TV Club: Survivor: “Holding On For Dear Life”

Is it wrong to like an episode just because a very, very annoying person in that episode doesn’t get something he wants? I sure hope so, because watching Rodney get set up for reward challenge failure by the editors was a darn good time. Forget any actual gameplay, because the sad, glorious saga of Rodney’s awful birthday is this episode’s true strength.

So yes, it is Rodney’s birthday, and it so wonderfully for our entertainment happens to fall on a reward challenge day. Throughout the season Rodney’s hopes and dreams have steadily lead up to this day, when he expects to be granted a reward simply because he happened to be born on this day. He’s so confident that his combination of constant whining about never getting to leave the beach to go on a reward and occasion of his birthday means that even …

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