We all know that Survivor is real, in terms of the conditions that these contestants endure season to season. Ultimately though, it is a TV show, and while we’ve seen starving, scrounging and scurrying, we have never quite had a tribe test the show and the producers quite like Hunahpu this season. I mean, the producers know they’re starving and they’re given a certain amount of rice to survive on, but they wouldn’t just let people die out there…would they? Well, of course not. But Hunahpu is the first tribe to test the limits. Tonight, a “sharp penalty” will be placed upon Hunahpu, when Probst brings them another bag of rice to hopefully sustain them for the rest of the season.
So what sort of penalty could possibly be given? Do they have to forfeit the next Immunity Challenge? And will Coyopa soon face the same penalty since Missy seems to be the one responsible and she continues to cook up as much rice as she feels?
Here is the synopsis of tonight’s episode from CBS:
Episode 6 – “Make Some Magic Happen” – In a rare move, a very hungry Hunahpu tribe makes a desperate trade for rice. Meanwhile, one castaway on the Coyopa tribe concocts a plan to use a fake idol to try and insure their safety, on SURVIVOR, Wednesday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Analysis. Hunahpu’s rice over-eating habits may have been the reason they have dominated challenges thus far, so it’ll be interesting to see if things reverse, now that Missy and Coyopa are the ones eating more. We are suddenly only two or three episodes away from the merge, so each tribe only needs to get through a few more Tribals to make it there. That’s why a “sharp penalty” of having to vote someone out could be a huge game-changer.
Over at Coyopa, the other big story is Dale, now without his daughter and clearly the easy target to vote out. Keith should still be safe with that Idol of his, so it is likely that Dale will be the one to go should Coyopa return yet again to Tribal Council. His “fake idol” ploy is likely just that…a ploy. I find it hard to believe that the others would really believe him to have an Idol.
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