Purple Rock Survivor Podcast: Cambodia Episodes 10 & 11

Two episodes converge on the night before a holiday, messing with our schedule almost as much as the actions of players on this season messed with their games. Listen to find out how thankful we are to have a season like this one to discuss.

Purple Rock Survivor Podcast: Cambodia episodes 10 & 11


Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Cambodia episodes 10 & 11

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Shelter vs Challenge and why the producers called this audible
  • Our assessment of Ciera’s game and her placement in comparison to her first go round
  • Should Jeremy have saved Stephen and was it all for naught?
  • How much Andy can say about Stephen before we lose our entire audience.
  • How in the world did Joe not get voted out?
  • Is Spencer the new clubhouse leader in the winner standings?
  • The return of Abi-Maria, Destroyer of Worlds
  • Whether or not this season has been too twisty for its own good
  • And what we’re thankful for this year.

Of course, we always welcome your comments. You can leave a comment here, tweet us @purplerockpod, or email us at purplerockpodcast on gmail. Thanks for listening and/or watching!

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  • gouis

    Sweet refugee burn on Ethan and Lex

    • andythesaint

      I’m generally good for one smug lefty burn every other podcast, but John usually edits them out.

      • Saturday Evening Palsy

        “Lefty burn?”

        • andythesaint

          Left-wing insult of conservatives.

          • Saturday Evening Palsy

            Well, that’s what I thought, just didn’t know those two were conservatives. Lex?

          • andythesaint

            I don’t think they are, nor was I suggesting that they were. I was making an analogy.

            I’m also seeing why John edits these comments out all the time. Heated, strained analogies are more trouble than they’re worth.

          • Saturday Evening Palsy

            I thought that the comment was funny. It’s just tough to make a comment that the entirety of the internet understands. Sometimes I’m kinda dumb and get confused, like when I didn’t pick Joe the Witch in the Savage league when I could’ve.

          • andythesaint

            Believe me, I’m not faulting you for the confusion.

      • sharculese

        fwiw I don’t care how short it is; I would read a weekly column called ‘stuff Andy said that was too left-wing to air.’

        • andythesaint

          I think I brought up school shootings at one point. Or more than one point possibly.

          • sharculese

            I don’t know how you managed to do that, but I want to know.

          • andythesaint

            The key is to lose your sense of what’s appropriate.

            (I think it was when I was talking about worrying about your kids when Terry went home).

          • sharculese

            I feel like at this point it’s clear that I’m a fan of not having any filter about what it’s appropriate to share.

  • Barbara Anderson

    When did you record this podcast?

    • purplerockpodcast

      I think it was Friday night.

      • Barbara Anderson

        I was just curious because of the Twitter drama that went down yesterday.

        • andythesaint

          The Stephen/Spencer stuff? Or is there something else?

          • Barbara Anderson

            The Stephen/Spencer stuff is definitely on there. There was also a quick fight between Shane and Ciera. Also, Shane got involved with Stephen and Spencer’s fight.

        • indescribable hat

          What happened? Is this going to be the year my Survivor obsession forces me to join Twitter?

          • Barbara Anderson

            There was (last I checked) two separate Twitter situations that involved Shane. There was a Shane versus Ciera thing that was quick, but the big ticket event was Stephen versus Spencer versus Shane. Stephen has went on Reddit to clarify some of his statements but it still seems like he is hurt by Spencer’s actions for inside and outside the game (I guess Spencer is trying to minimize their friendship kinda like what he did with Vytas).

        • purplerockpodcast

          What Twitter drama was there? I wasn’t on there much this weekend.

          • Max_Jets
          • Barbara Anderson

            That was the quick Ciera/Shane fight…That tweet is just made to be followed by the words “Oh, snap!”. However, Shane had a better chance of getting on than her two (alleged) pre-game alliances mate, Brad and Troyzan.

          • Ms_Woozah

            I love Ciera

          • purplerockpodcast

            Damn! Twist that knife, Ciera! Well done.

          • Kemper Boyd

            BURN

  • randomfan

    I’m thankful for this podcast and website, I don’t comment here pretty much ever but I love the podcast and the articles on the site are great.

  • Kemper Boyd

    I’m glad someone agrees with my hypothesis that Joe isn’t the shoe in for victory that people assume if he won all the immunities.

    • Barbara Anderson

      If he was the winner of this season, I think we will have more from him besides “winning immunity is what I have to do” and “winning rewards is good because I can recharge in order to winning immunity” and “I want to see my dad on the island”.

      • Kemper Boyd

        I totally agree, if all he does is win immunities I don’t think enough of this jury will vote for him solely on that basis. That isn’t to say he won’t do something amazing later on but versus some of the good strategists he may struggle.

        • Barbara Anderson

          Also, we are starting to see some of his flaws ie being a bit cocky.

          • purplerockpodcast

            It’s more than a bit. Though as I’ve said, I think it’s at least understandable. When you don’t lose and everyone tells you how great you are, you tend to believe your own hype.

          • Barbara Anderson

            For Joe, though, it makes him look bad because he is someone who is blah regularly. At least Ozzy and Malcolm had some personality and strategy.

          • Kemper Boyd

            The ONLY reason Ozzy didn’t seem like a total douche his first go round was because he ended up in the greatest underdog alliance the game had seen to that point and being an underdog always makes you more likeable.
            Ozzy is much worse than Joe much much worse.

          • Barbara Anderson

            Of course it does, but that wasn’t my point. We can at least describe Ozzy’s personality and at least one positive strategic move (sending himself to Redemption Island so his tribe can end up equal at the merge) that he made. What were Joe’s strategic moves? Sending Nina ahead in that challenge when they clearly needed her hands?

          • sharculese

            Ozzy didn’t seem like a total douche the first go round?

          • Kemper Boyd

            total douche no… massive douche, yes.

          • Kemper Boyd

            Oh yeah, he’s got reason to believe his own hype but it’s starting to rub others the wrong way. It should be noted one of the people who seemed (edit wise at least) to be most sick of him was one who used him as a vote, Kelley.

          • Barbara Anderson

            But, he was more sick of him because he was wishy washy and wouldn’t stick to a plan.

  • indescribable hat

    I agree that Stephen doesn’t have much of a resume this time around, but in the bloodbath that is an all-star season I’m willing to give people credit for a lot less than usual. He became more valuable to Jeremy than loyalty-obsessed meat shield Savage and super meat shield Joe. He repaired his alliance with Tasha well enough that a few days after trying to vote him out she’s talking about how voting blocs are dead and she’s in this loyal alliance to the end (not just at TC, she’s got a bonus confessional on this). And Spencer didn’t just fool Stephen, he fooled that whole alliance, including Jeremy and Tasha, who had seen the extent of his campaigning against Stephen. I felt like I was watching a skilled player get beaten badly by other skilled players, not watching someone screw everything up while giving good confessionals.

    • andythesaint

      I think this is fair.

    • Scarlett3639

      Well said. I think that if Stephen had a flaw this season it was that he was so determined not to duplicate mistakes he made during Tocantins that it blinded him to much of what was actually happening this season. He was so focused on Joe being the J.T. that he wasn’t really seeing who the actual threats were, or at least he wasn’t correctly assessing how much of a threat they really were.

  • Diego Armando

    Thank you for the shout out. Great episode.

    • purplerockpodcast

      It was deserved. I loved your idea.

      • Diego Armando

        After the immunity challenge in the second episode, I stated out load “Holy Crap! They are actually going to do it!”

  • Roswulf

    I think you are giving too much credit to Stephen for the Monica blindside- that move was initiated by Kimmy and even Jeremy was more committed to the plan than Fish. I actually think Stephen’s reluctance to burn Monica was smart, but he was solidly a follower on the move. In terms of strategic results, Fish was no Kimmy.

    I drew extreme schadenfreude from the RHAP recap. Rather than rage, we got such overwhelming sadness at Spencer and Stephen not being Survivor friends. And such DEEP resentment at Joe for not being voted out.

    • andythesaint

      For the record, I’m not even giving Fishbach that much credit for Monica. I’m just saying that the two votes he had a hand in were Monica and Wiglesworth. You could stretch it to Kass if you’d like, although I’d say he had even less input on that one than Monica. None of these are particularly impressive moves.

  • sharculese

    I’m really sympathetic to the people who aren’t jazzed about this season. Taken individually, each of these episodes has been great, but it’s frustrating not to know what story we’re being told. My hope is that once we get to the end we’ll have a much clearer picture of what was going on and why, but honestly I might not be disappointed if the ending comes out of left field; like a team that’s down by 5 making a last minute drive to change the score, that can have a lot of drama to it.

    Who the fuck knows, I’m reserving judgement until we’ve seen the whole thing, all I know is that this not a story that is definitely depressing.

  • sharculese

    And on people who aren’t old enough to remember Borneo watching the show – I’m a professional tutor, and during SJdS I had a student I was meeting after school. So one day I’m standing in the lobby waiting for my client to show up, and I hear this kid talking about pairs of loved ones and who’s left and I realize he’s talking about Survivor. And I’m like “no, sharculese, you are an adult man who will not interject in a conversation with this child.” And then the kid starts talking about how great Cook Islands is and I’m like “welp, guess I’m going to have to bother this child.”

    We talked for a couple minutes and at the end he tells me “so I turn 18 in time to submit a tape or the next cycle. Watch for me.”

    • purplerockpodcast

      That child? Joe Anglim.

      • sharculese

        You… realize that Joe has been out high school for a while now, right?

        • Saturday Evening Palsy

          I wouldn’t be surprised if Joe was one of the elder gods at this point.

        • purplerockpodcast

          STOP RUINING MY JOKES WITH FACTS!

          • sharculese

            This kid was more of Spencer Duhm type than anyone else. Which I say in part because you’re the person I expect to immediately recognize s Spencer Duhm reference.

          • purplerockpodcast

            I follow him on Twitter.

          • sharculese

            I would expect nothing else.