I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S INCREDIBLE COCKINESS OR COMPLETE STUPIDITY. I'M LEANING MORE TOWARDS STUPIDITY: Among the things Survivor fans know by now -- so, presumably, the players know this too -- is that who you choose to take on a reward challenge (and who gets left behind) should be decided on strategy, not sympathy. The disgruntled left-behind can organize (Sandra/Lill/Darrah v. Fairplay/Burton), and leaving behind someone as paranoid and narcissistic as Russell ... sheesh. So things were going to get spun around this episode no matter what, but certainly the way this three-on-three played out.
We were also reminded, of course, that loose lips sink ships and that the only way two people can keep a secret on Survivor is if one of them has already been voted out, so way to go, Person Who Actually Managed To Keep A Secret On Survivor.
Also, this episode was about "experiencing the blowhole." Well, Russell: referring to your fellow competitors as "a bunch of unappreciative little bitches" makes you not a "Survivor villain," but a real-life one. Congratulations, asshole.
Added: Probst: "If I had told you at the beginning of the season that the biggest letdown would come from our most celebrated hero, nobody would have believed me. Yet, as mentioned earlier… Colby is still in the game and if he makes it to the final is probably the odds on favorite to win the money. Crazy."