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Day 39. The final day on the best Survivor ever! Amanda and Parvati are the last two standing, both equally deserving of the million dollar prize. Walking out to the mailbox, they screamed as they see food and orange juice waiting for them. Both girls have played extremely good games in BOTH seasons that they’ve been on. I think Amanda deserves mad props though for doing two in a row. THe background music is hilarious, though. It’s all sappy strings with a poignant piano line while the girls are talking about this being “the biggest accomplishment of my life.”

It’s nice to see two girls hugging and being happy together at the end as they burn their shelter. In one final “stir the pot” witch on the beach moment, the girls grab their things and head out to fight for the million at the final tribal. Will Amanda speak better than she did in China? For her sake, I certainly hope so.

8 people on the jury. Eliza, Ozzy, Jason, James, Alexis, Erik, Natalie, and Cirie. The final 2 will get to make an opening statement, then each jury member will address the finalists. THen they will vote.

Amanda: I wanted to play a strategic game. I know I wouldn’t be sitting here wihtout help from all of you, so I wanted to say thanks.

Parvati: I came into this with a reputation as a flirt. I knew I had to beat my competition and make bold power plays. Ask me what you want and you will get an honest answer.

Jury Questions:

  1. Eliza – I have no idea who I’m voting for. I respect Parvati’s move to take out Ozzy, but I can’t respect how you talked about me behind my back. That leads me to believe you are just a mean person. But Amanda, listening to you literally made me want to kill myself because you are too superficial.
  2. Jason – Amanda, if you had been let in on the decision to vote Ozzy out, would you have told him. “Yes” Parvati, what were you redeeming qualities? “Protectiveness and Loyalty to the ladies I gave my word to”
  3. Alexis – Parvati, I am passionate about working with young girls. What makes you a better role model. “I am more independent and outspoken. I am more willing to put myself out there and make bold moves, which Amanda didn’t do.” Amanda, I have seen oscar award winning performances from you, like you crying over Cirie. What part of your game has been genuine? “My tears have been genuine. I didn’t come here for sympathy votes.”
  4. Natalie – Ladies, you have my respect tonight. Parv, you have labeled yourself as a flirt, most masterful flirt in survivor. How does being a flirt parallel to your intimate life? “Being flirtatious is a big part of my personality. It gets me what I want. I flirt with girls and guys to get my way. I can develop relationships without it, but it’s an old standby.” Amanda, you are a smart and beautiful woman, but you have a glazed over look on your face a lot. Was that your plan to be the pageant queen cliche? “Neither, I am a strong woman of substance, but I have made strategic plays and came in here to compete on the highest lvl.”
  5. Erik – 5 to 6 days ago, I would have been voting for Amanda in this game. As of late, I’m looking at you with a lot of questions. I felt burned at the last two tribals when you were there. What basis did you have to judge me? “Everything I said was honest. You were unloyal to me, and I wasn’t going to keep my mouth shut.” Too little too late, I”m done with I”m sorry from you. (wow, maybe Amanda can’t win this!)
  6. James – I’m not even going to be difficult. Amanda pretty much knows she’s got this in the bag. I just want to say Parvati, why couldn’t you be honest. “Got you, sucka! There was no chance of me sitting here if I stuck with you and Ozzy and I needed more control.” (He looks really hurt by her.)
  7. Cirie – Hi ladies. Amanda, tell us why Parvati deserves to win a million dollars more than I did. “Parvati played a bolder game and she was a powerhouse.” (What? Oh god, Amanda, why?? You should have said that you think CIrie deserved it but you had a better chance at beating Parv?)
  8. Ozzy – I may be the biggest idiot up here. I was truly hurt by what you did to me, Parvati. You put a price on our friendship and threw us away like garbage. It really does hurt. How can you say that you’re a role model when you are willing to discard us like that? I don’t want any words from you. THe hardest part is that you took away 14 days that I could have spent with Amanda (Que strings). He’s crying, omg. Amanda, you asked me if I was playing you, I’m honestly not. I have feelings I’ve never felt before and I have started to fall in love with you. You are an amazing girl and I want everyone to know that. I am glad I didn’t win Cook Islands so that I could be here to meet you.

Jeff: I’m going to give you a moment to think about your vote. Wow. I think more people thought Amanda was fake than I realized. I think she is going to win, though, but I”m almost always wrong about things like this.

“Tonight you are voting for a winner. The name you write down is the name of the person you find most deserving of the title of sole survivor and the million dollar check that goes with it.”

They showed us four of the eight votes. Ozzy and Erik voted for Amanda. Natalie and Alexis voted for Parvati. Alexis’s vote is interesting because she said she wanted a role model for young girls. How does she see a role model in Parvati’s admission that she gets what she wants by manipulating others? Weird.

And Jeff Probst is off! Aww, no crazy cut scenes with him travelling with the votes. Oh well, here they are in NYC for the live decision!! Here are the votes: Parvati. Amanda. Parvati. Amanda. Parvati. Amanda. 3 votes each. Parvati. Parvati. Winner of Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites. I am in shock. I think Amanda deserved it more than Parvati, but really they both played an amazing game. I want to know who the third person was that voted for Amanda. James I would guess, but you can never be sure. I wonder what they would have done if it had been a tie??

In some ways, I think it is only fitting that Parvati wins. She really was behind a lot of those backstabs and blindsides. Congratulations to Parvati on winning what is the very best season of Survivor! I will be so sad come Thursday night when there is no Survivor episode. Let’s hope the next season can get even better. All I can say is that I really hope they bring Amanda back one more time, but she would probably be the first one voted out as a threat. I loved Amanda and I think she played a great game. Good season all and good night!

Tonight is the night!!!  I have been thinking about this for the past four days with such anticipation.  I have never looked forward to a Survivor Finale as much as this one.  It all comes down to Cirie, Amanda, Parvati, and Natalie (the last surviving Fan).  The most exciting thing about it is that all four of the remaining players deserve to win.  I think I definitely have a couple I am rooting for more than the other two, but I’ll honestly be happy and satisfied no matter who wins.  I just can’t wait to see how it plays out.

The episode opens with the four ladies dancing together on the beach, “Final Four!”  The cleverly dubbed “Blackwidow Brigade” has set its trap over and over for the men and they have just fallen prey to these women without knowing what hit them.  It is awesome to see an all-women final four getting so excited about their victories so far in the game! 

Day 37.  One day left.  I think the women are as surprised at their skills in getting the men out as the guys were.  Of course, they blindsided Alexis too, and that was Amanda and Parvati alone that did that, so we can’t forget.  The girls seem to be taking care of themselves easily, too, climbing trees for coconuts and using the machete and taking care of their own needs. 

In a side moment, Parvati and Natalie expressed their joy at both of them being left in the final four.  “We get each other,” says Natalie.  Parvati is the only one playing Natalie to make sure that she is taking her to the final two (or three?  it’s been three in most seasons of late, but maybe two this time).  But will Natalie be the next to go?  CIrie seems certain that as long as Natalie does not win this next challenge, she will be the one voted off.  After all, CIrie, Amanda and Parv had an alliance set up towards the beginning, so I wonder if they will stay true to each other.

The Immunity Challenge involves filling up a bucket to raise keys in the water, unlock a trunk, assemble a ladder, raise their flag and win.  I think this is a repeat also.  What happened to the highly creative challenges we used to love?  Surely they aren’t running out of ideas this easily? 

Natalie is off to a great start and is the first one to grab her key and get into the water.  Parvati is quick to follow her.  Wow, Amanda is sucking at this.  I expect suckage from Cirie on most challenges, but Amanda is usually great at stuff like this.  She should be giving 100% at this stage.  Amanda is next to go with Cirie following closely behind.  Natalie starts assembling her ladder first, but everyone is on their ladder quickly after her.  There are 16 rungs and each will only fit on the ladder one way.  Amanda might be working faster, but it’s so hard to tell.  Sometimes I think they try to make it look closer than it really is just to add to the tension. 

Natalie is having a ton of trouble with the ladder puzzle, but Amanda is rocking it.  Wow, I was wrong about Amanda not giving it her all.  Amanda rocked the puzzle, putting it together before anyone else even got close, and she wins immunity!!  Now, who will they vote out?  At this point, all that matters is who you think you can beat with the jury.  Parvati has pissed off a LOT of those people that are on the jury, so she might be the best one to take with you.  Natalie has a group of the “fans” that would probably like to see her win, so she might be a good one to vote out.  Then again, she’s pissed off a lot of people.  It’s so hard to know who is the best one to vote out. 

Back at camp, Natalie knows that she’s the one on the outside, but she’s not giving up without a fight.  Amanda and Parvati sneak off on the beach to talk about their vote and it looks like they are concerned about Cirie swaying votes on the jury.  One comment from Parv made me laugh.  She said “Cirie’s lucky to be with us.”  She has no idea how much Cirie has done to get people out.  Cirie knows she might be in trouble, but I have to wonder why she was sitting on a log all day looking upset rather than pulling Amanda and Parv off to the side to make sure she was safe with them.  That’s what I would have done if I were her. 

At tribal council, Natalie seems like she’s taking credit for the blindside.  There’s something about her that I don’t like.  Wow, Ozzie still looks like he’s holding a grudge.  Cirie looks really worried.  She made a statement about feeling like she has been at the bottom of the alliance the whole time.  Amanda seemed to take offense to that, which I read as her only excuse for voting out Cirie tonight at tribal.  I really hate to see Cirie go home, but getting rid of her is probably the best decision right now.  She was my pick as the winner from the beginning, so of course I’m sad.  Okay, here are the votes.  Cirie.  Natalie.  Natalie.  Natalie.  Woot!!!  Yeah for Cirie!! 

Goodbye to Natalie, the last fan standing, but I am soo happy to see the Favorites alliance stick together.  That day out on the boat with just those three girls was close to the beginning, and at the time I had little faith that Amanda and Parvati would stick with Cirie above their precious men, but they really did it. 

At camp, Amanda got really mad at Cirie for making them “look awful”.  She opened up a can of worms here with Cirie screaming at them.  I totally get where Cirie is coming from here, too.  She yelled, “Parvati was over there snuggled up with James and you’re over there snuggled up with Ozzie, what was I supposed to feel?”  Their moment of yelling turned to tears and apologies.  Amanda said that she came straight here from China and she’s just exhausted.  Jeff’s words at tribal put doubts in their heads, though.  Is it final 3 as in the past few seasons?  Or are they going to make it a final 2 and vote one more person out?? 

They released “Gloria” the chicken, but she decided to lay eggs on the beach instead of leaving camp.  Aww, that is sweet.  After a while, the three went together to get tree mail.  Time to honor the memories of the other 17 survivors, and then go to a FINAL IMMUNITY CHALLENGE.  OMG, they really are doing a final 2 this season.  They are all feeling a little bit frustrated because they really thought that it was done and the three of them would go to the vote.  Basically Cirie has to win the challenge to stay alive. 

The three ladies paddle together out to an island where there are tiki torch monuments to each of the other 17 competitors that were voted out.  Johnny Fairplay who gave up first.  Mary, who none of them really knew.  Yau Man, someone they all considered a target from the start.  Mikey B, one of my early favorites who just overthought out loud.  Joel, my least favorite.  “Fail” is how he summed up his experience.  Jonathan.  THe game would have been very different if he hadn’t been removed due to a knee injury.  Chet.  “The chickens have not been the same since Chet left.”  Haha.  Kathy, a “colorful character” who just couldn’t take it.  Tracy.  She tried hard and played a good game.  Ami.  I had such high hopes for her and wish she could have been at the end with these other girls.  Eliza, the first jury member.  The underdog favorite from the start.  Ozzy, one of the greatest competitors ever in the game, but he got too cocky for his own good.  (“My relationship with Amanda means more than anything.”)  Jason.  A good guy who went far.  James.  Aww… James.  One of my favorite Survivors ever.  It sucks that he had to go out for medical injuries.  Alexis, who made it a lot farther than I ever expected her to.  Erik, sweet boy who really went far and had a chance to win, but also the dumbest for trusting them all.  Natalie, a confident woman who outlasted all the other fans.

And now for the final immunity challenge.  Back when they always used to have 2 at the end instead of 3… the final immunity challenge was always about endurance.  Who can stand on one leg at the top of a tower for the longest?  Or who can hold this bow and arrow taut the longest without breaking through this sheet of paper?  I am curious to see how this challenge will be.  Oh, and what ever happened to them giving one of the survivors a car??  They used to always have that in there somewhere.   The cars always made me feel better for someone who didn’t win, like “at least they won that new Ford.” or whatever.  Oh well.

The ladies paddled their way over to Jeff, and I was sort of expecting someone to say, “What’s up with final 2 instead of 3??”  But no one did.  The challenge is a cyllinder ballancing a tiny metal ball.  After a certain amount of time, they add another piece to the cyllinder, making it longer.  If at any time, the ball drops, you’re out.  It’s funny that the last challenge involves balls.  Haha.  Anyone’s game at this point, but it’s almost as if it was made for Cirie.  A challenge where you have to keep your hands steady for long periods of time?  Who better to do that than a nurse?  My hands would probably be shaking from nerves or from starvation, but the girls seem to be doing a pretty good job.  After 5 minutes, they add another piece.  They at least got to put the thing down for a bit, but they had to add a piece to make it harder to hold. 

5 minutes.  Now they add two more pieces and are ballancing a total of 5 pieces together, trying not to drop the ball.  Everyone seems to be doing great honestly.  Oh no!  Parvati’s pieces fell apart from the middle and she dropped it!  Now, it’s down to Amanda and Cirie.  Another 2 pieces.  Cirie’s pieces fell apart while he was counting, but he let her put it back on.  Amanda is trying it underhanded which can be good or bad.  Wow, they both made it through to the last round.  Two more pieces.  Cirie loses her ball and Amanda wins!  Well, Amanda is going to the final 2 for sure, but who will she take with her?  I would be crying if I were her.  I really thought Cirie was going to win that one. 

Day 38.  The chicken is still there at camp, haha.  Amanda says she is feeling sick to her stomach about having to choose and Parvati is absolutely sure that she’s taking her to the finals.  Omg, did Parvati just say to Amanda, “It’s not like Cirie would have won anyway. She pissed off the most people.”  Why in hell would you say that when Amanda should be taking the person she can beat?  Cirie told Amanda that sure, she’s pissed people off, but Cirie thinks she’s pissed more people off overall.  I personally say she should take Parvati, but I don’t think she quites knows what she should do yet. 

At the tribal council, Amanda looks almost sick.  She is really playing it off that it’s a tough decision for her.  Cirie and Parvati agree that it’s a tough decision, but I’m not really buying it.  Haha, as Amanda is saying that it’s a tough decision, Ozzy looks like he’s trying to send her mind messages.  Take Parvati.  No one likes her.  Cirie’s a good talker.  Take Parvati.  Make love to me afterwards.   Amanda is crying, but she’s starting to almost bury herself in front of the jury by talking up the other two.  She needs to be confident that she’s played the best game she could. 

The vote is in.  15th person voted out.  Cirie.  Good choice Amanda, I think she might have had a really tough time beating Cirie.  I am sad that my original prediction was not the winner, but I came damn close.  Now the power shifts to the jury.  One more tribal council where they speak their mind.  Awww, Cirie’s exit video almost made me cry.  She deserved to win the million, but so much of this game comes to chance.  You’re awesome Cirie, good job.  This post is impossibly long, so I am going to post it and make another for the Final moments.

 

I have been replaying Amanda’s Immunity Idol moment in my mind since last Thursday, and everytime I think of it, I cheer for her.  Day 34 and only a few more key days left to go.  Back at camp the day after the tribal council blindside, Erik and Natalie were trying to figure out a way to get rid of Amanda after she burned them so hard.  Of course, she burned Erik especially by outing him for not standing by her after she fought to keep him in on the Ami vote.

Their genius strategy is to send each other to Exile Island if they get a chance.  Is there really going to be another idol put into play??  It was my understanding that they only put the others into play because no one had successfully used one yet.  Now that one has been officially played, I think the day of the idols has passed, but I could be wrong.  Of course, if there were going to be an infinite number of idols this season, they should have been using them every week.

Amanda, Parvati and Cirie seem to be best friends again as they strategized over the fire about how to get rid of the unbeatable Erik.  The plan is for the three of them to work on naive little Erik, and Amanda is the first to work on him.  Damn, she is good at manipulation games. 

The Reward Challenge this week is a question/answser session about past seasons of Survivor.  First person to four points gets a private helicopter to a fancy resort where food, showers and a comfy bed will be waiting.

Q: Which season of Survivor did a castaway have a pet snake?

A:  Pearl Islands, Rupert (Cirie and Erik correct)

Q:  On which season did a shark bite a Survivor and in retaliation a Survivor bit it back?

A:  Allstars (Amanda, Natalie correct)

Q:  In which season did a tribemate ask another tribemate to pee on them after being stung by a sea urchin?

A:  Survivor Marchesis (Erik, 2 points)

Q:  DUring which season was one of the castaways evacuated after falling into the fire?

A:  Australia (Cirie, Erik, Parvati correct)

Q:  During which season of Survivor did we first divide the castaways into four separate tribes?

A:  Exile Island (Cirie, Natalie, Erik correct… )  Erik wins reward.  He sends Parvati to Exile Island, which means that he is going with Amanda’s plan and he actually agreed to take Amanda to the reward.  How she pulled that off so quickly I have no idea.  That girl’s got skills.  Not 24 hours ago he was so pissed off at her for what she said in tribal council, and now it’s like they are best friends.

Natalie is completely pissed that he sent Parvati to exile island.  He did promise her that he would either send her to Exile or on reward and he ended up doing neither.  Cirie just shook matters up more with Natalie, fueling her anger and befriending her a bit.  It looks like she was actually enjoying watching Natalie suffer. 

Ooo, to add insult to injury, the helicopter with Amanda and Erik flew right by camp where Nat and Cirie were sitting on the beach.  That’s gotta hurt.  Erik confessed that he didn’t bring Natalie on the reward because he would never have been able to relax with her.  “Let’s get out of the game for a day,”  croons Amanda.  Wow, they are getting a serous complete spa treatment and then great food, this is a really valuable reward. 

On Exile Island, Parvati was laying out in the sun.  What??  She says that her main reason for being there was just to prevent Nat and Erik from getting Immunity.  So… she’s going to lay in the sun and relax, and NOT LOOK FOR THE IDOL.  She is so confident that she has the numbers on her side.  Parvati, sweetie, you should never be that confident in this game.  Isn’t what happened to Ozzie and Jason a huge warning about getting too comfortable.  If you get a chance to find the idol, you take it.

After Erik and Amanda returned from reward, Cirie was having a little chat with Erik about what his plan is for the rest of the game.  In his wisdom, he was saying that Amanda and Natalie would probably be the hardest to beat in a jury vote, so he wanted to get rid of them next.  Unbeknownst to him, Natalie was emerging from the coconut-abundant forrest behind him and she heard every word.  Her response?  “I could have bitch slapped him.  Like his mama.”  Needless to say, she was not happy with Erik.

Natalie pulled Cirie and Amanda to the side to discuss what she had overheard, and Erik saw them talking.  Suddenly it dawned on him that he might have screwed up by trying to play both sides of the fence.  Awww, I kind of feel sorry for him.  Haha, Amanda is telling him that he can’t be her friend one minute and then want to vote her out the next.  BUt isn’t that what she was doing to him?  Have I mentioned that she’s kicking ass this season?

The all-important Immunity challenge is a series of puzzles.  We’ve seen this one before I know.  It’s the one where you have to put together ropes on a set of coordinates and where the ropes intersect there is a bag of puzzle pieces hidden underneath.  There are 3 bags total and 3 puzzles to solve.  Erik is the first to start digging, which is not a good sign for the girls since they are wanting to get rid of him so badly.  He started out with a huge lead and he never lost it.  Erik wins immunity, and at this point, it might be impossible to get rid of him.  He is guaranteed a spot in the final four.  This really makes the game interesting because he is going to be very hard to beat with the jury.  He has been the underdog all along and then stayed alive in the game by winning several immunities in a row. 

So who goes home?  Natalie said “Just tell me if it’s me.”  And Cirie answered honestly, “THe way it looks right now, it probably is.”  In a last hope effort, a lightbult went off over Cirie’s head and she exclaimed, “Nat, could you convince him to give you his necklace?”  I personally can’t remember anyone ever talking someone into giving them their necklace.  I think if it was up to Amanda to talk him into giving her the necklace, she could do it.  I don’t think that Natalie has the skills though. 

His first response to her is “I won’t even consider it.”  But he did go to CIrie to ask her what she’s thinking.  CIrie says the reason I want to see you give your necklace up is that I don’t trust you to vote Amanda unless I see you make that gesture. Natalie has convinced him that he needs to do it to get jury votes because he’s in a bad position with the jury.  If this works, then Erik is the dumbest most naive men of all of them this year, and the remaining women will forever hold the blindside crown for Survivor.

At tribal council, Amanda put the idea in Erik’s head that he has absolutely no respect in the eyes of all the women.  He is begging for forgiveness and he is seriously worried about his votes on the jury.  It’s almost as if Jeff is playing along with their game as he asks Cirie “Is it important to redeem yourself at this stage of the game?”  Cirie says, “Jeff it is important and actions speak louder than words”  ON that note, HE GAVE HIS NECKLACE TO NATALIE.  OMG!!!  He is going to be so upset when Jeff reads those votes!!  He just basically voted himself out.  THis is unreal.  Best season of Survivor EVER, hands down!!  Women rule!

I have been hoping for an all-woman finale for so long and this is the perfect way to watch it happen.  Jeff read the votes, unanimously Erik was voted for, except for his own vote for Parvati.  Everyone on the jury was shaking their heads as James exclaimed, “I’ve lost my reign as the dumbest survivor ever.”  All Erik could say was “You guys drive me crazy.  I should have known better.”  There are going to be tears from him.  I almost feel sorry for him.  Almost.  Women are so cruel.

The Season Finale on Sunday is going to be amazing.  An All women finale, and I’m sure that the after-show where they dish it all out is going to be full of drama.  Erik’s parting words?  “Damn, Damn Damn, those damn girls.  It’s one thing to Survive the elements and another thing to Survive four sexy women.”  How right you are, Erik.  How right you are.

With only a handful of days left, the tribe was falling apart.  It seems like this season has been a season of injuries and quitters.  James had to go see medical after the last tribal council and they informed him that the infection is close to the bone.  If his finger doesn’t get better, he will have to go have surgery.  Back at camp, Alexis took a major fall and hurt her knee.  Only time will tell if this means two more people going home before their time or not. 

At reward challenge, Probst made a very happy announcement.  The winner of the challenge will get a day on Jellyfish island with their loved one, who promptly came out for each person and gave them a big hug.  Parvati’s Mom, Natalie’s Mom, James’s Dad, Amanda’s sister, Erik’s Brother, Cirie’s Husband, and Alexis’s brother.  The challenge was for everyone to fill out questionaires and then when Jeff quizzed them, they had to guess whose name was written down the most.  Each player had a little clay doll of themselves up on a post.  Three ropes were holding back a hammer and if you make the correct guess, you get to break a rope.  When all three ropes are gone, the hammer swings up violently to break the doll.  Aww. 

The cutest part of the family’s arrival was Erik.  As his brother came out, he hugged him and gleefully shouted, “Look man, it’s Jeff Probst.  He’s just standing right there!”  I think Jeff almost blushed.  Probably the best part of the entire challenge once it got under way was when Alexis knocked James out of the challenge by breaking his last rope, his father mumbled, “When we get home, we’re going to have a talk about her.”  Omg, I love his dad!!  I almost wish James had won just so we could see more time of him and his father hanging out!

In the end, I think Cirie had the most correct answers, and it was also her decision whether to knock out Alexis or Amanda.  She chose Alexis, curiously enough.  Of course, Alexis got to choose two people to go with her, and she chose Natalie and Cirie.  Can I just say that I love to watch Cirie and her husband are so cute together.  THey seem to really love each other.  Her other choice was who to send to exile island, and she sent Amanda, where she will get to look for the other hidden immunity idol. 

In the worst, most disappointing turn in the game, James was sent to have his finger looked at again.  The doctor, who I am honestly quite mad at right now, said that the infection was too deep and he had to leave the game.  What???  Over a finger cut??  I almost cried.  I was literally shouting “Nooooooooooooooo” at the TV screen.  I am not a doctor, but he only has what?  Four days left?  Come on!!  He got to say goodbye to his tribemates, but James was gone.  All the tears on Parvati’s face couldn’t save him.  Boohooo.  I hope he will still be able to be on the jury.

At the reward challenge, they got to swim in a lake filled with non-stinging jellyfish, which was awesome.  I was really proud of Cirie for swimming in there and facing her fears.  She said that the experience changed her a little bit, realizing that everything is not a threat.  We didn’t really get to see much of the family time, though, which is a bit disappointing.  Back at Exile Island, Amanda found all of the clues very easily, but in a twist, they buried the idol under the flag back at camp instead of on the island itself.  Amanda can be sneaky, but can she hide this from them all?  I wonder.

When everyone (except Amanda) returned to camp, they were all shocked that James was gone.  No one shed tears like Parvati, however.  Probably because one less person means one step closer to a million dollars.  In an interesting conversation around the fire, Parvati asked a hurt Alexis if she wanted to be voted out.  With fear in her eyes, Alexis hastily answered “That is not even an option.”  This could perhaps paint a huge target on Parvati’s back for trying to manipulate the game.  Nothing new there though.

The Immunity challenge this week is about a bunch of hanging colored sake bottles that the competitors needed to hit in order to win.  THis time, instead of knocking out other people, the goal is to hit your own.  First person to break all of their bottles wins.  Natalie and Erik and Parvati were quick to break a bottle, but Erik pulled ahead when he hit his second one.  Natalie connected again, but Erik easily broke his third bottle to win immunity.  I honestly don’t think Cirie got within a mile of her bottles, but she’ll probably be okay tonight anyway.  Erik saved his own life, as the last man standing he is fighting for his life.  If Survivor History repeats itself, he will probably survive to go on and win the whole damn thing.

Back at camp, Amanda emptied her entire bag to “prove” that she had not found the idol.  She pulled Parvati aside and said that she needs her help in figuring out who was going home at tribal.  She confessed to Parv that she knew where the idol was, which is smart to get Parvati on her side.  They discussed voting out either Natalie who seems to be a physical threat, or Alexis, who is the more social threat.  Neither of them trust Erik to vote with them, so Amanda went to work on Erik right away.  She tried to sweet talk him, but he confessed to her that he is going to vote her off at tribal. 

Continuing her campaign, Amanda talked to Cirie who said that it’s either a tie or she votes Amanda out and keeps numbers on her side.  At least everyone is being honest at this point.  Well, except Amanda.  Parvati distracted the rest of the crew while Amanda dug for the idol, but they did not show us whether she found it.  And at tribal, we get to see Eliza’s tonsils again as she realizes that James is not there.  Oh, but they brought James back to sit on the Jury!!!  He has an IV and is doing okay. 

Amanda confesses that she couldn’t find the idol at tribal, which makes her a great actress.  She looks completely resigned to going home.  She did, however, call Erik out, saying that he seems trustworthy when he needs you, but if you need him, he finds greener grasses.  Everyone basically says that Amanda is the only logical target because she is unbeatable when it comes to jury votes.  After the votes are cast, Jeff asks the infamous question “If anyone has the hidden immunity idol, blah blah blah.”  For a moment, I thought she didn’t have it, but then her finger went into the air and she sauntered over to Jeff twirling it in her hands.  “When I told you I didn’t have it, I didn’t lie.  I didn’t have it then.”  Finally we got to see the idol played!!  Hooray!  Good job Amanda!  All of the votes for Amanda do not count, so Alexis was sent home with a disgusted look on her face.  With a sexy over the shoulder look toward Ozzie, Amanda looked completely triumphant. 

Probst said it all when he said “You guys are perfecting the art of the blindside.”  This has to be one of the best and strangest seasons of survivor ever!  Who do you think is in the best position now for the win?  I think they better get rid of Erik fast or risk losing to him in the end.  I am actually kind of glad that Alexis went home and Amanda stayed.  There’s nothing better than a good twist when it comes to Survivor and this season has delivered surprise after surprise.  I can’t wait till next week.

Day 28 of Survivor Micronesia and the talk at camp is all about Ozzy’s ousting at the last tribal council. Amanda, of course, is pissed off at Parvati and Cirie for betraying them, but she seems to realize that the others are just playing the game, so she better get into it. I mean, let’s face it, she’s been riding Ozzy’s coat-tails the entire game so far, so his getting voted out might be the perfect opportunity for her to step up her own game. Since she didn’t betray Ozzy, she’s sure to get his vote over anyone else if she can make it to the top. Just a thought. Whereas Parvati and Cirie just pissed off a great many people that will now probably never vote for them if they make it to the final 2.

Cirie noticed a nasty cut on James’ finger that he’s been nursing and putting coconut oil on for a while. I’m not sure if that will matter later, but since they put it in, so will I. Speaking of James, Parvati knows that she needs to make peace with James about her vote. In an interesting conversation with her, James compares her to Eve when he says “You just have to go after the apple.” He says that she was selfish in her choice and when he asked her what her final 3 plan was, she admitted that she was planning to take girls to the finals with her. I think she really made an enemy in James at this point.

Parv also headed over to Amanda to say she was sorry, but that she wants it to be a final 5 of all women. Amanda decides to play it safe and combine forces with the girls and not act too upset about the vote, which is super smart. She is wary, however, of whether they are telling her the truth.

Reward challenge this week ends up being the infamous Survivor auction! Jeff Probst tells them all that there will be no sharing of money or items this year. Each person was given $500 and has to bid in increments of $20. Cirie won a meal of hot dogs, french fries and all the fixin’s for $120. The second item was sold to Erik for $80 and he was given the choice to keep it or trade it for another unknown item. His original one was octopus, but he traded it for a huge tray of nachos. Nice. Next Natalie bought a covered tray of fruit bat soup for $240 which she stupidly would not even touch, so James got for free. A peanut butter jelly sandwich with milk went to Amanda for $280, damn.

Natalie’s next covered item that she bought for $240 turned out to be a good one. She got to choose one person to go to Exile Island and then she could keep the money they had left. One important announcement from Jeff is that a new immunity idol was placed on the island since Ozzy never played his. Natalie chose to send Jason, which he was upset about even though he should have been stoked. I mean, who cares about an extra meal or something when you could possibly have immunity, which is basically another shot at the million?? Natalie took his $500 and he had to go immediately.

The next bid of a covered item was sold to Natalie again for $380. Wow, it was a HUGE chocolate cake. In a twist, though, Jeff handed her a note saying she could share the cake with three other trabe mates and they have 60 seconds to eat it. SHe chose Parvati, Cirie, and Alexis, calling out her new alliance interestingly enough, which should clue in Amanda that she is not a part of it. In a disgusting turn, Erik paid Cirie $40 to lick her chocolatey fingers. And with that, Jeff banged his gavel announcing the auction is over. You would think that after past seasons, people like James would know that you should just spend your money when you have a chance because the auction can be over at any minute. Too bad they didn’t give any rewards like time with family or letters or anything like they have in the past. Those are always the best rewards.

When they got back to camp, Natalie did nothing but complain about Jason getting another chance at the idol. Um… wasn’t she the one who sent him there?? She is crazy!! If she was smart, she would have sent someone from her own alliance, but I think that was a big mistake if he ends up finding it.

Meanwhile on Exile, Jason was making the most of his chance to find the idol. He also was talking about how he would consider sharing his vicotry in finding the idol with Natalie. And… there he goes. Jason found the hidden immunity idol in a flash with no problems and he considers himself part of a successful alliance with Natalie and the other girls.

Back at camp, the girls were discussing strategies such as convincing Jason that someone else needs to win the immunity challenge. They are hoping to make him feel comfortable and blindside him. Natalie knows that he trusts her and she is going to play him. Now, for a girl that has barely spoken at all the entire season, she is really stepping up her game. Of course, by stepping up her game, she is going to piss off yet another member of the jury, which isn’t very smart, but what do I know?

Day 30. Erik’s birthday. They get a tree mail with a puzzle on it to get prepared for tribal council. In a merciful speech to the camera, Natalie confesses that as evil as women can be, they do not want to send Erik home on his birthday so they will try to get Jason or James out at tribal. I personally think it’s awesome that the women are trying to make it all girl final 5, but as in so many seasons before (Vanuatu specifically comes to mind), the women rarely have the chops the stick to their female alliances all the way through.

At the immunity challenge, Natalie pulled Jason over to the side and told him to let anyone but James win. Wasn’t she supposed to tell him not to win and to let her win? She really screwed that up because now Jason is trying to not let James win. I’m trying to figure out if she is stupid or what. The challenge is one of the typical survivor challenges where four people move on, then the next two, etc. James and Erik moved on to the finals of the competition, both fighting with all of their hearts and minds and bodies. The last part was a challenge we’ve seen before where they get two planks and have to make their way across a rope bridge. Erik was slow but steady while James tried something that didn’t work and fell off. Erik barely beat James out though and won immunity on his birthday. You know he has to feel great after that, but James probably is getting pretty worried at this point.

After falling all over Erik for winning on his birthday, all the girls jumped for joy once the guys were out of ear shot because now their plan to blindside Jason was falling into place. Parvati cleverly dubbed themselves the “Black Widow Brigade” which I think is hilarious. So now, Jason thinks that they are all voting for James. In a very stupid move though, Natalie ransacks Jason’s backpack right in front of James and uncovers the immunity idol. What are they thinking in uncovering their entire plan right in front of one of the guys? Jason came right out and told Natalie later on that he has the idol, so her going through his bag was just stupid and risky. Poor Jason, I kind of feel sorry for him because he’s buying every bit of bullshit that she’s shoveling out at him. It makes me wonder if Natalie’s really a Survivor fan or not because she is just making enemies here, which is dangerous this close to the end. But she admits in a private video that she is being more herself now, which is “stonecold bitch”.

Amanda pulled James over to the side to tell him that Jason was probably going home as long as he doesn’t play his idol. Just to make sure that James’ name isn’t the only other name written down, he said he will write down Parvati’s name. Amanda is really being the smartest player in the game right now and if she can make it to the end, she is sitting pretty because she hasn’t lied to anyone or pissed anyone off, but is sort of sitting back and letting the other people ruin their own chances.

At tribal council, Probst points out that the women are no longer needing male providers and that James is probably the next one on the chopping block. James smartly calls Parvati out in tribal saying that she orchestrated Ozzy’s demise. That isn’t exactly true, though. If I remember correctly, it was Cirie that went to everyone and said “Hey, Ozzy needs to go tonight.” No one seems to realize that though, which is good news for Cirie. Wow, Ozzy really still looked pissed sitting over there on the benches next to Eliza. I feel no real pity for him though, because he did have the idol and it was his choice not to play it.

Once again, the girls convinced another guy NOT to play his idol, so I was certain it was Jason going home. In a very strange twist though, the votes were down to 1 vote Parvati, 3 votes James, 3 votes Jason… one vote left. My heart was racing. Who the hell voted for James besides Jason?? Erik maybe, but who else??? In the end though, it was Jason who was blindsided and went home without playing his idol. I had to rewind the very end a couple of times to get a look at the votes. It looks like Jason, Alexis and Natalie all voted for James. I realize now that they did that just in case Jason were to play his idol, the person with the next highest amount of votes would be going home. They were smart to even it out like that since James cast his vote for Parvati.

Probst told James to have his finger looked at by medical on his way out and it looks like it will only get worse on the next episode. What is it this season with injuries?? Maybe since it is only a few days until the end, they will let him stay anyway. It also looks like next week will be family visits as well, which is always fun.

THE MERGE!!!  I have been waiting for this week’s survivor episode with the promise of the merge and of Eliza’s comment about the fake immunity idol that they showed on last weeks’ previews.  I am trying something new tonight and writing as I watch, so this will be a very linear recap. 

Ozzy continued his egotistical control of the game as he started out the episode with “If Ami had just stuck with me, I would never have voted her out.”  Someone needs to knock him off of his high horse.  Erik is still in it though, by some miracle and he uttered the famous words “Everything would be perfect if tomorrow was the merge.”  He might just get his wish. 

Back at Airai tribe, Eliza and Jason talked about an alliance with Ami after the merge.  Boy are they going to be surprised to find out that she was gone.  And in the moment we’ve all been waiting for, Jason confessed that he (haha!) has the hidden immunity idol, sending Eliza into giggles of glee.  At Malakal the next morning, Cirie checked tree mail that told them all to pack their possessions and immediately go to the location marked on the map.  Before they left their beach, though, Erik promised his allegiance to Ozzy, while giving a strange zoo-keeper/monkey comparison.  How cute!  Parvati, meanwhile, realized on her beach that she is in a “Hot Pickle” as she has allied herself with Ozzy, Amanda and James but also to Natalie and Alexis. 

Shouts of joy exploded from the tribe members as they met on a new beach to feast and celebrate their merge.  Eliza, of course, was so upset to see that Ami was gone, but oh well, get over it.  It was an interesting feast of bat (EWWWW), which James compared to a “juicy rabbit”, wine and fruit.  Tribe politics were already becoming established as Ozzy announced in his Godfather’ish way “Can we all agree to just enjoy this time and then go back to the game after we eat.”  I’m surprised he didn’t add on something like “By the way, I’m not the leader here, but I am probably going to tell everyone what to do from now on.”   And in more Ozzy-related developments, in what appeared to be a drunken moment in the moonlight, Ozzy put his arm around Alexis while they lay close on the beach and whispered to her that he was ready to go “beyond fans vs. favorites”.  A jealous Amanda looked on from the sidelines, proclaiming to the camera, “I want her gone.” 

The tribe got to pick their new name and which beach they would go to.  The beach was no question, since everyone has known from the start that the Malakal beach was better.  The name, however, is hilarious.  Erik told everyone that “Dabu” means Good in the local language.  He totally made it up, which is INSANE.  They are all going to be so pissed when they find out, haha.  Jason joined the Ozzy brigade when he buddied up to Ozzy and exclaimed “I’ve been waiting for you to teach me.”  Why does everyone worship him so much?  Ozzy on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be much of a fan of Jason’s. 

Basically the next part of the episode was a whirlwind of people trying to secure alliances.  Eliza wants Parvati on her side, but Parvati is with Amanda.  Amanda got pissed at Parvati for making an alliance with Alexis.  It just makes my head spin how fast things change on this season, and how quickly people turn on their friends. 

At the individual immunity challenge, each survivor had to get under a grate as the tide was rising, gradually losing their breathing air.  Isn’t this a repeat challenge?  I know I’ve seen this before.  It basically all comes down to who panics last.  Poor Cirie.  I know she is not a big fan of the water, but I am proud of how long she hung in there.  Amanda was the first one out in a careless mistake.  After 45 minutes, Parvati also gave up, then Alexis, Cirie (you go girl, good job!), Natalie, and Eliza, leaving only men in the running.  Erik gave up, James, then Ozzy, leaving Jason with the first individual immunity.  Wow, that’s actually a shock.  My only thought at this point is, if you guys are ever going to get rid of Ozzy, tonight’s the night. 

Back at the beach, Eliza thought she was sitting pretty because Jason promised that if he won, he would give her his hidden idol.  Unfortunately, his idol is FAKE and Parvati was set on getting her out right away.  I almost felt sorry for them because Jason and Eliza were so sure that they could get Ozzy out after Eliza shocked them with her hidden idol.  Oh my god, how funny!  The third person up for the vote is Alexis.  There is definitely some jealousy going on there, but Amanda would be taking a huge risk there by betraying Ozzy, so I doubt she’ll follow through.

In what has to be the best dialog so far on Survivor MIcronesia, Eliza confronted Jason about the idol that he slipped into her bag:

Eliza:  What are you trying to pull? I’m going home tonight anyway.  

Jason:  Uh… What do you mean?

Eliza:  That’s not the idol.  That’s a Fucking stick.  (bleeped out of course)

Jason:  Why not?  Why do you think that’s not the idol?

Eliza:  Because it’s a fucking stick!

Omg, I loved that.  Priceless!  AT least Eliza was smart enough to figure out what Ozzy had done, but I think she is going to play the fake idol anyway. 

At tribal, there were heated words between Parvati and Eliza, but in the end, even though Eliza tried to play the fake idol, she was voted out.  She becomes the first member of the jury in Micronesia.  I had to wait until the end to see if Amanda voted for Alexis, but as expected, she chickened out and played it safe.  I am kind of disappointed the idol wasn’t real, because it is so rare that the hidden immunity idol is actually played at a critical moment.  Next week, it looks like there will be an amazing reward and Cirie might make a move to push Ozzy out.  Go Cirie Go!

 

amicusack2.jpgThe episode opened on Night 20 of Survivor Micronesia.  More than half-way there, and I know they have to be getting close to a merge.  I was very anxious to watch Survivor last night after they ninja-postponed this episode last week.  I was happy to get back into the game.

Right off the bat, Ozzy made me laugh with his view on Tracy calling him the “leader of the tribe.”  He said he just has good ideas and passes them on, but doesn’t see himself as the leader.  Hahahaha!  He basically has been telling people what to do for the past several episodes, he’s always doing the majority of the challenges on his own, and he is the one getting food and keeping the fire going most of the time.  I just think it’s funny that he doesn’t see how he’s already painted a huge target on his back.  Of course, with him holding the immunity idol and also being the biggest individual immunity threat, he might go all the way to the end just because no one will be able to vote him off even if they want to. 

In a very “Welcome to the Jungle” black and white scene, Cirie and Ami kill a bunch of crabs for food.  I have felt all along that Ami is a huge threat, but she has been so hesitant to follow through on her ideas.  She told Ozzy that Tracy tried to get him voted out, but that Ami kept anything crazy from happening.   I think Ozzy could tell that she was lying to him, which doesn’t bode well for Ami.

Back at Airai, they were having tussles with animals also.  Rats were getting close to the camp, so Jason walked over and captured one.  Now, I understand that they are hungry, but there is no way I would eat a rat!  There are seriously millions of fish right there, and they are eating rats.  Nasty.  James, though, and Parvati discussed their bad luck at the Airai beach, where the water is not as calm and there are lots of rocks.  You could tell that they were itching for a merge to come soon so they could go back to Ozzy and Amanda and their alliance.  Realizing they would need 2 more people on their team to even the numbers, Parvati talked to Alexis and Natalie to get them into the race with them.  I wonder why she wasn’t thinking that Cirie, Ami and Eliza were better for their team?  Anyway, I love that Parvati is thinking that once the merge happens and they take it down to six, Ozzy and James can go home, leaving only a female foursome.  How many times have we seen women try to make it all girls in the final four?  It NEVER happens.  Some guy always gets in there and steals the whole show!  Look at Ami’s season.  She was the very best ever at getting the women together, but they let that red-headed guy stay and he ended up winning the million dollars.  I would personally love to see an all female final four, but I don’t have confidence yet that it could happen this season.

In a twist before immunity challenge, each tribe had to pick one member of the opposite tribe to sit out of the challenge and be sent to exile island.  Whoever they chose was guaranteed immunity from that night’s tribal council.  No reward challenge this week?  I am definitely starting to sense a merge soon!  Ozzy was chosen to sit out from Malakal (which is a good and a bad choice.. he might be the biggest threat, but in the overall game, he is the last person they should be guaranteeing immunity to).  Alexis was chosen to sit out from Airai because they thought she might be the best at balancing, since it was going to be a challenge based on who could balance best.  The challenge was all about having to navigate an obstacle course while the opposite team is trying to knock you off.  THe first tribe with 5 points wins.  Parvati sat out from the challenge.  The reward was going to be immunity and pizza and beer delivered to your tribe.  Erik and Jason made it across easily to score the first point for their team.  The girls, Amanda and Eliza fell early, but Erik and Jason went again and scored their second points each.  While Eliza kept falling off, Amanda and Jason got points 3, tribes were neck and neck on points.  For their 4th points, Eliza and Erik scored, with Eliza having a bit of a head start.  Then oh my god, ouch, Erik took a huge dive head first onto the plank and man, that hurt just to watch.  After that, Jason scooted across easily and for the 4th time in a row, Airai won immunity and reward.   I was just happy to see Airai eating beer and pizza instead of the rat they caught!  James continued to amuse me also as he opened beer bottles with his bare teeth.  I have to admit, a huge part of me wants James to win the million.

With Ozzy safe from the vote, it looked like Erik was going to be the next to go for sure. I felt kind of sorry for him because he really gave 100% in that challenge.  Back on Exile Island, Ozzy pretended to search for the idol with Alexis and discovered that someone took the bait of his fake immunity idol.  He screamed with glee as he realized that he duped someone this season, which then makes me feel sorry for poor Jason, who will inevitably pull it out at some tribal council in the future.  Erik, meanwhile, was starting to become resigned to his fate.  In a final swan song, Erik told Cirie and Amanda that Ami has been making shady deals behind their back, begging them to save him and vote Ami out.  This episode was really making me laugh as Ami walked up on his conversation and smilingly said “Are you telling them everything since Day one?”  Erik responded, “Trying to” which made Ami look a little nervous.  She, in turn, pleaded her case to the girls saying that Erik will do whatever he can to stay in the game.  It certainly shows who holds the power in the tribe. 

Devious Ami comes out and talks the girls into sharing her view, turning a potentially hazardous situation to her benefit.  Then, letting her true devil nature come out, she actually went to Erik to say thank you for helping me find a way to get closer to them.  Poor Erik, he had no idea he was up against someone so devious!  She reminds me of a black widow spider or something.  His only choice was to go to Ozzy as he came back from Exile and beg for his life.  The danger here for Ami is that Ozzy was already weary of her since she had been a bit overeager to convince him that she wasn’t a part of their plan.  Now, in a true show of who holds the most power, Amanda and Ozzy talked it out.  Ozzy wanted Ami gone, Amanda wanted Erik out.  Ami really put on a show with her tears at tribal council, begging for her life and promising to stick with them until the end.  In what honestly shocked the hell out of me, the tribe voted Ami out.  I guess that proves that Ozzy is truly the leader of the tribe, whether he wants to admit it or not.  Ami’s big mistake was planning big things with other people and then not following through.  I am so sad to see her go, because I think she has one of the most devious minds ever to play survivor.  She just hesitated on when to make her move this season and it definitely did not pay off for her. 

 My quote of the week?  Erik:  “What can I say? This game’s hell.” 

Next episode:  The Merge!!  Also, Eliza tells Jason, “That’s not the idol!  It’s just a stick!” which may prove to lesson Ozzy’s joy at seeing someone stupidly play a fake idol.  It looks like Amanda and Alexis are going to be fighting for Ozzy’s attention, leading to Amanda pushing for Alexis to go home.  I can’t wait!

I hate it when I am expecting Survivor to be on and CBS lets me down!!  This isn’t the first time I was surprised by the show not being on, but it always makes me so mad!  Last week, they definitely said “Next week on Survivor” and I was expecting to see a new episode last night.  I understand that Basketball is important to some people, but aren’t there sports channels specifically for that type of thing?  Seriously!!  I have no desire to watch Basketball, but I definitely was looking forward to seeing Survivor last night.  Especially as the season gets this far and you really have gotten to know the people on the show and have started to root for certain people.  You become emotionally invested in who stays and who goes, and for CBS to just not show it is such a disappointment.  Anyway, don’t freak out if you think you missed a show last night, because there was no show to miss.  Hopefully there will be a new episode next week.

This week on Survivor 2 people went home.  One by choice and the other by elimination.  In a way, I kind of feel sorry for the Airai tribe.  They keep winning immunity challenges, and yet they keep losing members.  In a game that’s all about numbers after the merge, it just doesn’t seem fair to those that remain.  After Jonathan’s injury last week sent him home with tears streaming down his face, another tearful goodbye was said this week by Kathy B. 

“What happened to her?’  You might ask.  Well, basically, she freaked out.  This week’s episode dedicated a full 10 minutes to letting Kathy B. give a soliloquy on life in the wild.  She told the cameras, “When you watch Survivor, they show 10 seconds of rain, but you don’t understand what it’s really like to be trying to sleep with rain pouring on you nonstop for five or six hours.”  I am sure that is tough, but I think I would do it for a chance at a million dollars.  This is Kathy’s moment, though, not mine.  Cameras showed her sitting out on the boat the next morning trying to send feelings out to her daughter and her husband, but she said she just “couldn’t feel her family.”  She said she searched inside for any strength, but she just couldn’t find any, and so she quit.  Jeff Probst arrived at the scene and whisked her away to be reunited with her family, and a warm rain-free bed.  I guess you can’t blame her for how she feels unless you’ve been out there living it like she did, but damn!  To get 19 days into a 31 day game and QUIT??  It just seems really weak to me.  To think of all the thousands of people who wanted to be on Survivor, but just didn’t make the cast…

Anyway, on to the rest of the episode.  Kathy was actually still there when the teams competed in the Reward challenge.  This week’s reward might have saved her too, but Airai did not win for a change.  Malakal won the challenge, where the majority of the team was blindfolded and guided across an obstacle course with puzzle pieces in it by another team member.  Then, they had to solve a puzzle, big surprise there.  Airai was actually doing well, and the teams seemed to be neck and neck, but in the end, Malakal pulled through on their puzzle and won the sweet reward of showers, food, and all the Herbal Essences products their hearts could desire.  When the challenge was over, though, Malakal had to not only pick someone from the other team to go to Exile Island, they also had to pick someone from their own team who would have to go and miss out on the bath and food.  That is just sadistic, in my opinion, for the producer’s part.  Especially since we all know that the immunity idol is gone.  Jason was sent to Exile again, and Ozzy looked over to Tracy and said “Take one for the team?”, and Tracy was gone as well.  Let me tell you, it just wasn’t her week this week.

For the past few weeks in a row, the new Malakal tribe has been about the Favorites voting off the Fans.  The tribe this week was down to 4 Favorites (Ami, Cirie, Ozzy, Amanda) and just 2 Fans (Tracy and Erik).  Well, Erik and Ozzy bonded big time this week, which might prove interesting later, but this week only proved to save his butt from elimination.  Ozzy was at camp teaching Erik to climb cocunut trees and forage for food.  Cirie made me laugh when she compared it to The Lion King when the father was teaching the little lion.  I guess only time will tell who has the biggest bond with Ozzy… Erik or Amanda?  But Amanda showed signs of weakening her bonds with Ozzy this week anyway.  Several times, Ozzy started to show a very cocky side to himself where he was basically telling everyone what to do and when to do it. 

One good example was when Cirie did not want to go out on the boat because she is a little bit scared of swimming.  Ozzy and Erik insisted that they needed help rowing the boat to the other side of the beach, but that it would only take a few minutes.  In the interest of being a team player, Cirie went along.  After they got pretty far out, though, Ozzy decided that they were close to the reef and it would be a good time to go fishing.  He knew full well that Cirie was scared of being out that far because she is not a good swimmer, but he didn’t care.  Amanda got to see a very arrogant, in-it-only-for-himself side to Ozzy this week, so we’ll see how that plays out later in the season.

This week’s immunity challenge involved a teammate running across a water bridge to tie off a puzzle piece, ride it back to shore while the rest of the team hand cranked a wheel to bring them in, and then solving the puzzle once all 5 pieces were on the shore.  There has been a heck of a lot of puzzle challenges this year, hasn’t there?  Anyway, I thought for sure that Malakal was going to win their first Immunity Challenge because Ozzy went out 4 of the 5 times to get puzzle pieces and he established a huge head start for his team.  Airai was sending girls out one at a time for puzzle pieces and had fallen behind, but Amanada and Cirie on Malakal had a tough time solving the puzzle.  Eliza and Jason were in charge of solving the puzzle for Airai, and we all know that Eliza is just really good with puzzles.  Airai won the immunity challenge again this week, and were spared having to vote someone out after already losing Kathy B.

As for who Malakal was going to vote out, it seemed like a cut and dry situation.  Tracy or Erik were the next on the chopping block, and since Erik bonded with Ozzy, it was going to be Tracy for sure.  Ami, though, for the second week, acted like she was about to make a huge move and betray her Favorites alliance and blindside Ozzy.  Is it just me or was her plan last week very similar?  Of course, it was Chet that backed out last week, but this time it was Ami who just didn’t have the guts to follow through.  Well, that’s how the editing makes it look, anyway.  It could be that in order to pull off her plan, Ami needed Erik to vote with her and for Amanda and Cirie to betray Ozzy and vote for Erik.  I think it was a good plan and that Ami is definitely going to rock the boat later on, but this week it was just too complicated to really come through.  So, for the second week in a row, I thought it was going to be an interesting vote, but it was Tracy who went home after all. 

Teams are now down to 6 Airai and 5 Malakal.  That has to mean that the Jury is soon to be built, and a merge is coming as well.  Who do you think is on top?  Ozzy of course is a power player, but he is also a huge target.  Don’t these people realize that if they don’t get rid of him before individual immunity starts, he just might win every individual challenge?  He somehow holds a power over all of them, though, and they continue to follow him like little sheep.  From the looks of it at the moment, the Favorites are in the majority and will probably own the rest of the game unless some of the Fans can start making alliances that count.

Those were Ozzie’s words last night on Survivor as the Airai tribe paddled up to the Immunity challenge without Jonathan Pinner.  After an injury in last week’s challenge, Jonathan’s leg became infected and a medic told him that his infection was potentially fatal.  This all happened just hours after Pinner had told Eliza, “We may have gotten the wrong beach, but we got the right tribe.”  His spirits were high and he was feeling great about his position in the game, and he even pushed through to help bring his team a victory at this weeks’ reward challenge.  In the end, though, when it comes down to losing your leg or staying in the game, there is no choice anymore.  Jonathan left the game in tears, and, I must admit, I shed a few tears of my own to see him go in such a heartbreaking way.  No one took it harder than James, though, I think, who was left alone with a tribe of women.

Last night’s episode began on Night 14 of Survivor’s stay in Micronesia.  Erik opened the episode with the realization that the favorites have lowered the playing field to lies and deceit and that it was time he put his armor on.  The reward challenge, however, did not show anyone from the Malakal tribe showing signs of great strength.  The challenge was to swim out and retrieve planks and rope from the water, then use the next 10 minutes to build a blockade in your opponent’s tunnel in order to block them from getting through.  When the 10 minutes was up, the teams changed sides and proceeded to break down the newly build blockade and try to pass each teammate through their tunnel.  The first team with all members through the tunnel wins a visit from 2 native micronesians to teach them the ways of the land.  It actually looked like Malakal was ahead since they got their planks first, had a professional builder (Tracy) on their team, and then made quick work of the first obstacle as Ozzie pushed through the tunnel.  They got stuck on the planks towards the back, though, and Airai pushed through and won the challenge… again. 

The visit from the Micronesians turned out to be an amazing reward.  The men brought baskets of spices, vegetables, and fishing gear with them, teaching the Airai tribe how to fish and catch crabs, then cooking them a fish stew they will never forget.  Two members didn’t get to enjoy their reward, though.  Jonathan was sent home before the men arrived, and Jason volunteered to go to exile island with Chet.  Now, it will come as no surprise that Chet spent his stint on exile island laying in the water, complaining about a shell that had gotten stuck in his foot.  Jason, though, went out searching for the immunity idol, and found it!  Or… at least, he found what he thought was the idol.  Unfortunately for him, I sense a very embarrassing tribal council in his future as he tries to play this makeshift idol that Ozzie left there after taking the real idol for himself. 

At the Immunity challenge later in the show, Jeff did give a brief update on Jonathan’s health, saying that he had to have some surgery on his leg, but that he was doing fine.  Then Jason had an announcement of his own, saying that after searching for the idol, he has come to the conclusion that Ozzie has the immunity idol.  I’ll come back to that later.  Now, onto the challenge itself.  On one hand you have Airai, the tribe of females and one strong man… and on the other you have Malakal, the tribe that has lost every challenge since the switch up.  I honestly thought it was about time Malakal won something, but that was not to be.  In a challenge that was designed to be one member walking between two moving pedastols in the water like steps, Airai’s creativity combined with James’ sheer strength  let them carry Eliza on one pedastol while she maintained her balance on top.  They did the same with Parvati and won the challenge before Malakal could even start on their second person. 

Malakal, faced with yet another vote, seemed to get the easy answer as Chet declared, “I have a pocket of puss in my foot, please do me a fovor and vote me out tonight.”  The look on Tracy’s face at that point was one of pure disgust.  “Everything freakin changes all the time,” she said with bitterness as she realized that she was about to lose numbers big time.  I was very excited to see Ami make her first real female connection of the game, though, when she took Tracy aside and said that she would align with her to vote out Cirie earlier in the episode.  The target changed to Ozzie though, after Jason’s announcement that Ozzie had the idol, and I thought we might be witness to another Holy Crap moment in this episode watching Ozzie get blindsided.  Erik and Tracy begged Chet to stay in it one more week and blindside Ozzie, and I really thought it was going to work.  I have never seen someone fight so hard to keep such a useless player in the game!  But, in the end, it was Chet who went home.  He said in his video at the end that he decided not to go along with their plan, which I guess shouldn’t surprise me.  It is a bit disappointing, though, because had he voted for Ozzie, it would have been one of the greatest blindsides in the history of the game.  It just goes to show that you never know how people will react from day to day in a game like survivor.  At least Ami has started to get in the game, though.