The thirty-second season of Survivor, Kaôh Rōng, is well on its way! After an entertaining third 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 Teresa "T-Bird" Cooper, from Survivor: 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
“At the Brains tribe, Debbie’s oddball behaviour, marked her as an early pawn to use in the game. At the Beauty tribe, the women’s alliance was growing stronger, while Tai’s hunt for the idol was growing more desperate. At the last Immunity Challenge, the Brawn tribe lost again. Facing Tribal Council, Alecia appeared the obvious vote, but Jenny was having second thoughts. At Tribal Council, Jenny revealed her indecision, and it cost her, saving Alecia for the second Tribal Council in a row. Sixteen are left, who will be voted out tonight?” ~Jeff Probst
The Brawn tribe returns to camp after their second Tribal Council. Scot tells Alecia he knew she wasn’t going home, which is why he didn’t vote for Jenny. He had promised that he wouldn’t. Alecia confesses that its the stupidest thing she’s ever heard, and that they aren’t getting her trust back. Once again, she is confused. Cydney confesses that Alecia clearly thinks the two of them are aligned. It baffles her, but Alecia keeps telling Cydney her plans. Scot confesses that Alecia is empowered now and could make trouble for him.
Scot explains why he voted for Alecia. (Image credit: CBS)
The next day at the Beauty tribe, Tai goes to try and get the idol once again. He makes a tool from branches and sticks and pushes the key free from the tree, allowing him to retrieve the idol. He confesses that it was a challenge to come to America and re-invent himself, and that this is just another challenge. The note with the idol reveals that the idol can be combined with another idol to create a super idol which can be used after the votes are read.
Tai find the Hidden Immunity Idol and finds out about a new twist. (Image credit: CBS)
At the Brains tribe, Joe exercises on the raft while Peter and Liz look on and laugh. They agree that Debbie and Joe are great goats to have around and take far with them in the game. Liz confesses that she wants a group of loyal players to help them after the merge. She feels Debbie and Joe would both be loyal soldiers. Aubrey doesn’t seem to want to talk about the game, and Neil is smart, and thus, a risk. Peter and Liz agree to split the votes between Aubrey and Neil. They also agree that they are playing like bosses. Debbie, meanwhile, is sitting back, observing and gathering intel. She says that Peter clearly feels superior, and Liz is his prima donna princess. They need Peter for the challenges now, so Liz is their target. She approaches Joe and tells him the plan, and then she approaches Aubrey to make sure they are on the same page. Last, she approaches Neil and tells him that she hopes they have a solid foursome. Debbie declares in her confessional that the bomb doors are open. “Prepare to fire!”
Debbie locks down the plan with Joe. (Image credit: CBS)
At the Beauty Tribe, the time has come to kill a chicken, but Tai is having a hard time with the process. Despite this, he helps Caleb kill, clean and prepare the chicken for the tribe. Tai confesses that he knows it is the circle of life. The rest of his tribe is sympathetic to his inner turmoil, with the exception of Nick. Anna confesses that he is hard to talk to, and he rubs her the wrong way. She approaches Caleb and tells him that the girls are super loyal and that they want him with them. The target is Nick. Caleb confesses that it may not be a bad thing because it keeps the target off of himself.
Anna tells Caleb that he should join the women’s alliance. (Image credit: CBS)
At the Brawn camp, Scot hopes to find the Hidden Immunity Idol to keep it out of Alecia’s hands. Meanwhile however, Alecia finds a clue and shares it with Cydney, who finds the box that the idol is locked in. She manages to keep that fact hidden from Alecia. Jason walks up on them while they are digging, and they break up and disperse. Cydney tells Scot and Jason about what happened, and the two of them take off into the woods to find the idol. Like Tai, they craft a tool from branches and sticks and easily retrieve the idol with Alecia looking on helplessly. Jason confesses that Alecia is outnumbered and she will be out next.
Jason and Scot brute force their way to a Hidden Immunity Idol. (Image credit: CBS)
For the Immunity Challenge, the tribes must jump off a platform and swim out to a boat to retrieve three bags of rice, push and pull those bags through a hole, and then make their way across a balance beam and up to the beach, where they must tear open the bags, searching of three balls. Then, one tribe member at a time must balance on a beam, while attempting to maneuver a ball through a maze of holes to the top. First two tribes to get all three balls to the top wins Immunity. Winning tribe chooses between comfort and “emotional items” from home. Second place tribe gets what the winning tribe doesn’t choose. Anna and Michelle sit out for Beauty, Aubrey and Joe sit out for Brains. Beauty takes the lead for the third challenge in a row, and come up victorious. Brawn leads Brains through the majority of the challenge, but Brains catches up on the maze. In the end, it comes down to a few seconds between Debbie and Cydney, and Cydney pulls out the Brawn’s first win. The Beauty tribe chooses comfort, leaving the Brawn with their emotional items, including Jason’s green teddy bear.
Cydney pulls out the Brawn tribes first win. (Image credit: CBS)
Back at camp, the tribe agrees that it was just a matter of seconds and they didn’t implode. Liz confesses that the plan is to get rid of Neil, but they will tell Neil and Aubrey that they are voting out Joe. Liz tells the plan to Debbie, and Debbie tells her that she is onboard and that they don’t need to talk about it anymore. Liz suggests that it might be a blessing that they lost. Debbie says “how bout that…”. Debbie confesses that it isn’t going to happen, and Liz is oblivious to the reality of the situation. Neil learns of the plan from Debbie, and confesses that Peter and Liz need to be punished. Peter confesses that the tribe needs paternal direction and he is molding them like clay. Aubrey confesses that Peter is condescending and the biggest threat. She approaches Debbie to see if they can vote for Peter instead. Debbie confesses that it’s a big decision, but either way it’s going to be a total blindside.
Aubrey approaches Debbie about the vote. (Image credit: CBS)
Jeff begins by asking Peter about early friendships, and he quickly reveals that he feels there are three voting units: himself and Liz, Debbie and Joe, and Aubrey and Neil. Jeff asks if everything on the tribe is mathematical and analytics. Debbie confirms. Neil says that everyone thinks that they are the smartest one. No one is focusing on emotions. Aubrey suggests that there is a lot of importance to the subtle social interactions that occur. Peter suggests that as an ER doctor, social game is his strong suit. A number of his tribe mates have amused or incredulous expressions. Jeff then asks Liz about paranoia, and she says that baseline paranoia is important for playing the game. Joe says that he always has inner suspicion because of his occupation. Peter says that the plan is in place and he trusts what people say to him, especially when he is speaking to someone like Joe. Prompted by Jeff, Neil hypothetically asks which plan is in place. Peter responds, however, and says “Not your plan”. He then declares that Neil could be a snake in ice cream pants. Liz suggests that the person who goes home will not be totally shocked. Neil says that they have to decide what will make them a stronger tribe, and decide what stronger means. They vote. No idols are played. Jeff reveals a three-way tie between Peter, Liz, and Aubrey. Neil, Joe, and Debbie re-vote, and Liz becomes the third person voted out. Jeff says that despite all the talk about how smart the tribe is, emotional intelligence is what always wins the game.
Liz becomes the first casualty of the Brains tribe. (Image credit: CBS)
NEXT TIME ON… SURVIVOR
“The most punishing season of Survivor continues to take its toll.” (Image credit: CBS)
We see what clearly is some kind of medical evacuation taking place. A number of people look devastated, and Jeff calls for a chopper.
SURVIVOR OZ SWEEP!
Because last season was a returning player season, the whole time we were watching we had our opinions and memories of each player guiding us. In a new player season like this one, it very much feels like starting over and often the perceptions shift from episode to episode. My perceptions of at least half of the brains tribe changed during that span. Peter and Liz went from potential winner candidates to Max/Shirin or Joaquin/So 2.0, and Debbie went from potential fun character for the few episodes she last to not only an interesting character but someone who can play the game. I’m glad Brawn avoided Tribal Council so that gives a few more days for those 4 misfits to continue to be misfits together. I’m also happy Tai got the idol, and I’m hoping he’ll do wonders with it. Could perhaps Tai and Jason merge their idols later in the game? That would be something. I would’ve been satisfied with Nick going soon since he isn’t one of my favorites, but I knew it would be too soon to lose him. Jeff hit the nail on the head on the way Brains play and how each of these three groups may think. Whether you have brains, brawn, or beauty, I think some of these players expect to coast through the game. But Survivor is about much more than that. No Sole Survivor has ever won simply through what they’re good at but by adapting and working through those aspects of the game they are weaker in. So with that, we’re left to wonder who will be medevaced next episode.
SURVIVOR RE-CAPPER: TERESA “T-BIRD” 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 recap for episode 3 features our good friend T-Bird Cooper from Survivor: 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 ‘Kaoh Rong 5!’
Join us again next week as we recap and discuss the fourth episode of Kaôh Rōng!
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