley...she’s not that hot.
Ben T. — “Ben is often seen with a girl on each arm and boldly claims hes never been rejected.” It strikes me that the two aspects in that sentence are not necessarily connected.
Betsy Bolan — “She feels her skills as a cop will help her ...” She’s been a cop for ONE year! PUH-LEASE. Such a self assessment says she is not so great with self assessment.
Elizabeth Kim — An elitist lawyer. The worst kind of contestant.
Jaison Robinson — “boasts that, for a million dollars, he would snowboard all the way down Mount Everest.” I’d pay five bucks to watch some dumb ass kill himself like that. With an idiotic statement like that you gotta wonder if it was Zero who nominated him for military academy. The fact the didn’t take advantage of it tells me he’s some kind of pampered rich kid.
Marisa Calihan — working her way through college. Money would help her family. Gorgeous. Hard to not like her.
Mick Trimming — Micks pet peeve is when patients, who have neglected their health throughout their whole lives, come to him with extraordinary demands. Gotta love that.
“Oddly enough, the wildest thing he would do to win would be to give a homeless person a tongue bath...” Aw, man! That shi’ite won’t fly in camp.
Mike Borassi — Obamatron. First to be booted material. Will blame it on Bush.
Natalie White — “White plans to bring her background in pharmaceutical sales.” WTH! She’s gonna cure people’s headaches? Sale them coconuts? Im observant and flexible,...” I guess she’ll be able to bend over and see herself kissing her @ss goodbye. Sorry... couldn’t resist.
I love Southern Belles. But they don’t win Survivor.
Russell Hantz — “Russell cant wait to get in the competition and show ‘these morons how its done.’ OH YEAH. That’s the attitude that will win.
Brett Clouser — T-Shirt Designer. BWAHAhahahahahahahah.... Is he wearing an example of his work? If so, he sucks as a designer. Will probably suck at survivor.
Dave Ball — “...he has a knack for reading people which has helped him through the rough spots. His innate intelligence...” Thinks a lot of himself. I’m sure the other tribe members will be impressed.
Erik Cardona — “His top hobby is skirt chasing....he does have a special female in his life
his dog, Adrian.”
Did anyone check to see if poor Adrian is wearing a dress?!
John Fincher — Rocket Scientist. Model good looks. Off to a great start. “He finds unskilled people amusing, and has no problem telling them to their face.” What?! How stupid is that. He’s going to get into some poor day laborer’s face and laugh at him? WTH is that about?
Please, please, please, create conflict with me.
Kelly Sharbaugh — most likely to take her clothes off in hopes of getting an offer from Playboy.
Laura Morett — grandmother,fitness instructor, Harley rider. I love it! But like Jill says, she better keep her religion to herself or she will be a target.
Monica Padilla — Oh, lord. A law student. Good looking and knows it. Easy to write this one off. HOWEVER, if she plays the game the way she says she will she could go far.
Russell Swan — lawyer. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on, Survivor! Enough with the freakin assclown lawyers. “Russells hero is his dad...” At least he’s not all bad. “...he feels that others usually have a hard time dealing with his conversation style.” Translation: Russell has anger control issues and believes “the man” has been keeping his people down since...” Whatever....
Shannon Waters — Man. She’s all over the map. Hard to get a read. If she keeps her military career to herself and pretends she one of the “sisterhood” the lib lawyers and idiot young people might give her a chance. Otherwise...
Yasmin Giles — Geez...two freakin hair stylists? This season should be feature some of the most well-groomed layers ever to be stranded on an island. Is there a manicurist in the crowd? “...working in a beauty salon has helped her learn how to hustle because she is constantly competing with the other employees for new clientele.” LOL! Who knew that hairstyling was a contact sport?
All in all, a pretty sorry lot. Maybe it will be a good season bec the tribe members are so bad. I’ll follow up with my picks later.
The fat bulldog is already the worst I’ve ever seen on the show....what a worm! I would hate to personally know such a sexist, scandalous person. I really hope he’s gone next show, otherwise, this season will be looking bad.
Fatboy Russell needs to go episode 2, otherwise, its going to be an ugly season, seeing a loser wreck the show for some good potential winners with his wretched game plan, that appeals to me none, and I am sure the same with many others. He will not make the jury, I guarantee! Better not anyway...a loyal watcher does not want to lose faith in a shows ability to pick contestants, whether it be him on the show, or the lack of sense of others to vote him out!
LOL. You and I both speak highly of Marisa and she’s the first one out. Figures.
GREAT first episode. Two challenges, good start to character development, liked the “chiefs” twist. Has the potential to be a great season - of course, we can’t judge a season by one episode.
Marisa - oops, Mar-EE-sa - poor girl. Smart enough to realize that Russell’s a snake. Dumb enough to go up to him, tell him “I think you’re a snake,” and get herself voted out. She should have gone to everyone else, asked if Russell had tried to make alliance deals with them too, and gotten them together to vote him off.
As for Russell - he’s going to make this season very entertaining. I hope he lasts a while. If he wins, however, I’ll set my hair on fire.
Mike the nasty liberal met all my expectations when he made that racist comment about “I was suprised the black guy could swim well.” A politician with R after his or her name would have been crucified for that. Way to show the world how progressive you people really are, Mikey boy. You have my sincere thanks.
Contestants we saw absolutely nothing or almost nothing of: Brett, Dave, Kelly, Laura, Monica, Natalie, Yasmin
Next week looks good - Russell on the attack again and an uber-physical challenge. Looks like Jeff Probst has to step in and toss some people out for rule violations. Remember Sook Jai’s self-destruction on Survivor: Thailand?
“Jed, you were not in the attack zone when you leaped at Brian.”
“Stephanie, you were in the water! You weren’t even on the course when you pulled Ted off.”
And of course,
“Robb, you were not in the attack zone when you...grabbed Clay around the throat.”
Alas, I liked her.
Russell is something else. I hope he gets booted quickly. He's a A number 1 a-hole.
Mike ~ The fat chef likes working out? Lol. He claimed that he wasn't the weakest one, then they show him sitting there with his belly hanging out.
Ben the bartender is a nasty snot.. "I hate that bitch"
Shambo ! My first thought was.. Flake ! She might be a contender.
Betsy ~The Hippy/Cop, not sure what to make of her.
John ~ The Rocket Scientist. His "superior" intellect gets him booted quickly.
Other than that, I really like all these contestants.......
He says he's a millionaire. Says he runs an oil company.
Wonder if that oil company is a local delivery company and he runs 10 or 12 trucks owned by the bank?
The survivor boards at SeeBS are running about half and half. Half are saying “See, look at him. That's why this country is in the mess it is. He's just like all the other owners of oil companies.” The other half are like “He's a liar about everything.”