According to twitter, it is indeed XXPEN$IVE to be mean. The fall of Erika Jayne has turned my world upside down, but luckily we have the healthy distraction of SURVIVOR! I have a feeling tonight’s episode is going to be a hot mess (aren’t they all?) which is why I’m suggesting you do a quick re-read of my Too Long Didn’t Watch recap from last week. Now let’s get right into it!
After last night’s Tribal Council, Dom and Wendell realize they’ve pissed everyone off so Dom shares that he has an idol to use against the Mololo 4 as well as Angela/Chris. In another stroke of luck, Dom receives the Legacy Idol from Morgan. Wendell and Dom promise that they are in this together.
The Survivors get to compete for PB&J sandwiches! They have to play an extremely violent version of capture the flag but in the water. The most entertaining version of this challenge occurred in the original Fans vs Favorites season. Erik literally suplexed Amanda into the water WWF-style! We get some really aggressive matchups but Laurel proves to carry Naviti to the win almost single-handedly. She’s one tough chick! This time, the person sent to Ghost Island will return for Tribal Council. Is it just me or is there literally no rhyme or reason to the twists this season??? Kellyn is chosen randomly.
Luckily for Kellyn, she gets chosen to play a game on Ghost Island. She receives the option to wager her next vote for a mysterious advantage. She contemplates risking original Naviti’s 5-4 vote advantage but ends up NOT taking the advantage! She breaks down from the stress and mentions being blindsided in her real life and how she’s had to trust her gut the last several years. It was an endearing scene. I wonder what happened with her divorce. I hear they can be very destructive for both parties involved.
While Naviti enjoys PB&J, Chris tries to figure out what the hell happened with Dom and Wendell targeting Angela. He decides they should jump in with the 4 Mololo and demands that they split votes between Domenick and Wendell. Naturally, the idea of working with Chris repulses Laurel and Donathan, so they decide to align with Dom/Wendell. Dom reveals his true idol which makes Laurel trust him. I don’t know if I would still trust him though. What do you think?
We get to the immunity challenge which involves carrying a heavy chest through some obstacles and then shooting balls on top of a narrow ledge. Desiree’s glasses are SO cute! They’re chunky but in an understated way. What type of glasses do you like? I need a new pair and would love recommendations in the comments! Naviti struggles throughout the first two-thirds of this challenge. It’s so embarrassing! I guess the PB&J didn’t help at all and neither is the team as Chris literally screams for help. Sebastian and Brendan take too long shooting. Naviti ends up coming back from way behind to win, and I know we are all excited that Chris avoids yet another sure-to-be-voted-off tribal council!
Back on Mololo, it appears simple that the original Naviti 5 will stick together. Kellyn is happy she didn’t take the advantage back on Ghost Island for this exact reason. Brendan tries to give the sad tribe a pep talk. Bradley gives us the douchiest confessional so far this season, and mocks Brendan. Remember when I said he’d be awful? Stephanie gives us a confessional crying about failing her kids after being stonewalled by Bradley. I hate him so much. We find out that some girl named Chelsea is on the island who says they should vote off Michael in case they have an idol. The irony is that he ACTUALLY has the idol. My lover-boy Sebastien actually feels bad that the two strongest guys are being targeted knowing that he fits that description just as well.
While Bradley trashes the original Mololo in all his smugness, Michael reveals to the girls that he will use his idol for their group. Jenna and Stephanie literally cry from there being a glimmer of hope. Michael vows that he’s not going to walk out with an idol in his pocket like James from China did. Michael is so well-spoken. I’m honestly impressed by him this episode.
We get to Tribal Council, and I am so worried for my original Mololo. Stephanie, Brendan and Michael all take shots at Bradley for being arrogant, a complainer and a total prick. They bring the heat really hard and Bradley tries to pretend like he doesn’t know why he’s being targeted. Desiree and Kellyn back Bradley up and it appears to be a full on showdown. They try to flip Sebastien and Chelsea who they think are on the bottom. Michael makes a convincing case and lies about the power of his idol being able to save two people. Stephanie’s vote against Bradley is SCATHING! Michael ends up playing his idol on Stephanie, but the vote is 5-4 against Brendan. My heart. I feel personally victimized by this vote.
The previews show Jenna and Sebastian flirting as well as Chris and Donathan bonding. That latter duo is quite the unlikely pair! I can barely focus as I mourn the loss of our hottest Survivor dad in history. Second Chances season please!!
Cho’s Top Takeaways
All Risks Aren’t Worth It
While Kellyn is a super fan of the show, she didn’t let her excitement turn into overzealousness. There was definitely an opportunity for her to gain a greater long term advantage while on Ghost Island, but it would have definitely put her in danger at the next Tribal Council. The way she rationalized this was perfect and should be noted. Just imagine if Kellyn was unable to vote in tonight’s tribal council? Does Sebastian go to rocks for original Naviti? I highly doubt it.
Never Give Up
As cliche as this sounds, it applies to every season in Survivor. Once again, we see it illustrated early on this season in tonight’s immunity challenge. While Naviti was objectively awful at the challenge, there is always a chance to succeed and we saw exactly that. In terms of tribal council, we saw a great effort from the original Mololo. While they didn’t succeed in breaking them up, we see from the previews that there are indeed cracks in Sebastien’s loyalty. Michael holding on to his idol would have been a major mistake in my opinion, but I want to know what you all think in the comments below.
The Importance Of Being Likable
I know we sort of talked about this last week, but it can’t be stressed enough this season that simply being likable can serve you well. Chris comes back from Ghost Island and instantly starts trying to be the ringleader on rallying everyone against Wendell/Dom. Instead of taking a seat and letting people come to him, he once again displayed his aggressive social game which instantly backfired. While Domenick has made countless strategic mistakes, at least people tend to like him, which is why Laurel and Donathan chose to assuage his concerns about the next vote.
What did you all think about the latest episode?! Are you as upset as I am about Brendan being voted off? Are you even more upset that Bradley, king of complaints, is still in the game? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget that I’m always LIVE-TWEETING the episodes on my twitter account. Send me tweets to make me feel better about tonight’s outcome.
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