Congratulations, Yul. You played yourself.
Last night’s episode of Survivor felt a bit disjointed. Following around four tribes — Sele, Dakal, Yara, and the Edge of Extinction folks — means that there’s a lot to try to cram into just 45 minutes. The first half of the show was dominated by the Edge of Extinction people looking for fire tokens and Sandra deciding to raise the flag and leave the show. (Sandra is the first person to actually leave the game this season.)
“I’m still the queen,” Sandra said. Yeah, Sandra. The queen doesn’t quit.
As for last night’s Edge of Extinction fire token search, Tyson found one. Rob found three. Ethan’s looking really ill and I’m kind of worried about him. The show is either setting him up for a big comeback or else he’s going to voluntarily leave next week.
Meanwhile, back in the main game, the Yara Tribe may be doing well in immunity challenges but they’re still the most consistently annoying tribe. Ben, who really only won his season because the producers added that last minute fire-making twist, is acting like a jerk. Adam is a whiny little brat. Sophie and Sarah both think that they’re more clever than they are. Bleh. Let’s move on.
On the Dakal Tribe, Tony is trying to be everyone’s friend. No one trusts Tony. Sorry, Tony.
And on the Sele Tribe, it’s more Michele/Wendell relationship drama! I will say right now that I cringe for everyone on that tribe. If it’s awkward watching Michele/Wendell for a few minutes every week, I can only imagine what it must have been like to live with them. The problem is that Wendell is overly emotional and takes everything personally while Michele is essentially the exact same way. They’re like the couple who you invite to your party because you feel obligated but you dread the idea of them actually showing up.
The Sele Tribe again went to tribal council and there was never really any doubt that Yul would be voted out. He probably could have gotten everyone to vote out Wendell if he hadn’t revealed his own deeply manipulative streak with his plan to trick Wendell into giving Michele and Yul his fire tokens. Seeing that side of Yul obviously freaked out Nick and Nick sided with Michele and Wendell in the vote. By a vote of 3-1, Yul was sent to Edge of Extinction.
Next week — it’s the merge! And I’m going to assume that someone will soon be returning from the Edge of Extinction.
We’ll see what happens!
P.S. Is everyone taking care of themselves? I hope so! I look forward to watching many more seasons of Survivor with all of you!