Are these players making good moves? I come here after every episode to write my recap (granted this is the second of two) and find myself in disbelief about how the vote went. C’mon guys, get it together.
We start off with Brawn coming back to camp, unable to make fire, and assuring each other that Alecia is the next to go (that should have been a sign right there). They wake up and still cannot make fire. Y’all are Brawn. Not that it helps you make fire, but I would expect you to be the best at making fire. Am I wrong here? So there’s no water, no food, no nothing. Everyone turns into lazy Alecia on the Brawn camp, except Alecia who gets to work on the fire.
And holy shit she did it. I would NEVER expect Alecia to be the one to get the fire going. Granted it took her close to five hours. But still! Way to prove to your tribe that you aren’t as weak as they think.
Over at the Beauty camp, life is a breeze. People are laughing, Tai is kissing Caleb, the girls are having fun. It’s like a vacation for these people! The one fault at the Beauty camp is Tai and his damn idol searching. Did you learn nothing, Tai? Idol hunting got you into a bad spot. Maybe you shouldn’t do that again. But Tai does what Tai wants, and he goes searching.
It pays off though because Tai finds an idol clue! Well… not really a clue, since it reads, “The idol is buried beneath this tree.” I mean, that is not a clue. Those are directions. It literally points Tai to the idol. OH GOTCHA! It’s actually a… I don’t even know at this point. This idol hunt is not what it used to be. Remember the times there would be five clues that led to a random spot in the forest? Now you have to use a fancy stick to get a key from the top of the tallest fucking tree on the island to open a box that supposedly has the idol. And poor Tai in the process scratches his feet, legs, and chest, getting blood all over the tree (which I’m sure is killing him, getting his blood on another living thing). So, no idol for Tai.
The Brain camp is honestly just meeting its status quo. They have a full fire-making kit (complete with matches and kerosene) and somehow still fucked it up. But who’s to blame it all on? Joe, of course. Our scapegoat for the tribe apparently. Not sure why it wasn’t put on Debbie, who literally will not stop talking to these people. Even in the challenge, which she sat out of, she did NOT STOP. More on that later though.
The biggest part of the Brain camp was the tension between Liz and Joe, though. Liz wants boiled water. Joe thinks that’s stupid. Liz quietly breaks down in a confessional. All of this to say, I think Liz will be voted out because of Joe’s doing. I couldn’t shake the feeling that Liz was going to have this massive downfall because of Joe, somehow someway. The music, the editing, the EVERYTHING about this scene was almost a set-up for the future. Joe got a confessional out of it! That’s big stuff for him!
The challenge this week was amazingly evil. Carry a 300 pound through an obstacle course, unravel a ball and string while not getting it knotted, and slingshot said ball at targets for the win. What I love about this challenge is that it pulls on strength, obviously, but gives us an alternate to the usual puzzle we seem to find day in and day out. Thank you, Survivor Gods, for creating a challenge that is original! And best part of it, Beauty wins it with Brains as a close second, sending Brawn to their second tribal council. ALSO, DEBBIE PLEASE STOP CHEERING THEM ON. YOU’RE OF NO HELP HERE.
ASIDE: I have this theory about Brain v Brawn v Beauty. Brain should be good at mental challenges. Brawn should be good at physical challenges. But Beauty is balanced between the two. They are good (or at least semi-good) at both, making them hold an advantage of sorts. So far it’s playing out, but we’ll see once the tribes get swapped and at the merge. END OF ASIDE
With a Brawn loss, it looks like the end of the road for Alecia. I mean, she’s on the bottom. The bullies.. er.. boys hate her. She’s a weak link for them. Easy vote. Until Jenny approaches her and Cydney with a girls alliance. BOOM. It’ll be so epic. Girls gang up on the bullies and take out the ring leader, Jason. Oh yea, it’s going to be… wait… what’s happening? Ugh…
Jenny decides not to go with the girls alliance a mere two minutes after suggesting it. Why not, you ask? Well, it’s because she likes Scot. She feels bad. JENNY… WAKE UP. You can like him after you win a million dollars! Make your move and get on with it. Seriously people, learn to play the… err… what is she doing? What did she just say at tribal? Oh lord.
Jenny blows her own cover. She admits to making a plan with the girls. She knows she’s screwed and decides to… stand on her stump asking for forgiveness… apparently. Jenny, I had high hopes for you. But you blew it. With three votes to two, Jenny gets packing to Ponderosa.
Was this a bad move? I think so. The early game is all about keeping a strong tribe and building relationships. Brawn already voted out Darnell, who was stronger than Alecia. And now they voted out Jenny, who was stronger than Alecia AND part of their alliance. So, yea in my book this was a bad move. But I understand that trust holds weight in this game too and Jenny took all her trust with the boys and threw it in the fire. So maybe not the worst move. It was just definitely not a good move. This tribe sucks.
Stray (Brawn) Thoughts:
- Notice how the producers showed us Jason downplaying his weak spot? He says he’s beat, but he survived Afghanistan so it’s just another day to him. Of all the footage they had, why this scene? I’m thinking a deep game for him.
- Alecia saying she’s not a quitter is hilarious knowing how bad she is at Survivor. Good for you, girl. Keep your head high.
- What happened to Jenny? Came to this challenge with cuts all over her face.
- OMG Jenny telling Alecia she’s stupid but nice is superb. Fuck yes.
- Cydney gets a lot of “I don’t know what’s going on” and “It’s all up in the air” quotes. Probably not a winner. Wah wahh.
- Being in Alecia’s position in tribal sucks because there’s no way to prove you’re right… Except she just stayed over Jenny, so I guess never mind.
- Guys, Alecia is J’Tia from BvBvB part one! She sucks and stays over stronger people because of trust issues. THIS IS THE BRAIN TRIBE ALL OVER AGAIN.
That’s it for me tonight! Now it’s all yours. Did Brawn make another idiotic move? Will Alecia make it to the end? How do you feel about the Tai Caleb bromance (hint: awesome)? And will we ever see Beauty go to tribal? Leave your comments below!