By Guest Correspondent Cho
Hey, it’s Cho and I’m starting this Survivor 39 recap at 1am in the morning! I had to attend a council meeting in relation to a friend trying to bring a new business to town. It was not without its share of drama and lasted over 2 hours! I’m not sure if this post is going to make any sense. You’ve been warned. If you haven’t checked out the previous episode, be sure to check that out here!
Karishma realizes that she was the plan B and understands that she’s expendable. Aaron relates to her feeling on the outside, because he was on the outside of the very first vote. Not even three minutes in, Dean & Chelsea make themselves a target by being an obvious romantic couple. Missy lets us know that even though Karishma is annoying to be around, Dean might have to go in order to keep the “sorority sisters” together.
Jamal is feeling especially isolated and decides to look for the hidden immunity idol. He reveals that he learned a lot while going through a traumatic relationship. He’s trying to become more present in life and stay connected to the here & now. After having this touching moment of self-reflection, Jamal finds the immunity. He vows that he’s going to shake things up.
The Power of Persuasion
Vokai gets the opportunity to select someone to visit the island of idol. No one is willing to immediately step up. Kelee is especially nervous because she knows whoever goes will be able to potentially blow her game up. All of a sudden, Noura volunteers to go, exclaiming that she came here to play the game. If Noura is involved, it’s bound to be dramatic.
Noura’s lesson on the island of idols is about persuasion. She definitely needs this lesson. We get several iconic flashbacks to moments where Survivors have persuaded another into doing something that’s in their best interest. Noura’s challenge is to become the caller in the next immunity challenge. Before Rob can even get anymore words out, she excited accepts and doesn’t back down. Sandra and Rob both give confessionals essentially trashing her overzealousness. They’re so shady.
The Blind Leading the Blind
Noura gets back and comes up with the MOST RIDICULOUS lie ever in order to be the caller in the next challenge! You really can’t make this stuff up. Everyone is so perplexed and confused about what she’s talking about. Kelee is just elated that Noura is so deep in this lie and trying to cover her ass that she doesn’t have enough time to expose what happened with Kelee on the island of idols. But wait, there’s more! After bullying everyone into picking her for the caller, she has everyone practice the blindfold challenge! Obviously, this shows everyone failing and losing even more confidence in Noura’s skills!
I must say, it’s really unfair that the Vokai tribe got to practice the challenge before hand. No matter the caller, if they lose, they must really suck. At the challenge, not only is Norua not chosen to be the caller but they sit her out entirely! HA! This means Noura will lose her vote at the next tribal council. It’s Vokai’s Jason versus Lairo’s Elisabeth as the callers. Vokai plays dirty as they make random noises while Elisabeth tries to communicate to Missy. It sucks watching Lairo struggle in this challenge. But wow, Elisabeth is coming back for her tribe. This would be a major comeback in the puzzle section! In the end, Vokai wins the immunity challenge!
Cirque du Lairo
Right after the challenge, Karishma feels as though there’s going to be a unanimous vote against her. Both Dean and Chelsea revel in the fact that Karishma is guaranteed to leave. Not a split second later, we see Aaron scheming against Dean. He says he’s an underperformer and has Chelsea in his back-pocket. Elisabeth argues against this in a confessional, because compared to Karishma, at least he works around camp. But in person, she is totally agreeable. Elisabeth is the perfect type of two-faced player.
Elisabeth goes to Elaine about the plot, and they both become wary of Aaron being willing to turn on his homeboy so easily. Elisabeth then goes to Aaron & Missy and says that Elaine is unfortunately not on board with booting Dean. Did y’all see what she just did?! She’s literally throwing Elaine under the bus in the most stealthy way possible, and I love it! She makes it seem like Elaine is the reason why Dean won’t go home. What’s worse is that Missy responds to her failed plan to boot Dean by then throwing Chelsea’s name out as a vote to Elaine. This makes NO sense! Missy & Aaron seem to be overplaying as they’ve now targeted all of Karishma, Dean and Chelsea to different tribemates. This is a circus show.
We arrive to Sandra saying that “they just love tribal council”! Chelsea admits that maybe their tribe really is good at blindsides but bad at challenges. Karishma owes her game in the life to the Survivor gods that she’s even still here at this point. Elaine says everyone is moving way too fast in the game and switching up too many game plans. Everyone is open about the fact that tonight is a game of Russian Roulette. Karishma is happy to hear this, but Missy let’s her know that it could still be her. It’s time to vote, and we’re either going to get a crazy blindside or Karishma is going home. Jeff reads the votes: Karishma, Karishma, Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea and Chelsea voted out. Sandra says: “Yup, you wanted a blindside. You got you one!”
How Missy was able to convince them to get rid of Chelsea makes no sense to me, and if you’re Elaine or Elisabeth, I would have lost a lot of trust in her. Worse even is the fact that I think Chelsea had an immunity idol in her pocket! What do you think about tonight’s episode? Be sure to comment below. If you like what I do here on the site, be sure to support me in my other ventures elsewhere on the internet!