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Now along with the snow jobs, the sixth episode brought about numerous questions. First of all, let's examine Roger. Is he a bigot who hates anyone different than him, or is he a compassionate soul? After his comments on gays, and his "kung fu chop" comment regarding Daniel, it was easy to dislike him. But when he made every effort to make Christy feel like a part of the tribe, he seemed somewhat human again, and made it hard to root against him. Was his accommodation of Christy just strategy? I really doubt it. Otherwise, certainly we'd have seen Butch or Roger state as much to the camera. But I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.
Now some questions about Christy. Just how gratifying was it to see her outlast Jenna not once, but twice in the reward challenge? She was obviously determined to show her former (and most likely future) tribemate a thing or two, and she did just that. Hopefully this won't be the last time she outlasts the swimsuit model. Being that she defeated Jenna twice, while Shawna did the same to Heidi, does this mean being a skinny girl is a disability?
And there are also questions about Rob. When he scrubbed Shawna's back, did he at all imagine himself holding a knife instead of a scrubber? Right now, he may be playing the game as well as anyone. He was smart enough to realize that no matter how much Matthew annoys him, the restaurant designer is valuable to the tribe and needed as a food provider. But does Rob hold the key to Matthew's fate as much as he thinks he does? Too bad the Magic 8-Ball isn't around to answer that for us.
What exactly is Deena's position in the game now? I thought she'd for sure be a target at the last tribal council, but she ended up outlasting Shawna. Will she be seen as a threat after the merge? In all likelihood, yes. Plus, the guys will keep Jenna around just for purposes of ogling. Deena was smart to align with Rob and Matthew, although it'll be interesting to see the dynamics of the next vote.
Did Shawna have the strangest quote of the season when she said, "I think guys always think about bathing in Amazonian rivers with three half-dressed women?" Uh, okay. To be honest, when I think of Amazonian rivers, the first thing that comes to mind is not half-dressed women trying to get me to eat out of the palms of their hands. More like piranhas trying to eat the palms of my hands.
Speaking of eating, did anyone notice how Heidi got perhaps the biggest piece of meat for her tribe? Was it because she's a competitor, or because she just has a big mouth? As much as I've trashed her in past articles, she does deserve props for coming through in the immunity challenge. And here's some food for thought: Suppose Outback Kimmi had been in this edition of the show. Would she have sat this one out? And what if her tribe needed everyone to participate. Would she have obliged, or would she have stood there and carped about her "morals"?
Finally, did anyone catch how, at the end of the challenge, the meat swung back and hit Deena on the side of the head? Talk about adding insult to injury. Of course, at tribal council, it was Shawna who ended up getting whacked with four votes. And did anyone else think that was the strangest tribal council of the season? Only half the tribe voted along gender lines. In contrast, when the other tribe went to tribal council, the only one who didn't vote along gender lines was Heidi.
Finally, one more question about Rob. Yes, he seems to be playing a good game, even if he's less than cordial about it to the camera. But if it comes down to it, will he be able to put his libido aside and vote against Heidi or Jenna? I suspect their charm may wear off rather quickly. Kel, who lasted just six days in the Outback, said that when you're out there, you're just trying to survive, and sex is the last thing on your mind. I think Rob is probably reacting to finally having some women in his tribe, and if they'd been tribemates all along, he might view them differently. Well, it all remains to be seen.
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