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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
- Lindsey, 31 – Dietician
- Maryanne, 24 – Seminary Student
- Omar, 31 – Veterinarian
The Vati Tribe (wearing green)
- Chanelle, 29 – Executive Recruiter
- Hai, 29 – Data Scientist
- Lydia, 22 – Waitress
- Mike, 58 – Retired Firefighter
Chanelle is super psyched about winning the final battle between her and Daniel, but it isn’t without some casualties. She threw her vote to Mike in case Daniel played his Shot in the Dark and Mike is not happy about it. They all agree that they need to stay tight headed into the merge. But Mike promises he’ll never trust Chanelle again.
At Ika Beach
Tori is giving Rocksroy the third degree about his summit with Lydia. He swears that he didn’t take the risk, but she doesn’t quite buy it. She’s convinced that he’s leaving something out of his story and isn’t shy about letting him know that there has to be more. This attitude is driving Romeo and Drea to want to cut her loose.
Merge Time (Kinda)
Before things get underway, Probst gives us a quick update. He tells us that they’re going to do the hourglass twist from last season with a few tweaks to see if the players react differently.
- The merge feast is going to be from Applebee’s. This will make them think of home. This will also have them Feeling Good in the Neighborhood™.
- They’re going to tell the players that the person who is sent away can change the game.
- The winning five can choose to send one of their own to take the power.
Immunity Challenge Time: The players will be split into two teams by drawing rocks. They’ll dig up a boulder and push it through a series of obstacles while collecting keys. The first team to use the keys to unlock a puzzle and complete it will be the first members of the merge tribe and will be safe at the first Tribal Council. They’ll also get Applebee’s! And, the losers will get some rice. One serving of rice.
Two players will not get to compete.
Quick Aside: Boulder pushing again? So…Jonathan’s team wins…
Teams: The orange team is Lydia, Jonathan, Maryanne, Hai, and Tori. The blue team is Chanelle, Omar, Drea, Mike, and Romeo.
Sitting Out: Rocksroy and Lindsey
Result: Sure enough, Jonathan’s tribe was the first group to move the boulder. He also boosts all his teammates up the platform, and leaps tall buildings in a single bound. They win immunity (and Applebee’s!) easily.
Quick Aside: The puzzle was the season’s logo. If you’re not studying your buff during downtime, I don’t know what you’re doing.
In other news, Drea had a real tough time scaling the ball, but eventually toughed through and managed to make it up. Also, Jonathan was trying to advise Maryanne on the puzzle, but she wasn’t interested in any of his ideas.
Big Decision: The team gets to decide which player will join them. The other will be sent away to Exile Island for two days and will receive the power to change the game. The winning team can also decide to send one of their players to Exile. They choose Lindsey because she looks like she needs to food.
Jonathan lets us know that he considered taking Rocksroy’s place, but buddy’s gotta eat. He also tells us that he intends to lay low. Dude, have you been watching any of these challenges?
Also, Tori loves that she won and Rocksroy is at Exile. And she isn’t afraid to tell everyone everything about Ika. She says all Rocksroy cares about is the shelter and the fire. Just like Aaron Samuels only cared about school and his mom and his friends.
At Ika Beach
While the second place team is enjoying their rice, Drea floats the idea that maybe Rocksroy will get to switch who has immunity. Whoa… What number am I thinking of right now, Drea?
The two players with idols, Drea and Mike, start piecing together a potential alliance with Hai, Lydia, Rocksroy, and Romeo. They also out Chanelle and Tori as people to target.
When the winning players return, Lindsey, Drea, and Hai touch base about the advantage they got on the first day that I had completely forgotten about. Hai tells the others that instead of taking each other out, they should work together, and if they need his amulet, they can have it.
Mike and Jonathan bond over the fact that people think that buff, strong guys are mean or dumb. I get it. I’ve been fighting that my whole life.
Romeo and Hai seem to bond as well, with Romeo confessing that he hasn’t been able to be as open about his sexuality as Hai is. In a heartbreaking moment, Romeo tells us that he’s really worried that people who know him won’t love him once they see him being out on the show. In unrelated news, it ‘s dusty in my living room.
Omar talks to Hai about working with Chanelle, and Hai lets him know that she isn’t to be trusted. He goes on to tell Omar that she didn’t have a vote…which means Omar won’t have a vote at the next Tribal. As you’d imagine Omar doesn’t love this news.
Overall, it seems like everyone is getting along. And it looks like Hai, Lydia, Omar, Jonathan, Drea, Mike, Romeo, and Rocksroy are going to be the dominant alliance with Chanelle, Tori, and Maryanne on the outs.
At Exile Island
Rocksroy is building a fire and putting together a shelter when a hammer and an hourglass mysteriously appear. It’d be hilarious if he accidentally dropped it and reset the space/time continuum.
As the evening goes on, Rocksroy appreciates how blessed he is to get to have some time with himself in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth. You’re right, buddy.
Quick Aside: Rocksroy makes a “Pop pop” reference, and if it’s because he’s a “Community” fan, I have a new favorite.
JPro makes his big entrance the following morning. He tells Rocksroy that he has the power to swap who has immunity by smashing the hourglass.
Rocksroy thinks the people who lost deserve to lose. But, he isn’t sure if the people who are safe will have his back. And most importantly, he can take away Tori’s immunity.
Immunity Challenge Time: The players will hold onto a rope that will keep a platform steady. The first person to stack eight letter blocks will win immunity.
Magic Hourglass Decision: Rocksroy smashed that thing. His rationale was that the winning team got to eat, so they have more energy.
Tori is super annoyed, because she claims to have sent Rocksroy away so he’d have power. Yeah, and he used it.
Result: Tori wins immunity and boy did she need it.
With only five people eligible to be voted for, it seems to be coming down to Jonathan and Maryanne with Jonathan being a popular choice. However, Lindsey really has Jonathan’s back.
Omar, who has no vote and is safe considers just sitting everything out. But he eventually decides to bring his old tribe back together and vote for Lydia.
This all seems to be going well until he takes this plan to Hai…you know…the dude who went to rocks to save Lydia. Bold move.
Hai quickly points out that unlike other seasons, they don’t seem to be sticking to tribe alliances.
Omar makes a great point that everyone is going out for firewood, but nobody is coming back with firewood.
Rocksroy is experiencing some guilt because he’s responsible for taking immunity from the winning team.
Maryanne is worried that talking too much might get her in trouble, but she wants to be her true self.
Chanelle thinks that if you aren’t yourself, people will see through it.
Voting Time: No vote for Omar, and the actual votes are secret.
JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to use an advantage and…nobody does. We’ve got one vote for Jonathan, one vote for Lindsey, one vote for Jonathan, two votes for Maryanne, four votes for Lydia, and the seventh person eliminated from “Survivor 42” is…Lydia.
Hai, Jonathan, Lindsey, Drea, Mike, and Maryanne voted for Lydia. Romeo and Lydia voted for Maryanne. Chanelle and Tori voted for Jonathan. And, Rocksroy voted for Lindsey.
Verdict: I love that “Survivor” still makes bold moves 42 seasons in, but this just ain’t it. It robs a victorious team of their hard-earned win. It puts the strongest physical players at risk at a time where it’s already risky to be a strong physical player. And worst of all, it’s kinda boring.
In production’s defense, they didn’t know how we’d react to season 41 before filming this season. But nah.
Two hours of this twist was rough. Here’s hoping things pick up next week.
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