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'Survivor: Samoa' preview: Can Russell do it again?

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I am not going to sit here and say that the hidden immunity idols have exactly been hard to find this season on Survivor: Samoa. Heck, at this rate producers may as well just start hurling them right at the contestants’ faces. But even without the complete lack of subtlety, what Russell has done so far in finding two hidden immunity idols with no clues is pretty damn impressive. But can he do it again? It’s certainly going to be a lot harder now, and for one simple reason — he’s no longer the only person looking. Last week, Dave from Galu remarkably opined that “If he suspects there’s one here, I’d be surprised.” That made so little sense for so many reasons I can’t even get into it now for fear of blowing a gasket and resorting to typing in all caps for the rest of this post in anger. Suffice it to say that the Galu alliance has finally figured it out. Previews for this episode make it out to be a full-on immunity idol scavenger hunt, with players not only searching high and low, but also following Russell around to see where he is searching. Now, Russell doesn’t just need to locate it, but he needs to locate it before everyone else, and, if possible, away from prying eyes. If Russell does manage to find it, there is no denying that he will have taken his place as one of the true greats of the game — win, lose, or draw. (P.S. There are no draws in Survivor.) Of course, just as remarkable as Russell’s ability to locate HIIs is his transformation from vile villain to fan favorite. As the scrappy underdog taking on a cocky majority in Galu, Russell has become a character viewers have started to root for as opposed to against. Still, I know one person who is not a fan: Check out our Survivor Talk exit interview just ahead with the recently ousted Kelly, who has some not-so-kind words to share about both Russell and Shambo. And for all the Survivor scoop, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss.

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