Good morning everyone! Sorry the post is later than usual. I’ve been pretty under the weather this week with a migraine cold nasty combo! I’m excited for this episode, because I think Naviti finally implodes on itself. If you missed the tragic last episode, do go read up on that before continuing.
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We get back from the double tribal council. Everyone is confused why there were two votes for Laurel. Kellyn admits that it was her with the double vote. Laurel acts upset that she was targeted by Kellyn. But girl, you voted against Kellyn too. Laurel is happy that Domenick and Wendell stuck by her.
The family reward is here! Everyone is in tears already. Wendell’s dad gives off a cool vibe. He’s literally Wendell Senior. By the way, Wendell’s ass is distracting me this episode already. How have I only just now noticed? Kellyn admits that Survivor is the glue to her relationship with her brother. Aunt Patty comes to visit Donathan which sends him into full blown ugly crying. He worries about his mom and grandmother because of how much they depend on him back home. Angela’s daughter comes out and explains how their family had to sacrifice time together due to Angela’s time served in the military, but how it’s made them stronger because of it. Chelsea’s sister Sidney comes out. They have different colored hair. Laurel’s big brother visits her. More tears. Sebastian remarks how pretty his sister is. Dom’s wife says she loves and hates him so much right now. Dom appreciative that she sacrificed for him to be on the show.
The challenge is super basic and not worth recapping. Sebastian ends up winning the challenge and picking Domenick, Wendell and Donathan to bring their loved ones with him on the reward. Twist alert: he is able to choose one person to send to Ghost Island where there is a guaranteed advantage awaiting them. He asks the guys if they want to, and Wendell says he’ll give up his dad in order to go. Kellyn is visibly pissed!! Kellyn says the ladies have work to do while the boys are on their reward.
While on Ghost Island, Wendell receives the immunity challenge advantage that Malcom received. He gets to practice balancing the ball between the two sticks. He hopes he can break the curse and pave his way onto the F3.
Domenick is working the group hardcore already and promising Aunt Patty that he is with this group of guys. She says country folk take loyalty very seriously! Donathan listens to Dom’s wheeling and dealing but realizes in a confessional that they are the biggest threats in the game.
Back at camp, Kellyn is throwing the biggest hissy fit. Her jealousy over the the boys’ good fortunate is palpable. Laurel and Angela chime in with how the boys always get the advantages, rewards and immunities with nothing bad happening to them. Kellyn rallies them to break up Wendell and Dom pointing out that this is the only time to do it. Chelsea joins in and says they should go after domenick first. Laurel claims that Kellyn burned her at the last tribal, but that they have a common goal in taking a shot at one of the guys. She worries that the plan will bounce back onto her if it doesn’t go well.
We get to the immunity challenge where they have to balance a ball underneath two sticks. Balance and pressure on the handles are key in this challenge. Kellyn drops first. Everyone makes it through the next round where they have to add another cylinder stick. Angela can’t get up in time, and Wendell drops. They all reset, because Wendell’s advantage allows him a second shot. Wendell drops again. We get to the final round, and Sebastian drops. Chelsea is so strong in challenges I’ve realized. Laurel drops next. Chelsea’s streak of immunity wins is over. I’m proud of Donathan for lasting this long. Domenick ends up winning, much to the chagrin of the ladies!
The scrambling starts immediately, and the lines are drawn immediately. Domenick wants to vote Chelsea out, because she’s a challenge beast. The girls are setting their sights on Wendell. All of Naviti is pretending to be Naviti-strong, but that’s not the case at all. We see Chelsea, Angela and Kellyn all take turns working on Donathan. Domenick and Wendell remain confident that they can trust Laurel. Wendell says that despite this, if someone blinks at him the wrong way, he’ll play his idol.
Laurel and Donathan finally have a powwow. Donathan seems more on the side of taking out one of the boys. He says that after this vote, Dom and Wendell will keep steam rolling them. Laurel says she trusts the boys way more, but doesn’t think she can beat them. On the other hand, she doesn’t trust any of the girls to get her to the end of the game, but thinks she can beat all of them. That is quite the conundrum. Donathan wants to go big or go home.
Tribal Council is here, and Donathan says bluntly that there is an opening tonight to take out Naviti. Literally everyone pretends to be perplexed by this news. Ha! Kellyn says that there’s generally a truth bomb coming from Donathan at tribal council. Now that the cat is out of the bag, Laurel says that they’re going to take this opportunity to make a move. Donathan spells it out for Jeff saying that it’s boys versus girls tonight with Laurel and Donathan in the middle. Wendell plays super dumb and says he doesn’t know what Donathan is talking about. Chelsea is afraid, because she’s had immunity the last two tribal councils. She says the game is like a giant game of bumper cars, and you never know who’s going to crash into you at any time. Domenick says he’s going to take the shots first before others take it at him. We get to the vote. Wendell surprisingly does not play his idol and Chelsea is booted 5-3. She tells Wendell good battle sir.
Next Time On Survivor: Domenick is caught with his idol by Donathan which leads him to target him. Kellyn sees this as an opportunity to survive. Domenick says Donathan has gone completely rogue.
Final Words: Chelsea is happy with the game she played and that she attempted to make big moves on her way out. She seems very proud that she went out fighting, and I’m sad to see her go.
Cho’s Top Takeaways
We Can’t Have A Girl’s Alliance Because Caryn Laurel Sucks!
Season 10 Survivor Palau Final 7. Katie realizes the only way she has a chance to take control of the game is to take out one of the boys. She pleads to Caryn, warning her that if they don’t do it now, Tom will win the game. Caryn rats the plan out and sides with the boys. Tom goes on to win the game. In terms of Domenick and Wendell’s dominance, this was definitely a huge victory for them. Not only do they have an idol in each of their pockets, but they are also some of the strongest competitors remaining in the game in terms of immunity. Chelsea was their biggest threat in terms of the latter, and now she’s gone. Laurel’s decision to not go with the girls could prove costly. As she admitted herself, it could be very hard to take them out moving forward. At the very least, she could have spooked wendell enough to play his immunity idol, but she couldn’t even do that. What are your thoughts? Is a Dom/Wendell victory as clear cut as it seems now?
It seems as though Kellyn’s emotions are getting the best of her at this point in the game. She is wearing all of her frustrations on her sleeve and it isn’t the best look. While I do empathize with her position, she needs to curtail the way she comes off to her fellow Survivors. Usually, with an emotional person, it is easy to decipher their game and predict what they will do next, especially if they are attempting to lie. While pre merge Kellyn was excellent at building alliances and connecting with others on a deep level, it appears that Kellyn’s inability to connect with Laurel has doomed her. What are your thoughts on Kellyn right now? Do you empathize with her position or are you annoyed by her presence?
Chelsea I think is the most under-edited character in Survivor history!! I think we can count on one hand how many confessionals she received this season. It’s unfortunate, because if you squint really hard the way I do when watching Survivor, you would realize she was an above average player. While she made a questionable move with voting Bradley out, I think overall, she had set herself up well with allies. She also won multiple immunities and was voted out due to being a physical threat. What are your thoughts on Chelsea if any?
Well that’s it for me everyone! Please do let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Will the rest of this season be a predictable battle battle between Domenick and Wendell? Will Laurel ever make a real move against them? Let me know!
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