'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Jumping Ship' Recap
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 29th 2010 10:30PM
(S20E11) While this season of 'Survivor' is supposed to be the epic battle between good and evil, that's not really how it's going down. We've got a mish-mash going on here, folks. We have had some decent folks in the villain camp, some evil in the heroes, villains battling villains as heroes take on their fellow heroes. The battle lines were drawn, smudged and are now almost completely obliterated. It's a ball of confusion or, as an ex-'Big Brother' houseguest would put it -- 'a spool of lies.'
A good guy like JT upped his game and decided to think this season. That did him in. Overall, the villains have had a lot more going on than the heroes. Tonight we're in for the big smackdown between Sandra and Russell. But that surely won't be the only brouhaha, will it?
Okay, we're starting off the night with five villains -- Russell, Parvati, Jerri, Sandra and Danielle. The heroes are four strong ... um, well, four -- Colby, Rupert, Amanda and Candice. Parvati played both of the hidden idols last week to save both Jerri and Sandra, so no idols are in play. Sandra wants Russell out and wants to flip, giving the heroes the voting majority. But Russell, in his creepy omniscient kind of way, realizes it and feels he needs to flip a hero.
Who can Russell get to join him on the Dark Side? Certainly not Rupert, Colby or Amanda. Candice is his only shot. If he flips her and Sandra stays loyal to the villains, good for him. If Sandra abandons them and he gains Candice, the status quo remains the same. It's win-win for Russell. No matter which woman does what, both are on the bottom of their tribe totem poles. They're both going to have to ride under the radar (Candice) or fight to stay (Sandra).
So we have that pesky dilemma going on for them, but we had even more drama tonight. We had a cat fight! Meow! When the randomly selected team of Amanda, Colby and Danielle won the shuffleboard reward challenge, the girls both went into it thinking they'd find a clue to the next hidden idol. Colby, as he has been for most of this season, was clueless. He watched 'Treasure Island' as Danielle found the clue in the popcorn bowl, tried to hide it and Amanda tried to snag it from her. Fisticuffs! A shot rang out! The maid screamed! Er, not quite. However, it looked like they were almost to the point of slaps and scratches. Colby, much to Amanda's chagrin, declared it was Danielle's clue and that ended it.
Going into the immunity challenge, the heroes were sure that Danielle had found the idol. They don't know Russell's uncanny idol-finding ways. Of course, he found it and kept it a secret from his tribemates. But he didn't hide it from Candice. Like the dubious guy offering small children candy, he showed her the idol and brought her all the way into the Dark Side. I don't know. Maybe he hypnotizes them or something. He's sleaze, but everyone knows it and they keep following him along like rats following the Pied Piper.
In the house of cards immunity challenge, the only two in competition for the win were Jerri and Russell. I thought Russell's house looked more sturdy, but Jerri beat him in the race for height. She won her first immunity challenge ever. Good for her, but she's not going to win the million. Even though she was the snappy witch in her other seasons, she's way too mellow to go with the real bad guys this season.
Now, Candice ratted out Sandra for flipping. Sandra tried to bring Candice back into the hero fold with the logic of numbers. Candice told Russell they were targeting him and, when they found out, they switched the target to Parvati, not telling Candice. They did that just in case Danielle gave Russell her idol. Meanwhile, the villains targeted the best player on the heroes tribe, Amanda. After all, Rupert is only Rupert and Colby is ineffective this season. They should think of getting rid of them. If Colby or Rupert make it to the end, either could win over the jury.
In the end, Sandra and Candice both voted with the villains block. Yep, you heard me. Colby, Rupert and Amanda voted for Parvati. Everyone else voted for Amanda. Russell, nervous for just about the first time, played the hidden idol because he thought the vote was going down for him. This season isn't going as I thought it would, but I'm hooked. I just don't know how Russell does it, do you?
|He slips mickies in their coconuts||20 (5.3%)|
|His slime aura is absorbed by nearby victims||37 (9.8%)|
|They're just plain stupid!||271 (71.7%)|
|Aliens, it has to be aliens||25 (6.6%)|
|Other, you tell me in comments||9 (2.4%)|