Blindsides really can be fun!
Oh the ever awaited “family visit!” Call me cold and heartless but if you had stayed home you could have a family visit everyday. These over the top dramatic episodes have lost their luster for me. I think next year a great surprise twist would be to eliminate the family visit.
However I’m jumping forward. Let’s start with Kim saying how physically relieved she is to have Troyzan gone. Smart move Kim, you knew that he was currently the only one savvy enough to vote you out. But alas, how can you persuade a bunch of women who you have promised a free bridal gown to, to turn against you? (JUST KIDDING!)
Alicia’s confessional reveals that she is at the top of the game and the current mastermind. Wow, they must do some inventive editing because frankly except for having Tarzan in her pocket I wouldn’t have concluded that. Time will tell.
The Survivors get tree mail. Surprise its SPRINT! I love how they cleverly work their sponsors into the show. Not exactly subtly subliminal is it? Videos from loved ones right on the island are viewed by the survivors while we join them weeping with joy and sentimentality. Sorry, I didn’t cry once. We are supposed to be moved by Tarzan who is 64 years old and married to his wife of 30 years. According to Sabrina, you’ve got one foot in the grave at 64 and don’t have much time left on this earth. I find that highly insulting frankly. Christina’s father is recovering from a kidney transplant but nevertheless runs out to greet her. Everyone is excited to see their family members. In
true Survivor style lots of tears, kisses and joy all around.
The reward challenge is once again tying you to your loved one as you navigate a series of knots and loops while being tethered together. Tarzan and his wife can’t get past the first knot. Everyone scrambles to win even though this is not the challenge you want to win because you know that you will have to make a difficult decision in the end and someone is going to hate you seriously. Kat finally wins a reward and she is stoked! Her family member which is her cousin/roommate/coworker and BFF and she get to go on a reward to a beautiful spot with a lovely picnic. Here’s the catch! She gets to pick two other tribe mates and their loved ones to go with her. What to do? What to do? Kat doesn’t hesitate when she picks Kim (surprise!) and Alicia to share this reward with. Kat woops and hollers and expects everyone to be so happy for her while she receives a tepid congratulations. She further antagonizes the losers by
saying wait I have a reason! I’ve seriously wanted to spend time with these girls partying and drinking margueritas! Off to the reward Kat, Kim, Alicia and their loved ones bound while Tarzan, Sabrina, Chelsea and Christina say a woeful goodbye to their families.
We learn that at least Kat thinks that Kim and Alicia and she are final three. It’s just a look, no words needed. She naively parties while Kim talks strategy with her sister on the secluded beach.
Back at camp there are hard feelings. Chelsea and Sabrina decree that Kat picked the wrong people. She should have chosen Tarzan and Christina for the reward. In my humble opinion Kat won the reward. If you felt the need to pick the people for the reward Sabrina and Chelsea, you should have won the challenge! Sore losers abound back at camp. Chelsea and Sabrina are more upset than Tarzan and Christina. Tarzan and Christina could have won the challenge and picked each other. It’s just an ugly scene. I’m starting to not be able to stand the ever-petulant Chelsea who can’t muster a
smile in any situation.
Oh please don’t make me describe another challenge where you stand on a log in the ocean and a wench releases a handle that you hold onto while you are extended out over the water. It is an endurance challenge. Sabrina and Tarzan are the first off. One by one the Survivors drop until its Kat and Kim. Kat really wants to win. She can’t hold on anymore and Kim wins yet another immunity challenge. Kat pouts and refuses to high five Kim. She says she wanted to kick Kim’s ass in the challenge. Yeay, someone finally wants to kick Kim’s ass! Kim is Survivor savvy in not taking her position in the tribe for granted. She knows this is Survivor and the only way to stay in the game is to win immunity. I do like that about her game play.
Back at camp the girls are scrambling. Chelsea wants Kat voted off. Alicia wants Sabrina voted off because Sabrina speaks well and might sway the jury at final tribal council. Tarzan and Christina just continue to go with the flow. I will seriously laugh if one of those two win this game. Everyone wants to take them to the end because they think they won’t get any votes. Is anyone considering that the jury of men may be bitter and vote for Tarzan?
During Kat’s confessional we learn that she loves blindsides, she thinks they are fun and exciting! Some poor unsuspecting sole is going to be evicted from the group that they thought were their friends! “If it is going to be a blindside, it is going to be pretty fun and pretty, like, like, exciting.”. If it happens, cool beans. If it doesn’t, touché.” Although she uses “touché” inappropriately this is not a vocabulary test.
The jury enters with their jury faces on, stoic, serious and unsmiling. This must be something the producers demand so that we understand the seriousness of their job. Jeff starts stirring the pot as only he can do. He peppers the Survivors with questions regarding Kat’s picks for the reward challenge. It is what it is. Judgmental Sabrina and Chelsea insist she should have taken Christina and Tarzan. Ironic since Christina has been treated badly since day one. Kat has to defend her picks by saying she just wanted to relax and have a good time. They again talk about blindsides. Kat thinks Sabrina is going home. It’s time to vote. Kat’s face is priceless as she is completely blindsided by her alliance. She looks at Kim; Kim suddenly has an itch under her nose. She look’s at Alicia, funny Alicia has an itchy face too! No one will make eye contact as Kat has her torch snuffed by Jeff Probst.
Who’s getting blindsided next week? Can Kim possibly win every immunity challenge? What does Kat think of her blindside on Survivor? Look for our interview with Kat coming soon!