Last night’s episode of Survivor gave us two tribal councils for the price of one.
At the immunity challenge, Jeff announced that the tribe was going to be split into two groups, determined by random draw. The castaways would then compete in an endurance comp, seeing who could keep a ball in place for the longest amount of time. The longest-lasting castaway from each group would win immunity. Since both groups would be going to tribal council, that meant that, along with two people having immunity, two people would also be sent to the jury. Also, whichever castaway held out for the longest would not only win immunity but they would also win their group a reward of peanut butter sandwiches. The sandwiches looked fairly nasty to me but whatever. I guess you’ll eat anything after you’ve been stuck on a beach for several days.
Immunity was won by Karla and Cody. Cody lasted the longest so his group won the rather boring reward. They also won the right to be the second group to go to tribal so they would be able to see who the first group had voted out. Jeff made this sound like a great advantage but I’ve noticed that Jeff tends to get excited easily nowadays.
Anyway, the first tribe to attend tribal consisted of Karla, James, Sami, Owen, and Noelle. James and Owen had an argument after the immunity challenge, due to Owen being upset that James didn’t tell him that the tribe was targeting Jeanine and James just being a jerk in general.
James went into tribal confident that he had masterminded Owen’s downfall. What James didn’t know was that Noelle and Sami had decided to blindside James. Noelle used her steal-the-vote advantage to steal Owen’s vote. James smirked when this happened. However, when it came to vote, Noelle cast her two votes for James. Even more surprisingly, so did Karla. Karla was James’s biggest ally in the game but somehow, Sami convinced Karla to turn on him. I’m not sure what Sami promised Karla or how he convinced her but Sami pulled it off. Sami might be the most dangerous player in this game.
Anyway, the final vote was 4 votes for James and one vote for Owen. (That vote came from James.) James was stunned by the vote and loudly complained as Jeff snuffed his torch. James added that everyone voted for him as a sign of how much they feared and respected him. Noelle stifled a laugh.
As for the second tribal council, the group was made up of Cassidy, Ryan, Gabler, Jesse, and Cody. Cassidy wanted to vote out Ryan. Ryan wanted to vote out Cassidy. In the end, the tribe decided to go with Cassidy and Ryan was voted out by a 4-1 margin. Compared to the previous tribal council, it was a bit boring. I guess Gabler has fallen off of everyone’s radar, especially now that Jeanine and Elie are no longer in the game. And I also guess no one has noticed that Cody and Jesse have got the strongest bond of any of the players in the game. There were definitely bigger targets in the group.
At this point, I’m going to predict that we’re going to get a final three of Sami, Cody, and Gabler and that Sami will win fairly easily. We’ll see what happens!