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Survivor: Redemption Island

You're Looking at the New Leader of Your Tribe

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

February 17, 2011

No one was *actually* eliminated yet, so...

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Jeff then asks Rob about the guys having a free pass. Does Rob get a free pass as well, or does he get an asterisk? He answers that it could very well be him walking away tonight and there's nothing he can do about it. Francesca suggests that Redemption Island puts a whole new twist in the thinking now. She suggests that by voting off Boston Rob, which they're not by the way, he stands a good chance to do well at RI and come back into the game. Philip doesn't like something he hears and interrupts. He says that before they came to Tribal, Francesca and Kristina came to him and asked him to vote for Rob. After some back and forth between Philip and Francesca, Philip tells us again that he was a special agent and that if he gives his word, he'll go down on a sinking ship. He then says that he'll be voting for Francesca tonight. Um...okay.

Kristina speaks, at the risk of Philip jumping down her throat as well and says that Philip freaks out too much and that there may be a bit of instability there. Philip then says that the plan was to vote for Rob because Kristina has a hidden immunity idol. And in the back row, Rob just laughs. Jeff confirms that she does have an idol. So Rob wants to get the score and asks Kristina if the plan was to vote for him. She says that she told Philip to vote for him, but she and Francesca were going to vote for Natalie. One of the funniest things about this entire exchange is that Philip has mispronounced Francesca's name every time he's said it. And oddly enough, he never says it the same way twice. There is some positivity here as he says again that he's voting for Francesca and that he has nothing else to say. And there was much rejoicing.

And now Rob takes over. He gives us the update that Philip is pretty adamant about his story and that Francesca has adamantly denied it. But Kristina hasn't done much to defend herself. "It was something that we considered. We'd have been idiots not to. But it's not something that we were going to do tonight." Rob asks to see the hidden idol...so she hands it to him. "Give me the immunity idol and you'll stay." Oh yeah, this is the best first Tribal ever. Kristina refuses to give him the idol. He tells her that the idol may keep her around for another three days, but he's going to do what he had planned to do, with the people he planned to do it with. And after all that, Jeff has nothing else to say except that it's time to vote.

We see Rob's vote for Francesca. "It feels so good to play with you amateurs." We see Natalie's vote for Kristina, telling her that she may make it through tonight, but not the next vote. We then see Francesca's vote for Philip telling him that she planned to vote for Natalie, but after that display, he earned her vote.




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And we have a crazy surprise as Kristina does not play the idol. First vote: Kristina. Kristina. Francesca. Philip. Francesca. Philip. Kristina. Francesca. So we're at three votes Kristina, three votes Francesca and two votes Philip. One vote left. First person voted out of Survivor: Redemption Island...Francesca. It's a huge, ballsy play by Kristina and it pays off. She lives through the vote AND keeps her idol. And by the sounds of it, she's gonna need it.

Next time on Survivor: Russell and Ralph butt heads, Philip gets in a fight with a crab and Francesca gets introduced to Redemption Island. If this first episode is any indication, this is going to be a great season. Can't wait to be back next week. Until then, take care.


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