“Survivor 42” Episode 8 Recap – What’s More Important Than an Immunity Idol?

“Survivor 42” (CBS)

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Last Week: Drea discovered a license to steal, Romeo freaked out when things got real, and Chanelle earned a Ponderosa meal.

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Alright, let’s take a look at the tribe as it currently stands…

The Kula Kula Tribe (wearing purple)

  • Drea, 35 – Fitness Consultant
  • Hai, 29 – Data Scientist
  • Jonathan, 29 – Beach Service Company Owner
  • Lindsey, 31 – Dietician
  • Maryanne, 24 – Seminary Student
  • Mike, 58 – Retired Firefighter
  • Omar, 31 – Veterinarian
  • Rocksroy, 44 – Stay-at-home Father
  • Romeo, 37 – Pageant Coach
  • Tori, 25 – Therapist

Post Tribal Shenanigans

Hai got his first vote at Tribal and he did not like the taste. Romeo denies this vote, and claims that he doesn’t know who did it. Overall, Hai isn’t taking this as coolly as someone should if they are trying to instill confidence in their allies. Romeo is hoping to use this to his advantage.

In other news, Rocksroy is frustrated that he’s working so hard while others aren’t. He thinks the next move should be for the guys to stick together and start picking off the women. Anyone else feel like Rocksroy would have dominated this game 20 years ago?

It seems like Jonathan and Mike are down with this plan. Omar, on the other hand, doesn’t love the idea of a final five immunity challenge against Thor.

Immunity Challenge Time: The tribe will be split into two groups. They’ll each compete against their group for immunity. Then, both groups will participate in a their own Tribal Council and vote someone out.

The challenge itself is the classic stand-on-a-doghouse-in-the-ocean-until-everyone-else-falls-in-the-water deal. (You know, the one Andrea Boehlke seems to dominate.)

The last person standing will win kebobs for his or her group.

Teams: Drea, Jonathan, Tori, Maryanne, and Lindsey vs. Mike, Romeo, Rocksroy, Hai, and Omar

Result: Jonathan won immunity and reward. Romeo just won immunity.

Where the Boys Are

Welp, Rocksroy got his wish, it’s all guys. And much to Romeo’s distress, he doesn’t have close relationships with any of these fellas.

But, Omar sees more of a future with Romeo than he does Rocksroy. And to make that happen he has to get Romeo and Hai to work together. Wasn’t there some story about a guy named Romeo who ended up getting along with a mortal enemy?

Hai is interested in exploring this idea, but he would want to have Mike on board so he doesn’t lose his as an ally. Mike’s concern is that if he votes out Rocksroy that their alliance won’t trust him going forward.

Girls Trip (and Jonathan)

Lindsey is very happy to have most of her buddies around and a Tori vote seems to make the most sense. However, Jonathan wants to get rid of an idol by targeting Drea. This seems like a popular plan.

Buuut…to throw Drea off the scent he tells her that he wants to vote out Maryanne because she has an idol. Yeah…Drea has an idol tooooo…

Sure enough, that sets off some alarms.

Also, if Drea votes for Maryanne and Drea gets spooked and plays her idol, Maryanne and her idol go home.

Tribal Time

Rocksroy tells Jeff that the day was kind of calm without a lot of politicking. Which to me feels like a “If you don’t know who the mark at the table is, it’s you” kinda situation.

And not much else is said.

Voting Time: No votes are shown. Do we not show votes anymore?!

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol or an advantage and…nobody does. Alright, we’ve got one vote for Romeo, two votes for Rocksroy, and the ninth person eliminated from “Survivor 42” and the second member of the jury is…Rocksroy.

Quick Aside: I can’t wait to see the shelter Rocksroy builds at Ponderosa.

Rocksroy takes his place on the jury in time for…

Tribal Time Part Deux

Drea is very shaken by the sight of Rocksroy and Chanelle together on the jury. She isn’t sure what to make of it and even makes the point that seeing them there will change how she plays.

Maryanne agrees, saying they must take what happened to Rocksroy into account.

Drea does not like the fact that two black contestants were voted out back-to-back. Probst asks if she thinks it was race related, and she responds that it may have been subconsciously. But either way, she realizes now that she’s going to have to change her tactics. She tells everyone that she’ll be playing her idol tonight.

An open Tribal breaks out with Drea whispering to Jonathan that she wants to vote out Tori.

After some more whispering, they agree to target Tori, but tell her they’re still splitting the vote.

Maryanne opens up to everyone, saying that she won’t be responsible for voting a third consecutive black person out of the game.

Ooof…then things get realllllly awkward as Jonathan tries to tell them that it’s not about race and that Drea is being aggressive. Drea assures Jonathan that she loves him and doesn’t think he’s a racist, but she wants to end the cycle.

Then Maryanne pledges to play her idol as well so people won’t think she’s staying in the game because of her race.

When we return to the actual game, everyone agrees that it’d seem weird to do the pomp and circumstance of a regular vote. So, Maryanne and Drea both hand over their idols. And it seems pretty clear that everyone wants to send Tori home.

Tori wants to know why. Drea says it’s because Tori has been gunning for her for a while. Jonathan also says Tori lied to him and he’s closer to Lindsey.

Sooo…Tori says she’s going to play her Shot in the Dark.

Wow, going from real world issues to “I’m going to roll my magic die” is jarring.

Probst opens Tori’s parchment and she is…not safe. The tenth person eliminated from “Survivor 42” and the third member of the jury is Tori.

Verdict: There isn’t a lot of time between watching an episode and posting these recaps. So, I’m going to try to get my points across as clearly as possible. I’m sorry if I ramble.

I’m a firm believer that the right person always wins “Survivor.”

Every person brings a lifetime of unique experiences into the game. It effects how they play, who they align with, and ultimately how they vote.

So, to win “Survivor” you need to be the right person for a specific jury who has their own life experiences as well.

If a juror is going to reward strong social bonds, be their friend.

If they respect bold gameplay, make them think you made big moves.

And if they’re the kind of person who holds a grudge, either get them to respect your game or get to the end with someone they like less.

What I’m trying to say is; if you think your favorite was robbed by a bitter jury, it was his or her duty to not make them bitter in the first place.

The same holds true for Maryanne and Drea. They are products of their life experiences.

Did they both vote out Chanelle? Yes.

Did they both arrive at Tribal prepared to vote an African American woman out? Yes.

That is what their life experiences told them would be the best course of action in that moment.

And then things changed.

Their experiences made them unwilling to continue the cycle.

The beauty of the game has always been people from diverse walks of life coming together to participate in a bizarro social experiment.

At its best a grizzled Marine goes against his prejudices to become friends with a gay super villain.

And at its worst we get what happened in season 39.

But for me, tonight was “Survivor” at its best.

Maryanne could have easily escaped this Tribal with an idol in her pocket. But, she wasn’t going to let anyone say she stayed in the game because her tribemates felt guilty. And that was worth more than an immunity idol to her.

Whether you agree with what happened tonight or not, you must respect how important that decision was to her.

To her experiences.

And that’s beautiful.

  • Maryanne and Drea – Beautiful. Thank you.
  • Omar – What a low-key rockstar. My only worry is jurors might not appreciate his amazing game.
  • Hai – I always admire when someone is willing to put differences aside for a vote.
  • Romeo – This was mostly Omar’s move, but anytime you survive an itchy situation like that, you’re gonna get a good grade.
  • Lindsey – Jonathan doesn’t appreciate what you bring to the table. But that might be good. If he thinks he’s driving the car, he won’t be threatened by you.
  • Mike – What’s your story if you get to the end? Outside of finding an idol, you’re basically Hai’s right hand.
  • Jonathan – Why do you feel like you need to be making mega moves? Being the lovable challenge beast would serve you so much better. Tonight was not a great look.

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