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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 8 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 14th 2011 7:15AM
Phillip Sheppard, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'The Buddy System']

I don't think we've ever seen anything quite like what we're seeing happen this season on 'Survivor.' I'm not talking about the clear tribal divisions that still exist post-merge, as that's been done. I'm not even talking about the insane-or-not Phillip, because he's an archetype we've seen before as well.

For some reason, CBS decided to show us just how much padding they put into these episodes of 'Survivor' by basically giving us two complete installments in one hour. Each ran about 30 minutes and included all the tribal banter you usually see, a full challenge and a complete Tribal Council.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island': Phillip Likes Being Lowest on the Tribal Ladder (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 14th 2011 2:36AM
Phillip gets philosophical, 'Survivor: Redemption Island''Boston Rob' Mariano may be outplaying the competition on this season of 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), but Phillip is the one out-entertaining everyone. His insanity has only gotten more outrageous with each passing week.

This time around he hinted that some of his antics are a show for strategic reasons, because he believes people will be more inclined to take a person like him into the finals than someone who might stand a chance to beat them.

We agree that his lunatic ramblings would make for an epic and hilarious final Tribal Council, but we're not sure what he could say to secure votes. For now, though, he's laying low and playing along.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 7 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 7th 2011 11:40AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'This Game Respects Big Moves'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'This Game Respects Big Moves']

This week's episode title is a very true statement. And in this merge episode, the right big move could turn everything around. Zapatera is poised to be a likely underdog almost regardless of the Redemption Arena turnout. We've seen so many merges with lopsided numbers where the outnumbered tribe is decimated one by one.

What it comes down to is your ranking within your own tribe. If you are six out of six going into a merge, then how can you possibly think that's okay? And someone is at the bottom of every tribal alliance. The key is to find that person and exploit their position to make a game-changing shift in power.

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A Surprise Vote After the 'Survivor' Tribes Merge (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 7th 2011 4:20AM
Tribes Merge on 'Survivor'There's good news and bad news for Matt on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). Though the second person voted off this season, he's lasted 15 days on Redemption Island, winning all five duels against other contestants sent there.

Again, he wins the duel, this time against Sarita, and Jeff Probst hands him a buff to rejoin the game. It's a new color: merge!

The two tribes are now one, and it's everyone for him/herself in the immunity challenge. At Tribal Council, the eighth person voted off is a case of déja vu: Matt.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 7 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 31st 2011 7:30AM
Ometepe, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'It Don't Take a Smart One']

While we may not have known it going into this week's episode, it turned out to be one of the most pivotal of the season. No, they haven't merged yet, but the tribal dynamics are so firmly established now, it's more important than ever to know where everyone stands for when that day does come.

I've found myself wondering how different this season might have played out if Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz hadn't been involved. Ometepe has become the "Boston Rob" show, while Zapatera was so quickly anti-Russell that their hatred of having him among them extended to anyone he was building relationships with.

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Boston Rob and His Groupies Anger Phillip on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 31st 2011 4:20AM
No Rice for Phillip on 'Survivor'Phillip is angry, again. At Boston Rob, again. He said last week that he'd keep his cool and pounce on his teammate competition only at the opportune moment.

But on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), an incident over food has him on edge. The "crispy rice" has been reserved wholly for Rob.

"When we make it, guys, we're all entitled to whatever is made, OK, in equal proportions," says Phillip.

He later tells the camera, "Boston Rob is Boston Rob: He gets deference to everything ... They're sharing his underwear -- the girls -- his socks, his bed. And the first opportunity I have to eliminate him, I will!"

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'Hell Hath No Fury' Like Phillip on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 24th 2011 8:40AM
Phillip Is Furious on 'Survivor: Redemption Island'On 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), Phillip discovers Rob and Grant perusing an immunity-idol clue. The three of them are supposed to be in an alliance, but it's clear Boston Rob and Grant hadn't intended to share it with him.

The former federal agent (?) later tells the camera: "Well, hell hath no fury like a lion" -- he flashes the tattoo on his right shoulder -- "or a gorilla" -- his left shoulder -- "when he thinks he's been provoked. I served my country for four years, 11 months, 13 days for duty, honor, country. That means something to me. And when you try to trash on that, me and the United States got somethin' for you when you try that one, baby."

But instead of dwelling "in a place of negativity," Phillip decides, "I'm gonna smile. And when the time comes, I'm gonna kick a little ass around here."

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 6 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 24th 2011 7:35AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Red-Headed Step Child'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Their Red-Headed Stepchild']

I'm starting to think that 'Survivor' is determined to drive me crazy this year. Or at least the past few weeks. Each time I start to get really invested in a character, they go and get rid of them. Well, except for Phillip.

The guy's a lunatic, sure, but he was actually one of the most sane and rational people on the show this week. Or maybe it's just because we weren't subjected to his tightie pinkies for an hour. Regardless, I thought his analysis of the Ometepe hierarchy was spot-on.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 5 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 17th 2011 6:30AM
Krista and Stephanie, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'We Hate Our Tribe']

Could this finally be the season that "Boston Rob" Mariano takes home the $1 million prize? It's certainly going to be hard to convince a jury to give it to him, even if he gets that far. Unless they discount the fact that his wife has already won this game once and credit the game he's played so far.

Of course, he's still got to make it there, and the way Ometepe has been playing so far, it's not looking very promising. Coming into this week's installment, they'd only won one challenge that we'd seen. And that was because Zapatera threw the challenge so they could get rid of their own "All-Star."

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'Boston Rob' Mariano Is Just Messing With People Now on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 17th 2011 1:41AM
At this point "Boston Rob" Mariano's just having fun with the game of 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). He's already got the majority of his tribe in his pocket, and to top it off this week, they actually managed to win a Challenge without the help of the opposing tribe throwing it.

Now Grant thinks he and Rob are part of this tight alliance. He also thinks the two of them have something no one else does.

In the Reward coffee jar, Grant saw the newest clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol. You may recall that Rob already has the Idol, so none of this really matters. But the days are long out there, so why not have some fun?

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 4 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 10th 2011 2:30PM
'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Don't You Work for Me?'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Don't You Work for Me?']

Two 'Survivor' all-stars. Two very different initial reactions. Two very different results within their tribes. Kind of makes you wonder if things would have been different had they been put on different sides.

Unfortunately, Russell's third shot at the title of "Sole Survivor" took a huge hit last week when he was sent to Redemption Island. This was probably both frustrating for Russell as well as CBS. It's kind of hard to have this exciting "Rob vs. Russell" season if Russell gets booted at his team's first chance. But that's what happened.

Thus, the Redemption Island twist that offered players a chance to get back into the game at some undetermined point in the future. All Russell has to do is survive long enough to get back in, make the merge, and then it's game on. Right?

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A Tearful Elimination from Redemption Arena on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 10th 2011 1:15AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island'Russell Hantz's journey to his third straight finale hit a major speed bump on last week's 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). His own tribe was so determined to get rid of him that they threw the challenge to get him eliminated.

Thanks to the 'Redemption' part of this new season, Hantz wasn't completely eliminated from the game, though. The producers anticipated this possibility, so they stacked the game to allow players a second chance to stay in the game.

So Russell went to 'Redemption Island' where he'd have to face-off against Matt in a challenge to stay in the competition. If he can stay alive through a series of challenges, he can return to the game. One loss, though, and he would be out for good.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 3 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2011 5:50AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Keep Hope Alive'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Keep Hope Alive']

Did you notice the new tattoo Russell's sporting for this season of 'Survivor'? If not, it's the title of the episode and a good mantra for this season. After all, the whole concept of Redemption Island is about keeping hope alive and finding a way to get back into the game. And this time, you have to earn it every step of the way.

In fact, we finally got to see how that process is going to unfold each week with our first look into the Redemption Island Arena, as well as what type of challenge was awaiting Francesca and Matt as the first duel of the season.

If you were hoping -- like I was -- for something akin to the gladiatorial battles we see on 'Spartacus,' you would have been disappointed.

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Russell Struggles to Fortify His Alliance on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2011 5:12AM
Julie Wolfe & Russell Hantz, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'Russell Hantz came into this season of 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) promising to play a kinder and gentler game. The sock-burning and sabatoging his own tribe would be gone. That much he's been true to ... sort of. He's used the "with me or against me" line and he has established his alliance with young girls, but can he get away with it a third time?


Russell's goal was to keep his tribe strong and dominant in the challenges into the merge, and there was an indication he was wavering on that plan. But the rest of his tribe had other thoughts. So they threw the challenge and concocted a plan to eliminate Russell -- or his ally Stephanie if he happened to have an Immunity Idol.

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What to Watch: February 28 - March 6

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 28th 2011 2:32AM

The Celebrity Apprentice - Sunday March 6, 9PM ET/PT, Global/NBC

I honestly don't know how The Donald continues to attract genuine -- if slightly faded -- celebrities to compete on his tired show. But mixed in with a 'Real' housewife and Gary Busey are Marlee Matlin, Dionne Warwick, Niki Taylor, Meat Loaf and Lil Jon. As always, they'll compete in a number of dubious marketing challenges and raise money for charity. In this 2-hour premiere, the task is running a pizza joint in NYC, where the contestants break a fundraising record and then His Hairness fires someone.

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