For the first 10 minutes of last night’s episode there was a winter storm warning scrolling across the bottom of the screen. This is the first such warning since Her Sweetness and I moved to Charlotte in July and a winter storm in Charlotte is apparently just cold rain. Schools are delayed. I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’ll feel like a local any time soon, but by the end of the episode a little Carolina pride blossomed inside of me like a little baby bit of okra. With about 15 minutes left in the episode, I thought, “Boy, Chase’d better not show his face in my Carolina neighborhood. Liar. Backstabber. Flipper!”
I’ve seen every episode of Survivor and very few moments have captivated me as much as last night when Jane just wanted to make sure that her alliance was still strong. This is a game built on lying and Jane thought she was in an honest to goodness alliance of honest people, except Sash. When she asked them if they still had an alliance of four or if that had changed, typically contestants would just lie to appease her and surprise her at Tribal Council. But you see, Holly can’t lie, Chase can’t lie, and Sash is smart enough not to get the blood on his hands. Holly is smart enough to know that if you’re not talking, you’re not lying, so let Chase do all the talking. He’s stupid, he’s young, let him stammer. And stammer he did. Twice this episode, Holly and Sash shut up while Chase made an ass out of himself. At Tribal Council, Probst even said during one of the silences, “The game is being played right now.”
Back to Jane’s moment, watching the rage flick on behind her eyes when she realized she was out was as gripping as reality television can get unless someone passes out face down into a roaring campfire. Then Sash drove the dagger home. Survivor was nice enough to even toll a bell at the moment the camera cut to Jane. Good times. By the way does Jane look a little like Susan Sarandon to anyone else?
The first question that came to my mind was why wouldn’t Fabio and Dan form a quick alliance with Jane and vote out Holly. Easy, they both have a better chance to win immunity two more times than they do of beating Jane against a jury, so why bring her? Actually Dan has no chance to win anything, this is more about Fabio. Seriously, are there two people that deserve to win less than Dan? No, of the five people left, I would rank them: Sash, Holly, Fabio, Dan, Chase in terms of deserving to win. Chase is last because he has dumbed his way through this whole game. At least Dan knows he has no chance. If it’s up to me, I take Dan and Chase to the finals and I’d be a lock to win. I guess I’m rooting for Fabio, though. I’m not sure why.
- I guess there won’t be an auction this season. I’m bummed.
- Who do you think is going to rebuild the fire? I remember Fabio getting the smoke in his eyes earlier this season, but can he build a fire?
- Chase has really gotten his share of life lessons this season.
- Probably some uncomfortable moments when Jane met Marty after being eliminated. Marty threw the target on Jane’s back weeks ago and it stayed there until last night. If Marty hadn’t said anything, I doubt that anyone this season would have been smart enough to see the threat Jane was.
- If my Dad came on to the show to participate in a challenge, I would kiss him that much only to make him uncomfortable on television. Quite frankly, I was a little uncomfortable watching that.
- “What? I didn’t know Fabio was that smart?” He really rocked that puzzle.
- Anyone miss Purple Kelly?
- Holly’s husband seemed Super South Dakota Fired Up to be there.
Survivor Freeze Frame of the Week: I’ve got a few for you this week.
The Bell tolls for thee:
Hey, ummm, I think I’d….yeah, I’d like you to stop that: