Survivor: Redemption Island
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
April 21, 2011
The next morning at Murlonio, Ralph, Julie and Steve are enjoying quite a bit of food. Steve tells us that he can't figure out Phillip. He wonders why Phillip is so odd and how the Ometepe can stand him. As he's telling us this, we see Phillip sewing a new feather on his head band and humming in some made-up language. Steve just hopes that maybe some of the Ometepes are getting sick of Phillip. Cue the theme...
When we come back, we join Phillip is deep meditation. He tells us everything he's learned since getting into Buddhism. He tells us more about his grandfather and his vision about his relationship with Rob and how it's come full circle. Honestly, I don't know what he's talking about...I'm just reporting.
We cut to Julie, Steve and Ralph eating a bunch of rice. Apparently, the tribes have kept their rations separate. Naturally, since there are fewer Zaps, they have more to eat. They are making the same amount as always, but now just splitting it between three people. Phillip seems to be upset by that. He feels that Julie is purposely trying to eat all the rice before Ometepe can get any of it. Personally, I say, "That's what you get." You're all for separation when it comes to having the nice bed...but the rice...THAT should be shared. And since the Zaps aren't sharing, Phillip starts to steal the rice and put it in their bucket. While Phil's sneaking rice, Steve and Julie grab Tree Mail, which is an invitation to Redemption Island for the duel.
Probst sighting! Today's duel is an old Survivor favorite, the house of cards. Each person has to make a house of cards out of tiles and the first two to get their house of cards to stand eight feet tall will remain on RI. The loser will become the first member of the jury.
And...go! Mike jumps out to a quick lead and is very quickly up around the seven foot mark. Matt is in second place with David close behind. As it turns out, Mike gets up to about 7'10", needing only to stack one more tile to cross the eight foot mark. But as he tries to let it go, the entire tower leans so he removes the top. After several attempts and some readjustments, Mike finally gets that top layer to stand on its own and Mike will remain at Redemption Island. David and Matt are neck and neck around the seven foot mark. At the last minute, Matt pulls away from David and he stays in the game as well. That means our good buddy, and supreme puzzle ruler, becomes the first member of our jury.
When we get back to camp, Rob and Grant are getting ready to eat and making up a "Rice Wars" song, just for Phillip. Speaking of rice...Andrea digs in to get tonight's dinner and realizes that the rice is moving. Apparently some moisture got into it and it's now infested with maggots. Phillip has the bright idea to pour all the rice out, get rid of the bad stuff and keep the good. The first part of this goes smoothly as they clean out the rice, dump the bad stuff into the ocean, leaving the good rice spread out on a blanket. Rob suggests that they just put the rice in the Zapatera container. Andrea goes to ask Steve and Julie if they can combine rice. Steve tells her that he doesn't think he can allow that. And this pisses Phillip off. The Rice Wars have begun.