Survivor: China Episode 3

In episode 2, Jean-Robert got in trouble with his tribe for sleeping all the time, which he said was strategy (huh?), but he lucked out that the other tribe couldn’t compete in the challenge. Zhan Hu decided to break up the tension in their tribe by booting either Ashley or Dave, and they chose Ashley, a move I can’t imagine they won’t regret. Maybe Dave will have a new attitude this week, though. Or not.

Jean-Robert says to call him creepy if they want to, and the women take him up on that offer. Taking up the whole bed and insisting on cuddling with women who aren’t attracted to him is making him even more enemies.

Peih-Gee is concerned that Dave’s wasting his energy at camp, which will again make him wiped out for the challenge, which he performed horribly at last week. His theory is that camp needs to be sorted, and if it’s not, that is what will cause problems at challenges. Frosti thinks Dave should just be happy he didn’t get voted out last time. Yep, definitely no new attitude here.

At the reward challenge, teams start on opposite ends and must battle each other three-on-three to throw the other tribe into the water. Reward is kerosene, a lantern, pillows, blankets, and a tarp. Courtney and Todd sit out for Fei Long. Jaime, Peih-Gee, and Sherea beat Amanda, Denise, and Leslie. Dave pulls a Richard Hatch and takes his pants off. James is the last man standing against Zhan Hu’s men to tie it 1-1. Jaime and Peih-Gee again take the win for Zhan Hu. James then again is the last man standing to tie it 2-2. In the final matchup, Jaime and Peih-Gee win it for Zhan Hu, which marks the first challenge they’ve won. They decide to kidnap Leslie.

Leslie believes the other tribe has an advantage in terms of morale. She spills a lot of information to the girls and Eric. I’m not sure she went too far, but she definitely volunteered way more information than she needed to.

Todd and Courtney are eavesdropping on James and Jean-Robert and overhear Jean-Robert say Courtney is the first to go. Neither James nor Jean-Robert are even attempting to be quiet. This convinces them that Jean-Robert and James need to go, the sooner the better. The big problem with this theory is that, without those two, they’d get killed in challenges, while it’s pretty obvious that neither Todd nor Courtney are considered assets in that respect, as both sit out every other time. Of course, Jean-Robert is digging his own grave in other respects, so getting rid of him would be much easier than getting rid of James would be.

Leslie returns the favor and gives Jaime the clue to the hidden immunity idol. This second clue at a second camp means there are at least two hidden immunity idols. Hopefully this sucks less worse than it sucked last year.

Tribes must choose 4 choppers and 2 puzzle builders at the immunity challenge. Denise and Leslie sit out for Fei Long. The choppers must cut through ropes and release discs. The discs must then be used to solve a puzzle. Zhan Hu gets off to an early lead. Courtney’s a disaster in every sense of the word, though it does lead me to wonder who’s responsible for picking her to do the physical part of this task. She can’t even get one done before the other tribe has all four. If she wasn’t the first boot choice before, she is now. Todd might want to reconsider his theory about which way to vote. With a strong performance by the other people, however, Fei Long does make some effort at catching up, even if it’s never as close as Probst makes it seem. Zhan Hu wins their first immunity.

To her credit, Courtney gives her all at the challenge, even if her all wasn’t very much.

To make matters worse, not only did Leslie volunteer a lot of information to the other tribe, but she foolishly also tells her own tribe way too much information about what she told the other tribe, giving them a rock solid excuse to eliminate her. The other option is Jean-Robert, but it’s not a particularly valid option.

Jean-Robert’s not shy about saying what he thinks about who’s weak on the tribe. Courtney gets upset because she thinks they want to stick her where she will do the least damage, which it’s hard to blame them for. Leslie again volunteers information without thinking, saying the other tribe has more heart. Wow, could this be any more obvious?

Votes:
Jean-Robert
Leslie
Jean-Robert
Leslie
Leslie
Leslie
Leslie

Leslie is the first person voted out of Fei Long. Despite being weak in challenges, she could have bought herself at least another week if she just kept her mouth shut. In addition to Leslie obviously voting for Jean-Robert, Courtney does as well. Not real clear what she hoped to gain by voting against the tribe.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live blog of Survivor: China Episode 4, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on CBS.

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