‘Survivor: Samoa’ Episode 7 Recap: The Rise of LauRussell?

Last Week: Russell Swan’s medical situation forced him out of the game, while Erik foolishly picked a fight with Foa Foa at tribal council.

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Here are the tribes as they currently stand…

Foa Foa (wearing yellow)

Elizabeth – 33 – Attorney
Jaison – 28 – Law Student
Mick – 33 – Doctor
Natalie – 26 – Pharmaceutical Sales
Russell H. – 36 – Oil Company Owner

Galu (wearing purple)

Brett – 23 – T-shirt Designer
Dave – 38 – Fitness Instructor
Erik – 28 – Bartender
John – 25 – Rocket Scientist
Kelly – 25 – Hair Stylist
Laura – 39 – Office Manager
Monica – 25 – Law Student
Shannon – 45 – Sales

We meet up with Galu after tribal council and the guys are worried that Russell leaving has cost them their advantage in the men vs. women feud. Wait, what? I thought the 90210ers hated Shambo? They decide to get Shambo on their side then cut her lose when they’re down to the final five. An unidentified male Galu member even spouts the trite “Bros before hoes” catchphrase. “Bros before Shambos” is much more family friendly yet maintains the rhyme scheme. Just sayin’…

Fun Fact: Merriam-Webster’s Web site has an entry for the proper spelling of the plural of the word “ho.” Thank you, Internet!

The next morning at Foa Foa, the team is very excited that Galu has lost one of their strongest competitors. Russell (no need to call him evil anymore) lets us know that Liz was the next to go if it had come down to a vote.

Over at Galu the male plan involves electing Shambo the leader so she’ll trust them. Shambo seems less than overwhelmed. The tribe puts it up to a vote and Shambo wins. How does she have experience to lead a tribe? If I were a conservative this is where I’d make a Barack Obama joke.

As her first act in the leadership role, Shambo pledges to lead without being bossy. Dave lets us know that her regime is a façade and she is their puppet.  If I were a liberal this is where I’d make a George Bush joke.

Reward Challenge Time: Survival items are hidden under wicker pyramids. It’s basically a game of Memory. Each team will get to reveal two items at once. If they find two of the same item, they get a point. Or, the leader can choose to keep the item and forfeit the point. Four of the survival items are dummy items and do not have matches. The team with the most points wins a sailboat cruise. They’ll also get to send a tribe member to the opposing tribe’s camp.

Kelly, Dave, and Shambo will sit out. Brett will act as the leader for Galu since Shambo is sitting out.

Laura unveils two fire-starting kits. They forfeit the point and keep the kits.

Brett finds two mosquito nets. They decide to keep the point. Galu 1, Foa Foa 0.

John finds two cleavers, they keep the point. Galu 2, Foa Foa 0.

Through some super snazzy editing, I can tell who’s finding what. But, I do know Galu is winning.

Natalie finds two pots to bring the score to Galu 6, Foa Foa 4.

Monica finds two sets of eating utensils to win the challenge for Galu. They also managed to win a tarp along the way. Somewhere Russell S. is smiling.

Shambo chooses to send Laura to Foa Foa so she can keep her men strong for the next challenge. The 90210ers take this move personally.

WHOA! Kelly actually says something! She compares Shambo to a trailer trash woman who has married a rich person and doesn’t know how to act. ShamBASH!

Back at Galu, Russell and Laura bond over their religious backgrounds. He then pitches a cross-tribe alliance where Laura, Russell, and Natalie would end up in the final three. Russell even says he can spot a “Good Christian.” Forget what I said earlier, we’re gonna stick with that “Evil Russell” nickname.

Evil Russell also tells her to toss away the immunity idol clue. He claims Ben found the idol but never used it. Evil!

Meanwhile on the cruise, the Galutians are having a grand time. While they’re there they are treated to a delicious beef stew. Monica also tries to make up with Shambo.

At Foa Foa, Elizabeth is annoyed that Laura and Natalie are talking about their faith while she’s trying to start a fire. She points this out to Evil Russell who is less than sympathetic. At least, I think he’s unsympathetic. Maybe I misunderstood it when he said, “Liz is so stupid, I don’t see how she can walk without falling down.”

Immunity Challenge Time: Both tribes will paddle a boat out to get fish-shaped puzzle pieces. They’ll have to hook the puzzle pieces on fishing poles to retrieve them. Cute. They’ll then return to the beach to put the puzzle together. The first tribe to complete their puzzle wins immunity.

John, Monica, and Laura will sit out. In other news, Foa Foa has left their leadership necklace back at camp because they think it’s bad luck. Well, that’s what happens when you make a leadership necklace out of the tiki idol from the Brady Bunch’s trip to Hawaii.

Foa Foa jumps out to an early lead as Dave has a problem with his pole.

Grow up.

Galu manages to regain some ground as Jaison is too tired to push Foa Foa’s boat.

The puzzle portion does not go well for Foa Foa as they can’t quite figure it out. The trick was that the pieces didn’t go together like a traditional puzzle. There were supposed to be gaps between the pieces. Galu figured it out first and won yet another immunity. It probably also didn’t help that Jaison seemed to give up.

Politicking around Foa Foa revolves around Evil Russell debating between Elizabeth and Jaison. But, since they only showed him discussing this with Elizabeth, I’m going to assume that he’s not debating it that seriously. Bye, Elizabeth.

That night at tribal council, J-Pro calls the tribe out as one of the worst performing tribes in “Survivor” history. I’d assume they’re second worst behind Palau’s Ulong tribe that never won immunity.

Evil Russell thinks he can whip up on Galu after the merge. Jaison is worried that he’ll be voted out based on his performance in the challenge.

Voting Time:
Elizabeth votes for Jaison, Jaison votes for Liz, and the rest are super secret. Jeff tallies…one vote for Jaison, two votes for Liz, and the sixth person voted out of “Survivor: Samoa” and the eighth person overall to go home is…Elizabeth.

Verdict: It’s nice to see that the last episode before the merge ended in the same manner that most of the other episodes have ended; with Galu smacking Foa Foa around in a challenge. That being said, there is a lot of uncertainty going into the merge as Foa Foa seems to be more solid alliance-wise than Galu does. This could be Tocantins all over again if they’re not careful.

Who’s Going to Win? Laura’s got some options now, but this whole male/female thing at Galu has me worried that the 90210ers could be on the outs.

Special Note: I’m going to be somewhere sunny next week with a pineapple drink in my hand. So, there will be no “Survivor” recap. I’ll be back in two weeks with my regularly scheduled recap and promise to think of you the whole time I’m gone.

What Do You Think? Who’s in trouble going into the merge? Should Jaison have been booted for bailing on the challenge? Is it wrong for Russell to use religion to get on Laura’s good side?

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