Bad Blood Is Exploited In the Intense 'Odd Woman Out'

March 26, 2015 4:22 AM

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Of course, this isn’t to say that Sierra doesn’t still hate Dan, or that she sees herself going to the end with Mike and Joe. Rather, Sierra’s choice is one of lesser evils, as she essentially chose the devil she knows over the devil she can’t control. Because, realistically, she could neutralize Dan’s attitude by ignoring him and simply nodding her head to whatever it is he’s trying to sell her, but Rodney is downright volatile. He’s the sort of man who demands commitments, and feels a deep sense of betrayal when things don’t go his way. That’s a level of instability that can be dangerous for you, if a guy like Rodney is your ally. So I get Sierra’s decision to go with Mike, Joe and Dan in voting out Joaquin, in order to not only break up his partnership with Rodney, but also to eliminate a smooth, socially savvy player from the equation in favor of keeping around a divisive guy who can’t help but blow every alliance he’s made so far. In essence, “Odd Woman Out” paints Sierra as a remarkably sound strategist for recognizing the relative simplicity of her situation. Yes, the episode suggests that the choice between allying with Dan/Mike/Joe vs. aligning with Rodney/Joaquin/Tyler is a potentially million dollar decision, but I’m struggling to see how her choice wasn’t an obvious one from the get-go. On the one hand, maybe she would have had an easy time wrangling Rodney and keeping him in control. On the other hand, that would still put her in an alliance with Tyler and Joaquin, two guys with an established ability to make people like them. In fact, Tyler’s status as a social chameleon arguably makes him far more dangerous in the long run. I don’t see how Sierra had any other choice but to align with Mike’s alliance.

And yet, the circumstances of that decision were significant for a different reason. For one of the few times in Survivor history, throwing a challenge wasn’t a terrible idea. Truthfully, this was one of the only times where throwing a challenge actually proved to be a good idea. And it was RODNEY’S...

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