Another episode of Survivor 21 down. This one was chock full of crazy! So many thoughts… so little blog…
What’s up with that Holly chick on the Antique tribe? How could filling Dan’s shoes with sand seem like a good idea at any time? I’m not sure what she was trying to prove. Ok, she was mad. But vandalism? How does that win her any friends. And then there’s the question, “Who brings $1600 shoes on Survivor anyway?” The best part is when Holly then goes and tells Dan what she did, but instead of being humble, she gets right in his face. If the Antiques lost, that decision could have cost Holly the game.
And over at the Youngins tribe there was sock theft. NaOnka could not find her socks. Deciding that Fabio must have stolen them, she put a pair of his on and ran around the beach. What is with these people thinking that stealing footwear is the way to win friends and influence people. If the Youngins lost, that decision could cost NaOnka the game.
At the challenge both tribes had to perform some bizarre muddy-ball-hay-toss thing. Again the Fossils were faced with the decision of whether or not to use the MEDALLION OF POWER (cue scary music). The last time they opted to pass and ended up losing the challenge. That idea cost them Wendie. All things considered, that seemed like a good decision. Faced with the same decision, this time for a combo immunity/reward challenge, they invoked THE POWER. Although they almost snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory, the Antiques managed to prevail.
With the Pre-schoolers heading off to tribal council, many different names were on the block. Shannon, whose place in the tribe was hanging on by one tiny little thread, made the decision to pound that last nail in the coffin himself when he began his insane rant covering everything from Evil Chase in the Tree to the revelation that New York is full of gay people. Apparently they don’t have gays in Louisiana. That outburst did him in. Why would he choose that moment to make such inflammatory comments?
It seemed like a good idea at the time…
In his goodbye speech, Shannon said that he should have been on the older tribe. His logic: He’s been married for eleven years. That makes him eleven years older than his tribe mates. It would seem that marriage ages you exponentially… that’s funny.
As I sat here watching the first episode of the new season of Survivor, several things struck me. First of all, in the whole “Young versus Old” thing, I would be on the Old team. I loved it when one of the youngins’ called them the “Antiques” although I find the idea of being an antique more than a little disturbing.
In the first tribal council, the Fossils had to vote off one of their own. It seemed to be between Wendie Jo and NFL coach Jimmy Johnson. Personally I think Wendie was digging her own grave with every syllable she spoke. She even seemed to be aware of it as she talked. Wendie probably thought that her non-stop chatter was a good idea at the time, but clearly she was mistaken. In her closing speech she expressed regret about how she played and the decision “not to be herself.” But at tribal council she was herself and look what happened.
I used to think about applying for Survivor, but I’m not sure how I would have done. Like Wendie Jo, I would have a difficult time pretending to be someone I’m not. As uncomfortable as I am in my own skin at times, my goofiness can not be denied. If nothing else, it’s too tiring to pretend. Much like lying, it takes too much effort which is why I seldom bother with either. Hopefully in my case tribe mates would find my odd sense of humor and quirky ability to do accents endearing. In the case of Wendie Jo, it was just plain annoying.
In the end, did the Antique tribe make the right choice by voting off Wendie Jo? Did she have some special hidden talent that could have changed the course of the game? Now Wendie is gone and they will never know. But…
It seemed like a good idea at the time.