You Don’t Hand the Idol to the Enemy!

11 are left, who will be voted out tonight?

I loved the opening vision that Sandra set up of Coach looking to the sky wondering where it went wrong. Ha! I also thought that Jerri deserved all of the panic she was feeling. It’s a little late to wonder “Am I next?”. IF she ONLY trusted Coach then why did she flip to ETR (Evil Troll Russell)? THEN, why is she trusting ETR again & asking him if he knew Coach was going. REALLY? You don’t think he knew? Jerri, what did you think when ETR said with no conviction at all “Ummmm, well, I had a feeling….” He assures her that Sandra & Courtney were next to go. Do you trust him now???

I remember that endurance challenge from last time – I thought it was grueling then & I knew it would be grueling this time as well. It is truly a test of endurance & a threshold for pain. You stand between 2 walls with your feet on little footholds. Each 10 minutes, you have to step down to 2 smaller footholds. When you reach the third & final set of tiny footholds you remain there until the challenge has ended. Winning tribe get to pig out on yummy food from Outback Steakhouse. You can see it in everyone’s eyes how desperately they want that feast. The interesting part of the challenge is that they had to rank their tribe members strongest to least to go head to head against someone from the other tribe. Interesting how they tried to “play the game”. The villains had the right idea by letting the girls play & sitting ETR out – brilliant. They were also pretty sure about the heroes & knowing that egos would come into play. Of course they had no choices about who to sit out because they all had to participate & I am not sure if it would have really mattered if they had ordered them differently. I just thought it was funny that they were caught up in the pride of it all. I was suprised that Rupert thought he would be so good at it. It was evident that he would not be able to outlast anyone. I believe that he might be stronger than all the folks left but not for this challenge. I am so sure that this was just an awful challenge. Ugh! They were paired – Danielle & Candice, Courtney & Amanda, JT & Parvati, Jerri & Colby & Sandra & Rupert. (Didn’t understand the “love ya” message between Sandra & Rupert) I found the “Hang in there” message to ETR a bit over the top. JT is absolutely playing with fire. I might believe that the “Russell Seed” has been planted & it’s taking root. Oh MY! When 20 minutes had passed at the challenge, all 10 players were still in, then slowly one by one they started to drop. 1st Colby dropped & the villains scored 1, then Rupert dropped & the villains scored the second point, finally Amanda dropped & the villains scored their final point for the win. After 4 straight wins the Heroes were sent back to camp with nothing.

At the Outback feast they enjoy food & drink & I am sure that they are feeling really refreshed. When Parvati picked up her napkin, she found a clue for the hidden immunity idol. No one else saw it & she was able to keep it concealed. I thought the whole “girl alliance” discussion was so interesting. Once again like in seasons past, why don’t they realize that they could pull together & have an all girl alliance & oust ETR? Wouldn’t that be the best blindside ever? AND why did they think that it was so funny that there is not an all girl alliance & that ETR is in control & they just follow him like little puppy dogs. Wake up, ladies, YOU could be in charge! During dinner, Parvati decides that she needs to visit the facilities & Danielle goes with her. I thought that at that time, Sandra looked suspicious. When they got to the bottom of the stairs, Parvati showed Danielle the clue. She is sure that by showing it to her, in the end she will be more loyal to her & be in her camp. They decide that ETR will be included on a “need to know” basis & right now – “he don’t need to know”.

At the Hero camp JT “don’t care about steak”. That made me laugh because no one else seemed to be riding on that float with him. I think they would have all enjoyed a nice juicy steak. All of a sudden JT comes up with some crazy plan to bring ETR over to their side. If they win the challenge, he will give the idol wrapped with a note to ETR & “save” him from the all girl alliance. Then ETR will be so indebted to them that he will align with them during the merge, pick off all the girls one by one & they will all live happily ever after. Ha! The first one he wants him to doublecross is Parvati. Really this sounds like a good plan IF they had the facts. Poor JT, you have read it all wrong. Amanda seems to be the only one with a lick of sense. I think she was the only one who even considered that they might not know exactly what is going on over at the villain camp. Ugh! The upside for the Hero camp is that then JT won’t have the idol anymore.

At the villain camp, Danielle & Parvati journey out on their own in secret to find the hidden idol using the clue. They are trying to stay “under the radar” so they head out early with a giant shovel to find the idol. Really? Shovel? That’s not obvious at all. “Hello, Captain Obvious?”. They do find the idol & Parvati is “the happiest girl in the world”. I do not think they ever saw ETR lurking under the bridge now did they? They are still going to keep him out of the loop for a while longer. (Or so they think) He is NOT the king of survivor according to Parvati, she is the queen & besides all that, she knows that the king does what the queen says. Ha! “Off with someone’s head!”. LOVED ETR’s “close up” when he was watching them find the idol.

JT spends some time writing his note to ETR with his master plan. One thing is for sure – he is making Survivor History, I’m just not sure this is how he wants to be remembered. If it works, it’s a great plan but if it doesn’t….. Based on what the heroes see, they are sure that ETR is on the outs. If he can be rescued they could have the numbers when they merge. Hmmm….this seems like a heck of a lot of “ifs”.

Immunity Challenge – Tribes start the challenge out on a platform in the water. They have to retrieve bags of puzzle pieces & move them attached to a rope through obstacles to the beach. When all 5 bags have been retrieved, they can open the bags & solve the puzzle for the win. Starting with Rupert, the heroes take the lead & lead the entire time. Of course we all know that does not secure a victory for the heroes because they aren’t always victorious when it comes to puzzles. Fortunately this time it pays off. The final 2 left on the platforms at the end were Colby & ETR. Colby used that time to let ETR in on the plan & let him know that he needs to see JT after the challenge. I cannot imagine how ETR was feeling knowing that he was about to receive such a gift. Indeed the heroes won & JT passed the idol & note off to ETR. I believe ETR’s exact words were – “I don’t even have to find idols, people are giving them to me. You don’t hand the enemy idols, especially when his name is Russell Hanz. That’s a “no-no”.”

The Heroes are so proud of themselves. They did it! They got the idol to ETR & they are certain that he is going to be on their side & they are going to make Survivor history with this one. (Yep, you’re gonna make history for sure)

I was sick when I saw ETR & Parvati together reading JT’s note. How do you give the idol to the idol king? ETR is thinking that JT just handed him a million dollars. (He just may have…) They laughed their heads off when they read the “hopefully you’re not truly a villain” part. Parvati described it this way – “JT gave Russell his heart & Russell stabbed it a million times & then gave it to me & I ate it”. Man! That is cold-blooded!

Sandra & Courtney are sad because they know one of them is going next. Sandra without Courtney feels like it would be like rice without beans. Courtney talks to Parvati about wanting to stay but she does not want to throw Sandra under the bus. Parvati would like to keep Courtney because once again she thinks she would try to keep her safe in the end and she thinks she can keep her “in check” more.

ETR decides to show the idol around his camp. They all get a big laugh out of it.

At tribal, the jury aka Coach came in looking like a Samarai warrior.

Sandra & Courtney know that they are both on the block. They debated about who each person followed – Boston Rob’s girls or Evil Troll Russell’s girls. In the end it does come down to the final alliances.There was also some talk about Jerri’s jump just in time. She wanted them to know that she wasn’t with any alliance. Really, Jerri? Ummm-what exactly have I been watching these last few weeks?

The vote offered no surprises & they sent Courtney to the Ponderosa. The truth is, I think she did need to go, the girl needs a sandwich!!! (Sorry girls, you are going to wait too long & then it will be too late to send ETR home.

Jeff – “Time will tell if you made the right vote tonight. The tribes are now even 5 for the villains & 5 for the heroes.

Next time – the 5 heroes & 5 villains will collide. This is where the game gets crazy – looking like a merge.

Until next time, I have spoken, Randi

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