Survivor: Redemption Island
A Mystery Package
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
April 28, 2011
Hello, good people, and welcome back to Survivor: Redemption Island, where I'll always let you share my rice container, as long as you don't call me a racist! Last time on Survivor, Phillip went to plaid. The Ometepes found a hole in their rice bucket that allowed water and maggots into their rice. And after segregating the entire camp post-merge, they had the nerve to ask the Zapateras, specifically Steve, if they could combine the rice into one container. As he has absolutely no power in this game whatsoever and is only biding his time until he's voted out, Steve had nothing to lose and told them, basically, not a chance in hell. Phillip went crazy, Steve called him crazy and then Phillip cried "racism." After Rob won immunity, Jeff held a counseling session at Tribal Council that resulted in little more than Julie being voted out. Oh yeah, and a House of Cards tr-uel on Redemption Island proved to be too much for "puzzle master" David as he was sent to Ponderosa as the first member of our jury.
Previews and promos for tonight suggest that all the time on RI is finally going to break Matt (though I fully expect him to kick ass in the duel), Andrea could be in trouble, Phillip has a great day (let's hope it's because he finds his shorts), they might FINALLY target Rob, and Jeff hands the players a mystery package to be opened at Tribal Council. Should be another fantastic episode. For those of you expecting to see the Power Rankings here....we decided to start posting them prior to the episode. So, if you haven't seen them...stop reading and go check them out here.
Okay, now that you're back, let's get to this week's episode. We start at the Murlonio camp right after Tribal. As an aside, am I the only one who says the tribe name in a Cornholio accent? I can't be, can I? As the tribe puts up their torches, Steve approaches Phillip and offers his hand telling Phillip that he really didn't mean anything racist by the "crazy" comment and that he wants to bury the hatchet. Phillip accepts his hand and agrees. He tells us that it didn't feel "genuous" and self-serving. If Phillip has his way, Steve will go next. Steve tells us that he's surprised that Phillip didn't reach out to him, but he just hopes it's all buried. Phillip admits to his tribe that he was nervous, to which Rob tells us, "Phillip's not going anywhere, Phillip's under my protection. As long as he keeps up his stupid antics, he'll be coming with me all the way to the finals."
The next morning on Murlonio (Need TP for my bunghole...please tell me I'm not alone), Philip has apparently spoken to his great great grandfather and has been told where his shorts are. So, with his grandfather's words in him mind, he starts turning over rocks and digging. On the second rock, he finds his shorts. Julie should have never messed with the undercover specialist. Then he butchers a Nicholson quote and celebrates throughout camp. You know that Rob's zombies were pleased that he'll finally cover up his pink drawers. Steve keeps telling Ralph that he hopes the Ometepes will finally cut him loose. Phillip is just looking forward to going to the Redepmtion Island duel to show off his shorts to Julie.