Survivor: Redemption Island

Don't You Work For Me?

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

March 10, 2011

Bye, ELR. Bet we never have to see you again.

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We see Phillip's vote for Kristina, telling her that her time has run out. We then see Kristina's vote for Phillip saying that he's a pain in the neck and she really hopes it's him and not her. The only question here is whether or not Grant and Ashley "did what they were told" and carried on with Rob's split vote. The votes alternate between Phillip and Kristina until only one vote remains. And the 4th person voted to Redemption Island is Kristina. With Phillip's vote, that means that everyone played their part and stuck with Rob's plan.

In talking with David Mumpower, we were discussing this vote and Grant's refusal to come out from behind Rob's shadow. I mentioned that Grant was, surprisingly to me, a wide receiver in the NFL. David suggested that mentality could be an explanation for how Grant is playing the game. He's used to following the lead of the quarterback, going along with all the plays he calls. Rob is his Survivor QB and he's playing the role of the WR. If he wants to win this game, though, he better have a little bit of Terrell Owens in him, otherwise, his QB will lead him straight to Redemption Island.

Next time on Survivor: Phillip is getting even MORE on everyone's nerves. Of course, that leads Rob to thinking that maybe Phillip needs to stay. At Zapatera, Russell's girls decide to cause some mayhem in their tribe and tribe unity crumbles. Jeff doesn't mention it, but Matt will try to make it three in a row on Redemption Island.


I feel like I should have more to say about Russell exiting the game this early, but in all honesty, he's been given so much airtime over his three season and so much space in our recaps, I really don't have anything left to say. He fought hard tonight; he just lost to a more prepared and better player. He showed Matt nothing but class and sportsmanship and was able to take some parting shots before he left, as you would expect.

That all being said, the game does go on. And speaking of the game going on, word came down today that Survivor has been picked up for a 23rd and 24th season, and Jeff Probst has renewed his contract to stay on as host. So, looks like we have a couple more seasons left to enjoy. Until next week, take care!

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