Come on in, guys. Last night was the big tribe shake up that was promised in last week’s previews and it provided us with an episode chock full of questionable decisions.
I’ll start at the end. I think I’m missing something about what Tyrone did that was so wrong. Maybe he went on and on about the work structure at camp and we just didn’t see it all, but I didn’t see anything wrong with that talk he gave when his new, young tribemates arrived at their new camp. Leadership is a sin on Survivor. It looked to me like Tyrone was simply communicating what his tribe had been doing in terms of delegating the work that needs to be done. He even seemed open to input, but maybe these kids today get so defiant whenever it sounds remotely like anyone is telling them what to do. Good luck, future Earth. However, this all came on the heels of Tyrone psychotically saying, “There may be some flirtation going on” in his new tribe…barf! Who on the young tribe would be flirting with someone on the older tribe? Since Holly said that all of the young people remind her of her kids, all of them are out. That only leaves Tyrone and Dan to flirt with Naonka and Alina. Double barf!
Three more Tyrone/tribe related notes before we move on. The first, from that giant pile of wood they had, it looked like the wood gatherers could take a bit of a sabbatical. The second, if that shelter is so bad…ummm… fix it! Lastly, the chickens. I have no problems with them eating one early, I have a slight problem with Tyrone eating more than his share, that’s another Survivor sin.
Now I’m no John Deere, but I believe that this tribe chose to kill an egg producing hen, while a non-egg producing rooster is still strutting around it’s cage. No amount of individual leadership will trump group stupidity.
Moving on, Marty might be a jackass. If you find yourself on Survivor saying, “You can’t get cocky in this game” right after you gave a speech telling us how you’re safe for two or three weeks, you might be a jackass. If you have told every single player in the game that you have an immunity idol, you might be a jackass. If you’re telling the other tribe that what Naonka did with the idol clue was an unforgivable sin and they should have voted her out, but yet they never had an opportunity to because your tribe kept losing, you might be a jackass.
A few questions I have:
- Fabio felt comfortable in his old tribe when he was clearly out of the big alliance? I don’t think he even knows he’s playing Survivor. Maybe he thinks he’s at camp.
- Alina and Naonka are close now?
- Are you as thrilled as I am that the Medallion of Power is gone and we’re back to two challenges per episode?
- Was there any chance that Naonka would have been on the wheel to get dunked in the water?
- You didn’t really think she was quitting did you?
- Why wasn’t her immunity idol mentioned at all? Did she bring it with her when the tribes split up? Why didn’t Jeff Probst ask if anyone wanted to play an idol at tribal council? She got some votes, but it wasn’t even mentioned, that’s fishy.
- Are they really going to have individual immunity with 15 people left next week?
My pick Jill update: She’s screwed and I’m not mad about it. Her best chance to survive was if Marty didn’t say anything about the idol, then she told the other tribe he had it and they blindsided Marty. True, Jane probably would have told them all first, which says how screwed Jill is for being in an alliance with Marty in the first place. She needs to get away from him quickly and make friends with Kelly B. and Fabio then hope that Dan, Yve, and Alina will join them when they merge. It’s her only hope.
Survivor Freeze Frame: While the immunity challenge provided lots of nice spitting out water shots, this week’s winner features Naonka’s misery with the added bonus of a “That’s what she said” moment: