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An “Insider” Look at Survivor: One World, Episode 9, Part 1 – “May the Best B**** Win”Page 2
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My Savage Color (Tarzan)
Tarzan explains why he’s wearing Monica Culpepper’s bright red tank top. He’s been carrying the shirt around since Monica, one of the “savages” of his tribe, was “dispersed.” When Monica left all of her garments behind, Tarzan saw that this shirt might be useful; it’s a stretch shirt, so he though he might be able to get into it.
As it turns out, the shirt is “a Chinese trap sort of thing.” It looked so easy to get on, but he couldn’t do it the first time. He finally managed to figure out how Monica got into the shirt, and it provides warmth, so he’s going to keep it on for a while.
Tarzan assures us that he’s so masculine that despite it being a feminine shirt, he still feels like a masculine man in it. In fact, Tarzan explains, “It makes some of my loose skin tighter!” He’s also fond of its bright red color: “It’s my best color, my fire color, my warrior color, my savage color.”
Can’t Be Too Comfortable (Christina)
On day 23, Christina tells us, the game is getting a little rough. Her muscles are worn out, she’s lost a significant amount of weight, her energy levels are low, and food is scarce. Strangely enough, though, she finds that she still has the energy to want to win the game and play as hard as she can.
Christina has discovered that there’s no escaping the game. You’re always on edge – even in middle of the night, you’re talking with people, strategizing. You’re constantly thinking about your position in the game.
And it’s only going to get worse from here: she says the further you get in the game, it won’t be relaxed at all. The game will be much more stressful because you’ll have to be cautious and watch what you say. If she gets to the final four, she’ll have to know what she’s said to people in the past, especially with the people they vote off. She says you have to be careful, because the jury will make the decision of who they want to win.
Christina says that she’s constantly on edge wondering if she’s making the right decisions, saying right things, promising the right people, if she’s in the right alliance. Should she have one alliance, she wonders, or have another on the side? Right now, Christina is “quasi-comfortable” in her position, but she’s always looking over her shoulder. She says you can’t be too comfortable – this is Survivor, and someone might stab her in the back and blindside her!
Catfight is Coming (Christina)
Christina believes that her alliance with the girls is still very tight. They’re keeping it “ambiguous,” however, because they don’t want the guys to know that it’s six girls eliminating all the guys.
Christina continues to play the card that she’s a lone ranger, on her own, so that she can get sympathy from Troyzan and Jay. She likes them, and thinks that they are phenomenal players, but they’re going to be tough for the girls to beat during individual immunity challenges. It will be easier to play against six girls at the end of the game rather than versus those two guys.
According to Christina, Jay and Troyzan have a slight inclination they’re in trouble, but they want to believe they’re safe. If they’re smart enough, though, they’ll figure out what’s going on. She’s playing it that she doesn’t know what’s happening to them. She’ll do whatever she needs to do to keep her from being next to go.
After the men are gone, Christina thinks it’s going to be a good old Survivor: One World catfight. She laughs and then offers up her best sound-bite of the season: “May the best bitch win.”
The Guys Are Dumb (Alicia)
According to Alicia, the remaining male castaways are “the dumbest guys on planet Earth.” Why would they align with a bunch of girls? The six men could have banded together, using Alicia as their swing vote, and this (the Pagonging of the men) never would have happened. The problem was that the men weren’t unified when the tribes merged. Now, their inability to work together is backfiring on them.
Alicia insists that if Jay and Troy think they can trust “those four girls,” they’re stupid. She then mocks Jay for saying at Tribal Council that he was confident in his alliance and would be so blindsided if they took him out. Alicia imagines telling Jay, “We just took out two guys and you think you’re going to make it to the top? No, boo, you’re not.”
Alicia ends her confessional by returning full circle to her original point: “I don’t want to say anything, but the guys here are dumb.”
I Know How She Feels (Kim)
Kim, coming off more and more like a female Brian Heidik (calm, cool, calculating), explains how she’s dealing with Chelsea’s struggle over eliminating the men. The girls, Kim tells us, convened and talked about how Troy and Jay definitely needed to go, but Chelsea was having a hard time with it. The other girls explained to Chelsea – “in the nicest way possible” – that Jay or Troy might go on an immunity run. They might not have another shot to get rid of them, so they have to do it as quickly as they can.
It doesn’t concern Kim that Chelsea’s conscience is getting the best of her. She knows exactly how Chelsea feels because she feels the same way. But there’s a difference between letting her conscience help her make her decisions and drawing a line and saying, “This is the game –I’m here to play for a million dollars.” Of course taking out the guys sucks, especially if they told the person they could stay – but obviously they can’t. It’s not as easy to keep the game and her conscience separate as she thought it would be, so she understand how Chelsea feels.
Kim is sure that Chelsea will come around. While understanding that they’ll have to go back on their word is a hard concept, the less time there is left in the game, the clearer they can see the end, particularly once they set their plan in motion. Jay and Troy will be the hard ones, because the women have a great connection with them and they’re fun to have around. Once they go, though, Chelsea won’t feel attached to anyone in particular – “Except me,” Kim explains with a laugh, “and I hope she lets me stay!”
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