Hey, it’s Cho! Excuse me if this SURVIVOR Recap is a little off-kilter. I feel like I’m literally on the edge of extinction myself! I’m suffering from a cold, and my life is actually a circus show right now. Luckily for us, you can rest assured that this episode of Survivor will be equally messy, because it’s the loved ones visit! If you missed the last episode where Wardog was finally put down, please check that out here!
Right after tribal council, Rick Devens complains about how he’s at the bottom and is in a desperate situation. Ron Clark has happened to lie to him at every turn. He’s working overtime to manipulate Rick into continuing to trust him. He succeeds when he gives Rick the clue from the advantage he got on day one. Unfortunately for Rick Devens, the clue has already expired. Ron is dastardly, I tell ya!
The Loved Ones Visit
OK, get your box of tissues out. The loved ones challenge is here. Everyone squeals. Everyone cries. I’m also sniffling, but only because I have cold I swear. A commenter from last week brought up Aurora being in a foster home, so I am interested in seeing who she has visit. Ron Clark’s husband comes out, and OMG he is HOT!! Ron introduces his husband to “his new friends”. Aurora’s brother, Shane, shows up who she compares to a father. Even Gavin cries, who reveals that his wife moved the wedding up so that he could come play Survivor.
Not only are they playing for the loved ones to visit, but they are also playing for fried chicken and apple pie! This is a weird combination, no? Ron Clark ends up winning the reward! He picks Julie & Gavin to also receive visits from their loved ones. Victoria Baamonde remarks that Ron’s picks could make or break his game. Ron Clark is getting the maximum impact out of his picks. Gavin is very grateful for Ron picking him to have his honeymoon on the island, and Ron recognizes that this was a powerful gift to give. Ron’s husband reassured him that he needs to continue to play hard to bring home the money.
Rick Devens Is Enemy #1
Rick Devens is the prime target. While he was out searching for an idol, Lauren and Aurora decide to go through his bags to search for a possible idol or clue. He comes back to find Aurora McCreary rummaging through his belongings. He immediately confronts her, but she is unapologetic about being caught. Ron Clark advises him to keep his belongings hidden, because obviously he doesn’t want the other pawns to know he gave Rick false hope with his expired clue.
With this episode being really obvious, Rick Devens ends up conveniently finding a clue to the immunity idol. Ha! He starts searching for it in the middle of the night, because he doesn’t want the others to know that he actually has it. It’s literally right above the shelter, and Rick has to climb the trees while not disturbing his tribemates. This is definitely a game changer!
Rick Devens Is First To Drop In Immunity Challenge!
The immunity challenge is a simple endurance challenge. Rick drops first and starts confronting Aurora McCreary about how she’s going to be the next target after he’s gone since she’s won so many immunities. He’s not exactly wrong about that, but Aurora retorts that Rick simply needs to go next. Ron drops next, and they have a whispered conversation about Aurora being the next target. Gavin Whitson ends up winning his second immunity! Ron Clark gloats some more about how things are working perfectly and that Rick will go home next. We’re totally being set up for a classic Survivor blindside! And honestly, Ron Clark should have learned from being so arrogant. Remember what happened last time?
Back Up Plans for Back Up Plans
After the immunity challenge, Rick is totally feeling the heat, because no one is talking to him except for Ron and Julie. They reassure him that they’re on his side, even though they are lying through their teeth. Ron, Julie and Gavin are planning for Rick to cast his vote for Aurora McCreary. Rick is definitely planning on voting her out and playing his idol.
Meanwhile, Lauren and Victoria are sick of being on the bottom and losing control of the game. They decide that they don’t want Rick Devens to be the one to choose who goes home if he plays an idol, so they hatch a plan to dump the extra votes onto Ron Clark instead! The only problem is that they decide Aurora should give her extra vote to Gavin Whitson in case there’s a revote after a tie. No, I’m not following either. This makes no sense. Once again, Aurora is making WEIRD strategic decision with her advantages. She should totally give her extra vote to Lauren or Victoria, because they will be more loyal than Gavin Whitson who admits that it would be hard for him to betray Ron who just gave him the loved ones reward.
Rick Devens starts us off with exposing Aurora for looking through his belongings. The jury gasps. We get into a discussion about how there are many back up plans for backup plans, which makes the game somewhat random. Ron Clark says how sorry he was to not see Lauren or Victoria get to see their dads. The girls roll their eyes and retort that his choices have a huge impact on the game. It’s time to vote. I have no idea who’s going home! Rick Devens pulls out the advantage that Ron gave him, but it’s wrong! He lambastes both Ron and Julie for being untrustworthy, manipulative liars who lie! Then, he takes out the real idol, and BAM he’s safe! Jeff reads the votes: Devens, Devens, Rick, Devens, Aurora, Ron, Ron and Ron is voted out 3-1!
Our post-merge villain is voted off with the jury basically cheering, but what are your thoughts? Did you think Ron’s husband was a hottie? What about Gavin’s decision to betray Ron? Is Rick running away with the game? Was Aurora right to rummage through Devens’s belongings? 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! See you next week for another Survivor Recap!