Survivor: One World Recap
Thanks for the Souvenir
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
March 22, 2012
Tree mail tells our Survivors that they’ll be playing for something sweet in the Reward Challenge. And with that, we have a Probst sighting! The challenge pits the two teams against each other as they try to bounce coconuts off a trampoline through five different targets. First tribe to get all five will win delicious ice cream. Coincidentally, we go get ourselves some ice cream as a tasty challenge accompaniment.
You’d think that Manono might totally suck at this challenge, but thanks to Tarzan and Leif, they manage to stay in the challenge somehow. Their problem is that Colton and Alicia absolutely suck at this in every possible way. Alicia is so awful that Probst busts her chops about it every time she is up. The discord amongst the group doesn’t help, either. Colton bitches that Christina is running too slowly every time (and then he proceeds to effectively stroll his way over to the coconuts and back). It’s pretty clear that his hatred extends to anyone who…well, anyone whose ancestors might have come from places like Africa or China or Japan or Korea or Brazil. Ugh. Why did they allow someone like this on the show?
No one will be surprised to hear that eventually, Salani comes out on top, meaning that they will be awarded with a visit to a Survivor-style ice cream parlor.
“Christina, you know she was just kinda like gradually going through the challenge, and that kinda like, it ticked me off, you know? I’m just so ready for Christina to be gone. You can quit or you can wait and go home in two days. Or, you can jump in the fire and be med-evac’d, whichever is more convenient for you, but she just drives me insane. I hate her voice. I hate her face. I hate everything about her.” –Colton (who else?)
All aglow from three wins in a row, Salani heads over to their ice cream parlor treat. Everything is rainbows and unicorns with this tribe. They are living more comfortably than the others, and their environment isn’t poisonous like Manono’s is. They’re feeling relaxed and confident, and seem more than up to any challenge the game might throw at them. From a meta perspective, it doesn’t seem fair that one team gets the ice cream, while the other tribe is stuck with Colton.
Speaking of which, Colton and Alicia (who you may remember sucked in the challenge), decide to lord it over Christina for her poor performance. Christina doesn’t fight back, yet we can see the fire in her eyes., as two inferior (and lazy) players are berating her. We’re only a third of the way in the episode, and the only thing we can say with certainty is that it’s too obvious to send Christina home tonight. What shocks us is the fact that the other tribe members watch passively as Colton continues to exhibit such loathsome behavior.
Christina does make her case to Jonas and Leif, and to his credit, Jonas at least recognizes that there may be some truth to the notion that Alicia is probably not the best ally in the world. Christina tells them that Alica has an alliance with the girls over at the other tribe, at which point it is revealed that Alicia is standing right behind her. She mock applauds Christina for her effort, and says that the alliance claims are lies. “You’re digging yourself in a bigger grave,” Alicia tells her. What are they gonna do, vote her off twice?