Angie “miffed” about some of the twists that left her, Willard out of Survivor Palau.

Angie “miffed” about some of the twists that left her, Willard out of Survivor Palau.
Wednesday’s Survivor Palau episode was full of so many unpredictable twists it felt like we were watching Paradise Hotel again. First, Koror won reward, but still had to take their first trek to tribal council, where they booted old guy Willard. Then they stayed at tribal council and stuffed their faces with stew while Ulong talked about their tribe and drooled. Ulong was prepared to boot Ibrehem, who single-handedly lost the reward challenge for them, but then Jeff Probst sprung yet another surprise on them: Koror would vote to give individual immunity to one Ulong member. Koror voted for Ibrehem, leading Ulong to devolve into chaos, and the five remaining members voted for both Bobby Jon and Angie, resulting in a tie. The tie was broken with a revote, and Angie went home. Angie said on The Early Show that, of all of these twists, she was “a little miffed for the simple fact that the immunity kind of came out of nowhere. We weren’t really warned about that or anything. We’re like, OK. So we have to go. We don’t get food. We have to vote somebody out. Then like, we just got a late assignment: We have immunity for somebody, and it’s not you!” For his part, Willard admits he was weak, but also admits he told no one that he was a lawyer–nor did the other two lawyers. “By and large, everybody hates lawyers. And most lawyers know it. There were three lawyers on the show. None of them told people what they did for a living. Jolanda [Jones] said, ‘I help people.’ And Caryn [Groedel] said, ‘I’m involved in an organization to help people.'”

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