By Beth Aaltonen
9:44 AM EDT, March 14, 2013
[Note: Sorry there was no recap last week; I had technical troubles, and wasn’t close to my PVR. (Lesson learned, I’m taking it everywhere with me from now on.) So, of course, a ton of things happened, including Shamar leaving the game for medical reasons, and then the rest of the Fans realized that they couldn’t get rid of Eddie or Reynold if they wanted a chance of winning, well, anything. So then they voted out Laura instead.]
This week, it seems Brandon’s Crazy will go from whispering in his ear to taking full control of his body. And I don’t think even the editing monkeys could have pulled one over on us this time ... so let’s get into this episode, shall we?
Back at the Fans camp after Tribal Council, Sherry is feeling bad about getting rid of Laura both from a personal and a gameplay standpoint. Reynold doesn’t regret using the Idol, since the last two times he trusted what his tribemates said, he lost out.
At the Favorites camp, it seems that Brandon is going off on a tangent, and Malcolm looks really uncomfortable. He’s missing his family, and feels bad about leaving them this long. Umm, hasn’t he done this before? Doesn’t he know exactly what he was getting himself into? He misses his family so much, in fact, that he volunteers to go home at the next tribal council. Then he volunteers the factoid that he was going to burn the shelter down and pee in the rice. This is all said so gleefully that it seems that the Crazy is now in full control.
And it’s the next morning, and Brandon is still talking. Must be fun to be on that tribe. But, after a night’s sleep, it seems he was a little hasty in wanting to leave, so he’s going to tough it out. Maybe you shouldn’t have let the rest of the tribe know how unhinged you are.
Reward Challenge time! It’s an endurance challenge, and the prize is a BBQ feast. I’m not even starving on a tropical island and that spread looks pretty good. Two people from each tribe are holding ropes that hold up nets. The rest of the people are filling those nets with coconuts. Last person holding up the net wins.
Philip and Brandon are holding for the Favorites, and Michael and Matt are holding for the Fans. Brandon and Matt are out first, and it comes down to a struggle between Philip and Michael. It looks like the Favorites are better at getting the coconuts in the nets, and Michael is out first, although it looks like Philip wouldn’t have been too far behind.
Back at the Fans camp, there is a whole bunch of disappointed people. It was really close, though. Sherry is pissed that she got rid of Laura and they still lost, but does she not realize that she was totally the dead weight during that challenge? I don’t think she got a single coconut in the net.
Matt is looking for the Idol, and so is Reynold. Well, pretty much the whole tribe is looking for it, and I don’t blame them. But, of course, Reynold finds it again. He decides to not tell anyone he has it, well, except for Eddie.
There’s a BBQ going on at the Favorites camp, and Brandon seems to be the person manning the grill. Brandon is mad because he feels like Philip is taking credit for the challenge win ... which ... he did. He lasted the longest, and he won the challenge for the tribe. Malcolm and Corinne and the rest getting coconuts in the fans nest was important too, but I think Brandon’s feeling bad that he was the first to let go.
So of course, Brandon and Philip start arguing, which it pretty much the pot and the kettle getting into it. I find their conversations really hard to handle, but it seems like they make up to each other’s faces, while trashing the other in confessional.
It has been raining for about two days, and Matt’s feet look really nasty. Like been submerged in water for about a month nasty. So everyone is wet and miserable. Michael seems to be the only to try and keep his spirits up.
At the Favorites camp, they are also wet, but not so miserable. I think they have a better shelter, plus all the extra food has to help.
Ooh, and Brandon’s yelling in the confessional with total Crazy Eyes, so I don’t think this is going to go well. The rest of the tribe is also noticing his visible deterioration, and Philip is considering throwing the challenge just so they can get rid of Brandon. Andrea tries to talk to Brandon about the rest of the way the tribe, namely Philip, is feeling, because she doesn’t realize that you don’t engage the Crazy. You try not to make eye contact and mind your own business.
Philip, being not a little crazy himself, tries to talk to Brandon. But he mostly just talks down to Brandon, which sets him off. Brandon makes the ultimate insult of calling ‘Stealth ‘r’ Us’ stupid, and Philip counters with “Well, then they’ll vote me off.” Which, snap. Philip may be crazy, but he’s only the second-craziest person on his tribe.
So Brandon decides to be the “Author of his Fate” and make everyone hate him, so he dumps out all the rice and beans and then tries to goad Philip into a physical fight while the rest of the tribe tries to salvage some of the rice.
The Favorites, stunned by Brandon’s actions and not really wanting to be any where around him anymore, are now contemplating forfeiting the Immunity Challenge in order to get Brandon away from them.
Immunity Challenge time! Not knowing the situation on the Favorites side, Reynold makes a little speech about how it must be nice to have all the tarps and chairs and food to help them get through the bad weather. Dude, I bet any one of them would trade places with you if it meant getting away from Brandon right now.
And speaking of Brandon, he asks Jeff’s permission to address the other tribe. Here we go. He implores them to get rid of Philip if they get the chance. Reynold asks where Brandon is planning on going. Corinne takes the opportunity to announce that the Favorites are forfeiting the challenge, and makes a very nice speech that boils down to they want to get rid of Brandon and his Crazy. Now.
And now Brandon loses his mind, yelling, and calling Philip out, and announcing that Philip is not in charge of the game, because Brandon is taking himself out. I believe this is the Survivor equivalent of taking his ball and going home when no one wants to play with him.
I think Brandon’s main problem (besides the Crazy) is this: Philip is a little crazy, and a little annoying, but most people who are not Crazy and have some kind of people skills know that the best thing to do is to nod and mostly ignore him. Since Brandon and his Crazy can’t let things go, and Philip is crazy enough not to let things go either, we have this situation now.
The entire time I’ve been writing the above paragraph, Brandon and Philip have been yelling at each other. Jeff is practically encouraging Brandon to let the Crazy loose, because, hey, Survivor ratings aren’t what they used to be. It gets to the point that Jeff has to physically restrain Brandon while he makes Crazy Eyes at Philip.
Jeff awards Immunity to the Fans, and announces that they are having Tribal Council right now. He’s probably worried about what will happen if he lets Brandon go back to camp. So, no torches, no paper, everyone just announcing their votes when asked. Brandon votes for Philip. Everyone else votes for Brandon. And Brandon and his Crazy are leaving before he hurts someone. As much as I make fun of him, it gets to the point where it’s uncomfortable, because he really does seem to have some serious anger issues.
Whew! That was stressful. (Well, as stressful as reality TV game shows get, anyway.)
Next week: Philip and Corinne plan to take out each other, but there’s a ‘change’ coming, which means it’s time to merge.
Credits: Brandon continues to be as delusional as ever. Sigh.
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