ADMIN NOTE: My sincere apologies to Cho and all of you for the delay getting this post up. Cho is super fast at getting these recaps to me and I dropped the ball yesterday. There was a lot going on last night and I just screwed up. I’m so sorry.
Happy Wednesday! Can you believe that it’s April 25th and we still haven’t had consistently “nice” weather in Ohio? It literally snowed about a week or so ago. I’m just tired of the inconsistency kind of like the major twist with Ghost Island this season. The one thing that IS consistent is Wednesday night Survivor, so let’s get right into it! If you missed last episode where Angela literally swallowed a banana-sized slug during the immunity challenge, be sure to read that recap before moving on.
Too Long Didn’t Watch
We jump right into the morning after tribal council where Desiree reminds us that she used to be homeless, so she knows what it’s like to not have food. She then tells us that going along with the Naviti strong is not good for her, because she’s on the bottom. She takes Malolo aside and targets Kellyn as the the first to go. She claims to be able to pull Angela and Chelsea with her. If this is the case, why is she making her move so early?! Laurel has reservations about the plan considering she is close with Dom and Wendell. Once again, Laurel is the driving factor in whether Naviti stays together or not. The irony isn’t lost on me.
The reward challenge is a basic gathering of puzzles; the twist is that teammates are in cages, and have to be unlocked before continuing. Domenick has trouble keeping the boat near the first cage. Sebastian looks to have lost a lot of weight. He’s not as hot as he was on Day 1. Sebastian and Michael are leading their orange team to an obvious win if purple can’t catch up. Purple team has stacked puzzle makers though.The challenge gets really confusing when both tribes realize there’s an extra piece in the puzzle to serve as a decoy. Orange team ends up winning! Angela is randomly chosen for Ghost Island. This should be interesting if she gets the chance to play a game.
The winning team is flown via helicopter to this amazing picnic on a mountain. Michael relishes in the reward after having been given 7 votes last tribal council. He makes a pitch to his group that he would be a loyal vote if they kept him. Sebastian and Chelsea say that you never know what happens day by day and Kellyn takes this as meaning they are rock solid for Naviti strong. I don’t know about that.
Angela is excited about potentially playing a game on Ghost Island, and she gets her wish! 2 of the 3 urns have power if she risks her vote. She says her vote doesn’t matter if her alliance has the numbers… she ends up picking the urn with no vote. Ha!
Donathan and Laurel discuss Desiree’s offer to turn on Naviti. Laurel says she trusts Dom and Wendell more than Des and decides to rat her out. She throws Chelsea and Desiree under the bus hardcore. Dom isn’t surprised by this news from the “weaker Naviti girls”. Dom tells Kellyn who is completely shocked. She refuses to believe Laurel on the account that she’s been working with Desiree and Chelsea since day 1. In a twist that Laurel probably didn’t see coming, this news reinvigorates Kellyn to take out the Mololo even more!
Michael goes to look for an idol, and is upset that Donathan is searching with him, since he CORRECTLY knows that telling anyone about an idol is the dumbest move you can make. Donathan ends up finding Scot’s idol that he intended to combine into a super idol with Tai. This idol doesn’t have any power unless it is combined with an idol located directly under the shelter. Donathan is super nervous searching for the idol and laments everyone walking through the shelter and interrupting him. He ends up finding it after Mololo helps him distract the others. I doubt this is used to save Michael though, since he and Laurel are deep in bed with Naviti.
Angela returns from Ghost Island empty handed to join them in the immunity challenge. Survivors must balance a ball on a disk being held up by a rope structure. Wendell drops almost immediately followed by Jenna, Desiree, Laurel and Angela. Less than a minute, and half the Survivors are out. Donathan follows quickly. Domenick is out next, and it looks like he got a haircut! Am I imagining this?! Sebastian looks like a really attractive troll during this challenge. Does that make sense to everyone? Michael is out next, and the viewers at home are crying I’m sure.
Kellyn, Chelsea and Sebastian are the only Survivors to make it past the first 10 minute round. Everyone seems to be struggling somewhat except for Kellyn, and as I type this, she drops! Sebastian’s ball is all over the place as Chelsea’s entire body is shaking. Sebastian can’t control his ball and Chelsea wins with tears in her eyes. It’s noted that only women have won immunity thus far. Domenick says the goats are coming together to target him, so he’s not so sure he’s ready to get rid of Michael.
Kellyn confronts Desiree and Chelsea on what she’s heard from Domenick. She accuses him of being hyper paranoid. Kellyn believes in Desiree implicitly. Des backtracks and goes on the offensive. She lambastes Laurel for ratting her out, and then when Wendell walks over starts yelling at Laurel about how they never had a conversation!! HAHA Laurel is pissed that Des just blew her game up which is kind of hypocritical to be honest. There’s a bunch of he said she said, but at least Laurel is telling the truth.
Desiree goes on a tour around camp telling everyone that she’s telling the truth and everything the Mololos are saying is being made up about her. Domenick doesn’t believe her and wants to take her out immediately. Kellyn is confronted with the drama again, but believes Desiree was always on her side. She and Dom get into an argument about what to do, because Dom wants to vote Des out. Kellyn says the girls want Michael out now and are not changing their votes. Kellyn is SNAPPY!!! She is so aggressively wrong about this situation right now, and I find it to be hilarious. I can’t wait until tribal council!
Walking into tribal council, I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s either Kellyn, Des or Michael. Libby looks amazing on the jury! Desiree and Laurel get into a fight. Desiree is super aggressive and screechy like usual, so Donathan, Jenna and Michael all jump in to tag team Desiree. Having flashbacks to when Mololo all ganged up on Bradley during tribal!! Finally, we get Chelsea’s opinion since she’s knee deep in the drama as well. She says Mololo is desperate to make Naviti not feel secure anymore. Desiree is ready to get to the vote, so Jeff sends them on their way. Desiree receives 4 votes. Michael get 2 votes, and the rest go towards Desiree. WOW! I’m kind of surprised by that outcome. She tells the ladies to keep winning on her way out, and at this rate, she’s right: let the slaughter of the rest of the female Survivors begin!
Next Time On Survivor: A twist reveals that 2 people will leave. Jenna lies to Donathan and calls him dumb. Kellyn and Domenick discuss Michael having an idol.
Final Words: Desiree is disappointed that she didn’t lie well enough and reveals that she had a master plan starting with Kellyn and ending with her making more moves. She’s a great sport about being booted.
Cho’s Top Takeaways
Too Early Too Fast
My immediate reaction to the events of tonight’s episode was pity on behalf of Desiree. If you look at the big picture, Desiree had the right idea: Domenick and Wendell were definitely the favored contenders at this point in the game. Her desire to turn on them wasn’t out of the realm of solid strategy. However, her desire to take out Kellyn really comes out of left field. I definitely think Desiree underestimated how strong of a connection Kellyn had with her. I mean, did you see how shocked and in awe Kellyn was of the news? Desiree’s mistake wasn’t that she wanted to take out those at the top; her mistake was that she struck too early. She and Chelsea should have waited until a few more Mololo were picked off before making their move against the core. What are your thoughts on Desiree’s failed attempt to prad her resume?
Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks
We’re not done with Desiree yet. There’s something to learn from the many mistakes she made tonight. When confronted with the fact that Laurel threw her under the bus (a decision that we can disect in the comments below), Desiree went above and beyond to clear her name. The way she switched tone and dialogue mid conversation with Mololo was theatrical in the best and worst of ways! Not only that, she then became so aggressive with Laurel that it actually made Domenick believe in her more. Obviously, the others on Naviti sans Chelsea felt the same way. It’ll be interesting to see how Chelsea twists in the wind now that her partner in crime has been booted. What are your thoughts? What would you have done if you were Desiree and just found out Laurel had exposed your plan?
Do you take this episode as Laurel’s commitment to her alliance with Domenick and Wendell? She really went to bat for them despite Desiree’s target being Kellyn first. I think it bodes really well for Laurel’s health in the game long term, especially when you consider the rocky round before between Laurel and Wendell. We also see Domenick being annoyed by Kellyn’s aggression. Could we be seeing our final 4 players? Surely, it won’t be that easy of a path for Domenick, Wendell, Laurel and Donathan. Even though lines are still clearly Naviti versus Mololo, this is what I would consider the core of the tribe. Do you think Laurel was right to commit to this alliance?
There are some other points I’d like to comment on such as Chelsea’s position, where the fuck Sebastian’s loyalties lie and what Angela thinks, but I’ll leave that for the comment section below. Do leave your thoughts below!
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