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'Survivor: Heroes vs Villains' instant react: Tribal Council mayhem!

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When it comes to Survivor, the only thing better than a blindside is blind hatred, and that’s exactly what was served up at tonight’s Tribal Council. And the only thing better than blind hatred at a Tribal Council is when that blind hatred extends even after Tribal Council is over! It was truly a delicious scene to take in, as another contestant was sent home. But do not read after the jump unless you already saw who that contestant was.

(Okay, all good? Because names are about to be dropped. Good.) Stephenie LaGrossa (of Palau and Guatemala) was the season’s second casualty, after engaging in a heated exchange with James that also managed to ensnare Colby and Tom, who rushed to her defense after James berated her for approximately the 1,267th time. Was Stephenie guilty of not following directions at the challenge? Yes. Did James go overboard with his ceaseless bitching and moaning about her? Absolutely. The pissed-off piéce de résistance occurred when Steph, after having her torch snuffed, turned to James and said, “Some advice. Next time y’all lose a challenge, a little less cursing off your tribe might help.” To which James eloquently replied, “Keep your mouth shut.” No matter whose side you’re on, you have to love fireworks like that. Oh, and this just in: Boston Rob survived his jungle collapse. Not only did he survive, but he led his team from behind (again!) to victory in the immunity challenge. How impressive was Rob’s resurrection? And are you on Team James or Team Stephenie? Let us know on the message boards below. And be sure to read my full recap as well as Jeff Probst’s blog. Also, be sure to take our Ultimate Survivor Quiz and enjoy the little pep talk below that Stephenie recorded for herself before the game began to cheer herself up in the event that she got voted out. And for all the Survivor scoop sent right to ya, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss. Now, a little pick me up for Stephenie from…Stephenie.

Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

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