Survivor: Game Changers Bonus Content Roundup – Week 12

Taako From Teevhii shares bonus scenes from the final episode of Survivor: Game Changers.

This Week In Secret Scenes

Your Friendship’s More Important?

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I’m compelled to include this Secret Scene, but honestly, it’s a pass for me. I’m not particularly moved Sarah’s argument. I’m sure it’s touching to someone, somewhere, but it really doesn’t connect for me. Not to be coldhearted, but there are LGBTQ, Latinx, and African Americans (plus many more) whose families are ripped apart or never started regardless of their financial standing. For Sarah to say that she only needs money to grow her family, well, I wish more were that lucky. That may be unfair to Sarah, and it’s possible that some extratextual information about her is giving me a biased lens through which to view this scene. Even so, Sarah and Troy’s feels disjointed and heavily cut, and with the poor sound mixing, this scene doesn’t really add to this episode.

“I Don’t Trust Him Completely”

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Ugh, just ugh. Fuck you, Brad Culpepper. Your entire beef with Tai was that he lied to you and betrayed you. But instead of just cutting him off and treating him coldly, you decide to lie to him and betray him. Not to say that such behavior is beneath the game of Survivor or that other players have not done/would not do the same. But when you name one of your kids “Honor,” this one does seem hypocritical.

Also, Tai is tiny, while Brad is huge and good at throwing things. Brad could probably throw Tai pretty far. Choose another metaphor.

This Week In Ponderosa

“She’s A Legend”

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The first half of this Ponderosa is a eulogy for Cirie, and the fact that her shock and distress is so palpable doesn’t help lift the somber mood. But the back half is lighter, and we get Cirie and Michaela making cookies (which is a show that CBS somehow passed over for another season of Kevin Can Wait. Choices). This is a good sendoff for Cirie, better than abruptly and undeservedly booting her from the game. And it helps cement Cirie as not “one of” but as the best player to never win.

Also, was anyone else getting Luminara Unduli vibes from Cirie’s hair? What? No one else gets that reference?

“I’ve Gotten Everything Out Of This”

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First things first, Aubry: you whip the glasses off, not on. David Caruso is rolling in his grave. What’s that? He’s not dead?

Well anyway, I don’t have much to say about this one. I’m not phoning it in, but all you Aubry addicts (Bracco-li heads?) have already watched her Ponderosa ten times before this post went up. And for everyone else, take our advice and watch this one. Aubry’s super cheery and gives great insight into her Survivor experience.

“I’m Nothing But Proud”

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Ok, this one I am phoning it in on. I have to include it because of Ponderosa’s status among bonus clips, but like also, this one was three minutes shorter than every other Ponderosa this season. So that should tell you something about how much the editors could pull together for this one.

This Week In The Jury Box

So there’s actually a lot of content here, but almost all of it is focused on who each juror will vote for in the end. And we kinda know that went. There might still be some mystery as to who voted for Brad and who voted for Sarah (though, c’mon, it was Ozzy, Debbie, and Sierra for Brad). But if you’re still curious, this confessional from Hali (YouTube Link and International Linque), which was recorded after Aubry’s boot tribal, should clear up one of the few ambiguous votes.

And for those of you who watched it, did Sandra leave Hali her shirt?

This Week In Gifable Moments

But to make up for the lack of clips, here’s a plethora of gifs, including a breakdown of the jury’s reactions to four idols/advantages being played.

Editor’s note: I think it’s here that they realize what this means for Cirie.

When you’re the only one of your friends to understand the Four Horsemen gif.

When you spend three weeks with a man and he can’t remember your name

And he doubles down by trying to make you seem like the asshole

But he brought the shovel and you gon let him dig.

Taako From Teevhii

Taako From Teevhii

Taako first learned of Survivor when his buddy Merle said he’d vote their friend Ango off the island. After a google search and one episode, he became a fan and never looked back.

Favorite Seasons: China, Heroes vs Villains, Philippines, Cagayan, Cambodia

Favorite Players: Kelley Wentworth, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Kim Spradlin, Denise Stapley, Todd Herzog, Courtney Yates, Yul Kwon
Taako From Teevhii
  • TheForRealDeal

    Does anyone recall the last time treemail was featured on the show? I miss seeing the contestants feign interest in those little rhymes.

    Those gifs from Cirie’s exit are some delightfully succinct storytelling.

    • Figaro

      I was wondering about treemails as well actually. The thing that made me think of them is seeing the bizzare minimalist treemails that are being used on NZ Survivor https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/690b550aae5c9afebbc566c6a747bc0cbc85f1cdfd7f93a49c5a98217f0ecbe4.jpg
      They are super weird, like the prop makers just couldn’t be bothered.
      But as for regular Survivor I can’t remember seeing anyone actually going to get a treemail, let alone reading them out loud to the tribe for a while. Does it happen on newbie seasons more as opposed to returnees maybe?

      • Assistant Dragon Slayer

        We would have seen plenty of treemail if Tony had been able to finish the spy bunker.

        It blows my mind that with the Survivor NZ budget constraints that they don’t at least do things that are free or cheap, like use a decent font on treemail or slap brightly colored paint on the challenge sets.

      • purplerockandy

        Did they show Abi reading it in Cambodia, or did we just hear about what happened when she did?

        • They did not show Abi reading it…however they did show Kimmi reading it which caused Monica’s worry about being weak in challenges and her only confessional for a couple episodes.

    • Ms. Sweaterfan

      Oh wow good point – I can’t remember the last time we’ve heard/seen one of those hokey rhymes on the show. Lately it seems like they love to just come back from commercial break to an epic aerial view of the challenge. I can’t say I’ve missed treemail (or even noticed that it was gone) but it’s interesting that they seem to have just dropped it completely.

  • indescribable hat

    Love the bitter dig at Brad’s figure-of-speech game.

  • purplerockandy

    Thanks again to Taako for doing this feature for us this season. If we ask nicely, maybe he’ll do it next season too.

    • Mike Hirsch

      What if we ask really meanly?

      • Blurry Denzel

        Worked well for Brad Culpepper.

        • Taako From Teevhii

          Did it tho?

          • Blurry Denzel

            Yep, he got Tai’s idol and eventually won the season.

      • purplerockandy

        Interesting tactic. Game changer.

  • MsFjordstone

    Thanks very much; I hadn’t yet bothered to watch the last few Ponderosas (busy days since the finale!), so it was nice to have them all right here without cbs.com’s repetitive adverts.

  • Ms. Sweaterfan

    I’ve really enjoyed this feature on Mondays this season πŸ˜€ I love having a place to talk about the Ponderosa videos, and I’m pretty checked out from the other bonus content so it’s nice to have a wrap up of the stuff that was interesting/enlightening.

    I thought the final 3 Ponderosas were especially good this season (although for some reason CBS All Access posted them all out of order on the app – I wish they would at least put a boot number in the title or description of the video, argh). Of the 3, I though Aubry’s was probably the best. She looked radiant and seemed in pretty good spirits, and it was great to actually get some insight into how she played and how she felt about her game this time around. Cirie’s was great too, and I loved seeing her sip wine on the beach during her confessional. I felt like she spent so much of this season crying, it was nice to see her a bit more at peace. Tai’s vid was actually kind of boring, and I was surprised that he was so convinced that everyone would hate him. I guess he only got the bitter jury experience and not the Ponderosa party experience in his first season.
    I liked that they gave each of the final boots a personal pizza on the boat ride to Ponderosa. I wonder if their fellow castaways sent it, or if it was something production did because everyone was so emaciated and starving? I wish someone would hand me a personal Hawaiian pizza on my commute each day πŸ˜›

    • Taako From Teevhii

      I noticed that there were stacks of pizza at Ponderosa throughout these three episodes, so maybe everyone got tired of Survivor pizza and sent it out to the boots?

      Also, are you following this RPDR S2 drama? I haven’t seen anything about it from the PRP peeps.

      • Ms. Sweaterfan

        The Tyra vs. Morgan stuff? I wasn’t following it, but you’d better believe I am now XD

  • Roswulf

    Another thanks to Taako. I can’t work up the energy to watch all the bonus material, so I really appreciate having a trustworthy compiler of what I really do need to watch and/or care about.

    And nothing says trustworthy like a man who recognizes Luminara Unduli hair when he sees it.

  • Assistant Dragon Slayer

    More bonus content: I’m about halfway through Aubry’s RHAP interview and not surprisingly it’s fantastic. Really Sophie-level insight, and as bonus she talks at length about both Game Changers and Kaoh Rong (she was pretty silent after that season for reasons that are now clear). Obviously post-season interviews aren’t canon but I really get the sense that wants to be as objective as possible and isn’t particularly interested in revising history in her favor. And I’m sure she sets an RHAP record for exasperated sighs.

    • purplerockandy

      I’m about halfway as well. Digging it.

    • Hornacek

      She also reveals that Troy(zan) thinks he was abducted by aliens!

      • Assistant Dragon Slayer

        Lol. Her dad too! That came literally two minutes after where I decided to pause listening and post here about how great the interview is.

      • DrVanNostrand

        They needed to study his massive dong.

        • Hornacek

          They could see it from space!

  • DrVanNostrand

    Taako, I’m not at all touched by Sarah’s sob story. Lots of cops manage to have several children, and Iowa isn’t exactly a high rent state with out of control cost of living. I know quite a few Iowans, and public schools are pretty good, it has several good in-state colleges, and, I believe, in-state reciprocity with the Illinois system. Furthermore, if you want to know which party in the midwest has been trying to ban public service unions and slash benefits, it’s the party of her beloved Trump.

    • purplerockandy

      One note in Sarah’s favour: she may have just been trying to manipulate Troy. From the sounds of things, she was trying EVERYTHING she could to get ahead. So crying about having kids might have been another tactic.

  • Something Quirky

    I somehow missed that these were a thing πŸ™

    I’ll pay more attention next season! They should definitely be done again.