Either the writers on Survivor are still on the WGA strike, or they're erratically incompetent because of how wildly they characterize and re-characterize the players this year. Take for instance, John Hu, whom I'd didn't so much leave for dead but crowned the most dysfunctional tribe in Survivor History™. The episode seemed to start off business as usual, with raging murder in Dave's heart/eyes.
But then they win a challenge (more on which later), kidnap Leslie, and suddenly they're the chill tribe having fun, poised to really take off in this game, as in fly.
Maybe John Hu were putting on a happy face for the visitor to cover up for the dysfunction, or maybe they really do have tensions, but of the more mundane variety. After all, "Dave, stop working so hard!" is hardly grist for a mutiny; then again, his authoritarian leadership style is fodder for future (read: next week) blowups.
Either way you slice it, we're getting an obviously unrepresentative picture of John Hu camplife; editors, please try harder. This isn't rocket science.
Still, I can't hold anything against a dude who does the Naked Cat during a challenge.
The John Hu ladies saved the tribe's collective bacon. The only reason their tribe won the reward challenge was because the ladies all went first and Sherea, Peih-Gee, and Jaime swept Fei Long's women.
When you're good, you get to fist-pump.
With Survivor's long History™ of promoting disabilities awareness, this season has taken a page out of Top Model's book and included a plainly (and painfully) anorexic contestant.
Some people might argue that accusing someone of an eating disorder based on purely superficial evidence -- such as highly mediated images from a reality tv show -- , but as no less a philosophic authority as Dave says... And check out her legs!
Not to mention her blistered hands, and her injured shoulder; girl is not in good shape, and I doubt the Survivor diet had anything to do with that. But, at least she keeps her chin up and a smile on her face.
From the morbid to the cute, just because I love you, the reader. And also Peih-Gee.
Indie rating: David Byrne - "Finite"