Our third all-star Survivor season, Cambodia, continues to entertain! After an exciting fifth 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! This week we also bring you an ‘Ozlet Special’ recap with Ozlet favourites Noah and Ryan!
(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
“With three tribes in the game, they each have their own story. Ta Keo was on top of their game. Bayon had yet to lose but were far from united. Angkor was a disaster and they lost their second Immunity Challenge in a row. Savage and Tasha wanted to take out the biggest strategic threat, Jeff Varner, but Abi held a vendetta against Woo. At Tribal Council, Woo plead his case and it was Varner who was sent home. Sixteen are left. Who will be voted out tonight?” ~Jeff Probst
Back at the Angkor beach, Woo thanks his tribe for believing in him. Woo confesses that he hopes that he can stay away from Tribal Council for a while, but they might all be gone if they don’t get their act together. Abi confesses that the decision was up to her. If Woo writes her name down again, he’s dead to her. Savage and Tasha hug and agree that they pulled off a major accomplishment at Angkor. Tasha confesses that she will continue to fight until her situation changes.
Tasha and Savage are no longer in the minority on Angkor. (Image credit: CBS)
The next morning at Bayon, the women of the tribe try to get food from the ocean. Kimmi finds a number of big clams, which Monica suggests she should leave behind, claiming that they don’t want to deplete the cove. The two bicker over whether or not they should continue with this tactic. Both people confess that the other person is wrong. Kim confesses that she needs to practice her patience more. Upon returning to camp, Kimmi complains to Stephen about Monica’s suggestion.
Kimmi recounts Monica’s food-saving suggestions. (Image credit: CBS)
For the Reward Challenge, three members of each tribe are tied together. The fourth person is in a barrel and rolled by the others to a series of flagpoles where they must get out and collect a bag of balls. Once all the bags are collected, one member must roll the bolls into holes situation on a ramp. First team to sink all their balls wins comfort in the form of chairs, pillows, blankets, candles, hammock, and a tarp. Back at camp, the winning team will also have refreshments waiting. The second place team will win a tarp. Woo, Monica, and Wentworth are the barrel people for their respective tribes. Wentworth and Woo race through the bags for their tribes, but Monica struggles. Woo and Keith start rolling balls for Angkor and Ta Keo while Bayon catches up. Jeremy begins rolling balls for Bayon, but Spencer ends up replacing him and doing much better. Despite these efforts, Woo’s challenge prowess and Keith’s ball prowess win out. Ta Keo comes in first place, Angkor comes in second. Probst reminds them that “a win is a win”.
Keith Nale: Master of Balls. (Image credit: CBS)
Back at camp, the Ta Keo tribe enjoy a spread of juices and try out their new chairs and pillows. Terry confesses that they have all the food they need and if they run out, they go to the “grocery store” in the ocean. He takes off and attempts to catch some fish. While he is gone, the other five tribe members decide that this should be their final five alliance. Joe expressed his concern that people wanted him out immediately at the merge last time. He hopes this won’t happen this time. His new alliance reassures him. They agree that they need to keep Terry feeling safe. Keith confesses that this five could take him all the way.
An alliance is born at Ta Keo. (Image credit: CBS)
At the Bayon tribe, Jeremy and Spencer attempt to catch some fish. Both men say that they haven’t tried this before because of Terry and Joe providing for their original tribes. Spencer says that he never saw himself being able to serve in a provider role, but he is actually doing it. He’s proud of himself.
Spencer and Jeremy attempt fishing in their… “boat”. (Image credit: CBS)
At Angkor, Woo tells his tribe that all the “skee-ball” he played at Chuck E. Cheese finally paid off. While the tribe sits under their new tarp, Woo tells his tribe the story of his mother’s heart problems and how she received a new heart at the last possible moment and survived. They all agree that life is precious. Woo confesses that without these people he wouldn’t have a second chance at this game. Abi reveals that she was not so lucky and lost two family members in a way resembling what happened to Woo’s mother. In her confessional, she explains that she also had to go through knee surgery. She tells Tasha that she is annoyed that Woo is garnering sympathy with his story. Tasha tells her she agrees, but confesses that Abi is wearing on her and taking up all of her energy. Woo, on the other hand, will take orders.
Tasha puts on her best fake smile with Abi. (Image credit: CBS)
For the Immunity Challenge, each tribe has to send members one at a time up a short series of obstacles to a slingshot sand bag launcher, which they use to attempt to hit five targets which correspond to their tribe. This challenge is pretty straightforward with those who struggle tapping out quickly for those who are better. Notably during the challenge, Stephen fires a sand bag for Bayon which hits one of Angkor’s targets. With this helping them, Angkor actually manage to come in first place, securing their first Immunity as a tribe. Ta Keo continue their dominance by stealing second away from Bayon, who will go to Tribal Council for the first time. Jeff asks Monica about going to Tribal Council. She says that Tribal Council will make the tribe stronger, show people who they can trust. “I think there’s nothing wrong with going to Tribal Council”. Spencer confesses that it is clear that he and Wiglesworth are on the bottom. He hopes some of the bonds he has made stick tonight.
Wiglesworth slings a sand bag in the Immunity Challenge. (Image credit: CBS)
The second the tribe returns to camp, Stephen immediately apologizes for his missed shot. It doesn’t seem to come up again. Jeremy confesses that he has to decide if he trusts Spencer or Wiglesworth more. Monica tells him and Stephen that she doesn’t think either has the idol. Jeremy says he trusts Wiglesworth more, but Spencer needs them more. “Gun to your head” the three decide to vote out Wiglesworth. Spencer confesses that he had to crash conversations to check in, but he also has to play it cool since the people he is playing with are looking for loyalty. Monica and Kimmi discuss the vote and Monica asks Kimmi if she thinks they should try and keep Wiglesworth to keep the women’s numbers up. Kimmi is shocked and tells her no. Monica quickly agrees. This sends Kimmi into a tailspin, however, and she returns to camp and summons Jeremy and Stephen. She tells them that Monica is a snake in the grass, and reveals her plan to form a girl’s alliance. Jeremy claims that Monica is going to mess up a good thing. Kimmi suggests to them that they vote out Monica and put Spencer into her spot in the alliance. Jeremy confesses that it would be cool to see Monica go home after what she did. Stephen talks with Jeremy and says that it might send a bad message to former Bayon. Stephen is worried about another swap. Wiglesworth still has ties on the other side. “It’s hard to say which one is more dangerous”.
Kimmi reveals that Monica is a snake in the grass. (Image credit: CBS)
Tribal Council begins with Jeff asking Stephen about the benefits of Tribal Council. He says that there is no way to prove trust except by voting. Monica says that alliances are sticking together tonight. Spencer and Wiglesworth are in trouble. Wiglesworth says that she is aware of this and she hopes her actions will keep her in the tribe. Jeremy says that this is an old-school mindset. New school is erratic, in-the-moment, play. This epitomizes Spencer, Probst claims. Spencer tells them that despite this, these people are his group for the long-term. Jeremy says that this is good. Both Spencer and Wiglesworth are loyal. Both are good in challenges. Both are likable. How do you choose who to vote out? Jeremy says “we’ll see, then”. Monica says she believes the vote is locked in. Stephen says that strategy is based on emotion. You have to build real bonds to create real alliances. They vote. Monica votes for Wiglesworth, saying that she hates to do it. Wiglesworth votes for Spencer, saying that she has to go with the numbers. Spencer votes for Wiglesworth, saying that she has more friends that he does on the other side. Jeff retrieves the votes. No idols are played. The votes are revealed: Wiglesworth, Spencer, Wiglesworth, Monica, Monica, Monica. Monica looks increasingly shocked with each vote she receives, looking around at her tribe mates. With the last vote, her mouth falls open in shock. Kimmi smiles slyly. Wiglesworth pats Spencer on the arm. Probst says that tonight’s blindside proves which school of Survivor play they are engaging in: new school.
Monica is the first Bayon member to go home. (Image credit: CBS)
NEXT TIME ON… SURVIVOR
“Big moves are all about timing, but one Survivor‘s life in the game is about to run out.”
Stephen formulates the plan for a big move that could set the stage for the rest of the game. Probst arrives at the Ta Keo tribe in the middle of the night with a boat resembling their typical contestant evacuation boat.
Probst arrives at Ta Keo in the night. (Image credit: CBS)
SURVIVOR OZ SWEEP!
SO SO SO SO HAPPY! Kelly survived!
My hand was actually shaking during the final moments of the episode, that worked up was I thinking my girl Wiglesworth was going home! Most nervous I’ve felt during at TC since Blood vs Water!
Overall a great episode, I think it was fairly well spread in terms of the confessionals and most importantly we got Kimmi and Keith airtime! YAY! Still missing Wiglesworth airtime but we heard from her at TC and she survived so I won’t complain that much about that fact!
Good to see some spread in the challenge winners too, Varner I’m sure would be kicking himself that he wasn’t still in the game as he would’ve been safe another week and then moving forward strong. If only Woo had gone last week…
Next week is shaping up to be very interesting for sure. Will we get a medivac? It sure as hell looks that way! Bring it on!
An enjoyable episode! I really didn’t think there would be any major shocks but tribal proved yet again you can think there’s no way the move would happen…yet it did!
It really sets the game up with each tribe not really thinking about their original alliances now, and really shifting into an interesting mentality between all 3 tribes, with all 3 kind of being loyal now to their new surroundings, so I look forward to a switch up again in the future.
The challenges were a bit meh. Both were a physical thing with a target thing, but the immunity challenge especially was the more interesting of the two. I guess that thing that stood out was Fishbach hitting Angkor’s target! But I was just stoked Angkor didn’t get beaten, and that it was only one target allowed per person before changing! It just added that nice extra dynamic to the challenge!
I don’t quite know why Monica would say what she did to Kimmi, but I guess it could’ve gone her way if Kimmi trusted and liked Monica, but she didn’t really so…tough luck! Don’t try and switch the plan, even if it’s just a floated idea! I was surprised at tribal though, and was a little surprised that Spencer and Wiglesworth didn’t look that surprised! Where was a great stunned Woo face when you needed it!
A great episode all up! Now I just want to see what build up they have for next week with my man Fishbach! I mean, a move that will set the tone of the whole season? I couldn’t figure it out! Anyway, it’s been a good season so far so I’m looking forward to more!
We are five episodes in, and this season has still not lost momentum. The opening scene between Kimmi and Monica was clearly doing some foreshadowing. One thing Monica should have learned before hand was not to argue with Kimmi over food whether it is a clam or a chicken.
The reward challenge was not the best, but I usually like episodes with two challenges. It would have made more sense if they had two challenges when there were two tribes because it is hard to give three tribes enough screen time when there are two challenges. I encourage everyone to check outto see Keith’s secret scene called: “I’m Good With Balls.”
Stephen’s miserable failure during the immunity challenge was the highlight of the episode. How is Spencer getting more of the “nerd” edit when he is on a tribe with Stephen? Spencer went into Cagayan basically saying that he is a huge Survivor fan but not the nerdy, Cochran-type. Speaking of Spencer, we are seeing way too much of him and not enough of the too many others.
Some people like Abi-Maria and Jeff Varner were hogging screen time for good reason, but Spencer is not doing anything remarkable like they were. Despite his heroic edit, I see him suffering the same fate as in Cagayan.
This was Kimmi’s week to shine which was refreshing after we barely got to see her before this episode. Not only did Kimmi stand out as a character, but she also called the shots for this vote. Even though the vote was predictable for the audience, Monica’s utter shock made for a solid vote-out to conclude another solid episode.
Not even in Palau did we have all the Koror outlast all of the Ulong, so it would’ve been pretty weird if the pattern of original Ta Keo people being voted out continued. It’s also pretty interesting how this season is going, with the first five players voted out consisting of at least 3 players a lot of people felt were favourites or dark horses to win simply because they were in the middle of all the characters and threats in the cast. But no, it’s still Episode 6 and all of Spencer, Kass, Abi, Stephen, and Joe are still in while tonight someone like Monica who could’ve been like Amber and just find her way through because she’s so….Monica. Like why are you worried about Monica? Well Monica gave her alliance a good reason to be worried and she paid the price. The price being her torch’s flame. It’s a small sample size but look at how Samoa returnees have done, aside from H vs V Russell where no one else saw his game. 17th place Russell, 16th place Monica, and 15th place Russell. I guess if Shambo did accept an offer she’d be 18th or 14th so wise choice to decline. It’s been a charmed life for Ciera, Joe, Kass, and Keith. I wonder if any of them would be out by now if they did visit tribal already. Either way, loving this season but I’ll hate to see someone get medevac’d. Hasn’t happened since Erik Reichenbach and for a chill guy like him, he was pretty bugged by his medevac because he didn’t have proper closure. In a season titled Second Chances, that feeling could be multiplied by 50 regardless of who it is who is medevac’d (if it’s a medevac).
SURVIVOR RE-CAPPER: OZLET SPECIAL
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 5th recap features an ‘Ozlet Special’ with Ozlet favourites Noah and Ryan! Together they discuss everything that happened during this episode as well as looking ahead to the rest of the season with their answers to the ‘Cambodia 5!’
Join us next week as we are joined by another former Survivor contestant to help us recap the sixth episode of Cambodia!
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