Brian's calling the shots on the island -- And now that Ted's gone, it looks like the soft-porn star/car salesman is planning on a showdown with love-to-hate-him good ole boy Clay, says Dalton Ross

By Dalton Ross
Updated December 13, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
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Credit: Ted Rogers Jr./Survivor Thailand: Robert Voets/CBS
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Brian’s calling the shots on the island

I hate it when people act drunk on TV shows or in movies, because it’s always so overdone. Real people never act that goofy when they’re hammered. Or so I thought. Man, Ted was a flat-out lush! Watching him suck down that wine was the most entertaining we’ve seen him since he was grinding on Ghandia and proclaiming, ”I’m not even attracted to you!”

How drunk was he? He even busted out some classic drunk speak 101, including calling out the classic ”I love you” to Helen. Then he topped things off with one of the finest inebriated lines of all time, explained to us that ”My body is drunk, but my mind is clear.” (If only my mind weren’t so confused by that comment.)

Now of course, Ted didn’t get voted out just because he got tipsy. If that were the criteria Jan would have never made it on the island to begin with. Nor did he get voted out for staring at himself in the mirror and admiring his ”guns.” No, Ted got played because he, like Helen, is WAY too trusting of Brian. Bry guy is clearly calling the shots in this tribe, and he knows his best chance to win the loot is to be going up against Clay in the finals.

Apparently, Brian may have actually had a point (albeit a cheesy one) when he said ”Mr. Freeze is in the house.” Too bad Mr. Intelligent couldn’t join him. I mean, I know the pressure is tough, especially when you’re not eating and sleeping well, but misspelling ”road trip.” Ouch. And then to get upset that Ted didn’t thank him for being an idiot? That was a bit odd, but I’ve never understood soft porn stars much anyway. So he lost the damn Chevy. Big deal. As it stands Brian is in line to make a whole lot more. And we have only more episode to see if he can pull it off.

At this point it’s hard to predict who will win and, because winning immunity can throw everything off. But my guess is, if Brian has his way, Jan will go, and then Helen, and we’ll be stuck with Mr. Freeze/Sleaze and his hillbilly buddy in the finals. On one hand you could pull for Brian to win it all because he does seem to have played a pretty flawless game. But on the other hand, he’s the favorite, and what fun is it rooting for the favorite?

So I’m pulling for Helen. Sure, her recipe talk was overkill and she sat out a water challenge even though she’s a freakin’ Navy swim instructor, but the woman seems to have played the game well enough, and it would be nice to see Brian have to eat crow on his ”She owes me” comment, because you know what? She doesn’t. She just doesn’t. The only thing anyone owes anyone at this point is Mark Burnett owing us viewers a grand finale after what has been a mostly mediocre season. But will we get it? That’s the real million dollar question.

Survivor: Thailand

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