Survivor Micronesia: Like a Wide-Eyed Kid in the Candy Store!
(S16E07) "This is a game called Survivor." - James
Even thought the tribes have mixed on Survivor Micronesia, it still has the Fans vs. the Favorites vibe for the most part. With the exception of a very few folks, the fans still have something to prove and the favorites still think of the fans as wannabes to be swatted off their shoulders. You know, kind of like the chip on the shoulders of many of the returning castaways.
We got to see the drama of Jonathan Penner being removed from the game with his infected knee once again. Now, I know he was upset. I was sorry to see him go, too. I can understand James taking it as a blow as it leaves him to lead mostly women on the Airai tribe. But I really don't understand the emotional attachment Krazy Kathy has for Penner. He might want to see about getting a restraining order.
Over on Malakal it continues to be the power struggle between Ozzy and Cirie, or perhaps Ozzy and some of the others, too. For example, Ozzy looks at the three remaining chickens (they killed the rooster for food) as a renewable food resource as they each lay an egg a day. He is sure they can use clams and fish to provide the meat and thinks they should keep the chickens. Cirie and others think they should kill the chickens for a good chicken meal. Then Cirie got ticked off that Ozzy feels everything must be his way and the tribe follows along.
Well, Miss Cirie ... you've certainly led the tribe on some voting, haven't you? I think that both Cirie and Ozzy are controlling the tribe. Ozzy is the powerhouse of challenges and does have some strategical moves although I believe he falls a bit too much for what others might say. Then Cirie, while not great at challenges, definitely is a manipulator of others when it comes to Tribal Council. Although Ami and fan Tracy are trying to over power either or both Ozzy and Cirie, they're but a dog and pony show compared to the big top players.
In past reviews, I mentioned how much Erik loved Ozzy and might even want to be Ozzy. He's a poor substitute for Ozzy, but he's certainly a willing student. Ozzy taught him how to shimmy up coconut trees and which coconuts to pick and all. That just gave Cirie more ammunition against Ozzy and she decided that they might want to target Erik if they don't think they could get the votes to oust Ozzy. Cirie even tried to convince Amanda that Ozzy's only all about himself.
At the Airai tribe, James is befuddled. His tribe has refuge from the torrential rain in a nice cave. They're dry. Yet they're all fussing and moaning about the cave! Kathy is not only upset about the cave, she's devastated over the loss of Jonathan. I thought it was nice of James to comfort her, but I can't help but think she thinks of the returning players as some sort of gods on pedestals. Thinking along those lines, she can never play her own game, can she?
The reward challenge was interesting to a point. It boiled down to some blindfolded tribe members rolling a giant wheel over a course led by the voice of a tribe member while another picked up puzzle pieces revealed when the wheel crushed little bridge doohickeys. Then they had to solve a puzzle with the pieces. That wasn't the interesting point, though.
What I found interesting is that the huge wheels were traditional Micronesian money stones. The larger the stone, the more it's worth. I guess the phrase "pocket change" has no meaning in the traditional Micronesian society, eh?
Cirie directed her tribe with her voice. At one point she directed them to the left. They went to the left. "No, your other left!" Um, wouldn't that be to the right? Sheesh! But in the end, Cirie helped getting the puzzle solved more quickly than Airai. So Malakal won the super product placement Herbal Essence Great Escape Spa. As I thought, the first commercial break was for Herbal Essence.
Despite the TV Guide article about the racy shower scene, it was just a couple of blurred-out boobs with Ozzy, no sexual action per se. Yes, a bit racy and I happen to agree with Cirie -- it's something I wouldn't do in public or on national television. But it wasn't all that!
Nothing was shown about Exile Island but we know who has the idol, as well as who has the fake idol believing it to be real. They chose to send Tracy from Malakal and Jason from Airai. We don't know if they even attempted to search for the idol.
Okay, Krazy Kathy has left the building. She absolutely freaked out. She cried, she sobbed, she had deserted her family. She went on about how she could no longer feel her daughter's vibe and she needed to go home. She didn't think the show would be that hard and she never wants to leave her family for that long ever again. Jeff Probst talked to her, ascertained that she really wanted out and it's bye-bye Kathy. I won't miss her much. She can go feel her family.
The immunity challenge was another example of Super Ozzy. There was no rule saying that the same person couldn't cross the floating bridge over the water, hook up the puzzle piece, and ride it back. Although some might think he was hogging the glory, I think he kept going for it because he was fast and did it so well the first time out while the other tribe struggled.
Alas, his team let him down as Cirie and Amanda totally blew the puzzle! Even though they started the puzzle way behind Malakal, Eliza and Jason worked well together and brought immunity to Airai once again. What's this? Six losses in a row for Malakal? Even though they have Super Ozzy? Yipes!
So then the scheming began once again for Malakal. Ami really doesn't fit in with the favorites although she's a part of them. She tries to work with Tracy and would love to see Ozzy out of there ... or Cirie out. Ozzy, perhaps a bit smitten with the idea of a grasshopper he can train, wants to keep Erik. Cirie wants to target Erik. Amanda certainly doesn't want to vote Ozzy out even though Cirie thinks he's such a huge threat.
It got a bit scary for me watching the Tribal Council once again as Ozzy (my favorite on the show) might be eliminated. Once again, there were hints and I was telling my television "Use the idol, Ozzy! Save yourself!" Once again, he didn't use the idol! Ack! But in the end, all voted to oust Tracy except Tracy who voted for Ozzy.
All I can say is that a lot of the scheming this week had to be left on the chopping block in the editing room. The votes didn't make much sense. But, whatever. Ozzy is still in the game.
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