Part-Time Models- Season 32 Recap & Rankings Episode 6

Tribal Council was ‘live’! Jeff doesn’t say it often and when he does it is pretty exciting! I love votes that aren’t obvious and I love that Julia is staying around.

Anyone else notice there hasn’t been much digging, lately? I wonder if they realized that was a bad idea…

Too soon?

What we know:

-Nick feels like he can control all the women because of his finely-chiseled bones and his Greek God-like appearance. He is infuriating to watch but his confessionals were spot on.

-Michele knows what she is doing and is playing a smart game. I was so happy to see a few confessionals from her- and I liked what I saw. I hope she is the reason that Nick leaves the game (if he ever does leave…) Now she just needs to learn to untie knots a little quicker…

-Nick almost beat a professional basketball player in a shooting contest.

– I realize Scot was never a ‘shooter’ when he played pro, but if you’re going to be a pro basketball player shouldn’t you be at least kinda good at shooting baskets, at least more than the average Joe (not Del Campo)? I’m unimpressed.

-Julia goes to Boston University which was the school I always wanted to go to! I just like her more now. And she smartly lied about her age; 18 could be a liability in the game.

– Julia is playing the Sandra Diaz-Twine game… ‘anyone but me’. This paid off for Sandra-twice!

-Is Kyle still in the game?

-Debbie wants a woman to win the game. I want Debbie to win the game. Looks like we’re good, there!

-All three idols are in play and mostly secret, and they belong to Kyle, Tai, and Neal.

-Next week is the MERGE!!! The game has been good- but this is when it gets super exciting!

Let’s get to the rankings!

* I don’t read spoilers

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Pre-Merge Boot/Med Evac Order:

1. Darnell Hamilton (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_darnellhamilton

2. Jennifer Lanzetti (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_jenniferlanzetti

3. Liz Markham (Chan Loh)     svr32_cast_800x1000_elisabethmarkham

4. Caleb Reynolds (Gondolsvr32_cast_800x1000_calebreynolds

5. Alecia Holden (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_aleciaholden

6. Anna Khait (GondolGondolsvr32_cast_800x1000_annakhait

7. Peter Baggenstos (Chan Loh, Gondolsvr32_cast_800x1000_peterbaggenstos

I’m sure Peter is lovely in person, but his social game was hopeless and aside from Nick, he was the most arrogant person in Kaoh Rong. Buh-bye!

Chan Loh Tribe Rankings (Brains)

6. Michele Fitzgerald svr32_cast_800x1000_michelefitzgerald

Look bruh- this is a girl who doesn’t need to be carried, bruh! As far as Chan Loh is concerned, I believe Michele to be at the bottom. But with a merge on the horizon and the opportunity for her to reunite with Julia, things may be looking up. Bro.

5. Cydney Gillon svr32_cast_800x1000_cydneygillon

I like Cydney, but we never hear from her. Not much of a winner’s edit- or any edit for that matter.

4. Nick Maiorano svr32_cast_800x1000_nickmaiorano

I personally don’t understand the attraction to Nick- although I do like his full beard! Nick is smart and he is thinking long-term in the game. However, there are three other strong men that already have idols. Nick also proved himself as a physical threat in the game and could easily be the next to go.

3. Neal Gottlieb svr32_cast_800x1000_nealgottlieb

I want to write more about Neal but I just don’t have a lot of material. He’s sitting pretty and I’m sure we will see more of him in the very near future.

2. Kyle Jason svr32_cast_800x1000_kylejason

Kyle is invisible and didn’t have a single confessional in this episode. But he has an idol and he’s about to be reunited with Scot, so I would say he remains in a power position.

1. Debbie Wanner svr32_cast_800x1000_debbiewanner

Debbie is hilarious and making strong social connections all over this game. We see her connecting with Nick and Michele this episode, and we know from previous episodes that she has a connection with Kyle and Cydney. Thank you, CBS, for casting Debbie!

Gondol Tribe Rankins (Beauty)

5. Julia Sokolowski svr32_cast_800x1000_juliasokolowski

Glad she is still here, but not sure how long she is going to last. I’ve ranked her low this entire time, but she is proving to be better than I anticipated. Congratulations on making the merge! 

4. Joseph Del Campo svr32_cast_800x1000_josephdelcampo

If Joe ever asks you a question, don’t dance around it- just say yes or no. The guy is a retired FBI agent and loyal to a fault. The first half of the episode Joe was on point. He should have ditched Peter and gone with the numbers. However, Joe does take a hit to the head very valiantly.

3. Aubry Bracco svr32_cast_800x1000_aubrybraco

Aubry convinced Joe to make amends with Peter, not vote Peter out, and then shifted the entire tribal council. Aubry started the game with an emotional break down, but she has rallied and is playing a fairly good game. Also, she looks nothing like her casting photo.

2. Scot Pollard svr32_cast_800x1000_scotpollard

He’s a terrible free-thrower, but luckily the Survivor slogan doesn’t read “out-shoot”. Scot has powerful allies in the game. However, can someone who already has a lot of money win this game? Not sure about that one.

1. Tai Trang svr32_cast_800x1000_taitrang

He’s in the power spot of this tribe and surely will be in the new tribe, too. 

Winner Pick

Debbie Wanner

Casting my vote for this part-time model!

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There you have it folks, the sixth episode of Survivor 32 in the books! Check back next week for more Recaps and Rankings. 

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A 2016 Journey

The internet is chalk full of ‘diet’ programs. In a country where unhealthy habits in regards to food is unprecedented, everyone wants a way to shed the pounds. Programs promise big results that come easy which is alluring to someone who still wants to eat whatever they want, but still wants to see results.

I’ll say it right now, I’m guilty of said unhealthy habits. I sort of feel like it just snuck up on me. In high school I was an athlete and basically I could eat whatever I wanted and never see a pounds difference. I’m talking Lay’s Potato Chips and Coca-Cola classic (not diet) every day! I’m not even sure I knew what a calorie was until I was forced to learn about it in freshmen health class.

Even in my early 20’s my metabolism continued to be kick-ass and my diet was loaded with carbs and sugar. Vegetables and I were certainly not besties, but it didn’t really matter because I always maintained my size 2 figure.

Then I had my twins at age 25. I remember after I had the twins I was so confused as to why I wasn’t shedding my baby weight. This might sound ludicrous, but it is a true testament to how little I understood about nutrition. 

Two years later I had my littlest guy and I remember looking in the mirror post-baby and thinking, man… I really need to DO something about all of this. I don’t even recognize myself and I certainly don’t feel good about what I’m seeing. 

Losing weight, though, is difficult. It requires discipline, perseverance, and an ability to see beyond what you want in the moment to what you want in the long-term. And living in America doesn’t really help. It is impossible to go anywhere and not be flooded with images of unhealthy foods that appeal to our cravings. Even staying home can be difficult, you can’t commercials and ads… “4$ for 4 items at Wendy’s” etc. 

Most of us are busy, too. This often doesn’t lend to healthy eating. Fast food is convenient and easy. If you finish work and don’t get home till 5, the family is hungry and you’re exhausted, hitting that order on PizzaHut.com is pretty dang easy. Healthy eating takes a little more preparation and discipline. And Pizza is GOOD!

Our food is so full of carbs and preservatives it is no wonder we are swarmed with so many health issues today. Brain diseases are especially prevalent and it is no secret that brain health is directly tied to gut health. When you think of all the changes that MUST be made in our culture, it can be a little overwhelming. 

I’ve tried a few different things to lose my baby weight. My youngest son is 2 now, so the excuses are borderline absurd and I’m not really sure I can label my extra pounds as ‘baby weight’.

I have three kids though, it is absolutely my job to make sure I’m healthy for them, that I’m leading by example, that I don’t eat out every night and then remain on the couch the rest of the evening. My kids need to see ME make health the forefront of my life, or what message am I giving them? 

Of course, as a human, there will still be nights that we order pizza and evenings where we binge House of Cards (NOT with the kids)- but this can’t be the norm.

I feel so lucky to have discovered Team Beachboy, and more importantly the 21 Day Fix. Straight up, this program is just eating healthy, whole foods in the correct potions, and working out 30 minutes a day. That’s it!

There are no pills, no fiber flushes, no chemicals, and no gimmicks.

I started the 21 Day Fix two months ago and I have lost 16lbs and 22inches. 

The weight loss is great, but I’m more excited about how I feel now. I feel more energized, less dependent on caffeine, and happy. I’m starting to recognize my reflection and am truly enjoying who I am becoming. My kids will have a more confident, energetic, happy mother than one just trying to get through the day in a sluggish stupor.

Some nights I just want cheese fries or a soda. And some nights I indulge. But my body is recognizing ‘crap’  now and not as agreeable to these foreign invaders anymore. 21 Day Fix is becoming a way of life and it is spreading through my family. My kids used to make snack requests for things like chips and fruit snacks, but lately they’ve been asking for yogurt and apples. 

I haven’t totally reached all my goals yet, but I’m not worried about getting there anymore.

Tribal Council is Like High School Prom- Season 32 Recap & Rankings Episode 5

The strategic layers that encompassed Episode 5 were profound, rooted, and fathomless. After a no-brainer Alecia vote last week, it was refreshing be able to consider the multiple strategic possibilities that arose as a result of the tribe swap. Did the newly formed Gondol tribe make the best decision?

Here is what we know:

1.Tai has an idol- and that idol could potentially be used as a “Super Idol”.

2. Kyle has an idol, too.

3. Oh, welcome to the idol club, Neal!

4. Scot is the only person with knowledge of two idols in the game.

5. Julia will leave Brawn Beach and join Gondol in the next episode.

6. Anna did not ‘out’ Tai’s idol as she left the game. Anna is paving the way for a smooth transition for Julia to Gondol.

What could have happened:

It appeared that Tai would use his idol to blindside arrogant Peter and keep his Beauty babe, Anna, around longer. Let’s say that he does this… 

Pros: Peter leaves the game and Julia returns to Gondol. Anna, Julia and Tai are three strong Beautys and are sitting pretty till the merge.

Cons: Tai wastes an idol.

In my head, this would have been a fool-proof plan. But what are the long-term repercussions of Tai using the idol to save Anna?

Tai’s late idol reveal to Anna may have signaled to Anna that Tai is secretive and can’t be trusted. After all, Tai and Anna have been together this entire game and Tai is just now revealing that he has an idol after denying this information for so long? Anna would have certainly gone after Tai later in the game.

Anna and Julia are much closer to each other than they are to Tai. So perhaps Tai choosing to stick with his new ally, Scot, is better for him in the long run?

Scot’s strategic mind was revealed in this episode and he deserves credit for convincing Tai to not use the idol. I had written Scot off after previous episodes, but obviously he is here to play- and he’s using his brain. And his brawn. Probably not his beauty.

Let’s get to the rankings!

* I don’t read spoilers

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Pre-Merge Boot/Med Evac Order:

1. Darnell Hamilton (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_darnellhamilton

2. Jennifer Lanzetti (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_jenniferlanzetti

3. Liz Markham (Chan Loh)     svr32_cast_800x1000_elisabethmarkham

4. Caleb Reynolds (Gondolsvr32_cast_800x1000_calebreynolds

5. Alecia Holden (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_aleciaholden

6. Anna Khait (Gondol, Gondolsvr32_cast_800x1000_annakhait

Anna is a victim of the tribe swap. Last week Anna was the Queen Bee of the Beauty tribe and had Caleb not been medically evacuated, the single player Brawn tribe twist would have been non-existent. The Beauty tribe would have been the only complete tribe to go into the swap and I believe Anna would have been in a much better position. Anna was somewhat bested by Tai- had Anna continued to throw Tai under the bus there is a possibility she could have swayed favor with the new Gondol, but Anna gave up that game as soon as Tai showed her the idol and Scot became more influential to Tai.

I’m bummed- I thought Anna would go all the way. Time to move on…

To Tang Tribe Rankings (Brawn)

1. Julia Sokolowski svr32_cast_800x1000_juliasokolowski

I have a feeling that Julia could be the next person to leave the game. Julia will join Gondol, and with Anna gone, who will Julia align with? The original Beauty tribe was strong and it appeared they were all targets of the newly formed tribes. With Tai aligned with Scot, it doesn’t look good for Julia.

Chan Loh Tribe Rankings (Brains)

6. Michele Fitzgerald svr32_cast_800x1000_michelefitzgerald

Michele lost Anna and Julia, her entire alliance, in one swap. Things are not looking good for Michele at this point in the game. I hope she can solidify alliances in the new Chan Loh…

5. Nick Maiorano svr32_cast_800x1000_nickmaiorano

We still haven’t seen a lot out of Nick. The tribe swap certainly worked in his favor, but he is still an original beauty and this will work against him on this tribe. If Blue goes to tribal, Nick could be in trouble.

4. Cydney Gillon svr32_cast_800x1000_cydneygillon

Cydney is on a very strong tribe. Blue is loaded and less likely to make any trips to Tribal Council. Cydney has incurred favor with Debbie and remains with her tight alliance in Kyle. Cydney shouldn’t be underestimated; she is tough and she can go far.

3. Neal Gottlieb svr32_cast_800x1000_nealgottlieb

Not much Neal from Episode 5, but he is in a good position. And- he has an idol!

2. Kyle Jason svr32_cast_800x1000_kylejason

Kyle and Neal could be tied… they are both power players, they are both strategic, and they both have an idol. Kyle barely beats Neal for the fact that Kyle is ruthless.

1. Debbie Wanner svr32_cast_800x1000_debbiewanner

Debbie has the power in this tribe. We see her networking with Cydney, continuing to work side-by-side with Neal, and possibly crushing on Nick. Can we say “win-ner’s ed-it”?

Gondol Tribe Rankins (Beauty)

5. Peter Baggenstos svr32_cast_800x1000_peterbaggenstos

Does Peter remember when Liz was voted out and he fell to the bottom of his tribe? Apparently that scare was not enough to encourage him to start playing a better game. His outright arrogance will make it difficult for him to reach the end of this game.

4. Aubry Bracco svr32_cast_800x1000_aubrybraco

Aubry was very deceptive to Anna this week indicating Aubry’s readiness to play the game. Personally, I don’t think she is mentally stronger than the men on her tribe.

3. Joseph Del Campo svr32_cast_800x1000_josephdelcampo

Joe is hanging in there. He is in a good spot in his new tribe, especially with the  much-disliked Peter there as an easy boot vote.

2. Tai Trang svr32_cast_800x1000_taitrang

It was a difficult decision to rank Tai at #2, but Tai has demonstrated his ability to deceive and strategize while still being extremely likable. Don’t forget the idol…

1. Scot Pollard svr32_cast_800x1000_scotpollard

Scot may have come to the new Gondol without any allies, but this good be a good thing for him. He is a free agent and his strong physical prowess in challenges will keep him around. He demonstrated his mental capacity to play this game, and he knows the idol ins and outs. Scot gets a ranking promotion!

Winner Pick

Debbie Wanner

I’ve stuck by Kyle for four weeks now, but it is time for a change. Debbie is playing a great game and has my vote to win.. for now.

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There you have it folks, the fifith episode of Survivor 32 in the books! Check back next week for more Recaps and Rankings. 

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All For a Little Salt & Pepper- Survivor 32 Recap & Rankings Episode 4

It was 70 degrees here today. I took my dogs for a 2-mile walk; I walked at an ordinary pace, I was fully hydrated, I was fully rested, and I was still a bit winded at the of my exercise.

Increase the temperature to 118 degrees, add a high dew point, take away my water and my sleep, and make me dig in the hot sand for an hour.

It is any surprise that three Survivors went down in one challenge?

Survivor couldn’t have known that this would occur or I do not think they would have ran the challenge. Clearly the three bags of balls were very well-hidden and the digging was much too labor-intensive in the Cambodia heat. This challenge seemed really intense for a simple reward challenge and I was shocked when the screen flashed that 45 minutes had elapsed. I can’t imagine we will ever see a challenge like this again.

Props must be given to the Survivor medical team, Dr. Joe, and the production crew. The medical team did an excellent job taking care of all three castaways and making sure everyone was safe. The entire staff on location game together in a tense and unknown time- even Jeff seemed nervous! 

What would have normally been a boring strategic episode based on Alecia’s obvious boot turned out to be one of the most intense, edge-of-my-seat episodes I have ever watched.

What we learned during Episode 4:

  • Caleb goes 100%, all the time- and he has my utmost respect and has earned his beast mode title.
  • There is no doubt that we will see Caleb back on Survivor.
  • Debbie had three confessionals, all compelling & character enriching. Debbie is going far in this game.
  • A tribe swap is on the horizon, Peter can thank his lucky stars for this game twist.
  • Peter isn’t defeated, one of the first quotes of the episode indicates that Peter won’t hesitate to take the brains out one by one at a tribe swap.
  • If you want to inspire your daughters, don’t bully a young female on national TV.
  • Cambodia is cruel and hot and makes me re-think my desire to become a Castaway!

Let’s get to the rankings!

* I don’t read spoilers

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Pre-Merge Boot/Med Evac Order:

1. Darnell Hamilton (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_darnellhamilton

2. Jennifer Lanzetti (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_jenniferlanzetti

3. Liz Markham (Chan Loh)     svr32_cast_800x1000_elisabethmarkham

4. Caleb Reynolds (Gondolsvr32_cast_800x1000_calebreynolds

I will be the first to admit that I wasn’t excited about Caleb’s return to CBS reality TV. His Big Brother game didn’t possess the qualities that I often look for in my favorite players. I was so pleasantly surprised with Caleb on Survivor and I wish he would have stayed longer. Having listened to his exit interview, it is obvious that a medical evacuation was absolutely necessary. Caleb spent five days in the ICU, had months of recovery when he got home, wasn’t able to work out and had to limit his time in the sun, and even spoke about his eyes having light sensitivity for 6 months after the game. In hindsight, Caleb shouldn’t have given the challenge his “all”- especially a simple reward challenge where the “reward” was salt & pepper. But, that’s not how a beast mode cowboy plays the game. The emotions shown on the beauty tribe during Caleb’s evacuation is a true testament to how well Caleb was playing the social game. I can’t wait to see Caleb on my TV again.

5. Alecia Holden (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_aleciaholden

It is safe to say that the way Alecia was treated was incorrect. It was difficult to watch Kyle and Scot speak to her the way that they did. Alecia is a fighter, she doesn’t take any “lip”, and she seems to be the only Brawn who knows how to start a fire. That being said, her inability to back-down was most likely annoying to her tribe, her sand-kicking at the challenge was unhelpful, and she had absolutely no alliance. It was just time for her to go.

To Tang Tribe Rankings (Brawn)

3. Scot Pollard svr32_cast_800x1000_scotpollard

I fully realize that the edit could be making Scot look worse than the reality. After all, Scot is tired, dehydrated, and mentally strained. However, I simply can’t root for him after the way he came off in this week’s episode. Also, I do not believe he is stronger than either Cydney or Kyle, and that is why I have ranked him last on this tribe.

2. Cydney Gillon svr32_cast_800x1000_cydneygillon

Cydney had a scary moment at the challenge, but thankfully recovered and managed to keep her strong position in the ‘in’ of her tribe. We caught a glimpse of her strong connection with Kyle during the challenge and it is obvious that both Kyle and Scot respect and trust her. 

1. Kyle Jason svr32_cast_800x1000_kylejason

I realize that Kyle is mostly being referred to as Jason. I personally do not feel he has earned a last name calling yet, so I will continue to refer to him as Kyle. 

Kyle’s edit this episode paints him in a bad light. However, the other tribes have not seen his behavior toward Alecia and Alecia is not on the jury to bad mouth Kyle. In my opinion, he is still in a very good position moving forward. And- he has the idol.

Chan Loh Tribe Rankings (Brains)

5. Aubry Bracco svr32_cast_800x1000_aubrybraco

Aubry is hanging in there. We know from episode three that she isn’t in immediate danger of being voted out from her tribe. That being said, I haven’t seen enough of her to move her out of last place which is where my gut is telling me she goes.

4. Joseph Del Campo svr32_cast_800x1000_josephdelcampo

I was worried about Joe during the challenge, but he hung in there and made sure his partner Debbie was taken care of before she heat-stroked. I am interested to see which tribe Joe goes to next week and who he bonds with- if anyone.

3. Peter Baggenstos svr32_cast_800x1000_peterbaggenstos

Peter has not given up, plans to avenge Liz, and is certainly going to be kept around for his ‘pretty muscles’. Peter’s outlook is looking less and less gloomy by the minute.

2. Neal Gottlieb svr32_cast_800x1000_nealgottlieb

What a great time for Neal to choose to sit out of a challenge! I want to see more of Neal- there is too little to truly gauge his position in the game.

1. Debbie Wanner svr32_cast_800x1000_debbiewanner

As I mentioned above, we heard a lot from Debbie this week. One of the first things Debbie does when she returns from tribal is tell Peter, “I couldn’t let it be you”. This statement is indicative of Debbie having the power in the tribe. And if she doesn’t have the power, she certainly wants to paint that image. The preview also alludes to Debbie being the power player of her tribe. I believe Debbie is on top, but a tribe swap can really shift the game. However, I hope Debbie continues to impress to the end.

On a side note, was anyone else surprised when Debbie spoke about her children? I assumed from episode 1 that she was without children because she claimed to be a ‘caretaker to none’. I really enjoyed seeing this side of Debbie.

Gondol Tribe Rankins (Beauty)

5. Nick Maiorano svr32_cast_800x1000_nickmaiorano

The women on Beauty are tight and Nick is surely less likable than Tai. the tribe swap will be exponentially beneficial to Nick’s game.

4. Tai Trang svr32_cast_800x1000_taitrang

Regardless of where Tai goes next week, he should be safe. He is very likable and, better yet, he has an idol.

3. Julia Sokolowski svr32_cast_800x1000_juliasokolowski

Julia has a tight alliance and is keeping a low profile. It is difficult to say how safe I think she is based on the unknowns of the tribe swap- but I do not see Julia as a target any time soon. I want to know more about  Julia!

2. Michele Fitzgerald svr32_cast_800x1000_michelefitzgerald

The best thing for Michele’s game is to stay with Anna and Julia. The likelihood of these three women staying together is low, but Michele should be fine for a while.

1. Anna Khait svr32_cast_800x1000_annakhait

Anna still appears to me to be the most strategic woman on the tribe. Since the women have the power, Anna is still number 1. The beauty girls have had a minimal edit due to their success in the game so I am very interested to see how their Survivor fates are effected next week.

Winner Pick

 Kyle Jason

Just don’t be such a bully, Kyle.

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There you have it folks, the fourth episode of Survivor 32 in the books! Check back next week for more Recaps and Rankings. 

Until next time,

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Good-Looking People with Great Smiles- Survivor 32 Recap & Rankings Episode 3

What we learned during Episode 3:

  • You never want to lose the challenge; and if you do, don’t think of it as a blessing
  • Even people with great smiles get voted out in blindside fashion
  • Debbie is being underestimated
  • Joe’s tan, pecs, and abs are thriving in the Cambodia sun
  • Kyle was put in charge of the Brawn tribe, apparently
  • The Beauty tribe is easily the best, but it appears a med-evac is going to disrupt that harmony very, very soon

Episode 3 is in the books and it was awesome. I was so concerned that 32 would be a snoozer after the excitement that Cambodia packed, but Kaoh Rong hasn’t disappointed! BBB may be the winning formula of Survivor after all!

Last week I thought we were seeing a possible winner’s edit with either Liz or Peter- but oh… how wrong I was. Both Liz and Peter came off as inflexible and arrogant this episode, and now Liz is gone and Peter is on the bottom. I’m not sure what sort of gameplay they were attempting, but clearly it was the wrong choice. Who is going to lead the Brain tribe, now? (*Raises hand and votes Debbie ;-)*)

Let’s get to the rankings!

* I don’t read spoilers

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Pre-Merge Boot Order:

1. Darnell Hamilton (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_darnellhamilton

2. Jennifer Lanzetti (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_jenniferlanzetti

3. Liz Markham (Chan Loh)     svr32_cast_800x1000_elisabethmarkham

Liz was a promising player but unfortunately she seemed to get caught up in being a ‘brain’. She over-strategized, became too confident, and aligned with someone who was making the exact same mistakes as her. It is always hard to tell from the production edit, but I wasn’t sad to see Liz go- especially after she admitted in confessional that losing the challenge might be a ‘blessing in disguise’. Sadly, Liz, you sealed your own fate. Ta-ta!

To Tang Tribe Rankings (Brawn)

4. Alecia Holden svr32_cast_800x1000_aleciaholden

Alecia is holding strong at last place Brawn. I can’t comprehend why Alecia shared her idol clue with Cydney when she has clearly been on the bottom the entire game. Don’t trust anyone! Inevitably, she lost her chance at the idol and will surely be the first to go if To Tang goes to Tribal before a tribe swap. It is obvious that this is Kyle’s tribe and whatever he wants is going to happen.

3. Cydney Gillon svr32_cast_800x1000_cydneygillon

Cydney is loyal to the guys, but trying to play both sides. This seems to be working out for her as both sides apparently trust her. I would want to play the game exactly how Cydney is playing- she is sitting pretty.

2. Scot Pollard svr32_cast_800x1000_scotpollard

Scot may be on top in his alliance with Kyle, but he isn’t as powerful as Kyle who actually has the idol and made sure to keep thie idol in his hands at all times. Scot didn’t even get to touch the idol, and even though he believes that Kyle would play it for him, that surely isn’t going to happen. Scot is way too trusting and needs to be a little more cautious and ruthless if he wants to get far in the game.

1. Kyle Jason svr32_cast_800x1000_kylejason

Kyle knows exactly what he is doing, all his moves are calculated and strategic, and he is here to win. Now, with a potential super idol in his posession, I can’t see much knocking him down. Maybe a tribe swap?

Chan Loh Tribe Rankings (Brains)

5. Aubry Bracco svr32_cast_800x1000_aubrybraco

Aubry is on the side of the numbers, but her position in the tribe isn’t super secure. She won’t necessarily be the next vote, but her chances of winning the game appear to be very slim. That being said, I like Aubry and if she sticks close to Debbie and Neal she may be able to survive longer than I originally anticipated.

4. Joseph Del Campo svr32_cast_800x1000_josephdelcampo

Joe is plugging along, doing his exercises, pulling his weight, and hasn’t gotten voted out. He is doing just fine…!

3. Peter Baggenstos svr32_cast_800x1000_peterbaggenstos

Peter lost his closest ally this episode, confessed too much at tribal, and is disliked around the board. But- his fate isn’t sealed yet. Peter is an asset in challenges and being disliked may keep him around longer than before. Maybe Peter will become the GOAT that him and Liz were so desperate to have…

2. Debbie Wanner svr32_cast_800x1000_debbiewanner

Watch out for Debbie! It is obvious that she is simply playing up her Coach-like crazy and demonstrated this episode that she is very intelligent and won’t be a soldier to anyone (or a care-taker to anyone ;)). Debbie did an excellent job keeping her cool at tribal, told Liz exactly what she wanted to hear, and orchestrated a beautiful blindside. Debbie should not be underestimated.

1. Neal Gottlieb svr32_cast_800x1000_nealgottlieb

Neal still creeps me out, but he is my top brain for the week. He has the numbers, he appears to be liked by his tribe, and he is also very good at staying unemotional and strategic. He may be a snake in ice cream pants, but that is  good thing in Survivor, right?

Gondol Tribe Rankins (Beauty)

6. Nick Maiorano svr32_cast_800x1000_nickmaiorano

Nick is surely on the bottom of his tribe. The girls are tightly aligned and they have chose Caleb as the man they want on their side. Nick is cold and arrogant and without a tribe swap, he won’t last long.

5. Julia Sokolowski svr32_cast_800x1000_juliasokolowski

Everyone is happy on the beauty tribe. Julia is a beast in challenges, but could she possibly be the med-evac next week?

4. Michele Fitzgerald svr32_cast_800x1000_michelefitzgerald

Michele appears more and more strategic each week. The lack of time we have had with the beauty tribe makes it difficult to have more of an analysis for Michele.

3. Tai Trang svr32_cast_800x1000_taitrang

Tai is likable, on a winning tribe, and in posession of a potential super idol. I  would be shocked if Tai didn’t make the merge and beyond.

2. Caleb Reynolds svr32_cast_800x1000_calebreynolds

The girls like the BMC and the girls are in power. So Caleb is also in power.

1. Anna Khait svr32_cast_800x1000_annakhait

I am ranking Anna first but this entire tribe, minus Nick, could be first…

Winner Pick

 Kyle Jason. Based on how ruthless he is, I still think he will do anything to win this game.

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There you have it folks, the third episode of Survivor 32 in the books! Check back next week for more Recaps and Rankings.

Until next time,

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