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Herc’s Seen Tonight’s Brutal, Crazy, Genuinely Scary Installment Of SURVIVOR!!

I am – Hercules!! * The promos for this one tell me Russell Swan (dreadlocked attorney Russell, not to be confused with bald oilman Russell) is headed home. Jeff Probst hinted somewhere that rainy, cold Samoa sent two people home without being voted off, and the fat chef from New Orleans already went out this way. * Probst narrates at the top of the episode: “14 are left; who will be voted off tonight?” As with the episode that saw the departure of the chef, two people will be gone in tonight’s installment? * Mick the handsome anesthesiologist, wet and shivering, his fingers turned to prunes, admits a pang of envy for cute blonde Ashley, voted off in the previous episode. *Law student Jaison is having the same issue with shivering. How can these people endure this? * But the fat oilman does not shiver; he welcomes the wet and cold, claiming it makes him stronger. * The first act begins with ominous “Lost”-like music, as Swan fishes from the shore, his brow furrowed. Back at Camp Galu, his teammates huddle beneath a tree. We learn it’s been raining five straight days now. Russell Swan’s decision to forego a tarp is looking especially poor. * Galu is much larger now than Foa Foa, and four Foa Foans have to sit out a luxury challenge designed to fill the winners’ tummies with hot pizza. Foa Foa leader Swan is given the option of sitting out – but if you’ve seen the promos, you know Swan does not sit out this challenge. * The pizza challenge is a particularly well-devised one. Blindfolded men must push through a course a not-blindfolded teammate, who has been strapped inside a ball-like cage. Even though she’s dizzy and constantly getting rolled upsidedown and sideways, it is the rollee who must tell the blind rollers whether they need to go “left” or “right.” Then the dizzy girl in the ball has to guide her blind teammates as they move a much smaller ball through a table maze. * The blindfolds make it less apparent at first that something is seriously amiss. * The episode is not half-over when we bear witness to what I believe is a “Survivor” first, and maybe the most frightening minutes of the series' nearly decade-long history. “It was the scariest moment I’ve ever had on this show,” Probst allows on camera. “Nineteen seasons, I have never been more afraid.” And this is a show that had a contestant fall unconscious and burn his skin off in a campfire (as a weepy future host of “The View” looked on!): It's one compelling hour of television. 8 p.m. Thursday. CBS.
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  • Oct. 22, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST

    So wtf actually happened?

    by V'Shael

    Or do spoilers not exist in this dojo?

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 3:09 a.m. CST

    I really don't understand -

    by MonkeyManReturns

    - why people watch is scripted reality tv at its worst...why why why does it get so many ratings??

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 3:11 a.m. CST

    So Excited

    by Incomplete Gamer

    Like V'Shael I wondered where the real spoiler is, the one thing everybody wants to know. But then as I started thinking about it I decided that I'm happier not knowing. I know that somebody gets injured, but how and to what extent is a mystery to me. And maybe that's a good thing. It gives me something to look forward to.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 3:13 a.m. CST


    by Incomplete Gamer

    I don't understand why people who claim to not watch this show end up going out of their way to complain about it or judge people that enjoy it. It's as if they feel like the world won't be right until everybody knows that they don't like something. You don't see me going into topics I have no interest in and complaining. I view it as rude and without any productive merit. Nobody cares that you don't like the show, just go talk about stuff you actually care about.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 3:21 a.m. CST


    by F-18

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST

    It was reported on the news, so it's not a "spoiler".

    by F-18

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Is Herc misleading us?

    by GF2020

    'Probst narrates at the top of the episode: “14 are left; who will be voted off tonight?” As with the episode that saw the departure of the chef, two people will be gone in tonight’s installment?' What's with the question mark? Is there no else going home tonight? Makes me way less interested in the episode.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Survivor - Herc's House

    by BoE

    See, that would be scary...

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Earthquake - NOT

    by pokerman

    Sorry Mr Spork, but they were done filming and off the island a little more than a month before the Earthquake hit.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    So will someone post what actuall happened?

    by V'Shael

    Because this without it, this isn't news. This is advertising. <p> Is Herc angling for the job of preview announcer? "YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! IT'S THE MOST DANGEROUS THING GORDON HAS DONE YET, ON AN ALL NEW HELLS KITCHEN!" or some other such shite.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by Canuck815

    had a link to EW where they mention dehydration, though I'm really not sure how that would be anything TOO groundbreaking... unless the guy pretty much dies.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by F-18

    Sorry about what? I was just guessing as to what the "scariest moment ever" is. It doesn't matter to me if I'm right or wrong. <p> The earthquake was the only thing I could think of that it may be.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Zombies! That's it!

    by estacado1

    Samoan zombies!

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    So Dreadlock Russell is the one who gets injured?

    by SpyGuy

    Some of the challenges on SURVIVOR have been pretty brutal the past couple of seasons, so it's not surprising to see another player forced out of the game due to injury. And hey, it should make things a lot easier to discuss with only one Russell around.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST

    I Am Guessing ...

    by timmer33

    ... that due to the saturation of a rainstorm lasting 72 hours, someone rips the bottom of their foot off during a competition. The skin on their hands and feet last week seemed on the verge of rot ... I dunno though.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Here's the SPOILER for you guys.

    by NinjaRap

    During the blindfold challenge, Russell S. is severely dehydrated and stumbling. He collapses during the challenge, hitting his head hard on an object (it's this little maze they've built) as he falls to the ground... and then he convulses from the blow to the head. The convulsions being the "scary" part. The other survivors don't see it, obviously, and are actually (hilariously) forced to keep their blindfolds on while physicians attend to Russell. He is removed from the competition due his dehydration and the concussion he suffers. And now you know.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Thanks very much Ninjarap.

    by V'Shael

    Sounds about as as Brutal, Crazy and Genuinely Scary as a bowel movement. I'll give it a pass.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Thanks, NinjaRap

    by Chakraborty

    For saving me from tuning to that crap show. I might check out the seizure on YouTube because you know there's gonna be like 5 versions of that scene posted among the top videos tomorrow.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST

    I Don't Want To Watch...

    by Crow3711

    But I wana know what happened. I hope after it airs someone posts it in the talkback.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST


    by Chakraborty

    Read 3 posts up.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I seem to remember there was an earthquake on the show.

    by jim

    I think it was one of the two seasons Stephanie was on, along with that loon Bobby-John.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Thanks. Not Even That Interesting.

    by Crow3711

    I can see how it would be scary, but I don't think that is worth tuning in for.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Um... MonkeyManReturns is Spot On...

    by blhotz

    This show is bad reality tv and complaining is fair game after seeing the false advertisements over and over.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I'll pass on "The Russell Show"

    by jaysin420

    I watched a few episodes and can't name one other person on the show.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    I was hoping someone would die so this crapfest of a show would be deemed "too-risky" by the legal dept. and not come back next year.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Too bad about Ashley being voted out ...

    by Itchy

    she was just starting to look good, in that emaciated, dirty Survivor way.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Russell's not really fat.

    by Shermdawg

    And he reminds me of a god damned wrestler, but I can't think of who. I might be thinking of one of the Headbangers...a little...maybe...I dunno...

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Suvivor-era Elisabeth = mad fap

    by Tall_Boy66

    She can be as crazy as she wants to be - fapfapfapfapfapfapfap

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I can't even remember when Elizabeth or Amber were hot.

    by NinjaRap

    They're too fugly now.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Did you see Liz swallow that octupus shake?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    So hot.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    lockes, something about moderately attractive women

    by jim

    eating gross stuff like it's ice cream that is very hot. Of course, nothing on the show has been as sexy as Amanda catching a shark with her bare hands (in a bikini).

  • (Blur guy worked overtime that day)

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Okay, so I am watching the show...

    by Chakraborty

    ...and he's mostly likely hypoglycemic...a risk all contestants on Survivor face since they are so malnourished. I didn't see him bump his head. If he goes into seizure (which he hasn't yet) it's probably from hypoglycemia because that can be a cause.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST

    This is lame....

    by Chakraborty

    ....this is the scary event? He hasn't gone into it's mostly likely dehydration causing the decreased blood pressure, and hypoglycemia causing the decreased heart rate.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by Chakraborty

    I'm drunk. But seriously, fuck anyone who hyped this shit.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST

    His heart rate dropped from 90 something...

    by Chakraborty 60 something. Both those values are in the normal range because the normal range is 60 to 100 heartbeats per minute. Cancel this piece of shit show! Cancel it!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Do you guys remember Pavorti in the bathtub?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Holy crap. I could watch that episode over and over. Ami Cusack was hot too, and she was bi too, which was awesome.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Great season this year

    by pumaman

    I still watch this show ever season and always enjoy it,no matter what. This episode was fucking heartbreaking. Poor Guy....

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST


    by Auriellis

    For a heart rate to drop 30 beats in less than five seconds, that indicates a major heart issue or the heart skipping beats. As Russell would not have been let on the show with a preexisting condition, it is a very serious issue. Plus with the lowered blood pressure, he was likely not getting enough oxygen. Pulling him out of the game and taking him to a hospital was the ONLY option. <br> <br> Normal heart rates do not drop that much in such a short amount of time.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    The lowered heart rate....

    by Chakraborty

    ...was likely triggered by the work he was doing pushing the large ball which resulted in hypoglycemia. Lowered oxygen would normally result in a faster heart rate as the heart tries to pump more blood to the tissues to compensate for the lower oxygen, so he likely didn't have enough sugar to feed the heart. <p> Basically, they made a big deal out of something that should have happened every season on Survivor considering what they are supposedly put through with their lack of food, and exertion from challenges.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Should have voted anyway. There's still 13 left!

    by Flim Springfield

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Survivor TB, and no Office or ANYTHING on NBC Thursday?

    by BadMrWonka

    I'm only halfway through Community, and it's fucking HILARIOUS. maybe the best episode yet.<p>I don't give a shit about mentally retarded people on an island...for the 12th time. seriously, I'm starting to side with the aintitlame folks, and that is NOT me. I love this site. but no Office TB = shittastic.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    You're lucky Community's still on, dude. The sucker tanks week after week in ratings.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Community is the best thing on TV

    by Chakraborty


  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    30 Rock needs more Liz, less everyone else.

    by Flim Springfield

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 3:30 a.m. CST

    I'm glad there's Survivor TB.

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Survivor is great although this episode was a little silly.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Survivor turning into a snuff show?

    by Dreamfasting

    Based on the way they're starting to market fear and danger (no matter whether its real or not), they seem to be pushing themselves towards turning Survivor into a snuff show with the audience waiting to watch someone die for their entertainment.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Last nights Office

    by pumaman

    Was fucking hilarious, as was the previous weeks installment. I swear this show never fails to get a chuckle from me. Greta to see Andrew Bernard finally getting more screen time ( possibly because he has the star power for his own movie right now ) PS. Hope there's a Fringe TB for next weeks ep. It looks goooood.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    I doubt there was any major danger for that contestant on Surviv

    by Chakraborty

    All they had to do was squirt some glucose solution in his mouth, or give it through IV, or give him some cold pizza from the crew's craft service table. BUT, if they were to do that, it would be unfair to the contestants who didn't get that advantage of getting any food. THAT is most likely why he had to be pulled from the show....because he couldn't continue on without getting the unfair benefit of some nourishment which the other contestants didn't get.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by Chakraborty gave the producers of the show the opportunity to hype that shit.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Wow, that was heartbreaking.

    by Jayemel

    Anyone who says Survivor is the worst reality show needs and/or is talking crap about this episode needs to go. To see Russell go out the way he did made me emotional, and I really really hate when people get emotional on/because of Survivor (especially for the family member episodes). Survivor is truly a complete game of mind and body, making it an intriguing view experience. Russell didn't take care of his body (the rain was reason to relax or, at least, tone it down a notch) and thus couldn't win.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I think 19 seasons speaks for itself

    by vin_diggler

    Apperantly enough people are still watching and enjoying the show if they keep it on the air so long. So all you crybabies who hate this show should stop wasting your time and go start hating on shows they really should be Jeff Dunham.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah I felt bad for Foa Foa

    by MRJONZ72

    Yes I feel for Russel, but something about that just didnt seem fair. Yeah I guess they could have not won that challenge but they were ahead and seemed to be on point. I thought maybe they could had gotten at least once slice each or something lol. But yeah but the folks complaining about the show on here are a little old. I thought/felt that its a different from the vast majority of reality shows..actually I don't truly think of it a reality show. I think of it as a competition/game show

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    suck it haters

    by m00kiedood

    So much sand in so many vaginas!<p> Would it make you less irate if everyone called this a "really hard game show" instead of a "reality show"?<p> Because this unmitigated venom for Survivor feels alot like spill over from the "reality tv" crap that is genuinely out there ... which encompasses everything from The Biggest Loser to John and Kate Plus 8.<p> But anyone who comes into a Survivor talkback to claim it is a crapfest, or just another horrible reality show, is talking our of their asses.<p> Sure, this genre may not be your style, but it's still the best "game show" or "competition show" on TV ... and anyone with half a brain recognizes that it's the one of the best if not the best produced, best cast, best shot, best paced, best edited, and best hosted show of its kind. <p> Hate the "competiton show" genre if you want, and by all means hate "reality crap" like Extreme Cakes and what ever, but you're only pointing our your ignorance when you claim that a show of any kind that displays this kind of consistent quality and caliber is "shit."<p>

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    The one thing i hate about Survivor - confusing tribe names

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Can we just call then Tribe 1 and Tribe 2?