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Jeff Kent on “Survivor” recap: Nobody puts Jeff in a corner

Oct 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Survivor Smacked Me In The Chops

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

• This week’s reward challenge involved each player holding a small idol on a tray and trying to slap the idol off the tray of their opponent. In the first round Kent beat his opponent, Malcolm, but they were matched up again to break the tie in the final round and Malcolm beat Kent to win the challenge.

• During the obstacle course immunity challenge Kent stayed back at the beginning to basically carry a female tribe-mate, Katie, who was really struggling. Later the tribe chose Kent to chop wood with a small hatchet, which when chopped all the way through released the next portion of the challenge. Kent started to slow down about halfway through and his tribe-mate Jonathan subbed for him.

• Kent’s tribe lost by about three seconds and for the first time they had to vote someone off the island, so he immediately approached new tribe member Denise about joining his alliance. She agreed, giving Kent’s group majority voting power.

• “Right now it comes down to who’s going to hold the most value in the challenges for us,” Kent explained while trying to determine which female tribe-mate to vote off, showing a pretty good understanding of how the Wins Above Replacement concept can apply to something other than baseball.

• In talking about the possibility of voting out Dawson, a female tribe-mate who performed poorly in the immunity challenge, Kent hilariously said: “I’m fricking fumed.” Actually, it was more like “I’m frickin’ fuuuumed.” And then he spit, like he was standing at second base between pitches.

• Dawson, who’s the only person aware of Kent’s baseball days, decided to tweak him by bringing up sports as a conversation topic. Here’s an except of their exchange while lounging around the campsite:

Dawson: “Maybe I should date an athlete.”
Kent: “What do you consider an athlete?”
Dawson: “Basketball … and I guess at the end maybe baseball. … There’s too much standing around.”

Then she admitted to the camera that she knew about Kent and explained: “I enjoy … making him uncomfortable. I feel like I’ve got a little mouse that doesn’t know it’s in a corner.”

• Kent started to get nervous, saying to the camera: “Dawson starts talking a lot of sports, so I’m walking on egg shells. Right now I’m having a good time with these people being normal. And I am normal. If they end up putting two and two together, I’m in trouble. If Dawson knows my history as an athlete, the best scenario might just be to vote her out.”

• Sure enough, Dawson is voted out during tribal council and exits without saying a word to anyone about Kent’s baseball career. Not only does he appear to have a lot of power within his tribe thanks to the majority alliance, Kent’s secret is seemingly now safe for the remainder of the show.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Kent’s secret is seemingly now safe for the remainder of the show.

    Well, imagine the uproar if they knew he was Superman, not quite fair is it? Oh wait, wrong Kent…

    • number42is1 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      Well played sir

    • seeinred87 - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      There’s probably a reason for this, but why didn’t he tell people? I’d be showing those powers off to everyone and using them for everything. Literally the entire world would know I was Superman.

  2. beearl - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Next week’s preview, if it isn’t edited specifically to mislead, makes it look as if Kent gets into an altercation in an “unprecedented” way with a member of the other tribe. But it’s probably a whole lot of nuthin’. Like how they made it seem that he was going to be the one to leave the game this week for medical reasons.

  3. silversun60 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    I’ll skip right past the “Survivor is still on the air” comment, and give you kudos for integrating sabremetrics into reality TV.

  4. snowbirdgothic - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    “Wait. The guy from Reno 9-1-1 is on Survivor with us?”

  5. fawnliebowitz - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    “Nobody puts Jeff in a corner”. Thanks for the laugh.

  6. kiwicricket - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Does Kent wear a pair of stone wash jeans and a large belt buckle the entire time? Fashion and personal hygiene are important to me.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Fair question Kiwi. I can only guess the two thumbs downs are from Kent’s Mother and Father.
      To answer your question:
      Yes. Except he “tops” the ensemble off with Penny Loafers and a Straw Hat.

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