Still little chatter about this show on the board, I can only assume our community isn't watching. Tough: I AM!
James and Tom have a warm moment to patch things up after tribal. JT then takes Tom aside and explains he didn't have the numbers to make an alliance work, and Tom seems okay with that, proving to me that Tom isn't as smart as he thinks he is. (Have I mentioned enough yet how much I hate Tom?)
Rupurt catches a chicken. Superman's back.
Meanwhile, Coach is telling a campfire story, and JUST as I expected, Boston Rob isn't putting up with it and starts making fun of him. Later, they form an alliance. I am not making this up.
Rob points out to the viewers at home the most tell-tale sign of checking out alliance is to see how people sleep. This exerpt and many more are available in Rob's soon to be released hardcover book: "How To Win At Survivor".
Coach and Rob tell Russell to stop hanging around Parvati, which is the first time the editing becomes CLEAR that nobody has seen Russell in action before. Russell says nobody knows who they're dealing with (true!), and proceeds to hide the tribe's machete. He also threatens to burn Boston Rob's hat when he isn't looking, as part of his Chaos.
Over with the Heroes, Candice starts talking a LITTLE too much to JT, so JT quickly breaks her down by telling Cirie that Candice doesn't trust her. Once word gets out that SOMEONE told Cirie that Candice doesn't trust her, Candice starts scrambling to find the mole. That worked out REAL well for Lex in Africa.
This week's Reward / Immunity (seems to be a theme this season, the dual challenge) is knocking people off a platform into a mudpit with giant pillows; similar to the one they did in the water in Palau when Flaming Coby beat the piss out of Alabama James. Coach scores the ONLY win for the Villains, only to be told by Probst it doesn't count because he used his hands instead of his Sandbaggy Pillow, and proceeds to get killed in the rematch. The final tally is James sending Randy FLYING with one shot, and then throwing his sandbag on Randy head first, while Randy's already stuck in the mud like an ostrich. 8-0 win by the Heroes.
Tyson suggests the Heroes ate their Steroid Sandwiches that morning.
So off to tribal for the Villains, who are basically torn between Parvati's dangerous Flirty strategy, and Randy, who has no friends. Boston Rob, conspicuously, isn't wearing his hat which makes me wonder???
Naturally, Parvati is spared, and the voting goes 9-1 in favor of sending Randy home (Boston Rob got Randy's vote, WTF?).
And that's that!
EDIT: Things I forgot...
- Parvati calls Jerri a cougar. - Randy throws his buff in the fire on his way out.
Russell is supremely awesome. His whole game on Samoa was some of the most enjoyable reality TV I've ever watched. The guy is just such an amazing student/player of the game and was robbed robbed robbed last season. Not to mention the fact that he seems like an actual good guy in real life, no matter how he presents himself on the show. He's one of the few who are able to truly separate his real life and his in-game "character." My heart seriously broke for him on the reunion show last season, and the previews for next week don't look good for him. Then again, they show all of the Heroes looking for the hidden immunity idol and don't so much as mention it for the Villains, so are they swerving us and does Russell maybe work his magic again and find their idol before anyone even thinks to look for it and save his ass? I sure hope so, because he's the only thing that got me to watch this show again last season after not caring for many many seasons.
After the first seven rounds, I saw James and Randy get up on the platform. My thought: It's "Godzilla vs Bambi" all over again! And indeed,
Even as someone who remembers just about every one of the players, I think they could use a bit more action, a little less conversation.
As much as I agree that Russell was royally jobbed by a bunch of sore losers, I don't see where he's making a lot of progress with this group. And I'll nominate Tom as the early favorite to take the "Boy Did He Turn Out to be a Douchenozzle" award - following Rupert's "Boy Did He Turn Out to be a Dumbass" won in the first All-Stars. (Rupert's hole in the sand at the water's edge was hands-down the worst shelter ever.)
I figured Randy's vote for Rob was because he figured him as the one that could have swung the decision the other way.
Russell totally deserved to lose the Samoa season. Most of his 'strategic genius' rep was built up by his own confessionals, since the real major move of that game was Natalie convincing the other tribe's women to vote out Eric at the first post-merge vote. Admittedly, finding those idols without clues was very impressive, but that doesn't outweigh his treating everyone else like a jackass who didn't deserve to be breathing the same air as him.
Originally posted by TheOldManAnd I'll nominate Tom as the early favorite to take the "Boy Did He Turn Out to be a Douchenozzle" award
James appears to have that one clinched after just three weeks.
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
Let me clarify. It's always interesting to watch poker with the commentators reacting live (unlike Normand Chad throwing out horrible one-liners over taped hands on ESPN). But this wasn't a fun group of players. Madigan just wasn't funny.