Last week on Survivor, Shii Devil was repulsive -- but in a cultural way -- to Robb. Brian and Ted had each other's backs, but sadly, not Big Betsy's; the boat floated away to the dismay of Chuay Gahn. They still managed to win the "fish challenge," leading Sook Jai to vote out surly Stompanie at the tribe's second Council. Eleven are left. Who will be the next to go?
But first, thanks to all of you who kindly offered your tapes -- and DVDs and RealVideo -- in response to my desperate plea. What fabulous support! A special thanks to Lynnette, whose offer I took up. You're all up there with Rudy in my book.
An aerial view of the island leads us to Sook Jai's beach on Day 16. Shii Devil pokes at the fire, and for once the gong sound does not accompany her mug shot, but a shot of Robb's back. Penny tells us it's necessary to take the game day by day, and that trust shifts as time goes on because they're all there for the same thing: a million dollars. Shots of wary-looking tribe members accompany Penny's interview. Robb, in particular, is wary of his wriggling toes. Erin thinks it's hard to separate reality from the game, and Robb responds that he's having trouble with that issue: he doesn't want to base his opinion of people on their behavior, but he can't help himself. Penny looks away as he says this, then explains in an interview that Robb asked earlier whether she'd ever considered voting against him. She told him she never intended to vote for him, and he revealed that Ken told him she'd debated between him and Stompanie in the last Tribal Council. Robb is pissed off because people aren't being truthful; he angrily exclaims, "There's no reason to lie to me!" Because really, who doesn't like a good strangulation every now and then? He doesn't go in for that "back-stabbin' bullshit," which is true. As we all know, he's more about the to-the-point "throat-grabbin' bullshit." Penny explains that Robb was upset because he suspected Ken of playing both two sides against each other. She doesn't tell us whether what Ken told Robb is true -- if she did indeed intend to vote for Robb -- or maybe that part was edited out to leave us as much in the dark as he is. I resent being put in that position.
On a walk with Ken through the jungle, Robb says he doesn't trust anyone because of what he learned from Penny. He's not playing any games and has been "straight up" since the beginning. But maybe that's because he's too stupid to be anything but forthcoming. He says he doesn't care about it at this point, except clearly he does, given the constant whining and sniveling. Even more so than usual. In a voice-over, Robb questions Ken's trust and loyalty; he doesn't know if Ken was trying to "mix everything up," or if he had a different agenda in revealing Penny's plans. Robb complains to Ken because he thinks Ken's "playin' a harder game then anyone here." Ken maintains his calm as he rationally tries to explain the situation to Robb. He asks, "So now yesterday goin' in there, who did everybody else tell you they were votin' for?" Robb answers, "Shii Ann." Ken says, "Oh, okay, who did everybody vote for?" and Robb answers, "Steph." Ken then decides to forgo waiting for Robb's answers and continues the discussion alone with, "Okay, who did I tell you I was votin' for? Steph! Who did I vote for? Steph! And now you got a problem with me because I was honest with you?" Ken, who has a point, doesn't "wanna [bleep]-ing hear it!" from Robb. Nor, most likely, does he want to see Robb constantly scratch at himself. In an interview, Ken tells us that he didn't know where Robb's anger came from. At first, he didn't realize that the diatribe was directed at him, and then he thought it was a joke. As if Robb's capable of thinking on the elevated level which would allow a sense of humor. Ken doesn't want Robb to talk about honesty anymore, because that pisses him off. Robb now seems bothered only because Ken whiningly imitated him; he insists he doesn't act like that, snitting, "I'm not a little fucking punk!" A quick shot of the Sook Jai camp shows the other members of the tribe exchanging perplexed glances as they overhear the argument.