Survivor Heroes V Villains – Is Russell Going To Be Able To Survive
Tonight on Survivor it looked like Russell Hanz was in the middle of a physical, emotional, and spiritual breakdown, will he be able to overcome his paranoia and survive?
For someone who thinks he is the greatest player of Survivor ever, tonight he proved he will never win as his social game is just so poor, and that is an important element of the game.
But first I don’t think I will ever be able to watch another series of Survivor again, as I cannot see how they can top this series.
Each of the eliminations were just so left field.
Firstly Rupert whose position was exceedingly perilous at the start of the episode became even worse when he had a fight with Russell about his integrity which meant he was going to be eliminated at the next tribal council if he did not win the immunity challenge.
And he did not as Parvati won it in the balancing on a block whilst your hand is in the air tied to a large bucket full of paint. Think the green gunge at the Nickolodean awards and multiply the colours. Apparently when Parvati had previously done the challenge she last six hours. Something which made her go up in my estimation. But this time she did not have to last that long, as Jeff Probst was using food temptations to get people to step down.
I found it interesting that Sandra was so secure with her position that she stepped down in less then a minute for biscuits and milk. Russell also stood down.
In the end it was Rupert desperately trying to hang on but he slipped and Parvati won.
The Jeff revealed there was another immunity idol back around the camp. I must say I am starting to get over the immunity idols, however this one could prove to be very interesting, maybe because Russell did not actually play it.
Sandra found it and points to her for not standing around trying to read the note with it, and just shoving it into her pocket, and not telling anyone.
Then Rupert for once decided to play some games and pretend to have the idol by putting a rock in his shorts. It was pure gold when Russell starting to begin his freaking out stage said to Sandra that he was sure Rupert had the idol.
I am really starting to like Sandra. She is assertive to Russell and her other tribemates. On the alert to make a move, but sensible enough to pull her head in once she worked out her plans were not going to work out. Also managing to survive without any firm alliances.
Once the rumour went around that Rupert had the idol, the girls decided they wanted Candice out, because if she flipped on her tribe last week it meant she could not be trusted not to turn again. So it was decided that half were going to vote for Rupert and half for Candice. At tribal council with Rupert and Colby also casting votes for Candice meant she was eliminated. That was gold. I never could understand why she flipped on the heroes when Sandra was about to turn.
Anyway Karma is a bitch.
Then the second elimination for the night just when you thought Rupert was going to go again, Russell started flipping out about the closeness of Danielle and Parvati. I don’t think he likes it when he feels that the girls were actually more in control of the game then he is.
So he decides he needs to split them now, but he does not realise that this pair are not as stupid and Jaison and Dr Mike from the Samoa series.
He tells Danielle that Parvati wants her out, he then tells Parvati that Danielle wants her out. Then Parvati tells Russell she will be discussing this with Danielle, and that’s when he starts flipping out. “No you cannot do that” he screeches.
Of course Danielle and Parvati work out what Russell is up to and tries to stop the people from voting her out. As Rupert and Colby will vote for anyone but themselves. Russell had the immunity idol so he could not be voted out now that he had basically threw a grenade through the villain’s alliance.
Jerri who swore to Danielle she would not vote for her, turned her vote at tribal council and sealed Danielle’s fate and she was gone. Rupert and this stage could not believe his luck, and the previews from the next episode shows that he may make a deal with the devil – Russell to continue to advance in the game. However the issue is that Russell could be safe as I know who I would want to take with me into the final three, as he would get no jury votes!
By the way in the US on the official website you get to see what occurs at “Ponderosa” the place the jury members stay once they have been eliminated. Needless to say no one spoke to Candice when she arrived.
Here is Jeff Probst’s blog on the episode, and it is a very interesting read.
Also here is an exit interview with Candice, and here is an exit interview with Danielle. The issue of Parvati knowing something about Russell prior to the series is also raised, and they plead the fifth.