Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers Bonus Content Roundup – Week 8

Taako From Teevhii shares the best bonus scenes from the previous episode of Survivor: Honey vs. Hot Sauce vs. Hoisin.

This Week In Secret Scenes

”Me And Her Totally Had A Thing Going”

On the one hand, we’ve been beat over the head with the Jole showmance storyline, so rehashing it with another scene (especially after Jessica has already left) is redundant at best.

On the other, I really, really, really, really, really want to watch some of the confessionals that were taped after that conversation. Just look at Devon’s face. And Ryan’s. Also, Ashley cracked a joke, so getting any sort of personality from her is good with me.

This Week In Confessionals

”I Don’t Think I’m Out Here To Make Friends”

Devon sounds almost Trumpian in the way that he insists that he totally has a plan. He can’t tell you what that plan is though. That’d defeat the purpose of the plan. But he has a plan, and he could come up with plenty more plans too. But the plan he has is just too good. When he gets to FTC, he can point out that not only did he have a plan, but he kept his plan a secret because he’s so smart. Plan.

”She’s In My Thoughts”

Just based on the main broadcast edit, there are three things I know about Lauren: (1) she fishes for a living; (2) she didn’t like Patrick; (3) she doesn’t like Cole. So this confessional works to characterize and humanize Lauren, who looks like she has enough connections and a low enough profile to make the finale episode. Thus, we get (4) Lauren has a daughter named Olivia, and she’s only playing for her. Hopefully we don’t head into the finale with just those four.

”I’m Calling Cole Out”

Ben wants everyone to know that Cole has an idol, but not at all because he thinks Cole has an idol. In discussing the throw down on the beach, he hedges all of his language about Cole with speculatory legalese. That might be because he hasn’t actually seen the idol in Cole’s possession, but it’s just as likely that he doesn’t think that Cole actually has the idol.

And when Ben lays out his reasoning for calling Cole out, it’s not strategic; it’s strictly personal. And there’s the capper on the end: “The more people that think that he has the idol, the better for me.” He totally knows that Cole doesn’t have an idol.

If you want more bonus content,

Devon has a mukbang. Lauren reads the fine print of her advantage.

This Week In Ponderosa

“Ponderosa Is Bitter-Sweet”

So after a season where everyone’s first meal was salad, it’s refreshing to hear that Desi’s first meal was fish and lobster and fries and pizza and cheesecake. It’s also cool to watch Desi give some walking lessons based on her pageant experiences. It’s probably that poise and composed demeanor that spooked her opponents and tipped them off to her as a threat.

Then again, Desi says that she had a hard time being deceptive and lying to others, which she also points out is central to the game of Survivor. We should also consider that Desi’s gone to about one-third of all the tribals thus far, and her skullduggerous skills haven’t really been tested in any of them. Maybe the Desi doubters were right in that Desi’s purple edit was due to a lack of footage. Maybe.

This Week In Gifable Moments

When you’re playing the game like you’re not a mom but also remember that your kids are watching.

When you’re Black Friday shopping, and there’s one waffle iron left.

When for some reason, your teeth are being brought into it.

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
  • Mike Hirsch

    I thought we also knew that Lauren has played softball.

    “I don’t think I’m out here to make friends” is a new twist on a well-worn chestnut. But, and call me crazy here, I don’t think Devon’s overall hypothetical strategy will work.

    • Taako From Teevhii

      You are quite right that we knew Lauren played softball. So that’s five things. And she’s a centerfielder. Is that six?

      • Mike Hirsch

        Lauren: she can be six things. In semi-related news, my son can count to six, but not accurately. He’s like, “Two, three, two, two, four, six!”

        • Don’t make this into a People/Us Magazine “25 Things You Know About Lauren” where they will extend one item into three or four.

          • jniedj

            You won’t believe number 6!

          • sharculese

            # 11: Lauren’s last name starts and ends with the same letter.

        • Alycia Swift

          I have clients like that. Kidding.

      • Saturday Night Palsy

        She once caught a mermaid! It gave her three wishes (and she’s only used two)!

    • See, he doesn’t think he’s out there to make friends, but he’s just so naturally charismatic that he is making friends. Because who wouldn’t want to befriend Devon? He’s awesome. And he’s got a strategy, you see. He’s going to ride the wave. The million dollar wave. The others will likely be overwhelmed by it, perhaps caught in the undertow. But Devon is going to surf it.

      Now, Devon may call the paramedics to help the others once he’s ridden the million dollar wave to shore. But that’s because he’s made friends out here and he wants these people to survive. After all, it’s because of them that he’s got a million dollars.

      • Mike Hirsch

        Devon sounds like a pretty ok guy.

  • Taako From Teevhii

    TAZ TALK! Let’s talk about last week’s episodes. And just to mention at the top, we’re going to skip this upcoming week. Happy Thanksgiving, Americans; and happy Monday, everyone else. So to clarify, the next TAZ Talk will be on Dec. 4, and we’ll cover Episodes 19-21. Hopefully this also gives people who are behind some time to catch up.

    Here’s a recap of what we heard in episodes 16 to 18:
    Taako loots again and disappears a train.
    The boys work on their character voices.
    The boys destroy another relic.
    SOLAR ECLIPSE. THOUSANDS OF EYES. UNICORN DICK.
    I’m Garfield! The Deals Warlock!!!
    The boys land in Goldcliff and meet Capt. Captain Bain.
    Merle seduces some vines.
    The boys fight a tree.

    So because we’ve never bridged two arcs in one week, what are your predictions for Petals to the Metal? Moreover, what are your predictions about the Grand Relics?

    Since we’ve finished Murder on the Rockport Limited, @sharculese:disqus thinks y’all can hear about this fan theory. I lean towards thinking that it’s better if you save it until after the whole campaign, but I’ll still post it here, just until spoiler tags. It has to do with Angus McDonald, who, extra spoiler alert, will return. https://www.reddit.com/r/TheAdventureZone/comments/62recp/an_insanely_expanded_list_of_possible_evidence/

    And for people who are re-listening: I enjoyed Griffin telling Clint, “Next time you can DM, and every character can be Ducky Crabtree.”

    • sharculese

      I have more, but for right now, RIP Della Reese.

      • Purplerockmatt

        Clint is gonna be so sad

        • sharculese

          I wonder if anyone told her. I know Tom Bodett knew about it.

  • Ms. Sweaterfan

    I watched Desi’s Ponderosa video and I have to admit it made me like her a little less. I know she has a history of pageantry, but she came off as quite vain to me. I know I’m probably weird in my extreme distaste for superficiality, but all the talk of dieting and looking in mirrors turned me off. She’s a smart, educated woman and it seemed like the majority of what she had to talk about was her body and her looks. And I’m not even including the part where she gave the aspiring beauty queen walking tips, since that was by request. It just made me sad that as soon as she was in the medical tent she was talking about how fat she was (and fat is not a word I would associate with her in a million years – she’s athletic and ripped) and then she seemed so self-conscious about wanting to eat even though she’d been starving for 20+ days!
    But like I said, I really hate vanity and superficiality. I personally think that someone’s looks are just about the least important thing about them, but I can see how that would make it hard for me to relate to a beauty queen (and I’m not saying that dismissively). It just makes me sad that women are so conditioned to be ashamed of our bodies and eating, etc. I notice it a lot with the women in Ponderosa videos – they frequently express embarrassment or shame when they say their pre-game weight, and it makes the medical check awkward to watch IMO.

    • As we discussed last Friday, Desi has a weird side to her that was not explored on the show. It could have made her a more interesting character TBH.

    • Alkanarra

      Normally I’m right there with you, but I try to keep in mind that her body is her career. It’s like thinking about how much work she’ll have to do when she goes back home. (Though yeah, she’s probably always like this.)

      If that Ponderosa did anything, it simply confirmed the fact that Desi is powerfully boring in the same way that most well-adjusted, polite people are boring.

  • Diego Armando

    My power rankings:

    1. Ryan: Found an idol. He is probably winning.
    2. Chrissy: Mediocre week, but a main contender.
    3. Ben: The fact that Ben had this week and I never considered dropping him out of the top 3 speaks volumes about this season.
    4. Mike: Still has connections and a secret Idol.
    5. Lauren: Considered flipping her and Mike, but Two votes < Secret Idol.
    6. Devon: Get Hype
    7. Ashley: _/'-'_
    8. JP: Better spot than Joe or Cole.
    9. Joe: More strategic than Cole.
    10. Cole: Keep winning

    • Taako From Teevhii

      I’m preparing for Ryan or Chrissy to get Zeke’d out with the other following shortly after. No one’s letting Ben or Mike sniff F4, so we get Devon, Ashley, JP, and Lauren in the F4. Brace yourselves.

      • Mike Hirsch

        I actually like this for “interesting episode” potential along the way.

      • JP is giving me Sierra Dawn Thomas/Aubry in Game Changers vibes. In other words, he’s your fifth placer.

      • Assistant Dragon Slayer

        If you have no plans to watch Australian Survivor Season 2: Damn, did you watch Australian Survivor Season 2?

        • Taako From Teevhii

          I plan on watching whatever the last season was because apparently it was glorious. Is that S3?

          • sharculese

            That’s S2. It’s technically S4, but they’re just pretending the two seasons from 10 years ago didn’t happen.

      • Diego Armando

        I’d be fine with that. At this point I will take chaos.

        • I am still waiting for that crazy post-merge to start any day now.

          • Max_Jets

            Probst did say really exciting finish, I believe specifically hyping up the final 3rd of the season which would probably be final 8 (maybe in his head final 7) on.

          • I thought he said the entire post-merge….boy, that’s not a massive spoiler or anything.

          • Max_Jets

            Ah, yeah I probably should have tagged that. Skip to 43 seconds if you want to hear exactly what he says, but also lower your expectations for what he says because it’s Probst. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su_ym-eKYrw

    • Roswulf

      I’m starting to think Mike should be higher- surely the editors realize how unappealing they are making all their other leads!

      I recognize this is a delusion caused by me complete lack of interest in the top 3.

  • sharculese

    To be fair everything you said about Devon could have been said about Krissy with a k.

    • Super duper fan

      Did @Taako_From_Teevhii:disqus watch the first season of Australian Survivor? (and btw it’s Kristie, but eh)

      Unless you’re talking about Kryssie from BB:OTT, which from what I’ve heard fits even better than the other two.

      • sharculese

        No, I meant Kristie, I just forgot because we keep saying “Chrissy.”

      • Taako From Teevhii

        I have not. And now I am assuming that Kristie fell ass-backwards into winning the season.

        • Assistant Dragon Slayer

          If you have no plans to watch Australian Survivor S1: That’s precisely what happened, and to top it off she gave a gloriously unhinged FTC speech that was half Keyser Soze, half Bond villain, and almost totally detached from reality.

          • Taako From Teevhii

            So I had to look this up and watch it now, and my thoughts are: god, the cinematics are terrible. Why did they put the jury directly behind a fire pit?

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            Hmm, that never really bothered me. In any case they improve in that area (and all other areas) in season 2. As long as you’ve found the season 1 finale, you should watch the final immunity challenge; its genuinely thrilling. (hiding details of the S1 FTC just in case anybody else still intends to watch, it’s fine for you Taako) I just rewatched a bit of Kristie’s opening statement, and it’s actually not that astounding unless you know the context: she spent the entire game being a mental patient socially and an inert carbon rod strategically, constantly refusing to flip on the majority alliance even though it was almost always in her best interest to do so.

  • Taako From Teevhii

    Preview bonus stuff just got posted, and I have to say that the upcoming IC seems cruel and unusual.

    • Assistant Dragon Slayer

      Ugh, that looks horrible. I guess we’ll find out whose been doing their Chair Pose.

    • That title isn’t even that clever. Boo!

  • Taako From Teevhii

    I caught my mom up on last week’s episode.

    “…and so then he just scooped it up into the napkin wrapping the baguette, and he put the napkin on the plate.”

    “Ha ha. Very funny. What’d he actually do?”

    I also asked her if she remembered JP. Her response: “Vaguely.”