Hey, it’s Cho and I’m back with another Survivor 40 Recap! I’m so sorry for the lateness of this post. If you didn’t know, there’s this new game called Animal Crossing New Horizons that I have been absolutely OBSESSED with! I spent all of the last few nights playing it until early in the morning. I’m sorry. I’m here now. My best friend Lisa told me that this episode was “savage”, so let’s see what she means by that.
Last episode’s Tribal Council was a complete cluster fuck. Jeremy’s secret advantage granted him a critical immunity during a time where he needed it most. However, it also caused him to have to immediately leave tribal and return to camp alone. He’s in a really pissy mood and anxiously waiting to see who was voted off. He’s upset to find that Tyson is gone. Then, we get back to camp, there’s an argument between Jeremy and Ben who just tried to blindside him. Ben is a fucking idiot. Everyone is still reeling from the multiple levels of chaos. Michele, Jeremy, Kim and Denise are the obvious outsiders in this tribe of 9.
Sarah’s Fashion Show
We get the most hilariously touching scene where Sarah has decided that she’s become a fashion designer while on the island. She is having everyone perform in a fashion show with the different pieces of clothing she has created. Michele, Kim and Sarah walk down the runway while Sophie MCs. A round of applause is heard across the island. I think Sarah should give Kyle Richards some pointers on how to conduct a fashion show.
Tony can’t be bothered to use Sarah’s tactics of having an actual social game. Instead, he is still fretting over the fact that he was unable to get Jeremy out in the previous tribal council. After finding a hidden immunity idol despite Nick’s clinger-on snooping, he goes undercover to manipulate the outsiders. He’s lying so hardcore, and I don’t think anyone is actually believing him. Spoke too soon: Jeremy is actually believing Tony. But Kim doesn’t believe the shit. This is why we love Kim.
An Easy Target for Extortion
On the Edge of Extinction, Natalie and Parvati find a clue and vow not to tell anyone else about it. Working together, they finally decipher that the answer to their clue has to be under their sleeping arrangements. When people finally leave the shelter to go watch the sunset, Natalie takes the opportunity to find the “Extortion Advantage”. This grants her the ability to block one person from participating in the next challenge AND voting at tribal council unless they give her fire tokens. She relishes in the opportunity to potentially cause mass amounts of chaos in the game since she has 0 allies.
Of course, Tony is the one Natalie attempts to extort, because she knows he’s a hot mess. At first, he’s really giddy to find the note in his bag. He’s happy to see the word extortion, because in real life, he can’t do it as a cop. He’s already thinking about ways he can use this to his advantage. Finally, he realizes at the end of the note that he’s the one being extorted. Suddenly, he says that extortion is illegal in the states so it should be illegal on the island! He only has 3 tokens, but Natalie is asking for 6.
Slave to the Lender
Tony decides to get creative by going to his allies for help. He starts with Michele hoping that she will “lend” him some tokens. In a confessional, Michele reminds us that she paid a ridiculous amount of tokens for a coin toss advantage, but she doesn’t want to reveal this to Tony. Instead, she gives him some bullshit excuse about an advantage that she can only use on the Edge of Extinction. Everyone in this game lies so much with a straight face, it’s kind of hilarious. Tony believes her lie and says inflation is real on the island! Tony actually gets tokens from Jeremy, Ben and Nick. I don’t think his social game is as bad as Sarah claimed earlier. IMPRESSIVE!
The immunity challenge is really intense: they’re balancing a statue with a long pole while also balancing on a beam. The irony isn’t lost on me that the statues are shaped like pawns on a chess board. We get down to Tony, Ben and Jeremy. I think Jeremy really needs to win this challenge to have a shot at staying. Ben is out, and Jeremy drops almost immediately afterwards leaving Tony with his second win in a row! He now plans on paying back Ben and Nick for his fire tokens and blindsiding Jeremy!
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Tonight SHOULD be simple with Jeremy leaving right? Kim knows that Tony is bullshitting Jeremy, but she doesn’t feel like she has the numbers to do anything significant so she joins the other side. Their plan is to split the vote between Jeremy and Michele. She and Denise are telling Jeremy that they can take Ben out, but they really have jumped ship and plan on blindsiding him. After getting gassed up, Jeremy thinks he actually has a shot at taking Ben out.
Having the immunity necklace can sometimes give you an adrenaline effect. Tony is ready to flip flop and cause fucking chaos. With his alliance splitting the vote, he doesn’t need many votes to turn the game upside down. He wants to take Sophie out in order to separate her from Sarah. He gets Nick to jump on board with this plot, but he needs Jeremy and Michele to vote with them. Tony intentionally waits until the very last minute to tell Jeremy the real plan surrounding his blindside. Unfortunately, Jeremy doesn’t believe him during the one time that Tony is ACTUALLY telling him the truth! LOL
Jeremy gets frustrated and interrupts Ben to say that everyone is telling half-truths at all times which makes it difficult to fully trust anyone. Sarah says everyone is also trying to make big moves to build credit with the jury. We get into the debate about when to make big moves, how to pad your resume and why. Everyone is strangely calm despite the fact that a lot of people are potentially in danger. It’s time to vote. No one plays their immunities. Jeremy, Michele, Jeremy, Michele, Jeremy, Sophie, Sophie, Sophie, and Sophie is blindsided as she exclaims that she had an idol in her pocket. WOW! She stomps off saying that she can take the idol out of her crotch now. Tony fucking did that.
I can’t believe what I just watched. That was definitely a SAVAGE move, and one for the books. Now we’re left wondering, will Tony be able to speak to the jury about this resume building move or will he face massive backlash and get his torch snuffed next episode? What about Jeremy? I feel like he’s letting the game emotionally get to him and he’s becoming overly frustrated and bitter. Are you excited to see the demise of Sarah and Tony’s alliance next episode? 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!