Episode Ten: Q & A
By Dan Krovich
Last week, well, last week was a clip show, so the week before, Deena
learned the lesson about what happens to "the ugly one" in a group of
pretty people. Now the Gang of Four - Alex, Heidi, Jenna, and Rob - are
in pretty good shape. Deena tried to maneuver around them, and they
got rid of her. They have a four to three advantage, so everything is
set for them to be the Final Four and they know it. They take this
luxury as permission to lounge about while Butch, Christy, and Matt do
all the work, and the Three Little Pigs can't really complain or else
they're next. "I, for one, welcome our insect overlords." The Gang of
Four pinky swears friends forever and talks about missing their
family, and we learn that Jenna's mom has cancer. Heidi mentions how
they "haven't heard from [their] families in gosh knows how long."
Uh, if you can count, it's been 27 days.
The Three Little Pigs may not be able to complain publicly about the
laziness they see, but that doesn't mean that they can't in their
interviews. They see the situation pretty clearly but are in a bind,
so they pretty much have to keep to the grind. Tree mail brings
wallets of money, and I still never understand why they always get so
excited to receive money when they are nowhere near any place to use
it. We all know that this means the auction reward. It's always one
of the more boring rewards as Jeff does his best Monty Hall, selling
off hidden items. The do the various food bids, and then things
do get a bit more interesting when they auction off a letter from
home. Jenna, of course, feels as if getting the letter is her God-given
right, so there are tears and dirty looks all around when Christy
dares to bid on them.
It's kind of amusing that none of the guys come even close to
attempting to even making a bid. Christy has more money left than the
other girls do, so she wins the auction. After many more tears (and
literal violins) they decide to do a second letter auction, and give
the letter to Jenna because they know it will make for good
television. Jeff tells her to take a "private moment" alone later to
read it. Apparently he forgot that they are being filmed all the
time. Christy gets a "You go, girl" letter from a high school friend,
while Jenna receives news that her mom's tumor has shrunk.
Now it's onto the strategic portion of this week's episode. Matt and
Butch realize the straits they're in and also accurately determine
that their only shot is to try to turn Rob to take over the voting
advantage. The next morning Alex and Rob have a chat about what's
going to happen once they get to the Final Four. Alex points out that
it's obvious that Jenna and Heidi are going to stick together, so when
it's down to four, obviously Alex and Rob should stick together.
Screeeeeech! Wait a second, rewind, that's not what Alex says at all.
Instead, in one of the dumber Survivor ideas since Sean built that
bowling alley, he proposes that when they get to the last four that he
is going to vote out Rob. Rob takes a look around his little clique,
and the light bulb goes off. He's now the ugly one in the group.
The Survivors next get a questionnaire to complete that will tell them
what they think about each other. Rob describes the whole process as
a slam book, showing that he is down with the whole Judy Blume oeuvre.
He also is beginning to make alternate plans, seeing as how he doesn't like
what the future holds in his current destiny, and he has a heart-to-heart with Matt. Rob gives the old "I've been lying to you over and
over, but you can trust me" speech, and he proposes to jump ship and
join up with the Three Little Pigs. Suddenly, the passive "Go with
whichever way the wind is blowing" strategy that those three have been
following seems like it might work out.
The immunity challenge is a quiz where they must guess what the tribe
overall thinks about each other based on the questionnaire they filled
out earlier. "I'll get naked at the drop of a hat...and a bikini" Jenna
is shocked to learn that the others think she uses sex as a weapon.
The best part of the entire challenge is the abuse that Jenna takes
when she learns what the others think of her. Rob wins immunity,
firmly putting everything in his hands this week.
So now we are just left with a bunch of Rob soul-searching. His
choices are pretty clear. If he sticks with the Gang of Four like he
is now, it's been made clear to him that he winds up with fourth place
barring his winning immunity. If he jumps to join the Three Little
Pigs, then he perhaps improves his chances to get to the final two,
but he also pretty much guarantees that the three people on whom he turned his back won't vote for him in the final jury vote. Rob decides to
make the alliance shift, meaning he has changed teams more often than
Anne Heche, and votes out Alex. Rob also keeps his perfect record of
stabbing every member of the jury thus far in the back.