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Survivor: Samoa

All Hell Breaks Loose

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

November 8, 2009

Another victim of the Too Big For Their Britches scenario.

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Evil Loser Russell does have a setback with this strategy, though. His best option for an ally - Laura - basically shows him the scoreboard. She lets him know that she is in control of the game, not him. Decisions will go through her. ELR, as you might expect, is less than receptive to this suggestion. In fact, he is so agitated by her behavior, that Evil Loser Russell decides that Laura will be the next to go. Don't worry, Laura. The last three times he's said this, the person hasn't gone home. In fact, the safest place to be seems to be his crosshairs.

ELR finally stumbles across the one player who is gullible enough to be manipulated. Yes, we're talking about Shambo. When pressed to offer the name of someone she would like to see go home, she blurts out "Laura" before he has even finished his sentence. Before you think that the stars are aligning for ELR, however, keep in mind that with 25 minutes left, the producers have done everything possible to edit the episode to make it appear that Laura is the impending victim. Twenty seasons of Survivor have taught us that this just isn't how things work on the show.

Probst sighting! The Immunity Challenge this week has a slight twist. A woman and a man will get individual immunity, which is a slight advantage to the female players since there are five of them remaining compared to seven men. The competition itself is like tee-ball meets horseshoes. The goal is to knock your ball into one of several targeted areas, with a possible point score from 1 to 5. It's not the easiest task in the world, as too much power will knock the ball completely out of play, disqualifying the contestant from the challenge. There's also a net up high that is worth ten, but it seems all but impossible to target.




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Evil Loser Russell has the best score until the final male player, with four points. Rocket scientist John has a beautiful swing that earns him five points and the immunity necklace. Then, Kelly leads for the women with three points, and Laura is the final contestant to have a chance to beat her. Just as was the case with the men, she comes through with a clutch RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring four points to win immunity. This moment offers the ancillary benefit of crushing all of ELR's hopes and dreams, as his most realistic hope of a Galu member being voted off has just been dashed.

Back from the commercial break, it's time to play It's Anyone But a Member of Foa Foa. We see Jaison and Mick as the primary targets, since the two of them are both physically fit and well-respected by their competitors. Evil Loser Russell would like you to think he falls into this category, but we doubt a straw poll of Galu members would show him as such. Stating the obvious, Foa Foa needs something unexpected to happen...


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