Survivor – Masculine Tomfoolery


The Madeline Tribe, or whatever

Wow. I just finished watching Survivor, and I have no idea what happened there. Last minute strategies, wheeling-and-dealings and power plays were all so hectic that I’m having a hard time piecing together what just happened! Let’s work together on this one, shall we? Let’s take the episode from the top, and then head to the comments section with your thoughts on what just happened.

With Corinne getting voted off last week, you’d think the bros would be feeling a little nervous about their fledgling alliance. After all, they were looking pretty outnumbered to me. Dawn, Cochran, Andrea, Phillip and Sherri seem like a solid five, and the rest hadn’t had much luck in wooing Brenda or Erik to cross over. But Malcolm was feeling optimistic. He’d lost his closest ally in Corinne, but that meant no one left in the game knew about his Hidden Immunity Idol.

Bro To Hell

reward 2

Cochran (above), Malcolm (below)

The Reward Challenge was fun. In two teams, players had to jump into the water and throw a ball into a net, while one player acted as a goalie. Erik, Eddie, Reynold, Michael and Cochran comprised the winning team, and got to go on a day trip to rappel down a waterfall and enjoy a picnic.

As if being part of the winning team in a physical challenge (and scoring a point!) wasn’t enough, Cochran then got to engage in MORE physical activity in rappelling down the waterfall. This was huge! After all, he’s the guy who was afraid to take his sweatervest off the first time he went on Survivor. Even now, it’s major. As Cochran said, “I rarely leave my apartment — I rarely leave Twitter.” I hear ya, buddy.

The picnic was a real sausage-fest, with Reynold and Co. attempted to convince Cochran to join an all guys alliance. I can’t believe Reynold was dumb enough to try and pitch “let’s take the muscle to the end” to COCHRAN. Has he MET Cochran? Come on. I mean, “Bro down?” Bro to hell.

Now, I played this one part of the conversation back many times, and I still am not 100% sure I heard it correctly. But if Reynold said what I think I heard, there may be a new Hall of Infamy entry for the most offensive thing ever said on Survivor.

“Hope’s gone, so there’s no women worth f—-ing anyways.” Is this a thing Reynold said? Is that what you guys heard? It’s what I heard. If so, it is disgusting and offensive on about a million levels. And the response to this obnoxious comment should NOT be “Andrea and Brenda are also hot.”

Thank god for Cochran, who made my night by privately laughing at the insanity of Reynold’s proposition. Of course, none of this macho crap appealed to Cochran. The line of the night? “I don’t want to be engaging in any masculine tomfoolery with any of these numbskulls.” Amazing.

Island Dating?


Last week, Corinne got voted out after she tried to pull Dawn into a new alliance. It was not Corinne’s only mistake, but it was one of her biggest ones. But presumably, Malcolm didn’t know that and this week he did the exact same thing.

I think the true mistake here is that everyone sees Dawn as a sweet pushover. They think they can come to her and say “We have this new alliance, you should join it” and that Dawn will go along with them. But Dawn is playing a smarter game than that. The way Corinne and Malcolm approached Dawn, with a new alliance basically fully-formed, suggested that she would be on the bottom of the new alliance. And that’s not good enough for Dawn 2.0.


Malcolm made a huge miscalculation in who he chose to try and bring on board to the new alliance. Sherri? Seriously? A) The time for that, if it was ever going to happen, was last week. You know, before they ALL tried to vote her out. B) Sherri did NOT get along with Eddie and Reynold on the Fans tribe. They tried to vote her out. She was embraced by the Favorites, and she had no reason to go running back to the very people who’d wanted her out of the game from the get-go.

Had Malcolm given up hope on Erik? What is Brenda’s deal? Those two are getting such ghost edits that it’s impossible to tell whether they would have been the correct players for Malcolm to try and woo. But trying to bring Dawn in without Cochran just felt like a dumb play.

Meanwhile, Eddie and Andrea started to have a West Side Story type romance – one alliance being the Sharks, the other the Jets. Honestly, Andrea, what the hell? Last time it was Matt the Jesus Freak, this time it’s Eddie the Shallow Firefighter. Can’t you go on Survivor and NOT made goo-goo eyes at some guy? Stop letting feelings influence your game! Get it together!

It’s Getting Harder and Harder To Breathe

The Immunity Challenge was a classic. Every player had to remain under a metal grate as water levels rose, until they’d basically be holding their breath. The last player remaining would win. First out was Phillip, followed by Sherri and, surprisingly, Erik. For a good swimmer he kind of sucked in this challenge. Then Dawn, Malcolm and Michael bailed.


The Immunity Challenge

It was close for a while, and then the remaining dudes dropped out at once – Eddie, Cochran and Reynold. I was impressed that only Andrea and Brenda remained, but this challenge was practically tailor-made for Brenda. She owns a paddle-board company, and her ease in the water was obvious. As everyone panicked, one by one, Brenda remained completely calm. Eddie had to jump back in the water to tell her she’d won. Very impressive.


Ooooooh-K. After the Immunity Challenge, it looked like the plan was for Dawn and Sherri to make Malcolm THINK they were with him, while really planning to vote him out along with the rest of their alliance. Malcolm, while annoyed by Phillip, was convinced that Andrea was the ringleader and wanted to vote her out. It was a nice try, but Malcolm was getting played by the REAL ringleader – Dawn. Dawn even convinced them to have Reynold show her his Hidden Immunity Idol.



However, Loverboy couldn’t keep his damn mouth shut. Eddie went to Andrea and told her that her name was on the chopping block. At least, I *think* that’s what happened in that conversation. It was too confusing to follow, because it was all layers of flirtation and lies. The best was when Eddie implied that Reynold might play an Idol, which would possibly send Eddie home. Andrea assured Eddie that he wouldn’t be going home, but perhaps in doing that she hinted too much (by promising that it was not Reynold, but saying nothing when asked about Malcolm) that Malcolm would be getting their votes.

Andrea freaked out after learning that her name was being thrown around, and rushed to tell everyone in her alliance to switch to a safer vote. There was no way Michael would have a Hidden Immunity Idol, so they should all vote for him. The other alliance members were hesitant, and when we went into Tribal Council I honestly had no idea what was happening.

Payback’s a Bitch

At Tribal Council, Phillip announced (amid many an eye roll) that Sherri had been inducted into the “Stealth ‘R Us” organization. I don’t love Sherri’s personality, but she has been playing the game well. She led the majority alliance on her old tribe, and post-merge she’s kicking Reynold and Eddie’s butts.

Everyone voted. Probst asked for any Hidden Immunity Idols. I was sure Reynold wouldn’t play his, but he stood up and… HANDED IT TO MALCOLM! This was amazing for so many reasons, the first being that Malcolm secretly has his own Idol. The second, Malcolm voted for Reynold! Madness! And, how did they know that everyone was supposed to be voting Malcolm? Was it Eddie’s conversation with Andrea, or something else?

The votes were read: Three for Andrea, one for Reynold and the rest for Michael. Even if Malcolm had voted for Andrea, Michael still would have been eliminated, but I’m curious why he made that decision.

I thought Andrea was being a crybaby when she asked everyone to switch to voting for Michael, and I still think she played sloppily this week. But it did save her butt, and hopefully she can get her act together, focus on what’s important and keep her head in the game from now on.

OK, your turn! Take to the comments and tell me what you thought.


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7 Responses to Survivor – Masculine Tomfoolery

  1. Alex says:

    This Tribal Council was awesome! Before that, yeah, that’s what I heard Reynold say as well – although I didn’t really get what he meant at first because I thought he was talking about hope, with a small h. Also, why wasn’t Sherri allowed to pick a team to ‘root for’ and go on the reward if that team won?

    But the Tribal Council, I loved how awesomely Malcolm played it! I think he figured they would all vote for him after Phillip’s insane speech – he definitely looked incredibly worried while he was talking. But I love that he convinced Reynold to give him his Idol, that was brilliant. I never would have thought of it.

    Also, Dawn – I’m really starting to root for her! She’s actually doing an awesome job and I loved all her insights and interviews this week. I’m hoping she’s not really going to quit next week… BTW, is this who you have in your office pool? I can’t remember if it’s her or Brenda…

  2. Davide Maistrello says:

    Oh my goodness, that was crazy. Me and my mother had to continuously stop the episode and re-watch dialogues because WE HADN’T A DAMN CLUE ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON. The Eddie/Andrea conversation was the hardest to get past, and I still can’t figure why Eddie hinted that the Faves would be gunning for her. It made no sense whatsoever!

    Challenges this week were pretty solid. I loved the first one, even it was more or less a matter of luck – Michael didn’t block a single shot, yet his team won the challenge. The second was really testing and is one of the challenges that I really wanted to do. Brenda kicked the other players’ tails! It was awesome, even if my mother couldn’t really remember who she was. Also, Cochran did a good job again, he dropped after many strong guys – Malcolm and Erik were disappointing, but the challenge is one that if you mess just once, you can’t recover, so I don’t blame them for their bad showing.

    I love how Phillip’s speech at Tribal Council was made to flush Reynold’s idol, and how he fell for that, hook line and sinker. We were thinking that Malcolm would be voted out, but when he asked Reynold for the idol, we COULDN’T BELIEVE he was willing to give it to him. After all the “I’m playing the game for myself” crap he went through during the episodes…still, he decided to give the idol to Malcolm. It’s more or less like when J.T. gave his idol to Russell Hantz during HvV, only that Malcolm didn’t have to write a letter.

    So Michael was voted out seven to three, and that meant that Reynold wouldn’t have gone home even if he had played his Idol. However, I think that Malcolm voted for Reynold because he thinks he can play the game with Stealth R Us and that most of them still don’t know he jumped ships long ago. In fact, I still think that Phillip may be oblivious that Malcolm was on the outside of the vote for the last two weeks, and that he’s still voting with them or at least playing with them. So, in my opinion Malcolm voted for Reynold hoping to return in the grace of the main alliance, if they all had voted for Reynold. But the fact that he asked for Reynold’s idol still puzzles me! Did something happen off the cameras that we don’t know? I can’t figure out, but I can’t wait to see how the season goes on!

    • Scott says:

      I wouldn’t say the challenge was a matter of luck, I don’t think Malcolm blocked anything either.

      I don’t think it’s comparable to the J.T./Russell idol fiasco at all. I’d compare it more to when Russell gave his idol to Parvati earlier on. I do agree with your reasoning of why Malcolm might have voted for Reynold though, and I think he asked for Reynolds idol because Phillip’s speech worried him and he wanted to keep his own idol secret.

      • Davide Maistrello says:

        Ok, yeah, I messed up with all the J.T./Russell story, I concede that. But Malcolm blocked Eddie’s first shot!

  3. Scott says:

    This season is really shaping up well, I absolutely loved the strategic chaos this week. Dawn has been really impressive so far, and I do agree that Sherri has easily been playing the best game out of any of the fans.

    I wasn’t surprised by Reynold giving Malcolm his idol. Phillip’s speech made it seem like they were all voting for Malcolm, and even a “numbskull” (thanks to Cochran for ensuring the great commentary continued after the loss of Corinne) like Reynold was able to realise that Malcolm was in danger. I really hope that Reynold finds out that Malcolm voted for him before taking his idol, that would be a fun encounter to watch!

    I’m still rooting for Brenda, but she hasn’t been getting anything close to a winner’s edit, which leaves Dawn and Cochran as my other favourites. Andrea really annoys me, but she did well this week to save herself; I was convinced that she was being way too paranoid by trying to swap the vote.

  4. Aaron Sirois says:

    Phillip was giving that big speech about how anyone even suspected of making a play against his alliance would be voted out. Malcolm took that speech to be a clear indicator that the rest of the tribe was on to him and that they were going to take him out. That’s why he asked for the idol. As for why he voted for Reynold, I’m kind of assuming he was hoping that Reynold would throw him the idol and then get voted off so there would be nothing to worry about from him. I’m not sure.

    OK. When’s the last time you can remember someone winning individual immunity, and STILL not getting to speak. Brenda didn’t say anything when she was handed the necklace, they only showed other people congratulating her, and she didn’t even get a confessional. And we still have no damned idea how involved she is with the alliance. They only time they seem to show her is when she’s dancing or smiling.

    I think this episode put away any notions that Sherri isn’t playing the game. She’s managed to leverage herself quite nicely, and with that group ready to explode, she can easily weasel herself in. She’s proven she has the patience for it.

    What got me this episode is that Eddie might actually be playing the game as well, though quite poorly. His conversation with Andrea, where both of them tried to say a lot without saying anything was absolutely mind boggingly hilarious. Those two might just be made for each other. I also like how talked about only needing to get strung along for a few more votes before he could make his move.

    Here’s hoping Dawn’s breakdown next week is being overplayed in the previews. She is making a very strong case to be the winner this year, and she still seems to have everyone’s trust.

    Malcolm, on the other hand, has dug his own grave after his second failed attempt to switch things up. Not only did he lose an ally, but he also completely outed himself to the rest of the tribe, while costing Reynold his idol. He may have burned all of his remaining bridges, but he does still have that idol to try and tip things back in his favor.

  5. Plan B says:

    I thought it was fairly obvious why Malcolm voted for Reynold. IF “Stealth R Us” went back to the original plan of half Eddie, half Reynold, Malcolm’s swing vote would knock out Reynold. IF “Stealth R Us” went with their talk of voting for him, maybe they would split the vote (as they seem to be big fans of this). Who better than Malcolm vs. Reynold? Therefore again, Malcolm’s swing vote would knock out Reynold. Just in case, “Stealth R Us” got it in their head to vote for him, he would ask for Reynold’s idol to ensure he was not sent home. Brilliant. Unfortunately, this strategy saves his hide THIS week. Next week? Well…good luck with that. P.S. Dawn’s not going anywhere next week.

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