The current season of Survivor: World’s Apart continues at a rapid pace as the pre-merge portion of the game comes to a close! After an entertaining episode, it’s time to recap it! Joining us, we have our recap expert, Clifton, plus Ben and the Ozlets chime in with their thoughts as well! Oh, and we’ll even speak to a real expert in our good friend, and the original Sole Survivor, Richard Hatch from All-Stars and the winner of Borneo!
(If you haven’t watched this weeks episode yet, clicking the link below will spoil the hell out of it, so if you don’t want to be spoiled then don’t click the link!)
PREVIOUSLY ON… SURVIVOR
After a surprise tribe swap, Kelly was the only Blue Collar member on a tribe of mostly women. The rest of the Blue Collar tribe enjoyed a 4-3 advantage, but Sierra was not thrilled about being stuck with her original tribe mates. With three new tribe mates, it was a whole different ball game. Rodney and Joaquin began to build a connection at the new Escameca tribe. At the Immunity Challenge, Nagarote was obliterated, and the tribe had to decide who to vote out. Carolyn decided that she did not want to continue to be associated with her former tribe mates Max and Shirin, and she offered her vote to Jenn, Hali, and Will. With the majority set, they simply had to decide who was more annoying: Max or Shirin. Max unknowingly won the contest and was sent home by the Nagarote tribe, leaving Shrin all alone. Thirteen are left.
Shirin confesses that she was shocked by Tribal Council. Max was her best friend in the game and now she is in a bad position. She approaches Carolyn, who explains that Shirin was Max’s puppet and that she made no effort to make Carolyn comfortable. Instead, she was spending all her time trying to gain favour with the former No Collar tribe members. Fearing she has no one left work with, Shirin asks Hali to talk straight with her. Hali explains that Max and Shirin were simply alienating themselves and getting on peoples nerves. Shirin confesses that the situation is reminiscent to her growing up in Orange County, surrounded by pretty people who looked down on her. Unlike when she was a child, however, she now has the ability to adapt and deal with it.
Hali tries to talk straight with Shirin about the last vote. (Image credit: CBS)
At the Escameca camp, Dan recounts the story of losing his underwear. Rodney confesses that he is miserable hearing the same stories from the same people over and over again. The tribe swap was good because it introduced some new energy. He tells Joaquin that they need to stick together, confessing that no one on his Blue Collar tribe was really connecting with him. Rodney tells Joaquin that they cannot trust Mike because he goes to church and is celibate. They agree that they would work well together, and they agree to vote for each other if they make it to the end. Rodney confesses that he will prove people wrong who think he is dumb.
Rodney and Joaquin develop a “relationship”. (Image credit: CBS)
For the challenge, both tribes must race up a tower and through a series of obstacles. Once they are at the top, tribe members must launch sand bags in an attempt to hit one of six target. When you hit the target successfully, a flag will raise. The winners of the challenge will be taken to a turtle sanctuary where they can see turtles migrate back to the beach to lay their eggs. The winners will also get a feast of macaroni and cheese, beef stew, and hot chocolate. Escameca sits out Dan. The challenge begins, both tribes climbing up their ladder and traversing a rope bridge. The Escameca tribe flies through this portion of the challenge and quickly makes it to the top. Rodney begins firing sand bags. After he launches his first unsuccessfully, Jenn makes it to the top and starts firing for Nagarote. She scores. Rodney scores as Kelly takes Jenn’s place. Joaquin takes Rodney’s place. Kelly scores immediately. Joaquin misses. Hali is up for Nagarote. Joaquin scores. Hali misses. Sierra is up for Escameca. Sierra scores on her first shot. Mike is up for Escameca. He misses. Hali misses again and signals for Carolyn to take her place. Mike scores. Escameca has four out of six flags raised, Nagarote has two out of six flags raised. Joe is up for Escameca. Carolyn scores. Shirin takes her place. Joe misses. Shirin scores, tying the match. Will is up for Nagarote. Joe finally scores. Tyler is up for Escameca. Will scores. The next person to score wins the match. It is Tyler versus Jenn. Jenn scores and wins the reward for Nagarote. The tribe loudly celebrates their victory, chanting “I believe that we can win!” Shirin confesses that winning the reward gives her a much needed opportunity to bond with her tribe mates.
Tyler and Jenn sling balls at targets in the Reward Challenge. (Image credit: CBS)
The Nagarote tribe find a mat with their feast laying out waiting for them. Hali confesses that the challenge was like David versus Goliath. She was so excited for the food that she compared the joy to that of having a first child. Carolyn confesses that the win was great considering their underdog status. The tribe is so happy that they’re even tolerating Shirin. As they eat, Shirin makes fun of Rodney, which is well received by her tribe mates. After the sun goes down, they are led onto the beach and they find a turtle digging in the sand. The guide explains that she came form the water, digs a hole, and then lays 120 eggs. Only one egg will survive. Jenn confesses that it is cool that she has a 1 in 14 chance of winning this million dollar game, when these turtles have only a 1 in 120 chance of life.
Jenn watches the turtle dig a hole on the beach. (Image credit: CBS)
The next day, the men of Escameca mourn the loss of the possible food reward. Joaquin takes an opportunity to talk to Sierra alone and picks her brain. She reiterates that she was never more happy than for the tribe swap to come. She hates her former tribe mates. Joaquin confesses that the situation is perfect for him. He has all the ammunition he needs. He tells Sierra that he is tied to Tyler. Joe is too strong, they don’t want to bring him too far. He then informs her that for them to be able to stick it to her old tribe mates, however, she is going to need to work with Rodney. This does not please her. Sierra confesses that her biggest connection in the game right now is with Joaquin. She thinks that he and Tyler are the most trustworthy people she has met. The fact that they are working with Rodney, however, might be a deal breaker. Rodney walks up to them and tries to ease things over with Sierra. He confesses that time heals all, and he has to do whatever it takes to put himself in the best position. Rodney tells her that they are going to make it to the “promised land together” with a “prime time story”. He confesses that he sees himself winning the whole thing.
Rodney and Sierra are headed to the promised land. (Image credit: CBS)
Rodney then approaches Mike and tells him that he has Joaquin like a “yo yo”, but makes motions indicating he meant to say “puppet”. He tells Mike that they need to throw the next challenge and get rid of Joe. If they get rid of Joe, it will develop trust with Joaquin and they can use him. Then they also don’t have to deal with Joe after the merge. Mike confesses that Rodney is overly confident, but this may be a special situation in which throwing a challenge might be a good idea. Mainly because his primary alliance is Kelly, who is all alone on the other tribe. If they throw a challenge, maybe they can keep her safe.
Rodney explains to Mike that they have to throw the challenge. (Image credit: CBS)
For the Immunity Challenge, there is a platform being hidden by a curtain. Contestants will pair off one-on-one against members of the other tribe. When the round begins, the curtain will raise, and they will see a series of objects. However feels confident in their memory first, pulls a lever to drop the curtain and hide the items. Both people must then race to another platform and recreate the object sequence. The person who gets it right, scores a point for their tribe. If both are right, the person who finished first gets the point. The first tribe to score three points wins Immunity. Joaquin sits out for Escameca. The first pairing is Carolyn versus Rodney. The curtain raises. Carolyn pulls the lever. Rodney looks confused. They recreate the sequence. Carolyn is right, Rodney is wrong. Nagarote scores. Rodney curses. Next, Sierra takes on Hali. The curtain raises. Hali pulls the lever. They recreate the sequence. Hali is correct, Sierra is not. Nagarote scores. Next, Will takes on Joe. The curtain raises. Joe pulls the lever. Joe gets the sequence correct and scores for Escameca. Next, Dan takes on Shirin. Curtain raises. Dan pulls the lever. Dan is correct, Shirin is not. The score is tied 2-2. The final match up is Kelly and Mike. As they prepare to start, Mike quietly says “Let’s go, Kel”. The curtain raises. Kelly pulls the lever. Mike continues to look at the curtain. Jeff makes fun of him. Mike finishes the sequence but is wrong. So it Kelly. They reset. Mike whispers to Kelly that he is going to give the challenge to her and he will help her with the sequence. The curtain raises. He quietly points out the order of the sequence. Kelly pulls the lever. They are both wrong. They reset. This time they use only five items instead of six. This time Mike tells her to do the same sequence as him except switch the bottles. She gets it. Nagarote wins the challenge. Kelly confesses that she has never felt more trust for someone than when she realized Mike was trying to help her. She can’t wait to get back with her Blue Collar tribe mates where she belongs.
Mike helps Kelly win the Immunity Challenge. (Image credit: CBS)
Back at camp, Dan, Mike, Rodney, and Joaquin put on a show of being disappointed with their loss. Mike confesses that throwing the challenge made a part of him die. He is also starting to worry about Rodney. Joaquin is getting Rodney a little bit too under his thumb. He approaches Rodney and they discuss the Tribal Council. Rodney reiterates that Joe is the one going. Everyone is already on board. They separate so no one sees them talking. Joaquin tells Rodney that Sierra is the key. This is going to be a walk in the park. Joaquin confesses that Rodney is now his right hand guy, and Sierra owes him one. Joe is definitely going home. Mike and Dan approach Joe and ask him where his head is at. Joe says that he can never approach Joaquin because he’s always got a “puppy dog” following him. Mike tells Joe that he thinks the two White Collar guys are trying to play them all. Dan nods. Mike tells him that he is worried they will pull Rodney and Sierra in. He also reveals that Rodney is gunning for Joe. Joe confesses that he wanted to work with the younger guys, but they don’t seem to want to work with him. Dan confesses that Joe is with them now. The problem is that he messed up with Sierra. He made a mistake and he needs to bring her back into the fold. He and Mike sit with Sierra by the water, and Dan explains that he is sorry for the way he acted in the past, but they have to work together now to deal with the threat of Rodney and Joaquin. Sierra confesses that it makes her sick to have her old tribe suddenly say they need her. She hates Dan. Joe talks to Sierra on the beach, and we see her say that she sometimes plays with her heart. She confesses that she is not sure which way she will go.
Dan and Mike explain the voting situation to Joe. (Image credit: CBS)
Jeff begins by reiterating the break down of the tribe based on original tribe lines. Joe says that it seemed on the surface that they Blue Collar tribe were a big happy family, but it wasn’t as it seemed. Dan says that there is definitely dysfunction and he is worried about what might happen. Tyler explains that they found bad blood and animosity, especially regarding Sierra. She explains that her old tribe mates picked on her and talked down to her, though she gives Mike credit for telling them to stop. Jeff points out to Mike that he is in a tough spot. Mike agrees, saying they are not impenetrable. Rodney says that opportunity has come to the tribe. There are three new people. What’s the best opportunity for him? Joaquin explains that he is less concerned than he was a few days ago. It makes it easy when the lines of tension are so clear. Joe explains that they could be lying, they could be very tight. There’s no way for them to know. All he knows is that he is alone. Sierra says that she has trouble trusting people her attacked her personally. Jeff asks why not stick with the numbers and stay safe for a few new votes. She smiles, saying she knows, and she’s not stupid. Mike says that at the end of the day, he hopes he can trust in the connections he made in the early goings of the game, but its scary not knowing if he can. They vote. Joaquin votes for “Joe Cool”. Joe votes for “Joaquin NYC” saying that it is either “me or you tonight”. Jeff retrieves the votes. No idols are played. The votes are revealed: Joe, Joaquin, Joe, Joaquin, Joe, Joaquin, Joaquin. Joaquin is the sixth person voted out of Survivor: Worlds Apart. Joaquin’s smile quickly fades. Rodney looks confused. Tyler hunches over. Mike and Sierra smile. Joe sighs. Jeff says that the Tribal Council centered around cracks. Now their job is to repair those cracks day by day.
Joaquin is the sixth person voted out. (Image credit: CBS)
NEXT TIME ON… SURVIVOR
Rodney feels betrayed by his Blue Collar tribe. He confesses that the people who betrayed him will pay. Later, the twelve remaining players learn that they have merged into one tribe!
The tribes merge! (Image credit: CBS)
SURVIVOR OZ SWEEP!
Well that was interesting.
Throwing a challenge? Right before a potential merge? To save one person? Hmmm not sure if Mike thought that through. Yes it’s hard to exactly pinpoint when a merge will be, but surely as a fan he would know that it’s just about to happen. Throwing a challenge in Survivor 99.9% of the time doesn’t work, and I think we will continue that stat.
Sad to see Joaquin go, I liked him from the start and I predicted him to go far. But I think this will help the original no collar tribe to no end. There are four of them still at a merge of 12, and they all seem like they can work together again. I still think they are in the box seat to win this game.
Rodney now also has something to work with now that he has been betrayed, but it’ll be a tough road for him. Have to say that this season has been a bit of a disappointment so far, and not as enjoyable as the last few seasons to this point. Hopefully it can improve from here.
Bring on next week!
Another awesome episode. Who would have thought the bromance could go wrong so quickly. All in all it probably should have kept a bit more on the down low that Joaquin and Rodney were teaming up. It definitely would have been smarter for Joaquin to bring in Joe instead of Rodney, who Sierra couldn’t stand. Looks like Rodney is the most alienated member of the blue collars now instead of Sierra who just last week was on the outs.
Loved the turtle reward, offering a bit of an insight into the location and a local experience. The food also looked AH-MAZ-ING. Both challenges were interesting, and especially the first was a real nail biter. It was great to see Nagarote win and get some momentum back since I wasn’t expecting it. I really think Shirin is a shoe in to go deep into the game now and I hope she does since she’s not really as offensive as people claim. It’s nice to have a player with a few quirks instead of people who are just trying to act cool, calm and collected.
Fairly unpredictable episode and lots of great scenes. There are honestly so many ways it could go into the merge and that’s one of the best things about three tribe seasons and the fact that there was an early switch. While I can see some of the No Collar and Blue collars sticking together, no one feels too obligated to their original tribes and everyone has spent time with many people.
I can feel an unpredictable season coming up. It’s definitely hard to pick who will be first jury member, however if I were playing I think it would make a lot of sense to get rid of Joe at this point.
Sometimes in Survivor you get an airtight season where the power doesn’t shift too often or there’s a lot of unanimous votes which keeps camp life calm. Not this season. We are headed toward the merge without having had a unanimous vote and every vote has been met with a dilemma between two or more people, most without a clear correct answer. The one thing that threatened to dull things a bit was another tribe swap with seemingly uneven new tribes (not a novelty, remember Marquesas? This has happened quite a few times.) but with the right challenges that can be overlooked. Both the reward and immunity challenge this episode were pretty fair. The big talking point is the immunity throw and I’m normally against throwing challenges but this one has to rank up there as one of the smarter ones (depends on how the following episodes go though) in Survivor history. It’s hard to consider Joaquin’s blindside as the best move because it depends on who you are thinking of. It was clearly the best move for Joe since it kept him alive but for Sierra Dan and Mike it’s more complex. Going into the merge with a 5-4-3 split in terms of original tribes has the makings of a fantastic post merge. Almost every great Survivor season has a stellar post merge and hopefully Worlds Apart can continue to live up to their massive expectations.
SURVIVOR RE-CAPPER: RICHARD HATCH
Each week this season we’ll bring you the viewpoint of at least one former Survivor contestant to hear what they think of the episode and their thoughts for the rest of the season! Our recap for the 6th episode features the original Sole Survivor, Richard Hatch! He discusses everything that happened during this episode and looks ahead to the rest of the season with his answers to the ‘World’s Apart 5!’
TIP TO WIN: Jenn/Joe
DARK HORSE: Jenn/Joe
NEXT TO GO: No Answer
WHAT TRIBE WOULD YOU BE ON: Any of them
PLAYER MOST SIMILAR TO: Nobody
Join us next week as we are joined by another former player to help us recap the seventh episode of Worlds Apart!
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