Stephen Fishbach Blogs: Is Sherri Channeling Sandra Bullock on Survivor?

Stephen Fishbach and Sherri Biethman

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updated 02/28/2013 AT 2:15 PM ET

originally published 02/28/2013 AT 11:55 AM ET

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

“People are so dumb in this game. I mean, they talk way too much.”
– J.T. Thomas, Survivor: Tocantins

Does Sherri remind anybody else of Sandra Bullock? I don’t just mean the physical resemblance.

Last week, Sherri pulled off The Blind Side, wresting control of the Fans tribe from the Cool Kids. This week, things have gotten Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

The problem is, Shamar’s a real Demolition Man. He shouts at Reynold and shouts at Eddie. He shouts at Matt, who’s just saved him. He shouts that he didn’t get the diving mask. He shouts that it’s raining.

Shamar may be a military veteran, but he acts like a child lashing out for negative attention. When people aren’t exclusively talking about Shamar, he threatens to quit.

Sherri does her best to play Miss Congeniality. But at this point, you have to wonder if the damage Shamar does to tribe cohesion outweighs his strategic and physical benefit. The Fans must guess there’s a swap coming soon. Staying strong against the Favorites is their only chance.

Nevertheless, Sherri and Laura share the Fishy this week for keeping their alliance intact. They come up with The Proposal to split the votes. When Shamar sabotages his own allies by “blurbing” the plan as Hope Floats nearby, they react with Speed.

Laura’s last-minute scheme to team up with Reynold looks like she’s dithering. But I suspect there’s a lot more going on. We never actually see Laura and Julia discussing voting out Shamar. (We just see them being “scared.”)

Laura’s fake plan with Reynold ensures that all three Cool Kids vote Shamar, which accomplishes three things:

1. Laura keeps Hope from flipping on Eddie – which would eliminate Eddie, whose strength the tribe needs.
2. She keeps her own name off the parchment.
3. She keeps Reynold occupied from coming up with a counter-strategy.

Things work out for Sherri’s alliance – for now. Next week, however, it looks like they’re heading for a Crash.


Over at the Favorites camp, Malcolm and Corinne find the idol. Why doesn’t Corinne reach into any crevasses to try and grab it first? Co-owning the idol is the same as not owning the idol at all.

Meanwhile, Andrea wants so badly to Be Strategic. She’s devised a plan to oust Corinne and replace her with Brandon. Could there be a single worse move?


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