Survivor: Redemption Island
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
April 21, 2011
Tribal Council begins with Jeff asking Phillip about the feather and whether or not he had another meditation. He says that someone stole his shorts and he's pretty sure it's Steve. I've got to be honest with you; I've spent WAY too much time in this column on Phillip. Until tonight, he was amusing and made the episodes fun. But after the argument today and the fact that the majority of this Tribal Council centers on it, I'm getting over Phillip. In a nutshell, Phillip is rational, Steve is a racist and Probst is a glutton who eggs this on for way longer than he should.
In the end, Jeff breaks it down that Phillip was offended by Steve and that Steve didn't mean it the way Phillip took it...so they're both telling the truth or something. Once that nonsense is all done, Jeff finally asks for the air to be cleared, who took the shorts? Julie raises her hands and says that they are buried with a rock on top of them and they won't be found. Jeff claims that this has been a fascinating Tribal. I don't know about anyone else, but I found it to be one of the more ridiculous Tribals and it really just annoyed me. Let's frickin' vote.
Steve votes for Phillip, Julie votes for Phil, Ralph votes for "Phile." And in a twist, we see Phillip vote for Julie. I kinda had a feeling when she said that she took his shorts, his vote might swing to her. This is definitely set up like an 8-1 Phillip ouster. Let's go tally the votes. First three votes go to Phillip. The remainder of the votes are for Julie. Whoa! One of the few surprise votes this season. As you saw, I really thought Julie was the safest of the Zaps. What I wonder is this: Was this planned before Tribal? Or did the vote change when she admitted to taking Phillip's shorts? As in, as soon as she admitted it, it was obvious she would get Phillip's vote, so the rest just piggybacked. Either way...a really annoying episode did turn out to have a surprising result, so I guess it wasn't so bad.
Next time on Survivor: the Phillip Show continues. Phillip has his best day yet, while Andrea may be sinking to the bottom of her alliance. On Redemption Island, Matt seems to have broken down. They show a couple teary eyed confessionals of Matt. I would guess that that much time alone would finally break you down. As the show ends, we see Julie arrive at RI. She was surprised to see her name. She expected Steve or Ralph. She slams Phillip a little and then tries to scare Mike and Matt. And that's all I got, kids. Hope you come back next week, where I promise to have at least 40% less Phillip. Until then, take care!