Well, Survivor has it’s first all-girl’s alliance of the 42nd season!
I swear, we go through this every single season. Every season, there’s at least one all-girl’s alliance. It always starts out vaguely strong but then it falls apart because Survivor is not Big Brother. A successful Survivor alliance depends on more than all the members having one thing in common.
This season, Evvie, TIffany, and Liana have formed an all-girl’s alliance on the Yase Tribe. That become relevant when the tribe lost the immunity challenge and went to tribal council for a second time. By almost every standard, Tiffany should have gone home. She’s performing terribly in the challenges. She keeps talking about how she has no energy. While she kind of apologized for totally screwing up the challenge, she also didn’t really seem to take much responsibility for it. Tiffany got totally paranoid and kind of pushy while talking to Evvie and Liana, despite the fact that they’re supposed to be allies. Without a doubt, Tiffany should have been voted out.
I mean, right now, it’s a tribal game. The tribe has to win immunity or the tribe is going to continue to return to tribal council. The way you avoid going to tribal council is to keep the members of the tribe who can actually help you win challenges. However, Tiffany was determined to vote out Xander, despite the fact that Xander is the most athletic member of the team. She was rightly paranoid because Xander has an idol (more on that in a minute) and an extra vote but, at the same time, now is not the time to get rid of the only athletic person on your tribe.
Fortunately, Evvie and Liana were able to convince her to keep Xander around for at least one more challenge. Instead, Dr. Voce was voted out. I wasn’t surprised by that decision because, from the beginning, Voce has come across as being a bit too intense for his tribe. Much like Abraham last week, Voce likes to give orders and throw his weight around and that led to him getting voted off the island, 3-1. Voce voted for Tiffany. The women all voted for Voce. And Xander didn’t vote at all.
Xander has temporarily lost his vote as a result of finding the Beware Idol. The Beware Idol is a three-way immunity idol but it only becomes active after the other two Beware Idols are found by the other tribes. Until those three idols are found and all three of the idol holders repeat some bizarre phrases at the immunity challenge, Xander doesn’t get a vote!
That could be bad news for Xander if Yase returns to Tribal next week. But, at the same time, would the Yase Tribe really vote out Xander and keep Tiffany around? If they do, they kind of deserve whatever happens as a result.
In other developments:
Deshawn and Evvie, despite being on different tribes, got a chance to bond while doing the summit hike. If the two of them make it to the merge or if the tribes get reshuffled, that could lead to them becoming allies.
After last week’s double tribal council, we’re back to only sending one tribe to Tribal.
On the Ua tribe, Brad is getting a bit too paranoid and hyper for his own good while JD and Ricard seem to have gotten past their differences. We didn’t spend much time with Ua during the episode but I get the feeling that things are going to come to a head with Brad, Ricard, and JD next week.
Jeff Probst looked considerably healthier this week. I was glad to see that!
My predictions for next week: The all-girls alliance falls apart and Brad continues to get on everyone’s nerves!
We’ll see what happens!