Hey, it’s Cho and I’m back with another Survivor 40 Recap! This time, it’s 100% my fault for this post getting submitted late. For those who don’t know, I run a restaurant, and things have been extremely unpredictable with Miss Rona rearing her ugly head across the country. I’m honestly just doing the bare minimum in order to get by in life, so my apologies for the lack of engagement. Instead, I’m really focusing on my skincare and getting proper amounts of sleep. Listen, if I’m gonna die by Coronavirus, my skin is going to look snatched!
On Dakal, Kim is still feeling like she’s in the middle. Denise and Tony are the bigger targets on this tribe, and Kim is relishing being in charge of her fate for once in the game. She’s thinking about the merge and how she can bring both Jeremy and Denise to that point in the game. Denise just took out the queen of Survivor, but she’s still trying to play an under the radar game. Tony thinks Denise making that major move has put a target on her back, but what he doesn’t know is that he’ll be the very next one out if they go to tribal council again.
Raising The White Flag
It’s night 16, and Parvati is explaining to the Edge of Extinction cast how disappointed she is to be there. She’s actually happy to see Sandra walk in right after her. They give Sandra a really hard time for her awful play in regards to Denise last week. Sandra then makes it seem like she went out of her way to do Denise a favor. Girl, you’re trying it. Then, she quits the game saying it’s a waste of time for her to even be there, because she’s not climbing up a mountain for a handful of rice. I’m not even mad at her. Regardless, the queen stays queen!
Ethan lets us know that life on the edge is a battle every day for those who remain. He likens it to an eternal feeling of depression and defeat. Maybe Sandra did the right thing with not even trying to stay longer. She already has 2 million. Ethan thinks about raising the whtie flag as well; he starts thinking about how being on Survivor could impact his physical health being in recovery for Survivor. This is depressing to watch him contemplate this.
Ethan regains some positivity before announcing a clue to everyone: there’s a race to 4 fire tokens scattered among the island. EVERYONE SPRINTS AWAY! This is so dramatic! Only Tyson finds a token, but now the paranoia sets in. Everyone is frisking each other. Rob of course has lied to everyone and secretly has all 3 other fire tokens!
The Clownery of it All
Wendell is on damage control. Yul is upset with him after the drama he created at the previous tribal council. He’s upset, because Wendell openly entertained working with Parvati. Wendell doesn’t really give a good excuse, leaving Yul trusting him much less. If you can imagine, Wendell’s conversation goes even worse with Michele. She tries to give him advice and he rejects her completely. Why the FUCK is Wendell such an asshole this season? Remember when we loved him??? Even Yul is upset with the way he is speaking to Michele.
On Yara, Adam and Ben are squabbling like usual. Ben’s paranoia is getting the best of him as he accuses Adam of having an idol. Adam is also paranoid, thinking that Ben and Sarah have an idol. Per usual, Adam and Ben are both clowns and in the wrong, because Sophie actually has the idol! Sarah then gets annoyed and calls Adam out for thinking she has the idol. Adam sits frustrated, feeling like they’re all playing him for a fool.
Wendell Continues To Be An Ass
The immunity challenge involves transporting water through an obstacle course in order to fill a well which will drop puzzle pieces for them to solve. The saucer proves heavy as people have trouble carrying it. This is definitely a challenge that tests your teamwork. I can’t help but notice Wendell’s very sexy ass. Can’t just be me! Not seconds later, Wendell gives Jeff some unnecessary sass. Yara actually gets their puzzle pieces with one single run, because they took their time and spilled little water! Dakal and Sele both finish their second run not long after and retrieve their puzzle pieces. Puzzle makers are Jeremy/Denise vs Ben/Sophie vs Michele/Wendell. Yara is pulling away with this and wins! It’s a nailbiter, but Dakal pulls it out by literally seconds!
Guess who’s in the hot seat? Wendell! Yul blames Wendell for losing the challenge due to his incessant trash talking and lack of focus. Nick is also frustrated and blames Wendell for losing the challenge. Nick and Yul both agree that they’re voting Wendell. Wendell feels like Yul is coming after him, so he tries to sweet talk Michele into sticking with him against Yul. I mean, the audacity of this guy to give Michele a hard time after the way he’s been speaking to her the last 6 days.
Michele laments to Yul about the possibility that she’s going to vote Wendell out and not even get the fire tokens back that she gave him the previous night. In response, yul comes up with this hair brained idea on how to get Wendell to give Michele his fire tokens. It’s so complicated, that it’s not even worth recapping. This greed over fire tokens is exactly how Sandra got voted out. And here we go: Yul’s convoluted plan spooks both Nick and Michele to the point where they’re now discussing if they should vote Yul out instead! Michele is really proving that she deserved her win with the way she strategizes.
The Extinction of Old-School Players?
We get to tribal council, and it’s awkward right from the start. Wendell immediately gets into a tense conversation with Jeff right off the bat. Jeff reminds Yul that he’s one of the last old school players to be left in the game. He admits that he’s lied more in the first 16 days here than he ever lied in his original season. Yul starts talking economics jargon, and I can feel his tribemates eyes roll to the back of their heads. I love Yul’s excitement though!
The issue of pre-existing relationships comes up obviously in reference to Wendell and Michele. Wendell apologizes to Michele in a very lackluster way for the way he’s communicated. Just not be an asshole Wendell. That’s all. Nick says that if he’s voted out, he’d come back and work with the same group. Wendell tells the truth and says he wouldn’t be that willing. Yul parries Nick’s sentiments. I don’t know why Wendell exudes so much bitterness this season. Please go home. Jeff reads the votes: Yul, Wendell, Yul, and Yul is blindsided. Ugh! Yul gives a fire token each to Sophie & Sarah.
Literally all the old schoolers are gone before the merge even hits, and I’m sitting here shaking my head loving every minute of it despite this fact somehow! The merge is next week which is sure to be a fucking shit festival, so don’t miss that! Let me know your thoughts in the comment section! If you like what I do here on the site, be sure to support me in my other ventures elsewhere on the internet!