Is this the most frustrating season of Survivor ever? So far, we've lost the original "old vs. young" premise, the Medallion of Power and now we seem to have lost all smart strategic gameplay on two sides of the same tribe! Somebody needs to fly a Heroes vs. Villains DVD down to Nicaragua to show this group of wannabe players what happens when you give up a hidden immunity idol and keep the most strategic players in the game. But before we get to the episode's head-scratching Tribal Council, a recap of the events of last night.
As the La Flor tribe heads back from last week's Tribal Council, Marty is not only astonished to be walking amongst his tribe, but also flabbergasted that Jane, an original Espada member that he has never lied to, would write down his name. Jane just laughs Marty off when he approaches her about this, and she makes a good point that Marty and Jill were never welcoming to her (or any other original Espada members) during their time of power, and now "what goes around, comes around."
Jane also decides that she needs to reward herself for all the hard work she's put in over the last 16 days, so while the rest of the La Flor tribe is lazing around, she catches a few impressively sized fish and cooks one over the fire for herself. Jane's both hardworking and a little bit kooky — what's not to love?
At the reward challenge, the tribes must jump into a pool while throwing a ball into a net past another tribe's defender to score a point. The only player to have trouble with this challenge appears to be Dan, who throws the ball while still standing on the platform and then jumping, or rather walking, into the pool. Fabio, playing defender for the La Flor tribe, even finds time to relieve himself in the pool between rounds. In the end, the Espada tribe emerges as the winner, and they're treated to a day on a Nicaraguan farm riding horses, milking cows and enjoying a traditional breakfast. Emotions come out during the breakfast, as Alina and Holly break down when they realize how much of a family they really are. NaOnka thinks it's all an act and says she has a plan in motion to expose who Alina really is.
At the much more interesting immunity challenge, the tribes must navigate a pulley system to position a slide while players release a cannonball down the slide to break five opponent tiles. Espada gets the hang of it early, while La Flor struggles with Brenda and Purple Kelly calling the shots. Espada claims victory for the second time in a row, and La Flor is left with yet another decision of who to vote out and how to get the idol out of play.
Brenda and Sash plan another vote splitting situation that would force Marty to play the idol, but Sash has a bolder plan of flat out asking Marty for the idol by framing his situation as a lose-lose, but hopefully gaining a little bit of Marty's trust in telling him that he is guaranteed safe for this week. Marty realizes he's in a bad position, but instead of keeping the idol for himself and playing it at Tribal Council, absolutely guaranteeing his safety, he decides to give the idol to Sash based on his word. You can debate whether or not this was a smart or extremely stupid move, but Marty basically threw away his only safety net in a tribe where he knew he was the outcast and is either number one or two in line to go.
Now that Sash and the younger alliance have Marty's idol, you would think they would immediately vote out a helpless Marty and rid themselves of their tribe's biggest strategic threat, right? Wrong. Even when Sash tells Jeff he has the idol in his pocket, the tribe still decides to split the vote, but this time three votes is enough to snuff Jill's torch, giving Marty at least another three days in the game, which might be enough time to swing the power back in his direction after the upcoming merge.
What did you think about last night's episode? Do you think Marty made a terrible decision by giving up his idol, or is he playing a better strategic game then we think?
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Is this the most frustrating season of Survivor ever? So far, we've lost the original "old vs. young" premise, the Medallion of Power and now we seem to have lost all smart strategic gameplay on two sides of the same tribe! Somebody needs to fly a Heroes vs. Villains DVD down to Nicaragua to show this group of wannabe players what happens when you give up a hidden immunity idol and keep the most strategic players in the game. But before we get to the episode's ...