Season 22 Episode 7

It Don't Take a Smart One

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 2011 on CBS

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  • Phillip goes at odds with his tribe and plans for Robs demise.. Matt beats Stephanie at redemption, and in immunity challenge, Ometepe pulls through. Sarita and David struggle for a spot in the tribe, and Sarita is voted off.

    An absolutely amazing episode overall. From the start, with Phillip secretly plotting, it was thoroughly captivating. While the redemption Island duel was a little slow, it gave a chance to Steph, but in the end, mat won again. Next came what i thought was the best immunity challenge yet, tense until the last second, until Ometepe pulled through. One of the greatest moments ever had to be Rob tossing the clue away. Loved it. With the surprising and twisting tribal, I was pleased with the end result, and loved Sarita being off the show. Next week looks exciting. Can't wait!
  • Burning the buffs really does suck. I think they should give them a prop buff to burn. No one likes to burn memories, even if they smell like a dead hobo.

    We're halfway through this season of Survivor, and by now, it's pretty easy to guess what is going to happen every week: Phillip is going to be crazy and delusional, Zapatera is going to push down on the self-destruct button just a little bit harder, and Rob is going to be funny and charming while pulling off a gameplay move with ridiculous ease. Each iteration of the series seems to find itself in a bit of a rut at one point or another when one tribe picks up some momentum, and Redemption Island is currently right in the midst of one big Ometepe beatdown. Luckily, the producers have assembled an interesting enough batch of characters to make even the episodes with more predictable trajectories a lot of fun to watch.

    Kicking off the predictability this week is Matt over on Redemption Island, who remains undefeated in these duels after defeating Stephanie in a Memory-inspired challenge. If Matt manages to make it back into the game, everyone needs to be very keenly aware of his presence. He's good at challenges, seems extremely likable, gets along with everyone, and apparently has God on his side as well. He might just be unstoppable. In what is becoming a tradition for the Redemption Island bootees, Stephanie decides to air a bit of Zapatera dirty laundry on her way out the door, calling out Sarita as being a weaker tribe member than Dave and telling Rob to watch out for her former tribe, as he will be their first target after the merge.

    Over at Ometepe, it's still Rob and his gaggle of reverent admirers vs. Phillip the psycho gorilla-lion, which is perhaps one of the more entertaining battles of mental wits in the past few seasons. Phillip and Rob attend the Redemption Island duel together, and Phillip suggests they not tell their fellow tribemates what transpired. Rob then tells his alliance-mates everything and uses Phillip's reluctance as ammunition to prove Phillip's ultimate untrustworthiness. Ah, Phillip. Never give Rob an inch, because he will turn it into a mile. Luckily for Phil, Ometepe continues its streak of immunity challenge wins and takes home the idol and a reward. The reward was a breathtaking visit to an active volcano, and by breathtaking, I mean terrifying. My knees were weak just watching it on television, let alone actually being three inches from the edge. While eating the traditional feast, Rob yet again manages to find the immunity idol clue and take it without anyone noticing. Here's my main question: WHY is no one in the tribe questioning the dearth of immunity idol clues? They've won three out of the last four challenges. They should be expecting a clue. Sitting back and coasting on Rob's coattails is definitely going to come back to haunt a few people.

    Zapatera, meanwhile, hates David and the tribe members want us to know all about it. David is a turncoat; David has no survival skills; David is dumb for wanting to fish; David turned the federal surplus into a deficit. The only person not hating David is David, who is too busy hating Sarita to worry about himself. It's good times at the Zapatera camp! After Sarita's immunity challenge performance isn't deemed to be up to the lofty standards Steve and Mike have set, a few rumblings begin to form about perhaps voting Sarita off instead of David, so the team can potentially win a challenge again. But they hate David! Don't they?

    When Zapatera got to Tribal, Jeff immediately pounced on the fractures within the tribe, and Sarita and David went after each other out in the open. Tribals have been quite contentious this year, so I can only imagine how it will be during jury questioning. Just when it seems Zapatera is going to be predictable and vote out tribe pariah David, however, things take a turn for the less expected, and Sarita is booted. She is in visible shock, and I would like to say I was surprised as well, but Zapatera has always been a team fueled by testosterone, so it isn't mind-blowing to think they would keep someone they perceive to be a better physical competitor. Also, Sarita was kind of annoying, too.

    One thing that frequently bothers me about Survivor is how the producers are so intent on having "shocking" eliminations that they don't show us any of the scheming that leads to those decisions, which I think would sometimes be more interesting than the shock itself. Still, it was a pleasant episode if not the most surprising.

    Next week: Merge! Woo!
  • The divisions among the members of Zapatera continue as the tribe loses yet another immunity/reward challenge. At Ometeppe, Phillip continues to cause problems with his tribe members who he annoys constantly. He focuses himself on getting rid of Rob.

    This episode is pretty much the same as the last few. The basic plot line is the same. We see deep divisions in both tribes. John vs. Sarita in Zapaterra. In Ometeppe it's Phillip vs. the whole tribe. Rob continues to keep Ometeppe under his tight control. Speaking of Rob, I am beginning to see shades of Russell in him. Especially the scene where he tossed the clue to the hidden immunity idol into the volcano. He is very full of himself now. Speaking of full of himself, it's fun to watch Phillip dig his own grave. Merge is next.
  • God I love Philipp! (Spoilers ahead!)

    The Redemption Island challenge this week was painful and heartbreaking, as my favorite player Stephanie took her bow. Great work to Matt, who is a great player, but I would've loved to see Stephanie continue onwards in this game.

    On Ometepe, Phillip is really ebecoming more and more entertaining. The guy is very passionate about everything he does, and he is also very funny in the way he takls and the way everyone hates him. With Stephanie gone, Phillip is easily my favorite!

    On Zapatera, the tribe crumbles, as was inevitable. Stephanie chipped at their bastions in the previous Tribal Council, and it has all crumbled down now.

    Thank God that Sarita is gone to Redemption, as she is too arrogant, even compared to David. At least David had enough sense to side with D Stephanie in the previous vote, which is why I like him, when compared to the remainder of the tribe.

    So Grant, Phillip, Andrea and David are definitely my favorites, with Philip at Number One. Andrea is the least lazy of the Ometepe girls, and Grant seems very likeable. Hoping that Matt knocks out Sarita and re-enters this game, because I hope he and Andrea cantake this game by storm.

    Can't wait to see what will happen next week! Keep it up Srvivor, as this was a great episode, which I highly recommend!