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Survivor: Redemption Island

We Hate Our Tribe

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

March 16, 2011

She's mumbling under her breath about how much she hates Phillip.

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We get some extended time at Zapatera. They're feeling pretty good about themselves right now and are all about how it must be horrible at the other camp. Krista feels that the main alliance isn't really playing the game and they're just sitting around talking about how awesome they are. Julie even tells us how she feels like the tribe is a little full of themselves. She's also concerned about the karma of throwing a challenge. I find it interesting that she'll tell us about bad karma when a few scenes ago she was also talking about how Stephanie and Krista mean nothing in the game at this point and they're not worrying about them at all. Sure, up 6-2, it feels like a slam dunk. But never ever forget that someone is at the bottom of that six-person alliance and could be looking to upgrade their positioning.

Probst sighting! Today's challenge is a blindfolded challenge. One person will be a caller and navigate the rest of the tribe through a maze to collect four bags of scrabble tiles. Once all four bags are collected, the caller will turn into the puzzle-figure-outer guy. Winner gets immunity as well as a big fat basket of donuts and some canisters of coffee with all the trimmings. Sarita speaks up and says that Stephanie should be the caller/puzzle person. David feels a bit slighted at that, as he is clearly smarter than everyone else. Ever. I don't think it's even a question who will call/puzzle for Ometepe.




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So it's Stephanie vs Rob. The challenge starts off pretty even, with Stephanie starting to get the edge a bit. What follows is a bunch of yelling and a bunch of people not knowing what they're doing. The only thing of interest is Ralph being completely lost out there and Stephanie telling him to stop talking so she can direct someone else. When all is said and done, Rob gets all of his tiles to the puzzle station first. As he opens the bags, though, one tile falls off the back of the table and he doesn't see it. As he's untying his bags, Stephanie also gets to the puzzle table. Somehow, she manages to open all her bags before Rob does. Midway through, Rob finally figures out he's missing a tile and finds it on the ground.

As Rob starts to get ahead of Stephanie, you can hear the Zapatera tribe bitching that David should have done the puzzle. All I can say is that if they all wanted David, how the hell did Stephanie get talked into doing it? I'm no Stephanie fan - in fact, quite the opposite - but you all WANTED her there and now you're gonna start all the "Dave should have been in there" crap. To coin a phrase Steve should know, the most popular guy on the team is the backup QB. Oh yeah, and Rob finishes the puzzle first, giving Ometepe their first legitimate challenge win this season.


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