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Survivor Fiji: I've The Strength Now To Carry The Flag

by Deidre Woollard, posted Mar 22nd 2007 6:51AM
(S14E06) For Ravu, the starved and perpetually losing tribe, hope springs eternal. After all, a change-up turns Ravu into the He-Man Woman Haters club. What could possibly go wrong with all these muscle men around? I think I have a clue, he's loud, he's obnoxious and he's from my hometown.

When the tribes are divided up Lisi gets sent to Exile Island because she wasn't chosen by either tribe. When she isn't chosen she gets angry and mumbles something about wanting to go home. And when she finds out she has to go to Exile Island she gets seriously cranky. Jeff gives her a little mental spanking saying that the trip might "straighten out her head." I have my doubts on that happening.

How do they determine who goes to Camp Cushy? A simple game of rock, paper, scissors followed by a pull from a bag. And once again poor Rocky gets sent back to starvation land but he looks delighted to no longer be around women and with a collection of muscles that should ensure some sort of victory. At least Earl, Michelle and Yau-Man get to eat. But the powers that be smile on Rocky and Mookie providing them a sumptuous treasure of cheese, bread and booze. Rocky tells the camera that although he loves women (to make out with and to talk with) he is now appreciating the company of men. And Rocky the leader now seems to be the Rocky the eager follower. Adorable Anthony doesn't quite feel at home at Camp Manly and ends up as being the firetender.

Meanwhile over at Moto, Cassandra, seeing the chance to change her standing, brings Earl some coffee and seeks to become the swing vote. Halfway through the episode Earl has gotten so much face time it almost seems certain he is going to be voted off. He keeps talking about how in control he is now.

Over at Ravu, it's testosterone central.They catch fish, they try to outman each other with Rocky and Mookie seeking to make good friends with the new guys. Mookie clearly has the best chance to be the crossover player since he is both physical and not a head case. They catch and eat fish and Rocky waxes rhapsodic about how they are unstoppable.

The challenge involves working as a team to negotiate a series of gates and having to fight against each other. The teams are neck and neck when they face a major logjam that turns into a push of war. Even Jeff sounds excited as he does the play by play. Amazingly, the new Moto wins. Aw, Yau-Man says "I have the strength now to carry this flag" giving the name for this episode.

Anthony is so charming this week even as he is stuck at the fire and clearly being plotted against. Dreamz starts gunning for Rocky. I don't know how much sway Dreamz has but I do wonder if Rocky just might be the bad penny. Is it going to take Ravu being down to just Rocky and no one else for everyone to figure this out?

At tribal, Jeff turns into Dr. Phil counseling Anthony on why he has a hard time speaking up for himself. Rocky says that Anthony is not comfortable in his own skin and has poor social skills and calls him feminine yet again, finally telling Anthony to "take the skirt off." Anthony delivers an impassioned speech but he still gets the boot. And, insult to injury, this new Ravu will now be stuck with Lisi. Oh well, at least we got the gift of a nearly Lisi-free episode.

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Rocky makes me sick. This season of "Survivor" has been generally unexciting and uninteresting, but I keep tuning in to cheer for the underdogs and to see Rocky get the boot. I thought that finally I'd get to see that happen, but the macho, self-centered a-hole stays on, even though it was clear the rest of his new tribe (minus Mookie) couldn't stand him. Why'd they let him stay? If he hasn't won a challenge yet, is his strength really that important?

March 22 2007 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Methinks the Rocky doth protest too much.

Could it be that he's closeted?

March 22 2007 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nothing made us happier than realizing:

- Lisi was not picked
- Lisi had to go to exile island
- Lisi will now find herself living at the Ravu beach

March 22 2007 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mookie seems to be a silent manipulator.

March 22 2007 at 8:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was laughable for Rocky to call Anthony "effeminate" when he went to a challenge in drag. I was really hoping that Anthony's logic would be convincing enough at Tribal Council, especially with Rocky's inability to just shut up. To me, it seemed that Anthony had social skills, his problem was his perceived weakness at the challenges. No one seemed to like Rocky, they all liked Anthony, it was weakness at the challenges that was his undoing.

March 22 2007 at 7:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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