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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'That Girl Is Like a Virus' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Feb 26th 2010 12:40AM
Colby is ready to do battle on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
(S20E03) How's that for a look of determination on Colby? Last week we saw the 'Survivor' heroes down two challenges. We also have seen some non-heroic behavior in their camp while Boston Rob has been quite heroic in the villains' camp. This season, although it's definitely grabbing my attention, has gone beyond the realm of heroes and villains. It's more like a bunch of power-players, wheeler dealers, schemers, lunatics, and a few decent folks gone a tad off their rockers thrown into the mix. It's All-Stars on energy drinks. It's brutal. But it's entertaining. That's all I need.

Up to old tricks
Some things about the game are quite predictable. Although Coach is doing a bit more and isn't as wussy as his past season, he's still unduly full of himself. He's still full of stories of past glories, real or imagined. He still thinks he's the only honorable one in his camp. Sure, that's why he was classified a "villain." It's because he's such an honorable dude. Get a clue, Ben Wade.

Then there's Russell. There are Internet rumors that Parvati may have been aware of his methods of operation, yet the rest of the cast missed his season as they were filming this one. So, it's interesting that those two are flirting and thick as thieves. Oh wait -- he IS a thief. Much like he burned socks and set chickens free in his season, he buried the machete and Boston Rob's cap this week. But these two are two of the most strategic players to ever play the game. Perhaps Parvati's social skills will overcome Russell's lack thereof and they'll go to the end.

And I don't like anybody very much
This is where the line betwixt villain and heroes goes all blurry. In both camps, people are just short of hating on each other. I know I'm jaded. But I want to be all idealistic and cheer on those heroes. Then I see JT trying to scheme to pit Candice and Cirie against each other. Now, he's not anywhere near the class of a schemer that Cirie is. He also outed his alliance with James, conflicting with his alliance with Tom. Tom's no dummy. He's remembering that. James is just freaky this season. He's still the best mens' underwear model never on a box, but he's way too intense.

It's even worse with the villains. Russell idolized Rob, now wants him out. But the big news is the Parvati/Jerri all-but-catfight hissing throughout the episode. Jerri realizes the potential of Parvati teaming up with her old buddies after the merge, as do Randy and Coach, too. Parvati is a huge threat if she gets anywhere near the end. However, she's strong and determined in challenges. For me, Randy is an unlikeable, expendable bully buffoon.

Mudbath anyone?
Sigh, it was another combined immunity and reward challenge. I'm hoping, as the numbers go down, that they do them separate sometime soon. They're retreading old challenges that some players have done before, but they have enough material for two challenges an episode. Once again, it was physical ... and this time, totally physical. On a platform over mud battling with padded bags, the goal was to knock the other player into the mud. It's a good thing stick-thin already Courtney sat out the challenge -- a strong wind would knock her off the platform!

It's not surprising that Coach cheated, then got bent out of shape after his tribal yell or whatever that was. The pairings seemed fairly well matched. But those heroes stomped the villains, winning every round to victory. Dare I try to be idealistic again? Dare I want to root for the good guys? Um. No. Well, maybe some of them.

Beloved Boston Rob got a vote!
I was thinking, before they aired the voting reveal, that Russell might have voted for Rob to stir things up. But it was Randy. He's right -- he didn't fit in with the tribe. Parvati is definitely a bigger threat for the win than Randy could ever be. But it's their first tribal council. It's not time to take out a power player. It's time to take out a weak link. Randy, the tribe has spoken unanimously except for your vote. You're expendable, go away. They made the right choice.

Who has the best strategic game?
Tom663 (9.7%)
Cirie588 (8.6%)
JT441 (6.5%)
Rob2210 (32.4%)
Parvati1099 (16.1%)
Coach40 (0.6%)
Amanda117 (1.7%)
Rupert660 (9.7%)
Other -- you tell me!1012 (14.8%)


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Sawyer

Has anyone heard of a short movie that Rupert made where he plays God?

March 02 2010 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dave


Deleted & Extended Scenes from last night's episode

http://online4utv.com/2010/survivor-s20e03-%E2%80%9Dthat-girl-is-like-a-virus%E2%80%9D-deleted-extended-scenes/

February 27 2010 at 3:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

I love Rob this season but then I really liked him before too.

James needs to cool himself off before he has a stroke or something.

Parvati is really digging in the trenches this time around by cuddling up with Russell. Makes me want to shower just watching that. Ugh!

Colby and Rupert were full-out fierce in this comp!

February 26 2010 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ckwetz

I agree, my husband and I laughed every time the villians got knocked off the platform and into the mud! The heroes kicked butt on that challenge.

March 02 2010 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fiona

Rob is such a huge turd. Why would they want to keep him around knowing his past the way they should?

February 26 2010 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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fiona

bingo!! and i don't care which part of the country he's from, the guy needs to learn to speak English!!!

February 26 2010 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
al

james is a very angry man this year...not the lovable hero he has always been...he should shut up already and grow some manners in between the muscles...seems very low class ...im dissapointed in him he was one of my favorites but no more

February 26 2010 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kurt

I have a feeling this season will be the best yet. Several are trying a new approach. Jerri the nice girl that gets along. James mean and nasty. JT lying and making multiple alliances. I think a female from the Hero tribe will win it all. Can you guess who?

February 26 2010 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Venetia

I think Russell or Coach should go. Russel is full of hisself and Coach is way out there somewhere. I don't know where Coach thinks he is but he is not a warrior.

February 26 2010 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

I only have missed 2 season's of this show...it never ceases to amaze me how some think they are the best, and then they don't win or get voted out.

February 26 2010 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GMH07036

This is Survivor .....

R --- Russell = Ratings

R ---- Rupert = Ratings

BR --- Boston Rob = Better Ratings

February 26 2010 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Corky

When is one of these supposedly smart people going to wake up & realize that one of their team mates took the machete. It should not be too hard for them to firgure it out since they all know about each other except for Russell. He needs to go soon!!!!!

February 26 2010 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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