Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.
“You’re gonna have friendships. You gotta cut off those friendships. You gotta string people along and bam! Throw them a nice slider. Mr. Freeze is in the house. Even though it’s about 110 out here, I’ve got my skates on.” — Brian Heidik, winner, Survivor: Thailand
It can be difficult on Survivor to know when to make your perfect move. But Laurel Johnson knows for certain the time for her to turn on Domenick and Wendell is right now.
“This is probably the last shot of getting them out without them playing their idols,” she says. “Seven is the last chance to get these guys … and get myself to where I need to be in the end.”
She has a group of people around her eager to make the move. And she’s got a perfect situation to do it. With Chelsea out of the game, voting with Donathan, Kellyn, and Angela wouldn’t put her at the bottom of a new alliance. That foursome could seize control.
But Laurel doesn’t spend this episode figuring out how to make her move. Laurel spends it figuring how not to make her move.
“They’re two of my best friends out here,” she tells herself.
“I’m going with the smart move rather than the big move,” she says later.
After the confusion around her immunity win, she argues that, “I’ve been thinking I want to get Wendell out of here. But I want to do it the right way.”
Laurel is offering every excuse she can to justify not doing what she doesn’t want to do.
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