So, what did we learn from last night’s episode of Survivor?
First off, we learned never to assume anything. We all assumed that somebody was going to have a heart attack and end up being medically evacuated last night. It didn’t happen that way. Paul collapsed due to heat exhaustion. The doctors checked him out. The doctors said, “He’s good to go.” And, the next day, Paul led Gen X to victory in the immunity challenge.
Secondly, we learned that David is probably going to be around for a while. For all the crap he’s taken for being so obvious about searching for the immunity idol, it paid when he actually found the idol. I don’t know why people are always so apologetic about searching for the idol. You can either have your tribe’s trust or you can have an idol. History has shown that the idol is usually a lot more useful in the game of Survivor.
David also made an alliance with Ken. And, to be honest, I think this alliance is going to last a while. David and Ken both seem to be “love him or hate him” type of players. There’s no middle ground. Personally, I love them both. David is the type of neurotic player who will keep the game interesting. My feelings could change, of course. They often do.
Third, we learned the Taylor and Figgy are, at this point, the most annoying showmance in the history of Survivor. My problem with Taylor and Figgy is that they both seem to think that they’re more interesting than they actually are.
Fourth, we learned that the Millennial Tribe seems to think that it’s playing Big Brother. “Showmances never win!” Jay said at one point. Uhmmm….Rob and Amber? Remember them? (Probably not.)
Fifth, we learned that this is probably not going to be a lopsided season. After last week’s episode, I was concerned that the Millennial Tribe was going to be so dominant that the immunity challenges would get boring. Gen X seemed to be too old and out of shape to win anything. But last night, Gen X proved me wrong. They won immunity and they did so decisively.
And finally, at tribal council, we learned that the Millennial Tribe is kind of a mess. Everyone on the tribe agreed that it would be a good idea to break up Figgy and Taylor by voting out Figgy. So, of course, they voted out Mari. How did Figgy, Taylor, Jay, and Michelle manage to convince three other people in joining their alliance in getting rid of Mari?
Essentially, they lied and bullied.
During tribal, Michelle learned over to Hannah and said, “Vote out Mari.”
“Why?” Hannah whispered back.
“I’ll tell you later,” Michelle replied.
And so, Hannah voted for Mari. She did this despite the fact that she had no reason to do what Michelle told her to do. During the first episode, Hannah was the one freaking out about how “the pretty people” were running the tribe. She and Mari formed an outcasts alliance. Hannah bragged about how smart she was.
And then, in last night’s episode, Hannah changed her vote. Why? Because Michelle said she would tell her later.
Sorry, Hannah — you’re no Aubry.
Adam, Zeke, and Mari voted for Figgy. Figgy, Hannah, Jay, Michaela, Michelle, Taylor, and Will voted for Mari.
And so, as a result, one of the tribe’s stronger players — Mari — was voted off the island.
That said, I don’t think that Figgy is gong to be able to hold her alliance together. She and Taylor survived this tribal council but I get the feeling that they might not survive another. There’s only so many times you can promise to tell someone later.