Hey y’all, it’s Cho! I don’t know about you, as I watch every scene in tonight’s episode, I will have a razor-sharp focus on Angelina and John AT ALL TIMES! If you didn’t read the tea on this rumored showmance, definitely go check that breaking news out. Let’s get right into this tribal swap and see what happens!
Too Long Didn’t Watch
Previously on Survivor: The David’s had a setback with Bi’s sprained MCL. Natalie on Goliath rubs people the wrong way, but Angelina changed everyone’s mind to get rid of Jeremy instead!
It’s only day 10, and we are walking right into a tribal switch! I don’t know why this is happening so early. Everyone is shocked to see Jeremy voted off. Oh my goodness, Bi tearfully announces that she has decided to leave the game due to her sprained MCL potentially impacting her very physical career outside of the game. Everyone is very supportive of Bi’s decision to quit the game.
New Vuku Tribe (Orange)
Kara, Elisabeth, Davie, Natalia and Alec
Davie admits that he hasn’t had the opportunity to befriend many Caucasians, because he has only been around black people his entire life, but he’s seeing this as an opportunity to meet new people. Elisabeth and Kara bond over their conservative backgrounds. Elisabeth is schmoozing over time. Natalia doesn’t look impressed at all, because she’s just awful. She gives a confessional spewing her jealousy about Kara becoming closer to Elisabeth. Kara tells us that Natalia is insecure for no reason, and they would be stupid to screw up this easy decision
New Jabeni (Purple)
Natalie, Mike, Lyrsa, Nick and Angelina
Mike tells us exactly what the audience is probably thinking: that this tribe is the Davids of the new tribes! Haha! Natalie is not welcoming whatsoever to the new Davids. She starts bossing everyone around immediately, she obviously hasn’t learned from last episode where she almost left the game. Angelina tells us that Natalie sits on her throne and bosses people around constantly. Nick and Lyrsa are surprised that it’s only been an hour before Natalie has grated on her fellow tribemates. Nick tells us that there’s no way a David can win without making alliances with Goliaths, so he is warming up to Mike. Nick calls their alliance “The Rockstars”. Mike says he has more to lose by aligning with Nick, but he’s hopeful they can make things work.
New Tiva (Green)
John, Dan, Gabby, Christian and Allison
There are lots of stylistic differences on this tribe as we see the biggest Goliaths and biggest Davids from both tribes get together. Christian says he’s going to bring the charmpocalypse into this tribe. He immediately starts asking about the population of “Slamtown”. He’s taking advantage of John’s public image by asking about it. He wants to apply to become a Pro Wrestler. This is hilarious! Could you imagine him being a wrestler?! While Christian mingles with everyone, Gabby is perpetually depressed and emotional. She’s having a total mental breakdown as she struggles to open up to people like the Goliaths, because they are intimidating. She sees Christian charming them, and feels like she’s the easy vote off on their tribe. Christian is a great support system, and it’s really touching to see him try to cheer her up. Gabby’s issues are all in her head as she compares the Goliaths to the cool kids.
The immunity Challenge
This challenge is a really interesting take on the classic blindfold challenge! They’re also playing for reward: coffee, pastries and desserts! Angelina, Gabby and Kara are being ridden by their blindfolded tribemates. If their feet touch the ground or they fall off the bike, they have to go back. Green gets to the second phase, because Gabby is being calm cool and collected. She unties the ball bag, and starts guiding the last blindfolded members through the ball maze. The purple tribe is struggling, and Natalie is losing her temper as Angelina tells her to calm down. Kara has caught up and is now on the ball maze. Angelina isn’t giving up. Orange tribe drops their ball and have to start over, giving purple a chance. The stacked green tribe come in first! Kara is rushing her tribemates as Angelina continues to miss the final hole. My palms are sweating as both ladies miss the final hole several times, but Angelina finally pulls through!
Carl is used to being alone due to his occupation as a truck driver, but he’s never felt it like this before. He receives a clue potentially leading to an advantage. Carl races to beach where there are tons of coconuts being washed away. The camera pans to an obviously marked coconut, and Carl eventually finds it. Carl has discovered an “idol nullifier”. Basically, he has to guess who’s playing an idol, and if he’s correct, he can nullify its use. What a play that would be!
Elizabeth is not quitting even though it’s really 50/50 between her and Davie. She takes Davie to look for the idol, and Davie pretends like he’s really searching. He goes back behind her back and rats her out. He even tells them that she’s planning to target Natalia. Of course, Natalia eats this up and now hates Elizabeth. She’s so vapid. Elizabeth then talks to Alec and offers to even vote Davie’s name down if need be. She tells him he needs to make a big move in the game to win. Girl, it’s day 12, calm down with that talk!
Lo and behold, Alec’s wheels are turning and he wants to think about who’s the bigger threat between the two Davids. Did Elizabeth’s desperate manipulation actually work? Alec isn’t very smart. Natalia isn’t having it though, and wants to vote off Elizabeth. She doesn’t listen to Alec’s opinion whatsoever. Natalia is being a COMPLETE asshole! Natalia begins to bully Davie about voting Elizabeth off and tells Alec and Kara to shut up and go to sleep in order to shut the conversation down. Alec feels like Natalia is bossy with barking orders at people all the time on who to vote off.No wonder she doesn’t get along with Natalie. Davie sees the writing on the wall takes advantage of Alec’s annoyance at Natalia. Now he’s thinking about whether he should vote off Natalia or Elizabeth. He’d be really stupid to vote Natalia off to be honest, but Alec looks about as smart as a sack of potatoes. A very handsome sexy sack of potatoes, but yeah, not very smart.
Carl returns from Exile Island and will be listening to tribal council. Elizabeth says she was ready to poop her pants because she’s nervous about the vote. Davie doubles down on why Elizabeth is a bigger target than he is reminding us that he was blindsided at the last tribal council while Elizabeth has allies. Natalia says she’s excited to play the game at tribal council. Elizabeth sticks with her narrative of “make big moves to build your résumé,”but Natalia says there’s a time and place to make big moves. Tonight might not be one of those times.
Suddenly, Alec gets up and starts whispering to Elizabeth, and Natalia doesn’t like that at all. Natalia is LIVID! She’s not okay with Alec whispering and makes that clear to the entire tribe. Alec whispers to Kara saying he’s just trying to make Elizabeth feel better. He’s an awful player AND an awful liar, but Kara eats it up and starts trying to reassure Natalia who is asking her allies if they’re voting her out. OH MY GOD, I just realized Alec is wearing the SAME SHIRT I WORE ON MY STREAM YESTERDAY! Who wore it better? Yes, I know he did, but anyway, moving on. I was already staring at how handsome Alec is, but now I can’t take my eyes off his shirt.
We get to the vote. Jeff asks if anyone wants to play an idol, and I would be playing mine if I were Davie. Jeff reads: Elizabeth, Davie, Natalia, Natalia and Natalia is blindsided. Alec apologizes and Natalia tells him to shut up. Alec has a smile on his face and Natalia yells at him before storming off. She is on a rampage. Honestly, her reaction is both hilarious and relatable. I’d be a raging asshole too.
Cho’s Top Takeaways
Trusting Others To Be Trusted
Okay, I know you all are thinking I’m being really hard on Alec. And you’re right, I do think he made the incorrect move in booting Natalia. However, after contemplating a bit longer and studying Natalia’s edit in this episode, I came to understand WHY Alec began to distrust Natalia: she didn’t trust anyone. Like Jeremy, we see paranoia reap its ugly head with Natalia: she’s so insecure and paranoid that she thinks Elizabeth and Kara bonding over their backgrounds could lead to Kara betraying her. Like the viewers at home, Kara finds Natalia’s jealousy to be ridiculous. Later on, she exhibits the same lack of trust in her ally Alec simply because he wanted to discuss whether Davie was a better target for their alliance. The fact is, Alec felt like Natalia would never trust him, and in the game of Survivor, mutual trust is the key to a great alliance. What are your thoughts on Natalia being voted off? Do you think it was stupid of Alec to betray her and Kara, or do you think Natalia deserved to be let go for her behavior?
Perception Becomes Your Reality
Gabby is not having a good time during this tribal switch. She’s watching Christian schmooze his way into being buddies with the Goliaths, and she is sitting there feeling left alone. When she mischaracterized the Goliaths as “the cool kids”, I really felt bad for them. John has shown himself as a surprisingly lovable guy despite the perception that he’s some tough jock. And while Dan is a tough SWAT team member, we know deep down, he’s just a girl crazy softie. What I’m getting at here is that Gabby’s mental breakdown was 100% self-imposed and speaks of the importance of taking a leap of faith by having confidence in yourself. I feel bad for her, but I’m also rooting for her to learn from this experience as she watches it play out on TV. It was only a few days ago that she helped to flip a vote onto Jessica based purely on people’s fondness of her personality. Never forget that, Gabby! We love you, but I want you to toughen up!
Farewell to Bi
We started this blog post off talking about Bi’s decision to quit the game, and we’re going to end it discussing it. I feel like Bi has been a pretty positive albeit quiet edit this season. We’ve seen her highlighted in many of the challenges and seemed to be well-regarded in terms of her performance. It’s unfortunate that she was faced with the decision of whether to live out her dream on Survivor or to risk permanently ruining her career as an MMA fighter. What would have you have done if you were in that situation?
Next Time On Survivor: Kara is upset about being blindsided by Alec. Mike says Natalie has a master’s degree in ungraciousness, and he’s ready for Survivor without her. And for like the thousandth time, there’s another huge storm that rocks all the camps!
Did I miss any important takeaways from this episode? Are you as unsatisfied as I am about John and Angelina being split on to separate tribes? Do you believe the conspiracy theories that CBS is trying to bury Jeremy’s accusations? What about Natalia’s explosive exit? Tell me all of your thoughts in the comment section below and don’t forget to follow me on my social media platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Twitch!