Lesson #52 of Survivor: People who say they are confident in their plans will have their plans fall apart. If you ever get on Survivor, don’t EVER say you are confident. You look like an idiot and have basically jinxed yourself.

This was a pretty solid episode with two idol finds, a creative challenge, and another surprising boot!

Brawn Tribe:  We come back from tribal to a very happy Alecia and find Cydney as the middle-woman. She’s good with Alecia and good with Scot/Jason… Scotson. She’s in a great position for now. As long as the “blondie” hate continues, she’s good for another week. And not to mention her and Alecia find the clue… well Alecia finds the clue and shares it with Cydney. This, my friends, is a rookie mistake. Never share clues, idol finds, nothing. It only leads to disaster.

And disaster is what happens because after the hustle and bustle of Scotson finding out about the clue and the mad dash for the key, Jason ends up with the idol. Nice going, Alecia. Terrible.

"I'm a Mental Giant" --Cydney Gillon and Kyle Jason during the new season of SURVIVOR KAOH: RONG -- Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty. The show premieres with a special 90-minute episode, Wednesday, February 17 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton /CBS Entertainment ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights. Reserved.

Beauty: At least our beauties got some game time this week instead of their usual vacation scenes. Oh, Nick, isn’t today a lovely day? I just love tanning and laughing and playing and living in luxury. Finally a chance to see how they’ll fare in actual Survivor! Tai scurries off to find his idol once again (although this time nobody has a problem with it) and he makeshifts his own tool to snag the key and BAM, idol found. I must say, I’m thoroughly impressed with Tai. He seems to have improved his standing within his tribe (for now) and is way fun to watch.

We also got a little peek at Anna’s gameplay, of which I was thoroughly unimpressed. Her strategy of saying who she’s tight with and how she would never lie just comes off as… bad? Wrong? What word to use here… Disingenuous? Maybe. I just see it as showing all your cards (which is HILARIOUS now that I remember she’s a poker player) too early. Why let someone on the outs know who your alliance is with when you don’t have to, right? It was at least good insight to see how Nick’s downfall will come. Hopefully.

"The Circle of Life" -- Anna Khait, Julia Sokolowski, Caleb Reynolds, Nick Maiorano and Michele Fitzgerald during the third episode of SURVIVOR KAOH: RONG -- Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty. The show airs, Wednesday, March 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights. Reserved.

Brain: These people think they are SO SMART. Peter and Liz thought they had everything figured out. They pull in Debbie and Joe to vote out Neal. They forgot one important detail though… Debbie does what Debbie wants, not what you tell her to do! While Peter/Liz (Piz?) thought they were the swingers, it was actually Debbie/Joe (Doe?) who had the chance to swing. Yes, I hear my metaphor too and it’s disgusting. More on this tribe later.

"The Circle of Life" -- Joseph Del Campo, Aubry Bracco and Neal Gottlieb during the third episode of SURVIVOR KAOH: RONG -- Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty. The show airs, Wednesday, March 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights. Reserved.

Challenge: This was another very creative challenge that mixed physical strength with a dexterity puzzle. I will say both of those aspects are a little more on the Brawn side of the fence, but nonetheless it was awesome. Tribes moved three large bags of rice in the ocean to a fence with a tiny whole where they had to shove the bag through (honestly this was genius). From there they cross a balance beam (because why not) and, once on the beach, open the bags to find three balls. They then used these balls in a vertical labyrinth (see below) where three tribe members had to maneuver the ball from bottom to top into their holes. Beauty had no problems (do they ever?) while Brain and Brawn fought for second placewith only seconds separating them. And Brawn came out victorious (didn’t think I would use that sentence) sending Brain to their first tribal council.

Also of note is the fact that this challenge was ACTUALLY seconds separating the final tribes. I’m usually skeptical if the challenge was close or if the editors want more suspense, but you can clearly hear Debbie saying, “We were two seconds from it.”

"The Circle of Life" -- The stage is set for the Immunity Challenge during the third episode of SURVIVOR KAOH: RONG -- Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty. The show airs, Wednesday, March 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights. Reserved.

Pre-Tribal: We get back to the Brain camp where Peter and Liz take action, setting the wheels into motion. Liz tell Debbie they should split the vote on Neal and Aubry in case there’s an idol. Peter tells Aubry that her and Neal should communicate with him better. That is a key moment, so keep it in mind. Then Aubry goes to Debbie saying how she hates Peter. And the new plan is set in motion (obviously with Neal and Joe being filled in). We head off to tribal with Sergeant Debbie leading the way. This is going to be huge.

Tribal: I always have gripes with Jeff at tribal council because he seems to just lead stray players to where they SHOULD be. It’s like the puppy that wants to go outside, but then someone shows him the treat in the bowl next to him, so he goes for the treat. He didn’t know the treat was there and wanted to go outside, but thanks to Jeff Probst he’s now eating the treat. Anyway, tribal goes how you would expect it to. There is a plan, says Peter. The plan will work, says Neal. And then Peter becomes this awful, cocky, son-of-a-bitch and you know he’s toast. I mean, who in their right mind gets away with that!

But wait… it’s a three way tie between Aubry, Liz, and Peter. Okay, so Debbie flipped the vote split plan the other way around. I get it, now get on with voting out Peter’s sorry ass, right? WRONG! Liz is sent home on the revote and we’re left with a flabbergasted Peter. It was great TV and, honestly, a brilliant plan. Remember that moment I said to keep in mind? It told us how the vote would go.

Liz was shown playing strategically, aiming at Neal for being her biggest threat. Peter was shown playing personally, condemning Aubry for her communication skills. Who would you keep around, the player or the asshole? Yea, you get rid of the player. It was a great move and I think it’s showing us that Debbie has some skills here!

Stray Thoughts:

  • Scot saying “no hard feelings” after voting for Alecia was hysterical. Dummy.
  • Why would they have Tai hold the chicken as they killed it?! Who’s dumbass idea was that guys?!
  • The reward with the emotional items… what was that? Never heard of those. 
  • I really like Neal’s ice-cream pants. They’re fun!
  • When someone says, “I don’t want to talk about it the rest of the day,” that for sure means they’re flipping on you. C’mon Liz. 
  • This next challenge looks brutal. Anyone else think Caleb gets med-evac’d based on Tai’s sobbing?? Just me???

That’s it for me y’all! Feel free to blow up the comment boards below (as you always do…). Did Debbie make the right move? Was Peter an asshole? Will the two idols come together in the future? Let me know!

-g

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