Last night, Survivor gave us another chaotic tribal council.
In fact, it was so chaotic — with everyone jumping up and whispering to one another — that it actually made it seem like more was happening than actually did happen. When I rewatched the tribal council this morning, I discovered that — for all of the scheming and the paranoia — nothing really changed. Everyone who said that they were going to vote for Jeremy voted for Jeremy. Everyone who Tony approached about voting for Kim voted for Kim. By a vote of 5-3, Kim was voted out of Survivor.
And really, that’s the way it almost always goes. The Survivor editors are very good at making things looks more suspenseful than they actually are. Usually, people show up at tribal council with a plan and they stick to that plan, regardless of what is said during the council.
When last night’s episode started, Kim was all fired up to take out Tony. However, Kim made sure that everyone knew that she wanted to take out Tony so it’s not surprising that Tony decided to come after her instead. Kim has a reputation for being one of the stronger “recent” winners, though I think she clearly benefited from not having a lot of strong competition during her previous season. She’s spent most of Winners at War struggling and that continued last night.
The big news from last night is that Kim, Michele, and Nick all voluntarily dropped out of the immunity challenge so that they could eat. (Nick at lest managed to negotiate getting a fire token from Tony before doing so.) By dropping out, the three of them essentially handed immunity to Denise and (for the third week in a row), Tony. Meanwhile, over on Edge of Extinction, the exiled players spent the day exhausting themselves by carrying coconuts from one side of the island to the other. Even when it was apparent that he wasn’t going to win, Rob kept going “as a matter of pride.” That was quite a contrast to the people still in the game.
With Tony safe, Kim and Ben wanted to target Jeremy. Tony wanted to target Kim and eventually, he and Jeremy were able to get Ben to come over to their side. Tribal was messy, largely because Tony got paranoid about whether or not everyone was going to vote the way that they said they were going to vote. Tony got it into his head that Sarah was going to be targeted. Tony started to play his idol for Sarah but then Sarah told him not to. Jeremy then started to play the 50/50 idol that Michele gave him but, at the last minute, decided not to. So now, everyone knows that Tony and Jeremy have idols.
For all that drama, though, the vote went the way it was expected to.
Michele, Denise, and Kim voted for Jeremy. (Though Michele voted for Jeremy, she still gave him her idol so that he could potentially be safe.)
Tony, Sarah, Nick, Jeremy, and Ben all voted for Kim.
FInal vote, 5 for Kim and 3 for Jeremy. Kim was sent to the Edge of Extinction.
Next week, we have a two-hour episode and then the finale is the week after that!