LAST EDITED ON 11-25-15 AT 01:50 PM (EST)
First, my apologies if I've stepped on anyone's toes to post a SOTS for Episode 11 in addition to my regularly-scheduled Episode 10 ... I only recently learned it was going to be a double episode and I didn't get a chance to verify if we were strictly following dates or whoever scheduled for the second episode would be moving up a week.
If there's a second person writing for Episode 11... then the more the merrier! Whoever it is got to have more info than I do, right?
Though, I should point out that my SOTS is likely going to be crashingly boring especially following Tribe's super-fantabulous one from last week and the general lack of useful information in the previews. If you're snoring with your forehead stuck on the keyboards by the end of this post, my apologies, but at least you're getting some well-deserved rest.
Onward we go...
Episodes 10 and 11
Airing on November 25, 2015
Okay, ladies and gentlemen, let's gather around the computer, all soaking wet and shivering while working our way to getting hypothermia faster than Donald Trump's lips can move. Let's see if we can figure out who's going to get mercifully ejected to Ponderosa where they can break up the latest round of fighting between the two lawyers, Kass and Savage. After a day or two of that, the newest bootees will be begging to be thrown back out there into the monsoon shivering to death, or figuring out how to wrap the hammock around their necks.
First up, let's take a quick review of last week's episode in case you've blanked on what happened. Episode 9 ECST
What did nuPurple Kelly think of her ouster? She says *far* more in her interviews than she did on the entire show. One potential juicy tidbit in the RTVW interview: Kelley and Jeremy hadn't conversed pretty much the entire game before the former unveiled her HII, then all of a sudden they were huddling up quite often. Setting the stage for a power-couple pairing to push toward the final episode?
FloPo's got a nice breakdown of the Episode 9 Confessional Tracker to help us see possible patterns to determine who may be at risk for this week's episodes.
Over on The Characters and Their Stories editing thread, television, michel and FloPo share their thoughts on how Episode 9 was edited.
Title: "Like Selling Your Soul to the Devil"
Jiffy's teaser = Episode 10 continues our theme of rain and forces a major decision.
CBS spin = Castaways’ spirits are drowning in a relentless rain storm, but a fun challenge reward offers a few players a glimpse into the Cambodian culture. Also, the “voting block” strategy used this season continues to keep Castaways on their toes
It's a team challenge where they face off in pairs to put the ball into the basket to score a certain number of points to win reward. It would appear that Joe's team wins reward because we see shots of Stephen and Kelley looking miserable back at camp with different looks from the earlier cuddling-around-camp shots.
Team 1: Kelley, Kimmi, Stephen, Jeremy and Keith
Team 2: Tasha, Abi-Maria, Ciera, Joe and Spencer
This appears to be a repeat of the one in Survivor San Juan Del Sur where they have to stand on a block and balance a ball against the wood.
Keith did this challenge and was out 3rd.
Natalie won with Jaclyn, Jon, Baylor, Keith, Missy and Alec also competing.
However, the entire focus of this challenge in the previews is in what's happening beforehand - Jiffy handing out black/white rocks and the holding out of hands. It would appear that there is some kind of an enticement to the contestants to decide if they want to forego a chance at immunity in exchange for camp reinforcements as they're getting slammed by the horrible weather. Hypothermia would seem to be a real possibility so they'd likely be rather weak for a tough physical challenge such as this one.
What's leading most of us to believe that they're deciding on camp reinforcements instead of food is that there's no food table in sight. In the first vidcap above, it appears to be more of a sit-out table than a picnic table.
The deal would appear to be that at least 5 have to give up playing for immunity and production will water-proof and rebuild their shelter for them.
Michel had a good retort - it's more like extortion to force them to give up something as valuable as immunity. Why not give them a choice of giving up reward instead?
One final tidbit about this extortion attempt/weather chaos: Kona at MESS has tracked the weather in Koh Rong during filming throughout Cambodia's Episodes. This is his latest comment ...
The selling of their souls to the Probst takes place on Day 26. Day 27 should be their last day of a six day period of heavy rain. The next six days will be like it was early in the game, then back to heavy rain for the remainder of the game.
We don't get much in the way of hints about the outcome of the immunity challenge, but I don't see Joe giving up on immunity just yet knowing that he's being hounded by Stephen. So I'll project that Joe wins immunity and one of the Witches get the boot, namely Ciera.
Why Ciera and not Abi or Kelley? I believe in Kelly's RTVW interview where she noted that Kelley and Jeremy were all of a sudden conferring with each other throughout the next three days after Kelley's HII power play, plus Abi's story has been quiet. By contrast, Ciera has been seen as a strategic thorn in the side to a few others, so there's a bigger target on her back.
Title: "My Wheels Are Spinning"
Jiffy's teaser = Episode 11 features one of the most daring moves yet. You’ll love it.
There's almost nothing at all to work with for the second episode for obvious reasons. Georganna did drop off a preview of Episode 11's reward though us folks north of the border can't see it. CTgirl summarized it as such:
It's John Kirhoffer talking about the reward challenge called Folklore. We're talking OLD SCHOOL. I think they said it was done in Australia and Africa. It's the one where Jeff reads a story about Cambodian culture and they have to go running around in the jungle at night to find things that answers the questions.
It's going to be awesome! And Joe probably won't win it!! And only one winner so that person is going to have to pick people to go with him/her!
Well... where's Rudy to say "I dunno!"
Immunity? Anyone but Joe.
Boot? Your guess is as good as mine, but the first immunity challenge that Joe loses, he's gone. I like the Stephen-finally-gets-the-best-of-Joe plot line, so let's go with that. Really, half of the plot lines have Stephen's edit suggesting he overcomes Joe and half say that Stephen isn't long for the game as a strategic threat. Ah, let's go with Joe as the boot.
ETA: I think it's worth putting this vidcap here - could be a major tell in that one of these two is likely to be the Episode 11 boot tonight. Is it a case of Stephen finally catching Joe, meaning a Joe boot, or is it a case of Stephen chasing his white whale but falling short (i.e. can do no better than to climb on Joe's back) meaning a Stephen boot? You tell us!
Nothing else to go on for this episode so let's see what else we've got from the spoiling world.
For those of you who don't want sourced spoilers... avoid this link! The bootlist on there has been mostly accurate except for a couple of boots switched around, which may or may not be a smokescreen. I'm not ready to fully buy into the bootlist myself, FWIW, as my interpretation of the editing is different from the bootlist, a view supported by a few other posters as well. But... I'm doing my SOTS duty to put it here and let you guys (if you do want to click on the link) decide the validity of the information.
Georganna's got the Signs of Survival thread where there may be some clues as to who could be the winner based on historical astrology trends.
So there you have it. Not leaving very much in terms of scraps, I know, but if you've got an opinion on who is leaving in the two episodes, hop on over to CTgirl's Voting Thread. This could be a week where the votes are all over the place for the two episodes.
My Completely-Unscientific Picks: (follow at your own risk)
Boot: Joe Alt pick: Stephen.
A stocking stuffer from Agman!