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THE LOVE BOAT Laura hooked Aras up with a massage, but then he gave her the hook right out of the tribe
I always talk about needing to be adaptable and flexible in your game play to do well at Survivor, but Vytas is taking that a little too literally, at least when it comes to the flexible thing. He’s rocking some hilltop yoga, including a pretty bitchin’ handstand. Eventually the whole tribe makes their way up the mountain and they have a mini-pep talk before the next immunity challenge. It is a challenge we know they will win. How? Two easy clues tip us off:
CLUE #1: After introducing the reward aspect of either steaks, veggies, spices and a wok, or fishing gear, Probst then makes a big point of saying how it would be a tough choice for Tadhana, who has not won and has no gear. We haven’t heard such a declaration in past episodes, so this was a big of a tip-off.
CLUE #2: After Monica and the two Lauras were chosen to sit out the challenge, Morett and Monica were overheard talking about how much they hate sitting out. Again, why is this being shown? It is being shown because it will have ramifications later, and those ramifications must include a Galang loss.
But what is the challenge they will be losing? Well, it involves players sliding down a giant slide while grabbing a ring, and then tossing that ring onto a post. First person to land it gets a point and first team to five points wins. And, as predicted, Tadhana is that team, winning 5-2, causing Probst to bust out his go-to move of throwing two fingers on each hand up in the air while staring down at the sand to announce the winner. Why is this man so afraid of eye contact? He does the exact same thing of staring down at the ground every time he also announces to “Come on in, guys!” Is he checking his own feet for gnarly red sores? Whatevs. Tadhana goes for the short-term over long-term gain and selects the big juicy steaks.
So back to Galang we go, where Laura Boneham tries to stir the pot by telling Tina and Kat how mad the other women were about being forced to sit out, but this move is about as subtle as a Miley Cyrus music video. The tribe sees right through it and continues with their plan to vote her off. But then Aras has his big brainstorm to blindside the other Laura instead, and we have already gotten into the several potential pros and cons of such a move at the top of this here recap. So they go to Tribal Council, where Probst admonishes Rupert’s wife for not being able to roar like Rupert, but why should she care? She’s staying put while Laura Morett is watching her torch get snuffed and making her way to Redemption Island.
And so we move to what appears to be some sort of tribe swaparoni episode next week. How will it work? Will each tribe be a mix of returnees and newbies while still keeping loved ones on separate tribes, or will it be completely random? My guess would be the former as opposed to the latter.
We’ll find out soon enough, but you don’t have to wait until then for more Survivor goodies. We’ve got your weekly Q&A with Jeff Probst to give you the host’s reaction to all the action. And don’t forget about our exclusive deleted scene as well as my pre-game interview with Candice and John, which can be found in the video player below. Also, check back Thursday afternoon for our InsideTV Podcast exit interview with Candice. And for Survivor scoop sent directly to your virtual doorstep, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.
Okay, now it’s your turn. Was that the right move by Aras to get rid of Laura Morett? Sad or glad to see Candice go? And how do you think they should reshuffle the tribes next week? Hit the message boards to let us know and I’ll be back next week with another scoop of the crispy!