“Survivor: Island of the Idols” Episode 5 Recap – Lawyer Struggles with Motion

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Last Week: Noura was blindfold blindsided, Karishma was challenge challenged, and Chelsea was showmance shown-the-door.

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Alright, let’s check out the tribes as they currently stand.

The Lairo Tribe (wearing orange)

  • Aaron, 36 – Gym Owner
  • Dean, 28 – Tech Sales
  • Elaine, 41 – Factory Worker
  • Elizabeth, 26 – Olympic Medalist
  • Karishma, 37 – Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Missy, 24 – Air Force Veteran
  • Tom, 60 – Former NHL Player

The Vokai Tribe (wearing purple)

  • Dan, 48 – Talent Manager
  • Jack, 23 – Graduate Student
  • Jamal, 33 – College Administrator
  • Janet, 59 – Chief Lifeguard
  • Jason, 32 – Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Kellee, 29 – MBA Student
  • Lauren, 28 – Nanny
  • Noura, 36 – Entrepreneur
  • Tommy, 26 – 4th-Grade Teacher

Post-Tribal Shenanigans

Dean is rightfully blown away by Chelsea’s blindside, saying that he “got got.” Well, he did did.

He tries to get to the bottom of who made the move, immediately eliminating himself and Chelsea as suspects. Smart.

He interrogates the entire tribe, but nobody will tell him who first threw out Chelsea’s name.

Buff Droppin’ Tribe Swappin’

We meet up with Jeffrey, who lets everyone know that a swap is upon us. Alrighty, we’re looking at…

The Lairo Tribe (wearing orange)

  • Dean, 28 – Tech Sales
  • Jack, 23 – Graduate Student
  • Jamal, 33 – College Administrator
  • Janet, 59 – Chief Lifeguard
  • Karishma, 37 – Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Kellee, 29 – MBA Student
  • Noura, 36 – Entrepreneur
  • Tom, 60 – Former NHL Player

The Vokai Tribe (wearing purple)

  • Aaron, 36 – Gym Owner
  • Dan, 48 – Talent Manager
  • Elaine, 41 – Factory Worker
  • Elizabeth, 26 – Olympic Medalist
  • Jason, 32 – Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Lauren, 28 – Nanny
  • Missy, 24 – Air Force Veteran
  • Tommy, 26 – 4th-Grade Teacher

Initial Thoughts: Four and four on Vokai could be some trouble, and Missy and Aaron ended up together. Also, Karishma might be out of the frying pan and into the fire with how she’s on a tribe where the Vokais won’t need her vote.

Reward Challenge: Two players from each tribe will do a worm crawl over some sand dunes. They’ll then tag off to a second pair. The second pair will crawl until they can tag off to the third pair. Once the third pair has reached the end, another duo will have to complete a fire-shaped puzzle. The first tribe to finish will get an Applebee’s dinner.

Quick Aside: Nobody in the history of the world has ever freaked out over an Applebee’s meal the way these poor starving people lost their minds over some shrimp.

Result: The crawl was a disaster for Karishma. Poor Noura was literally trying to drag her. Vokai wins reward easily.

Feelin’ Good in the Neighborhood

Tommy tries to convince us that Applebee’s “Shark Bowl” is the perfect Fijian drink. Yeah, dude…tell me about how a friggin’ gummy shark is part of the traditional Fijian diet.

Anywho, many delicious entrees are devoured and Missy declares classic Lairo to be dead.

Back at camp, Elaine and Missy have a legitimate wrestling match. It was a classic battle of speed and finesse vs. brute strength. With Tommy counting the worst pinfall I’ve ever seen. Those shoulders were up, ref!

After the match, Tommy and Aaron, realizing that they’re probably the two biggest physical threats in the game, decide to work together.

At Lairo Beach

It’s a race to flip as Karishma and Dean both separately try to make inroads with Kellee. While Tom seems to be buddying up with Janet.

Later on, Karishma bonds with Jack and Janet while opening up about her arranged marriage and her struggles to communicate with her husband.

Immunity Challenge: Four members from each team will swim out to retrieve buoys. They’ll then have to carry the buoys over a balance beam using ropes and a platform. From there, the other members will have to shoot the buoys into baskets. The first tribe to hit all of their baskets will win immunity.

Result: It’s close, but Vokai pulls off yet another win. And once again, Karishma looks like the weak link.

Pre-Tribal Politicking

The vote seems to be up in the air between getting rid of a future threat like Dean or a challenge liability like Karishma. However, Janet is worried that Tom is so loyal that he’ll immediately jump back to classic Lairo at the merge.

Oh, and I totally forgot that Noura won’t have a vote at this Tribal due to the blindfold debacle. Heh…still funny.

Tribal Time

Oh…oh…Noura just starts…weirdly laughing for no reason. I uh…here…look.

I’m trying to remember a time I’ve felt less comfortable watching this show.

Anywho, Janet calls out Dean for speaking to all of the Vaiko guys, but not talking to her.

However, Dean has a really good point that Karishma was on the outs last week and somebody saved her. So, she now owes that person. But, Karishma claims that she doesn’t even know who made the call to boot Chelsea.

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and nobody does. Alright, we’ve got one vote for Tom, two votes for Karishma, three votes for Tom, and the fifth person voted out of “Survivor: Island of the Idols” is…Tom.

Verdict: We didn’t get any Island of the Idols time this week and I can’t say that I missed it. I love Rob and Sandra on my TV, they’re fun as a Tribal peanut gallery, but this cast is strong enough to carry this season without their helpful tidbits.

  • Aaron: Being on the tribe that is down in numbers, you’ve got to assume that some of your buddies aren’t going to make it to the merge. Smart move getting on Tommy’s good side.
  • Kellee: The classic Lairo folk found comfort in speaking with you. That’s a great sign.
  • Jamal, Janet, Noura, and Jack: It doesn’t seem like there was a single crack in the classic Vokai alliance.
  • Missy: I liked that you were showing off your fun side with that wrestling match. But, I am a bit worried about you bad-mouthing your former tribe too much in front of your new tribe.
  • Dean: He got some good shots in at Tribal and his relationship with Kellee has some potential, but he is the low man on a losing tribe.
  • Tommy: This might just be how I was reading it, but it felt like Tommy was running the Applebee’s lunch with his toast. Almost like he had invited everyone there. Again, could just be the edit,
  • Karishma: Being a personal injury attorney must be working in her favor, because she has had so many near-death experiences. But right now, she’s playing a third-place game.
  • Dan, Elaine, Jason, Lauren, and Elizabeth : I can’t give you full credit if you don’t show your work.

Power Rankings Results: Reem Daly and Aubry Bracco had Tom in spot five, while I had him in spot three. So, the current score is Team EOE: 37, Team Holmes 42.

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