We're in the homestretch of this Heroes vs. Villains season, and the remaining six contestants are going a bit loco. "I don't know what's going on right now," notes Villain Jerri. "This camp has turned into Crazy
Chief Villain Russell gets his feelings hurt, leading Villainous Parvati to laugh at him. Hero Rupert, when not keeping the whole camp up as he chops wood, just wants to make out with his wife. Hero Colby has enough sibling rivalry going on to fill a couple of "Dr. Phil" episodes.
And Sandra, our North Carolina resident and the sassiest Villain of them all? She's taken to hiding immunity idols in her unmentionables.
Fresh from last week's ouster of his former alliance member Danielle, Russell tells us that she had to go because she and Parvati were too close. He's supposed to be the one close to Parvati, and he was jealous. Rupert loved seeing Danielle leave, noting that with every vote, his "chances of winning this game get better and better." (No duh, Rupe. It's called percentages. Look into it.)
Parvati says she completely distrusts Russell now, calling him "the biggest Villain this game has ever seen." (Don't believe the hype? Just ask Russell, and he'll tell you.) Russell tells us Parvati now "has nobody to lean her head on but me." (All together now: Ewwwwww!)
The Reward Challenge is brought to us by the Sprint Palm Pre. The castaways get a Sprint Palm Pre with videos of their relatives on it. The relatives will be helping them try to win the challenge. Winners will get a – wait for it – Sprint Palm Pre and a trip to see the "blowholes." (Hmmm, but haven't they been seeing Russell all game?)
To win, the survivors must scoop water from the ocean into a pail, then toss the water to another pail that their relative is holding. The relative then tries to be the first to fill a third bucket with water. Parvati is playing with her dad, Colby with his brother and Jerri with her sister. Rupert is with his wife (who is surprisingly normal), and Russell is with his wife (even more surprisingly normal). Our gal Sandra is playing with her favorite uncle because her military husband is in Afghanistan. (Awwwww!)
Most of the teams work well together except for Colby and his older brother. From the very first water toss, Colby is yelling at bro to do better. "C'mon!" "Geez!" For a moment, Colby's hectoring gets so bad, I think I'm watching one of those dysfunctional brother teams that always gets eliminated somewhere in India on the second leg of "The Amazing Race."
Jerri and her sister win. As host Jeff Probst begins explaining the Sprint Palm Pre Prize Package, Rupert and his wife just make out. Meanwhile, Colby's chastised brother can't get off the island fast enough. Jerri gets to take two other contestants and their relatives with her, so she picks Parvati and her father and Sandra and her uncle. Russell is not happy. "She's in trouble now," he tells his wife. "She screwed up."
The blowholes – rocky beach geysers known as "Samoan fireworks" – are pretty cool, and Jerri takes lots of pictures and videos with her Sprint Palm Pre. Wounded Russell, meanwhile, schemes about forming an alliance with Colby and Rupert to take out the girls who hurt his feelings.
Once the women return from Sprint Palm Pre-apooloza, Rupert decides to chop and saw firewood in the middle of the night. Jerri says she doesn't know if this is an act of cockiness or stupidity, but she's leaning toward stupidity.
The Immunity Challenge involves the contestants balancing two poles on their outstretched hands. Fifteen seconds into the challenge, Colby drops his poles and is out. No doubt, it's his brother's fault. The others soon drop out, too, and Parvati wins.
Back at camp, Russell no longer wants to align with Rupert and Colby. He now wants to vote Rupert out. But Sandra, who has always hated Russell, wants him gone. Word of this gets back to Russell, and he angrily confronts Sandra and Parvati, noting that they're either with him or against it. Rather than frightening the two, this just causes them to laugh harder at Russell.
At Tribal Council, it's clear that Sandra and Russell don't like each other. But the four Villains – Sandra, Russell, Parvati and Jerri – also seem to want to stick together to get rid of the last two Heroes, Colby and Rupert. Just before the votes are read, Sandra decides to play the hidden immunity idol that no one knew she had. "I would hate to go home with the idol in my bra," she jokes. But it wasn't needed. Rupert and Colby voted for her, but the Villains all vote for Rupert, right. With a final death glare at Russell, the bearded, tie-dyed Rupert goes home.
Sunday night, it's the special two-hour finale. Either Parvati, Russell, Sandra, Jerri or Colby will be declared the winner. My money's on Parvati, who has a knack for voting people out without alienating them. I can see the jury giving her another $1 million. (She previously won "Survivor: Micronesia.")
Don't count out Sandra, either, who seems to come up with big moves when they count. (She's also a prior winner, of "Survivor: Pearl Islands.) Russell is a brilliant strategist who can easily get to the end, but he's so obnoxious he'll never win the final vote. (See last season, "Survivor: Samoa.") The same goes for Jerri – I just don't see her having the votes at the end. As for Colby? No chance. He's been sullen and lacking mojo all season. Hmmm, maybe his brother is to blame?
What do you think? Who is going to win this thing Sunday night?