Survivor Micronesia: Fans Vs. Favorites

Stir the Pot!, Part 1

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

May 14, 2008

Smile with your teeth if you're not going to vote for Amanda.

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Day 38 dawns and the girls are feeling much better. They decide to celebrate by letting their last chicken go free. Gloria isn't in too big of a hurry to leave. Now the thought turns to the celebratory food for the finalists. As they head off to Tree Mail for their deserved feast, what they find instead is a note telling them to do the whole "Fallen Comrades" thing, which will then end in their final immunity challenge. Um, that's right. Final. Immunity. Challenge. Boys and girls, we have a final two this season, not a final three. Everyone is thoroughly upset over this. Amanda breaks down again. Honestly, I fear for her mental health. She's losing it out there. They need to get her home ASAP. I guess there are only two words to say about that: GAME ON!!

As they head out to gather the torches of the fallen Survivors, it's now time for me to fast forward to the end. Sure, this is a nice thing and they try to say nice things about everyone, including Fairplay, but bottom line is, it's boring television, so let's get to the challenge, whaddaya say?


We come back from the torch burning and a commercial break to the ladies landing on the beach of their final immunity challenge. Today's challenge is another simple one. Each girl has a cylinder in front of her. The middle section of each cylinder has a slot in it where a metal ball will rest. The cylinder is cut into several parts. The challenge is to use to holders to hold the cylinder in the air. If they make it five minutes without dropping the ball, they will add sections to the cylinder to make it a longer and more difficult object to handle. Last one standing wins immunity. So, let's get it on.

The first section is pretty simple and everyone makes it through the five minutes without much of a problem. The second section also goes by with no one dropping their ball. The next section is where the problems are likely to begin. The only thing of note thus far is that after two rounds of holding the handles from the top, Amanda starts this section off holding from underneath, as though she's going to do a pull up. Shortly after this section begins, Parvati loses it and her ball falls to the table. This challenge is now down to Cirie and Amanda. As they more to the cylinder, Amanda continues her underhanded grip. Actually, this is quite smart, in my opinion. You use different muscles in the different grips. SO if you switch it up, your muscles are less likely to get tightened up or cramped. I like that plan. And as they both make it through that round, we're at the final round, which will go until someone drops their ball. For the final round, Amanda goes back to the overhand grip. A couple minutes into the final round, Cirie loses her concentration and then loses the ball. Amanda wins immunity and a spot at the final tribal council. She also wins the right to choose who she takes with her to the final tribal council. Her decision really doesn't seem too hard. You have to think she'll take her bestest buddy. The only real question here seems to be whether or not she learned anything from her disastrous final tribal council in China. She was absolutely brutal at the final tribal last time. Will she improve on that, or will she give away $2 million dollars in the span of six months? Who will he be sitting next to? Will Ozzy propose to her at the reunion? Will Jonny Fairplay's ego blow up, killing everyone in the auditorium? For the answer to these and many other questions, you'll have to come back for Part Two of the Survivor: Micronesia finale recap. 'Til then, take care!

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