'Survivor: One World' recap: Episode 11, 'Never Say Die'
Kim Spradlin competes in the immunity challenge during the eleventh episode of "Survivor: One World." (CBS photo)
Back from Tribal Council, Tarzan has figured out that the numbers are not in his favor, but he's wrong if he thinks sticking with the women and keeping his head down is the way to go. If Troy gets immunity (which could easily happen), Tarzan is going home. Kim is disturbed that she's been outed as a target -- umm, you've been pulling the strings for a couple of weeks now (out of a total 4), and you're surprised people have noticed? Get used to it.
Tree mail time, and it hints that the reward challenge will be mental instead of physical. Kat is adamant about someone picking her to go on the reward. And the reward challenge is a quiz. If you get the question right, you get to chop someone else's rope. Three chops and you're out (with a nice visual of your creepy voodoo doll version of yourself going up in flames.) They always run these types of challenges to stir up some drama -- everybody gets offended when their rope gets chopped. And in this case, even the questions are meant to cause problems -- the first question is "Who doesn't deserve to still be here?"
Reward is a helicopter ride, and, of course, food. Troy is the first one out, which is a side affect of pissing everyone off. Questions include "Who needs a wake up call the most?" (Kat) and "Who's the biggest poser?" (Troy) and "Who do you hope to never see again after the game?" (Troy again.) Now, is it that they really don't like Troy (as a tribe) or is he the easy answer because he's become the tribe's scapegoat? Any question that was remotely negative, and I would have answered "Troy" since he would already have been pissed off at me at that point.
Kim wins, and gets to pick one person, and picks Alicia, and then, given one more, picks Chelsea when Kat was obviously expecting to be picked. Troy comments on it, and tries to make it seem like Kim, Chelsea, and Alicia are in their own mini-alliance, but in reality, Kim chose Alicia so she could keep her eye on her. Either way, Kat is not happy about this.
At the reward, Kim is realizing that if the women were to flip, she would have a big ol' target on her back. And sure enough, back at camp, Troy is trying to stir up some dissension. Sabrina doesn't look like she's buying a second of it. If I were one of the remaining women, I would get rid of Troy and Tarzan, like planned, and then I would get rid of Kim and Chelsea at the first opportunity. Kat has a complete breakdown about Troy calling Kim, Chelsea, and Alicia being the final three. She shouldn't let it get to her; Kim is only going to make it to the end if Sabrina, Kat, and Christina let her. At Sabrina, at least, is too smart to let that happen (I hope).
Kim, Chelsea, and Alicia come back from reward, and Kim immediately does the wrong thing by refusing to sit beside Kat because she "doesn't want to talk about it." She does get a chance to talk about it later. Kim wishes she hadn't won challenge, and is pretty astute in her observation that, at this stage in the game, anything that calls attention to you is a bad thing. It's better to get chosen to go along for a reward than to be the one who won and has to choose. See, Kim bugs me because she looks smug a lot of the time, but she really does have a good grasp on how this game works. I'm not rooting for her to win (I like Sabrina or Chelsea more) but I wouldn't be totally offended if she won.
It's raining at camp, and everybody looks pretty miserable huddled under the tarp close to the fire, when a wild pig runs through camp. Troy estimates him at 160-170 pounds, but I think that might be a bit exaggerated. Alicia is screaming for an ax, which is all well and good, but who exactly is going to butcher this thing? That's a heck of a lot more messy than a chicken. Troy has the same thought I did. It ends up being a moot point at the end, because the pig is smarter than the Survivors, and they can't catch it. As Kim points out, chasing the pig around laughing helped to break the tension at camp.
Immunity Challenge time! This week, it's a combination of a slip and slide and ring toss. Seriously, people, how do I get the job coming up with these challenges? The slipping part seems to be a bit harder than it looks, since most people only make it halfway. Troy and Tarzan go head to head, and the women go absolutely nuts when Tarzan beats Troy. Does it even matter who wins immunity now? Not really, but it's Kim.
After the Immunity Challenge, Troy is still trying, bless his heart. He's banking on them thinking he has an Immunity Idol. Kim's plan is to throw a couple of votes Christina way (why not Tarzan?) And it seems Troy has gotten to Kat a little bit, because she's all mad about it looking like Kim's making the decisions instead of her. (Which, isn't Kim making the decisions? I have never, ever thought of Kat being the mastermind behind that alliance.)
Sabrina makes the mistake of telling Christina they're throwing a couple of votes her way in case Troy has an Idol. And, despite what Alicia thinks, Christina does have a decent IQ and has figured out that the rest of the tribe doesn't care one little bit about her. It's nice to think they might be able to pull this off, but I think it's Troy going home at last.
Tribal Council time! Jeff starts out by pointing out the obvious: Troy's the most likely target. Chelsea pretty much admits that she's had her top three picked since day 1. Christina admits she's been lucky, and Alicia can't let the comment go by without trying to make her feel bad about it.
It's voting time, and although I hope every week for something to happen, it never does, and it is indeed Troy who is going home. As he's leaving, he gives Kat some advice "Do it." Let's hope she takes it to heart.
Next week: Surprisingly, Sabrina and Kat seem to be on the block for next week. Why does it always have to be the ones I like?