The previous episode found Stacey evicted from Tribal Council. She and Christine (allies at Upolu) commiserate – mostly about hating Coach. They will be facing off in the duel.
Over at Upolu, Russell is still Mikayla focused; he upset that she’s concerned he’s a Hantz. The way he’s been playing, how can he blame her?
At the duel, Stacey gives a diatribe against “Benjamin” (Coach’s real name) – I’m not sure I understood half of what she said. The Savaii members are eating it up, though.
Today’s duel involves putting a ball on a track and letting it spiral down. Stacey and Christina must catch the ball and put it back on the track. Multiple balls will be added, and they alternate directions the way they come down. If a ball hits the ground, that person is eliminated from the game.
Stacey approaches it like a machine – adding balls without really thinking about spacing. Christine has several near misses, but she stays in the game as Stacey loses a ball and is out of the game.
Back at Upolu, Albert tells the tribe about Stacey’s rant. Coach is not happy as he worries how he’ll be perceived by the other tribe at the merge.
At Savaii, Ozzy and Elyse are lounging while others are working. Cochran comes by carrying wood. They’re not really mean to him, but they are a little degrading – calling him “the little Cochran who could.” Ozzy even asks how his name is spelled – basically indicating he is next.
When the Savaii members who watched the duel return, they tell them about Stacey’s rant and that Coach is running the show with Albert as his second in command. Ozzy says if Coach is smart, he’ll get rid of Albert before the merge. A red light goes off in Jim’s head. Ozzy has basically said that going into the merge, you need to get rid of a strong player. Since Ozzy and Jim are the two strongest on Savaii, Ozzy has made it plain to Jim that he has a target on his back. Jim is adamant about taking out Elyse since she is Ozzy’s closest ally.
At Upolu, Albert is concerned about being a target after Stacey’s rant. He sets out in search of the hidden immunity idol. Albert locates a clue, but he can’t find the idol so he tells Coach and Sophie. They all set out to search for it. Coach finds the idol. We start to see some of the annoying swagger from past seasons. Hopefully, that will pass.
At Savaii, Cochran is getting his first taste of fishing. Ozzy tells the camera that he likes the provider role as it gives him a place in the tribe that others can’t fulfill. Cochran isn’t buying it though. He tells the camera that Ozzy is basically a “lazy ass” who gets his few moments of glory each day by getting some fish and then basically lays around the rest of the time. Cochran came into this game with Ozzy on a pedestal. The shine is definitely off the apple.
Time for the immunity/reward challenge.
Each tribe as a roasted pig on a spit. With their hands tied behind their back, they have ten minutes to rip as much meat as they can off the pig and put it in a basket. The tribe with the most meat in the basket wins immunity and a reward of veggies, bread and spices. This style of challenge always interests me because you know these people are hungry. Can they resist the temptation to fill their bellies and the instant gratification that gives for the longer term goal of winning immunity.
The teams rip into their pigs. This is a little gross. Keith gets a piece stuck in his teeth and can’t get it out. Dawn jumps in and rips it from his mouth for him. Okay, now this is really gross. I’m not enjoying the camera angles either. Savaii has ripped off 22 lbs 12 oz of meat. That’s a lot of meat, but it’s not enough. Upolu has 22 lbs 14 oz of meat. They win by two ounces. Upolu wins the reward. They also get to keep the meat they ripped off. I have never been that hungry, but they are very excited.
At Upolu, Brandon cooks up a meal for the tribe from the meat and vegetables. They are very happy to have won such a close challenge.
Back at Savaii, Cochran goes on a working frenzy trying to prove his worth to the tribe. Ozzy makes it abundantly clear that he wants Cochran gone. But there is dissent in the tribe. Dawn wants to break up the Ozzy/Elyse alliance. Of course, Cochran and Jim are on board. Jim sets out to find the fourth vote they need. He sets his sights on Keith – using the concern about Ozzy wanting to get rid of a strong member before the merge. Keith agrees, but he is also worried about betraying Ozzy. Whitney and Keith talk about it – trying to figure out a way to stay loyal to Ozzy but still vote out Elyse. The votes will come down to what Keith and Whitney choose to do at Tribal Council.
At Tribal Council, Jeff has Ozzy talk about what it means to be a third of the way through the game. Ozzy talks about strength being more important than loyalty. The tribe pretty much piles on Cochran for the whole council. Yes, we get it – he’s socially awkward.
So it looks like it comes down to Cochran and Elyse. When the votes come up for Cochran, Ozzy looks smug. When Elyse gets her first vote, a look of surprise crosses his face, but hey, Cochran had to vote for someone. When the second vote comes up, you see concern. Suddenly he doesn’t feel so in control. The next two votes are for Dawn. This is obviously Keith and Whitney’s way of hoping to get rid of Elyse without voting her out and betraying Ozzy. The vote is tied at two each for Dawn, Elyse and Cochran with one vote left. Elyse has that vote and is sent to Redemption Island. I love a good blindside! Ozzy looks a little lost.
The next episode shows Ozzy declaring himself a free agent – obviously upset by the betrayal. Christine has been on a role at Redemption Island. I’m not sure Elyse is the person who can beat her.
In Central Iowa, viewers can watch Survivor on the CBS affilliate, KCCI-Channel 8. Episodes air on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm (CST).