Last week’s survivor episode left us with some shocking events: Colton got medically evacuated from the show due to appendicitis and the tribes have merged. Because of the timing of this merge the teams were sent back to camp on even grounds; six men, six women, six misfits, six muscles.
When the teams arrived at camp they were greeted with the merge feast, although this feast was in the dark. To the viewers of Survivor it might look silly to have a feast in the pitch black at night, but the survivors didn’t care, they finally got some food!!
Before I continue on with this recap, I would like to make it clear that there is one
man named Tarzan, and another named Troyzan. One is a power player, and the other is the village idiot, none of that matters though because in the end, there can only be one king of the jungle.
Back to Survivor: the tribes arrive at the reward challenge and are immediately separated back in two different tribes to compete. My theory is that they originally had this challenge set up for the two tribes before the merge, but since Colton got evacuated, they merged early but did not want this challenge to go to waste.
For the reward challenge, they had to race through an obstacle course and dig for puzzle pieces; once they got all of their puzzle pieces, they were to solve a puzzle with them. The reward was pizza, cold beer, and a secret note. The teams were essentially Troyzan vs. Tarzan. In the end, the challenge came down to who could solve the puzzle faster. Since Tarzan could not keep his mouth shut while solving the puzzle, Troyzan finished first and exclaimed, “This is my island.”
Following the reward challenge, Troyzan went on his reward with his winning team. After binging on pizza and beer, the Survivors were able to read the secret note they were given. This note told them that there was a hidden immunity idol back at camp.
Hold up a second! If you ever go on Survivor and someone somewhere is given a “secret note” nine times out of ten that note is going to say something about a hidden immunity idol. If I was on the losing team, and I was back at camp, you bet the second I had a chance I’d look up and down all over that island for the idol. The team that won the clue decided not to tell the members back at camp that there is an idol hidden, but if they have half a brain they should already know. Come on people.
Anyway, the next morning, when all Survivors were back at camp, Troyzan woke up early to go on an idol hunt. The show is great at editing the hunt down to a couple seconds; it looks like he finds it by the second tree he searched in but I definitely believe this is not the case. According to Jeff Probst, when they hide the idols, they are hidden. There are thousands of trees to search through and sometimes what looks like seconds takes the Survivors hours to find.
Knowing he has an idol in his back pocket, Troyzan leads his team to the individual immunity challenge later that day. The challenge was that they had to stand on a small log, and balance balls on a perch, if their balls drop, or they fall off the perch they are out of the challenge. I am a fan of endurance challenges on Survivor, but what made this challenge amazing was the amount of ‘That’s what she said’ joke opportunities that were given throughout. At one point Jeff Probst said “Grab your balls, everyone is safe” and another “Troy’s balls haven’t been touched in a long time.” All kidding aside, the man who is beginning to deserve the title of king of the jungle,Troyzan, wins the first individual immunity!
At this point in the game, I think Troyzan is the player that the tribe needs to look out for the most! Fortunately for him, he is safe from the vote, and the attention isn’t on him. In fact, the attention is on Jonas. What did he do? Many of the tribes members from the original muscle tribe feel like Jonas is one of the biggest threats in the game. I disagree, he is friendly and he cooks food for everyone, but he is horrible at challenges. If anything, keep him around for a little while longer to eat, and then get rid of him. If all Survivors thought like the former muscle tribe, Rupert would not be as well known as he is today. Rupert knew he couldn’t contribute much at challenges, but if he fed the tribe he was valuable to the tribe, and so is Jonas.
Kat’s name was also thrown around, but surprisingly Tarzan’s name didn’t come up as much as I think it should. Tarzan is the worst type of player to keep around for the soul reason that he is a wild card. His emotions easily affect his game play, so he can’t ever be trusted and he’s not the type of guy that you can trust for a jury vote. The only reason to keep him is that if one of them brings him to the final two, they will more than likely win the game. But who really wants to stand being around him that long to take him to the end?
Focusing back and on to tribal council, after all the bickering and fights, Jonas was ultimately voted out. At this point there are now five guys and six girls. Since the episode started, the Survivors have been talking about whether or on to regress back to guys vs. girls, and girls here’s your shot, you have the numbers!
Tune into Survivor CBS Episode 24.7 on April 4th 8/7c.
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