“Survivor 43” Episode 4 Recap: Elevator Fails-man

“Survivor 43” (CBS)

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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

Post-Tribal Wrap-Up

Cody’s feeling terrible about the vote, comparing it to his girlfriend leaving him, the pizza guy forgetting the pizza, and his roommate drinking all the beer. He could’ve tightened that by saying his girlfriend left with his pizza and  beer.

At Baka Beach

Gabler decides to warm the tribe up by putting palm fronds on them while they sleep. Which is probably about as warm as a piece of paper. Maybe later he can put out an inferno with a shot glass.

There is also a heated debate between Gabler and Elie over the size of the sticks in the fire.

Reward Challenge Time: One player from each tribe will use sandbags to knock blocks off of a ledge. Then that same player will have to use two of the blocks to walk to a finish line. Finally, the remaining players will throw the sandbags onto hanging disks. The first team to complete this challenge will win ten fish and the right to raid one of the other tribe camps and steal one item.

Sitting Out: James and Lindsay for Coco, Elie for Baka

Results: Cody gives Vesi an early lead and the rest of the tribe is able to seal the deal and win it. Vesi is allowed to take any item they want from someone’s camp except for their flint. I’d take Baka’s luxurious palm frond blankets.

Lindsay is worried about how they’re going to cook these fish and Probst tells her they’re able to trade for any previous reward. What? That’s a thing? Since when?

Anywho, much to Cody’s dismay, they trade the fish for the fruit and the tool kit.

Raid Kills Game Dead

One person from the tribe gets to go on a trip to claim another camp’s item. Cody wants to be that person for Vesi, but Dwight is worried that Cody is a loose cannon. That’s a good point, Dwight, but it’s possible there are people on the other tribe who haven’t seen Cody’s butt tattoo.

Both of the other tribes think Baka will be the group that loses an item because they have more stuff. However, Vesi might want to go for the smaller tribe because there are less people to upset.

Cody is talking about what he can do to hurt the other tribe the most. Why not bring a peace offering and see if two tribes can align against the other post merge?

Cody arrives at Coco beach and tells the tribe that he’s there for their machete. This is seen as an act of war by Coco, because why would Vesi need two machetes? Lindsay says as much by telling him that there will be retaliation and perhaps they could negotiate instead. Being a salesman, (a dirty, lying salesman) this is music to Cody’s ears.

They eventually agree on fishing gear and some food. Which, kudos to him, he was only allowed to take one thing and left with several. However, he does make a bad impression with the Coco folks, Karla in particular.

Immunity Challenge Time: The teams will race to move sandbags and uncover keys. They’ll use the keys to release puzzle pieces. They’ll carry the pieces under a net, then create a square. Once that’s done they’ll have to carry the pieces up a platform and rearrange the same pieces into a triangle. The first two tribes to complete this feat will win immunity.

Sitting out: Cassidy and Geo for Coco, Jeanine for Baka.

Results: Baka is the first tribe through the first portion. However, Vesi manages to pass them and win the whole thing. Then Vesi helps Baka complete their puzzle. Uh oh…

Other Notes: Dwight was called out for a slow performance, and Sami was getting very frustrated with Gabler.

Pre-Tribal Politicking

Ryan lets us know that he trusts James and Geo the most, with Geo being his number one. And it looks like Geo wants to target Cassidy first.

Cassidy, Karla, and Lindsay are worried that Geo is getting too comfortable, so they want him gone. And, it looks like James is the swing vote.

Lindsay says the process is making her paranoid and she doesn’t know why. You seriously don’t know why?

Oof…and this paranoia is getting the best of her. So much so that Karla is considering flipping on her. James tries to get Lindsay to calm down, but it’s not clear if he did a particularly good job.

Tribal Time

It’s business as usual until Lindsay hints that someone hasn’t been talking strategy with her. Ryan takes this as his cue that she must be talking about him.

Geo doesn’t mind that there’s some back and forth around Tribal as long as they don’t vote for him.

Lindsay admits that she was too paranoid around camp, and Geo says it doesn’t bother him because he wants to keep his people calm. Sooo…Lindsay isn’t one of your people?

James says it’s important to stay cool so your people will trust you.

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 Cassidy, one vote for Geo, two votes for Lindsay, and the fourth person voted out of “Survivor: 43” is…Lindsay.

Verdict: Welp, there goes my winner pick. First one out of her tribe. I’m dying to talk to her about this in our exit interview, because I’ve been saying for years that paranoia is the biggest factor that rarely gets addressed. (Also, my exit interview will be Friday instead of Thursday.)

And it’s nice that we finally have some bad gameplay. Took them long enough!

  • Karla – She’s a champ. Cool as a cucumber. Willing to think and rethink her every move. She’s my new pick. (Now watch her get voted out next week).
  • James – Totally in the same boat as Karla. These two are ones to watch.
  • Cassie – She didn’t do anything spectacular, but she kept a cool head and stayed in the game without making any waves.
  • Sami – There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s running the show at Baka. His barking at Gabler during the challenge is the only reason he’s so low on this list.
  • Ryan – Talk strategy with everyone! Even if it’s just to keep them off of your back.
  • Geo – Targeted for being too confident? That tells me that you aren’t very self aware.
  • Dwight – Rough challenge for Dwight. And it doesn’t help that Probst was calling him out.
  • Gabler and Elie – What a weird spot these two are in. They feel like they can argue with the other person because they think that person is on the bottom. But, they could both be on the bottom depending on Sami’s mood.
  • Cody – Wow. You let an entire tribe know that you’re a gamer/a negotiator/probably untrustworthy all for some extra food. I hated that move with a capital HATE.
  • Owen, Jessie, Jeanine, and Noelle –  I can’t grade you if you don’t show your work.

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