Another week, another Zapatera elimination. As Survivor 2011 pushes on to its eleventh week we can’t help but expect to see the final two Zapa members pushed forward to the chopping block. The only real question is whether it’ll be Steve or Ralph to go this week. Even if one gets the Immunity, the other will go.
We’ll also get our first look at Ponderosa as David heads there to become the first member of the jury. Last week David was eliminated from the Redemption Island arena when he lost to Mike and Matt. Since CBS hasn’t posted their usual episode preview video I’ll go ahead and share the Ponderosa preview video featuring David’s journey to the jury’s new home. You can tell he’s let down but he takes it in stride and looks ready to enjoy the new luxuries at hand.
Let’s hear your predictions for whether Steve or Ralph will be the next to go.
While we still wait to find out if Boston Rob was successful on his umpteenth visit to Survivor we do know what he’ll be doing after the mid-May Survivor Redemption Island finale.
Rob Mariano is teaming with up with Dennis Anderson to travel the world using various, often unconventional modes of transportation as part of a new show for the History Channel:
In Around the World in 80 Ways, Mariano and Anderson will challenge each other to circumnavigate the globe using 80 different methods of transportation with the caveat that each cannot repeat any way twice.
“I think The Amazing Race gave me a foundation for traveling,” Mariano tells PEOPLE. “However, the approach that we are taking in Around the World in 80 Ways is completely different from anything I’ve done before in that this show will be a celebration of transportation throughout history.”
This sounds like a very entertaining idea, but it definitely reminds of Big Brother‘s Jeff Schroeder’s own “around the world” adventure last year. I guess Boston Rob had the right connections to make it in to an actual show.
Will you tune in to watch Rob ride an ostrich as he navigates the globe?
First stop tonight on Survivor 2011 is, of course, a check in on Redemption Island where Matt is joined by Mike and Dave. The three castaways are trying to figure out how an arena duel will work with three people instead of two. Dave points out it’d be a “tri-al” rather than a duel. Yuk-yuk.
Back at the Murlonio tribe Steve has one hope to make it through the next Tribal Council: Phillip’s insanity. Steve hopes Ometepe will break from their trend of only voting against Zapatera if they get annoyed enough by the feathered one. I dunno though. If they could put up with him this long then I’m guessing they’re reserved to holding out just a few more days until Zap is all gone.
Phillip may prove me wrong tonight when he decides he’s in charge of how much rice Zapatera is allowed to eat. First stop: stealing their rice. Second stop: telling them how much they’re allowed to have. I’m sure that will go over well, right? This guy is as big an a-hole as he is simply insane.
Back at Redemption Island, all the Survivor castaways are treated to a trip to the arena where Matt, Mike, and David are about to face off. Sure enough, all three are competing at the same time. The three men have to build a house of cards to the top of a very high pole. Mike is the first to reach the top, but he’s having trouble with the last piece. Finally Mike gets it to hold to secure the first spot while Matt stays alive by coming in second place. David has been eliminated from the game.
Get ready for gross. Back at camp Andrea discovers there is some filth and bugs in their rice and has to be dumped out. Phillip is very upset that Steve won’t let them combine their rice piles. Keep in mind Phillip was planning to steal Steve’s rice, but now finds it ridiculous that Steve doesn’t want to just give him the rice.
At the Survivor Immunity Challenge, the castaways have to build a puzzle wheel and be one of the first six to get through to the second round. Rob is first, followed by Julie, Ralph, Andrea, Steve, and Grant. The second round requires a large puzzle to be constructed around the first puzzle. In the end it is very, very close but Rob just barely beats out Steve for the Immunity this week.
Best moment of the night: Julie decides to bury Phillip’s shorts in the jungle, leaving him with only his pink underwear. It’s hilarious.
Things boil over at Survivor Tribal Council, again, and it’s mostly thanks to Phillip, again. Short of it: Phillip thinks Steve is calling him the N-word when he calls him “crazy.” Phillip, you’re crazy and when I saw that I don’t mean any other word than crazy.
Jeff brings out the vote jar where we learn that Julie is eliminated when once again Ometepe stands firm and votes against Zapatera. In a parting jab, Julie lets Phillip know he’ll never find his shorts.
There are just two former Zapatera castaways left in the main game of Survivor. Even if either Ralph or Steve win the Immunity next week the other will be sent home. Ometepe should continue to dominate all the way down the line.
Poor Zapatera. This has just not been their game of Survivor ever since they sabotaged themselves to eliminate Russell. I hope they still think it was worth it. After a pair of loses last week they’re doing to just a handful of their original tribe members and I’m not sure it’ll improve anytime soon.
What’s definitely not getting better quickly is Phillip’s mindset. From the preview video below we get a glimpse of Phillip going after Steve. Phillip tells Steve it’s racist for a white man to tell a black man he’s crazy. Of course Phillip then closes his argument by telling Steve, wait for it, he’s crazy.
CBS also notes that there will be a little tension amongst the merged tribe members on Survivor Redemption Island as a rationing scheme gets castaways riled up. I wonder if Boston Rob’s alliance could have anything to do with that…
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