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Jeff Kent on “Survivor” recap: “I can control some people”

Oct 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Survivor Smacked Me In The Chops

I watched Jeff Kent on “Survivor” last night so you didn’t have to …

• As hinted at last week Kent aligned himself with tribe-mate Jonathan, who has possession of the hidden immunity idol. And they also brought in a third tribe-mate, Carter, in order to have a stronger alliance with more voting power. Or as Kent put it: “I can control some people.”

• During the weekly immunity challenge Kent came through in the clutch again, this time smashing pots that were perched atop columns by throwing “wrecking balls” tied to a rope. It wasn’t totally unlike the throwing motion used to underhand a double-play ball to a shortstop, at least if you’re like me and need to equate everything he does to baseball in order to make yourself feel better about watching the show.

• As the immunity challenge wound down Kent and a contestant from another tribe, Malcolm, were basically neck and neck hurriedly swinging their wrecking balls. Kent smashed his final pot before Malcolm, allowing his tribe to finish in second place and avoid having to boot someone.

• On the “next time on ‘Survivor’ …” preview Kent was shown rubbing his injured knee, which has a brace on it. And then the footage cut to a medical boat coming to the island and showed several contestants making “wow” faces while harrowing music played, followed by host Jeff Probst saying, “The only time medical gets involved is when someone’s life is in danger.”

• So based on all of that, I guess we’re meant to believe that Kent’s knee injury, which he suffered five minutes into the first episode and had seemingly ceased being a storyline, has now put his life in danger. Or, more likely, that’s the only thing the “Survivor” producers could think of to hype next week’s show.

  1. greymares - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    but the big question is which woman on this show will be marrying a Philadelphia Phillies pitcher there are now 2 and counting.

  2. mookie311 - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    you know, you keep making fun of the show, but 8 million people still watch it every week after 25 seasons. and honestly, watching survivor is more fun than watching about 20 MLB teams play on a weekly basis.

    • bigxrob - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      Saying 8 million people watch says more about 8 million people than that show.

      • mookie311 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        well i certainly feel zinged. be sure to let me know how this season of jersey shore turns out, bro.

      • Jeremy T - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        Wow, now there’s a clever comeback. He doesn’t like Survivor, so you assume he watches Jersey Shore? I’m not really following the logic here…

      • mookie311 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        you’re right. but i am curious what watching survivor “says about me”. and what i should be watching instead. an astros game maybe?

      • kiwicricket - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        I would rather watch an Astro mow and talk about the outfield grass than watch survivor.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Mookie: Honestly…watching 20 MLB teams play on a weekly basis is far more fun than watching survivor.

  3. Innocent Bystander - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    You didn’t really watch this last night with real baseball on, right?

    • greymares - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      I did, it was an American league game they don’t play baseball they have a D.H.

  4. beearl - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    It’s likely that CBS is using Kent’s injury as a bit of misdirection and that it’s someone else whose life may be “in danger”. They do stuff like that all the time.

  5. kiwicricket - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    You guys are not asking the real, pressing questions.
    How does Kent keep his mustache tidy and virile looking? Or is it left unkempt, to display the true rigors of human survival?

  6. nelsonsaint - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    when is the truck washing challenge?

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