First off, accept my apologies. As I sit here typing this recap, I’m dealing with a lot of sinus pain and my mind isn’t exactly as clear as it would usually be. So, forgive me if I keep things kinda short this week. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make it up to everyone next week.
Anyway, last night’s episode of Survivor featured a new twist but the same old outcome! During the immunity challenge, the 10 survivors were split, by random draw, into two separate groups. Each group competed for immunity, which meant that two people won immunity and there were two tribal councils. However, the twist may have been new but it led to the same old result. The old Naviti Tribe is still, to quote Kellyn, “Naviti strong!” And so, two Malolos were voted out.
In fact, perhaps the most interesting thing about tonight’s episode was the chance to see just how stupid the majority of the castaways are. Seriously, this is probably the dumbest group of people since the Blue Collar vs. White Collar vs, No Collar season.
The first group to attend Tribal was the purple group. That group was made up of Donathan, Jenna, Sebastian, Angela, and Chelsea. Chelsea won immunity and it was obvious that either Donathan or Jenna would be the target but which one? Sebastian, Angela, and Chlesea decided to vote out Jenna but they told Jenna that they were going to vote out Donathan. Even when Donathan let Jenna know that she the target and that he was going to play his idol to keep her safe, Jenna continued to believe that Donathan was actually the target. She also decided that, since Donathan was going to use the idol to keep her safe, that she should go ahead and vote Donathan out, as opposed to maybe coordinating with him to get out a member of the Naviti Tribe.
Then, at Tribal, Jenna announced that she knew she was the target and that they should all go ahead and vote, which, of course, made everyone else at Tribal paranoid that she had something up her sleeve. When Donathan did play his idol, he played it for himself. Jeff announced that none of the votes that Donathan received would count. However, Donathan only received one vote, from his ally Jenna. Donathan, meanwhile, voted for Sebastian and the other three vote were all cast for Jenna.
End result: Donathan wasted his idol. Jenna joined the jury,
Then, it was time for the next group to have their tribal. This was Dom, Wendell, Kellyn, Laurel, and Michael. Dom won immunity and, as he kept saying to everyone, Michael was the obvious choice for who to vote out.
However, Michael nearly survived this tribal. Why? Because nearly everyone left in the game is an idiot.
Michael resorted to lying about having an idol and promising Kellyn that he was going to use it on himself. Instead of demanding to see the idol, Kellyn believed what Michael said and immediately freaked out. She decided that, since Michael was going to be using his idol, she needed to cast not only her tribal vote for Laurel but her extra vote as well. Laurel, meanwhile, also freaked out and decided that she had to vote for Kellyn.
And again, no one actually bothered to demand proof that Michael actually had an idol. Everyone except for Dom took Michael at his word.
At tribal, Dom and Wendell both voted for Michael. Laurel voted for Kellyn. Kellyn voted twice for Laurel. And Michael voted for Wendell. This led to revote, in which Michael and Laurel could not vote. This time Kellyn, Dom, and Wendell all voted for Michael and he was sent to the jury. Still, even though Michael’s ploy ultimately failed, it did reveal that Kellyn and Laurel are both willing to sell each other and it also eliminated Kellyn’s extra vote advantage.
For those keeping track, there are now only two advantages currently in the game. Dom has an idol and Wendell has an idol.
As for next week, it looks like Kellyn’s paranoia might get the best of her. We’ll see what happens!