Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Recap
A Sinking Ship
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
May 7, 2010
In order to prevent the challenge from lasting indefinitely as was the case the last time it was played, Probst quickly offers the contestants various foodstuffs in order to make them drop out of the competition. One minute into the game, Sandra and ELR quit before he can even reveal what the first item is. They are rewarded for their lack of effort with cookies and milk.
Meanwhile, we learn an American broadcasting imperative as the remaining six contestants compete. A month into a competition where players are not allowed to have razors, women should never be asked to raise their arms. Let's just say that their armpits are...very European in terms of grooming. It's not pleasant to the point that evolution has suffered its worst setback since the Scopes Monkey Trial.
After 20 minutes of poor hygiene, Probst returns with donuts and an iced coffee. We are shocked when Colby, one of the two contestants we are calling Dead Meat during tonight's episode, takes the offer. He must feel a lot more confident about his chances with Rupert having had his morning blow-up with ELR. The problem with this logic is that one out of five remaining players is about to win immunity and Rupert is one of them.
At the 35 minute mark, Candice attempts to instruct Danielle in the dynamics of Survivor voting, informing her that someone needs to beat Rupert else he win immunity. We have no memory whatsoever of the first time Candice played Survivor, which appears to be a good thing since we have grown to despise her.
As all of this occurs, Probst returns with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, and "a big bowl of candy" along with two glasses of milk. The two women forget all about Rupert and quickly agree to quit the competition while Jerri jumps in as well. We are down to Rupert, who desperately needs immunity, and Parvati, who is playing the game the right way. Part of this probably stems from the fact that she knows she could have gone home last week and remains the biggest target in the game. Even so, a lot of players with worse positions in the game than her quit while she kept on fighting. We commend her for this.
Thirty-five minutes later, exactly twice as long as anyone else lasted, Parvati is rewarded for her grit and determination when Rupert falls off his pedestal, giving her immunity. To his credit, Rupert channeled his hatred of ELR into a much better performance in this challenge than we had expected, especially when we factor in his toe. Still, this challenge is too hard a task for a grizzly bear of a man to beat a graceful, slight woman like Parvati. It was just too much to overcome and we know we will be playing It's Anyone but Rupert after the commercial break.
Before the contestants leave the challenge, Probst reads them another Hidden Immunity Idol clue, which sets the tone for everything that happens prior to Tribal Council. Once the players get back to camp, they start sprinting to search the areas it may be hidden. Eventually, Sandra finds something we are led to believe is the idol, but it also comes with what looks like another clue. She is unable to read the clue for fear of someone finding her right in the middle of doing so. This leaves us confused as to what has transpired. We are operating under the assumption that she has an idol, but this is not a certainty.