I agree about Kim completely. She looked good, bad, then good again. Like Mark, it is probably when she broke away from Conda.
Now I am looking at Mark the same way. Yet, he did point out that the Jeremy/Conda team was becoming a problem at the end of the challenge. I think he played the game. He went along with the alliance as it suited him. Now he has figured out that the original alliance has outlived its usefulness, so he wants to start a new one before they team up against him.
I cannot figure out why the girls are trying so hard to take out Kim? It is like they are Conda automatons. Kim is not a threat to them. The girls cannot win. They can stay and lose more weight, learn more. But, they cannot win. They are placeholders. Their only reasonable strategy is to take out each other.
At this stage of the game, if a placeholder ever drops below the yellow line with someone who is actually losing weight, then they will always stay. They need to vote off each other.
Consequently, giving the black lei to Kim was dumb on two counts. First, she should have given it to Chris or Conda, they were Kimmy's competition. Second, Kim already had 7 leis against her. Giving it to Kim is like telling everyone who ran up and down the hill 7 times that they wasted their time. No way Kim was going to win immunity with 7 leis already. Should have at least given it to Mark or Jeremy, or someone with no leis.
Giving it to Kim is like betting long odds, Kimmy was betting Kim was going to have a bad week, so bad she could not beat Kimmy, Megan, Conda or Chris. Those are long odds.
In the end it made no difference, Conda beat them both without even trying.
Kim can bet that at least one of the above will be below the yellow line next week, probably two. That leaves only one slot below the yellow line for someone, not two. Decreased her risk by 50%
Yes, that "America was right..." comment got me thinking. Those 18 days they were away, the producers decided to try to save the season with editing and coaching.
To be fair, the producers may have started the season asking the players to be mean this season, who knows? But, I think that comment shows those 18 days were put to good use to clean up the show and tone down the drama.
My two favorites currently are Kim and Chris. I like Chris the most, she really needs the money for their home and she has really been on her own most of the time. I do not think she can win, but I would like to see her go farther. Maybe she could win a car next episode.
Kim, mostly I like her because she is against the Conda machine. I like her some because she is also losing the weight, and as John said from last season when he chose not to vote off Anton, "this is a show about weight loss".