LAST EDITED ON 11-16-01 AT 03:54 PM (EST)
I think Burnett might stick with 3 or more episodes with the swapped tribes. Jeff said, I see old tribal lines are still a factor. What if he keeps the swapped tribes together long enough to force them to bond?
That way next episode is not centered around a possible tie or prior votes. Since everyone is likely to share prior votes when they merge, and we have already had the plot focus on prior votes for two episodes, it's getting tiresome.
My main problem with switching to individual immunity is that Teresa's the remaining person on Diane's list, which has been 100% to date, and why would they boot her in 7 unless they have reason to think they're still competing as teams in 8? Once they merge, I see Teresa as safe for quite awhile.
Also, Les Moonves said they threw them curve balls (plural) and they appear to get an unwelcome surprise in their treemail.
btw, is it not a neat irony that "Will There Be a Feast Tonight?" airs on Thanksgiving?
Edit: I was just listening to Lindsey's mostly tedious live chat, and she said that Mark Burnett told her he had the switch planned before the game started. She said, "believe me, I asked!"
She also talked about being interview by the "producers" before TC. It's easy to forget that Burnett is on set when we see this on TV. Clearly there are some exchanges with him, and we should not assume he doesn't hand Samburu a caution about assumptions simply because we don't see it at TC.
And, as has been pointed out, we see a highly edited TC. Perhaps the TV drama with Lindsey would have been lessened (in Burnett's opinion) if Jeff's merge comment had been shown on air at the end, and MB decided it was enough of a teaser for the viewers to see it once.