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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Each contestant will have three opportunities to toss a ball and try to get closest to the pin. It's a fairly one-sided game. All of the players take their turns before Dave gets one close, but Evil Russell gets one closer. Dave is down to Galu's last ball, and he knocks another of their team's balls nearest to the target. Galu once again walks away with reward, and poor Dr. Mick is left lamenting the extreme suckiness of his team.

In the next segment, Erik waits until his tribemates are either asleep or doing other things, then sets out to find the hidden immunity idol at his camp. While everyone else lazes indolently, he does in fact find the idol. Erik hides it in another location, knowing that no one will be looking for it in that spot.

Next up, we see Dave return triumphantly to camp with claims of being the super chicken provider. Though he recognizes that it's never a good idea to get cocky in the game, he does seem to think that he's the only one who's done anything worthwhile for Galu. Speaking of the chickens, Good Russell puts Shambo in charge of them, and it's only a matter of time before one of them gets loose. Everyone chases the chicken around, showing real surprise when it flies into a tree. "With God as my witness, I thought chickens couldn't fly!" would be the appropriate defense here. While pursuing the bird, Erik is completely knocked over when he runs into a branch that the tribe is using as a clothesline. As Dave says, "He was clotheslined. By our clothesline."

Before the immunity challenge, a brief segment is shown that demonstrates Yasmin's position within the tribe. Suffice it to say she is not sitting at the cool kids' table. Although she later claims it to be "strategy", Yasmin does absolutely nothing at camp. Even worse, she expects others to wait on her. When Kelly works with a coconut to get to the juice, Yasmin sits by as if expecting her to provide juice for her. Kelly drinks from the coconut, and Yasmin asks if there is any juice. Kelly tells her no, and then notes in a confessional to the camera that she's sick of Yasmin acting like a princess. Yasmin's behavior isn't just a detriment to her tribe, it's actually an impediment both to their success and survival and her own future in the game.


At last, it's a Probst sighting. Never do that again, Jeff. This challenge has the teams going through some netting/rope bridges and retrieving some blocks, which they must then stack high. The stack must stay standing for at least five seconds. Each tribe must complete two stages of this task, with the second stack getting significantly higher. Foa Foa has a nice advantage in Jaison's height, but Galu has some very strong performers in Yasmin and Erik. Ultimately, though, Monica is so slow across the rope bridge that she has depleted any lead her team once had. By the time they get to their stacking, both teams are neck and neck. Galu seems to break out to a lead, but Foa Foa is much more deliberate in the process of stacking. Kelly loses two blocks at the finally drops two blocks and Natalie's care in crafting the top of the stack pays off. Foa Foa finally wins an immunity challenge.

As for Galu's first ever Tribal Council, the vote basically comes down to Monica versus Yasmin. As we know, Monica was horrible in the immunity challenge and is effectively the reason her team is even going to Tribal Council, but Yasmin is a pain in the ass and does nothing outside of the challenges. Good Russell is concerned that the entire team will be picked off by the merge, so he sees Yasmin's challenge performances as an imperative. Everyone else is miserable enough about losing that they don't need further aggravation at camp. For a woman who spent a significant amount of time telling Foa Foa how to win at Survivor, Yasmin hasn't demonstrated any skill whatsoever at this game. When Crash Davis says in Bull Durham that the world is made for people who aren't cursed with self-awareness, he means Yasmin.

Tribal Council begins with others questioning Yasmin's work ethic. She counters - we kid you not - with "Maybe I don't belong in the jungle because I have on heels. I wanted to dress up for you, Jeff."

Evil Russell burned the wrong pair of shoes.

Given the way this episode has been crafted, there is little doubt about who will be voted off. Monica's role this season is as yet undefined, but Yasmin has been featured a fair amount and come across...poorly. Our suspicions are validated when Yasmin is eliminated by a vote of 8-2. This is two straight weeks that we really won't miss the person eliminated. Here's hoping Evil Russell makes it three in a row. On a side note, Loser Island should be pretty fun with Yasmin and Ben there together.

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