My Wednesday night started off a hot mess due to me being really forgetful about really important things! I am actually a checklist person, but lately, I haven’t been using my checklists. Silly, I know! Science says that you have a 96.83% chance of forgetting something off your checklist if you don’t actually use the checklist. Does this happen to you? Are you a list person? If you have any ideas on apps that you use for lists, shoot me a comment below. Anyway, one thing you should check off your list right now if you haven’t already is reading last week’s recap of Survivor. Now let’s get into the recent episode!
Too Long Didn’t Watch
Immediately upon arriving from tribal council, Carl joins the Vuku tribe and meets Kara and Alec for the first time. Naturally, Kara is upset about being blindsided. Alec reassures Kara that he is still with her, but she’s worried about how she’s on the bottom. She realizes that she needs to scramble to get in the good graces of the Davids now that Alec is their knight in shining armor. I have a feeling Alec might be regretting his situation now with Carl joining the tribe.
A Wild Cyclone Appears
On Tiva, Gabby is feeling more hopeful about her place on the tribe due to the sunny weather. Right after she gets this confessional, the clouds cover the sun up, and we are shown Natalie on the Jabeni tribe reveling in the nasty cold & windy weather. She’s just happy to be living in the game and calls it beautiful. This is contrasted by the ugly weather. Really interesting editing here!! I implore you to go back and watch this transition. It seemed really meaningful. Everyone on all tribes are being devastated by the blowing sand and rain. The tribes are then suddenly EVACUATED FROM THE ISLAND due to a cyclone coming their way! Christian lets us know that everyone is a David and the weather is a Goliath on this day.
We see the Survivors coming back to their perspective tribes and everything is ruined. Everything. I’m sure tensions will be high because they all have to now rebuild their entire camps. I’d be so pissed. I wonder what type of accommodations they got while they were off the island…
The Reward Challenge
When the tribes arrive at the reward challenge, everyone GASPS at Natalia having been voted off. Winners of the slingshot challenge get multiple egg-laying hens and a rooster. The second place tribe gets a dozen eggs. I can’t stop staring at John’s washboard abs. Surely you’ve noticed them too, yes? Tiva the stacked green tribe is obviously in first. They will sweep every challenge I bet considering they have both the smartest and strongest competitors. Not minutes after saying this, Elisabeth wins the reward for Vuku! Of course she would be good with a slingshot. Shockingly, Tiva comes in last. Gabby tells us that their tribe is too overconfident at the challenges.
On Vuku, they are celebrating their first win while also taking some time to strategize. Kara turns up her charm and throws Alec under the bus hardcore. Elisabeth reminds us that Alec needs her more than Kara, because Alec is the one who betrayed the Goliaths.
On Jabeni, there’s already an argument about the eggs. And naturally, Natalie is at the center of the drama! She is demanding that they eat all of the eggs immediately, because they will go bad otherwise. Lyrsa lets us know that she graduated magna cumlade from culinary school and knows what she’s talking about when it comes to proper storage of food. She can’t believe Natalie is so egotistical and laments having to play the game with her any longer. Mike says that Natalie has a masters in ungraciousness.
On Tiva, Dan says that Christian has been accepted into the “brochachos” alliance with him and John. He singles Gabby out as the first person to leave. I know you wouldn’t believe this, but Dan ends up finding the clue to the idol! It’s one of those clues where you have to risk being caught in the immunity challenge. These are high pressure! I just hope it’s not just something really easy.
The Immunity Challenge
The immunity challenge is composed of a relay through ladders, ropes and bridges and ends with a puzzle. Tiva and Vuku are in the very early lead, but Jabeni is still fighting. Dan sees where the idol is, and is trying to find the right opportunity to grab it. My heart is pumping, because I know how awkward this is! Everyone’s eyes are focused on the people doing the puzzle. He quickly leans back and grabs it while everyone is focused!! Everyone drops their balls making it hard to tell who will ultimately win. I’m stressed. Nick is going the slow and steady route while Alec is being aggressive. He has a nice juicy ass. This is a nail biter!! Alec gets his ball in first and Christian pulls it out ahead of Nick, sending Jabeni the purple tribe to tribal council. Is tonight the time we finally see Natalie leave?
The Goliaths are sticking together and they are deciding between Lyrsa and Nick. Angelina says obviously she would rather get rid of Lyrsa because Nick will bring more to the challenges. Not even a second after this decision, Angelina says she wants Lyrsa’s jacket before she votes her off, because the elements are tough out there. I literally LAUGHED OUT LOUD at how cold blooded this is. She manipulates Natalie into aggressively bullying Nick into trying to steal Lyrsa’s jacket. When he denies, she has the audacity to ask him for the jacket off HIS back! When he denies that proposition, she asks if his jacket is worth a million dollars! Nick says that Natalie is using her power and influence to coerce and bully which is crossing the line. Typical Goliath.
Nick reaches out to Mike for a bone. They strategize on a way to get Natalie out while keeping Mike in the good graces of the other Goliaths. He suggests that Nick talk to Angelina since she’s tired of Natalie’s negative energy around camp too. If he can get Angelina on board, Mike will feel more comfortable voting Natalie out. Mike blatantly lets Angelina know that he wants Natalie out, but she worries about the bigger picture of losing yet another Goliath member after having just lost Natalia. What a powerful position to be in: despite Mike, Lyrsa and Nick having the majority vote against Natalie, the decision comes down to one person tonight: Angelina. I wish John was on her tribe, and I bet she does too. She really just wants to get an extra jacket.
No time is wasted getting to the point at this tribal as Angelina makes the case why Goliath should stick together. Lyrsa, fearing for her life, gets right into it by reminding them that Goliath isn’t strong because Natalia just got voted out, so it’s better to make new alliances. Natalie tells her that she is sticking to what she committed to, and Lyrsa retorts that she was Goliath’s first target to leave. Natalie says she’s never at the center of drama in her real life, and everyone on the couch laughs. We are brought back to the egg drama. Her and Lyrsa argue about it some more. Angelina jumps in to explain Natalie’s personality by saying she prioritizes efficiency over worrying about group dynamics which is a problem. Mike calls her out on having an opinion on everything.
Finally we get to the second big issue of the night: jackets! Nick is offended that she was trying to get a jacket out of him and likens it to bullying. Natalie says it’s not bullying but negotiating. Sorry if this makes me go to hell, but I can’t help but chuckle at Natalie’s ridiculous excuses for her bad behavior!! She says she was leveraging her power and learned how to negotiate from her experience in sales. Jeff is trying to stir the pot even more, but Natalie is doing a good enough job by herself.
Sensing that Natalie has dug herself into a deep hole, FINALLY, she leans over and asks Angelina to expand on the jacket drama!! Angelina is EXPOSED and begins to stumble over all of her words as though she has a mouth full of marbles! She explains that Natalie bullied Nick out of love for her and her want to keep Angelina comfortable. Aww how sweet, right?! Jeff says that Angelina is always the peacekeeper in all the arguments that have occurred. Natalie is so annoying as she tries to get the last word with everything. Everyone finally votes. Lyrsa votes for Natalie and she returns the favor saying: “Take your lime green, members-only jacket back to Boston. I like your purple hair!” Nick votes for her saying: “You can make a preacher cuss.” which also makes me laugh out loud. Jeff reads the votes: Natalie, Lyrsa, Natalie, Lyrsa and in a 3-2 vote, Natalie is voted out! Shocker! Angelina gets up and gives her a fake teary hug before asking for Natalie’s jacket, but she gets radio silence. LOL As Jeff snuffs her torch, Angelina is literally begging Natalie for her jacket! Natalie walks out, completely ignoring Angelina.
Final Words: Natalie doesn’t feel like she deserves all the heat she probably got while on the show, but admits that some of the things said about her was true. She says she loved the game a lot and didn’t give Angelina her jacket because she didn’t know whether she was a part of her blindside or not. What a great character to watch!
Cho’s Top Takeaways
Is A Jacket Worth A Million Dollars?
For Natalie, it obviously was, because I think it’s the single thing that pushed everyone over the edge and cost her the million bucks. Angelina’s feelings about wanting their jackets were not odd in the least bit. What was cold blooded was actually verbalizing it to Natalie and then having her follow through with a plan to take their jacket! I can’t believe I’m even typing this right now, but obviously blatant bullying does not take you far in this game. Yes, it can work very seldomly (see Russel Hantz) for a quite awhile (up until Final Tribal), but overall, it’s a terrible way to play! Natalie’s problem is that she thinks she’s subtle when she’s really quite the opposite. What are your thoughts on the jacket debacle? Do you think it was wrong for Angelina to suggest Natalie get a jacket for her? What about Natalie’s role? Would you have given your jacket up if you were Nick or tried to take Lyrsa’s?
Yes, we’re still talking about Natalie, who will probably go down as one of the most iconic premerge boots in Survivor history. Not for good reasons of course, but I guess infamy can be good, right? The argument about whether or not to boil some or all the eggs in this episode really encapsulated another one of Natalie’s quirks: her need to be involved in all decision making. If it’s true that her employees would take a bullet for her, I know why: because she would literally shove them in the way of a bullet. Her style of decision making and micromanaging is so aggressive that I can’t help but wonder about the intricate work dynamics in her real life. Have you ever worked for a micromanager? How did you deal with it? Are YOU a Natalie in the workplace, in group projects or even your relationship?
Tonight was definitely the Natalie show, but do let me know what other takeaways you had concerning the episode. What do you think about Kara vs Alec? Dan finding yet another hidden immunity idol? The dangerous cyclone that hit the island? Alec’s juicy booty? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to follow me on my social media platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Twitch!
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