You ever have a really hard day at work then suddenly remember that your favorite TV show comes on late? Well, that was me today, and I’m super excited! But first, be sure to get caught up on the premiere so that your body can be ready for all the twists and turns on tonight’s episode! As always, we’ll start with my Too Long Didn’t Watch recap then move on to Cho’s Top Takeaways where we can engage in some deep Survivor discussion!
Right off the bat, Jeff tells everyone to drop their buffs, because a switch is happening! Angela gets teary eyed about the situation, and I can’t help but roll my eyes. Girl, it’s been 6 days. She says that she used to become close to people quickly while in the military, hence, separation anxiety. We end up with two tribes composed of 5 Naviti and 4 Mololo. Naviti obviously has the advantage, but it’s never that easy is it?!
On New Mololo, we have Sebastian, Chelsea, Desiree, Kellyn and Bradley from Naviti & Jenna, Stephanie, Brendan and Michael from Mololo. Kellyn compares the camp to an ugly baby that she’s just met for the first time. Bradley moans about the lack luster camp while the rest of his old tribemates gloat in confessionals about being safe at the next vote. Bradley’s smugness and complaining are insufferable. Meanwhile I lament the danger that Stephanie and Brendan are in. They end up taking their allies to search for idols. Michael finds James from Survivor China’s hidden immunity idol which I presume he will use to protect all 4 old Mololo. Michael says he was 8 years old when he watched James get blindsided with 2 idols in his pocket. That was only a decade ago! Do you feel old yet?
On New Naviti we have Chris, Angela, Domenick, Wendell and Morgan from Naviti & Libby, James, Donathan and Laurel from Mololo. We cut right to the chase with Chris throwing Domenick under the bus and demanding to Angela that they blindside him immediately. Not only does he rub Angela the wrong way with his forceful nature, but he does this to James, Laurel and Libby as well. The ladies admit in confessionals that they just nod and look pretty when they talk to Chris. His social game is awful if you haven’t noticed yet. Morgan and Domenick decide Chris needs to leave first. Looks like an easy vote for old Mololo between Domenick and Chris!
We get to the immunity challenge, which is basically a relay race involving some obstacles and then solving a puzzle at the end. Sebastian’s hair is in a braided ponytail, and I can’t help but think of Kim Kardashian’s braids. I also need Sebastian’s shorts preferably with him in them. We get to the puzzle portion which is Kellyn/Bradley versus Wendell/Laurel. It’s a complete blow out in Mololo’s favor! Mololo can’t come to an agreement on who to send to Ghost Island so Chris is randomly chosen. HOW LUCKY!
On Ghost Island Chris doesn’t receive an opportunity at an advantage. Instead, he gives us a mental breakdown, because the game is so hard on him emotionally already. I guess when he told us he got paid to do a lot of nothing, he wasn’t exaggerating. He reveals that his mom was diagnosed with MS. Everyone has sick family members, so I’m not too moved, but this does make me dislike him a tiny bit less! It is nice to see him use his time on Ghost Island to recenter and refocus. I hope it works out for him. I really do! What do you guys think? Are you touched? Will he stop being a domineering asshole now? Let’s hope!
We get to Naviti, and naturally, everyone’s upset that they can’t vote Chris out. Attention turns to Angela who everyone assumes is his right-hand woman. Morgan relies on her new bond with Libby to get the rest of Mololo to trust her. Domenick decides to expose his fake idol to Mololo with the goal of gaining their trust. Remember when he tried this with Chris last week? It works just as effectively this time as James explains how untrustworthy and shady he is. Faced with all the opportunity in the world, James decides that they should target Morgan to take advantage of Naviti’s lack of cohesion. Libby is hesitant. We’re left wondering what she will decide…
Tribal Council is literally a huge charade of everyone pretending that the vote is gridlocked. It is not gridlocked. Analogies of “stepping out the kitchen” to talk to the other side is discussed. Angela reveals that she’s on the fence on the vote which literally cracks Domenick’s face. They get into a back-and-forth which assures Mololo that they’ve got this one in the bag. Angela is much too honest for this game and is probably leaving unanimously in a few moments. A move is made, and Morgan is blindsided instead by Mololo in a 4-3-1 vote. Angela voted Libby and the rest of old Naviti voted Angela. Morgan says to “don’t trust the cute blonde” on her way out. Next week will be a hot steaming mess for this tribe.
Cho’s Top Takeaways
What Not To Do In A Switch Pt 1: Being Too Passive
Already, we see a few things you shouldn’t do in case you are placed in this tricky situation. We have Kellyn shutting out any opportunity to make bonds by outright telling Stephanie and Jenna that they don’t have a shot at making it past this phase of the game. While Kellyn was great at giving the perception of being flexible and open to new alliances to Jeff when the switch happened, she didn’t actually follow through. We also have Bradley sitting like the smug SOB he is: complaining about the weather, the shelter and the sand while also gloating about his position. These players are not hustlers and are missing out on a lot of social capital with Stephanie, Brendan, Michael and Jenna. I have a feeling they will regret the decision to have such a passive attitude.
What Not To Do In A Switch Pt 2: Being Too Aggressive
On the flip side, you also don’t want to be an aggressive prick. Who might I be referencing here? Of course, our two overly aggressive pricks of the season, Chris and Domenick! It’s worth comparing these two, because they have opposite issues. Chris’ strategic thinking is right on the money, but the way he aggressively communicates is off putting and demeaning. We see both Angela and Libby turned off by Chris despite his logic actually being correct. Domenick’s social game is much better. He obviously has made enough allies to be in the majority, but his strategy is aggressive. His horrible choice to show Mololo his fake idol once again backfired and made them not trust him long term. When are these two guys going to learn? They continue to make it hard deciding who I favor in their rivalry. I think this week, I’m Team Domenick. Let’s keep a tally. What are your thoughts?
The Survivor Switch Curse: Can You Do ANYTHING Right?
Sometimes fate is in your favor, and sometimes it simply isn’t. More often than not, the switch ends up sending someone home that doesn’t necessarily “deserve” to leave. There are countless examples of this. What are your thoughts on Morgan’s game? Is there anything she could have done differently to receive a better outcome? I definitely have my opinions, but I’m interested to know yours in the comments below.
What did you all think of the third episode? Strong showing? Are you invested now? Do let me know all of your thoughts in the comments below, and if you’re interested, go check out my LIVE tweet session during the episodes!
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