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Survivor: China, Episode 9 As I See It – Calling Miss Manners!by Eileen Witker -- 11/20/2007
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A local grocery is running a commercial for that Thanksgiving turkey we all love and the diners in it all have their mouths so stuffed with turkey they can barely talk, only mumble to each other. Such was the case during Survivor’s last episode, when James, Courtney, Todd, and Denise elected to eat rather than participate in the immunity challenge. There has been some discussion, even on other network programs, regarding Courtney and her thinness.
Anyone watching Thursday night who saw Courtney with her mouth stuffed full of French fries would never again speculate that Courtney has an eating problem. The first evidence that Courtney has no problem eating came during the reward challenge. When she, Amanda, Erik, and Frosti were shoveling in the mashed potatoes and fried chicken, there was no doubt that she can eat with the best of them.
Now, I know they’ve been in China 29 days and food is scarce. But the sight of them shoveling in burgers, fries, and chicken made me wonder if Miss Manners was shuddering. Did any of these Survivors remember that it’s not polite to talk with your mouth full? Miss Manners needs to give them some lessons! I hope they don’t eat with their mouths full like that in their everyday lives! Goodness! And James downing seven of the 12 burgers – I wouldn’t have admitted that I was such a pig!
I didn’t understand the need to lie to the losers of the reward challenge regarding what the meal was. Whether it was Chinese fare or mashed potatoes and fried chicken, the other team lost. Who cares what was on the menu at that point?
And speaking of losers, Peih-Gee’s taking her frustration out on James is undoubtedly going to come back to haunt her. Perhaps she hasn’t learned that James doesn’t take too kindly to confrontation and that anyone who chooses to air an imagined grievance with him is going to end up being the loser. James already told her that she has no friends there, something she knows. Yet she chose to berate him about losing a challenge. She seems to be replacing Jean-Robert as the camp know-it-all. Not smart at all, in my estimation.
Denise is still feeling like the camp outsider; however, I feel that sometimes one makes one’s own lot, whether in a game or life. Denise has previously noted that she was always the last one picked in the schoolyard. Perhaps if she exerted herself more and was friendlier in the camp, instead of whining about being the outsider, maybe she wouldn’t be the last picked or the one who doesn’t know what’s going on. I did notice that she didn’t feel uncomfortable enough to play for the immunity challenge, though. If I thought I was that much of a pariah in the camp, you can bet I’d play for every single immunity challenge I could and certainly wouldn’t be stuffing my face with cheeseburgers.
Am I the only one who cringed at the thought of a Frosti/Courtney showmance? Oh, my goodness, when she called him her “little munchkin,” although I laughed, inside I was screaming, “No, no!” I will give Courtney credit for an improved disposition. The ouster of Jean-Robert last week seemed to make her a bit happier and more willing to play. She actually seems to be participating in the game now that the thorn in her side has been pulled out. And she was knowledgeable enough about the game to vote out Frosti, even if he was “kind of like” her Survivor boyfriend.
Erik seems to have caught Amanda’s eye and Todd thinks he is “smooooth” so perhaps he has a little more time left in the game. It was unfortunate that Frosti got caught in the “Erik or Frosti?” decision, and I wish that we had seen some of his talents. He was a player who was actually playing the game and I understand the logic of getting rid of the more powerful players. Unfortunately, I think Frosti was sent home because he was on the wrong tribe from the get-go. Yes, he was a challenge threat, but the former Zhan Hu tribe members are going one by one. I hope Frosti got treated to a huge cheeseburger and fries upon his departure!
If you are like me, you jumped up and looked at the clock when Jeff told the players that they still had some business at Tribal Council. I am not a fan of “to be continued” in any program, and it really bummed me out that this happened during Survivor! I can’t believe I have to wait until a week from Thursday to find out what happened (with this Thursday being a recap episode). At least I won’t have to make my way to the door immediately after the pumpkin pie is served to see what the unfinished business is.
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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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