I just finished an epic mukbang stream fueled by a bottle of prosecco, so excuse the vulgarity as we embark on what is sure to be a ridiculously dramatic episode of Survivor! If you didn’t know, I am a live vlogger on the site, Twitch. Be sure to check out my content there! I know tonight is going to be a doozy, so let’s not waste anymore time and get right into it!
Too Long Didn’t Watch
We get right to the meat of things where the tribes are forced to drop their buffs. They’re split into 3 tribes of 5. NuNuMalolo includes Michael, James, Desiree, Kellyn and Angela. The new green tribe, Yanuya, includes Sebastian, Jenna, Wendell, Laurel and Chris. Finally, NuNuNaviti is Bradley, Donathan, Libby, Domenick and Chelsea.
When Yanuya gets to their new camp, Wendell returns a sea shell necklace to Sebastian. Obviously, Sebastian sees this as some sort of bond that they will have for an eternity, because he’s a lovesick puppy dog. Sebastian and Chris see Domenick as the reason why they haven’t been able to connect on a deeper level with Wendell. He does admits that he was always in the middle and laments having to hear Chris gloat about himself. We then get a series of confessionals and scenes of Chris doing exactly this. Remember when I said I was #TeamChris in the comments section last week? I take it back. Laurel lies to him saying he should TOTALLY be a motivational speaker. Oh Laurel, you are so shady, and I love it!! “For some crazy reason, people think models are self-absorbed.” says Chris. Could he not be anymore unaware of how he comes off? Everyone decides that it’s better to stroke his ego while he digs his own grave. I’d rather CBS stop showing him speak altogether. Then, we can just watch him do hot things in the challenges. Does anyone else agree?
On NuNuMalolo, Desiree is worried about Angela, who clues them in on the battle between Domenick versus Chris. Once Kellyn hears about original Naviti targeting Angela, she becomes increasingly concerned that James and Michael will have the advantage. Kellyn and Desiree look extremely uncomfortable as Angela proclaims how happy she is that Mololo saved her from being voted off.
We finally get to NuNuNaviti where our favorite prick, Bradley, is gloating about how amazing things are on this camp! Chelsea cries about how amazing it is to have food and coffee. Wow, is this Chelsea’s first confessional of the season?! What a shame that she’s gotten a horrible edit. Domenick is relieved to not be on a tribe with Chris for once so he goes on to talk talk talk. He calls Libby the Devil in an angel’s body and Parvati 2.0. Not a good thing to be called this early in the game for Libby…
We get to the first 3-way challenge which looks pretty exciting! Oh wow it’s the famous blindfolded scream-o challenge!! Ok if you haven’t seen this, it’s simple: everyone is blindfolded except for a leader from each tribe. Leaders direct their teammates through an obstacle course picking up puzzle pieces and you get the idea. Desiree, Wendell and Domenick are the leaders of their perspective tribes.
This immunity challenge NEVER gets old in terms of entertainment factor! Enemy tribes ended up fighting over the same bag while their leaders scream at them. Naviti is doing absolutely awful. People are falling everywhere, and it’s just so hilarious! It’s kind of like watching babies fall, because they’re so clumsy. Is that wrong of me to say? Desiree sounds like she’s out of her voice, but leads her team to an early lead. Omg, so many people running into stuff! Now, leaders have to guide blindfolded members in a puzzle. Desiree hasn’t made any progress screaming nonsense at her team. Wendell, who came from behind, is now guiding his tribe with calm, cool and collective communication. Yanuya wins, and we’re left wondering which struggling tribe will finish next. Desiree is literally screaming so loud, but she ends up being unsuccessful despite the long lead. No one is sent to Ghost Island, and this is the point where we throw this twist in the garbage.
Back on the losing tribe, Desiree is crying about how bad she did in the challenge. She says she’s used to exceeding expectations, but that she feels like a huge loser. Despite her knowing it should be her, she says she’s still a player and will target James since no one has a connection with him. Michael and James realize they have to turn Angela if they want a shot at getting further. James likens his experience of moving from Korea and being forced to make new relationships to how to play Survivor. He bonds with Angela after having saving her at their last tribal council. Angela cries about feeling alone and struggles with whether to go with James or Desiree.
Kellyn talks to Angela and feels completely uncomfortable depending on her. She says that Angela doesn’t understand what’s going on out here in the game and that she doesn’t know what to do right now. We get this camera zoom in on Angela’s face which is meant to confirm that yes, even Angela doesn’t know what the hell she’s going to do. Is it bad that I don’t feel bad whatsoever for Kellyn or Desiree? I hope Angela keeps James!
Jeff reminds Malolo how awful they are right after they enter into Tribal Council. Desiree takes full on responsibility of the challenge fail. Desiree campaigns that brute strength is not what you want long term in the game. James counters that none of them could get to the merge if they keep voting strong competitors out. Kellyn reminds us of the obvious: that there’s 3 original Naviti that should stick together in tonight’s tribal council. James counters this again saying that those RANDOM relationships aren’t exactly always to be depended on, and that the relationships you choose beyond day 1 tribe selections are more important. Angela admits that Malolo is indirectly the reason why she’s survived to this point. Between Desiree and James, it ends up being 4-1 for James. I’m blindsided, and so is James who was expecting a 3-2 vote either way. This has been the roughest 3 boots back-to-back in Survivor history. Why is this happening?!
Next Time On Survivor: Desiree wants to burn the Malolo flag and all the bad luck that comes with it. Bradley has trouble not showing how much of an asshole he is to his tribemates, and pisses Donathan off in a big way. I’m surprised that Bradley’s surprised. Are you surprised?!
Cho’s Top Takeaways
Did Angela Make The Right Decision?
Right off the bat, I’m conflicted. We already see that Angela has been backstabbed by her original tribemates. Ironically, James was probably the biggest reason why she remained in the game to this point, which is why it sucks seeing that move not pan out for him here. What do you all think about her decision to stick with original Naviti now? Looking long term, I don’t see Angela having a lot of social capital. If anything, she seems like a complete goat to take to the end since neither the Naviti nor Malolo will respect her except for Chris.
Wendell’s Social Prowess
One thing that is worthy to note that you all probably haven’t noticed is how freaking smooth Wendell is. Despite being the main ally to Domenick, he has been able to remain on good terms with virtually everyone on every tribe he’s been on this season. The fact that he held on to a worthless trinket simply to give it back to Sebastian shows how good of a read he has on his competition. When in doubt, your social game is your most important one. The way you make people feel cannot be underestimated. Chris and Sebastian were ready to write Wendell off due to his connection to Domenick, but due to his social game, they still want to work with him. Watch Wendell. He’s my dark horse to win at this point!
The Merge Looms
We know that there are 14 players left now. The 2nd part of the Legacy Advantage says that the first potential for immunity is at 13 players which means we are most likely to see the merge happen then. If us viewers at home know this, I’m sure the survivors are also thinking about a potential merge. Does this make the James boot easier for you to digest knowing this? Is it better to vote off the strong at this point? Would you guys be interested in me doing an in depth rundown of every Survivor remaining in the game as the merge looms? This would be in addition to my weekly TLDW recaps. Let me know in the comments below please!
That’s it for me y’all! What were your biggest takeaways from this past episode? I’m back to being #TeamDomenick in the Chris vs Domenick war that simply won’t end. Maybe they’re setting us up for one of them leaving right at the merge in a huge battle?! Be sure to leave comments below and check out my tweets where I discuss the latest in Survivor news!
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