Survivor: One World Recap
By David Mumpower and Kim Hollis
February 23, 2012
How much of a mess are the women? Sabrina is asked to take on the role of leader of the Salani tribe during a team meeting the following morning. Before she finishes uttering the words “Everyone has a right to be heard”, she is interrupted. Sabrina is trite in shouting down the usurper, but this reinforces the chaotic nature of their tribe. The leader is not heard by one of the tribe members and the tribe member is not heard by the leader during a conversation about everyone listening to everyone else.
Sabrina divides the primary roles into three categories: water, food and shelter. Monica volunteers for water. Alicia nominates Kat and herself for food searches. This tribe is about to diet whether they want it or not. We also want to note that Alicia is someone who needs allies in order to feel more powerful. We are not talking about Survivor tribes and alliances here. She is someone who does not like to be alone. She and Michael could form a Lacking Self-Esteem alliance down the line if they both make it to the “merge." To a larger point, Alicia is going to do whatever it takes to keep Kat around as long as Kat performs the requisite sycophant duties.
Sabrina offers instructions about the best way to attain food. Alicia bristles at this as she views herself as the Queen of the tribe and Sabrina as a puppet. With others naming Sabrina the leader, the two of them are going to butt heads repeatedly. This is the first instance and the subject matter is almost irrelevant.
In this case, it is Sabrina’s term of “survey the land” and “make markers to know exactly where you went”. Kat, aggravated that she is currently sucking up to the wrong player, says that she does not want to “observe the land.” No, this isn’t what Sabrina said but that’s not the point. What matters is that as long as Alicia and Kat are not calling the shots, they are going to be poisonous to the chemistry of the tribe. This is the danger of making an alliance before you know any of the players. Sabrina has an agreement in place with Kat and Alicia, yet the three of them are as friendly as Batman and The Joker. Kat is Robin in this scenario. If it’s not clear, we don’t like Kat any more than we like Alicia.
This is reinforced a few moments later. Several of the women are hungry. They are wondering why the two people who chose to handle the food search are, you know, not searching for food. Kat delivers an immature rant about how her partner isn’t ready and that everyone will be sorry when they come back with all kinds of bananas. Somewhere in the world, Amanda Kimmel feels a tingle as she realizes that banana etiquette is once again violated. Later, the women enjoy a swim in the ocean rather than hunt for food. In professional sports, what these two women are doing gets players suspended for what is called “conduct detrimental to the team."