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Zoe is the latest to be voted off

Zoe may be the worst fibber in the world, but now she’s gone, in an ep that found everyone scrambling — to form new alliances, disavow old ones, and just plain trying to save their own butts, says Dalton Ross

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Zoe Zanidakis, Survivor: Marquesas
Zoe Zanidakis: Monty Brinton/CBS

Zoe is the latest to be voted off

How does the theme to ”The Odd Couple” go again? Da-dum-da-dum-da-dum, dum-dum-dum, dum-dum-dum-dum. You know, I was never actually a big fan of that show, but if they ever decide to remake it for the 100th time, I think we have our new stars: Sean and Paschal.

How great was their whole bonding thing at the reward challenge? First, they won the coconut juice squeezing contest, and celebrated by rolling around in the sand like long-lost lovers. For a second there, I thought they were re-creating the poster for that cheesy 1980 flick ”Against All Odds.” (My question is which one was playing Jeff Bridges, and who got stuck as Rachel Ward?) Then, the dynamic duo took off on their little outing adventure?AND COULND’T KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF EACH OTHER!!! Seriously, I haven’t seen that much fondling and caressing by the high seas since, well, the Pamela and Tommy Lee video! I mean, I know it’s been 27 days away from civilization and all, but wow, who’da thunk it?

Sean is a completely different person when things are going well. This is the carefree, life-of-the-party guy we saw in episode two, before his tribe starting losing every competition known to man, and his spirits began to sour. By the time he watched his friend Rob got tossed off, the man was downright surly, but see what a little tribal turnaround can do? He’s back having fun, singing songs, teaching soul shakes to the natives.

Of course, Sean wasn’t the only one with a drastic mood change from last week. The most fun was watching the alliance between Zoe, Tammy, and Robert fall to pieces. While all was well and good when they were sitting pretty, now that they’re on the outs we learned the following: Zoe hates Tammy. Tammy hates Zoe. Zoe hates Rob. And Rob basically hates everybody. (At least I’m pretty sure this was the gist of it all. I’m still trying to properly decipher Zoe’s comment to Tammy that she ”didn’t dig the way your eyes were.” Huh?)

After watching these smug front-runners rule the roost for so long, it was quite enjoyable to see them run around like chickens with their heads cut off. Tammy and Rob’s last-ditch-effort plea to Neleh and Paschal was only slightly less embarrassing than Zoe’s attempts to curry favor through necklace making. It’s also quite possible that Zoe is the worst liar… OF ALL TIME! She deserved to get voted off just for all her godawful fibbing alone.

As if watching Rob put her on the spot the past couple of weeks on camera wasn’t classic enough, this week we got to see her pathetic attempts to convince her former friends that she was never part of their loser league. ”I wasn’t in an alliance with you,” she told Tammy. (Was that supposed to be some Jedi mind trick? Zoe, I’ve seen Obi-Wan Kenobi and you, ma’am, are no Obi-Wan Kenobi. When he used that on the stormtroopers on Tattoine — ”These aren’t the droids you’re looking for” — they believed him.)

In any event, it was a hoot seeing the aftermath of the great shift in the balance of power, but things may get even more interesting once the fab five hand Robert and Tammy their walking papers. Then what happens to team harmony, when they have to vote one of their own out? Sorry, Sean, but forget about ”The Odd Couple” theme; your new buddy Paschal and friends may eventually have you back singing the blues instead.