Survivor Cambodia – Episode 4 Recap featuring Carolyn Rivera


The highly anticipated season of Cambodia continues the pre-merge and continues to entertain! After an exciting fourth 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 Carolyn Rivera from Worlds Apart!

(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!)


“After a surprise switch, Survivor Second Chance went from two tribes to three tribes: Bayon, Ta Keo, and Angkor. The new Ta Keo tribe was building confidence, the new Bayon tribe was building relationships, while the Angkor tribe had to rebuild everything. The only thing that was evident was that Tasha and Savage were in the minority, but they weren’t ready to give up. At the Immunity Challenge, Jeremy secretly found a Hidden Immunity Idol. Angkor lost the challenge, and Varner lost his cool. Facing Tribal Council, the former Ta Keo couldn’t get along. Tasha and Savage used it to their advantage. At Tribal Council, Woo voted for Abi again. It was Peih-Gee who was sent home. Seventeen are left. Who will be voted out tonight?”



After Tribal Council, Jeff confesses that he dodged a bullet. He thought he was gone but did not get one single vote. He tells Tasha and Savage that he is loyal to this and that he has always been loyal to Abi. Tasha tells Woo that Varner should have gone home rather than Peih-Gee. She confesses that she is feeling great because they are in control. Abi approaches Tasha and tells her that she is uncomfortable with Tasha taking time to comfort someone who voted against her. Tasha reminds Abi that she has had her back and not voted against her. “What’s the beef?” Abi confesses that she wants Woo to go next because he has voted for her.


Abi gives Woo a piece of her mind. (Image credit: CBS)

DAY 10


The next morning at Bayon, Jeremy tells us how much he loves his Hidden Immunity Idol. Stephen and Jeremy discuss where the idol might be. Jeremy suggests it might be in the trees like it was for Mike last season. Jeremy confesses that he wants to be Stephen’s J.T.. He’ll keep Stephen close and let Stephen work for him, but no one will know about his idol.


Jeremy discusses the idol with Stephen. (Image credit: CBS)


At Angkor, Savage attempts to go fishing but has as much success as he did in Pearl Islands. Varner finds tree mail and reveals that there will be a reward challenge for food. Woo wonders if they have enough fuel in their tanks to pull this off.


Varner reveals that Angkor might have a chance to eat. (Image credit: CBS)


For the Reward Challenge, each tribe must pick one person to complete the entire challenge for their tribe. Each chosen contestant must race out into the water and collect sandbags from a floating platform. They then must run back and use a plank to launch the bag into a net. First person to finish wins their tribe a sausage feast and the tools to cook it. The second person to finish wins their tribe some vegetable as well as the cooking tools. Angkor chooses Savage, Bayon chooses Jeremy, and Ta Keo chooses Terry. All three men get their sandbags at the same time and make their way back to the beach. Terry nails his first sand bag on the first try and heads back out. Jeremy and Savage are not so lucky and take a few more tries. Terry beings working on his second bag but has a lot more trouble. While he readjusts, Jeremy and Savage make it back with their second bags. Savage nails his second on the first try, stealing the lead. Terry and Jeremy quickly get theirs. Everyone races for the third bag, Savage and Terry in lock-step. Savage gets his third bag on his first try, and Angkor goes wild. Jeremy and Terry race for second place, and Terry pulls it out for Ta Keo. After the challenge, Tasha sobs, saying that Savage did that with no fuel for nothing more than the love of his tribe. Savage confesses that today was vindication for Pearl Islands.


The “hero” reward challenge. (Image credit: CBS)


Back at camp, the tribe cook their meat and celebrate their victory. Varner tells them all that it will be motivation for them all. Savage confesses that the tribe knows now that they can compete with the other tribes.


Angkor’s feast. (Image credit: CBS)

DAY 11


The next morning at Ta Keo, Kass confesses that she made a big mistake last time in Cagayan. She played a great strategic game but a terrible social game. She took it to heart and is trying to act as sincere as she can and sympathize with people. Wentworth notices Kass when she wakes up taking beads off of a bag. Wentworth doesn’t trust “Chaos Kass” and thinks she might be making a fake idol. She approaches Kass on the beach who playfully tells her to turn around and walk away. After Kass completes crafting it, she presents a bracelet to Wentworth as a birthday present and a good luck charm. Kass confesses that she thinks that the person who wins this game will be someone who embraces the theme of change. For her, that’s being more open.


Kass gives Wentworth a birthday present. (Image credit: CBS)


At the Bayon tribe, Jeremy asks Spencer what his relationship with “Wigles” is. Spencer reveals that Wiglesworth voted against him. He was next to go. Spencer confesses that he and Wiglesworth are in a troubling position on the Bayon tribe, which means that he has to throw her under the bus. He makes it clear to the tribe that Wiglesworth is aligned with the threats on the other tribes. She is a vote for them. Monica confesses that she thinks Spencer might be lying about this. He’s sneaky. She wants to keep the girl count up and the boy count down so that a women’s alliance might have a chance of happening. This means Spencer will be the next one to go from their tribe if she has anything to do about it.


Monica and Spencer talk about “Wigles”. (Image credit: CBS)


For the Immunity Challenge, one person from each tribe will be a caller and assist their blindfolded tribemates in collecting a slew of large, heavy, puzzle pieces. Once they retrieve them all, the tribe members must remove their blindfolds and complete the puzzle. First two tribes to do so win Immunity. The challenge is long and clearly exhausting. During the collection phase, Joe is a powerhouse, collecting many pieces on his own. Keith is useless, remarking time and time again that he is unable to hear his caller, Kass. Despite fluctuating leads and a number of painful slips with heavy pieces, all three tribes appear to begin working on the puzzle around the same time. Angkor struggles and seem to give up while Ta Keo and Bayon successfully complete theirs. Angkor will return to Tribal Council. Savage tells Probst that it was all they had. He’s never been in a state like this. They gave it all they had. It’s scary. He’s ready to fall over and can’t think.


Ta Keo win the second Immunity Idol. (Image credit: CBS)


During the Challenge, Varner dropped a puzzle piece on his little toe and injured his foot badly. He tells everyone that he is no threat to anyone. Tasha confesses that she is delighted to be in control, but Abi is a lot to handle and unpredictable. It worries her. She and Savage agree that it has to be Varner who goes. Varner approaches Woo and they agree its one of them who will go. Varner is sure that it is him. There’s nothing they can do. Woo approaches Abi and tries to clear the air with her. She says that they are making her comfortable. Abi confesses that she would not consider working with Woo. Woo confesses that he could be facing a lot of trouble. Abi approaches Tasha and tries to convince her that they should all vote for Woo. Tasha isn’t hearing it, telling her that Varner should be the one to go. Tasha confesses that Woo will help them win challenges. Abi is contrary and frustrated that Tasha is not hearing her out. Abi confesses that she is the decision maker, picking between loyalty and challenge ability.


Tasha hides her annoyance with Abi. (Image credit: CBS)


At Tribal Council, Probst addresses Varner about his foot. Varner says that the day has been a nightmare. It’s hard to put two thoughts together, it’s hard to get up to walk and use the bathroom, and stressful moments (like a large flying insect interrupting him and startling the tribe at that very moment) are extremely draining. Woo says that Varner and him are on the bottom, but Woo is more useful in challenges. Abi says that she doesn’t know what she will do. Varner has been loyal to her, but challenges are important. Savage points out that Woo is a stud and they don’t know if they want to face him at the merge. Woo reminds them that the merge is a long way off. Varner interrupts, saying that he doesn’t know that. Woo says that he is a pivotal player that will ride-or-die. Varner reminds him that Woo voted against the alliance at the last Tribal Council. Varner takes the opportunity to pitch himself to each person. He tells Tasha that he knows she sees him as a crafty person, but he trusts her and is loyal. He tells Savage that they have a lot in common. He tells Abi that he adores her. He has not and will not vote for her. Abi is smitten. Woo is exasperated. Tasha says that they are balancing loyalty and ability. Woo says he has both. He promises that he will stick to the relationships he’s made. Probst loves the fight. No one is giving up. Varner says “let’s do it”. Woo takes one last opportunity to plead with Abi not to vote for him. She tells him to make sure he doesn’t write Abi. Woo votes Varner. Varner votes Woo, saying “you rock”. No idols are played. The votes are revealed: Varner, Woo, Varner, Varner. Woo sighs. Varner hugs Abi and kisses her on the cheek while saying “you little bitch”. Varner is the fourth person voted out of Survivor: Cambodia. Probst says that the silver lining is that the right vote can make them stronger and more united.


The great Jeff Varner is voted out. (Image credit: CBS)


“In a season of second chances, the most unlikely might be the most dangerous.” Kimmi says that “she is a snake in the grass” and “there will be casualties”. Keith notes that a two-person alliance won’t get you far, but a five person alliance might just get you to the end. Abi remarks that if someone (he) votes for her again, they’re dead to her.


Keith might be forming a new plan. (Image credit: CBS)









Oh man, how infuriating was this episode! Varner gets voted out instead of Woo?!?! Man, so so bad.

It was a decent episode with some good bits, but as is becoming far too often this season we’re getting hardly any screen time of some of the key people we voted back on. Where is Keith? Where is Kimmi? AND WHERE IS WIGLESWORTH?!?!? It’s great to get some random scenes here and there that obviously have narrative for the remainder of the story but GIVE ME MY WIGLESWORTH DAMMIT!

The challenges were pretty decent this episode, did have to enjoy the random ‘ow montage’ we had in the immunity challenge. Although it was probably a tad lacklustre compared to the other versions we’ve had of that challenge over the years.

We’ll see how this continues to pan out, but epic sad face that Varner is gone 😦



Each week this season we’ll bring you the viewpoint of at least one former Survivor contestants to hear what they think of the episode and their thoughts for the rest of the season! Our 4th recap features Carolyn Rivera from Worlds Apart. She discusses everything that happened during this episode as well as looking ahead to the rest of the season with his answers to the ‘Cambodia 5!’

DARK HORSE: Wiglesworth/Kimmi

Join us next week as we are joined by another former Survivor contestant to help us recap the fifth episode of Cambodia!



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