Hey, it’s Cho! I can’t believe that we only have 2 episodes left of this season of SURVIVOR to recap! Will get the final twist of the Edge of Extinction soon? Will more idols be played? Let’s get straight to this week’s Survivor Recap!
On the Edge of Extinction, there’s a special delivery. Everyone receives a note that they wrote to themselves before they started the game. Everyone obviously cries discussing what they think their purpose is playing the game of Survivor. It’s actually a really touching scene seeing them all be so introspective! No good shots of Chris Underwood unfortunately. Reem finally realizes that she should be proud of herself and not be so bitter. Redemption!! I love Reem Daly and her journey in this season of Survivor!
Even More Advantages?!
Gavin Whitson is feeling really guilty after having blindsided Ron Clark in the last episode, so now all the eyes are on Devens to leave next. Rick lies to the others about getting his hidden immunity idol from the Edge of Extinction, which gives him a leg up on searching for the next idol. Remember, everyone thinks advantages only come from the edge. Aurora feels like there’s finally people she can trust in the game. Her alliance of Victoria, Gavin and Lauren decide that Rick Devens is obviously their biggest target.
Lauren McConnell figures out that Rick lied about his idol because she has an idol in her pocket! She actually confronts him on this, and he continues to lie. Breaking news! He ends up finding another idol! He really is working extra hard in this game. Why is no one keeping an eye on him at all times to prevent this from happening? Pure laziness. Rick Devens is winning me over this episode as he tears up about winning the game for his family.
Aurora Alone Again
I always love watching Survivors trip during challenges, and the reward challenge is no different. Gavin wins the challenge and chooses Victoria and Lauren to come with him which pisses Aurora off who was just beginning to think she was part of a group. She feels like she’s not good enough to be a part of a group. My heart breaks for Aurora McCreary in this instance. Even Rick and Julie feel bad for her as she tears up about not being chosen.
Gavin Whitson explains that Aurora should understand his decision and stick with his alliance, because the alternative is going with Rick Devens and losing in the end. They start thinking about second option if Rick wins immunity, and obviously, Julie is targeted. Lauren has second guesses about this, because she’s developed a strong bond with her. Victoria Baamonde reassures Aurora that she is secure with their Final 4 alliance. Aurora explains to us that moving forward with her alliance is the best logical choice for her even though emotionally, she’s upset.
The News Anchor Goes Rogue
Despite Rick Devens already having found his idol, he’s choosing to totally mess with the rest of his tribemates by pretend searching for the idol. The enemy alliance is following him around while he tries to lose their trace. Lauren describes him as playing Hide-And-Seek which is mentally exhausting. This alliance deserves to lose. Why didn’t they feel the need to watch him before it was too late?
The immunity challenge will be a classic word puzzle which means Aurora McCreary may not do well. Transporting the puzzle pieces through the obstacle course is very tricky though! Some Survivors are trying to take too many puzzles while others are trying to take smaller stacks. Victoria reminds Jeff that she’s playing in the challenge. I hear you girl! She’s definitely under-edited this season!
Rick Devens wins the immunity challenge which all but guarantees him safety next round since he has the immunity idol too! He’s dominating the later half of the merge at this point! Remember when I said he wouldn’t last long? Well, I was right: he was voted off before the usual jury phase, but don’t let that change your perception of him! Can he be stopped now?!
Lauren Makes A Bold Move
After the immunity challenge, Julie Rosenberg gets to work on how to keep herself in the game. She approaches Lauren, because she has the best relationship with her. She makes the case that Aurora McCreary is better at firemaking and challenges. Lauren sees Julie as a goat to take to the end which increases her winning odds. She approaches Gavin Whitson and says that they don’t need Victoria’s vote to blindside Aurora, but Gavin is reticent. Gavin gives Victoria the heads up who is offended that Lauren would try to flip without her. This makes Victoria Baamonde want Julie out even more. I want her out too which means she probably stays!
Tribal Council begins, and I’m nervous about Rick Devens trying to blow things up already. Aurora speaks up that it’s obvious how big of a target Rick is. Everyone literally agrees that he’s the one who should go home due to his threat level. Aurora continues to let it be known that she respects his game a lot which is more pressure for her to fight against him. Rick then reveals his idol and the desire to play it on Julie which will force the alliance of 4 to turn on each other.
Devens calls Aurora McCreary out for being the 4th wheel. They go back and forth about whether this is just empty bravado or if Rick will really play a real idol on Julie. It’s time to vote. Rick decides NOT to play his idol onto Julie Rosenberg. Jeff reads: Aurora, Julie, Aurora, Aurora and Aurora is blindsided by her alliance. What a SAD end to her storyline this season!
Season Finale Next Week!
What did you all think of this episode? Did Gavin just make a really stupid decision considering now he likely be Rick’s next target? What changed Victoria’s mind about voting out Julie? What about Lauren’s plot to take Aurora out? She has an idol in her pocket, so she has some sense of security over the next few votes. Who do you want to win?! Tell me all your thoughts in the comment section below! 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!