Strategically, this edition of SURVIVOR might just be showing us that people are finally starting to learn from previous shows. Last night had the biggest power shift of the show in a long while, and it came as a result of people counting their chickens before they hatched, getting cocky, and making the dumbest decisions ever.
But letís start with the reward challenge, because thatís what really ticked me off last night. Jenna buys a couple of foodstuffs early on. Christy buys nothing and has all her money still left to her at the end when Jeff pulls out the letters from home. As seen earlier in the show, Jenna has a mother at home sick with cancer, so the letter from home would obviously mean a lot. But Christy has been good with her money and really misses home, too. So she outbids Jenna. And afterwards, there are rumblings in the camp about why Christy would do that to Jenna. People, it would seem, are upset with Christy for this.
Have you ever heard something so ludicrous in your life? 1. Heidi Ė Jennaís best friend in the camp Ė was also bidding against Jenna. People forget that, I guess, because she didnít have enough money to outbid her, having already spent a good portion of it on two slices of cake. 2. If Jenna had, at any point, been kind, nice, or respectful to Christy, she might have seen some of that kindness returned. Instead, she was part of the group that ostracized Christy because of her deafness and flaunted it in her face when she became part of the majority and Christy had become, in her mind, cannon fodder. 3. When a second packet came up for bid, Christy agreed to let it go up on the block, at which point Heidi AGAIN bid against Jenna on it before finally acceding to her. Did you see that? Heidi bid against her best friend TWICE, but the anger lies at Christy?!?!?! 4. Why didnít the other members of the tribe give Jenna their money so that she could get the letter? Thatís happened before in similar challenges in previous SURVIVORs? And yet itís Christy whoís the villain here? Those two girls deserve to lose. 4. And, hey, Christy finally broke out the sign language in explaining her letter. Stupidly, the camera was pushed so far into her face, you couldnít see what she was signing. UGH
Letís get to that power quad now. Alex, Heidi, Jenna, and Rob assumed power and, like other ďmajoritiesĒ on shows before them, got a bit too boastful about it. They started sunbathing instead of working. Theyíd let the other three do all the work for them while they hung around and have fun. I think it was the Australian show where the majority played their hand too early in a reward challenge and dissent came from within fairly quickly.
Then, Alex goes over the top with hubris and stupidity and tells Rob heíd vote him out. Why? When it comes down to the final four, Heidi and Jenna would never vote against each other, so heíd had to vote for Rob, and Rob would have to vote for Alex. WHAT?!? The logical move to make there is to pair up and vote out the women. Yes, it would end in a 2-2 tie, but then you take your chances with the Purple Stone of Death. You donít roll over. If reality TV has taught us anything, itís that power comes in 2ís. Look at last summerís BIG BROTHER 3. Thatís how Danielle and Jason got so far in the game. Power of 2, and a quiet one, at that.
Even worse than the lapse in logic of rolling over for the girls, is telling Rob that youíre going to vote him out. That leaves Rob with two choices: Get voted out 4th or 3rd, or try to form a new alliance where the same could happen but still with a possibility of going all the way to #1. For Rob, the decision was obvious.
And it worked. Rob is now in the majority with Butch, Christy, and Matt. Now he just has to figure out how to lead them to victory without being tossed out by his new buddies. Itís getting late in the game to become Mr. Popular with three people he was busy slamming for the past few weeks. But if anyone could do it, he could.