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‘Survivor: Samoa’ Episode 11 Recap: Endangered Dave?

December 3, 2009

Last Week: Russell found his third hidden immunity idol, Shambo and the Foa Foa Four managed to get John to jump from Galu, and Laura was given a one-way ticket to the jury.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Here is the tribe as it currently stands…

Aiga (Samoan for “Extended Family”)

Brett – 23 – T-shirt Designer
Dave – 38 – Fitness Instructor
Jaison – 28 – Law Student
John – 25 – Rocket Scientist
Mick – 33 – Doctor
Monica – 25 – Law Student
Natalie – 26 – Pharmaceutical Sales
Russell H. – 36 – Oil Company Owner
Shannon – 45 – Sales

We start off with everyone returning from tribal council. Shambo lets us know that “Madusa has been dethroned.” Man, with Laura gone who’s Shambo going to hate?

John tells us that he thinks he made the correct move because Russell promised to vote out one of the Foa Foa Four next. Luckily for John, Russell always keeps his promises.

The next morning, the players are treated to a tree mail that contains $500 for each of them. It looks like it’s time for the “Survivor” auction.

Reward Challenge Time: Um…it’s the auction. The players are given money to bid on food, mystery items, and whatnot. Bidding is in increments of $20.

First item is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Natalie shows her negotiating skills by starting with $200. Nobody challenges her and she wins.

The next item is covered. John, Jaison, and Dave all bid, but Shambo wins for $240. Probst raises the lid to reveal sea noodles and slug guts with a little bit of parmesan. Somewhere Madusa must be laughing.

The next item is also covered. Dave and Jaison bid, but Monica eventually wins for $340. Monica fares better than Shambo, as she scores a full roasted chicken.

Next up is an advantage for the next immunity challenge. John starts by bidding “A hundge.” I don’t approve of that as slang for a hundred. Jaison takes one for the team and bids $500 to take the advantage.

Next up, Mick goes all in for a cheeseburger, fries, and a beer. Jaison is saddened.

The next item up for bid is a clue to the hidden immunity idol. John wins it. For some reason Russell didn’t bid.

Up next we get an auction for a shower. Natalie wins for $120. The “Survivor” editing team shows some class by playing sexy music as she disrobes. What, no wolf whistle sound effect?

Next up, we get a piece of apple pie. John takes it for $300. He’s given an option to eat his pie, or give four pieces of pie to four other players. John asks how everyone feels about this offer. They agree that they all want pie. John doesn’t think anyone will vote him out over pie, so he keeps his slice. Russell lets us know afterward that John should’ve tried to bribe him with pie.

After the challenge, John takes his clue and starts looking for the hidden immunity idol. For some reason he doesn’t find it.

We later meet up with Shambo who is apologizing to the chickens. Apparently the chickens are scheduled to become a meal. You should never get too emotionally attached to your lunch.

Shambo the Chicken Whisperer has specific cooking plans for her buddies. Danger Dave tries to give his two cents, but she rudely lets him know that she doesn’t want to hear it. I guess we know who Shambo is going to hate next.

Dave and Shambo have a heated back and forth that I’m not going to go into detail on. Trust me, you don’t want to hear about Shambo ranting about her P.M.S.

You’re welcome.

That night, Shambo seems to be having a bad dream. The “Survivor” editing team has a ball with this, crafting a Coach-esque montage of her tossing and turning spliced with footage of the deceased chickens. She lets us know that God gave her a message that Dave should be the next person to go home.

Quick Thought:
Are you there, God? It’s me, Gordon. Could you focus on the war in the Middle East, starving children, and the recession, then worry about “Survivor?” Thanks, you’re the best!

Immunity Challenge Time: Each player will have to hold up a heavy log with a knotted rope . Every three minutes, the players will have to move down a knot. That will lessen the leverage and make the log heavier. The last person to hold on to their rope wins. Jaison’s advantage is that at any time he’ll get to move his hand up two knots.

Jaison uses his advantage before anyone has been eliminated. Shambo is the first one eliminated 21 minutes into it. Russell is out shortly after her. Once they move to the final knot, Monica and John are quickly eliminated. Brett is the next to go…

Wait, Brett’s still on this show?!

After that, Mick and Natalie are eliminated leaving only Jaison and Dave.

The two exchange menacing glances, but the two-knot advantage is too much for Dave to overcome. The rope slips out of Dave’s hand and Jaison wins immunity.

Politicking around Aiga starts off with the Foa Foa Four backing Shambo’s dream.

However, John pulls Russell aside to discuss strategy. John and Russell agree that Mick should be the next to go. While discussing strategy, John mentions that they can play the idol. Russell tries to play like he doesn’t have the idol, but John isn’t buying it. Russell eventually fesses up and says they can both use it.

Congrats, John. It never turns out well for people who confront Russell about having the idol.

Sure enough, next up we see Russell explaining to Danger Dave that he wants to take John out next.

Jaison and Mick are discussing the John strategy. They both want John gone, but are worried Shambo will flip.

What? Shambo teaming with Danger Dave and Monica? No way.

That night at tribal council, Russell and Shambo have a bit of a disagreement when Shambo thinks the day was peaceful and Russell thinks there was some strategizing going on.

Dave says he did his best to be peaceful with Shambo. Shambo says she’s voting against someone who doesn’t deserve the million dollars.

Russell thinks the person who is going home will be shocked. Shambo doesn’t think they’ll be shocked at all. Danger Dave gets the line of the night saying if the vote goes the way he expects he’ll be shocked.

Voting Time: Shambo votes for Dave, John votes for Mick, Dave votes for John, the rest are secret. One vote for Mick, one vote for Dave, four votes for John, and the fourth member of the jury is…John.

Madusa is giddy as she says, “She (Shambo) has no idea what happened.”

Verdict: Wow, I guess John should’ve shared the apple pie.

Jaison and Mick are right, Shambo is a loose cannon. According to Laura, the 90210ers were never really mean to Shambo. And from what we were shown, Dave didn’t deserve the level of attitude Shambo was giving him. People who take perceived slights to that level are dangerous. If Russell’s not careful, something like this could derail his grand plan.

That being said, this season has been awesome since the merge.

Who’s Going to Win? I think Natalie is looking good right now. Literally and figuratively.

What Do You Think? Is Shambo too sensitive?  Should Dave have gone home instead?  Does Russell have what it takes to win the whole thing?

‘Survivor: Samoa’ Power Rankings Challenge: Week 10

December 2, 2009

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Tocantins’s” Tamara “Taj” George and your beloved “Survivor” recapper Gordon “Truth Seeker” Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of that Thursday’s episode will determine the number of points the two combatants will earn. For example, if John is voted out this week, Taj will receive 3 points and Gordon will receive 6 points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Samoa” Power Rankings Challenge Champion and be presented with the coveted Golden Probsty Award.

Last Episode: The LauRussell explosion resulted in Russell taking a numbers advantage and Laura taking a walk. This shocker earned Taj and Gordon 9 points each. The current score is now Taj: 111, Gordon: 118.

Taj’s Picks:

Rank Last Week Contestant Comment
1 10 Russell H.: I have been converted into a believer.  Russell is the new King of “Survivor.”  This guy is priceless.  I owe him a million bucks because after watching the last episode, I’m convinced he’s unstoppable!
2 1 Dave: Dave is cool but not as smart as I thought he would be.  He doesn’t think ahead of the curve at all apparently.  Clearly shouldn’t be leading the tribe.  When he lifted the rock with the HII and still didn’t find it; I knew it was over for Galu.  Start using your head, brother, or you’ll be sitting on the jury.
3 3 John: I love the fact that he knows when to jump ship.  I want him to stay now.
4 4 Mick: Good for Mick winning immunity last week.  Foa Foa clearly has the bad luck jinx on them.  They can’t win a challenge even for a million dollars.  But I like what they are doing now.
5 6 Shannon: Shambo needs to keep playing the dumb old lady role.  Once she begins to assert herself she just may overstep her boundaries.  Good luck!
6 5 Jaison: Luckily for this guy he’s on Russell’s team.  He so reminds me of myself.  I couldn’t win a challenge to save my life!  Continue to support Russell and play until you can’t play anymore.
7 7 Natalie: It was so close!  I was actually nervous like I was sitting in that tribal council waiting to hear my own name.  They are coming for her to reduce Foa Foa’s numbers.  She needs to win an immunity challenge.
8 2 Brett: You proudly told one of your tribe mates that you were willing to sacrifice him for the sake of the vote.  Bad move!  Now you have just put an X on your back.  Hopefully, you’ll be able to change the tides.
9 8 Monica: Your closest ally is gone and you’re weak in challenges.  It’s only a matter of time.

Gordon’s Picks:

Rank Last Week Contestant Comment
1 10
Russell H.: Oof…two weeks without new “Survivor” is far too much. When we last left off, Russell had managed to tip the scales in his direction. His new numbers advantage and his third (count ‘em!) immunity idol puts him on the top of this list.
2 8 Natalie: If anyone had the opportunity to join the 90210ers, it was Natalie. It looks like her loyalty to Russell has paid off. If Russell makes it to the end, look for Natalie to still be by his side.
3 6 Monica: I know what you’re saying, “Gordon, why are you ranking the lone member of the 90210ers so high?” Well, I’ll tell you. Now that she’s the last one left, she isn’t a threat to anyone. The more athletic members of Galu have bigger targets on their backs.
4 7 Jaison: If I had to guess how the rest of the game is going to play out, I’d assume we’ll see a final five of Foa Foa + Shambo and a final three of Russell, Shambo, and Natalie. Jaison should be safe for a while.
5 4 Shambo: I still can’t wrap my brain around Shambo being a power player in this game. If she could have kept her personal issues in check, she could’ve been a threat to take the whole thing. But, she’s rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.
6 5 John: John’s flip two weeks ago may have earned him some favor among Foa Foa, but not enough to keep him around for too long.
7 3 Mick: At some point in this game, someone’s going to realize that there are still a lot of physical threats hanging around. Seriously, what’s stopping someone like Mick from rattling off a Colby-esque run of immunity wins?
8 2 Danger Dave: Dave seems to be playing a smart game. He hasn’t really offended anyone. But, I think that now that Laura’s gone he’s viewed as the de facto leader of the former Galu tribe.
9 1 Brett: Did you see the look on poor Brett’s face when he found out Laura was being targeted? It was like when I was four and I found out my sister had buried my security blanket in the backyard. Tie that loyalty in with being a physical threat and you probably end up with Russell’s next victim.

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