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Colton Cumbie Had A Bacterial Infection, Not Appendicitis

colton cumbie left with a bacterial infectionNow that the dust has settled on one of the most disliked Survivor contestants – Colton Cumbie – being removed from the game due to medical reasons, his exit interviews are coming in, and they’re probably more interesting than his regular interviews.

Regarding the pain
It turned out that Colton had a severe bacterial infection, and never ended up having his appendix removed.  He told zap2it

“I’m obviously 100% better. What happened was I was taken to a hopsital where they determined it was a severe bacterial infection. They gave me a round of antibiotics, I got back to the States and I had to do another round of antibiotics. They thought it might still be appendicitis when I got back to the States, but I still have my appendix.”

I’m glad to see he is ok, I really am. I don’t like anyone leaving the game for medical reasons, as I seen it happen to one of my favorite all time players a few times.  Whether you’re a good guy, or a dirty player, everyone should leave the game through a vote or as the winner.  I hate seeing anyone leave any other way, whether they’re forever branded as quitters (looking at you, Naonka and Kelly Shinn), or especially through injury.

I think Colton deserved nothing less than to be completely blindsided and knocked down a few pegs, but it never happened and this injury robbed us of that.  To be fair, I’m not really sure any of the remaining players had the guts or brains to pull that together.

Not turning over the idol
This is something I do feel slightly bad about. Colton was certainly victimized by poor editing as he did want to give the idol away, but according to The Insider, he wanted to give it away to Jay, who was on the other tribe.  Sure, he could have given it to Alicia, but apparently the cameras didn’t show the close friendship he had with Jay.  Colton did not want the idol to eventually come back and haunt his good friend, and for that I can understand.

I am torn on the producers not allowing him to give the idol to Jay.  This whole season was based on the premise of “One World” where we looked forward to opposing tribe members having secret alliances. They also allowed something crazy, for the guys to just hand over their team idol after they’d won it.  Sure, this was one week when the two tribes were completely separate, but I still don’t really agree on the decision.

On Being Mean
After reading some of his comments, I almost applaud his effort, despite still being incredibly obnoxious.  His goal on the guys tribe was to literally be their queen, and that’s what he was doing.  He sat there, didn’t lift a finger, but for some reason he had full control before the swap.  He did so by playing like a Russell or Rob in a very controlling way, and those who were just there to get a little fame easily bought into it.  It’s the reason he spoke to Christina the way he did, simply to put fear into the rest of the tribe.

Coming out of it, my hope is that people would appreciate my game play. Let’s be honest, a little 20-year-old gay boy convincing a group of men to do what he wanted, without ever lifting a finger? They’ve never had anyone like me. It would be one thing if I helped out at camp, but I did nothing. I literally was their queen.

Could he have taken a different approach?  I think so.  Rob was very controlling but charming, Russell was controlling while … hmm, Russell was pretty bad now that I think about it.  He was also incredibly lucky at times, unlike Rob who literally had his tribe locked down air tight.

Did the editing make him look bad?
According to Colton, everything you seen was true, but the editing definitely didn’t help.  It’s not like they forced him to say mean things, but they left out a lot of his strategizing, and mentioning that was his game plan going in.  He knows he did a good job making himself look bad, and has learned a bit from it, but he also stands by a lot of things he said.

To his credit, some questions were kind of trap questions.  I personally hate when the question is used “Do you have any black friends” to prove you’re not racist.  It’s a no-win situation.  You can either say ‘Yes’ and start naming a few people off which looks strange, or you can say ‘No’ and appear you don’t because you hate them.  I don’t have any black friends, but that’s because I don’t have many friends at all haha. People generally don’t once they leave high school or college.  I don’t have any alien friends either, but it doesn’t mean I hate aliens!

Appendicitis, Not Strategy, Makes Survivor: One World Watchable Again

survivor one world kat worries about appendixSo far, Survivor: One World has really been a disaster in my eyes.  Any time they have to mix up teams only a few weeks in, you know they had poor planning and a poor gimmick.  The show is having a terrible run of cast members who appear to be more focused on furthering their career outside the game than actually trying to win.  I guess that’s what happens when you recruit models/actors instead of relying on applications.

It looked like it was going to be another season of that when Colton Cumbie was running the show, and every other person was sitting back and letting him.  He was getting so arrogant that he had no problem telling Christina that it was her turn to go next.  I understand trying to be the big shot right before tribal, but he’s telling her this before they even played for immunity.  If he said that to someone on an All-Star season, or blatantly showed his own idol, he would have been one of the first to go.

Nobody is really playing the game.  It has basically been to form an alliance, stay together, peg off those not lucky enough to get with the ‘in crowd’, and hope they don’t shake the game up on them.  It may be a sound strategy to get further in the game if you have the numbers, but as we seen last year, when you play games like that, people get all emotional and hurt when you betray them.   That’s why Russell lost a few times, and why Coach lost last year.  You almost get punished for outwitting people now, so nobody does it.  It’s a joke, and a bore to watch.

I didn’t watch Survivor until about 11pm so I was already getting wind that something big happened in the game.  When I saw Christina chatting with the guys, I thought “Ok, this is it. She’s going to convince the guys to backdoor Colton (not literally), and finally we’ll see a real shakeup in the game”.  Of course, she targeted Alicia instead, which would have caused Colton to use his idol next week and therefor potentially peg off one of their own alliance, but hey I’ll take whatever strategy I can get at this point.

Did it happen?  Nope.  Colton woke up really sick, turned out he had appendicitis and was removed from the game, which made me wonder a few things:

  • Why were we given the impression Kourtney would have been allowed back in the game if x-rays were negative, yet Colton was going to be removed from the game the second he left?
  • When did Colton put on all the same clothes and head back into the jungle to film his interviews?  Did they bring him from the hospital, drive him to some random place and sit him in front of trees?  I understand why they did it, because interviewing him in the hospital midway through the episode would have given it away, but it still seemed weird.
  • If I’m ever sick, please keep Jeff away.  I don’t want him narrating my painful ordeal and interviewing doctors as they’re treating me.
  • This makes me wonder if karma really exists.  Colton is so negative and arrogant, telling Christina to jump in the fire to leave via med, but then has to leave that way himself.   Or perhaps it was staged that way?  Nah, a reality show would never do that!

What are your thoughts on how it went last night?

Oh and before I close this post, I forgot to mention yet another change.  Now the tribes have been merged to one complete tribe.  This has to be the earliest this has ever been done, further proof of the train wreck they got themselves into with the men versus women gimmick.

Never Challenge A Woman’s Memory

survivor one world competitionIt’s been a long, hard season for the women on Survivor: One World so far, and it’s only like 5 days in.  They went into the episode not winning a single challenge, and things looked grim early on when a storm rolled in and left them absolutely miserable throughout the night.  They tried to play it tough and stick it through the night, but the next morning they swallowed their pride and warmed up by the guys fire.

The funny part about it, they learned something valuable here.  The guys are a bunch of pushovers.  There were nearly both tribes standing under a tarp next to the fire while the guys looked around like they were annoyed but didn’t want to say anything about it.  I know, in the real world, I’d let anyone stand near a fire I built to warm up all day long, but in a game with a million dollars on the line, it was hilarious to see the guys do absolutely nothing about it.

It got even better when the reward challenge came and the women actually dominated.  It was a simple memory test, and the guys didn’t stand a chance.  Even with Kat taking about 7 times to guess right, the women still destroyed the guys and were able to win a boat with some fishing equipment.  So what did the girls do when they got back to camp?  They went back to the guys camp, got some fire, dried up some more and then refused to let them use their newly won boat!    What did the guys do?  Just bitched to the camera in private.  Well played, boys.

On comes the immunity challenge which was another one of the blindfold, guide and laugh segments.  It’s always great to see people waving their hands in the air as they walk full speed into poles… yes, I enjoy cheap humor.   Bill was calling the teams for the men, and Sabrina the women.  The catch, at the end of the guiding, the callers had to put together a very easy puzzle that Bill made look incredibly difficult.  I mean the pieces were in 2 colors, and very obviously weren’t going to be side by side, so once you found a part that fit, it eliminated half the remaining pieces.

Sabrina cruised through it like you’d expect a person to do, while Bill blew a roughly 8 minute lead trying to figure things out.  The women, who went into the night not winning a challenge, swept the night and momentum has clearly swung in their favor.  The guys on the other hand, were now set to hit their first tribal council of the season.

It became very obvious right away that it was going to be between Bill and G.I. Joe (Matt), and the alliance of misfits suddenly bonded together and actually had some numbers in the game.  I know the three are definitely Colton, and the two zan’s, I saw Jay in there, but I couldn’t tell if Leif and/or Jonas was a part of it or not.  It wasn’t that interesting of an episode to have me pay attention that much, and Colton’s whining about everything was quickly getting on my nerves.

Matt learned that no amount of confidence can protect you when you don’t have the votes in your favor, and I learned that women simply don’t forget things…. ever!

Colton, Salani, And A Banana Hammock

christina monica and kim on survivor one worldFor the better half of the non competition segment of Survivor: One World tonight, I’d swear all the guys went on vacation somewhere. Well, all the guys minus Colton, who happened to be the star of the episode.   Shit, even Jeff Probst couldn’t be bothered with the reward challenge.  They simply had them carry the parts to the camp, gave them instructions and told them to start.  What kind of shit is that?

Anyway, after watching Colton hang out with the girls like a lost puppy, constantly getting pushed away yet coming back for more, I was wondering what happened.  Until they showed the guys tribe which featured Tarzan running around in his little speedy that looked like it was stuffed with a banana.  What’s more, at night they encouraged him to get up and dance around, swinging that bad boy around like a male stripper at a bachelorette party.  Kind of gross considering he’s like 100 years old, but I guess that’s what entertains the boys there.

Speaking of underwear, I have to ask, what’s up with that?  I mean as a guy it’s hard to complain, but are the producers telling everyone to walk around in their skivvies in order to keep ratings up during the ‘getting to know you’ period? That plan clearly backfired with Tarzan, but it’s clearly been some ongoing trend for the past few seasons now.   Just a random thought.

After uncomfortably watching Colton keep getting pushed out of the girls camp for what seemed like the first 30 minutes, it was finally time for the immunity challenge.  In this challenge, players stood up on a beam, and someone from the furthest point out had to cross over each tribe member, while only touching one person at a time.  If you touch two people, you’re out.

As you can see, some got more enjoyment out of it than others…

kat grabs a feel of christina cha's boobs survivor one world

Nice grab, Kat

The guys clearly dominated this challenge and it wasn’t even remotely close.  And at some points, they looked like they were enjoying it even more than the girls were.  I seen some full blown hugs going on that probably make some women viewers a little happy.  With all the groping on each sides, this was clearly a ‘ratings grabber’ immunity challenge…among other things being grabbed.

Then came a place where the girls will likely get familiar with until they straighten up.. tribal council.  This is when Nina decided to pick out the weakest link from the younger players (Kat) and hammer at her.  She went off on some stuff about outwitting, all while boasting her life experiences and trashing Kat’s. Needless to say, the fact that she couldn’t “outwit” someone who was clearly her inferior (in her eyes) probably resulted in a deserving exit from the game.

What did you guys think of the episode this week?  And what’s up with the “player of the week” suggestions of Monica, Colton and Leif?  I know it was a week where pretty much nobody did anything, but that’s the best they got?

In With A Bang, Out With A Whimper

Kourtney's whale hat couldn't protect her wrist

Be honest, she wasn't lasting long anyway

I’m going to be blunt, after the past few seasons, the bar is pretty low for Survivor.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a very interesting show, but redemption island and returning players was killing it quickly.  That’s why I was looking forward to tonight since I heard about the format at Survivor: One World.

Once the initial awkward entry was over it – you know, when Probst suddenly has no clue who anyone is and calls people out by their appearance – it was time to break the news to the tribes.  They were to be split up by men versus women, and they had a short time to grab supplies from the truck they came in on.  The supplies part was kind of weird considering most seasons they are just boated in with nothing, so I’m not sure what to make of that, but already the game play began with one guy stealing shit from the girls pile.

It was pretty clever to have them walk in different paths to end up at the same spot, all in the same camp, but the castaways didn’t seem as amused by that.  Initially the tribes broke off into their respective players, but there were a few who just couldn’t resist the calling from the other tribe being so close.  Colton Cumbie instantly put a target on his back by spending more time with the women than the men, and it appears Christina Cha really pissed off Alicia Rosa for doing the same.

What the teams noticed was a few chickens running around, and tried to be civil by guaranteeing a split regardless who caught them.  Well, when country girl Chelsea caught two right away, she instantly reneged on that deal. This set the tone on how the tribes will be this season as they share one little area between 18 players.

I’m boring myself with the play by play, so here is a basic rundown of how the show went tonight…

  • It’s obvious that Matt Quinlan and Alicia Rosa will be getting the bulk of the airtime this season. I hope you enjoy seeing the jock and Eva Longoria w/o makeup.
  • The guys decided to claim a piece of nature and play hardball when it came to fire. Naturally, when they were sleeping, Christina and Monica Culpepper swooped in and snatched it up.
  • Leif Manson is a badass, but is it wrong of me to think of him as an ant when I saw him holding up like 10x his body weight?
  • Sabrina Thompson found the immunity idol (they really have to hide those better), but with shitty luck. It turns out she found the guys idol and was forced to give it to one of the Manolo members before tribal council (she chose Colton).
  • The first challenge of the season basically lasted about 2 minutes until Kourtney Moon fell awkwardly and broke her wrist in a few places. She was removed from the challenge which gave the guys an option. Continue the challenge at 9 versus 8, or accept a forfeit.  Naturally, the guys wanted to win with pride, so they.. accepted a forfeit.  Congrats on the hard fought victory, fellas.
  • Tribal council looks like it will be very interesting when the girls are there.  They were getting very feisty, especially when Alicia was going off on Christina.
  • Kourtney was removed from the game due to her injury, so Jeff decided to let the girls go at each other first just to spice things up.  Very sneaky boy.

It was a pretty good first episode that looks like it holds a lot of promise for the season.  I think tribal councils will actually be interesting, and we may see the return of the blindside (remember that tactic?  I know, it’s been a long time).  What are your thoughts on the first episode?