Look ... us fans of Survivor have known for a long time that Brandon Hantz is an unstable individual. You've got your kooks; but he is full blown nuts.
And last night, it all came to a head in one of the most uncomfortable but also delicious 20 minutes of television in the history of the show. Brandon, for reasons that I STILL don't understand, lost it on Phillip, and dumped out the entire tribe's rations of rice and beans. He started destroying the furniture, but never did get around to burning down the camp before that afternoon's challenge.
At the challenge, the Favorites asked to forfeit in exchange for the right to vote Brandon out. Jeff Probst responded by giving Brandon a deep shoulder massage for the better part of an hour, while the Fans looked on in astonished glee. Reynold stood out here, as you couldn't wipe the smile off his face during the meltdown, and ending with "Jeff, can you raise our arms since we won?"
Brandon was sent home in a unanimous verbal vote (although, let's not kid ourselves, this was a Mental Evacuation) - and the only thing that could have made this episode even more epic is if Brandon had played a hidden immunity idol and Phillip got sent home as a result.
I hope this was just for the show, because I feel sorry for his wife if she has to put up with this everyday. It was kind of funny when Russell used to hide the machete or people's socks to weaken the other people in his tribe but straight up pouring out the beans and the rice? What's to stop next season's contestants from doing that if you know you are next to go?
Chris - I wasn't sure what to expect since CBS was selling this episode like it was nuclear for a week. Usually, the clips in the commercial are the best part and there is a let down when we see the whole show. Not so this week. The hatred in Brandon's eyes when Philip mentioned his wife and kids was scary. This is an individual that needs to get some professional help. There are many times he appears calm, rational and almost serene on this season, only to fly irrationally into a rage instantaneously. It was definitely good television drama, but family and I found it a little uncomfortable to watch.
CBS needs to get over the Hantz family. They're all unstable, bullying, lunatics.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Had I known there was a Russell relative, I might have given Survivor a chance this year. The guy looks more psycho than any of them. I look for him on Big Brother.
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
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Originally posted by AWArulzHad I known there was a Russell relative, I might have given Survivor a chance this year. The guy looks more psycho than any of them. I look for him on Big Brother.
The last Hantz they had on Big Brother got purposely thrown out for violence in the second or third week of a roughly three month long show. I suppose CBS could force Big Brother to take Brandon, but Willie Hantz burnt so many bridges on his way out I'd be shocked.
I get the feeling Jeff Probst went out of his way to keep this from being a "quit" so that they could leave the door open to a Brandon Hantz return eventually.
I fully expect Russell on Season 27 or 28 to try and redeem the Hantz name. He hinted at it on Facebook earlier that he had every intention to play again, and really, I'm guessing all he has to do is tell CBS "I want in" and they'd ship him out there tomorrow.
Brandon needs real help. I listened to his appearance on Rob Cesternino's podcast; and he was rambling and delusional about the entire thing. He blamed the entire fight on a corrupt system, and turned his attention to conspiracy theories that were unrelated to what actually happened. Had he said "Phillip drove me nuts, and I snapped" - I could understand that, because Phillip ain't everyone's cup of tea. But this was a whole new world of crazy.
As an avid reader of the books by Lee Child, I was not a fan of Tom Cruise as the lead. But this was a lot of fun and followed the book well. One liners and great action made me hope that there will be more.