I didn't want to eulogize Yau-Man Chan
. The Yau Man is one of my favorite all-time Survivor
castaways, but on Survivor: Micronesia
he simply got lost in the shuffle. His screen time was minimal and we weren't privy to any of the Yau-orchestrated hijinks that were a regularity in his original season. I find it bizarre that Cirie Fields
felt that Yau was the biggest threat in that four-pronged alliance and not Jonathan Penner
. Yau is a threat, but if you know his game (which everyone should) then keeping him around for awhile isn't a terrible idea. At least Yau had one shining moment on Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites
– starting the fire with only the sun, his glasses and one drop of water. He's like a little tiny MacGyver.
Before we get to the meat of the episode (Cirie and Penner) I want to reiterate my intense dislike of Joel Anderson
. The burly fireman is a smarmy idiot, the kind of physical beast who is terribly insecure about his own intellect. You can tell how terribly he wants to be viewed as a power player, a strategist, and as a result he has decided to overplay the game. As of now, I see no way that Joel reaches the merge. I will be rooting hard for Mikey B. next episode.
OK, Cirie. You deserve some props. You positioned yourself as the swing vote and parleyed it into the best alliance available and you personally chose who to vote off. I thought for awhile that perhaps you'd over-played your hand, let the power get to your head, but in the end it worked out. Do I believe that Parvati and Amanda truly intend to go to the final three with you? No. But I don't think it matters. Let's say that the Favorites power alliance goes all the way – you'd have Ozzy, Amanda, James, Cirie and Parvati in the final five. At that point, Cirie would likely vote with the couple who won immunity and eliminate either James or Ozzy. In the final four, Cirie would be safe again, as the remaining intact couple would probably vote off either Amanda or Parvati. In this scenario, Cirie makes the final three. Granted, it wouldn't be with the two girls, but it'd be good enough.
I've been saying it for three weeks – Jonathan Penner is incapable of keeping his mouth shut and playing a good game. If you watched him on his first season, you knew that he'd dig his own grave at some point. If his arguments with Cirie on last night's episode didn't do the trick, his upcoming confrontations with Cirie next week will.
Predictions for next week: If the Favorites win immunity, Kathleen is going home. If the Fans win immunity, Penner is going home.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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