'Survivor: Samoa': Recapping the recap! Episode 11


Ah, the formerly-dreaded Survivor recap episode. We used to mock it even more than gratuitous Palm Pre product placement. But then something unusual happened during the Tocantins season. The recap episode became less of a recap and more of a collection of deleted scenes and storylines. And some of those deleted scenes and storylines were actually pretty decent. So it was with moderate hope as opposed to unwavering boredom that I approached the Survivor: Samoa Thanksgiving recap episode. And that moderate hope was rewarded with moderate entertainment! In case you were too busy stuffing your face with, um, stuffing, click below to read the full post and see what you missed, as we were treated to previously unseen sabotage, threats, tears, and vomit!


* We always assumed Mick was a crappy tribe leader since the only things we saw him leading were Jack and s#&@. Well, we were presented with irrefutable visual evidence as we saw Mick offering no direction whatsoever at the Foa Foa camp, stammering on and on to Ashley and Natalie about, well, nothing. 'He sucks,' said Russell.


* Yasmin called Shambo 'Shamu.' That's mean, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh.


* As far as I could tell, every single member of both tribes was hoarding secret stashes of papaya. Erik even cut a whole tree down and was hauling it away to God knows where. Now, I'm now arborist, but wouldn't it have been a tad more inconspicuous to just leave the tree standing there camouflaged by its buddies as opposed to plainly dragging the entire thing across the beach? Just sayin'.


* Very interesting exchange after the basketbrawl challenge (the one Ben was kicked out of). We saw Jaison spanking John and complaining about getting kneed in the chest. But he wasn't done. Just as Probst was about to award victory to Galu, Jaison interrupted him and gave a speech about playing within the rules and how 'I'm coming for John. I'm coming for him.' This caused Shambo to say she was 'disheartened' by Jaison's comments, to which Jaison actually concurred, talking about all the obstacles his dad had to overcome in his life and how he never

complained once about them, and therefore neither should he. It was a combative moment that turned into a touching one as well. Good stuff.


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