The Yellow Team
Wow. What a turn around. Last week they were below the yellow line, and in one week the Yellow team turned it around to win the weigh-in. And on the heels of that success, they get the majority of the votes from the other teams as the team they would most like to vote out right now.
Now, a word about that. Let’s all agree that BL isn’t the kind of show that would just send another team home for no reason. So each team had to go off by themselves for a couple minutes, and speculate about what we were going to do to the team they picked. I would have done the same thing, trying to outwit the game. But sometimes you can think to much. I mean, I sort of assumed the teams would vote for the Black Team. And, actually, I don’t know why they didn’t. Everyone likes Mark and Jay, they are great guys, but they’ve been the obvious threat from day 1.
I felt bad for Kelly and Paul because they didn’t have any time at all to enjoy their reward before they were handed the unsettling news of being pitted against the rest of the teams for the whole week. Not an easy task. Even with Jillian focusing exclusively on them. Which by the way, I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Jillian and Bob both, are unbelievably tough in group settings. One-on-one? Watch out.
It was amazing to watch Paul bound across that balance beam in the pool. (How hilarious was the gong they kept playing?) He was cautious the first lap. Maybe even the second… but he quickly took the lead and never looked back. And never gave Kelly a chance, either?! She told me she kept trying to get a chance to do it, but Paul was on a mission – which would serve as a foreshadow to the weigh-in, he was determined to show that the Yellow team could beat the group.
And Kelly looked so torn up about giving their prize to the other teams. It was an extremely generous decision, as well as a politically wise one, but Paul seemed to be truly focused on his goal and not interested in the distraction. Kelly seemed much more upset to give up the letters, but she didn’t hesitate to agree with Paul when he made the offer. And the other teams, seemed genuinely taken aback by the offer. They were truly overwhelmed to know they’d be hearing from their loved ones, thanks to Paul and Kelly. They’ve been away from their families for a month now, and I can only imagine the toll that takes of everyone. Hopefully the letters will inspire them to stay strong and focused on their goals.
Once again, I was pretty surprised by the decision at the Elimination. Black clearly avoided the noose by winning BL Team of the Week. Without that immunity, Paul made it clear at the weigh-in and at the elimination table that the Yellow teams vote was going to be Mark and Jay.
There was obviously a lot of strategy and gameplay going on all week. And while Kelly seemed upset by some teams coming forward during elim with how they’d ‘taken it easy’ which ultimately helped the Yellow team secure a victory at the weigh-in, they have clearly formed tight alliances with certain teams.