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.