Parvati Shallow Recaps 'Survivor: Philippines': Tears and Triumph
Parvati Shallow Recaps 'Survivor: Philippines': Of Idiots and Morons
[Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Wednesday's episode.]
This is Abi’s episode all the way. Beginning with tears and ending with triumph, she uses the hurt and anger she’s experiencing from the brutal beatdown she took at the last tribal council to fuel her strategy moving forward. Our island warrior won’t be going down without a fight, and it seems she may be trying to forge some sort of friendship with Malcolm (who just keeps getting hotter as his hair gets dirtier) while she’s at it. Malcolm’s smart to keep her close as he needs to ensure he has her vote in the end. Knowing it’s best to have as many friends as possible in the end, he even goes so far as to give our teary eyed jalapeno popper a nice awkward hug while the two blossoming buddies fetch tree mail. Aww, ain’t that sweet?
Food auction mania ensues as Denise and Skupin both plow through their 500 bones for a short stack of pancakes and a plate of nuts. Watching the consumption of comfort food so close by seduces Malcolm, Penner, Carter and Lisa into greedily getting involved. These guys are all nuts. Everybody who’s ever watched a Survivor auction knows there will always be a chance to pick up some kind of game-changing advantage. Now the only person with all her money left is Abi, the one outcast everybody agrees on voting out next. Way to plan ahead, guys. What happened to the pre-challenge group huddle where everyone says they will pool their money for the clue to make sure Abi doesn’t get it? The six alliance mates are failing to see the reality of the present situation and are playing ahead of themselves, assuming they’ll send Abi home next without fail. When trading the long-term goal for instant gratification, someone is inevitably bound to get burned. Assumption and complacency are poison in this game and kill quickly before the loser knows what hit him.
The stage is set for Abi’s grand play and she makes it. Snatching up the "game-changing advantage" with all the money she’s retained buys her some protection and time to formulate a plan. Without any alliance mates, she’s learning what she’s made of and we’re seeing a serious gamer emerge. She takes her letter from the auction (which turns out to be automatic in to the final round of the immunity challenge and a one-in-three chance of winning) and pretends to have a clue to the immunity idol. With a devilish gleam in her eye, she pulls Malcolm aside and informs him that she’s safe at the next tribal ... she has an idol.
I like where your head’s at Abi, but this is a rookie mistake. Be vague and keep disappearing so others get suspicious, but don’t come straight out and say “I have an idol” when you don’t. Once you make that claim, people are going to want proof and if you have nothing to show for it (or it’s just a f---ing stick, as in the case of Jason on Fans vs. Favorites) you’ve lost credibility and power. Nonetheless, Abi’s still in this thing and with everyone underestimating her, we move into the immunity challenge.
Oh, this is good. The crew is called into the challenge, and Probst spurs Abi to read her note aloud to the group. No one has any idea what the letter says and Abi seizes this opportunity to stir up a little paranoia. She claims there are two parts of the letter: one, an automatic in to the final round of the challenge and two, she doesn’t want to share. Then, in true Inspector Gadget form, she shreds the document on the spot. Quite the clever ruse you’ve created my little party crasher. Well played.