Deuces were wild on Wednesday night’s episode of “Survivor: Kaoh Rong.” First, we finally, officially learned about the game’s latest twist: A “Super Idol” that allows for two Idols to be combined into one. It took two to make a thing go right for the Brawn Tribe, or at least to find and recover one hidden Idol. And three pairs (of two) formed within the Brains Tribe, leading to some dicey dynamics as the episode’s end drew near. I’m “too” excited to get to this recap, nearly “doubling” over in anticipation. Are all these puns “too” much? Let’s get “to” it:
Explanations. Returning back to camp after Jen’s implosion at Tribal Council (that sent her packing), Scot attempts to explain his loyalty vote…he was very close to Jen and therefore promised her he wouldn’t write her name down, so that’s why he voted for Alecia (that’s what we thought, but glad the show clarified). Watching Scot try to communicate with Alecia this season though, to say the least, has been fascinating, because his usually good intentions seem to have no affect whatsoever. In trying to be nice and explain his vote, Alecia is noticeably upset and now wants Scot gone. And who can blame her? Seeing your name get written down at Tribal is never something someone wants. Frustrated, Scot is starting to think they made a mistake by keeping Alecia in the game. “What a difference a day makes,” Scot says.
Super Idol. On Day 7, Tai just can’t wait any longer. He heads off, builds a make-shift pole and is able to retrieve that key that was way up in a tree (revealed to him by the Idol clue he found). Now with the key, he locates the hidden box containing the Idol…and now Tai officially has a hidden Immunity Idol! As he reads the enclosed note though, he learns of a new twist: His Idol is a regular Idol, but if it is combined with a second Idol, the two together form a “Super Idol.” What’s so super about it? It can be played AFTER the votes have been read at Tribal, so for all intents and purposes, it can block a blindside (remember regular Idols must be played before the results have been read). Very interesting.
Brain Trust. Three clear pairs of two have formed at the Brain Tribe, but only one pair thinks they are running the show and calling all of the shots (this is never good on Survivor). That pair would be Peter and Liz, who think they have Deb and Joe in their pockets. Hearing them talk, it’s pretty clear that they underestimate both Deb and Joe, and because they view them as “harmless,” Peter and Liz plan to keep them around as long as possible. That only leaves Neal or Aubry as potential targets, and those two have formed a close bond as well. But little does Liz and Peter realize, Deb is actually much smarter than her aloof attitude may make her seem. She does not like or trust Liz, and thinks that it may be best to just lay low for a while and collect intel. “Nobody is paying any attention to me,” Deb tells us. “And that is exactly what I want to do.”
No Chicken. Over at the Beauty Tribe, they have all decided to kill one of their chickens for consumption. Tai of course has real struggles with taking a life, any life, and gets very emotional despite going along with his tribe’s wishes. The pompous Nick doesn’t seem to have sympathy, and he says, “You don’t need emotion out here. You just have to seem like you have emotions.” What he doesn’t realize is that more times than not, you can’t fool a lot of these other players on Survivor. Anna sees through him and doesn’t trust Nick. Having formed a strong alliance with the other girls, Michele and Julia, Anna knows that they need one more person to gain the majority. So she recruits Caleb into the mix. He agrees, and Anna informs him that Nick will be their first target.
The Bounty Hunter. Everyone is looking for a hidden Idol over at the desperate Brawn Tribe, and Alecia of all people, stumbles upon a clue. She has felt very close to Cydney ever since the last Tribal, and Cydney has played along, even though she remains loyal to Jason and Scot. Trusting Cydney, Alecia shares the clue and they start digging for the lock-box that contains the Idol at the base of a tree. Jason sees them digging and knows that something is up. Cydney, sneakily, finds the lock-box but doesn’t share that info with Alecia, proving that she really is loyal to the boys. When they scatter, Jason runs full-throttle out towards the dig site, relying on his Bounty Hunter skills to keep a step ahead of his competition. With Scot’s help, and with Alecia actively trying to retrieve it herself, he is able to get the key to the lock-box and retrieve the Idol for himself. So Jason now has an Idol as well as Tai, and he too learns about the Super Idol twist. “In this game, if you want something, you have to go get it,” Jason tells us.
Immunity Challenge. The winner would get their choice of a massive comfort reward (pillows, blankets, etc) or to get their “emotional item” (items they brought from home that provide them with some emotional comfort). Two a piece for the Brains and Beauties had to sit out (Aubry and Joe, Anna and Michele) to make it even numbers with the depleted Brawn Tribe, looking for their first not-last-place finish. The challenge was a race in the water to a boat to retrieve three large, heavy bags of rice, which then had to be navigated through an obstacle course of sorts. Once ashore, they would rip open the bags to receive three balls, which would be used in a Swiss cheese, labyrinth-style puzzle. Of course, the Beauty Tribe came in first (and chose the comfort reward). In a nail-biter of a close finish, Cydney finished ahead of Deb to secure the Brawn tribe from having to go to Tribal (they received their emotional item, and it was hilarious to see that the big bad bounty hunter Jason’s item was a green Care Bear). That left the Brains on the bottom, heading to their first Tribal of the season.
Total Blindside. Liz began the “scramble segment” of the show with famous last-words: “Losing today was good for me and Peter.” Her and Peter’s plan was to split their votes with Deb and Joe to create a three-way tie, therefore flushing out any potential Idols…during the re-vote, her plan was to eliminate Aubry or Neal. She tells Deb, but Deb was secretly not on board…not at all. Deb got things in motion to blindside either Liz or Peter instead. Upon hearing about this treachery, Neal said, “They are spreading lies, and as a result, they need to be punished.” This guy is a fascinating shade of strange. Peter also was given a moment to say famous last words as well, uttering, “Everyone else is like clay that we mold.” Deb calls Peter a narcissist and egostitical, and then adds, “It’s going to be ugly when we get home kids (maniacal laugh). Total blindside.”
Tribal Council. Talk began with the three pairs of three that make up this tribe. They talked about how Brains tend to be over-analytical, or as Neal described it, “Or we each think that we’re the smartest person in the game.” Peter tells everyone he is an expert in “social interaction.” When cryptically discussing what their plans would be, Neal piped in, “Well I guess it depends on which plan he’s talking about.” To which Peter replied, “Well, it’s not your plan.” Getting antsy, Peter called for the vote to begin, and thus, the voting began.
The Vote. When Jeff asked about anybody playing an Idol, Neal coyly turned in his seat to look at his bag, but of course this was just in jest. The votes were read: Aubry – Aubry – Peter – Peter – Liz – Liz. A three-way tie! But the faces of Peter and Liz said it all…they knew that they were in deep “number two.” With the re-vote, it was made official: Liz was eliminated and sent out of the game, leaving Peter to nervously smile and laugh and scratch his head. It appears that despite Peter’s ego, the tribe might have thought it best to keep him around to give them a better physical threat in upcoming challenges.
Analysis. As always, I will post a separate article with my personal thoughts on the game, you can find my Episode 3 analysis here (link will be active once analysis is live and online).
Next Time On…We knew it was coming, we just weren’t expecting it to be all that. What appears to be the first medical evacuation of the season looks to be an incredibly serious one…not the “stub your toe and get an infection slowly over the course of a week” variety. More like IVs, blood, mass panic, helicopters…and a rare look behind-the-scenes of production working their magic. The preview alone made me gasp…it is sure to be a tense episode next week.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for my exclusive one-on-one interview with Liz, and be sure to follow me,@tomsantilli.
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