Okay, conspiracy theorists, I know what you are all saying next: How does that hidden immunity idol clue end up in Spencer’s napkin? The fix is in!!!!! Producers set it up so he would get it since they like him and don’t want him to get voted out next. Look, nobody loves a good conspiracy theory more than me, but I’ve said this before and I will say it again — it’s just the luck of the draw. I have been on location for filming multiple times and there is a standards and practices person right there during every challenge to make sure everything is on the up and up and there is no repeat of the quiz show scandals of the 1950s. So no, producers did not plant the clue where Spencer and only Spencer would get it. They put it in a napkin and whoever sat there happened to have access to it.
Now, that doesn't mean that I particularly like when they hide the clue in someone’s specific spot. Unlike the conspiracy theorists who erroneously feel this is too targeted, my problem is actually the opposite — that it is too random. I prefer when the clue is hidden in a more communal space because that tends to reward the person who is actively seeking it rather than someone simply stumbling upon it due to where they happened to sit at the table. I prefer to see strong gameplay rewarded rather than dumb luck.
However, Spencer almost did not even find the clue due to his insistence on eating like a ravenous beast. But find the clue he did, and once he got back to camp that meant one thing — chaos. Not #ChaosKass, mind you, just plain old chaos. Spencer goes off to find the idol, but is tailed by “Ninja Stealth Mode” Woo. And evidently, part of being Ninja Stealth Mode Woo is stealing people’s pants! Or, rather, the clue, hidden in the pants. That’s right — Woo just got into Spencer’s pants. And Spencer is none too happy about it. Both players run to get reinforcements, to the point where the entire tribe is all searching for the idol in the same general location. It’s bad news for the new majority alliance, but good news for me as my episode 1 pick to win it all, Spencer, eventually finds it and learns that it is a “normal idol,” which is to say it is not a “Tyler Perry idol,” which essentially is just a new name for an old idol because the infamous Tyler Perry idol can be used after votes are revealed — the exact same power hidden immunity idols held back in the Panama and Cook Islands days. (I’m not sure why Tyler Perry now gets credit for something that already existed, but whatevs. Does that mean we can also bring back the Medallion of Power and call it the Medallion of Dalton? Just asking.)
Let’s head to the immunity challenge and see if there are any immunity idols hidden there! I’m actually not kidding. I have lobbied for idols to be hidden at challenges for years now, but that would be for pre-merge team reward challenges so a player would have to decide whether to help their team or help themselves by trying to locate an idol instead. I still have no idea why producers have not taken me up on this genius idea. I guess it turns out I have slightly less clout than Madea.
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