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Survivor Psyche, Episode 12: A Cute FailurePage 3
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Back at camp, Jenna has lost all resemblance to the glossy, snarky Head Cheerleader she once was. “I can’t do this anymore, I feel like crap!” Jenna wails. “I can’t even walk, I take like two steps and I collapse!” Wait a minute – what’s Shawna doing here. This is exactly the same meltdown speech we heard back in episode six! But no, Jenna has come down with the same affliction that strikes many young girls when life is hard and no one around you cares whether you look like an adorable pixie or not. “How am I supposed to enjoy my life for the next couple of days here when I can’t even do anything!” Jenna is deaf to the sound of Heidi and Rob trying to help her out of her self-induced pity party, and the millions of viewers having their own snigger.
Crafty Heidi sees her opportunity to get something for herself and her friend. “Jenna is afraid!” Heidi tells Rob. “Afraid for her health, afraid she won’t survive. Afraid, afraid, afraid! Shoot her now and don’t wait til you get home!” Jenna has stopped short of begging for a mercy killing like Shawna, which leaves Heidi to do the dirty work.
”There are a couple of different reasons why someone would want to vote for Jenna tonight,” Rob, the Lord High Executioner explains. “She’s whining and she’s sick. Those are two things that you should try to avoid at this stage in the game because if you’re willing to put your head on the chopping block, I’m willing to lop it off.”
Tribal Council: “I’ve Seen Fire and I’ve Seen Rain”
Probst explores the fire at camp, asking Butch if his “ferocious wood collecting” had anything to do with it. But Butch still insists that he is not the resident pyromaniac and Probst moves on to find more willing victims. “Do you deserve to be in the final two?” is his next question to Jenna. “It’s impossible for me to recover cause we’re just not eating enough stuff and it’s been hard (sniff).” She says she wants to go up against some who is a friend and a great player. “I don’t want to go up against someone I know I could beat, because it’s not competition(?)” This comment gains a majorly confused reaction from Rob.
But that’s nothing like the level of confusion that Heidi lays on everyone next. “I definitely deserve to be in the final two. These other four people know how I’ve played. I’ve played so hard. I’m like the mastermind behind half of the plans that go on day to day and I’ve got three guys here that are scared to death of me.” (Oh. My. God. And we thought “the other players value me for my strength and my intelligence” was bad. The other players contort themselves trying to hide their gleeful smirks, and Rocket Scientist Dave is so stunned that he’s forced to hide his head in his hands. And if you didn’t know up to this point who was going out tonight, you had a thunderclap of an answer here.)
The skies open as the players cast their votes. Heidi, the latest self-proclaimed “mastermind,” gets her walking papers and it’s off to Loser Lodge for one of the cute girls.
Next episode: Survivor: Amazon concludes in a two-part finale.
Now let’s look at the players.
Butch: Who would have thought that you’d get this far? Let’s hope your buddy alliance with Matt holds firm to the end.
Heidi: An ability to laugh at yourself will definitely come in handy now that you’ve seen yourself on TV. Insight could be a dangerous thing for someone of your resourcefulness and intelligence.
Matthew: You continue to surprise and impress us more every week. You’ve gone from being dog meat to Top Dog, while never losing your patience, humility, or humanity.
Rob: Safe again! How far will your craftiness take you in the final days? If Jenna wins immunity, it’s all over for you!
Jenna: Take a clue from Butch’s melted banner and get a grip on yourself, you lazy wench! Off your butt, off the couch, and off the pity party! Oops! That just slipped out, it’s our automatic reaction when faced with clueless, whining girls.
Melinda Smith is a technical illustrator and writer with a background in graphic arts. She and her family live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her sister, Suzanne Tromblay, is a licensed social worker with the State of Ohio. Melinda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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