By Gina Carbone
Hey y’all, there should only be one voice here at “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.”
Just one voice. Understand me? One voice.
And that one voice should scream at the top of its lungs: “IT’S GOOD TO BE A VILLAIN.”
The villains speak with one voice. At this point it’s the voice of Boston Rob Mariano.
Rob had a brief spout of “crybaby-itis” where he passed out from heat exhaustion and the flu and Jerri Manthey had to play hero to get help from Jeff Probst and the medical team, but then he got back up and decided to put his villain hat on.
(The episode 2 title was “It’s Getting the Best of Me,” in honor of Boston Rob’s lament about the conditions.)
During the reward/immunity challenge — which had played in Tocantins, so JT Thomas, Coach Ben Wade and Tyson Apostol were familiar with it — Boston Rob took a major “shut the eff up” leadership roll and once again brought the villains a from-behind victory.
On the Heroes side, JT stepped up to be the leader because he was familiar with the puzzle, but “some people” — namely Stephenie LaGrossa — wouldn’t listen to him.
Which launched James Clement into a loud, angry rant about how the tribe needed to have “one voice.”
Personally, I think screeching in your own voice that everyone in your tribe needs to step up is not the best plan for only day six.
The Heroes are clearly not working well together. Stephenie LaGrossa became the go-to name to kick off, at least for James and the people he convinced.
But Stephenie was already in an alliance with Colby and Tom Westman — and JT.
But JT wasn’t making it clear if he wanted to vote out Amanda Kimmel, the way his alliance-mates wanted, or Stephenie.
So Tom, Colby and Stephenie played some D by trying to convince the alliance of Cirie Fields and Candice Woodcock that they were on the chopping block after Stephenie. (Which may or may not have been true.)
Cirie said she had no loyalty to Amanda, who gave her vote to Parvati Shallow on Fans vs. Favorites.
But she also told Candice she didn’t much care who went home as long as it wasn’t them. (Why are they letting Cirie fall naturally into a position of power? Don’t they know what she can do?)
As my boy Colby Donaldson said, it’s surprising that the self-preservation instinct kicked in so quickly.
Especially when on the villains side it was all hugs and chicken killing (courtesy of Russell Hantz in what amounted to a cameo).
Stephenie was voted out and her parting words were “Just some advice. Next time ‘y’all’ lose a challenge, a little less cursing off your tribe might help.”
To which James replied: “Keep your mouth shut.”
Tom: “Come on!”
JT just hung his head.
Stephenie: “It’s been a pleasure.”
Jeff Probst: “Well, I think tonight’s tribal council speaks for itself.”
Interesting that JT wasn’t blamed for being a poor leader.
It’s amazing how James immediately went after Stephenie for being the only person who survived from her tribe on Palau — marking her as a bad luck charm — when JT COASTED through Tocantins on self-deprecating charm.
No one ever challenged JT then and I’m getting the impression they won’t even consider sending him home now, even though he won Tocantins in the easiest win in “Survivor” history.
No one learns. They get bitter, but they don’t learn.
Here are the people left:
Rupert Boneham (Pearl Islands, All-Stars)
James Clement (China, Fans vs. Favorites)
Colby Donaldson (Australian Outback, All-Stars)
Cirie Fields (Panama, Fans vs. Favorites)
Amanda Kimmel (China, Fans vs. Favorites)
JT Thomas (Tocantins)
Tom Westman (Palau)
Candice Woodcock (Cook Islands)
Tyson Apostol (Tocantins)
Randy Bailey (Gabon)
Sandra Diaz (Pearl Islands)
Danielle DiLorenzo (Panama)
Russell Hantz (Samoa)
Jerri Manthey (Australian Outback)
Boston Rob Mariano (Marquesas, All-Stars)
Parvati Shallow (Cook Islands, Fans vs. Favorites)
Benjamin “Coach” Wade (Tocantins)
Courtney Yates (China)
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