Survivor 39.8 “We Made It To The Merge”

Hi, everyone!

Last night’s two-hour episode was a frustrating one.  Yes, we’ve made it to the merge.  It’s now an individual game and this is the time when, traditionally, we start to really get to know the players.  It’s after the merge that we usually pick our favorites and decide who we want to see win the game.  Traditionally, the shows right after the merge are some of the best.

This year, however….

It was frustrating to watch and, to be honest, it’s frustrating to write about.  It’s not just that we lost two of the strongest players in the game last night.  I love Kellee and I hate the way she got voted out but, to be honest, it’s hard for me to sympathize too much with anyone who gets voted out with two immunity idols in her pocket.  By that same token, I’m even more uspet about what happened at Jamal’s tribal council but again, Jamal didn’t have to try to fool Dean with the fake Legacy advantage and, for that matter, Jamal didn’t have to waste his idol on Noura last week,  What’s frustrating is what went on while those two were being voted out.

Did I say frustrating?  Maybe I should say enraging, instead.  I nearly threw a shoe at the TV last night and it wasn’t just because my favorite players were getting voted out.

Last night’s episode was dominated by Dan.  Dan’s creepiness has been evident since the season began.  During the first episode, all of the women on the original Vokai Tribe talked about how uncomfortable Dan made them.  In fact, if Vokai hadn’t won that first immunity challenge, Dan probably would have been voted out because he made everyone so uncomfortable.  At the time, I think Dan was told that he was being too “touchy-feely” and he apologized, saying that he didn’t mean to upset anyone.

Dan didn’t change his behavior.  As we saw last night, he was still the same creepster that he’s been since the season started.  Despite what Elizabeth and Missy claimed during the second hour of last night’s show, both of them did state that Dan made them feel uncomfortable.  He made me uncomfortable while I was watching the show and reading that “producers continued to monitor the situation” didn’t make me feel any better about it.  When you’re not feeling safe, being told that people will continue to watch you feeling unsafe doesn’t do much to help.

After the merge, Kellee tried to target Dan.  She was able to get Janet, Karishma, Noura, and Jamal to vote with her.  Unfortunately, everyone else voted for Kellee.  Even Missy, who started this game talking about how she was all about girl power, voted for Kellee.  (Of course, that could be because Lauren lied and said that Kellee was targeting Missy.)  If Kellee had played one of her two immunity idols, Dan would have been voted out.  Instead, she held onto both of her idols and she was sent to the jury.  And, as much as I love Kellee, that was foolish on her part.  She should have realized that she was viewed as being the biggest threat on the beach and she should have played at least one of her idols.

After Kellee was voted out, Janet was angry.  Janet voted for Dan specifically because she was told that Missy, Elizabeth, Elaine, and Lauren would all be voting for Dan.  Janet saw the vote as being a “moral vote,” one that was being cast not for strategic reasons but because of Dan’s behavior.  Instead, back at camp, Missy, Elizabeth, and Lauren all lied and claimed that they had never approached Janet about how uncomfortable Dan was making them feel.

“It’s the most absurd accusation in the history of mankind!” Dan exclaimed, even though people have been telling him that they made him feel uncomfortable since the game began.

Ostracized by the rest of the tribe, Janet went off on her own and …. found an idol!  Good for Janet!

Meanwhile, the Island of the Idols came back into play and basically totally screwed Jamal over.  Jamal found the invite to the Island.  Upon arrival, he was informed by Boston Rob and Sandra that he had lost his vote in the tribal council.  However, Boston Rob handed Jamal a pencil and a parchment and told him to do something with it.  Jamal created a fake legacy advantage, which he handed to Dean in front of the entire tribe.  Jamal claimed that he was doing it to “make peace” with Dean but he didn’t do a very good job selling his story and, as a result, Jamal just put a bigger target on his back.

At Tribal that night, Jamal was the obvious target but most of the discussion centered around Dan.  Perhaps realizing that “monitoring the situation” was not enough, Jeff Probst called out Dan’s behavior and, at certain points, seemed to almost be begging the tribe to vote Dan out.  Dan argued that he can’t be a creepster because he’s married and has a daughter.  He also said he was a part of the film industry and that “#MeToo started in my industry!”  Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Missy continued to lie about what they had said about Dan making them feel uncomfortable.  Jamal said that times have changed and that men have to take responsibility for how their behavior makes other people feel.  Janet, at one point, seemed like she was on the verge of quitting but she didn’t.

As I watched that tribal, I found myself probably getting more ticked off than I’ve ever gotten while watching a Survivor tribal council.  Dan’s rambling and defensive monologue was bad enough.  (Instead of apologizing, he argued that everyone else was wrong for feeling uncomfortable around him.)  But then Elizabeth, Missy, and Lauren flat out lied about what they had said about Dan.  It was upsetting to watch.  Oddly enough, all of the discussion had very little to do with how the actual vote went.

Janet did play her idol.  She received two votes, from Missy and Karishma.  Missy, I’m going to assume, was angry at Janet for calling her out.  I’m not sure why Karishma voted the way that she did.

Lauren, Elaine, and Elizabeth all voted for Karishma.  The rest of the tribe voted for Jamal and, by a vote of 6-3, Jamal joined Jack and Kellee on the jury.

So, two of the strongest players are now on the jury and some of the least likable people to ever appear on the show remain in the game.  I guess I’m rooting for Janet now, though I don’t think she’s a strong enough player to make it to the end.

We’ll see what happens!

Lisa Marie

P.S. For the record, Aaron won two immunities last night and Missy won one.  (The 2nd immunity challenge featured two winners.)  Both the of the immunity challenges were intense but, in the end, neither one of them played a huge role in who went home.  That said, I can’t help but think that Aaron will be targeted the minute that he no longer has immunity.

The newest members of the Jury, Kellee and Jamal

11 thoughts on “Survivor 39.8 “We Made It To The Merge”

  1. marsha47

    I’m still trying to find someone to like. It’s not easy. Now about Dan, If he had crossed the line, I honestly believe he would be gone. Just my opinion. The show does not want to face a lawsuit for letting inappropriate behavior go on. The contestants are under constant watch so I doubt he has crossed that line. Not excusing anything at all but what we have seen and heard may not be as putrid as it comes across. I am old and raised around that type of touchiness. It doesn’t bother me like it would some people. I hope this gets better with the merge having been done.

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  2. betty

    Great write up about two very disappointing episodes! Don’t even get me started on how furious I was at CBS. Why the heck is the ‘Me Too’ movement on Survivor? In the end, Dan was convinced he did nothing wrong, so what was gained? The girls, who talked against Dan, were all in denial, so I have NO PITY for them. I am sure these women will all be contacted by the ‘Me Too’ movement after the show and another big stink will be made. I am tired of all this. If something happens say something, but if you don’t have the guts to do so, then live with your decision and don’t come crying about it again years later down the line!

    I was sorry to see Kellee and Jamal go. They were two of my favorite players.

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  3. sammiofusa

    I didn’t like Kellee before but I stand with her now.

    I don’t know who Tommy is. I thought Aaron was the one full of himself. I’m disgusted with Aaron, Missie, and Elizabeth.

    It doesn’t matter how we feel about Dan’s touchiness. What matters is how Kellee felt. Those other girls are a great example of how NOT to be as women.

    CBS should not have brought the “Me Too” movement to the reality show. Man I’m still so upset.

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  4. sammiofusa

    My first comment which was really long didn’t post. Here is a short synopsis of it…

    Dan is creepy ad.

    Aaron and Dan are an example of why the “Me Too” movement came to be..

    Missy and Elizabeth are serious bad eggs. It’s not what I call them out loud but I toned it down for this.

    I can’t imagine what Kellee was thinking or feeling during that tribal. I was bawling and screaming for her.

    CBS should be ashamed. I am totally disgusted with what they will do for ratings.

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    1. Rosemary Schoemer

      Also seeing Missy and Elizabeth hugging him after tribal made me double furious. I’m so mad at those two i can’t begin to tell you .I agree with everything you said Sammi. Missy is an Air Force veteran for god sakes.All about woman power. Bull crap. And Elizabeth being in the Olympics,
      Didn’t she ever hear about that sleeze bag doctor. I will not be a fan of those two from now.


  5. marcellagwin

    The worm turns… I really liked Kellee… but holy cow! Voted out with not 1, but 2 immunity idols in your pocket! That was just plain stupid! If she had only played one of them, our long suffering watching Mr. Creepy would be over!

    Jamal, clearly one of the most kind, thoughtful and wise players in a long time on Survivor… but also clearly not strategic. He trusted other players to be like him, and in the end, it was his weakness. Jamal I will miss the most… but at least his vote will count in the end…

    As for creepy Dan… during the tribal when Dan was whining and making his case for his goodness… (I wanted to puke!) I looked at my husband and asked… “how the hell does that creep not know he’s a creep!” My sweet hubby Looked right into my eyes and said… “he knows.” Yes… Hollywood opened that can of worms called the “Me too” movement… because of creeps just like Dan. Is there any wonder why he reminds me of Harvey Weinstein! How could Survivor cast Jamal and Dan on the same season?!

    The women that are denying that Dan is creepy, when they told Janet he clearly creeped them out, are doing what women have done for ages… we might call that the “not me” movement. It’s easier to live with inappropriate male behavior than suffer the consequences of confronting said behavior. Exhibit 1. The moron also known as Aaron.

    We need more Jamals in this world.

    I’ve liked Janet all season, and she’s my last one. After that, I’m done.

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