Survivor: Redemption Island
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
April 21, 2011
We come back from break to a Probst Sighting! Today's immunity challenge is pretty much all puzzle related. It's a shame David couldn't be there to suck at this puzzle, too. Anyway, the first part of the challenge is to spin a wheel out of a post and then solve a round puzzle inside that wheel. The first six to complete that puzzle will move on to the second part. The second part is taking the round puzzle and building a ring puzzle around the center. First person finished wins immunity and will be safe from the vote tonight. Andrea jumps out to a quick lead. But it's Rob who finishes Part One first, moving on to the final. The next ones through are Julie, Ralph, Andrea and Steve. With only one spot left, several are close, but Grant comes through and takes the last spot in the final.
Once again, Andrea jumps out to a quick lead and Steve is right behind. As Ralph and Julie struggle, Rob begins to get something together and he and Andrea are easily in the lead. Steve and Grant quickly catch up and it's basically a race of four. And just like that, Rob finishes his puzzle literally two seconds before Steve finishes his. So, Rob is guaranteed to stay in the game and all of the Zaps are now vulnerable.
With all the Zaps in the running for votes, it's time to play, "It's anyone but Steve." Julie tells us that the Zaps are all voting for Phillip and if they get just two votes, Phillip can go home. However, before that happens, she takes his swimming trunks off the clothes line and buries them in the sand, forcing us to watch him in his pink tighty whities for the rest of the series. I can't help but that think that someone that was so disgusted by Russell and the way he played the game has now turned into Russell by stealing someone's clothes and burying them. I think we can all guess what happens next. That's right, Phillip loses his mind. Again.
He comes over and questions Steve, Julie and Ralph about his trunks. They all deny messing with them, so he tells them that it's okay, he can play that game too. Ashley tells us how much she hates Phillip and how she can't wait for him to be gone. He tells the Zaps that if his shorts don't show up by tonight, it's gonna get real interesting around there. Steve says that he feels threatened by that statement. Steve tells us that Phillip really owes them an apology, but he hasn't said a word. Steve has talked to several of the Ometepes and they're getting pretty tired of Phil as well. Rob tells us that it really doesn't matter who goes home tonight. It's gonna be one of the Zaps. He suggests Phillip, but quickly dismisses it and tells us that one man should not have as much power in this game as he does.