Quick spoilers for episode two of "Survivor" coming up just as soon as I get pixellated...
Okay, they've still got me, even with an episode where, because of the Immunity Challenge results, the screen time was heavily skewed away from the veterans (who I care about to varying degrees) towards the rookies. It helped that there was a whole lotta conflict on the newbies side, as we burned through four or five different "Survivor" cliches in one episode: old vs. young split, the power couple seen as a threat, the guy who gets targeted for plotting too much(*), and the blindside. I'm not sure I've ever seen all those things combined in one episode before, and after it looked like one of the old people other than Kathy was guaranteed to go home, things got veddy, veddy interesting there at the end.
(*) While I think Joel the fireman is right to distrust Mike for being part of a couple, they were all dumb to dismiss Mike's vote-splitting plan, which is the only effective way to guard against one or even two immunity idols being in play. I also thought it was kind of funny that he got shot down for proposing it in the same episode where Cerie -- the first player in "Survivor" history to successfully orchestrate a 3-2-1 vote -- stepped to the forefront of the veterans tribe after being invisible last week.
So here's your strategery question of the week: if you're Cirie, do you go with the young couples or the older brainiacs? While I'd certainly prefer her to team up with Jonathan and Yau Man, there's an argument to be made for signing on with the beef and cheesecake. Because the show has now shifted to a final three instead of a final two arrangement, she might have a better chance latching onto a rock solid couple who need a third rather than hoping to make it to the end with an amorphous foursome where any combination could stick together. In addition, James and, especially, Ozzy, are likely better challenge shields than anyone in the other group, and Cerie will have a much easier time manipulating the young and buff than she would Jonathan or Yau Man or Ami. Maybe if Jonathan hadn't been so stupid as to try to put his eggs in the Fairplay basket last week, he would have a real agreement already and wouldn't have to worry, but the previews suggest things are in flux, and our resident leaf-phobic is the power player.
What did everybody else think? And, keeping in mind that I only saw a few episodes of China, has Amanda ever made it through an entire episode without spilling out of her clothes at some point?