'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Tonight, We Make Our Move' Recap
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 5th 2010 1:02AM
(S20E04) No, no, no. Coach, you have it all wrong! It's not a conspiracy against you, trust me. It's you. I made a mistake last week when I commented how much less a wuss Coach was being this season on 'Survivor.' I spoke too soon. Tonight we (and Boston Rob and Tyson) had to witness his latest "I'm sensitive, the world is against me, woe is me" escapade. The man makes a mockery of himself, then goes all emotional when he gets mocked. He's a legend in his own mind, a special snowflake to the rest of us.
What really surprised me during Coach's meltdown was the fact that Tyson acted like he had actual feelings. Yep, nasty Tyson who tends to mock all, listened to Coach and offered him sound advice. I didn't know Tyson had it within him to be compassionate. Now, had Coach read any of the Internet commentary after his last season, he would have known not to be a nutty teller of tales. Hopefully he'll listen to Tyson's advice to stop telling stories and acting odd as all get-out with his yoga rituals and singing. Rob was also sympathetic. I'm not.
At least we had two challenges this week instead of a combined rewards/immunity single event. Once again, the villains sat out Courtney and Sandra. Is Courtney going to avoid every challenge she can this season? Yeah, she weighs 80 pounds, but the girl has to play the game. While Jeff Probst made it clear that the rule is that she can't sit out back-to-back challenges in an episode, she's taking it to the limit!
Once again, the heroes fell apart in the challenges. Even though the rewards challenge was physical -- a slip 'n' slide -- they blew it. They make themselves a pretty spiffy camp, but they don't work well together in the challenges, nor at any sort of cohesiveness as a tribe with a goal in mind. They came close this week, but didn't win the prize.
The return of the immunity idols came this week with both tribes receiving a clue. The villains, except Russell, decided they must find it as a team and throw it in the ocean -- any individual who finds it would be a dead man walking. Russell, as we all know, is a genius at finding the idol and he needs it as he's not really meshing with the Powers That Be (AKA, Rob). Unless I missed it, I don't think any villain found their idol. Rob had the best line of the night describing Russell as "a hobbit on crack," though.
Yet Tom, who also really needs some luck, found it over in his camp. Yay, Tom! Since the heroes lost the immunity challenge, he knew he and Colby would be the targets in the split camp. I know why there is a split, it boils down to one person -- Cirie. In a logical world (where James was still a good guy) JT, James, and Rupert would naturally fall in with Colby and Tom. Cirie's strength is puppet-mastering. I admire her for it, but curse the dolts who fall for it. Cirie, Amanda, and Candice know Tom has the idol and plan for a split Tom/Colby vote so one will go. Tom and Colby scrambled for another vote to get Cirie out.
When tribal council came, Jeff picked up on it. He's right that now isn't the time to rid the game of the powerful physical players. It was incredible that James claimed he wanted to win and would be basing his vote on that principle ... then let Cirie's dangling puppet strings rule his vote. Rupert, not the brightest bulb in the box, also went with Cirie. But then there's JT. He set up separate alliances early in the game and betrayed Tom the last time. This time he came through for him.
Tom used the idol to save himself. Cirie, Amanda, and Candice all voted for Tom. Rupert and James voted for Colby. JT, Colby, and Tom voted for Cirie. With the Tom votes cast aside, Cirie got blindsided. I admire her powers of persuasion, and it would have been a hoot to watch her manipulate the mimbos a bit more, but the tribe has spoken. Now can they win a challenge again, please?
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