Parvati Shallow may be the best Survivor player of all time. Don't insult her by suggesting that she's just succesful because she bats her eyelashes or wiggles her hips. Even prettier girls than Parvati have played that strategy and gotten voted off early on.
Coach came much closer when he said that Parvati makes people light up when she talks to them. We often talk about "chemistry" as though it could easily exist between any two people. But Parvati would have free and easy chemistry with a lamp post.
Fans may call Russell a troll, but she obviously makes him feel like Robert Pattinson. Fans were probably gagging watching her roll all over him and giggle. But feeding Russell's ego is the best way to control him. In my observation, girls like Amanda are just as loyal to Parvati as the guys are because she knows how to make them feel special too. Everyone is special to Parvati!
Except possibly Jerri, that "bitter old cougar" "Fakee McGee" who wants to punch her in the face. And Coach, who has never been manipulated by a flirtatious player. The two of them have truly become Survivor's new defenders of justice. Coach's Martin Luther King decleration was worthy of Friday Night Light's Coach Taylor.
I will be fascinated to see whether the Queen can really control her competitive honeybees deep into this season, or whether cooler heads will eventually prevail. They need to get rid of Parvati now.
Over on the other tribe, James was still rubbing a lot of people the wrong way. Shoulder blocking Randy into the swamp was fine. Looking down at Randy lying in the mud and slamming the pillow in his face was not. Tom is right: Between the broken toe and the dislocated shoulder, The Marquess of Queensbury Rules seem to be going out the window this season.
For anyone wondering, the Marquess of Queensbury Rules are a code of boxing conduct endorsed by a 17th century Scottish nobleman and still used today. If it weren't for the 9th Marquess of Queensbury Mike Tyson could hit guys bellow the belt, and, well, that would end the match pretty fast. That's pretty much how James has competed so far this season.
In other news, what the heck is up with the chickens in Samoa? Tom is apparently a chick magnet. Give the guy some flour to make biscuits and I think he could open a Popeyes franchise in Samoa.
Meanwhile, Candice may still be running around trying to convince people she didn't say that she didn't trust Cirie (and in case you missed it, what she actually said was that you could trust Cirie as long as she felt safe.) Candice is a shrude customer. I don't blame JT for being scared of her.
Will next week by Russell's Waterloo?
-Henry Jenkins, BuddyTV Columnist
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