Getting the Best of Me
Sugar has been ousted and surely
somewhere she is crying over that, but must her tears fuel the rains
that pelt the Hero and Villain camps?
Right of the top of the episode, Rob complains about being on a tribe of
buffoons. Sure, Rob, you may be the only player who is working to build
a better camp, but Survivor has changed since you last played. Many
players strategically forego comfort and focus on alliances and
scheming. The lack of comfort tenderizes the minds of weaker players
making them more suggestible. Russell executed this to a T last season.
To bad this season taped before you got the chance to see that…
Meanwhile on “Coach Loves Jerri” the dragon slayer an his concubine seem
pleased with the Villains effort thus far. As long as there relationship
doesn’t take a turn for “The Bachelor” I’m fine with it.
Courtney in an aside fears that Boston Rob might drop dead leaving them
all helpless. Oh the wonders of allusion. We remember the promos, but
Rob hasn’t passed out yet.
The Heroes continue to be the Swiss Family Robinson of Survivor. Living
wise, life is grand. Game wise, Rupert wants Stephenie gone and
Stephenie isn’t feeling the Rupert vibe herself. I’d put $5 on America’s
favorite pirate in a wrestling match, but the Jersey girl has her wits
about her and rightfully should be considered dangerous.
Rob is questioning his choice to be a diplomat rather than a dictator
and let’s just say Rob has taken a turn toward Mussolini. Rob has
decided to take charge, he’s working harder than before.
Now he’s walking along the beach.
And then he walks into the woods
And then THUD!
Rob passes out and Jerri is left doing her best Florence Nightingale
impression. The medics are with Jeff Probst in tow. (Isn’t that like the
news arriving before the ambulance to the scene of an accident?)
In the end, it’s a false alarm and Rob just has to nut up and continue.
He thinks he got sick because he internally could not stomach being the
good guy. Should make the next couple of days interesting…
Wonder how many villains were hoping secretly that Boston Rob was kaput?
(I would have begged for it.)
This week it is straight to immunity, no piddling reward for these
It’s a dice game of sorts. Each team will have to roll large crates
toward a staircase and stack their cubes so as to spell out their tribe
name. First team to stack their cubes and get to the top wins immunity
and what’s this? A tarp, nails and rope? That smells a lot like a
reward… I think the audience is getting robbed of a second challenge.
After a brief History lesson (JT, Coach and Tyson have played this
challenge before) it’s game time.
Survivors ready, GO!
The survivors start pushing the crates in pairs and the Heroes are
crushing the villains much like the last immunity challenge. But will
they be able to hold that lead this time?
They puzzle portion commences and time-wise the heroes have a full cube
All I can say is Deja vu…
The villains retake the lead with some solid puzzle solving. The Heroes
bicker amongst each other. James gets mega-frustrated with Stephenie and
the Villains win immunity again.
So James believes he has learned something today. He says Stephenie is
the only person on the Heroes tribe who lost every person of her tribe
leaving her as the last one left, so she must be the problem. Given,
Stephenie has a bad history when it comes to winning immunity challenges
in the first half of Survivor.
But with both James and Rupert targeting her, can she avoid the heroes
second brush with Tribal Council?
Early hope comes from James spouting off righteously at the rest of the
tribe about how the team should function during challenges. Some, like
JT, agree with him but Tom in particular feels like James is acting like
a loser, but wisely Tom bites his tongue.
Life is grand with the villains. The only gripe comes from King Russell
of Samoa who doesn’t like all the attention Rob is getting as the leader
of the tribe. Russell catches a chicken and makes a few inroads, but ego
is a forbearer of demise on Survivor.
And now I bring you Survivor math. 9 Heroes remain. The easy vote,
Sugar, was used up last week. Add it up what do you have?
You have lots of scrambling and people realizing that they have to
solidify an alliance of 5 right now if they want to have control for the
next 3-4 votes.
The swing votes seem to be Cirie, Amanda and Candice. Stephenie, Colby
and Tom are united. JT is worried that he is going to have to take a
stand at tribal breaking prior agreements. (Thus why you don’t make
promises until you have to.) So here is the deal put on the table prior
to Tribal. Tom offer this deal to Candice and Stephenie offers the same
deal to Cirie:
Stephenie is the first target, then it will be either Cirie or Candice
and third gone will be the remaining lady. If Cirie and Candice want to
stay alive they have to join Tom, Colby and Stephenie. They will then
vote for Amanda and both will be guaranteed to stay until JT, James &
Believe what you wants, but the deal makes sense.
At Tribal, James continue his attack of Stephenie, but Colby and Tom
both speak up in her defense. No one feels safe heading into the vote
and past relationships seems to be both assets and detriments.
The votes are cast, Jeff tallies the parchments…
And the Jersey girl bites the dust, Stephenie is voted out with 6 votes
to 3 for Amanda.
Stephenie as she exits tells the tribe to not yell at each other post
challenge and James tells her to stuff it. Blood is definitely boiling
in the Heroes camp.
And the preview suggests James may have been placed on the wrong team as
he spiral downward into villainous ways. Hmmm…
Survivor HV continues to exceed expectations.
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