'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'Kill Or Be Killed': Days Of Shamar's Life Undone By Sand

March 7th, 2013 10:49am EST

The Gota Tribe during the fourth episode of SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN – Last week on Survivor, the Fan’s Shamar threatened to quit, but stayed out of a sense of ‘loyalty’ to his team, which kept losing every challenge. The Favorites were in high spirits, enjoying a triumphant return to the game. Intent on destroying the ‘pretty people alliance,’ even at the expense of the tribe’s success, Sherri and Laura manipulated the other players into voting out Hope.
Eddie and Reynold were angry and frustrated that Sherri continued to stick by the increasingly annoying Shamar. Confronted post-Council, Sherri and Laura were indignant at the notion that their manipulations might have weakened the Gota tribe further.
As the sun rises on Bikal, Phillip of the Faves – aka The Specialist – decides that naming everyone in his tribe will motivate them to work as one. More a Napoleon Dynamite than Bonaparte, he begins naming people who aren’t even in his alliance; Erik becomes The Silent One, “cuz I’m silent!,” Brandon is The Conqueror, and Brenda is Serenity. Brandon notes that the ‘discerning’ secret agent can’t seem to figure out that he’s being lied to. “This agent sucks bad!”
I do hope Phillip’s plan to pull the group together works, because it’s time for a Reward Challenge. Jeff Probst welcomes the two tribes, and explains the game: two members of each tribe will stand on platforms in the water and then be transferred to a third platform on planks. Then all eight players will swim out to an even smaller platform, and somehow get everyone on it without falling off. Winning team will have a special treat delivered to them by a local Bushman, who will prepare a meal for them on their beach. Survivors ready?
The Faves sit out Cochran, who seems to be pretty much over the sunburn. Both teams work well and quickly. The only tension comes when the teams are trying to fit on their tiny platforms. Shamar is used as the base of the Fans pyramid, with everyone on or around him. But despite Shamar screaming “that’s what I’m talking about,” the Favorites win again.
A tiny Philippine Bushman rows up to Bikal’s beach, with a chicken, fruit, vegetables and rice, to prepare a feast for the tribe. He’ll also be giving them advice on improving their camp, if they can just understand his words! “About four feet tall, 60 years old, and knotted up with muscles,” says Malcolm, “he’s like a Filipino Gollum!”
Little Tata shows them a few survival tricks, including how to cook rice inside bamboo stalks. Later, Tata fixes their shelter, and then dances with the tribe, getting jiggy with the girls.

On Gota, Michael is getting really peeved with the Faves. “They have a bounty of stuff back at their camp!” But Shamar is, as usual, taking things lying down. For at least 19 hours a day. And now he has new demands. If he’s going to stay in Survivor, there’ll be some changes made! “I’m not leaving, but y’all gonna bring me rice once a day,” he orders.
Say what? Now even Sherri has had it, but darned if she doesn’t go and bring him his rice anyway! With Shamar acting like a big baby, howling winds, and an infestation of rats within the shelter, Gota is miserable.
The next morning, Shamar has a bigger problem. He’s gotten sand in his eye, and has somehow scratched his cornea. (I’ve had that – it’s incredibly painful.) Jeff arrives with the medical team, and it seems that there has been some damage done by Shamar rubbing his eye. There is no choice but to take him out of the game.
My first thought was that the Production team had just had enough of Shamar’s whining, but this injury could not be faked. So – it’s goodbye Shamar; sorry about the eye, but not really sorry to see you go. As Reynold interviewed, “When Shamar was claiming his eye was scratched so bad, I was thinking he emotionally didn’t want to play anymore. But it turned out it was very serious. So that’s my mistake. Still, he was disrespectful, lazy, and I’m just happy that he’s gone.”
Reynold’s not so pleased when he realizes that the target has been placed back upon his and Eddie’s backs. Now, Eddie and Reynold are both big, fit men, and bring a great deal to the challenges. Sherri, and especially Laura, are very thin women, and I doubt Laura could lift anything more than a 5 pound bag of oranges without strain. Let’s have an Immunity Challenge, and see how everyone does, shall we?
The Faves strut in, with Brandon toting the tiny Bikal buff-wearing Immunity Idol. The Fans are not as cocky, with their numbers now down to seven. The Challenge is another water based game, with everyone running and swimming out to a platform, from which they must jump and smash a tile. The tile releases a buoy that holds a key. The teams will need to retrieve five keys, and then try to open a chest that has three locks. Inside the chest are sand bags which they must throw at a row of blocks, until all are down. Survivors ready?
Sherri fails to break the tile on her first attempt, and the Faves take the lead. Phillip and Cochran zip through the unlocking task, but the Fans have Reynold on their side for the sand bag tossing, and he has a deadly arm. Again, it is truly neck and neck, with Reynold and Phillip battling it out to the final block. And Phillip wins immunity for the Favorites! Yay for The Specialist!
Without Reynold’s amazing pitching arm, the Fans wouldn’t have even come close to a possible win. So it’s mind boggling when Sherri and Laura continue to push for dumping either Reynold (who has an idol) or Eddie, the other very athletic male in the tribe. Matt and Michael see that they have to keep Reynold and Eddie, but Reynold’s been lied to before – he’s not going to trust anyone.

It makes strategic sense to vote out Laura, who’s useless at challenges. But Michael’s worried what will happen when “Mr. Awesome with the Idol” has the advantage. It comes down to either holding on to a current alliance, or keeping the tribe strong. And without a strong tribe, there won’t be anybody left to form an alliance. What to do, what to do.
At Tribal Council, Matt tells Jeff that’s there less tension in the camp with Shamar gone. Sherri says she misses Shamar’s part in her alliance. Reynold notes that Sherri’s alliance may be strong, but without Eddie and himself, they haven’t much hope of winning challenges. Probst agrees. Laura says tonight’s Tribal will prioritize whether physical strength or loyalty are most important – which one will get them further into the game?
Reynold shakes his head. Laura’s all about trust, but they keep losing challenges based on whom they’re voting against. Are they prioritizing winning or losing? When Jeff points out that Reynold almost single-handedly brought their team back from a complete loss, Sherri says, “yeah, but we’re still losing.”
Jeff summarizes, “so you’re saying, keeping Eddie, keeping Reynold, doesn’t make a difference?” Sherri says that that’s what she believes.
Eddie says that it’s time to ditch the weaker players – which includes Sherri and Laura. Julia (who?) has been one of the stronger girls. (We’ve seen almost nothing of her on screen.) Laura is definitely the weakest, he says.
Laura says that it’s all about the numbers – if the tribes got jumbled right now, would Eddie and Reynold be loyal to the Fans, or jump to the Faves? Eddie says that if he’s still in the Tribe twenty minutes after the vote, he’ll feel differently about his tribe. He can’t predict the future. “Tonight is the make-or-break factor for this tribe.”
Reynold, not trusting anyone, decides to play his Hidden Immunity Idol. The votes are counted – there’s one against Reynold – and Laura becomes the 5th person voted out of Survivor Fans vs Favorites.
Jeff notes that they broke form tonight and only time will tell if the vote was make-or-break. The tribe leaves.
Laura’s exit interview: ”As a viewer from the couch, you really only get to see one side. You don’t feel the hunger; you don’t feel the thirst in your mouth. It’s very real. I knew coming in here that my muscles weren’t my biggest asset and I used everything else I had. I think a lot of my plans were left unresolved, but the rest of them, they really got me.”
Next time on : Every season there is one minute that no one will ever forget. “I’m the author of my fate, buddy!” (We see Brandon having a temper tantrum, pouring the rice out into the sand.) “Now vote me out, bitch!” Everyone looks on in horror, trying to stop his path of destruction.
Could Brandon be the first player ever thrown out of the game for mental instability? I’ll be watching next time to find out!

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