Survivor: South Pacific

Taste The Victory

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

October 18, 2011


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Anyway, as Coach pats himself on the back, I have to wonder if his whole "loyalty" game is going out the window as he talks about "his" idol. Then oddly enough, the very next scene is Coach showing the idol to Albert and Sophie and telling them about how they're running the game now. Say what you want about the guy, but in three seasons on the show, he has stayed true to his word and he remains loyal to his people. He tells us how exciting this is, but that he's got to calm himself down, "Get back down there, dragon." He says he's not running the game right now, but that it's pretty close. And honestly, as long as he keeps that mentality, he really could go far in this game.

We come back from break to Cochran preparing for his first fishing trip with Ozzy. He tells us that he brings "zero experience, zero ability and zero confidence" to the trip. He's really just hoping to not embarrass himself out there. Which leads us to several fantastic shots of Ozzy fishing. He tells us that while it might look easy on TV, it's really not easy and it does take a lot out of him. He's happy to play the provider role and he thinks it's putting him in a position to say this is "his tribe." As the fishermen return to camp, there is much rejoicing as Ozzy has caught 11 fish. Cochran tells us that having watched Ozzy's other seasons, he may come across as a Mowgli-esque jungle boy...he's really more like Middle-Aged Ozzy who has his moment of glory everyday when he brings in the fish, but otherwise pretty much lays around all day and does nothing. And the more he acts like that, it's gonna come back to bite him in the ass. Okay, I have to say, I'm liking Johnny Cochs more and more each week. Where I would have expected him to be more in awe of someone like Ozzy, he's pretty much grown tired of the guy. He sees him as little more than a lazy dude living off of past glory. Good for him. I hope he can stay around long enough to send Ozzy's smug ass home. And that leads us to a...


Probst sighting! Today's challenge is actually quite simple. Each tribe has a spit with a roasted pig on it. Each player will have their hands tied behind their back. They have to bite off pieces of meat and put them in a basket. The team that gets more meat in their basket after ten minutes wins immunity and some spices, bread and vegetables. I won't be too descriptive with this challenge as it is the most disgusting challenge that they've ever had on Survivor. The best part of the challenge is some of Probst's commentary. Right off the bat, he lets off this gem, "Coach gnawing off something big."

"Rick with a HUGE piece of meat."

"Jim with a huge piece of meat in the end."

Yeah, I know. I just degenerated into Beavis, but I can't help it.

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