Survivor: It Will Be My Revenge
March 5, 2015 7:05 AM - Season 30, Episode 2 - Subscribe

We see two castaways go naked, another get excluded by mean girls, and another getting the heave-ho.

Blue Collar

Dan loses his underwear in the ocean, but some on his tribe aren't convinced he didn't do this for attention. Lindsay can't wait to get rid of him.

White Collar

Max gets naked on the regular and Shirin obviously approves, as she is found by some of the guys washing dishes bottomless. The blur gets a workout this week.

No Collar

The tribe has difficulty in communicating with the hearing impaired Nina. Jenn and Hali upset Nina by going skinny dipping without asking Nina and Nina then tearfully confronts the two women.

In other No Collar news, Vince and Joe have a rivalry going on. Vince is aligned with Nina; Joe has Jenn and Hali on his side. Will seems to side with Vince and Nina.

Immunity Challenge

White Collar comes in first in an obstacle course that culminates in a basket shooting contest. They win fishing gear. Blue Collar comes in second, winning some lures, line and a spear for fishing. Coming in dead last is No Collar, having never scored once in the basket shooting phase.

Will is blamed for losing a lot of time in the obstacle course part of the challenge. Nina's name is first on the chopping block as Joe, Jenn and Hali propose to Will on splitting votes against Vince and Nina to protect against a possible Nina hidden immunity idol being played. Will proposes to Vince to turn the tables on the other three by voting for Joe, but Vince feels it's too early to get rid of a challenge competitor and says they should vote off Jenn.

Nina asks Will how his health is and tells him that when they returned to camp, Vince was concerned about Will's health following their poor performance in the challenge. This upsets Will throws voting plans into question.

Tribal Council

In a true blindside, Vince is voted out when Will shifts his vote to him, ensuring his elimination. Nina was taken unawares, asking Will if he voted for Vince and getting no response.
posted by inturnaround (10 comments total)
Nina just played pretty poorly in this episode. She lost her temper with the other girls. And then when telling Will that Vince was concerned about his health, she made it sound like "concerned" meant he wants to vote you off and not he wants to make sure you can physically compete. Granted it's a little hard to discern featherhead's blank stare but Nina also missed that Will obviously took the "concern" in a negative way during her conversation with him.

Also, trying to get voting info from someone at tribal council right after the votes are read like that never seems like a good idea to me. Just sit quietly and figure it out back at camp.

I think Will made an interesting move. Nobody is really going to hate how he voted, just as long as the team doesn't entirely biff the next challenge.

Am a little sad featherhead is gone so soon, he was such a perfect creepy weirdo villain character.
posted by dogwalker at 7:27 AM on March 5, 2015

Yeah, Nina really was a disaster here. She is the reason Vince is gone and the reason why she's next on the chopping block.

I mean, I get that the younger women were being dicks to her, but Survivor is a social game and telling people that you feel like an outcast is basically just begging them to vote you out next.

I think Will actually hurt himself in the long run. He's the natural next vote after they vote off Nina, assuming they go to tribal again...and considering their lack of cohesiveness this week, I think that's entirely possible here.
posted by inturnaround at 7:39 AM on March 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

I understand that some contestants on Survivor are recruited, so aren't necessarily huge fans of the show beforehand (I have no idea if this is the case with the two contestants I'm about to mention, just giving them the benefit of the doubt). Even so, if you get cast on a game show with a large ultimate prize such as Survivor, one would think you might jump on Hulu or something to watch some previous seasons to get an idea of how to best play the game to win.

I bring this up because I watch contestants like Nina or Mike from this episode and can't help but shake my head. Has "berate all of your fellow teammates for not doing enough work around camp" or "pathetically whine to your teammates that they aren't including you in their fun" ever been a winning strategy? What are they thinking?
posted by The Gooch at 8:07 AM on March 5, 2015

Oh, featherhead. You creepy fuck. I'll miss you.
posted by phunniemee at 10:04 AM on March 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

I don't care for this new trend of a single reward/immunity challenge per episode. It's getting to be almost nonstop talk. The challenges showed a different perspective on player interaction that's missing.

Anybody else bothered by this?
posted by GhostintheMachine at 10:09 AM on March 5, 2015

Anybody else bothered by this?

I think it's only like this early on because they need time to show three tribes and a lot of people interacting. Once they thin the herd a bit it should go back to two separate challenges since there is no redemption island / exile island to take up time.
posted by Gary at 10:12 AM on March 5, 2015 [2 favorites]

No whining, that's all I ask. The show's been on 15 years, you volunteered, you know what you're getting into. Having tough days is understandable, but just. don't. whine.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:47 AM on March 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

Young, dumb girls on Survivor will never cease to amaze me. The non-lawyer one in particular didn't even feel bad, and blaming a deaf person for not hearing things is so grossly insensitive and privileged. It's like, fuck, look at her when you're talking jesus it's not that hard. Real gross lack of empathy there.

That said, Nina is a complete idiot and playing like total shit. Getting into big fights on like day four is arrant stupidity, and that comment to Wil was truly WTFuckery. That said, he's an idiot for voting out Vince; that trio is way, way tighter than he will ever be with any of them, especially - as he so delightfully put it - "as the only brother out here".

I thought the no-collars were destined to repeat their loss, that was a quite a turn around. Also that lady in the blue collars was making those baskets like crazy. Wonder if she played netball or basketball or something.
posted by smoke at 2:44 PM on March 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

That said, he's an idiot for voting out Vince; that trio is way, way tighter than he will ever be with any of them, especially - as he so delightfully put it - "as the only brother out here"

Yeah, I'm coming around on how bad of a play it was for Will to not bust up the trio. He really should have done that, because then even if the tribe loses another challenge, he is still the swing vote again. I think he's in a good enough place to make it to the mixup/merge as is, but busting up the trio would have almost guaranteed it.

That vote splitting nonsense was pretty dumb.
posted by dogwalker at 8:12 PM on March 5, 2015

Yeah, I'm a little sorry to see Vince go. I was surprised that Will made that vote.
posted by liet at 3:22 PM on March 8, 2015

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