“Survivor 42” Episode 5 Recap – Shoulder the Blame

“Survivor 42” (CBS)

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Last Week: When it came to allies, Daniel had none, there was another challenge that Jonathan won, and on Ika’s list to go home, Swati was everybody’s number one.

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Alright, let’s take a look at the tribes as they currently stand…

The Ika Tribe (wearing blue)

  • Drea, 35 – Fitness Consultant
  • Rocksroy, 44 – Stay-at-home Father
  • Romeo, 37 – Pageant Coach
  • Tori, 25 – Therapist

The Taku Tribe (wearing orange)

  • Jonathan, 29 – Beach Service Company Owner
  • Lindsay, 31 – Dietician
  • Maryanne, 24 – Seminary Student
  • Omar, 31 – Veterinarian

The Vati Tribe (wearing green)

  • Chanelle, 29 – Executive Recruiter
  • Daniel, 30 – Law Clerk
  • Hai, 29 – Data Scientist
  • Lydia, 22 – Waitress
  • Mike, 58 – Retired Firefighter

Post-Tribal Shenanigans


The biggest order of business is the fact that Rocksroy was not in on the Swati vote. And as you’d imagine, he’s not super happy about it. However, he smartly thanks everyone for taking her out. That’s the sign of a savvy player.


Later on, he admits that he’s worried that he isn’t picking up on social cues. Self awareness; another sign of a savvy player. Maybe I’ve been underestimating this guy.


The tribe discusses becoming a strong four, but Tori is hilariously shaking her head during this conversation. She even tells us that she’ll be the first person to jump ship.


Drea and Romeo go on a little idol hunt the next day and sure enough, Drea discovers the Beware Advantage. OK, that’s all three.


Some interesting things to come out of this; obviously, they now know that Maryanne has one of the idols. Also, because Drea has an extra vote, she’s willing to give it to Romeo to vote in her place.


Also, sneaky sneaky to “Survivor” production for making us think Tori had found the idol in the early season clips.


At Taku Beach


We meet up with the quartet hunkering down in the shelter during a storm. Maryanne and Lindsay are bragging about their “Mario Kart” prowess, which I totally get. But apparently all of the banter is driving Jonathan nuts.


So, his plan is to sneak out and go fishing as frequently as possible. This seems to work out until he and Maryanne get into a spat over where he’s swinging the machete. They have it out a bit, but Jonathan admits to being very worried that he’ll come off as a villain if he argues with someone who is smaller and younger. Wow, everyone got bit by the self-awareness bug this week.


This leads to Jonathan talking to Lindsay about targeting Maryanne and Maryanne expressing her frustrations to Omar. Poor Omar just wants to smooth things over because both players are so valuable at this point; Jonathan with his challenge/meat shield skills and Maryanne with her 40 advantages.


At Vati Beach


In an interesting bit, it looks like Chanelle and Daniel are actually mending fences. Which of course makes Hai very nervous. And in a bit of a twist, Hai’s thinking of voting out Chanelle because she’s harder to read.


Also, Mike realizes that if he doesn’t activate his idol, nobody on the other tribes will know that he has it after the merge. Yup…that’s smart if he feels safe.


Later on, Daniel’s fishing excursions bring more scrutiny to his game because he hasn’t been competing in swimming challenges. OK, that’s fair. Although, as someone who’s done a bit of Fiji spearfishing, it’s not that stressful. You’re basically floating.


Immunity Challenge Time: The players will race over a net ramp, then release a key with a rope puzzle. The key will unlock a bunch of sandbags. The first tribe to hit all of their targets with the sandbags will win immunity and a tarp. The second tribe will win immunity and a smaller tarp.


Before things get underway, Maryanne hits her line, Drea responds with hers, and Mike…does too! Wonder idol powers activate! Form of immunity!


Sitting Out: Daniel…oh Daniel.


Result: Ika took first place easily. Omar had some real troubles with the rope puzzle. But, Super Jonathan was able to plow through the slingshot portion and claim second place for Taku.


Island of Excessive Advantages: Ika has to choose one person from Vati who hasn’t been on an excursion. They choose Lydia. They also need to pick a second person from their tribe or Taku. They decide on Rocksroy.


Strict papa Rocksroy and hilarious millennial Lydia?! Best case scenario!


Pre-Tribal Politicking


Daniel and Chanelle are both pretty sure that their heads are on the chopping block.


During the one-on-one discussions, Hai tells Daniel that he trusts him more than Chanelle and he thinks she’ll flip first. Meanwhile, Mike tells Chanelle that he’s 100% writing Daniel’s name down.


Mike and Hai eventually get together and agree that as long as it’s Daniel or Chanelle, they’ll be happy. However, Mike makes it clear that Lydia needs to keep her vote.


CUT TO: Lydia and Rocksroy both protecting their votes. Huh, the way they were setting it up, I was convinced Lydia was going to lose it. And sadly, their conversation was pretty tame with both being very careful not to give up any information.


Tribal Time


Daniel is doing his very best to buddy up with Mike. Saying that they’ll be friends long after the game is over.


Chanelle calls him out on this, but Daniel says his affection for Mike isn’t gameplay.


Lydia makes the excellent point that all of the tribes will be equal after the vote. And, Hai follows this up by saying that trust is the most valuable currency in the game now.


Voting Time: No votes are shown.


JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an advantage and…nobody does. We’ve got one vote for Chanelle, one vote for Daniel, one vote for Chanelle, one vote for Daniel, and the final vote is for…Mike?!


Hmm…Mike seems a little flustered.


Voting Time Part Deux: No votes are shown.


JPro tallies for a second time and returns. We’ve got one vote for Daniel and the sixth person eliminated from “Survivor 42” is…Daniel.


We would later learn that Chanelle had voted for Mike.

Verdict: That was a nice little episode. I’m liking this cast, the twists aren’t overpowering, good times.


Next week we’ve got a two-hour show and a kinda merge…is the hourglass coming back?!

  • Hai – He’s clearly calling the shots and has loyal soldiers in Mike and Lydia.
  • Lydia – She played her little excursion perfectly. She didn’t give Rocksroy any information and she kept her vote. Well done.
  • Rocksroy – He’s still going to have to deal with Tori, but I’m a big fan of the way he approached the post-Tribal chat.
  • Romeo – First order of business after a rough Tribal; make the person on the outs feel comfortable. Loving this guy.
  • Mike – Ah…Mike. You just couldn’t wait and keep that idol a secret.
  • Jonathan – Good job keeping a cool head. Just stop trying to chop off Maryanne’s foot.
  • Chanelle – I’m not sure what was up with that Mike vote, but you made it through.
  • Maryanne – I love her. I really do. But she’s gonna have a huge target on her back at the merge and having her tribemates turning on her isn’t going to help things.
  • Omar, Lindsay, Drea, and Tori – I can’t grade you if you don’t show your work.

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