'Survivor: Caramoan' Episode 3– I Know You Are But What Am I?

February 28th, 2013 2:08pm EST

Hope Driskill and Edward 'Eddie' Fox of the Gota Tribe Last week on Survivor, both tribes had their share of commotion, with Fan member Shamar’s laziness and attitude driving everyone crazy, and Phillip of the Favorite’s tribe just plain being crazy. But Phillip’s “Stealth R Us” crew easily won the challenge, and the Fans wound up at Tribal Council. Only Sherri’s cool manipulation saved Shamar from being voted out, and it was Allie that took the long walk.
Back at camp, Reynold told the others that he’d be using his idol to protect himself, as he no longer trusted anyone. Shamar was furious with his tribe mates, especially Reynold, whom he seemed to blame entirely for the tribe’s wanting to get rid of him. While the others stood around, Shamar pitched a hissy fit of dramatic proportions, blaming anyone within his sight for their betrayal. A lesser man might have used the experience as a learning experience, perhaps taking the opportunity to be grateful for still being in the game, and vowing to behave in a manner that would endear him to others. But not our Shamar!
The next morning, everyone is walking on eggs. Sherri takes Shamar aside for a chat, telling him to just be calm and not get upset about anything or anyone. But he thinks the others are playing childish, immature games. He’ll show them childish! He doesn’t need their games, or the million dollars!
“My happiness is not worth a million,” he says, “I’m not gonna be the angry black man on Survivor.”
Sherri, who owns several fast food franchises, has seen this sort of behavior before; most people who work under her are under the age of 25, and are snotty brats. So she feels she can work with Shamar, or at least control him. So she appeals to his sense of loyalty, saying that his quitting would affect the tribe, putting them at a numbers disadvantage against the Favorites. He reluctantly agrees to stay a few more days, as a favor to the others.
Reynold is not impressed. “He made himself a hero for unquitting the game of Survivor that 50,000 people would line up for days just to play. I don’t know. That’s no heroic move in my book.”
Over at Bikal, Cochran is enjoying the peace, and having a magic moment, realizing that he’s actually playing Survivor, the iconic game that has shaped his life and his television viewing habits. Rather than looking forward to watching the show once a week, he’s part of the show! Every day is Survivor Day!
Phillips is having a nice morning as well. At 54, he’s playing Survivor for the second time, and feels he’s in great shape mentally and physically. Why, he can beat men half his age in full court basketball! He’s old school and proud of it.
Corrine and Malcolm take a little walk, and Malcolm finds a Hidden Immunity Idol (HIH). Yippee! They are both delighted, and immediately form an alliance of two. They hide the HIH in the woods, deciding they’ll keep it a secret from the others.

Andrea doesn’t trust Corrine, and wants her out of the game. She approaches Cochran, saying that Corrine’s getting too close to Malcolm, and with Cochran’s help, they could get rid of Corrine. She next approaches Phillip and Brandon, to bring them in on the plot. Predictably, Brandon seems to agree with her plan, but then interviews that he’s sure everyone is lying to him. He trusts no one. And if people think they can mess with him – they will pay. He’ll burn the place to the ground. (Sorry if I yawn here; Brandon’s always threatening to pee on something or burn something down and it just gets a little hard to stay awake through his macho displays.)
Challenge time! Jeff Probst welcomes the two tribes to an underwater Immunity Challenge that will also include a Reward. The team that wins will have immunity, as well as some comfort items, like chairs, pillows, and a tarp. But first, Brandon has to hand back the Immunity Idol from their last win. Hey look! There’s a teeny tiny Favorite’s buff on the Idol! I want one for my dog!
Underwater challenges are always fun, and this one is a doozy. First the Survivors must swim out to a pair of large bamboo cages in the water. They have to climb over the sides, drop inside, and then find and open an underwater gate. There’s a very heavy chest inside the cage. They’ll have to work together to drag it through the water, and then up onto the sand where there is a track prepared. The track is missing three sections, which they will have to capture by throwing a grappling ring onto a hook, and then pulling the track forward, thus joining it up with the previous section. Then move the trunk along the track, until they reach the end spot. Voila!
Survivors ready? Everyone heads out to the cage, although some have more trouble than others. But soon both cages are open, and the teams begin the long haul to the sand. The lead switches back and forth constantly, but when the competition hits the beach, the Faves clinch the deal. The teeny tiny buff goes back on the Idol, and the Favorites taken home their new beach décor.
Back at Gota, the Fans try to figure out what went wrong, but Shamar won’t listen to either Eddy or Reynold, both of whom he’s put on his “Don’t Talk To Me” list. He’s especially angry because he told his tribe mates that he wears contacts, and therefore must be given the goggles in the underwater challenge, but someone took the goggles from him, so they are all disgusting people who shouldn’t talk to him. Despite Michael adding that the underwater part of the challenge did not determine the loss, Shamar has spoken, and apparently no one else is allowed to add anything more to the discussion.
Reynold cannot understand how the others continue to ignore Shamar’s childishness, and wonders what Shamar has to do before everyone agrees to vote him out. But Laura and Sherri have their minds made up that the “pretty people” will be first to go, and plan to split the vote three ways. The women will vote for Hope, the men for Eddy, and the “pretty” group for Shamar. There will then be a tie, and in a re-vote, they can get rid of Hope.
However, Shamar, perhaps hoping to change the outcome, tells Hope about the voting plans, and she runs to Julia for confirmation. Now everyone thinks Shamar is the wild card. But will they put their votes where their mouths are? Reynold thinks so.
At Tribal Council, Jeff asks about the aftermath of the previous vote. Reynold says he heard Shamar screaming at everyone from half a kilometer away, but that’s what they expect from him. Shamar twinkles as he tells Jeff that he’s always the scapegoat. He’s not usually this misunderstood; it’s this group of people lying and putting out misconceptions about him. When Jeff asks him who exactly has been lying, Shamar points out Reynold. But Reynold says he can’t think when he’s lied – he’s living under Shamar’s new “Don’t talk to me” policy. Shamar sighs; even though he’s been told, Reynold still talks to him. Jeff points out that Survivor is still a social game. Shamar says it’s not one he wants to play with Reynold.
Hope then pipes up that Shamar warned her that she was to be voted out. Shamar denies the allegation, saying that once again, he’s being made the bad guy. Matt tells Jeff that Shamar seems to get aggravated very easily. Julia adds that Shamar screamed at her repeatedly, saying she was weak, and a weak personality. Shamar again denies that this was so, and says that that’s the problem. People keep taking what he says, and turning it around. Know what he’s saying?
Sherri says that she’s met people like Shamar before; he rubs people the wrong way, and once they’ve crossed him, there’s no going back. Shamar says that is exactly right.
Jeff asks Hope if she’s concerned about the vote, considering how the “pretty” group was targeted at the previous Council. She is indeed concerned, but hopes that Shamar is the target instead, since he brings a negative energy to the tribe. Reynold again hints that he’ll use his Idol, but then doesn’t.
Time to vote. The first vote goes exactly as planned, with Eddie, Hope and Shamar receiving three votes each. The tie breaker vote, however, falls to Hope, and she takes the long walk.
Jeff says, “Well, there are two ways to look at tonight’s Tribal Council. One, as a sign of what’s to come, more dysfunction, or Two, as an opportunity to change your story. “
Hope’s exit interview: “You know, I’m really, really disappointed, I definitely think that, you know, I should have stayed out here longer. I thought I was a strong player, and I feel like I’m leaving before my time. But I will say that this has been an incredible, once in a lifetime, experience. And I feel really grateful, you know, for having the opportunity.”
Next week on, Survivor: The Fans think they’ve hit rock bottom, but nature proves them wrong. “The hurricane … now the rats …”

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