I'm definitely happy to see Stephenie back. I was never a huge Bobby Jon fan, but I have no major problems with him being back. Wasn't too much of a shock to see who got booted this time, either. The teams seem pretty evenly matched, so it should be a little less lopsided than the last game. Although it was quite entertaining watching one team be picked off one member at a time last season.


Note: the link to Rafe is pointing to Danni.

kyle at September 16, 2005 08:46 AM

Ooops. Thanks - will fix.

freakgirl at September 16, 2005 08:58 AM

Also noticed that with the TWoP crowd, hating Steph is the new hating Rupert.

WHATEVER.

freakgirl at September 16, 2005 09:27 AM

Ha. Thanks for the warning, now I know not to go there AT ALL.

Remember how damn skinny Bobby Jo got last season? He looks almost "husky" now.

I ::heart:: Margaret, and did you guys check out Brian's bio?:

"I have studied the game since I was 17. I know every aspect of it, and I've written papers on it. My background in psychology will allow me to pinpoint people's insecurities and weaknesses and to manipulate them to my advantage."

If he can bring the physical as well that could be interesting to see.

Jane at September 16, 2005 09:38 AM

I haven't read TWOP's boards, but why can't I dislike Stephanie? She bothered me last year too :)

Todd at September 16, 2005 10:44 AM

You're totally allowed to hate on anyone you'd like. Over at TWoP there's always this crazy snowballing effect - one person decides they don't like someone and after about a week, there's a thousand other people parroting the same shit. Hates it.

Tell me why you don't like Steph, though. I'd like to hear an explanation other than "she bugs." :)

freakgirl at September 16, 2005 10:55 AM

It cracked me up (and annoyed me) how one of the women on Bobby Jon's tribe (Danni, I think) was excited they were getting him rather than Stephanie because, according to her, "men are stronger than women"...and then two of the strongest-looking guys on the tribe, Bobby Jon and Blake, proceeded to pass out or upchuck for most of the episode. They were lucky to have Margaret there to watch out for them.

Serena at September 16, 2005 11:08 AM

I liked Stephanie (but didn't think she was a very good player, she spazzed out in competitions) up until she did the whole crying bit in the tribal council to try and save herself. She prided herself on being this tough girl who could compete against the guys (and do well) and then proceeded to use tears as a strategy. Did it work? sure. I just didn't like it.

I admit, its a petty reason to dislike her, but that is the point of these shows, right?

Todd at September 16, 2005 11:22 AM

Heh, yep. No worries!

freakgirl at September 16, 2005 11:27 AM

Steph!

Alright, down to it. Hey look, the producers actually split the teams up this year! That's great, because I didn't want to sit through it. Margaret the nurse was great. (She even seems like a real nurse, unlike another Maggie-nurse I could mention) But why did Jim, even if he WAS aware of the fact that he was going home, cast a vote for her? In the off chance that he stayed, wouldn't he want the nurse to stick around and help him with his deflated bicep?

All in all a great start. I am surprised and quite happy to note that there is really noone I immeditaely HATED either, which is rare. And I am very glad to see Steph back. I like Steph.

Steph.

Remy at September 16, 2005 11:28 AM

The general consensus about Jim voting for Margaret was that he was aware that he was going to be voted out, and wanted to throw his vote at one person he knew was totally safe. Probably to avoid accidentally helping to vote out someone other than himself.

freakgirl at September 16, 2005 11:43 AM

Is it weird that 3 of them have twins?

Jane at September 16, 2005 11:47 AM

Are you leaving me for Steph?

I love Steph too. I respect your opinion, Todd, but I didn't see her as "using tears" last season. I thought she just felt like crying.

I don't hate anyone either, yet. I am glad to finally have a reality namesake that doesn't act like a spoiled manipulative brat who thinks she knows everything when in reality she's a freaking moron. Ahem.

So far the teams seem to be getting along and have not butted heads as to leadership and everyone seems to agree on what to do.

Eating ants, next ep? Um, NO. I can't even think about it.

While I said I don't hate anyone yet, I'm not too fond of that farmer with the scarecrow hat. He seems rather full of himself and so far I haven't seen anything to warrant that self-worth.

Maggie at September 16, 2005 11:48 AM

Three of them have twins? I knew Judd did, but I didn't pay attention to everyone's bios.

That is going to way fucked up when they have the Family Members Challenge.

freakgirl at September 16, 2005 11:48 AM

Also, I think the tribes were spared the tired old "whoever decides to actually get off their ass and lead us will immediately be voted out" thing because they made Bobby Jon and Steph their defacto leaders. And those are two people that you know damn well aren't going to make it to the end - keep them around til just before the merge and then jettison them.

freakgirl at September 16, 2005 11:50 AM

Yeah, I have to say, I love Steph too. Frankly, I was amazed that she didn't cry more often than she did last season. I mean, her tribe lost just about every challenge, to the point where she was literally the last survivor. And she was at a huge disadvantage after the merge. Even if her tears were manipulative -- and I don't believe they were -- it's hard to begrudge her whatever strategy she could cobble together. Especially since, as Todd points out, she wasn't as strong in competitions as she needed to be most of the time.

Of course, she's from Jersey, and she's got the accent -- so I'm probably a bit biased.

It was just nice to see her finally get to be on a winning team for once. I have a feeling that even if she goes home next week, that alone will have made coming back worth it.

Meanwhile, I'd like to know where my implants and assholes are. I come to rely on Survivor to give me a healthy dose of breast implants and obnoxious assholes every season, and so far, it's falling short. Is there even a single woman with fake boobies this year?

GeekBoy at September 16, 2005 12:59 PM

"Meanwhile, I'd like to know where my implants and assholes are."

Good lord, GeekBoy, my misread of this nearly gave a girl a heart attack.

So far my money's on the nurse, but my picks are never very good this far out. I could take or leave Steph, but Roomie has the same crush most of the rest of y'all have.

Jen in AZ at September 16, 2005 01:53 PM

I would also like to add that Jeff Probst has gotten more and more (I hate the word) 'snarky' with each passing season. He took a clear shot at Jim when he went with the women to help move the logs during the immunity challenge 'Aannddd Jim goes with the ladies'.

I loved it. I almost get the feeling he is sick of doing the show.

Todd at September 16, 2005 02:24 PM

I read an interview with him yesterday and he says he's just about done. You can tell.

from The Daily News:

As for Probst, who is dating "Survivor: Vanuatu" player Julie Berry, the future with "Survivor" is a big question. He has signed on for the 12th edition, yet to be filmed, but he's unsure beyond that.

"I don't want to be the David Caruso of reality," he said. "I'm not an idiot. But six years of being away, it does sometimes make you think. ... Signing another long-term deal would be hard, just hard. I want to start a family."

freakgirl at September 16, 2005 02:58 PM

Help Geekboy find his implants and assholes. This may be an obvious suggestion, but have you looked under the bed? Perhaps Meena has them.

Maggie at September 16, 2005 07:05 PM

Two things:

1. Did no one else think Brandon was kind of an asshole? Not just for calling poor sweet Bobby Jon dumb, but for his general attitude. Gross--dude, you're a farmer. Get over yourself.

2. Was I the only one who thought that maybe Blake got freakin' **poisoned** by those weirdo spikes through his shoulder? Jungle plants freak me out!

Max at September 16, 2005 09:08 PM

Max, I agree with you on both 1 and 2. I'm giving Brandon one or two more episdoes, though, before I turn against him completely. But he seems to certainly have it in him.

I wonder if Blake ever got real medical attention after they got to camp.

freakgirl at September 17, 2005 09:58 AM
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