Not a huge shocker with who went to RI and not a lot of crazy drama surrounding camp life on either tribe. But we did have our first duel over at RI!! Matt vs. Francesca in the first for their Survivor lives. How did it play out?
Matt was completely blindsided. So much so, he didn’t even bring any of his stuff to TC. I love when that happens because it is really obnoxious to not bring your stuff. How many times have you seen blindsides on Survivor? You can’t even count because it’s been so many. So why wouldn’t you always bring your stuff? I don’t care how secure you feel in this game, you never are. So don’t be so cocky that you think you don’t need to bring your stuff. When Matt gets on the island, he wakes up Francesca to let him know it’s him and she is shocked it isn’t Philip. (Matt is too!)
In what seems like the next day, it is duel time. In addition to Matt and Fran battling it out, they are joined by 2 members from each tribe to watch what goes down in the stadium seating. By the way, what an incredible job the set people did of building the RI arena. It’s pretty awesome! I have to say though, I don’t think I like some of the remaining Survivors coming to watch. Other than knowing who wins, what is the point of them going? I think it gives anyone else going to RI an advantage because you know who remains and what type of challenges are being run there. I think it could affect people’s strategies. If I don’t know what type of challenges there are at RI, and I think I am on the chopping block, I may adjust the way I fight to stay in the game, especially if I am not a physical player. But if I know the challenges aren’t physical at all, then I could approach things differently. It could also change, who you chose to send to RI. I don’t know, for me, I think everyone should be completely in the dark about RI until you go there. Just my opinion.
The duel begins with Ashley and Andrea from Team Rob watching, and Steve and Dave watching from Team Russell (I can’t remember the tribe names so it’s easier to go with TRob or TRussell.) The challenge is: tie sticks together to make a long pole and retrieve 3 keys on key rings. Take the 3 keys, unlock the 3 locks that are secured to the gate door you are behind, and walk through the unlocked door to stay alive in the game. Survivors Ready? Go! Fran jumps off to a huge lead and gets 2 keys very quickly meanwhile Matt can’t keep his pole from drooping. That didn’t sound good. Moving on before this goes in a direction it shouldn’t, Fran starts to have the same problem with her pole falling apart before she can get to the last key. By the this time, Matt has fixed his droopy pole and is gathering keys. He has 2 keys now and Fran has fixed her pole. They are both going for the final key. It’s neck and neck and down to the wire but Matt ends up getting the key and staying alive. It’s Fran’s time to go but before she does, she has to throw her buff into the fire. That sucks that they can’t keep it but a great way to go out! Matt returns to RI to await his next opponent. I didn’t know how I was going to feel about this RI development. I think once you are voted out, you should be gone from the game. But I liked it last night. It’s still early but so far, so good. I just wish no one watched it.
Back at camp Rob, Rob is talking to two players he thinks he needs to keep in line…Philip and Andrea. He flat-out tells Philip that he is the 5th in a 5 person alliance and Phil seems totally fine with this. Most non-crazy people probably wouldn’t be, but I think Phil is of the mind-set that if it isn’t me and I’m needed, I’m ok with that. So be it. Then Rob sits down with Andrea and pretty much tells her the exact same thing although, it comes across as convincingly as he told Philip. Andrea isn’t buying it and doesn’t trust him but will stick with him as long as it suits her. Do you think Rob may be OVER playing at this point? I worry that Rob is over thinking and maybe playing too many steps ahead that he may trip himself up. While Matt and Andrea may have been a dangerous twosome, he still had a very strong foursome (fivesome if you add Philip in) that could have broken them up. I just think he may be over thinking and if he isn’t careful, will over think himself right out of the game.
At camp Russell, what else is new…everyone hates Russell and wants him gone except for Krista and annoying Stephanie. Now team Russell makes two interesting decisions…one is stupid and one is so completely pointless I’m still trying to find out why it was necessary. Let’s start with the latter one. When Steve and Dave come back from RI, they decide they are going to tell Russell that Fran won instead of Matt so that when he goes, it will mess with his head. Huh? And what was even more strange was that the other people at his camp also thought this was funny and a good idea. Again huh? How is telling Russell the wrong person won “messing with his mind?” This is where people can get really stupid on Survivor because they are so tunnel visioned. What’s the point of lying to Russell here? Just because, why not? Dumb. You don’t lie in Survivor just for the sake of lying. It should have a purpose otherwise it will bite you in the ass. Plus it will show your other tribemates that you can’t be trusted. That you will make up dumb shit, for no reason. Not a great idea in my mind.
The other stupid decision they made was to throw the challenge. Now, I am not a Stephanie fan and think she’s a complete buffoon. And I hate to say it but she was 100% correct when she said that throwing a challenge is “plain stupidity.” Again, you have a tunnel visioned mentality that could possibly destroy you in the game. At this point, you have the numbers on Russell and Ralph has the immunity idol. So Russell has no power in the game at all. Plus, everyone hates him and wants him gone. However, you do have the momentum by beating the other team constantly. WHY, this early in the game would you want to shift momentum and give them a glimmer of hope? Because you want Russell gone so badly? Stephanie was right…STUPID!! When you are beating a tribe like that, you don’t take your foot off the gas petal and you keep pounding them into the ground so that when you go to the merge, you have the numbers. That way you can still beat the other tribe and still get Russell out. And the only one who didn’t think throwing the challenge was a good idea (that we saw) was Julie. Now I don’t know how hard she pushed, but I would have pushed that harder and laid out the strategy for why, more succinctly. In the end, the reached their short-term goal, and Russell was voted out and sent to RI. There was a small failed drama with Julie potentially flipping but that was never going to happen. It was only there as a smoke screen since it was so obvious Russell was getting voted out. But now he is on RI and will have to fight Matt in order to save his Survivor life. Can he do it? I guess we’ll have to see!
Final thought…does anyone think there may be a hidden immunity idol on RI? Probably not but wouldn’t be great if there was and the person who came back into the game did so with an idol? Again, it’s probably not likely but I think it would be very interesting!
I would write a little more but Word Press is acting up and I had to re-write this post 3 times already. Ugh!