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Last Week: Michele proved she can play, Joe stayed out of the way, and Julia wasn’t allowed to stay.
39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog
Let’s take a look at the tribe as it currently stands…
The Dara Tribe (wearing black)
Aubry – 29, Social Media Marketer
Cydney – 23, Body Builder
Jason – 31, Bounty Hunter
Joseph – 72, Former FBI Agent
Michele – 24, Bartender
Tai – 51, Gardener
The fun starts off back at Dara Beach where Mark the Chicken is thrilled to see that Tai has survived the vote. Well, I’m assuming. It’s hard to read a chicken.
Jason thinks everyone is afraid of him because he knows how to talk. Oh man, does he think the other five players are mute? Well…besides Joe.
Later, Tai tells Joe and Aubry that his advantage is an extra vote. Nothing beats that extra vote…ever. Ahem…
The next morning, Tai is fascinated by a grub. He’s worried they’ll have to eat one in a challenge. He feeds it to Mark. Mark wins immunity! A one-in-five shot at a million dollars!
Meanwhile, Jason is bummed because his number is probably up. An old guy with a beard listens to him, but isn’t moved.
Jason decides his best bet is to sit around the camp and not do anything. His hope is that this will lead to someone taking him to the end. It’s happened before…
Reward Challenge Time: The tribes will be divided into two teams. They’ll swim out to a floating maze, then work together to put three balls in their place. The winners will go to the Wildlife Alliance and interact with rescued animals. They’ll also enjoy a picnic.
Joe, Aubry, and Cydyey are the yellow team while Tai, Michele, and Jason are the blue team.
Jason jumps out to an early lead for his team while Joe…realllllly…takes his time.
The blue team is the first to start on the maze. It’s super cool as the players have to walk around the floating maze to raise and lower it.
The yellow team eventually gets to the maze as well, but it isn’t close. Jason, Tai and Michele do a great job of working together and winning the challenge.
Later, we meet up with Joe, Cydney, and Aubry back at camp. Apparently Joe is being very bossy about the firewood.
Quick Aside: We’re seeing a lot of Joe this episode. That probably doesn’t bode well for him.
Sure enough, Cyndey is annoyed.
Meanwhile, the reward is totally awesome. After Jason, Tai, and Michele enjoy a delicious feast, they are visited by an elephant. Later, they go inside a monkey pen and one of them immediately goes after Jason’s head. It must be because Jason can talk.
All jokes aside, Jason does seem touched to get this opportunity because his daughter loves animals so much. Adorbs.
Tai lets us know that he’s concerned that Michele doesn’t have any enemies on the jury, so he wants her to go home next.
Immunity Challenge Time: Players will hold onto a rope that balances a wobbly table. They’ll have to retrieve blocks and stack them on the table. The first person to spell “immunity” with the blocks and return to the base will win…er…immunity.
We start off and there isn’t much to describe except for rope holdin’, table balancin’, and block stackin’.
It comes down to Jason and Cyndey with Jason actually spelling the word, but his stack topples on the way back to the base. Cydney keeps her stack upright and wins immunity.
Back at camp, Tai pushes his anti-Michele agenda. Joe isn’t into it…Aubry kinda agrees…and Jason is up in air.
Cydney is annoyed that Tai is trying to rock the vote so she tells Michele that Tai is gunning for her.
Then, Cydney approaches Aubry to see if he’s with Tai or with her. Aubry doesn’t commit either way.
That night at Tribal, Cydney points out that some people feel too comfortable and are trying to dictate things too much.
Michele thinks Cydney is refering to Tai.
Tai claims that everyone in his alliance has a voice.
Cydney doesn’t think her voice was heard.
Aubry is confused because she thought Tai and Cydney had a chance to work things out.
Tai says there’s a small group in the big group. That…is…not smart. Oh, Tai.
Michele takes this to mean that she’s on the bottom of their alliance…or at least that’s where Tai thinks she is.
She then makes the point that Tai has turned on all of his alliances.
Tai refers to Michele as an “extra person.”
Voting Time: Michele votes for Jason, Tai votes for Michele, and the rest of the votes are secret…
Before Jeff can tally…Tai decides to use his advantage.
Voting Time…Again: Tai votes for Michele…again.
JPro tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Jason, two votes for Michele, one vote for Jason, one vote for Joe, one vote for Jason, and the thirteenth person eliminated from “Survivor: Kaôh Rōng is…Jason.
Verdict: They’ve done a really good job making obvious votes seem less-than-obvious this season. And maybe with Tai being willing to burn his vote, it wasn’t so obvious.
Say obvious again. Obvious.
Anywho, this season rocks. Best all newbie season since “Survivor: Cagayan.”
Who’s Going to Win? Aubry. We’re still debating this?
Power Rankings Results: Shirin and I both had Jason in spot six. The current score is Team Shirin 103, Team Gordon 100.
Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes