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Survivor: Samoa

Hungry for a Win

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

October 10, 2009

She thinks everything you do is stupid, but don't worry, she'll tell you about it.

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Previously on Survivor, Evil Russell assured Ben that he would not be eliminated at Tribal Council. Moments later, Ben was eliminated at Tribal Council. This causes us to question Evil Russell's professed omnipotence. Evil Russell's big problem is that he cast his lot with Ben, who was an idiot...and vaguely racist to boot. He's one of those new-fangled white man's burden types, who is better about the fact that he wasn't born in the Mad Men era, where everyone who wasn't white knew their role and didn't have all these pesky ambitions about equality. He Man Woman Hater Evil Russell found Ben relatable, apparently.

This week, Evil Russell will be forced to prove that he was not emasculated by the tribe. We're looking forward to seeing how he handles rejection. Our guess: Not well.

Night eight at Foa Foa finds Evil Russell reasonably at peace with the tribe's decision (he voted along with them for Ben). In fact, the person most upset by recent events is Jaison, who is horrified by Ben's unwillingness to show remorse. He explains his frustration with the difference between what he perceived Survivor to be versus the reality of it. "I'm hungry and tired. I came here to have an adventure. But frankly, right now I believe that coming here was the worst decision I have made in my entire life." Evil Russell senses the fact that Jaison's heart isn't in the game anymore, and begins to question whether he wants to be attached to a player who isn't really motivated.




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Over at Galu, Shambo is feeling the generation gap and thinks the grass is greener over at Foa Foa. She feels as though that tribe has a real Shambo appreciation (yes, she does refer to herself in the third person). Erik takes an opportunity to approach Shambo about the clue she received about the hidden Immunity Idol over at Foa Foa, and she tells him exactly what it said (why, we don't know). Basically, Erik has sussed out that if there's one at Foa Foa, there must be one at their camp as well. He'll take his first opportunity to seek it out.

Tree Mail arrives with instructions for the tribe leaders (Mick and Good Russell) to select two people to go on a quest with them. Mick chooses Evil Russell and Natalie, while Good Russell brings Shambo and Dave. When they arrive, a strange series of events unfolds. For perhaps the first time in the history of Survivor, there is no Probst sighting. The six opponents warily eye one another as they mentally calculate what Jeff's absence means. A quick review of the landscape reveals a trunk on one side and a crate of chickens on the other. Tension mounts until everyone decides that It's On, and they run to the two key locations. Shambo and Natalie grab the chickens before Dave's clue reveals that it won't be that simple. A variation of bocce ball/horseshoes will be played without Probst's oversight.


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