'Survivor: Caramoan' Recap: A Medical Emergency Sidelines a Player
"Survivor" is a brutal game, so it's no wonder many players have had to leave early due to an injury or illness. Who can forget Michael Skupin burning the flesh off his hands in Season 2?
At least he got a chance to return and try again in "Survivor: Philippines" last season (and got to the final three). We'll have to wait to find out if Shamar ever gets a second chance.
Yes, indeed, it's the Iraq war veteran who had to be medically evacuated. It's ironic because he'd been rubbing people the wrong way this entire game, and he had to leave because he rubbed his own eye the wrong way.
But Shamar's departure didn't make things any easier for the fans.
What's in a name?
After the last tribal council, the fans return to camp dejected and divided. Reynold and Eddie blast the others for setting them up, with Reynold particularly angry at Laura for revealing his idol. "It's pretty much over for Eddie and I," he huffs.
Over at the favorites's tribe, Phillip's strutting around like king of the camp, or excuse us, "The Specialist." He's giving everyone names, a strategy he learned from Napoleon (yeah, because things worked out so well for that guy).
Brandon is The Commodore, Andrea is The Eliminator, Cochran is The Intelligentsia, and so on. Oh and the entire alliance is called Stealth R Us. We'll give Phillip this: He makes things interesting.
Onto the reward challenge (yes, separate challenges this week -- finally!). It's a relay race involving walking across water, then the whole tribe crowding on a platform together. The tribes are neck and neck, but the favorites manage to win by a hair.
Their reward is a local bushman who'll come to their camp with chickens, veggies, and fruit. When Tata shows up, he's just about the cutest little old man you've ever seen -- as Malcolm notes, about 4 feet tall, 60 years old, and made entirely of muscle. "He's like a Filipino Gollum," Malcolm observes.