Hey, it’s Cho and this has been a week of utter hell. My best friend’s dog died who I helped raise. A cousin passed from cancer. My high school best friend experienced the loss of her younger sister, and this all happened Monday. I’m still playing catch up and can’t wait to sleep 12+ hours Friday night. I have a feeling this Survivor 39 Recap will mark the beginning of the midway point aka the MERGE. Let’s jump right into it and escape our reality for a bit!
The Lairo tribe is suffering from a really wet night. Their fire is out, so Jamal tries to restart it. Everyone notices that he actually sucks at starting fire despite saying he could, so Kelee attempts to give it a try. Not a few seconds into her attempt, Jamal passive aggressively chastises her. The fuck? Just when we were starting to really love Jamal. Kelee has lost all of her patience, so she walks away. When she comes back, she quickly makes fire.
Camp Life Woes
Now we’re fighting about rice. Fighting about camp life is my FAVORITE type of Survivor content! Noura is concerned about there being one scoop of rice left so Jamal accuses her of taking too much for herself. Jamal is pissing everyone off with his domineering ways around camp. Noura is unhinged and immediately goes to the other girls in the tribe to scheme about voting Jamal out next. But, Janet is not on board with this and thinks it’s better to stick with the plan of booting Dean and keeping Karishma is a loyal vote.
Janet is a BAMF
Janet is chosen for the next visit to Island of the Idols, and she’s not happy. She even cries, because she’s so nervous. Janet says that going to the island has put targets on other Survivor’s backs, and she doesn’t want to mess up her safe position. She continues to cry as she meets Rob & Sandra. Today’s lesson is about “calculated risk”. We get a flashback to the season finale of last season which showcased Chris making a calculated risk. He was so hot.
The advantage Janet would win if she takes the challenge would allow her to be safe at an upcoming TC, but the catch is that she would have to LEAVE tribal council before the vote is read. Janet starts talking it out before coming to the decision that she doesn’t want to gamble. Basically, she says that she would put an even bigger target on her back in the following tribal which impresses Rob & Sandra. They say she’s the first person to actually analyze the risk/reward of their offer through logic. Sandra bets Rob that a woman will win this season of Survivor.
Janet comes back on a boat from the island of idols and flashes her boobs to her tribemates in order to prove that she doesn’t have an idol!! I love Janet. Why have they not shown her more often? Janet begins revealing part of her experience. Kelee is on pins & needles, because she thinks Janet is going to spill the tea about the twist. Luckily, she doesn’t, and it remains a secret. Kelee looks at Noura, Janet and likens this to a “secret society” of people who really know about the twist but are choosing not to reveal it to others.
Old Vokai Cannibalizes Itself
Vokai just experienced a horrific tribal council. Elaine is safe which is all I care about, but Lauren is crying about feeling betrayed by Missy at the previous tribal council. I can’t say I feel sorry for anyone on Vokai. Aaron and Missy revel in how much control they have. We get this really awkward scene of someone placing their arms over someone else at night. Apparently, Dan was the one sort of touching others at camp. Didn’t he have an issue with this earlier?
Lauren seizes the opportunity to throw Dan completely under the bus, because she realizes that she, Tommy and Dan are next on the chopping block. Lauren decides she’s going to paint Dan as a flip flopper. Tommy makes up a complete bullshit lie about Dan, but Missy sees through it all. She knows Tommy and Lauren are close, so she thinks voting Tommy out will keep Lauren secure and dependent upon her. Missy is a smart cookie. Aaron says that these people are so quick to turn on each other when they are afraid of going home themselves, and he’s so right!
Kelee Attempts a Risky Move
Outside of the intense screaming, the tribal council is pretty mundane with Vokai winning. The Lairo collective decides that Dean is the unanimous vote to make. Jamal says tonight is the safest he’s ever felt in the game. Oh God, he’s going home tonight. He says that Noura is a handful, but it doesn’t make sense to deviate from the plan. Cue to Dean trying to give his pitch about why he should stay. Jamal and Jack are completely snowing him about Noura being blindsided tonight.
Kelee’s idol will expire at this tribal council and she feels bad about it going to waste. She has this moment of inspiration where she will give her immunity idol to Dean to play and trust him to write down either Jack’s name or Jamal’s. She gives us several reasons why both of them should go home. The tricky part is trusting Dean to not spill the beans about her plan while also not writing her own name down. Kelee tells Dean that he’s the target, and she’s willing to give it to him. She thinks that the bond they already have will increase exponentially with her giving him an idol. Again, why aren’t we shown Kelee more? She’s always brilliant and entertaining when she’s on our TV screens!
Women & Survivor
At Tribal Council, Noura calls Dean out on not being someone she can trust compared to her old tribemates. In retaliation, Dean exposes Noura for targeting Jamal just days earlier. Noura rationalizes this by saying the opposite of love is indifference: she may hate Jamal sometimes, but that’s better than her not caring about Dean at all. That was some deadly shade, Noura! While Jamal should take this as Noura remaining loyal to him, he takes issue with the fact that Noura just basically admitted that she has thought about voting Jamal out, so they get into a squabble.
Jack says he appreciates Noura’s honesty which is great most of the time, but it can also make her a loose cannon. Jamal says he isn’t confident about making it to the merge, because he knows the power of women realizing their collective power. Kelee calls out the sexist roots in Survivor about the fear of women’s alliances when they statistically just don’t happen. Not only this, but players aren’t typically afraid of men’s alliance despite the fact that it’s usually all men at the end of the game. Get him, Kelee!! We are now talking about the #MeToo movement. Jamal says he’s so grateful to be having these conversations and is proud of the women of his tribe. Still, his concerns about a women’s alliance is totally valid, because he’s probably about to go home.
After such a great bonding tribal council, it’s time to vote. Karishma says in her voting confessional that Dean took 3 shots at her and missed, but she’s gonna take him out with her first shot. BAM! Jeff tallies the votes. I’m nervous. Dean plays his idol, and Kelee pretends like she’s shocked! LOL This is the funniest moment of the episode. Then, Jamal plays his idol… ON NOURA! What is happening?! He must think it’s going to be unanimous against Dean… He’s going home. Jeff reads the votes: Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean, Jack and Jack is voted out 2-0! The best way to end this blog is a quote from Sandra herself: “Damn, they got his ass.” If you like what I do here on the site, be sure to support me in my other ventures elsewhere on the internet!