Is Russell Hantz really the biggest Survivor villain ever?
Let's run down a few of the millionaire oilman's accomplishments to date:
Sabotage: "I plan on making it as miserable as possible—making it hell for everybody to get what I want," Russell revealed privately. To that end he emptied his tribemates' canteens and burned their socks.
Deceit: His tribemates wept around the campfire as Russell recounted his tragic experience during Hurricane Katrina, when he lost his dog, Rocky, and only made it out himself by using the tools of his firefighting trade. Privately afterward, though, he laughed at their gullibility, admitting, "I never lived in New Orleans. I'm not a fireman. I never even had a German shepherd."
Manipulation: Every serious Survivor contender knows alliances are essential in outlasting the competition. But Russell's making secret alliances aplenty: "I got an alliance with the dumb short-haired blonde, the even dumber long-haired blonde and the dark-haired girl. I'd like to call it my dumbass girl alliance," he boasted. "I told them exactly the same thing, and I believe they're just gullible enough to believe it."
Cunning: "In the history of Survivor," Russell asked, "how many people have found the idol without a clue? Zero!" Make that one: Russell found the Immunity Idol hidden in a tree at camp. "I'm looking for the immunity idol," he explained to his oblivious tribemates, who seemed more interested in the lizard they were eating than his TOTAL DOMINATION.
Is more evil afoot? Find out tonight, when Survivor: Samoa continues at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Meanwhile, find out more about the other Castaways (yes, there are two tribes!) in our Survivor: Samoa photo gallery!