Survivor: Redemption Island
Seems Like a No Brainer, Part 1
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
May 17, 2011
Hello, good people, and welcome to Part One of the Survivor: Redemption Island finale. Previously on Survivor, Boston Rob remained in control, Andrea shocked us all and helped knock Ralph off of Redemption Island, Ashley shocked us again by winning immunity and Grant paid the price and was sent to Redemption Island.
With eight people still in play, a lot of questions remain to be answered in a mere two hours. We still have to have someone come back into the game, have a couple immunity challenges, a couple Tribal Councils and then a Final Tribal Council and jury questioning. That's a whole lot to knock out in such a short time, but something tells me, they'll figure out how to do it. The biggest question of all is, "Will Rob be able to finish what he started?" Right now, he's a pitcher taking a perfect game into the ninth inning. Does he have the strength, skill, determination and luck it takes to get those final three outs? There's only one way to find out...cue the theme and let's get it on!
We begin tonight's episode on Redemption Island, where there cannot be ANYone happy to see Grant arrive. Grant is still smarting from Tribal, but not near as much as the Redemption Island residents. As dominant as Grant has been, the last thing Andrea wanted to see was him come walking around the corner.
Back at Murlonio, there is not much rejoicing. Rob feels terrible about voting out Grant. He says that no matter how coldhearted he seems or thinks he is, he considered Grant a friend and hated to see him go. He also feels that Ashley is just bad news and has to go.
We check in with Matt over on Redemption. He is telling us how much he has actually loved being on RI and that it's a very special place for him. As Grant and Andrea grab Tree Mail, the note says that they will have their final duel today. Three will go to the jury and one will return to the game. Mike tells us that he is going to actually miss Redemption and that he has learned a lot about himself in his 14 days on RI. Matt gives us his RI stats: two times voted out, seven days IN the game, 11 duels and 29 days on Redemption Island. With that, it's a...
Probst sighting! The duel today will have the competitors place their foot on a balancing board. On the other end of the board is a ceramic vase. The person who keeps their vase on their board the longest without it falling off wins his/her way back into the game. The other three will become the fifth, sixth and seventh member of the jury. The challenge starts and you have to think this challenge will benefit Mike. He did very well in the balancing balls challenge. Didn't win, but he lasted a pretty long time. Some 40 minutes in, a few of them have waivered a bit and with just a little bit of a shake, Grant is the first person out of the challenge. After about an hour, everyone is showing signs of fatigue and out of nowhere, Matt glances to the side and breaks his concentration for just a split-second and his vase wobbles and falls to the ground.