The 5 Survivor Bonus Clips Worth Watching This Week – Worlds Apart Episode 8

Because life is too short to watch all the clips CBS posts each week, I’m here to let you know which ones are worth your time (because apparently, my life is not too short). In addition, I’ll offer analysis of what these extra insights might mean for the game.

The things you don’t need to watch this week: zip lining is awesome and everyone wants to vote out Joe. In case you were wondering.

My New Found Partner

Mike talks about finding the hidden immunity idol, ol’ blue.

Analysis: You all need to give yourself over to the charms of Mike Holloway. I’m not sure what it is about fans of a certain ilk (i.e., the ones I interact with), but so many of them only assign “excitable fan” status to those they can identify with. Which is to say those who look like they might spend more time on the internet than they do in the gym, or in this case, a drilling platform. But Mike is just as adorably excited to be playing Survivor as is Shirin, he’s just not annoying everyone with it. Well, okay, maybe not AS excited, but definitely really, really excited. He also does another “really proud little boy” gesture to end the video again. It’s delightful. But beyond being adorable, Mike shows a fair amount of acumen in this video as well. He’s playing really well and having a good time doing so and if he ends up the winner, I think I’ll be good with it. Of note: he mentions specifically that this was the blue collar idol he found, not a re-hidden no collar idol. We’ll see if that means anything.

I’m Not Happy with Joe

Jenn discusses Joe’s reward challenge decision. There is swearing.

Analysis: One of the most common pieces of wisdom among people who have never played Survivor is that you don’t take your allies on reward because you need to use rewards to win allies. Can’t leave a bunch of others around camp to conspire against you! Your allies will understand! You know who isn’t so understanding about Joe’s choices? His ally Jenn. Intellectually, she knows what he’s doing taking the swing votes. But emotionally? NOT impressed that he took “fucking Shirin” over him and thinks it’s the worst move he’s made all game. So it’s instructive to remember that allies need tending too, since Joe might’ve gotten ALL the votes had he lost immunity this week. I mean, he had four choices to work with. There were ways of doing both. (It should be noted that the videos reveal this week that people were assuming Will was still part of their alliance – more on that later).

Also, when it’s all said and done, what do you think will be the cause of more blurrings: Jenn Brown’s mouth or Amanda Kimmel’s bikini bottoms?

Puzzles Aren’t My Thing

Tyler talks about Joe winning the immunity challenge and his voting plans for the future.

Analysis: Just so people don’t immediately start assigning puzzle acumen to Tyler because he’s yet to prove failure at them and he wears glasses, here’s the man himself saying that he’s not good at puzzles. Also of note, Tyler gets in the obligatory “we’re upset that we can’t vote out Joe” comment in, but after that talks about how getting out Joe’s cronies is just as good. So I don’t think he’s actually considering flipping to other side any time soon. Lots of “we” and “our seven” talk here.

I Blew It

Dan talks about his challenge performance.

Analysis: This video is one minute and seven seconds long, but you really only need to watch the first four seconds. On a loop. Do it now. You’ll feel great. Maybe someone should just make a Vine of it so we don’t accidentally watch the whole thing. If you need to fill the other two seconds, 0:40-0:42 should do it.

Ponderosa Hali

Hali is the first person in the jury house.

Analysis: If it features someone who is not awful, the Ponderosa scenes are always worth watching. First off, they’re edited and feature more than just people staring into a camera narrating the same three scenes (although, there’s portions of that too). Secondly, they offer nice glimpses of who these people are, especially those underfeatured in the edit. Thirdly, the parts of them seeing how much weight they’ve lost and what they look like in the mirror, while repetitive, are generally pretty fun (although less so this time, since Hali only lost about 6 pounds and still looks amazing). Fourthly, once it starts get populated, you can get a good read on the mood of the jury. So look for these videos to pop up in this column from here on out.

The most significant tidbit from this video is the knowledge that Hali has no idea that Will flipped on them (either time). She blames Shirin for flipping twice. As mentioned earlier, Joe also has a video where he puts Will in their alliance. So Will is doing some good things that the show is definitely not interested in showing us. And Shirin is still looking for her first possible jury vote (although there’s still time for that confusion to be cleared up, and I imagine it will).

If that’s not enough to get you to commit to a 7 minute video (which is an eternity in internet time), there’s plenty of footage (including a helicopter shot!) of Hali wearing various bikinis. Because Hali is the kind of girl who can’t decide which bikini she looks best in, so she packs them all.


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  • Other Scott

    I believe two things about Will:

    1) At the present, he is playing a better game than anyone else out there.

    2) He has no shot at winning, because the show has zero interest in showing us his game

    • Obviously 2 affects the ability to judge 1, but I think you might be extrapolating a little too far there. Will has done a good job of leaving a sinking ship and finding a possible route to the end. But we don’t know if that’s strategy or maybe something else even more basic: Rodney giving him a finals deal when no one else did, or maybe just a desire to hang out with grown ups.

  • Other Scott

    I believe two things about Will:

    1) At the present, he is playing a better game than anyone else out there.

    2) He has no shot at winning, because the show has zero interest in showing us his game

    • Obviously 2 affects the ability to judge 1, but I think you might be extrapolating a little too far there. Will has done a good job of leaving a sinking ship and finding a possible route to the end. But we don’t know if that’s strategy or maybe something else even more basic: Rodney giving him a finals deal when no one else did, or maybe just a desire to hang out with grown ups.

  • Rob

    I like Mike in spite of myself, and it doesn’t even surprise me. I went to college in Texas and I can’t tell you how many conservative, bible beating, Texas flag shorts wearing rednecks were charming and friendly dudes. Don’t get me wrong, most were assholes, but there are plenty of Mikes in that godforsaken hellscape of a state.

    • With you all the way on that. I’m from Atlanta, and have nothing but experience with the whole ‘he’s a nice due who happens to have teeerribble opinions’ thing.

      I really do like Mike, though. He’s had some goofy moments, but he also seems to have a real grasp on the game.

    • I think it’s also important to remember that not everyone feels that strongly about their political beliefs, as evidenced by voter turnout and the high incumbency rate. So, yeah, he’s probably Republican, but he might not go to a lot of effort to send in an absentee ballot when he’s out on a rig. FWIW, he’s one of the most engaged members of the cast on social media with the rest of the group. He’s very friendly with Joe, Jenn, Max, Sierra, Tyler. I think Mike is just a good guy.

  • Rob

    I like Mike in spite of myself, and it doesn’t even surprise me. I went to college in Texas and I can’t tell you how many conservative, bible beating, Texas flag shorts wearing rednecks were charming and friendly dudes. Don’t get me wrong, most were assholes, but there are plenty of Mikes in that godforsaken hellscape of a state.

    • With you all the way on that. I’m from Atlanta, and have nothing but experience with the whole ‘he’s a nice due who happens to have teeerribble opinions’ thing.

      I really do like Mike, though. He’s had some goofy moments, but he also seems to have a real grasp on the game.

    • I think it’s also important to remember that not everyone feels that strongly about their political beliefs, as evidenced by voter turnout and the high incumbency rate. So, yeah, he’s probably Republican, but he might not go to a lot of effort to send in an absentee ballot when he’s out on a rig. FWIW, he’s one of the most engaged members of the cast on social media with the rest of the group. He’s very friendly with Joe, Jenn, Max, Sierra, Tyler. I think Mike is just a good guy.

  • I’ve been trying to place Halli’s accent all season and half-Knoxville/half-California makes so much sense.

  • I’ve been trying to place Halli’s accent all season and half-Knoxville/half-California makes so much sense.