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DECODING THE EDIT: Haves & Have Nots

Most viewers must be expecting to see Bikal’s domination continue, but the editors showed so much of Gota’s troubles that a reversal of situation has to be expected. Before the season even started, viewers were saying that the returning players had an unfair advantage over the newbies so we’d expect the editors trying to show some difficulties over at Bikal. The hurricane had to hit both camps, a Favorite or two had to have a bad night, but we didn’t see any of that. All the plagues of Egypt have befallen on Gota so one of their own must emerge out of this, no? If not, what’s the story? The Favorites had no opposition and won? I don’t see a best-seller there.

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Pointless Strategizing and Insane Perseverance on The Amazing Race

As the Amazing Race heads to New Zealand, RHAP-porter Jessica Liese examines pointless strategizing and insane perseverance. This week, teams headed to Phil's hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand, where Phil wasted an opportunity and did not design the tasks around cleaning out his parents' rain gutters or doing their laundry. Instead, teams drove junky cars around a set of traffic cones and ran a chicken-themed obstacle course.

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Individual Games: Divorcing the Dominatrix on Survivor Caramoan

Corinne's not the only dominatrix this season as women are leading the plotting over and under the radar on both tribes. This week also saw a successful tie-breaker but what was the vital flaw in its execution, and where does an anticipated tribal swap leave everybody's game?

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DECODING THE EDIT: A Poker Game on Survivor Caramoan

The recap reminded us that the Fans’ camp was filled with disorder. The only thing coming together was the couples’ alliance. The Favorites had a clear division: Phillip’s alliance, Stealth-R-Us, was calling the shots, leaving Brandon, Erik and Brenda on the outside, looking in. Brandon: “He is treating people like garbage and I don’t like that… Inspector Gadget thought he could pull his special agent tricks but you don’t want to fight with me.”

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BAKER’S DOZEN: The Game of Shadows

We need to talk about the people we weren’t talking about, the castaways who weren’t getting confessionals, the players who are out there for just as many hours as the rest of ‘em, only they’re not getting camera time. In Book VII of The Republic, ancient Greek philosopher Plato imagines a conversation between his brother Glaucon and his teacher Socrates which outlines an analogy for human existence: Most of us are chained in a cave while shadows – cast by objects moving in front of the fire of “truth” – move on the blank wall in front of us. We can’t directly witness reality; all we can see are the flickering images of truth distorted by the process of projection. Only a philosopher, freed from her shackles, is able to perceive truth by looking right into the heart of the fire.

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INDIVIDUAL GAMES: Even Troubled Waters “Gota” be Bridged

This week we see that the social game on both tribes has not so much cracks but gaping fissures. What's wrong with Bikal besides Brandon, who's playing the best game on Gota, and when did we start failing the Bechdel Test? The lesson we should be taking away from this week's episode of Survivor is that the social game is harder than you think it is.