Hey, it’s Cho and this is the first week in a while where I’m actually “on time” with my Survivor 39 recap. Can somebody please shower me with compliments for doing the bare minimum?! GO ME! This could be a long one considering it’s the merge, so let’s not waste any time!
Kellee Is In the Spotlight
There’s major fall out from the previous tribal council. Jamal is demanding to know why he was blindsided. Noura, being the truth cannon that she is, admits that she appreciates Jamal playing his idol on her and that she was advised by someone in the tribe to write Jack’s name down. She tells everyone that it was Kelee! Now, Kelee is scrambling to figure out a lie to cover her tracks. While Janet believes her, Jamal says in a confessional that Kelee got caught playing an undercover game because she chose to play it with Noura. Kelee proceeds to find an idol!
There’s already a struggle happening between the New Vokai alliance and the Original Vokai alliance. Basically, Tommy wants to pull in Kelee & Janet to create a new power majority, but Kelee is totally against the idea. I agree with her that it only helps Missy, Aaron, Elizabeth and Elaine. She’s not willing to let go of Dean who is obviously in her pocket. Tommy is frustrated that Kelee & Janet are unmovable in their position.
Dan is Still Making the Women Uncomfortable
We are still talking about Dan touching people inappropriately. Missy and Kelee actually bond over their similar experiences with Dan. Kelee cries about not being able to speak out on things like this due to it potentially affecting their upwards mobility both in real life and in the game of Survivor. It’s heartbreaking. We get LOTS of flashbacks of Dan touching people including Missy. Kelee is flipping out because she realizes it’s a horrible pattern that is only being talked about now because 5 women this season have shared similar experiences. She’s just happy that she doesn’t feel crazy that it’s just her who feels this way. Even a producer steps in and comments that he will step in if Kelee deems it necessary, but she says Janet will put an end to it now that there’s a merge.
Janet sees Kellee crying so she goes to comfort her. Kelee is still upset because she doesn’t want to speak up about Dan for fear of her position worsening. Janet pities Dan and has been trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, but she can’t ignore the girls’ feelings. She’s planning on confronting Dan the next time she sees anything inappropriate. She also says that if Dan is 100% innocent that it’s an awful thing for him. This is a really uncomfortable subject to be seeing on Survivor.
The Producers Step In
Missy has decided that her only option to survive is to make Dan look even worse than he already does, so she instructs Elizabeth to emphasize to Janet that they feel uncomfortable around him. Elizabeth gets right to work on retelling a story to Kellee about Dan touching her inappropriately. Elizabeth has no shame. More incriminating flashbacks occur. CBS is trying to bury Dan. Despite all of this, Kellee decides that she still wants to make the better game move by targeting Missy. I think this is a mistake.
Tommy sees Kelee bonding with Missy and is upset that she’s cozying up after having just targeted Missy, so he tells Lauren that she needs to go. The producers are breaking the 4th wall a lot, which leads me to believe that there’s a distinct possibility that Dan is ejected out of the game this episode. Dan is officially warned by producers but allowed to remain in the game. What do you all think about the producer’s decision to keep Dan in the game? What would you have done as a woman in one of these positions?
Jamal Works To Get Dan Out
Jamal and Noura are not on board with Kellee or Missy leaving but instead are wanting to push for Dan to go. They don’t think it’s ok to wait even one vote to take him out. Janet feels relieved that others are wanting to finally vote him out, so she tells Elizabeth to change their plans from Kellee to Dan. She feels a moral responsibility to take care of the girls, but feels bad because she truly likes Dan and wasn’t planning to vote him out.
Unfortunately, Elizabeth doesn’t believe Janet and says in a confessional that she’s being fed bullshit lies by Janet. There’s too much paranoia in camp. Elizabeth and Elaine decide to throw JANET under the bus to Dan of all people to try to blow up her game. You’ve got to be kidding me. The desperation of these contestants is REAL! Obviously, Dan doesn’t take kindly to the accusations. He is personally hurt by Janet turning on him, and calls her move reprehensible. The only thing reprehensible is that you inappropriately touched a fellow contestant to the point of making her cry on national television.
Jamal is still putting in work overtime trying to rally the votes against Dan. He goes to Kellee who is overly nervous about switching from Missy to Dan last minute. She decides to go look for another idol, and she finds it! Let me tell y’all right now if I haven’t made it clear yet: Kellee is THAT BITCH and she’s here to stay! We see that Tommy and Lauren will ultimately decide if it’s Kellee or Dan who receive the majority of the votes. The problem is that no matter their decision, they will undoubtedly piss off half the remaining tribe.
Trust or Deception at Tribal Council?
We’re having a debate over trust being more important than deception in the game of Survivor. Kellee says that tonight’s vote is about trust for her. Tommy says that it’s a distinct possibility that tribal lines could hold true, but Janet says that those tribal lines can be softened. Dean says that he’s in a special position because his original tribe and new tribe have outcasted him so he’s looking to build trust.
It’s time to vote. Kellee asks Lauren if they’re good before she casts her vote, and Lauren says they are. Lauren’s a liar, and her pants are on fire! Kellee, homegirl, you better play that idol! Omg she doesn’t play her idol. I’m about to cry. Dan, Kellee, Dan, Kellee, Dan, Kellee, Dan, Kellee, Dan, Kellee. 6 votes each. And Kellee is blindsided with 2 idols in her pocket. Wow, even Dean voted against her.
A DISGUSTING Mockery of the #MeToo Movement
So the episode isn’t over, and Janet is LIVID. Janet feels betrayed, because she voted Dan out to protect the other girls in the tribe. She is confronting both Tommy and Lauren who are giving her vague reasons why they backstabbed Kellee. Get them, Janet! Lauren says she couldn’t vote Dan out for the reasons that were described, because she personally hasn’t experienced negativity with him. I imagine this is blowing up on Twitter.com right now!
Janet then goes to Dan and exposes Elizabeth, Missy and Lauren for them crying to her about Dan’s inappropriate behavior. Dan is shocked by the accusations and feels like his soul is being ripped in half. He apologizes to Missy and Elizabeth for any uncomfortable feelings they have towards him. Missy then says to Dan that if they truly felt that way they would have used the power they have to vote him out. And here is where I lost my respect for Missy. This is some bullshit and transcends the game.
Women Not Supporting Women
Elzabeth and Missy are really throwing Janet under the bus, and I’m disgusted. They say that Janet and Kellee misconstrued things, BUT WE HAVE THE FOOTAGE! I can’t imagine how they have a leg to stand on in real time after millions have watched this episode. The reunion should be juicy for this incident alone.
Janet is now on a warpath, because she’s being made out to be a liar. She corners Elizabeth who admits in front of Dan what she said about being uncomfortable around Dan. Satisfied by her name seemingly being cleared, Janet storms off. Dan is shocked by this, but in the next breath Elizabeth tells him that she’s just saying things to get Janet off her back. I can’t be the only other person really disappointed in these two women. Would you do the same?
This reminds me of the time that Johnny Fairplay lied about his grandmother dying in order to win a fucking reward challenge. Janet feels so alone and is upset that the issue of sexual assault is being made a mockery of on the show. I scream when she finds the idol, because I know she’s likely to receive votes at the next tribal.
The Art of Sabotage
Jamal sees a hanging note that tells him to go immediately to the island of the idols. He promises Karishma that if he achieves anything good that it’ll be used for the both of them. Jamal is completely dumbfounded at discovering Sandra & Rob who he deems as the trendsetters of Survivor. Rob tells Jamal to open up the note and read it. He reads aloud that he’s now lost his vote in the upcoming tribal council.
Rob says his lesson is in the art of sabotage, and he now has the chance to create a fake advantage! He ends up giving the fake advantage to Dean as “an olive branch” but it ends up making both Jamal and Dean major targets! I’m still pissed about Dean voting Kellee out, but in a strange way, I think that was good for his game. Aaron wins his second immunity challenge, and Missy also wins, leaving Jamal, Karishma and Janet as likely targets.
Aaron & Missy Attempt to Gaslight Janet
At tribal council, we get right into the fallout from the previous tribal council. Janet says that there was a lot of miscommunication, and she made an emotional play that backfired. Aaron and Missy try to gaslight Janet into believing that she’s at fault and that she’s the reason why Dan’s reputation is ruined. No, Dan is the reason why Dan’s reputation is ruined. SHAME on Missy & Elizabeth for not being honest about their own feelings when everything is being fucking recorded on national television! One of them need to win, because it’ll be the only thing that can ease their conscious. Also, I’m back to hating Aaron. #TeamJanet
Jamal steps up to defend Janet and says that women bringing up charges in real life is often negated on the stance of “Why now and not earlier? Why didn’t you report it?” after being checked by Jamal, Aaron begins backpedaling and pussy poppin talking about how he’s trying to look at it from Dan’s perspective. He says the blurring of lines is occurring between Survivor & real life and it’s hard to judge this situation objectively. Karishma defends Janet by saying she is not making things up in regards to her perception of events surrounding Dan. Jamal says that men need to take a step back in order to attempt understanding other perspectives, especially from women.
Janet Is The Hero We Deserve
Dan, fearing that his in real life job is at stake, is becoming visibly annoyed by the topic. He gets overly defensive towards Jeff Probst who has to hold himself from going in really hard on Dan. Dan says that if it’s not going to be let go then he’s going to talk about it. Jeff snaps back that he will NEVER let it go, because it’s an issue. Drag him, Jeff! Dan goes on to apologize to Kellee personally and to the tribe if his behavior has affected others. He says if they feel it, it’s their truth, and he’s horrified by the way he potentially made others feel. Janet is seriously contemplating quitting the game, because she cares deeply about the Survivor franchise and doesn’t want to mar its reputation. She thinks the tribe hates her and feels alone. She’s in tears. Jeff convinces her to stay.
We are now having a lengthy discussion about everyone’s ability or inability to separate the game from reality. Lauren cries as she apologizes to Janet and reassures her that she’s a strong champion for women. I’m fucking exhausted. Aren’t you? Jeff finally reads the votes, and Janets plays her idol on herself. Janet, Janet, Karishma, Karishma, Karishma, Jamal, Jamal, Jamal, Jamal and Jamal is voted out. I’m disgusted. 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!