Hey, it’s Cho and I’m back with another Survivor Recap! This episode is all about the merge, so I won’t waste any time getting right to it! We start off on the Edge of Extinction, and everyone gets the news that they need to fight to get back into the game. Natalie has saved up enough tokens to buy an advantage as well as an idol. Boston Rob has enough to buy an idol but is gifted Amber’s tokens in order to also buy an advantage in the challenge. Who’s making it back in, Natalie or Boston Rob? I would like either of them to be honest.
Surviving the Edge of Extinction
Jeff tells everyone to drop their buffs, because it’s the merge. Then, he brings in the players who will battle it out to get back into the game. He ends up having some emotional conversations with several of them. The challenge is simple. They have to navigate a small course and then traverse a ball up through a snake track. Tyson and Rob are out in the lead but the others aren’t far behind. Parvati, Yul and Amber have to dig for their keys while the others use their advantages to skip this section of the challenge.
Next. everyone has to build a stick long enough to grab their keys. Boston Rob gets his first! Then, he is off to work on navigating a ball over a snake puzzle. Lots of people struggle and drop their ball. The music is fucking intense during this challenge! My heart is racing! I want Natalie to get back in! Tyson is so close to finishing! This is so close between him and Rob oh my god! Tyson wins by a hair! I guess the peanut butter helped? Jokes are also made about Sandra not having a chance. I don’t blame her for quitting. Wait, did I hear Jeff say that everyone is on the jury?! Okay, maybe Sandra did miss out on extra appearance fees?!
The Queen Slayer
Everyone gets back to camp to find the merge feast which looks amazing. I had my own little feast recently. Prices for advantages in the game have increased. I imagine peanut butter especially. Sarah says that everyone left is a lion, but we’re about to find out who has the biggest mane. I like Sarah. She’s definitely a force to be reckoned with in this game.
We’re led to Denise who tells her story about what happened with Sandra. Everyone calls her the ‘Queen Slayer’ which is great if you’re on Day 39, but not so much right now at the start of the merge. Not good. Sophie remarks that at this point, Denise is the only one that has an overly impressive resume which is alright with her, because it makes Denise a target. Anything in this game will make you a target.
Things Are Getting Slippery
We’re reminded that these players are in a jungle with huge thunderstorms and nonstop rain. Tyson jokes that he’s waiting for one of the rich people to buy a tarp with their fire tokens. Ha! Despite everyone being huddled up, there’s still whispering occurring. Denise’s name is being thrown around nonstop after her flashy move of taking Sandra out.
Sophie all but breaks down at Jeff asking how she’s doing in the rain. Everyone is literally shaking. There’s a lot up for grabs: immunity and a fire token for one woman and man. Michelle falls really hard to the point where Jeff asks if she needs to see medical. Adam is out soon after, and helps Michelle limp away to the Sandra bench. Now everyone is dropping like flies! Denise, Kim and surprisingly Sophie are fighting for the men. Ben, Jeremy and Nick are still in for the guys. I need Denise to win this, and she does! Jeremy and Nick have an extended showdown, but Jeremy succeeds!
The Big Boy Threat Alliance
No one hesitates to start scheming on who should leave. The big boy threat alliance of Tyson, Jeremy, Ben and Tony deliberate on who should leave first. They want the “sleeper” winners like Adam, Nick, Michele, Sophie etc taken out first. Jeremy has ulterior motives for taking Nick out as he wants Wendell all to himself as a secure ally of his. Tony calls Nick a hyena and likens him to a scavenger in the game! Wow that was some shade! Ben also takes a dump on Nick by saying he’s annoying and butts into everyone’s conversations at the worst times. A lot of animosity is directed towards Nick right now. We get editorial scenes of Nick doing exactly this to hammer home their point.
Nick says Adam is the easy vote to make since everyone that has had anything to say about him has said that he can’t be trusted. Adam is a snake. Ben talks to Adam and Sophie, and Sophie makes the case that Wendell should leave first because Adam is more likely to work with her. She also surmised correctly that the big boy alliance has come together with Jeremy being its core. Everyone has ulterior motives! She notices that Jeremy and Wendell have become super tight, so she’s pushing the target on Wendell instead to make a play against Jeremy. This pisses Jeremy off to the point where he makes a counter push to suddenly target Adam. Even Denise has kind of jumped ship saying her Day 1 alliance with Adam might not be a Day 39 alliance. Adam cries in a confessional.
Everyone explains why Tyson isn’t as easy of a target this time around now that he’s back in the game. Wendell and Denise say that this is a defining moment in the game. The conversation goes towards that of paranoia and how you need to relax sometime in order to build trust. Sarah says in past seasons you could see the punch coming, but now people are getting sniped left and right. I’m not quite sure who’s getting sniped myself. Nick, Wendell or Adam?! Jeff reads the votes: Adam, Wendell, Adam, Adam, Wendell, Wendell, Wendell, Wendell, Wendell, and Wendell is voted out! He deserved that blindside. He gives his fire tokens to Michele and Nick.
This was an excellent merge episode that had me on the edge of my seat. I’m firmly rooting for Denise to win the game, and I’m excited to see who else emerges as a favorite of mine. Were you happy to see Tyson re-enter the game? What are your thoughts on the alliances that are shaping up? 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!