FIREFIGHTER DOUSED: JT Turns on Tom
“Knights of the Round Table” When James is injured in the Reward Challenge, the Heroes tribe considers voting him off as a weak link. The Villains put together another impressive challenge sweep, and when Russell finally finds the Hidden Immunity Idol he uses it to recruit Coach into his alliance with Parvati.
The reward challenge almost knocked James out of the game. It was a replay of the brutal “Survivor: Samoa” challenge Schmergen Brawl. Having participated in a rehearsal in Samoa before that cast did the challenge, I can promise you it’s very, very brutal, and we weren’t even playing for $1 million.
That was evident when Rupert, who likes to remind people that he’s America’s favorite Survivor, slammed Jerri Manthey’s face into a post. He did apologize (“I did not mean to do that”), but Jerri, who wasn’t bleeding, didn’t care (“Whatever, dude, whatever”).
On “Survivor: Samoa,” Schmergen Brawl made history because Ben was thrown out of it. This time, another person was removed, but for medical reasons: James fell and did something to his knee that prevented him from being able to walk.
It’s great to see JT lying and pissing people off. He’s not the exact same character he was two seasons back, when he won the whole shebang with charming honesty and legitimate loyalty. Rehash of characters we love is okay, but seeing them in new situations—and watching them approach old situations entirely differently—is becoming one of the most alluring aspects of Heroes vs. Villains. It’s like the flash-sideways on Lost, only it doesn'’t make us want to bury a screwdriver in our brain.
…I spoke to Tom this morning about how it all went wrong, and the ousted contestant pulled no punches in his assessment of his tribemates.
How does it feel to be deemed less valuable than a dude who can’t walk?
You know what? I think if James had gotten his head cut off in that challenge they would have brought his head along in a bowling bag and had him vote against me. And that was frustrating actually having to defend myself that I was more of a physical value to the team than the guy who had been sent back into the game wearing a brace.
Do you think Russell made a wise move? Or is he falling prey to one of the most deadly flirts in Survivor history? Both Russell and Parvati pulled out their big guns and told the other everything they need to know. Russell believes Parvati will ride his coattails. Parvati told him very clearly she does not ride anybody’s coattails. It may be the showdown of the season thus far, even more so than Russell vs Rob.
Parvati and Russell have both proven they can play this game very well. It’s a deadly duo if they stay teamed up but there is no way this relationship ends peacefully.
Tom’s ousting was vexing enough. But the fact that you chose him over James is downright infuriating. He goes down in a reward challenge, seriously injured his knee, was fitted for an unsightly leg brace, hobbles around in camp and, as a result, makes my 81-year-old grandma look like Ussain Bolt. And yet — he sticks around?! People: This is not Sheer Genius. It’s Survivor. Your livelihood depends on winning physical challenges.
So fine. You're left with quite the brain trust: Doe-eyed Amanda, wishy-washy J.T., muted Candice, broken-toed Rupert (whose tye-dyed shirts seem cloaked in insecurity), and one-legged James. Can’t wait until you decide that Colby’s Texas accent is a threat.
I know you’re not sharp in puzzles, but this one is easy to solve: You’re all going to go down soon.
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