Purple Rock Survivor Podcast: Kaoh Rong Episode 8 “The Jocks vs. The Pretty People”

While it may be a moot point discussing any events of the eighth episode of Survivor: Kaoh Rong since the result of the season is no longer in doubt, we attempt to do so anyway.

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Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Kaoh Rong episode 8 “The Jocks vs. The Pretty People”

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • The meta-textual comeuppance of Nick.
  • The excellence of Cydney’s move and whether or not it was the right one.
  • Why Obvious Winner Michele™ decided to vote out someone on her side to preserve people who were not.
  • How much credit do we give Aubry for agreeing to a plan that doesn’t involve voting her out?
  • Was forming a women’s alliance a good idea for these women against these men?
  • What on earth was Tai doing at Tribal Council?
  • What do we make of the humanizing moments for Jason and Scot?
  • More outlandish medevac scenarios! Or are they? (They are)

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  • turgid_legume

    Got a little bit of an echo issue with Andy’s voice. Either that or I’m having the weirdest stroke.

    • I am definitely hearing it too.

    • Alkanarra

      It’s gotten to the point where he’s even talking over himself.

      • sharculese

        Let’s be honest: two Andys talking over each other was always Andy’s vision for this podcast.

        • andythesaint

          Didn’t appreciate that asshole interrupting me.

    • It does seem to get better though.

      • It stopped at 4 1/2 minutes in. But I posted the corrected version. Sorry about that! And thank you for alerting me to the screw-up.

    • sharculese

      I put it on as I was driving to the grocery store, and when Andy started talking I straight up asked myself, “did I get so high I don’t remember doing it?”

      Eta: I wasn’t high, so this story is funny, not scary.

  • Diego Armando

    Why is Andy echoing?

    • He’s finally found the echo chamber he always wanted.

      (The updated version is posted now. He no longer echoes.)

  • Sorry guys. Pulling this for a minute.

  • Roswulf

    I can’t tell whether I want Michelle to be voted out immediately so that we can stop talking her, or for her to actually march to a mostly incompetent victory as Andy slides into full, Hearts of Darkness style madness.

    • andythesaint

      Every week I tell myself “alright, I’ve said my piece. That’s enough about her and her supporters”.

      I’m such a fucking liar.

    • Other Scott

      That would make my Wednesday’s slightly worse with the added benefit of making my Friday’s considerably better.

      While I can’t cheer for that directly because I care more if Survivor is good than if Purple Rock is entertaining, I’d have to say I wouldn’t be overly disappointed in the process.

      • andythesaint

        There’s a middle ground here: for her to get to the end then ignored by the jury and shut out.

        • Other Scott

          I can only imagine how much you would gloat after the finale.

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            Nobody likes a gloater.

        • DrVanNostrand

          Like sharculese, the jury will direct questions to the other two finalists, turn to Michele and say, “Were you even on this season? Because I’m drawing a blank.”

        • Violina23

          That’s exactly what I hope happens — Final 3 of Aubry, Jason, Michele.

  • Diego Armando

    The movie is called Death Bed: The Bed That Eats.

    • andythesaint

      Patton Oswalt led me astray.

      • sharculese

        As he does to all of us…

  • andythesaint

    Thing I wanted to talk about on the show but didn’t: this week was the culmination Debbie’s earlier post-swap work. Because of the bonds we saw her form with Cydney and Michele, a women’s alliance was able to come together, giving her options when things weren’t going her way. So once again, we are failing to give her the credit she’s due (even me, on the podcast).

  • Other Scott

    I don’t want to derail this too much, but guess who’s on the S34 potential cast list!

    (It’s not Woo.)

    • Assistant Dragon Slayer

      Tyler? Hali? Wes? Garrett?

      • I’d sooner take Garrett than some of the people on this list. But Hali is on it.

    • It’s someone that beat Woo.

      Oh, I guess that spoils it.

      • Roswulf

        Abi Maria?

        • sharculese

          It’s a pre-merge challenge where the reward is that Abi-Maria joins the other tribe and gets a say in any votes they go to but can’t be voted out.

          Then at the merge she leaves and everyone is like ‘oh thank, god,’ but it turns out there’s a fun surprise waiting at Ponderosa…

          • Roswulf

            Man, not asking Lil back for that is just insulting.

          • sharculese

            Much like Joe unseated Malcolm and Tai is unseating Rupert, Abi-Maria has unseated Lil as the force that will tear up your alliance if not treated with care.

          • Other Scott

            They said they’d get back to her….

    • Can we just have a Disqus bitch session about this potential cast please?

    • sharculese

      Serious request for our glorious podmasters – I understand that there are people who don’t want to know anything about S34 and I respect that, but could we possibly have a page for those of us who do want to talk about the casting call leaks?

      • andythesaint

        Done

        • sharculese

          Thanks.

  • Assistant Dragon Slayer

    In defense of Debbie vetoing a switch to Jason because Joe “wouldn’t remember who to vote for”: She’s probably thinking about what a pain in the ass he was about the vote switching back and forth between Julia and Peter, but Debbie’s not going to say that when she’s literally in the same boat as Julia.

    John, you can have “Girl Tyler” but I’m claiming dibs on calling Joe “Chris Daugherty 2.0”

    • sharculese

      Why would you compare Joe to someone who was allowed to speak on camera.

  • andythesaint

    Andy: “Michele couldn’t get a single person to vote for Jason”.

    What about Tai you ranting lunatic? Geez, maybe you should calm the fuck down.

    • sharculese

      This is something I’ve kind of been wondering about regarding Tai being the winner. The story Nick is giving us is that the vote was switching back and forth between him and Kyle, and it landed on Nick so as not to confuse Joe. If they had enough time to go through all of that debate, did they not have enough time to clue Tai in on where the votes were going, or did they just not bother to? And if it’s the latter, what does that say about what they think of his place in the game?

  • Mike Hirsch

    I am not one of the people who thinks Aubry is having a *good* game. She is compelling to watch, though. And, I do tend to believe (or at least hope) they used her first episode arc of meltdown-redemption as a preview in miniature of her overall story for the season, and that she’ll start making some good decisions and wind up having a strong endgame.

    But she could just as easily be setup to end the game in abject failure and misery. The fun of Survivor!

    • Violina23

      Aubrey definitely got REALLY lucky that bigger events (outside her power) happened to coincide with some of her more poor game play decisions, and she was able to sneak away unscathed. I think that’s why medivacs can be so frustrating because they really do impact the natural flow of the game. If she wins, I’ll still be happy, and give her the credit she deserves, but luck definitely played a bigger role with her game thusfar than with most recent winners that I recall.

      • Mike Hirsch

        Yeah, I would have to agree.

  • VoicOff

    I think you are missing the fact that you are watching an edited version of the game. It’s obvious to you that Scott, Nick and Jason won’t win, but it may not be obvious to someone in the game. Plus, with Nick playing both sides, talking to the jocks and the women, he may have made himself a target

    • We’re not missing that fact. Our claim that it seems likely that those guys won’t win is based off of multiple people giving confessionals (either on air or in bonus scenes) discussing how they don’t like those people.

  • Hornacek

    I like Andy calling Aubry and Debbie (more than once) “Aubry and Debree”.

    • Violina23

      I noticed that too! 🙂

  • tocantins

    I think you don’t realize that Michelle is like Tony. Tony voted out his alliance, and it worked, because he was unpredictable. Michelle is doing the same, just with the added fact of being like Sandra (who won this game twice, mind you) by doing so behind the scenes.

  • Ms. Sweaterfan

    You guys gave me whiplash – I instinctively shake my head whenever someone misuses the phrase “begs the question” but then you corrected yourself which made me nod in approval. Two thumbs up.

    • Violina23

      At least they didn’t say “for all intensive purposes”

      That and people saying “I could care less”. THAT MEANS YOU CARE A LITTLE!

  • Other Scott

    For the record, I voted Aubry gets attacked by dementors not to screw with John, but because for someone who had such a bubbly personality pre-game she has barely cracked a smile the entire game.

    • Violina23

      I voted for the dementors for the shameless pandering. Because I like being pandered to. (It’s like playing “Apples to Apples” or “Cards Against Humanity”). And FWIW, I will vote for @purplerockjohn:disqus next week because of the Oregon Trail pandering.

    • andythesaint

      It’s like her soul has already been sucked out!

      (That’s a thing that dementors do, right?)

      • Violina23

        Not quite, in a normal attack, they basically suck all the happiness/joy/hope out of a person’s life. Only when the dementors perform the “dementor’s kiss” do they do something akin to sucking out their soul. Described in a the book as a fate worse than death.

        • andythesaint

          “Suck all the happiness/joy/hope out of a person’s life”. So Aubry WAS attacked.

      • Other Scott

        Eventually. If you are unlucky enough. Mostly they just make you feel really sad.

      • Other Scott

        I think Ian Rosenberger was attacked by dementors at the end of Palau, actually.

  • Violina23

    Maybe #ObviousWinnerMichele(TM)’s master plan was to let Cydney spearhead a plan that isolates her as a bigger target, letting Jason/Scot use up all their energy to target her & the brains (plus Tai), and then slip herself into a final 3….

    I wrote that half joking, but if the final three is Jason, Scot, and Michele:
    1) Michele would TOTALLY win by a landslide (if not unanimously)
    2) She would probably have [somewhat] earned it
    3) The fans would be disappointed because it would be boring as hell to watch all the more dynamic and fun people get voted out.

    • andythesaint

      I agree completely that a good path for her would be to get to the end with Jason and Scot. I just have a hard time seeing now how they get there.

      • Violina23

        I don’t know — if, say, Julia is voted out at the next tribal, then Michele can pit brains vs. brawn for a while and get pretty far based on “They are a bigger threat than me” If she gets lucky and wins the final immunity challenge, it could happen.