'Survivor: Philippines': Parvati Shallow Recaps Episode 8: Mass Chaos
Parvati Shallow Recaps 'Survivor: Philippines': Of Idiots and Morons
[Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Wednesday's episode.]
Et tu, Brute?
After playing his idol and saving his hide last tribal, Penner immediately returns to camp to confront his betrayers. It’s a good thing it’s pitch black outside so none of these evildoers actually has to look him in the eyes and tell the truth, or another big fat lie, for that matter. I feel for JP. He was the first person to betray me in the game of Survivor and I know how badly it stings. It’s a lonely game when you can’t trust a soul. Good thing his BFF, Skupin, was there to let his boy Jonathan cry it out on his sunburned shoulders. Skups was also ready with a nice little pep talk about hanging in there. Penner may be down, but he’s not out.
Naturally, Denise’s team wins the reward challenge. It didn’t hurt that her team happened to be up against Mike Skupin, who, according to my friend and fellow Survivor, Mikey B, “pulled a Chet” out in the water and nearly drowned. Luckily, Jonathan happens to be on Denise’s winning team. The riverboat rib shack reward is the perfect cover for Penner to begin working his way back into the tribe’s good graces. Unfortunately, Jeff Kent will have none of it. This guy just does not let up. He has his sights set on getting rid of Penner, like a bulldog with a bone; and, being a UGA grad, I know a bulldog when I see one. As in life, obsessions are very dangerous in Survivor. The obsessed create a narrow vision in which he is unable to see anything outside the scope of his obsession. Jeff doesn’t even consider the idea that his motley tribe may be threatened by his physical dominance and leadership position. Uh oh. This dogged obsession will turn out to be Mr. Kent’s Achilles heel, mark my words.
Let me be crystal clear. I like Mike Skupin. The guy is a lovable goofball. My favorite moment in the entire episode last night, was not when idols were flying out of bags at the dramatic, breathless tribal council. No it was not. The best moment of the show occurs when Skupin yells out proudly from the ocean to his buddy JP, “Hey, Penner! I got a good clam!” Cut to, Penner shaking his head, “Oh boy. This guy.” Mike clearly looks up to Penner and is relishing in the opportunity to play this game again. It’s pretty adorable.
Alright, enough of this beating around the bush. Let’s cut to Penner’s immunity challenge win. Talk about digging deep! The guy saves himself big time and sets the stage for mass chaos back at camp.