Survivor Philippines Season 25 Episode 4 Recap: Create a Little Chaos
Oct 11 2012 12:22 am ET
Matsing woke up to another wet Filipino morning, skin soaked from the previous rain. The utter silence told the audience immediately that the three were too distraught to even complain. The three tried to make fire to no avail; Malcolm was scared and nervous about his chances to win. They hoped that one win could help them not only with their morale, but with the numbers. There are so many other people on the other tribes that we barely know. Russell continued to remind us that he's died for the game before and is willing to give his 110% for this show.
Tandang was tired of the rain and contemplated figuring out if they could seal parts of their roof. Lisa was stuck thinking about every move. As she was not a type-A personality, Lisa also hasn't been able to channel her inner Blair. Artis tried to use the flint and produced a fire for the tribe. Pete decided that making chaos may help the tribe, his position in the tribe, or let the editors focus on a tribe that's not losing. Abi-Maria with her spicy attitude pointed out that she saw a folded paper for the hidden immunity idol clue. Whoops. She's not even good enough to either slip it under or pass it off as an old tree mail or something. RC was forced to read the "under their nose" clue and looked really confused. Abi already had the idol, so it didn't matter. Pete's scheming worked as it did leave RC and Abi in an odd position.
Kalabaw finally got sun and Jonathan loved the paradise when it wasn't raining. The group decided to start on food foraging and fire creation. To prove how smart our group of Survivors are this season, Dawson asked her tribe, "Is this a fire?" as she stared at a fire. No it's just orange waving wisps. Jeff knew that Jonathan was putting in effort. They went fishing and grabbed large clams; Jeff decided to adapt and work together. The two talked to the blonde who we really didn't meet, who was apparently named Carter. He decided to join the game instead of just worker bee his way around the tribe. Why does he speak so slowly? The girls decided to talk and realized that the women needed to stick together and work in a merge. They decided to try the "All-Women Alliance." Ugh, that's so Fans vs. Favorites.
At Matsing Russell pointed out that 50% of his original tribe was both useless and gone. Russell just wanted to make the merge. Malcolm realized that Russell lacks self-awareness; he was only useful for future physical challenges. Russell thought that the physical aspects of the game were fine, but he suspected that the other two were ready to get rid of him. Russell decided to look around and look for the hidden immunity idol. He was convinced that he was past the idol hundreds of times, which he was. The editors decided to jab at Russell even more. Denise walked by and noticed that Russell was searching the shelter. It was too sketchy for her and she immediately opened up to Malcolm and suggested that Russell may have found the idol. They decided to check all his clothes, but couldn't find it. They assumed that all they could do was blindside him.
Tandang. Abi was trying her best to flavor their food, she wanted salt. I don't know if putting something that's dehydrating like salt would be the most amazing idea. The revealed clue continued to strain the tribe as Pete loved the chaos. RC tried to talk to Abi and Abi shot her down immediately. Pete listened to the two girls bickering; RC realized how irrational Abi was and now she's on the outs. She decided to tell Lisa that they needed to be a team to work better. Lisa realized that the two could self-destruct for her benefit. As each episode progresses and Tandang survives intact, Lisa's chances increases exponentially.
It was time for the immunity challenge as Jeff welcomed our tribes. Luckily for Russell, there wasn't a swimming and diving aspect to this game. Jeff explained that the challenge would be a physical competition where pots would be carried. Then the pots would be destroyed. The first two would be immune. The first place team would have steak, veggies, spices and utensils. The second tribe would have a pot with some veggies. The second place team could also trade their prize for tarp. With only three members on Matsing, three people on both tribes had to sit out. Both tribes decided that the women can sit this one out; leaving Denise the lone woman.
The race began somewhat balanced though Malcolm had an early start and Carter lost a pot quickly. Poor Carter, he gets one interview and then smashes a pot. Malcolm made time for Kalabaw, but we know how this whole thing progresses: Matsing chokes at the end. Artis was really slow as he went, bleeding time for Tandang, but I have a feeling that he didn't want to break a pot. The contestant we have to really congratulate was Denise as the only woman on the challenge as she didn't break a pot like Carter and was faster than Artis. Pete gave a lead to Tandang as Denise tried her best to keep Matsing around. Artis tried to break pots for as Malcolm started breaking pots. Tandang won the first immunity as Malcolm desperately tried to have his last pot broken. In wonderful editing, and a very enthusiastic Jeff hosting, Kalabaw edged out a win. Russell threw a fit as if he deserved to win and broke a few pots. He argued to Jeff that he would never fail because God made him perfect. He logically understood that someone had to lose, but he didn't think he deserved this loss. In the end Kalabaw traded the food for the tarp as Dawson waved the losers goodbye.
Malcolm was depressed when the tribe came back from the challenge. The three had to wash out all their mud as Malcolm told Russell to vote out Denise. Malcolm then talked to Denise and said that she was safe. Denise decided to play the game and make Russell feel as comfortable as possible. Russell talked to Denise and he was pissed, but got over things. She even looked like she had a pen and pad as she put on her therapist hat. Russell explained that he got beat up at the age of eight and he decided to get his revenge. He realized that he shouldn't live in fear. Denise tried to play the social/physical threat aspect in the future for Malcolm. Russell had an interview with the camera where he thought for a second that he was stuck in the middle and didn't know. Denise knew that she had faith in good humans, but if she got voted out, she'd congratulate them.
The tribe arrived at council and Jeff already knew that the three had chaos. Denise knew that A talked to B about C all day. Russell expected excellence for himself and he's comfortable with that. Malcolm admitted that he was the person who volunteered to hit the pots and admitted that it was his fault that they won. Each argued their case; Russell's was the weakest trying to have an argument. Malcolm said that the two that survived had to be the two that stick together. The vote was down to where we saw Russell vote for Malcolm and Malcolm vote Russell. Since there was no hidden immunity idol, Denise's vote of Russell was solid.
Next Week: Matsing decided to search for the hidden immunity idol as a pair. Jeff Kent's injury may have gotten a lot worse.
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