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John Cochran

It was announced yesterday, May 24th, that John Cochran, two time Survivor contestant and Survivor: Caramoan winner, will write a comedy series called The Millers for CBS.

Cochran expressed his interest in writing during the Survivor Live Reunion Show which aired on May 12th. He felt that he was called to write with his “gift of gab,” despite recently graduating from Harvard Law School. Cochran announced the great news revealing that cast members would include Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, and many others.

CBS released this descripion of “The Millers”:¬†“Will Arnett stars in this comedy, from creator Greg Garcia, about a recently divorced local news reporter who is looking forward to living the single life again. That is, until his parents’ marital problems derail his plans for a freewheeling bachelorhood. With his strong-willed mom staying with him while his easily confused Dad moves in with his sister, this separation will mean a lot of togetherness for THE MILLERS.”

Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, play mother and son.

Beau Bridges, Will Arnett, and Margo Martindale play the Millers.

For the Hollywood Reporter Article, click here.

To look at a sneak preview of the show on the CBS website, click here.

The Millers airs this fall, Thursdays 8:30/7:30 c on CBS.

I’m looking forward to the series¬†premier and check back here for a review of the pilot!

– J. Coco


I love you.


It’s a little late for a Survivor post seeing as the finale was two weeks ago, but none the less, I will post!

Man, oh, man, it was a fangirling filled 24 hours after it was announced that Cochran won. I jumped up screaming, yelling, celebrating that one of my favorite Survivor contestants won! Such excitement!

On the other hand, when I rushed to school the next day exploding with the fabulous news, reactions from my friends varied from relief that this season was finally over so I’d stop talking about it to judging stares and comments of “Oh, that’s nice.” Of course, hardly anyone – scratch that- no one I know watches Survivor anymore, so it was a pretty lonely fangirling party in my head.

When the final episode started, we were immediately hit with the medical evacuation of Erik. ūüė¶ It’s always so sad to see players forced to leave because of something they can’t really control. I can’t imagine how disappointed I would be if that happened to me. I was, however, relieved for Cochran because I saw Erik as an obvious challenge threat. That left Cochran’s competition to Dawn, Sherri, and Eddie. Eddie would be the next immediate threat in challenges, then Dawn and Sherri, respectively.

After Cochran won the next two challenges, he had the game in the bag. Eddie, whom Cochran thought would win if in the final three, was voted off, leaving Dawn, Sherri, and Cochran in the finals.

This just makes me laugh.

I thought Cochran would have a difficult time beating Dawn at the vote. Dawn was like everyone’s mother, so sweet, yet still strong in her alliance and decent in challenges. But she got grilled at the Jury cross examination. I felt so bad for her. If it’s even possible, I might have felt worse for Sherri. Every jury member either ignored her, personally insulted her, or tried to prove to her that her game was crap. However, in Sherri’s defense, it could be argued that her game was decent, at best.

At the Fans tribe she really did take control of her alliance. People¬†definitely¬†listened to her there. The merge was a different story. I think she was only kept because she wasn’t really a threat. Her performance in the merged tribe was obviously her downfall, flipping from alliance to alliance, trying to stay alive. Her argument at the Jury¬†cross examination¬†was that she was “adaptable” to every situation she was in. That may be true, but she also didn’t show any loyalty or try to make her own move. (Not to mention she wasn’t very good at challenges either.) Never in a million years did I expect for anyone to vote for Sherri, and no one did. Oh well, ¬†Sherri. At least you can say you got there – which isn’t something a lot of people can say.

The final vote was a “Cochran” sweep. 9 for you, Cochran! You go, Cochran!

Read this article¬†about Cochran celebrating his win! It’s great! And it’s got some great Cochran quotes:

Regarding his $1 Million Check: “I haven’t seen so many zeros since the Stealth R Us alliance.”

What will he buy with the money? “I think I’m entitled to at least one nerd out purchase.” He’s referring to a segway! I love him!

I find it very fascinating how transformed Cochran is after two rounds of Survivor. He really did go from awkward Harvard nerd to smooth talking Survivor strategist. I remember in his first season he was afraid to take off his shirt! And now look at him! Adorable! Not to mention he has a ginger beard! (it’s a JPT thing…Maybe another post?)

Any who, I did respect the move he made in his first season that eventually lead to his demise. In a situation where you might be picking rocks to see who goes home, I’d rather make a move. It might have seemed foolish to flip alliances, but someone would have had to flip. It just shows that Cochran isn’t afraid to take the reigns and “be the author of his own fate,” to quote that block head Brandon. I was so disappointed when he was voted off on his first season. I was rooting for him! And I had a huge crush on him… *cough* *cough*… still do…*cough*. ¬†Seriously though, if I saw him randomly on the street, (more likely I’d stalk him) I’d probably start weeping and try to hug him. So, John Cochran, if you’re reading this and some girl approaches you weeping and looks like she wants to capture you, don’t be alarmed! I’m not insane! It’s just a fangirling problem!

But for real, if John Cochran is reading this, please comment or message me or visit me or something because I’d like to express my gratitude for how entertaining and more interesting you made Survivor for me. Like you, I’ve been watching since I was thirteen! And by the way, I’d¬†definitely¬†buy anything you publish because, believe me, you totally have “the gift of gab.” Marry me? Just kidding. But for real. No, seriously, marry me?

Jokes aside, (I wasn’t joking before about the marriage thing)… (ok, fine I realize the chances are slim, but give me a chance?)… (OH MY GOD I NEED TO STOP.)¬†Cochran played an excellent game and I my proud to be one of his fangirls. Thank you, Cochran.

Jeff: “How often does that happen?”
Cochran: “More often than you think.”

P.S. You better believe I’ll post if he publishes something.

P.P.S. I’m seriously not crazy. Just a little …sporadic?

– J. Coco.

J. Coco here, and I’m trying something new! For this week’s Survivor episode I’m going to (try) to live blog my thoughts and comments. It should be a good one since the merge is here!

It’s starting!!

The recaps show the failing Bikal tribe, the¬†succeeding¬†Gota tribe, Phillip’s claim of throwing the last challenge, and the Phillip-Corrine fights.

Right as everyone’s congratulating Michael for surviving tribal, Phillip pulls Dawn and Corrine aside and tells them he threw the last immunity challenge. They can see right through it. Phillip’s full of it. ¬†Also I just want to say how disturbing it is that Corinne speaks of Michael like she owns him. “I got the gay!!” Really? Is that appropriate? No.

Aaaaand here comes the theme song. I love the theme song. The tribal-ish music is so fun! I like to hum along…

The Bikal Favorites are solid in their alliance. Good. I like it that way.

And there’s Jeff going to the Gota tribe in a big boat! Guess what’s coming…the merge!

Andrea wants to stay in her old alliance with the Bikal Favorites. Yay! That’s a possible solid 5 if Corinne cooperates. Erik and Malcolm flipped to the Fans and who knows where Branda’s at? They’re united as one tribe now – green is their new color. Aww how cute, Malcolm wanted the tribe’s new name to be his mom’s name backwards!

Andrea’s confirmed with Phillip, Cochran, and Dawn as an alliance. Meanwhile Corinne makes an alliance with Malcolm, Erik, Eddie, Reynold, and Michael. That’s 6, but not a majority in the new tribe of 12 people. We’ll have to see where Brenda and Sherri stand. There’s talk of voting off Sherri…

Tree mail came! The challenge is going to be eating something gross… ugh I don’t like these types of challenges… .>.<

Eddie’s worried about how women will think of him after eating bugs?? What the heck?? Cochran’s down for it. He thinks women will like him more from this. You go, Cochran!! I love you!

Ok Andrea, Sherri, Corinne, Erik, Eddie, and Malcolm are up first at the challenge. They’re eating beetle larva.

Eddie, Andrea, and Malcolm move on to the next round.

Dawn, Cochran, Brenda, Phillip, Michael, and Reynold are next. They’re also eating beetle larva.

Cochran (yay), Phillip, and Michael move on to the next round.

Eddie, Andrea, and Malcolm, Cochran, Phillip, and Michael are all together in this round.

Cochran (YAY), Eddie, and Malcolm move on. They’re eating duck¬†embryo. That is literally the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard of. There’s feathers and a beak in that thing! *gags*

Cochran moves on!!! Malcolm moves on!! This is the final round – for immunity! They’re eating pig brains.

COCHRAN WON!!!! WOOO HOOO!!!!! COCHRAN WON SOMETHING!!!! YAY!!!! Aw, look! he’s beaming!! I’m so proud of you, Cochran. Cochran’s safe at this tribal council. His dream is fulfilled.

Alright, they’re back at camp. This is where the scrambling begins. Phillip wants a big fish to go (Reynold or Eddie). He also wants to split votes so any possible idols would be flushed out. Corinne is in an alliance with Reynold and Eddie so she obviously doesn’t want to do that. She wants Sherri to go. Sherri will be an easy target and she’s “no sweat off anybody’s back” really. Cochran is suspicious of Corinne’s motives to vote off Sherri. He’s getting concerned about the solidity of the Favorites alliance. There are 8 favorites and 4 fans left. Obviously the Favorites can pull something if they stick together.

Now Corinne is trying to pull Dawn into her new alliance and to vote off Sherri, then Phillip next. She tells Cochran about Corinne’s plans. Now Dawn and Cochran want to vote off someone from Corinne’s alliance. Cochran tells Andrea. Cochran’s really worried. Andrea tells this to Phillip. OOOH now they want to vote off Corinne… oh snap…They just need to get Sherri on board with their voting. But Sherri doesn’t like Phillip. At this point Sherri and Erik are the swing votes to either vote off Sherri or Corinne. They’re headed to tribal. This should be very interesting.

Ok they’re voting now. Phillip votes for Corinne. Corinne votes for Sherri. Andrea votes for Corinne. Michael votes for Sherri. Erik’s the swing vote. Here we go – the vote counting. No idols are played.

Sherri, Sherri, Sherri, Sherri, Sherri, Corinne, Corinne, Corinne, Corinne, Corinne, Corinne. This is it! Last vote! CORINNE! WOW. I’m very shocked that they pulled this off. I’m glad to see her go now – that means no more complaining! Man, Corinne was really shocked.

Next time on Survivor: Will Malcolm make a move? And Eddie is hitting on Andrea. Ew that’s kinda weird. Don’t fall for it, Andrea!

– J. Coco

I’ve been bad! I haven’t been keeping up with my Survivor ¬†posts lately! So I’m just going to cram two episodes into one post…

Previews for episode six were setting up for something big. I thought it was the merge. But why merge with 14 people?? That’s crazy! But it wasn’t the merge. It was a shake up! A tribe swap! Looming doom for some castaways! O.o

I was pretty shocked. This tribe swap could really mess up the Favorites’ alliance. Granted, the alliance was never perfect with Corrine and Phillip butting heads and other issues, but nonetheless, the alliance could go far together!

The new tribes are thus:

shake up

Gota:                           Bikal:

Eddie                            Matt

Reynold                      Michael

Sherri                           Julia

Andrea                        Phillip

Erik                               Corinne

Malcolm                      Dawn

Brenda                         Cochran

The Favorites really got lucky. They have the numbers on both tribes: 4 Favorites, 3 fans. But this is where things get tricky. Can the Favorites still be loyal to each other while separated? I definitely know Reynold and Eddie are going to try to pull something together to stay alive and keep on the side with the numbers.

Notice the difference in physical strength among the tribes. Can you guess which tribe will be dominant? That’s right, Gota. They have the top four strongest males (Eddie, Reynold, Malcolm, and Erik) plus Andrea. As for Bikal, well, Matt, Michael, and Corinne are decent. Phillip is strong. But they cannot compete with Gota. I think we’re going to see Bikal lose the challenge.

And we did! Bikal lost pretty bad. This challenge was a Survivor Classic:¬†Retrieve¬†large wooden blocks and arrange them in a stair-like manner to spell “Fans vs Favorites.” I think Bikal needed better communication and leadership. Bikal will lose someone at tribal and this will be the first test of the Favorites loyalty to their alliance.

On the other hand, it is (kind of) nice to see the Fans on Gota finally enjoying a reward.

At tribal Fan Matt was voted off. I was sad to see him go. He was interesting and one of my favorite fans to watch. Goodbye Cincinnati Man! Maybe I’ll see you around?

The game stands as thus:

Gota: 7 tribe members (4 Favorites, 3 Fans)

Bikal: 6 tribe members (4 Favorites, 2 Fans)

On to episode 7!

Both tribes are getting kind of chummy – especially Gota. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for: Reynold and Eddied propose an alliance to Malcolm and Erik. They argued that the four strong men would be the first targets in the looming merge so they should stick together. They accepted, creating a new alliance. It’ll be interesting to see what the rest of the Favorite alliance will do.

Cochran knows whats up. Watch¬†this clip¬†and he’ll give you the rundown of the importance of what just happened and what’s about to happen.

At the challenges Gota dominated again. Surprise, surprise.

The reward challenge was just a big embarrassment for the Bikal tribe. It was an endurance challenge. The two tribes started at opposite sides of a track carrying weights and whichever tribe could catch up to the other would win. Phillip insisted his strategy would work and lead the tribe. He dropped the ball (figuratively) and they were creamed.

The reward was a sweets bar! All the treats Gota could want were provided. At one point Erik was lying on the ground, asleep, with a cookie in his hand pressed against his heart and a smile on his face. If that is not the perfect picture of happiness, then I don’t know what is.

phillip vs cochranThe immunity challenge was not much better. Bikal lost, no surprise. Back at camp there were disagreements among the Favorites as to whom should go home. It was between the only fans left, Michael and Julia. Corinne wanted to keep Michael because of her relationship with him that they could trust him. Phillip wanted Julia gone because he can’t trust her. Also, Phillip and Corinne keep saying they want each other out because of how annoying they are to one another (but that won’t happen- the alliance is much more important). At this point the Favorites want to split the votes to flush out any possible idols (the only idols left in the game are with Reynold and Malcolm, both on Gota) but the decision seem weary.

At tribal they did indeed split the vote at 3 for Michael and 3 for Julia. At the re-vote it was Julia whose torch was snuffed.

The game stands as thus:

Gota: 7 tribe members (4 Favorites, 3 Fans)

Bikal: 5 tribe members (4 Favorites, 1 Fan)

Next Week:


It’s the MERGE! For real this time! Man, oh, man, things will get interesting.

Watch “Next Time on Survivor”

I’m still rooting for you, Cochran!

Watch Survivor Wednesdays at 8 on CBS!

– J. Coco

This episode was Survivor history in the making. I have never seen anyone behave like Brandon did on Wednesday’s episode. What he did was a shame to himself and to the game of Survivor.

I’m not going to relay whole conflict because, frankly, it’s too complicated and frustrating to write. I will, however, discuss my thoughts about certain parts of the situation that I think should be¬†addressed.

In the days leading up to Brandon’s meltdown, Brandon was visibly conflicted. He seemed very down and frustrated, at one point thinking about quitting. That’s when he got worse. He convinced himself that the only reason he thought of quitting was because of ¬†his external conflict with Phillip, not because of his own unstable emotions brewing inside of him. Brandon, of course did something drastic and attention grabbing: He dumped the Favorites’ rice and bean supply (all their food) in the sand. Brandon’s actions threw the tribe in shock and they desperately needed to fix their problem.

Things got worse at the Immunity Challenge. Before the challenge started, Jeff asked Brandon how he was doing, and boy, did Brandon let him know. Brandon admitted to having conflict with Phillip and ruining the food supply. Brandon then addressed the Fans tribe and said he dumped the food for them. He wanted the tribes to play on equal playing ground since the Favorites won so many rewards (5). He made excuse after excuse for his behavior.

At this point Jeff had asked Brandon to join him in a neutral area away from the tribes to avoid any physical fights. Then he went after Phillip. Brandon let it all out. It was a complete and total meltdown. Watch it here.

Brandon complained of Phillip’s disrespectful behavior toward him and called him out on being a wanna-be Boston Rob. The whole time (it was a very long meltdown) Phillip stood still and unemotional. He kept his cool until Jeff asked him what he thought. Of course Phillip was upset that he was being attacked Phillip called Brandon out on his unstable mind and distorted point of view. Phillip called Brandon pathetic and accused him of leaving behind his children. That was a hit below the belt. It was uncalled for and Phillip shouldn’t have stooped that low.¬†Phillip and Brandon both are responsible for their conflict, but neither man should have taken it personally.

Then and there, at the challenge, the Favorites agreed forfeit immunity and hold tribal council. On the spot, everyone cast a verbal vote against Brandon and he was the sixth person eliminated from Survivor.

This is what Brandon had to say for himself.  I am genuinely afraid of his unstable condition.

Watch¬†Erik’s thoughts¬†on the situation.

This is what Brandon has to say about his actions and words after the episode aired:

“It was awesome. Me and Russell and my dad and everybody, we enjoyed every bit of it. We were like, ‘Oh yes, that’s Hantz-style, baby.’ … Instead of crying, instead of showing weakness, I tried crying the last time to express my feelings and nobody liked that too much, I thought well, maybe I can be aggressive this time and people will respect that.

But you can’t win for losing. You’re not going to have everybody like you all the time. More people agree with what I did last night than what I did all season on ‘South Pacific’ and I was trying to be the best man I could be [then]. I’m not playing for anybody. This isn’t fake for me. I thought we were all supposed to be real people and express real feelings, but what’s real anymore?”

I’d like to sit down and talk to Phillip about it. We made history together. I didn’t just make history. If he wasn’t there, it would not have been able to happen. It’s something to be proud of. We had the best episode that’s ever been on ‘Survivor,’ the most extraordinary. We’re truly TV, that’s for sure. He’s a great TV personality.”

So during Brandon’s meltdown he claims he’s defending himself, his family, the sanctity of the game, and the fans tribe, insisting that this is him in real life, and then turns around and says that he’s proud of what he did because it made great TV? WHAT THE HECK? All Brandon wants is attention and satisfaction from everyone and everything he comes in contact with.

Brandon, stop contradicting yourself and stop blaming all your problems on other people. You and only you are responsible for what you do and how you treat others. Just because you think someone is being disrespectful to you, that doesn’t give you the right to be disrespectful to them. Revenge and retaliation turns you into the person you disliked in the first place. Was all of this worth throwing away your chance of winning $1 million and possibly making a better life for your family? That’s up to you and only up to you. Phillip was only doing what you were trying to do – play and win Survivor. If you make this game personal, you will suffer and you will lose the $1 million, your self respect, your sanity, or all three. Yes, Brandon, you are the author of your own fate. But don’t blame and attack Phillip for being the deliverer of your fate. You brought this upon yourself. Winning Survivor means getting to the final tribal and having a jury of your peers award it to you. You must earn it. If you can’t get them to see that you deserve it, then you don’t deserve it. I’m absolutely not saying you should throw away you beliefs for a game, but if you can’t handle what you’re walking into, you shouldn’t come. If you can dish it out, you can take it, so don’t act like the victim.

Brandon is an immature child and he should have never been cast. Even though he passed the psychological evaluation necessary to be on the show, he should have never been asked to return for a second season. His presence put the other contestants at possible risk of physical harm and he put his own mental stability on the line. If I see another contestant like this on Survivor again, I will write many angry letters to the network. If the casting continues to go downhill, I might as well start watching soap operas.

Survivor is a game of strategy. This crap that Brandon pulled belongs on The Real House Wives or another show of equivalent petty attention seeking. I am so disappointed.

The game stands as thus:

.                                                             Favorites              Fans

Tribe Members                                       8                           6

Reward Challenges Won                      5                            0

Immunity Challenges Won                  3                           2

Next week there seems to be a tease of a merge. What will occur?

Keep it real people,

– J. Coco

P.S –¬†I still love you, Cochran.


This week’s Survivor episode was a good one! But I feel like I say that for all of them…

This week featured separate challenges for Reward and Immunity. Can you guess assume who won both? That’s right. The Favorites. At this point I’m starting to sort of pity the Fans Tribe. They just can’t get their stuff together.

The Reward Challenge was close but the Favorites got the¬†privilege¬†of having a local man come to their camp and teach them how to improve their preparation of food and shelter. The Favorites found him quite amusing,¬†referring¬†to him as “dinner and a show.” Cochran went so far as to call him “Gollum-like.” There was some truth in that.

Also at the Favorite’s Tribe, Phillip stirred up some excitement with more nicknames of his own creation for his¬†tribe mates.¬†The three remaining members without nicknames were Brandon, Erik, and Brenda. Brandon was dubbed “The Conquerer.” He was thrilled, at which I’m sure you could guess. Erik was nameed “The Silent One,” and Brenda “Serenity.” Check out this link – it explains “The Specialist’s” code names for the whole Favorites tribe! ¬†Everyone gets a nickname from Phillip!¬†It’s very amusing. Also this¬†picture¬†serves as a great summary:

the specialist

At the beginning of the season I was all for criticizing Phillip. I was still blinded by his horrible behavior from his first season, but now I’m finding him to be one of the reasons I come back to watch Survivor every Wednesday at 8! (Well, him and Cochran ;)) Stealth R Us is one of the most entertaining Survivor alliances I have ever seen – and I’ve been watching Survivor for 12 seasons now.

I wonder what will happen to the Favorites IF ¬†they every have to vote someone else off? I bet it’ll be Brandon. I mean, “next time on Survivor” showed him dumping The Favorite’s rice supply in the sand and mouthing off to Phillip. It’s apparently the moment of this season you cannot miss. (!!!!!) If they don’t kill him I’m sure they’ll vote him off.

Meanwhile at the Fans Tribe, things were falling apart (per usual). Shamar was being impossible as usual, picking fights and acting miserable. Things took a turn for the worse when Shamar scratched his cornea with a grain of sand and was medically evacuated from the game. Shamar’s misery ended on Survivor and his tribe was very glad to say goodbye to his personality. They were, however, not glad to see him drop their number of tribe members from 8 to 7. Having two less people than the Favorites put them on edge and the next immunity challenge would prove crucial to their overall game play as a tribe.

The Immunity Challenge was a Survivor Classic Рone at a time, tribe members had to crawl out to sea on a platform and swim to a tall structure erected above water. There, they had to climb up what seemed to be a few stories high and jump off the structure while smashing a tile suspended in air to release a key. They had to gather the key and swim it back to shore where the next person would go. Once five keys were collected, two other tribe members would use them to unlock a chest of sandbags. They were to throw the sandbags and try to knock bricks off a platform. Whichever tribe did this first won immunity and a few more guaranteed days on Survivor.

The first person to swim out for the Fans was Sherri. She quickly put her team behind when she missed smashing the tile and releasing the key on her first jump. She had to jump again- at which time the second Tribe member from the Favorites had already caught up with her. At the bag throwing portion of the challenge, the favorites had a sizable lead. Phillip was throwing for the favorites and was doing a great job, but Reynold of the Fans was right on his tail! Reynold single handed almost caught up to the Favorites. But the damage was done. Phillip hit the last block off the platform when Reynold still had five to go.

Undoubtedly devastated for having to go to a third Tribal Council in a row, the Fans questioned their¬†original¬†plans to vote someone off. With Shamar gone, the majority alliance had only two options for voting- Eddie or Reynold. ¬†However, these two fit young men were crucial assets to the tribe’s performance in challenges. If the Fans wanted to win any challenges, they would have to keep Eddie and Reynold. At that point, the next obvious person to vote off was Laura -she was the weakest and didn’t perform well in challenges. Reynold was still nervous though, still thinking his head was on the chopping block. At Tribal, Reynold used his Hidden Immunity Idol, wasting it to block only one vote against him, and Laura’s torch was snuffed.

At this point in the game, there is no way the Fans can merge at 12 with a majority tribe. With at most six people, the Fans will have to convince some of the Favorites to come over to their side if they want to see the end of the game. It’s looking pretty grim for the Fans. If the Favorites play their cards right they can pick off the Fans one by one at the merge. We’ll have to see.

The game stands as thus:

.                                                             Favorites              Fans

Tribe Members                                       9                           6

Reward Challenges Won                     4                            0

Immunity Challenges Won                3                           1

Can the Fans get their stuff together? Will the Favorites fall apart next week due to Brandon’s behavior? Is anyone planning for the merge? The game is most certainly afoot and I can’t wait ’till next week!

– J. Coco


Who watched Survivor on Wednesday night!?!?

It was amazing! Especially because the tribal council was explosive. But lets start at the beginning.

Shamar, again, was being Shamar – yelling at everyone and causing serious drama at the Fans camp. At one point he felt so down that he threatened to leave (a move which I think was cowardly). Meanwhile at the Favorites camp, Brandon was slowly losing his mind.¬†Pleasantries¬†and plans were offered to him but he grew suspicious of the peace offering and wasn’t able to trust anyone.

The combined reward and immunity challenged proved challenging (haha) for the fans. The favorites had some physical advantages and also continued to use their past experiences to their advantage, using a strategy unlike the fans. Both whole tribes had to swim out into the ocean and climb up a bamboo wall and jump into a half submerged cage structure. Once all the members of the tribe were in the cage, the tribe could begin to untie knots underwater to open the cage. After the cage was open the castaways had to carry a large chest through the ocean and onto the beach. There, they would climb onto an incomplete platform with the trunk. To complete the platform three ramps had to be pulled into the track. They threw rope to hook the missing pieces to the platforms and pull them into place. Whoever did this first would receive the reward of comfort items and win immunity.

The fans fell behind at the swimming portion of the challenge, Reynold having to swim back to help Laura. When inside to cage, Shamar and Reynold did not communicate well and fought over who was supposed to use the goggles. Despite struggles, both tribes arrived at the beach at the same time. They were still neck and neck tossing the rope, each team switching off people to throw. The favorites pulled away at the second and third ramps, winning reward and immunity for the second time (in a row).

The fans were of course¬†devastated and Shamar and Reynold quickly started the blame game, resulting in yet another explosion between the two. Reynold and his alliance with Eddie and Hope were planning to cast votes to send home Shamar at tribal, but more complex strategies were floating with the other fan tribe alliance. Matt, Michael, Julia, Shamar, Laura, and Sherri devised a plan to split their votes if Reynold were to play his hidden immunity idol for Eddie or Hope. In this case all the women would vote for Hope and all the men would vote for Eddie (3 and 3).¬†This would result in a three way tie – 3 for Eddie, 3 for Hope, and 3 for Shamar. If Reynold played his idol, either Eddie or Hope would be safe, eliminating all votes against that person. That would leave the tribe still in a two way tie – 3 for ¬†whomever Reynold didn’t give the idol to and 3 for Shamar. This would then result in a re-vote, where only the people with tied votes were¬†eligible¬†to be voted for again and those people with tied votes weren’t allowed to re-vote. That would end in all 5 remaining members of the larger alliance (minus Shamar for ineligibility) voting against whichever person of the other Reynold-Hope-Eddie alliance that didn’t have the idol played for them. The remaining 2 votes would be cast for Shamar.¬†If Reynold didn’t play the idol, then the alliance of 5 would vote out Hope and only Reynold would vote for his alliance, re-voting for Shamar. The possible voting outcomes would be thus: ¬†5-1 or 5-2 for the elimination of either Eddie or Hope (if Reynold played the idol) or 5-1 for the elimination of Hope (if Reynold didn’t play the idol).

At tribal Reynold did not use his idol and the plan succeeded, with the first vote resulting in a three way tie, 3 for Shamar, 3 for Eddie, and 3 for Hope. At the re-vote 5 votes were cast to eliminate Hope and one vote to eliminate Shamar. Hope’s torch was snuffed and her survivor life ended.

In the overall game, lets recap:

.                                                             Favorites              Fans

Tribe Members                                      9                           8

Reward Challenges Won                    3                            0

Immunity Challenges Won                2                           1

Fans Tribe: Sherri, Julia, Shamar, Laura, Michael, Matt, Eddie, and Reynold.

Sherri and Shamar have an alliance. Michael and Matt have an alliance. Reynold and Eddie have an alliance.

Sherri, Shamar, Julia, Laura, Michael, and Matt are known to work together. Reynold and Eddie have few ties to the other majority alliance.

Favorites Tribe: Cochran, Phillip, Dawn, Corinne, Erik, Brandon, Andrea, Malcolm, and Brenda.

There is a six person alliance in the Favorites Tribe called Stealth – R- Us. Phillip thinks he’s the head¬†honcho. It consists of Cochran, Dawn, Corinne, Malcolm, Andrea, and Phillip.¬† In this clip Cochran talks a little about their code names:

Cochran talks two word names.

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– J. Coco