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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 12 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 5th 2011 7:30AM
Ometepe Six, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'You Mangled My Nets']

And so the "Ometepe Six," as they'd come to be called, came to rule the game of 'Redemption Island,' decimating their Zapatera foe until only they remained. And it was good. For about half a second.

Truly, they will go down in history as one of the strongest and most enduring alliances in the history of the game. But now there's no one left to eat but themselves. Smart players would immediately target the Rob-father, but he's so into their heads, are they even capable of seeing the situation clearly?

I suspect the mental and psychological drain of the 'Survivor' experience is far more difficult than any of us can imagine. Rob's done it a few times, so he was probably more prepared for that aspect of the game. And with their tired brains, they may truly not be able to see the pieces to connect.

This week was the first time we saw how much this game really means to Rob. He admitted that he's been trying to win 'Survivor' for ten years. Even his masterful performance in 'All-Stars' only cemented a win for his ally, Amber. Sure, he wound up marrying her, but it was still her victory.

But, he's got a long way to go, and he's got to nail it down in that final Tribal Council. If he sticks with Phillip, the special agent apparently has a trick up his sleeve as well.

I've been curious how much Phillip is playing this "crazy" card as a strategy. He pretty adeptly laid out exactly what Rob is doing in regards to him in the game, admitting that he's making himself the villain so they'll want him in the Finals. It is there, he says, that he has a strategy to vocalize no one else has thought of.

Dammit, Phillip. Now I kind of want you to get there just to see what it is. If he doesn't, maybe Jeff will remember to ask him about it during the live reunion special.

We got a deeper glimpse into life on Redemption Island, now that it's housing three and four people. They even got videos from home just like the people in the game proper. The videos seemed to reinvigorate everyone in the game, and especially Matt and Natalie. Matt's been struggling for awhile, and Natalie seemed just overwhelmed by the fact that after five "gimme" votes, the real nastiness was about to begin.

The Redemption Island challenge again only eliminated one person, and it was about what we expected. But it was here that the loved ones prize was presented. Winner got time with their loved on, or a horrible choice. Michael won, while Matt and Ralph came in second and third to stay in the game. Steve, who was completely drained, went to the Jury.

Michael could keep his visit, give visits to Matt and Ralph or give loved ones to the Ometepe Six. He went with the latter option, which was probably a shocker to everyone. Even Matt, who's been wearing his spirituality like a badge for weeks now said he didn't think he could have done that.

The visit seemed to boost the spirits of the Ometepe Six, as they attacked the step-building challenge with so much vigor and drive. I found myself incredibly impressed with Rob as it was pure willpower that pushed him stumbling to victory. I don't know if we've ever seen anyone kill themselves so much in a single challenge. That's the kind of passion and drive you have to respect.

Once again, though, the vote turned out to be a non-surprise. Since Matt's return and second blindside, Andrea has been a target of Rob's. They tried to play up the chance that he's starting to perceive Phillip's strategy, but it came down to loyalty.

However, if Andrea wasn't sure about them before, she's now going to firmly be in the camp of the folks at Redemption Island against Rob. He's going to have to do a lot of sweet talking to win that million dollars with all those Zapatera and Matt and Andrea on the outs.

It's going to come down still, I think, to when, and how many, people come back from Redemption Island. If only one person makes it back into the game, and they can make it to the Final Tribal Council, they'll have a great shot of winning.

If Matt gets there, it would be the weirdest situation ever. He's only spent maybe a week in the actual game. Would they reward him for his endurance and early domination at Redemption Island? It helps that he's spending a little more time with some of his competitors now, as those are the folks who will make up the jury.

After next Wednesday, it's the two-hour finale. There are only seven days left in the game, and yet we technically still have nine people who haven't been completely eliminated yet. We're looking at an elimination bloodbath. And soon.

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

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If I were Rob, I would immediatly be looking to get rid of Grant. He is such a strong threat, he could win the next few immunities, easily, and he seems to play a good social game. If he gets rid of grant, the only thing he would have to worry about is who would come back from redemption, which could still screw him, cause Mike seems to be up there with Matt and Grant on being able to win challenges. Phillip, Nat, and Ashley don't seem to be very strong, or smart and Rob could easily vote them out and still get them to vote for him in the Jury. Don't forget, Rob is a smooth talker. I can't wait till he reveals that he was manipulating them at every point, even so far as to name the tribe after what Amber calls her stuffed animals. I was kind of bummed we didn't see Amber as Rob's love from home.

May 06 2011 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love this show, and it has been quite boring lately. I think Phillip is delusional if he thinks "he's acting crazy". Nobody can act that good! Rob, in my opinion, faked being weak after the challenge cause he wanted sympathy and to have the others "see" how much the game means to him to help in the end with the ones who get mad at him for voting them out and lying to them about taking them to the end. It's like Russell says, people vote on personality, not by how good someone played the game. Russ should have won his first season, but everybody ended up knowing they'd been played by the voting time and their little feelings were hurt so they wouldn't give him the win. Rob is lying to someone's face and denying he is using those tactics. At least Russell was out front about it. Rob hides behind his tears and girls!!! I hope he doesn't win. I hope Mike or Ralph wins. The girls this season have been as dumb as bricks when it comes to any scheming or planning ahead. I've never been more embarrassed to be a female than when I look at how foolishly they have represented women!! In the past there has always been strong women and these girls are just plain dumb. It will now hopefully get more interesting with Ometepe eating their own......

May 05 2011 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
General Kenobi

I'm really not a big fan of people that wear their religion on their sleeve into a reality game show that is inherently a game of strategy and more often than not, lying. With that said, all the yap-yap from Matt this entire season, a very annoying reality, gave way to someone actually doing something in the game based on their mores that made sense... not strategically, but spiritually... Matt can pretend to be God's instrument all day long, fighting to win a million dollars by saying that he doesn't want to be there, and is only there because it's God's will... but the simple fact is, Mike's choice and subsequent statement showed more class and Christian values than Matt can dream of... "I asked him to let me win, and this is what he asked of me." What God has apparently asked of Matt is to be a whiner in his name... if so, he's doing one hell of a good job at it. NOT THAT GOD CARES ABOUT SURVIVOR!!!

I really do hope Rob wins. He has the fire in his belly and he's putting it all out there. I honestly don't think we'll ever see him on an island again, so I hope he pulls it out. At this point, he's got a pretty good shot. Even if the dupes in his alliance realize he should go, he's still got that one ace up his sleeve in the immunity idol. Additionally, it doesn't seem as though the people he's allied with realize that even if he takes them, he's taking them for second or third. Can't they see that? Wouldn't it be the most obvious thing out there for everyone but Rob that Rob has to go before the end? When do these people plan to play for that? After they lose the numbers to oust him? Phillip is fine going with Rob to the end. He actually thinks his best chance to win is against the person who obviously should win... which means they do know... Phillip wouldn't want to go against anyone but the sure thing winner with his secret plan... So, they must be among the stupidest people alive at this point. Sure, don't intentionally lose a challenge like Zapatera did with Russell, but once to the merge, why on Earth keep Rob around? Just plain stupid...

May 05 2011 at 12:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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