A major blindside was promised Wednesday night on “Survivor: Kaoh Rong,” and a major blindside we were given. It’s not every episode that results in “#wow” trending following the show, but such was the case after tonight’s huge episode featuring perhaps the biggest “non-move” in the show’s history.
Don’t read this if you haven’t yet seen the most recent episode, as spoilers are to follow. Get caught up on Episode 10 here.
Of course, we’re talking about Tai’s “non-decision,” in NOT using his Idol to save his ally Scot. #Wow is right! After flipping and flopping back-and-forth the entire season, with his moral compass clearly in need of repair, Tai drew a major line in the sand tonight by voting – along with Aubry, Cydney and Joe – to vote Scot out of the game, and then refusing to use his half of what would have been the “Super Idol,” that could have saved Scot’s game. The aftershocks of tonight’s Tribal surely have a massive impact on how the rest of this game shakes out.
We all should have seen this coming: Tai is not cut from the same cloth as Jason and Scot. Even Jason and Scot were aware of this, commenting tonight about how they acknowledge that they are going to have to blindside Tai at some point. But they sorely underestimated Tai, and they never framed it as a “we need to get to him before he gets to us.” I simply thing that they never saw this coming. And to add blunder to their blindness, Jason flushes his Idol down the proverbial toilet tonight by handing it over to Scot (per Survivor rules, you cannot hand over Idols in your possession once you are voted out). This is an inexplicable, inexcusable mistake and one that could cost Jason any chance of getting to the end. If Jason just hangs on to the Idol, all of this would have still gone down, but Jason would still have an Idol in his possession. Instead, he just went from king of the mountain to a fool on a hill.
What’s interesting too is that Julia and Michele did not seem to be a part of this blindside, having cast their votes for Tai. With Julia urging Tai to play his Idol, she was hoping that his Idol would get flushed, and that the boys would have then sent either Cydney or Aubry home. It looks like Julia – once also in a power position – is going to be in the minority moving forward along with Jason, now Idol-less. Aubry, Cydney, Joe and Tai now are the front-runners to make it to the end, and with Tai still possessing an Idol PLUS gaining a “second vote” advantage, he seems to be in a very strong spot. But look no further than tonight’s episode as an example of how fast things can change. And Tai is going to have an extremely tough time convincing a jury that all of these moves were calculated…instead, he seems to be a leaf floating in the shifting winds, never knowing on which vote he is going to land.
We are now down to just seven players left in the game, and if Tai can stay true to his new alliance (big if, but likely now that his moral compass has hopefully found its center), things are looking great for players like Joe and Cydney. Aubry though, if tonight was any indication, is viewed as too big a threat by the other players. She’s the perfect candidate who could actually win the game if she could only make it there, but her path seems the least likely of all. Lost in all of this is Julia, now shielded by her alliance with Jason, and Michele, whom nobody seems to be talking about. Have either done enough to win the game? Who of all of these players can make a strong case to win? This is definitely an interesting season, and it is not losing any steam as it barrels down the home stretch.
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