This week’s episode of Survivor proved why it’s hard to judge contestants on only one week of footage. Case in point: Jennifer, who I had ranked second after last week. Although a large part of my ranking was due to the torture she went through with the bug in her ear, she did seem smart enough to do well. Yeah, I was wrong on that one. This week, Jennifer imploded her game by admitting at Tribal Council that she was considering jumping ship in front of her alliance. As a result, her alliance members cut bait quickly, sending her home in one of the strangest Tribals ever. This throws my rankings for a little bit of loop, but I’ll do my best to try to make sense of it.

  1. Anna (Beauty) No Movement

Not much changed from Anna this week, so nothing was done to convince me to move her from my top spot. She’s a part of the strongest tribe in the game, and she will continue to build relationships that’ll help her when she gets to the merge.

  1. Caleb (Beauty) Up 2

Caleb continues to prove his challenge ability, absolutely beasting it in this week’s immunity challenge. The biggest reason for Caleb’s rise, however, was seeing how he interacts with tribe-mate Tai. At first glance, one would think that these two wouldn’t be able to get along. However, Caleb’s ability to play off of Tai’s antics proves that he’s able to interact with people in a way that’ll help him get far. Like I said last week, people like Caleb. If he can get the merge, he can ride his challenge ability and social relationships to the end.

  1. Peter (Brain) Outside top five

This Obama look-a-like seems to be the leader of his tribe and is very capable in challenges. I have a hard time not seeing him make the merge, but if he does, he’ll have a hard time not coming across as the head of his tribe. If he can lay low and avoid this label, he’ll do well. Plus, he had my favorite joke of the week. When talking about crazy tribe-mate Debbie, Peter said, “When I first met Debbie, my only question was whether she had 30 cats or 40 cats. I decided on 40 cats.” Good stuff.

  1. Neal (Brain) Up 1

Nothing important from Neal this week so, like Anna, I have no reason to move him out of the top five. I still like his potential, especially if Peter draws the attention away from him as the primary competitor from the Brain tribe.

  1. Jason (Braun) Down 2

Bad showing from Jason this week, who not only came across as slightly lazy but mean as well. None of this will matter in the short-term if people continue to vote his way, but it won’t do him any good post-merge (unless he becomes the jerk that people want to sit next to because they know they can win against him). He’s a good challenge competitor, but he needs to take his attitude down a notch. This is truly a social game at its core and he hasn’t done well at that thus far. However, he did have the second best joke of the week. When describing dopey tribe mate Alecia, Jason compared her to an ostrich, saying “she’s a bird but she can’t fly. So she’s useless.” Classic bird humor.

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