By Gordon Holmes
Fri, 05 Dec 2008 06:00:37 GMT
39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog
Here is the tribe as it currently stands…
• Runaround Bob – 57 – Physics Teacher
• Crystal – 29 – Pre-school Teacher
• Susie – 47 – Hairdresser
• Ken – 22 – “Super Smash Brothers” World Champion
• Matty – 29 – Personal Trainer
• Corinne – 29 – Pharmaceutical Sales
• Sugar – 29 – Retro Pin-Up Model (although she has a vast acting resume)
We’re back from the tribal council that saw Randy play a fake immunity idol and Runaround Bob is absolutely livid. He does not appreciate Sugar rubbing their ruse in Randy’s face. Wow…Runaround showing some fire! Corinne shows some fire too and gets into a spat of her own with Sugar.
The following morning, Ken lets us know that he wants Runaround Bob to be the next to go because he doesn’t think Bob is very good at the game.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Kenny’s playing an amazing game, but he makes some weird choices. First voting off Charlie over the idol clue, now this? Is he forgetting that Matty could destroy him in any physical challenge and that Sugar still has an immunity idol?
Reward Challenge Time: Two teams will race across a swamp to gather gears. Once they have all their gears, they’ll need to put them in the proper places in order to raise a flag. The winning team will then square off against each other in a race to finish a puzzle. First person to get their puzzle together wins reward.
The reward? The opportunity to watch a video of their loved ones on a Samsung Instinct by Sprint. You know, that kind of commercialism is kind of cheap. I expect more from “Survivor.”
(However, if you’d like to purchase a Samsung Instinct or “Survivor” DVDs, you can do so in Comcast Shopping.)
Jeff gives them a quick look at their videos and it’s water works all around except for Sugar.
Just kidding, Sugar lost it.
To decide the teams they go with a pick-em (which did so well for them at the beginning of the season) that ends up with Corinne as the odd woman out. Jeff tells her that she won’t be able to participate.
Really? Has that ever happened before? Someone doesn’t get to participate in a challenge? I don’t approve.
Despite falling behind while retrieving the gears, the team of Bob, Crystal, and Sugar manages to raise their flag first.
In the final round, Bob makes quick work of the puzzle, earning himself a longer video of his wife, pizza, and beer. However, while he’s sitting down to enjoy his video, his wife pops up from behind a tree to surprise him.
Runaround Peggy lets us know how good she thinks her husband smells. Really? After 30 days in Africa without a shower? This makes me wonder what he smells like at home.
The Runarounds make their way to camp and everyone rushes out to meet Peggy. After pleasantries are exchanged, Bob whistles to signal the other players’ loved ones to come join them.
On an unrelated note, it’s getting a bit dusty in the Holmes household.
Sugar’s sister brought her a vial of her father’s ashes to spread in Africa. Sugar says a final farewell to her father and spreads the ashes in the lake.
There’s a bit more dust in the Holmes household.
Elsewhere, Matty proposes to his girlfriend Jaime (who is a looker and a half), giving her the rock necklace he’d been carving for her. She accepts.
I’m going to assume this was the most endearing moment in “Survivor” history that Jeff Probst talked about in our Question of the Week.
The next day we learn Runaround Bob has formulated a plan. He’s going to make a second fake idol and try to convince Ken that it’s the idol that Marcus (pronounced “Mah-kus” by Bob) threw into the sea. Where Bob got the impressive pieces to make this idol I don’t know. If Bob or Corinne can win immunity, the other will use the fake idol to try to get Ken to vote Matty off.
Immunity Challenge Time: The players will have to answer questions about Gabon. For each correct answer they get, they’ll receive a ball. They’ll then throw those balls at a target, the person to come closest to the center of the target wins immunity.
Things we learned during this challenge:
1. The first gorillas were discovered in Gabon in 1847.
2. A female elephant is called a “cow.”
3. The Gabonese Viper is deadly.
4. Crystal and Susie don’t know much about Gabon.
During the ball-tossing portion, Runaround Bob comes the closest, winning immunity and setting his awesome plan in motion.
I’m loving that Bob is finally playing this game.
Back at camp, Corinne sells the fake idol story like a champ, telling Ken that they’re going to reverse boot Matty. Ken buys it and suggests that Bob and Corinne bring Crystal along. Bob meets up with Crystal in the woods and shows her the new fake immunity necklace (which is even more impressive than the first fake immunity necklace). Crystal buys it too.
Afterwards, Ken and Crystal decide to kill two birds with one stone by voting for Corinne. This way they’ll get rid of Matty and flush out Corinne’s idol.
Smart. Smart. Smart.
That night at tribal council, jurors Charlie, Marcus, and Randy show up in solid, brightly colored shirts. It’s almost like they planned it.
During a relatively tame discussion session, everyone minds their manners. Even Crystal refrains from her trademark angry rant.
Voting Time: Ken votes for Matty, Matty votes for Corinne, and the rest are all on the down low.
Jeff asks if anyone has a hidden immunity idol to be played, Corinne doesn’t step forward. This spares us from another senseless fake idol burning.
One vote Matty, three votes Corinne, two votes Matty. The twelfth person voted out of “Survivor: Gabon” and the fourth jury member is…Corinne.
Verdict: I loved this episode. The smart strategy from both sides turns this from a “meh” season to a solid one for me. A couple of points to make here…
First, some will say that it was dumb for Corinne to make herself a target when Matty may have been next. I disagree. Corinne and Bob had to do something. Now I’m wondering if Bob still has the fake idol.
Second, what Crystal and Ken did was super smart. But, they could have accomplished the same thing with both of them voting for Corinne. Now Matty suspects something is up.
Third, people may wonder why they’re not trying to flush out Sugar’s idol. I think everybody wants to go to the finals with Sugar. From what I’ve heard from Charlie and Randy, everyone hates her. With Corinne now on the jury, that’s four people who will never vote for Sugar.