The ‘Survivor: Samoa’ Power Rankings: Round 4

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Tocantins’s” Tamara “Taj” George and your beloved “Survivor” recapped Gordon “Truth Seeker” Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of that Thursday’s episode will determine the number of points the two combatants will earn. For example, if John is voted out this week, Taj will receive 4 points and Gordon will receive 7 points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Samoa” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Yasmin was sent home earning Taj 11 points and Gordon 13 points. The current score is now Taj: 54, Gordon: 58.

Taj’s Picks:

Rank Last Week Contestant Comment
1 3 Erik: Now that the tables have turned I have so much to say and I’m excited! Not only do I love Erik’s name but I love his quiet will to play the game. I love the fact that he is thinking about HIIs and new strategies. He has shown his physical strength from day one and now he’s thinking. Always a plus! I really believe that he can outwit, outplay, and outlast Evil Russell now. Go Erik!
2 2 Russell H.: Nothing has changed for me with Russell. I think he’s in control of his tribe 85% of the time. When he isn’t he simply makes a small adjustment until he can regain his control. I still think it’s only a matter of time before the rest of his tribe figures out his strategy. Until then, I’m going to ride with Evil Russell.
3 6 Dave: I like him because he reminds me so much of Coach (Tocantins). I thought for sure that Galu was in trouble until he played his last ball. He’s competitive and quiet. Notice I love the quiet angle? He’s an asset to any tribe so I expect he’ll be around deep into the merge.
4 7 John: I didn’t really care for his rationale during the last tribal council. I see Galu losing a few more challenges because the men are not thinking about the long term. Monica is weak in challenges and Shambo (bless her heart) is not a good team player that loses part of the food supply and equipment. Why would you vote out someone so early who is actually contributing in challenges? Now I get to reflect back on the “wind direction” comments. It just made no sense to me at all. But he’s safe for now.
5 5 Brett: See John.
6 4 Russell S.: The tribe basically said that they didn’t give a damn about what he thinks. He decided to vote for strength and the rest of the tribe decided to vote for friends (I wish my alliance thought that way about me). His control is waning over the tribe. He should really sleep with one eye open. Since he does help out significantly in the challenges he’ll probably make the merge but I don’t think he will be able to win.
7 13 Mick: Finally a win! This will help him out significantly. The win should buy Mick enough time to allow him to create more bonds with the rest of the guys on his tribe. He might even be able to talk some sense into one of the women to be able to make a run once they merge.
8 1 Jaison: He’s happy when he’s winning but a major complainer when he’s losing. Evil Russell has his eye on him also. I think after the tribes merge It’s “Bye bye, Jaison.” I’m sad because he was my favorite until I heard his constant complaining.
9 14 Elizabeth: Still I haven’t seen any reason to believe that she really has three degrees (yes, I’m still stuck on that!). She’s physical in the challenges that her tribe has lost but I haven’t seen her strategic side yet. I just wish I could crack her open to find anything strategic about her.
10 15 Natalie: Her tribe has finally won a challenge. She’s safe until they begin to lose again. Integrity will only take you so far. Step it up woman! Get your pretty head into the game.
11 8 Laura: I understand wanting to save your friend but the game is still so early. The tribe lost that challenge after having so much momentum because of Monica. Now you have not only showed your loyalty to the rest of your tribe but also showed that you’re not thinking rationally. The women on this tribe are really there to get a tan and nothing else. They will never make the merge if Galu goes on a losing string.
12 9 Kelly: See Laura.
13 16 Ashley: In the event that Foa Foa loses again, she better hope that there are a few people on her tribe that want to fight for her to stay like Monica had. Otherwise, she will be going home soon.
14 12 Shannon: She was able to buy herself another week. Between the lost chicken, the lost fishing equipment, and her unwillingness to participate in yoga coupled with your mood swings, your tribe is ready to get rid of you. Start to blend in a little more or else.
15 10 Monica: Monica won the fight this week, but if Galu continues to lose challenges, especially if she is the reason again, not even her Charlie’s Angels will be able to save her. Smooches!

Gordon’s Picks:

Rank Last Week Contestant Comment
1 1
Russell H.: Last week was rough. With Galu losing immunity, I missed out on my weekly huge heaping helping of all things Russell. I’ll just assume he was over at Foa Foa kicking puppies and smacking orphans.
2 3 Dave: Is Dave really running things for his tribe? Too early to tell. But, if I had to guess (and while I don’t have to, I’m going to) I’d say he’s probably the one pulling the strings at Galu.
3 2 Erik: Sure, Erik has the other hidden immunity idol, but how trusted is he around Galu? If Yasmin is to be believed, several people are on to his shiftiness.
4 4 Brett: While I did enjoy getting to know Galu last week, I still don’t have much of a grasp on Brett. Is it right to assume he’s being led around by his elders, or is he breaking out on his own?
5 6 Laura: Laura is quickly emerging as my favorite to win the whole thing. All she has to do is hang on until the merge and she can coast for a while. Keep an eye on Laura. I know I’ve said “Keep an eye on” about a dozen players, but this time I really mean it.
6 8 Kelly: We still haven’t learned much about Kelly, so I’m going to use this opportunity to discuss the Dave/Kelly/Laura/Monica alliance that is going on. Anyone else think the 90210-ers are going to steamroll Foa Foa after the merge?
7 10 John: Still not much from John, but there are way more likely candidates to be booted from Galu before him, so we’ll put him in the middle of the pack this week.
8 5 Russell S.: Apparently a huge storm hits Samoa in this next episode. Sure would have been nice for Galu to have a tarp. Russell S. takes this leader thing seriously. And the decision to go with comfort over utility could come back to bite him.
9 11 Mick: Ah…middle-of-the-road Mick. Athletic enough to be an asset during challenges, not bright enough to see that Evil Russell is leading him around. He’ll be fine till the merge then booted shortly afterward.
10 14 Natalie: If you think I’m going to rank Natalie much higher because of her newly discovered alliance with Evil Russell, you’re wrong. Being in an alliance with him hasn’t been much help to anyone thus far…just ask Betsy.
11 9 Monica: Do I think Monica is in trouble because she had trouble on the rope bridge? Nope. I’m betting she’s a part of some kind of Dave/Laura/Kelly alliance.
12 12 Jaison: Kicking Jaison out of the game when your tribe needs challenges to survive would be team suicide. But, I wouldn’t put it past Jaison to lay his torch down and quit. He does not seem happy out there, and the upcoming storm could push him over the edge.
13 7 Elizabeth: If this week’s preview is to be trusted (and it’s often misleading) then Elizabeth is headed into a confrontation with Evil Russell. We know how well that worked out for Marisa.
14 15 Shannon: The only person besides Yasmin to vote against the tribe was our buddy Shambo. Not a good sign. That, and losing a chicken and breaking the fishing gear are sure to make her the next to go home from Galu.
15 16 Ashley: Not much new from Ashley this week, but I stand by my belief that she’s the next to go the next time Foa Foa drops an immunity challenge.
The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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