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    Why Yes, Yes he does ~ King Of The Jungle Recap 10-27

    Last week I asked if Stan would ever get to say a word. This week that question was answered with a resounding YES! It also turns out that I tend to agree with a lot more of what Stan says, than some of the rubbish that comes out of Nigel’s mouth.

    There are ten remaining contestants. The show opens with the group heading towards the common area to meet with the host Jeff Corwin.

    Jeff welcomes them all and reminds them that this show is not about making friends. I like Jeff, I really do, but trying to make this show into some cut throat Big Brother doesn’t work, and when the words come out of his mouth I can’t help but grin and think that part of this show is about making friends.

    Jeff introduces Nigel who tells the remaining contestants that today they will be judged on not only their compatibility with animals, but with the camera as well.

    Stan then adds that he’s sorry they can’t all win, but to him they are all already winners as they all are already working with animals in some capacity and therefore are contributing to the conservation of animals on this planet.

    I didn’t say that Stan said anything exciting, just that I agreed with him.

    Jeff reminds them that in this world big fish eat little fish, and if they want to win they will have to be sharks. OK, honey, whatever you say.


    But It’s Only A Tad Over Ten Feet Long

    The first of the two challenges for the day involve the competitors being randomly put into five teams of two. Each team will have to cross a rope bridge and find a snake. Once they have located the snake a professional camera crew will be waiting to film the pair talking about the animal they have found. Contestants must say “Action” before the crew will start filming.

    Up first we have Christine and Jeremy. Christine wants to cross the bridge alone, as she is worried about balance. Once she makes it across she yells back to Jeremy that she has found an anaconda. Before Jeremy is all the way across she realizes her mistake but has not correctly identified what type of snake it is. Christine yells action to the camera, but hasn’t talked it over with Jeremy yet. She goes on to give lots of good facts about the constrictor, then hands it over to Jeremy who correctly identifies it as a Python, “probably Burmese”. He gets in a few facts before Jeff calls time.

    Nigel calls Christine stupid and idiotic for thinking it was an anaconda, then for not conferring with Jeremy before filming.

    The next pair to cross the bridge are Mike and Jarod. Jeff is impressed with Mike’s agility while crossing the bridge, as he’s a big guy and doesn’t look as graceful as he is. Jarod’s not a bad looking guy, and he films quite nicely, but other than knowing it was a python he didn’t have much to say. The truly sad part is he didn’t know there was a time limit, so he took up the entire TV time saying things like “People are afraid of snakes because they look different than us and have no arms or legs.” Alrighty then.

    Nigel is not a happy guy, and I’m beginning to think that he was suffering from the male version of PMS on this particular day. He has nothing good to say about Jarod and is very upset that Jarod said snakes dislocate their jaws, when in fact they don’t, Nigel says they have tendons that always connect the jaws. I on the other hand am pretty certain that I saw on Animal Planet someone, at some point, say that snakes dislocate their jaws. No, that doesn’t mean I’m right, but I do think it’s a common enough misconception for Nigel to cut him some slack. I have a feeling when he hosted his show there was a script that had a fact checker check it.

    Finally we have a team cross the bridge together. Ernie and Kelly seem to be having a great time and exhibiting wonderful collaborative skills. They see the snake from the bridge, and after a second of discussion yell “Action”. It was like watching an actual Animal Special. “Hi! I’m Dr. Ernie” then without missing a beat “And I’m Cayman Kelly….” They had fun, they talked to each other, the camera and the snake. They were smiley and personable.

    Nigel hated them. Stan told Nigel to give them a break, and said he enjoyed it. Nigel won’t stop and goes on and on about how embarrassed he was by their little act. He said they should be trying to be hosts, not actors. I think about the Crocodile Hunter and his wonderful, highly successful, high grossing mega-hit movie… what was it called? No matter, Stan and I agree that Dr. Ernie and Cayman Kelly were fun to watch.

    The second to last team to cross is made up of John and Aletris who also cross the bridge at the same time. As soon as they are over they head to the waters edge in search of the snake. Meanwhile the python, measuring in at at least 10 feet is sunning himself in the freshly mowed grass 5 feet away. They search the tall grass, behind logs, in trees. Nothing. Finally John catches movement in his peripheral vision. They head over to the python and take a minute to situate themselves. Kelly says: “Here we have a very exciting animal” Jeff then yells “TIME”. This upsets Kelly, as she knows everything there is to know about Pythons and feels as though she messed up a wonderful opportunity.

    Nigel cannot believe they missed the snake, but Stan thinks it was reasonable that they searched the waters edge, and sympathizes with them. Nigel thinks Stan’s too much of an English Gentleman. I think Nigel is Simon’s dad.

    We finally get to Ed and Adam who waste no time crossing the bridge, but they too head strait for the waters edge. They continue on their journey and wind up on the other side of the pond when Jeff finally calls time.

    Stan is still sticking up for the “searcher Teams”, but Nigel is louder and gets in the final words. He thinks they’re all idiots.


    Must Have Been Filmed Before Roy’s Birthday

    Next all ten contestants get to go to Tiger School with Professor Dr. Bhagavan Antle. He’s the resident Tiger Specialist, and like last week I wonder why the specialists they get to come in don’t have their own Animal Planet shows. Maybe in time they will.

    Dr. Antle has brought a few tiger cubs into camp. They are all between 4 and 5 months old and weigh about 50-60 pounds. He lets all the contestants play with the tigers as he explains how to hold them, pick them up (By the scruff of the neck, assuming of course that you can lift 50-60 pounds of moving muscle with one hand), and how to talk to them. He gives them an example of the “chuffing” noise they make and encourages them all to become familiar with it.

    Next they head off to the pool, where the doc explains how to handle the tigers in the water. Dr. Antle is having too much fun as he plays with the tigers and they play with him. I could have watched this segment for the remainder of the episode.

    Of course, that would have left no time for challenge number two.


    I’m Ready For My Close Up Mr. DeVille

    In the last challenge of the day the contestants will each have 1 minute of personal TV time to talk about and handle if they wish, a Ball Python. Jeff gives them all reading material and tells them they have one hour to study and prepare.

    This is where it gets hard for me again, as they show everyone’s clips in a short montage and never with the names under them.

    I remember Ernie and Kelly, and personally think they both do a great job. They are relaxed in front of the camera and seem to know what they are talking about.

    Kelly is enthusiastic and also seems at ease with the camera. She is spunky and does a great job as well.

    Ed did a good job talking, but I had no idea what he was talking about. He seemed to want to talk about the fact that snakes maybe evolved from lizards, but he only had a minute.

    Jarod looks cute but seems very uncomfortable.

    Mike can’t fill 60 seconds of airtime.

    Time To Give Up The Compass

    Stan seems to have disappeared and leaves the Compass Snatching to Nigel.

    He informs Aletris that she did a superb job with the tigers and he was very impressed.

    He walks over to Ernie, lifts his compass, and tells him that he’s staying, but rags on (and on and on and on) about his pitiful performance in the first challenge. He tells Ernie that he shouldn’t try to be an actor and if he was being judged solely on his performance there he would be gone. Ernie stares at the ground and I feel terrible for him. He thought he’d done a great job in challenge one, and I feel as though Ernie thinks Nigel has really insulted his personality. I hope I’m wrong, as Ernie is a great guy and I’d hate for Nigel to make him feel that way.

    Nigel then makes his way over to Ed and tells him that the game is over for him. He says he felt that Ed didn’t pay any attention during Tiger School (cut to clip of Ed paying attention in Tiger School) and that his One Minute TV Time was so boring that he (Nigel) almost fell asleep.

    Ed takes’ it well, and was prepared to be the one going. He asks that Nigel, Stan and Jeff sign his journal and says he’s had a great time.

    I’ll miss ya Ed!
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    Grat job cali! I'm afraid that you, me, and Wolf are the only three watching, but I love reading your recaps nonetheless
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    Hahhahahahaaaa and once again, Maveno..the everlasting reality show watching woman of the worldddddddd....sneaks in to say, "You three aren't alone!!!"

    I just caught this episode yesterday...I wasn't sure what this "King of the Jungle" thing was all about til I saw a commercial for it. So far, I think I like it.. and I can see myself watching all the way til the end.

    Nigel..when he was talking to Ed about his bad performances, and then (to me it seemed anyway) he lunged towards the compass with no warning or anything, as if he was going to break it off his neck! I was all wide-eyed..thinking, "wow! This show seems so nice...then this?? It was an uncomfortable moment imo when he was grappling with the necklace, only to have Ed take over and say, "it's ok"... and take it off himself.

    Interesting show so far. Nigel was quite the angry guy I thought. I'm going to do my best to catch every episode, cause I think it's a great premise...especially since I love animals so much.

    It's just so hard for me to juggle all the shows I'm watching. lol Last night I was so bothered cause I wanted to see Joe Schmo Show and a new Monster House was on at the same time! Fast channel changing.... Anyway, hope this show isn't on at the same time as anything else.

    Wonderful re-cap cali, thanks!
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    Thanks! The great thing about this show is that it's on about 5 times during the week with the new episodes airing Monday at 8pm. I taped it at 3 o'clock this morning

    And yes, stargazer I thought it was just the three of us. Nice to know there's at least one more. Ahhh, I bet the contestants are watching too... at least until they are asked to hand over the compass
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    Quote Originally Posted by cali
    I tend to agree with a lot more of what Stan says, than some of the rubbish that comes out of Nigel's mouth.

    Nigel thinks Stan's too much of an English Gentleman. I think Nigel is
    Simon's dad.
    You're right on target, Cali.
    I don't know what was up Nigel's butt. He's going a little overboard with his critiques. Sure, Christine should've waited for Jeremy to get her facts straight, but this show is all about learning. This isn't AI, so lighten up Nigel!

    Nigel must've taken to heart the statement that Jeff Corwin made that the show is not about making friends. He was pretty rude with Ernie, and this is not the first time he's stomped on Ernie. Also, did he have to be so rough in trying to take Ed's compass. It seemed like he wanted to choke him. I felt bad for both, Ernie and Ed.

    "People are afraid of snakes because they look different than us and have noarms or legs." Alrighty then.
    This line by Jarrod cracked me up. He's got the look and the animal handling skills, but he needs to present more professional facts about the animals. I like him, though, so I hope he improves on his presentation skills.

    Thanks for the recap, Cali. It was awesome!
    I love this show, and I'll keep watching it til the end, even if there's only 4 of us watching it.

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    Maveno, glad to have you join our very small club.
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    Small as we may be....we're a very elite group, & that makes the size all that much better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maveno
    Small as we may be....we're a very elite group, & that makes the size all that much better!
    Hi *wave hand in air* May I join your club?

    I agree with all your posts. Claudzilla's Dad and I really enjoy the show and the eye candy (C's Dad aww-ed even louder than I did at the tiger cubs!). It's refreshing when casting agents are cut out of the loop and nice, real people (the kind you want to root for) are the contestants.

    It also cracks me up whenever Jeff or Nigel (more Jeff, I guess) narrates the scene and what the contestant is doing in a soft voice, kind of like on one of their own shows. ("... Look at that, Christina has gone in the water... )

    C's Dad's cousin was a student at Moorpark (of Moorpark 24/7; she even had a cameo!) and sometimes we hear about what she is doing, what kind of animals she is working with. It is amazing and so brave what these people do, it really is a labor of love. I wish all the contestants the best.

    And I felt so bad for Ed, even when Nigel was trying to yank off the compass (Nigel, please dont' do that anymore!) he was so nice and respectful.

    Whoever wins, I think I will be tuning in to see how the new host does. It's like 'growing up' with the host and getting emotionally vested in this person. I'm glad all the people seem very personable and are there primarily for the animals (hopefully that's not just editing!)

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    Without spoiling today's show for anyone, I just want to comment that maybe Stan shouldn't have spoken. There was a different guy working with Nigel. Hmmm....guess I'll have to check into this and see what good gossip I can discover.
    Next week, for all you who love conflict, the warm fuzzies seem to disappear.

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    Poor stan

    I have it taped, but haven't watched yet. I do know that on the website, there were 4 judges listed, so maybe they are taking turns?
    "Rice is great when you're hungry and want 2,000 of something' -- Mitch Hedberg

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