Survivor Game Changers Week 10 Predictions

Big week for changes to predictions in Survivor: Game Changers. We’re really stepping out here.

Boot Predictions

Andy: With immunity on her side, Andrea pushed her advantage to get out the guy who was coming to get her this week. That’s good! In doing so, she empowered the people who were coming to get her the week before last. That’s bad! Andrea and Zeke will have plenty of time to discuss how they probably should’ve done a better job communicating with each other at the merge.

John: Hey, remember everything I said last week? That. It’s Andrea.

Emma: 

emma [9:50 PM]
I suppose I can’t say, “Whatever, Andrea“?

andy [9:52 PM]
It’s up to you.

emma [10:07 PM]
But it’d be frowned upon.

Matt: If at first you don’t succeed, predict Andrea again and again and again. I mean either it happens eventually or my winner pick is right, so… let’s do it one more time, and if it doesn’t work out, I’ll do it two more times, or three more times or however many more times I need.

Mark: Looking at my post-merge predictions, I keep predicting everyone a week early. So what’s the harm in saying Sierra twice and hoping for a win? If Sarah sticks with Team Andrea, they have the numbers to pick off one of the Boredom Bunch. If Tai flips after that vote, and Sarah doesn’t, they can still target Sierra. Basically, I get this right or go back to predicting Andrea every week like the rest of these guys.


Andy John Emma
Mark Matt
Readers
First or Second Boot
Aubry Ciera Ciera Ciera Ciera Ciera
Third Out JT Debbie Cirie JT Cirie JT
Fourth Out JT Sandra Sandra  Sandra Varner JT
Fifth Out JT Sandra JT JT JT JT
Sixth Out Debbie Debbie Sarah  Aubry Ozzy  Debbie
Seventh Out Varner   Tai
Varner Ozzy   
Eighth Out Michaela Cirie Cirie Ozzy    Michaela  Ozzy
Ninth Out Ozzy  Ozzy   Michaela  Hali    Cirie  Ozzy
Tenth Out Andrea
Cirie Andrea Zeke   Andrea Zeke
Eleventh Boot Andrea
Andrea Andrea Sierra
Andrea Andrea
Twelfth Boot Andrea
Andrea Andrea Sierra
Andrea
Score
Preseason Winner Pick Malcolm Tony
Malcolm
Andrea
Andrea Malcolm

*Reminder: Scores from the seventh episode do not count due to spoilers.

Time to make your picks. And feel free to track how your personal picks do throughout the year. I won’t make mention of it or anything, but you can still feel good about it.

Who will be the twelfth boot from Survivor: Game Changers?

  • Andrea (39% Votes)
  • Sierra Dawn Thomas (35% Votes)
  • Aubry (9% Votes)
  • Brad Culpepper (5% Votes)
  • Tai (5% Votes)
  • Cirie (4% Votes)
  • Troy (2% Votes)
  • Michaela (1% Votes)
  • Sarah (0% Votes)

Total Voters: 86

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  • Kemper Boyd

    I’m thinking Andrea wins another immunity and an idol bounces back and hits Aubry.
    But I accidentally voted for Andrea.

    • Blurry Denzel

      Oh God, I guess I rather have Aubry gone rather than continuing to just be ignored. Just please don’t let it be Troy’s idol that does. That would be too cruel.

  • Blurry Denzel

    My pick is Sierra. After Brad wins the loved one challenge, Monica will tell him to dump Sierra and get in with other people that expresses that they were willing to work with him like Sarah, Aubry, or Cirie. He will listen because that’s what Monica would do. And rest of tribe that didn’t go on the loved one’s reward trip will eat Monica the chicken.

    • pufflehuff

      I will admit that a good 50% of my rooting interest in this next episode is based around whether Monica the Chicken makes an appearance.

      • Blurry Denzel

        I feel like she has too. Double the Monica, double the fun.

  • Blurry Denzel

    Blurry Denzel Power Rankings: These are the players left that are most likely to win Survivor.

    1. Sarah
    2. Brad
    3. Cirie
    4. Sierra
    5. Tai
    6. Andrea
    7. Michaela
    8. Aubry
    9. Troy

    Cirie is the big gainer of the week. I loved her game this time around though I know her getting to end is damn near impossible but if anyone can pull out the impossible on this season, it’s Cirie. This run is a nice reminder that she is one of the best ever and a goddamn legend.

    Sarah and Brad are still in the top tier. Sarah seems to be pulling off these moves nicely and a lot of people still want to work with Brad.

    Tai has been quiet lately but I think will play the biggest role down the stretch.

    I’m not ready to say Andrea is drawing dead but the target on her is massive. Aubry and Troy are drawing dead.

    • Super duper fan

      Andrea’s edit reminds me of Ciera’s in Cambodia: mostly invincible for most of the pre-merge, but is a centre of attention post-merge. So Andrea getting idoled out confirmed?

      • Blurry Denzel

        I think if it is Andrea, she might not need to get idoled out. The votes could be there.

    • Ms. Sweaterfan

      I would agree with your ranking. The tricky debate when ranking winner potential is always a player’s ability to get to the end vs. their likelihood of actually winning if they were to get there (with a heavy dose of edit mixed into the whole equation). I think that this is particularly relevant for Cirie. She can probably make it to, say, top 5 pretty easily, but getting to the final tribal council has always been an uphill battle for her. However, if she were to somehow manage to get in front of that jury, I can’t see her losing to anyone left in this game (maybe even anyone who has been voted off this season either).

      • pufflehuff

        Agree – this ranking feels pretty spot on and I think a Brad/Sarah Final could have some interesting moments. Agree that Cirie should take it if she makes it – she’s my prediction because 1) stubbornness 2) wishful thinking 3) would be possibly the first time I’ve ever been right pre-season.

        My main wish apart from a Cirie win is a closer final (probably a consolation prize/opposing wish tbh) – I get why Jeremy + Adam won unanimously, more or less, and have some hope that there might actually be some debate at this FTC.

        • Ms. Sweaterfan

          I would love to see a very close final vote again – seems like it’s becoming a rarity!

        • BadPlayer91

          I feel like, if we get a Brad/Sarah final, this is very likely. I mean, based off where we are at right now, Brad would pull Sierra, Debbie, Troy, Tai; Sarah would pull Cirie, Aubry, Michaela, Andrea, probably Hali, Ozzy? Dunno about Zeke. If Sarah was to manage to get their with an alliance member, let’s say, for the sake of my heart, Micheala, the vote could fall to 5-4, with Zeke floating.

          In fact, I don’t really see a final that doesn’t have one of Brad/Sierra/Tai in it, and I assume whoever is there automatically gets 4 from that alliance. So, the only risk we have for a 10-0 blowout is that the final is Brad/Sierra/Tai or Troy, and everyone gives it to Brad. Which is definitely something that could happen.

          • pufflehuff

            Don’t give up on the Cirie 10-0 sweep with a Best Supporting Role for Michaela. Only 88% wishful thinking!

    • purplerockandy

      I’d swap Sierra and Tai, but mostly this is a two person ranking with a third hopeful spoiler.

    • Alycia Swift

      I’d say Michaela is drawing dead as well. She is not well-liked and I do not see whom she could beat, even Aubry or Troy.

      • Max_Jets

        Maybe this is just the Michaela fan in me, but Michaela seems like someone that would be easy to root for from the jury. Apparently she doesn’t talk a lot at camp, but if she continues talking the way she does in tribal like in the video below, she might change some minds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4m0_jd7vqc&t=4m22s

  • Blurry Denzel

    Aubry Watch: Last week Aubry was the part of the crew that ousted Zeke. Aubry was threatened by Zeke and pretty confident in her five. I find it interesting that in her bonus scene, the only way to see Aubry this season, she has mentioned that the door isn’t closed to working with the other side. I think there will be a ton of blowback on Andrea and Cirie after the vote. It will be interesting to see how Aubry maneuvers around this. I think she is very flexible with who to work with and can avoid the harm that could come her way. Also, she again will have a highly gifable moment and remain the cutest.

    • purplerockandy

      I will say that if that bonus scene is an indication of where Aubry is his season, I understand why she hasn’t gotten any run. She was pretty dead-eyed and lifeless in it. I think the spark is gone for her, until food rewards are brought up.

      • Blurry Denzel

        Yeah, she did seem discouraged in that scene. It’s been a real struggle this time time around for her to find her footing. She is aware that she is not the position she wants to be and I’m sure that is frustrating to her.

  • Mike Hirsch

    I’m gonna vote Troy, because I’m trying to be optimistic. Maybe the Andrea Alliance sticks together, and they figure Troy is not likely to have an idol played on him by Tai (in my theorizing, they also don’t think Troy has an idol), and then Troy thinks he’s the least likely to be targeted and doesn’t play his idol and we all enjoy this episode.

    • Blurry Denzel

      After Troy is eliminated with an idol

      Neighbor: *knocks wall angrily*
      Me: Sorry, that was me loudly laughing forever.

    • StormofCuteness

      Ha, I voted for Tai because I so want him to somehow go home with 2 idols in his pockets. I do know that his paranoia is going to be out of control now so probably (!) we’ll finally see some played this week.

  • Blurry Denzel

    Fan fiction prediction: Aubry returns to the role of Tai whisperer and gets him to flip. Andrea convinces Troy to play the idol on himself because she actually is that clever. Sierra goes home and gives Cirie the legacy advantage out of respect. Aubry gets 5 confessionals.

    • BadPlayer91

      THIS!

    • Violina23

      From your keyboard to the Survivor Gods’ ears…. 😉

  • PurpleTally

    If I keep picking Andrea, eventually I’ll be correct. So, Andrea.

    • Blurry Denzel

      I say everyone should keep picking Andrea. She has somehow gotten stronger every time PRP picks her to leave.

      • Mike Hirsch

        I assume it’s because she’s absorbing the souls of those who are voted out before her as she approaches ever closer to The Quickening.

        • Hornacek

          Downvoted for making me remember that awful movie where the only entertaining scene is watching Sean Connery (who is playing a Spaniard) buying new clothes.

          • Mike Hirsch

            I’ve only ever seen the first one.

          • Hornacek

            Stop. Go no further.

  • Super duper fan

    I was really debating whether to pick Andrea or Sierra. On one hand, I think everything points to her exit this week as a challenge, social and strategic threat, where I wasn’t 100% sure that was the case last episode (and I was right). On the OTHER hand, if the girls who voted out Zeke stick together, then they most likely target Sierra, and I chose her last three weeks, so if I change now, and if she DOES go home, I’m gonna pissed.

    Ugh, whatever I pick Andrea. I’ll survive the consequences.

    20/19.Ciera (CORRECT)
    18.Malcolm (WRONG)
    17.Tai/JT (WRONG)
    16.JT (CORRECT)
    15.Brad (WRONG)
    14.Varner (X)
    13.Troy (WRONG)
    12.ATFFGCASFPFASTHCSSDT (WRONG)
    11.ATFFGCASFPFASTHCSSDT (WRONG)
    10.ATFFGCASFPFASTHCSSDT (WRONG)
    9.Andrea (TBA)
    8.(TBA)
    7.(TBA)
    6.(TBA)
    5.(TBA)
    4.(TBA)
    3.(TBA)
    2.(TBA)
    1.(TBA)

    Pre-season winner pick: Hali (WRONG)
    Mid-season winner pick: Sarah (TBA)

  • pufflehuff

    I am pretty excited about the return of Monica and had a minor revelation that if Sarah does manage to beat Brad at this thing, she’ll have done it by doing the one thing Monica wouldn’t do: flip!

    But I am really hoping that Monica and Brad get to have some strategic time as finally (it was wearing that silly hat on the reward that did it) I am thawing towards Brad Culpepper.

    Meanwhile, what are the nominees for Best Loved Ones Visit Ever? Mine would be something like:

    Matt’s Mom who thought her own Son was Mad (Amazon)
    Fairplay’s friend, obviously (Pearl Islands)
    Taj’s Famous Husband, because that is one reaction (Tocantins)
    Lisa’s brother, for strategy + reasons (Philippines)
    Cochran’s parents (Caramoan)
    + Abi’s Mom (Philippines/Cambodia)

    Though I have to say the loved ones visit is a bit hit and miss for me – last season was great because of all the emotions, hoping that Monica and whoever else shows up can bring it…

    • Blurry Denzel

      I both loved Taj’s reaction and feared for Probst’s life in that moment. Bring Taj back, Survivor.

      • pufflehuff

        Co-signed! I was bummed when her Exile Alliance plot didn’t come through and it would be interesting to see her back.

        • Blurry Denzel

          That was such an enjoyable plot and I was shocked when it fizzled out. Brendan really screwed that one up.

      • Maritimer

        I think she’s been offered returnee spots and said she was done? Which is a shame because she’s awesome

        • Blurry Denzel

          I heard the same. I get it but selfishly I want her back. I deserve this after two seasons of Debbie.

    • Ms. Sweaterfan

      Great list. Also I would add: I <3 Shane and Boston in Panama

      • pufflehuff

        I can’t remember that episode very well but I love Panama and am sure that Shane brought it/appeared mildly more like a person than a cartoon with the appearance of his son.

        • Well, you had Terry and his wife getting it on, Shane’s massive love for Boston, and Cirie bossing around HB at camp…in other words, it was a good loved ones visit.

          • pufflehuff

            That does sound great. I watched Panama live and was a bit blinded by my, er, support for Aras, so I probably could rewatch some of it, sometime.

          • Aras actually benefits from that loved ones visit because he ends up with HB’s shirt.

          • pufflehuff

            Hmmm Aras getting more clothes isn’t exactly an incentive for me to rewatch Panama, I’m afraid.

          • Not even shirts that don’t fit him just right so they almost fall right off of him?

          • pufflehuff

            In that case I’ll be taking out my Amazon Prime subscription…

          • No judgement here

    • hardcöre umlaut

      I loved the Tocantins visit the most because no one had to give up or lose their time with their loved one. Just let the castaways get like 30 goddamn minutes with their loved ones, Probst!

      • pufflehuff

        Yes – Tocantins really is an example of a season where the likability of the people makes up for some of its occasional strategic snooziness.

    • Super duper fan

      Some other nominees that I have:
      -Brian’s wife (Thailand)
      -Cirie’s husband (Panama, Micronesia?)
      -Courtney’s dad (China)
      -Erik’s brother (Micronesia)
      -Matty’s girlfriend (Gabon)
      -Coach’s assistant coach (Tocantins)
      -Colby’s brother (Heroes vs. Villains)
      -Kat’s cousin (One World)
      -Tarzan’s wife (One World)
      -Jeremy’s wife (Cambodia)
      -Adam’s brother (Millennials vs. Gen X)

      I just chose the ones that gave the most feels or were in other ways memorable.

      • pufflehuff

        Haven’t seen all of these, but I did really like Adam + his brother’s visit last season.

        No to Gabon though, because I am a bit allergic to watching straight people get engaged on television, especially when it gets in the way of Survivor. Though I concede that in that season there wasn’t much to get in the way of!

      • Coach’s assistant coach was an amazing reveal. And then the assistant coach helped him stretch, which was magnificent.

        • Saturday Night Palsy

          That visit was my absolute favorite.

      • I am going to veto Micronesia because that is the most yada, yada, loved ones visit in the history of Survivor.

      • Head Architect Sylvia

        I think Colby and his brother could actually be my favourite because they’re just so hilarious in the challenge. Colby has so many great moments in that season.

        Also Courtney’s dad is so much funnier in hindsight with the knowledge that he purposefully didn’t try because he didn’t want to have to go back to their camp.

    • Hornacek
      • pufflehuff

        I’ve only seen one episode of One World. Gave up on Survivor after Redemption Island but then the power of Malcolm and Denise lured me back.

    • Assistant Dragon Slayer

      As a (the?) Brenda fan, all that really matters is that the Caramoan loved ones episode ranks last.

      • Blurry Denzel

        That was very uncomfortable. Dawn’s loud cries still sometimes haunt my sleep. That’s not even a joke.

  • BadPlayer91

    I chose Aubry. I’m going on the following: The preview had a shot of Sierra, Tai, Troy, and Michaela sitting in the water and high fiving. Continuing with the theme of expecting the worse, I’m predicting Michaela targets Aubry as someone who has never been close with her, but hoping that this will leave the door open for her to swing back in with Cirie and maybe Sarah if she wants.

    Now, my HOPE is that this is a carefully planned decoy by Michaela/Cirie/Sarah. They tell Michaela to pretend to flip, rattle the other side up, and they swoop in for a Sierra boot. This would be so much fun to watch, even if it doesn’t stick. I say ‘doesn’t stick’ because, i’m kinda convinced that at some point this season we are going to head into a tribal sure that Brad/Sierra/Tai are going home, only to have someone we love idoled out.

    • Super duper fan

      Cause of the three idols and the legacy advantage, I’m ALWAYS nervous that Aubry, Andrea, Michaela or Cirie will go home.

      • BadPlayer91

        It usually depends who is getting targeted for me. Like, if they take aim at Troy (why would they?) then I assume things will be fine. Even, kinda, Tai to some degree. But with the big Sierra/Sarah/Brad edits, I worry when they are on the chopping block it means the worst…

  • Ms. Sweaterfan

    I decided to stop being a non-conformist and just vote Andrea this time. She’s pretty much doomed unless she can pull off another immunity win. I don’t think she was wrong to want to get rid of Zeke but regardless her insistence on that move at that time, plus her immunity win tanked her game going forward by making her stand out as too much of a power player (not that she had a great path forward to begin with). Too bad because I’m pretty sure she was my pre-season winner pick too (I was on the fence between her and Malcolm…)

    • Mike Hirsch

      I am clinging to the belief (mostly for fantasy point-related reasons) that Andrea will win immunity. And will continue to do so for like at least a few more times, to the point that when she doesn’t, *everyone* left is like, “Oh, god, Andrea, definitely.” And by that point I’ll be right at the top of the leaderboard, and then see all my hopes and dreams shatter as I quickly drop off it for the final two episodes.

      • Ms. Sweaterfan

        I would also like this, for similar reasons.

  • hardcöre umlaut

    I think it’ll be Sierra. I don’t know if she is getting an FTC edit- it is pretty negative and usually they like to give SOME hint at why all 3 of them can win, unless someone is an obvious goat. I don’t think she’s getting a goat edit, either. But she’s pretty vulnerable right now, the obvious boot in her alliance and without any idols.

    I do wish that the women could convince the men not to use their idols and just take them out, though. I’m a sucker for a women’s alliance running the game. As Kim says, “just annihilate them.”

  • hardcöre umlaut

    What if Brad trolls us all by bringing someone who isn’t Monica as his loved one??????????????

    • Super duper fan

      He’s dead to me. DEAD.

    • Ms. Sweaterfan

      That thought has occurred to me, too. If Jeff is like “And Brad we have….your buddy Rick!” I think there would be the sound of hundreds of coffee tables being flipped around the world.

      • Super duper fan

        “Really Brad? You chose an irrelevant player from South Pacific over the neatest of ladies Monica. Is that really what’s best for Monica, Brad? NO, SO FUCK YOU BRAD CULPEPPER!”

        • BadPlayer91

          Maybe he asked Monica to come, but she was like “Nah, i gotta stay true to my main man, Tyson”

        • BadPlayer91

          OR, maybe he asked Monica to come, but she was like “Nah, I got a superbowl to win. See ya sucker”

          • Super duper fan

            But Monica doesn’t know what’s best for Monica, and what’s best for Monica is to give us these feels, dammit!

          • BadPlayer91

            I think I accidentally demonstrated the purest form of my emotions about Monica with these two posts: SO much feels for Monica as a woman living in the shadow of her husband and trying to claim a sense of her own identity and strength, and also constantly annoyed by the endless ‘will she flip, nah she won’t’ storyline in the last 4-5 episodes of BvW.

          • Super duper fan

            I actually also really felt bad for Monica in Blood Water. And in the end, even if she flipped, she would still most likely not win. The one thing that keeps me from rooting for Brad is that, in a way, he would take away ‘her’ thing.

          • hardcöre umlaut

            I had said in an earlier comment (a few weeks ago, when Brad’s winner edit was steadier) that I thought he was either going to be final jury member or win the whole thing, and it would pain me if Brad went on and won when Monica couldn’t, because Survivor is what Monica does for Monica, not for her family.

            Post-merge his edit has quieted down a lot and I am hoping beyond hope that he becomes a losing finalist so that he can tie with Monica. I think that would be a great end to the Culpeppers’ story.

          • hardcöre umlaut

            Monica played an impressive game in BvW. She was a freaking beast at those challenges, and I think she realized she couldn’t win so she stuck with her friends. It’s a tough spot to be in but she didn’t seem bitter about it (like I would be if it happened to me). Older women get such a raw deal on Survivor.

      • Hornacek
        • Ms. Sweaterfan

          Monica, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo D:

        • Mike Hirsch

          I was actually expecting this to say “Footage not found.”

      • PurpleTally

        Look, I have been saying from Week One, that I need a Culpepper loved ones visit and I am going to get that Culpepper loved ones visit, DAMMIT.

        • Super duper fan

          This is what’s best for PurpleTally!

    • pufflehuff

      I wouldn’t put it past Probst to force Brad to take Ciera as his loved one, just so she can remind everybody to play the game.

      Except that it’s possible that Probst loves extracting tears more than game changing moves, so no way Monica isn’t here.

      • Saturday Night Palsy

        Probst drinks tears. It’s what keeps him young.

        • Super duper fan

          Why the hell Probst cares about Jim.

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            I already fixed it!

          • Super duper fan

            I know, I was just being a dick.

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            Well, thanks to Super duper fan being a dick, now nobody gets to see cat pictures!

          • Super duper fan

            You’re welcome everybody.

        • Alycia Swift

          He’s actually got the picture of Dorian Grey in his closet.

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            I think you misspelled “Boston Rob”.

          • Alycia Swift

            Boston Rob ages. Dorian Grey (or Gray?) does not.

            EDIT: I meant the picture in the closet ages.

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            That’s right. The Boston Rob picture is over the fireplace.

          • Alycia Swift

            I though it was next to Jeff’s bed so Jeff can see it first thing when he wakes and last thing before he goes to sleep.

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            You’re right. It’s Andy that has one over the fireplace!

    • jniedj

      Brad’s loved one is Brad, because that’s who Monica would bring.

  • Sylvisual

    Just wanted to mention that I wrote my bit without knowing everyone else was also copying last week. Lol.

  • Violina23

    Do Andrea and Zeke get a free frogurt at Ponderosa?

    • Diego Armando

      Yes, but it is cursed.

      • Violina23

        But they get their choice of toppings!

        • Diego Armando

          That’s good!

          • Violina23

            The toppings contain [something I’m too lazy to look up] benzoate….

          • Hornacek




            Can I go now?

          • Diego Armando

            Yeah, I could remember the chemical either so I passed that line to you.

            Can we go?

          • sharculese

            potassium benzoate, Jesus, be better nerds, all of you.

  • Diego Armando

    I was going to pick Andrea, but then I thought long and hard and decided to pick Andrea.

  • Maritimer

    There’s no way one of the 46685 idols and/or advantages don’t get played tonight right? And Team Boring is pretty clear that Andrea is their primary target. So Team Fun keeps their numbers but Tai successfully plays an idol and bye Andrea.

    • sharculese

      It won’t get played tonight, since it’s… Tuesday.

      • Maritimer

        Ugh. This is what happens when I don’t sleep enough

  • Ms. Sweaterfan

    I’ve been slowly making my way through the Cochran interview on RHAP, but he’s so neurotic that I have to take frequent breaks.
    One thing that struck me is that he said he recently quit dating because he hates leaving the house. As an extreme introvert married to another extreme introvert, I feel extremely lucky. I could never leave my house again and be perfectly content XD

    • I’m also slowly making my way through it. I loved Rob C talking about how he has no friends and only drinks a few times a year. That’s my style. Then, when you get some babysitting that allows you to go out, it’s like “OH MY GOD, FREEDOM! WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THIS FREEDOM?!” and you’re completely at a loss for what to do.

      • Ms. Sweaterfan

        I loved this too, and I found myself wishing that I could have had a role model as a teen/young adult who talked openly about not feeling a need to have lots of friends or socialize constantly. I spent so many years of my life forcing myself to hang out with people I didn’t even like that much just to convince myself I wasn’t a loser, but now I love to be alone (or more accurately, home with my family)! I meet a new person and think “oh man, I hope this person doesn’t like me, otherwise they might invite me to stuff”

        • The nice thing about having a family is that you can be absurdly picky about friends. Like my life is already fine, so I don’t need to add friends. But if someone really cool comes along, sure.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            Yea, like Sia.

          • Blurry Denzel

            I now have about four close friends in NY who are basically like family and then I immediately stop putting myself out there to make any more. Trying to make friends as an adult is scary and I want no part of that.

          • Purple Rock Emma

            See, this is why staying in the city you went to college in is great. Most of my friends are either friends from college or the significant others of friends from college.

          • PurpleTally

            I moved away from that city, and by the time I moved back, my friends had moved away. So, I went to grad school and now I have new friends.

          • Purple Rock Emma

            It may also be useful if you go to college in a city known for a specific industry, and you and most of your friends were trying to pursue careers in that industry.

          • PurpleTally

            Yeah, all of my friends and I went to college for completely different things.
            But all of my grad school friends were in grad school for the same thing, so that was helpful. Plus, now we all have the same teacher schedules, so it’s easier to meet up. Trying to find time to hang out with retail friends while working retail is nearly impossible,

          • Blurry Denzel

            But if I did that I would have had to stay in Florida. I’ll take the sacrifice of fewer friends for the massive living upgrade.

          • Purple Rock Emma

            Oh yeah, no that’s totally fair then.

          • Blurry Denzel

            Also, I’ve quietly distanced myself from a lot of my Florida friends, communication wise. Post election really opened my eyes to how these people I once felt close to really believed. It still hurts to see the compliancy with the racism, misogyny and bigotry with the current administration from people I thought I knew. I’m also very relieved to be out of an environment I clearly didn’t belong in.

          • Purple Rock Emma

            Florida is a real game changer here. Gotta go to university in sanctuary cities only.

          • Miami was one, but they caved at the mere suggestion that they would lose federal money.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            Just generally, being straight out of college and having a bunch of options open to you is great, although it may not seem like it at the time. I moved to Japan after college and it was awesome. When I moved back I had a family and a career, and it was really difficult.

          • The problem there is that most of my friends have moved away from the area I went to school.

          • corndogshuffle

            Or you could be like me. Navy brat so I’ve never been able to have friends for too long. Went to college eight hours from home, all my high school friends left town. Got a job in my hometown near DC, all my college friends are in Kentucky or Ohio. Now besides my girlfriend (who to be fair is pretty cool) I have almost no friends besides the PRP crowd!

      • Hornacek

        Who feeds a baby Coca-Cola?

        • Ms. Sweaterfan

          That was horrifying – the stuff about his rotting baby teeth will haunt my dreams

      • Violina23

        Yes. This. All of this.

    • PurpleTally

      I’m just saying, I hate being outside, and I am perfectly content indoors, drinking minimally, talking about Survivor. We’d even be long distance, so he wouldn’t have to worry about human interaction.

      • Ms. Sweaterfan

        I was thinking that too! If I were still single, I would have a great time eating Domino’s and watching Survivor and/or Wheel of Fortune with him. Sounds like a perfect date 🙂
        He must be trying to date people he’s not compatible with.

        • PurpleTally

          Well, I have to imagine most of the people he meets/hangs out with in LA are other writers or Survivor alums. Not exactly the most inverted group of people. I mean, writers to a degree, but I know from being out there–trying to be a writer–that it’s not the best job for an introvert, because it’s constant networking. As someone like Cochran, who we kind of see has that paranoia of worrying what people are saying about him/thinking about him, people in that environment generally aren’t going to be the kind of people who he wants to date/be around.

        • Alycia Swift

          Ya think? In Los Angeles? Everyone is nerdy there.

          • Purple Rock Emma

            Hey! I resemble that remark.

          • Alycia Swift

            I was actually being sarcastic. Meaning, I can see why someone like Cochrane might have a hard time finding someone compatible there.

          • Purple Rock Emma

            Yeah, there’s only like four million people.

          • PurpleTally

            I kind of get it. I spent most of my time living in LA sitting alone in my apartment. I ended up dating a guy long distance in Toronto.

          • Purple Rock Emma

            I just mean some of those people are gonna be nerds.

          • PurpleTally

            Yeah. I met a good amount of those nerds when I worked at Barnes and Noble. After that, my time in LA became more fun.

      • Violina23

        I don’t consider myself an introvert, but I was definitely the person in college that would prefer to hang out with a small group of friends and talk / play video games / watch a movie than go out to bars / clubs / parties.

        • forever1267

          Same. That hasn’t changed in 25 years either.

    • Kemper Boyd

      I didn’t bother, I’m not into his thing.

      • Assistant Dragon Slayer

        Actually, if you can get beyond all the stammering and self-deprecation, his actual analysis of Survivor is amazing.

        • PurpleTally

          Agreed. To be fair, I like the guy a lot, but his theories about the game are really fascinating.

        • I don’t mind his self-deprecation, but I wish he had the self-confidence to quit asking Rob if the stuff he was talking about was ok or if it was boring. I get that he’s just not a confident person, though; I knew this going in.

          • Super duper fan

            Hannah actually did the same thing, even though I felt she did great.

          • Hornacek

            He probably made this mistake of reading the RHAP comments after his last podcast appearance and only focused on the negative ones.

          • He definitely read the comments, because he does that shit for some reason. He was reading us all back in the AV Club days.

          • Kemper Boyd

            I don’t know you’d hold off reading comments about you. I called a player a fucking nerd loser in the NZ recap then felt worried she’d read it and not get the joke.

        • purplerockandy

          That would be a great 37 minute edit of that podcast.

        • Blurry Denzel

          I agree. I found myself captivated during the discussion of playing to other players’ egos.

        • Kemper Boyd

          It’s that that annoys me about him though.

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            I have tje same problem with NPR’s Ira Glass. Fake. Ass. Stutter.

          • I am not a huge fan of people who simulate speech disabilities. #NotAPersonalBias

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            Same for assholes that use the “deaf person” voice.

          • PurpleTally

            Yeah, the whole running gag in the first edition of the Funny 115 with Christy drives me crazy.

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            Now I’m glad I haven’t seen that. I have pretty bad hearing loss and that kind of stuff makes me mad.

          • hardcöre umlaut

            All of the Funny 115s drive me crazy. Mario just doesn’t care how a lot of issues of identity and societal privilege affect different players in the game, and sometimes he even makes jokes about them. It’s also pretty fucking annoying to hear people raise the same moments as the funniest Survivor moments all the damn time when it’s obvious they just read Funny 115. Hey I know you didn’t watch Fiji and magically identify “I found a lemon tree!” All by yourself a-hole!!!

          • He really lays it on thick at times.

    • Alycia Swift

      I had to listen in pieces because it was so long and my ride to work is only 2 hours. 😛

      But I cracked up a lot. Rob was pretty funny as well.

      I just love how he sounds like Peter Brady in the episode where Peter’s voice was changing.

  • gouis

    This post claims it’s Andrea. But what this comment presupposes is… maybe if it’s not?

  • PurpleTally

    So, I JUST noticed that the three question marks in the header are stylized to look like PRP.
    Nice job, guys.

    • I think someone else just noticed this 2-3 weeks ago.

      • PurpleTally

        I’m just proud of myself for being alert enough to notice anything with the flu.

        • Violina23

          Awww. Feel better!

        • Diego Armando

          That is impressive. One time when I was sick I woke up, stared at my clock and thought “What do these numbers mean?”. You are operating at a higher IQ level than that. Feel better.

      • Kemper Boyd

        I never noticed

      • sharculese

        I noticed it the first time I saw it. Which I think makes me Mark’s biggest fan.

        • purplerockandy

          I think that makes Mark your biggest fan.

  • PurpleTally

    So, the challenge preview the show just posted looks odd for loved ones.
    It’s in teams of three.

    • Super duper fan

      During the preview, at the end of the last episode, I think that Jeff said that they need to earn their right to see thei loved ones, so I think the winning team will be the ones who actually will see them, so loved ones won’t greet them (plus, knowing Survivor, I think they will have a choce to keep their loved visit, or give away this to two losing teams). In other words, THIS ISN’T WHAT’S BEST FOR MONICA!

      • PurpleTally

        Ugh. If they could stop fucking around with loved ones, that would be awesome.

        • Saturday Night Palsy

          “And for the losers… You’ll never see your loved ones again.”

          • Super duper fan

            Wow, what a game changer. Life changer even!

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            I’m just jealous because in a fantasy world where I got to play Survivor my loved ones visit would be depressing at best.

            Probst: “Palsy, here comes your loved one… It’s Mike from the bar!”
            Mike: “Hey, Palsy. Here’s that twenty I borrowed from you.”
            Palsy: “Cool, dude. I wasn’t even going to bring it up.”

          • PurpleTally

            Probst: Tally, here’s your dad.
            Dad: Can’t believe you are still watching this garbage TV show.

          • Blurry Denzel

            Probst: BD, here’s your mom.
            Mom to Probst: Why are you not feeding my baby? He is skin and bones. I’m taking him home.

          • Super duper fan

            Fun fact: Supposedly, Evan (Adam’s brother), was talking to Will’s mum how they must suffer on the island to try to get her to pull Will from the game (which Will managed to covince her not to). This thing REALLY makes me want to see them on BvW, or TAR even, together.

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            “I hear that they only had milk one time…”

          • Ethan Kyle

            Jeff: EEK heres your mother
            Mom: How the hell haven’t you been voted out yet

          • Blurry Denzel

            That is amazing. I could see them on BvW. Me trying to convince my mom that Survivor isn’t trying to kill me could end up as one of the best loved one moments ever.

          • Probst: BJ, here’s your brother
            Brother: You are still alive!

          • PurpleTally

            Tbh, that would probably be my dad’s first reaction, too. He always tells me I would die if I went on Survivor.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            Nah, worst comes to worst you can do a Randy Bailey (take another PRP commenter) or a Darrah Johnson (take some rando you met on the plane).

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            Up until a few hours ago I would have taken Super duper fan. Now I guess I’d have to settle for the Assistant to the League Commissioner.

          • purplerockandy

            Jokes designed to make a few dozen people laugh are our bread and butter.

          • prettyboyprobst

            Nooo, don’t scratch that! Unless…(thinks long and hard)… if you’re on Survivor, that would make ME the Acting High Commissioner of the Palsy League, right??
            That would be a dream come true. I’d take that over a free flight to a beautiful, remote island every time. Bring Matt for all I care!

          • Blurry Denzel

            I rewatched that Pearl Islands episode a couple months back for that top 10 episodes list I swear I’m actually working on and seeing Darrah and this man she clearly doesn’t know try to play the newlywed type game will always be hilarious.

          • Purple Rock Emma

            I swear I’ve never laughed as hard as when I guested on the podcast with Andy and he talked through what John as his loved one would be like.

          • “Hey, here’s that cat that tried to kill you.”
            “Why’d you bring it to the isl-”
            *RRRRRAWR HISSSS*
            “AHHHHH! MY EYES!”

            “Medical!”

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            Rusty wouldn’t do that!

          • Dr. Joe: Listen, the infection was both instant and severe. It’s already making you delusional about what a murderous cat would or wouldn’t do. Now isn’t the time for hysterical babbling- this is the most potent case of rabies I’ve ever seen. Get the chopper!

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            “Do you remember how much you weighed before we started?”
            “Yeah, 180 pounds (not true).”
            “Well, including the loss of the tetanus leg you’re down 52 pounds. That’s a survivor record!”
            “Dang. I gave Dreamz the cat.”

      • PurpleTally

        Also, there’s no way Probst gives up that moment where they see the loved ones for the first time. He loves it too much. And he wants Monica on there as much as we do.

        • Super duper fan

          It’s just my speculation. But I do agree with it being odd if they won’t get to see them all.

      • Taako From Teevhii

        I think it’s worth pointing out that they made a ring of driftwood right where the players would meet their loved ones. The stage is literally set for the loved ones greeting.

        • Taako From Teevhii

          @superduperfan:disqus There’s also the end of this clip.

          I think you’re onto something re: the decision the winning team makes, but I don’t think the first part of your prediction will come to pass.

          • PurpleTally

            I am so excited for this. I’m such a sucker for loved ones.

          • Saturday Night Palsy

            “Where’s grandma?”

  • Alkanarra

    I want Andrea to win every remaining immunity just to see her continue to dominate the prediction polls.

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    • Alkanarra

      Even better, actually. Now what I want is Brad/Sierra/Troy to finally sieze power and slowly vote all our favorites off while Andrea is just there quietly pulling a Holloway. Imagine them getting visibly more and more frustrated that they can’t vote her off until suddenly it’s a FTC of Andrea/Sierra/Brad and the other two are just frothing-at-the-mouth angry that their plan was spoiled.

      Then the reddit posts will come out that Andrea wasn’t any better of a player than Mike and oh boy that’s where the real fun starts.

    • Assistant Dragon Slayer

      As long as they bring back those GIFs, too.

  • corndogshuffle

    I mean if Andrea doesn’t win Immunity it has to be her right?

    If Andrea doesn’t win I guess it might be time for Aubry to go home. She feels like the next likely candidate assuming Sarah and/or Michaela flip, which I kind of am.

  • Breaking News: In a recent article about Brad, he mentioned that him and Cirie had a loved ones deal. That way, they could get Monica and….one of her sons. No HB, guys!

    • PurpleTally

      Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Ethan Kyle

    Yeah her whole story up to this point has been about Zeke, and that random ass scene with Troyzan not trusting her, so if I had to predict i’d say Troy idols out Andrea.
    On another note aparently according to an interview with Sandra (It was in Spanish so I had to have a translation done) Zeke aparently was going out of his way to say cruel things to Andrea during their fight, including that all their mutual friends hated her and would cheer him for going after he, which is why Andrea wanted him out so bad

    • purplerockandy

      My instinct would be to question how Sandra knows what went down when she wasn’t there. But… I also have no problem believing that Sandra knows everything that happened even if she wasn’t there.

      • Ethan Kyle

        I’m inclined to believe it because Sandra has absolutely no reason to lie about it and isn’t someone like say, Russell who would do that sort of thing just to be an asshole

  • Immunity Challenge Spoilers: It is a modified version of the Malcolm/Cirie failed FIC but with a buoy. So, look forward to a fun confessional from Cirie about it