Survivor: Redemption Island
Seems Like a No Brainer, Part 2
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
May 18, 2011
Rob tells us that he has to get rid of Ashley and that he's worried about how Natalie will take it. He tells her that Ashley has to go because she has too many friends on the jury. He tells her that he told her he'd take her all the way to the end, and he will, but Ashley has to go now. Natalie tells us that it will be very hard to vote for Ashley as they've become so close. She's actually surprised how close they've become. When Ashley comes to her to ask if Rob has said anything, Natalie looks at her and says, "Plan's on." As the Final 4 head to Tribal Council, we see the sun go down and something dawns on me. five to seven minutes of show I didn't have to recap...I'm SO glad they didn't have it. To me it was always a waste of air time. So much else could be shown over the final group finding torches and struggling to say something nice about the people whom those torches belonged to. So from me to all the folks over at Survivor...thanks SO much for cutting that useless piece of show.
As the tribe and jury make their way into Tribal Council, I can't help but notice all the sour looks on the faces of the jury. If their faces are any indication, we could be in for an explosive final Tribal. But first, we have to take care of the little business of selecting the last jury member. Jeff begins with Ashley and suggests that she could have just lost a million dollar challenge. Rob does suggest that you want the people at the end that the jury won't vote for. But he doesn't get to make that decision, that's up to them. Natalie basically begs Rob for the chance to sit next to him at the end. Phillip, on the other hand, feels that Rob is very concerned that he could win. More "specialist" talk.
Ashley makes her plea to Rob by saying that there were many times she could have thrown him under the bus but didn't. Rob then asks her if she thinks she can win this game. "Yeah." Does she have a better chance than Natalie or Phillip to win the game? "Yeah." Um...because of this answer, you actually DON'T have a chance to beat Rob in this game. When someone is deciding on whom to take to the finals, you NEVER suggest that you can beat that person. Rob's right, it has been a lot of Amateur Hour out here. And with that nugget of wisdom, it's time to vote.
We see Phillip's vote for Ashley saying that he's never seen anyone that can lie around in bed all day long, day after day like she can. We see Ashley's vote for Phillip saying that she can't believe it took 38 days to write his name down. She won't miss him; he's a nutcase, etc. Jeff goes to tally the votes. First vote Ashley. Second vote, Phillip. And with the next two votes, Ashley becomes the final member of our jury. And with that, Rob has set up the dream Final Tribal Council. You just have to wonder exactly how bitter this jury is. Will they pull the ultimate goof and give Phillip the million because they would rather see him have it than Rob? Will Natalie be able to give any kind of argument as to why she should win the game? And for those scoring at home, that's two gone in the bottom of the ninth. Survivor fans are on their feet as Rob is now just one out away from a perfecto!