Survivor recap: Cornea Karma

After days of screaming, sleeping, and threatening to quit, Shamar is ultimately done in by a bad eye
Ep. 04 | Aired Mar 6, 2013

A SMASHING LACK OF SUCCESS Matt smashed his immunity challenge tile, yet the Fans lost once again

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But it looks like the Fans won’t have to put up with Shamar’s shenanigans much longer, because the next morning the big fella starts complaining that he scratched his eyeball somehow. Next thing you know, here comes Jeff Probst with not one, but two doctors to the tribe’s beach. Now, there have been people on Survivor that have gotten legitimately injured and been pulled out of the game against their wishes. And there have been other people who used not feeling well as an excuse to get out of a situation they no longer cared to endure. When Probst and Survivor medical first arrived to look at Shamar, I think it is safe to say that it was not just Reynold, but all of America that had the marine pegged as a big faker. After all, Shamar had already threatened to quit a few days prior and was then demanding to be waited on hand and foot if he stayed. This had phony baloney injury written all over it.

So it was shocking when the doc’s magical orange eye dye revealed actual divets in his cornea. My feelings about this are so mixed. I’m sorry the guy got hurt, but also happy the injury was real so that for all of Shamar’s faults we did not have to add “faker” to the list. I’m sorry for anyone — well, except Colton — who gets pulled from the game due to injury, but also happy that I don’t have to watch Shamar anymore since the repetitive nature of watching him yell the same things at the same people really was ruining the season. Like I sad, I’m conflicted. I guess Reynold of all people summed it up best: “When Shamar was claiming his eye was scratched so bad, I was thinking he emotionally didn’t want to play anymore. But it turned out it was very serious. So that’s my mistake. Still, he was disrespectful, lazy, and I’m just happy that he’s gone.”

Okay, immunity challenge time. Once again we are back in the water and once again we are puzzle-free. (That makes six challenges this season so far, and still not one single puzzle. And who exactly is to thank/blame for this puzzle-free season? Check out my weekly Q&A with Jeff Probst for the answer.) This challenge is also a variation of one we have seen before, as players need to run and swim out to a big platform, climb to the top and then jump and smash a tile, retrieve a key and swim back. Once they have all five keys, they use them to open a chest full of sandbags which are then used to knock blocks off of a ledge. First team to knock all the blocks off win.

The Fans basically lose it right off the bat when Sherri is unable to release her key on the first smash, enabling the Favorites to soon lap the newbies. Although master tosser — and yes, that sounded much dirtier that I intended — Reynold once again leads a furious comeback, he and Gota fall short once again. Since Shamar is no longer around, there is no confusion over who actually wins this time.

It would appear that Eddie or Reynold is now on the chopping block. But what if the next challenge involves chopping? Duck Dynasty is concerned about Laura’s ability to do anything physical and proposes to alliance-mate Michael that they keep the tribe strong and vote out Laura instead. Matt then tells Reynold and Sherri the same thing. Obviously, Reynold is in, even if he doesn’t completely trust them, but which way will Sherri and Michael lean? I think this move makes sense for some, but not others.

NEXT: The cases for dumping and keeping Laura

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