For the first challenge was for a food reward. The orange tribe (because as if I’m remembering any names) came from behind to win, with the new green tribe coming
Hannah hyperventilated and started spasming. It was a panic attack in the end, and she was fine, but you can tell that they’re taking health way more seriously this year, following last years insanity.
Figgy decided to tell everyone that her and Taylor were a ‘thing’, to which everyone reacted with “no shit sherlock”.
For the immunity challenge, the green team dominated once again, and orange team (who lost last week), won as well. Sending the purple tribe to tribal council.
They voted out Figgy, which was surprising, and broke up the millennial tribe a bit.
Let’s take a minute to talk about how badass Michaela is in this game. She is fully in it to win it.
The millennials made up for reward by winning the immunity challenge. Really interesting to watch the two different strategies for puzzle solving in this game.
Tribal was a lively one, with nobody trusting anybody else. Idiot David played his hidden immunity idol for Jessica (WHAT THE ACTUAL EFF). I mean, she needed it, she had the most votes, but still dude, you better hope your ass isn’t next.
The person that was voted out was Lucy in the end, sending everyone else into a tailspin.
Next week looks like a tribal switch, which will be super interesting at this point.
Over on the millennial tribe, Figgy and Taylor started smooching on each other and everyone found out.
Paul, the oldest Survivor there, suddenly went down while they were hanging around camp. They amped it up to seem like he possibly had a heart attack, but it was just heat exhaustion and dehydration.
For the immunity and reward (tarp) challenge, Gen X miraculously won after falling so far behind. It was pretty shocking, but I think millennials are the type that only need to be knocked down once, then they won't let it happen again.
This led to one of the more entertaining tribal councils, where there was a lot happening at once in tribal and a lot of feelings that were exposed.
In the end Mari was the second person voted out of this season, leaving Figgy and Taylor to continue their love affair.
The next day something happened that has NEVER happened in Survivor history. Jeff Probst came to each camp and EVACUATED the camps because the storm was going to be that serious. I mean, holy shit. They have never, ever evacuated a camp before.
The tribes came back on day three to their camps, which were completely destroyed.
Most of the episode is letting us get a sneak peek at people’s personalities (Millennials has a freaks and geeks situation happening, and Gen X has hottie mchotterson Ken - the new Joe - and the weak links being David and Rachel).
The first immunity challenge finally happened and millennials won (by taking only one shortcut, so stick that ‘millennials don’t work for anything’ in your pipe and smoke it).
This sent Gen X to tribal council. After some sporadic voting, Rachel was the first one voted out of this season, after being too abrasive and not helping with the challenge.
The reward challenge tonight was for one of the most substantial things at this point in the game: a meal that was specifically designed to refuel them exactly as they should be (protein, protein, protein). Aubry won, with everyone close on her tail. She strategically chose Cydney to have a meal as well.
Then we had the most important immunity challenge of the season. This one is always the MOST exhausting. They are tiring just to watch. Michele ended up coming from way behind (Aubry had a killer lead and Michele was in last), in a super impressive win. So she is one of the final three.
Tribal went to a tie between Cydney and Aubry (boo, I wanted a three woman finale). So of course we went to fire making at this point in the game. THIS IS WHAT WE WATCH FOR.
Aubry fairly quickly got her fire up and to the rope, but not enough to burn through it, before her fire structure came crashing down. The next time she had it lined up perfectly, which allowed her to win, making Cydney the eighth member of the jury. It was really sweet and sad to see the two of them say goodbye, there were lots of tears.
Jeff tried to trick them into thinking there was another immunity challenge, and one of them would be leaving, but it turns out the challenge reward was to vote a JURY MEMBER out. THIS IS WHAT WE WATCH FOR. That is absolutely massive. In a very close match up, Michele took it once again, just dominating these challenges.
Michele ended up voting out Neil, who had some WORDS for Michele as he left. She definitely made the right choice.
They had their usual mirror and scale visit, so they could see the toll the game has taken on their poor, poor bodies. Followed by their last feast.
We then had the final tribal, where they each pled their typical cases and we said goodbye to Mark the chicken, who also lasted 39 days. Then the vote happened.
Finally we got to find out who would be this season’s Survivor. And the winner was, shockingly, Michele. (Both million and dollars have two L’s, why can’t her name?)
If you need me, I’ll be over here waiting for my anger to set in.
PS. Sia showed up at the reunion, and donated $50,000 to Tai, and another $50,000 to an animal charity of his choice, because sure.
For the reward challenge was individual, playing for a spa day, where they finally get to wash themselves, eat, and even sleep in a real bed. Huge advantage at this point of the game, and one of my favourite rewards. Joe, who is 71 remember, shockingly won the reward, after being in last place and taking his time. He obviously chose Aubry and Cydney to join him.
After the reward, where Joe ate lots of meat, he experienced some severe stomach pain and couldn’t urinate. (Been there Joe, I know that pain and yeah, it’s that bad). The doctor told him if he couldn’t urinate it would hurt his kidneys. The doctor came for a second visit and pulled Joe from the game. At least he went out on a high note of winning a challenge, although it was really emotional to see him go. This also makes it the season with the most evacuations (we're at three).
Because we only have four left now, there was no tribal this week. And on that note, next week is the season finale!
For the reward challenge they were split into two teams competing for their annual charity reward, this time the charity had to do with animals. The teams were Joe, Aubry and Cydney taking on Tai, Jason and Michele. The latter ended up winning by a long shot.
The immunity challenge was an intense building block challenge, and while everyone rushed through it and Cydney took her time being in dead last, she never ended up dropping hers and took the immunity necklace home in one of the sweetest wins of the season (especially since she just beat Jason).
Line of the night goes to Aubry: “I think tribal is going to be alive, and I’m going to be waking it up”. Girl.
During tribal, Tai used his extra vote advantage, which he used on Michele. This plan didn’t work however (because as if Tai ever keeps an alliance and has gained any trust), and Jason ended up being the eleventh person voted out and the sixth member of the jury. FINALLY.
For the reward they got a helicopter ride (and nice meal, of course). They were tethered together in pairs, which were chosen through a random draw, Joe an Tai, Abury and Julia, Cydney with Michelle, and Jason not participating. Cydney and Michelle won reward, and took Aubry with them.
In the immunity challenge, it was a memory game, which Julia and Michelle got the first part right on their first tries (which was insane - as Jeff made very clear). Michelle ended up winning the immunity in an absolutely crazy performance. Nobody should have won that quickly.
Julia ended up being the tenth person voted out the fifth person of the jury, just overtaking the votes against Tai.
First thing’s first, Tai gave Jason the idol. The boys are very moody because one person decided to not be on their side any more. So basically because they think someone was petty, they went pettier, and will stop if everyone will help get rid of Cydney.
Reward tonight was either a delicious meal or letters from home or for an advantage. All rewards could be won - everyone was just competing against the other people competing for the same things.
So going for advantage was Tai, Cydney and Aubry. Food was Scott, Jason and Michelle. Letters was Julia and Joe. Julia easily won almost right out the gate. Michelle won food. Tai won the advantage (which means it will be misused most likely). The advantage was an extra vote he could play anytime until there were 5 people left.
After a freaking BATTLE, Jason won immunity over Aubry.
Tribal council was actually insane. Possibly the biggest blindside yet, when Tai betrayed Jason and Scott by voting for Scott and then not playing the Super Idol, sending Scott home. Many expletives were shouted by yours truly.
They are now all the Dara tribe, and they shared a massive merge feast (with alcohol again, they’ve brought it back!).
Nick, originally of he Beauty tribe was everyone’s favourite new guy to make friends with, and he was becoming very close with all the alliances. He’s been fairly quiet throughout the game, so this sort of gameplay was kind of surprising from him.
Debbie meanwhile went immediately to Tai and basically told him he’s in her alliance, then told Nick the same. She was very aggressive and it’s looking mostly like it will backfire against her.
This was some of the hardest and most immediate game play following a merge. It was also a huge, beautiful mess. Everyone was double teaming everyone and it was glorious. It was so good that they spent most of the episode focusing on the new relationships and alliances (faux and otherwise).
Finally we got to the first individual immunity challenge. As per usual with individual challenges, it was all about balance and focus. Nick ended up winning - even though he seems to be the one who needs it least tonight.
I’ll say it again, Nick has come out of seemingly nowhere and is all of a sudden playing this game harder than anyone. He even gave a speech about being a pretty girl at the dance which was great. He’s growing on me.
Jeff and the doctor had a first where they made a house call, to look at the contestants and make sure any of the infections the players are seeing develop aren’t life threatening. Jeff. Was. Loving. It.
The doctor ended up pulling Neal, who had an infection close to his knee that could easily have gotten worse. He will still be a jury member, however, after making it past merge.
And because of this, there was no tribal this week. Two medical evacs in one season is crazy.
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