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What a fitting finish to an excellent episode of Survivor. This season continues to go from strength to strength. With 11 remaining I still have no clear idea where alliances stand and who will be the eventual winner.
Here are my ramblings as I watched this episode for a second time.
Opening with Savage and Jeremy discussing the game, I wondered whether they were going to play it ‘old school’ and try and run the numbers down, by eliminating the holy trinity (Abi, Ciera, & Wentworth). “Brilliant plan… Perfectly executed!”
Meanwhile Stephen wants to make big moves, but will he use Ciera to help him make those moves? Ciera is a player you can count on to make a move when she has to make the move. With her back to the wall she could be a perfect ally for Stephen. Stephen is adamant he needs to target Joe. “It has to be Joe,” he like JT is one of the ‘Golden Boys!’
At the reward challenge I wondered who that women Jeff Probst was talking to… Wait that’s Kelly Wiglesworth… she’s on this season? Oh she lost to Gervase who can’t swim. I remember now.
The challenge involves rowing out and past a marker and then collecting large boxes with a different color on each face. Once back on land they need to match four different colors, on four separate sides of the rotating stand.
Is this the right time for Stephen to tell us another poem as they head out onto the boats? Both boats collide as they make the turn “Cut em’ off Keith.” The team of Wentworth, Wiglesworth, Kimmi, Keith, Ciera, and Joe dominate the challenge coming out victorious.
While on reward, Ciera is scheming trying to get back into the game. Keith however, provides arguably the best moment of the season. Did someone say #TOTOS. Keith starts the TOTOS and begin riding it along the beach. He then takes the whole team for a cruise. Has Keith found a new career for when he hangs up his Fireman’s helmet?
Meanwhile back at camp, Stephen is upset he does not get a chance to build relationships with the others… Stephen you have 5 people right here to make relationships with! Stephen is continuing to throw Joe’s name around camp. Savage overhears his strategizing. This can’t be good. Only Savage can make Survivor gameplay sound downright dirty.
Immunity is up for grabs, and Joe needs this to take the target off his back. Despite a great effort from Keith who we know is great with ‘balls,’ Joe is victorious for the second consecutive week.
Back at camp, has Kelley Wentworth always had those giant glasses? I’m starting to get worried about Stephen, it looks like the alliance is thinking about getting him out for overplaying. Can Jeremy sway the vote?
At tribal council Jeff is asking whether anyone has an idol. If Kelley Wentworth plays her idol, it could be bad news for Ciera, if the majority split the vote.
Jeff asks “If anybody has a hidden immunity idol, and you want to play it, now is the time to do so.”
“You know what Jeff, I may be on the bottom, but i’m not ready to go home yet.” Kelly uses her idol and tribal council erupts in shock, who is going home?
9 votes, Kelley Wentworth, “will not count”, next vote Savage, “…unbelievable”
“8th person voted out and second person to join the jury, Savage.”
“Tonight’s Tribal centered around when is somebody going to make a big move, turns out it was tonight.”
It was indeed.
Let the games begin!
Savage and Jeremy are going to play this old school.
Meanwhile Stephen wants to make big moves? Will he use Ciera?
Wentworth, Wiglesworth, Kimmi, Keith, Ciera, & Joe on Reward.
Meanwhile back at camp.
Day 21 – Good Morning
“Immunity is back up for grabs”
Back at camp.
What a SAVAGE BLINDSIDE
Until next week, the tribe has spoken.
SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen Survivor: Cambodia Episode 7 DO NOT READ ON!!!
To be, or not to be, that is the question. As Fishback spun a limerick, Tasha looked on seeking to appease, while Kass pondered whether past relationships would impact her second chance.
The storm had literally hit the new Orkun beach as the game went into over drive as the two remaining tribes Bayon and Ta Keo merged early at 13.
Or at least that is the question we asked whether Joe and Spencer would choose to stick with the Ta Keo 5 alliance or join the original Bayon bromance alliance.
THE SCRAMBLE IS ON
Savage and Jeremy are finally reunited. The bromance that began on the beach Day 1 had been separated. Savage is uneasy about the relationship that exists between Kass and Ciera. He can’t believe how fast the game is played and believes these girls are expert liars.
Wentworth and Kass are also interested in reforming the Ta Keo 5 (Wentworth, Kass, Ciera, Joe, Keith) but who else can they bring over. Abi is a lock. But can they bring Spencer over as well?
IS SPENCER THE SWING?
Wentworth is reunited with her original Ta Keo tribe member Spencer. He is concerned that Joe is not locked with his Ta Keo grouping.
Spencer explains the breakdown of the remaining members of the game in #JoeLanguage using a football analogy to highlight that they are both in the middle of two alliances.
In what looked more like a secret scene Fishback is reciting poetry to the tribe as they huddle under the shelter. Why oh why would you do this? #KnowItAll https://twitter.com/nancybranim/status/662080330359300096
LINE IN THE SAND
Tasha and Kass are reunited on the beach and this time the line in the sand is drawn. Tasha openly tells Kass she can’t trust her after their previous season (Cagayan). Kass draws a line in the sand, a symbol of the division that now exists between the two.
Chaos erupts as Kass and Tasha openly argue back in camp, however Ciera also decides to throw Savage under the bus, saying he is targeting the ALPHA males in the tribe.
In the spirit of Second Chances, this is a throwback to Survivor: Cagayan with Tasha beating Spencer in their original season.
Standing on a narrowing beam with one hand holding a poll while keeping a ball from falling on the ground, Fishback shows he is no threat at physical challenges falling out within 10 seconds.
Savage, Jeremy, Tasha, Joe and Spencer make it to the last level. However it is a battle between the golden boy Joe and the young lad Spencer.
Inevitable Joe wins immunity, confirming he is the ultimate threat this season. Should Joe have lost this on purpose? Is he creating a bigger target on his back?
Joe and Keith have decided to go with the majority alliance, leaving Ciera, Kass, Abi and Wentworth in the minority. These are seasoned players and know that there will be a split 5-4-4. Kass approaches Spencer and asks him to vote Tasha his one alliance member from Cagayan.
The growth Spencer has shown throughout the season, brings conflict in his decision. His grudge against Kass seems to have dissipated and he is questioning whether to agree and vote with the minority alliance to vote Tasha out.
THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN
The vote is clear, it will be either Tasha, Kass or Ciera. Fishback ponders the evolution of the game, where the 3 small women are being targeted at the merge instead of an ALPHA male.
The Votes are cast 2 Votes each to Ciera, Kass and Tasha.
Next vote…SAVAGE! Who the ‘BEEP’ voted for Savage.
and sadly the tribe has spoken… Kass becomes the first member of the tribal and becomes the #QUEENofPONDEROSA (Check out CBS youtube for Ponderosa video, it’s excellent)
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This week on Survivor – The game took a major twist from the opening scene with the much speculated withdrawal of contestant Terry Deitz.
MIDNIGHT WAKE UP CALL
Probst hits the Ta Keo beach in the middle of the night, to speak with Terry Deitz. Sadly his son had been admitted to hospital and will need to leave the game to be with his son. We later discovered that his son has undergone a life-saving heart transplant operation and is in fact the real survivor ‘second chance.’
The following day the contestants hit the mats in anticipation of a reward challenge discovering Deitz was no longer in the game. Much emotion followed as those with children reflected on the enormity of the situation at hand. However in Survivor much like in life, the game never stays the same.
‘Drop your buffs!’
The three tribes are no more, with the removal of the AngKor tribe and the separation of the remaining 14 contestants into two tribes of 7.
Bayon – Jeremy, Stephen, Kimmi, Joe, Keith, Tasha, and Wentworth
Ta Keo – Savage, Woo, Abi, Kass, Ciera, Wiglesworth, and Spencer.
Over at Bayon, Stephen is looking to make the big move, unlike his previous game in season 18: Tocantins, he does not want to go to the end with the biggest threat and has identified Joe as the JT of this season. Joe however has plans of his own. To keep Kelly Wentworth and blindside a weaker player like Kimmi or Stephen,
Over at the new Ta Keo beach, Spencer and Kass are playing nice for now, however I don’t know how long that will last. Kass and Spencer both have confessionals talking of the uneasy relationship they have from their first season together.
IT’S A FOOD EATING CHALLENGE
The challenge comes down to a 3-3 tie, Cagayan Luzon tribe members Tasha and Kass square off eating a Survivor classic – BALUT!
Tasha wins comfortable and it’s the new Ta Keo heading to Tribal
Return of Chaos Kass?
Savage is confident he has the numbers, but Ciera ‘doesn’t know about that!’ and decides to form a new alliance with Kass and Abi.
Kass talks to Spencer and warns him that Savage is targeting him. Can he trust her? Kass is stuck between good and evil. Will #ChaosKass be making a return
TRIBAL TO DECIDE ONES FATE
Line are drawn in the sand and it’s Woo who is voted out 4-3 over Spencer. While Kass did not get her revenge of Spencer, she did on Woo for taking Tony to the end of Cagayan, instead of her.
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