A shot of the Te Tuna tribe from the latest 'Survivor: South Pacific' episode.

A shot of the Te Tuna tribe from the latest 'Survivor: South Pacific' episode. (Monty Brinton, CBS)

The episode title has to be about Brandon and his Crazy — who else could it be?

I'd like to give the editors a little high five for the sped-up scenes of Cochran trying to plead his case in the previouslies.

We start out at Redemption Island with Cochran and Ozzy. Ozzy is being very patient with Cochran complaining and figuring out that Upolu used him. Ozzy then screws it up by trying to get Cochran to vote for him in the end; this offends Cochran, who thinks he has a chance if he can win the duel and get back in the game. Since Ozzy and the rest of the viewing audience knows that there's no chance of Cochran winning against Ozzy, he even goes so far to promise that if Cochran makes it to the end he'll vote for him. Since Cochran making it to the end would be a bloody miracle, I'd probably vote for him too. Unless he's up against Rick, of course.

Back at Te Tuna, Edna is digging her own grave by being pissy about being the sixth person in her alliance. When did anyone promise her anything else? And this is the point in the game where people lose perspective and forget that it's a game. Coach tries to explain it to her (that they were an alliance, but now it's everyone for themselves, which is the nature of a large alliance) but she’s not getting it. Geez, Coach is winning me over with the non-drama.

Brandon interrupts Edna's meltdown with treemail from a product-placed phone company, where everyone sees messages from home. Everyone gets emotional to see their loved ones, including Rick (aww). Brandon gets very emotional to see his dad, which is sweet, but the message was kind of strange (I had a long time to think about how much I love you? Like he didn't know before?). I also wonder why his father is there and not his wife.

Redpemtion Island duel time! Let's see how they managed to find something that would give Cochran a fighting chance! And it's a grappling hook/big rolling puzzle, and Ozzy takes the lead right away. Cochran keeps looking at Coach for encouragement through the entire challenge, and it's kind of sad. Ozzy wins, but Cochran makes it close (probably the closest he’s come in any challenge) and he feels like he's leaving on a high note. Jeff even gives him a nice pep talk as he goes.

You know, if it comes down to Ozzy and Coach, I think I'd be rooting for Coach. What has happened to me?

After the duel, everyone's family members come out. Sophie puts in an order for the food she expects at the airport, which includes fresh-made banana bread and a cheeseburger. Rick grabs his wife's ass while he's hugging her. Jeff feels the need to point out that Brandon's dad is Russell Hantz's brother, which, thanks, we could have figured that out for ourselves.

Ozzy is given the choice of who gets to spend time with their families, and he chooses Albert, Coach and Brandon. Rick looks particularly upset as the rest of the family members leave.

And picking Coach was apparently a smart choice, as he then offers to take Ozzy to the final three (after a bit of product placement.)

Despite having told him in the video message to play with his heart, Brandon's dad looks a little discomfited that he doesn't seem to care about winning, and doesn't know how he hasn't been voted out yet. So, the advice seems to be, act like a Christian, unless it means you won't win a million dollars; then you can go ahead and do what you need to, and go back to being a Christian afterwards. Brandon's dad even goes so far to try and corner Coach into looking out for his boy, which just pisses Coach off. And, dude, that's the "Survivor" equivalent of your mom trying to go on a job interview with you.

Immunity Challenge time, which looks like a Q*Bert game. (I believe I've just dated myself; for everybody under the age of 30, Google it.) Brandon causes more unnecessary drama, and Edna calls him on it. In the end, it's down to Coach and Edna, and Coach wins. So will it be Brandon or Edna?

Post-challenge, Edna is desperately trying to be useful, and everyone else is annoyed at Brandon for making Edna feel bad. Edna is done being nice, although comparing her situation to a wife being beaten is a little extreme. Sophie is beginning to realize that taking Brandon and his Crazy to the end might not be a bad idea, since he's managed to piss almost everyone off.

Oh, poor Edna. She's a very smart lady, and she really can't accept that she's not going to last as long in this game as people less intelligent than her. She doesn't realize that this game is not about being smart. It's a combination of strength, conniving, charisma, emotional intelligence and a whole bunch of luck. She even tries to get Coach to give her his Immunity Idol, which is never, ever going to happen.

It's the Tribal Council, and as the jury is led in, Cochran looks like he's about to cry. He really does love this game. Too bad he wasn't better at it. Then again, everyone thinks they're better at something when they're sitting on the couch watching it.

Tribal Council banter revolves around Edna and Brandon, blah, blah blah. Everyone (besides Edna and Brandon) are trying to make themselves sound good for the jury, so I don't pay much attention to what they're saying. In an attempt to create some tension, we only see Brandon and Edna's votes, who have voted for each other. But it's Edna who goes, which was pretty much decided three weeks ago.

You know, I have to give it to the alliance of five from Upolu — they made the alliance on the first night, and they've stuck with it, and it has gotten them to the end. Some might not like each other, but they recognized that the smartest thing they could to is just stick with it. Now they're the only ones left, so it should start to get real interesting, real soon.

Next week: And, yup, the final five begin to implode and the editing monkeys would like us to believe that Edna beats Ozzy in the Redemption Duel.

Credits: Edna thinks that Coach didn't save her because he was too scared of going against his alliance, instead of what he did do. Which was make the choice that worked best for him, because it's a game, Edna.