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20. Natalia – industrial engineer; hot-head, bossy
The Oh-No You Didn’t – will go off

19. Angelina – Stanford, Masters from Yale, in management, not finance; high maintenance

Meredith Grey – young, professional intense woman, overthinks, gets a blind-slide

18. Cowboy Carl – the truck driver
True Grit – older athletic or military male; tough guy, you see what you get

17. Lyrsa Torres – afraid of the ocean and reptiles, is LGBT (cool), kick-boxes, practical
Lady Gaga – female not like the others, flaky, New-Agey (Kaitlyn, Rockstar), flip

16. The Mayor of Slamtown – is smart, funny and self-aware; mature, articulate
The (Pseudo) Specialist – middle-aged guy who loves himself and the good old days

15. “Davie” – “blerd,” wants to create “chaos,” is not as good as Russell Hantz
Pony Boy – young male outside of the mainstream, sensitive, aware, not a bro

14. Natalie – Publishing CEO (Merge cusp), very tough; needs to talk more about the game
The Wise Older Woman – can see through all of your nonsense; no hugs

13. Hot Cop Daniel – a dad, looks up to his step-dad (another merge boot); no killer instinct
Seduce and Destroy – most diverse type (could be smart, mean or naive); salesman

12) Jeremy – 2nd jury member, observant, intuitively understands people, analyzes minds
Social Butterfly – vivacious, bonds with both genders, outgoing, social, savvy

11) Kara Kay – used a small curved vanity mirror to start a fire; pleasant
The Siren – flirtation and charm are their game, seen as a threat (Parvati)

10) Jessica – grew up watching the game, worried about her age, 4th jury member
Little Red Riding Hood – young, sweet student; carried to the end by a strategist

9) Mike White – Jimmy Johnson part II; he’s keeping expectations low, dark horse??
Mr. Miyagi – older male player, wise, dad of the tribe, reliable season narrator

8) Gabby – open, vulnerable, emotional, smart, trustworthy; beware the quiet ones
Chelsea Handler – witty, cute, anxious, neurotic; nerd bait, ‘manic pixie girl’

7) The Killer Bi – new to Survivor, has no idea how to play the game; walled-off
GI Jane – super athletic female challenge beast, struggles socially

6) Alison – first one to the finale, doctor; just made chief resident but very laid-back (!)
Erin Brockovich – everyday kind of woman, athletic, ‘normal’ job, doesn’t play hard

5) Nick – Top Five, RHAP patron, not Big Tom, ‘Anyone but me,’ has a good shot at winning

The Good Ole Boy

4) Pat – Top Four, Robbed Goddess, dragged to the end if he makes the merge; very rigid
The Heisenberg – Russell Hantz, Jonny Fairplay, high energy, rough around the edges

3) Alec – Final Three, charming, bartender, uses ‘like’ a ton, emotional intelligence, insightful
Surfer Dude – easy-going, calls everyone ‘bro,’ keeps their closest allies; Tyson, Aras

2) Christian – Runner-Up, witty, doesn’t actually do birding, very smart, took coded notes
The Know-It-All – younger, male, snarky, super-fan, embodies the type, kinda nervous

1) Elizabeth – The Winner, understands and respects the game, well-rounded, very subtle
Mommy Dearest – older woman who has kids; Tina

The Surfer Dude has the highest win rate (just look at Tyler, in #BB20; Fabio)
– Solid Alliances: Mommy Dearest, Mr. Miyagi, Good Ole Boy (the Mr. Miyagi never wins; take him as the goat)

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Preliminary Survivor Rankings:

  1. Ultimate Sole Survivor: Christian (the real Cochran)
  2. Alison – the doctor, thumbs up
  3. Dan – SWAT cop, cool Dad [The First Lady of Podcast’s Choice]
  4. Carl – a truck driver, thumbs up; makes jury [Rob’s Choice]
  5. Jeremy Crawford – SC, lawyer, passed the bar in 4 states
  6. Angelina – Stanford, Yale, finance, travel; Parvati overtones?
  7. Alec – the bartender
  8. Natalie – Publishing CEO
  9. Elizabeth Olsen – no, #Birding
  10. Natalia – industrial engineer, into fitness; will be good at challenges
  11. “Davie,” – five Twitter accounts, stuck on DMs, thumbs down
  12. Pat (tattoos, likes the Jets) – a rough version of Rupert; makes the merge, but not jury
  13. Nick Wilson (Kentucky) – will get himself a slingshot, similar to JT; pre-merge
  14. The Mayor of Slamtown – I heard of him in third grade; merge boot
  15. Mike White – School of Rock, bad body shot, kind of flip; will make it to the swap
  16. Kara Kay – doesn’t really pop
  17. Gabby – flakes out in the rain
  18. Lyrsa (purple hair) – definitely pre-jury and pre-merge
  19. Jessica – may also go down in the rain, 50/50
  20. First-One Out: Bi


BB: “The End of All Things”


This is the quietest but hugest disappointment of the season: Angela, the Great, came in as a roaring tiger and left as a lamb. What happened to our powerful Ice Queen?? Why didn’t she cut her weaker mate, Tyler, like a ravenous black widow spider?

I didn’t want Angela’s heart to melt. I wanted it to grow 273.15 degrees colder – on the Celsius scale! Absolute zero! I wanted a second Ice Age, in the BB house! She could have won the whole game! Yet, she threw it away.

Swayleigh – Gone. Faleigh – Gone. Tangela – Soon to be Gone. Go JC. Sam for AFP.

I do not like when players say, ‘I would love to lose to you.’ But do imagine that whoever says this (JC) wants to lose to only the mark (Tyler), and not to anyone else. If sufficiently incensed, JC may make sure Tyler loses to Kaycee, out of spite. People don’t like being humiliated – especially by secret Final 2s, made at the beginning of the game.

Throwing end-of-the-game comps is not unprecedented. Richard Hatch threw an endurance comp, on Day 38, forcing the winner of Immunity to pick whether they wanted to be in the Final Two with Rich, or Rudy. Rich bargained on the Immunity winner taking himself, and he was right. However, it’s not a lock that Tyler is as good as the first Survivor winner, Richard Hatch.

Regardless, the Veto Queen was back. This is Kaycee’s fifth POV win, alone. My ranking for who I hope to win is: 1) JC 2) Kaycee 3) Tyler.

‘No blood on your hands’ =/= best player. As I alluded to, in my dissection of what does a ‘bitter jury’ mean, the best player threads the needle, between being the nice guy, who didn’t upset anyone and being the bloodthirsty, mastermind/”super-fan,” who orchestrated every move and can take credit for every blindside, in the end.

The concept behind being the best player, as with most things in life, is balance. You can’t be the nice guy and win or expect to win when you’ve been carried, to the end – nor can you be completely aggressive and throw jury management (which is a part of good game-play) out the window. The best player plays as his or herself and interweaves all aspects of passive, aggressive and assertive (the Middle Path) game-play, just like in the 48 Laws of Power.

Oh, this is a totally different Final Three than what everyone envisioned. Two of my Final Five are there though: Kaycee and JC.

There was some talk, on Twitter, that Tyler, might be gay but it was totally unconfirmed (Swaggy C is also supposedly gay). Tyler may be bisexual, but even if he is, Tyler doesn’t like JC, that way.

I just don’t understand how or why JC is so in love with Tyler. I thought JC was more street-smart than that. But you can’t control who you love, right? Irrational emotions get in the way of game-play, again.

I mean, I get it: you have to shore up your position. But JC taking credit for everything – while not knowing that 1) Tyler is in Level 6 2) Tyler had a Final 2 with Kaycee and that 3) Angela and Tyler are in a showmance – is becoming insufferable, at this point. JC also didn’t win the second competition that he needed to win, to completely secure his ultimate victory – as I noted last week. Ugh.

I loved BB20 but yes, I am very excited Survivor DvG is starting next week! I say shorter BB seasons, with a larger cast and more double evictions – even earlier double evictions. Even Rob likes 70 days vs. 90 days. Three months is too drawn out. The only upside is segueing right into Survivor.

By the time it hits Labor Day, BB should be wrapping up or already over. Do a big Unofficial-End-of-Summer Finale. There should be no September Big Brother. We shouldn’t be waiting until the actual end of summer. Start Survivor earlier. New Fiscal Year, new blockbuster reality TV show. When the US Open starts, we should be in BB’s Final Three.

#Tangela is boring. When @kaitcoaching left, half of me left the game. Tyler looked like a giant because he was surrounded by ants. Of course, you can run the game against people like Fessy, Bay, Rockstar, Hay, Sam and JC. C’mon!

Bay got a second chance, with her HOH, after Swaggy left but she threw that chance away. That’s the only reason we still have Tyler here, today. I’m over Tyler; he’s overrated.

The true tragedy of the season is that Sam thought Tyler was lying about his secret power app. If only she had shredded that false Final Two and exposed Tyler’s conniving self, sending him packing – the same way Tyler sacked Bay.

thank you JC

Also: Ready for Survivor

First One Out: Bi.

First One Out

Ultimate Sole Survivor: Christian.

Ultimate Sole Survivor

Preliminary Survivor Rankings:

Survivor DvG preliminary rankings

I can also see Alison as the winner. Being a doctor is a huge plus. The nerd king trend is kind of played out, but I am still hanging on to the Cochran.

Lyrsa definitely give me huge First Boot vibes, but every time I see Bi, and her being promoted so hard, I get cold feet. If the tribe is sitting under the shelter, hiding from the rain, Bi’s going to have a ton of pent-up energy/rage – that she could take out on her fellow castaways.

One pair who could be flipped: Dan could be a hidden jerk and Nick might be a cool Big Tom (from Survivor: Africa).

I would put Davie, the “blerd,” higher, but Nicole’s insight into the whole weird ‘sliding into the DMs’ thing, led me to put more people above him.