This week on Survivor,
the Fans were reeling after Joel’s surprise torch snuffing. Their
strategy session was intercut with footage of various island creatures,
including scurrying rats. Brilliant editing.
There’s a lot to talk about this week, so let's skip the Reward
Challenge play-by-play. Jonathan competed, but his leg was in pretty
bad shape. Airai won a subsistence lesson from locals.
Before the local experts showed up, medical came to look at
Jonathan's knee. It was a great big gross pussy mess, and the doctor
recommended IV antibiotics, telling him that the infection was starting
to spread throughout his body. He left the game to get hospital
treatment. He's not very likable, it's true, but he's a tough player
and he really wanted to play the game, so it's too bad. At least he
seems to think that he could have won if not for the injury, which is a
nice consolation for him whether or not he's totally kidding himself.
Everybody was a little teary, but Kathy totally overreacted and
blubbered about it. When is she gonna get voted off, anyway?
While Airai (minus Jonathan) was learning how to fish and catch
crab, Malakal discussed the general uselessness of Tracy and Chet.
Cirie had one of the best lines of the episode, referring to Tracy not
being very good at the building challenge even though she’s a builder.
"If they had an operating room challenge and I failed, I couldn't go
back to work." Good point, Cirie. Why don’t they have an operating room
challenge? Or maybe just play Operation? They are running out
of creative challenge ideas...
On Exile Island, Chet and Jason lounged around in the water. That
really does look nice. It’s so clear and shallow and sandy. Hey! I
want to go to Exile Island! Chet seemed like he was a little jealous of
the attention Jonathan got with his injured knee, because he took some
time to complain about a coral abrasion on his foot. (Yeah, those can
hurt and get infected, but this is Survivor and I'm sure
everybody has a few cuts and scrapes by now.) Jason left Chet flopped
like a very skinny beached whale at the water’s edge to go look for the
Immunity Idol, found the half-whittled stick that Ozzy left, and
believed that it was the real Idol. Oh. My. God. Could we actually get
two cycles in a row where somebody plays a fake Idol? Oh please tell me
At the Immunity Challenge, Jeff brought everybody up to speed about
Jonathan's knee. They ended up performing surgery to remove the
abscess. James' strength and a little creative tweak to the challenge
design pretty much won the challenge for Airai. I bet Malakal was
missing Joel a little bit right then.
Back at the Malakal beach, Chet showed everybody his foot (which
actually didn't look that bad to me, just kind of red) and asked to be
voted out. That’s crappy for Tracy and Erik, who thought they should
try to blindside Ozzy in case he has the Idol. He wouldn’t be expecting
it yet. In another moment of crafty animal-related editing, audio from
the chickens was played while Erik tried to convince Chet to stick
At Tribal Council, there was some open talk about the possibility of
someone other than Chet going home, but when the votes came down it was
Chet all the way. Good. Maybe it’s unkind of me to think so, but he was
so pathetic it was really just annoying.
Next week: Tracy and Erik still haven't given up the ghost, and
Kathy might crack. (Oh, she will, she will. It's just a matter of time.)
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Amy Kane spends as much quality time with her television as
possible, when she's not busy at her day job as a cube dweller.