I apologize for the lateness of my Russell Hantz posts. (My computer was down, but it’s now back up and running Windows 7 — which is actually a pretty good operating system, so far.) Anyway, better late than never. Let’s start off with Episode 5…
Just in case you’ve missed it: the grey boxer briefs has returned! Hooray!
In this episode, Russell was portrayed in a much more “slimier” light (if that’s even possible). It’s pretty amazing that Liz was the only one who even suspected Russell for having the hidden immunity idol. Perhaps it’s buried within the show’s editing floor, but Liz’s suspicion did not require genius detective skills since Russell was underneath that tree right in front of them from the previous episodes! Anyway, Russell got in to his defensive mode by threatening Liz. Being a male chauvinist gay guy, I felt a chill up my spine seeing a large male threaten this fragile lady. It was just not right. I think Russell just exposed himself by getting too angry and defensive. I felt also ashamed as he scurried off like a girl while he watched Jaison walk towards them. I must say that it wasn’t Russell’s finest moment.
Here are some screenshots of Russell telling Liz that she’s walking on thin ice. Strap on some comfortable ice skating shoes, Liz…
When Ashley was voted off, my heart was shattered. She was genuinely one of the nicest person in the game. The betrayal of her friend, Natalie, really got to me for some reason. The scene where Natalie was comforting Ashley for losing the reward challenge for them was heartbreaking and made me realize that Natalie is a (passive) force to be reckon with. And during the Tribal Council, you can tell that Ashley felt that she at least had Natalie and Russell on her side. And by being voted off unanimously, I can’t imagine what she felt at that moment.
And as far as Shambo is concerned: man, she just has no concept as to what this game is about. She is the complete antithesis of Russell which is probably why I want them to go to the Final Two. Good job, Shambo. Let’s go and share the clue to everyone… from the other tribe! Yes you share a kinship with them, but, man, that’s either the smartest or dumbest move. The more I think about it, it’s probably the smartest move she has ever inadvertently done so far.
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