Survivor: Cook Islands: Premiere
Over at Aitu, Billy thinks the Hispanics have an advantage because they are used to being in a tropical setting. Billy also thinks he knows how to do everything but he doesn't seem to know what he is talking about. Meanwhile adorable Ozzy helps out in a non-confrontational way. I pick Ozzy as an early favorite in this season. J.P. seems to be the one who is already playing the game and he is definitely aware of Ozzy as a threat.
Over at the Puka tribe, the rice jokes begin immediately. On the Asian tribe, Cao Boi is the one who feels like he doesn't belong, He's definitely the odd ball among the dedicated and determined team. He pulls the "bad wind" out of Brad who has a migraine and slowly seems to be winning over at least the other men. The women seem a bit more put off but there is something really likeable about this guy, I think that he and Yul are the most interesting ones on this tribe.
Over at the Hiki tribe, Stephannie says they feel the need to "represent" (this was the clip from the pre-season commericals that I found a bit cringeworthy). The tribe says they have a disadvantage because the are city people. On this tribe, Nate and Sekou seem to be the early standouts although Sekou seems to have a wicked case of ADD and his bombastic style alienates the . Rebecca and Saundra bond early leaving Stephannie as the odd girl out. It's too early to count her out, I have a feeling she's someone to watch this season. I'd like to see her and Nate form an alliance.
Over at Raro, the whites seem slightly embarrassed to be with only with other white people. Jonathan the writer gets philosophical about things. He's got a very Richard Hatch look going on (and he's a chicken stealer). Raro also has a couple of bedraggled chickens. Jessica has major tribal hair and it's only the first day. She looks to be this season's Courtney. Beefy Adam snuggles up with Candace for what may be the most boring romance in Survivor history. Of this crowd, Parvati seems the most interesting one (I had to pick someone).
The first challenge involves puzzles, paddles and of course, fire. The Puka team wins followed by Aitu and then Raro leaving Hiki to debate immunity. It seems that having three men and two women is more of an advantage than being of a certain race.
The last twist is that the losing tribe has to chose one member of one of the winning tribes to go to Exile Island for two nights. Jeff points out that the two men make the decision. They send chicken-stealing Jonathan off to Exile Island which makes him even more whiny and angry. Look for him to get in a screaming match sometime within the first few weeks.
At Hiki two guys try to make an alliance with Stephannie and vote with Sundra. It comes down to Sekou or Sundra with Sekou getting the final vote which means that the ladies decided to stick together. Did they vote out their weakest link? I think not but they probably voted out their most annoying tribemate.