Our third all-star Survivor season, Cambodia, continues to entertain beyond the merge! After an exciting 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! We also talk to one of the real experts in our good friend Teresa ‘T-Bird’ Cooper from Africa!
(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
“In a season of second chances, everyone was trying to change their history in the game. [Wentworth is going big or going home, Spencer is making relationships that will help him, and Stephen is focusing not losing to the golden boy a second time.] At the merge, everyone was battling for numbers, but for Joe the number one priority was winning Immunity. Back at camp, Kass was at trouble and looking to make a big move against Tasha. At Tribal Council, Ciera was on board, but not everyone was ready to pull the trigger, leaving Abi, Ciera, and Wentworth on the bottom. Twelve are left. Who will be voted out tonight?” ~Jeff Probst
The next morning, Savage and Jeremy congratulate each other on a plan well-executed. Savage plans to stick solid to his alliance and play it old school. Jeremy and Savage agree that they are going to stick with Joe, and agree that they need to offset any moves attempted against Joe. Ciera and Stephen talk on the beach about the previous night. Ciera reminds him that the game can change at any moment, but currently her hands are tied. She confesses that she needs to convince Stephen that now is the time to make a big move. Stephen confesses that he doesn’t want to be run over by a bunch of “bros”, and it may be time for him to take action.
Ciera tries to plant some seeds. (Image credit: CBS)
For the reward challenge, the tribe is split into two teams. The first team consists of Wentworth, Kimmi, Wiglesworth, Joe, Ciera, and Keith. The second team consists of Tasha, Ciera, Jeremy, Spencer, Stephen, and Abi. For the challenge, both teams must paddle a boat out to a series of floating crates. They must collect all for crates and then bring them back to the beach. Then they must stack the four blocks to that there are no repeating colours in any column. Winning team will be sent to a Survivor cafe, where they will enjoy iced coffee, bagels, and cookies. Probst reminds us that the first time Survivor ever had a paddling challenge, Wiglesworth lost to Gervase who could not swim. This time however, Wiglesworth’s team is solid and get a strong lead during the paddling portion of the challenge. They are first back to the beach and first to begin working on the puzzle. The second team makes up good time, however, and Stephen is the first to think that the puzzle was done, calling to Probst. He was wrong, however, giving the first team a chance to sneak back in and win the challenge. Wiglesworth tells Jeff that she feels great about her redemption.
The reward puzzle. (Image credit: CBS)
At the reward, the winning team dig into their food. Kimmi confesses that this is her first food reward, making it super special. Ciera confesses that it is a personal scenario to talk some strategy while people are relaxed. She needs to plant seeds and build relationships. She reminds everyone on the reward that Jeremy, Stephen, Tasha, and Savage are tight and on her last season she made a move against the tight top alliance too late in the game to be effective. Joe confesses that he is sticking with the Bayons, but he knows that Ciera is right. He tells them all that Stephen is going to make a big move in a couple votes. Keith, unable to deal with the strategy talk, goes to explore the Tuk-Tuks that brought them to their reward (essentially a motorcycle with a large open air passenger car attached behind it). He quickly figures out how to make it work, and joy rides around the beach. Soon, the rest of his reward-mates join him in the passenger section and they go cruising.
Keith takes over a “to-to”. (Image credit: CBS)
Back at camp, moods are not as light. Stephen is sulking about not being able to go on the reward. Abi tells him to get over it. He apologizes and tells his fellow losers that he lost his last game because of relationships that were formed at the rewards. Jeremy and Stephen talk on the beach, and Stephen reveals that he wants to go after Joe if he loses Immunity. Jeremy confesses that he was reluctant because he was using Joe as a shield, but every time Joe wins it puts a bigger target on his back. Stephen confesses that he has to get in the driver’s seat. He approaches Spencer and tells him his plan to get out Joe. Spencer confesses that Joe is a good bet to win any challenge, so it would be crazy NOT to vote him out if you have a chance. Stephen then checks in with Tasha and tells her the idea. She says that it is a possibility. Savage overhears them and confesses that Stephen is disgusting. He plans on going toe-to-toe with Stephen.
Stephen talks with Tasha about voting for Joe. (Image credit: CBS)
The next morning, Savage tells Joe that Stephen is diabolical and coming after him. Joe confesses that Stephen is smart to come after him, but he hoped it wouldn’t have been so soon. Savage promises to Joe on his kids’ lives that he will never write Joe’s name down. Joe confesses that this is great, but he has to win Immunity now to make sure that he is safe.
Savage tells Joe that Stephen is targeting him. (Image credit: CBS)
For the second week in a row, the Immunity Challenge deals with balancing balls on a platform. This time, instead balancing the platform by holding onto an attached pole, the contestants are pulling on an attached rope. Probst reminds us that in San Juan Del Sur, Keith won and Jeremy was out first. Seconds into the challenge, Wentworth, Ciera, and Wiglesworth all drop out. Jeremy is next, followed by Abi. Stephen is next, followed by Savage, who gives his balls the middle finger. The next stage begins with each person stepping further from the platform. Kimmi is out first in this round, leaving Tasha, Joe, Spencer, and Keith. Tasha drops out, followed by Spencer. It comes down to Joe and Keith who are rock solid. They move to the final round wherein each contestant has to balance two balls at once. Both men do well, but it is Keith whose ball first rolls off the platform. Joe wins Immunity for the second time in a row. Joe confesses that now that he is safe, he’ll be going after Stephen.
Joe pulls out his second Immunity win this season. (Image credit: CBS)
Back at camp, everyone congratulates Joe on his win. Stephen confesses his frustration in Joe winning Immunity again. Joe is his white-whale and Stephen is on a maniacal quest to take him out. Joe and Savage start talking about their plan to go after Stephen. Joe plans to use the three girls on the bottom to make it happen. He talks with Wiglesworth and Wentworth on the beach, and both of them are down with voting out Stephen. Wentworth reminds us that she has a Hidden Immunity Idol and that she has to play this situation correctly. She tells Ciera the plan to vote out Fishbach. Ciera is down. Savage talks with Tasha and Wiglesworth and tells them that Stephen has to go. Jeremy joins them and is shocked to hear the plan. Jeremy confesses that it would be a bad move for him to vote out Stephen. He’s been forming trust with Stephen since Day 1, and he wants Stephen as faithful ammunition for when the big guys start going after one another. Jeremy tells Savage that he is right, but that he is worried about letting the women sneak through to the end. Spencer also tells Savage that they know what Stephen’s plan is, Stephen can’t carry it out without numbers, and so they actually have him pretty well controlled. The other players are bigger variables. Savage tells them that they make great points, and he says that he will do whatever the group wants. Tasha tells Joe that the plan against Stephen fell through. Joe says that he is nervous. He approaches Wentworth, Wiglesworth and Ciera. Wiglesworth says that someone must have something deep with Fishbach. Wentworth seems sure that they are targeting her. Wentworth wants Joe to grow a pair. Ciera wants a miracle.
Jeremy and Spencer convince Savage to not vote Stephen. (Image credit: CBS)
Tribal Council begins with Kass entering and giving Savage the finger as she takes her seat on the Jury bench. Ciera tells Probst that it is the same situation as last week. No one is willing to play. Wentworth tells Probst that four people have a strong-hold on the game, but she won’t identify them or do anything that might make them not work with her in the future. Ciera calls the four out as Jeremy, Tasha, Savage, and then either Stephen or Joe as the fourth. Jeremy points out they don’t even have their story straight of the numbers, so how can you believe them. Joe reminds us that perception is reality. Savage says that he has mutual respect with certain people, but there is no hierarchy. Ciera doesn’t buy it, but Stephen says that he thinks this game is different than any game of Survivor played before. There really is no hierarchy. Probst brings up Hidden Immunity Idols. Spencer says that people think they’ve been quietly found, or there aren’t any. Ciera says that she doesn’t want anyone to do anything bizarre, she just wants people to fight for their position in the game. Wentworth tells everyone that people have been coming to her working out big moves to make. She’s not scrambling in the minority, but others are within the majority. They vote. Spencer says that he would have made the same plea as the person he voted for if he was in their position. Jeff retrieves the votes. Wentworth then pops up and plays her Hidden Immunity Idol to the shock of the majority alliance and the delight of her minority alliance and Kass. The first nine votes revealed all go to Wentworth. None of them count. Wentworth glows with delight. As Probst reveals the first vote for Savage, Wentworth first bumps Ciera. Tasha and Kimmi inexplicably cracks huge smiles. Joe looks amused as well, but this might not have been the target he expected them to go for when he warned the girls. Jeff snuffs his buddy, Savage’s, torch and avoid eye-contact as he tells him that it’s time to go. Abi tells Savage that he “made it to the Jury”. He gives her the middle finger and departs. Unshaken, Abi tells him, “right back at you”. Eleven remain!
Savage becomes the second member of the Jury. (Image credit: CBS)
NEXT TIME ON… SURVIVOR
“Everyone is looking for an advantage in the game, but what they don’t know is that it is right in front of them.” ~Jeff Probst.
We see everyone at camp looking around for the idol that should replace the one that Wentworth played at Tribal Council. At the challenge, however, Jeff reveals a twist. As the contestants partake in an endurance challenge in the water, he cuts a rope and buoys emerge at the surface of the water. First person to abandon the Immunity Challenge and touch their buoy will receive an “advantage in the game”.
The buoys emerge. (Image credit: CBS)
SURVIVOR OZ SWEEP!
A very fun episode indeed with lots going on and an amazing blindside at the end!
Reward challenge, meh. Stupid stupid team based reward challenge. Hate them. MAKE THEM INDIVIDUAL! Makes it so much more better when people have to choose and split people up! And we had a redemption challenge for Wiglesworth AND YOU STILL DON’T GIVE HER ANY AIRTIME?!!? This is bordering on ridiculous now CBS! WE VOTED FOR HER TO COME BACK! We deserve to see more of her! I call for a full on picket protest outside CBS studios in Hollywood to show how annoyed Survivor fans are at not seeing her because this is seriously stupid.
I have to commend the editing this episode because it really made it seem as though Joe was a goner and I was shocked he won immunity so well done. Speaking of immunity, can we please have some new blood with the challenge creation team? THAT WAS THE SAME CHALLENGE WE HAD AS LAST WEEK! My lord, it’s ridiculous!
Great tribal council. Have to point out the great reactions by Kass and Savage with the fingers but props have to go to Wentworth. Those saying she wasn’t a good player well this just went and showed she is. Great to keep that idol completely secret and it made for a perfect perfect blindside that was just so damn good! That’s how you play Survivor as some people have said. Great move.
Looking forward to next week with the challenge and people having to dive in for an idol, should make for great viewing! Bring it on!
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 three girls – 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 colour on each face. Once back on land they need to match four different colours, 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 begins 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 game play 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 centred around when is somebody going to make a big move, turns out it was tonight.”
It was indeed.
Kelley! Wow. I have not been this happy after an episode in a long time. I am a subjective viewer of the show; I get upset when my favourites are systematically knocked out post-merge which was my expectation for this week.
First off, moments like Keith riding his tuk-tuk (or to-to) contribute to the quality of a season just as much as a stunning idol play. I enjoy the fights and strategy talk, but it needs to be in moderation. My favorite seasons are those that make me laugh which this season has kind of lacked besides Stephen’s stellar challenge performances and Varner’s confessionals. By the way, what happened to Abi? The player with the most screen-time in the beginning of the game has vanished while her buddies, Ciera and Kelley, are dominating the edit.
Like I said before, I hate for my favourites to leave which right now is Ciera, Kelley, and Abi. I might be Abi’s only fan in the world. Watching good players scramble makes for great TV. An example would be Hayden and Ciera in Blood vs. Water.
Leading up to the vote, I felt like Ciera and Kelley were trying their best, but one of them was going home from a split vote. Then Kelley played her idol which I thought was a waste. Then Jeff reads the 6th Kelley vote. What!? I get why they would not split the vote when their mega-alliance is so blurry, but that was a costly mistake. Savage going home makes it all the better. I was getting sick of his hypocritical, “don’t strategize” attitude when all he did was go after his own alliance-mate, Stephen.
Go watch the scene again from Ciera’s perspective. She’s a smart player, so she was probably certain that she was going home from a split vote if Kelley’s were nullified. It is not until the 6th vote is read that she genuinely celebrates. Also, go watch the Ponderosa video to see Kass and Savage wasted. Kelley may have saved their group for one week, but can they make a long-term impact? I am expecting more of the Joe vs. Stephen storyline next week. Whatever happens, I doubt it will disappoint.
I think everyone is surprised that the majority alliance didn’t split the votes. But thankfully their decision not to allowed for an amazing blindside. On one hand you have sympathy for Savage because he wears his heart on his sleeve and he did not want this second chance to end because of another twist. But on the other hand, everyone was taking this second chance to heart (Savage just showed it more clearly) and twists are a part of Survivor. And if he didn’t win, regardless of how he lost, he would take the loss hard because he is his own biggest critic. I can be like that too sometimes. Every half or full returning player season needs a few players who came into the game with little notable reputation from their previous seasons to completely change the script and write a much more positive chapter in their Survivor story. Looks like Kelly Wentworth is doing just that, although Ciera needs to be less preachy at Tribal Council. Forget hit the nail on the head: she hit the nail through the head. When you do that, you’re not going to get people to do what you want. God bless Keith. He’s not leading on screen time or strategic move but he’s TV gold whenever he’s on screen. I like this final 11, I feel like most of them have made the improvements from their first game needed to get this far while 1 or 2 probably haven’t changed much but didn’t need to as much as others did. My only preference for who goes home next is Kelly Wiglesworth simply because I don’t see her edit getting any better until she is voted out so maybe just rip the band aid.
SURVIVOR RE-CAPPER: TERESA COOPER
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 8th recap features our good friend Teresa ‘T-Bird’ Cooper from Africa! T-Bird discusses everything that happened during this episode as well as looking ahead to the rest of the season with her answers to the ‘Cambodia 5!’
TIP TO WIN: Keith
DARK HORSE: Ciera
NEXT TO GO: Joe/Wentworth
2ND CHANCER FROM THEIR SEASON: Silas
PLAYER MOST SIMILAR TO: Wentworth
Join us next week as we are joined by another former Survivor contestant to help us recap the ninth episode of Cambodia!
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