November 09, 2011 08:17 PM by Ryan Haidet
Last week’s episode of Survivor: South Pacific closed with Cochran betraying his Savaii tribe members by voting against Keith. He promised he would offer them all an explanation as to why he swapped sides. Tonight, he was asked for answers immediately — and it wasn’t pretty. But that’s not all. We were also given a double dose of Immunity challenges with two Tribal Councils and a situation involving Redemption Island that has me very confused. Who was sent to Redemption Island? Why am I confused? Read on to find out more!
Operation Smear Cochran
As soon as everybody returned to Te Tuna camp following Keith’s blindside, Ozzy asked to speak with Cochran alone. Cochran said he basically swapped sides and voted along Upolu lines because he wasn’t willing to have his fate decided by randomly drawing rocks. Brandon, playing watchdog, interjected into the conversation and asked Ozzy not to be aggressive. Nobody was being aggressive — at least not yet — so Brandon walked away. “We’re not like gangsters out here, man,” Ozzy said. When Ozzy turned his focus back to Cochran, he said, “I put my ass on the line directly for you personally. … You just stabbed me in the back so hard.” Cochran said it was all about self preservation.
Then Jim stepped up — and he was fuming. Just like he did twice at Tribal Council, Jim called Cochran a coward. When he walked away, Whitney took her turn with Cochran. She said that they all saved his butt so many times and she was disgusted with the way he turned on them all.
Immunity Challenge #1
The first Immunity challenge of the night featured two parts. The first round was uneventful and very boring as all of the contestants had to toss coconuts into a ring. The first four to land one moved on to the final round. There was zero drama and nothing exciting with this portion of the battle as Dawn, Whitney, Jim and Sophie were the successful castaways.
Those four moved on for round two, which was far more entertaining. Each player had to crack open a coconut, get a mouth full of the water from inside and then climb through a vertical obstacle course. They then had to spit the coconut water out into a tube. The first person to fill their tube up completely would win Immunity. Jim and Sophie were close the entire challenge, but Jim was victorious in the end. At one point, Sophie had a chance to win, but she puked out her coconut water. Lovely.
Tribal Council #1
With all of the votes expected to fall against Ozzy at Tribal Council, Jim concocted a plan of his own to try and sway opinions. He considered giving Ozzy his individual Immunity necklace in an attempt to get some people to vote against Cochran. He thought his move would continue the fight to keep people in the game who play with honor and integrity. But when it came down to it, Jim kept Immunity and Ozzy was eliminated for the second time this season — except it wasn’t voluntary this time.
Ozzy did make some interesting remarks on his plan to return from Redemption again before he was booted. He said that he would spend the time feeding himself and gaining strength for every battle in the duel arena. “I will be back,” he vowed. “I will be putting every last ounce of my soul into Redemption. I hope to see all of you coming through there. I’ll make you a nice fish and I’ll send you on your way.”
One other thing to note from this Tribal Council came from Ozzy’s vote against Cochran. The only visible letters on the vote were “Coc” with the rest blurred out. Probst addressed this on Tout saying it’s no big surprise what Ozzy actually wrote when considering it was a play on Cochran’s name. Cock anyone?
Immunity Challenge #2
This time for the challenge, the contestants stood on a narrow beam while balancing a ball on an arched piece of wood. The last person standing would win Immunity. As in previous seasons, this challenge offered anybody the opportunity to sit out of the battle in exchange for food. Although Coach said he wanted to compete, he succumbed to the pressures of pastries and iced coffee and sat out of the challenge with Cochran and everybody else from Upolu. That only left three people vying for Immunity: Jim, Dawn and Whitney.
Jim dropped out of the challenge first, which brought cheers from Brandon as he stuffed his face with sweets. Clearly trying to win the Upolu feasters over, Dawn told them she would stay in the challenge as long as she could so they could all eat a lot longer. As the challenge progressed, the feasting group was stuffed and slowed down their caloric intake. In the end, Dawn fell off, which gave Whitney her first individual Immunity.
Tribal Council #2
After Brandon admitted he and the rest of Upolu would eliminate the former Savaii members one by one, they did just that. This time their votes fell against Jim and he was the second person of the episode sent to Redemption Island.
Now here’s where I am confused. Before the season premiered, Probst said that there would no longer be multi-person duels like we saw last season. It would be one-on-one battles this season. But now with Keith, Ozzy and Jim all at Redemption Island set for a three way, how is this possible? Hopefully, the winner of next week’s duel will be the only person allowed to stay on Redemption Island.
What did you think of the episode? Do you think Cochran made the right decision? Who is your favorite player? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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