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'Survivor: Samoa': Now what?

I just can't wait to see what happens tonight on Survivor: Samoa after Russell's crazy blindside last week, his second in a row.

Russell thinks it was pretty awesome, comparing himself to Picasso and telling Dave and the other folks from his old tribe that it was "almost as great as my kids being born."

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Shambo calls Laura a snake, evil serpent and all sorts of things. And then she pulls her smartest move ever (sigh) and basically makes it clear to John that she has flipped. Why? Augh!

In the reward challenge, there are two teams of five. One person lies face down in a cradle, and the other four maneuver them around with ropes as they grab 15 numbered flags in order and put them in a slot. It sounds easier than it looks like it actually is. The purple group (Natalie, Russell, Dave Ball, Laura and Brett) wins. They head out to a waterfall for a picnic lunch and spend some time with a product-placed phone, using it to take pictures.

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Back at camp, Jaison talks up Monica to become the sixth in their group. He and Mick talk to her about Shambo being the fifth without mentioning her, but Monica's not dumb. She is pretty sure it's Shambo. Also, she wants to get rid of John. Well, that's not rocket science.

Then at the challenge, they finally stop taking MySpace-angles pictures of themselves and realize there are clues to the hidden immunity idol on  the phone. This includes a video of it being under a moss-covered rock.

When everyone gets back to camp, Russell tells Jaison and they start looking for the idol. Dave follows him around, Laura, too. Russell runs away -- and you can basically tell that the camerapeople are like, "Craaaaap, we can't keep up!"

Oh, and seemingly moments after getting away from Dave? RUSSELL FINDS THE THIRD IDOL! Who is this guy?

(Side note: How about that Sunday CBS football commercial? First, it says that "Brett Favre leads the New York Jets" in their game against the "undefeated Titans." Favre? Jets? I know he changes teams a lot, but I'm pretty sure he's on the Vikings. Also, since when is 3-6 undefeated? Then the list of all of Sunday's games comes up, and every single matchup is wrong. They just ran LAST YEAR'S COMMERCIAL. The games they're talking about happened on Nov. 23, 2008. Bahahahahahahahaha! Well done, CBS!)

Back at camp again, Monica tells Laura that she thinks the Foa Foas have "at least two people" already on their side. (Is she counting herself as the second one?) She says she doesn't trust Shambo or John, and Laura's pretty sure she needs to win again or she's done for.

In the immunity challenge, they have to throw a rock at some tiles and break as many as possible. For every tile that breaks, they get one spear. The spears they will throw at a target, and whoever gets a spear the closest to the target gets immunity.

When Laura fails to break a tile, Shambo cracks up so rudely. That's just bad gameplay, but what else is new?

Only Jaison, Mick, Monica and Brett get to shoot the spear, Brett twice. Brett lands on the target, while Jaison and Monica miss completely. Mick lands closer to the center than Brett, and Brett's second shot is too far away, so Mick wins immunity.

Shambo tells Brett that she's voting for Laura tonight, regardless of what anyone else does. He seems disappointed.

Laura and Dave come to John to figure out how to vote, and John interviews about how horrendous the analytical skills of his tribemates are. So much so that they decide to have Monica tell the Foa Foas that they will vote for John, while in reality she will vote for Natalie with her tribe. So in theory, there will be five votes Natalie, four John and one Laura. But will they trust her?

Russell's like mmm-hmmm, OK, lets her leave and then decides to tell John that his tribe is going to vote for him. But Brett tells him first. John looks not thrilled to have four votes possibly cast for him. He's mad. Then Russell talks to him on the side and says he's pretty sure they're being "swindled" into voting for John. They decide that it goes to a tie, then on the revote, John votes for Laura. Well, they kind of decide. John's last statement before tribal council is, "I don't know what I'm going to do."

At TC, Shambo says that Galu has been broken since Erik got voted out. Jeff talks to them about whether they are prepared to take it to a tie (after two ties, they draw rocks and somebody's out). Everyone's like, "Sure!" Jeff is incredulous, as he should be. But, man, he's excited to read these votes.

Russell, by the way, doesn't play the idol. They're pretty sure he has it, so that's enough to keep their votes away from him.

The votes start coming, and it's between Laura and Natalie. It's a tie. Laura and Natalie don't vote, everyone else has to vote for one of them. Is John going to flip? The other question: Will the person who spelled Laura's name "Luara" fix it on the revote? The answer is yes on both counts. OK, actually, these might be the best shocked faces at a TC this season, and you know that's saying something.

People. This season is good.

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