“Survivor: David vs Goliath” Episode 13 Recap: Rock Star Reunion Tour?

“Survivor: David vs. Goliath” (CBS)

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Last Week: Christian’s partner flipped, Davie’s info intentionally slipped, and Gabby’s wings were sadly clipped.

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Let’s take a look at the tribes as they currently stand…

The Kalokalo Tribe (wearing blue)
Alison, 28 – Physician
Angelina, 28 – Financial Consultant
Christian, 32 – Robotics Scientist
Davie, 30 – Social Media Manager
Kara, 30 – Realtor
Mike, 47 – Filmmaker
Nick, 27 – Public Defender

Post-Tribal Shenanigans

The idol hunt immediately starts when they return to the beach, with Nick pretending to find a fake idol so the others will stop searching. Interesting, but won’t that put more of a target on your back?

Sure enough, Davie sees this as a reason to turn a lawyer into a juror.

Davie also immediately thinks that this could all be a ruse. Davie keeps looking and eventually finds a real clue. The clue directs Davie to a certain part of the island where he learns that he will receive an idol that is only good for the next Tribal. However, he can bet his vote on a game of chance to extend its power. Davie does some praying and asks for a sign about what he should do. A nearby torch is blowing away from the game and he interprets that to mean that he should hang onto his vote.

Also, he appreciates how important his vote is to getting Nick out.

Quick Aside: I didn’t expect God to encourage gambling.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will be tethered to a giant wheel at the beginning of the challenge and have to release as much slack as they can. They’ll then race through an obstacle course and knock over a stack of blocks with sandbags. The trick being, if you don’t give yourself enough slack, you’ll have to go back. The first person to clear their table of blocks will win a helicopter excursion to a beach club.

Result: Davie wins the reward. He’s allowed to invite two people to tag along. He chooses Nick first and before he can choose a second, Angelina pleads her case that she sat out that immunity challenge to earn extra rice.

What?! Why is this the first I’m hearing about that?!

Anywho…Davie promptly takes Kara.

That’s got to be a contender for moment of the season. Kinda hilarious. Although, I suspect other people plead their cases and it didn’t make the edit.

No More Mr. Rice Guy

Oh yeah, Angelina is not pleased about the reward snub. She tells the others that she doesn’t want any reciprocity for the rice situation. So…why bring it up?

As a measure of revenge, she makes a mega pot of rice.

CUT TO: Davie eating all of the food in the world at the reward.

When Nick excuses himself to use the restroom, Davie spills the beans to Kara about Nick’s other idol. They plot to partner with Alison and Christian to vote Nick out.

They decide not to tell Angelina and Mike because of loose lips and all.

CUT TO: Alison telling Mike what’s up.

Best way for a secret to get out; telephone, telegraph, tell a Survivor.

Seriously, why didn’t Davie wait until after the immunity challenge to set this plan into motion?

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will stand on a beam while balancing a ball on a disc. At different intervals, they’ll have to add balls to the disc. The last person standing will win immunity.

Result: Mike picked up his first immunity win by besting Alison.

Pre-Tribal Politicking

There are several different schools of thought here with Davie wanting to boot Nick, Nick wanting to go for Alison, and Mike still targeting Christian.

However, Davie changes his tune when Nick confesses that his second idol is a fake. Now Davie’s all-in on voting for Alison.

Soooooo…Mike pushes the issue with Nick, telling him that Davie is gunning for him. Which is totally true. Now nobody knows what’s going on.

Tribal Time

Nothing terribly interesting was said. They all agree that they get along and they’re kinda flipping around from vote to vote.

Quick Aside: John is wearing a Mayor of Slamtown jacket! This is not a drill!

Voting Time: No votes are shown. Dun…dun…dun…

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…Davie does…for himself!

Ooo…this inspires Nick to play his fake idol in the hopes that he can read what’s going on. He decides that he’s in trouble and then plays his real idol. Smart move…if he’s right.

Alright, we’ve got two votes for Davie, one vote for Alison, one vote for Christian, one vote for Alison, one vote for Christian, and the fourteenth person eliminated from “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” and the seventh member of the jury is…Christian.


It looks like Kara, Nick, and Angelina voted for Christian while Mike and Alison voted for Davie.

Verdict: Man, I hate to see Christian go. What a fantastic player and character.

But, what now? Is Davie the only satisfying possible sole Survivor left?

At any rate, this season has been amazing even if we get a less-than-exciting winner.

  • Mike – That was all you, buddy. And while I don’t think you’d be a satisfying winner, I think you could pull it off with the right combo.
  • Alison – Has anyone ever been considered so much of a threat without having actual moves on their resume? She could still win this thing.
  • Nick – Losing that idol hurts. But having Christian and Gabby on the jury might work in your favor.
  • Davie – I hope you’re good at making fire.
  • Kara – You were on the right side of the vote, but Davie won’t trust you anymore.
  • Angelina – I can’t figure out a final three combo that leads to an Angelina win.

Power Rankings Results: Bradley Kleihege had Christian in spot seven, I had him in spot five. So, the current score is Team Bradley 109, Team Gordon 124.

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