So, last night’s episode was kind of weird. Manu continued their immunity losing streak and went to tribal again. And really, it seemed like Wendy was one of the most obvious targets in Survivor history. First off, she has a severely injured ankle. Secondly, she’s been driving everyone at camp crazy with her sudden declaration that she’s a vegetarian and, as a result, no one has the right to eat the chicken that the team won at the reward challenge. And then, in order to keep the chicken safe, she stole the tribe’s flint. And while stealing the flint meant that the tribe couldn’t light a fire to cook the chicken, it also meant that the tribe won’t be able to light a fire to stay warm during the night.
I mean, I actually like Wendy. But I totally would have voted her out for stealing the flint. That’s just selfish on her part.
Instead, at tribal council, Chris somehow got voted out. Chris, who is largely harmless, was voted out because he made the mistake of approaching Wardog a few too many times and saying that he wanted to vote out Kelley. This led to Wardog deciding that Chris was some sort of huge threat who was playing too hard and couldn’t be trusted and so, the target shifted from Kelley to Chris. Even David and Rick, who were the ones who actually wanted Kelley out in the first place, ended up voting for Chris in order to stay good with Wardog and the rest of the tribe.
And so, the totally harmless Chris was voted out by a vote of 5-2. (Chris and Wendy voted for Kelley.) Meanwhile, Kelley — who actually is a huge threat — is still in the game. And Wendy — who giggled about stealing the flint — is still in the game.
Of course, Chris really isn’t out of the game. No one’s actually out of the game yet. As he left tribal council, Chris came across the sign that, last week, so vexed Keith. Unlike Keith, Chris immediately decided to go to Edge of Extinction beach and wait for his chance to reenter the game. There, he joined Reem and Keith. (Despite all of his indecision last week, Keith eventually decided to stay in the game.)
Personally, I think that the whole walking-to-the-sign-and-making-a-decision thing is staged. I imagine that, after Reem, Keith, and Eric were voted out, someone with production explained the twist and asked them if they wanted to stay in the game or leave. They then probably filmed them walking down the path and seeing the sign and I imagine that production told the castaways to really play up their reaction. Last week, Keith really went overboard with his indecision. Last night, Eric didn’t seem surprised enough.
Meanwhile, over on Kama Beach,, Aubrey finally found an immunity idol so I guess she’s going to be around for a while. Because they keep winning, we haven’t really gotten a chance to know the Kama Tribe. Just the fact that Victoria and Ron had a discussion about sending Joe home without realizing that Joe was directly behind him leads me to suspect that the Kama Tribe may not be the smartest.
Next week, it looks like there’s going to be a tribal shuffle. We’re going from two tribes to three! Personally, I’m not huge fan of three tribes but I guess they had to do something before the Manu Tribe dwindled down to nothing.
We’ll see what happens next week,