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'Survivor South Pacific,' Episode 7: 'Trojan Horse'

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Someone actually does do something on Survivor that’s never been done before.

We jump right into the Redemption Island duel with Christine and Mikayla. I’m rooting for Mikayla. But no, Christine wins again. So do you think Upolu is maybe realizing that it was a mistake to vote someone out so early who turned out to be such a good competitor? Of course, her attitude still kind of sucks.

Oohh, Ozzy is thinking waayy out of the box, in assuming that since the merge is happening soon, it might be worth it to purposefully send someone to Redemption Island just for the purpose of defeating Christine. Which could work, in theory, if the merge actually happens when everyone thinks it will. Ozzy, of all people, should know that the Survivor producers are not exactly known for being predictable. 

Ozzy shares his plan with Cochran, who is a little disbelieving about the plan. But really, if Ozzy’s willing to do it, it’s no risk to anyone else at Savaii except for Ozzy. As Cochran points out, it’s a much different Ozzy than the one they saw after Elyse’s ousting.

Coach is meditating, and declaring himself “not worthy” which goes against every single action he’s done in this game which screams entitlement (we lost because no one listened to me.) Is he the supreme manipulator, playing the game for all it’s worth, or does he just lack a single scrap of self-awareness.?

This episode seems a little heavy on the religion -- have we just not seen it before, or is Coach amping it up to keep Brandon calm?

After getting treemail, Coach and Sophie go to get the idol. Brandon is excited, saying “We have the idol” and calling it a gift from God. He does realize that only one person gets to use it, doesn’t he? Although he probably doesn’t realize that he’s the last person on Upolu they would use it for.

Cross-promotion time!  Challenge reward is a screening of Adam Sandler’s new movie, Jack and Jill.  I think Sandler is playing both parts, which means I will probably never see this movie. It’s my Nutty Professor rule.

Although the players had to use paint to pair themselves off as ‘twins’, desperately trying to tie the challenge into the movie, it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the challenge. But Brandon’s painted on bikini top to match Edna’s real one did make me laugh.

The challenge involves one set of twins on each team calling directions to the other blindfolded players. I like these type of challenges, because it truly is a group effort. Savaii is doing well, until they get all tangled up in their ropes (which seems to be Cochran’s fault). Jeff seems to take great glee in pointing out when each team screws up, and pointing out Cochran’s mistakes specifically. Jeez, Coach is praying during the challenge for help. I think there might be a few more important things going on in the world than a Survivor Challenge, but Upolu does indeed win, but I choose to think that it’s because Albert was good with the puzzle and Cochran messed up the ropes rather than divine intervention. But sigh, they pray again, and talk about praying some more with Jeff.

Ozzy is very, very frustrated with losing, which is understandable, because they wouldn’t have lost if Cochran hadn’t messed up the ropes, which slowed Ozzy and Whitney down. We’ll see if he’s still willing to be voted out, or will want to just get rid of Cochran now and try to recruit Christine after the merge. If Savaii has been paying attention, they should notice that Christine doesn’t have a lot of warm feelings towards her former tribemates, and will be looking to make an alliance to keep her safe when she’s back in the game.

Oh, and look, there’s a commerical for Jack and Jill. And yup, I won’t be seeing it, and I would like to have a sit-down talk with Katie Holmes about her choices in roles. Girlfriend is way too talented for this dreck.

Pre-tribal council, Ozzy is still freaking out about the challenge. This is making Cochran nervous, because if Ozzy doesn’t volunteer, Cochran is next in line to go. Ozzy doesn’t want to say Cochran cost them the challenge, but then he goes right ahead and says that exact thing. So, for his punishment, they’re going to send him to Redemption Island to literally redeem himself to the rest of Savaii. And, given the very non-physical nature of the duels so far, he might actually do it. The whole tribe is enthused about this idea, Cochran obviously less so.

I can see the point of the rest of the Savaii tribes members; Cochran, who has had some good moments, strategy-wise, has su-u-ucked at the challenges. So, vote him off and send him to Redemption Island; if he manages to win the duel, he’s not as useless as he’s seemed so far, great. If not, they can try to recruit Christine, who has been awesome at challenges.  Win-win.

And isn’t Dawn just flying under the radar? Have we even seen her talk the last couple of episodes? We only see her in the challenges, giving her all and doing well, compared with Cochran, who is talking all the time and sucking at the challenges. I think she lasted a lot longer than anyone thought she would. Go Dawn!

But wait, what is Ozzy doing? He’s saying that he should go to Redemption Island after all. I think this will come back and bite him in the ass. As Keith points out, they have no guarantee that the merge will happen when and how they think it will happen. And Jim points out that if the merge doesn’t happen, they will be down Ozzy but still have Cochran, which is not a good situation for challenges. So Ozzy is willing to go, but is his tribe willing to vote him out?

Apparently they are. All the votes we see are for Ozzy. It’s a risky strategy, but as Cochran pointed out, one of the most exciting moves to happen on Survivor in quite some time.

Next week: So, merge or not? They aren’t telling us just yet, but it will be time for the most. exciting. duel. ever.

Credits: Ozzy arrives on Redemption Island, and tells Christine the story Savaii came up with, that Cochran busted out the Immunity Idol and saved himself. Which is a great story, but who exactly is she going to tell?

 

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