Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Recap

Anything Could Happen

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

May 17, 2010

Remember when Russell told me I couldn't beat him? Wasn't that funny?

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"He wants to micromanage the whole tribe, and unfortunately, I'm not the kind of person you can micromanage." --Sandra, discussing Evil Loser Russell

We spent the last couple of days debating the various permutations for the last couple of votes. What we eventually settled upon was the Colby would be the next person eliminated unless one of two things happens. The obvious one is that he reclaims some of his glory from Season 2 and wins immunity. The other is that ELR comes to grips with the fact that he's highly unlikely to win this game and goes crazy. The last time this happened, Danielle was eliminated. This time, we'd be surprised if the remaining players chose to let his irrational behavior slide. Evil Loser Russell clearly does not recognize this, as he starts throwing a tantrum the moment they return from Tribal Council. He makes one of the worst arguments in Survivor history when he accuses Sandra of lying to him about possessing the Immunity Idol. As she later states, this is a comical assertion from someone who would have been voted off 25 days ago had he not played a hidden Immunity Idol. If ELR is to make the final Tribal Council tonight, he needs to get a grip on his emotions immediately, something he has never demonstrated an ability to do in his two seasons.

Remember when we talked about ELR and Parvati filing for Survivor divorce? Well, now she's acting like a Survivor ex-wife, as she needles him incessantly about his stupid Immunity Idol comments. All of Evil Loser Russell's enemies sense that he is low man on the totem pole, at least among those that have a pulse. For Colby's part (seriously, Colby is still here. Remember Reid?), he gets a little smile out of the whole exchange. Not only does he see a rift between the Villains giving him potential longer life in the game, but he also hates ELR and is enjoying his comeuppance. Evil Loser Russell has accomplished the impossible. He's made someone on the tribe less popular to Colby than Jerri. Of course, he is still just about popular enough to run for Congress.


All kidding aside, when we hear how ELR evaluates the game play of others, we see the downside of self-obsession. His scorecard is wrong. He's certain that if he goes to the final with Jerri and Sandra, that he would win because he's the only one who has played the game. Good luck with that.

Probst sighting! Today's Immunity Challenge has the Survivors balancing a stack of dishes until there is only one person left whose pile has not fallen. All contestants perform very admirably despite heat, wind and obvious exhaustion. The first person out is Sandra, followed soon by Jerri. Colby, Parvati and ELR all get their stacks rather high before Evil Loser Russell's, who seemed shaky all along, drops his dishes. The final two are Colby and Parvati and it's a fine showdown. The wind blows and threatens to tip Colby's stack, but he regains control. Finally, when Probst instructs them to put a large bowl on the stack, Colby just can't hold on any more. Parvati wins immunity again. She is guaranteed a spot in the final four and proves that she is one of the best to ever play the game.

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