I’m starting to get bored with this Survivor season. The
biggest antagonist has been booted from the game because people knew who he was
and how he played. It took throwing a challenge to get rid of him. Instead of
maintaining a strong team they let Ometempe win a challenge and lost the
advantage they had and left the other tribe keep someone in the game. Russell’s
team is now a bunch of wusses and no one is in charge. They rule by
committee. And now that Russell and his girls are gone and they now are at even
numbers of tribe members with Omtempe, they will need to fight amongst
themselves for domination. Who will end up aligning with whom? They also are
down to six per team. Merge usually happens around ten. Matt should be close to
staying if he comes back at the merge and will add one more to Ometempe.
Rob has sole leadership of his team. He also has a blind allegiance
from the girls and Grant with Phillip the lone man out. And most importantly,
“He has the Idol”. They have been on a roll in the challenges and look tough
going into the merge. Phillip is expendable and could be sent packing at any
time, but, could be an asset and pawn to take to the end of the game.
The only excitement is Phillip and he gets on my nerves.
Special Agent Tighty Pinky’s is just too weird. The girls are boring while they
lay around pulling pit hair. Grant is almost invisible! Then there is Rob who
just sits back and laffs at it all.
At Zapatera, there is no game play going on. David tried to
get something going by keeping Steph.
The rest of the bozo’s wimped out and evicted her. I now see another
Zapatera loss in the next challenge and then who will the wimps send home?
Ometempe seems to have a slight advantage and some information which is being
supplied by the girls that have gone to the
duels from Zapatera.
The duel between Matt and Krista was another close one until
Matt got his ball out of the bag and maneuvered the puzzle quickly and won. He
remains at redemption island and should be considered a threat by both teams.
Phillip is getting upset with the girls and has started
yelling at them for being lazy and not helping around camp. I don’t know what
kind of power the man thinks he has but he is close to being evicted.
The challenge was quite simple. Both teams shoot a ball into
the air and the first team to catch five in their basket poles wins. In a
route, Ometepe shut out the “Zaps”.
Again Stephanie takes the blame for their poor performance. Back at camp, David
makes a move to try keep Stephanie in the game but no success when they go to
Next up …… Stephanie and Matt duel for Redemption.
No one at Zapatera seems to care that Ralph has the Idol and
don’t want to get rid of it. Use it on Ralph and see if he plays it! They
better before he uses it to get rid of one of them. Steve and Mike seem to
careless. David looks ready to make a move. Julie is unsure what’s going on and
Sarita’s toothache seems to bother her a lot. A tribe of total misfits!
I now watch only to see who wins the duel, who wins the
challenge and who gets evicted and sent to RI.
Like I said, to me it is getting boring.
By Jeff Probst
RI is starting to feel like Matt’s house. He now has a big home court advantage because
he is so comfortable on the island and at the Arena. It’s like a sports team that has been to the
finals taking on a team that has not been to the finals. The experience is often the difference.
RELIGION ON REDEMPTION
The religious aspect of Redemption Island is not something
we ever anticipated when we called it Redemption Island. Having a religious and very likable person
like Matt last this long in the first season of RI was a fascinating
development. It brings an entirely new
texture to the island and one that has a lot of people in the church community
The Bible was Krista’s choice for her luxury item. We gave them their luxury items when they
arrived at Redemption Island because we knew they would be lonely and might
need a pick me up. We did not plan it or
decide on it because we thought it would give us extra story from Krista and Matt. It was already laid out.
I respect people who have faith in whatever brings them
comfort and security.
When Krista gave her bible to Matt I was moved. It had nothing to do with my thoughts about
the Bible. It was the human kindness
shown in a game that rarely sees the good side of people. Despite losing and being out of the game for
good, Krista still had the presence of heart to think about helping out Matt.
ANDREA GETS JEALOUS?
Man this game is tough.
Matt is alone on Redemption, battling as hard as he can to stay
alive. A competitor gives him a Bible on
her way out and as a result, his one ally in the game, gets jealous and turns
on him. WTF? Were they going steady? Did I miss the engagement? It was a Bible, not a love note. Man.
Survivor is a tough game.
IN DEFENSE OF THE SPA DAY
Spa days and other seemingly mindless, wastes of time that
seem to consume the girls days of late…aren’t as outrageous as they
seem. The contestants do have a lot of
free time on their hands. On days when
there is not a challenge or tribal and their shelter is built they really have
very little to do. However reasonable it
may be, it doesn’t change the perception of others when they see you lying
PHILLIP WANTS TO BE APPRECIATED
Ah yeah, baby. The
ego of the lion and the gorilla is coming out and I like it. Phillip’s explosion was not about the girls
not helping with the fire. His
frustration came from not being appreciated.
That’s all he wants, is a little credit.
One of the lessons I’ve learned from Survivor goes like
If you have a goal, and your success in achieving this goal
requires the support of other people, then you have to remove your ego from the
In other words, when you’re playing a zero sum game, ie a
game in which there is only one winner – and the losers of the game are the one
who will decide who wins – leave your ego at home.
Otherwise your chances for success plummet.
I’m not saying it’s easy.
Not saying I can do it myself.
But from a back seat point of view it’s quite clear.
Phillip wants credit.
Nobody is giving it to him. The
more he complains the more annoying he will become… because Phillip – nobody
Stoke the fire and stay out of the way. You’ll last longer.
THE GODFATHER INTERVENES
Once again the wisest person on the tribe is Rob. I know you hate me talking about Rob, but the
proof is in his actions regarding Phillips and the fire tending duties.
Four of them to be exact:
1. During the argument he was the only one still focused on
the big picture. His biggest overall
goal was to keep the tribe strong.
2. Simultaneously, he understands how beneficial the fight
between Phillip and the girls can be to his game. The more they fight, the more likely he is to
stay in control and the more they hate each other the better for him if he
makes it to the end against any of them.
3. Rob then talked to Phillip to ensure that Phillip doesn’t
do too much damage to the tribe dynamics while also letting Phillip know that
he understands him.
4. After Phillip walked away, Rob then mocked him which in
turn endeared Rob even more to the angry girls.
Mission complete. It was deft handling of a very delicate
Krista was no joke.
Growing up on a farm she knew her way around the rope. Three tosses, three connects. It was amazing. I really thought Matt was going to lose. Krista gave Matt his biggest challenge so
One of my favorite exchanges of the season thus far was
between Phillip and Steve when discussing the Gorilla and Lion tattoos. I really appreciate Phillips simultaneous
earnestness and sense of humor. Is that
even a proper sentence? What I mean is
that he really believes everything he says and yet he has enough awareness to
know that I’m poking fun at him for those same things he takes so
seriously. Hmm, was that sentence any
better than the first one?
Philip gets it. How about
that? He gets me anyway. Moving on.
We’ve done this challenge many times over the years and it
never fails to deliver.
This challenge is both physical and frustrating. Ralph for one was clearly irritated that he
wasn’t getting enough action. But the
star of the challenge was Grant. Stud. Dude is the real deal. Mike did his best to defend but there was no
stopping him, not even by ripping off his shirt. If Grant is allowed to stay till the end he
could be a millionaire come mid-May.
HIDDEN IDOL CLUE
I’m a broken record but Rob played this moment very well. So
far this season he has done a good job of assessing, adapting and then
executing very well. Letting Grant find the clue to the hidden idol was a great
call as it further solidified Grant’s trust in Rob.
Getting caught with the note however, was a rookie mistake:
Phillip: Whatcha got there boys? I saw it.
Phillip: What’s it say?
Rob: Back at camp?
Rob: Back at Camp.
Phillip: (interview) I have been in an alliance with Rob,
Grant and myself. In fact, I call
ourselves Stealth Are Us. I’m… the
specialist… Rob is the mentalist…and Grant… is the assassin.
Phillip: (interview) and yet today when Rob and Grant found
the clue for an idol they tried to hide it.
Well, Hell hath no fury like a… lion and a gorilla when he thinks he
has been provoked.
Patriotic. Strong. Preparing for battle.
Phillip: (interview) If you’re gonna make an alliance with me you better adhere to
it because I am all about integrity. I
served my country for four years, eleven months and thirteen days for duty,
honor, and country. That means something
When you try to trash on that… me and the United States
got something for you when you try that little baby…
I could dwell in the place of negativity right now based on
what I just saw, but I’m not gonna do that.
I’m gonna smile and when the time comes…. I’m gonna kick a
little ass around here.
Let it breathe. Gonna
just let that little piece of poetry sit there.
No comment needed.
But I can’t resist.
F*&king genius. Phillip
please grab Coach and come back and play again as soon as possible.
I think a lot of you are glad to see Stephanie out of the
game. I’m not sure what it is about me
that likes the spunky, lippy folks but I am bummed she is gone. She’s definitely a competitor and she’s a
I’ve said it before but I think Zapatera’s biggest problem
is they are playing a “too cool for school” game and it’s biting them in the
It’s the Russell factor. They are so happy to “defeat”
Russell and his two “girls” – Krista and Stephanie – that they’re in danger of losing
the big picture.
David realized that tonight.
I agree with David. I would have
voted out Sarita. Nothing personal,
Sarita, but I think Stephanie wanted it more and the tribe could have used her
Okay I know I’ve been ignoring everybody else in the game…
so here we go.
DAVID – If memory serves I think David scored the highest on
our IQ test during casting. He is a
smart dude. We fought to get him on and
I’m glad we did. He’s giving us great
story and he’s a legit threat to win the game if he can get his alliance
STEVE – I like him. He’s laid back and probably a pretty
nice guy in his normal life. He would drive me a bit crazy as a member of my
alliance because he is so laid back! I
want the guy who played in the NFL for 13 years. Maybe he’s saving that for the
individual portion of the show.
SARITA – I think she’s too soft right now. I liked her in casting but I think the game
is overwhelming her right now. She needs
to get over the toothache and find that inner strength otherwise she is going
to be seen as a pain-in-the-ass.
MIKE – How can you not like Mike? He’s strong, seems pretty bright. A major threat to win this game. If both are still in the game when they merge
– he could prove a worthy adversary for Boston Rob.
MATT – The undisputed underdog. If he can win long enough to get back in the
game, people better watch out. I have a
feeling that even his faith will not be able to contain his desire to get even.
NATALIE – I’ve said it before I am so impressed. She is 18 years old. Think about the 18 year olds you know. How many of them could handle themselves this
well in this cut-throat environment. Natalie
is a long shot to win but IF she can get to the end the jury may feel like I do
that based on age alone she has earned the money.
JULIE – Julie confuses me.
I like her and I think she’s a fairly good player but I haven’t seen any
moves yet that make me think she could make it deep. She’s a mom which helps in dealing with
people and she’s very reasonable and that could take her a long way into the
game. But a big move will be necessary.
RALPH – I love Ralph because he’s so fun to listen to and so
fun to watch. He so very smart in his
own way but his liability is that Ralph hasn’t found himself in this kind of
social situation and it shows. If Ralph
can figure out how to deal with the others in his alliance he could last.
ANDREA – She’s a bit wishy-washy regarding Matt but she is
definitely a fighter and a player. She
will not lie down for anybody. I like her
but her problem right now is her status within the alliance.
ASHLEY – Dark horse to win the game. She’s very good in the challenges and in the
individual portion of the game she will be a threat. She also has friends in the girls and will
probably make more friends if she makes the merge. If I was Rob I’d be most worried about her in
the end game.
GRANT – Grant is a bit ill equipped socially because he is
so trusting. At this point he believes in Rob 100%. So long as that lasts, these two could go deep. But if that trust is ever broken, my hunch is
that Grant will turn on Rob and vote him out.
NEXT TIME ON.. Survivor.
One of the greatest challenges of the season… and one of
the funniest moments in our history.