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(laughs) Silly ...

He actually SPOKE in the last episode! I nearly fell out of my chair!

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Sables: wow wow all I have to say is wow
will wait till you watch....
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I watched. I also said "Wow."

I'll begin writing about it now ... BRB ... (well, not RIGHT back ...)

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wilma6666: ozzy was spupip giving up the idle and wanting to be sent to redemsion island i hope he go home next
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Episode 7:
“Trojan Horse”

Most episodes of “Survivor: South Pacific” have begun with a post-Tribal Council meeting of the exiles on Redemption Island, a sharing of dejection by the two exiles, a tableau of resentment toward the tribes that sent them there. This episode, however, began with Upolu’s return to camp after executing one of its own, the tribe wallowing in gloom after not only losing another member, but suffering yet another psychotic meltdown by Brandon during Tribal Council.

Although she survived again, Edna, needless to say, wasn’t too happy to have been targeted heavily, as she was at Upolu’s last Tribal Council. With good reason, she wasn’t too thrilled that Brandon had singled her out for criticism (although, incomprehensibly, Brandon then voted for Mikayla). In a private interview, she pointed out that Brandon’s “unpredictable nature is a liability.”

Others in the tribe were sharing concern about Brandon’s crazy unpredictability as he slept. Rick observed about Brandon’s meltdown: “… we can’t have him keep doing it. Man, if we get to the merge, and he has another like that, we’re screwed.”

But Coach reassured Rick: “We’ll keep him under control, man.”

Rick: “I hope so, ‘cause if he has another blow apart, it’s like …”

Coach: “No, we’ll keep him under control.”

Coach’s motivation is pretty transparent to viewers, and must be for his tribe-mates, as well. Coach wants to keep Brandon around as fodder, as someone who is more vulnerable to a vote-out than he is. But given Brandon’s volatile, crazy, unpredictable nature, this is a very dangerous ploy Coach is using. But Coach acknowledged, in a private interview, that if Brandon becomes “a liability,” he’ll have to be executed. One wonders just how much of a liability Brandon has to become before they’ll finally get rid of him.

With no preliminaries beyond that, this episode went directly to the Redemption Island Duel. The witnesses were Albert and Sophie for Upolu, and Ozzy and Cochran for Savaii. And there was none of the previously seen interrogations of the contestants by Jeff. Right to the Duel with no foolin’ around.

The contest was fairly simple. Each player had a large crate with five sides showing, a small framework bridge, and a waist-high puzzle platform. The crate was fashioned in such a manner that each of the five visible sides was composed of removable slats.

Phase One:
Remove all of the removable slats from the crate
Phase Two:
Use the slats to fashion a deck across the framework bridge. Each slat had to be set into place with pegs on the framework bridge fitting into holes in the slats. Each slat could only be fit into one single spot on the framework, and in only one way.
Phase Three:
When the bridge deck was finished, players would run cross to the other end of the bridge, then remove all of the slats from it. Certain slats had parts of a design pattern on the side that faced downward when on the bridgework. Other slats were blank. Players had to separate the patterned slats from the blanks, and arrange them on the puzzle platform in correct order and orientation to form the complete design of the Survivor: South Pacific logo.

First to complete the task would win. The loser was out of the game.

Christine got out to a quick lead during Phase One. Surprisingly, Albert wasn’t stopped by Jeff from shouting out helpful instructions to Mikayla – I would have thought that would be prohibited. Jeff noted that both women were from the same tribe, but only Mikayla was receiving help from the sidelines (that might have had something to do with Christine’s demonstrative hatred of her former tribe), and Christine’s lead narrowed. Mikayla thought she’d had the puzzle solved, but she worked too fast and carelessly, and Jeff shouted that her puzzle was solved incorrectly. Moments later, Christine solved the puzzle and won her fifth straight Duel.

Christine, even though an exile, has become a pivotal factor in Survivor, In a private interview, Ozzy shed some light on this: “Christine has been on a hot streak. She has won five Duels in a row. If we do merge, she could go to the other side, or she could come with us. People are thinking that the merge is coming after the next Challenge, so if we lose the next Challenge, it might be worthwhile for us to send somebody to Redemption that can defeat Christine, and come back in the game and even out the numbers. You gotta make big moves in this game, and if we have to, that might be a big move worth making.”

“A big move …”

Ozzy certainly had a big move in mind. He outlined it to Cochran before they returned to Savaii camp. First, he proposed a partnership, of sorts, with Cochran, beginning with a peculiar analogy: “Being in this position that we’re in, we’re on opposite poles, but still somehow on the same side of the loop. We should help each other …”

Cochran, though obviously about to faint, kept a pretty decent poker face: “Yeah … I totally agree …”

As if that wasn’t enough, Ozzy continued: “The only thing that I’m worried about … Christine won today. If we don’t win, we’re gonna have to send somebody to Redemption … the thing is, we have to send somebody who we know can beat her, that way we can get our numbers back. I don’t wanna go to Redemption, but if it comes down to it, if it’s like a do-or-die situation, I’ll go.

Cochran, rather than exploding while standing there in his silly red sweater vest, kept a straight face and calm demeanor, and understated, “That’s unbelievable …”

Ozzy continued: “But what I’ll have to do is I’ll have to take the Idol, I’ll have to give it to somebody. Hopefully they’ll promise to give it back if I make it back …”

Cochran: “Ozzy, if I take it, I will give it back …”

Ozzy: “… so I would go to Redemption, hopefully win … I was thinking it over in my head, and it might be a big move that I might have to make. There’s a lot of things that can happen. So this is like my worst case scenario …”

Cochran, wisely began to butter up Ozzy: “That’s an admirable thing, man …”

Cochran elaborated on the situation in a private interview: “The sense around camp it that the merge is happening sooner, rather than later, and now, Ozzy’s suggested that he’d be willing to make a pretty bold move in the event that we lose our next Immunity Challenge. He’s considering lending his Hidden Immunity Idol to somebody else on the tribe, allow Ozzy himself to get voted out of the tribe so that he can be sent to the Redemption Island Arena and Duel against Christina [sic], and then, hopefully win, come back to our tribe and keep our numbers intact, a six-six tie going into the merge.

He elaborated, considering how this unbelievable possibility might affect him if, indeed, it were to happen: “Now Ozzy seems to have gone from kind of the bitter “free agent” temper-tantrum-throwing baby a couple nights ago to a new man, and if Ozzy was being honest, willing to fall on his sword for his tribe, that would be great for me ‘cause that means I wouldn’t be going home at the next Tribal Council.”

Um … let me comment on that …

Holy crap!

From that stunning conversation, the program took us over to Upolu, where Coach was performing for the cameras in a silly, new-agey display of religious nincompoopery, praying to “Father,” genuflecting, Tai Chi-ing, gesturing with his arms raised to the heavens, and repeating his mantra: “I am not worthy, Father. I am not worthy, Father. I am not worthy, Father.”

Um … okay, I’ll go along with that. You’re not worthy. Coach would be demonstrating his unworthiness a little bit later on.

But for the moment, he had apparently made a big decision of his own, as he described in a private interview: “This tribe is down in the dumps. We feel, after the vote last night, like we’re divided. We feel like we blew the last Challenge, and we feel like we’ve lost. We need a shot in the arm right now. We need something to boost our spirits. The only thing we can do is to say, ‘Look, guys. We’ve got the Hidden Immunity Idol. Go, Team. That’s what we have to do.”

So Coach made a decision that the existence of the Idol had to be revealed. So how would he do it? After all, he’d found it, and shared that fact with Albert and Sophie … but not with Brandon, Rick and Edna.

A short time later, Coach was exhorting his tribe: “We gotta find the Idol today. [Of course, Coach had the Idol already.] Look, here’s the deal. We’re unified. We’re even-numbered going into a Challenge. We’re playing the greatest game in the world, a great adventure. It’s not over ‘til it’s over. We gotta win it. Period.” Brandon replied to that, reminding Coach and the other players of the Hidden Clue he’d found, running down the wording of the clue.

Upolu then gathered in a circle, holding hands, with Coach leading them in prayer. Coach carefully avoided asking “Father” for help in finding the Idol, only asking for “safety,” and “rejuvenation,” for “favor” and “victory” in the upcoming Challenge. But as Brandon took up the prayer, he specifically asked “Father God” for help in finding the Idol.

A short time later, Sophie, in a private interview, observed the blatant hypocrisy of Coach: “You know, this whole ‘prayer thing’ … for me, it’s a different way of having this in my mind. I’m not the one speaking the prayer. I find Coach to be a little more flexible. He actually isn’t the one saying, ‘Dear God, help us find the Idol,’ when he knows he has the Idol in his pocket. It gives me a little bit of an icky feeling.”

Right after that, Brandon, Edna and Rick began searching ardently for the Idol.

Yes, Coach. You are not worthy. So much for that policy of “honor, loyalty, integrity” he likes to dwell on for the cameras.

As half the tribe searched for the already-found Idol, Sophie and Coach found Tree Mail. It provided various costume items, grass skirts, headbands, bright colored face and body paints, and instructed the tribe to spruce themselves up for the next Immunity Challenge, but also, to do so in such a way as to make three sets of IDENTICAL twins. As they digested this information, Coach decided that before returning to Camp, he and Sophie would make a “detour,” get the Idol from its hiding place. Having the Idol in hand, they would then return to camp having “found” the Idol as a means to stoke up the tribe for the Challenge. Brandon, in particular, was ecstatic, whooping, and hollering, convinced that their earlier prayer session had resulted in the Idol being found, and noted “It’s definitely an advantage having the Big Guy Upstairs on your tribe.”

Sophie described this religious, psychological manipulation perfectly for what it was: “Icky.”

It was time for the Immunity Challenge. It was an embarrassingly blatant commercial tie-in to the soon-to-be released Adam Sandler movie “Jack and Jill” (hence the twins theme). Along with Immunity, the winning tribe would be taken to the special “Survivor: South Pacific Cinema, where they would watch a “sneak peek” of the film, and have all of the treats found in typical movie theatres’ concession stands.

Although the commercial tie-in was pretty blatant, the way that the twins theme was utilized in the Challenge itself was quite clever. It would be a race of sorts, run on separate side-by-side obstacle courses extending out from the beach into sea, into shallow, and then waist-deep water, and a long rope extended the length of each course. There was a metal ring on this long rope. One of the “twin” runners was tethered to that ring with a short length of slender rope, and the other runner was tethered to the first. The long rope was wended through, around, rotated over and under various obstacles, deep pits in the beach sand, under water, etc., and the contestants running this course would have to follow the rope, through all of the twists, turns, and rotations with the metal ring sliding along it (a feature used in many past Challenges). At various spots along the course were four cloth bags, each containing two face-sized Tiki masks. The bags would have to be retrieved, and as each was retrieved, starting with the nearest, it would have to be returned to a display platform near the start and dropped off there. Once a bag was dropped off, the runners would then return to the starting mat, and another set of runners would run the course for the next bag in the same way. The round-trip for the first bag was the shortest. The trip for the last bag would be the longest, extending well out into the water. The runner-pairs would alternate until all four bags had been retrieved.

The eight Tiki masks were four groups of identical pairs – twins. Once all four bags were retrieved, one of the sets of contestant “twins” would have to open the bags (tied with many knots) and arrange them in a row on a display platform, with each set of twin masks side-by-side.

But here was the hitch:

The contestant twins running this obstacle course and working with the bags of Tiki masks …

… were all BLINDFOLDED.

The third set of contestant “twins” would have to remain at the beginning of the course. Their function would be as “caller,” who would shout verbal commands to the obstacle course runners to guide them through the course, and a “rope manager” who would have the responsibility of unfastening one set of twins from the long rope, and fastening in the next pair in each time a bag was retrieved. The twin-runners making the trip for the last bag would also be the twins that would have to correctly arrange the Tiki masks on the display platform, and they would have to do this by touch alone, feeling the details of the masks with their fingers. Their blindfolds would remain in place for this final part of the Challenge. The callers/rope managers would NOT be able to provide verbal assistance for that part of the contest. It was by touch only.

The first tribe to have their Tiki masks arranged properly would be the victors.

The manner in which the blindfolded runners were tethered to the long rope – one runner tethered to the metal ring, the other tethered to the first runner, would make it extremely tricky for them to wend their way through the obstacle course.

And remember, before arriving for the Challenge, when the individual players were back at camp, and “twinned-up” with the body and face paints before setting out for the Immunity Challenge, they had no idea just what the Challenge would be. And once at the Challenge, they were obligated to remain paired in that way. They were, however, able to choose which two pairs would be runners, and which single pair would be caller/rope manager.

The contestants took these roles:

~~~~~~~~~~ Upolu
~~ First pair of runners: Brandon (tethered to the main rope) and Edna (tethered to Brandon)
~~ Second pair of runners: Albert (tethered to the main rope) and Sophie (tethered to Albert)
~~ Callers/rope managers: Coach and Rick

~~~~~~~~~~ Savaii
~~ First pair of runners: Keith (tethered to the main rope) and Dawn (tethered to Keith)
~~ Second pair of runners: Ozzy (tethered to the main rope) and Whitney (tethered to Ozzy)
~~ Callers/rope managers: Jim and Cochran

(Curiously, Keith and Whitney, the closest thing to a “couple” amongst the remaining Survivor players, were not “twins” …)

After the standard “short time to strategize,” the race began, and it immediately turned into a brutal, physically punishing ordeal for the runners. Blindfolded as they were, they were constantly running head-on into solid wooden obstacles, falling hard into deep pits, etc. And in the environment of the blind obstacle course, with both tribes hollering commands, confusion reigned supreme. As the runners got further and further down the length of the course, it became harder and harder for them to comprehend the instructions yelled to them by the “callers.”

But the Challenge was lost on what should have been the simplest part of the contest: “rope management.” Savaii had actually gotten out to a small lead, with Jim doing the calling, and Cochran on rope management, but between the running for the third and fourth bag, somehow Cochran got all confused in his task of switching one pair of runners for the next. The four blindfolded runners were all ensnarled in their tethers, and trying to deal with this, Cochran simply choked. Being essentially submissive in nature, he failed to take command of the situation. As he attempted to deal with it, the blindfolded players were essentially ignoring him and trying to figure it out for themselves by touch, and in the process, tangling themselves more and more.

Cochran should have just forcefully told everyone to stop and stand still, examined the tangle of tethers, players and rope, figure out what needed to be done, and then calmly commanded those players to do that. Instead, Cochran balked in confusion, and just threw up his hands in exasperation. Jim had to step in and just push Cochran aside in an attempt to restore some order. However, because of Cochran’s ineffectiveness, when Ozzy and Whitney set out on the last leg of the obstacle course run, their tethers were still ensnarled, shortening the amount of tether they had to work with, and slowing them down dramatically as they made their way through the course.

At the final step of the race, as Albert and Sophie began the process of blindly arranging the Tiki masks in matching pairs, Coach, off to the side and required to not participate in the Challenge any longer, then began babbling prayers to his “Father.”

As a result of Cochran’s bungling, Upolu won the contest. They were, of course, jubilantly jumping around for joy. Then Coach attempted, and eventually succeeded, in gathering them for yet another prayer of thanks to “Father.” When presented with the winners’ Tiki trophy, Coach was asked by Jeff: “Coach, how big of a win was this for Upolu?”

Coach answered semi-incomprehensibly: “This Challenge was about family, hidden trust, some blindfolds, but we give God the glory. We prayed before the Challenge, during the Challenge, and we gave thanks and knelt down before Him as soon as we won the Challenge.”

(This trend toward religious demonstration in Survivor over the last few seasons is becoming increasingly annoying to me, and Coach’s designating himself as the official Upolu Minister is particularly obnoxious.)

As Upolu celebrated and prayed, Ozzy threw a fit, kicking the Survivor sets, stomping around, cursing under his breath in extreme frustration. Cochran, obviously ashamed of his terrible performance in the Challenge, and seeing Ozzy’s reaction, realized that he was now in mortal danger. Regardless of Ozzy’s telling him earlier about the idea for a “big move” in the eventuality of a Challenge loss, Cochran knew he was now in dire straits.

In a private interview, he explained: “Before the Challenge Ozzy had reassured me that in the event that we lost, Ozzy would say, ‘Send me – Ozzy – to Redemption Island, and I’ll come back and restore our numbers.’ But after I blew the Challenge, it seemed like that plan went out the window. I knew immediately that I was the next target. I feel like crying, but I just stayed as strong as I could, and put up it.”

That was followed by a commercial break, which, of course, included an ad for the upcoming movie “Jack And Jill.” And when the program resumed, it followed Upolu as they went to the Survivor: South Pacific Cinema to watch a “sneak peek” showing of the movie (which, judging by the ads and what they showed of it in Survivor, looks terrible). It was a specially built little theatre, actually quite plush. Upolu loaded up on hotdogs, candy, popcorn and sodas, and sat back to enjoy the film. (Sophie didn’t look too impressed, though.) I found the entire thing, the commercial tie-in of the Challenge with the “twins” theme, the ads for the movie timed to show between the Challenge and the Cinema segment, and the way the Cinema segment was presented, to be shamelessly tacky, but Survivor has had commercial tie-ins before. Such is life on commercial television.

Life wasn’t quite so pleasant back in Savaii camp. Ozzy continued to rant that they could have won the Challenge “so easily, because we were right there!” To his credit, Cochran took complete responsibility for the loss, but Ozzy, still fuming, had a hard time just letting it go, and needlessly chastised Cochran.

Jim joined in: “That loss just killed me …”

Cochran again voiced contrition, and accepted responsibility for the loss, saying: “I’m just saying, if you want to vent on me, I’m taking it all.”

Then Keith lowered the boom: “It’s not about venting. It’s about who’s going to Redemption Island.”

With Ozzy’s next comment, it became a trial, of sorts: “That’s something we can decide as a group …”

Keith: “We have to decide as a group, and we have to agree with it …”

Ozzy: “This is the real deal now …”

Cochran described his situation in a private interview: “So we get back to camp after this devastating loss, which, I guess, apparently, I caused … I’ve always felt like an outcast in my tribe, but this was a real … a huge … this was a new level of ostracism, and it felt horrible. At that moment, the high I’d been experiencing from the knowledge that … I was safe – nobody was gonna kick me off … that evaporated instantly, and I knew immediately that I was the next target.”

The public flogging of Cochran continued as they sat around the fire. Cochran had no defense, no recourse. He could only sit and absorb the abuse in shame.”

It was acknowledged by all that Cochran was going to be sent to Redemption Island. At that point, the trial of Cochran, was finished. The sentence had been passed. Now, his tribe-mates could only offer merciful comments of encouragement, because, after all, Cochran did have a slight chance to survive. He could, hypothetically, at least, win a Duel against the Redemption Island powerhouse Christine.

Ozzy: “It’s gonna be his chance to redeem himself.”

Jim: “Cochran, we all believe you can do it.”

Whitney: “Mm-HMMM!”

Keith: “YOU have to believe you can do it. That’s the key.”

Ozzy: “You gotta believe in yourself, man.”

Dawn: “I think it is, like, the idea, of redemption. It literally is. It’s time to redeem.”

Ozzy: “Feel it in your heart. You can win, man! You CAN win!”

Jim: “You can beat her at everything that I’ve seen played, or heard of being played, and everything that we can anticipate.”

Dawn: “I mean, really. Don’t be afraid. You gotta push fear out.”

Ozzy: “You’re gonna go in there, and you’re gonna tell Christine … you’re gonna make it so palpable, that Christine’s gonna be, like, ‘Crap! That’s it! I’m done.”

Cochran (with a chuckle of resigned fatalism): “I appreciate the words of encouragement.”

Later, in a private interview, Cochran cynically accepted his fate, doing so while showing some resentment: “Basically, what it comes down to is instead of sending Ozzy, the Trojan Horse, to Redemption Island to shock everybody at the merge, and to destroy Christine, and to even the odds …

… just send the court jester.

And I don’t know what I’m supposed to do apart from a funny little dance or shake my hands around in a comical manner. It’s not gonna win a Challenge, and it’s probably not gonna get that many laughs, so I don’t know what they’re hopin’ for.”

That night Ozzy slept poorly, tossing and turning, waking up, going back to a fitful sleep. He explained in a private interview that he had a “crazy dream about actually doing what I said I was gonna do. I had to bring my Idol out of my hiding spot just so that everybody knows that I actually do have it. Everybody thinks that this is Cochran’s opportunity, that he should go to Redemption and redeem himself, but I came to redeem myself, so it’s my opportunity, really. The question is, will the tribe go along with my idea?

With the live-saving necklace known as the Hidden Immunity Idol around his neck, Ozzy sauntered into camp. Keith and Whitney were absent, but the others were impressed. As they stood around admiring Ozzy’s trophy, passing it around, examining it, Ozzy asked Cochran: “Wanna touch it?”

Cochran jokingly (and not jokingly) said: “Yeah, give it to me, man! Seriously, I’ll take it!”

Ozzy: “Alright …”

After only a momentary pause, Cochran said: “Really?”

A long, profound pause followed, and Dawn looked at Ozzy, and said: “What are you thinkin’?”

Ozzy: “I’m thinkin’ I should go to Redemption …”

After another long pause, Jim asked: “What do you think, Cochran?”

Stammering, searching for words, his bulbous sunburned red nose radiating like a bright beacon, Cochran answered: “I agree with people that say it should be me. I just don’t have as much confidence in myself to do well.”

The program cut to Cochran, in private interview, wearing a huge smile, saying: “Ozzy comes waltzing into camp with this pearly necklace around his neck, and saying, ‘Vote me out. Send me to Redemption Island.’ Ahh! It was like the Gospel! I could have died right there!”

Cutting back to the tribe in camp, this time with Whitney and Keith on hand, the discussion continued about Ozzy’s wildly bold idea.

Whitney: “What makes you think this?”

Ozzy: “I just think that I’ve got better odds.”

Keith: “I don’t think so, man …”

Dawn: “I don’t know …”

Keith: “My piece with it is that I think everyone should stand for their own actions, and that’s kind of where I’m at. That’s what I do in life, and that’s the reason why I’m kind of disappointed in this.”

In private interview, Keith spelled it out in a clearer fashion, stating the obvious rational concern that this risky “strategy” of Ozzy’s depended mainly on one single thing: the merge occurring BEFORE the next Immunity Challenge. If there is another Immunity Challenge before the merge, not only will Savaii be down a player, but they’ll be down the guy who is arguably their BEST player. And, of course, this strategy also depends upon Ozzy beating Christine, the proverbial Queen of Redemption Island, as well. Privately, Jim expressed exactly the same concerns.

And so, with that idea twirling in the minds of Savaii, and the viewers at home, it was time for Tribal Council. Jeff began by asking Ozzy if there had been any “finger pointing” after the Challenge. Ozzy laughed, and acknowledged that five fingers had been pointing straight at Cochran. Prompted by Jeff, Cochran agreed that he’d blown the Challenge, acknowledging that as Dawn and Keith were finishing that third leg of the race, returning to the start with their tethers all tangled up, he’d actually panicked and gone “blank” because he wasn’t “able to deal with it in a fast way.” Jim elaborated, describing, pantomiming how Cochran had simply given up and thrown his hands up in frustration.

Cochran then very coolly and calmly delivered a short speech that, while not actually using the words, was begging for his life, and lobbying for the implementation of Ozzy’s “Big Move” without actually describing it. He emphasized the notion of the merge being likely to occur before the next Challenge: “It was a heartbreaking experience for me, ‘cause I have a well-founded belief that we’re going to the merge tomorrow, just given the historical precedent in Survivor, so it’s mixed emotions in that we’re going to be going down in number, but we’re hoping that Redemption Island will work in our favor, in some way, and get the numbers back up to six-six.”

Dawn added a more clear explanation: “Our hope is that whoever goes to Redemption Island can win that Duel, and send home Christine, and re-enter the game, and that leaves us six Upolu, and six Savaii members.”

Jeff reasonably asked Ozzy why Cochran, the recipient of so much blame for blowing the Challenge, would return to Savaii if he was voted out, assuming, of course, that he was able to conquer Christine the Queen. “Why is he going to put his life on the line if you vote him out?”

Ozzy carved his decision into stone at that moment: “The think about is, Jeff, that I’m putting MY life on the line.”

At that, Cochran, though trying desperately to remain straight-faced, smiled a huge smile, and then quickly looked down to cover it up. Jim, on the other hand, looked a little ill.

Jeff, his eyes literally bugging out of his head, asked for clarification, if Ozzy was saying what he appeared to be saying: “You’re saying YOU’RE going to go to Redemption Island …”

Ozzy: “Yes.”

What followed was one of the most amazing Tribal Council speeches in the history of this game:

“You can basically say I had a dream. I saw the merge, and I saw my chance at MY OWN redemption, which has been haunting me since the last time I played, and that’s by not playing the Idol, by not listening to my senses and not listening to my heart and my gut. And this time my heart and my gut is saying, ‘Get your ass to Redemption Island, and prove to your tribe that you are worth keeping in this game. This is my opportunity to not only make the ballsiest move that I could possibly think of … but to play the biggest, craziest game that I wanna play. Not only do I have the opportunity, but I have the Idol …”

Jeff: “Hold up! You have the Hidden Immunity Idol …?

Ozzy: “Yeah.”

Jeff: “… and this isn’t news to anybody? [The tribe members shake their heads] So, what do you do with your Idol?”

Ozzy: “I give the Idol up … and this is the part where it gets interesting. I’m gonna make a story. I’m gonna tell Christine that Cochran, the little smart, weasel that he is [Cochran winces] who has been to Harvard Law and watches the game religiously, found the Idol, kept it from us – we go to vote him out – he whipped out the Idol – see ya later, Ozzy. Not only is Cochran the villain [Cochran, his face nearly as red as the end of his glowing nose, begins laughing], but he’s now the double agent, so I think that gives us the best shot of taking them by surprise, and possibly getting in front of this game.”

Jeff: “What if we don’t merge tomorrow?”

Ozzy: “There is a possibility that we don’t merge, and that you guys go through another Challenge without me, but at least I’ve gone out on my terms, and I haven’t gone out on someone else’s terms like last time.”

Jeff: “Well, let me offer another argument – if you don’t win the Duel tomorrow, you go out a bigger fool than you did last time …”

Ozzy: “Yeah …”

Jeff: “Keith, any reservations at all about this?”

Keith: “I think I mighta been the most vocal. I think this is Cochran’s time to redeem himself, and it’s his chance to kind of prove his worth to the tribe.” (Jim nods in agreement.)

Jeff: “Whitney, what’s your take on this?”

Whitney: “You know, Ozzy’s one of our strongest players. If we do have another Challenge before the merge happens, we’re not at a hundred percent without Ozzy.”

Jeff: Jim, the worst thing that happens tomorrow when you wake up …?”

Jim: “Ozzy loses, and we have to go the five of us against the six of them.”

Jeff: “Well, it is definitely a risky move. Let’s see if you have the courage to go through with it. It is time to vote.”

As he voted, Cochran held up his “Ozzy” ballot, looked into the eyes of viewers at home, and said: “Twenty-two seasons of Survivor, and I’ve never seen anything like this, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it, especially because you saved my ass from my own tribe. Thank you.”

This was a VERY interesting moment. Several things could happen, all of which were VERY interesting. It could be a sadistic blindside, with five votes against Cochran. It could be a blindside against someone else. (Survivor producers have already shown themselves, this season, to be willing to blindside VIEWERS, too.) It could split the tribe three-three, Ozzy-Cochran. It could be the first TOTALLY unanimous vote, with a tribe-member voting against himself. (“Is that within the rules?,” I asked myself.)

And there was another possibility …

The tribe was asked by Jeff if anyone wanted to play the Hidden Immunity Idol. Ozzy pulled it from his pocket, and solemnly said: “I think I changed my mind. I think I’m gonna let Cochran go to Redemption …”

Cochran’s face fell off …

Ozzy: “I’m just kidding.” (laughs)

Cochran: “That’s so embarrassing, man …”

Ozzy handed Cochran the Idol, and said: “You hold onto it, and when I get back here, you better give that to me.”

Cochran: “Right back atcha tomorrow.”

Ozzy smiled broadly, looked at Jeff, and said: “Let’s do this.”

Jeff read the votes: “Ozzy … Ozzy … Ozzy … The seventh person voted out of Survivor: South Pacific … Ozzy.”

Ozzy: “Lucky number seven …”

As Ozzy’s torch was extinguished, Jeff intoned: “The tribe has spoken. You will have a chance to get back in this game.”

Ozzy: “I’m lookin’ forward to it.”

As he left, Ozzy practically skipped like a little girl on her way home from school. What an exit!

Cochran slipped the Idol around his neck as Jeff stated the obvious: “Well, you just made one of the biggest moves in the HISTORY OF THIS GAME! … based on ONE BIG ASSUMPTION … that the merge is next. You’ll find out soon enough if you were right. Head back to camp. Goodnight.”

The last segment of the program showed Ozzy waking Christine, and playing her like a fiddle:

Christine: “What happened?”

Ozzy: “It’s so lame … guess!”

Christine: (After a moment’s contemplation, the light clicked on over her head) : “Cochran!”

Ozzy! “Yes!”

I can’t wait for next week!

Note: Christine HATES her former tribe, a significant factor that everyone in Savaii seems to have forgotten about …

... or have they?

Second note: The vote was a unified five for Ozzy, and Ozzy voted for Cochran, verifying that the rules are that a player can not vote for himself. There are no completely unanimous votes in Survivor.

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Sables: lol another mouthful Sits, this was a great one I wonder if Christine's luck will run out, will they meld this week, seems a little early as far as I am concerned

and I can't wait either, another great redemption Island
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Something to keep in mind ...

Ozzy could very well still be pissed off at how he was blindsided when Elyse was kicked out. He could very well defect, another "big move." And if Ozzy beats Christine, and the merge DOESN'T happen, Savaii will be at a HUGE disadvantage going into the next Challenge. If they're beaten, they'll have to send one of their own - Cochran - to compete against Ozzy. And if Ozzy beats Cochran, it will be VERY tempting for him to defect at the merge, as it would give the Upolu members a VERY big 7-4 advandage. They could just pick off Savaii one by one.

Perhaps this was Ozzy's plan.

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Sables: good conception, it would also be his benefit to come back to the original tribe as he would be "god" to them for putting himself on the line and they would follow anything he wants after that
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And then again, he could return to Savaii after such a heroic performance, and then be summarily executed.


Anything's possible ...

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Ninja Lucid
Ninja Lucid: I do not think we have that series of survivor on yet but SITS you have saved me watching it lol
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I'm delinquent. I haven't yet written my bit ridiculous recap. I've been busy, and just have just felt lazy about doing it.

But if I decide to write it, I'll edit it in right here.

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Sables: we really need an impatiently drumming fingers emo.....> insert here......
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I'll say this now:

Cochran let things go to his head, and screwed up with a totally clumsy play. Savaii all hate his guts, and Upolu, reasonably, won't trust him because he's a turncoat. For reasons I can't fathom, he was apparently dazzled by Coach, and Coach, despite all of his "honor" rhetoric, is not going to protect him.

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mangos777mangos: hey sts,yeah im aussy and survivor is great!really simple-not enough cookies but haha! if I could bye seasons on dvd id own them all-and im not just saying that----I am 150 to 200% commited to tracking them down.....
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