Well, in the latest episode of Survivor, things certainly didn’t go well for Desi. After spending most of the season flying under the radar and keeping out of everyone’s way, Desi finally showed some initiative and was promptly sent to the jury.
Give Desi some credit, though. At the start of the episode, Desi took one look at her alliance, realized that she was on the bottom of the old Naviti Tribe, and immediately told the four remaining Malolo tribe members that she was willing to betray her alliance and vote out Kellyn. Everything that Desi said was correct and now would have been the perfect time to blindside Kellyn.
When it comes to Kellyn, you have to consider the following:
- Kellyn does well enough in challenges that she’s usually a legitimate threat to win immunity. When you have a player like that, you have to get them out of the game as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Who knows when you’ll get another chance?
- Kellyn has a strong alliance with Dom and Wendell. Since Dom, Kellyn, and Wendell are pretty much in charge of the Naviti alliance, the only way to get rid of Kellyn would be via a blindside.
- Kellyn has a compelling personal story, which she could use to her advantage if she makes it to the final three. Add to that, since Kellyn has pretty much let Dom and Wendell do all of the public scheming, a bitter jury might vote for her as the lesser of three evils.
- Finally, Kellyn is one of the most annoying people to ever appear on Survivor. (If I have to hear her say “Naviti Strong” one more time…) As a viewer, I always love seeing a smug player get blindsided.
Unfortunately, for Desi, she obviously didn’t know that Laurel thinks that she has a strong side alliance going with Dom and Wendell. So, of course, Laurel ran off and told Dom what Desi was talking about doing.
Dom told Kellyn that Desi was talking about blindsiding her. Kellyn announced that this couldn’t be true because how could anyone possibly want to vote for her out? Or as Kellyn put it, “I was having the best day of my life and it was ruined!” Kellyn went on to say that there was no way that Chelsea and Desi would ever turn on her and that this was all a scheme to keep Michael from getting voted out.
“I WILL NOT ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN!” Kellyn announced.
(Oh shut up, Kellyn…)
As for Michael, he was smart enough to realize that, regardless of Desi’s scheme, he still wasn’t guaranteed any sort of safety. So, he went hunting for an idol. Unfortunately, for him, Donathan came with him and found the idol first. (It was the old two-piece super idol. One piece was in the jungle and the other was hidden back at camp. It’s no longer a super idol, however. It’s just a regular idol. IT’S CURSED!) So now, Donathan has an idol. Donathan was pretty unclear on whether or not he would ever be willing to let Michael use his idol.
This week, immunity was won by Chelsea. Jeff mentioned that the last three immunity challenges have been won by women so yay! Girl Power! That said, it would have been more exciting if immunity had been won by someone who actually needed it but that’s Survivor for you. Sometimes, immunity is won by an innocent bystander.
(Both Dom and Kellyn threw little hissy fits when they lost immunity, which was not a good look for either of them.)
Anyway, back at camp, Desi found out that Laurel had told Dom about her plan. Already in trouble, Desi doomed herself by freaking out and trying to deny all of her scheming. No one believed Desi when she claimed that Laurel was lying and it wasn’t really a shock when Desi was voted out at tribal council. In the end, Michael received two vote, from Desi and Chelsea. Everyone else voted for Desi and sent her to the jury.
For those trying to keep track of who has which advantage:
Wendell has an idol.
Dom has an idol.
Kellyn has an extra vote.
And, joining the advantage club, Donathan now has an idol!
And that’s it for this week,
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