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Survivor Redemption Island – Russell Hantz Eliminated

We saw Redemption Island for the first time tonight and I like it. It adds a bit more frission to the show. Francesca lost at the challenge, which I thought was unfortunate I would have liked to have seen a lot more of her.

Maybe one series in the future could be players that got knocked out early that had the potential to go all the way.

First – why did Russell shave his armpits? It was gross having to look at their pustules. It would be interesting to know his rationale on that one.

Also I know they wanted to get rid of Russell, but when will teams learn not to throw challenges,  this can lead to it all going downhill after that. Zapatera decided not to go for the comfort items, something that will cause fear and loathing the next time that cold chill goes through the camp, but throw the challenge to boot Russell out.

Stephania who is in Russell’s alliance was faking she had the idol, but as we know Ralph has it. So the major alliance decided to split the vote. Again I was impressed with Ralph for not cracking and telling his alliance he had the idol. As he knew once he did he would be vulnerable. However at the beginning of the next episode he did ‘fess up.

Russell was voted out of the tribe.

It was classic Russell when he said to camera ” This is the first time I have been voted out. I was pissed off, I wanted to bitch slap every single one of them”.

And he was off to Redemption Island expecting to find Francesa but instead there was Matt.

In the head to head challenge Matt beat Russell and he was out of this game. He looked devastated and started sobbing I have to say I don’t care that he is gone, as he just plays the same strategic game each time.

He let off a spray about the tribe, telling the two observers from the other tribe who the alliances were.

Ralph’s ego finally cracked and told Russell that there was a new immunity king in town and he had found the immunity idol “within 15 seconds”. Russell tried to goad him into showing it to him, but Ralph’s team mate told him to zip it. So he then back tracked and lied that he didn’t have it. Special Agent Phillip didn’t believe him.

Now speaking of dumb Phillip, who finally says he worked as a field sanitation officer , so not a spook,  thinks he can use this information to his advantage. He says to Boston Rob and his sidekick, I will tell you the information if you don’t eliminated Christina next.

Christina, who I quite like, is smart enough to know he has the potential to shoot himself in the foot stays right out of it. And she was almost safe as Boston Rob and co realised Phillip could not be trusted, or was a lunatic, or both. It looked like Phillip was gone.

However when Christina was playing around implying she may have the idol, Boston Rob realised she was a bigger threat than Phillip who no one likes. I mean seriously I wouldn’t be surprised if he sticks around awhile as why wouldn’t you want to take him with you to the top three?

Rob in the meantime had found the clue to the immunity idol and went hunting for it whilst pretending to be constipated as he set the team up on the beach so he could search the camp. Will he tell his team mates he has it? I don’t think so, as it will put a double target on his back.

Christina was voted out and she was off to Redemption Island.

Below is an interview Jeff Probst did with Russell Hantz the night his elimination episode aired in the US. It is interesting. I still find him a bit unhinged.

Also here are Jeff Probst’s blog posts for episode three and episode four.


1 Injera { 03.30.11 at 9:16 am }

I am so glad Russell is gone. I didn’t like him in his first season and didn’t watch his second as a result. I basically fast-forwarded through until he was eliminated and then watched the rest of the show. He’s not a clever player – he played the same game in his first two seasons and got away with it the second time because nobody had seen his first one. This time? Not so much, and it showed how superficial his “game” was.

2 PollyB { 03.30.11 at 9:32 am }

I missed the actual vote. But am sooooo glad he has gone. He was so boring as we knew what he would do. And those tears? Who cares Rusty, predatory misogynist pig. I hope Ralph wins!

3 Reality Raver { 03.30.11 at 9:48 am }

Injera – the myth of Russell had well and truly exploded by the first day he was on the island.

PollyB – I was liking Ralph but I think as Jeff Probst says in one of his blog posts he has to contain his ego as he thinks he is top dog. I reckon Boston Rob will make mince meat of him if they both make it to the merge.
If I was Omepata I would be making a move on Rob sooner rather than later.

4 Rosie { 03.30.11 at 10:17 am }

RR, much as I hate to defend creepy Phil, he was a field sanitation officer (whatever the hell that is…) while he was in the army, which was before he was a spook of some kind. Allegedly.

I had heard Russell went for good, but didn’t dare believe it until I saw it. Much happy dancing around the world when he left!

5 slippycaff { 03.30.11 at 1:50 pm }

God, Jeff is hot stuff 😉 I will miss Russ. :(

6 Kay { 03.30.11 at 2:13 pm }

This kinda proves what people were saying during his second season – that russell wouldn’t have made so far if the contestants knew who he was.
Love that the tribe threw a challenge to get rid of him. I loved that they won the next challenge as well.
Loved the bit with philip, the chair and the idol clue.
I hope kristina beats matt, she’s definitely the more interesting player.

7 Izobel2 { 03.30.11 at 3:27 pm }

I’ll miss Russell I think.. Just to see the crazy comments he makes. But I certainly won’t miss those friggin armpits!!! What WAS WITH that? Hygiene? Trying to make his tattoo look cooler? Who knows.
Agree Kay I loved the Philip chair clue. And I can’t believe Russell cried! And thought that baggy fuscia pants was just dumb with the whole secret about Redemption Island let’s try and buy Boston Rob’s alliance type thingo that he was doing. I’m really enjoying this season.

8 Yvonne { 03.31.11 at 11:45 am }

Please someone, tell me how do you ever get off Redemption Island. Matt has won 2 challenges and is still there.

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