By Beth Aaltonen
7:20 AM EDT, October 4, 2012
We start out the night with Matsing and their ever-shrinking tribe. What would happen if they just keep losing? Would they have to sit our more and more of the other two tribes in challenges?
Nah, you would see (well, we wouldn't) producers scrambling around in the background to figure something out. Now that Roxy is gone, Russell realizes that he needs to ally himself with Denise because of the bond between Angie and Malcolm
You know, watching the credits I realize that, except for the people on Matsing, I don't know who half these people are yet. Maybe if someone else finally loses, we'll spend some time with the other tribes.
At Tangdang, all that winning has taken its toll on Abbi-Maria, who injured her knee (in the last challenge? When?) RC wants to look for the Immunity Idol, while Abbi wants her to stay there and tell her she’s not crazy (which she is) and that she's not a liability (which she also is, if she's injured).
RC can't take it anymore and gets up to leave, and Abbi continues to act out. See, this is the problem with allying yourself and giving your word in the first hour of the game. Sometimes the Crazy doesn't show itself right away. Now RC is stuck in an alliance with someone who's more than a little unhinged.
Abbi goes to Pete and tells him about the Immunity Idol clue. He then goes to Lisa and talks to her about keeping her and getting rid of someone else, namely Mike. Don't worry about getting rid of Mike, Pete, he'll cut a foot or a hand off sooner or later, the way he's going.
Kalabaw has scorpions in their camp, apparently. Fun. The other tribe members have noticed that the emblem is gone from the rice box, while Jonathan sits there and look suspicious. They figure out fairly quickly that it was the Immunity Idol, and that Jonathan has it.
And as Jeff points out, you can still be voted out with an Immunity Idol, if you can manage to blindside someone. Jonathan may have just painted an even bigger target on his back.
We're back with Matsing again, this time because they managed to lose their raft. Malcolm and Denise are still strong in their alliance, and keeping quiet about it. I like both of them so far, so hopefully they won't screw this up and make me stop liking them.
Challenge time! It's another puzzle, this time the pieces are submerged in the water, and have to be brought up one at a time. Reward this time is a 'master' fishing kit, along with a canoe (which Matsing could really use since they lost the raft.)
Second prize is a smaller fishing kit. The other two tribes really have an advantage since they can pick and choose who they want to compete. And, to prove my point, Matsing quickly falls behind because Angie takes forever with the first piece, and then Russell can't get out of the water.
Holy Jeebus, Mike has managed to injure himself again. He somehow broke the glass on the mask that Tangdang was using, and is now his face is bleeding.
Tangdang not having a mask may help Matsing to lot lose, finally. Except RC is a champ, getting three puzzle pieces in a row. Matsing takes a similar approach, with only sending Denise and Malcolm out to get the pieces because Angie and Russell sucked at it.
Everyone is at the puzzle phase. The editing monkeys make it look close, but, once again, Kalabaw and Tangdang come first and second, and Matsing is going to Tribal Council. Wow. It sucks to be Matsing.
Angie, in a confessional, talks about how much Russell sucked in the challenge. Uh, Angie, the pot called, and it wants you to tell the kettle that it's black,.
Kalabaw comes back from challenge to find a pretty new canoe waiting for them. Jonathan decides to confide in Jeff about the Immunity Idol in the hopes that he can form an alliance now.
At Tangdang, Artis (hey, he's one of the ones that I didn't know from the credits) is annoyed with Mike for getting hurt/breaking something again. And you know what, I can understand that. We're three episodes in, and I've seen him bleed at least four times.
Everyone but Abbi goes clam digging, so Abbi takes the opportunity to ransack the camp looking for the Idol. Yeah, that won't look suspicious to anyone. And wouldn't you know it, Abbi finds it. Why are the crazy ones always so lucky in this game?
Back at Matsing, well, it sucks to be them. Malcolm and Denise need to stick together, because Angie and Russell are useless. Russell thinks that he might go home because his tribe mates will take the opportunity to rid themselves of a 'strong player.'
Hate to tell you Russell, it's more like they need to decide which one of you sucks less, and will potentially suck less in challenges going forward. And between you and Angie, it's a pretty close call.
So, to sum up, neither Angie or Russell want to go home, each one thinks the other is more useless, yadda yadda. And then Russell completely loses me by comparing having to endure slavery to being voted off "Survivor." Yikes, dude.
Tribal Council time! Denise and Malcolm are hugely frustrated (and heartbroken, at this point.) Then we have to listen to Angie and Russell try to throw each other under the bus.
It's weird having this few people this early in the game. I don't really like or dislike one more than the other, but, at this point, I hope Russell goes home because he talks too much.
But, since I never get my wish, it's Angie who is going home. I can see why Denise and Malcolm chose to keep Russell, even though it means I have to listen to him for at least another week.
Next week: Jeff and Jonathan further their alliance, and we see if Matsing can figure out how to not suck at a challenge.
Credits: Angie is just like she was during the whole game: sweet and understanding but not very good at Survivor.
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