Survivor: Redemption Island

Keep Hope Alive

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

March 3, 2011

It is very, very difficult to say Francesca with a dry mouth.

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Ashley and Andrea return from RI and tell the group that Matt is pissed and wants to come back and get revenge. Rob is very concerned about that and realizes that he has to smooth things over with Andrea as best he can. So he pulls her aside and apologizes for dumping Matt. He tells her he wishes it could have gone another way, but there were four people involved in the decision. He assures her that she's part of the alliance. She tells us that she's going to play along with that, but really doesn't believe any of it.

When Steve-Dave returns to Zapatera, they decide to tell Russell that Francesca won the duel. As soon as he walks away, they tell the rest of their alliance the truth. Yeah, I don't get it. I see no advantage to telling Russell the wrong person went home. I mean, if he gets voted off, he'll know right away. And what happens if the next time people go to watch a duel, Russell pulls the colored rock? Then you have your "cancer" coming back to camp knowing you lied to him. These are the kinds of decisions I never understand. There is nothing to be gained by lying like that, so why do it? Unless you just want to come out there and exhibit all of the traits you hate Russell for. If that's the case, keep it right up and your fate will be the same as his has been, no million.


Russell then lays it out for us, as if we didn't know. He's facing a 6-3 deficit in his tribe. The most important thing for him is to find the idol. So they go off searching like crazy and obviously, they never find it. Stephanie suggests that maybe they should make a fake idol and pretend like they have one. When you mix in the fact that Ralph hasn't told anyone that he has it, this strategy just might work. So, Stephanie puts on a show that ANYone should have been able to see through. She carries her bag with her everywhere she goes. Steve notices the odd behavior and seems to buy into it. He tells us that Stephanie is walking around like she's got an idol in her bag. He also tells us that he just has to be very careful with Russell until they can get rid of him. And it would seem they want him

We come back from break to complete nastiness. Russell has got a disgusting rash looking thing under his arms. Mike tells us how Russell just sits in the shelter with his "concubines" and does nothing. We join Steve, Mike and Ralph discussing getting rid of Russell as soon as possible. The talk turns toward throwing a challenge. Anyone who's ever read my recaps knows that this is one of my biggest pet peeves. Karma's a fickle bitch and throwing a challenge will infect a tribe with incredibly bad karma. After deciding it would be a good idea, Steve takes it to Julie and David to see what they think. Dave doesn't like the idea, but he sees the benefit. Julie doesn't like it a bit. She's worried about giving the other tribe confidence and the fact that they could get on a roll. Amazingly enough, no one seems to think about the fact that they'd be allowing Rob to get his foot in the door. Before they head out to the challenge, they decide that if they are going to go through with it, they'll give a thumbs up sign.

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