Wow, this had to be one of the most depressing episodes of Survivor ever. That must have been an extremely scary situation for everyone on the Favorites camp and the production crew. Why am I not surprised that Uncle Russell is proud of the way Brandon acted? I wonder how his father felt, I think I remember seeing Brandon's dad in the family visit episode his first season berating Brandon's game the same way Russell did at the finale. I wasn't a fan of the Hantz family before, but now I really hope we never see any of them again. Brandon never should have been on this show once, let alone twice. Between Brandon and Shamar (of course Shamar never came close to snapping the way Brandon did), it seems to me that casting might want to rethink the way they evaluate potential contestants before allowing them to play the game. I will say that Probst did a great job handling the situation and controling Brandon.
I think this is the first time in Survivor history I actually think it was a good idea for a tribe to throw a challenge. Still though, looking at what happened to tribes that did that, it would have been interesting to see whether the Favorites would have been able to recover from this episode or if this would have been the boost the fans needed. But it looks like we'll be having a tribal shift next week (I think it's too early for a merge), so I guess we'll never know.