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Last Week: Christian’s new position put him into a higher bracket, the Napalm Queen left without making a racket, and after the vote Angelina tried to get Natalie’s attention.
39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog
Let’s take a look at the tribes as they currently stand…
The Vuku Tribe (wearing orange)
Alec, 24 – Bartender
Carl, 41 – Truck Driver
Davie, 30 – Social Media Manager
Elizabeth, 31 – Kitchen Staff
Kara, 30 – Realtor
The Jabeni Tribe (wearing purple)
Angelina, 28 – Financial Consultant
Lyrsa, 35 – Flight Attendant
Mike, 47 – Filmmaker
Nick, 27 – Public Defender
The Tiva Tribe (wearing green)
Alison, 28 – Physician
Christian, 32 – Robotics Scientist
Dan, 27 – S.W.A.T. Officer
Gabby, 25 – Technical Writer
John, 38 – Pro Wrestler
Angelina confesses that voting with Natalie was a ploy to get her jacket. That’s great that Lyrsa now knows that it was nothing personal, but it shows the level of deception Angelina is willing to use to get a jacket. Doh…
But in Angelina’s defense, she did have this awesome sound bite; “Natalie going home is bittersweet. She was bitter and for the tribe it was sweet.” Zing!
Reward Challenge Time: The tribe will carry a bag of coconuts that’s tethered to a player. That player will have to cross a balance beam to retrieve rings. The first tribe to throw those rings onto a post will win cooking utensils and an assortment of kabobs. The second tribe will receive two kabobs.
Sitting Out: Kara and Alison took the bench.
Quick Aside: John did not look pleased that Natalie was gone.
Result: Tiva took first place, Jabeni claimed second.
At Tiva Beach
Christian gives spear fishing a shot. Which, as we know, is much harder than it looks. However, his commentary on the “spring-loaded murder machine” is priceless. John might want to consider that as a new wrestling nickname.
Later on, Christian lets us know that he’s feeling pretty good because he’s always wanted to be a cool guy that people want to talk to. Ahh…Christian’s adorable. This newfound friendship is best represented by his conversation with John where they discuss misdirection in dancing. John’s favorite example of this is the moonwalk. John then gives Christian a demonstration.
Wrestling Slang Alert: John said the whole crowd “pops” when someone does a moonwalk. To “pop a crowd” in wrestling means to make them cheer.
Gabby and Alison are a bit concerned by the Brochacho alliance. They agree to work together and target Dan due to his forty idols.
Ooo…by naming Dan, Alison might’ve given Gabby the tools she needs to survive. She should have let Gabby bring up the target.
At Vuku Beach
Elizabeth is having a real rough time with her back. Apparently she wasn’t even able to walk a few weeks before the show started. She decides to start splitting the bamboo on the base of the shelter, but there isn’t nearly enough time to complete the task before it gets dark.
Davie talks her into halting the project, but she has a bit of a fit and decides to do it anyways. A heated debate breaks out and Kara is relieved to see that someone else might be putting a target on their back.
Immunity Challenge Time: The teams will carry a giant saucer through an obstacle course to retrieve water. They’ll then carry it back to the start and fill up a well. Once the well is filled to a certain point, it will release a bag of puzzle pieces. The first two tribes to complete the puzzle will win immunity.
Sitting Out: Gabby and Elizabeth hit the bench.
Result: Wow…this was rough. Tiva won the challenge easily, with Vuku taking second. Jabeni…well…Jabeni never even got to the puzzle portion. It was a disaster.
As we go to commercial, Mike mentions that voting out people isn’t as fun as he thought it’d be. That’s the thing with this show; before the season everyone’s excited to slit 19 strangers’ throats. But, they aren’t strangers for long, they’re people you grow to care about.
Angelina tries to get Lyrsa to work with her, but Lyrsa shuts that business down quickly. The jacket divide is just too deep.
So, the vote is clearly between Lyrsa and Angelina with the Rock Stars in the middle. Mike’s big concern is that he trusts Lyrsa more, but if he votes out Angelina, it’ll rub his Goliath buddies the wrong way.
So…this was kind of a boring Tribal. Everyone seems to get along and agrees that they’d all like to work together if they didn’t have to vote someone out.
Voting Time: Lyrsa votes for Angelina, Angelina votes for Lyrsa, and the rest of the votes are lost to the magic of editing.
JPro tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Lyrsa, one vote for Angelina, one vote for Lyrsa, and the seventh person eliminated from “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” is…Lyrsa.
Oh…and she kept her jacket.
Verdict: Uh…yeah…that was what it was. Nothing too special. Let’s get to this merge.
Power Rankings Results: Bradley Kleihege and I both had Lyrsa in spot twelve. So, the current score is Team Bradley 65, Team Gordon 74.