Hey, it’s Cho and I’m currently at a Starbucks waiting for my car to get an oil change. It’s always way more dramatic than I’d like, so ask me for the story of how I flipped out on Firestone once! The game has definitely changed as we entered into a tribal switch last episode. Hopefully the island of idols visit will return this episode, because I missed Sandra & Rob. Now onto tonight’s Survivor 39 recap!
Tom was voted off in the last tribal council which would make Karishma and Dean the easiest targets on the new Lairo tribe, right? Things should be simple, and they will be picked off. This just makes sense, no? No, because Noura wants to rock the boat and target Jamal and Jack whom targeted her earlier in the game. Dean listens to Noura scheming against her fellow tribemates, but correctly views her as unreliable and crazy. He throws her under the bus to Jamal who decides that Noura leaving next should be his biggest priority.
On Vokai, the issue is still the possibility of a 4-4 tie and drawing rocks. Elaine says that she trusts her 4 implicitly to go to a tie. In classic CBS editing, they immediately cut to Missy & Elizabeth vowing to never go home due to rocks and Aaron directly saying he plans on voting Elaine out if there’s a tie vote. Elaine is too trusting of her original alliance, and she’s going to flip out when she realizes she’s been betrayed.
Jamal is teaching his tribemates how to do West African dances which is a great sight to see. Jack says how refreshing it is to see Jamal opening up and expressing himself. Not minutes after this lovely exchange, Jack makes a poor joke about Jamal having a “durag” instead of a buff. Jack is immediately embarrassed and they have a grown-up mature conversation about why this is wrong.
CBS handled this dialogue extremely well. Why can’t all people talk about race, privilege and societal perceptions in this way? Bravo to Jack and Jamal both! Jamal cries at how strong his relationship with Jack is and how grateful he is to have received a genuine apology. This whole scene was really touching.
Elaine Has Gusto!
We get to the reward challenge, and everyone is utterly shocked that Karishma wasn’t voted off at the previous tribal council. Vokai choose elaine to sit out the challenge but inadvertently gets sent to the island of idols. Watching Aaron’s body during this challenge is a delight. He ends up winning chickens for the vokai tribe. Dan assumes the worst with Elaine going to the island of idols and wishes that their tribe will just keep winning so that they don’t have to plan around an idol.
On the island of the idols, Rob & Sandra have a lot of time so Rob is building a “mansion” shelter. Elaine hopes her visit will be a game changer and is elated to meet her favorite Survivor players. Before Rob even explains her test, Elaine accepts her task. Elaine explains that the million dollars would be nice, but she came here for the experience and some soul searching. Her task is to secretly grab an advantage in the middle of the next challenge. She gets nervous once she realizes that she could lose her vote.
When Elaine arrives back on Vokai, she hooks up with Elizabeth to strategize on how she will win her advantage. It’s nice to see people openly talking about the island of the idols twist like this. At the immunity challenge, I’m already nervous for Elaine. Omg, Elaine drops the advantage but then picks it up. Lairo struggles, but they come back at the very end! Elaine successfully has the block a vote advantage, but my gut tells me it won’t be as simple as that with her untrustworthy backbiting allies.
Aaron Takes Control of the Vote
Jason likens Elaine to the chicken that they’re going to kill before tribal council. Elizabeth and Elaine then go on to try to reel Missy and Aaron back in with the news of Elaine’s advantage. They celebrate being able to pick off whichever Vokai member they want, but Aaron is secretly planning to betray Elaine and gain loyalty with new allies. We get good reasons why all of Jason, Tommy, Lauren and Dan should go home, but we are left not knowing who their real target is. There’s so much left in the open going into the vote! Who will Elaine target? Is Elaine going home?! Aaron is going to ultimately decide everyone’s fate.
We get to the tribal council where our heroine Elaine will meet her fate. It’s an old fashioned stand off between Vokai and Lairo. Tommy & Dan try to make Lairo drink some kool aid. It’s all bullshit to be honest. In the middle of all the negotiations, Elaine puts a stop to it all by sharing her advantage openly with everyone. She blocks Jason’s vote who is now shaking in fear.
Lauren is in tears at the thought of going home. The whispering ensues and people are saying it needs to be Elaine. Aaron tells Tommy that they’re good right before the reveal. Are they? Jeff reads the votes: Elaine, Elaine, Elaine, Jason, Jason, Jason and the next person voted off is Jason! Lauren’s loud gasp actually makes me laugh out loud. Jason tells everyone to not trust Aaron on the way out. Tommy gives Aaron a look of pure rage while Lauren cries.
Wow, what a fucking MESS this was! Aaron’s overplaying will undoubtedly get him in trouble moving forward and make a huge target out of himself. I’m just happy that Elaine was able to stick around. What are your thoughts? Happy with the outcome? What about Aaron the snake? 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!