Are you ready for another episode of Survivor: Philippines. Last week, Matsing lost another Immunity/Reward Challenge, forcing them to send pagent girl, Angie, off the show. Besides the age struggle, this episode also brought about the question all reality-based game shows ask: Who can you really trust? Some of the Castaways are slowly beginning to realize who these people, and for one Castaway, not having the trust of anyone on their tribe causes their downfall.
Matsing returned from the last Tribal Council cold, depressed and short one person. Wait a minute, doesn’t this sound like a rerun of the past few weeks? Russell, Malcolm and Denise all believed that what Matsing needs in order to get back on track in this game is to have a few wins under their belts and to make it to the Merge.
Russell also began running his mouth around camp, again. This annoyed Malcolm, and said the only reason why Russell was still in the game was because he and Denise chose to keep him for his athletic ability or his knowledge or prior Survivor experience. Russell also became suspicious of Denise and Malcolm over the amount of time they spent talking to each other, and was wondering how much out of the loop he really was within his tribe.
Denise felt as though she could no longer fully trust Russell, either. She saw Russell looking around their camp and assumed he was looking for the Idol. Russell then tried covering up his suspicious actions. Denise brought this information to Malcolm’s attention. They thought Russell had the Idol, and that they may have to smoke it out.
At Tandang, Pete wanted to stir up some chaos between Abi and RC to completely sever the bond that joined them. He saw the clue that he and Abi used to find the Immunity Idol, and put it in RC’s bag to make it look as though RC took it. Pete’s plan worked. Abi was furious with RC, and shared her anger with the rest of their tribe.
At Kalabaw, Jeff and Jonathan were both keeping each other close until one can strike against the other. Carter, a younger member of the tribe, wanted to start working with Jeff and Jonathan in order to form an all-male alliance to knock off the women when the time comes to do so. Don’t worry, Readers, the women of Kabalaw thought that the men would try to eliminate them, so they are starting to preparing for whatever the men have in store for them.
At the Immunity/Reward Challenge, each member participating had to carry two pots of rice through various obsticles. Then one member must smash all of these pots with a wrecking ball. Here is a break-down of the Rewards:
First – Steak, veggies, spices for fabulous celebratory dinner, along with Immunity;
Second – Veggies, spices for an okay dinner, along with Immunity;
Last – As usual, Tribal Council.
Jeff Probst also mentioned that either of the winning tribes were able to trade their Reward in for a tarp to keep them dry at their tribe.
This is how the Challenge turned out:
First – Tandang
Second – Kalabaw
Last – Matsing.
Kalabaw traded their so-so dinner for a much needed tarp. Out of frustration, Russell freaked out, again, asking God why his tribe always lost Challenges. Jeff Probst was trying to reason with Russell, but it didn’t work.
After the Challenge, the members of Matsing were depressed over their loss, as well as trying to figure out who they could trust. They were weighing the pros and cons of why to keep one person over another, and they gave each other the “I will take you” speech. As you can tell, no one felt safe going to Tribal Council.
At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst got Matsing to talk about who they thought should stay in the tribe and why. They also talked about Malcolm loosing the Challenge for Matsing, as well as Russell’s actions after the Challenge. After falsly flattering each other, the tribe made their decision, making Russell the next casualty of Survivior: Philippines.
I have a feeling that the Castaways are beginning to realize they shouldn’t really trust anyone in the game of Survivor. The only things that can get them through this game are your initial instincts and a lot of luck. Russell wasn’t so fortunate to have the use of any of these things this time around, and that’s why he’s no longer in the game. Well, that, and he had an over inflated sense of himself. If you want to find out who the next Castaway sent packing will be, come back to my blog to see what happened!
Until my next post, Readers!