Survivor down to four, concludes Sunday

Survivor Guatemala will conclude Sunday with its usual three-hour extravaganza, which this time will even include online red carpet coverage. The fun starts at 8 p.m. ET; a one-hour reunion follows the two-hour finale.

The final four are Stephenie, Rafe, Danni, and Lydia. Cindy was voted out after winning the car reward challenge, thereby perpetuating the “curse of the car.” That alleged curse became a part of the challenge when Jeff Probst told Cindy about it and then offered her an opportunity to break the curse: She could keep her car, or give up her car and instead give cars to each of the other four players. She said “screw the curse” and kept it for herself, and then her alliance swiftly voted her out.

Meanwhile, Stephenie took a break from calling everything “retarded” to win her first-ever individual challenge; that immunity guaranteed her a spot in the final four. Who will win? My odds are on Rafe, who, as Cindy said last night, is “good at everything, and people like him. So, there you go, that’s the complete package.” Steph hasn’t endeared herself to the testosterone-charged jury, although the jury isn’t exactly filled with Danni’s allies. As for long-suffering Lydia, I’d guess she’ll either be used as a pawn for the final two or will head home first Sunday.

Survivor Guatemala [CBS]

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