Survivor: Redemption Island

The Buddy System

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

April 13, 2011

Never turn down the cheeseburger, son

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Rob tells us that he can't decide who to vote for, David or Steve. He says David is his biggest strategic threat, but Steve seems to want to go. And maybe sending him off will help him on the jury. He says that he has been known to have a mercy killing in him. Right?

And this tribal starts like the last one. Talk of Phillip's feather. Honestly, I wish I could just put Phillip's speech here as a video. He tells Jeff about Stealth R Us. Specialist, Mentalist and the Assassin. But they're joined by the Three Degrees. "Who are highly effective, vulnerable, agile and have supreme abilities to focus their mind like they did today." Seriously...I couldn't make this shit up. I'm not that creative. Ralph agrees that it's tough to beat Stealth R Us. Ralph calls into question Phillip eating instead of playing. He says that his team knows where his heart's at. Steve says that he knows he wouldn't have lasted long in this challenge, so he chose not to play. Phillip says that some people have tried to crack the alliance but their Buddy System is working perfectly. Rob asks David if the plan now is "as long as it isn't me". David says that the numbers are insurmountable at this point and you have to start thinking if Redemption Island might not be the best way to go now.

Andrea is keeping the necklace and it's now time to vote. We only see David's vote. He votes for Rob Rob Rob Rob and hopes that is counts four times. You gotta love a guy that can be getting his ass kicked like this, still showing some humor. First four votes are Rob. Who will it be next? David. He gets the next five votes and David will take on Mike and Matt at Redemption Island. I really thought it would be Mike and Steve tonight. But seeing as Steve is no threat to do anything and David is at least a strategic thinker, I think this was a good move. Further, Mike will be able to hang with Matt in a physical challenge, while David should be able to hang with Matt in a mental or puzzle challenge.


Let me just say...the way this season is unfolding is nothing short of amazing. No one should EVER have this much power in the game of Survivor. Rob controls how they vote. He controls who they talk to and what they talk about. For crying out loud, tonight he controlled when these starving people eat!!! This is frickin' sick! I've been watching this show since Season 1. I've recapped most of the seasons, which means I've watched the majority of the episodes twice. I've NEVER seen anything like this. I hate to sound like such a Rob fanboy, but what he's doing this season is nothing short of incredible. Anyway, next time on Survivor: Phillip gets into it with Steve. We see some sort of confrontation with Phillip getting good and pissed and going about how the white man likes to make the black man crazy. Yeah, I don't get it either. I guess we'll just have to tune in next week to see, eh? Until then, take care!

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