Survivor: China

Going For the Oscar

By Jim Van Nest

December 7, 2007

His angelic good looks and apparent virginity couldn't keep him around.

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Hello, good people, and welcome to Survivor: China. We're now down to six Survivors, which means next week will officially be Survivor Week as we finish off the show with four hours of Survivor goodness: one hour on Thursday and the three-hour finale/reunion extravaganza on Sunday. Before we get to that, though, we have to get to the business of whittling the cast down to five. Previously on Survivor: the Tribal Council cliffhanger was dull, the reward was the best ever, PG won and shared with Erik and Denise, Denise did Kung Fu at the Shaolin Temple, Amanda came up with a plan, Erik mastered the ninja stars and the stupidest play (or non-play) in Survivor history put the last nail in James' coffin. This week's previews suggested a family visit and the ultimate backstab as Amanda plots against Todd and Denise ends up in the dreaded "swing vote" position. Onward to the final five.

We begin the night after Tribal and Todd is shocked that the plan to oust James worked. They all discussed how life would have been had James played the idol. Erik suggests celebrating being in the top six and getting back to it tomorrow. PG seems to think there's a huge hole in the alliance for her and Erik to still be there. She's hoping to pick up a couple people to switch the tide. (Please, Survivor not smile on this challenge thrower. Smite her the way she deserves to be smitten.)


We come back from the credits to a mother of a storm. Day 31 dawns and the tribe is soaked and huddled in the shelter. Todd is telling us how much he misses home and how miserable he is. He tells us that his alliance is the remaining Fei Longs, but you can't really trust anyone at this point. He admits it would be a really smart move for them to get rid of him now. He won't tell them that, but he knows it to be true. And he's dead on right. The way he's played the game thus far, he's been out front as the leader and mastermind. Even though Amanda has played just as good a game as he has, he's been seen more as the face of the alliance and that may hold more weight with the jury.

Probst sighting!! As foreshadowed by Todd's longing for home, as the Survivors arrive at the challenge, Jeff tells them that they will be split into teams of two and be separated at opposite ends of a huge maze. They will have to navigate from both sides to the middle. First team to get to the middle wins. To make it worse, they'll be blindfolded. As Jeff pairs them up, he starts with Erik, who will be teamed with his mom. Cue the tears! Amanda will be paired with her sister. PG is paired with her dad. Todd's hooked up with his sister. And interestingly enough, it's like Granny Fairplay all over again. He asks her about someone and you hear his sister say, "She miscarried it, Todd." Are you frickin' kidding me? This better be legit, because I've considered Todd a pretty damn good player up until now and if he has resorted to stealing someone else's bit to win points with the tribe, I just might have to go to the reunion show so I can kick him right in the peas.

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