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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 5 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 17th 2011 6:30AM
Krista and Stephanie, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'We Hate Our Tribe']

Could this finally be the season that "Boston Rob" Mariano takes home the $1 million prize? It's certainly going to be hard to convince a jury to give it to him, even if he gets that far. Unless they discount the fact that his wife has already won this game once and credit the game he's played so far.

Of course, he's still got to make it there, and the way Ometepe has been playing so far, it's not looking very promising. Coming into this week's installment, they'd only won one challenge that we'd seen. And that was because Zapatera threw the challenge so they could get rid of their own "All-Star."



Rob has a much stronger hold on his tribe. Even Matt is still wondering why Rob voted him out -- it was for being nice to the other tribe. Would this week offer any surprises?

Not really, though it was still a good episode. I've found myself surprisingly rooting for Stephanie and Krista on the Zapatera tribe. It must be that inclination to support the underdog, because now that their former pack leader has been sent packing, these two are floundering on a tribe that's just itching to get rid of them.

They recognized that winning this week's Immunity Challenge was going to be key to their survival, but it wasn't to be. I was a little surprised the tribe allowed Stephanie to be the caller and puzzle-solver for Zapatera, considering she's on the outs with "The Six." Or maybe it was so they could easily blame her if it all went wrong.

David, the lawyer, seems to think that because he's a lawyer, he's automatically an excellent puzzle-solver. I've known lawyers who were brilliant at law, but struggled to find the door out of their office on their way to the big trial. So for him to equate his job with solving a word puzzle is as ludicrous as me saying that this job gives me a better chance of winning 'Survivor' than the rest of you.

I also found myself agreeing with Krista and Stephanie's assessment of their own tribe, saying that "The Six" aren't really playing much of a strategic game right now. I understand the idea that they're trying to stay strong to the merge, and with the successes they've had in challenges up to this week, that does make sense. But in a group of six, someone is low man (or woman) on that totem pole.

At Redemption Island, Krista and Stephanie stirred the pot some more, while laying more confidence and praise at the lap of Rob Mariano, who came with Grant. After Matt continued his undefeated streak by taking out Kristina in a cube puzzle Challenge, Stephanie told Rob that she and Krista were ready to flip to his side once the merge came.

Of course, they had to make it there first. And now, in order to get there, Krista is going to have to take down Matt and start a streak of her own at Redemption Island.

It was no surprise at all that one of the two girls was eliminated. It really was just a matter of which of the pair "The Six" was going to want to get rid of first. While Stephanie has been more vocal, maybe they thought Krista stood a better chance against Matt and they were hoping to send Stephanie to face off against her own ally next week. We'll have to wait and see.

All of this has been great for Phillip and his pink panties, as despite being one of the most annoying and crazy people in the game, his position is actually kind of secure right now. Rob's using him as a buffer and a distraction so the rest of his tribe won't target him.

It is kind of fun watching Rob play this game this time, as he's getting such an ego on him right now. Tonight, he looked like the Godfather laying across the branches for his confessionals. I'm not sure how long he can keep stringing his tribe along, but he's put himself in a great position for now.

And now he's playing psychological games with Grant over the Hidden Immunity Idol just to get into his head and mess with him. Sound like any other 'Survivor' villains you can think of?

It's pretty awesome that the game is so intense and exciting this early in the game, and you have to credit a lot of that to Rob and his aggressive brand of gameplay. Maybe even, too, just the presence of two former players has pushed everyone else into a much more hypersensitive playing style as well. We're seeing moves usually reserved for later in the game.

Or maybe it's just the continuing evolution of 'Survivor.' By the time I do get on that show and school everyone on how easy it is to win, it will probably be played almost nothing like it is now.

Do you think Rob can go all the way to the Finals this season? More importantly, do you think he can get the votes to win?

'Survivor: Redemption Island' airs Wednesdays, 8PM ET on CBS.

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Jana

I think Rob can go to the end. I also think if he can, they need to pick a winner on game play, not on whether a person needs the money or not. That's stupid. If Donald Trump goes on Survivor and gets to the end, his game playing and attitude throughout should decide, not how rich he is! I hate it when the best game player loses because of peoples pre-conceived notions.

March 17 2011 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rat Phink

Well I guess if you keep letting Rob on the show multiple times, he's bound to win the game eventually.

Seems the only thing the producers cared about this season was the rivalry been Russell and Rob. They cast some of the worst players in the game and some caught up in the "celebrity" aspect to even care about playing. Last two shows tribals have been so obvious and boring. Probst has to inject even more prodding during Redemption and Tribal to stuff the **** up and get things moving.

March 17 2011 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert

Two points:
1. It's been mentioned several times in conversation that Dave the lawyer's hobby is doing puzzles and that he's pretty good at it. It was even mentioned in passing several times this episode.

2. Krista actually broke down how the Six do have some possible sub-alliances working together right before the vote to give her the boot. Based on what she stated it looks like there's three pairs working together with poor lawyer Dave just along for the ride right now.

March 17 2011 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jason J. Hughes

1. After they lost the challenge, David went on a rampage against Stephanie and he made the connection between solving puzzles and his career, as if the two were somehow related.

2. She hinted at possible sub-alliances, but they're trying to put on a face like they're six strong. I'll admit that the sub-alliances and gameplay is probably something that we (and Stephanie) just haven't been privy to yet.

March 17 2011 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason J. Hughes

1. After they lost the challenge, David went on a rampage against Stephanie and he made the connection between solving puzzles and his career, as if the two were somehow related.

2. She hinted at possible sub-alliances, but they're trying to put on a face like they're six strong. I'll admit that the sub-alliances and gameplay is probably something that we (and Stephanie) just haven't been privy to yet.

March 17 2011 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
General Kenobi

"It was no surprise at all that one of the two girls was eliminated. It really was just a matter of which of the pair Rob was going to want to get rid of first."

Jason, come on! Pull your head out of Boston Rob's ass for a second. He's not even on that team, he's not choosing which of those girls to go. What are you even talking about? You're usually far more on point than this...

The moment in Tribal that I thought was telling, and were I one of those girls would've pounced on, is when the one guy admitted the 6 were playing the game hard, just not in front of these two girls. My response would've been, ah, so you do have a sub-alliance... then turned to the rest of them and posed the rhetorical, "are you part of his sub-alliance?" Because he was likely lying, they aren't really playing, but if he wasn't, and he does have a pecking order, there are some on the bottom of that that didn't previously realize it... wouldn't have saved Krista, but it would have made the point much more forcefully, I think.

March 17 2011 at 12:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Jason J. Hughes

I do think that moment was telling, and I expect "The Six" to start to fracture pretty soon. With Stephanie still around, she'll have nothing better to do then try to break them up and expose their sub-alliances.

As for the Rob comment, yeah I don't know what that was. I fixed it, though. :)

March 17 2011 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ferley

Rob is the only one playing this game!!! The rest of them are fools. Stephanie tribes are idiots. If she makes the merge she is the only one that would give Rob trouble in playing the game. At the end he will take those two girls and stab Grant in the back at 4. Everybody will vote Rob because those girls are just here for a vacation and do nothing in the game or for camp. This week was boring!

March 17 2011 at 8:33 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dkcincos

I wondered about David's puzzle skills too but maybe that's his hobby. I'm sure they all talk about more than what we see in a one hour episode. As for Krista and Stephanie, I was a little bored with this episode because I really didn't care which one left as they are both unlikeable. Kinda rooting for Matt right now.

March 17 2011 at 8:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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