Excuse me for being a bit frazzled on the account of I just rushed home late from work. Thank the Heavens for DVR! I’m excited to get into this episode especially considering I think that it’s the last one before we merge! Ok, no more hesitation, let’s get into it!
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In the previously on segment, they make it a point to tell us how Michael turned on his ally James. They don’t mention any part of Angela being a swing vote. I think Angela’s an idiot. Michael is our resident hero of the season at this point. He starts his morning off searching for an idol. Despite Desiree, Angela and Kellyn noticing that he’s searching, they don’t do anything to stop him, so of course he finds “The Stick” that Ozzy made in Micronesia to fool Jason into playing. They give this hilarious flashback and montage of the curse of this ridiculous stick and how it has “matured” into a real hidden immunity idol.
Getting into the reward challenge, it’s one of those super intense stacking challenges where you can lose everything at any given second. They’re competing for kabobs which look super tasty! Communication and teamwork is the key to this challenge as tribemates take turns stacking blocks in the middle of the balance. I’m already stressing out, and they just started the challenge. Naviti is the first to drop all of their blocks! Timber for Yanuya! I can’t believe Mololo is in the lead… I spoke too soon. This challenge is crazy back and forth. Everyone is arguing, even douchenozzle Bradley gets some sass from Donathan who is fired up from Bradley barking orders at him. Naviti ends up winning 1st place and Yanuya comes in 2nd. Naviti decides to send Kellyn, because they don’t want new people going to Ghost Island. What do you all think of that strategy?
This is Kellyn’s second trip to Ghost Island, and I wonder if she will get another opportunity to play a game. Kellyn does get a chance to play a game: she has to risk her vote in order to take a ⅔ chance at gaining a possible advantage. She tells us that she’s “gotta risk it for the biscuit”! She unravels the “Steal Vote” advantage that Michaela passed up in Game Changers. Kellyn’s advantage is an extra vote whenever she wants to use it. Kellyn considers her desire to finally take a risk to have paid off. We shall see.
Naviti gets back to camp with all of their steaks and doucehnozzle Bradley is immediately barking orders at his tribe to hurry up to eat. He has 0 patience. He admits how in his personal life he’s so nasty to people and how that holds him back. Bradley’s entire tribe sits at the beach and bashes Bradley for how awful he is to live with. Donathan hopes that this means him and Libby won’t get picked off, but Domenik tells us in a confessional that he is still weighing his options.
We get to Yanuya where they are celebrating the birthday of Wendell’s girlfriend, Nicole. It’s a really sweet scene of Wendell drawing inspiration from his love for her. He decides to go look for an immunity idol and ends up finding a clue. You get an idol! You get a clue! You get an advantage! Is Oprah on the island?! Wendell ends up finding the immunity necklace that Erik gave away to Natalie in Micronesia which can be used as a hidden immunity idol. All I’m thinking is how the FUCK is he going to hide this from his tribemates?! We all know what they say about black male endowment, but he can’t shove that in his pants and pretend like nothing’s weird can he???
We finally revisit Mololo which is in total despair. Desiree says her stomach feels like it’s touching her back due to hunger. She says Mololo is the most losing tribe in history, and she is markedly wrong on that front. Ulong says hello. Desiree decides that they are going to burn the Mololo flag which is actually pretty intense! Has any other tribe ever burnt their own flag before?! Let me know in the comments.
We get to the immunity challenge where tribemates have to race out into the water to grab rings to toss onto a post. It’s really basic, and I’m so happy that these tribal immunity challenges are almost over. Michael makes up a huge lead for Mololo with a gorgeous Olympic-like dive while Yanuya is in a comfortable lead. I’m rooting for Mololo, because I don’t want Michael to go home. We get to the shooting and Wendell is on fire winning it for Yanuya. Donathan is tossing, and I feel like he plays this in his backyard at home in Kentucky. Michael starts shooting and wins the challenge for his team. Desiree’s screech is heard across the nation. The curse is reversed.
Naviti gets back and Libby has her sights set on Bradley for how awful he is towards his tribemates. Domenick apologizes and takes responsibility for his part in the challenge. Libby says they win as a team and lose as a team. Bradley interrupts their positive pow wow to say Domenick had too much coffee which is why her performed poorly. Bradley goes on to target Libby for being a threat in the game, remarking that Donathan is only here for a beach vacation. He can’t get worse than this can he?
Chelsea gets some great footage strategizing and having her head in the game. She’s actually a thinker this one! She and Domenick go back and forth on the pros and cons of whether they want to betray original Naviti right before the merge. Domenick reminds us how Libby betrayed Morgan and outplayed him earlier. I just really want Bradley to go home tonight. Don’t you?! I’m nervous. It doesn’t look good for Libby.
At Tribal Council, we have a discussion about whether it’s still original Naviti versus Mololo. Bradley doesn’t believe there’s any tension in the tribe and gets looks from everyone. Jeff asks if the tribe is very happy, but Donathan reminds us that Morgan’s boot still stings for certain people. Libby explains that she stands by her alliance, her vote and says it showed loyalty that she can bring to another alliance. Good point, Libby!! Bradley continues to be blind to the fact that he has alienated his entire tribe through his poor behavior and negative attitude. The vote ends up being 4-1 for Bradley which is a total blindside for him as he mutters incoherently on his way out. You know what, this delicious blindside was ALMOST worth Brendan, Stephanie and James being voted off! Are you as elated as I am right now?
Next Time On Survivor: Obviously, we get to the merge. The war between Chris and Domenik comes to a climax, and lines are drawn. Chris calls himself too suave and Dom a loser. Chris is not suave, and my bet is on Domenik beating Chris with how stacked of a hand he has in advantages and allies with advantages.
Bradley’s Final Words: He says had he made it to the merge, he would have won the million dollars. His delusion knows no bounds. I want to live in that world. Must be nice.
Cho’s Top Takeaways
Is Bradley Really Self-Aware?
Ok, go back and read my first impression of Bradley right now. I was hoping he would flip my first impression upside down, but that wasn’t the case. It’s one thing to know that you have asshole tendencies. Like they say, knowing you have a problem is the first step. Bravo! But Bradley’s problem was not actively correcting those tendencies and keeping them in check. His poor attitude combined with his undeserved arrogance kept him from being even slightly introspective. His lack of awareness was mind-numbing this episode, and after the last 3 boots, I am so relieved to have some good news with his vote off. Let his character serve as an example to actively work on yourself and your bad habits!
Mololo’s Flag Burning
I thought this was a really cool moment, because to my knowledge it’s never been done outside of a finale episode. Mololo has been in total despair for many episodes now. For them to finally catch a break right before the merge was great to see. Hopefully the morale boost from winning that challenge will help Michael in the merge part of the game. What other tribes come to mind when you think of long losing streaks?!
I’m going to keep it short for my biggest takeaways, because I REALLY want to get started on my cast analysis going into the merge episode!! Let’s talk about it in the comments. What are your thoughts on each person’s position? Who are your favorites and least favorites? Who will win in the battle between Domenik and Chris, a battle that’s been getting hyped up for 6 episodes now?!
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