After a short and very fast paced season it is time to crown the winner of Survivor 41 in a three hour finale. That will make for a lengthy Survivor 41 recap! I was highly disappointed when there was no episode last night. I was sure it was Wednesday. I’ve lost all track of what day it is. Also my days and nights are backwards so that means that basically I wake up late to work everyday. Ooops. Good thing I’m the boss. 🙂 Let’s see how this goes.
I fine with almost anyone winning tonight. But, I feel like it is Ricard’s to loose. Xander still has an idol to play. Has anyone even played one yet? I believe they all walked out with their idols in their pockets! I would love Erika to have a shot at the win. But I feel like the guys with get rid of Erika and Heather first. That would be stupid, but I feel like that may happen. Let’s get on with the show.
The Final Five
This has been the craziest, most difficult season ever. Tonight, the final five go to a new island and have to start all over with nothing again. We have two immunity challenges, two tribal councils and one fire making showdown. Wow. I’m tired just typing that! Also, the voting will happen on the island and so will the after show! I can’t wait! We being on the new island, and Erika is still pissed at DeShawn. Heather is upset that Deshawn let her know Erika would not take her to the end. Ricard is cozying up to Erika. They want Deshawn out. Everyone gets the same clue for the last advantage. Erika was the last to solve the puzzle and she found the advantage.
Right away the go to the next immunity challenge. It’s another very physical challenge followed by a 75 piece puzzle. There is also a reward of steak, veggies, bread and wine. That’s certainly worth playing for. Ricard and Xander are good at puzzles though. There are several ladders involved that they have to put together. Erika’s ladders will have four rungs already completed as her advantage. That’s a nice advantage! She has an early lead right off the back. Ricard and Xander are right behind her. But Xander forgot one of his rungs and had to go back. It all comes down to the puzzle. Ricard lost a puzzle piece but he had no idea. Erika WINS! She chooses to share her reward with Heather.
The Penultimate Tribal Council
The three try to decide between Ricard, and Deshawn to send home. The smart move it is to vote out Ricard. Ricard cries to Xander and tells him he has another child being born next week. I immediately thought about the guy many seasons ago who lied about his grandmother dying or something and it worked for him. Sweet Xander cried. I’m sort of buying Ricard’s story since he repeated it in confessional. OMG! Xander wants to play his idol on Ricard. No one is voting for him anyway. So it would probably be a safe move. But he’s have to beat Ricard in the end.
Here we go! I am so excited! I hope Deshawn goes home! Ricard tells the group he and his husband have a baby coming. Tyler talks about his bromance with Ricard. The jury is clearly falling in love with Ricard. Xander played the idol on HIMSELF! I’m shocked. But it was smart. Ricard is voted out. Xander will now win this game. All four of the others voted out Ricard. Wow. It’s the correct game move, but I’m not sure I could have done it. I’m the kind of person who couldn’t send him home after the baby story.
The Conditions Get Even More Dire
It looks like Erika is in charge of the fire back at camp. She reminds us she made fire on exile island. That night, it POURS rain and they have no shelter. They are freezing and soaking wet and miserable. Deshawn is worried because if he doesn’t win the next round, he has to be in the fire making challenge. And he can’t make fire. Then it is time for the final immunity challenge. I predict a Xander win, followed by Erika winning the fire challenge.
Oh! It’s a balance challenge. Erika has a shot to win again. That would be awesome! Erika is according to my Twitter timeline, the fan favorite. THAT WAS HARD! And so much fun to watch. Xander won! He’s crying. I’m not crying. Much. Everyone is crying. Jeff gives him a hug. Hopefully it comes down to Xander and Erika. Either one would be a great winner. Apparently, Xander gets to pick one person for final three. The others have a fire challenge. Deshawn and Heather both tell Xander that Erika can beat him. He’s going to take Erika. Heather seems likely to go to final three. Then Erika can’t make fire either. Now Xander may just change his mind! Will he take HEATHER instead?
The Final Tribal Council
Xander does way too much talking at final council. He presumes to know what the jury is thinking. He thinks they don’t like Heather or Erika’s gameplay. Actually, Shan and Liana can’t stand Xander. So, I don’t know what he should do at this point other than STFU. Ultimately, he takes Erika with him leaving Heather and Deshawn to battle it out for fire. Liana starts immediately whispering to Shan. Erika could win this whole thing! I’d be happy with an Erika win or a Xander win.
It’s time for the fire challenge. Heather might actually be able to win this. Deshawn is off to an early lead. Heather finally gets fire. Shawn smothers his fire. The jury seems very happy that Heather is winning. Especially, Evvie. Heather gets very close and loses most of her fire. Deshawn is back in it. Deshawn made a huge comeback and Heather’s fire fizzled for a bit. It’s a nail biter!
It was VERY CLOSE. But in the end, Deshawn wins. Deshawn is crying. That was a really exciting fire challenge.
Heather is proud of herself. She says she almost drowned as a child and never got back in the water for thirty-five years. Then, to come on this show where most of the challenges were in the water AND they were kind of terrifying challenges. That’s amazing. Her family must be so proud. There is a lot of crying. Heather left with a smile on her face. She has a lot to be proud of. When she watches she will see how close Xander was to to taking her to the end instead of Erika. He may regret that.
The Final Three
I’m fine with the final three being Erika, Deshawn and Xander. But, I do kind of wish Ricard would have won. I’ll be happy with Erika or Xander winning. I’m not a fan of Deshawn gameplay, but I expect Shan, Liana and Kenny to vote for him. I’m not sure Xander has the votes. I hope he does. We shall see. The final three get a small “feast.” At 20, Xander would be the youngest winner ever. Deshawn played a decent social game until he blew up Erika’s game. That’s important to the jury. Anything can happen here.
It’s time for jury questions. My boyfriend Naseer 🙂 is a big Tyler fan so that is good. He lists off a lot of things that Xander did for him. Ricard comes for Deshawn after he tries to talk up his social game because he has not won anything. Ricard says that Deshawn really threw everyone under the bus. Where’s the lie? Even Shan nods along as Ricard is speaking. Erika makes a very strong case for her game. Ricard repeatedly throws Deshawn under the bus. Xander continues to talk his way out of a million dollars. Shan seems all the way over Deshawn. She accused him of using BLM to advance his game Also, that he had a lot of temper tantrums. But, it still seems like she is voting for him to win.
It’s Anyone’s Game
I honestly don’t knw what is going to happen. But it is time to vote! Liana and Shan both look conflicted in the voting booth. That could be good for Xander. The Survivors are SHOCKED that the votes will be read immediately. OMG! Xander didn’t get a single vote. Deshawn got one but ERIKA WON! OMG!!! YAY! She had eight out of nine votes! Everyone kept telling Xander that he could not beat Erika. OMG! She’s the first Canadian winner!
The aftershow was fun but not much information was disclosed. Danny talks about how he finally dealt with his father’s death when he was eight. He seemed to resent that he died as a kid and could not understand how he could not have survived for him. That was heavy. We got a preview of next season. I’m ready for it to start now. It looks like another hard and fast season like this one. But AMAZING RACE IS COMING JANUARY 5th!!! I’m so excited.
Thanks so much to this little group who gave me a place to talk about the show!