(CBS) – Survivor is back with another exciting episode! A cast was not just voted out – they were completely blinded! Who was it? Well, here’s how it all went down …
The first rewards challenge of the season was tough! Four members of each tribe had to compete in a series of obstacles to win an epic day with a native Fijian. The winning tribe would learn in and out of living in the countryside of Fiji – a crucial reward for winning in this game! The other tribe would also win a reward, not quite a day with a native Fijian – but instead a big fish. Still good, just not that epic.
The challenge itself involved each tribe running through a series of physically draining obstacles. So drainage, in fact, a tribal member in particular could not even complete the first stage of the course. Heather on the Luvu tribe was unable to perform her task early in this challenge. Although she struggled, she did not give up – and that in itself was impressive. Her tribe thought the same thing and immediately messed her up, even though she eventually failed the tribe. This resulted in the Ua tribe winning the main reward, followed by the Yase tribe winning the fish dinner.
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Before the reward challenge, Genie returned from the last tribal council completely shocked that her closest ally, Brad, was voted out. She was mad. Genie then tells her tribe how she feels betrayed. While she shares how she feels like the “mother” in the tribe and has constantly fed them all, she finally says that she is “done” preparing and delivering their food …
But then came the reward. The Fijians, Nathan, who visited their camp, gave them all the necessary survival skills to live off the land of Fiji. Watching this guy on TV was insane – climbing trees like Spiderman and showing how he is clearly an expert in his craft. All this knowledge that the tribe gained made Ricard think … maybe they do not need Genie to take care of them after all?
The Yase tribe is about to win! After starting the season on an embarrassing losing streak, the solid four prove they have what it takes to get far. After reflecting on how they have struggled, they realize that now, literally and metaphorically, there is a reward after all. While enjoying their big fish, they even see their metaphor in the flesh.
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The tribe compared itself to the small baby sea turtles they saw pushing through the sand at their camp. I mean, it could be impossible Survivor without a few metaphors, can it ?!
Meanwhile, the Luvu tribe is invincible. This tribe still needs to go to the Tribal Council! After being six cast strong, now on day 8, things are finally starting to crack …
Erika, whom we do not even know yet this season, gets some much needed screentime. She explains her approach to the game and even says that she is a “lion dressed as a lamb”. She is ready to jump in and get this game started. Her first prey is Sydney. Erika wants to get her out because she thinks she’s emotionally unstable, which could potentially cause problems later in the game. Erika shares this plan with her closest ally, Deshawn. When Deshawn listens to this master plan, he starts to get a little scared of Erika herself. He even calls her “sus”. He thinks she’s playing hard – because she’s. He’s nervous about her cunning, and he now wants to cut “the head off the snake” (or should I say lion?) And get her out next instead.
While trying to come up with a plan to vote Erika out, Deshawn addresses Danny with a scenario we’re all seen before in the game. Survivor – to throw off the immunity challenge. Yup. Deshawn is ready to throw it. He suggests to Danny how it can intentionally lose that they can function in their favor because Erika is too sneaky and needs to get away as soon as possible. When he was a former NFL player, Danny feels that this is contrary to his athletic values, but he decides to entertain the idea and continue to throw this next immunity challenge anyway.
Immunity is at stake! The first two tribes, ending their exhausting water-based obstacles, gain immunity and are safe from the Tribal Council. The three trunks began in the sea and had to make their way to land while hitting bags of tree trunks along the way. As always, these challenges are tough. But let’s not forget how Deshawn and Danny will milk every exhausting moment as they try to lose on purpose. While the rest of the Luvu pushed hard through the water, Deshawn took his sweet time. Meanwhile, as they compete against the Ua and Yase tribe, they notice that Yase is still slower than them! It was pretty comical. Deshawn recounted this immunity challenge and explained how he took every moment he could to throw it away, yet the Yase tribe still fell behind. It was only in the final stage of the challenge that each tribe was even with each other (yes, Yase finally caught up). To complete this challenge, each tribe had to throw three rings on their sticks. While Deshawn terribly threw his rings while (terribly) threw the challenge, it was Naseer who stepped in. Naseer simply would not see his tribe lose for the first time. And in the end, it did not matter that Deshawn and Danny walked slowly. That’s because Naseer won it for them! After the Yase tribe had a sweet victory of coming first, (surprisingly ?!) it was between Luvu and Ua for second place. JD on the Ua tribe failed to complete the last obstacle and lost it to his tribe.
The tribal council
With only four people left on the Ua tribe, Genie is at this point sure she’s the next one to go. She even teases that she is ready to give the new Survivor “Shot in the Dark” twist a-go. The shot in the dark would allow her to risk her vote, but get one in four shots to gain immunity in the Tribal Council. The question for her was whether she would risk losing her voice? Meanwhile, Shan is still running the show on this tribe. She plays her cards well. Ricard, her closest ally, has proven he will vote with her as long as he is in this game. JD, however, has been questionable. Last week, he kept a vital secret from her when she eventually caught him in the lie. JD kept her “secret voice” advantage from her and Ricard, which has left her skeptical of him ever since. Now JD knows that their trust in him is somewhat broken. Although he teases Genie that he would work with her, JD knows he owes both Shan and Ricard his loyalty. So much so, Shan feels this is the perfect opportunity to manipulate him. She knows how to play this game – and to be completely honest, Survivor is about backstabbing and being manipulative to get ahead.And that was just it. Shan made an action for JD. She behaves “paranoid” and tells JD that she is afraid he will vote against her. JD who is young and I suppose it is a bit naive in this case, then he strengthens his confidence (once again) and gives her his advantage with extra votes to keep! He did this once and now he does it again! But this time, his risk did not pay off. JD was completely blind to the eyes when Genie, as well as both Shan and Ricard, voted him out. And now Shan is sitting with his advantage in his pocket!
Wow. Although we did not see too many game changes in this episode, this week was just as crazy about an even wilder and unexpected Tribal Council! What did you think of this week’s episode?
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