Don’t worry, we’re going to get to the grubs. For sure, we’ll touch on the Hyde side of Vytas. And there is no way I am going to ignore the incredible retching sounds emanating from the mouth of one Monica Culpepper. But first we have to start with this. I’ll try to make it quick. For once, I will do my best to not belabor a point (although…you know, no promises). We are all aware of the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan unleashed in the Philippines last week. I’m not even going to attempt to put that devastation into words because whatever I say will not even come close to being sufficient. Over the past two years, Survivor has filmed four seasons back to back to back to back in the Philippines, including the one you are watching now, and the one that will air next spring. Because of that, I spent some time over there, and while the areas where Survivor filmed (Caramoan and Cagayan) seem to have thankfully been spared the worst, obviously it hits home a bit more when something like this happens to a place you have recently visited.
Naturally, for me, this brings back memories of the tsunami that ravaged Samoa just weeks after I was there for Heroes vs. Villains. I was able to travel back to Samoa two years later for the South Pacific season, and seeing entire buildings that had been completely wiped out by the storm was eerie and unsettling. I’m not going to sit here and pretend to say I know what the people in the Philippines are going through right now. That would be super presumptuous for a dude that just enjoyed a nice cold beer while watching a reality television show on his flat screen HDTV. But I do know they need our help, so if you have a few minutes, and if you have a few dollars, please click right here to donate to the relief efforts. Here is an opportunity where the Survivor community can actually come together to make an important difference, so please do so. Don’t make me send Tata the bushman over there to force you, because that man has no problem making out with anyone at any time to get what he wants. And he’ll go tongue too! FULL tongue.
Okay, Public Service Announcement over, and now it’s time to get into episode 9 of Survivor: Blood vs. Water. An episode featuring two Tribal Councils!!! (Which sounds considerably less dramatic when you point out that not a single person is being eliminated from the game. Oh well.)
The action begins on night 21 in the aftermath of the Aras blindside. How will Vytas handle watching his brother get voted off the tribe? Like the calm, cool yogi he is. “Well, guys, that was a great move. As a fan of the show, Aras did not see that coming and neither did I, so congratulations.” Smart play. You want the tribe to still feel like they can work with you should plans change.
Tina is a veteran player so she too knows this and goes over to offer her congrats as well. “Bravo to you, that was a great move,” she begins. Awwww, that was nice. But here comes the turn. “Monica and Tyson, you won the battle, but you didn’t win the war because you’ve got five jury votes that you’ll never get for flipping.” Wait, what the hell?!? Tina, what are you doing?!? First you go and tell Monica that she is in the five spot of your alliance, and then you get surprised when she flips? And then you start threatening people that you need to curry favor with? I’ve always considered Tina to be an extremely smart player that has never truly gotten her due. However, this is two weeks in a row in which she has left me scratching my head.
NEXT: Hey, who’s hungry?