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SWIMMING WITH SHARKS And this shark definitely bites.
So, yeah, three people from each tribe have to roll another tribe member in a barrel to four stations where they retrieve bags of balls that will then be used by the remaining players to basically play skeeball and try to land six balls in six holes. Winners are safe and also score some pretty sweet fishing gear. Glanag has an extra member so sits out Kat, although they basically sit out Tina, Laura Boneham, and Colton as well since none of them lifts a single finger during the entire contest.
Tadhana takes a small lead going into the ball throwing portion, with Hayden then doing the rolling and giving his squad a 2-0 advantage. But then Gervase finally does some performing to back up all his smack-talk, dominating and giving his tribe the victory, 6-4. “Marissa! That’s for you, baby!” he yells, even though I am relatively confident it was really for Gervase, Gervase, and Gervase.
So Tadhana — who I and pretty much everyone else on location assumed would dominate because of their big strength advantage — loses again and they are none too happy about it back at camp. “Is it just me or is Jarvis as stupid as he looks?” asks Brad, who is apparently not smart enough to learn his adversary’s name. “When can we have a physical challenge? I’m gonna bodyslam the f--- out of him.” Ooooooh, sounds to me like someone is itching to play Red Rover!
Lots of scrambling then commences, with Brad and Vytas wanting Rachel out, but John fighting against it so that Tyson does not opt in and take on his wife. John tells Ciera it’s gonna be Rachel, but now she gets scared it might he her if John gives Rachel the idol, so she and Katie decide to vote for John. And now Vytas is worried about John’s allegiances and he’s talking about voting out his Sausage Party alliance-mate.
What’s going to happen? Let’s head to the shortest Tribal Council ever to find out! How short is it? I actually timed the sucker, and from the moment the contestants sit down to the moment Probst announces that “It IS time to vote,” the whole thing lasts a mere 1 minute and 44 seconds. 1:44! Hell, that’s shorter than my unauthorized trailer for National Lampoon’s Horrible Vacation! Perhaps it is so short because it does not take long to realize that Rachel will be the one going, and she is, in fact, voted out alongside the requisite frowny face.
What does it all mean? Will Tyson take Rachel’s place? (The preview makes it seem so, but previews can be misleading.) Will Colton quit after giving his fiancé a lap dance at Redemption Island arena? And will John ever find that damn idol? We will see soon enough, but until then we have plenty of goodies for you. Jeff Probst weighs in on Colton and more in this week’s Q&A. And you can enjoy an exclusive deleted scene from last night’s episode as well as my pre-game interview with Rupert and Laura in the video player below. And stay tuned for my exit interview with Rupert as well as my chat with RC Saint-Armor (who was sent home along with her dad from location just two days before filming began due to his high blood pressure) on the next edition of the InsideTV Podcast. And of course, for more Survivor news and views, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.
But now it’s your turn. Who is playing the best game so far? Are you loving or loathing Colton 2.0? And did Vytas make the move of the game so far in trying to draw out Tyson? Hit the message boards to let us know, and I’ll be back next week with another scoop of the crispy!