Then there’s the third reason not to sit out: Why would you ever want to sit out a Survivor challenge? This is the adventure of a lifetime. You only get to do this once — unless you are Rupert or Boston Rob, in which case you can do it as many times as you damn please until you finally win. And then can do it a few more times if you really want. (Basically, as long as you wear your Red Sox hat or tie-dye t-shirt, you are permanently persona grata!) Ciera’s assertion later at Tribal Council later that “I’d rather not play and eat, than lose and not eat” was positively INFURIATING! No, Ciera! Play! Soak it all up! Test yourself and your limits! And maybe — just maybe — do something that you can be proud of. Something that you can take home with you even if you don’t make it all the way to the end. I’d rather not play and eat, than lose and not eat? There are thousands of people who would give anything to play. I understand that food is nice, but I also understand from Aras that there is tons of food available on the island this season. He said there was no comparison at all between this season and the last time he played, when they actually had a food shortage. (You can see Gervase offer his explanation for why he sat out the challenge in our exclusive deleted scene in the video player below!)
Enormous props to Monica for wanting to embrace as much of this experience as possible and actually playing, saying that she wanted to “show the kids that more than one badass lives in our house” Well, consider them shown. While these past two challenges have been totally geared towards her body type, the fact remains that Monica has now kicked everyone’s collective ass in three of the past four challenges. I hereby rescind the last name honor of Culpepper prematurely bestowed upon husband Brad and recommission it for wife Monica, who has now completely usurped badass status from her NFL hubby.
Caleb is Cut Loose
So because Tyson opted for the food, he later had to waste his hidden immunity idol — after he got it out of his bag, that is — once he thought there was a chance it could be him getting voted out. While there was some scuttlebutt that the men might rejoin together to get rid of Ciera, it was Caleb who was voted out and sent to Redemption Island, where he opined that it was “definitely a successful blindside on their part.” Although I’m not sure how he can think it was a blindside considering he and Hayden had already sensed they might be in trouble. (Note to future contestants: Getting voted out does not mean you were blindsided. Being blindsided is considering yourself absolutely 100% safe, and then getting voted out. The proliferation of the term blindside needs to stop and needs to stop now.)
Although tonight’s result was pretty clear pretty early on, I still dug this episode. I dug watching Laura’s new wrinkle in getting rid of Vytas. I dug watching Monica dig deep. I dug watching Tyson and Gervase romantically share a sausage together, which is not quite as gross as it sounds. And I even dug looking at Hayden’s gnarly blisters — because I expect all reality show contestants to suffer for my enjoyment. So I give thanks for all things Survivor, especially for the fact that they did not stick us with a clip show this Thanksgiving (although the clip shows have gotten so much better in recent years — for which I also give thanks). And I give thanks to you for bothering to read this nonsense on a holiday in which you no doubt have much better things to do with your time. (Not that I do, but you probably do.)
And to thank you even further, we have presented an array of goodies for you. Because of the holiday, I’ve posted my weekly Q&A with Jeff Probst earlier than usual. You can read that sucker right now! We also have an exclusive deleted scene from tonight’s episode as well as my pre-game interviews with Vytas/Aras and Caleb/Colton in the video player below. My exit interview with Vytas will be delayed until next week because of the Turkey Day festivities, so check back then for that. (Although you can enjoy our Aras interview here.) And for Survivor scoop sent right to you, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.
Okay, now it’s your turn. Did you love or loathe Laura’s move to get rid of Vytas? Are you as exasperated as I am when people sit out challenges to eat? And did Ciera make a good or bad move in siding with Tyson? Hit the message boards and let us know and I’ll be back next week with another scoop of leftover Thanksgiving crispy!