Wow. After dominating Survivor with his bullying, bigotry, and powerful game play, Colton exits the stage because of a bacterial infection. I didn't expect him to make the end, but the early departure was still a surprise. The previews revealed that a player would require medical attention, but my money was on the hobbling Tarzan. It will be really interesting to see where this season goes without its primary figure. Players like Jonas and Leif who have been content to follow Colton's lead will have to step up or face a quick boot. This week ends with a surprise merge (for the players) at Tribal Council, which quickly dissolves one of the most lopsided tribal splits in the show's history. With six men and six women remaining in the game and multiple alliances in play, it's impossible to predict what will happen next week. For more details, check out my review of "Thanks for the Souvenir" for Sound on Sight.
Here are a few other interesting moments that I didn't address in my review:
- When Colton tells Christina that she should throw herself in the fire, it's clear from his demeanor that he's joking. That instance might be okay if it wasn't combined with numerous other examples this week. In his post-game interviews, Colton claimed he was just being funny, but the bullying goes way too far for that type of justification.
- Kat continues to prove that she's not the brightest contestant we've ever seen on Survivor. When she finds out that Colton may have appendicitis, it's clear she has no idea what it is. Watching Kat squirm and worry about catching this condition is ridiculous and pretty sad, even if you've never experienced it.
- Kat wonderfully redeems herself with the classic description of a dream where Alicia kills her at a mall. In terms of the game, this example reveals why Alicia won't last much longer. She scares the players and isn't going to receive any goodwill on the merged tribe.
- Watching Jeff arrive with the medical team is always a silly moment. He strolls in like a professional and is determined to get involved. This usually is mundane, but his questions remind us how the shrewd executive producer is trying to stir the pot with Colton's exit.