Have you had a rough Wednesday? If so, you aren’t alone, but luckily for us, it’s Survivor time!! Last episode was quite the doozy, so I don’t imagine tonight’s will be as exciting but here’s hoping the strategy is thick.
Too Long Didn’t Watch
In the previously on, it’s shown that it was Angela and Desiree who wanted Libby gone last episode instead of Chris. This might be important for tonight’s storyline. We get back after that epic tribal council and Libby is left feeling unsure why people are targeting her so much. She feels like she’s doing something wrong to be such a target at all of her previous tribal councils. Domenick on the other hand is relieved to have finally gotten rid of his nemesis yet is apprehensive about becoming a target in the coming days.
It’s Day 23, and Wendell decides it’s time to bunker down his alliance of 4 with Laurel, Domenick and Donathan. He senses Laurel’s hesitation, so he decides to reveal the truth about Domenick’s idol. Wendell then double downs on the pressure and reveals his own idol. While this should be good news, Laurel is frustrated that Dom and Wendell have so many advantages that they haven’t told her about. The body language between them is so cringey, because Laurel is definitely not happy.
The reward challenge is a classic sandbag launching competition, and they’re playing for MEXICAN FOOD! I need a taco and 4 margaritas right about now myself. What’s your favorite flavor? I’m a peach fan myself, and frozen of course. Sebastian is having some trouble shooting, and Donathan looks an absolutely mess struggling against the slingshot apparatus. Angela also fails miserably, so the purple team just starts sending their weakest players in order to let Wendell and Laurel to shoot for them. Wendell and Laurel take turns tearing through this challenge. We get Desiree screeching for orange to catch up. Wendell scores the winning shot, and Jenna is randomly selected to visit Ghost Island.
I’m excited to see Jenna at Ghost Island, because maybe it could give us a bit more insight on her game. She’s excited to get to the island in order to play for an advantage considering she’s been on the bottom so often. And just in Mololo fashion, she doesn’t get to play the game. She says: “what’s the point?” and I can’t help but feel the same exact way about Ghost Island.
After just a few worthless minutes on Ghost Island, we are shown the Survivor Tiki Taco Hut! The guacamole looks amazing! Wendell expresses how happy he is to have Laurel and Donathan on the reward so that they can strengthen their final 4 alliance with Domenick. Libby starts digging for reasons why she’s been targeted; and Angela and Chelsea say it’s because she’s so tight with Michael. I’m not sure this is the real reason, but Libby takes it to heart.
Michael lets us know how complicated the game might get now that there is no easy vote off in Chris. He decides to target Wendell and Domenick as a strong pair, and let’s Angela know his thoughts. Angela runs to Kellyn and Chelsea and spreads what Michael said, which is literally all it takes to make him a target. Angela is burying Michael right now, and I’m not sure why exactly. Michael chose the wrong person to trust with his information, because she wastes no time running to everyone. He’s a goner if he doesn’t win immunity.
Everyone walks into the challenge with these weirdly cute Chun-Li buns on their head! I bet Jenna and Sebastian were in charge of that hairdressing group! The immunity challenge is a gross food eating challenge. Competitors are randomly chosen in groups and move on to rounds if they beat the others. First round is fish eyeballs: Michael, Desiree and Laurel end up moving on. Angela, Sebastian and Domenick move forward. Wendell didn’t even try. Round 2 is beetle larva grub from Season 1 of Survivor. It is literally still crawling, and I can’t. Angela, Michael and Sebastian take no time chowing it down. Round 3 is a delicacy: a sea slug that sits on the ocean floor. Angela LITERALLY SWALLOWS ONE WHOLE! Her fucking gag reflex is nonexistent! Michael gets it first, but Angela is immediately next. Last round is the mother of pearl, and it looks disgusting. Angela is literally having so much fun with this, and people are cheering her on. Michael is gagging as Angela wins the immunity! Jenna refuses to kiss her considering what was all in her mouth the last 30 minutes. Haha
Angela is the sea slug slugger and feels really good about beating Michael up all throughout the episode. The Naviti girls plus Laurel and Donathan are talking about splitting the vote between Michael and Libby. Michael realizes that if Naviti is splitting the vote, they can take out anyone they want with Mololo sticking together. Laurel wonders if now is the time to pad her resume by making a blindside on one of her Naviti allies. Donathan’s gut is telling him that it’s better to vote a Naviti off instead. Libby believes Domenick at his word that she’s fine tonight, but it’s revealed that she’s obviously getting split votes between her and Michael.
Laurel and Donathan are in the middle, and we don’t know exactly which side they will go for. All of the targets for tonight’s tribal council have idols sans Libby, so we could see several of them flushed with her leaving. Wendell plans on using his idol if he needs to.
We get into tribal council, and there’s still a lot of time on the clock which means this could be messy. We see Chris on the jury, and he’s smoking hot! Angela is praised for her efforts in the challenge. They bring up the new final tribal format with how it’s more of a discussion and how it affects the game. Kellyn says it’s time to draw the lines in the sand between Mololo and Naviti. Throughout this entire tribal, I can’t help but stare at Michael, Wendell and Laurel’s expressions. They are key players tonight. Michael plays his hidden immunity idol for himself. “This is NOT just a stick anymore!” Jeff says as my mouth lay on the floor. Wendell doesn’t play his idol, and we’re left wondering which of him or Libby will leave. So many Michael votes are nulled. Wendell receives only one vote while Libby is voted out with 3.
Next Time On Survivor: Desiree decides she’s ready to vote a Naviti out. Laurel rats her out and causes chaos. Kellyn cries.
Cho’s Top Takeaways
Perception vs Reality
My biggest reaction to this episode was how frustrating it is to see my favorite players be disconnected due to their false perceptions when we, the viewer, knows the reality of their situations. I’m talking about Laurel and Wendell. Their relationship is one that I am rooting for. We see a confessional of Wendell express how much she means to him, yet we get doubts from Laurel in hers. It’s frustrating, because we know that Wendell is serious about taking Domenick, Laurel and Donathan to the end. This is pounded in our heads multiple times this episode, but because of the nature of the game, paranoia gets the best of Laurel. Obviously, Laurel didn’t follow through with betraying Wendell, but I don’t see a happy ending between the two of them. What are your thoughts on their relationship? Do you want them to succeed together or is it better for Laurel’s game to get rid of him?
The Sea Slug Slugger
I was perplexed by Angela’s sudden burst of excitement for the game! Were you? It’s hard to figure out where her true alliances lay. Obviously, she is close to the Naviti girls, but we haven’t quite figured out how much they actually value her as an ally. Angela throwing Michael under the bus didn’t sit well with me. Yes, I know it’s a personal bias due to CBS shoving Michael down our throats as the hero of the season, but still, it cut me deep. Am I just being rough on Angela? Ironically enough, her game as been exactly that of a sea slug: slow and hard to figure out her usefulness. I am hopeful that Angela’s tactics will actually change the landscape of her game and how others view her.
Playing In The Sandbox
We keep getting hints that lines will be drawn in the sand, but this was yet another vote where the majority just snowballed into a near unanimous vote. We know Donathan and Laurel decided to remain loyal to Wendell, so does this mean Jenna and Libby just fell in line or did they actually want Michael to leave? The latter wouldn’t make sense for their games. Also, Jenna knew of Michael’s idol. Why did she not work with him to figure out a counter strategy? Perplexing really. There must be deeper connections than what we are being shown to be the reason behind these simple votes.
That’s it for me tonight! I hope you all enjoy the recap. Definitely watch for my twitter account where I’ll be tweeting about Survivor and retweeting the castaways! Be sure to comment below with your thoughts on this episode.
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