Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites

When one of this season's more agreeable Survivor contestants, Dawn, tearfully declared, "I don't want to be here" during Brandon Hantz's epic and ugly tirade of a meltdown last week, I imagine she was speaking for many of us. This genre may thrive on conflict, and it's well known the more outrageously one acts out on camera the more famous one tends to become — just look at the overexposed Jersey Shore cast and any number of Real Housewives — but shame on Survivor's producers for continuing to stoke the ego (and in Brandon's case, exploit the instability) of the Hantz clan, of whom I hope we've seen the last sorry vestige on this show.

Brandon may have thought he sent himself out of the game in Braveheart style, but his delusion wasn't entertaining, just disturbing, as his Bikal tribe of "favorites" turned on him en masse and forfeited the immunity challenge, staging an instant Tribal Council to get him out of their lives before he could do more emotional and physical damage. Maybe this week's episode (Wednesday, 8/7c, CBS) can erase the ugly aftertaste, as the tribes are rearranged, shaking up alliances — it's about time — and causing one team to emerge with a noticeable strength advantage. Next step to making this season more palatable: limiting loudmouth Phillip's air time. That act is getting old.

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