Did you think the premiere of Survivor was dramatic? Well since then, I’ve thought my foot was going to fall off and I had a complete nightmare trying to get the new iPhone Xs through Verizon. Spoiler alert: I got the phone after around 4-5 hours of driving through traffic and dealing with customer service. If you want to know the horrors of my first world problems, do let me know in the comment section or check out my rants on twitter. For now, let’s get into this episode, which I think will feature lots of friction on the Goliath tribe.
Too Long Didn’t Watch
Previously on Survivor: Jeff introduces us to the new season. On Goliath, Dan immediately fell in love with Kara and discovered the idol. On David, we’re led to believe Pat’s medical evacuation is what saved Nick from being voted out.
The rain is pounding the survivors. The Davids are miserable after Pat’s evacuation. He was the one boosting their morale and Jessica cries over him leaving. Moments like these remind me that I’m not cut out for Survivor. Goliath isn’t doing much better as they all shudder in the cold damp camp. Watching their teeth chatter uncontrollably reminds me that Survivor is REAL!
Christian admits that the plan was indeed to vote Nick out, but he’s happy to have some more ambiguity in terms of alliances. Nick realizes this, because no one was talking to him. He’s actually looking at Pat’s evacuation as a blessing. He compares his relationship with Christian to that of JT and Stephen. I don’t think he realizes how bad it is to compare yourself to JT. He is one of the most stupid players in Survivor history. Jeff sends both tribes a fire-making kit due to the season being unusually wet. Wait, it’s only been 4 days. Why is Jeff CODDLING them this early?! Let them suffer. Make someone quit!
On Goliath, Dan is living the dream life with his idol and Kara by his side, but Kara is paranoid about someone else finding his idol. She’s also paranoid about people looking at them as a power alliance, and she’s right, because Alec is already targeting her behind the scenes. Kara actually takes Natalia and Angelina aside to strategize about how they have the 3 boys wrapped around their fingers and can control the beginning portion of the game. Kara intends to distance herself from Dan’s self-destructive gameplay. Jeremy goes through Dan’s belongings just as Kara warned and finds the idol while Mike watches. Literally everyone looks at Dan as a stupid player in the game, including his own allies.
On David, Davie is leaning into his role as a provider and hero of the tribe as conflict brews about who to vote out first. He admits he’s been searching for food over everything else but needs to focus on his ninja eyes. He sees some weird string which leads to him finding the hidden immunity idol. He’s super handsome oh my goodness. Carl is worried about getting rid of the strongest guys so he targets Lyrsa. Unfortunately, Elizabeth disagrees with him behind the scenes and that happens to be her best friend in the game. She immediately takes Lyrsa aside to tell her that Carl is spearheading her vote. Lyrsa is pissed and reminds everyone that she won the first challenge. This is true! Lyrsa is ready to confront Carl, but she’s going to try to reel in her temper.
The Goliath tribe is all having fun except for Natalie. She says her strategy is to get along and lay low. What is she doing in reality? Not getting along with anyone and being high on everyone’s radar. The entire tribe is annoyed by her except for John. John sees this as an opportunity to take her aside and reel her in as an ally deep into the game. She’s pissed at the news that she’s the first to go. Natalie decides to confront people individually and yells that the Goliaths are playing like a bunch of Davids! She says that she’s going to be aggressive and doesn’t care. Jeremy tries to actually reason with her from a genuine place and as a fellow black person. I feel bad for him. He tried, but Natalie really shut him down in a harsh way. Jeremy says that because she’s been married for decades, someone really loves her as she is and she has no reason to change. Did you catch that shade?!
The Immunity Challenge
The Goliaths walk in with war paint, and learn that Pat was medically evacuated. This challenge involves gathering puzzle pieces and balancing a wobbly table while completing said puzzle. They’re playing for fishing gear and immunity. It’s Bi versus Alec as they have to leap frog up the ladder using only two rungs. Alec is a hottie! Bi is stuck on the ladder as Alec retrieves the key and moves onto the next phase of the challenge. Bi finally gets their keys as Goliath gets back with all of their puzzle pieces.This is a fucking mess: Davids are pulling away from Bi who has their bags of puzzle pieces on the podium!
The Goliaths have been working on the puzzle for a while now but only has two puzzle pieces out. They spent all this time strategizing, but Christian has already gotten one piece. There is a learning curve that the Davids are having a tough time with. Goliaths are communicating well. The heat is taking a toll as both tribes suffer. The Goliaths are very far while the Davids are nowhere near. They just need to get back to the mat without dropping everything! And they do it! Natalie is thanking all of the gods above. Christian tells us the Davids need to pick the scab off of the tribe. We get shots of both Lyrsa and Carl who is the cause of friction within camp.
People are upset that the Goliaths are so much stronger than them. Bi tells everyone to change their poor attitude, because in her sport, it’s all about technique not size. Jessica says she understands that mentality, but she wants to still vote Lyrsa out. Gabby is off put by Bi and Jessica not wanting to discuss other options other than Lyrsa. She cries about how uncomfortable she feels in the tribe now.
Lyrsa doesn’t think she’s the weakest link and is upset that Carl is throwing her name out; Elizabeth suggest voting Jessica out instead. Elizabeth goes to Gabby and pitches to voting Jessica out, because she is the glue to the Bi and Carl alliance. Christian lets us know how fast things change so quickly and feels confident that he can handle everything. Both Gabby and Christian are so neurotic. Christian and Nick seem to actually somehow be in the middle of this conundrum. It’s Elizabeth/Gabby/Lyrsa vs Carl/Bi/Jessica with the “Mason Dixon” Alliance controlling where the decision goes. I can’t help but think that Christian will value Gabby over Jessica. We get no mention of where Davie stands in all of this mess.
This is actually our first time seeing the new Tribal Council set, and it looks really nice actually. They dramatic shots and editing is pretty cool! It reminds me of an authentic temple. Everyone looks scared and anxious. We get into a discussion about how they have become a family through the disastrous conditions they’ve been in. Jeff then talks about how it’s hard to be considered a family then have to vote someone out. Jessica gets really snappy and says that everyone needs to play the game when they hit the beach, not wait until getting to tribal council.
Everyone believes that the vote is organized, which means that a lot of people are going to be blindsided tonight. Christian likens the game to a rollercoaster where there is no exhilaration without risk. We finally get to the vote and Davie votes for Lyrsa. Christian’s vote is hidden, saying he really wanted to work with this person but he couldn’t make it work. Jeff reads them: Lyrsa, Jessica, Lyrsa, Jessica… Lyrsa, Lyrsa, Jessica…Jessica tied 4-4 with one vote left… Jessica. Half the tribe is blindsided. People are pissed. Looks like Christian convinced Nick to go with him.
Next Time On Survivor: Carl is upset after being tribal council. Jeremy admits to the tribe that Dan has the idol and calls his tribe idiotic after accusing Natalie of trying to target him.
Final Words: Jessica views her vote off as them thinking she was a threat. She admits to being the first hashtag blindside of the season.
Cho’s Top Takeaways
The Issue Of Self-Awareness
Ok, lean in to the screen. Let’s talk. Like, really. This is a problem that so many people have in life, and we’ve got to start having more conversations about it. Despite knowing this, I still always find it so hard to believe when people are SO stuck in their own world that they can’t imagine how someone else might see them differently. Exhibit A: Natalie. She has been walking around since day 1 judging everyone her tribe for various reasons. She has this full proof game plan that doesn’t take into account that someone might think differently of her than she thinks of herself. Do you know people like this in real life? Let’s talk in the comment section about how to approach a friend like this. Do you tell them they’re an asshole or do you just let them live their life being an asshole? Unfortunately for Natalie, this isn’t life. This is Survivor, and she will be voted off.
The Subtleties of Misogyny in Survivor?
Ok, so this may have been a minor moment in the episode, but something bothered me about the way Kara and Dan’s relationship was handled and speculated about on the Goliath Tribe. We see privately that Dan is over the moon obsessed over Kara. We also see that she is concerned about how this comes off to her tribemates and is actively doing damage control, because she doesn’t want her game over-ridden by something so silly. Despite the evidence, we see Alec target Kara and blame her for their showmance. What?! How?! This happens so many times especially in Survivor. Yes, we did see Angelina and Natalia gloat about their aspirations to control the guys, but Kara was isolated from those specific connotations. Why are we still unnecessarily ascribing the dangerous vixen trope onto women in Survivor? Why can’t we just call it what it is: a former fatty (self-described) is obsessed with pretty girls now that he considers himself attractive. Ok, I feel myself ranting so let’s stop. Let me know in the comments what you think.
Can The Davids Get It Together?
I’m worried. Despite the inherent conflict on the Goliath tribe, they do seem to be pretty stacked. And after having a 5-4 vote split, the Davids tribe is bound to be wrought with mistrust and division. Do you think they will be able to win an immunity challenge, or will they only be spared by a timely tribal switch? Let me know what you think! I’ll end it with that question there. Please let me know what other thoughts you have about the episode. Did I miss something important? Tell me everything and don’t forget to follow my on social media: Instagram, Twitter and Twitch!