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Last Week: Danny had a moment that made us cry, Deshawn survived the do or die, and Liana ended up saying “goodbye.”
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Alright, let’s take a look at the tribe as it currently stands…
The Viakana Tribe (wearing red)
- Danny, 33 – Former NFL Player
- Deshawn, 26 – Medical Student
- Erika, 31 – Communications Manager
- Heather, 52 – Stay-at-home Mother
- Ricard, 31 – Flight Attendant
- Xander, 20 – App Developer
We kick things off with Danny and Deshawn licking their wounds after losing Liana. Deshawn is also still understandably shaken in the wake of what was a roller coaster of a Tribal Council. First the emotional discussion about race, then the elation of surviving the “Do or Die” challenge. And finally the gut punch of Liana’s elimination.
The next morning, both Heather and Erika thank Deshawn for opening up at Tribal and discuss what it’s like being part of such a diverse cast. Erika in particular talks about the guilt she feels when she votes for a woman or a person of color. That’s a very interesting point. “Survivor” doesn’t just happen on an island in Fiji. All of the contestants bring their experiences with them.
Deshawn describes this whole situation as a “beautiful mess.” I kinda love that.
In other news, Danny really felt like he and Xander were working together. He compares keeping Ricard around to letting Tom Brady win another championship. You’re expecting me to choose between a Cowboy and Tom Brady?!
Reward Challenge Time: One player from each team will dive down and release a set of buoys. Once they’ve taken a buoy to a platform, the next player will go. Once all three buoys have been retrieved, they’ll have to shoot them into a basket. The first team to hit all three shots will get a choice between grilled chicken and veggies or cake, cookies, and candy.
When Probst asks them if it’s worth playing for, Deshawn says he’s kinda bummed because he was expecting a letter from home. Well, he’s not wrong.
Also, I’d puke my brains out if I had to eat just sweets after 20-some days of starving.
Teams: We’ve got Ricard, Heather, and Danny vs. Deshawn, Erika, and Xander. Those teams seem super even. Who has the best basket shooter?
Result: Deshawn, Erika, and Xander pick up the win easily. There was a bit of drama where Heather was too tired to retrieve the balls, so her team didn’t get off very many shots. And sure enough, the winning team chooses chicken and veggies over violent stomach cramps.
Plotting and Poultry
During the chicken and veggie meal, everyone agrees that Ricard needs to go. And the trio starts bouncing around the idea of a final three deal. Soo…Ricard wins the next immunity?
Meanwhile, Danny goes out on an idol hunt (which they should’ve been doing immediately after Naseer was eliminated). It seems like he finds a little package, but they don’t show him picking it up or opening it.
Ricard tells us that Danny’s mood changed after his little walk. Apparently, he was smiling and humming. Uh oh…thanks to Shan, nobody is ever going to trust humming again.
Later on, Erika revisits the poultry final three idea and starts taking steps to make it happen. Her fear is that if she goes to the end with Heather, that people won’t appreciate that they played different games. Yeah, but I don’t know if Erika can beat Xander or Deshawn…or Danny…or Ricard.
Immunity Challenge Time: The players will spin to uncoil a rope. They’ll then run through an obstacle course while retrieving a puzzle piece. The first person to complete the puzzle wins immunity.
Quick Aside: The move is to spin slowly so you’re not dizzy for the balance beam. You’ll make up the time.
Result: Ricard wins immunity. Shocking shocker.
Ricard straight up asks Danny if he found an idol. Danny neither confirms nor denies this accusation. But he lets us know that he didn’t find anything.
One of the big questions is; who’s more likely to defeat Ricard in a challenge, Danny or Deshawn? Danny has an immunity win, but Deshawn was close to beating Ricard in the last challenge.
Erika is making a case for keeping Deshawn because she still sees him as a final three possibility, but this makes Ricard nervous because he knows Deshawn talks to Erika and Heather.
Anywho, Deshawn and Danny are both resolved to the fact that one of them is going. And before they go, Danny confesses to Deshawn that he used to be an NFL player. Was hiding that a mistake? Most people would think an NFL player wouldn’t need the money. (Not that I condone voting based on who needs the money.)
Deshawn is fully prepared for a split vote in case Danny has an idol. And if Danny doesn’t have the idol, he doesn’t know which of them will go home.
Danny is still blown away that they did everything they needed to do to get rid of Ricard last cycle; he won immunity, Deshawn survived “Do or Die,” and they still kept Ricard in the game.
Then Erika makes a really good point saying what makes someone a threat is relative to each individual player.
Ooo…then Deshawn starts dropping bombs; he tells Heather that Erika won’t take her to the end. Well Deshawn, if they were going to get rid of Danny, you might’ve changed their minds.
Voting Time: Xander votes for Deshawn and the rest of the votes are secret.
JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol or an advantage and…nobody does. We’ve got one vote for Deshawn, two votes for Danny, two votes for Deshawn, and the final vote is for…Danny. Tie vote
Voting Time Part Deux: No votes are shown.
JPro tallies and returns yet again. We’ve got two votes for Danny and the thirteenth person voted out of “Survivor 41” and the sixth member of the jury is…Danny.
Before they head out, Probst tells them that they’re going to a new island where they’ll have to start all over again. Oof…the monster strikes again!
Verdict: First of all, slow clap for Danny. Since his game wasn’t flashy and didn’t feature any trademark #bigmoves, I don’t know if we’re going to remember it 5-10 years from now. But he was phenomenal.
But here we are, heading into the final with three possible winners who played very different games, one long shot, and…uh…Heather seems like a nice lady.
Power Ranking Results: Michele Fitzgerald and I both had Danny in spot five. So, the current score is Team Fitzgerald 90, Team Holmes 93.
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