Another episode of Survivor 21 down. This one was chock full of crazy! So many thoughts… so little blog…
What’s up with that Holly chick on the Antique tribe? How could filling Dan’s shoes with sand seem like a good idea at any time? I’m not sure what she was trying to prove. Ok, she was mad. But vandalism? How does that win her any friends. And then there’s the question, “Who brings $1600 shoes on Survivor anyway?” The best part is when Holly then goes and tells Dan what she did, but instead of being humble, she gets right in his face. If the Antiques lost, that decision could have cost Holly the game.
And over at the Youngins tribe there was sock theft. NaOnka could not find her socks. Deciding that Fabio must have stolen them, she put a pair of his on and ran around the beach. What is with these people thinking that stealing footwear is the way to win friends and influence people. If the Youngins lost, that decision could cost NaOnka the game.
At the challenge both tribes had to perform some bizarre muddy-ball-hay-toss thing. Again the Fossils were faced with the decision of whether or not to use the MEDALLION OF POWER (cue scary music). The last time they opted to pass and ended up losing the challenge. That idea cost them Wendie. All things considered, that seemed like a good decision. Faced with the same decision, this time for a combo immunity/reward challenge, they invoked THE POWER. Although they almost snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory, the Antiques managed to prevail.
With the Pre-schoolers heading off to tribal council, many different names were on the block. Shannon, whose place in the tribe was hanging on by one tiny little thread, made the decision to pound that last nail in the coffin himself when he began his insane rant covering everything from Evil Chase in the Tree to the revelation that New York is full of gay people. Apparently they don’t have gays in Louisiana. That outburst did him in. Why would he choose that moment to make such inflammatory comments?
It seemed like a good idea at the time…
In his goodbye speech, Shannon said that he should have been on the older tribe. His logic: He’s been married for eleven years. That makes him eleven years older than his tribe mates. It would seem that marriage ages you exponentially… that’s funny.
House and Cuddy sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G…
Talk about big decisions! That one was six seasons in the making. Unfortunately for me, I spent the first ten minutes of the show trying to remember why he had stitches on his chest and a gash in his cheek. Finally I went to IMDB and looked up the episode description from last seasons finale. Then I remembered the poor chick in the rubble and how Dr. Grinchory House’s heart grew three sizes that day. A “previously on House” would have helped right about then.
So now Dr. Cuddy is in love with House, who has driven her bananas for years. A few thoughts floated through my mind as I watched the episode, although I admit I was playing Uno with my 7-year-old at the time. But it was Elmo Uno, so it wasn’t that mentally taxing. Have you paid your mental taxes?
First of all, Cuddy has a daughter. House had a point when he said he was a bad choice for a woman with a baby. And where was the baby for the whole day and night anyway? I didn’t see her call the sitter once! Sure Cuddy deserved a day off, but don’t you think she’d call even once to check in? The hospital called every other minute, but not a peep from the babysitter. It reminded me of Friends when Rachel walked around all the time with a baby monitor but you never saw the kid.
Second, House was already manipulating her. He intercepted her calls and put the entire hospital at risk with the neurosurgeon issue. And why was the old guy taking his pants off anyway? Why doesn’t Chase ever go nuts and strip? Cuddy and House are both control freaks and it’s anyone’s guess who will end up in the alpha position.
Finally, with emotional and addiction issues galore, is he really a good choice for a woman with a baby? Oh wait, we covered that one already.
You also have to wonder if finally getting House and Cuddy together after all these years of sexual tension will bring about the disease of Moonlighting-osis, a fatal condition in which a major plot point is resolved, causing the death of the patient. It’s often very difficult to diagnose until the disease is so advance that the suffer is near death. It is such a perplexing disease that only someone with diagnostic skills like Dr. House could save the patient… wait a second…
In a way, this predicament is not unlike real life. You meet someone. You hit it off. The chemistry is undeniable. You start a relationship with the person. But was it a good choice? Only time will tell.
So why did the writers have Cuddy hook up with House despite all the obvious risks to the show’s life and limb? Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Only as the season unfolds will we be able to tell if it was.
As I sat here watching the first episode of the new season of Survivor, several things struck me. First of all, in the whole “Young versus Old” thing, I would be on the Old team. I loved it when one of the youngins’ called them the “Antiques” although I find the idea of being an antique more than a little disturbing.
In the first tribal council, the Fossils had to vote off one of their own. It seemed to be between Wendie Jo and NFL coach Jimmy Johnson. Personally I think Wendie was digging her own grave with every syllable she spoke. She even seemed to be aware of it as she talked. Wendie probably thought that her non-stop chatter was a good idea at the time, but clearly she was mistaken. In her closing speech she expressed regret about how she played and the decision “not to be herself.” But at tribal council she was herself and look what happened.
I used to think about applying for Survivor, but I’m not sure how I would have done. Like Wendie Jo, I would have a difficult time pretending to be someone I’m not. As uncomfortable as I am in my own skin at times, my goofiness can not be denied. If nothing else, it’s too tiring to pretend. Much like lying, it takes too much effort which is why I seldom bother with either. Hopefully in my case tribe mates would find my odd sense of humor and quirky ability to do accents endearing. In the case of Wendie Jo, it was just plain annoying.
In the end, did the Antique tribe make the right choice by voting off Wendie Jo? Did she have some special hidden talent that could have changed the course of the game? Now Wendie is gone and they will never know. But…
It seemed like a good idea at the time.