(CBS) – Survivor is back with another suspenseful episode! A castaway was not only rejected – he was completely caught off guard! Who was it? Well, here’s how it all happened …
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The first Reward Challenge of the season was difficult! Four members of each tribe had to compete in a series of obstacles to win an epic day with a native Fijian. The winning tribe would learn the ins and outs of land life in Fiji – a crucial reward to be won in this game! The Second Tribe would also earn a reward, not quite a day with a native Fijian – but a big fish instead. Still good, but not quite as epic.
The challenge itself involved each tribe running through a series of physically exhausting obstacles. So exhausting, in fact, one tribe member in particular couldn’t even complete the first leg of the trail. Heather of the Luvu Tribe was unable to complete her task at the start of this challenge. Even though she struggled, she didn’t give up – and that in itself was impressive. Her tribe thought the same and immediately rooted her even though she ultimately let the tribe down. This resulted in the Ua tribe taking home the main award, followed by the Yase tribe who won the fish dinner.
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Before the Reward Challenge, Genie returned from the last tribal council completely shocked that her closest ally, Brad, had been rejected. She was pissed off. Genie then tells her tribe how she feels betrayed. While sharing how she feels like “the mom” of the tribe and has constantly fed them all, she finally says that she has “finished” preparing and providing their food…
But then the reward came. The Fijian, Nathan, who visited their camp, gave them all kinds of survival skills needed to make a living off the land of Fiji. Watching this guy on TV was crazy – climbing trees like Spiderman, and showing how clearly an expert he is at his craft. All of this knowledge the tribe has acquired got Ricard thinking… maybe they don’t need Genie to take care of them after all?
The Yase Tribe is about to win! Having started the season on an embarrassing losing streak, the solid four prove they have what it takes to go far. After reflecting on how they’ve struggled, they realize that there is now, literally and metaphorically, a reward after all. While enjoying their big fish, they even see their metaphor in the flesh.
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The tribe compared themselves to the tiny baby sea turtles they saw growing in the sand at their camp. I mean, it can’t be Survivor without a few metaphors, right ?!
Meanwhile, the Luvu tribe is unbeatable. This tribe has yet to surrender to the Tribal Council! After being six castaway strong, now at day 8, things are finally starting to crack …
Erika, who we don’t even know about this season yet, gets some much-needed screen time. She explains her approach to the game and even says that she is a “lion dressed as a lamb”. She’s ready to pounce and play this game. Her first prey is Sydney. Erika wants her out because she thinks she’s emotionally unstable, which could potentially cause problems later in the game. Erika shares this plan with her closest ally, Deshawn. Now, as Deshawn listens to his master plan, he begins to have a little trepidation about Erika herself. He even calls it “sus”. He thinks she’s playing hard – because she is. He’s nervous about his deviousness, and now wants to cut off the “serpent’s head” (or should I say the lion?) And then bring it out instead.
While trying to come up with a plan to take out Erika, Deshawn approaches Danny with a storyline we’ve all seen before in the game of Survivor – launch the Immunity Challenge. Yeah. Deshawn is ready to throw it. He offers Danny how losing on purpose could work in their favor because Erika is too sneaky and has to leave ASAP. Being a former NFL player, Danny feels like this all goes against his athletic values, but he decides to push the idea anyway and throw up that next immunity challenge.
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Immunity is up for grabs! The first two Tribes who complete their grueling water-based obstacles gain immunity and are safe from the Tribal Council. The three tribes started out in the ocean and had to make their way to shore while loosening bags of logs along the way. As always, these challenges are difficult. But let’s not forget how Deshawn and Danny want to milk every grueling moment as they try to lose on purpose.
While the rest of Luvu was pushing hard in the water, Deshawn was taking his time. Meanwhile, as they face off against the Ua and Yase tribes, they notice that Yase is always slower than them! It was pretty funny. Deshawn recounted this immunity challenge explaining how he took every moment he could to throw it, but the Yase tribe was still lagging behind.
It wasn’t until the last stage of the challenge that each tribe was tied (yes, Yase finally caught up). To complete this challenge, each tribe had to throw three rings at their stakes. As Deshawn was throwing his rings terribly while throwing (terribly) the challenge, it was Naseer who stepped in. Naseer just didn’t want to see his tribe lose for the first time. And, in the end, it didn’t matter that Deshawn and Danny were going slow. It’s because Naseer won it for them! After the Yase tribe took a sweet victory to come out on top, (surprisingly ?!) it was between Luvu and Ua for second place. JD from the Ua tribe failed to clear the last hurdle and lost it to his tribe.
With only four people in the Ua tribe, at this point, Genie is certain that she’s the next to go. She even teases the fact that she’s ready to give the new one Survivor “shot in the dark” a-go twist. Shooting in the dark would allow him to risk his vote, but would have a one in four chance of obtaining tribal council immunity. The question for her was: does she want to risk losing her vote?
Meanwhile, Shan is still running the show on this tribe. She plays her cards well. Ricard, her closest ally, has proven that he will vote with her as long as he is in this game. JD, however, has been questionable. Last week, he kept a vital secret from her when she finally caught him lying. JD kept her “secret ballot” advantage over herself and Ricard, which has left her skeptical of him ever since. Now JD knows that their confidence in him is somewhat shattered. Even though he teases Genie that he would work with her, JD knows he owes his loyalty to Shan and Ricard. So much so that Shan feels like this is the perfect opportunity to manipulate him. She knows how to play this game – and to be quite frank, Survivor is to stab in the back and be manipulative to move forward.
And, it was just that. Shan played a role for JD. She acts “paranoid” and tells JD that she is afraid he will vote against her. JD, who is young, and I guess a little naive in this case, then builds his confidence (again) and gives him his extra voting advantage to keep! He did it once, and now he’s doing it again! But this time, his risk didn’t pay off. JD was completely caught off guard as Genie, along with Shan and Ricard, dismissed him. And now Shan is sitting with his advantage in his pocket!
Wow. While we didn’t see too many game-changing twists and turns in this episode, this week has been just as crazy, with an even more wild and unexpected Tribal Council! What do you think of this week’s episode?
Personally, I’m happy that Genie is still in this game – she’s pretty cool, plus she’s my castaway in my family. Survivor Bowl! Tweet me @mick_cloudy, and let’s talk Survivor!
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