Why do they even bother trying to have the teasers relate to the next episode? If they just threw out the vague attempts at making a connection, they could make some really great teasers:
“Next week on Survivor: Vecepia gets abducted by aliens; Paschal visits a topless bar; Kathy runs away and joins a circus; Sean gets drafted; Neleh is devoured by alligators; and the Beaver learns an important lesson.”
Anyway, I was disappointed by Kathy’s son; not the most charismatic lad I’ve ever seen. Too bad they couldn’t have used one of the Osbourne kids instead. I wish Paschal’s wife Beverly had won; seeing Paschal sweating between his wife and his “daughter” would have been fun to watch. On the other hand, I get the feeling that if Leander had won, he and Vecepia would have disappeared into the woods and we wouldn’t have seen them again for twenty four hours.
Sean’s friend Darryl was in a hopeless position when he got the wild card. He only had one or two spaces left to go to and there were several other players who were better off than him. So with no chance of winning himself, he looked to Sean for advice, got none, and made a random pick. The best he could be expected to do under the circumstances.
I was glad to see Kathy was able to avoid the temptation of making an unnecessary scheme. Some players in the past have seemed compelled to stir things up out of some apparent sense of needing to do something even if they ended up worse off than they started. Kathy’s tentative alliance with Rob would have been such a mistake.
Rob, this week, had to go. He was the biggest danger to any of the other players. The likely loyalty of his three former allies in the jury would have made him an almost unbeatable opponent in the final vote. No one could afford to ally with him and face him in the end.
Kathy will now get to choose which way she’ll go next week. She is correct in knowing that she’ll be the out one out with either pair she chooses; she will definitely have to win the final immunity challenge to stay in. She will also have to worry in two weeks. She has to make sure that the surviving member of whatever pair she votes against doesn’t win the penultimate immunity; if they do, Kathy will be voted off instead.
But other than that, Kathy’s looking strong. Her bonding with Rob this week was a smart move; the four ex-alliance members will have to vote for someone outside the alliance now and Kathy is on relatively good terms with them. If Kathy’s smart, she’ll choose to go in with Paschal or Sean; they were the two who were the most visible in creating the counter-alliance and most likely to be voted against. Kathy should just stay in the background next week and let someone else lead the charge against whoever gets voted off.
For the other four the plans are clear. Barring a seemingly unlikely backstab, the two pairs will remain solid. Which means both pairs will have to go to Kathy to be the tiebreaker. The only alternative is that the other four postpone the breakup by voting Kathy off, but that would be a stupid move. Without her as a tiebreaker, they’ll be facing a 2-2 vote the next week with the immunity making the outcome unpredictable. They’ll be better allying with Kathy and controlling the vote.