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'Survivor: One World' recap: Playing both sides before the finale

We start out this episode back at camp after Tribal Council, where the rest of Tikiano is as amused by Kat finding blindsides “fun and exciting” as I was. Tarzan is trying to hang on, and trying to maneuver himself into a final three scenario; I would say he had no chance, but I also didn’t think he’d make it this long.

Kim knows her best chance to win would be to take Alicia and Christina to the final three, but that would mean betraying Chelsea, who has been her loyal ally from the start. Tarzan has been playing a game of ‘anyone but me’ and, you know what, he’s right, he might just slip into the final three because of it.

Chelsea thinks the tribe is divided amongst herself, Kim and Sabrina against Christina, Alicia and Tarzan. Kim’s been keeping a lot of stuff close to her chest, hasn’t she? Chelsea talks to Christina about the importance of Tarzan not making it to the end. Christina goes immediately to Alicia, Kim, and Tarzan and tells them everything. Wow, Kim does have everybody snowed. If she doesn’t screw this up, she will walk away with it.

Reward challenge time! They have to spin around to release discs, which should make for some wacky pratfalls. I’m not above being amused by this. Sabrina is doing relatively well at running a straight line, but everybody else is a little lopsided. Once you have all your discs, you have to decode numbers until you have the right combination. Chelsea is the first one to start trying combinations, and is the first to finish. She gets a shower, fresh clothes and a nice dinner. She chooses Sabrina and Kim to go with her.

At the reward, the ladies get a hot shower and clean, cotton clothing while on a lovely sailboat. Oohh, and they gave them champagne; perhaps this will lead to some confessions. Wow, you don’t realize how dirty they are until you see them clean again.

Chelsea, Sabrina and Kim should be the final three, if Kim wasn’t so scared of having to go up against players as strong as her. I realize her way is more of a guarantee of winning, but I like Sabrina and Chelsea more for wanting to go to the end with the people they were loyal to, people who deserve to make it to the end. Going on the reward seems to have reminded Kim of who she is and how she wanted to play the game; namely, sticking to her alliance with Chelsea and Sabrina. We'll see what happens.

Back at camp, Alicia is complaining. Again. This time, it’s about Chelsea picking Kim to go on reward. I didn’t see her complaining about reward when she got to go last week. Tarzan is again advocating someone taking him to the final three. I get the feeling he can’t believe they haven’t gotten rid of him yet.

Tarzan takes the audience through his routine, and ‘prepares to be defeated’. But then he gets weird, as Tarzan does, and starts acting prickly towards Alicia for no good reason (and there are many, many reasons to get pissed at Alicia, usually.) The only thing it accomplishes it to get Alicia and Kim talking about him and realize that he’s been promising them both the same thing. Christina joins the conversation, and it’s more of the same.

I think Tarzan’s days are numbered (as in, like, 1). Alicia still wants to take Chelsea out if she doesn’t get immunity, but I’m sure Kim will manage to convince her otherwise while making Alicia think it was her idea.

Immunity Challenge time! The challenge this week is to play ‘barrel of monkeys’ with fish hooks, using only one hand, and then put together a fish skeleton puzzle. The race ends up pretty close, with the exception of Chelsea, who trails behind. And wow, Alicia wins immunity. Has she won anything before now? I don’t think so, but I could be wrong.

Back at camp, the strategerizing shenanigans commence. Kim is playing both sides, but I think she’s loyal to Sabrina and Chelsea, but we won’t know until Tribal Council. The choices seem to be either Tarzan or Chelsea. I think Tarzan’s going home, but I’ve been wrong before (almost every week, in fact, because I keep picking the people I want to stay rather than who is more likely to go.)

Sabrina realizes that it all comes down to Alicia believing what Kim is trying to sell her about Tarzan. Tarzan realizes he may have screwed his chances of staying by being cranky over the last couple of days. He may be quite a bit eccentric, but at least he’s self-aware.

Tribal Council time! I’m going to predict that Tarzan is going home, only because Alicia looks like she’s gong to cry every time he talks (although that could be editing shenanigans). Jeff points out that it’s now harder for Tarzan to blend in with the women with the diminishing numbers. And Tarzan is wearing the clothes that Kat left at camp (including her panties, apparently) and that, bizarrely, makes Kat cry. After 36 days, I think they’ve all gone a little crazy.

Voting time, and it’s time to see who Kim has decided to throw her lot in with. But we still can’t tell, because it is Tarzan going home, but all the women voted for him. Both Troy and Kat look pissed about it.

Next time: The finale is Sunday, and one of the five women left will win a million dollars. Quite an improvement over how they started this game.

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