Survivor: South Pacific
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
October 25, 2011
Okay, I guess now is the time that I have to introduce you all to Cowboy Rick. I'm pretty sure he just entered the game a couple days ago, because there doesn't seem to be any footage of him from earlier episodes. I'm introducing him because it would seem that fate has put him in the unenviable position of "swing vote" tonight. Coach, Edna and Brandon will be voting for Mikayla. Albert, Sophie and Mikayla will be voting for Edna.
That leaves the Cowboy as the deciding vote. So, everyone... this is Rick. Rick... this is everyone. Coach goes to Rick, as does Albert. They both try to convince him to vote with them. He's not too thrilled with that. He feels like he's damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. He really is in a "no-win" situation. Maybe he should have stayed invisible.
So Tribal begins with Jeff asking about the tough loss in the challenge. Coach says they didn't compete as a team. He says that he and Mikayla were missing shots and he asked her to stop shooting and she wouldn't. Naturally, she takes offense to this. Next comes a huge discussion about what's more important, numbers or loyalty.
As the tribe speaks, you can tell that Albert and Sophie are on the numbers side, while Coach and Brandon are on the loyalty side. The only sane argument here is made by Albert when he says that the problem with Coach's logic is that loyalty can be faked. You can't fake strength in challenges.
As Albert is speaking, Brandon raises his hand to speak. And you know if Brandon is raising his hand, he's about to say something incredibly dumb. He's already told us that the next challenge is "detrimental" to the tribe's success. What could he possibly have to say now? He says that they made a pact on who was in the alliance. And with all the talk about loyalty at the last two Tribals, he wants to hold everyone to their word and vote out Mikayla.