On Wednesdays, we wear our Survivor buffs! Last episode, we saw our first tribal council and first blindside of the game, so I’m really excited to see what happens this episode with the fallout. Let’s get right into it!
Too Long Didn’t Watch
Previously on Survivor: Natalie on Goliath has no filter and doesn’t care about being seen as aggressive. Jeff says Jeremy has no boundaries with looking through Dan’s belongings to find the idol. The Mason Dixon alliance (Nick & Christian) are the swing votes that blindsided Jessica.
We get back from tribal council, and there is obvious tension due to the fact that Davie, Carl and Bi were blindsided by the others. Davie is happy to have found the idol, because it offers him further protection from another blindside. Christian is trying to smooth things over by blaming Gabby. It works seamlessly, because Davie targets her. Christian and Nick immediately celebrate being in the power position on their tribe. Carl is already falling apart at the seams. He viewed Jessica as a daughter and is really broken up about losing her, because it reminds him of being away from his family. He promises to turn it up a notch. Oh my goodness yay: Bi gets her first confessional of the season and admits that Jessica’s blindside has woken her game up. She admits that it’s personal with Gabby, because she trusted her. I feel kinda bad that Gabby is getting the brunt of the backlash on the tribe.
On Goliath, it’s all good moods for the most part. John is taking the opportunity to connect with people since there is downtime due to them winning a lot. He’s focusing specifically on just laughing, hanging out and old school socializing. Wow, John sounds human despite looking like the Hulk! In stark contrast, Natalie is still having trouble bossing people around and turning people away. John plans on using her to his advantage since she trusts him.
Jeremy and Mike are bonding a lot as they search for food. Jeremy lets us know a bit about his father who has early onset Alzheimer’s. It’s a sad but triumphant story from Jeremy, because he knows his father would be proud of the sacrifice he made for him growing up. Jeremy cries. I so connect with this story of trying to make your parents proud. Despite Mike liking him a lot, he is afraid of Jeremy’s ability to be overzealous, specifically in the case of searching through people’s belongings. Now wait! I know we aren’t going to blame Jeremy for Dan having an idol are we? That makes no sense! What are your thoughts?
Back on David, Christian and Gabby are discussing the idea of “slam town” which is a place John references all the time. I’m not following this conversation at all, but Christian is really into it. Gabby is eating from the palms of his hands and tells us how loyal she is to him. Little does she know that he doesn’t have her back quite 100%. Bi is going out of her way to target Gabby on the boat with Nick and Davie. Nick lets us know he wants Gabby out to ensure that Christian is most loyal to him. Who would have thought that Christian would have two attractive people fighting over him!
Things on Goliath are starting to splinter as Jeremy is being hyper paranoid about other people in the tribe strategizing. In actuality, everyone is talking about random innocuous things like Starbucks. Speaking of, tell me your favorite drink from Starbucks in the comments below. I’m really into Decaf Pumpkin Spice latte with almond milk and no whip. And save the basic comments. I know already!! Back to Survivor, Jeremy has called the most ridiculous meeting to discuss the”side conversations” in the tribe potentially weakening them during a tribal switch. Foreshadowing perhaps? All he’s doing is literally making people look at him sideways. Jeremy then goes on to do EXACTLY what he warned everyone else about not doing: having multiple side conversations! John calls a duck a duck, and Jeremy is quacking & waddling all over camp! He’s playing too hard too early and with too many people. His paranoia and hyper-strategizing is going to save Natalie from an easy eviction.
The immunity Challenge
It’s raining really hard as the tribes enter the challenge arena. No one can even see Jeff clearly through the rain, but everyone is still excited to be there. This is one of those really cool challenges where everyone is entangled in rope and have to get through an obstacle course while untangling themselves. They’re also playing for reward: comfort in the form of pillows, blankets, etc. There’s a bit of a kerfuffle about who is actually sitting out on Goliath, but it ends up being Angelina and Natalia. I thought Angelina was really good in puzzles though.
Alec and Bi are having a showdown again as they begin the challenge for their perspective tribes. Alec gets stuck really early, but it’s still neck and neck. Now it’s Lyrsa/Nick/Davie vs Mike/Jeremy/Kara. Both tribes finish at the same time. Carl and Elisabeth are throwing the horse shoes while John and Dan throw for Goliath. John gets his first, allowing a slight lead for the puzzle solvers, Natalie and Allison. Our dynamic duo Christian and Gabby work together for David. Bi randomly remarks that she’s hurt her knee. I hope she doesn’t have to go home for it. Out of nowhere, the Davids win the puzzle!! Natalia remarks that Angelina would have been better for the tribe in the puzzle portion. She aggressively lets us know that Natalie should stick to her day job of bossing people around in real life, because she has no place on Survivor! BAM!
Before we get to the scrambling, we do get a chance to see the David’s celebrate. Gabby is especially proud of herself for finishing the puzzle next to Christian who has quite the impressive background. We get an update on Bi’s knee injury: apparently, she sprained her MCL. I don’t know what that means, but it can’t be good for her in this game. She lets us know that this has already happened to her before, so she’s scared about moving forward.
The backpedaling and confrontation begins almost immediately on Goliath! Natalie apologizes for her failure in the challenge but proceeds to lambast Jeremy for not having her back since they’ve gotten on the island. Jeremy has given up on Natalie and doesn’t hear her plea to keep her in the game at all. Allison piles onto Natalie saying that they were giving her the opportunity to save herself by competing in the puzzle. Angelina tells Allison that Jeremy is more trustworthy compared to Natalie who is overall harmless in the game. She lets us know that she possess the power of persuasion and how she uses it in real life to get out of tickets, get discounts at restaurants and other things. She sounds JUST like me. This is what makes her and myself Goliaths! Mike would prefer the more simple answer of Natalie leaving, but understands Jeremy’s knack for self-destruction. Natalia doesn’t care about strategy one iota and wants Natalie out, because it’s personal. She comes off super bratty to me as she argues with Angelina about who to vote out.
Natalie and Jeremy get into a big confrontation about who’s whispering to who and saying what. Natalie demands that she be able to have a conversation without him there while she pleads to stay in the game, and he totally flips out on her! I’m surprised at how calm Natalie has been throughout this confrontation. He calls her incompetent and overconfident! Jeremy tells her that she’s never watched an episode of Survivor before, and she storms off away from him and his insults. Jeremy doesn’t look cute here. Natalie wasn’t throwing his name under the bus. His hyper-paranoia might be a self-fulfilling prophecy…
We get to tribal council, and everyone dips their torch into the flames. The rain is pounding them once again. Rainiest season of Survivor yet? We get to the meat of the episode: Jeremy vs Natalie. He says he doesn’t really have a problem with her. The issue is when she has problems with other people, and as a brotha, he tries to communicate the error of her ways. He started off nice, but then really lays into Natalie. He really went in, and it didn’t make him look good. I don’t know anyone that could possibly make Natalie look better by comparison, but jeez Louise here we are! All aboard the crazy train! He says if he died right there, everyone in the tribe would be at his funeral, but no one would come to hers… I don’t think Natalie has done anything to Jeremy to warrant this type of aggression. Dan is able to communicate why the tribe has issues with Natalie. He and Kara both express themselves respectfully and constructively. Natalie reminds us that she isn’t a threat and Jeremy retorts that we are still in the tribal portion of the game. She admits there are learning lessons for her in this game that she wants to try to get through. We get to the vote, and Natalie is very cocky in her voting confessional! It was pretty funny! She said Jeremy had nice skin at least and to get off her island. Haha Jeff reads the votes: Natalie, Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy, and by a 9-1 vote, he is out of the game!
Next Time On Survivor: Gabby reaches her breaking point, and there is already a tribal switch! Christian says he’s bringing the charm-pocalyspe to his new tribe!
Final Words: He is proud of the game he played and says he tried hard with Natalie to help her figure out self-awareness.
Cho’s Top Takeaways
When Paranoia Takes Over
Jeremy’s implosion was really sad to watch. In fact, his entire storyline with Natalie was unfortunate, and really came full circle in the worst of ways for him. Last episode, he went out of his way to help Natalie out in a genuine way. This episode, he was determined to bury her. In the most ironic twist of events ever, it seemed that everything Jeremy critiqued Natalie on actually applied to him as well: his severe lack of self-awareness was simply astounding! To watch him call a tribe meeting to chastise everyone on having too many “side conversations” was both desperate and just downright dumb. It’s a shame really, because everyone on the island and on the couch at home can see Jeremy’s potential for success. He’s a brilliant man in real life, and he definitely had the ability to succeed in the game of Survivor too. Unfortunately, paranoia can get ruin the best Survivor players. What are your thoughts on Jeremy this episode? Did you agree with his approach towards Natalie? The tribe in general? Do you agree with the tribe getting rid of him?
Constructive Criticism Vs Plain Ole’ Criticism
Yes, I’m still reeling from the dynamic between Natalie and Jeremy, and the complex storyline presented to us. At tribal council, it was really interesting seeing Natalie react to criticism from Jeremy versus criticism from Dan, Kara and Allison. While the Jeremy chalks his mentality up to being raised in a black home (I can definitely relate), there’s no denying that in this case, his communication style was horribly ineffective. We see the latter three essentially saying the same thing, but their criticism seemed more constructive. Natalie was able to receive it from a positive place. Time will tell if she learns, but it’s obvious that she responded better to Kara and Dan’s approach. What about you? Do you prefer friends and family giving you the harsh reality or do you prefer a more gentle approach to constructive feedback? How do you give criticism to friends? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comment section!
Goliath Has A Brain?
I was really shocked, pleasantly so might I add, in regards to John this episode. He continues to prove that he is multifaceted and complex in terms of his character. Not only does he bring the brute strength, but he also shows that he has the strategic fortitude to last in this game. Not only does he have a brain, but he has a heart too! He’s really in this game to connect with people and socialize on a deep level. I’m so far impressed with John in the game, but I’m interested in your opinion too. Anyone else that you are currently surprised by? It’s fun to go back to our original impressions and see how they have changed.
I’m still pretty wound up from this episode, and I have plenty more thoughts, but the post is getting longer than I’d like. What are your thoughts from the episode? What about the contestants in general? Are you happy with how things played out, and are you looking forward to our first tribal switch of the season next week?! Tell me everything and don’t forget to follow my on social media: Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Twitch!
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