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Survivor: China, Episode 6 As I See It – Tea Time and Nasty Foodby Eileen Witker -- 10/31/2007
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Last Thursday I thought the reality gods were laughing at Pheih-Gee and Jaime during the reward challenge. I would have wagered my paycheck that they weren’t going to throw that challenge. Not only did they not throw it, but they didn’t win it either. So there! That’s what you get, ladies.
After watching the castaways and their delight over such simple things as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, I had a reflective moment about how we take such things for granted. I would imagine that, after so many days of not having them, one would be smelling pretty rank; an issue that has been verified by Jeff in past interviews.
The real treat for the women of Fei Long, after winning the challenge, was the sight of the naked James. Even I, a grandmother, was not at all happy with the camera work during his shower scene. Come on, guys, even we older women like looking at a handsome well-built man.
Jean-Robert once again won the title of “chauvinist pig” for his comments that the best bath to be in was the one with Courtney and Amanda in it. Ugh. Does this guy realize how sexist he is being? Or does he just not care? When Courtney described him as being horrible, I believe her. I think I’d want him to be gone, too, if I were her.
Speaking of Courtney, once again they sat her out in the first, somewhat easy, challenge. What is with that? Is it a plot to verify her lack of strength? That reward challenge, though tricky, was one in which I think she could have participated and done well. Instead, they saved her for the more difficult immunity challenge. I would think that the immunity challenge would be much more important than the reward challenge, but, then again, I am not there and making decisions.
Jaime, while the Fei Long tribe is enjoying showers and tea, is now pulling the “I’m sick of it here” act, and I wish someone would be sick enough of her to accommodate her and send her home. She and Peih-Gee were having second thoughts about throwing the challenge last week. Duh.
This episode had me shaking my head at Todd. I had thought he was doing so well and then he blew it. Even I know that you don’t tell everybody you have found an immunity idol. What was he thinking? I know, he thought he was garnering allies and helping his game play. I guess only time will tell whether this was a brilliant maneuver or a stupid mistake. Todd mentioned, during the tea house reward, that he thought he might be the only one playing the game. I have thought so also, so I hope his error here doesn’t hurt him.
I felt sorry for Frosti when Todd and Amanda discovered the idol. Here he was being Mr. Nice Guy coming over to help and then Todd threatens to kill him if he can’t trust him. Yikes! Guess Frosti will have second thoughts about helping out a tribe mate from now on. I sure would.
The immunity challenge was, in a word, disgusting. Now, I know people who eat chicken hearts—that’s not a novelty in Southern Ohio, and neither are chicken gizzards. But, chicken fetuses—no way! And eating baby turtles is just wrong.
The worst part of the disgusting food challenge is that the plan to throw it went awry. I don’t know about you, but I felt horrible for Denise trying to get that partially formed dead chicken down. James did everything he could to let her win and it just didn’t happen. I gained admiration for James because, even though he knew the plan to throw the challenge was dead in the water, he couldn’t let Denise down—after all, they were allies—and he did everything he could to stall, he saved her by downing the last of it. I really thought his finishing this awful treat was more a statement to his ally Denise than anything else.
It was no surprise to see Sherea go home. She was just biding time; it seemed, by not working and by her lack of interest in making any alliances. I was surprised at her tirade against Jean-Robert, not because I like him, but because she was the new kid on the block, and the insults just didn’t seem right from someone who’d only been on the tribe a few days.
Unfortunately for Courtney, Jean-Robert is still hanging in there and she’ll be complaining about him until he is gone. Courtney doesn’t seem to realize she has allies on her tribe and that she really isn’t an outsider. I think Todd was astounded at her comment and his feelings seemed to be hurt that she would think that about him.
Sherea claimed that Fei Long took out a threat—her—and that she was the strongest and they couldn’t beat her in challenges. Was she right? Stay tuned.
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Eileen is an intake operator for a legal referral service in Cincinnati, Ohio by day and spends her free time with the little ones that call her the “Queen of the Grandmas” and their parents and practicing Yoga which she thought was going to be the “lazy woman’s exercise”. She got fooled. She welcomes comments and constructive criticism at email@example.com.
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