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'Survivor' recap: 'It Will Be My Revenge'

A player is not the only thing removed, as contestants start stripping all over the place.

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Jeff Probst
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In Season

The women aren’t the only ones feuding. The other strife pretty much begins and ends with Vince Sly. (Again, best name ever. Last week I said it sounded liked the name of a rogue cop who doesn’t play by the rules or a duplicitous WWE character. This week I am going to go with esteemed reggae artist or cartoon enemy of Inspector Gadget. Go…Go…Gadget Feather Remover!) Vince is still stewing in his jealousy over Joe, which is not a good look for a No Collar. Vince is annoyed that nobody notices when he goes out and collects crabs because “around camp it’s all about Joe.” I don’t know why Vince thinks he’s so special. After all, he is certainly not the first Survivor contestant to catch crabs—on or off the island. (That one was for you, Parvati Shallow. 14 seasons later, you are now no longer the only Survivor contestant I have accused of catching crabs.)

Anyway, this leads to a truly bizarre conversation in which Vince tries to make Joe admit to how lame he is. “I just need you to acknowledge that you steamroll progress,” Vince informs Joe. Joe looks stunned, but, in his defense, I’m not sure how you’re supposed to look when you are being addressed by a guy with a feather in his hair named Vince Sly. The end result is—shocker of all shockers!—the three youngest people in the tribe are in one alliance and the three oldest are in another. You can White Collar/Blue Collar/No Collar all you want—in this game, it often still all comes down to differences in age. (Which I guess is an indirect way of giving props to Survivor: Panama.)

If you’re a big Blue Collar tribe fan then it is my unfortunate duty to inform you that outside of any alleged raw-dogging taking place, there is not whole lot happening over there this week. While I do like the three-tribe format, this is one unfortunate drawback: That the two non-losing tribes at the challenge usually only receive cursory updates and look-ins. So for Blue Collar this week what we get is the ol’ Survivor favorite: the one workaholic dude who bitches and complains when the younger members of his tribe don’t work as hard as he does. Ironic that this should take place on the Blue Collar tribe, of all places, considering this was the group of people that Probst promised us “love to work with their hands” and “built America.” Then again, in their defense, they are kind of on vacation from their jobs at the moment. And this isn’t America (unless you mean Central).

But Mike isn’t having it. He gets upset when the others have the audacity to play island basketball. The whole work around camp issue is fascinating, because while there is a lot to do, there is simultaneously only so much you can do. You work on your shelter, you collect firewood, and you collect food (by either fishing or foraging). That’s pretty much it. So, yes, that stuff does need to get done, but even doing all of that leaves plenty of time to sit around and chill and talk about your favorite Survivor seasons and players of the past (which happens a hell of a lot judging my experience eavesdropping out there). But some people just can’t hit the off switch, and Mike appears to be one of those people. Lest you think this is an isolated incident, it appears judging by the previews for next week that the work ethic beef will continue. Which means more footage of Rodney. I guess you can consider that a warning. That’s pretty much it for the Blue Collar tribe. I mean, we could always go back and talk about this…



NEXT: Will drowns No Collar’s challenge chances