The thirty-second season of Survivor, Kaôh Rōng, barrels forward as we approach the final days of the game. After an entertaining 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 Scout Cloud Lee, from Survivor: Vanuatu!
(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
“Everything seemed to be going right for Tai. He had an idol, and advantage in the game, and an alliance of five. Jason and Julia saw Tai was the biggest threat in the game, and they tried to convince Cydney and Michele to take Tai out, which left Cydney and Michele with a big decision to take out the biggest threat, [Tai], or take out one of Michele’s closest allies, [Julia]. At Tribal Council, Jason made his case for voting out Tai, but Michele and Cydney stuck with the majority and sent Julia to the jury, leaving Jason alone to fend for himself. Six are left. Who will be voted out tonight?” ~ Jeff Probst
The tribe comes back to camp, and Mark the chicken is waiting in one of the hammocks. Tai tells Jason that he was very convincing at Tribal and he almost played his idol. Jason confesses that people have seen him preach now. He is going to have to start making changes. He approaches Michele and Cydney and tells them that now is the time for them to start scheming. He is a better person for them to go to the end with than Aubry and Cydney. Michele confesses that it would be a good idea to go to the end with Jason but she doesn’t want to do anything to make her alliance doubt her, which is why she was willing to vote out Julia to prove trust. Tai approaches Aubry and Joe and tells them that he has an extra vote and that he is going to use it at the next Tribal Council. He will use his idol at the following Tribal Council. Tai confesses that Cydney is in the number four position of the alliance. He will be targeting either Jason or Michele, and he feels Michele is a more well-rounded player.
Tai tells Aubry and Joe about his advantages. (Image credit: CBS)
The next morning, Tai finds a massive grub. He offers the grub to Mark the chicken, who eagerly grabs the grub and takes off to enjoy his treat. Jason confesses that he gave up hope on being able to eat the chicken a long time ago. Everyone is in love with it, and Mark is clearly making it to Day 39. This might not be the case for himself. No one at camp is willing to work with him, and his hands are basically tied. Joe sees Jason sitting with Mark and comes to ask him about his “thoughts for the day”. Jason explains that he feels everyone is wasting the concept of the game at this point by being unreceptive to making moves that shake things up. It lands on deaf ears, however, as Joe is clearly not buying any part of what Jason is selling. He confesses that Jason doesn’t have respect for things that don’t go his way. Jason confesses that he has resorted to refusing to help the camp in any way, while still eating their food. He hopes this will cause people to want to drag him to the end as a goat.
Joe checks in with Jason. (Image credit: CBS)
For the challenge, the contestants are split into two groups of three people. Each group must race one at a time through a series of obstacles to get to a floating maze platform. Once all three team members reach the platform, they must get three balls through the maze. First team to finish wins an excursion to the Wildlife Alliance sanctuary, an organization in Cambodia that rescues animals from poachers and illegal traders and seeks to rehabilitate them. The yellow team is Joe, Aubry, and Cydney. The blue team is Jason, Tai, and Michele. Team blue takes the lead from the very start as Jason and Michele both blow through the obstacles before Joe can make it to the puzzle platform. Aubry and Cydney make up some time, but the blue team works together extremely well on the puzzle. Joe, on the other hand, does not seem to gel with the women on his team, and they are unable to work the puzzle as efficiently causing them to lose the challenge to Jason, Tai, and Michele. As the winning team hugs, Tai gives Jason a number of awkward kisses on his beard and arm. Joe exclaims, “you dumb ball!”
The blue teams wins reward. (Image credit: CBS)
Back at camp, Joe tells Aubry and Cydney that it was a valiant effort before he quickly shifts his attention to the fire. He tells the women that once they are done with their mangos, they need to collect wood. He tells them not to rush, but then proceeds to rush them. Cydney confesses that she is not going to put up with being told what to do, and she tells Aubry as much while they walk off to collect more wood as Joe requested. Aubry confesses that it is a bad situation because the last thing they need is Cydney blowing up the game.
Cydney confronts Aubry about Joe. (Image credit: CBS)
Tai, Michele, and Jason arrive at the wildlife sanctuary where they first find a massive spread of food waiting for them. As they eat their feast, they notice an elephant approaching them who they quickly learn is named Lucky from the sanctuary director, Nick. Jason confesses that his daughter is really in love with animals, and he is excited that she will get to see him on television interacting with them at the sanctuary. Next, they go into the monkey cage and are told to be quiet and calm. In no time, the monkeys are crawling all over them. Tai confesses that he is warming up to Jason now that he is able to see him in a new light. He thinks Michele should be the one to go next. Michele confesses that Jason is trying to appear softer than he is. She saw his evil side come out when he hid the machete and the axe, so she still wants to get him out next.
The group meets Lucky, the elephant. (Image credit: CBS)
For the challenge, each contestant must hold onto a rope which balances a wobbly table. While keeping the table steady with the rope, they must race back and forth to a group of blocks, taking and placing them one at a time on the wobbly table. The blocks must be stacked in the correct order to spell the word IMMUNITY. Most of the contestants keep a decently even pace throughout the early stages of this challenge. Cydney, however, lags behind, and Jeff is quick and frequent in pointing it out. The other contestants soon begin to drop their blocks one by one, forcing them to start over. Upon restarting, Joe is seemingly unable to spell the word IMMUNITY anymore, getting to the table a number of times only to find that he has the wrong block. Cydney’s slow-and-steady pace wins the race, despite Jason giving her a run for her money at the very end.
Aubry gives Cydney a massive hug after her win. (Image credit: CBS)
Back at camp, Tai approaches Aubry, Cydney, and Joe and tells them that he wants to target Michele. Moments later, Michele joins the group and the conversation is put on hold. As a group, they agree to make it an easy vote and send Jason home. As the group breaks up, Tai stays behind to talk with Aubry, and she tells him that she agrees with the plan to vote out Michele. Tai then approaches Jason and tells him to vote for Michele as well. Jason confesses that he can’t trust Tai, so his plan will be to vote for Joe. He’s playing it by ear at this point. Cydney and Joe talk and agree that they want to get rid of Jason, and they will have to figure out what Tai’s agenda is for getting rid of Michele. Joe tells her that he will do whatever the gang decides. Cydney confesses that Tai is trying to intimidate people into going with his decision and it’s not sitting right with her. She then approaches Michele and fills her in on the situation. Cydney tells her that she will do everything she can to protect her and have her back. Michele confesses that she doesn’t have a lot of time to do damage control, but she just hopes that Jason will be the one to go. Cydney then approaches Aubry and expresses her concerns with being dictated to by Tai. Aubry agrees that it was not the most democratic situation. Cydney asks her point blank if she will vote with Cydney or with Tai. Aubry tearily confesses that is is a rough one. She tells Cydney it’s like Sophie’s choice.
Cydney fills Michele in on Tai’s plot. (Image credit: CBS)
Jeff begins Tribal Council by pointing to the number of lead changes in the Immunity Challenge and comparing it to the game at large. Jeff then asks Cydney if the Immunity Necklace is giving her more sway. She deflects, saying that other people were feeling over confident and were dictating decisions. Michele immediately reveals that Cydney is talking about Tai, and that the move he was dictating was to vote her out. Tai says that everyone in their alliance has a voice. Cydney disagrees. Tai says that he wanted to have a conversation with Cydney that didn’t happen. Aubry is confused, saying she thought they were all worked out as a group. Michele says that clearly Tai is not being truthful about everyone having a voice because the group as a whole decided to vote out Jason. It was Tai who was actively working against this consensus. Tai says that there’s a smaller group within the big group. Michele cuts him off, saying what he means to say is that she is on the bottom the pecking order. Jeff asks Tai if he can sympathize with what Michele is feeling, and Tai says he would feel the same way. Michele takes the opportunity to re-iterate that Tai has flipped on people whenever he’s gotten the chance. “Crazy is doing something repeatedly and expecting different results, and if they want to be crazy, go with Tai.” Tai says he doesn’t understand how she ended up in their alliance to begin with. He doesn’t understand why they had an extra person.Michele thinks that’s a load of malarky. Jeff points out that Jason has not been the focus of the conversation at all. The conflict between Tai and Michele excites him. These are fractures he can use, but he could still go home. They vote. Michele votes for Jason. Tai votes for Michele. Before Jeff retrieves the votes, Tai uses his advantage. He explains to the tribe that he has an extra vote. He goes and casts an additional vote for Michele. Jeff retrieves the votes. No other idols or advantages are played. Jeff reveals one vote for Joe, two votes for Michele, and three votes for Jason. Jason’s torch is snuffed and he departs. Jeff tells them that they voted out the last person who was swimming alone. Now they’ve got five people in the raft and not enough room for everybody…
Jason’s torch is snuffed. (Image credit: CBS)
NEXT TIME ON… SURVIVOR
“Tai’s plan to take out Michele backfired, but an unlikely alliance could change everything.” ~ Jeff Probst
SURVIVOR OZ SWEEP!
SURVIVOR RE-CAPPER: SCOUT CLOUD LEE
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 12 features our good friend Scout Cloud Lee from Survivor: Vanuatu! Scout 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 penultimate episode of Kaôh Rōng!
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