BlairBlogging: The Life and Times of Lisa Whelchel on “Survivor”

Like Lisa Whelchel, a.k.a. Blair Warner of “Facts of Life”, I am a huge “Survivor” fan. (Unlike her, I did miss a lot of that season in Thailand when the soft-porn star won, because I was occupied with my wedding and honeymoon and never got into it. I have, however, seen every single episode of “The Facts of Life”. I do think the first season when Molly Ringwald was on, Tootie was always wearing her skates, and the one girl was contemplating letting her boyfriend Roger have his pubescent way with her was my favorite.) “Survivor” was the first, remains the best. The granddaddy of them all, as they say.

Last night I watched with my mother, who commented that she thinks the people who do this show are nuts. I totally disagree and would totally do it, except I am sure I would end up the first “Survivor” fatality, probably in some freak encounter with a deadly centipede. I’d also have to get Lasik first which is completely not happening. Not even if they give me two Valium.

I am not going to be recapping “Survivor”; I am strictly going to share my observations, hopes, and dreams for Blair as she navigates her way through the murky social and literal waters of “Survivor: Phillippines”. When she’s done, so am I. In the name of moms over 40 and all people who grew up in the 1980’s, I want Blair to take it all!

Blair Warner has landed!
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Blair starts the show in a yellow top (how convenient! how unexpected! yellow top, yellow team!) with a big smile and contagious enthusiasm. She doesn’t look a day older than the final episode of FoL, and I love her for it. I also love that her skirted swimsuit looks to be Lands End. So modest! So relatable! I am not the least bit surprised that Blair is good at puzzles. I’m not expecting her to be super-speedy, but she does look strong, and seems resourceful. She’ll be useful around camp, pull her weight in challenges, and not boss people around. And God is her co-pilot. To quote Ashford & Simpson, we’re solid! Solid as a rock!

love that Blair smile
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Right now it looks like Blair’s biggest impediment is RC Cola, the investment banker with the big haboobs and the wide selection of yellow containment devices. RC Cola is not nearly as smart as she thinks she is, and has dismissed Blair out of hand as an excessively sweet Jesus freak. HOW CAN THESE PEOPLE NOT RECOGNIZE BLAIR?? What if she was wearing a t-shirt with Charlotte Rae on it, would she recognize her then?

This girl has a whole lotta something, but nothing on Blair!
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Blair’s biggest asset is obviously Michael Skupin. They are cut from the same cloth, I suspect. They’d actually make a very cute couple, although I am well-aware both are eternally committed to their marriages and spouses, as they should be. I am merely observing. I also think Skupin is strictly humoring RC Cola – his commitment to her “alliance” was little more than “yeah, cool, good luck with those knockers, fool” – and secretly plans to team up with Blair. Unlike Skupin, I think Blair is smart to see where the cards lie before she really engages. How can you make alliances before you even know people’s names? A handful of idiots do it every season and it never works.

You know who I think is her next biggest asset? That totally hot bartender Malcolm. That kid seems like a smart cookie and I am sure knows who Blair is. When one team (Blue, it looks like) shrinks enough that they merge to two I want Malcolm and Blair to end up on the same team. They will go all the way. Especially if they get to stick with Skupin and the sex therapist.

Blair’s secret weapon. Yummy!
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Next week Blair looks sad. Shake it off! Let Jesus take the wheel! Until then…

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4 Responses to BlairBlogging: The Life and Times of Lisa Whelchel on “Survivor”

  1. Cristalfab says:

    You are aware that Lisa Whelchel has announced that she divorced about 10 days before she left for Survivor?

  2. Robyn says:

    What do you think about the news that Lisa divorced her husband before going on Survivor? Maybe a love match with Michael could happen after all.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I just heard that this morning! Very surprising! I don’t know what to make of it. In the nbcnews.com article they post links to other articles that may be of interest, and in the article about Lisa’s divorce was a link to the news that Cousin Geri came out of the closet last year. Coincidence?

  3. jaslyn says:

    to the divorce comment, this could be Lisa’s way of going into singledom straight on into an adventure that she may not have otherwise attempted. Hope she lasts, but considering she’s up against some empty headed youngsters who immediately start a click, she’ll have some trouble ahead. The girls are already annoying and proving their empty heads with their behavior, and as you said, making alliances before they even know each other. Haven’t they ever watched the show?

    Hope you do blog Survivor as it’s completely mockworthy, and you’re good at that. πŸ™‚

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