Survivor: South Pacific

Running the Show

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

November 17, 2011

Jim is absolutely destroying Keith at strip poker.

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Jeff asks how concerned Coach is. He says he worries all the time. There are some thinkers on his tribe and he worries when he sees them talking to people. He also mentions that even though it looks like he's the leader, he is not in charge of anything with this tribe. Whitney rolls her eyes at that and Jeff calls her on it. She says that she always sees people reporting back to Coach, which suggests he is the leader. Albert confirms that the Savaii members think Coach is the leader, but he's not. Coach chimes in that he's not the leader, but he likes to have the information. He files it away and when his life is in jeopardy out there, and that day is coming soon, he'll use that information. And with that, it's time to vote.

The only vote we see tonight is Whitney's vote for Edna as she hopes that there are four more of them. As Jeff reads the votes, they alternate between Edna and Dawn until they're tied 2-2. After that comes the string of Dawns that send her to Redemption Island to be a sacrificial lamb to Ozzy. And now it's time for the twist. There will be an immediate immunity challenge with a vote to follow. Yeah, Whitney...if you want to stick around and you've just been saving up, now's the time!

This challenge is a quiz on survival skills. You answer wrong, you're out. Last one still in wins immunity. The first question dumps Rick, Edna and Albert. The second question dumps Cochran and Brandon. The third question dumps Coach, leaving Whitney and Sophie to battle it out. The fourth question, and we will have a winner, dumps...Whitney. Sophie wins immunity again! Forget celebrating, Sophie. You have to go vote now. We see no votes this time, but do we really need to? It's a 7-1 vote, Whitney is headed to Redemption Island with Dawn and Ozzy.


And here we are. The Pagonging is complete. I hate to keep mentioning Rob Mariano, but he played quite possibly the most perfect game of Survivor ever last season, and Coach is following his blueprint to a tee right now. But now is where it gets real rough. Coach has kept his tribe together, despite some serious thoughts about flipping from Albert. The question now is, can he keep his tightest alliance together long enough to ensure himself numbers to the final Tribal? This is where Rob really kicked it into gear. I don't know that Coach has that gear but I can't wait to find out.

Next time on Survivor: it looks like the target FINALLY lands on Brandon's back. We see Albert and Coach talking about Brandon. And next we see that Coach feels he should upgrade his name from Dragon Slayer to Zeus. There he is, ladies and gentlemen! There's the Coach we all know and love. I have to say, I'm a little disappointed to see him acting like this. While I know he's never been there before on Survivor, I'm sure he's been there on the soccer field. He knows what it's like to win. So, dammit, hand the ball to the ref and act like you've been there before. I can't imagine he'd tolerate one of his players calling themself "Zeus" and acting a fool because they won. And I wish he'd stop doing it. Now, if he makes it to the end and wins the million, then maybe we'll call him Zeus. Probably not, though. Til next week, take care.

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