Player of the week: Sherri Beithman
Sherri Beithman (+5) Brenda Lowe (+2), Matt Bischoff (+2), Malcolm Freberg (+2)
Dawn Meehan (-3), Reynold Toepfer (-2), Andrea Bhoelke (-2) Michael Snow (-2)
I had her pegged at 19th last time and sure enough, she was voted out this week. After the fans lost immunity, Allie was always going to be in a bad position. She was the weakest link of a minority alliance in terms of challenge prowess. She got far too close to Reynold on the first night. THE FIRST NIGHT! All these factors put together leave her very threatening while not really offering much to the tribe. Not really a great position to be in, and now there’s only 3 people sitting at the cool table. That’s really not that cool.
Brandon, Brenda, and Erik were all on the wrong side of the vote in the first week. At the moment, Brandon could not be taking a worse approach to this situation. When he got back from camp after the vote, he began berating Dawn and wallowing in bitterness. I think it’s interesting to see how Brandon’s responding to being on the outside, because in South Pacific, he was in the majority alliance from day 1. He always had the comfort of majority. If the favourites lose this next immunity, I have no doubt that Brandon will explode, truly going out with a bang as he promised us he will. I can’t entirely explain but I have a bad feeling about Brandon. I wouldn't even be surprised if he hurt somebody before leaving this game. Brandon’s only hope for when the favourites next go to tribal council is if the tribe feels they need to keep the strong challenge competitors.
I said last week that if Allie were voted off, Hope would be the next fan gone for all the same reasons. However, after Shamar has proven to be such a pain around camp, Hope has a chance to stick around until a little longer. Possibly even until a tribe switch.
I don’t think Shamar understands how survivor works. This is a game that ultimately can’t be won by unlikable people. Go ahead and look through every single past winner, not one of them was disliked by the jury. You can be a villain and win, you can make an enemy or two, but if the jury simply doesn’t like you, you cannot win. At the moment, Shamar has one friend, Sherri. If he continues to be as lazy and abrasive as he has been so far, he’ll find himself quickly on his way out, despite his contribution in challenges.
We didn't see much of Brenda this episode, but as far as I can tell, it appears she’s recovered quite well from the first tribal council. We saw her showing off some of her moves with Phillip, and we saw her having a few laughs with the tribe. However, it still looks like she can’t shake this reputation from her last season of being a big time gamer and a big time strategist.
Another zero-edit from this week. Erik responded well to last tribal council’s vote, I believe. When Brandon approached him about wanting to get some revenge, he listened and entertained him then didn’t act on it, which was the right way to approach the situation. Frankly, Erik should hope Brandon goes crazy since it will take the target off his back for the moment.
Eddie’s another fan who I don’t feel has watched much survivor. It’s as if he thinks he can just sort of skate by, have a good time, and then have everything work out for him. Maybe this tribal council will kick him into gear and get him playing. Maybe he needed to be grounded a little more. I don’t suspect he’ll be gone any time soon since though since he’s very useful in the challenges and doesn’t appear to annoy anyone too much.
Reynold seems to be full of big plays, both good and bad. In the first episode, he put together a strong alliance, +1. Then he forgot to recruit enough members for that alliance, -1. Then he got way too friendly with Allie on the first night, -1. Then he brought his tribe from behind to win immunity, +1. This week, he lashed out at Shamar in front of the entire tribe, rather than waiting and approaching everyone individually and targeting him, -1. Then he found the hidden immunity idol, +1 then he forgot to hide it properly -1.
The only player to have a zero-edit two weeks in a row, and I still don’t really know what to say about her. She’s in the majority, and as far as I know, she isn't ruffling any feathers, so at least she hasn't made any clear mistakes yet.
Andrea didn't do anything wrong to drop two places, it’s simply that a few others did enough good to overtake her. It seems Andrea’s getting along well with alliance and she responded well to receiving votes in the first tribal council. I still maintain that being targeted early isn't a big concern for Andrea in the near future. Parvati was targeted early in the first Fans versus Favorites, and if Jonny Fairplay hadn't quit (definitely a quit), she most likely would have been the first boot.
What I like about Laura is that she really has her head in the game. She’s constantly got an eye on everyone, observing and absorbing what’s happening around her, and that’s a great skill to have in Survivor. I was impressed when she spotted Reynold’s “bulge”. I’m undecided though whether it was a good move to bring it up at tribal council. Personally, I think I would have held onto the information for a little longer, and waited until it benefited me a little more. Laura’s only real concern in the near future is physical strength. If she proves to be useless in challenges, her tribe may figure she’s expendable, but with Hope still around and Shamar still causing waves, I don’t see this being an issue.
Phillip is a delusional socially unskilled weirdo with an overly active imagination. He has these bizarre fantasies of spies and secret covert missions that are reminiscent of recess in primary school. But despite all this, I don’t think you can deny its helping build unity among his alliance. As silly as these nicknames are, it’s effective in the way it helps give everyone from his alliance a purpose, a sense of inclusion, and a shared goal. It makes Phillip look ridiculous and I still don’t think he can ever win this game, but I’m thoroughly convinced he can make it to the end again.
Sherri has proven to be a big time player all of a sudden, and I’m thoroughly impressed. Sherri is the designated older lady of this tribe, and typically the older lady, will be useless in challenges, not have any strategy, and possibly have a break down some time in the first week. But Sherri’s done none of this, she’s thriving out on the island. She’s proven to be competent in challenges, she’s playing Shamar beautifully, she’s being a leader in her alliance without dominating anyone, and she’s the only fan getting along well with absolutely everybody. I think Sherri’s secured her spot for quite some time and at the moment, she’s playing well enough to be a potential winner.
Based on what we saw this week, it looks like Michael may not be the leader of his alliance with Matt. It appears he’s taking just a little bit more of a passenger seat. Whether this will help or hinder him, I don’t know, we’ll have to see. Either way, Michael’s in a good position now and I think he’s one of few fans we can assume will go far.
Dawn’s little sulk session after tribal was a small reminder of how emotional she can be. Sure, Brandon was being a little tough on her, but there was no reason to cry about it. The last time Dawn played, she really didn't make it that far, which leads me to believe that perhaps she’s not cut out for the emotional strain of 39 days of this game. Nonetheless, I have faith in Dawn, and if she can keep it together, she’s posed to make it deep in this game.
Wow, this guy has taken me by surprise. Based on his pre-game interviews, I had him pegged as a potential first boot, but I was so wrong. I thought his sensitive side, his interests, and his appearance would alienate him from the rest of his tribe, but so far he’s been received very well from everybody (except Shamar). Of the 6 ‘misfits’, he’s been the one working the best with the cool kids, and it looks as though he’s in the driver’s seat of his alliance.
It’s now clear Malcolm’s very much in the thick of his alliance. I would say he’s officially past the stigma of Russel. He appears to be getting along swimmingly with everyone from his alliance. If I were to guess, I’d say he’s trying to appear as though he was just a popular physical threat from his last season, rather than a big time gamer. So far, I’d say everyone has taken the bait, and it really helps that he has the look to go with it. Not to mention, Malcolm is playing Phillip so perfectly, exactly the same way he did to Russel Swan. Let him take that leadership role that he wants so badly, and let him take all the bullets along the way, while Malcolm comes out unscathed.
Not much has changed for Corinne since last week. She’s still in the thick of her alliance, and she still hasn't had any confrontations. Really, I don’t think there’s much more I can say.
Everything I've just said of Corinne, can be repeated about Cochran. Still his only real concern is his lack of physical contribution. He didn't do anything wrong to have his number 1 spot taken, but a number of people are creeping on him.