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Survivor preview: The women roar (or is that a goat bleating?)

Vytas is about get the business end of the Mom Smackdown Alliance, shutting him out of a puzzle challenge. Was that cheating or shrewd gameplay?

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Vytas is about get the business end of the Mom Smackdown Alliance, shutting him out of a puzzle challenge. Was that cheating or shrewd gameplay?

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Going into the final stretch of Survivor, the women are showing some serious backbone. Tampa's Monica Culpepper has been a fierce competitor and admitted she wanted to “show the kids that more than one badass lives in our house.” Brad who? The ex-Buccaneer and Tampa attorney, Brad Culpepper was an instant lightning rod on Blood vs. Water, but ever since he was sent away from Redemption Island, girlfriend has been bringing it. Monica has now kicked butt  in three of the past four challenges.

And last week Laura made the shrewd move (some would call it cheating) of literally turning her back on Vytas and helping Tina finish a puzzle to send away a guy Laura views as a bigger threat. Survivor fans have long complained about how game designers never put up dividers between puzzles to keep players from cheating off each other. Last week showed us why. It was a pretty ballsy move for Laura to go out of her way to help another player defeat her biggest threat.

This week the fan site Survivor Oz released its power rankings and Monica Culpepper swept the category, dubbed a "challenge goddess" But one judge, Jarryd, dissented, saying "Monica can’t win. Even if she wins every single remaining challenge, she can’t win. If she goes to the end with her alliance, she’ll be a goat no matter what. Yes, she may have won challenges, but goats are generally not considered to be voted out because they don’t get Jury votes."

Hmmm, this term goat is a old baseball term for a star player whose career is overshadowed by one awful misstep, a dropped fly ball or lousy strike out. It haunts them. But the gamers of today use goat as an acronym for Greatest Of All Time. Which side of the goat/GOAT line will Monica fall?

Tonight's episode appears to be another attempt by the Newbies, especially Hayden, trying to overthrow Tyson. I’m guessing it goes about as well as last time, as in nowhere. He'll have to convince Gervase to turn on his tightest alliance.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 2:03pm]

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