"And I thought I was the dumbest Survivor ever." -James
Now, I didn't watch much of James' original season, so while I know that he got voted out despite holding two hidden immunity idols, I can't speak to the context of it and whether the number of idols outweighs the very shaky circumstances under which Ozzy should have, but failed to play his own idol. Right now, though, Ozzy looks like he fell victim to one of the classic "Survivor" blunders.
(The greatest, of course, is to not get into a land war with Tom Westman, but only slightly less well known is this: never go in against Cirie when a million dollars is on the line! Ah hahahahahahahaha!!! Ack.)
Splendid, splendid episode, with so much of the goodness "Survivor" still has to offer, even at this advanced age. We had the comedy of Erik partying too hard with the people of Yap. We had the even greater comedy of Alexis, then Natalie (yes, I finally bothered to learn their names), then James all losing their balance before they got the chance to say, "Jeff, I'll take the cookie, please." We got what seemed like an incredibly stupid move on Jason's part in giving up immunity to feed the others, and then we got Parvati and Cirie teaming up to blindside Ozzy, who didn't have Yul around this time to do the thinking for him.
And maybe best of all, for those of us who find Parvati repugnant (even if we can admire her gameplay this time around), we have the prospect of her having some 'splaining to do to the members of her various sub-alliances next week. I'm glad Ozzy's gone, as it makes things far more unpredictable from here on out, but wouldn't it be awesome if, in the collateral damage of his boot, Parvati winds up the next to go?
Now, before we open it up to discussion, let's rattle off some other infamous mistakes from "Survivor" seasons past. Feel free to include more, and we can argue for a while about where Ozzy's blunder ranks.
- In All-Stars, Lex saving Ambuh at Rob's request
- In Guatemala, nobody bothering to stop Danni from bidding on the immunity challenge clue
- In Africa, Brandon refusing to be in an alliance with Frank, even if the alternative was to go home
- In Marquesas, the Rotu Four making it abundantly clear what the boot order was during a reward challenge
- In Pearl Islands, Fairplay and Burton going off on a reward by themselves and leaving the women to plot against them
- In Cook Islands, the Raros refusing to entertain even the possibility that Yul had the idol
- Whatever the hell mistake Ami and company made in Vanuatu (another season I bailed on early) that allowed their all-female alliance to collapse and Chris to win
- In Australia, Colby taking Tina to the finals instead of Keith