Survivor recap: Fighting For Pole Position

A major blindside is considered as the final 6 welcome their loved ones and battle for immunity
Ep. 12 | Aired Dec 5, 2012

SMOOTH SAILING His tribemates were gunning for him, but after winning immunity, Malcolm has an unobstructed path to the final four.

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Malcolm likens Abi to the Dementors from Harry Potter, which I don’t really think is fair. True, both have the ability to suck your soul right out of your body, but at least Dementors aren’t yapping all the time about nonsense and demanding apologies for imaginary slights. Also, while you can sap a Dementor of all its evil power with a simple, well-placed patronus, there seems to be no known defense against Abi-Maria. Strategically, Malcolm knows it makes more sense to get rid of Carter, who could easily go on a challenge-winning run to make it to the finals. But does he want to deal with three more days of whining and nagging? Is a shot at sanity more important than a better shot at the million dollars?  “If Abi goes home tonight,” says Malcolm, “it’s because she’s a bitch.”

Tribal Council is a somewhat sedate affair. Lisa says she wants to sit at the end next to someone she can beat, which sends jury member Penner into a fit of eye rubbing, even though her chances would have been no better against him; Abi announces that she found the hidden immunity idol and will be playing it; and Denise says Abi cannot win this game if she makes it to the finals, which is exactly the reason why you do want to keep her around. And keep her around they do, as Carter is indeed voted out. In his final words, the slowest talking speaker in Survivor history bemoans the fact that, “They’re playing with their heads, not their hearts, at this point.” Well, good for them, because THAT IS EXACTLY HOW YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO PLAY!

I have nothing against Carter though. He seemed like a nice enough guy when I met him pregame, and he gave it his all in each and every challenge. He just was not a dynamic storyteller and did not spearhead any big moves, which is why you never heard from him at all. He becomes the latest member of the very exclusive Survivor Seen But Not Heard Hall of Fame, joining other recent inductees such as Brett, Purple Kelly, Rick, and Leif. Their induction ceremonies involve everyone sitting around a table staring at one another, waiting for someone to say something. First person to do so is immediately kicked out of the club.

And now there are only two episodes left! With only five players remaining, does that mean we are possibly heading back to a final two? You bet we are if God has anything to say about it! But before we can jump ahead to that, make sure to read this week’s Q&A with Jeff Probst, where I ask him if Penner and Abi’s used hidden idols were ever actually replaced. Also check out an exclusive deleted scene from last night's episode as well as my pre-game interview with Carter in the video player below. We'll also be chatting with Carter on Thursday’s edition of the InsideTV Podcast. And for more Survivor news and views, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

Now it’s your turn. Did the tribe make the right call in keeping Abi? Who was your favorite loved one? And am I the only one that would totally go see Bio-Dome 2: Ultimate Dome-ination? Hit the message boards and I’ll be back next week with another Skupin of the crispy!

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