“Survivor 42” Episode 9 Recap: Lindsay Makes a Move?

“Survivor 42” (CBS)

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Last Week: Rocksroy put together a male alliance and look what he got, while Tori was put into a situation where she was willing to take a shot.

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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
  • Lindsay, 31 – Dietician
  • Maryanne, 24 – Seminary Student
  • Mike, 58 – Retired Firefighter
  • Omar, 31 – Veterinarian
  • Romeo, 37 – Pageant Coach

Post Tribal Shenanigans

Hai is super happy that he was able to get Mike on board with the Rocksroy vote, but Mike feels bad for going back on his word. Welp…it is “Survivor.”

Later on, Mike asks Omar if he’s OK with what happened. Obviously, Omar is super psyched because he helped orchestrate the whole dealio, but he’s more than willing to make Hai seem like the bad guy.

Ooof…based on comments like that and what I’m hearing in exit press, I’m worried that Omar is playing too far under the radar. That’s gonna be tough come jury time.

Next, the other group returns and two become one, Spice-Girls style. Nobody is too surprised to hear that Tori was the one sent to the jury.

The next morning, Lindsay fills Omar in on all of the details from Tribal. Omar is not thrilled that Jonathan was willing to put Maryanne up as a pawn. Is that how you use the term “pawn”? I always half-watch “Big Brother.”

Knowing that an idol has probably been returned to the game, Lindsay goes on a little hunt. She literally brushes her hand over one and doesn’t find it.

Later on, Maryanne happens by that same spot and snags it. Best of all, she doesn’t have to send in a self-addressed stamped envelope to activate it.

Reward Challenge Time: The players will have to maneuver a sandbag through a series of obstacles and then throw it onto a target. The winner will receive hot pizza, cold beer, and an evening in “The Sanctuary” where they can get a comfortable night’s sleep.

Quick Aside: It is pouring rain. I’m thinking this challenge was originally a lot more difficult.

Result: Lindsay wins reward. She’s allowed to take two people with her, and she chooses Omar and Mike.

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

The weather continues to hammer the contestants, as Hai fills us in on his backstory as the child of Vietnamese refugees. He makes an interesting point about the suffering on “Survivor” being temporary because there is an end in sight.

Also, Hai was an adorable kid.

Later, Lindsay looks to distance herself from Jonathan and pitches the idea of sending him home if he loses immunity. Hai is very open to this strategy.

Ghosts of the Sanctuary

While our trio is enjoying their reward, mysterious voices of loved ones are broadcast. It’s equal parts endearing, creepy, and kinda silly.

They’re then treated to a slide show and videos of their family members.

When things settle down, Omar takes the opportunity to further drive a wedge between Mike and Hai. He says that Hai told him that Mike is his puppet. As you’d imagine, this doesn’t go over well with Mike.

Later on, Omar admits to us that Hai never said that. Sneaky sneaky.

And to add to the fun, Lindsay tells the duo that she, Hai, and Drea have amulets that have powers that I’ve completely forgotten about because it’s been like a million years. Fortunately, she recaps that three amulets left in the game are an extra vote, two amulets are a steal a vote, and one amulet is an immunity idol.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will stand on a perch while balancing a ball on a bow. The last person standing with their ball on their bow wins immunity.

Result: It comes down to Lindsay vs. Jonathan with Lindsay claiming her second consecutive victory.

Pre-Tribal Politicking

Hai thinks now is the perfect time to get rid of Jonathan because he doesn’t have immunity. However, Jonathan shows off a bizarre monkey run and how can you possibly vote him off now?!

In other news, Mike is still worked up over Hai calling him a “puppet.” (Even though that is an Omar fabrication.)

Mike tells Jonathan that Hai is targeting him. Drea, Maryanne, and Lindsay are all aboard the vote-out-Hai train as well.

Before Tribal, Hai tries to make Jonathan feel comfortable enough that he doesn’t play his Shot in the Dark. Apparently Hai has done this before every Tribal with the doomed player.

He tells Jonathan that he found an idol by the water well and if he needs to, he’ll use it on Jonathan to get Romeo out. But, Jonathan doesn’t buy it.

And then in a 4-D chess move, Omar starts to wonder if he should work with Hai because nobody trusts him. See, even if you don’t go in that direction, you should go through the thought exercises of what it could look like. Omar’s a friggin’ force.

Tribal Time

The pizza trio claims that they weren’t really talking strategy during their outing, but Hai doesn’t buy it. Nor should he.

And outside of Maryanne comparing “Survivor” to Jenga in an ingenious bit, the only interesting thing that was said was Lindsey claiming that they’re going to even the field. This makes Jonathan really nervous.

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an advantage or an idol and…nobody does.

We’ve got one vote for Hai, two votes for Jonathan, three votes for Hai, and the eleventh person voted out of “Survivor 42” and the fourth member of the jury is…Hai.

Aww…and Hai goes out complimenting everyone on the stellar blindside. Love to see it.

Verdict:  Wow…headed into this week, I would’ve said Hai and Omar were my picks to take it all. Now it’s Omar’s to win…IF the jury appreciates that he’s the one pulling the strings.

  • Omar – The great ones never take a vote off. Omar, you might be a great one.
  • Lindsay – Two challenge victories and appreciating that she needs to boot Jonathan if she’s going to win? Well played.
  • Maryanne – Kudos on the second idol, but what exactly is your endgame? Who can you beat? I have no idea.
  • Drea – The deeper Drea goes with her steal an idol, the more I like her chances. She’s my second choice to win at this point.
  • Jonathan – A big guy who’s good at balancing challenges? Impressive. Maybe too impressive. They’re crazy if you’re not next.
  • Romeo –  It’s awesome that you’re sticking around, but it feels like you’re just Omar’s other option at this point.
  • Mike – I wonder what it’s like to watch an episode like this at home? When it seems like you’re completely falling for a lie.

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