Tonight, We Make Our Move
The night enshrouds Coach as he tries to
life himself from the darkness of Tribal council. Coach has been shaken
by Sandra’s comments and has now broken down into tears. Seriously? Does
he think that crocodile tears will make him more appealing to his tribe
of the viewers at home? Tyson spend a few minutes trying to pick Coach
back up, saying that if Coach were to quit the Villains would lose a
strong tribe member.
Boston Rob the next day tries to give Coach a similar pick me up by
telling Coach that everything is going to be fine, all he has to do is,
“Trust me” Wow, if Coach falls for that maybe he needs to be reminded
that this is Survivor, not Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
And now that the Dr. Phil Therapy Hour is over, it’s time to compete for
Reward. Players will race down a slip and slide to grab a number ball
and toss it into a basket. First players to get the ball into their
basket earns a point for their team. First team to 4 wins.
Round 1. Coach vs. Tom. It’s a strong round, Coach wins. Villains 1-0
Round 2: Cirie vs. Russell. Russell makes a great slide and scores
before Cirie even shoots. Villains 2-0
Round 3: Candace vs. Courtney. Candace strikes back for the Heroes
Villains lead 2-1
Round 4: Amanda vs. Jerri. Jerri one-times it for the Villains 3rd point
3-1 Game point.
Round 5. James vs. Sandra. James makes a massive slide and nails his
first shot. 3-2
Round 6: Rupert vs. Danielle. Danielle gets her ball first, but then
drops it. A few missed shots, but Rupert wins it. 3-3 tie
Final Round: Colby vs. Tyson. They slide for the ball and Colby has it
first. Both miss their first shot. And Second. But the third goes in…
for Tyson. Villains win reward!
For their reward the Villains win a Sears tool kit. No bad considering
they recently “lost” their machete.
Russell notices that their tool kit comes with a knife and foolishly
opens it even though he realizes there is something odd about it. And
mini scroll falls tot eh beach floor and Boston Rob pick it up.
Guess what folks? There is a hidden immunity Idol on the beach, and the
clue pretty specifically marks the spot. Rob believes they should all go
find the Idol and throw it in the ocean, but Russell… Well, Russell is
Russell, and the Villains are about to learn that.
Later in the day, while the guys are building the shelter, Russell goes
for a “walk.” Rob tells Sandra to find out what Russell is doing and
Sandra spies on Russell to find out the truth. Yes, Russell is searching
for the Immunity Idol. No, he doesn’t have it yet. Yes, know that the
tribe knows he is looking, everyone wants him gone.
But turnabout is fair play, yes? The Heroes find a similar scroll on
their beach. And this time it’s a mad dash. Everyone goes looking for
the Idol and while many find the correct tree, Tom is the one who finds
it. He tries to stealthily hide it in his sock, but Amanda sees him and
proceeds to secretly notify the entire camp. At least Tom seems wise to
the fact that he was caught.
Of course, not of this Idol searching will matter this week unless you
lose Immunity. And it is challenge time.
It’s another Survivor classic (does anyone else think that the challenge
creators are just being lazy of taking vacation?)
One player will be strapped into a ball, while two other members will
roll them down the course blindfolded. Once arriving at the end of the
course, the player in the ball will have to direct 4 additional members
as they navigate a ball through a labyrinthine maze. First team to
complete the maze wins immunity.
This the challenge that Russell Swan passed out in during last season
and thus holds the distinction as the only Survivor challenge never to
be finished. Russell Hantz has played this before, so we’ll see if the
Villains have an advantage.
Tom and Boston Rob take their roles as the callers. Both are effective,
but Boston Rob takes the leads as he is rolled down the path. Tom veers
off track and finds himself two ball lengths behind. This lead is
maintained by the Villains to the end of the course and Rob gets what
seems like a 20-30 second head start on the maze.
Neither teams seems to have any difficulty with the maze. Communication
is strong as all these Veterans know the true value of Immunity. The
Heroes close the gap, actually lipping their ball around the finish
hole, but the Villains sink their ball first. Villains win immunity!
With the Villains back in complete charge, the Heroes are left with a
visit to Tribal Council.
Let the Scrambling begin!
Tom and Colby want JT, Amanda to join them. Amanda and JT’s biggest
concern is that the Idol will be used against them and Tom offers to
give it to them to earn their trust. They don’t take it (Note: Always
take the Idol. Always! Remember Erik?!?!)
Even without taking the Idol, they seem on board. The target of the vote
has moved to Candice.
Amanda can’t keep her mouth shut though. She runs to Cirie and let’s her
know the new plan. Cirie is aligned with Candice, so this cannot happen.
Queen Cirie reminds Amanda that she is now agreeing to get rid of
someone who is not a threat in deference to ousting Tom who is strong,
charismatic, a leader and frankly, won this game before. She’s right
folks. Cirie proceeds to rally the rest of the troops and the plan to
force a Tom/Colby elimination is back on.
A quick Survivor Math lesson: Because of the Idol, the vote has to be
very specific. The plan is to vote out Tom or Colby by a vote of 3-3.
That tie is not a typo. by splitting the vote this way, Tom and Colby
block vote of two will be nullified if Tom plays the Idol. When the Idol
is played, the person with the second highest number of votes goes home.
(in this plan, Colby). Should Tom not play the Idol, there would be a
tie between Tom and Colby, and then the revote would be exclusive to the
two gents at which point it would be safe to flip the vote to 4-2 Tom.
There will be a test. But before that test, it looks like someone went
to study hall. JT, listened in on Cirie commandeering the majority of
the tribe and seems conflicted. Being a former winner, could the same
arguments for torch snuffing be used against him in the future? He talks
to Tom and his options are laid plain. Vote for Tom or Colby, Colby is
gone. Vote for Cirie, Cirie gets screwed by the Idol.
It’s time to vote. After a Tribal council where Jeff Probst called out
both Rupert and James for being hypocrites. (saying that they wanted to
keep the tribe strong but still planned to “”vote with their alliance”
for someone they did not believe was the weakest.) The vote rolls in.
Tom does play the immunity Idol, stating that he hoped it wouldn’t
happen this way. All votes against Tom are nullified.
All votes null, no votes count
2 Votes Colby
2 Votes Colby, 2 Votes Cirie. One Vote Left.
The 4th person votes out of Survivor HV… Cirie.
Cirie is surprised but gives the guys credit for getting her out via
great strategy. And now the tribe moves on.
It’s sad to Cirie go, but she may have overplayed a little too early. Do
the heroes have any hope? Will Russell find another hidden immunity
Idol? We’ll have to wait and find out.
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