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Survivor South Pacific – A Double Elimination – The Calm Before The Storm

In each season of  Survivor there is always an episode where the status quo is maintained or things just settle down. No big moves are made and no big shocks occur. But this can be a positive thing as it is the calm before the storm.

Last night on Redemption Island we saw the alpha males of Keith, Jim and Ozzie battle it out to see who stayed in the game and who would be the first two members of the jury. Ozzie won, so no surprises there.

Then after Sophie won the first immunity challenge Whitney and Dawn heads were on the chopping block. Albert who is in a tight alliance with Sophie considered making a move  to oust Edna, just because she was useless.

However Albert was also starting to thinking about the jury votes and thought by currying favour with Dawn and Whitney he might be able to get their vote if he gets to the final three.

Albert also told Cochran that he was was at the bottom of the tribes alliance, and Cochran appeared to believe this. However Cochran should know that these things change daily if not hourly on these shows. Also he will know that he will be attractive to take to the final three as he was a turncoat so is unlikely to get Whitney, Jim, Keith or Ozzie’s vote if they end up on the jury.

Anyway Dawn was the first to be voted off, then the surprise was they had to battle it out for another immunity idol at tribal council. It would have been very interesting if Whitney had won, as there would have been now caucusing on who to vote off. I suspect Cochran would have been the one to go.

The good thing about status quo episodes is you know the following episode won’t be, with all of the other tribe eliminated Coach’s tribe now has to start voting out its own.

Here is Jeff Probst who gives some insights into the episode.

Also here are some exit interviews with Keith from Reality TV World, and Jim again from Reality TV World. Jim has some interesting things to say about Cochran flipping, he said everyone on their tribe wanted to take him final three.


1 Chunks { 11.23.11 at 5:19 pm }

I love the way this show demonstrates the differences between alpha and subservient personalities. Anyone with any sense would band together with Dawn and Whitney to vote Coach out and change the whole game, but instead they all stick with Coach’s plan and beg for crumbs. God I need a life.

2 Reality Raver { 11.23.11 at 5:21 pm }

Chunks – Why? You don’t need a life – Survivor is one of the best TV shows on our screens.

3 Calliegirl { 11.23.11 at 7:47 pm }

I have to agree with Chunks – why oh why don’t they vote Coach off??? He is so smug – and controlling – don’t they see it!!

4 JStar { 11.23.11 at 10:41 pm }

Same reason why people did not get together and vote out Boston Rob last season, and he was ten times more smug than Coach. As Cochran put it, “It’s the Kool-Aid.” [That and the umpteenth “fascinating” retelling by Coach of the anecdote about his escape from a ravenous tribe of cannibals whilst canoeing solo down the Amazon. His tribe must really not get tired of all his stories].

If RR is right and this is the calm before the storm, I don’t expect Cochran to be voted out next. Editing seems to point to poor Edna being shafted soon – and I wouldn’t put it past Coach as being the person casting the deciding vote but hey, I’m sure he’ll convince himself that he is still playing honourably and with integrity. If this happens, I can’t wait for Brandon to have yet another meltdown because as we all know, he is a Christian soldier and he wants to play with others who have integrity like him (unless you happen to be young, pretty, and female – like Mikayla – then you’re pretty much a hussy in his eyes).

One thing is certain on the next episode, that older man with the cowboy hat won’t say a single word to the camera. What’s his name again? Purple Kelly?

5 Marepoppin { 11.23.11 at 11:41 pm }

Oh Whitney Duncan!! Just realized who she is; any country music fans out there will recognize her song ‘skinny dipping’, if not her as there’s a plethora of pretty blondes in Nashville… Was rooting for her to get thru… I would have said giant clams are dangerous too

6 Chunks { 11.24.11 at 12:02 am }

Giant clams ARE dangerous. I know of someone whose achilles tendon was snapped when one closed on his foot, effectively ending his marathon running career. On the other hand they don’t come after you like sharks so I guess it’s all a matter of perspective.

7 Trent { 11.24.11 at 9:49 am }

So upset that Whiteney and Dawn have been eliminated, I cant stand anyone from that other tribe, especially Brandon for above reasons and Sophie really irk’s me. She is always smiling when people are voted off.. Does she not have a heart, its not as if Dawn/Whitney/Jim etc were unreasonable people like Brandon who said to Coach “I thought we are not allowed to speak to these people” ?!!? Manson=Benjamin/Coach..

Hope that the Cowboy hat dude wins this thing.

8 Anonymous { 11.24.11 at 9:57 am }

In the Jeff probst link it says the next episode – far from being an exciting one – is actually a recap one, with a bit of unseen footage thrown in.

9 Craig { 11.24.11 at 11:24 am }

its thanksgiving in the states this week so Survivor will be recap show this week. Anyone following Jeff on TOUT? he video blogs whislt the show is airing in the states, like tweets, but video. He gives some brilliant insight into the game & the difficulties the crew face etc. LOVE IT!

10 Bruiser Brody { 11.24.11 at 12:48 pm }

Sophie has this in the bag – #1 strategist; not drinking the kool-aid; good at challenges (which seem to be heavily favoured towards ‘balancing’ exercises these days); and just flying under the radar enough to not be unliked/ despied by others..

All i ask every season is that someone who has actually PLAYED the game wins – bitter juries seem to ruin not only the most deserving player, but also the concept of the GAME itself! (Deserving: Russel H; Undeserving: Sandra x 2!!!)

11 Susan { 11.24.11 at 8:38 pm }

Meh – too predictable for me that episode. Am very much looking forward to Coach’s demise ………….. Albert really should have taken that opportunity to flip – hopefully next weeks will have a few more sparks – i.e. Brandon loosing it!