Hey! it’s Cho, and if you haven’t read last week’s recap of the premiere episode of Survivor Edge of Extinction, you need to check it out now! Now let’s get right into this current episode! We start off right where we left off last week with Reem on the edge of extinction, and she looks totally dejected as she walks around her barren camp. She finds out that she’s able to quit at any moment in the game. She’s a wrecking ball of emotions as she replays in her mind why she was voted off. She tries to figure out the reason why she left her family at home and vows not to quit.
Resentment Against the Returning Survivors
Wendy Diaz is harboring a lot of resentment towards Kelley Wentworth as the reason why she’s on the bottom. She decides to throw Kelley Wentworth under the bus to David Wright, Keith and Rick. Kelley relates to Wendy being on the bottom and understands why she’s scrambling so hard. She defends her own position in the game by organizing the rest of the tribe to find the idol before Wendy can potentially find it herself. Smart move, Kelley Wentworth!
On Kama, Ron Clark is showing us all of his awesome dance moves, and I am absolutely LIVING for this! Aubry Bracco says she hates “kumbaya Survivor” at the beginning of the game, because you don’t know where people really stand until you lose immunity. She finds it frustrating that she can’t figure out how the others perceive the returning players. Ron Clark says the two returning survivors have had their chance to shine. Victoria exposes Aubry Bracco to others about her overplaying ways. Then, get a SHADY receipt-filled montage of her telling everyone similar stories. I swear to you CBS has the same editors as Bravo this season!!
The Scramble for the Hidden Immunity Idol
Back on Manu, the entire tribe is on their group search for an idol, but David Wright is already worried about Kelley Wentworth going against him. That’s a big mistake in my opinion. for David Wright to go against someone with a big target on their back so early. David makes the case that Wendy’s loyalty to Reem, despite knowing she was leaving, is more valuable than someone like Wentworth. Rick and David solidify an alliance that I think looks to be a long-term one.
On Kama, Gavin wears his obnoxious pineapple shirt and goes looking for the idol with Chris. Meanwhile, others are noticing that the men are off on their own. The women, especially Julie, are frustrated that the men are always looking for idols and the women are not. Despite this realization, we see no scenes of the women searching. So,I lose all hope for the women of this tribe.
The women of Manu are obviously better fit to play this game. Lauren admits that her role models slash Survivor QUEENS growing up were always Kelley Wentworth and Parvati because they were strong players who made huge impacts on the game. We get a montage of Wentworth being awesome in her previous seasons before Lauren ends up finding the hidden immunity idol! She surprises me by vowing that she won’t even tell Wentworth about the idol she found.
I feel like this episode has been on forever. Finally, we get to the immunity challenge. It’s a basic grab and go puzzle. The reward gives them a choice between spices or fishing kit. Manu struggles with this challenge, because Keith is absolutely useless. I could make a pun about managing long hard snakes, but I’ll spare you. Just know this challenge looks difficult! Kama wins their second immunity and ends with a Ron Clark cheer! Wardog lets us know that Keith is a liability in challenges, and maybe Wendy can be potentially spared at tonight’s immunity challenge.
Keith is feeling the heat, because Chris had to help him with swimming. Also, he didn’t do well with the ring toss. Until now, he was confident with Wendy leaving, but now he’s nervous.
Cut to others in the tribe like Wardog wanting Keith out instead. Kelley thinks it’s stupid to vote Keith out when Wendy’s a bigger threat. Then, Kelley admits that this is purely a selfish desire, because she knows Wendy is after her! I love when survivors don’t bullshit in confessionals and own their shady behavior towards others! David is just upset that Wardog is targeting Keith instead of Kelly Wentworth. I think David’s focus on Wentworth is not smart long-term. How does he not realize that he needs to keep all the returnees in for as long as possible? Does anyone else agree with this reasoning? This seems almost as crazy as criticizing someone for sending you a condolence letter! Let me know in the comments what you think about David’s obsession with Wentworth.
Manu Jockeys for Allies
Keith makes a pitch to Chris to try to save him, and it’s really heartfelt. So, Chris contemplates making a big move to save him. Chris goes to Rick with the idea to blindside Wentworth. Rick and David explode with excitement! They should have five votes against Kelley. Then, Chris let’s Wardog in on the plan. Wardog doesn’t agree with the direction they’re taking things. He make the case that in a switch situation, Kelley ends up being the biggest threat. Wardog is actually a thinker. He wants to keep the tribe strong as well as keep a shield in the game for him. Wardog and Chris ultimately seem to be the two people making the decision.
Because this isn’t Wentworth’s first rodeo, homegirl is ALREADY smelling the blind side a mile away. She lets us know that the only person she trusts is Lauren, but she’s sensing a major shift in the tribal dynamics. I’m kind of terrified for Wentworth and wish Lauren was stupid enough to burn her idol for her. And let’s just talk about how Wendy is off everyone’s radar in a matter of days! The Survivor gods are good, because I predict Wendy will be amazing to watch!
As we enter into tribal council, Wendy recognizes that she’s probably on the bottom, and Wentworth acknowledges that she’s in a similar position with her name being thrown around. Wentworth makes the case that she has value as a shield for other people’s protection. Lauren pipes in to support Wentworth in saying that she also keeps the tribe strong. Keith retorts that your longevity in the game doesn’t rely on ring tosses. Well, he’s right but also wrong. Keith’s longevity in the game was cut short from the ring toss fiasco earlier that day. It’s time to vote..
The Real Plot Twist
Jeff Probst reads the votes: Kelly, Keith, Wendy, Keith, Keith, and Keith is voted out of the tribe. He leaves on a bitter note saying: “Y’all think y’all are gonna win challenges?!” Well, they might just win without you there, Keith! He finds the option to get back into the game and starts panic-praying! He’s swaying back and forth, and his body language seems to tell us that he’s actually having a hard time deciding if he wants the chance to continue on!! AND CUT TO BLACK! We get a clip of Reem desperately saying if no one shows up soon, she’s gonna end up raising the white flag. CBS is pulling out all the editing stunts & tricks with yet another cliffhanger. I just want to know what YOU think about this episode? As always, don’t forget to follow me on my social media platforms to stay in touch with me throughout the entire week: Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Twitch!
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