Talk about a nail biter.
First, there is yet again talk of Parvati being the biggest threat and yet again, just when they want to vote her out, she wins immunity. Colby was SO close though! Meaning Colby will be going home without question. He pretends to be ready to go home but attempts one last try by voting out Sandra on the theory that he could eliminate Parvati next round. But better to have Parvati around than Colby, who would be guaranteed the win. (At least the way people are figuring it.) Sure enough, Colby is gone.
Next immunity challenge is so damn close. I thought for sure Jeri was going to win. But Russel manages it just seconds ahead of Parvati and Jeri. Jeri goes back to wanting to get rid of Parvati, despite Parvati being nice to her and giving her an idol that saved her. Russel thinks Parvati either could beat him or has no shot. He thinks Jeri would give him a vote. Parvati thinks Sandra will win and wants to get rid of her.
Parvati sort of makes herself an obvious target by saying she’s made a good a strategic game. Jeff’s questions are a little too far. Jeri’s argument is Parvati will win, Sandra argues she won’t, Parvati argues redemption by remaining loyal just once. Parvati says point blank she’s been protecting Russel as much as he’s protecting her and as much as he doesn’t like that, it might indicate that she wouldn’t vote for him if he votes her off. If I were her, I wouldn’t. Russel’s words clearly indicate that he is voting of Parvati but maybe that’s just some clever editing? No, probably not…Unless they tie it! Wouldn’t that be awesome!?!
I think Parvati is going home, sad as I am to see that. Though two votes Jerri! Russel chooses to get rid of Jerri! I’m surprised. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jerri votes Parvati. She’s said multiple times how solid she thinks Parvati is and how much of a threat she is, and Parvati can easily argue that she protected Jerri.
Tomorrow, which is really in ten minutes, is final tribal. I think it’s funny that Jerri says she’s leaning towards voting for Russel simply because his decisions make sense “except for now.” That’s exactly why he voted you out! (Meaning it made perfect sense.)
Time for everyone to think about their closing statements. Sandra is mostly thinking about her family and goes to bed early. So who is taking care of her kids if she’s on the show and her husband is overseas?
Day 39 and time for the feast. In all truth, I think this is anyone’s game. I think veteran players will be more admiring of Russel’s gameplay. Parvati has played well. Sandra has made no enemies. Parvati has played 114 days! Russel thinks Parvati has a lot of enemies. I’m not as sure about that, certainly not more so than him. Parvati and Sandra laugh about it and Sandra burns his hat, which is so funny because it is such a Russel move. Sandra wants to make sure Russel doesn’t get THE TITLE of SOUL SURVIVOR. Sandra points out the heroes are responsible for their destruction.
The villains burn down their shelter and head out. Time for Final Tribal! Crazy that they can’t even get home and get some sleep before making their final arguments.
I wish I could pause this as I watch so I could go through this in detail…
Sandra- soul surviving since her alliance was wiped out, tried to get rid of Russel…she stayed in the game all by herself
Russel- not a game of luck, people look at him like he did something wrong by playing hard, apologizes for offending people
Parvati- played with the 20 best players, didn’t realize she was a threat, had to draw a line of defense, kept Russel as her pet, thinks she played the ultimate physical, strategic, and social game. (Good way to piss Russel off, but we’ll see if it insulted the other players–Rupert didn’t seem thrilled to hear her say she kept Rupert as a pet and using the dragon slayer imagery may have upset Coach or he could have related to it more.)
This show has really got my heart pounding. Literally! It’s so strange.
Colby first- upset that Russel said there’s no lucky. Delusional! He wants to learn more about Parvati’s strategy. Her response- gave up two idols despite being told she was going to be voted out.
Coach- Russel, you can be a little man, the example should have been only the penitent man shall pass. Sandra is not the strongest, which Coach dislikes. Parvati was dead wrong about her and assumed she’d be a weak player. He respects her strength but the day he trusted her was the day he turned on her. He says he hasn’t chosen who to vote for yet. No questions…
Amanda- Sandra, how your strategy was better than Russel and Parvati? She wishes it was better because she wanted to get Russel out.
Courtney- Congrats Parvati and Sandra. Clearly there for Sandra and she loves her loyalty, which is often overlooked. Wants her to defend that. Sandra says she is loyal to the people she allies with to the end.
JT- Russel, good strategy is getting to the end AND winning. Has he preserved the votes? Russell thinks people will respect his play. And Parvati? She thinks she was a threat throughout while Sandra was a sleeper. No one worried about Sandra but everyone wanted to vote her out. Sandra says the challenges weren’t her thing, but had she known about the idol she would’ve thrown it back. JT isn’t out for vengeance.
Danielle- Well…Russel, it’s clear there’s been a lack of skill in jury management. Would you change anything about your game from what you’ve heard? No, I don’t regret anything. Too bad.
Jerri- Undecided. Russel, why did you vote me out? She hadn’t hurt anyone on the jury and sitting next to him, she’d won. Parvati chimes in that he would get her vote 100%. You know what they say about assuming. Sandra, how can you say you’re so loyal if I got blindsided? No answer allowed.
Candice- You can go too far, even if you need to tell some lies. Parvati, you played the game under Russel’s thumb throughout. She wanted her to get out. So she’s basing her vote on how you treat people. (So Sandra.)
Rupert- Russel, it is hard to be honest in this game is hard. It’s easy to deceive. You took the easy way out. You shouldn’t be proud. Sandra makes him feel worse about his game. He was swayed by Russel. Thank you for trying to help. Parvati, you are very strong. Might have aligned yourself with terrible but you WORKED and fought to be here.
It’s always so annoying how poorly the final arguments are. Every season the people simply fall to articulate properly (which I’m sure has something to do with playing for 39 days.) Parvati can easily argue that she won 3 immunities, made Russel ally so tightly with her that he twice gave her an idol, found an idol and used it in one of the biggest changes in the game. Plus she can say she’s played the longest game of anyone. Russel can argue that despite all the things he did, he was loyal to Parvati, the person he’d first aligned with and it was that original alliance that he upheld. Sandra can say she manipulated Russel into keeping her and Courtney over Coach and by making it to the merge, basically guaranteed herself a spot in the finals, plus she got close to Parvati, which helped her gain more control and she found an idol and kept it secret, guaranteeing her a spot in the final five.
Time to vote…What we see…
Candice- Sandra (sees her as a true hero)
Coach- Parvati (says she is a warrior)
With three votes unknown, it is a tie between Parvati and Sandra. Ha, imagine a three way tie! I’m not sure who will win it. I think Amanda might vote Parvati for old times’ sake and strategy. Colby and JT I have no idea.
Jeff says the consensus is that this is one of if not the greatest season. I didn’t watch the early seasons bu I’m inclined to agree. (Jeff, RW/RR Challenge: The Island was just like this…)
The winner is…Sandra (first two time winner, does that make her the best player ever?). Russel looks less surprised/pissed this time around. He even gives her a hug. I will say Parvati, once again, read it right. She said Sandra would win but Russel refused to listen. He really should get over his ego.
Someone has given Sandra a tiara which is so funny. Who will get the fan vote? Likely Russel though like I said, Parvati.
Sandra says winning twice makes her the best ever and queen. What does Parvati think? She’s played the most and is a kind of challenge dominater. Russel? Social player…no. She’s lippy. Physical game…maybe the worst ever. (Sandra says that is a strategy.) Strategic…get rid of Russel. Let’s award her for her failures. Russel thinks there’s a flaw in the game if she can win it twice. What needs to happen is…America should have a percentage of the vote. Now THAT would be interesting. Sandra says he wouldn’t have won anyway and he points out he would’ve won last season. Jeff says that isn’t the game.
Sandra’s key move? She uses past seasons to improve in the game.
Tom’s opinion on Sandra never being voted out but she’s never won a single challenge. Even Courtney’s won. 1/3 physical, 1/3 strategic and social, and 1/3 luck. Whoever wins deserved it.
Is Russel surprised that he didn’t get a vote? He’s played once…a long time. He pulls out JT’s note to show he’s good. JT tries to burn it but fails.
We get a few scenes of the roughest challenges and the promise of crowning “the dumbest move ever.”
Sandra’s husband is in the audience now, back for two weeks.
114 days, 2nd most individual challenge wins with 6 (Colby has 7)
What happened to Russel’s hat? He didn’t know because there was no strategy there. He says, at the end of the day, Parvati should have won.
Jeff wants to know if Russel even thinks about Jury while he plays. Russel doesn’t care about the fact that he ignores the social game.
What if Rob and Russel had teamed up. Rob says Russel plays to get to the end but not to win. That’s where they differ. Not that Rob has won either.
Dumb moves, starting with Tyson. Tyson voted himself out and changed the game. JT is the other one. Jeff saw it as a decent strategic idea but with false fundamentals. JT felt like he was going home otherwise so it was worth a shot. He was hoping to play with all the people who were slowly voted out. The poll online…5 nominees: JT, Tyson, Colby, James, and Erik (with a new mohawk haircut). They made a tiki trophy for the winner…The winner is from this season and it is JT.
Still to come…Fan Favorite vote.
But first, James’s behavior around camp…Lots of surprises and disappointments in the show. What was with his attitude? It seemed like he was having less fun than he was. He’s disappointed in his knee. Amanda tries to defend him. Rupert’s broken toes (it turns out he broke 3 toes.) Good vs evil, the lines are blurred. He likes being called a hero though. Colby embodies the qualities of a hero but this season…physically he knew things were different. He also didn’t seem to be in it. He said he had more fun watching this time. They couldn’t adventure this time around which made it worse. Amanda, second to Parvati in day’s played. Sandra, Parvati, Russel, and Amanda are the only ones who have been to tribal twice. Does Amanda lack the killer instinct? She doesn’t know what that is…she just feels bad. The game is emotional for her. Stephanie was expected to be a great female competitor. She figured she’d go early because she doesn’t hang out with anyone and then dislocated her shoulder. Cirie, what can you do about the target on your back? When people have a perception, it’s hard to break that. Coach’s moment with Tyson when he cried. Has he learned anything about himself and how people perceive him. Coach thinks he’s more humble. First survivor baby of Boston Rob and Amber.
Fan favorite is between Rupert (what!?!?) and Russel. Come on America! Anyone but Rupert. Russel won this again. A part of me wonders is Russel this is proof that he thinks should win.
It came together for Jerri this season. People originally hated her so much they wanted her gone and then they liked her too much to keep her.
Danielle’s breakdown really ruined it for her. She’s not a villain.
Courtney always seem to be having fun. She did this season. Randy meanwhile rarely seemed to enjoy it and he didn’t at all. Sugar went to the end and then was first out. She wasn’t having fun because of the rain and lack of alliance.
Candice postponed her wedding for the show and she’s gotten married.
306 episodes so far. 15 countries. 11 men, 9 women winning. Average age 35. Twice as many winners are single than married. They build a survivor prototype.
They pay tribute to Jenn Lyon a former Survivor contestant who died from cancer.
Preview of next season. Nicaragua. Didn’t show us much of anything but it’s an all new cast, can’t wait for it to start.