Survivor: Philippines Review “Shot into Smithereens”

Tonight’s episode of Survivor: Philippines started out the way that the last episode did: With me having absolute certainty that Abi will be going home at the end of the hour! We all know how that panned out last week, though, so we’ll see how it all plays out in tonight’s installment “Shot into Smithereens”.

The episode started out with a Survivor tradition that always gets to me and chokes me up a little: Our survivors being reunited with their loved ones! We’ve seen these contestants for three months now, and we think we have them all figured out, so it’s fun to watch them interact with their family members and see a whole new side of them. Just about everybody was the same old teary reunion that we see every year, except for the notable exception of Abi. Abi seemed to have a more emotional reaction from watching other people reunite with their loved ones than she did when she saw her own mother!

After seeing last week’s preview scenes for tonight’s episode, I knew that Malcolm’s goofy brother Miles was going to join his bro back at camp. I was impressed that he was actually the one to win the challenge, though I was kind of hoping that he would say a little more crazy stuff. Overall none of the family members had anything meaningful to contribute. Lisa’s strangely named brother Justice did seem to help keep her in focus a little bit, but that’s about it.

Malcolm finally wins his first immunity challenge, and that guarantees him a spot in the final four since he has a hidden immunity idol! So now the rest of the tribe just has to decide between voting out two people. Do they vote out Carter, who Lisa described quite aptly when she likened her to Jesus in that he never says anything? Or do they vote out Abi, who Malcolm described quite aptly as a Dementor from the Harry Potter series?

Despite how much I hate Abi on just about every level, I really don’t see any reason to keep Carter over her. Carter may have flown under the radar the whole game, but he could easily win challenges to get to the top three, and then he could have a few votes thrown his way just because he hasn’t offended anybody.

While I don’t quite look forward to the idea of seeing Abi progress any further in this game, I do understand why she’s being kept around. My fear is that she will think the only reason that she stayed is because of her stupid idol bluff, but the only reason she’s still in the game is because people don’t see her as a threat.

With only one more episode before finale, I’m really hoping Abi goes home next week. I know that at this point it would make more sense to keep her in the game just because she is so unlikable, but it’s genuinely making me angry just watching this show. Cross your fingers!

Random Thoughts:

– I know I shouldn’t be making fun of these people when they’re going through such an emotional experience, but Lisa does not look good when she cries!

– I don’t know if any of you are fans of the show Parks and Recreation, but did anybody else get a HUGE Jean Ralphio vibe from Malcolm’s brother Miles?

– Don’t forget to check out cbs.com/ponderosa to see scenes of the eliminated tribe members leaving the game!