Primetime Update

Week of December 3, 2003

Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown.


No new episode this week. Maybe we’ll see one after the holiday season.

Friends airs on Thursdays at 8:00pm Alberta Time, on Global (channel 7 in Calgary)

Survivor: Pearl Islands

Last week the chick failed to prevail and let Jon (who lied about his grandmother’s death) and Burton control the vote, which was for Tijuana. This week, everyone spends time questioning their alliances, and their loyalties.

The first exciting event is the reward challenge which consisted of the following: The six remaining castaways become two teams of three, Sandra, Christa, Burton, and Darrah, Lill, Jon. Starting from a platform in the water, the first team members (Sandra and Darrah) traverse a balance beam, and then dive into the water to retrieve paddles tied to floating boxes. The second team mates (Christa and Lill) join them to untie three barrels from an underwater cable and proceed to a ladder, where the last paddle is tied. With their final team mate (Burton and Jon) they jump into the water and proceed to the beach to retrieve a boat. The team then races the boat to the water and paddles back to the first floating platform. The first team to touch the platform wins. The reward was a night at a spa in which the winning team members would get to enjoy a refreshing shower and massages, followed by a full dinner and a comfortable night’s sleep in a real bed. As Sandra, who is a weak swimmer, goes first and ends up doing the most swimming for her team, Darrah, Lill and Jon reach the platform first and take reward.

At the spa, after enjoying many luxuries, Jon and Darrah start to talk about strategy, and make a pact to secretly stick it out until the end. Lill fusses over the way Jon treats her like exactly who she is — a stupid naïve old woman who’s only back in the game by chance.

It’s not so cushy back at camp, where Christa and Sandra nag Burton about their alliance. Burton used Jon as a scapegoat to get out of the conversation an ended up blurting out that “No matter how strong your best friend is out here, at the end of the day, it’s not as strong as a million dollars.”

Burton and Jon, since we all know that being male means being in control, make the decision that Christa will be the next to go. Burton later talks to Lill about the final two, informing her that he can’t take her with him. Stupid Lill doesn’t even retaliate, she just accepts it and votes with Burton. Dummy.

In the reward challenge each individual shoots old muskets at targets laced with kerosene. The first player to set three of their own targets ablaze wins immunity. Christa took an early lead by hitting her first two targets. Darrah tied Christa quickly by hitting her first two targets in a row. With two targets hit each, it came down to two women and no men competing for immunity: Darrah versus Christa. Christa lined up her shot, took aim and just missed the target. Darrah then stood in, took aim and coldly set the third target on fire. For the second time in a row, Darrah won immunity.

As the tribe returned to camp, secret strategy sessions were occurring all over the place. Christa was told the alliance was voting Lill out; Lill was told the alliance was voting Christa out. At tribal council Christa put it best: “Lying is the way to go out here. Everybody has done it, and everybody has done it well.” In the end, Jon and Burton broke their recent alliance with Christa and Sandra by directing the vote so that Christa was voted out of the tribe in a four-to-two decision.

Next week on Survivor: Pear Islands look for one castaway to sabotage the tribe’s survival efforts in order to seek revenge, two overconfident castaways (Burton and Jon), a game of He Said, She Said and many more lies. Then, the unexpected happens.

Survivor airs on Thursdays at 9:00pm Alberta time on Global (channel 7 in Calgary)

The Bachelor

This week we watched the wedding shower and bachelor and bachelorette parties. Friends and family have spent time with the couple, and have become less skeptical about their feelings for each other. On my part, however, I am skeptical about the usefulness of this show. Since it has no bearing on the wedding, or anything related to it, I found it was a waste of my time. Next time though, Trista and Ryan pledge their love and commitment in a two-hour wedding of a lifetime, on Wednesday, December 10, 10pm.

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