'Survivor: Redemption Island': Parvati Shallow's Recap - Episode 12

The winner of "Survivor: Micronesia" continues her weekly thoughts on game intrigue, strategy and blunders. Warning: spoiler alert.


Redemption Island is getting a little too crowded for my taste. I’d really like some kind of Survivor vengeance to come wipe out this hair brained concept so that we could actually hear Jeff speak those magical words “the tribe has spoken” and fill them with real meaningand closure. I want people to get voted off. Four people kicking it on reject island waiting for their chance to hang out with Rob and the cool kids again is getting older than Rob’s weak kneed fainting routine. Seeing Rob weeble-wobble his way up the ladder in thechallenge until finally crawling his way to the top to win immunity, brought up some major “Heroes vs. Villains” flashbacks. Rob asking for and being served water. Rob getting picked up and held by Jeff. We’ve all seen it before; the island getting the best of him. It’s all recycled material and I don’t know about the rest of America, but I’m ready for a change. Let’s shake things up a little!

Maybe Rob’s FBF (favorite boyfriend), Grant, could grow a clue and realize he’s being played harder than an expert at Flirtexting. Rob knows all the rules and he plays like a pro, “Wow I didn’t realize who I was dealing with... you’re kinda a big deal, huh?” Rob clearly gets his moves straight from the hot pink book. Come on Grant, stage a coup! Rally the troops and someone make a power play already, or any kind of play for that matter. 

At least we had a delightful family visit to bring us a sweet reprieve from the Rob and Jeff honeymoon hour. Family visit is my very favorite time of the game because it’s a mile marker. The contestants have all made it to a very crucial point in the game and they finally have someone they know they can trust to talk to and share some much needed love, comfort and honest conversation. This moment is like gold. It’s so intensely exhausting to be on constant high alert, questioning everyone’s motives, scheming, planning, watching all the time for subtle shifts in energy and body language. Having your mom, dad, sister or best friend there to shoulder some of your emotional load and give you a brief moment of safety and comfort can bring you back to life.

It must have been horrifying for the six old Ometepe people to not even have a chance to compete in the challenge for loved one visit. But, as this season has been going, Rob shall overcome and win things he doesn’t even compete in. After winning the family challenge, Mike the “American hero,” delivered the biggest gift of all by sacrificing his time with his mama and giving the guys who voted him out time to share with their loved ones. I love how blown away Jeff was by that move, but he should know by now all these guys are drinking the Jesus juice on Redemption; they have a higher purpose to fulfill. Should Mike make it to the final he definitely made some friends on the jury with his selfless good deed.