It’s that magical time of the year where Survivor finally turns after a long summer of Big Brother. Survivor has been one of my favorite shows since I first watched it (All-Stars was my first season) and has been with me since. So this season, I will be doing recaps and posting my rankings on Sunday. So without therefore ado, let’s begin!
The Marooning: We begin with Jeff Probst doing one of his classic stunts by letting him stand on something dangerous. He tells us that 18 strangers will be stranded on the island and how only one person will win it all. We cut to a boat with all of our castaways as they await their adventure. Jeff comes out and introduces the season theme, heroes v healers v hustlers. Heroes are respected for their courage and ideals that they live by. He asks Ben (who’s a veteran) if he thinks being a veteran makes him a hero. He says no and I swear that’s one of Jeff’s biggest turn-ons when soldiers say they’re not heroes but just doing what’s right. Healers are idolized with helping people in pain, whether it’s physical or emotional. The standout has to be Mike, the sex doctor (I wonder how his business cards look?). He already seems like a funny character and I can’t wait to see where he goes. Hustlers are appreciated for their hard work in their everyday life. Ryan (the bellhop) already fits into the Cochran role.
They all get their buffs and already have their first sort of challenge. In a short amount of time, the tribes have to gather all the materials they need to survive. Then they have to row to the beach where there’s an urn 15 feet high. The first person to light their urn wins a big fire, second place just some flint, and the last place gets nothing. Jeff tells them to go and it’s utter chaos. Before they jump off, Ryan notices a package that says secret advantage on it. He picks it up and goes with his Hustler tribe. Heroes and Hustlers are close but the Hustlers get fire. Heroes get flint while the Hustler gets nothing.
Healers: As they swim to their new shore, they see a big huge bonfire that seems more like Burning Man than a fire pit. Joe tells all the girls that he’s happy to be with the beautiful girls while he admires Cole. Jessica is just drooling over him as he describes his body. Now Joe quickly becomes a clone more like Tony with his erratic behavior and telling us that he’ll do anything to win.
Mike tells us that his 10-year-old son gave him advice about going for the idol. He tries to find it but had no luck. Joe gets suspicious of Mike and tells him up front that he’s a suspect. He tries to see if Mike has an idol but it just turns him into a nervous wreck. This drives a wedge between them as they both don’t trust each other.
Heroes: The Heroes start working on their flint and get some success. They start gathering up materials for their shelter. Ashley thinks it’s awesome to be a Hero but the gloves come off when you play Survivor. She quickly forms an alliance with the “Cowboy” and JP. Ben (former NFL player) is joined up by JP to be their fourth in the alliance but he’s suspicious.
At night, everyone is bonding but Alan is very suspicious of JP and Ashley. He goes to JP and point black tells him if he has an idol. JP tells him but that doesn’t help Alan’s paranoia. Alan knows he looks like the crazy guy but at least it will be a target on their back. Ashley is pissed at him because he will ruin the majority alliance and might have to vote him off. Even with JP stripping to prove he doesn’t have an idol, Alan is very suspicious.
Hustlers: Even without fire, the Hustlers are for lack of a better word, hustling to get a shelter. Patrick tells them that there was a clue on the boat and tries to see who got it. Well, Ryan has it in his pants (hey now) and goes off to read it. This advantage is a super immunity idol that’s good for the first tribal council. Even after the votes are read, the idol can still be used. If the Hustlers win immunity, he has to give it to one person on the losing tribe.
Ryan thinks Devin would be a good fit for a connection. He tells Devin about the advantage and be honest with him. Even if they go to tribal, Ryan will use the super idol on Devin. Great move by Ran to solidify trust in a future ally and hopefully will pay off for him.
Immunity: It’s time for the first immunity challenge of the season. The tribes have to race up a cargo net to the tower. They will have to push a cart and once everyone is in, they can go down the hill. Once down, there will be 3 different table mazes with the first tribe getting the first pick. They must transport the move towards the end. Once at the maze, two people from each tribe will have to navigate three balls into the hole. First 2 tribes to do this win immunity while the losing tribe will go to Tribal Council. Also, Jeff tells everyone that tie votes are back this season.
The challenge starts with Heroes being the first ones at the cart while the two other tribes right behind them. It’s a very close race with the Heroes getting the first pick at the maze, Hustlers get the second pick while the Healers are stuck with the last maze. It’s still close to everyone starting their maze. The Healers get the trick of it and start getting balls in their holes. Everyone is tied up with 2 and the Healers are the first tribe to win immunity. It’s super tight between the 2 tribes as the third ball is close to each of their holes. Hustlers get it in and win immunity while the Heroes are sent to tribal. Krissy (from the Heroes tribe) starts to dry heave which makes Ryan give the super idol to her.
Tribal Council: The Heroes are disappointed with their loss and Ashley is worried about Alan. Now the two older people, Katrina and Chrissy, are up on the chopping block because they’re the 2 older people in the tribe. Alan wants to work with Katrina and Chrissy. Ben is stuck in the middle if they should go with the “mom squad” or JP and Ashley. At tribal, Alan is already talking about his suspicious over JP and Ashley. They get into it as Ashley denies this showmance rumors. The voting begins as Jeff reads the votes. It’s a 5-1 for Katrina to be voted out but there’s a pause if Chrissy will use the idol. She doesn’t use it and Katrina is out of the game.
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