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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Loose Lips Sink Ships' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted May 14th 2010 12:28AM
Colby Donaldson on 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'(S20E13) I see we're going on a nautical theme as of late on 'Survivor.' Perhaps the general public doesn't pay as much attention to the individual episode titles as do bloggers. Last week we had 'A Sinking Ship.' The week before that, it was 'Jumping Ship.' I haven't checked out the episode title for the finale. However, I'd like to propose 'The Ship Hits the Fan.' CBS can feel free to mail me a check for that one.

The big finale is Sunday night. Amazingly, two of the least effective heroes are still in the game along with four villains. How will the count fare after tonight? Will we have an all-villain final three? Or, maybe the villains will just off each other. You never know. Read on.

Oh my gosh. We started out with the fallout from the last tribal council. Jerri, who might be the least villainous and possibly the most sane of the remaining castaways, couldn't wait to tell Parvati that Russell gave her the sign to vote out Danielle and threatened her that she could be the next to go. So, Parvati and Sandra took Jerri under their wing. Yet, Russell still has her under his wing. Jerri is scrambling to play this game, but I don't know if she can hold her own against the big boys and girls. She's going to have to keep going with the flow and hoping her name doesn't come up.

This week, very late in the game, was the big family gushing love visit. While any reward is good to have, I think that bringing in the family a few days before they're all out of there is just too late. When they have it earlier, sometimes it kick-starts some folks into gear. Along with family, they had product placement with a smart phone. (A dumb phone was the coconut phone in the first season.)

The castaways had to throw buckets of water at to their family members. Then the family members had to try to fill a bucket which, in turn, would eventually drop. Colby, speaking of someone who needs a kick-start, bickered and fussed at his brother throughout the challenge. Jerri won but Russell almost got it. Of course, he expected her to pick him to go along with her and her sister on the plane ride to blowholes and food. Nope, nuh-uh. Jerri first chose Parvati, then asked Jeff is she could take another. He agreed and she took Sandra.

So, here's the question ... can you cross Russell and still be controlled by him? Well, it appears the answer would be yes. Russell fussed, moaned, and threatened the girls while left behind with the two male heroes. "I'm a villain.I lied. But I want you to trust me." Hook, line and sinker. It was a testosterone-laden fist bump thing going on and the men now have a final three pact. Or, do they? Remember, this is Russell. While the guys were declaring final three, so were the women off with their loved ones looking at cool blowholes and chowing down.

What I'm liking so much about this season is that you're never quite sure what's going to happen. Yes, usually whomever Russell wants out goes far away. Yes, Colby can be depended on to be off in la-la land all this season. What's up with that? He did it again tonight not only in reward, but in immunity, too. He lasted all of fifteen seconds balancing the poles and board on his hands. I am so over my Colby crush!

In the balancing act, it ended up between Rupert and Parvati for the win. You couldn't have had more drama! Some might have been editing, but it was good nonetheless. He's almost out. Nope, she's almost out. He has both poles at the edges. She has one almost gone ... then BOOM -- Rupert's dreams of a million dollars this season went tumbling to the ground as Parvati squeaked by winning immunity.

Then it's scheming time. Rupert annoys everyone by making noise all night sawing, thumping wood down, you name it. Jerri wants him gone. Meanwhile, Jerri is tight with both Russell and the girls. She's sitting kind of pretty at the moment. No drama there. Oh, but then Parvati and Sandra both decide to push Russell's buttons. Sandra had told Rupert she wanted Russell out. Rupert ran to his new ally with the information. Russell went back to Sandra demanding to know if she was with him or against him. She told him against him (which makes sense because they're all against each other when you think about it), Parvati escalated Russell's anger by giggling, then giggling some more.

Russell and his pseudo-alliance (Colby and Rupert) decide they need to target Sandra. The girls all decide to target Rupert. What I so don't get is how Russell never gets seriously targeted. Dumb moves! What no one knows is that Sandra has the hidden immunity idol. When the vote went down, Russell switched back to his female alliance. Sandra brought out the idol. It was the last time it could be played anyway. But it didn't save her butt. The vote was 4-2 for Rupert to go home instead of Sandra. The villains rule once again.

They seriously have to get Colby out next. It would be a travesty if he were to win this thing after not playing all season. As for the others, each one has played the game well. Jerri has had the weakest game, but her best showing in the three seasons she's played. I actually like her this year. Huh. Who would have thought that?

Who should win out of the five who remain?
Colby80 (8.8%)
Russell255 (28.1%)
Jerri106 (11.7%)
Parvati223 (24.6%)
Sandra243 (26.8%)

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They don't want to vote Russell out at this point, because everybody on the jury hates him and anybody would love to be sitting next to Russell in the final two. Colby is a complete non-entity this season. I wonder if he's sick? Watch Tribal again, and watch Colby. When he's not talking, he's sitting there, hands folded, head down, not even in the same room. Something's wrong with that guy.

May 14 2010 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am wondering if CBS set up the show so that we would think that Russell and Parvati were really hating each other. Why did Russell vote out Rupert when it was showed that they were in a new alliance?
I think Colby goes next and then Jerri.
Also are the challenges this year more aimed at letting women win?

May 14 2010 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to davidm3825's comment

Russell voted out Rupert because nobody wants either of the remaining heroes on the jury as they're a lock to garner votes against any of the villains. And also because he did not have enough influence in his alliance to convince any of them to not vote Russell, so the best he could have accomplished would have been a tie which doesn't gain him anything. And they were never in a new alliance. Russell just pitched that to the men because he wanted to try to use them to get Parvati out, but once she won immunity there was no longer anything to be gained from him cooperating with the men.

May 14 2010 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sassy got it right. I would keep Russell to the end. No one on the jury will vote for Russell. They all hate him. I think if Jerri is there, she is most likely to win.

May 14 2010 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The reason Russell hasn't been voted off yet isn't due to playing the game brilliantly, it's because his social game is so terrible the other players WANT to go the end with him. They think he's the one certain person to lose. Of course Rupert doesn't know that he voted against him and was false on the final three pledge and he might vote for Russell. Also JT is a big "boys club" guy who blamed the women for his ouster not Russell who he congratulated for his good play. So there's two votes for Russell. The best play of the season was Parvati's giving away the two immunity idols. She certainly deserves to win, but Sandra has been playing hard too. Both of those women have been playing great at all the facets needed, including strategy and making social connections and are better than Russell whose main game play is threatening and intimidating. (Not to mention insulting the other players when given a chance.) I don't respect Russell's game. The end player needs to play like skilled con artist not a gangster (like Russell). the very best con artists will not only take what they need, they will leave their victims still enjoying the con and hoping maybe there was just some mistake or that the con artist will clean up and come back into their lives. Russell lacks that finesse and that's why he's not a great player.

May 14 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Rebecca's comment

I meant to say JT and Rupert were two POSSIBLE votes for Russell, not that he did have them. They could be influenced by what they hear from other players at Ponderosa. Rupert might not be certain that Russell did vote for Sandra after hearing what a liar he is and JT probably knows by now it wasn't the women in charge.

May 14 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rupert voting for Russell? Not in a million years. For one thing, he already knows that Sandra only got 2 votes and that the other 4 were for him. If Sandra had gotten more than 2 votes Jeff would have read them, because the vote reading is always done in such a way as to maximize tension and drama and 3-3 would have been more intriguing than 2-4. Secondly, two of the remaining five players will eventually be on the jury and will be able to inform Rup how the vote went if he didn't already know. Third, I have no doubts that Rup never thought Russell was going to save him in the first place because he always knew that Russell was the biggest rat ever. Nobody in this season has hated Russell more. He only pretended to go along with Rus on the off chance that it would result in him staying, but don't believe for a second that there was any actual trust there.

May 14 2010 at 7:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My thinking is they are keeping Russell only because he won't get voted as the winner. That being said, I hope he goes next week. He makes the game interesting but only because it's fun to have a villain. I would not want to see him win, nor would I want him to return for a reunion show.

May 14 2010 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't get over that TemperTantrum Colby had with his brother for not catching all the water. COLBY, who hasn't done a thing all season, expects his brother to pull a miracle!

What a childish outburst !!

May 14 2010 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Rupert has saddened me this season. He hadn't done anything memorable and he seemed desperate at times. For him to think that Russell would help him at this late date was pathetic. Colby has lost his rep as a really good survivor. Jerri doesn't impress me at all. Not as bitchy as usual but riding Russ's coattails all the way. I can't for the life of me figure out why Russ hasn't been voted out either when they've had so many ops to get rid of the man so many are afraid to cross. Russ has actually had a few panicky moments this season. He didn't expect that Parvati would be as strong or independent as she's been. The fact that he's now ready to get rid of her may be a little late coming.
No wonder he was so desperate to buy the title last season. How will it look if a WOMAN beats him? Sandra is playing a good game right along with Parvati. I'm hoping one of those two win this. If Russ ever comes back for another season, his goose will be cooked as everyone now knows what a lying slimeball he is. He plays a good game but still refuses to recognize that this is a social game too. I just don't seeing him winning this no matter how far he gets.

May 14 2010 at 7:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Russell deserves to win. He's been responsible for most of the evictions in this game, everyone hates him, everyone knows he's puppet-mastering them and everyone wants him gone. And yet, he stays. He deserved to win last season and he got hosed. I hope this season ends better for him. Hate him all you want, but his game play is AMAZING.

May 14 2010 at 7:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Alicia's comment

Russell doesn't deserve to win. He has a HUGE flaw in his game. He has no social game. His game is built entirely around backstabbing, bad mouthing, and intimidation. That doesn't win you jury votes no matter how far it gets you in the game. Russell won't win, he will be a runner up just like he was last season because NOBODY wants to give an ahole like that a million dollars. Survivor is more than just lying and cheating, the social aspect is extremely important. You have to be able to screw people without them feeling like they have been screwed.

May 14 2010 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Exactly. Russel focused so much on getting to the final 3 last season that he completely neglected the fact that you need votes to actually win. Somehow in his mind just getting there having been behind most of the shake-ups meant he was the ultimate player, but that completely neglects the social aspect of the game. It was simply pathetic last season when he tried to argue that he had really won.

This season will be exactly the same -- he'll be one of the final 3 and will get zero votes, but somehow still have the nerve to call himself the best player the game has ever seen.

May 14 2010 at 6:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am still on the ABR team. (Anyone But Russell) I just don't think you can win Survivor with sheer intimidation. I have been wanting him off for the whole season, but I think everyone wants him in the final three, because NO ONE will vote for him. Anyone in the Villains team will not vote for him because he has threatened everyone. As for the Heroes, they would vote for the nicest of the Villains. That means Sandra or Jerri or Colby would get votes over Russell.

I wonder if Russell is going to bribe the winner again for the "Sole Survivor" title again.

May 14 2010 at 2:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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