Survivor Micronesia: If It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese
(S16E13) "Win and survive, fail and die." - Erik
Well, maybe you can win and die, too. No, I'm not talking about an odd variant of a James Bond movie. I'm talking Survivor Micronesia. This season has been like a roller coaster ride. While castaways I've been cheering on have been blindsided and cast away much like fish guts to seagulls, I've been enjoying the season nonetheless. After all, it's been their own darn fault!
Read on past the jump for the full review of tonight's show.
Cirie continues to be the Puppet Mistress pulling the strings of everyone left on the tribe. When the promos for this week's episode went on about the biggest blindside ever, I was sure it would have to be that they finally caught on to the fact that she's been manipulating everyone all along. Everything she brings up to any of the others is carefully calculated for effect. And they're all falling for it! Not a one of them see how she's the one not only getting them to do what she wants them to do, but making them think it's their own best route! I'm not sure if the jury sees her game, either. If they do see it and she gets to the end, she should win on strategy. The shame of it all will be if the jury is as blind to her scheming as her current tribemates seem to be.
Tonight's challenges weren't anything all that new or different. During the reward challenge, I was surprised that Erik got any of the questions about previous seasons wrong. The immunity with coordinates, buried puzzle pieces, solving the puzzle, rinse and repeat twice, was only exciting because Erik ran through it like a panicked madman with his shirt on fire. Okay, he didn't have a shirt for half the episode, even worse. Man, that kid's skin was on fire!
None of that really made tonight's episode memorable, though. It was Cirie. She planted the seeds and watched them grow. Oh, yes ... it was Erik, too. As James would say, he just had to bite that apple, didn't he? It was the scheming which has ruled this season in play once again. Since Amanda and Parvati think that Cirie is so with them (she's not, she's fooling them as much as she is everyone else), they don't want either Natalie or Erik to go to Exile and find the new hidden immunity idol -- and it's the last one of the game.
While Erik screwed up their plan by winning reward, he went and bit that apple by letting Amanda work him. He chose her to go to reward with him and sent Parvati off to Exile Island based solely on Amanda talking him into it. And, who got Amanda going on that path? Cirie. Now, Parvati had no desire to find the idol. She desired relaxation. Since the goal was to keep the idol out of either Natalie's or Erik's hands, she napped and sunned.
But the real kicker came after Erik won immunity. He knew his life (in the game) depended on it. So, along comes a scheme by the four remaining women to get Erik to give his immunity to Natalie at tribal council. How can anyone fall for that? Natalie played it off well as she worked the boy over. Amanda played her part. They convinced him that they would vote out Parvati when he balked at giving up his immunity when their plan was Amanda for the boot. But the only plan on the minds of the women was to vote out Erik!
Oh, and whose idea was this? Yep, you got it. It was Cirie. Amazing...he fell for it! The second he gave it up, the jury went wild and the four remaining tribe members had to keep from guffawing! Worse than Charlie Brown falling for Lucy pulling the football away, Erik fell for the evil scheme. He landed harder on his back than Charlie Brown ever did -- to the tune of losing a million dollars. I'm still stunned he fell for it. Call it naivete, call it stupidity. Call it an all women final four for Sunday night's finale.