To be honest, I really don’t have much to say about last night’s episode of Survivor.
Well, I do have one thing to say: It was extremely satisfying.
Seriously, has there been a Survivor showmance as teeth-grindingly annoying as Taylor and Figgy? Of course, As individuals, both Taylor and Figgy were fairly annoying from the beginning. Taylor is the guy who struggles to speak in complete sentences. Figgy was the girl who simply could not seem to believe that anyone would not want to just give her a million dollars. When they got together as a couple, it was a perfect storm of annoying entitlement.
And really, from the minute that this episode started, it was obvious that Figgy was being set up for a big and (hopefully) humbling fall.
It’s true that we did get a few non-Figgy developments. At Iakbula, Jay and Will found a hidden immunity idol, a triumph that was only slightly marred when Michaela stumbled upon them celebrating. At Vanua, Zeke realized that, once they reached the merge, he would be at the bottom of any Millennial alliance and it’s obvious that he’s thinking about flipping over to the Gen X alliance. Interestingly, David did a terrible job at the reward challenge but then came back and was truly impressive at the immunity challenge. It’s difficult to predict what’s going to happen with David.
Hannah, meanwhile, had an anxiety attack at the reward challenge and had to be checked out by medical. She’s now worried that she’ll be perceived as weak and she probably will be.
But, for the most part, the show was dominated by Figgy and Taylor. At Takali, Figgy and Taylor made a big deal about revealing their “big” secret to Jessica and Ken and were shocked to discover that everyone already knew that they were a couple.
At the immunity challenge, Taylor got upset when — after leading her tribe to victory — Michaela coached Vanua to victory. Michaela explained that she wanted to keep the Millennials in the game and since Vanua had only two Millennials left on the tribe, it was important that they win immunity.
“There’s Millennials on this tribe too!” Taylor said.
“There’s three of you,” Michaela replied, “If you can’t work together, you deserve to go home.”
And Michaela was absolutely right. At tribal, Figgy and Taylor both assumed that Adam would vote with them. However, Adam decided to vote with Ken and Jessica. As a result, by a 3-2 vote, Figgy was voted out.
Figgy sobbed as she walked away.
The lesson? Don’t get too cocky or comfortable. Hubris has been the downfall of many and we saw that last night with Taylor and Figgy.