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Survivor: Redemption Island Episode 8 4/6/11


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jeff.probst on April 7, 2011

Once again I enjoyed our "interactive living room" on Twitter. We've been tweeting live each week at 8pm EST/PST. You can catch the tweets @JeffProbst.

THE DUEL

I am guessing that almost everybody, short of Sarita's family, was pulling for Matt to win the last duel before the merge. It has nothing to do with Sarita and everything to do with pulling for the underdog. Matt earned his shot back in the game.

I'm surprised that some of you are not enjoying Redemption Island. I certainly get a lot of comments from people who are enjoying it but I do get some from people who think it's a bore.

I'm shocked that anybody could be bored with the Matt/Redemption Island storyline. But hey, I get it, everybody has their likes/dislikes.

As I've said many times the duels are put on the grid and built long before we know who will be competing. So imagine Matt's surprise when the one challenge he didn't want

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MURLONIO

Rob: (to tribe) Murlonio means from the sea, united.

Rob: (interview)"Murlonio doesn't mean anything. It's a joke between me and Amber."

I'm laughing because I'm imagining the reaction of the rest of the tribe when they heard this for the first time last night while watching the show. It's so 5th grade and it has absolutely no impact on the show, but it's still funny. I'm sure Rob and Amber were cracking up last night every time "Murlonio" popped up on the screen. I'll ask Rob to bring the stuffed animal to the live show.


OMG I temporarily had forgotten that in all the Matt getting voted out again drama! I was laughing so hard when that happened. I can't wait to hear what the others have to say about it at the finale! I hope Ambuh is there too so we can see her cracking up when Jeff brings it up!!

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He just gave up way too many details. It's like telling your girlfriend, "I was thinking about breaking up with you, but I decided not to." What? You don't tell them that. You either do it or you don't — but sharing e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g is not always the right choice.

Great way of explaining it, Jeff!
The other thing I would have mentioned is that with Philip, even though you can't really trust him, he has no real allies, so he is just one vote (for now).
With Matt, you not only have to worry about him flipping, but about him taking Andrea with him.
Better the single devil you know, then a possible double demon you don't.


MURLONIO

Rob: (to tribe) Murlonio means from the sea, united.

Rob: (interview)"Murlonio doesn't mean anything. It's a joke between me and Amber."

I'm laughing because I'm imagining the reaction of the rest of the tribe when they heard this for the first time last night while watching the show. It's so 5th grade and it has absolutely no impact on the show, but it's still funny. I'm sure Rob and Amber were cracking up last night every time "Murlonio" popped up on the screen. I'll ask Rob to bring the stuffed animal to the live show.


OMG I temporarily had forgotten that in all the Matt getting voted out again drama! I was laughing so hard when that happened. I can't wait to hear what the others have to say about it at the finale! I hope Ambuh is there too so we can see her cracking up when Jeff brings it up!!

I found it pretty funny myself.
But it made me think that this wasn't the first time it's been done.
I know it's been done before, I just can't remember who, or when.
I'm leaning toward it being Russell (self-proclaimed best to ever play the game of Survivor) in his first season.
(Does anyone know?)


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Ok I laughed out loud, the whole room turned and looked at me....

"everybody grab your balls and lets go"


Thanks Jeff!!

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Ok I laughed out loud, the whole room turned and looked at me....

"everybody grab your balls and lets go"


Thanks Jeff!!

HAHA yes, that was a good one too. I also had to chuckle when Jeff said that. I wanted to say - You first, Jeff!

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This season must be a drag if I had to go find his blog on my own!




Jeff's Blog for 4/14/11

Thanks once again to everybody who joined us for the "interactive living room" twitter session last night! It was our biggest yet!

Okay, onto the blog!

Today's blog will be stream of consciousness, with no proof reading, so bear with me..

MATT

Was he a moron? What would you have done? I felt like he was in a really tough spot. Going against your old alliance and joining the other side is a risky move. Obviously, staying with someone as dangerous as Rob is also a major risk. I think the only mistake he made was sharing his inner monologue with Rob. That's the lesson I learned – when playing a game like Survivor, you don't have to be so honest, God will understand.

But I must say, his faith in his God is pretty impressive and inspiring. Love the absolute commitment.

JULIE

Julie complained about how unfair it was for Ometepe to vote out Matt again so soon after coming back into the game. I do not believe Julie would have taken mercy on Matt if she were in the same situation. Not one bit. She didn't hesitate to get rid of Russell. She would have done the same with Matt and it would have been okay, it's part of the game.

NATALIE

When Ralph was trying to forge his way in with Ashley and Natalie, he was trying so hard to get something going. The only thing Natalie could safely offer, without risking saying anything wrong, was:

Natalie: It's a hard game.

Damn! The insincerity of that lame ass line would have prompted a major response from me. There is no chance I could have contained myself at that point in the game.

"It's a hard game." Screw off.

ZAPATERA
They're doing everything they can to try and find a way into the tight Ometepe group. That's what you have to do in this spot. You have no other option. You have to stir things up, try to get someone riled, try to start an argument, anything at all.

Sitting back and saying, "I understand" is bullshit. It gets you nowhere.

The only problem facing Zapatera is Boston Rob. Without Rob, Ometepe would have no clue what to do. That's clear by the way Rob is able to keep them in line.

BOSTON ROB

For all the concern we had that both Rob and Russell would be voted out early – Rob has done an amazing job of not only staying in the game but staying in control. There are a few key factors to his success:

a. He has an incredible knowledge of the game and the key elements required to control your fate.

b. He's a naturally gifted strategist. His "us" vs "them" while keeping himself clean is so brilliantly executed.

c. The luck of drawing the Ometepe buff. Rob would not have been as successful on Zapatera. He is relying on the naïve nature of his tribe. Everybody on Ometepe will take offense with me saying this, but without Natalie and Phillip, Rob is dead because Ralph, Julie, David and Steve would not have responded the same way.

NATALIE GETS MADE

The scene between Rob and Natalie where she reports on the actions of Ashley was straight out of the Godfather. Natalie just became "made." That is what they call it when you earn your mafia stripes, right? Natalie just made a HUGE move. She locked in her alliance with Rob when she could have made a move and gotten him out of the game. From this point forward Natalie's fate is linked to Rob.

THE CHALLENGE

Phillips story about his meditation with his great, great, great, great, Grandfather was 100% legit. Even the 99th mispronunciation of his own tripe, "Ometepe" was legit. There is nothing about Phillip that is a put on, at least as far as I can tell.

As for whether or not he was actually a former federal agent, I will get to the bottom of that during the live reunion show Sunday, May 15th. Mark it down.

I loved this challenge. I love individual challenges later in the game because there are always people fighting to stay in the game. I also love it when people let go of their humility and get in the mud.

Day to day motivation is a big factor in this game:

Grant & Rob wanted it from the word go but for different reasons:

Rob wanted to protect himself and remain in control because he understands you are NEVER safe unless you have immunity. Even with a hidden idol, if you don't play it you can get blindsided.

Grant wanted it for his tribe because he is playing the "team game."

The three Zapatera all wanted it because they needed it.

Ashley, Andrea, Natalie & Phillip – they didn't fight because they aren't worried and for now they don't have to be.

TRIBAL #1

When the low man on the other tribes totem pole tells you that he enjoys being the low man, you know you are in trouble.

Phillip embodies the loyal soldier. At this point I truly believe Phillip would fall on a sword for his tribe because in his mind he is part of an important group. What he doesn't understand is he is being played by one of the best and the only way this ends well is if Rob gets blindsided and Phillip ends up in a final with himself.

MIKE AT REDEMPTION ISLAND

Mike will be tough. Mike could be on Redemption for a while. He is an amazing competitor and from what I can tell an audience favorite.

CHALLENGE #2

I love these challenges as well! Love when we give them the chance to sit out and eat rather than compete for immunity.

I'm always amazed at who chooses to eat and why. You are so close to $1million dollar pirze. I would never give up a shot at immunity for a burger. But I think it makes perfect sense that Steve and Phillip did.

Steve knew he wouldn't win and Phillip believes he doesn't have to win. Turns out both are right.

TRIBAL #2

Stealth-R-Us.

Phillip is pure gold. Straight out of the river bed.

If there has ever been a more fascinating Survivor contestant, please share.

David brought up a great notion – that at this point, the best move for a Zapatera may be Redemption Island where you can control your fate.

I don't think we've even touched what RI will bring to this game. For those of you on the fence, give it a chance. Let's see where it goes.

Next week.. one of the most "water cooler" worthy tribal councils in quite some time.

From CBS : Some of you — okay, all of you — have said that you think Phillip is nuts, but he's self-aware enough to realize that. He explains his strategy in this un-aired extended scene: http://www.cbs.com/p...HE6X_Vs8VslOFtk

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This season must be a drag if I had to go find his blog on my own!

LOL!
I was too busy to watch this episode until Saturday afternoon!
So I didn't want to read the blog until after I'd had a chance to see the show.

For the previous episode, I was so impatient that I went to read it at the source before Pinkie posted it.
(But I would have posted it myself if I hadn't seen it here by 5pm.)
I guess Pinkie had the day off this time!


That wasn't the best episode, but it did have some interesting moments, some of which Jeff didn't even mention in his blog.
For example, the digging under the Murlonio banner.
(I still literally laugh out loud every time I see the name on the screen, thinking it's the name of a stuffed animal back at Rob's house!)
Another thing I thought he might tell us is why there was no Redemption Island challenge after Mike got there. Now that Dave is there too, will challenges always be between three players, with only one of them going home? Maybe with even two of them re-entering the game around final 5 time?
Or will the last to arrive just hang around to watch the other two go at it before taking on the winner next time?
C'mon Jeff, what's up with that?


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Sorry guys I didn't have computer access last week :(

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Don't sweat it, Pinkie!
We appreciate it every time you post Jeff's blog, and nobody blames you if you have to miss it every once in a while.

Here, forget about it by staring at Jeff for a minute.


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Is his site down for everyone or just my quirky computer?

I figure if anyone knows, it will be someone here at Morty's :-)

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Yeah, his site went down due to too much traffic (too many visitors).
So, he has posted a video version of his blog on YouTube.


From Jeff's Twitter updates:

hey guys, website just crashed! Too many visitors? beats me but we're on it! Sorry for the hassle. Get back to you asap!

Check out my latest Survivor blog. It's on video this time! EP 10. "Rice Wars" http://bit.ly/gEPNFe




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfIbafDO-xo&feature=player_embedded

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Thank you, Jedi!!

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Although Jeff did not post a written blog for this last episode, he did post some Questions & Answers.
There are a few that sound like teasers. (I highlighted them.)


Source: http://www.jeffprobs...uestions-42211/
[quote]Jeff Answers Your Questions 4/22/11

Alex & Christine
Hi Jeff! My boyfriend and i are huge survivor fans! and this is more of a suggestion than a question. We think the show should give America one vote in the final tribal council.

Here

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Video blog again this time for episode 11.
(He explains at the beginning of the video that it's less time-consuming for him.)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q2LebmO308

Note: there were only 300 views at the time I posted this.

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Video blog for episode 12.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCePXErDix0

Note: there were only 312 views at the time I posted this.

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SWEET! We're back to a written blog this time!

[quote name='Jeff Probst']Survivor: Redemption Island Episode 13 5/11/11
by jeff.probst on May 12, 2011

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I'm excited for the finale, because I have loved this season and can't wait to see how it all ends, BUT I am sad at the prospect of not seeing the always hot, especially when wet, :wub: Jeff on my TV screen for months.....

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Sugar, maybe Mike will invite you over for dinner...lol!!!!

I'm kinda glad it's almost over...time for breather before Big Brother starts. It's going to be interesting to see how it all plays out for sure. Probst is going to have to do some fancy talking at finale to get Rob those votes I think and convince the jury they should vote for Rob.

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Of course rob should win.
however if Andrea, or Ashley make the final, i would vote for them if rob wasnt there..

no way would i vote for matt.

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No Jeff Probst blog about the finale yet.
(I was hoping to hear why he forgot to touch on the subject of the "Murlonio" name.)

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(Rob and Matt signing the Murlonio flag before the finale)



But here are his latest Twitter updates:


PHOTO OF THE DAY: Boston Rob depositing $1.1 million in NYC bank in between stops at The Early Show & Regis & Kelly. http://ow.ly/i/bECj

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Bid on props from Survivor: Redemption Island!! Proceeds support Operation Smile and The Alliance For Children's Rights. http://ow.ly/4VMyq




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