One team threw the challenge, all to vote off one player. Not a smart move. Survivor is largely a numbers game, give up free numbers and it may well come back to haunt you. I thought Russell had swung the vote with the older lady, but she double dealt, and Russell was voted to the Island.

Boston Rob continued to tighten his control over his tribe, and barring any boneheaded plays, and random bad luck, looks on his way to at least the merge. Here is where the numbers you carry in become critical.

Well, Boston Rob’s team lost the challenge. Seems that BR has built some numbers, pretty much in control at the moment. Eliminates the contestant that he wants and also forces the play of the immunity idol.

The team needs now to win a couple of challenges. If you merge with a real numbers deficit, you struggle, and really rely on the stupidity of the majority, viz. the other team. Can be done, happened a couple of seasons ago, but, you really need a lot of luck. BR needs to win a couple of elimination challenges.


I know it’s practically finished in the States. But it started here last night. I’ve watched every season from about the third season. It’s the play of human psychology that is endlessly fascinating. I’m always amazed, that after so many seasons, that some of the players simply don’t grasp the basics.

In Week 1 while Boston Rob builds numbers, Christina who finds the idol, which is good, manages to turn this advantage into a liability. Unbelievable. Secret Agent Phillip, is obviously as loose-a-cannon as has ever been on the show.

Russell is as deluded as ever. The team suss his repeated strategy from the get-go, and already plots are afoot to expel him. I’ll watch with interest to see how he fares third time lucky. It’s shaping up to be one of the best seasons.