Survivor: Fiji

Snakes Are Misunderstood...We Have an Understanding Now

By Jim Van Nest

February 20, 2007

Erica steals some parting gifts.

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Back over at Moto, Dreamz is telling us how this is so much easier than being homeless. He tells us about how important his family is to us and how he's playing for them. Ya know, if not for seeing how obnoxious this guy is, I could really get behind him. But I just can't root for a guy I'd like to choke, so I guess I better keep looking.

Back at Ravu, the food search continues. Earl, Erica and Rocky are climbing to the height of the island and all they manage to find is a grove of not even close to ripe mangos. They have pretty much checked everywhere around their camp. Except, you know...about ten feet away from where they all live. Um, DUH! Literally some ten feet away is a pineapple patch with hundreds of fresh ripe pineapples. It's great to see these folks finally catch a break, but at the same time, I have to wonder if what's going on here is just simple natural selection. I mean come on, how could you not check in your immediate surroundings for something to eat?

Tree mail shows up and suggests that this will be a teamwork type challenge and that food and fire are on the line. The Ravu folks are getting fired up to exact some revenge on the Moto tribe. I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest the challenge will be very physical, where the tribes will collect puzzle pieces and then put together a puzzle. Not sure why I feel that way...


Probst sighting! Right off the bat, Jeff takes the immunity idol back from a girl that I don't think is even on the show. If she is, I'm about 99% sure we haven't even heard her speak yet. And seriously...shouldn't we have by now? Today's challenge will be to paddle a canoe around a tribe flag. On the way back, they will collect four crates. Once back with all four crates, they will open them to fine *gasp* puzzle pole pieces. They will construct a pole with a flag on top. First tribe to raise their flag wins. Wanna know what they're playing for? A whole bunch of fishing gear. And Ravu will also be playing for flint. And the winning tribe will send someone to Exile Island. Readers ready!!

As the tribes take off, the Ravu tribe jumps to a quick lead with good teamwork and balanced rowing. Moto isn't too far behind. Ravu gets to shore and opens up their crates with a pretty solid advantage. We're only two episodes in but it seems as though there is not a puzzle out there that Ravu can solve. In the middle of NOT solving this one, apparently Erica is certain that she knows what she's doing. They don't listen to her. After Probst points it out, they do listen to her and she proves to be wrong. While they're messing around to make Erica happy, Moto assembles and raises their flag. Ya know...if you're going to scream and shout at your team, you damn well better turn out to be right. And with little hesitation, Moto chooses Earl to go to Exile Island.

We come back from break to join Earl at Exile Island. He checks out the clues and is a little bummed that he can't start looking for it. As Earl makes his fire, he tells us that he's a little concerned about not being involved with camp life. As he sits by the fire, a sea snake gets a little too close for his comfort and he hacks it up with a machete. One quick point to you suppose he could smuggle the Exile Island flint back to the Ravu camp when his time on Exile is over? I would think it would be fair game. Not to mention the kind of gesture that could extend Earl's stay on this island considerably.

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