The parental controls are for the cable box, not the TV. So George could have still watched the TV the way he always had before -- using the existing antenna, not the box.
But I'm pretty sure that parental controls were not available on set-top cable boxes during the time period the show is set, even though the producers did a good job of making them look "old school."
Two things I learned in this episode:
1) If a judge likes an ethnic design, it's cultural inspiration. If she doesn't, it's cultural appropriation.
2) The theme doesn't matter, because almost everyone ignores it.
Sorry, but this show felt completely contrived. It was especially convenient for Buddy to stalk off angrily and then argue with the executive producer so that he'd be perfectly framed in the background as Sherry and the host so bravely tried to save face. Oh, please. If this isn't a scripted reality show, I don't know what is. Any takers on whether they end up in a tie after 12 rounds of competition?
This show is just a hot mess. I love the concept -- kind of a mix between British Bake Off (with all of the lingering exterior shots of the tent) and the old Challenge show -- but the bakers simply don't have the resources and time to do their work. And the initial noncake challenge to create a "cake topper" just rings false.
Each week's "winner" is basically the team that was the least worst.
Each contestant does not get a camera crew. There would be crew people in every shot if so. There are several crews, and they follow whatever activity seems relevant for coverage, which led to my original post. This comment from a camera operator in a Reddit forum supports this:
Davie is playing a great game, but I'm always skeptical when players figure things like that out -- mostly because there's a layer to playing Survivor that many viewers don't seem to consider:
Davie: "I think Nick might be up to something!"
Reality: "There was a lot of camera activity around Nick!"
Random Survivor: "I think he's gone down the beach to look for an idol!"
Reality: "A camera operator just suddenly followed him down the beach!"
Random Survivor: "I found an idol!"
Reality: "I looked where the camera operator was pointing!"
There are a limited number of cameras and producers for daily activity around the island. Surely, they influence the scope of the game?
Which made it even weirder when Paul chided Manon for using Danish butter, instead of "French" butter, in her Danishes.
Wait until Extra Slice, when they surely must have some fun with Manon saying, "I'm so hot" and "I'm so sticky." :-D
While watching Evan and Chelsea in the tap routine, it looked to me that she was getting worse as it went along, that she started to bail on many of the tap steps. She was shown doing steps in rehearsal (or trying to) that she did not do at the same points in the live performance. If she had previously performed those moves in rehearsals and dress rehearsals -- moves that were already simplified -- that would explain better why the judges were so critical of her.