Survivor: South Pacific
Then There Were Five
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
December 18, 2011
Back at camp, Albert continues his chattiness. He tells us that he doesn't care about honor and integrity within this game. We join Brandon and Albert talking about their final three plans. Albert confirms that the two of them and Coach will go to the end and they need to take out Sophie next. And they really need to be ready to take Ozzy out. Brandon tells us that his agreement with Albert and Coach is 100% and Sophie will be the next vote. Sophie, meanwhile, is telling Coach that she's concerned about Ozzy. He's the last impression people are getting before they head to the jury. She feels that they need to send Brandon to Redemption to face off against Ozzy so they can get rid of one of the two most dangerous players out there. She tells us that while she knows different, superficially, Brandon is the most Godly and honest man out there and that's NOT someone she wants to sit next to at the end.
I think this is one of those things that people should really pay attention to. At home, we've seen all of Brandon's nonsense. The players (especially the Savaii) haven't. It's why I keep arguing with David over whether or not Coach is running the show. We see all and we can see that Sophie is doing a lot and that Coach has gotten pretty lucky along the way. But what the jury members see is that Coach is running the game and has been since day one. Our perception doesn't mean jack...it's all in the perception of the other players. This all being said, Sophie pulls in Moustache to have him join the plan to vote for Brandon. He's in.
The next scene is Albert pleading his case to Coach that Sophie is the most dangerous player in this game and that the jury will not respect Brandon's game. Coach is every bit as adamant about keeping Sophie as Albert is about getting rid of her. Coach tells us that Albert's scared of her because she's smarter than him. Coach is convinced that Brandon will win. As he tries to explain this, Brandon walks up into the conversation. As Coach is trying to tell Albert that he doesn't know how the juries work, Brandon pushes more and more about what the conversation is. Coach obviously has a Hantz bee in his bonnet. Brandon asking about this, he says, is trying to bully his way into what they were talking about. It's amazing that Russell (after all this time) is still in Coach's head. So much so, that I think Coach is treating Brandon as though he is Russell. He tells us that he's now even more sure what he has to do next, and that's get rid of Brandon.
Probst sighting! Today's immunity challenge is a physically tough challenge. Each player will need to use a rope to walk up an inclined platform. Ever so often, they'll have to stop and untie a bag of puzzle pieces. Every time they get a bag, they have to go back down to the bottom, put it on their stand and then go back up. The first couple will be easy, but the last couple are way up there and will require quite a bit of strength to get to. Given their living conditions, this is gonna be a rough one. Once they have all their bags of pieces, they'll need to match up all pairs of symbols. When they've matched everything, there will be three tiles left over. On the back of those tiles are numbers. The three numbers (in some order) will be the combination to a lock. They unlock that lock and their flag will raise, giving them immunity. It will also earn them a pizza delivery back at camp when the challenge is over. But really, who cares about that, right?