Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Recap

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By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

March 12, 2010

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Once gameplay resumes, the Heroes are a player short and should perhaps have tried to win the challenge as quickly as possible. Amanda does score first, giving them hope, but after that point, the Heroes seem to wear down. The fighting is a bit contentious, as J.T. slams coach into the ground, while Rupert drives Jerri's face into a post. He claims it's accidental, but the video is inconclusive on the point. In the end, Tyson scores the first point for the Villains, while Jerri gets her vengeance by scoring the final shot to win the challenge. The Villains will be dining on chocolate tonight.

And what a feast it is, almost Willy Wonka-esque in its decadence. After the Villains stuff their faces, some of them go off to swim in a gorgeous natural pool. The only ones left behind are Evil Loser Russell and Parvati. Remember last season when ELR started showing everyone his hidden immunity idol? Yeah, he's still an exhibitionist. First he reveals that he found it to Parvati, who somehow manages to make it all about her. Apparently, Evil Loser Russell's having the idol helps her status in the game in a way that only she understands. She then tells him that they should bring Coach onboard, so ELR shows it to the Dragonslayer, who is thrilled that someone is including him in their clique. Coach and ELR have their own Idiot's Renaissance Faire, and Evil Loser Russell is thrilled when Coach kneels before him - not like that, but it does seem like there's an implication there.

Basically, ELR has decided that his main competition is Boston Rob - and he's probably right that Boston Rob is both the best strategist and athlete on their team. He's hoping for a blind side, but we learn as the others are swimming that they're fully confident that Evil Loser Russell has the idol and the best way to flush it out is to vote against him. "May the best man win," says ELR. We hope he remembers that later.


Back at the Heroes camp, not to be outdone by Parvati, Amanda somehow makes James's gruesome leg injury all about herself. She considers herself to be James's little sister, and his removal from the game would be really horrible...for her. Why do bad things happen to self-absorbed Survivor players? Tom, on the other hand, is more pragmatic, commenting that he's not rooting for an injury, but hey, if it happens...

And with that, it's time for another Probst sighting! The Immunity Challenge has one person calling out directions to find puzzle pieces in a field to tribemates who are blindfolded. The Villains choose Jerri to be their caller, while the Heroes are obviously forced to go with James due to his injury. This...does not seem to be in James's skill set. We're proven wrong, though, when James turns out to be really good at giving instructions (Jerri is, too). He gets the Heroes back to the clubhouse first with a decent lead, and all that's left to do is assemble the puzzle.

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