It's a shame that Outback winner Tina Wesson had to be voted off, or for that matter, any of those poor, nearly dehydrated bastards. The game is great and all, but the real kick of watching this all-star edition is seeing these already established personalities interact with each other. Ya got Rudy and Rupert forming an alliance; Lex working side-by-side with Colby (Schick's not-so-clean-shaven spokesman); Jerri hanging out with Jenna L.; and even Rob M. mildly flirting with Amber, later noting how "beautiful" she is. (Oh, and they won't milk this possible story line for all it's worth?)
It seems like each successive Survivor edition gets harder and harder. No shelter. No food. No drinkable water. What's next? Maybe they all get splashed with fresh blood and then Jeff Probst will say, "OK, we've just released a dozen ravenous lions into the jungle... Survivors, go!" But seriously, watching the intense physical exertion each contestant went through during the immunity challenge without proper hydration made me think this version should have been called Survivor: Let's See Who Passes Out First.
Super Bowl XXXVIII
Please forgive my blatant New England bias, but... Woo-hoo! Yeah! Way to go, Pats! [Clearing throat sound] All right, I'm done. You know, I came in worried that the Patriots would botch this, as well as thinking that the Panthers were the Florida Marlins of the NFL, but I was more than impressed by the level of play. It miraculously lived up to the hype. And now for a few random and/or noteworthy moments:
Right now, P. Diddy, Kid Rock and Nelly must be thinking, "Great, no one's going to remember I was even there." And that's thanks to Justin Timberlake tearing away a piece of Janet Jackson's bustier, exposing her right breast. And continuing the nudity theme, the halftime streaker elicited this comment from Gumbel, "We've had an omen that the second half's gonna be a lot of raw, naked football." And he was right.
Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials
One of the classics was a 1973 Noxzema spot featuring Joe Namath and a beautiful woman slathering shaving cream all over his face. As opposed to the last time we saw Joe making a pass at ESPN's Suzy Kolber it appeared the woman in this case wasn't totally uncomfortable standing next him.
It was screwed-up sibling day for Ed and Carol. It's hard to say who had a more tragic situation to deal with, though was it Ed trying to keep his loser brother Lloyd out of prison or Carol encountering a naked Warren in the shower who thought he was barging in on her sister Stella? Stella! (Sorry, I had to.) And, hey, weird Shirley finally got some action, too! Unfortunately, it was from equally weird Tobey!
So, according to the promo at the end of the show, next week is the "final episode of Ed." Whether that's a done deal remains to be seen, but if it is the last one... well, that will just plain suck.
Barbara Walters' segment about her View cohost Meredith Vieira and husband Richard Cohen, who has just written a book about living with multiple sclerosis and battling cancer, made me rather ill. (Full disclosure time: My mother has had MS for many years so I'm fairly familiar with the disease.) One of the main threads of the story was how MS was prevalent in Cohen's family. Walters asked him, "Is it hereditary?" to which he answered, "For years, conventional wisdom said no. Now I come from a family where I'm the third generation that has MS, so I find it a little difficult... to say no." (Yet, this is extreme from what I've read.)