Survivor: Redemption Island
You Own My Vote
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
February 24, 2011
Kristina pulls out her idol and lets us know that she has every intention to play it tonight. She asks Phillip if he's worried for tonight. He says that he's not, and that Redemption doesn't sound all that bad. He seems to feel that he can win there.
Rob gathers his core four alliance of Natalie, Grant and Ashley and discusses whether or not to vote out Matt or Andrea. He tells the group that he didn't like the handshake and Grant agrees. So they decide that the four of them will vote for Matt. They'll tell Andrea and Matt that they're splitting the vote again, to cover the idol. Then the four votes for Matt should be enough. Rob thinks Matt is playing a very hard game and he's playing a little too hard for Day 5. He tells us that he didn't want to play the game like this, but Matt's playing the game of Survivor. "He's playing textbook. But he's playing with ME." Good lord, do you suppose it's possible that Rob and Russell could be ANY more full of themselves? At least in Rob's case, he has the numbers and the setup to be able to feel that way. But even so, dude, get over yourself, too.
Rob gets his alliance of six together (including Matt and Ashley) and they discuss the vote split. The girls will vote for Kristina and the guys will vote for Phillip. Of course, Rob has no intention to keep with that plan. He tells us that Kristina better play her idol. If they can split up Matt and Andrea AND flush the idol, it'll be a home run.
Phillip comes to Rob to see what to do. Ron and Matt discuss how Phillip has no idea what to do. It's really hard to tell right now who loves Rob more. I'm thinking it's a three-way tie between Natalie, Matt and Rob. After some more glowing praise from Matt, Rob takes Phillip for a walk. He tells Phillip that no matter who goes home, it won't be him. He tells Phillip that he can't go off crazy during Tribal. He also tells him that he has to act like he's going home, as a result of his poor challenge performance. Rob tells him that right before it's time to vote, he'll put his right hand on the shoulder of who he wants Phillip to vote for. Phillip agrees. Rob is using this as a test to see what kind of loyalty Phillip has and whether or not he can actually do what he's supposed to do.
Right off the bat at Tribal, Jeff asks Kristina about not playing the idol last time. She says that she just had a feeling that she was safe last Tribal. This Tribal, not so much and she already knows whether or not she'll play the idol tonight. Jeff asks Phillip whether or not the challenge brought out the animal in him. He goes off on some sort of gorilla, lion, United States, family story that is just another notch in his crazy belt. He does finish up by saying that it was his fault they lost and he would understand if he pays the price for the loss. He asks Matt about Phillip saying he deserves to go, but he's one of the stronger guys. Matt says it's tough to think about voting someone out because of one mistake. Jeff asks Phillip about all the work he's done to get where he is and how it feels to be on the cusp of leaving the game. Phillip says that when he gets to Redemption Island, he will see his nemesis. He's ready to take care of business on RI. As Jeff speaks before sending them off to vote, Rob quickly puts his hand on Kristina's shoulder, signaling Phillip how to vote. And with that, it's time to vote.
We see Matt's vote for Phillip, Phillip's vote for Kristina and Kristina's vote for Phillip. We hear Rob say that he hopes the person doesn't hold it against him, but we don't actually see the vote. As Jeff asks about having an idol, Kristina plays her idol. And now it's time for the votes. The first and second votes are for Kristina and don't count. The next two votes are for Phillip. And then come the four votes for Matt. The expressions during the reading of the votes are fantastic. All is going according to plan until that first Matt vote comes up. The second and third votes come up and Andrea looks to be in a state of complete shock. Matt is literally like, "Whoa." And Andrea is now completely lost as her own alliance turned against her. Jeff snuffs the torch and sends Matt off to RI.
And we're left with some final words from Matt as he walks to Redemption Island. He sets his torch up and we hear Francesca sounding surprised when she learns who has joined her.
Next time on Survivor: Andrea is pissed and is on the warpath against Rob. Zapatera will learn what happens when you cross Russell. Stephanie is talking about the "biggest blindside EVER." And while it's not hyped in the promo, next week should give us the first Redemption Island duel of the season. Now THAT I'm looking forward to. Until next week, my friends, take care.