Russell Hantz tried hard to secure his place. He burned people’s socks and poured out their water. He lied about being a Hurricane Katrina victim. He found a shed-load of Immunity Idols and then when he failed to find more, he got people to give more to him. But he humiliated his fellow Survivors and crowed that he was the king. Well, his reign is over. First he was voted out, and then he lost the Redemption Island head-to-head with Matt.
Phillip finds Tree-Mail and wakes up his Tribe to tell them they must select two people to watch the Redemption Island Duel. Phillip wants to go for a little recon and is eager to accompany him. Ralph and Sarita decide they want to watch the duel, so they get to watch their former tribesman Russell leave.
“Holy Mackerel,” Kristina exclaims as Matt correctly stacks his domino run, even after a false start, and so the over-confident Russell is defeated.
Russell, the bad boy of “Survivor”, was perhaps always destined for an early exit, but we didn’t predict the tears. First he covered his face with his hat and then he started to sniffle. Pretty soon he couldn’t even stand up straight due to his sobbing. Love him or hate him, many people will enjoy that vintage Russell moment.
Russell played the “Survivor” game with passion, but he was a bully and so there is some satisfaction in watching his baby blubbering after his elimination. Russell would have surely mocked such a display from anyone else.
So what do you think to Russell’s elimination, and this tearful response? Are you surprised, or just gutted a real player is gone?