I had to put this up (surprised it wasn't here already!)
Despite having merged, Ometepe’s members are sticking together and staying loyal to their cult leader, Rob Mariano, who has fed them so much Kool-Aid they didn’t even eat fish the other tribe members caught. Their alliance, as we learned from a hilarious Phillip speech at the second Tribal Council, is called “Stealth ‘R’ Us”.
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I, too, couldn't understand why Rob voted Grant out instead of Natalie. Grant was a reliable ally, and Natalie is torn between Rob and Ashley, so she is not as reliable for Rob. And Grant has a greater chance of coming back from Redemption Island than Natalie does, and he would do so no longer a trusted ally of Rob. Maybe Rob thought that he would be in a stronger position by pretending a tighter allegiance with Ashley-Natalie rather than with Grant, assuming that if Ashley felt secure in the alliance she would vote with Rob to take out whoever comes back from RI. But this would be easily spoiled if Natalie were to tell Ashley that Rob, Grant, and Phillip would have voted Ashley out if she had not won immunity. Rob would have been in a strong enough position with Grant and Phillip had he voted Natalie out, and he would not be susceptible to Natalie's divided loyalties.
Rob deserves to win, hands down, but his fate is now more insecure than it would have been had he voted Natalie out. If Ashley turns on him, he is doomed. Had he voted Natalie out, he would not be doomed by any single person turning against him.
I had forgotten that Rob still had an idol, so it didn't matter whether he voted out Natalie or Grant last week. Rob played a masterful game. I can't imagine anyone playing it better than he did this time. He even played it perfectly at the reunion show: he said all the right things about Phillip; he shook Troll Russell's hand; he re-extended the olive branch to Grant. Rob not only took home the $1 million but also endeared himself to the audience by being a good sport in victory.
CBS will be guilty of abuse if they call Russell again. The misérable can't help himself. He'll get chewed up and spit out, and he's too dim to understand why.
Ok folks! It's been real!
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