“Survivor: Edge of Extinction” Episode 5 & 6 Recap: Joe Knows Challenges

“Survivor: Edge of Extinction” (CBS)

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Last Week: Ron used Julia to pull off a clever ruse, the same tribe with a different name once again managed to lose, and everyone’s favorite broadcaster got some bad news…

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blo

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

The Kama Tribe (wearing yellow)
Aurora, 32 – Divorce Lawyer
Joe, 29 – Multimedia Artist, also appeared on “Survivor: Worlds Apart” and “Survivor: Second Chance”
Julia, 24 – Medical Assistant
Julie, 46 – Toymaker
Ron, 46 – Teacher

The Lesu Tribe (wearing green)
David, 44 – Television Writer, also appeared on “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X”
Kelley, 31 – Marketing Manager, also appeared on “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” and “Survivor: Second Chance”
Lauren, 21 – Student
Wardog, 38 – Law Student

The Manu Tribe (wearing blue)
Aubry, 32 – Marketing Director, also appeared on “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” and “Survivor: Game Changers”
Eric, 34 – Firefighter
Gavin, 23 – YMCA Program Director
Victoria, 23 – Waitress
Wendy, 25 – Small Business Owner

O’er at the Isle of Extinction

Rick is given a chilly welcome from his former Manu tribemates. I’m sorry. I don’t get why they’re so mad. For Reem, it’s been over a week. If you’re still in the game, act like it.

Reward Challenge Time: The tribes will run through an obstacle then lift a player up so they can retrieve bolos. They’ll then crawl under an obstacle and retrieve more bolos. The first tribe to get all four bolos on a post will win a bunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The second tribe will receive significantly fewer sandwiches.

Sitting Out: Julia and Aubry

Quick Aside: I’m really disappointed the reward isn’t some kind of fried chicken dish to mess with Wendy. C’mon, production!

Another Quick Aside: So, no post Tribal comments at all? We don’t get to see why Wardog voted the way he did? How David feels about it?

Result: Kama took first place, while Manu claimed second. Lesu had yet another embarrassing performance.

At Kama Beach

Julia speaks! They let her speak! She said things…something about Joe being a threat! So…it was obvious…but they were still words…she got a lower third and everything!

Julie and Julia want Joe to go, but Ron is starting to appreciate how hard Joe works around camp and how next-level he is at challenges.

At Manu Beach

The tribe is furious when Wendy sets the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches free.

Just kidding.

But, her little chicken adventure makes it tough for others to trust her. So, it looks like the next vote is up in the air between Aubry and Wendy.

In other news, Victoria acts like she’s willing to work with Aubry in an attempt to figure out if she has an idol. Aubry doesn’t spill the beans, but she does seem convinced that Victoria is genuine.

At Lesu Beach

David asks Wardog if he’d like to go fishing, but gets turned down because Wardog has never caught a fish in his life. Neither had I, buddy.

Later on, Wardog tells Kelley that he wants to work with her long term, but he’s worried that Lauren will come between them, so they should get rid of her.

Oh…you’re asking her to limit her options?

Kelley clearly is picking up on it too and is concerned that Wardog has a little Tony Vlachos in him. I don’t buy it. Tony would never be too tired to go fishing…or dig a spy bunker…or build a spy shack.

I might miss Tony.

At the Isle of Extinction

The players are each given a map. Rick deciphers the clues and realizes that you have to fold the map to find a special location. For some reason, he decides to share this information with everyone.

The group decides to look for it together…well…everyone except for Keith who goes into business for himself.

The others eventually realize what’s up and chase him down, screaming at him the whole time. It’s very “Lord of the Flies.”

Keith and Chris end up at the item at the same time, but Chris is the first to claim the prize. It’s a bundle of bamboo rods, a rope, and a note that says, “Practice.”

So, probably one of those challenges where you have to reach through a gate with a pole made up of rods you’ve tied together?

Quick Aside: I have no problem with Keith running off. What if it had been an invitation back into the game? They literally have no frame of reference.

Rick finds a second item which is an extra vote that they’ll be allowed to give to a competitor who attends the next Tribal Council. However, the player will not know who gifted them the vote. Well, that’s good news for David if Lesu ends up losing immunity, which given their history…

Immunity Challenge Time: The tribe will dive into the water to release puzzle pieces. Once they have all the pieces, they’ll load them onto a boat and pull them to a platform. The first two tribes to complete the puzzle will win immunity.

Sitting Out: Julie and Victoria

Result: Kama took first place yet again. (Duh.) Buuuuut…Lesu managed to pull off a crazy come-from-behind victory to claim second. And, to add to that degree of difficulty, Aurora gave Aubry hints on how to complete the puzzle.

Pre-Tribal Politicking

Classic Kama seems to be teaming up against Big Wendy, but Aubry and Victoria are still having conversations about blindsiding one of the guys.

They try to approach Wendy with this plan, but she’s weirdly aloof. Or maybe normally aloof for her. Aubry, rightfully, sees this as odd considering Wendy has to know her name is out there.

Later on, Aubry is gifted the extra vote by the good folks on the Isle of Extinction. She seems a bit overwhelmed by the options she has in front of her.

Tribal Time

Wendy thinks that people are confused by her gameplay. Do I need to tack a joke onto that, or is everyone comfortable adding their own?

Wendy admits that she hasn’t quite made the transition into this game where you drop all of your morals. Victoria made the exact opposite comment about herself earlier in the episode.

Aubry makes a…unique…analogy about wanting to be a witch who finds her black cats and it’s Halloween…or something. Love you, Aubry.

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…nobody does. We’ve got one vote for Aubry, one vote for Wendy, one vote for Aubry, and the fifth person voted out of “Survivor: Edge of Extinction” is…Aubry.

NOOOOOOOO…Ghost Island is gonna have a bunch of new trinkets.

As expected, Aubry immediately grabs the torch and heads for the boat LIKE A CHAMP!

Reward Challenge Time: The players will leap over a series of tables, then release a bunch of sandbags. The teams will then throw the bags at a target to unspool flags. The first tribe to release both flags will receive coffee and pastries. The second place tribe gets ice coffee and cookies.

Sitting Out: Aurora

Quick Aside: I’ve said this a million times, but “Survivor” production ice coffee is amazing.

Result: Say it with me, “Kama took first, Manu took second.”

At Kama Beach

Joe’s tribemates are very appreciative of his challenge prowess, but seeing Aubry go has proven to Joe that the newbs realize how dangerous the returnees are.

He tries to convince Julia that people will view the entire Kama five as a threat at the merge. But, I doubt she’s buying it.

At Lesu Beach

Once again David tries to get everyone to go fishing, but Wardog wants them to save their calories for the challenge. But…if you fish correctly, you can totally get some calories.

In other news, Lauren is in really bad shape. She’s desperate for the merge feast. Wardog sees this as a reason to send her packing. He pitches this to Kelley and David and they seem into it.

Buuuut…Kelley seems to have had enough of Wardog’s constant scheming. Dun dun dun…

At the Isle of Extinction

The group is given five new maps. Rick smartly figures it out and keeps the secret to himself. However, he isn’t subtle enough about hunting it down and Keith and Reem come upon it first.

Reem points it out and Keith is able to grab the prize. Apparently it’s the ability to force someone to untie knots in a competition.

Later on, Chris makes a comment about Reem giving the advantage to Keith…and Reem loses it.

Like…seriously loses it.

She points at Chris and yells at him, accusing him of having the “biggest mouth in the whole country.”

Wow, I assumed the Isle of Extinction would kind of be all friendly due to them not having to vote someone out, but Reem and Keith have really brought the fireworks.

Immunity Challenge Time: The teams will race through an obstacle course, while maneuvering a bag along a rope. Once they’re through, they’ll use a ball and rope to open a cage door. From there, the first tribe to complete a slide puzzle will win immunity. The other two tribes will go to a joint Tribal Council and vote out one person.

Quick Aside: I really hate the joint Tribal Council. The point of the whole show is a community coming together to eliminate one of their own. It sucks when another community gets to make that decision.

Sitting Out: Ron

Result: Kama pulled off their 40th consecutive win.

Pre-Tribal Politicking

The Manu tribe is bouncing around the idea of challenging Lesu to draw rocks. But, Wendy thinks they have a shot at pulling David to their side, because he was on the outs previously.

Gavin and Eric confide in each other that they’re prepared to go to rocks. In private, however, Victoria says there’s no way she’ll draw a rock to save someone else.

I’m starting to really like Victoria.

Meanwhile, Kelley wants to target Victoria because she seems like the least likely person they’d go for, while Wardog thinks Wendy is the best bet because they won’t draw rocks to save her.

They agree to go to rocks if necessary, but Wardog lets us know that he isn’t so sure if he’ll go to rocks for Lauren. And, Lauren admits that she won’t pull rocks to save Wardog.

Wardog goes on a little idol hunt to try to up his odds of survival, this encourages others to do the same.

And…Kelley finds it! Women can’t find idols?

Tribal Time Part Deux

Both groups swear allegiance to their tribes and say they would be happy to welcome a defector from the other side.

David helps sow some seeds of dissent by saying that he still considers Wendy to be a part of his tribe.

He also claims that he’s willing to go to rocks again to save his side. Victoria doesn’t buy it though, saying that a second-time player isn’t going to squander an opportunity.

Then the whispering starts.

David whispers to Wendy…and that’s it. C’mon, guys!

Voting Time Part Deux: No votes are shown.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…nobody does. We’ve got one vote for Wendy, one vote for Lauren, one vote for Wendy, one vote for Lauren, one vote for Wendy, one vote for Lauren, one vote for Wendy, and the final vote is for…Lauren.

A tie!

Before they vote again, the whispering starts anew! And this time everyone is whispering with everyone.

Voting Time Part Trois: No votes are shown once again.

JPro tallies and returns. We’ve got three votes for Wendy and the sixth person voted out of “Survivor: Edge of Extinction” is…Wendy.

Wendy hugs Probst on her way out and then promptly gets lost on her way to the ultimatum. Just like Wendy Jo in Nicaragua!

She also tells us she can’t wait to have a cheeseburger. Like…one that’s made out of a cow?

Verdict: Oh man…I’m just not clicking with this season. We didn’t get an explanation for why Wardog voted the way he did. I hate the two-tribes-vote-out-one-person twist. And, Aubry is on the outs.

Here’s hoping next week’s Edge of Extinction reveal is worth it.

A+Kelley – Since getting rid of Chris, she’s made herself the hub of the whole tribe and she found an idol. Top notch.
ADavid – Your savvy play earlier made it so you could partner with Kelley now. Well done.
Victoria – You blindsided a legitimate “Survivor” force and proved you’re here to win. Well done.
B+Gavin and Eric – I 100% agree with the move to boot Wendy. A merge is coming soon and you’ll have that original Kama mojo.
Ron – Keeping your options open is very smart. You’ll have a ton of room to maneuver at the merge.
Joe – Kudos to Joe this week. He can’t not…be…Joe. Nobody would buy it. So, he’s doing the best he can with the cards he’s been dealt.
Julia – Having conversations with Joe is harmless at this point and you never know how the merge is going to shake out.
BLauren – You’ve got to get the physical side under control. It’s making you a target.
CWardog – It seems pretty clear that you doing too much talking and not enough listening.
Incomplete Julie and Aurora – I can’t give you full credit if you don’t show your work.

Power Ranking Results: Gabby Pascuzzi had Aubry in spot two and Wendy in spot fourteen, I had Aubry in spot one and Wendy in spot fourteen. So, the current score is Team Gabby 47, Team Gordon 43.

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