Survivor opens with a tranquil scene at Savaii camp. Ozzy and Elyse are relaxing in the hammock, nothing intimate, just talking about family, etc. Cut to Jim, who strikes up a conversation with Cochran about Elyse and Ozzy getting too close. Jim doesn’t think it’s a good idea to vote Ozzy out yet (Jim is in a supposed alliance of 5 with Ozzie and Elyse). Yes Jim it would be a very bad idea to take Ozzy out at this point because you need his speed, strength and strategy in the challenges!! Jim proposes to Cochran that they form an alliance and look to take out Elyse to weaken Ozzy’s position. Cochran readily agrees of course, he’s just happy anyone is talking to him because now that Papa Bear is gone, he has no one. He knows he’s the odd man out! Jim and Cochran both want to make big moves in Survivor.
At Upolu camp day 9, Brandon is saying that the game of Survivor is “jacked up!” He says every day is a struggle between good and evil and he wants to show only the good. He decides to apologize, sincerely this time, to Mikayla, who says she accepts his apology. He then goes on an honesty quest. He tells Edna that even though she thinks that she’s in an alliance of 6, the alliance is only 5 and that she is expendable. He says he cannot lie to her face anymore. This makes Edna extremely paranoid. Instead of asking Coach what is really going on, she decides that she must be the social butterfly of the group. She asks questions incessantly, chatting it up about everything with everyone. Stacey’s interview regarding Edna is quite funny, immitating Edna’s annoying laugh and saying just “Shut up!”
The survivors all finally receive their swim trunks and swim suits! Dawn from Savaii is the oldest woman on the tribe being 40 years young. She was not comfortable swimming in her bra and panties so she is so grateful for her swimsuit. She says she showed weakness on day two and really needs to prove that she is strong!
The two tribes receive invitations to the Redemption Island challenge between Christine and Papa Bear. Brandon and Edna spectate for Upolu and Jim and Cochran represent Savaii. Upon arrival at the arena Brandon asks Jeff if he can make a statement to Christine. Brandon confesses to Christine that he lied during their tribal council and during the game and said he could no longer lie and asked for her forgiveness and acceptance of his apology. Christine appeared skeptical and said that she does accept his apology but buying it is another story.
Redemption Island Challenge
For the Redemption arena challenge there are 10 crates spaced intermittently throughout the arena. Each survivor must throw one sandbag on the top of each crate. The first person with a sandbag on the top of 10 crates stays in the game. Christine started out strong and the score was 5-2. Papa Bear makes a comeback and the score is neck and neck. With a score of 9-9 Christine throws her sandbag and it sticks! Christine wins the challenge. Papa Bear says that he told all of his cohorts at NYPD that someday he would be on Survivor. He didn’t know how he would do it but it was a huge dream of his and he feels blessed for being able to have his dream come true. With a final good-bye Papa Bear throws his buff in the fire and leaves Redemption island.
Back at Upolu Cochran has a conversation with Dawn about Jim’s idea of getting rid of Elyse. Dawn is totally on board.
Three members from each tribe, two men and one woman must hold a pole across their shoulders. At intervals 40 pounds of weight are added to the pole. The last person standing wins immunity for their tribe. The contestants are Jim, Keith and Dawn for Savaii and Brandon, Stacey and Albert for Upolu. Two 20 pound bags are added on each end at a time. The men withstand 180-200 pounds before anyone weakens. The ladies stand strong with 100 pounds each. Keith is the first to go down with 180 pounds. Albert falls with 200 pounds.This leaves Jim and Brandon each staying up with a Survivor record of 240 pounds each! Jim falls, Brandon soon follows and it’s down to the women. The women each accept another 40 pounds. Stacey is balancing the pole on her butt at this point and Dawn has the pole awkwardly against her back but neither can get the pole back on their shoulders. (seriously I would have fallen at 40 pounds! I don’t mess with my back this late in the game.)When another 20 pounds is added Stacey finally falls and Dawn wins the challenge for Savaii! Dawn is jubilant having proven that she is strong and is valuable to the tribe in challenges! Stacey put up a great fight but couldn’t hold out against Dawn. Savaii wins immunity, another clue to their individual immunity idol and importantly a rooster and two hens. Eggs or chicken dinner, they make the choice.
Back at Upolu Edna is scrambling like a scrambled egg according to Stacey. Edna asks Stacey if she’s going home and Stacey says I don’t know. Edna asks Stacey if she should pack and Stacey says do whatever you want! Coach comes over to talk to Stacey and tells her that he likes her and what a good job she did today in the challenge. Stacey says she thinks she’s more valuable than Edna and Coach basically tells her it’s between her and Edna who gets voted out. When Coach walks away Stacey makes a gesture and says that Coach is full of B.S. Stacey decides she is not giving up so she tells Brandon that Albert, Sophie and Mikayla are out to get him. In truth they do think he’s a loose cannon and they think their alliance needs reshuffling. Brandon immediately seeks out Coach and says, “We have a problem.” Coach replies, “Another one?” Brandon tells Coach what Stacey said and Coach says “STOP”!!! Coach has about had it with Brandon’s paranoia and drama. They have a discussion about strategy and Coach admits he lost previously because he had his head in the sand and didn’t stick true to his alliances.
At tribal council Jeff plays a little game to stir the pot. He starts asking Rick, “What is the most annoying thing about Albert?” Rick says, “He snores.” No drama there Jeff, sorry, move along. Jeff asks Edna “What is the most annoying thing about Stacey?” Edna says it’s Stacey’s inability to open up about herself. Stacey says I’ve opened up plenty just to others not you. Jeff asks Mikayla “What is the most annoying thing about Brandon?” Mikayla says, he’s a nice kid but he’s a Hantz basically. This starts a conversation with Brandon about Russell and his previous play. Brandon feels like he needs to be on Survivor to reclaim the family honor because of how Russell played the game. He starts crying when Jeff asks him what is upsetting him now. Brandon says he wants to be someone that God would be proud of. (Once again God has a strong hand in Survivor according to the contestants!). It’s time to vote. Stacey is voted out by her tribemates. Coach makes a showing of asking the other tribe members to stand as a sign of respect for Stacey and then he tries to hug her. Seriously Coach you just voted this woman out and now you think she’s going to hug you?????? Stacey says UH-UH when Coach tries to hug her and pushes past him. (OOOH SHUT DOWN!) Jeff says, Well your tribe wanted to hug you and Stacey retorts, “It’s a lie, everything they say is a lie! I’ll be back!” Jeff then sends Stacey off to Redemption Island where she will join up with her former BFF Christine. This ought to be one interesting challenge!!!
Can’t wait for next week! Until then, the tribe has spoken……