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Last Week: After a line change, classic Vokai had a five-on-three, so the hockey player’s game was put on ice.
39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog
Alright, let’s check out the tribes as they currently stand.
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
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
Post Tribal Shenanigans
Hmm…we don’t get any reactions from Dean or Karishma after Tom’s boot. We meet up with the tribe the next morning with Noura pitching the idea of splitting up Jamal and Jack to Dean.
So, I’m just a journalist. I’ve been to the set of “Survivor” on several occasions, but I’ve never played a second of the game. I’ve never cast a single Tribal Council vote. But, tell me…
WHY WOULD YOU PITCH A BLINDSIDE THAT WOULD DESTROY YOUR ALLIANCE TO AN OUTSIDER LONG BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO GO TO TRIBAL?!
Oh wait, Dean clears that up by telling us that Noura is crazy and delusional. Thanks, Detective Dean.
Sure enough, Dean immediately tells Jamal what’s up.
We meet up at Vokai where Tommy is making a kinda mean joke about Jason not getting a prom date and Elizabeth is freaking out after a tarantula interrupts her nap. You know, the usual.
In game news, it looks like there’s a clear classic Vokai vs classic Lairo split. But, Aaron is not willing to draw rocks for his foursome. He tells Jason that he will happily send Elaine packing if it keeps him in the game.
Reward Challenge Time: The team will carry a tribe member on a platform through a series of obstacles. When they reach the end of the course, the player from the platform will need to knock targets off of posts using a giant slingshot. The first tribe to hit all of their targets will win conflict birds…er…chickens.
Sitting Out: Elaine will sit out for Vokai. Buuut…in a surprise twist, Probst tells her that she’ll be sitting it out at the Island of the Idols. Sneaky sneaky…
Result: Aaron was the rider/shooter for Vokai, while Jack went for Lairo. It was close, but Vokai pulled off the win.
Island of the Idols
So, apparently Rob is building the biggest shelter in “Survivor” history and it is friggin’ huge. He even has a ladder! Did he make it himself?
Before Elaine shows up, she tells us that everyone underestimates her because of her size. She even calls herself a “Busted Can of Biscuits.” Aww…that’s sad and adorable at the same time. Also, that’s going to be my next fantasy football team name.
She meets up with Rob and Sandra and they immediately pull the pin on a timer because she has a stressful, time-sensitive decision to make.
Apparently it’s not that stressful. She agrees to do whatever they want before even hearing what it is. C’mon, guys! What if Rob’s offer was; you’ll get a cup of rice if you throw the next immunity challenge?
Fortunately for her, she’s going to gamble her vote for the opportunity to retrieve a vote nullifier during the next immunity challenge. That’s not so bad.
When Elaine returns to camp, Elizabeth asks her who she saw at the Island of the Idols. This is hilarious to me. Does she think they flew in giant busts for a variety of former winners? Cause, if there’s a giant Tyson Apostol head floating around, I’m calling dibs.
Elaine explains what happened and Elizabeth offers to help her retrieve the advantage so they can take out classic Vokai. Smart.
Honestly, with how important the next vote is and the likelihood of them using the vote nullifier at the next Tribal, I wouldn’t care if they saw me grab it.
Jack and Jamal
There was an unfortunate moment where Jack referred to Jamal’s buff as a “Durag.” Jack immediately realizes that what he said was insensitive, but you can’t really unring that bell.
Jack apologizes to Jamal, who accepts, but admits that it will take some time for him to move on from the comment.
Later that night, the duo gets together and are able to have an in-depth talk about white privilege that seems to bring them closer together as friends.
Wow…good on them for opening up about their feelings and having a real conversation. That’s very risky in a social game like “Survivor.” Actually, it’s risky in the real world too.
Immunity Challenge Time: The teams will dig under a cage, then carry the cage through a course. At one point, they’ll have to untie a bag of balls that is located on a table. Under that table is the advantage that Elaine must retrieve. Finally, the team will have to shoot the balls into five targets. The first tribe to hit all five shots will win immunity.
Sitting Out: Lauren will sit, she is not sent to the Island of the Idols.
Result: Lairo pulled off the upset win! And, Elaine was able to claim the vote nullifier.
Oh…oh…before we get to the negotiating, we get to see Tommy’s reaction to Aaron and Dan killing a conflict bird…er…chicken.
Hilarious. It’s like the opposite of the Applebee’s reaction.
OK, on to the vote. Elizabeth and Elaine spill the beans about Elaine’s vote nullifier to Aaron and Missy. They agree to work together to boot a classic Vokai. But, Aaron isn’t so sure. His belief is that there will be more classic Vokai at the merge and he wants to stay on their good side.
But the question remains; who does classic Lairo target? Dan has been caught checking other people’s bags, Tommy is a big threat, Lauren doesn’t help much in challenges, and Jason is strategic.
However, it’s clear as day that Elaine is the classic Vokai target. And, one of the reasons they’re so sure they can get her is because, as Lauren says, Elaine isn’t smart enough to find an idol.
Classic Vokai says that they’re willing to go to rocks in the case of a tie. I don’t believe that, but it’s smart to make classic Lairo think that.
Elaine tells Probst that she doesn’t like rocks, so she’s going to nullify Jason’s vote.
CUT TO: All hades breaking loose.
Tommy and Lauren are losing it. Jason looks sick to his stomach. And then…the whispering starts. It’s mainly between Missy, Aaron, and classic Vokai.
Finally, Lauren breaks down and starts crying because she’s been dreaming of “Survivor” since she was eleven. Oof…I’m old.
Voting Time: Tommy votes for Elaine and the rest of the votes are lost to the magic of editing.
Before the votes are read, Aaron assures Tommy that they’re good.
JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…nobody does. Alright, we’ve got three votes for Elaine, three votes for Jason, and the sixth person voted out of “Survivor: Island of the Idols” is…Jason.
Oh wow…Jason thanks his alliance for not turning on him while Tommy gives Aaron a death stare. Yikes.
Verdict: I was a little worried about how things would work out with Reward Challenges, Island of the Idols, and Immunity Challenges, but that was a great little episode.
Everyone’s reasoning for the moves they were considering made sense. Tribal was awesome. And, we still had time for the powerful moment between Jamal and Jack.
This season is really growing on me.
Power Rankings Results: Reem Daly and Aubry Bracco had Jason in spot one, while I had him in spot three. So, the current score is Team EOE: 38, Team Holmes 45.