What did we learn from last night’s two-hour episode of Survivor?
First off, we learned that the key to winning immunity is having Joe on your tribe. We’re five episodes into this season of Survivor and Joe has yet to go to tribal council. Last night, the Kama Tribe won immunity twice and it was pretty much all due to Joe. While his tribemates are concerned that Joe might be too strong a player and they often talk about blindsiding him, they also know that he’s the only reason they’re not going to tribal. I mean, there’s a reason why Kama is so strong and it’s not Ron Clark.
Secondly, we discovered that Aubry is still terrible at reading people. This is third time that Aubry has played Survivor and, in every season, her downfall has been due to her inability to connect with other people. Everyone seems to like Aubry but, whenever she tries to make a deal or play a social game, her natural awkwardness is her downfall.
This season, Aubry tried to make a big move early. During the first hour of last night’s episode, the Lesu Tribe lost their first immunity challenge. Aubry immediately decided that this would be a good time to form a Girl’s Alliance with Victoria and Wendy and take out one of the guys. Aubry’s plan never made sense to me. It’s way too early in the game to start betraying your alliance and Wendy was the obvious person to vote out. My personal theory is that finding that immunity idol kind of went to Aubry’s head. It also didn’t help that the folks at Edge of Extinction Beach decided to send Aubry an extra advantage. Thanks to them, Aubry received an extra vote and became even more convinced of her own invulnerability.
Feeling totally confident in her ability to control the game, Aubry tried to convince Wendy and Victoria to join with her. When Wendy kinda dithered about (as she usually does), Aubry changed her mind and decided to vote out Wendy. However, by this point, it was too late. Victoria has wanted Aubry gone since the game began and she, Wendy, Eric, and Gavin teamed up to blindside her.
Aubry went to Edge of Extinction Beach, which she later described as being the most “dysfunctional family” that she’s ever been a part of. On Edge of Extinction Beach, Reem is still bitter about getting voted out, Keith is still babbling about redemption, Chris is still something of a blank, and Rick and Aubry are simply trying to keep out of the way. When Chris and Keith both found clues that would help them out in the upcoming challenge to see who would reenter the game, Reem started screaming about how unfairly she’s been treated. What game does Reem think that she’s playing? This is Survivor, Reem. No one owes you anything.
The other big lesson that we learned last week is that Wendy is always cheerful. She finally got voted out at the end of last night’s episode and she giggled through the entire experience. From what I’ve seen on twitter, people seem to be divided as to whether Wendy is adorkable or just annoying as Hell. I tend to fall in the latter camp.
The tribal council was an interesting one, just because both Lesu and Manu lost immunity but there was only one tribal council. Both tribes went to council at the same time. With the first vote, both tribes stuck together. All four members of Manu voted for Lauren while all four members of Lesu voted for Wendy. When it went to a revote, everyone decided to avoid drawing rocks by voting for Wendy. And so, Wendy ended up going to Extinction Beach.
In other big news, Kelley found an immunity idol so now, both she and Lauren have one. Here’s a question: When Aubry was voted out, did she get to take her immunity idol and her extra vote with her? If she reenters the game, will she still have those advantages? And if she doesn’t, will the idol be hidden again? I’m no sure what the answer is to any of that. Hopefully, we’ll find out soon.
Next week, it looks like we might have a merge. Judging from the previews, the secret of Edge of Extinction Beach will finally be revealed to the other castaways.
We’ll see what happens!