Survivor: Cook Islands

Arranging a Hit

By Jim Van Nest

December 8, 2006

He was The Champion on The Tick. On Survivor, not so much.

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Probst sighting! Today's challenge is an obstacle course race. They'll go through the obstacles and into the water, where Survivors will thenl swim out and get a bag of sticks. They'll bring it back and then go out and do it again. Once they have both bags of sticks, individuals will put the sticks together to form a pole. They'll use the pole to retrieve two rings. First person to get both rings wins immunity. Is it me, or is this tailor made for Ozzy? Survivors ready?

And what a surprise, Ozzy is blowing away the field with Jonathan and Yul his closest rivals. With only Yul back with a bundle, Ozzy heads to his second bundle. I mean, where's the challenge? He is so head and shoulders above the field it's not even funny. We interrupt the Ozzy Show to talk about Sundra. She takes of the hardest falls I've ever seen on Survivor. If her entire backside isn't a big purple bruise tomorrow, it'll be amazing. Back to the action, if you can really call a one man challenge action, Ozzy grabs his second ring and it's all over. Before they head back, Jeff asks who is feeling vulnerable. Adam and Parvati raise their hands. Interestingly enough, I can't help but think that means Jonathan is in trouble. But I guess we'll see.

Because we like to play the game every week, I'm gonna go ahead and say it's time to play, "It's Anyone but Adam." I will mention that I think Jonathan could be in trouble here, too. We come back to Ozzy talking about how the challenge was right up his alley. As the tribe eats, a weird silence takes over. Jonathan thinks people don't know what to say to him. He's concerned that something has shifted and that he has a couple hours left in this game. He hooks up with Becky and Sundra to make sure things are still good and to confirm that Adam is the vote tonight.

Meanwhile, Adam and Yul are talking about Jonathan. And Adam admits that flipping Jonathan was great strategy. Adam's really trying to get Yul to dump Jonathan. This is what causes Yul to make the Godfather comment. He feels like Adam is asking him to arrange a hit on someone. Yul talks to Jonathan and tells him he'll do his best to keep Jon in the game. Jon seems to feel that things have shifted and he can understand it. He reminds Yul of what he's done in the game. He claims he's the perfect person to keep around. "And I saved your hide. And I was happy to do it because it felt like I had made amends for my stepping away." He's basically playing the "I kept you in the game" card. Yul and Ozzy are talking about how they don't want Jonathan or Adam in the final four. They're pretty much planning on a Yul, Ozzy, Sundra and Becky final four. So we go to Tribal with a bit of mystery as to who the vote will be. If I were to lay down some cash, I'm thinking I have to lay it down on Jonathan at this point.

Tribal begins with Parvati raving about the reward. Adam says that going to Exile Island hurts you more than the huge meal helps you in the next challenge. When asked about sending Jonathan to Exile, Parvati explains that it was a strategic move to try to keep herself and Adam in the game. Next question is to Ozzy about if it was nice not having Jonathan around camp. He says sure, because Jonathan has a very strong personality and it's kinda hard to be around him. Jonathan is very concerned to hear that Adam and Parvati are having so much influence considering the flop he made for the alliance.


And now let's start the weekly ripping of Jonathan. Jonathan tries once again to prove that he belongs there. Despite Adam's argument to the contrary, he says that there is a bit of a debt owed him because if not for him, some of the people sitting there right now would have been gone. Jeff then asks Yul about whether Jonathan saved him or he saved Jonathan. Yul says that they saved each other. And then he makes the comment that the Aitutaki Four are pretty much in charge of the game and since he has the hidden idol, he has a lot of influence within that. Um Yul, everyone knows you're in charge of the game. And we all know you love to tell the truth. But sometimes, bud, it's best to just shut up. You don't hear LaDainian Tomlinson on TV talking about being the best in the game, he just is. It's one of those "act like you've been there before and that you'll be going back" things, Yul. Study it. 'Cause you could use some modesty about now. That being said, let's get to the vote. We see Jonathan vote for Adam and Adam vote for Jonathan. Let's tally the votes. And just like that, the Aitu alliance is down to four. Jonathan takes the walk. The interesting thing is that I still think Jonathan is a vote for Yul because he knows Yul's played the best game.

Next time on Survivor: Adam and Parvati make a play for Ozzy. And Becky and Yul discuss whether or not to turn on Ozzy. Honestly, I can't see that happening. It's time to finish what you started and wipe out Adam and Parvati. Then worry about Ozzy. No matter what, though, we'll know everything by the end of next week as next Thursday bring us the final two episodes of Survivor on CBS - the normal show on Thursday and the three-hour finale and reunion on Sunday. Until then, take care.

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