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Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites - Week 10: Deja Vu All Over Again

ajones.jpgSometimes I have to wonder if any of the fans have actually seen Survivor before and if any of the favorites were ACTUALLY on the show. This week, one of each made potentially fatal mistakes that could easily have been avoided by having seen any one episode of the show. Here's what you need to know:

1) Jason -- After last week's debacle, with Eliza going home, Jason is chillin' at the end of a long, tribal plank. He's called out for his part in the move, and realizes that he needs to win the challenges if he's going to stick around very long. Ozzy is ready to get rid of him, and that usually means someone is going home. More on this later.

2) Ozzy -- The previous tribal council might have sent Eliza home, but it called out Ozzy on having the immunity idol, and put the thought in people's minds that maybe Ozzy needed to go. Even Ozzy gets this feeling and knows a target is on his back. He doesn't quite trust Parvati, and says he needs to keep winning. In the Reward Challenge, Jason, Erik, Ozzy, and Amanda win the challenge, while Cirie goes to Exile for a miserable night in the pouring rain and cold. When they get back, Ozzy describes in exteme detail the foods they ate and how great the trip was. I don't know who still thinks that's a good idea, but apparently one of them is Ozzy. Cirie cringes and everyone else shows that usual small seed of jealousy. Hubrus, anyone?

3) Reward -- Honestly, I don't want to talk much about this, but I think it's important to note that Erik is either the most innocent, puppy like person ever to make it on Survivor, or he's the best actor I've ever seen and he might slit everyone's throat when they sleep in the final four. Also, he vomits everywhere-- and that's good tv.

4) Immunity Challenge -- As always, the challenge was a major turning point for the episode. It was another "outlast" challenge, which was a little weird after last week's breathing challenge, but whatever. So everyone has to keep their arm up and when it falls down, water falls on their head-- it made me a little nostalgic for "You Can't Do That On Television" or old school "Double Dare." Anyway. As time goes on, people are offered food in exchange for quitting. After a while, Jeff offers up a bowl of candy. Cirie says she'll take it and bafflingly, Erik does too. Last we heard, Erik was saying he'd be SHOCKED if he didn't go home next (two weeks ago?), and NOW, he's quitting immunity challenges for SOUR PATCH KIDS??? What's happening?? No worries though, it gets weirder. After several people manage to lose BEFORE TAKING FOOD DEALS (which was tremendous), James gets out the same way while finishing sentence about how that "would suck--" SPLASH! Geez. Ozzy, target on his back and all, takes the next deal offered so that he can put his arm down, and I have to believe that he was about to lose and held out for the next offer.

Eventually, it comes down to Parvati and Jason, who knows he needs to win to stay in the game. The game that is called Survivor. Where you do whatever it takes to survive. SURVIVOR. Jeff says that whoever quits will get a ton of food that the whole rest of the tribe can share in. Jason asks if he quits, will they promise not to vote him out. Erik says he'll do it. A few more join in, and within a few moments, everyone is smiling, nodding, and saying they'll do it. Basically everone is lying, but for just to piss me off I think, Cirie and Alexis cross their fingers when they say it. Because THAT"S how life works. I can't even imagine doing that and not joking. Are we in 4th grade?? Is that a moral position? "Nono, it's ok to lie, but you have to cross your fingers so God can see..." Unfathomable.

Not to be outdone in the insanity category, Jason steps down, hoping he's not making the biggest mistake of the game. It's shocking that anyone could think they were making a legitimate "deal" in that situation, but Jason also fell for the stick idol. It takes about five seconds for Ozzy, James, etc. to say that Jason is going home. Kiss of death, right? Not so fast.

5) Tribal Council -- Before tribal council, Ozzy gets the bad juju from Parvati and thinks he might need the idol at tribal. Meanwhile, Natalie, Alexis, Erik, and PARVATI decide that Ozzy can get blindsided this time, and get Jason involved. They don't say a word to anyone else, and try and keep their mouths shut. Ozzy mentions to James that Parvati is spooking him, and James agrees, now being somewhat over the lazy around camp flirt.

At tribal, nobody says much, and Ozzy thinks he's secure. Jeff asks if anyone wants to play an idol and Ozzy DOESN'T. Everyone votes and Jeff counts em. 4 for Ozzy. 4 For Jason, with one more to go. Do I really need to say anything? Don't we all know that an idol played is worth a thousand times more than an idol delayed? Don't we know that hubrus is so often punished in life, games, and literature? So yes, Ozzy, blindsided, shocked, and unfairly bitter, goes home. In the same episode when he was basing his entire play on lying to Jason, he was lied to and sent home. They call that Karma folks, and it's been around for a while.

Keep Your Fire Burnin',

P.S. Next week we get to look forward to the old Girl Power plan. I'm glad they had that idea-- because it's 0 for 15.

Posted by jon on April 19, 2008 12:38 AM
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In a Ponderosa video on the Survivor website, Ozzie relates that he didn't bring his idol to tribal council, and would have played it if he had. Another dumb move.

And, it's "hubris", by the way.

1. Posted by: Cecil Rose at April 19, 2008 10:51 PM

"Also, he vomits everywhere-- and that's good TV." Yes, it is. Yes, it is.

2. Posted by: Cousin Johnny at April 19, 2008 11:16 PM


There seems to be a problem with the picture link at the head of this review.

3. Posted by: Cecil Rose at April 21, 2008 12:35 PM

Ah, thanks for the heads up on the pic link-- I'm not sure why that's happening, but will check it out.

Also, yeah, "hubris," but this just goes to show that even for an English Major, watching Survivor dumbs you down about 25% for the time immediately following the viewing.

4. Posted by: Witz at April 21, 2008 12:39 PM

Speaking of dumbing down, my prediction last week that no-way no-how would the Faves knock off another Fave this week turns out to have been wrong. So it's 4-4 now. Fan winner, anyone?

5. Posted by: Cecil Rose at April 22, 2008 3:44 PM

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