Throughout “Survivor: Kaoh Rong,” we have heard constant conversations about how this was the most brutal season to date. Therefore, it’s somewhat sad and ironic to see the latest elimination from the game be the direct result of something that happened while at the spa.
While we want to pull a “Walking Dead” here and yell “tainted meat!!” at the top of our lungs, the reality here is that it was too much meat that probably doomed Joe Del Campo. He won a reward challenge in what was a pretty crazy / awesome fashion, and there’s another sad dose of irony there. It’s not like someone won reward and then took him on it; he took himself. Who knows? Maybe he was having bladder pains and problems before the reward, but we’re going by what we saw.
Joe’s exit marks the third evacuation this season, and it comes as a huge blow to Aubry’s game since she was firmly in control of everything. She had even figured out a way in order to seemingly win Tai back to her side after he seemed ready to flip and be with Michele. With him gone, though, it is going to change the structure of the entire game. Cydney and Michele have to realize that Joe is another juror who is for sure voting for Aubry at the end. If they want to win, they really have to think about figuring out how to win Tai over again. Otherwise, they may have to make a fire.
This was a pretty quiet and uneventful episode beyond Joe’s exit and Mark the Chicken watching Tai give Michele a massage, but major kudos now to Joe. He didn’t get a love of screen time, but we love the guy and love that he was a part of this show. We also loved his philosophy on life and his realization that this isn’t the end-all, be-all. It’s a game, and he doesn’t need it in order to take on the next challenge. It was heartfelt, and real in a world of mass-produced reality television. Grade: B.
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