Happy hump day! How has your week been? Remember when Survivor was on Thursdays? I was one of THOSE viewers who wrote in to CBS complaining about the change, because I’m just that horrifically privileged. That being said, I’ve finally come around to loving Wednesday episodes, because it helps me to through the rest of the week! Do you prefer Survivor night on Wednesday or Thursday? Ok, enough blathering! Go read my last recap if you need to catch up before tonight!
Too Long Didn’t Watch
The previously on section shows how it was Kellyn trying to take out Wendell, but Laurel and Donathan flipped to their side. Jeff says that Kellyn is left without an ally in the game. After tribal council, Kellyn says she’s at the bottom and hoping to talk to anyone who’s willing to chat. She takes experience from her divorce and hopes to stir up drama the next day.
We get to the next day where Laurel feels like a move against the guys is possible but she can’t trust the girls. Donathan convinces Laurel that it’s silly to keep playing it safe unless they want to be at the end with no shot of winning immunity. True tea. Laurel struggles with the fact that Domenick and Wendell are her best friends in the game, so it’s risky. Donathan is frustrated by his alliance with Laurel’s indecisiveness and allowing the boys to continue to run the game. He then goes to Kellyn about blindsiding one of the boys. This is music to Kellyn’s ears! Donathan gives some great confessionals about how he’s ready to play without Laurel if she’s willing to give the game away to Domenick and Wendell. Donathan has finally grown a backbone y’all!
The reward challenge looks complicated and will be played in pairs. Captains are randomly chosen, and Angela isn’t chosen. It’s a spacing challenge where the pairs must continue to pass a rolling spool to one another. The spools can’t hit one another or drop to the ground. As time goes on, more spools will be added to the contraption. I LOVE these challenges so much!! I don’t think I’d like running up and down those stairs though.
Laurel is already huffing and puffing, and they’re only on spool #3. Fatigue sets in. Everyone is exhausted. I’m fucking exhausted! The 4th spool is added, and everyone is now hustling! These are the types of simple challenges that I love. The 5th spool is added. Everyone’s screaming now! Sebastian drops his spool and he & Kellyn are out. Laurel drops hers next, leaving Wendell and Domenick with the reward win! They better play their idols this episode. Wendell picks Laurel to come onto reward with them and they send “The Pirate”, Sebastian, to Ghost Island. Wow this challenge telegraphs a lot socially doesn’t it? Donathan is obviously pissed. I think it’s too little too late baby boy. Last week was your time to get froggy and leap.
Sea Bass arrives on a beautiful Ghost Island. He rationalizes why Wendell and Domenick sent him, comparing himself to a suckerfish which attaches itself to the more powerful fish in the sea. He’s so self-aware. I wonder if he knows he’ll never win the game playing that way though. He ends up winning a “Steal A Vote” advantage that was mis-played by Kellyn this season as well as the vote that sent Michaela home from Survivor Game Changers. Sea Bass says this is his opportunity to show people he can play well, and I’m left assuming his advantage will be manipulated to be more useful to Wendell and Domenick.
Domenick, Laurel and Wendell are sent as ambassadors to a Fijian camp to send supplies to a local school. These are always sweet rewards. This is the reward where I fell in LOVE with Woo from Cagayan. He’s the total package: hot, smart, athletic and beyond kind to everyone! Wendell explains that Laurel was picked so that they could shore up their alliance and instill confidence. It works. Laurel says her hope is to go to the end with them and have them split the votes so that she can win. In a confessional, she says she’s actually going to cut their throats. I’m rolling my eyes. Laurel’s words are cheap at this point until we actually see her do something.
Donathan threatens Wendell that he’s voting for Domenick if he’s up against him at the end of the game. Wendell is caught off guard by Donathan’s latest “truth bomb”. The three guys get into a tense conversation where Donathan outright says he doesn’t know where he stands with them anymore and doesn’t feel like he’s going to win at the end. Well Donathan, this is NOT the way to blindside the boys if that’s what you’re going for. Domenick says Donathan is going kamikaze and isn’t such a nice kid anymore.
Immunity is another often-recycled one but fun to watch challenge. The survivors need to find pieces to build themselves both a bridge and ladder before solving a puzzle. Wendell and Sebastian take an early lead building their bridge, while Donathan and Angela are in dead last. Wendell moves on with a lead but is followed closely by Sea Bass. Jeff finds it unbelievable how far behind Donathan and Angela are on the simplest part of the challenge. Laurel, Sebastian, Domenick and Wendell are on the sliding puzzle, which is exactly the same as what they had on day 1. Poor Sea Bass is clueless at the puzzle. Kellyn joins the group. It seems like it’s Wendell’s to lose, but Laurel screams in excitement when she calls Jeff’s name. DRAMA! Wendell claims he had the puzzle first, which he did, but he didn’t call it. There’s dramatic back and forth but Wendell ends up saying he’s ok with the decision.
Back at camp, Laurel explains that it doesn’t feel right sending Wendell home under the circumstances of the latest immunity challenge. This is the second time I’ve rolled my eyes at Laurel this episode. Wendell convinces Domenick that Kellyn is the big target, because she’s an immunity threat as well as being a likable threat at the end of the game. Donathan talks to his alliance and says to let him know if he’s going to be blindsided or not. Laurel’s face drops. Domenick, who just got done asking Wendell if they should boot Donathan over Kellyn 5 minutes prior, pretends to be shocked that Donathan would say such an outrageous thing.
Donathan is watching the boys closely and notices Domenick and Wendell exchanging potential idols. The tension is palpable between the boys. Donathan is super pissed and declares that he’s going for broke. He goes to Kellyn and says he thinks he’s being targeted. Kellyn says Donathan is being unpredictable, and she hopes it will save her. Wendell’s plan to rattle Donathan worked. He’s lost his mind this episode and is ruining his relationships. Wendell talks to Angela, Sebastian and Domenick about potentially blindsiding Donathan.
There’s a whopping 10 minutes left before heading into Tribal Council! This could be juicy drama. Chelsea looks amazing on the jury. Discussion opens up how everyone is starting to fall apart mentally and physically. Wendell blames himself for not calling Jeff’s name during the immunity challenge. Domenick says things have gone haywire due to Donathan’s volatile behavior. Wendell and Domenick tag team him, essentially gaslighting him. I feel bad for Donathan here. Donathan says he is frustrated, because he needs to know information from his allies if they want his support to the end. Donathan tells Dom to stop talking. The jury lets out a gasp, while I let out a dramatic gay gasp myself. Lots of whispering ensues, and everyone is on edge now. Dom tells Angela to stick to the hammock plan. Donathan asks what the hammock plan is, and Dom tells him that they aren’t talking remember? Ouch! Donathan is being an uber brat tonight. I hope Kellyn stays, but I doubt it. Votes are tallied: 1 vote Domenick.1 vote Donathan. 2 for Kellyn. 2 for Donathan. The last two votes are tied for Donathan and Kellyn! The revote happens with tears in Kellyn’s eyes, and she is voted off 3-1. She says she didn’t go out without a fight and made them vote twice at least! This was sad. Kellyn leaves with a big cheesy grin wishing everyone luck.
Next Time On Survivor: The season finale is next week.
Final Words: Kellyn says how this journey came at the perfect time. She says she’s thankful for this once in a lifetime experience that she’ll never forget. This episode is the sweet Kellyn we were missing the last few weeks.
Cho’s Top Takeaways
Who Is This Donathan?!
We see Donathan really lighting a fire under his ass with his goal of undermining the powerful duo that is Wendell and Domenick. While Donathan has been a great player to watch this season, he’s obviously a novice at the actual game of Survivor. He’s let his emotions dictate the majority of his game, and it shows this week. How he thought he could just flip flop back and forth on a duo like Wendell/Domenick so easily baffles me. If anything, he should have forced the vote last episode when the numbers were there to do it. Instead of re-establishing relationships with the people he just got done betraying (Angela and Kellyn), he seemed insistent on antagonizing Wendell and Domenick directly. You know who he reminded me of this episode? Abi Maria, and that’s not exactly a good thing. He was bratty, volatile and most importantly, ineffectual! While I found myself feeling compassionate towards his frustrations with the game, the way he handled it was off-putting. What are your thoughts on Donathan’s behavior this episode?
Laurel Settles For 3rd
Laurel reveals to Donathan and Wendell that she plans on going to the F3 with them and hopes to win by having them split the votes among the jurors. She tells us in a confessional that she will instead be cutthroat and play for the win, but I’m unconvinced. Laurel has spent the last 30 days contemplating a big move. What she has obviously forgotten is that there are few days left to make any big moves. As loaded as Dom & Wendell are with both immunity idols and immunity challenge prowess, the time was Final 7-10. As we stand at the F6, Laurel’s best shot at this point is 3rd place. I’m disappointed in Laurel’s game, but what are your thoughts?! Has she sunk her own game? Is there a chance she can beat Domenick or Wendell?
I’m cutting it short and only giving two takeaways from this episode, because I’m planning on doing a BONUS pre-finale post detailing my thoughts on how the remaining game could possibly go and how I feel about each castaway remaining. Please do give me as many comments below as possible to help me write my next post this weekend. As an aside, my twitter has been pretty hilarious lately, so if you aren’t following me, you’re missing out on a good laugh! Now let’s chat in the comments! What were your biggest takeaways from this explosive episode?
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