Jeff Probst, describing the season thus far, says the Heroes have been “perfecting the art of failure.” Rupert, showing his tender side, expresses remorse that James had to leave the island. Courtney says Russell is a “bandy-legged little troll.” Ouch.
The first quarter of the show centered on plotting within the Villain camp, with Russell exuding his Charles Manson-like charm over all those willing to give him a listen. The first challenge was a game of ocean basketball. By far the best part was when our hero Rupert and Russell mixed it up out in the waves — as the two competitors angrily waded away from each other, Rupert shot Russell a look that clearly said “don’t fuck with me.” Classic Rupert. The Heroes won this challenge and enjoyed an energy-boosting feast.
The second challenge, for immunity, involved running over a bouncy net to retrieve a bag containing — oh no! — puzzle pieces! Rupert did great, especially considering he’s playing with at least one broken toe. In what is clearly a crucial turnaround for their tribe, the Heroes completed the puzzle and won immunity.
Afterwards, back in the Villain tribe, Russell talked to Boston Rob about voting out either Sandra or Courtney — as the two women were sitting right there! Coach, with his man-crush on Rob, says that Rob and Russell are “two soldiers on opposite ends of the spectrum.” Deep.
Finally, watching the Tribal Council with a small group of bocce players, we all agreed that it would be either the worthless, scrawny Courtney, or the sociopathic gargoyle Russell voted off the island. To the surprise of everyone in our group — everyone in the nation — Boston Rob was voted out.
Russell, the evil puppet master, is playing this game masterfully. What I hope to see in the future is a merger of the two tribes, with Rupert and Russell pitted against each other. Good vs. evil, mano y mano, up close and personal. Stay tuned!