Hey! It’s Cho, and I’m feeling really great going into this episode of Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction. I feel like we will finally get some more answers about how this season’s overarching twist will work. If you missed the shocker that was last week’s blindside, do check that out before continuing! I’m sure we will have a lot to cover with the impending switch, so let’s get right into it!
An Icy Reception
We start off the episode in a familiar way: watching Chris Underwood sulk as he gets onto the Edge of Extinction. Chris expresses how betrayed he feels by everyone left in the game. Reem and Keith are having NO SYMPATHY for Chris who they feel betrayed both of them. She tells the camera that he isn’t getting any open arms, because this isn’t the Holiday Inn!
It’s Day 10 on the Edge of Extinction, and the storm has ravaged the voted out players to the point where Keith has contemplated quitting. Keith and Reem are still ostracizing Chris hardcore. We get sweeping shots of his perfect body in the water fishing for his “tribe.” Reem lets him know that she likes the Chris that catches food for them a lot better than the Chris that betrayed them. Reem’s raucous mouth is pretty hilarious as Chris Underwood teases her with a wild lizard.
Back on Manu, Wendy Diaz is reveling in the fact that she’s still somehow in the game despite playing a crazy game. This isn’t something she should be proud of. Luck has gotten her this far. Her other tribe members are upset about her shenanigans surrounding taking flint and threatening to take away the chickens. Wendy says that if she just goes with the flow, she’ll end up lasting. Remember when we thought Wendy would be a cute person to watch play this game?
A Historic Switch
It’s time to switch into three tribes! And in the most random turn of events ever, literally only one person is on a tribe without previous tribe members, and that is Wendy! The new breakdown is as follows:
Yellow: Ron Clark, Aurora McCreary, Julie Rosenberg, Joe Anglim and Julia Carter
Green: Kelley Wentworth, David Wright, Rick Devens, Daniel DaSilva aka Wardog and Lauren O’Connell
Blue: Aubrey Bracco, Victoria Baamonde, Eric Hafemann, Gavin Whitson and Wendy Diaz
Joe Anglim is feeling really good about the dynamic on new Kama, because he feels he can build more solid relationships. He has Aurora solidly on his side, but he’s trying to rope Ron Clark in to make a three person majority. Ron Clark lies really well to Joe Anglim about being on his side, but we know that isn’t true, because 20 minutes earlier, Ron Clark led the pack to search through Joe’s Anglim’s bags for a potential hidden immunity idol! Smart! Julie and Julia report back to Ron that Joe doesn’t have the idol.
Rick is happy to be on a tribe where he trusts everyone, but he’s worried about everyone fracturing if they have to go to tribal again. It was nice having Wendy as the odd person out, but now they may have to cannibalize. Unfortunately, Lauren is having some trouble. She is feeling really nauseous. Even worse, she is her homesickDiaz . Everyone notices her weakness, so I assume she would be the next easiest person to boot… except she has a hidden immunity idol!
Flying The Coop
Wendy Diaz gives her new tribe a fun tour of the Manu camp that endears her to everyone else. Aubrey Bracco is already feeling really overconfident about her position in the new tribe. Now, Wendy is the odd-woman out. But, she says Wendy has a kind heart. Wendy Diaz badmouths Kelley Wentworth. She says Kelley was the ringleader of the bullies on her old tribe.
Just as Wendy starts making inroads with her new tribe, the issue of chickens comes up. Eric and Gavin are excited to eat them. Then, that night Wendy LETS THEM LOOSE! We haven’t seen such self-sabotation in a long time. While the viewers think she’s crazy, Wendy calls freeing the chickens her master plan!
Eric wakes up and immediately realizes that Wendy is the most likely to have let the chickens go. Then, we see Wendy trying to shoo the chickens away from coming back to camp. During Eric’s confessional, he hears the chickens! Victoria is all for killing the chickens and doesn’t care if Wendy cries herself to sleep. She even suggests going to hunt for the chickens as a group. She is ready to vote Wendy out of the game.
The Immunity Challenge
The first two tribes to get through a physical obstacle course and solve a puzzle will win. Wake me up when it’s over. In no surprise to anyone, the majority old Manu tribe is FAILING already. This is really funny watching everyone’s jiggly butt make a human ladder to get over the obstacles. This challenge is more exciting to watch than I originally thought! Ron Clark’s tribe wins. Then, they start rooting for the old Kama majority tribe to finish their puzzle. Wow! That’s blatant favoritism! Kelley Wentworth calls her tribe the Cleveland Browns of Survivor as they lose yet again.
No More Happy Family
Everyone looks miserable on the green tribe, because this happy family is about to be broken up. Everyone is downtrodden that they have to get rid of someone that they trust. David and Rick decide that Lauren is going to be the best person to target due to her general weakness. David Wright is so paranoid about Kelley Wentworth. It’s uncomfortable to watch him obsess over her. He says he wants to vote her out. But, the timing is wrong. Then, he accuses her of absolutely having the hidden immunity idol. I’m really interested in how Kelley Wentworth feels watching this back. She seems to not be bothered or concerned with David Wright whatsoever!
Lauren O’Connell and Kelley Wentworth are definitely a pair. They promise to stay loyal to each other. Lauren says she knows that people are probably thinking of her as the weakest link. But, she’s feeling somewhat confident since she has the hidden immunity idol.
Everyone is trying to get Wardog on their side. He’s squarely in the middle of the two pairs. He has no problem being honest about the position he’s in. The girls have targeted Rick Devens as someone who would have the easiest time ingratiating himself within the enemy tribe. So, that makes him the biggest liability. Wardog takes time to analyze his options and chat with everyone on the tribe individually. Who do you think he should side with?
Reporter Rick Devens gives a really funny report on the tribe. He is actually pretty hilarious. He lets Jeff Probst know that there’s a lot of mutual respect and love for everyone in the tribe. Kelley Wentworth gets emotional thinking about all of her time in Survivor and cries about the fact that she has to vote one of her allies out. Rick says this tribe is against the world, especially when the other two tribes are cheering each other on. Everyone gives an inspiring speech. This is kind of sad to watch. Let’s just get to the vote and hopefully this tribe can catch a break next week. When Jeff asks if anyone wants to play an idol, Lauren decides to not play hers. Ooo girl you in danger! Jeff reads: Lauren, Rick, Lauren, Rick… and the latest person to be voted off is Rick Devens!
Obviously, Rick Devens is given the option to stay in the game and immediately wastes no time taking the torch. I think this episode really proved Wardog’s willingness to work with Kelley Wentworth. Mark my words, David will probably be on a warpath against this tribe long-term, because he’s now at the bottom of a four-person alliance.
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