PHILLIP FESTERS FURTHER: Russell Re-Run, Kristina Canned
“Don’t You Work for Me?” Russell and Matt face off at Redemption Island, and although an emotional Russell is sent home he doesn’t leave without sabotaging the tribe that cast him out, spilling their secrets to witnesses Phillip and Kristina. At Ometepe, Phillip continues is odd and annoying behavior, and Rob is able to get his tribe out of camp long enough for him to find the Hidden Immunity Idol.
Probst congratulates Matt and tells Russell he’s out of the game. Russell actually gets emotional! He looks like he’s going to cry and pulls his signature hat down over his eyes. Probst tries to make him feel better by telling him he bared his soul out there and played a very strong game twice over. But Russell actually is crying! Wow. Even Sarita and Ralph look somewhat affected by the emotion of the moment.
Russell actually doubles over as Matt comforts him. Probst asks if this is sadness at being out of the game or embarrassment at losing. Russell says he respects the game too much to go out this way. People like his tribe, throwing a challenge just to get rid of him because he’s (air quotes) Russell, not even worried about numbers in the game or Rob and his tribe. “It’s hard to be a professional quarterback and have pee-wee leaguers on your team.” He has to run, pass, and catch the ball – it’s all up to him.
Ralph chimes in, saying he disagrees – he thinks they “done great.” He continues that Russell wouldn’t show them the clue to the hidden immunity idol. (Russell rolls his eyes.) Ralph continues that’s beside the point because he’d already found it within 15 seconds of the game beginning. Phillip takes notice of this as Ralph gives away valuable intel!
Russell doesn’t believe Ralph really found the idol, so Ralph pulls it out of his bag to show him. Well, at least it looks like he’s going to, until Russell points it out to Phillip and Kristina. Sarita finally realizes what’s going on and stops Ralph from doing it. Ralph claims, “I faked ya!” Russell laughs uproariously and straight-out tells Kristina and Phillip that Ralph has the idol. “He’s such a good player, he’s telling you everything he has right now. Take him out!”
Ralph tries again to claim he was just bluffing, but even Phillip doesn’t seem to be buying that. Probst asks Ralph if the story was a lie and Ralph replies, “Could be, could not be.” Well, that showed ‘em!
Time for the former federal agent to step in, saying flat out, “It was not a lie! It was not a lie!” He continues that he earned his living determining if somebody was lying or not and he knows Ralph has the idol! He adds that Ralph will have an opportunity to use it if Phillip has anything to do with it. Meanwhile, Russell and Matt are fist-bumping and smiling. Russell helps Phillip and Kristina a bit more by telling them how the alliances are stacked and who’s calling the shots. Phillip says, “I’m glad I came.” Heh.
Russell says he had to stay in the game somehow, so he’s doing so through Phillip and Kristina. If their tribe wins and they “take out these dummies, more power to them.”
But Russell will only be there in spirit, as he has to take off his buff and drop it into the fire on his way out of the game. He says goodbye to the others and Phillip thanks him for the info.
Back at Ometepe, Rob is complaining of constipation, but it’s all a ruse that trickster has concocted to go searching for the Hidden Immunity Idol. Turns out he’s not constipated at all. He can poop just fine, thank you very much! After dragging the tribe down the beach to play something called Royal Treatments, he scurries away to search for the Idol, which he finally does locate sitting in a tree.
Once back from Redemption Island, Phillip pulls aside Rob and Grant and informs Rob that he’ll tell him everything Russell spilled, as long as he “can do something for Kristina.” Why would Phillip want to do something for Kristina, one of his arch-enemies? He doesn’t! This is clearly another masterstroke of deception by the world’s foremost super spy. Don’t you see it? He’s got Rob completely all turned around once again — and he didn’t even have to drop his pants to do it! “Hey, dumb-ass. Aren’t you in my alliance? Don’t you work for me?” wonders Boston Rob. No, he does not, Rob. Phillip Sheppard works for one man and one man only: Uncle Sam. You got something to say about that? Well, then take it up with the gorilla, mister!
Fortunately, Zapatera won the challenge, because if they hadn’t I would have been on their ass for throwing the challenge in the last episode. But I will say this, if I was on the Ometepe tribe I would have a hard time not knocking Ralph right off that perch as he crowed like a Rooster. That is one annoying move.
Ralph’s ego is going to be his biggest obstacle. He’s not alone. It happens to a lot of people. They do something amazing, like finding the idol, but then they so badly want to share their brilliance with everybody else that they weaken their position by telling everybody.
I do it in my life all the time. I’m constantly giving away information that would be better off kept to myself. It’s so hard to just shut up. Ralph – shut up. You’ll go further.
On the other hand, the fact that his crowing annoys me, means it probably annoyed Ometepe, which means it’s working!
The Zapatera alliance of 6 can only keep loyal for so long. At some point, that group is going to splinter – and when they do, someone will have the good sense to blindside Ralph.
Conversely, I’m loving Mike’s position. On any other season, the chisel-jawed ex-Marine would be the alpha male everyone was after. But right now, Ralph is sucking up all the … suck. Mike could very well be waving farewell to his one-time ally from the bleachers at Redemption Island soon.
If Sarita really is running the show, she needs to keep Ralph in check – or pull a Sash and get the idol for herself.
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