Hey, it’s Cho and I have a headache. I don’t know what the deal is, because I’ve been drinking water, I’ve been sleeping and I’ve been eating. The universe is just trying to ruin my life. Be patient with me please as I dish out this Survivor 39 recap. If you missed last week’s Survivor premiere, definitely check that out here!
Girl Power Prevails
Lairo just got back from Tribal Council after having voted off Ronnie, and Aaron Meredith is pissed! Aaron then gets called out immediately by Vince for his name being put out there for the first vote. Aaron serves him the most bland bullshit excuse that his name is the one that was given to him. Missy relishes in the fact that the girls alliance is still in tact. She tries to reel Aaron back in, but he doesn’t trust anyone after being completely blindsided.
You would think Elizabeth’s practice on the island of idols would lend itself to her making fire for her tribe. Nope, it’s Chelsea Walker who is the hero. Not only that, but she finds the hidden immunity idol. She is super pumped about the girls alliance being so strong and the guys not knowing what’s about to hit them. Let’s hope it lasts. Girls alliances never last. SIGH!
The Worst Yoga Teacher Ever
It’s the crack of dawn on Vokai, and you know what sounds nice? Noura Salman complaining about how much she’s sacrificed to keep the fire going all night long. She’s the martyr. She’s being nailed to the cross like Jesus. She essentially calls her other tribemates selfish, lazy and sheep! Noura is literally berating everyone she comes across. She’s having a Natalie Cole moment. She targets Molly, claiming she’s the catty, lazy popular girl that needs to go home. Jason goes out of his way to befriend Noura, because he’s on the outs as well and feels as though Noura was the only one who gave him a chance.
I can’t make this up. Noura is leading a meditation session for Vokai. Why are all the yoga people like, the angriest people ever? Molly, Jamal and Jack are identified as the popular clique alliance that is making Noura and Jason feel disenfranchised. I think Noura does a good job of that all by herself. There goes my preseason favorite. Yoga is rudely interrupted by a local on a boat carrying a message for Kelee to depart to the island of idols.
YOLO, Let’s Play
Kelee Kim guesses that the twist will have Cochran popping out of the bushes. She’s raised one better when Sandra & Rob greets her as the legends that they are! Even Sandra says they’re better than Cocrahn! The winners drill Kelee on her personal life, strategies etc. before giving her an onslaught of information about themselves. Kelee is just overwhelmed the entire time, because she’s anxious thinking what she’s actually being tested on.
Rob & Sandra reveal to us that she will actually be tested on what information they revealed to her. They explain that remembering critical information about others is important to creating bonds that can get her further in the game. Kelee admits that she didn’t listen to anything they said! LOL She says she’s not confident in winning the challenge so Rob sweetens the deal for her. Kelee accepts the challenge then promptly wins an idol that she can use at one of the next 3 tribals. She cries from all the pressure she put on herself. She reveals that she has trouble celebrating herself. I feel that.
When Kelee gets back, she’s terrified about what to say concerning her experience, so naturally she BURSTS INTO TEARS while lying about everything. Turns out, she uses this natural tendency to her advantage to distract her tribemates from the fact that her idol is hidden in her hair! I’m officially a Kelee stan. Let me know in the comment section if you need to know the definition of the word “stan”.
The Cool Kids vs The Nerds
The immunity challenge is nothing special. Lairo wins. As soon as Vokai get back to camp, both Jason and Noura are in the hot seat. Jamal puts forth the thought that they should split the vote in order to flush out Jason’s nonexistent idol. He claims that no one suspects his alliance. Cue immediately Lauren Beck says that a blind man can see who the power triad is in the tribe. I feel like a gay black man is in charge of editing these shady transitions. She informs Janet and Kelee that Molly should be their first target in order to break up that powerful alliance and make room for them at the top. Both Jason and Noura are ecstatic at the possibility that they can survive.
This blindside sounds too good to be true when Noura is such an easy vote off. After Janet tells Tommy about the newest plot, he says it’s too early to make a big move. He admits that Molly is “Parvati 2.0” and needs to be dealt with, but he’s afraid of fracturing his relationship with both Jack and Jamal. Everyone essentially says that they will go with whatever Tommy decides. Nice position to be in, eh?! He contemplates whether remaining aligned with the cool kids is actually good for his game long-term.
Vokai Plays in 4th Gear
Can I talk about how ratchet but cute Sandra & Rob’s secret little cubby is?! Right off the bat, Jason says that he’s been in purgatory since day one over the irrational fear of him having a potential idol. Kelee says Jason simply made an analytical mistake in not recognizing the group culture when he went off alone when he should have been sticking with the tribe. Molly is also offended by Jason’s statements of feeling isolated. He makes a dramatic display about having no idol. He’s on the defense!
Noura lets everyone know that she sticks out due to somewhat of a self-sabotaging personality. On the other hand, she says not wanting to follow the crowd has also made her successful in life. Her core is being magnified in the game, and she can’t help it. Molly essentially says too little too late but in the nicest way possible. Noura gets the hint regardless. Dan says that tonight’s vote is going to be more of a chess play instead of a checkers play. Jamal disagrees by saying the tribe is in 1st gear. Jason calls Jamal out on having not brought bags to tribal council, because he’s so arrogant. Jamal says he doesn’t haven’t to play hard right now and basically rubs it in that Jason is playing from the bottom. Oh, he’s getting blindsided tonight, baby!
Jeff reads the votes: Jason, Noura, Molly, Jason, Molly, Molly, Molly and Molly is voted off in yet another blindside! Sandra says “dang, they played her ass” and I relate so hard to that feeling as I sit on my couch. Did y’all see that coming? I guess Jamal is gonna start playing harder next week? What do we think about Noura? Do we love Kelee? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. If you like what I do here on the site, be sure to support me in my other ventures elsewhere on the internet!