Well, last night was the merge. Three tribes are now one big tribe. Tribal immunity is dead and now, it’s all about the individual game.
Still, there are alliances. As soon as the tribes came together, all of the former Goliaths pretty much got back together while all of the former Davids found themselves on the bottom of the new tribe. There were 7 Goliaths and 6 Davids on this new tribe and many Goliaths — especially Dan and Kara — assumed that they would pick the Davids off one-by-one.
Still, as soon as the merge happened, other sub-alliances started to form and old dramas continued to play out. Carl continued to get annoyed with Elizabeth. Dan was so happy to be reunited with Kara that he promptly revealed that he now has two immunity idols. Angelina decided that she was the new head of the Goliath alliance and started trying to give orders about who should be targeted, much to the annoyance of Dan. Meanwhile, Alec, Christian, Mike, Gabby, Alison, and Nick formed a 6-person alliance.
The immunity challenge was a good one and one that I don’t think the show has ever done before. The castaways had to swing a long pendulum through a frame around a statue while standing on a beam. If the pendulum ever stopped swinging or if the statue fell off the frame, you were out of the competition. The challenge ultimately came down to Elizabeth and Alison, with Alison holding on long enough to pull out the win. In fact, Alison looked so strong in the challenge that I’m starting to think that I may have underestimated her during the first few episodes of this season. Based on last night, she’s looking like she could be a strong enough player to make it to the final three.
After the challenge, Angelina decided that the Goliaths should target Christian. However, back when they were divided into three tribes, Christian previously bonded with all of the men on the Goliath Tribe and Dan decided that he didn’t want to vote out Christian. (As well, Dan resented Angelina telling him what to do.) So, Dan changed the target to Elizabeth. Angelina got mad because she wasn’t consulted so she promptly went to Elizabeth and told her that the Goliaths were targeting her.
Elizabeth decided that her best bet would be to blow up Angelina’s game at tribal council. Elizabeth not only revealed that Angelina had told her that she was the target but she also encouraged all the members of the Goliath Tribe to punish Angelina by voting her out of the game. Of course, it didn’t work. Every member of the Goliath Tribe voted for Angelina. Oddly, so do every other David. I mean, the Davids really had nothing to lose by at least voting with Elizabeth. If one member of the Goliath Tribe — like Alec, for instance — had flipped, they could have voted Angelina out. So, I’m a little bit surprised that none of the Davids, with the exception of Elizabeth, were willing to at least make the effort to pull off a blindside.
Then again, when Lyrsa was voted out, Elizabeth lost her only strong ally in the game. Much like Natalie, she just seemed to rub people the wrong way. Traditionally, the first person voted out after the merge is usually someone who hasn’t bonded with any of the members of the new tribe. This season, that person was Elizabeth.
So, Elizabeth becomes our first juror but, judging from the preview of next week’s episode, it appears that she has succeeded in putting a target on Angelina’s back.
We’ll see what happens!