Episode 4 : “A Thorn in our Side”
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Episode four begins with a sideline report from Andrea Boehlke, who tells us only five remain after Terry’s elimination last episode.
Stein believes Clarke and Fishbach are being “shortsighted”, and too aggressive. Stein knows he is in big time trouble, and wishes he had audience members telling him what to do, as he did in Big Brother.
Stein accuses Fishbach of tweeting to board game strategy websites for a three-person Risk strategy, but he can’t prove it because he doesn’t have Twitter like some kind of cave man. Stein admits he’s angry because he’s losing, which causes Fishbach and Clarke to urge the other players not to take his claims seriously, as leaving him alone would give him a chance to build his armies back up.
Stein tells Clarke to cash in her cards, and eliminate him from the game, but Clarke says she has no matches. Stein says she does, because Hoffman told him so. Stein quickly admits he was lying and Hoffman did not in fact look at Clarke’s cards.
As the game continues, Fishbach seems to be on a roll. Though Survivor has an edge, according to Fishbach, his confessional reveals he has a secret alliance: Matt Hoffman. Hoffman and he were not on the same show, they’d never met, and so it’s the perfect secret alliance because they are the least likely alliance. Fishbach admits it’s Survivor-to-the-end as his primary strategy, but Hoffman is his contingency plan.
Clarke trades in her cards and fortifies her holding in the Northwest Territory and in South America. Clarke faces a choice: battle Hoffman or battle Stein, both of whom have the same amount of remaining troops.
Cesternino explains that “Sophie has a choice” neglecting to make the easy “Sophie’s Choice” joke, which says a lot about Cesternino’s character. Ross states that Stein has been jabbering more, and that could play a role in where Clarke attacks. Clarke says she will ask her alliance, and Fishbach takes the opportunity to bail out his secret alliance, convincing Clarke to attack Stein.
Fishbach says he thought Stein was the biggest threat, and that he’s been a thorn in the other players’ side the entire game.
Clarke admits that right now, it’s go big or go home. If she’s successful, she is in a great position, and if she’s unsuccessful she’s screwed. Ross posits that because Stein has worked Cochran hard, and postured well, that eliminating him from the game might be the smart move for Clarke.
Clarke attacks Stein with a chance to take him out. Right away, Stein executes a masterful dice roll, as he quickly and sarcastically points out. Things appear to be not going so well for Clarke in early rolls, as she is losing several troops on three consecutive rolls.
But with one last roll, Clarke turns the tide, and just like that Stein is elminated from the game. The remaining players clap for Stein, though he tells them not to.
Napoleon Billyparte is back to remove Stein from the game in a peaceful manner. Stein meets Boehlke for his last interview. Stein states the only reason he played the game was to be welcomed back for Reality Gamemasters 2 which would ideally be a bunch of hot girls playing Twister. Stein believes he is the big winner, because the four remaining players have to play, and he can go drink.
Stein’s not sure what he did to Fishbach or Clarke to piss them off, but it was crystal clear they were after him.
Hoffman invites Clarke to the war room, and seems ready to spill the news about his alliance with Fishbach. Meanwhile, left alone at the table, Fishbach asks Cochran if they are going to “Bro Down”. Cochran has two words for him, “Of course”.