Hey, it’s Cho and I’m back with another Survivor 40 Recap! Did you enjoy last week’s jam-packed premiere? If you missed out on that and don’t have 2 hours to catch up, you can quickly read last week’s recap here. Now let’s get into the recent episode!
On Dakal, Tony is trying his best to keep himself out of trouble by keeping busy. He built a humongous ladder that is really shoddy and will probably cause him to get killed. Everyone makes fun of Tony for this ridiculous idea. He really is trying to keep himself busy so that he doesn’t’ start searching for idols in front of everyone. Everyone wonders how Tony has survived life thus far. The first rung of the ladder breaks, but he does eventually get some fruit. Sarah believes that the Cops R Us alliance between her and Tony can actually work this season.
A Pair of Idols
Ben is trying to teach Denise how to find an idol. In his original season, he was a lone ranger, so he’s trying to work on his social game in order to win a second time. Denise goes on to find an idol that must be shared with someone else. Instead of being selfish, Ben actually suggests that she “bring someone else on board.” Denise wants to give half of the idol to Pavarti! WHY? Adam quickly talks her out of that really bad idea. Denise gives the other half to Adam. Everyone is worried that Ben is going to run his mouth… which he totally did last episode.
Kim is still reeling from being on the outside from the last vote. She’s finding out that the more you’re on the bottom, the more you claw your way back up which makes you an even bigger target. She goes full throttle and finds the same type of two part idol that Denise found on the other tribe. Without an “Adam” to talk some sense into her, she decides to leverage the idol by giving it to Sophie who is somewhat in the middle of the tribe. Sophie views this as a stupid mistake, because she doesn’t have any allegiance to Kim and actually finds her to be one of the most socially adept players in the game.
Natalie and Amber are searching around for the next clue on the edge of extinction. The Edge of Extinction doesn’t seem as miserable and rough like it did last season. Amber reminds us that 16 years ago when she played Survivor, there were no such things as idols or twists like there are in modern Survivor. Amber is cute. Natalie ends up finding the next advantage to sell to someone else: it will allow them to leave tribal council and return to camp right before the votes are read.
Of course, Jeremy is sold this advantage. He’s so thankful that she has his back, and is happy that he has an opportunity to use his tokens to keep himself in the game. He’s realized the power the tokens actually have. What do you all think about the fire tokens twist? I’m liking it a lot so far.
Boston Rob’s Bad Day
At the immunity challenge, Rob finds out that Amber was voted out, and he’s livid. It’s all really dramatic editing as the camera pans to Sandra’s cold face. She doesn’t give a FUCK! That’s our villain right there. The challenge is a stereotypical “pull this large chest full of puzzle pieces and assemble it later”. The challenge is pretty close as both tribes get their keys to unlock their final chest. Dakal pulls ahead with getting their chests to the puzzle makers: Sandra & Sophie.
Sele finally gets theirs to Boston Rob & Denise. Sele quickly closes the gap, and we have a RACE! However, Sele and Rob spend an unusual amount of time organizing the pieces. So, Sandra & Sophie pull ahead for the win! The puzzle was a complete disaster for Sele, and Jeff Probst really rubs it in.
Rob receives a fire token from Amber being on the Edge of Extinction, and he’s super pissed about her potentially being taken out first. He shares this information with Parvati and wonders if Sandra was behind it. What would even make him think that if he thinks he’s besties with Sandra??? In regards to this rivalry, someone please make it make sense! He still feels secure in his relationships enough that he’s not concerned about leaving tonight. He and Parvati scheme on a way to get rid of a new-school player like Jeremy or Ben who they deem as both threats and wildcards.
The Paranoia Beast
Danni’s paranoia is getting the best of her and is feeling really insecure about her place in the tribe. In the midst of her insecurity, she spills the beans about a new-school vs old-school alliance right in front of Ben who is now ready to take Danni out. Danni may have just fucked over her own position. Danni is now unraveling and trying to take Parvati out which causes Rob’s core group to flip on Danni. Now the shit is hitting the fan, because the new school players see an opportunity to strike Rob and Parvati while they have the numbers. Parvati is in danger!
Tribal Council: Empty Your Bags!
At tribal council, they get right into discussing the complicated relationships at play. Parvati says that some people like Danni and Ethan never experienced idols. Danni says she played a loyal game in her season but that she’s disappointed to have not gotten that here. Parvati calls Danni out and says that it’s ridiculous when she’s been the one targeting Rob.
Ben opens up a can of worms when he tries to call out the old school players who have an alliance. Unfortunately, Ben doesn’t know how to argue and gets trampled by Ethan, Parvati and Rob in a debate. He looks really stupid. I stand by the opinion that CBS rigged the game for him to win in his season. Suddenly, Rob demands the ENTIRE tribe to empty their bags to see who has an idol. I know Denise is full of anxiety. She luckily hides her idol during the mass chaos. More arguing ensues before Jeff reads the votes: Parvati, Danni, Danni, Danni, Danni and Danni is voted off unanimously for her mass paranoia and self-sabotaging ways this episode! She gives her token to Denise.
Tonight’s episode was definitely on the more light-hearted side. I really enjoyed watching tony behave like a lovable buffoon. That’s exactly how he gets you on his side. While we saw an old school player like Danni unable to adjust to the fast speed of today’s game, it was nice to see Kim sort of bounce back in terms of her confidence. The women are dropping like flies. Makes me think back to the opening scene when the women all struggle to get off the boat! What did you think of tonight’s episode? If you like what I do here on the site, be sure to support me in my other ventures elsewhere on the internet!