Survivor: The Martyr Approach
by Jackie Schnoop, posted May 15th 2009 2:10AM
(S18E13) We're getting down to the wire for this season of Survivor. The big three-hour finale and reunion show airs this coming Sunday. Of the five going into tonight's show, I think I would have only predicted JT be there at the beginning of the season. Stephen, the intellectual kind of nerdy guy? No way did I think he'd make it this far. Erinn was targeted early on. Taj, the best eye-roller since Eliza, is playing a delightfully sneaky game. Then there's the loon -- Coach. Sigh.
It's all about Coach
First, I'm glad that in other seasons when there have been doctors and dentists on the show, they haven't insisted on being called "Doc." His name is Ben. I actually like the character of Ben on Lost more than I like the character of this guy. With one really sexist comment tonight at Tribal Council, he proved himself inappropriate to be coaching women's soccer. Oh, wait. He got fired for that already. Maybe the women gathered together and stoned him with pebbles.
The Little Lord Fauntleroy shorts-wearing, argyle sock knee-hi's donning, silly ponytail sporting warrior of delusion will no longer taint my television with his wacky ways. Dragon Slayer, my butt. Tonight, I suppose fitting for his last night, it was The All Coach Show. Had he not been voted out at the end (thank you, Stephen), I probably would have nightmares. Instead, I'll be lilting to the Sugar Plum Fairy. Hmmm ... maybe not. Coach reminds me of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Let's just leave it at I'll sleep well.
Erinn almost blew it
Why the heck couldn't Erinn keep her mouth shut? Sure, we all know that Ben would be the martyr heading off to Exile Island and ready to use the weakness excuse when he lost immunity. But there's no need to alienate the others by attacking him. JT was already feeling bad enough about his decision to send him there. Erinn should have just pulled a TAJ -- a giant eye-roll to the nearest camera. Erinn's lucky Stephen wanted Coach out more.
Looking at the final four
It's likely going to be an ex-Jalapao final three. There's no way that Stephen and JT would keep Erinn over their original ally. If memory serves, this is the first time a tribe coming into the merge so far behind has taken such control over the game. While Stephen and JT will probably continue to hold the power, it's not impossible for Erinn or Taj to win immunity and flip it. If Erinn happened to win, she's closer to Taj than the guys. This could be interesting.
Thinking ahead to the finale, I'd be happiest if one of the ex-Jalapao won. I'm preferring Stephen or Taj for the big win, but JT would be fine, too. If Erinn makes it to the final two, I don't think she'd have the jury vote over any of the other three. Second place is the best she can do.
I'm just so thrilled the loon is gone. Now he's the jury's problem child. I loved their reactions to his poem, didn't you? It's like they choreograph things ahead of time.