Survivor Season 28 Review “Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back”

Straw that Broke the Camel's Back

Survivor returned tonight on the same day that CBS announced their new fall lineup at the Upfront presentation in New York City. Amid a lot of other CBS news, including Two and a Half Men only having one more season, Big Bang Theory and Amazing Race airing on different nights, and a bunch of new pilot either being picked up or dropped, not much is happening in Survivorland! The perennial series will return on Wednesday nights at 8 where it belongs, and be followed by Criminal Minds and the new Kevin Williamson series Stalker. With so much changing in the television landscape, it’s nice to have great episodes like “Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back” to enjoy. It’s like comfort food!

We started out with the classic post-tribal scenes, as we see Spencer confronting Woo about not sticking to his final three “promise”. I’m not sure if Spence was just trying to publicly shame Woo or something, but last week Woo was being extremely noncommittal about the whole thing. So much so that Spencer noted last week how incredibly difficult Woo is to read, complete with a spot-on impression of him. He really shouldn’t have been surprised that Woo didn’t keep his word.

The reward challenge was a simple yet fun “gross out” challenge, which Tony won so handily that they didn’t even need to weigh the buckets. I’m not sure if it was a good idea for Tony not to invite Woo to enjoy his pizza reward, since he really needs to lead Woo to believe that they’re still tight. Trish might have been a little upset if she wasn’t picked, but she would have never turned on her dear Tony.

It was a small moment, but I was so happy to hear that the Super Idol can only be used until the top five. I got a small heart attack when Tony told Trish that he could use the special one in the top four, but thankfully that was a lie.

So Spencer won the immunity challenge, which I was super psyched about, but it certainly complicated things for Tony and his alliance. Trish chose this moment to turn on Kass and confront her about the things she said in the past, and Kass continued to be one of the most unlikable players in Survivor history.

Trish certainly doesn’t come off as the most intelligent person in the game, but she really hit the nail on the head when describing Kass. Kass is always playing the victim, even though she doles out the hate just as much as everybody else. It’s almost as if Kass came to the realization that she wasn’t being mean enough, and now she’s trying to cement her place in Survivor history as one of the cruelest players ever, and possibly get herself onto a villain team in a future all-star season. She kept pretending that she was the one being attacked and victimized by Trish, but then she proceeded to call her a “skeletal, blue-eyed banshee” and a “mega-b****” right to her face. She also flipped her off as she walked out of Tribal! Kass may have told Tony that he’s making an ass of himself, but I think Kass came out of there looking a lot worse.

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Random Thoughts:

– CBS, stop trying to make #ChaosKass happen! It’s not going to happen!

– Tony “talking llama” was one of the weirdest/best things I’ve seen on this show. What was up with that, by the way? Is he saying that she looks like a llama?

– I’m not sure why, but I was a little surprised that Trish actually understood Spencer’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” reference. I get that it’s a classic movie and all, but I just didn’t think of Trish as being particularly…cultured.