Hey, it’s Cho and I’m actually interested to see how they edit this episode after the shit carnival that was last week’s merge episode. Tonight is an hour-long double boot which means you’re bound to miss some rapid fire information. Thankfully, you have this Survivor 39 recap to catch up on all the finer details!
Everyone is miserable after the last tribal council, but especially Karishma. She’s having a mental breakdown, because she’s realized that she hasn’t lived up to the potential she thought she had for the game. A rat also crawled on her mouth the previous night which would make anyone go insane. Everyone views her as a goat, and Norua OF ALL PEOPLE gives a scathing confessional about how worthless she is.
Finding Strength Through Struggle
Karishma bemoans the fact that she has no friends in the game but is happy to have a husband who loves her for her. Karishma then goes on to find an idol. When Karishma returns, Norua asks how she only got two coconuts after a two-hour search! HA! Karishma plays the sick card which is the perfect cover considering her tribemates think she needs medical attention.
The twist is revealed at the beginning of the challenge: after being split into two random groups, one person from each group will win immunity. Each group will then vote a person out in two separate tribals! This is intense. Elizabeth, Elaine, Karishma, Missy and Tommy are in one group. Aaron, Noura, Dan, Janet, Lauren and Dean are in the other group. This makes both Janet and Karishma EASY targets for both tribals, but I suspect there will be some backstabbing this episode!
Noura wins for purple, but jumps off in excitement, excluding the purple group from winning PB&J. Elaine wins for orange who gets a huge ovation from her tribemates. The most exciting part of this twist is that the two groups won’t be able to strategize with each other as purple is going back to a separate camp!
Dan & Janet Reconnect
On purple, the scheming begins almost immediately. Aaron says it should be a 2-for-one tribal with Karishma & Janet leaving. Noura doesn’t like the sound of that, and feels like it would be better to get rid of Aaron who is the biggest threat and hasn’t won immunity for the first time. Janet is ecstatic about this new lease on life and has a heart-to-heart with Dan. Wow. After the shit storm from last week?
Dean is a slippery snake that snakes people and has decided that Aaron leaving isn’t good for his game. He recognizes that Janet is still a major threat to win this game. More importantly, he says that Aaron leaving leaves a bigger target on his back. Dean is snakey, but he’s a smart snake. He takes his thoughts to Dan who is now in the swing vote position. Dan is happy to have reconnected with Janet inside of the game, but Dean is persuading him. There’s a lot of oscar-worthy acting in the orange group as the majority tells both Janet and Aaron that they are safe. One of them is going to be blindsided hard tonight, and I hope it’s Aaron.
An Unlikely Swing Vote
Missy’s happy to have a power play in the works: she wants to send Tommy home to separate him from Lauren and take out a huge threat in the game. She says no one is going to award Karishma the million dollars. I don’t know about that. Karishma is not good at playing the goat, because she’s being really dismissive of Missy. She says that Missy has yelled at her at camp and she wants to talk to everyone around camp. Karishma literally walks away from her. It’s nice to see her stand up to Missy. Immunity idols sure do have a way of giving Survivors a backbone!
Karishma is furious about the way Missy has been speaking to her. She feels as though Missy has bullied her in the game. She exposes the plot to backstab Tommy to Elaine who is surprisingly ready to write Missy’s name down. Tommy and Elaine approach Karishma with genuine compassion to work together whereas Missy feeds her a bunch of bullshit. Missy is the best actor we’ve seen in years. She’s so believable. I’m still disgusted by her behavior from last week, but she needs the million to sleep better at night. Missy is so methodical, diabolical and convincing. Will Karishma go with the good guys or Missy and Elizabeth?!
Double Tribal Councils!
At the purple tribal council, we get right into how this twist impacts the game. Dean says that it’s concerning to be split into groups where you might not have your close ally. Noura starts opening her mouth about how this is an opportunity to switch the game up. Aaron and Janet both feel like they are in the hot seat. I just don’t think Aaron realizes how hot his seat is! Rob says it’s Aaron going home while Sandra says it’s Janet. Jeff reads the votes: Janet, Aaron, Aaron, Aaron and Aaron is blindsided! At least he delivered a great apology.
Now we get to the next tribal council, and the orange group is literally shocked by Aaron being voted out. Elizabeth and Missy both expose themselves as being tight allies with Aaron. We then have a lengthy discussion about how Missy and Karishma fight often around camp. Missy takes specific issue with Karishma labeling her as a bully. Karishma digs in deeper and keeps her stance that Missy is a bully. Karishma does NOT play her idol, and Jeff reads the votes: Missy, Tommy, Tommy, Missy and the last vote is for MISSY! Wow. Missy takes a long time to leave to the point where Sandra says “Ok Missy, it’s over.” HAHA!
I guess tonight’s episode was a small redemption from last week’s disappointment of a show with both villains leaving. How do you feel the game will be shaken up with those two major blindsides? 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!