Survivor: One World Recap
It's Human Nature
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
May 10, 2012
Chelsea and her cohorts thoroughly enjoy their reward, while Alicia and Christina bitch about the fact that Chelsea took Kim for the reward. Additionally, Alicia (rightfully) points out that Chelsea had promised Christina she would take her on the challenge. Tarzan seizes this opportunity to align himself with Alicia and Christina (on top of his supposed alliance with Kim). Alicia gets all indignant and says that Kim had better come back with the right plan, or there will be hell to pay and stuff. We would fast forward through her segments if we weren’t recapping this.
“My plans for the day, the first thing I’m gonna do is fix me some coconut stew, start the fire, clean my clothes, wash my hair again, and prepare to be defeated in some kind of contest later today. Defeated by the feminine gender. Failure among men. --Tarzan, saying what we’re all thinking
His big mistake, really, is being Tarzan. He flips the crazy switch back on at a time when some rational thought would have been his friend…or at least a new acquaintance. He picks a fight with Alicia (he’s using his buff to sift the food for their meal, which Alicia correctly finds repulsive) and somehow offends Christina as well.
Alicia takes this opportunity to reveal the entire discussion she had with Christina and Tarzan to Kim. Basically, Kim can get anyone in this game to tell her anything. They all love her and want to date her. Well, except Tarzan. But he likes telling her stuff, too.
Kim and Alicia quickly realize that Tarzan has been telling them the same story. Of course, the problem here is that by having this conversation, Alicia is telling Kim exactly what Kim wants to hear. Just as Parvati did with Evil Loser Russell, Kim is playing to someone’s extreme insecurities to manipulate them to do exactly what she needs them to do. In Alicia’s case, she doesn’t want to look like a fool. (Tough luck on that count, Alicia.) Because of this fear, she looks at any contradiction or slight as more egregious than it needs to be.
“I am the queen of the social game,” says Alicia. We’d say that this is adorable, but she’s a horrible troll.
Thankfully, Probst puts an end to this delusional rambling as he announces the Immunity Challenge. Survivors will have one hand tied behind their back. Then, they must use fish hooks to pick up three bags of puzzle pieces.
Words you don’t hear often this season: Alicia is in the lead. Initially, Kim is out to a head start, but Alicia somehow gets herself in position to win. It gets very exciting at the end, because the winner snatches victory in the final second. Alicia does in fact defeat Kim for Immunity. This is our shocked face.
Tarzan makes more friends by saying, “I should have won that. That [challenge] wasn’t even athletic.” This behavior is exactly what hurt Troyzan earlier in the game, and there is no upside to it.
And truly, Kim does seem to have convinced both Alicia and Christina that it’s Tarzan’s time to go. We spend about 30 seconds playing “It’s Anyone But Tarzan” as Kim notes that if Alicia, Tarzan and Christina vote for Chelsea, she will as well. But we don’t think there’s any real danger of that happening.
For her part, Chelsea is at least worried that her neck is on the line. She tells Sabrina that she’s really bothered by the fact that someone like Christina might get farther in the game. The thing about these sorts of comments is that you wouldn’t have to worry about people like Christina outlasting you if you weren’t a party to propping them along to the end. We like Chelsea, but at some point, you do have to take some responsibility for your own actions.
At Tribal Council, Tarzan seems to have accepted his role as Dead Man Walking. He talks about how it’s stupid that they were freaked out by the fact that he was wearing Kat’s panties on his head just moments ago.
There’s also some discussion about Chelsea’s decision to take Kim on the Reward with her. Christina feels that Chelsea broke her word to her about taking her as a guest, but Chelsea notes that Christina also betrayed her confidence immediately after they had this discussion (which is true).
It’s time to vote. “Tarzan, please get the hell off this island before you drive me crazy,” says Chelsea. She’s only wanted him gone for about…well, how many people are there on the jury so far?
Probst reads the votes, and Chelsea does receive one. The rest go to Tarzan, because Kim has worked her voodoo once again.
There’s just one episode to go, and while Kim deserves to win, it’s entirely possible that things won’t shake out that way. She is positioned to become one of the most dominant winners in the history of the game, though. Join us on Sunday as we crown another victor.