Survivor: Redemption Island
The Game Respects Big Moves
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
April 9, 2011
As the Survivors arrive at their new beach, they find a whole bunch of food waiting for them. Zapatera hasn't eaten in a while, so they are giddy at the food. There's no sign of an idol clue at this time. They now need to decide what to name the tribe. Rob suggests "murlonio", which he says means "from the sea, united." Everyone loves the idea. Rob tells us, that name is a private joke between him and Amber and references one of her stuffed animals. With that out of the way, it's time to build a new shelter. Mike is keeping tabs on Matt. He feels like if he can get Matt to join him, he might get Andrea as well. Mike goes to Matt and makes an offer to take Matt and Andrea with him and Ralph to the final four. He says he's fine to whittle down his tribe to make this deal with Matt and Andrea. I have to say, that's a fantastic strategic move. Instead of doing what most people do at the merge and offering Matt spot six in an alliance. Mike gives him final four. Nice work, Mike.
Hey, Phillip, what are your thoughts on packing up your stuff now? As it pours down rain tonight, Ometepe is sound asleep under the tarp they brought, while Zapatera is soaking wet under the leaky roof of the new shelter. We join Matt and Andrea talking and she is explaining to him that she had no idea he was getting voted out. Matt tells her that he has a plan to get rid of the Ometepe tribe. He wants to vote out Steve and maybe Phillip, to make it look like everything's cool. Then he wants to blindside Rob. Andrea is not 100% on board with this plan, but she is willing to keep her options open.
The next day, Matt and Mike are discussing bible verses. Ashley tries to be part of the conversation. Rob, Grant and Natalie look on but feel they have nothing to offer to the conversation. Meanwhile, Matt has a feeling "in his heart" that the right move is to stick with Ometepe. Rob tells us that he doesn't like to see a group of people bonding over something like that. He doesn't care what it is, but if three people are bonding that much, it needs to be broken up. He decides that if Mike doesn't win immunity, the Iraq war veteran needs to go first.
Probst sighting! Today's challenge is another endurance/balance challenge. Each person will stand on the rounded side of half a log. They will be holding a flat wooden disc in one hand and on that disc will be a ball. At regular intervals, more balls will be added. Last person standing wins individual immunity.
Everyone takes their places and Julie drops out shortly after the challenge begins. Everyone else makes it to the point to add a second ball to the disc. After a couple seconds, pageant queen Ashley drops out, followed by David. Once they get to three balls, people start to drop more quickly. Andrea and Grant bow out. Matt, Rob and Phillip are next to go. Ralph drops out in fourth place and Steve takes third. This leaves Mike and Natalie to fight it out. This challenge does offer some fantastic Probst quotes, "Everyone grab your balls, you are safe." "It's like those balls are glued to his disc." I feel like Beavis watching this challenge. "Huh huh huh...he said 'balls.'" Oh yeah, Mike drops his balls first, giving the first individual immunity to Natalie. On the way to break, Mike tells us that if Matt doesn't join him tonight, he could be the one going to RI.