By Beth Aaltonen
9:37 AM EST, February 21, 2013
Back from Tribal Council, Brandon is terribly upset about the fact that Francesca went home. He calls himself a Honey Badger, but loses points with me because he doesn't then say "Brandon don't care, Brandon don't give a..."
Dawn, because she's too nice and doesn't realize that it was the Crazy talking, and not Brandon, is very upset and hurt by what he said to her. I like Dawn, but I think she will end up leaving about mid-point in the game because she's just not capable of the wheeling and dealing. Unless, of course, Cochran does it for her.
And now Brandon is still soooo upset at someone he only knew for three days going home, that he's feeling all "revengeful." He's going to go all Russell Hantz-style up in here. Sigh. I think this was his plan all along. I think his uncle and his father have spent all their time coaching him on how to play the game this time, and now he's got an excuse to go all bad-ass on them.
Back at the Fans camp (also known as Gota) Shamar is still getting on my nerves, and by the looks of things, the nerves of everybody else in the camp as well. He thinks that if they see he doesn't care about the game, then he's not a threat. I think he underestimates the power of being annoying and not helping.
Oh, but wait. I forgot that he's in an alliance with everybody else but the "popular kids." Okay, he can stay for a while if they go home first.
Back at the Favorites camp (Bikal) Cochran is trying to talk Brandon and his Crazy down from the ledge. It seems to work, but as Cochran points out, Brandon usually does have a pleasant moment after his little rage-fits.
When Phillip came over to talk to Cochran and Brandon, I thought his crazy would set off Brandon's Crazy, but it seems to go alright. Phillip has pegged Brandon as a narcissist, and he might be right. I still think Phillip is little "c" crazy, but it's that type of crazy that can be remarkably astute at times.
Reward and Immunity Challenge time! Reward is a whole bunch of fishing supplies. And this time it's pulling people on a raft, diving, releasing rings, getting pulled back, and then they have to toss three rings onto posts to win.
Also, Dawn's swimsuit this season is much cuter than what she wore last time. The Favorites are the first to get all their rings, and, of course, they have Malcolm do their tossing, because he's good at that. The Fans catch up a little, but not enough, and the Favorites win reward and immunity.
So the Fans are going to Tribal Council, and Reynold thinks that it's an "obvious" vote for Shamar. I would agree with him, except he's managed to be even more annoying than the guy who refuses to do any work; that's quite an accomplishment.
But before we can get to the pre-Tribal Council shenanigans over with the Fans, first we have to spend some time with Phillip and his asinine "Stealth 'R Us" first. I don't think he's delusional, I think that he thinks he's funny. Which, as Malcolm points out, he's not.
Ah -- now it's time for shenanigans. Eddie starts out by calling out Shamar. Which will never work, because Shamar has that talent while arguing where he will concede nothing, even if he's wrong. But he can make the person he's arguing with so frustrated that they start to act like a crazy person, which is what happens to Eddie.
I can't stand Shamar, but I do see the wisdom in keeping him around, annoying as he is, while you pick off the strong guys like Eddie and Reynold and their preferred alliance-mates. Then, when the numbers start getting down, Shamar is easy to get rid of; no one who has had to live with him for any amount of time will argue about getting rid of him. See: Abi-Maria.
Matt is telling Reynold and Eddie that he's with them and Allie and Hope. I think he's still with Sherri and the rest, but Shamar has annoyed him too. As he points out, their alliance would still be ahead 5-4, but Sherri wants to keep Shamar around for insurance.
The consensus on the non-pretty people alliance (their words, not mine) is that Allie should go, since she seems to be the only one of the pretty people with a brain. Speaking of pretty people with questionable amount of brains, Reynold has managed to find an Immunity Idol.
Laura notices the bulge in Reynold's manpris and figures out that he has a hidden Immunity Idol. I think you're paying way too much attention to Reynold's crotch area, my dear. She's worried that he'll use it to save Allie, which: ha ha ha ha ha hahaha. He's not going to do anything to save anyone except himself. Ever. He's That Guy.
Tribal Council time! Jeff starts it out with some small talk, but it devolves pretty quickly into bashing Shamar. He thinks he's an easy scapegoat because he's big and loud. No Shamar, you're an easy scapegoat because you're big, loud, and lazy.
Laura jumps right in, though, and switches the subject to Reynold's bulge. I think she might be a little fixated. She decides not to name names, but Jeff calls her out on looking at Reynold. He admits to it, but claims that he'd be stupid not to bring it to Tribal Council (which is true.)
Shamar claims that Reynold is "villifying" him; which, no, he's just calling you on your bull while the rest of them are putting up with it for strategic purposes.
Whatever. It ain't over until the voting happens, which is now. Will the majority stick with getting rid of Allie, or will Matt or someone else jump ship and get rid of Shamar? And it's Allie.
The rest of the pretty people look completely blindsided, while Shamar just looks smug. Don't worry Shamar, it'll be your turn soon enough, and I will delight in that look being wiped off your face.
Next week: They should have gotten rid of Shamar when they got the chance, because he's making life miserable for everyone, and Brandon's Crazy comes out to play, and apparently it wants to pee in the food. Yuck.
Credits: Allie is frustrated and surprised.
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