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'Survivor: Philippines' recap: Episode 4, 'Create a Little Chaos'

How the heck is Matsing going to compete in challenges with only three people?

Back at camp, it’s cold and raining, and everyone at Matsing looks depressed. Ooh, they don’t have fire. That would add to the depression. Honestly, though, they do have the three strongest players left. I think it would be awesome if they could pull it together and start winning.

Russell points out (again) that he’s ready to start winning, and that he nearly died for Survivor. I think Denise and Malcolm are ready to win too, considering they were the only ones who have done anything useful at challenges. And also: almost dying during the game does not necessarily mean that you’re good at it. Just sayin’.

At Tangdang, they are also hating the rain. Their fire is also out. It must be a whole lot of rain if everybody’s fire keeps going out. I’d be living in Kalabaw’s cave.

Pete feels like stirring up some trouble, so he puts the Immunity Idol clue out where the other members of the tribe could see it. Abbi-Maria immediately blames RC, which is exactly what Pete wanted.  It could be a good strategy — keep people blaming each other and they might just forget about you.

At Kalabaw, Jonathan admits that the rain sucks, but when it finally clears up, it’s beautiful. Jeff thinks that the "young" people on his team don’t know how to carry on a "professional" conversation because they aren’t married? That doesn’t even make sense. He’s starting to bug me.

Both Jeff and Carter (who I think spoke for the first time last episode) have both recognized the value in allying themselves with Jonathan. So their tribe seems to have split between men/women. I seriously don’t know who any of these women are. This is the problem with one tribe losing three times in a row.

Back at Matsing, I wouldn’t talk too much about people being useless if I were you, Russell. I have no idea why you’re still here. And Malcolm nails it — Russell lacks self-awareness. And I don’t think that Russell has any idea that Malcolm and Denise are in an alliance, and always have been.

Russell is still looking the Immunity Idol, and the editors take great joy in highlighting how many times he’s walked right by it. When Denise catches him, he pretends that he was just fixing the shelter. Why won’t these people admit they’re looking for the Idol? You’d be stupid to not want the Immunity Idol.

At Kalabaw, RC and Abbi are disagreeing about everything, including if the food needs salt. Wow, Abbi is so darn crazy that she’s making me like RC, and I couldn’t stand RC before this. Abbi is convinced that RC purposely dug up the Immunity Idol clue and put it in her bag, and apparently this makes Abbi rally, really angry. Pete should think twice before hitching himself to that crazy, because you never know when it will turn on you. Lisa is gleefully watching the drama because it takes the heat off of her.

Challenge time! This is actually a new challenge. You carry pots, milkmaid style, through an obstacle course and place them on poles, and then smash them with a wrecking-ball type thing. Since Matsing only has three players, both Kalabaw and Tangdang choose to sit out their women.

The pots are a little tippy, and Carter at Kalabaw breaks one of his right off the bat, and has to reload. Matsing takes an early lead, but Denise slows down. I can see why the other tribes sat their women out; Denise is arguably the strongest women there, and she really struggled with carrying the pots. Tangdang wins again, and it’s between Matsing and Kalabaw with the wrecking balls, but unfortunately for Malcolm, he’s going up against Jeff, the former professional baseball player. And Kalabaw ekes out the win.

And Russell seals his fate by complaining to God because he’s obviously meant to succeed at everything, so something must be seriously wrong. Wow, his opinion of himself does not match his abilities at all. I think he’s convinced himself that, had he not left the game, that he would have won the whole thing. I didn’t watch his season, so I don’t know how well he was doing, but based on his performance in Survivor: Philippines, I think he’s got some delusions of grandeur.

Back from break, it sucks to be Matsing. They were actually really close to winning (or, rather, not losing) this time. I wonder if Malcolm felt better after he found out that Jeff was a baseball player.  And blah, blah, blah, the editors can pretend that Russell might not be going home and create some doubt because there‘s 15 minutes left in the episode, but nah. Russell’s totally going home.

Tribal Council time! Can we just hurry this up and send Russell packing already? This is ridiculous. We have spent so much time with poor Matsing, there are people on the other tribes that I don’t even know, and I’m recapping the darn thing.  Russell is actually charming and witty throughout the Tribal Council. If I’m liking him, that practically guarantees that he’s going home.

See, now I’m feeling sorry for Russell. He pretty much flat out states that he might not be as good as Malcolm, but he’s ok. He just doesn’t stand a chance - I think that Malcolm and Denise have a strong bond, and I hope they survive this somehow and make it to the end, because they would be a great final two.

Votes are read, and it is indeed Russell going home. He’s visibly disappointed.

Next time: There’s a whole lot of room in Matsing’s shelter, and it looks like there’s a medical emergency at Kalabaw.

Credits: Russell decides to play the blame game, but it’s not his fault. He didn’t win, so he’s taking his ball and going home.

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