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Survivor Samoa – Episode 2 – Post Discussion

| September 25, 2009 at 8:13 AM EDT

Last night on Survivor Samoa 2 castaways were eliminated. Mike was removed from the game due to low blood pressure and Betsy was voted out after her team, Foa Foa, lost again in the immunity challenge.

Feel free to use this post for commentary and discussion on last night’s episode.

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Watch Survivor Samoa – Episode 2 – Tonight 8ET

| September 24, 2009 at 9:00 AM EDT

Hello Everyone!  It seems like it has been FOREVER since the premiere of Survivor Samao.  We were introduced to all the new players, said good bye to Marissa, and watched as Brussell became the most evil man in Survivor history. :evil:

Tonight we will see the competition where Jeff Probst, for the first time, throws someone out of a challenge.  The rumor mill is alive and running with Ben at the top of the list as the one cast out.  I hope he is not the reason for one of the girls bleeding as we saw in the commercial.

We have all been anxiously waiting to see the return of BRussell.  What is he going to do next?  By the commercial it looks like he is hiding something, possibly the flint?  This guy will stop at nothing to sabotage is tribe.  What is his problem???  I will NEVER understand this kind of strategy.

What do yall think?  Does Yasmin really visit Foa Foa and does she get a clue to the immunity idol?  Which team faces the Tribal Council and who is the next castaway evicted?  Find out tonight at 7C/8E. 

Share your thoughts. :roll:

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Survivor Samoa – Episode 2 Preview Video

| September 24, 2009 at 8:00 AM EDT

Get ready for tonight’s second episode of Survivor Samoa tonight on CBS at 8PM. Check out the preview clip below to see what Russell H. is up to this week!

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The Russell Hantz Factor

| September 21, 2009 at 10:24 AM EDT

So we have all seen the first episode of Survivor and the only thing I can think about is…

RUSSELL H.

I could not believe it when he sabotaged his tribe’s water and burned Jaison’s socks!  Wow!  What other contestant has ever gone against their tribe?  I mean, come on!  They are there to help you win challenges and form alliances and move you forward in the game. 

This year instead of Foa Foa vs. Galu; it’s Russell H. vs. EVERYONE.  The only redeeming quality I can find in the most villainous man in Survivor history is the fact that he is going to do GREAT in the challenges.  He is a force to be reckoned with!  He kicked a$$ in the first competition and worked his tale off in the second.  For this reason alone, I believe he will be around for a while.  He is an extremely confident person and even though he already has the distrust of Betsy the police woman, it seems he has a good start with Jaison, the law student.  If he manages not to get caught doing his dirty deeds and sticks with Jaison, we could have us some amazing entertainment for a while. 

Being a self made millionaire by owning an oil company, he is showing that he is not scared of hard work and is an intelligent man.  The oil and gas industry is a particularly cut throat business where you have to understand the power of persuasion along with remaining deceptively secretive.  Most of you know that I work in this industry so I can appreciate the level of stress he must feel on a daily basis which will result in his ability to do well in the game.

What do yall think about his strategy and how far do you think he will get???

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“If you play with fire, you’ll get burned” just ask Marissa…

| September 19, 2009 at 9:28 AM EDT

The jury is still out on whether there is indeed a “Puppet Master” among this season’s castaways…but there is definitely a snake, and he wasted no time in rearing his ugly head.  That would be who? Why Russell Hantz of course.  Love him or hate him, anyone would be hard-pressed to say that he doesn’t add interest and villainous entertainment value to the show.

I’ll admit that at first glance, I was set to dislike “evil” Russell, but his persona has always intrigued me.  In fact, I couldn’t wait to see if he actually lived up to his own hype, let alone the media’s.   I watched him in action during the premier, and I actually found myself smiling at a witty, cunning, mischievous, and perplexing “character”, who seemed to be in tuned to those around them.

Russell and MarissaWitty because his delivery is hilarious…Cunning because he successfully used Marissa’s suspicions of him to manipulate her early exit and save his current ally, Ashley…Mischievous and Perplexing because, like he said, he intends to play differently than anyone else has ever played.  Can’t argue with him there…No one has ever tried to sabotage his/her entire tribe, and certainly not on the first day.  What the heck was he doing? …Fabricating Hurricane Katrina woes, depleting the water supply, and burning Jaison’s socks…What will he do next?

Perhaps he’s not “evil”, just misunderstood?  OK, I don’t believe that any more than you do, but after applying my analytical skills (too much reality TV has me thinkin’ I can actually get in their heads and my family should be very concerned if I get into this one), I think we all can agree that we all sympathize with Hurricane Katrina victims, and the loss of a beloved dog, or any pet for that matter, tugs at the heart of most people.  However, this trumped up story makes Russell appear to be less intimidating, communicative, vulnerable, and approachable in the eyes of his tribe.  Pouring out the water and burning the socks was an effort to manipulate the focus of his tribe members and create an environment of disruption and distrust.

After a summer of watching shallow, clueless, and less than attractive women on the inside (BB withdrawal takes time), Marissa was refreshing.  She was astute enough not to fall for Russell’s bull, and had she held back a little and kept her “honesty” to herself, she’d still be in the game and Ashley would likely be on her way home.  Who knows what “evil” Russell has in store for us in the weeks ahead.  Will he be the next to go or is he in it for the long haul?  I think he is enigmatic, and one thing is for sure, he will continue to be written about, talked about, and whenever he departs, he will certainly leave an impression upon this season and the game.  He may just become the “one we love to hate”…America’s favorite even. ;)  I’m laughing, but anything is possible…

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