Survivor: HHH Episode 12 Recap: You Don’t Know The Half Of It
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It’s safe to say that Survivor: HHH is starting to hit its stride, and just in time. Just one week removed from a powerful double-episode, tonight we were given what was simply the best episode this season…OK, it contained two of the lamest challenges you may ever see, but man was there great drama and good strategy throughout…there was also a shockingly awful move that will go down, unfortunately, as one of the worst blunders in Survivor history. And as we trimmed the field down to just six players left, a chaotic and exciting Tribal Council guaranteed that there will be an even playing field moving forward.
But first, please remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s Episode 12 of Survivor: HHH, so if you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add too that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap, and is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.
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I told everyone to stick with this season! How did everyone else like tonight’s ep? Survivor sure is a crazy game, and just when you think you’re safe, things can flip on its head. Tonight we witnessed the epic blindside of Lauren…a blindside not in game terms but in terms of audience expectations. I did NOT think Lauren was in trouble heading into this week, and I am definitely sorry to see her go. Lauren was one of the most surprising players this season and she became a fan-favorite only after a few episodes. Her blunt yet subtle style made her feel like a “real” person, on a show that too often seems filled with models and wanna-bes. She proved to be a great strategic player and she had positioned herself well in the game. But a few slip ups later, and Lauren quickly became the fifth member of the jury.
Ben sure has been in the middle of nearly everything this season. This episode began by showing us that Chrissy was clearly not happy with him after how he handled things back at camp following Joe getting the boot. Chrissy and Ben had once been aligned, but Ben had been acting as a secret agent over the past two votes, infiltrating Chrissy’s alliance and destroying her game from within. I think Chrissy had a point in saying that Ben could have definitely handled things a bit…nicer…and even Lauren commented on how she didn’t appreciate how personal Ben makes things. Ben even had concocted a plan to plant a fake idol for Chrissy to find, just to try to humiliate her at Tribal Council if she were to play it and have Jeff toss it into the fire. It blows my mind that 35 seasons in, players still don’t seem to realize that the people that get voted out of the game are the ones that you have to earn votes from in order to win in the end. Ben – once considered King of his court and well-liked by everyone – has now burned every bridge and has all but destroyed his chances of winning the million.
Someone else who could have “worked the jury” a bit more effectively tonight was Dr. Mike. He dramatically threw the half-Idol that Lauren had given to him in good faith, and while this might have been entertaining to his allies and members of the jury, and was certainly exciting for those of us watching at home, I ask the question: Why, Mike? If Lauren was indeed going to get sent to jury, …
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