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Survivor: Exile Island, Episode 10 Missing Intelligence Award – Sing, Sing A Songby Heathyr Fields Ford -- 04/26/2006
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First, a moment of silence for Bruce’s unfortunate ouster from the game. Bruce, game-wise you annoyed me, but that is definitely not the way anyone should go, especially a true warrior like you. Your life fascinates me, even if your game play did not.
Despite not having a vote, this episode was fraught with tension, entertainment, and information. I love those pecking order revealing games when they are for reward challenges (I find them highly unfair for immunity challenges). Despite all kinds of freaking out and whining, there is a winner of this week’s MIA. Let’s look a bit closer, shall we?
Cirie: I am not sure it was wise to take Danielle over Shane because of the total freakout factor. Danielle would have pouted, but I doubt she’d get far in the way of plotting behind your back if left alone at camp. However, Shane appeared to be appeased, so hopefully no harm, no foul. Just don’t win the car next week! Oh, and the breasts on the voodoo doll? Totally awesome. The camera man apparently enjoyed them, too!
Bruce: You were probably in too much pain to notice it, but you were first out after Terry. Had you stayed in the game, you might have won the MIA for past sins, i.e. not joining with Terry when it could have made a difference.
Aras: You really know your group. People should have noted that. Amusing throw on the win there, bud. You don’t get this, though, because, well, there are people WAY worse than you out there this episode!
Danielle: Meh. Again, like Bruce, you should have jumped to Terry when you had the chance, I think. However, Cirie chose you. So you might have some other plan that’s real and not imagined. I’ll withhold the award for now.
Terry: At this point, there’s not much you could do to earn this award. Now I’m just rooting for you to stay arrogant and tough and win immunities, because I want to see how Casaya falls apart on each other! Enjoy multiple trips to Exile Island. It gets you away from their insanity, so it’s got to be nice!
Shane: You came close to winning this. Your begging, your temper tantrums, your threats, your totally obnoxiously stupid behavior all scream “MIA” to me at times. However, there is a low cunning at work here, so I’m going to wait and see how it plays out. If you stick with Aras and Cirie for final three, though, you will be on this list. Honestly, Courtney really is the ideal final two candidate now.
And this leads me to What’s-a-poser-You-are-Courtney. Courtney, once again you get the award, and here’s why. Your teammates have no respect for you, and you have no self-awareness; otherwise you would have known those answers were coming. Jonny Fairplay would have been laughing all the way to the bank with answers like that. You cried. When Shane threatened your life, your concern was that he called your apartment crappy. Not so smart.
When you had been voted most annoying, you pouted, then decided to annoy the one person who wasn’t in any shape to fight back – Bruce. Singing to a critically ill, pained man? After he’d already said not to? Get over yourself, you hippie chick wannabe freak. Not everyone is all, ooh, love me, love signals, love signs, kumbaya wannabes, ya know? And what I’ve learned about most guys is that when they are sick, they want to be left alone, not fondled or sung to. Hell, when I’m sick, I want to be tucked in and checked on occasionally, but if someone tried to sing to me, I might hurt them.
When Shane said you should make a final two pact, you vacillated. LIE TO PEOPLE’S FACES. This is Survivor; it is okay. Don’t vacillate; it’ll get you voted out. Say yes or say no, but don’t say maybe, let me think about it, I want my own mind, etc. It’s not an ERA movement, it’s a game. Play it all to your advantage. Vacillating got Christy in Amazon booted. Your teammates don’t like you, so it could happen to you. Although logic dictates you should make final two as the perfect “look what idiot I brought along with me” candidate. And unlike some under-the-radar winners, you’re not actually playing the game but in a low-key way. You’re just there.
On a side note, while I don’t wish others ill, is there any chance we can get the Aussie doc on more? Yum. And on that note, I’ll see you next week!
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Heathyr Fields Ford resides in Washington state with her exceedingly patient boyfriend, four awesome kids, two large macaws, and a harassed cat. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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