Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Survivor: Kaoh Rong Season Finale Blog Party
Survivor fans ready? It's the big season finale with folks I wouldn't have predicted in the final four. As the show airs, I'll update this entry with the major happenings -- refresh the page to get the latest news! As always, the real party is in the comments area. Please join us there. We like snacks. And beverages. Don't forget the beverages!
Lifeguard Laurie has been keeping up with the pool --
Aubry Braco - Jennasmom, Glenn
Cydney Gillon - Leo Lionharted, PDX Granny
Michele Fitzgerald - Brian TCC, Kelsey NY
Tai Trang - Margo, anonymouse
Joseph Del Campo (medical evac) - Grandi, Petals
Let's get this show going! Not to mention, the party ...
The scene is set in Los Angeles. A mention was made that Mark the Chicken made it further than any other chicken without being eaten. Jeff promises us a first time new twist which could mean the difference between winning and losing for a castaway. Hmm.
Now it's just recapping all the difficult times.
At camp Tai is worried ... worried that people will get mad about Mark crowing and blame on him, worried that he can't use his idol as they're at the Final Four, worried if he can win anyone over other than Aubry.
Aubry thinks that Michele is the one who's the biggest threat for winning jury votes.
Michele thinks Tai is dangerous. Cydney thinks everyone wants to take her to the final three.
Reward Challenge is on! Obstacle course, puzzles and a locked box. Steak, vegetables, drinks and a protein bar are the reward.
Aubry wins Reward! It's her first individual win. She's offered the opportunity to bring one person ... or not. She chooses Cydney. Hmm. She says it's so they can beat Michele in Immunity. But, of course, we know that Michele and Cydney are big allies. Hmm.
Meanwhile, Michele is working on Tai to vote out either Aubry or Cydney. She wants Aubry and gets Tai to agree with her. Once again, he's willing to try for the million at any cost even if it means betraying his one true alliance.
Time for the Immunity Challenge. Race into ocean, retrieve a key, stairs, another key, race back out, drop a ball, key, puzzle. Aubry led for until the puzzle, then Tai (and Michele) took over the lead. Cydney and Aubry are out of it for all it's worth.
Michele wins Immunity!
Aubry (of course) wants to target Cydney, but doesn't quite trust Tai, either. They think a tie and the fire-making to solve it. Meanwhile, Cydney and Michelle talk. Michele wants to target Aubry because she would do better with the jury than Tai would. They want to bring Tai into it. Aubry is right to worry.
Aubry promises us she won't go down without a fight.
Tribal Council. Uh-oh. Tai mentions alliances are out the door now. It's a me game, not a we game according to Cydney.
Aubry, Cydney, Aubry, Cydney -- it's a tie! Onto the fire-making challenge? I don't know. I do know we're onto a commercial.
The votes won't change and it is fire-making -- Cydney vs. Aubry.
Aubry wins and Cydney goes to the jury!
Michele thinks Tai gave Aubry a million dollars by voting Cydney.
They find out it's a final two, not three. There's one more challenge and the winner chooses who they're taking with them.
Immunity is NOT up for grabs. They ARE the final three! They get to plead their case to the jury. But they will vote someone out. The winner gets to vote out a jury member. Interesting.
They have to balance on wobbly (huge springs) platforms while stacking balls and stands with a pole.
Michele wins! Not only does she get to vote off a jury member, she gets to be the one to tell them.
Michele is thinking of taking Joe out as she's sure he would vote for Aubry. Tai brings up Neal, who might persuade the others more than Joe. Aubry thinks that Tai might have more power with the jury than they think. She suggests Scot.
Jury questioning time! Michele reads the announcement -- the jury member voted out won't be here for the questioning, nor the vote. After much reasoning why the vote of whom ... Michele votes.
She takes out Neal. Whoa, he tosses some insults at her comparing her to a whining little puppy. Nasty dude. The right choice? He tells us that both Tai and Aubry played better than Michele.
The castaways get a scale and a mirror. Yikes all about! They get their last day feast. Each one tells us about their game, why they need to win and their fear of the jury.
Mark accompanies them to the jury questioning.
Nick: Giving advice, some animosity, Michele show intelligence, Tai awareness, Aubry confidence. Be honest.
Debbie: Tai, inexplicable switching votes, multiple personality? Tai says he didn't. Protected Aubry when Scot and Jason targeted his ally. Stayed true, but had to make a big move. Aubry - I helped keep you in the game, would you do the same? Yes, heat stroke, gamewise you were too much of a threat. No questions for Michele.
Julia: Michele, you were the weakest link on the Beauty Tribe, brought along as a number after the merge. I was proud of you when you made the big move to vote me out. Michele said she had to prove she was capable. Tai - you started out strong, huge threat, things went crazy, deteriorated. He says he followed his alliance to the end. Nothing for Aubry.
Joe: Michele, know what your game is about. Tai - Selfless, hardworking, truthful. Why you, not Aubry? Tai talks of idols, getting Scot out. Aubry - how did your game differ? Tai came to her with info, if Tai didn't have her, nothing would have gone on, she had the right side for votes, he didn't.
Jason: Truth time. I don't know who I'm voting for. Michele, you weren't in on the Scot vote. When did things change? She says she worked her way in and didn't flip-flop like Tai did. Tai - Why did you leave us (Scot and Jason)? I got scared, got scared of your relationship with Scot.
Cydney: Aubry - Always a plan to get me out? Aubry says it was supposed to be Michele, but she had immunity. Michele - Did you know that it would be a tie. I wanted to be here with you, says Michele.
Scot: Tai, got an idol, didn't use it, didn't use your advantage right. Aubry - started out well. Why would I vote for you? Because you're a competitor and I am in my own way. Michele - You out-toughed those two. Well done, Michele.
Jeff gives the three a chance to talk:
Aubry - Managed to change, tried hard, played my heart out.
Tai - Game is hard, believes in goodness and humanity, each is a hyacinth plant floating on water. Teary.
Michele - I was playing an intelligent game, had to fight her way against roadblocks, believed in self. Proud of herself.
Jeff gives Tai a chance to set Mark free and they all say goodbye to their chicken.
It's onto Los Angeles and the cleaned-up final three.
Michele, Aubry, Aubry, Michele, Michele, Michele.
Fellow Jersey Girl Michele wins Survivor: Kaoh Rong!
Whoa ... in the reunion, pop star Sia gives Tai 50 grand for himself and another 50 grand to the animal charity of his choice.
Drew Carey segment about the Survivor people on The Price is Right to air Monday 5/23 at 8pm.
Next season will be set in Fiji. 33rd season, 20 castaways, Millennials vs. Gen X.