Survivor recap: Agony of Da Feet

The contestants must balance the pain of balancing on their feet with their desire for immunity as two players are sent out of the game
Ep. 12 | Aired May 1, 2013

TRIANGLE OF DOOM Reynold's last hope rested atop some weird birdhouse-looking structure

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The Tribal is an odd one as everyone basically admits to lying to everyone else and making final three deals they do not intend on honoring. It again sniffs of a cast on orders from Probst to start squawking or get walking because I don’t know why they would otherwise admit to such strategic shenanigans. The big question is whether it will be Andrea or Brenda going home. “You’re a sneaky, sneaky little girl always ready to blindside someone,” says Brenda while voting for the former. “But I don’t think you’re ready for this one.”

And ready she is not. Andrea does not play the idol, and after seeing her name come up for the second time, blurts out “WHAT?!” at the top of her lungs. It was at this point when I audibly started squealing like a schoolgirl and clapping my hands together in rapid motion. Andrea’s complete shock and dismay was intoxicating. It was like a drug and I was taking the biggest hit possible. However, Andrea did not go the Bitter Betty route. Instead, she complimented her peers for skillfully engineering her ouster. “Oh, you guys. That’s good. That’s really good.” She was right.

There’s no doubt about it: Andrea played a much better game than she did last time. She was aggressive — too aggressive at times — as opposed to the last go round when she and everyone else on her tribe were basically just a turnstile for Boston Rob to walk through. I give her a lot of credit for upping her game and doing well in endurance challenges. Make no mistake: She was someone who was brought back because she was a blonde in a bikini. But she proved she was a lot more than that in her second outing. She came to play this time. It didn’t work out for her, and she was both too antsy and too forthcoming with information at times. But as a viewer, I appreciate the effort.

Wow. We are officially in the home stretch, people. Just two episodes left! Which means next week I have to place Survivor: Caramoan in my updated season-by-season rankings. Where will it fall? The pre-merge was pretty disappointing, but post-merge has been a delight. It really has been a tale of two seasons. We’ll have to see where it averages out.

But why get ahead of ourselves? First you need to check out my weekly Q&A with Jeff Probst, as well as our exclusive deleted scene from last night’s episode in the video player below. You can also hear former Survivor champ Jenna Morasca and I interview both Reynold and Andrea on SiriusXM’s Stars channel (#107) at 10:45am on Thursday. (We’ll also make the interview available later on the InsideTV Podcast.) And for more Survivor scoop, you can follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

Now it’s your turn. Were you Team Brenda or Team Andrea? Shocked that cow’s d--- eating Eddie is still around? And were you digging Reynold’s personal whisker wars as much as I was? Hit the message boards to let us know, and I’ll be back next week with another scoop of the crispy!

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