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Last Week: Reem is depleted, Aubry repeated, Manu was defeated, Aubry repeated, and Keith…
39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog
Let’s take a look at the tribes as they currently stand…
The Manu Tribe (wearing blue)
Chris, 25 – District Sales Manager
David, 44 – Television Writer, also appeared on “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X”
Kelley, 31 – Marketing Manager, also appeared on “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” and “Survivor: Second Chance”
Lauren, 21 – Student
Rick, 33 – Morning News Anchor
Wardog, 38 – Law Student
Wendy, 25 – Small Business Owner
The Kama Tribe (wearing yellow)
Aubry, 32 – Marketing Director, also appeared on “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” and “Survivor: Game Changers”
Aurora, 32 – Divorce Lawyer
Eric, 34 – Firefighter
Gavin, 23 – YMCA Program Director
Joe, 29 – Multimedia Artist, also appeared on “Survivor: Worlds Apart” and “Survivor: Second Chance”
Julia, 24 – Medical Assistant
Julie, 46 – Toymaker
Ron, 46 – Teacher
Victoria, 23 – Waitress
At the Isle of Extinction
Welp…last week’s big cliffhanger predictably ended up with Keith holding a torch and Reem once again reluctantly taking the role of “Keith’s Mom.”
The next morning, they’re greeted by a map that leads them across the island to retrieve a small portion of rice. Be thankful it didn’t lead them to the smoke monster.
Reem is annoyed that they’ll have to make this trip every day, but…like…you both don’t have to go every day.
And then it’s…
Reward Challenge Time: The teams will build a wheelbarrow and navigate it through an obstacle course while retrieving sandbags. Then they’ll turn the wheelbarrow into a slingshot (Transformers style!) and launch the sandbags at targets. The first tribe to hit all four targets will win their choice of luxury items or chickens.
Quick Aside: I hate how the Isle of Extinction is costing us our post-Tribal drama. And now with two challenges every episode, we may never hear from Julia again.
Result: Manu picked up their first win with Chris proving to be a slingshot rock star. The tribe decided to take the chickens. However, it wasn’t all good news as Wendy managed to hurt her ankle during the competition.
At Manu Beach
It’s a double whammy for Wendy as not only is her ankle the same color as her hair, but she is totally not cool with the rest of the tribe wanting to eat the chickens. Ooo…somebody’s auditioning for the Sia award!
What’s hilarious is that: A) Because of her ankle, she can’t sneak over to free the $14,000 chickens. And B) She totally eats meat.
Isn’t it weird that this chicken murder debate happens so frequently on the show? Is that a question in the application process?
Anywho, the problem with this whole thing is she’s so vocal about it and comes off as a hypocrite to Wardog and the others because she regularly eats meat. It’s a weird look.
At Kama Beach
Victoria gives us our first solid peek at the tribe dynamics with Aurora, Joe, and Aubry on one side and the rest of the newbs on the other. Sweet, it only took us seven days.
Joe got his first taste of it too when Victoria was talking smack about him and Aubry while Mr. Amazing was literally six feet away. It was awesome, they just pan over to Joe. Maybe that wool hat is bad for her peripheral vision.
Aubry, knowing she’s probably tops on Team Victoria’s hit list, goes on a frantic idol hunt. And after what seemed like a very thorough investigation, finally manages to locate one. She’s so overcome with emotion, that you can’t help but feel for her.
She also mentioned that finding an idol had been on her “Survivor” bucket list. It’s probably up there with beating me in the “Survivor” Power Rankings. I’ll happily give her a second shot someday.
Immunity Challenge Time: Four players from each tribe will pull a boat with the other three players in it. The three players in the boat will then climb a tower and retrieve keys. When they return to shore, they’ll unlock bags of puzzle pieces. The first tribe to finish the puzzle will win immunity.
Quick Aside: The puzzle is the ship steering wheel one that THR’s Josh Wigler and I destroyed before “Game Changers.” The trick is to line the male spoke pieces from smallest to largest, then the female spoke pieces from largest to smallest and pair them up.
Result: Kama picked up their third straight immunity when Aubry, Ron, and Julia completed the puzzle first.
Because Wendy is causing so much trouble, David sees her as the perfect smokescreen to get rid of Wentworth. And as if David needed any more motivation, Wendy hides the flint so the tribe can’t cook the chickens! Amazing!
So, David and Rick agree to go after Wentworth. David brings Chris on board and asks him not to clue the Wardog in on the vote.
CUT TO: Chris telling the Wardog about the vote.
CUT TO: Wardog telling Kelley about the vote. Sure enough, Wardog trusts Kelley way more than he trusts Chris.
So hilariously, Wardog and Kelley want to target Chris, thus making Rick and David the swing votes. And, David is tempted to vote for Chris because with him gone nobody would ever know that he and Rick were going after Kelley and Wardog and Lauren wouldn’t have a reason to go after him.
Nothing terribly interesting is said, other than Kelley taking offense to David saying that he’s targeting the biggest social threat.
Voting Time: Chris votes for Kelley, Kelley votes for Chris, and the rest of the votes are lost to the magic of editing.
JPro tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Kelley, one vote for Chris, one vote for Kelley, two votes for Chris, and the third person voted out of “Survivor: Edge of Extinction” is…Chris.
On his way out of Tribal, Chris is greeted by the Isle of Extinction ultimatum and he…takes the torch and hops on the boat.
Verdict: I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT! In last week’s recap and this week’s Power Rankings, I said that Chris floating Wentworth’s name was going to come back to haunt him. See, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.
That being said, losing the post-Tribal conversation is a big deal to me. The Isle of Extinction is interesting, but it’s really taking away from getting to know the people who are still in the main game. We’re hitting a swap next week and I know next to nothing about Whatshername and Johnny Thatguy.
Power Ranking Results: Gabby Pascuzzi had Chris in spot nine, I had him in spot thirteen. So, the current score is Team Gabby 25, Team Gordon 24.