I apologize for being late in posting this week’s recap. Thursday was not only Thanksgiving but it was also my sister’s birthday! I’m only now getting a chance to sit down and write out a few words about this week’s episode of Survivor.
I’m not really surprised that Noelle ended up getting blindsided. I am a little bit surprised that it took as long as it did. Noelle is not only a Paralympian and a challenge threat but she also has an inspiring backstory so, to me, she would definitely not be someone who I would want to be sitting next to in a final three situation. I figured that Noelle would automatically become a target post-merge but, instead, Gabler had to get his revenge on the girls who searched his bag and James was so obnoxious that Noelle was able to fly under the radar until last night.
Noelle won the reward challenge last night, which was both good and bad. On the one hand, winning the reward challenge meant that she got to read letters from her family. On the other hand, it also meant that she had to decide who else would get to read letters and who would go back to camp empty-handed. While Noelle, Sami, Jesse, and Owen were reading their letters, Cassidy was back at camp and trying to convince Gabler and Cody to vote out Noelle.
Noelle’s fate was pretty much sealed as soon as she didn’t win immunity. The show didn’t even pretend that there was a possibility that Noelle wouldn’t be blindsided. Instead, most of the second half of the episode was taken up with scenes of Jesse orchestrating Noelle’s blindside. Jesse convinced Noelle and her strongest allies (Owen, Sami, and Karla) to split their votes while he got the rest of the tribe on board with all voting for Noelle. Even Jesse was shocked at both how easy it was and also at how no one appeared to be targeting him and Cody.
Of course, Jesse may be getting too cocky. Before tribal council, Gabler approached Karla and told her about the upcoming blindside, and he also told her that Cody and Jesse were becoming a dangerous duo. So, Jesse and Cody might not be as safe as they think they are. We’ll find out next week!
For now, Noelle is the newest member of the jury. The final vote was 5-2-1. Sami received one vote (for Noelle) and Karla received two (from Owen and Sami).
I hope everyone’s had a good Thanksgiving! Again, sorry for the late post!