Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Recap
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
April 16, 2010
The Probst sighting comes early this week. Even before the Reward Challenge occurs, everyone knows what it's going to be. This contest is a brutal balance challenge where the contestants must stand on a series of progressively smaller pegs, with the first round set being relatively comfortable. The two teams are told to arrange themselves from strongest to weakest, and the Villains quickly deduce that their "women's alliance" gives them a tremendous advantage. Lighter people with smaller feet struggle less with the pain and discomfort. For the Heroes, JT has won this challenge previously and Candice and Amanda are smaller, but they're at a definite disadvantage for the most part.
This proves out as the challenge goes through its three round process. The way this game is set up is that five Villains will match up against five Heroes (ELR sits this one out). The pairings that will compete are Rupert and Sandra (incidentally, Rupert was certain he would dominate), Colby and Jerri, JT and Parvati, Amanda and Courtney and Candice and Danielle. Needless to say, Colby and Rupert become very uncomfortable very quickly. Sandra makes the most of her moment, taunting Rupert by talking through the challenge and showing that she's having no trouble at all. Meanwhile, JT is sending love letters to Evil Loser Russell with his eyes, and ELR plays up every moment of it. The Villains' decision to vote off Coach has accidentally become a great strategic move, as everyone on the Heroes team is thinking that ELR can be flipped to their side with ease.
The challenge plays out as you would expect. Once Colby and Rupert go down, Amanda also struggles. The Villains win 3-0, and are off to have a fabulous dinner from Outback Steakhouse. It's a shameless plug, but at least there's a sincere element to it as Sandra talks about how she and her husband, a military man, love the restaurant and eat there all the time. It's clear that she's pleased to have this reminder of home.
During their dinner, Parvati has a clue fall out of her napkin, and wisely hides it in her pants so that no one else can see. Have we mentioned that Parvati is in a great position to go very far in this game? Her alertness and quick move have just given her another edge. She shares the news with Danielle with the intent of gaining her loyalty deep into the game, but comments that they will not be telling Evil Loser Russell about the clue - at least not until it's absolutely necessary.
The next segment shows us JT's plan, as promised in the commercials. His big idea is to win the Immunity Challenge, and while they're doing that, he'll slip Evil Loser Russell the hidden immunity idol with a note attached that instructs him to vote off Parvati. If you are getting a sense of foreboding right now, you should. JT is heading down to the basement where the axe murderer is. But don't worry! He's armed with a flashlight!