'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains': Rupert makes out, then gets kicked out
Oh man, the loved-ones episode. Gets me every time.
As soon as that lovely Sprint phone arrived in tree mail, I knew one of my favorite episodes had arrived: the episode where the players' family members trudge out to a remote location to compete for a day with their kin. Who can forget the episode years ago when Rupert, reunited with his wife, sobbed while embracing her? That was sweet, but their reunion this time around was a little bit less appealing. Did we really have to see the pair kissing, while Rupert's overgrown, dirty beard rubbed up against her face? Not to mention, are these people allowed to brush their teeth? Ick.
What was more touching was Sandra seeing her uncle, who apparently stood by her mother during the last days of her life.
"My uncle is here only because my mom passed away and he's my favorite uncle," she cried, explaining that her husband couldn't make it because he's in Afghanistan. The moment shed a light on Sandra and helped to explain a bit of her tough exterior, and it was nice to see her let down her guard for a bit this week.
Meanwhile, how hysterical was it when Colby kept yelling at his brother, Reed, during the reward challenge?
"Come on, Reed," he said as his brother failed to catch any of the water in his pail. Buddy, we've seen your performance in the challenges this season -- stop blaming everything on your brother.
By the way, the product placement on this show just gets worse every year. Parvati talking about how great the Sprint Palm Pre was "with all its applications"? Gag me with a spoon. It was pretty cool to see everyone playing on the beach by those amazing blow holes. One of the better rewards this season.
Not surprisingly, the fact that Jerri didn't take Russell along for the prize set him off almost instantly, as he criticized her poor strategic game.
"I been taking care of Jerri this whole time," he bragged. "I hope that burger literally tastes like a million dollars, because these girls are a bunch of unappreciative little bitches."
Such a classy guy.
When the girls got back to camp, I totally lost it when Rupert kept everyone up by making loud noises by the fire. I mean, what was he doing anyway? Making firewood? The guy was literally slamming logs onto the ground in the middle of the night. I would have been angry with him too.
Colby, yet again, proved he's basically the most surprising weakest link in the physical challenges, losing the balance of his pole almost immediately after the game began.
"Colby drops out 15 seconds in," Probst said, publicly shaming the former champion again. Seriously, what happened to Donaldson? I just don't understand it.
Parvati continued to dominate by taking home the immunity necklace, which secured her a spot in the final five. I know many viewers think she's only gotten as far as she has because of her flirtatious ways, but I think she's been an outstanding player this season and I'm glad to see her get a shot at the final prize.
As Parvati rested easy, Sandra and Russell began to spar back at camp.
"Are you with me or are you against me?" Russell said, coming at Sandra aggressively after learning she'd gone to Rupert in an attempt to vote him off.
"I'm against you," she replied, sending Russell into a tizzy. Man, this guy seriously cannot handle anyone who speaks even one word ill of him. When he finds out someone might be gunning for him he immediately gets overly sensitive and throws out scare tactics, threatening to vote the opposer off next.
Even though I know Sandra is fiesty, at first I was wondering why she was standing up for herself so aggressively. Then I remembered that she has the hidden immunity idol, something I'd totally blanked on for the last couple of episodes.
Luckily, she decided to use her last possible chance to play it and was saved at tribal council. By the way, how awkward was it when Parvati mouthed "hot" to Danielle when she walked in and took her seat on the jury? I've always felt like the former contestants get as dolled up as possible while they're on the jury to make up for looking gross for so many weeks, but I always find the whole spectacle kind of ridiculous. It's not like we didn't just see you without makeup for the last handful of episodes -- who do you think you're fooling?
Even though I knew it had to be coming, it was bittersweet to see Rupert go home. Even though he's a bit loony at times, he always brings a lovable spirit to the game. I'm going to talk to him Friday, so leave your most pressing questions for the castaway in the comments. Also look for our exclusive chat Friday with Jeff Probst on Show Tracker.
I can't believe we're already down to the final five. My ideal voting-out order?:
-- Amy Kaufman (follow me on Twitter @AmyKinLA)
Photos: From top, Rupert Boneham was voted out this week on "Survivor"; Russell Hantz was spared yet again. Credit: CBS.