The episode starts off with Skupin giving us the same old, same old, “I’m relieved” routine. He’s relieved to still be around, even though he didn’t get one vote to leave. He was pleased to see that the votes were split between Jeff and Pete, because both of them had been loud-mouthed enthusiasts about getting out the returning players. Even with how loud the people are being about that aspect, they still aren’t living up to it, seeing as how both Penner and Skupin are still around. And, I’m sure if Russell didn’t suck it up for his tribe, he might even still be around, as well.
Oh, and I guess we got our answer as to why Penner voted for Abi. He was pissed! Uh, ok. Pissed about what? That there was a Plan B? I think I’m still lost as to why he voted for her. Sure, he justifies it by saying that even if he had voted for Pete, it would have only been a tie, but still, why would you vote for Abi? Why were you pissed to the point where you would vote for Abi, instead of voting for Pete, like everyone in your alliance did, and planned to do all along? Nobody in his alliance talked about switching their votes at tribal (at least from what we saw), so what is this Plan B you are talking about? I had been waiting this whole week to see if we’d catch an answer as to why he voted the way he did, but I’m left still as confused as I was before even after getting that answer. Oh well. I guess, secretly, Penner just wanted Jeff gone, still because he knew Jeff would always be a threat to join alliances with the Tandang group to vote Penner out.
And, just as Lisa showed signs of interest in playing the game, she’s about to back out again. She’s so grateful that Malcolm isn’t pissed at her, and that he’s being nice to her (it’s a game, Lisa, these people still need your vote if you’re on the jury), which makes her second guess her cruel nature she had dug deep to find. And, if Malcolm didn’t do a good enough job destroying that aspect of her soul, Penner takes a stab at her and actually makes her cry. He talks to her about her past, her childhood, and how she always felt she had to be a pleaser, and to live up to her TV persona. Look, I get it, people want to cry about how they lost their youth because they were on TV and felt the need to stay thin, or always try and be funny, and beautiful or whatever have you. I don’t want to hear it. You spent your entire youth doing something people are literally dying to spend their lives doing. Nobody held a gun to your head and told you that you need to feel like you need to stay beautiful, thin, and funny. You chose that lifestyle. If you didn’t like it, you could have quit acting and become an inside sales rep for some crappy ball bearings wholesale company. See how much you regretted your life then. I’m tired of these Hollywood people always releasing these boo-hoo sob stories about how their lives sucked, and how making millions of dollars was the worst thing that ever happened to them. Come live my life, barely making it paycheck to paycheck, never being able to take vacations or venture outside of a 25-mile radius of the city you live in, and tell me that your life was so terrible because you felt the need to wear makeup every time you left the house and that you couldn’t eat that fourth White Castle you so wanted to eat.
Anyway, I apologize for that. I get a little testy when it’s after midnight and all I want to do is either drink that soda in the fridge or just go to sleep.
We head on over to the reward challenge, where the winners are going to get the opportunity to spend the day in a village, as Survivor Ambassadors, giving school supplies to the local village. I was happy to see that everyone seemed genuinely excited for this reward, because giving back to those in need is something we should feel happy about doing. We don’t realize how great we have it here in America until we see the hardships that these people go through in other countries, so I was happy to see that everyone took to this reward as they should. No need for me to have to blast someone! Except for maybe Abi, since she didn’t even get picked!!! As bad of a person as she is, I’d think she might actually have been a better choice than Lisa for this challenge. Her face is looking kind of ranky these days, a mud facial might have done her some good.