Up until the tribal council, last night’s episode of Survivor was dominated by bad strategy. After Nick was blind-sided by the new all girls (and Joe) alliance, Jason and Scot reacted to suddenly finding themselves out of power by attempting to sabotage the camp. They hid the machete. They doused the fire. They bragged about it. They practically dared the remaining castaways to vote them out of the game. Jason called it psychological warfare but really, it just came across as two grown men acting like petulant babies.
Tai, who should have been trying to distance himself from Jason and Scot, instead decided to stick with them. He even woke up at night and doused the fire for a second time while everyone else was sleeping. I hate to see Tai slipping over to the evil side. It’s not where he belongs.
Julia, I think, made a mistake by being too quick to volunteer to work with Scott, Jason, and Tai at the reward challenge. She revealed that she’s willing to work with both alliances. However, Aubry made an even bigger mistake by getting so upset over Julia’s actions that she allowed herself to be distracted from what should have been her number one goal — taking out Scot and Jason.
From what I’ve seen on twitter, Aubry appears to have a lot of fans. But, honestly, I think she is one of the most overrated players in the history of Survivor. For someone who won’t stop bragging about how everything she does is “logical,” Aubry’s entire game has been dictated by her emotions and insecurities.
For instance, emotion (and jealousy, I imagine) led Aubry to decide that Julia should be the next target. When Julia managed to win individual immunity, the smart move would have been to vote for Scot and Jason. At the very least, voting for them would either flush out or (if it was a true blindside and the idol was not played) eliminate at least one of the immunity idols. Instead, Aubry decided that the all-girls alliance needed to blindside Debbie, because Debbie didn’t share Aubry’s obsession with voting out Julia. I don’t like Debbie but, strategically, it makes no sense to take out an ally when you’ve still got strong enemies in the game.
And when Aubry decided to go after Debbie, who did she decide to approach for her vote? Julia! If Aubry was truly the logical strategist that she claims to be, she would have known better than to confide in Julia. But, since she was annoyed with Debbie, Aubry gave in to her emotions. Julia, of course, ran off and told Scot, Jason, and Tai about Aubry’s plan.
If Joe had been smart, he would have taken this opportunity to separate himself from Debbie. Instead, he stubbornly refused to vote for her, which is the sort of thing that his alliance will remember in the future. (Then again, Joe has pretty much been Debbie’s puppet since this season began.)
And then, we had Tribal Council and, oh my God, it was a good one:
As I’ve made clear since this season of Survivor began, I cannot stand Jason or Scot. Both of them are misogynistic bullies. Jason looks like he has terrible hygiene and spends way too much time bragging about himself. Scot, meanwhile, is an idiot man child. If this season was a community theater production of Of Mice and Men, Scot would be asking everyone to tell him about the rabbits.
(Interestingly enough, when he was separated from Jason, Scot was tolerable. But, after the merge reunited the two of them, Scot went back to his old tricks.)
But, let’s give credit where credit is due. They may be hateful. They may have dragged the otherwise adorable Tai into their evil orbit. But, during last night’s tribal council, Jason and Scot put on a hell of a show. Personally, I think that they made a strategic mistake by acting way too cocky about having both of the immunity idols (and, as a result, the super idol). Neither one seems to understand that the people they are taunting are the same people who, if Jason and Scot make it to the final three, will be sitting on the jury and selecting the winner. But, with all that in mind, Jason and Scot made last night’s tribal council a memorable one. Last night’s tribal council was a classic and will be remembered long after this current season has ended.
After Scot, Jason, and Tai revealed that they had the immunity idols, Debbie was blind-sided and sent off to the jury. On the one hand, Aubry and Cydney got what they wanted. Debbie is gone, But they also failed to get either Jason or Tai to use their idol and now, as a result of the super idol, it appears that the all-girls alliance will have to lose one more member before they can even think about going after either Jason or Scot. If Julia continues to work with Jason and Scot, that means the the once all-powerful all-girls (and Joe) alliance will soon be outnumbered.
Now that the end is in sight, let’s take a look at who is still left in contention for the title of final survivor:
Stinky Jason — My biggest fear is that Jason will get taken to the finale because nobody thinks the jury will ever vote for him. I desperately want to see the look on smug Jason’s face when he gets voted out.
Idiot Man Child Scot — My second biggest fear is that Scot will get taken to the finale because nobody thinks the jury will ever vote for him. As of right now, Jason and Scot seem to competing for third place.
Adorable Tai — Let’s hope that Tai remains adorable and does not get permanently dragged over to the dark side,
Overrated Aubry — Aubry mostly seems to be using Survivor to deal with issues left over from not being popular in high school. If she wins, she will be one of the more forgettable winners.
Crimebuster Joe — I really thought I’d like Joe but, for the most part, he’s just been a self-righteous bore. It’ll be interesting to see if he can still function without Debbie around to tell him what to do.
Awesome Cydney — I like Cydney and I think she’s actually playing a pretty good game. She’s been smart to distance herself from the former Brawn Tribe but I worry that she may be such a strong player that she’ll end up becoming everyone’s target.
Underrated Michele — Michele made a big move when she decided to vote to send Nick to jury. That said, I get the feeling that Michele is flying under the radar and that can actually be a very good strategy.
Underestimated Julia — I actually want Julia to win. I feel that, because she’s young and not ugly, she’s been underestimated by the other players. (Just check out the way that Aubry was hating on her during last night’s episode.) I know what it’s like to be underestimated. Because I share Julia’s struggle, I hope she wins.
My ideal final three? As of right now: Cydney, Michele, and Julia.
One thing that we do know for sure: Debbie will not win Survivor!
Next week, it looks like Aubry is going to try to pull Tai away from the dark side. If she can succeed, I may change my opinion of her as a player. Seriously, it was heart-breaking watching Tai fall under the bad influence of Scot and Jason.
We’ll see what happens next week!