Survivor: Redemption Island
You Own My Vote
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
February 24, 2011
Phillip - 20-1 Phillip definitely has "the crazy". He also may just have earned the respect of Rob after that amazing Tribal performance. While Rob didn't need his help, exposing a plan to get rid of Rob in front of everyone may just have earned Phillip some points with the Robfather. AND, he does bring the crazy, so he may just be the guy you want to be sitting next to at the end.
Kristina - 25-1 Kristina's only positive is that she still has the idol. With Rob leading the way, this tribe could go on an immunity run. And every time they don't vote, she gets to hold that idol a little longer and watch tribal dynamics change.
Steve/Sarita/David/Julie/Krista - 50-1 Um...who?
Russell/Stephanie - 75-1 Russell's days are numbered. Everyone is gunning for him and he brings nothing to the table as far as camp life or challenges go. He's not a joy to have around camp and he can't be trusted. I'm not totally convinced he won't be the first of his tribe to go. Stephanie has thrown in with him...which will make her target #2. Only a Redemption Island duel run will get one of these 2 to the merge.
Francesca - 1 million-1 She's still in the game, sorta. She showed me nothing that tells me she has what it takes to win a duel. I would expect her to add "first person out of Survivor: Redemption Island" to her other first, "First person sent to Redemption Island."
And now, on with the show...
The episode begins with Francesca arriving at Redemption Island. She is very concerned about the conditions at RI. As she goes through the basket of materials, all she wants is to find a flint in there. She finds some and gets to work on the fire making. She tells us that she might actually prefer RI to being back at camp with Phillip. I can honestly see her point here.
Speaking of back at camp...Ometepe returns from Tribal and Rob tells everyone that was one of the wildest Tribals he's ever seen. Kristina is feeling good about having kept the idol. I guess when everything goes horribly wrong, you have to enjoy your small victory where you can. Phillip asks to take Rob aside for a chat. This should be good. "Until I go to Redemption, you own my vote." Rob tells us that Phillip is quite the piece of work. He's not sure if he's delusional or what. As he says, "Let this be a lesson to ya, government jobs? Stressful." Rob rallies his troops and confirms that his alliance of six will run it to the end. He's very glad that he has an alliance that understands how to vote (hear that, Tyson?).
As we come back from break, shhhhhhhh, be vewy vewy quiet. Phiwwip's hunting cwabs. With a spear. In his drawers. As the rest of the tribe watches and gives the Steve Irwin commentary, Phillip tells us that he is very proud and when Francesca maligned his character, he was very upset. As he tells us about his service to his country, he does tear up and I have to say...as loopy as the guy seems, he does seem incredibly sincere about this topic. And finally, Phillip the hunter hits pay dirt as he smacks his side winding foe with a rock. Oh, there will be crab cakes tonight!!