Our correspondent (and longtime "Survivor" afficiando) Alec Peters of Raleigh offers his thoughts on this week's episode:
All season, our castaways have confused running their mouths with “being in charge of the game.” Ralph did it when he decided it would be good to tell almost everyone at Zapatera that he had a hidden immunity idol. Then after the Redemption Island duel, when Russell, out of the game forever (please!), went for one last dig at his team, Ralph decided to share news of his idol with everyone there, including Phillip and Kristina from Ometepe.
That’ll show Russell who’s really in charge! Phillip assured Kristina that he could use this knowledge and his covert federal agent skills to improve her position with Team Boss Boston Rob by promising Rob to give him this intel at the merge. Instead, all Rob had to do was ask once, and Agent Underpants was singing like a canary, while Kristina was on her way to Redemption Island. Meanwhile, Ralph might was as well have told everyone in Nicaragua that he had a hidden immunity idol.
Then at the last Tribal Council, Krista decided she had nothing to lose and might as well call out the Zapatera Alliance of Six, which we haven’t seen give much thought to long-term strategy beyond throwing a challenge so they could oust Russell. She named the duos and triads in the group, and it didn’t appear to be lost on David that he was odd man out while Steve was working two different duos. But taking a cue from Ralph’s playbook, Mike decided that Krista’s last gasp couldn’t go unanswered, so he assured Krista (and host Jeff Probst) that they have indeed been talking strategy -- just not when she’s around. Because, well, she’s not in charge of the game. I couldn’t help but wonder if all of this was news to David.