“Survivor: 43” Episode 3 Recap – Idle Idol Is Now Be-wearable

“Survivor 43” (CBS)

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Last Week: Elie seemed to underestimate Sami, Cody made a valuable accessory, and Vesi got rid of Justine (with an E).

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

The Baka Tribe (wearing yellow)

  • Elie, 31 – Clinical Psychologist
  • Jeanine, 24 – UX Developer
  • Gabler, 52 – Heart Valve Specialist
  • Owen, 30 – College Admissions Director
  • Sami, 19 – Pet Cremator

The Coco Tribe (wearing blue)

  • Cassidy, 26 – Designer
  • Geo, 36 – Project Manager
  • James, 37 – Event Planner
  • Karla, 28 – Educational Project Manager
  • Lindsay, 42 – Pediatric Nurse
  • Ryan, 25 – Warehouse Associate

The Vesi Tribe (wearing red)

  • Cody, 35 – Elevator Sales
  • Dwight, 22 – Graduate Student
  • Jesse, 30 – Political Science, PhD
  • Noelle, 25 – US Paralympian
  • Nneka, 43 – Pharmacist

Post-Tribal Wrap-Up

Cody admits that opening the Beware Advantage right before Tribal might not have been the brightest idea. But, Nneka and Jesse were able to save his skin by getting everyone to hand over their beads.

So, now he has a fancy idol hat. And he celebrates with what we’re gonna call the “Livin’ Yelp.”

We also learn that Jesse and Dwight weren’t able to get on the same page about voting out Justine (with an e). But, Dwight didn’t have a vote, so it didn’t really matter. And if Dwight can’t get on board, Jesse is fully prepared to divorce his island wife. Dwight can see Probst on weekends and holidays.

Dwight continues the marriage metaphor by saying that Jesse is sleeping on the couch, which doesn’t fully work because that sounds way nicer than bamboo.

At Baka Beach

It seems like Gabler is really struggling out there with little things setting him off. Everyone is ready to send him home next, but they’re not sure if he knows how long his idol will work. Elie’s plan is convince him that the idol is dead and that he should keep it to use as a fake.

Elie recruits Sami to convey this idea to Gabler, but Sami sees this as an opportunity to flip things. He tells Gabler that they dug through his bag to get the information.

Quick Aside: I know there’s been some discussion about if production should allow people to go through other people’s bags. I’m all for it. All’s fair in love and “Survivor.”

Later, when Elie pitches the idea of using it as a fake, Gabler pretends that he thinks it’s a dead idol and says he wants to give it to his daughter as a graduation gift. They don’t know that you know that we know…

At Club Coco

Hey, who’s this Cassidy girl hanging out at Coco beach? Is she a boom mic operator? Anywho, she tells us that’s it’s James’ birthday and they’re having a little celebration. They give him a crown and a bracelet. Uh oh, someone’s going to need that bracelet to make an idol, aren’t they?

James tells everyone he wants to go idol hunting for his birthday. Welp, give that guy points for honesty.

Karla goes on a little idol hunt of her own and finds the Beware Advantage. However, she makes the case that she’s already in a good spot and she didn’t bet her vote at Excess Advantage Island, so she puts it back. You know what they say, “Fortune favors the overly cautious.”

Karla takes some time to think it over, then returns to retrieve the advantage. She comes up with a story about needing the beads to make a necklace for her wife. And everyone pretty much falls for it. And best of all, she made it happen without alerting any members of her tribe. So, she’s got the first secret pre-merge idol in a looooong time.

Immunity Challenge Time: The tribes will leap off of a tower into the ocean. They’ll then climb a stack of boxes and dive back in to retrieve a key. The first two tribes to unlock their puzzle and complete it will win immunity. The first tribe to finish will receive a tool kit and fruit. The second tribe will receive less tools and less fruit. The losers get no tools, no fruit, and they’ll hand over their flint.

Sitting Out: Geo for Coco. That kinda rhymes.

Quick Aside: I know Jeff is saying “Baka,” but it sounds like he’s saying “Vodka.”

Result: Baka comes in first with Coco coming from behind to best Vesi. Also Baka is given the opportunity to send one person from each tribe on a journey. They choose James, Owen, and Noelle.

Before we head off to commercial, Dwight lets us know that Nneka and Jesse should be on the chopping block because they couldn’t complete the puzzle.

The Island of Excessive Advantages

Noelle isn’t psyched about being away from her team before Tribal, especially because she was on the wrong side of the vote last time.

During the journey, Noelle admits that she is on the bottom of her tribe and that she would be happy to work with James and Owen after the merge. I like it; swing for the fences.

The trio is greeted by the same game. Players will risk their vote for an advantage. The less people that risk their vote, the more likely the riskers are to receive the advantage. James and Owen both agree to give the advantage to Noelle. Ooo…and best of all, Noelle has a believable story that she didn’t want to risk her vote before such a critical Tribal Council!

Pre-Tribal Politicking

Things kick off with Nneka telling Dwight that Cody and Jesse aren’t going anywhere. However, she feels terrible about voting for Noelle because she’s such an inspiration.

Cody and Jesse hate the idea of going to Tribal for a third time, so they’re seriously considering keeping tribe strength. Jesse is having a tough time getting behind the idea of voting out Nneka because she reminds him of his mother.

Noelle returns, and sure enough, she claims that her vote was too important to risk.

Oh no…but then she immediately tells Dwight the truth.

Sing along with me everybody: “Don’t…don’t tell people…don’t tell people about your advantages…you can’t unring…that freakin’ bell…”

Noelle retrieves the advantage from within her foot, which is kinda awesome, and it’s a steal-a-vote.

Tribal Time

Meh…we’re so sad we have to vote someone out. I’m going to make the vote that’s right for me…


Eventually everyone except Noelle says they’re confident that the vote will go the way they want. However, they’re having trouble figuring out what kind of scale they should use to express that confidence. It reminds me of this scene from “The Office” (which was ironically during a “Survivor”-themed episode).

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to use and advantage and…nobody does. We’ve got one vote for Noelle, two votes for Nneka, and the third person voted out of “Survivor 43” is…Nneka.

Verdict: Nothing earth-shattering this episode, but still really solid “Survivor.” And I love how everyone really came to play. Nobody is making any awkward, boneheaded moves. I wouldn’t be shocked if any one of the remaining fifteen won this thing.

And no villains?! Can someone burn someone’s socks, please?

  • Karla – Not only did she make the idol happen, she was able to manipulate all of her tribemates without them sensing anything was up.
  • Noelle – When you survive being on the bottom and get to keep your advantage? That’s an A performance.
  • James and Owen – I loved this play by them. They got some info and now they’ve got some options if they make it to the merge.
  • Jesse – Obviously we weren’t privy to everything that went down. But, it’s clear that Nneka was Cody’s island wife. Best to keep Dwight close.
  • Sami – It really feels like he’s always a step ahead of Elie. And that move probably earned him Gabler’s trust for a while.
  • Cody – You had a rough call this week. You should be fine if you make sure Jesse thinks your idol is a team idol.
  • Dwight – I honestly wonder if he told Jesse about the extra vote as a way to keep Noelle around. Either way, this should solidify him and Jesse as a unit. Divorce avoided!
  • Gabler – I feel like you’re in good shape due to your alliance and your idol, but your health has me worried.
  • Elie and Jeanine – I have a feeling these two are about to learn a hard lesson in underestimating your competition.
  • Cassidy, Geo, Ryan, and Lindsay –  I can’t grade you if you don’t show your work.

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