The thirty-second season of Survivor, Kaôh Rōng, barrels forward as we continue the merge portion of the game. After an entertaining eighth 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
“After the merge, Brain and Brawn were trying to court Beauty over to their side. Debbie wasted no time, aggressively trying to secure the numbers, but it backfired, alienating the Brains and leaving the Beauties with an easy decision to unite with Brawn. For the Brains, things went from bad to worse when Neil fell victim to the elements. Ten are left. Who will be voted out tonight?” ~Jeff Probst
After Neil departs with Jeff and Dr. Rupert, Scot notes that it is okay to be happy and sad at the same time. Julia notes that she wants to be very careful to keep her cuts clean. Joe confesses that the Brains tribe is in serious trouble. He hopes that there might be other options for himself. Beauty and Brawn come together and agree to continue to stick together against the Brains. Aubry confesses that she can sense what is going on. It’s like high school. “The jocks and the pretty people won’t sit pretty forever, and eventually the misfits get revenge.” She’ll be looking for a crack.
“It’s okay to be happy and sad at the same time.” (Image credit: CBS)
The next morning, Jason sits and talks with the rest of his tribe mates about his daughters, one of whom he reveals has autism. He confesses that he made a plan not to use his daughters to get ahead, but to tell the truth when asked. He tells his tribe that his family is poor due to the medical expenses associated with his daughters treatment and therapy, but it’s all worth it because he can see her improvement. Cydney confesses that Jason chose a good time to open up, but now she is not sure if she could beat him in the end. “That’s the big question.”
Julia eat up Jason’s story. Nick doesn’t. (Image credit: CBS)
For the Reward Challenge, the contestants will be split into teams by way of a school yard pick. Each team must get a member of their team from one platform in the water to another using only two small platforms on stilts, which their teammates must hold steady and move to create a pathway. Once they get their member across, the whole team must get themselves onto a platform. First team to do wins as much ice cream as they can eat. Aubry, Michele, Jason, Joe, and Cydney make up one team. Julia, Scot, Nick, Debbie, and Tai make up the other team. Julia’s team is able to get her across the water with relative ease, while Aubry, Cydney, and Michele take turns failing to maintain balance for their team. Julia’s team wins the ice cream reward. Aubry confesses that she feels like she can’t get her head above water and keeps making bad decision after bad decision.
Both teams work to get their contestant across the water. (Image credit: CBS)
Back at camp, the winners enjoy their ice cream feast while the losers look on. Debbie confesses that it was awesome to have a moment of being full. She didn’t feel sorry for the losers one bit. Jason yells over to them that they don’t have to be so quiet, they can get rowdy and enjoy themselves. Michele confesses that Jason clearly thinks that he is in charge. The winners talk about missing their families, which leads Scot to reveal that is father died when he was sixteen and his mother is sick. His whole family are devout Mormons, and Scot has taken it upon himself to support them. Julia confesses that she thinks she could work well with Scot. “He’s awesome”.
The winners enjoy their “glucose”. (Image credit: CBS)
The next day, Nick, Jason, and Scot talk strategy while Joe sleeps nearby. Scot and Jason are concerned about an all-girl’s alliance. Nick is not. He goes off to check in with Julia, telling her that Jason and Scot are worried about the women. Cydney confesses that Nick lacks discretion, she knows exactly what he is doing. When Nick and Julia return to the camp, Cydney calls the three men out for having Nick check up on them. The men become extremely awkward. Cydney tells them it looks suspect. Jason offers to go “get water” with Cydney. She agrees. He tells her that Nick was worried about the women teaming up and took it upon himself to talk to Julia. Jason tells Cydney that he and Scot were always planning just to talk to her and weren’t concerned. He reiterates that they have her back.
Jason reassures Cydney that they have her back. (Image credit: CBS)
For the Immunity Challenge, each contestant must stand on a plank while holding on to two handles behind their head. Last person standing wins Immunity. Shortly into the competition, Jeff tells the tribe that he will offer them food incentive – pizza, wings, and soft drinks – but this will be the only time he does so. Before he can get back with the food, Julia surrenders from the challenge. She does not get to partake in the feast. Upon Jeff’s return, Scot, Jason, Michele and Joe all opt for the food. From here on out, the rest of the contestants begin dropping like flies until only Tai and Cydney remain. Nick voluntarily steps down after the last Brain member does, stating that that was all they needed. Cydney looks solid as a rock, while Tai is expressing a significant amount of pain. Despite this, Tai calls upon Buddha and is able to defeat Cydney, who suddenly drops out. Tai wins Immunity.
Tai and Cydney square off for Immunity. (Image credit: CBS)
Back at camp, Debbie applauds Tai and Cydney for their excellent effort. Nick confesses that the plan is to split the votes between Debbie and Aubry. He wants to take advantage of their position, approaching Aubry and telling her that she should vote for Debbie. He says that he knows he is being arrogant, but she assures him that it’s good that he is aware of it at least. Meanwhile, Cydney approaches Debbie and then gathers Aubry. Cydney tells them that Nick is getting too big for his britches, and she wants to get him out. Debbie is on board. Aubry’s on board. Cydney then approaches Julia and Michele and tries to get them on board too. They say they are game. Later, Julia and Michele note that if they do this they will put a target on their backs with the men. Michele confesses that she thinks she could work with Nick a little longer and she is not sure if it’s a good idea right now. There are a lot of choices and it’s all about timing.
Cydney sets the plan to vote out Nick in motion. (Image credit: CBS)
Jeff begins Tribal Council introducing Neil as the first member of the Jury. The medical team deemed him well enough now to be a part of Tribal Council. Jeff then asks Michele if being at Tribal Council stirs the Survivor juices. She agrees, saying that until you come there everything is just hypothetical. The subject then shifts to the obvious fact that the Brains are on the outs. Aubry says that she has been nervously running around like Cochran’s dream girl because there is nothing she can do to change things. Julia says that there is still time to switch things up later. Jason agrees with Jeff that that can be a nerve wracking proposition. He is hoping everyone just stays strong. Scot suggests that the lack of Tribal Council right after the merge has gotten people antsy to make a move. When questioned about idols, Tai then reveals the twist that two idols can be combined into a super idol. This is news to Julia. Tai backtracks, saying that he though everyone knew and maybe he was lied to. Aubry suggests that Julia being out of the loop is a sign that she is not where she thinks she is in the alliance. Debbie agrees, saying there is still time to make a move. She always has hope, saying that often more goes unrevealed at Tribal Council. Scot says the vote will go as predicted. They vote. Jason votes for Aubry, apologizing and saying “it’s a split”. Nick votes for Debbie, saying “it’s been fun”. Debbie votes for Nick, citing overconfidence as a weakness. Jeff retrieves the votes. No idols are played. He reveals a vote for Jason, two votes for Aubry, a vote for Debbie, and six votes for Nick. Nick’s torch is snuffed. Neil looks thrilled. Debbie smiles widely before catching herself and turning her expression to stone. Jeff states that this is a hallmark of the game. If you keep fighting, anything can happen.
Nick’s torch is snuffed. (Image credit: CBS)
NEXT TIME ON… SURVIVOR
The men get revenge by hiding tools from the camp. Aubry calls Julia out as playing the middle between the women and the men.
“After a blindside, the men seek vengeance and it tears the women apart.” ~Jeff Probst (Image credit: CBS)
SURVIVOR OZ SWEEP!
Last episode’s power rankings were so tricky because based on the events at the end of that episode there were certain people in power but I felt their position was up for debate still. It was especially true for Nick, and that’s how it turned out. The San Juan Del Sur parallels are interesting. You have an usual elimination stall Tribal Council, during that time the guys end up treating a female player with little respect, Drew (Nick) thinks throwing a challenge is a good idea and he’s confident the plan will go his way. Shockingly (not) it backfires and Drew/Nick’s first visit to Tribal Council is his last (not counting Nick’s presence on the jury as subsequent visits, you know what I mean). We’ve seen so many shifts in this game, and we are definitely not done. This vote falls under the “player blindside” category but I think many people in the audience saw Nick’s downfall coming. I also really enjoyed Tai and Cydney’s battle for immunity. One of the best immunity challenges in the last ten seasons at least. I’ve said this a lot in the power rankings I’ve been hoping for players like Aubry, Michele, and Cydney to cement themselves as forces in the game and they did, and good for the brains and Julia too. Tai’s vote for Jason was interesting. A lot to consider in the next episode and it’s awesome
Well I could see this one coming.
I had been saying for a while that Nick was going to be voted out and last week was a swerve to everyone in that plan. He had a great episode last week but this week was the complete opposite. I’ll get to all of that in a little bit. Overall this was actually a really good episode. We got a ton of character development as well. Jason and Scot, the 2 guys who have been seen a lot as bullies, had very soft moments which could be a red flag for them later on in the game as it could put them as possible winners. As a person from Utah I had no idea that Scot Pollard grew up here. I never would have guessed it. Sometimes things surprise you on Survivor and that one completely surprised me.
The reward challenge was great. It was an old classic that always provides some excitement. I don’t understand why Aubry thinks her hand picking of the losing team would make her a bigger target. I understand it adding on to the wrong decisions though. That was just a weird confessional I mean they had to continue the ‘I’m in trouble’ thing they were building off of last week though.
I mean Joe and Julia had very minimal air time, again. I mean nothing new there at all. I like the cast but I feel that Joe and Julia can provide a lot more to the table then is being brought, I mean just look at the Peter vote out episode to see that. I mean it’s not like we are getting any particular player shoved down our throat as well so I feel this is a very well edited season as well.
Cydney was a star in this episode though. She has been playing a great game and I loved that they even showed how observant she is in the game as well with the whole Nick talking with Julia scene. Did she over react? Maybe a little bit but that is what the game does to you. You have to stay on your toes to be able to win and she was doing that. I know Cydney was never going anywhere in the near future but it is the Tony Vlachos theory, get them before they get you. So she got paranoid that they guys would get together at some point and I think she believed that Nick would be the catalyst of that and so she wanted to get rid of him when she had the chance.
The immunity challenge was great and it’s the infamous immunity challenge from SJDS where Wes was at his hilarity best, Jeff talks about how he was naked cooking bacon on Two and a half men and where Natalie spat on herself. However, we just had a lot of drama this time around and well Tai winning, although surprising, was anti climatic.
Now onto Nick, what the hell was he thinking throughout this entire episode? He was a complete tool in this episode. He was cocky and it drove everyone the wrong way. For once, Jason was portrayed as the good guy because Nick was portrayed as the bad guy. It was such a different Nick from last week. Especially that scene with Aubry was just completely stupid. I mean, what was he even trying to accomplish? He basically told Aubry that Debbie was going home this time but you are getting votes and so you should side with the people that are planning on voting you out down the road. It was worthless for him to even try that. It was his arrogance that was his ultimate downfall.
Tai revealing the idols thing at tribal was kind of random and it didn’t sit well with everyone. Also his random vote for Jason was so surprising. It was just weird I don’t know what to think with that.
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 8 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 ninth episode of Kaôh Rōng!
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