Survivor: Samoa

It's Called a Russell Seed

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

October 1, 2009

He didn't want to stay on a tribe with this pansies anyway.

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Back at Foa Foa, a segment occurs where Evil Russell brags about his seed. Or something like that. We got disturbed and kind of tuned him out for a bit. He tells Ben that Ashley is gunning for him to be next person voted out. Ben demonstrates remarkable patience in sprinting across the island to challenge Ashley on the subject. When asked who told him, Ben is a master of subterfuge, saying, "It wasn't Russell, that's all I'm saying." Dammit. Now we'll never figure out who it might have been! Of course, Ashley has no idea who might be planting such ideas in her teammates' heads. This makes us sad.

Now is the time when Galu wipes the floor with Foa Foa! The sack containing the information for the Reward/Immunity Challenge does come with some nice replacement clothing. We continue to see the divide in the Galu tribe as all the cute girls model their new bikinis, while Shambo shows off her lovely sports bra.

The challenge involves a couple of members of each team trying to swim through a goalie-like opposing tribe person to get to a block, which must be dragged back to shore. Each team is required to sit a couple of people, but what's important to note here is that Foa Foa sits Evil Russell, who is given an excellent view of Ben as he falls down repeatedly as he tries to prevent guys from Galu from getting to their blocks. We don't really have to even go further here. Galu blows Foa Foa out of the water (quite literally), though at least CBS gets some nice cat fight footage out of the whole thing when the bikini chicks do battle.


After winning the challenge, Galu's leader Good Russell must decide between "comfort" or "function" for his team. You can pretty well guess what each one involves. Russell is given only five seconds to consider and he is not allowed to consult his tribemates. He goes with comfort, which pleases the ladies (except Shambo) and pisses off the dudes. Russell's rationale is that it will be a lot easier to live with the girls if they have the pillows, blankets and towels they so desire. We'll see how that comes back to bite him later. God Russell must also choose someone to hang with Foa Foa through their next Tribal Council, observing and taking in information. Who better to infiltrate than Shambo? The end result can't be any more horrific than what happened with Yasmin.

And in fact, this proves to be more than correct. Shambo is the most popular mullet on the show, and the Foa Foa folks like her so much, they want to adopt her. She's very genuine with each of them, giving off a positive energy that they seemed to need. For her part, she feels more in touch with this group, many of whom are closer to her age - and if they're not, at least they're a bit more mature.

Unlike Yasmin, Shambo does read the clues regarding the hidden Immunity Idol and begins pondering how to solve them. Of course, it won't do her any good, but it's nice to know someone's playing the game. Yasmin was much more inclined to ignore the clue and focus on the many failings of Ben, which we must admit is kind of addictive.

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