Hey! It’s Cho, and I am beyond excited to get into this merge episode on Survivor! If you didn’t watch last week’s jam-packed double boot episode on Survivor Edge of Extinction, be sure to check that Survivor recap out here!
The Edge of Extinction Twist
Jeff Probst calls for the Edge of Extinction tribe to come in. Reem stares down her enemies with a look of evil. Chris Underwood is wearing his tight blue shorts that show everything off. Only 1 of the 6 people from Edge of Extinction will win re-entry back into the game, and I’m rooting for Aubry Bracco! This is actually a really close competition. My palms are sweaty as everyone struggles. Chris Underwood is a HUGE distraction during this challenge, but Rick Devens ends up winning his way back into the game! Jeff lets us know that even now, Survivors will get a chance to get back in the game after being voted out.
Jeff takes some time to touch base with the Survivors that didn’t win themselves back into the game. Everyone is crying about their experience and the fact that no one quit. It’s actually really touching. Jeff Probst then reveals to that they will still have yet another chance to get back into the game! WOW! More time to watch Chris Underwood. Okay, I’m done obsessing. Is it just me?
A Revolving Door For Rick?
Everyone is catching up at the merge feast, but there is already some tension in the air with Rick’s Devens return. Julia is excited to team back with Kama 8 to 5 while Kelley Wentworth is afraid of Rick Devens being back. Kelley Wentworth decides to try to cozy up with Joe Anglim to see how she can preserve herself. He lets her know that it has always been him, Aubry Bracco and Aurora on the bottom of Kama. All the girls in the tribe have a conversation about voting Rick Devens off, but Julie gets on some moral high-horse about how brutal it would be to send Rick back to Edge of Extinction. She takes offense to Kelley Wentworth and Lauren O’Connell’s idea and would rather have one of the cutthroat players leave first.
While the merge tribe is trying to send Rick Devens back where he came from, we see both Wendy Diaz and Keith raising the white flag to go home. They are satisfied with their experience and ready to leave. I find this to be really disappointing. Aubry Bracco sums it up that the weak won’t survive, but she’s going to get back into the game… and I believe her!
Rick Devens ends up being gifted a weird advantage that needs a certain stipulation before it becomes a real hidden immunity idol. He needs to give a piece of his idol to someone else. If both Survivors survive through the next vote, it becomes a real hidden immunity idol during the next round. Essentially, it’s a bargaining chip. He chooses to give his other piece to David, his closest ally. I thought it would be wiser to give it to a Kama, because they have more influence to keep him in the game.
The Kama 6’s Decision
Nothing interesting to report on the bland endurance immunity challenge other than Julie winning. She cries happy tears for her family being proud of her. When Julie Rosenberg gets back, and she’s amped up after her big win. She wants to get rid of Kelley Wentworth and vows that she won’t be blindsided now that she has immunity. Usually, this means that she WILL be blindsided tonight, but she’s a part of the Kama 6 (this doesn’t include Joe Anglim or Aurora) that will be making the final decision tonight. Maybe she will actually surprise me! Julie lets Rick Devens know that his old tribe was willing to throw him under the bus. Rick Devens feels more comforted now that Julie is on his side but is also feeling betrayed by his tribe.
But wait! While everyone is hunting chickens, Ron Clark is ready to pull the trigger on Joe Anglim already! Victoria is thinking that the better decision is to go the safer route with Kelley Wentworth. Gavin also puts his 2 cents in with how easy it would be to just take Rick Devens out. The Kama 6 are totally not aligned on this vote, and it shows. It’s the perfect opportunity for Wentworth and Lauren to play their idols and make a power move.
A Game of Charades
The twists immediately keep coming as Jeff announces that the remaining Edge of Extinction Survivors are counting as jury members as they await to get back into the game. Ron Clark makes no qualms about being gleefully happy that Kama is still strong. Kelley Wentworth makes the case that things aren’t really as cut and dry as Ron Clark would like to think. Victoria says that there are threats out in the game which Joe Anglim takes offense to. She clarifies that she wasn’t meaning to point him out as a physical threat, and that there are different types of threats. As Victoria said before, don’t trust her!
Rick Devens calls out Joe Anglim for painting all day instead of working hard to stay in the game. Joe Anglim defends himself for remaining calm, and Ron Clark chirps in that when you’re in the majority, you don’t have to scramble. This is all bullshit, and Ron Clark’s good at serving it. They all definitely scrambled… except for Joe Anglim who seems like he should have! Jeff Probst reads the votes: Rick, Kelley, David, Rick, David, Kelley, David, Joe, Joe, Joe, Joe, and Joe is voted off. The music is DEVASTATING! Naturally, Joe Anglim chooses to fight again and vows that Kama made a mistake.
Obviously, the only one that made a mistake was Joe Anglim in not turning on his tribe sooner. He should have taken Aurora and gone with Lesu right from the jump. That was obvious to me. Why are the returning players NOT forcing themselves to work together and play aggressively? These new players are NOT dumb! Their gameplay is almost as confusing as this current court case. Also, this was Julie Rosenberg’s breakout episode whom I didn’t know existed until tonight! 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!