Hey, it’s Cho and I’m back with another Survivor 40 Recap! Excuse my absence in the comment section of last episode. I took a much needed 4 day vacation from all work-related tasks. Surprisingly, I stuck through it and didn’t do ANY work online or otherwise. It’s good to unplug every once in a while. However, this week is NOT the week to do that, because we have a 2-hour episode of Survivor!! Definitely catch up here if you missed last week’s mess of a tribal council.
It’s night 29, and people are upset. Michele & Jeremy are both obviously on the outside. Jeremy ends up giving her advantage back to her. Denise is also pretty upset with how she’s been feeling about the game. She had a big moment last night where she yelled at Jeff that she was “done!” She’s giving herself a pep talk about how to both endure and let go. She’s in tears about how stressful the game has been. As we near the end of the game, it’s always sad to see the true mental exhaustion wear on the Survivors.
Tony & Sarah are ready to get rid of the other “hyenas” in the game: Denise, Nick and Michele. He wants the cops and firefighter Jeremy to stick together to get rid of the weaker players. The problem is that Ben wants to take Jeremy out. Sarah is now trying to convince Ben to get rid of Nick. Everyone treats Ben like a child because he is. All of the sudden, Ben has this magical idea to blindside Nick. LOL He’s so easily manipulated and emotional. Nick is now a prime target for being the double dealer that he is.
Unfortunately, Nick goes on to win the immunity challenge where Michele really struggled. We go from one easy vote of Nick to the easy plan B of Denise. Things are never this easy though. Jeremy and Nick don’t believe it can be that easy for the others to try to vote Denise out. The paranoia is real right now, because for once, Jeremy is actually safe.
Ben is Finally Targeted
Ben has decided he wants to make an ass out of himself. He decides he’s going to pit Jeremy and Michele against one another. He tells Jeremy to get the 50/50 back from Michele in order to prove trust to their alliance. This doesn’t make sense considering the target is Denise. He then goes to Michele and tells her that Jeremy is going to ask for her 50/50 advantage. Ben is just being extra at this point. She promises that she won’t give it up. Of course, Jeremy and Michele compare notes and realize that Ben is trying to play them so they decide it’s time to finally blindside Ben. YES FUCK YES!
Jeremy and Nick then pitch voting Ben out to Tony who lies and says he’s down. Seemingly seconds later, Nick and Tony backstab Jeremy and decide that they will split the vote between Jeremy and Michele. Sarah is me and realizes the common denominator here: Nick. Don’t trust Nick. There’s enough votes for him to flip on them while they try to split the vote. Nick realizes that the Ben vs Jeremy showdown is finally going to climax tonight and that he has the power to control who wins. Please send Ben home!!
A Million Dollar Coin Toss
Jeff opens up tearing into Michele about her poor performance in the challenge. That was a dick move, Jeff. Jeremy says the game is personal, but that you have to find a middle-ground. You can’t treat people like game bots, but you also can’t play completely with your heart. Everyone starts talking about the PTSD-like symptoms they’ve had after leaving the game and not being able to trust people. It’s obvious how much of a toll this takes on people. Sarah calls out Michele’s 50/50 coin and how it has created fear against her and Jeremy. Michele admits that it has to be played tonight so expect it to be used.
Jeff remarks on how strangely calm tonight’s tribal council is considering the past tribals. It’s time to vote. Denise votes Michele. Jeremy votes Ben. Tony votes Jeremy. I think it’s honestly going to come down to the 50/50 toss and Nick’s vote! Michele decides to play her 50/50 advantage on herself! This drama is kind of ridiculous. She flips the coin and lands on SAFE meaning no votes cast against her will count! She screams!! Jeff reads the votes: Michele, Michele, Ben, Jeremy, Ben, Jeremy and the next person voted out is Jeremy!
Jersey Girl on the Outs
Nick checks in on Michele, and she immediately rips into him, telling him exactly what Tony just told us: that Michele’s next and Nick is after her. She says the obvious that Nick’s not going to get to the end with the crew he just aligned with. Michele says that they haven’t seen the sassy girl from Jersey yet, but they’re about to see her. It’s nice to see some FIRE in her spirit. Michele says that she’s hit the peak of her anger in the game and that she’s the only one who’s willing to throw shit at the wall considering she has nothing to lose.
She chats with Sarah and tells her that there’s some people you just can’t beat in the game such as Tony. Michele says that Tony is the easier person to vote off, because no one will beat him at the end. Sarah goes to her alliance and warns them that Michele has no allegiance to anyone and is targeting Tony. Tony says that he’s been on the inside of every vote while Michele has been completely on the outside and doesn’t deserve to be in the “superbowl of Survivor”.
The Queen of Extinction
Jeremy hates the Edge of Extinction. Everyone is starving. Yul is so fucking hot. He reads a clue, and everyone starts SPRINTING! This is so hilarious! Everyone is looking for a “throne of stone”. Natalie is such a fucking bad ass bitch OMG! Give her the 2 million now. Tyson says that he’s just watching her as the Queen of Extinction. She’s been out there the longest and is never giving up. I love her so much. She rolls her eyes as she admits that she decided to share it with the group, because they’re all miserable together.
Natalie has won another advantage that she can sell to someone else, and she chooses Nick. It’s a secret advantage that he can use to play against someone in the next immunity challenge. Natalie charges him 8 fire tokens, but he only has 6. He decides to reach out to Michele. Before Nick can even describe the advantage, she agrees to give them to Nick. While she’s not impressed by the actual advantage, she says that she has nowhere else to go. They decide to use it in a way that will cause the most chaos.
The Domino Effect
We get to the immunity challenge which is very similar to stacking dominoes through a trippy obstacle course. He announces that Ben has been disadvantaged. Nick hopes this will cause Ben turmoil in his head and lose his cool. Ben is already failing miserably at the challenge. Michele, Tony and Sarah are in the lead in that order, but Michele drops one! However, she picks it back up and then wins immunity! WOW JERSEY GIRL PULLED THROUGH! She gives us a cute victory dance and tells Jeff how no one clapped for her.
Now that Michele has won immunity, shit is about to get real. As much as I dislike Ben, I kind of want Nick to go home, because he’s also been annoying these last few episodes. Denise out of nowhere tells everyone that she knows she’s a target, so she’ll give up her tokens in order to buy more rice for everyone. However, this is just a ploy to keep Michele and Nick from fighting too hard in the game. Denise is banking on herself, Tony, Sarah and Ben sticking to their final 4 alliance.
Time to Slay The Queen Slayer?!
Incredulous to the idea that he’s actually got a majority of votes coming his way just like Michele predicted, Nick boasts that today is the BEST day for him yet! Such an oblivious idiot this one. He says everything is working according to plan with Ben losing and Michele winning. He’s going to wish that Michele didn’t win the immunity challenge. Everything Nick and Ben does annoys me this season. Ben convinces Michele and Nick that Denise is actually the target.
Tony is now reopening the sky spy-shack and just in time! Denise has gone to Ben and Sarah and said that she wants to go to the end with them instead of Tony. Tony says if you don’t want him in the finals, then you gotta go. He convinces Michele and Nick to switch their votes from Ben to Denise. Sarah and Tony debate on whether it should be Nick or Denise. If you’re going to take a shot at Tony, you better not miss, Queen Slayer. We’re left thinking that Sarah wants Nick and Tony wants Denise. They are the swing votes.
Endure But Let Go
Michele says she needed immunity today like Jeff needs a blue button down and khakis. HA! Ben is upset about the disadvantage being played against him and wonders who played it against him. Michele says that getting fire tokens after tribal council has really helped her to feel better especially after being blindsided so many times. Ben says he’s scared about who’s coming back and how they can impact the game.
Denise plays up the strategy she deployed earlier about being okay with leaving. She may be faking this strategy, but she may ironically get blindsided. She says that she’s sticking to her new mantra of “endure but let go”. The jury wonders if she’s faking it or not. She says she’s not going to scramble anymore. Jeff basically says she’s the easy vote tonight. Jeff reads the votes: Nick, Denise, Denise, Nick, Nick and Nick is totally blindsided. He deserved that. Michele warned him. He shouldn’t have voted out Jeremy when he was so obviously on the outside of Tony/Sarah/Ben!
Preparing For the Final Days
Everyone is congratulating each other on it being the last day on the Edge of Extinction. Amber says she hates this place but also will miss it. She cries about missing the beautiful sense of peace she gets from being here. The edge has forced her to take a break while at home she’s go-go-go. She’s going to miss the simplicity of the Edge, because you don’t get to do that at home. Very touching monologue from Amber! Everyone gives Natalie and Amber big props for making it to the end from the very beginning.
Preparation for the battle back challenge begins. Those who have fire tokens are obviously spending them on idols and advantages in the challenge. Natalie tells us how she’s been grinding for 32 days on Extinction. She has a massive 14 tokens! Fuck! She bought 3 advantages, peanut butter and a hidden immunity idol. She then bought a second idol with her EXCESS tokens and gifted Tyson an idol in case he gets back into the game. Tyson cries, because he’s never been shown that generosity after playing the game 4 times. None of us deserve Natalie, a true Survivor warrior princess.
We get a montage about the game thus far! Old school pro players like Sandra, Parvati and Rob “using old tricks” but not being able to succeed. We see them all getting picked off. Fire tokens are explained and how they have impacted the game. I actually have loved the fire token twist, but what about you? We revisit the biggest family reward challenge. We then see all the crazy blindsides and twists that have been played.
Tony wants to sit in Sandra’s throne and be crowned the “King of Survivor” and to be honest, I’m kind of rooting for him too. What are your thoughts leading into the Survivor finale?! How have you enjoyed this season in general? Let’s discuss all the things 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! Please check out my blog and let me know what you think!