Downturn Abi: Survivor Philippines Episode 9

15 Nov

Penner begins the episode by telling Abi that he’s the one who voted for her. Probably not a bad strategy: it might well have come to light anyway, and it seems that the more Abi gets riled up the more she self-destructs. Not that Penner is too clear on what happened at the last tribal council. “So I’m the one who blew it by not voting for Pete?” he asks Carter. Yep.

Penner’s no fool, and he knows that Lisa and Skupin are the keys to his having a chance to stick around. We cut to a very odd conversation with Lisa. He begins by saying a bunch of things that don’t make much sense, but hey guys, all of us have been there when talking to a hot chick, right? I certainly wouldn’t be able to express a coherent thought if face-to-face with Blair from Facts of Life. Anyway, Penner quickly segues into psychoanalyzing Lisa, and closes by saying “I love you.” Wow, he covered some serious ground!

For the reward challenge, teams are picked playground-style, and Abi gets to sit out yet another challenge, this time because she’s the only person not chosen. While Penner, Carter. Malcolm and Denise are off enjoying the reward they win, we see Pete back at camp telling the camera that the key for himself, Artis and Abi is to make Lisa and Skupin feel as comfortable as possible. Abi’s way of making Lisa feel comfortable is not to let her get a word in, saying she already knows everything Lisa will say before she says it, and following up with “You’re just gullible, you’re just naive.”

Cut to tribal council, where Abi comes out with some more gems, to the great chagrin of Artis and Pete. Meanwhile R.C. (this time in a different va-va-voom dress than last week) gets a good laugh out of Abi’s ineptititude, so much so that she has to put her head on the shoulder of fellow juror Jeff Kent, who’s sporting a mustache befitting a baseball player… a 1970s baseball player that is!

The red team’s thinking is that Abi will probably keep the immunity idol for herself but she could possibly give it to Pete, so they all vote for Artis instead. It comes down to the last vote and Artis is indeed voted off over Penner, and we see that Skupin joined the red alliance but Lisa didn’t.

Skupin’s move seems to be the better one, as he must sense that Pete wants to get rid of him so he helps himself by weakening Pete’s alliance. Lisa might be betting that her showing loyalty to the end will pay off, but whose votes would that get her? That would only really cut ice with Artis, Abi, and Pete, and it seems fairly likely that Abi won’t be in the jury, because who wouldn’t love to take her to the final three?

Contender rankings: 1. Denise, 2. Malcolm, 3. Carter, 4. Skupin, 5. Penner

No-chance list: Abi-Maria, Lisa, Pete

Jury and who I think they’ll vote for: R.C. (Skupin), Jeff (Carter), Artis (Pete)

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