“Survivor 43” Episode 8 Recap – Sam I Am (Dying for You to Shake Up This Show)

“Survivor 43” (CBS)

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Last Week: Buffs were dropped, advantages were swapped, and Dwight’s game was stopped.

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

The Gaia Tribe (wearing green)

  • Cassidy, 26 – Designer
  • Cody, 35 – Elevator Sales
  • Gabler, 52 – Heart Valve Specialist
  • James, 37 – Event Planner
  • Jeanine, 24 – UX Developer
  • Jesse, 30 – Political Science, PhD
  • Karla, 28 – Educational Project Manager
  • Noelle, 25 – US Paralympian
  • Owen, 30 – College Admissions Director
  • Ryan, 25 – Warehouse Associate
  • Sami, 19 – Pet Cremator

Post-Tribal Shenanigans

Cody immediately breaks things down saying that he and Jesse jumped in with Coco, and much to their surprise, Sami wanted to play along too. Not to my surprise, that kid just wants to watch the world burn.

Jeanine, as you’d imagine having just lost her closest ally and her idol in back-to-back Tribals, looks like she really needs a nap. At least her chin seems to have healed.

We’re taken back to the moment where she handed her idol off to Dwight, and they make a point to communicate that it’s OK to store the idol in his crotch if that’s the safest place. Yikes, maybe let production know before you hand that thing back.

Sami tries to spin this as a good thing, telling Jeanine that nobody wanted to work with her while she had an idol.

Buuuuuut…apparently Dwight gave Jesse the idol to hold before Tribal. So, Jesse is in possession of both Jeanine and Cody’s idols. And based on the rules of “Survivor,” he does not have to give them back.


But how? How? How the…? Seriously, how?!

The following morning, Noelle, Owen, Jeanine, and kinda Gabler rally to try to find a way to take back the numbers.

Meanwhile, the winners of the previous vote are bouncing around the idea of potentially being the final seven. As for their next target? James wants Owen gone because he doesn’t trust him and Owen has voted for James at the last two Tribal Councils.

Quick Aside: This dominant alliance refers to themselves as “The Seven” which leads me to believe none of them watches “The Boys.”

Sami does the math and realizes that Coco has each other, Jesse has Cody, and he has nobody. So, he starts to ponder flipping once again.

Food Fantasies

Our intrepid castaways are all sharing their dining dreams. Ryan wins the award for the most disturbing choice with his burritos rolled into a pepperoni pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I like those things, just not together.

Gabler takes this as an opportunity to win favor be going fishing, but he’s unable to locate a burrito wrapped in a pizza. Fortunately, Ryan is able to catch some actual fish.

Unfortunately, Ryan is convinced that feeding his tribe is a good way to keep himself safe. Maybe 20 or so years ago, buddy.

Immunity Challenge Time: Players will balance a ball on a pole. At regular intervals they’ll add more sections to the pole. The last person with their ball in the air will win immunity.

Twist: Probst offers them extra rice if five people will sit out of the challenge. James tries to negotiate, but Probst says five people will be lowest price he’ll accept.

James tries to convince Owen to sit out, saying he’ll be safe tonight. But, Owen was born on a Tuesday, just not last Tuesday. Sami, Jesse, Karla, Cassidy, and James eventually agree to sit out.

Full Disclosure: I have no idea what day Owen was born on. I made that up.

Result: It comes down to Cody vs. Owen with Owen picking up the win.

Pre-Tribal Politicking

Jeanine is the first name that is bounced around now that Owen has immunity. And Ryan wants to make sure that name is locked down so he can go fishing. He claims that “Rice is nice, but fish is a little bit better.”

I would have gone with “Fish is the dish!”

Sami still wants to rock the boat and is trying to figure out a way to get rid of Ryan. Unfortunately, as he’s comparing notes with Jeanine and Owen, James walks right by. Oops.

Sami takes this plan to Karla and she’s into it. She doesn’t care that he’s Coco because he’s a guy and he’s a challenge threat.

As word gets around, it seems like everyone is on board with this plan. Except Ryan, of course.

James is into it too, but he still thinks they should boot Jeanine first. Cassidy pushes back on this because she’s seen too many women go home at this point.

Tribal Time

Vague vague vagueeeeee…

Finally, the Alligabler mentions that the plan kept changing throughout the day. At least that’s something.

And Ryan admits to catching 21 fish. Which is 21x the amount I caught when I went fishing in Fiji.

Voting Time: Ryan votes for Jeanine, Cassidy votes for Ryan, and the rest of the votes are secret.

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

We’ve got one vote for Jeanine, two votes for Ryan, four votes for Jeanine, and the eighth person voted out of “Survivor 43” and the first member of the jury is…Jeanine.

Verdict: Sami is talking a good game about shaking things up, and I hope he’s successful, cause this episode was booooooring.

  • Jesse – How?! How…like, actually how? In the world? On God’s green Earth? How? Seriously?
  • Karla – I don’t know how responsible Karla was for anything that happened tonight, but she’s so smooth.
  • Owen – That win was big. Calling out James for his transparent offer might prove to be bigger.
  • Cody – Being Jesse’s ride-or-die seems like a good place to be. But, I worry, that it’s actually a second-place-place to be.
  • James – You accomplished what you wanted to accomplish this episode, but treating Owen like an idiot was a mistake.
  • Sami – I can’t give you too high a grade as the moves you were trying to make clearly didn’t happen.
  • Noelle – You’re on the bottom and you lost an ally. Credit for sticking around, but points off for not bettering your position.
  • Cassidy – Were you surprised by that vote? I think you were.
  • Ryan – C’mon, buddy. Being a provider? What’s next? Voting by alphabetical order?
  • Gabler – This out-of-the-loop, anyone-but-me game worked for Sandra Diaz-Twine. I don’t think it’ll work for you.

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