At the end of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers episode 3, the Hustlers tribe made a risky decision in voting out Simone. She was a challenge liability, but she was also a team player and someone who would work with them.
On the other hand, we’ve also got someone here in Patrick who is a total loose cannon … and that is something that we saw tonight in spades. From the get-go tonight we certainly saw that he was an odd duck, given that he was more than game to wear some of Simone’s old clothes. We also heard that it is Lauren who is the next target to go home, mostly because she’s not someone who can really relate to some of the other people who are in the game. Her closest ally at the most is Ali, but at the same time Ali seems to be in good with almost everyone.
Before we do anything else in this episode, we of course have to check in with some of the other tribes and their assorted craziness. Over at the Heroes it appears as though Chrissy and Ben are running the show, and now they are facing a decision — who is the next target? Ashley appears to be safe, and it appears to be between Alan and JP. For the most part JP is doing what he needs to do without being altogether exciting; Alan is much better TV with his inability to properly open coconuts and with his general attitude around camp. He’s a hothead (Ben’s word) and we like hotheads on Survivor. It makes things more fun! (Meanwhile, in other news, JP caught some fish and Ashley has the hots for him — basically, Alan was right with his “power couple” label earlier this season. #AlanWasRight.)
Now that Ashley has decided on her goal to oust Alan, she made it her mission to try to campaign. She pushed Ben a little too hard to keep JP around, and that caused him some pause.
Over on the Healers tribe we knew already that there was another romance happening in Jessica and Cole — it was all over the promos! The two are flirty, they clearly like each, and then there’s also this: Cole told Jessica that Joe had the idol. We knew this was gonna happen and for the most, Joe is out of his mind for thinking that Cole was the right person to tell about this. (In other breaking news, Jessica told us as viewers that she is a virgin and has little experience in romance — her kisses are apparently “very private” and that was a really humorous quote.)
After checking in with all of the tribes once we did so again starting with the Hustlers, who were quick to realize that Patrick was off on an idol hunt. The problem is that everyone knows he is on the idol hunt. The first rule of idol hunts is not to not talk about idol hunts … or show people that you’re on them, either. Patrick tried to justify this idol-hunting by saying that he’s a hard worker. Apparently, working hard doesn’t mean having a social game.
Over on the Healers, Joe showed once again that while he may be very good at handling parolees, he’s not anywhere near as good when it comes to handling normal people. The frustrations when it comes to Joe boiled over when it came to him being rude with the food around camp, and that led to Cole making it clear to everyone that Joe had an idol. Jessica wasn’t thrilled around that, especially since it could mean that things could blow up in their faces.
The immunity challenge
Apparently there was no interest in checking back with the Heroes so we get back to the reward/immunity combo platter for the week. You’ve got sandbags, blocks, and basically all the fixings. It’s the sort of thing you’ve become very accustomed to over time. The winners get chickens, which Survivor seems to love mostly because of Tai.
As for the challenge itself, this was a nice one give that it was intense almost from the get-go. The Heroes got out in front early, but things tightened up quickly for them and the Hustlers. For some reason Patrick decided to do the entire sandbag toss himself because he’s stubborn and apparently felt like dooming his entire tribe. That’s precisely what happened, so Patrick (kept as an asset) actually was their biggest hindrance tonight. Signs point to a pretty predictable boot now.
Now, preparing for the vote and the vote itself
How can we count the ways in which Patrick went wrong here? First, he screwed up the challenge. Then, he wasted no time trying to throw Lauren under the bus. (They didn’t hear his disparaging remark about Lauren’s ability, but we sure did. Every apparently did here that Lauren hates redheads, though!)
Oh, and then PATRICK WENT AND BASICALLY TOLD HER SHE WAS GOING HOME. BY GRINNING. He didn’t actually say the words but he really didn’t have to. Sometimes, one goofy facial expression is enough to screw things up. The people who we feel were the real key cogs here were the Ryan – Devon alliance, given that they will be the ones who turn the tide in any vote.
Lauren promised to go down without a fight and we do think that she presented some good points at Tribal Council. She played center field! She knows how to throw things! She also brought up Patrick’s frequent attempts to hunt for idols and the whole “grinning” nonsense that took place. The problem that Patrick really faces more than anything is that he doesn’t have a ton of self-awareness. He doesn’t know what to say at the right time, and he doesn’t understand that there’s a world that exists beyond him.
In the end, the votes were read and the person who went home tonight was … Patrick. This was easy to telegraph from the moment he got two votes. He was taken out and the dude was NONE too pleased about it. He certainly wasn’t grinning when he called them “awful” at the end.
We’re not going to sit here and say that this was the most exciting Survivor episode in the world, mostly because it was clear that the Hustlers tribe is worse off than the Healers and the Heroes. Still, there were plenty of funny moments throughout with the Healers tribe especially. The biggest bummer tonight is that we’re losing someone who was unique on this season and there are still some under-developed personalities.
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