Episode 2 : “A Very Stupid Decision”
The alliance between the Survivor players is tested as the game begins.
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Episode 2 leaves off right where Episode 1 left off. Stein is ready to attack Venezuela, foregoing an opportunity to attack Clarke. Ross believes it’s a bad sign for the Big Brother alum that there is already a willingness on the part of at least one Big Brother player to attack another.
While the announcers bemoan the strategy, Terry actually finds the strategy at least some what explicable, as the players can receive cards for more armies so long as they take one territory every move. Stein adds that Risk is essentially a marathon, not a sprint. Sacrificing one piece is not as big a deal early if it sets you up in a better position long term. It appears Big Brother is actually uniting by attacking each other, essentially trading territories until they can each build up stronger armies.
Cochran is next to go, and he attacks Hoffman in North Africa, taking North Africa. Cochran at this point has the entire continent of Africa. Ross notes that his fellow Survivors are sort of leaving Cochran be.
In explaining the Survivor Strategy, Clarke reveals there was a pre-game Survivor alliance. Clarke believes not only are the Big Brother players jerks, but they are stupid as well. Fishbach advocates a more aggressive strategy on behalf of his other Survivors, as the Big Brother players “turtle” into a more defensive state. Clarke makes the astute point that you have to trust someone in this game…and it’s easy to trust someone who has been on the same reality show you have. I think we can all relate to that
Cesternino notes everyone is trying to woo Cochran, but Cochran is pretty clear about where he stands, taking Clarke and Fishbach’s advice, spurning Hoffman, Stein, and Terry. Ross believes Clarke and Fishbach are essentially using Cochran as a puppet-government, to do their bidding while technically controlling an army of his own. Ross questions whether Cochran can act in his own interests.
Stein begins to branch out on his next turn, attacking Cochran’s holding in Japan and taking it. Fishbach makes the first move to the war room asking to converse with Clarke. Cesternino and Ross question whether it’s a smart idea to leave Cochran alone with the Big Brother players. On cue, Terry beings the courting of Cochran, saying that Cochran is basically guaranteeing a Clarke/Fishbach victory if he continues to play as he has been.
Clarke and Fishbach in the war room discuss the goings on with the board. Clarke believes the Big Brother strategy is “stupid”, but that she and Fishbach remain “barely ahead of” Big Brother.
Terry, meanwhile, is flattering Cochran, saying if he aligns with Big Brother he has a better than a one in four shot at winning, since he has the entire continent of Africa already.
Fishbach believes Big Brother is not working together, and that Survivor (or at least he and Clarke) should band together more strongly.
Terry makes one final pitch to Cochran. He can finish third the way he’s going, or finish first or second with Big Brother.
Cochran asks Fishbach if there’s a two-person limit in the war room. The answer from strategic genius Fishbach is immediately “No.” Cochran, in response, questions why, if he’s in the Survivor alliance, he wasn’t invited into the war room. Cochran is clear that he does not feel he’s an equal partner in this alliance, and while he admits he doesn’t have much to offer, he feels the gesture would have gone a long way.
Seemingly on cue, Cochran has a decision to make – attack Clarke in the Middle East, spurning his alliance mate, or attack Terry in Great Britain. Ross believes Cochran should stick with his alliance. Clarke says she’d go to Europe “for sure”, as the Big Brother group is “idiotically attacking each other”. Clarke believes Cochran would be making a “very stupid decision” to go against what the Survivor alliance has built itself on early – not attacking one another.
Then, the bombshell: Cochran feels he’s at the bottom of the alliance, something he does not elect to keep to himself, but rather share with the group. This sends Fishbach and Clarke into a tizzy, as Stein states that Cochran does “not respect” Clarke or Fishbach anymore. Cochran admits he’s not sure what’s in his best interest.
Perhaps sensing a moment of weakness, Terry invites Cochran to the war room. Clarke says she’d like to go, but Terry declines to invite her.
As Cochran and Terry enter the war room, we cut to black.