Here’s a few lessons from this week’s episode of Survivor:
First off, Survivor really, really, really loves the gross food challenge. Ever since the very first season, there has always been at least one challenge designed to force the castaways to eat something disgusting. Myself, I always hate these challenges because it always seems like someone ends up either spitting up or freaking out. This week, Wendell refused to even compete. As soon as he saw those two fish eyes staring up at him, he pushed them away and gave up any chance to win immunity. In the end, the challenge came down to Michael vs. Angela. Angela won immunity rather easily.
Lesson #2: the show has apparently never figured out what to do with Ghost Island. This time, it was Jenna who drew the white rock and had to go to Ghost Island. On the way to the island, Jenna told us that she was excited to finally get a chance to visit the island and see what it was all about. Of course, as soon as she arrived, she got the “Sorry! No game for you!” message. Ghost Island is a fun idea but it hasn’t really been as much of a game changer as it was originally sold as being.
Third, Laurel is being underestimated. Not only did she prove herself to be a beast in the reward challenge but she was also astute enough to know that she’s at the bottom of her alliance with Wendell and Dom. Wendell thought he would win Laurel’s loyalty by telling her about his immunity idol but, instead, Laurel was annoyed that Wendell waited so long to let her in on his secret.
Fourth, the old Malolo tribe is dead. Going into tribal council, Michael pointed out that, if the remaining members of the Malolo Tribe stuck together, they could potentially pick off another member of the old Naviti Tribe. Michael was correct in assuming that the former members of the Naviti Tribe would split their votes between him and Libby. Michael’s plan was for all of the Malolo Trib members to vote for Wendell.
Instead, at tribal, only Michael voted for Wendell. Chelsea, Des, Kellyn, and Laurel voted for Libby. The seven remaining votes were all cast for Michael. However, Michael played his idol and, as a result, Libby was sent to the jury by a vote of 4-1.
Now that Michael has played his idol, there are now only three advantages currently in play:
- Dom has an idol.
- Wendell has an idol.
- Kellyn has an extra vote.
Next week, if Michael doesn’t find another idol or win immunity, he better find his way into a new alliance or his time in the game may be over.
We’ll see what happens!