The difference between Big Brother and Survivor makes it pretty difficult to analyze each episode for me, and I’m sure I’m not alone with this. For instance, with Big Brother, they could have sliced up all types of clips to make it seem like Brendon, Cassi and Daniele had a hot threeway one night in the pool. Would it be true? No, simply because we can watch 24/7 feeds and see the three were swimming around innocently that night.
However, when it comes to Survivor, I’m having a difficult time transitioning my blogging because I can only blog about what I see, and what I see out there is the nephew of one of the most popular players in Survivor history looking absolutely crazy over his obsession with Mikayla. For some reason, that is puzzling to even his own tribe-mates, Brandon has targeted Mikayla as the #1 target this season, and it’s all because she walks around in her panties and reminds him of Parvati. Is this bad editing? I’d like to give the guy the benefit of the doubt and say he’s not going after her simply because he finds her hot and wants her gone before he makes a mistake in his marriage… but two episodes in and he’s still acting strange.
Brandon is completely screwing his own game right now, and he didn’t help his cause at all by lying to try and get some random girl out, and then not having a good story to fall back on when he was called on it during tribal. I am a huge fan of his uncle’s style, but it’s very clear Brandon should have had a few years of life experience under his belt before going on the show because he’s clearly not ready. Look for him gone likely the next time his tribe loses (which shouldn’t be long).
Now that I got that out of the way, I do want to say overall the episode was much better than last week, and hopefully will provide us with quite a bit of entertainment. Coach is already doing his thing of trusting the wrong people, Ozzy is making monkeys envious the way he scales trees, and paranoia is very high on both sides. I don’t see this season being dominated by one specific person/tribe like last year, and every episode could go in any direction.
Tonight, there wasn’t a whole lot of action on the Savaii tribe except for Ozzy somehow finding the idol, and also forming an alliance with Jim and Keith with Whitney and Elyse as the ‘throw away’ alliance members who will be the first to go if need be. All the action was on the Upolu tribe, so that was the focus roughly 75% of the episode.
First, Brandon has to get his dark secret out, and ended up telling Coach that he is Russell’s nephew. Seriously? You needed to tell someone, so you told the guy who was blindsided by your uncle a few seasons back? I understand that you’re a religious man, but I think they put an amendment to the bible in the last few years that once you go on the show Survivor, you’re allowed to lie your ass off if it has the chance to bring you a million smackers. The shocking part of it… Coach decided “hey, he told me, so he can’t be that bad.. right”. Right, Coach.
The rest of the episode was focused around Christine searching for the elusive idol, but on the bright side she did find the clue to it. It was in the same spot that Stacey left it last week when she completely missed the rolled up piece of paper on a stick in the tree. The clue didn’t tell her much, and she didn’t have much time regardless because she had to go to the….
Again, much credit goes out to the designers of these challenges. This one was on the easier side, but still pretty well designed and required a bit of strategy and strength.. the perfect kind of puzzle. Upolu got off to an extremely fast start with the girls of the tribe dancing around the pole like nymph’s dancing around a campfire, but when they handed the challenge off to the guys, that’s when things really slowed down.
While Coach and crew tried to figure out a pretty easy puzzle, Savaii caught right up and that crew absolutely dominated pushing those large bricks around. Upolu was still trying to figure out what to do while Savaii was carrying their massive block to the finish line and winning immunity…. and.. that would be last we’d hear of Savaii this episode.
You have to love tribal council’s that involve vet’s. They just know how to bring it. Right away Coach mentions how Christina and Stacey were going to vote for Mikayla, which lead to a lot of confusion on their parts. This was because Coach’s #1 ally, Brandon, lied to him right before camp and told him that in order to sway the tribe against Mikayla. (again.. why??)
After some back and forth from the girls, Brandon decided to come clean and say it was him who said it, which made Coach have the classic “Oh shit I trusted the wrong person.. AGAIN” look. To his credit though, Brandon did come clean, so that may earn him points in the long run, but in the short term he proved he can lie just like his uncle.
Here are the voting results:
Christine (4), Sophie (1), Edna (1), Stacey (3)
Christine will now square off against Semhar to see who is the first person to officially go home next week.
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