I didn't even mind Marissa so much. Having her still deal with shooting Trey and her dad hightailing it out of town was refreshing to me. Coming to an epiphany that she and Ryan need to stop blaming themselves for everything (including Bizarro Ryan getting hit by a speeding car) was a mature step for her.
Other than the cuteness of Summer and Seth and Ryan actually cracking a smile, nay a guffaw, the Kirsten-Julie Cooper-Nichol action was probably my favorite part. Julie's actually drove her own U-Haul! I never thought I'd see that. Julie moving back to a trailer park. Never thought I'd see that either. Watching Kirsten and Julie overcome Charlotte's Web? Loved it. Can't wait to see what business those two cook up together. Bettina Charles
Survivor: Guatemala The Maya Empire
Judd, Judd, Judd... I wish you could see me sitting on my couch and shaking my head. You sat at tribal council giving this whole big speech about how you've got to love the ones you're with and how it is a game and that everyone wants to see someone other than themselves go home. Why was that OK when you thought it was Lydia getting the boot but not OK if it was you? You went from getting my normal laugh-of-the-week notice to getting the poor-sportsmanship award with that lovely exit quote, "Thanks, I hope you guys all get bit by a freakin' crocodile. Scumbags." Charming. You'd have been better off with a gentlemanly exit like Jamie's, who was also blindsided by the same crew. Oh, and can I just say for the record how hard it was to watch Gary sitting on the sidelines. His turkey-day departure was not unexpected but still a little bit sad (though if you want to read my interview with him, he was in really good spirits). But I think the former NFLer did a good thing by exposing Judd's lies, and all I've got to say is, turnabout is fair play. Oh, and Judd really irritated me when during his little after-eviction speech in which he angrily said: "The one thing I didn't do was lie to anybody. I really believe you are all a bunch of scumbags." What??? He didn't lie? Were we watching the same show? Well, at least he'll make the reunion interesting. My personal faves for the final two? The underdog duo of Rafe and Danni. They both look emaciated, but here's to hoping that they win a million bucks and that they can keep winning those immunity challenges because it looks like they are going to need it. Angel Cohn
Donald, Donald, Donald, what are you doing? You gotta plan ahead, big guy. Sure, these double-elimination boardrooms are a hoot. Sure, you manage to blindside me with them every time. And sure, Felisha's pink slip was loooong overdue. But as much fun as this week's one-two punch was, I'm pretty sure you didn't think this Alla thing through. The steely cool gaze, the Ivana-esque accent, the ex-stripper factor I was really looking forward to seeing those qualities in full force during the whole CEO interviewpalooza that usually narrows the field from three to two. I can only hope Her Fierceness follows in the footsteps of that other Unmanageable One, the almighty Omarosa, if and when she comes back next week to lend a hand in the final task. Because while I'm happy to see the well-qualified, well-matched and well-mannered Randal and Rebecca duke it out for the big prize, those two are hardly the types to bring big drama to the table. Seriously, the most emotion we've seen out of either of them all season was an adorable "I got to see my wife!" from Randal during the yachting reward; Rebecca, meanwhile, barely seemed to recognize her boyfriend, let alone act excited to see him. Bottom line: We're gonna need external forces, and lots of 'em, to pump life into this last showdown. In nonboardroom news, was anybody else thoroughly skeeved out watching Trump whisper sweet, chicken parm-related nothings into the phone during his afternoon limo call to wife Melania? "OK, I'll get you some spaghetti, babe. You are so lucky to be married to me." When did this guy actually become the Darrell Hammond version of himself? Disconcerting? Yes. Entertaining? Absolutely. Chana Shwadlenak