Hey, it’s Cho and I’m SO sorry for this recap being late with this Survivor recap! It all started when I decided to go see Thievery Corporation live at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio. Long story short, a drunken night led to me getting behind on ALL of my online projects for the next several days. I could go into the dirty details of how hungover I was, but I digress! We are finally here for another Survivor 39 recap!
The Tribal Switch
On Lairo, Dean is reeling from the Chelsea blindside and realizes that he’s definitely on his own. He decides to play detective in order to figure out who set out to initiate the blindside. He narrows it down to Elaine, Missy, Elisabeth and Aaron. So, he talks to everyone, but they feed him total bullshit. He says the person who masterminded it is the person who needs to go. Dean confronts Missy about it who is indeed the one who convinced everyone. Naturally, he’s pissed at her and says he doesn’t know if he can work with her moving forward. Missy is scary.
Jeff announces the tribal switch! On New Vokai, it’s a 4-4 split. Elaine says she feels lucky to be on this tribe which seems to be the stronger one in challenges. Karishma is especially excited to be on a new tribe despite old Lairo being outnumbered 5 to 3. I’m sure she doesn’t consider herself a true member of Lairo anyway. Dean was looking forward to the switch, but isn’t happy about being automatically in the minority.
They’re playing for reward: Applebees! I’m not even kidding. I miss these corny product placements. Remember when Pringles used to sponsor Survivor all the time? Karishma says Applebees is by far her favorite sit down restaurant. I’m going to hold back my pretentious judgement. Do you eat at Applebees? The challenge is a complete blowout in favor of the new Vokai tribe. Tom says that Karishma has failed physically and mentally in the challenges and needs to go home.
Vokai is enjoying their Applebees reward. I’m so intrigued by what’s inside of this famous “Shark Bowl” cocktail. It looks really good. What’s your favorite thing to eat at Applebees? Aren’t they the establishment that has the onion rings?! As Elaine says, this is the honeymoon phase where the alcohol hasn’t worn off yet. She’s hesitant to dive too deep into new relationships and is concerned about Missy and Aaron talking to the other tribe. She isn’t the only one thinking about game as Jason reminds us that a 4-4 split is super dangerous, but that he’s determined to get one of the old Lairo to flip.
Aaron has been watching Elaine’s special social game gets her further, so he’s trying to emulate the strategy of using real personal bonds to succeed. He talks about his son with Tommy and shows him his special socks. Aaron then goes to Missy and lets her know that it’s time to move past Lairo. Missy says that “L is for Lairo” and that she’s ready to play a different game. Elaine better watch her back. These two are overplayers in my opinion, but I’m enjoying watching them both. Aaron is growing on me!
Karishma Opens Up
Karishma is super eager to throw her entire old tribemates under the bus. After having just failed the previous tribal challenge, she tells Kelley that she wants to work with the Vokai tribe. Tom takes the opportunity to try to sink Karishma’s game even more by telling everyone how utterly worthless Karishma is at all aspects of the challenges. Janet can’t even believe that Karishma is still in the game.
Amazingly enough, Kelley and Dean share an outside mutual friend: Dean’s ex of 6 years and Kelley’s colleague from business school. This instantly ensures that they will have a bond that can be used within the game as they’re able to share that outside connection with one another. Dean let’s her know how he was blindsided by everyone in the previous tribal council.
Karishma reveals some heartbreaking personal information about her family upbringing and the issue of arranged marriage within her culture. This is really intense. She cries as she talks about this stuff with her new tribe and feels good that she can express herself.
Which Old Lairo Will Go?
I feel like this recap has gone on forever and we are just NOW getting to the immunity challenge! Nothing interesting happens: Karishma struggles and Vokai wins in another near landslide. Also, I just noticed the absence of Sandra & Rob. I hope we get some witty remarks from them at tribal council. I think Karishma is probably toast, but I feel like she’s given us more entertainment than the likes of Tom. Really, I think it’ll be between those two.
Dean is upset that as a division one basketball player, and he failed. He even throws shade at Tommy for being a goofy looking pale redhead. The blasphemy! It seems like everyone has decided that Karishma is a huge liability in all challenges. She sells her vote as one of loyalty and tries to play up her social game. Janet appreciates Tom being a straight shooter, but she senses that he would be more loyal to his old tribe. Kelley also starts to be wary about Dean being a threat after the merge. I feel bad that all 3 of Dean, Karishma and Tom are at the mercy of this tribe, and I honestly don’t know who will actually leave. My gut leans Karishma.
Vokai 5’s Decision
Tribal council is here in which we just rehash all the different reasons why each of Tom, Karishma or Dean should leave at this point in the game. Right off the bat, Sandra says “those three have been to so many damn tribal councils!” HA! Noura is a hot mess, but I do actually like her. Jeff basically asks the 3 outsiders to pitch why they are valuable. Dean says how he’s all about making genuine connections with everyone on his new tribe, but Janet calls bullshit. Dean throws Karishma completely under the bus by saying she has ties to the previous tribe who saved her at the last minute. Tom dog-piles onto Karishma and says she’s not telling the truth when she says she doesn’t know who saved her.
It’s time to vote, and I honestly have no idea who is leaving. Tribal council didn’t look good for any of the 3 outsiders, and I could see any of them leaving in this exact moment! Jeff reads the votes: Tom, Karishma, Karishma, Tom, Tom, Tom and Tom is voted off! It seems they chose to keep the two Lairo members who were least likely to join back up with the others, and that simply didn’t include Tom. Karishma just refuses to leave!! What do you all think about the outcome? Was that the right move for the Vokai 5? If you like what I do here on TamaraTattles, be sure to support me in my other ventures elsewhere on the internet!