Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I hope everyone wearing green from head to toe and is planning on dancing all night. If you’re not — well, I guess that’s okay. If you don’t have any plans for this most glorious of holidays, you can always spend some time thinking about last night’s episode of Survivor.
Though, to be honest, there’s really not much to think about. After all the drama of last week, it’s not surprising that the The Devils We Know turned out to be a little anti-climatic. Last night was pretty much a filler episode of Survivor. There was really no surprise about who got voted out and it’s debatable how much anything we saw last night is going to really effect the end of the game.
That’s the nature of Survivor. Not every elimination can be shocking.
Personally, I was sorry to see Anna go because I know what it’s like to be judged and stereotyped based on your physical appearance. As I read some of the comments that were made about her on twitter (One guy leered, “Who will go home tonight? Tits or Tai?”), I found myself almost praying that Tai would play his immunity idol and that he, Scot, and Anna would manage to turn the entire game upside down. It would have been great and I would have loved to see one of those boring, arrogant Brain people go home.
But, in the end, Tai didn’t. And again, I can’t blame him. In the game of Survivor, fire may represent life but the immunity idol represents resurrection. You want to hold on to that immunity idol for as long as possible and you certainly don’t want to give it away to someone else early in the game. That’s just good strategy.
Anyway, the big news from last night’s episode is that we finally reached the tribal shakeup. Because of Caleb’s unexpected exit, they went into the shakeup with an odd number of players. As a result, when they drew buffs to determine their new tribes, six survivors pulled a Chan Loh buff, six survivor pulled a Gondol buff, and one survivor pulled a red buff and was exiled to Brawn Beach.
And that exiled survivor was Julia from the Beauty Tribe. She spent almost all of tonight’s episode alone at the Brawn camp. (Bleh! Brawn camp probably still smells like Jason, too. Jason doesn’t look very hygienic.) Since she was in exile, she didn’t have to compete for immunity and was safe from the vote. Next week, she will replace Anna on the new Gondol tribe.
Here’s the two new tribes:
Witchy Debbie (former Brains)
Eccentric Neal (former Brains)
Cydney (former Brawn)
Stinky Jason (former Brawn)
Michele (former Beauty)
Nick (former Beauty)
Basket Case Aubry (former Brains)
Stupid Joe (former Brains)
Wannabe Peter (former Brains)
Anna (former Beauty, voted out at Tribal Council)
Adorable Tai (former Beauty)
Idiot Manchild Scot (former Brawn)
Julia (former Beauty, replaced Anna after Tribal Council)
(Sorry, not everyone’s earned a nickname as of yet.)
The tribal shake up did break up (at least temporarily) several small alliances. Joe and Debbie are now on separate tribes, Stinky Jason and Idiot Manchild Scot are on separate tribes. And new alliances immediately started to form. As if Debbie couldn’t be any more unlikable, she immediately started to bond with Jason and Cydney. Meanwhile, Tai and Scot are working together over on Gondol.
(If I were Tai, I would be scared of Scot accidentally stepping on me, considering that Tai is three feet tall and Scot is like 8’9. Or something like that. All I know is Scot is really tall.)
When the Gondol Tribe lost immunity, it was obvious that either Tai or Anna was going to go home. With Julia set to join after Tribal Council, the former Brains people realized that the only way to keep their majority in the new tribe was to vote out another former member of the Beauty Tribe. Foolishly, they viewed Anna as a bigger threat and, let’s just be honest, I’m sure some jealousy played into it as well. When your tribe is dominated by two socially awkward men and an insecure basket case like Aubry, it’s not surprising that Anna would be the target.
If Tai had used his idol to keep Anna safe, then wannabe Peter would have been voted out and, after Peter launched into another one of his “I control the tribe” monologues at tribal council, I thought it might happen. But Tai held onto his idol and Anna was voted out.
(I swear, the Brain Tribe people are so boring. And the Brawn Tribe was so ugly. How can you not be Team Beauty?)
Anyway, that was last night’s episode. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!