Survivor: South Pacific
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
October 25, 2011
We come back from break to join the Savaii tribe on their reward. As they pat themselves on the back for the victory, Ozzy seems to have put himself back in the good graces of the tribe. He tells us that he is now totally back in with the Savaii tribe and if he can't win the million, he really hopes it's one of the other five people on his tribe. We have some nice action shots of people jumping into the water and sliding down the natural water slides into the pool. Even Cochran gets in on the fun, despite being scared to death. After several more shots here, it's really time to check in with Upolu, because there's a game to play. It's called:
"It's Anyone But Mikayla." Coach breaks it down for us saying it's between Mikayla and Edna tonight. He feels that Mikayla is uncoachable; therefore, she must go. Albert tells Mikayla that he knows Coach will be going for her, but he's got her back and he'll convince Coach to vote with him. Albert goes to Rick and Sophie and tells them that even though they brought Edna in as their sixth, she's the weakest link in the tribe and she really needs to be the one to go. He also says that she's smart enough to know she's the sixth person which will make her likely to flip at the merge. With Rick and Sophie on board, Albert takes off to get Brandon to buy in on the Edna vote. Brandon tells him that if could go back in time, he wouldn't have voted for Mikayla and he agrees that Edna should be the one to go. He then tells us AND Albert and Sophie that even though he thinks Edna should go and Mikayla should stay, he's sticking to his word, which was that Edna is the sixth and Mikayla should go first.
Okay, so let me get this straight. Your alliance wants Edna gone. You want Edna gone. She's the weak link on the tribe and the most likely to flip after the merge. With all of that on the table, you're still voting Mikayla. Really?? Come on, man, you can't be that dumb...can you? Sophie is completely blown away by his faulty logic.
Albert and Sophie go to Coach to try to sway him to their side. Coach starts by claiming that he lost that challenge today, because no one was listening to him. He says he told Mikayla to stop shooting and she did not, which was a detriment to the team. He says that if Edna had been out there and he told her to stop, she'd have stopped right then. He feels Edna's loyalty is more important to the tribe and alliance than Mikayla's strength.
Albert tries to convince Coach that Edna is playing them, but because Edna is in his pocket, he will not budge on the plan to vote out Mikayla. Coach tells us that going into a merge, you need the numbers and loyalty. If you don't have loyalty, your numbers mean nothing. He tells us that Edna is loyal and if he has anything to do with it, she won't be going home tonight.