Survivor: Redemption Island
Seems Like a No Brainer, Part 1
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
May 17, 2011
Despite the obvious play for the girls here, it's still time to play, "It's anyone but Andrea." Andrea desperately wants the girls to wake up and actually DO something in the game, but she's afraid they won't. As they get back to camp, Rob basically tells Andrea that she's next and the other four go off to discuss this Tribal. They all agree. Rob tells us that tonight is the last night to play a hidden idol, but he doesn't even think he'll need it.
Next we join a conversation between Ashley and Natalie, and Ashley wants Natalie's guarantee that if it's Andrea this time, it's not her next time. She says Phillip should go after Andrea. Natalie promises Ashley that her vote will go to Phillip next time. All the time they're talking, The Specialist notices how long they were gone. He runs right to Rob to tell him that they were out there talking for a long time and he doubts it was all about voting out Andrea. He tells Rob all about this right in front of Andrea. Phillip finally takes Rob for a walk and Andrea approaches the girls again and tries to cut a deal. She tells them that they don't want to go against Rob in the finals. She tries to convince them that they need to get rid of the guys. No one on Redemption is going to vote for them at the end if they don't do anything. Andrea is very much pushing for a Rob boot tonight.
After Phillip gives Rob the whole story, Rob tells us that this is nothing more than Day 37 in Survivor. He can predict everything they're going to do before they do it. He tells us that he doesn't think he'll even need to play the idol tonight; maybe he'll keep it as a souvenir.
Tribal Council begins with Jeff asking about the paranoia going around right now. Rob says that it was crazy today. Phillip mentions something about being the undercover specialist. Rob confirms that he had Phillip out there keeping his ears open for him. Ashley admits that Rob is a huge threat in the game. Andrea echoes this by saying that she told the girls that this is a time for them to take control of the game. It's their chance to finally DO something and maybe redeem themselves in the eyes of the jury. Rob asks Natalie if this is something she'd consider. She also says that Rob is a huge threat and she has to consider all possibilities to get herself further. When asked about Andrea, Rob says that she's a huge threat now. She took out Matt, Mike and Grant and almost won today's challenge. He says that everyone seems to like her so she's a huge threat to sit with at the end. And with that, it is time to vote.
The only vote we see is Andrea's vote for Rob telling him he's a great player and the biggest threat to win the game. The question now is whether or not the girls said enough to make Rob play his idol. And with that, "My mother always told me it's better to be safe than sorry" and he takes the idol up to Jeff. Andrea is heartbroken. As it turns out, Rob really didn't need the idol as his girls remained true and made Andrea the eighth member of our jury. As we go to break, Andrea complains again that the girls really could have made a bold move tonight, completely ignoring the fact that even if they did, the result wouldn't have changed.