By Beth Aaltonen
10:19 AM EST, February 28, 2013
Back from Tribal Council at Gota (the Fans), Reynold gets into it right away with the rest of the tribe, very pissily telling everyone that he doesn't trust them.
Reynold and Shamar get into it, and Sherry is possibly regretting saving Shamar because he will not stop talking smack with pretty much everyone else in the tribe, including yelling at Matt. I like Matt, so that's unacceptable.
Aaanndd just as I was starting to maybe not completely despise Reynold, he refers to Allie's ousting as "the revenge of the nerds." Oh no you didn't. Eddie seems more likeable, but that might just be in comparision to Reynold.
Sherry takes Shamar aside to try and impart to him the wisdom of keeping your damn mouth shut. He does not see the point to not pissing everyone off. Good luck with that. Sherry is a franchise owner, and mostly works with entitled teenagers and 20-somethings, so she thinks she knows best how to deal with Shamar and his attitude. She's not wrong.
At the Favorites camp, Phillip is congratulating himself on how awesome he is. Really? We're wasting time with this? Aren't Brandon and his Crazy peeing in the food somewhere?
Corrinne and Malcolm have bonded, mostly because they're the odd ones out on their tribe, and they go looking for the Immunity Idol together. So who gets it if they find it? I think I'd want to search on my own. Apparently Malcolm, as he finds the Idol. They pinky-swear not to tell anyone else about the Idol. That didn't work out so well for Malcolm the last time.
Everyone at the Favorites camp is laughing at Phillip, who is sitting with a woven bowl of some sort on his head. Cochran seems to be enjoying himself much more this season, and I'm glad, because he got kind of a raw deal last time.
Andrea seems to really not trust Corrinne, and wants her gone, even though she's in her alliance. Andrea and Cochran go to Brandon to see if he's amenable to getting rid of Corrinne, and he totally is. And we get the quote from the preview, about peeing in the food and burning down the shelter, but it's said in a totally calm way, and I don't think he's serious in the least. Way to go, editing monkeys, you got me.
Back at the Fans camp, Shamar seems to have listened to Sherry, as he tells the rest of the tribe that he might want to leave because doesn't want to be the "angry black man" on TV. Laura tells him that she wants him to stay. He then shares about the problems he has after he returned to Iraq.
See, now I can't rag on him because he's a real person with real problems. And at least he has the self-awareness to realize that he's probably not going to be able to control his temper over the course of the game, and would rather take himself out than act that way. He does agree to not quit in case they lose at the Immunity Challenge.
Reynold is not buying anything Shamar says, and thinks he's just playing the game. Okay, I'm the most cynical person around, and I'm willing to give Shamar the benefit of the doubt. I'm not saying Shamar won't fly off the handle again, but he did seems sincere sharing his post-war experiences, and he does seem to not want to be that guy. So, basically, shut up, Reynold.
Challenge time! It's another Reward/Immunity combo. The challenge involves submerged treasure chests that need to be dragged to shore, and then across a track. Reward is chairs, pillows, blankets, and a tarp.
Okay, maybe Shamar's new attitude is crap, as he refuses to give him teammates "five" before the challenge starts. Everybody has to swim out to the cage that the chests are in, and climb up the cage and drop down. They can't start untying the cage until everyone is in. Despite getting everyone in last, the Fans are the first to untie the cage and start dragging the chest. The Fans seem to be working really well together, much better than the last challenge.
The Favorites manage to catch up, and it's Reynold and Malcolm again using the grappling hooks to get the missing pieces of track. It comes down to Eddie and Brandon, Eddie having the harder time because Shamar is yelling in his ear the whole time. Brandon gets it done first, and the Favorites win Immunity.
Did Eddie have to keep tossing? Could he have handed it off to someone else? Because that made him look like he lost the challenge for the whole tribe. He should have made Shamar do it, since he had so many ideas of how it should be done.
And at the Fans camp, Shamar and Reynold are fighting again, this time about who got to wear the goggles during the swimming part of the challenge. Given that they were the first out of the cage, I don't think that has anything to do with them losing.
Laura is upset that she did so badly at the challenge, and thinks they need to get rid of Hope because they need Reynold and Eddie for the challenges. For some reason, they think they need to split the vote between Eddie and Hope because of Reynold's Idol. Do they still not realize that Reynold is never, ever, giving that Idol up to save anyone else.
Shamar has decided that he likes Hope more than Eddie, so he told her about the split vote, mostly because if she votes for Eddie, then she will stay. Hope is not too smart, and goes to Julia and tells her what she knows. She then goes to Sherry and Matt, and things start to change. Laura is worried about being on the chopping block, and goes to Reynold about voting about Shamar. He's up for that, since, to him, getting rid of Shamar would be "like Christmas."
Tribal Council time! When asked about last week, Reynold downplays his part of the argument with Shamar, which brings Jeff to talk to Shamar about his anger problems. He thinks they are putting out a "perception" of him, which, well, it's based on things you've said and done, Shamar, so I don't see how they're lying about it. Shamar then lies about what he said to Hope.
Matt tries to be very, very, diplomatic about Shamar's anger problems, but then Julia chimes in about things that Shamar has said to her. Shamar denies everything; he literally doesn’t seem to remember things that he's said. He is also one of the least self-aware people I've ever seen on this show, and that's saying a lot. He doesn't understand why anyone would have a problem with him.
Voting time! I would like it to be Shamar, but the "Survivor" gods are never that kind to me. So, Hope, maybe? I don't think it will be Eddie. And ... it's none of them, because there's a three-way tie between Eddie, Hope, and Shamar. So they re-vote, but you can only vote for one of those three.
And Shamar lives to annoy another day, because Hope is going home. I'm going to be stuck with Shamar for a while, aren't I? What did I do to deserve this?
Next week: Even more arguing on the Fans side, so the powers that be send a hurricane to shut them up.
Credits: Hope thinks that she went home too soon; I think Hope needs to learn that four people are not enough for a majority alliance.
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