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Survivor Psyche, Episode 7: EvictedPage 3
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Alienation of Affection
Oedipus Rob instigates Roger's downfall. First, he gets in a few digs at the old man. "The only way Roger would win immunity is if it's a 'name that Perry Como song' or perhaps, 'what type of prune is this,' " the little whippersnapper quips. "Some sort of thing that only an old man like Roger would be able to determine."
Rebellious wife Deena mocks, "Poor Roger is planning all these interesting activities for later on this evening and Roger's going home!" Confidently, Deena announces her intention to leave her stuff at camp as everyone else packs.
Clueless cuckold Roger crosses the women out of his will. "The women are gone - it's that simple." But something is still the nagging the old man. "It looks like everything's falling into place and I'm thinking it's too good to be true." Faithful son Dave shores up Dad's confidence. "I think that all four of the females realize that they are going to be quickly eliminated because the six males are starting to stick together. I don't think that they're surprised. Four girls and six guys," he shrugs, "they're looking to go packing pretty quick."
Tribal Council: Divorce Court
Probst provokes Rob into making a comment about the parts everyone plays, and his own role in particular. "I like being subservient to the people who decide what to do," Rob admits. (Insert butt-kissing audio here.) Deena makes a sarcastic analogy about the "four corners of the structure" that they built, and how it was more important for her to build relationships. Roger's smug persona remains intact. "You can't have too many Indians in this case. It was gonna be done that way regardless," he says imperturbably. Even when Probst pokes him with the question again of why he didn't stay on his roost longer, Roger doesn't flinch. "If I knew I really needed it - I'd give it my all."
So, after weeks of being the meanest old man on the block, the kids stage an uprising and give Roger the boot. After spending the last two weeks building Christy up and validating her worth to her new tribe, Roger, Butch, and Dave turn and cast all their votes for her! It's only when the fourth vote is cast for Roger that reality starts to set in. The next two go his way as well, and in a blaze of torchlight, the king is evicted from his newly built castle, and stumbles blindly into the darkness.
Next week: Dave and Heidi play Romeo and Juliet under Rob's suspicious glare. "I don't like the fact that a member of my alliance is sleeping with the enemy," he snipes.
Let's look at the players.
Butch: Your go-along-to-get-along strategy has failed you miserably. You'll be the sitting duck after Dave is eliminated.
Dave: You've gone back to being Star Man again, unable to think of any alternatives to your "status quo" strategy. Use your earthly charms to bring the "females" back under your spell.
Christy: Those two-faced S.O.B.s almost got you. You've got a good enough sense of humor to survive this blow. The ball's in your court, you need to quickly figure out who to ally with.
Roger: Your dominion over the vassals in your new stronghold stood secure, but only in your own deluded egomaniacal head. The kids are free to play any damn way they please. You're not the boss of them, now.
Heidi: You've fallen off your pedestal in the eyes of your students. Let's hope the School Board is more lenient with you than we've been. If anyone was going to go wild, it was your mother watching you strip in front of millions of viewers.
Alex: Shawna's exit left you vulnerable to ouster from the other members of the Jaburu tribe. Don't get too comfortable with Rob's propositions; use the merge to create your own core alliance.
Deena: You rule as Queen of the Amazons. You knew when to shut up, when to play, and had the confidence to speak your mind when you had the field.
Matthew: Still the naïve optimist who can't see beyond the smoke screen of lies being told around you. You're standing alone in the middle of a storm of duplicity, exclaiming, "I caught a fish!"
Rob: Even though you're an obnoxious slimeball, we must give credit where credit is due. You're smart and you know how to play the game. You drool after the hotties, but have never taken a cheap shot at Deena. You've given her your support and praise, even when others can't overhear you.
Jenna: Your mother and Heidi's need to form a support group. Mothers United Fight Freaky Sluts, or M*U*F*F*S. You got lucky when Deena chose you for her alliance. Maybe the "older" women are good for something?
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