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Survivor: South Pacific

Finale: Loyalties Will Be Broken, Part 1

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

December 19, 2011

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Today's duel is a simple one...climb to the top of a pole. Then...don't come down. Stay there as long as you can. Every couple feet, there's a quarter inch slot for them to put their feet. As the duel goes, the tribe is rooting against Ozzy (as they have for the last several duels.) After what seems like forever, Jeff breaks in to tell them they've been there for 20 minutes. Neither one of them looks like they'll ever come down. Forty minutes in, Ozzy is adjusting himself quite a bit. The rest of the tribe can see that Ozzy's losing it. Right about this time, Brandon starts to lose it as well. After several more minutes of shifting and raising and being uncomfortable...Brandon finally loses it and drops to the ground. Ozzy is back in this game! Before he goes, though, I'll say this about Brandon...the kid never gave up. He played hard and he played true to himself. Should he maybe get some counseling? Yeah, probably. Especially with the whole Mikayla thing. But overall, he played an honest game and he played as honorably as he knew how. He left the game with no hard feelings and, in my opinion, he did himself proud and just may have helped his family name. As everyone heads back to camp, Sophie tells us that even with Brandon giving his everything to that duel, Ozzy still won. She says that if Ozzy keeps winning, there's going to be very little that she can do.

We come back from break as the Upolus are "welcoming" Ozzy back to camp. No one's happy to see him there, but they sorta welcome him anyway. Bottom line, everyone out there, including Ozzy, knows that if he makes it to the end, he wins. So naturally, the rest of the game becomes "can ANYone beat Ozzy?" Shortly after his arrival, Coach and Ozzy get together for a talk. Let's not forget that Coach gave him his word as a Christian man. Coach tells Ozzy that if he were to win immunity, he would be likely to give Ozzy one of those to keep him in this game. Ozzy ain't buying it. He even says is, "Who in their right mind would want to take me?" Coach feels like he deserves to be in this game. He tells us that he wants to take Ozzy to the end. He says that he has solid deals with so many people, that this is his game to lose. I agree with that. He's in a position where there's no way he doesn't make the final Tribal. But how he plays the next two votes will go a long way to determining whether or not he wins. At this point, it's his game...but if he's foolish enough to take Ozzy to the final tribal, he'll essentially give away a million dollars. And with that, it's time for a...




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Probst sighting!! Today's immunity challenge is a twist on the annual "House of Cards" challenge. Each person will grab a handle, which will balance out a scale. They'll have to build their house of cards on one side of the scale, while keeping the whole thing balanced. So they have one hand to build. The first one to build their house tall enough wins immunity and has a one in four chance of being the Sole Survivor. For the rest...there will be no more Redemption Island. You get voted out now, you go straight to the jury.

As they start off, Jeff asks if any of them do this for fun. Sophie says she has a book on how to make these. As they progress, that book has paid off as Sophie's tower looks indestructible. Just as Jeff comments on this, Sophie says that she doesn't have any pieces left. Bummer, she's going to have to take her tower apart and rebuild it using fewer tiles. Ozzy gets within a couple inches of the top, but he too runs out of pieces. Coach had a huge tower, but it drops to the ground and he has to start over. Sophie once again nears the top. As she gets there, she loses half her tower. In a weird exchange, Sophie demands that Albert drop his stack and help her by picking up her pieces. She says she'll beat him and she needs his help.

Probst jumps in to say that there will be no helping in this challenge. "You wanna take out Ozzy...beat him." As they continue on, this challenge breaks down to Coach and Ozzy. They're neck and neck with about eight inches to go. Right at the end, Ozzy pulls away and wins yet another challenge with Coach only about four inches away. Coach is upset at losing, but at the same time, for his end game, this may be the best outcome. Now he doesn't have to make the decision of whether or not to keep Ozzy.


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