This was a heavy episode, people. I had a lot of feelings all the way through and I’m not sure the last time Survivor did that to me. Episodes like tonight’s remind me (and everyone, really) that this isn’t just another reality show where everything is scripted. These people are actually surviving out there and it’s rough as hell.
Let’s start with the reward challenge. On first glance, it’s seems completely doable. Granted I’m sitting here in a home with a full belly and unlimited water, but even putting myself in their state of being it seems doable, right? You crawl under these poles, hop over these poles, dig under this tree trunk, dig in this circle of sand for balls, roll the balls in the holes to win. Honestly, for a Survivor challenge it’s pretty standard. But you take in the heat (probably over 100 I imagine), the lack of food and water, and put that on top of this challenge… yea now it seems a bit difficult. Not to mention the circle of sand with the balls was HUGE for each tribe. They could dig and dig and dig and dig and still come up short. That seems fucking awful. Anyway, Brain wins the challenge (which was for, like, some coffee and salt).
And then Debbie goes down. Joe grabs Jeff and medical to help her out. She’s got heat stroke and needs to cool down. They start pouring out cold water bottles on her, get her some shade under an umbrella, they’re taking her blood pressure… you know it’s bad. Meanwhile the other tribes are STILL FUCKING DIGGING. We get the ‘all clear’ from medical that Debbie is going to be alright (PHEW, am I right?) and we move one. All of a sudden Beauty gets their balls and start on the skeeball setup.
Then there’s a moment between Alecia and her tribe mates that was off putting. Scot making a comment about how she should keep cheerleading, that’s the only thing she’s good at. Jason telling her to shut up and just dig. You could tell (and especially from what we’ve come to know about Alecia) that Alecia was trying to be positive while thinking of other ways to help. Yet the boys decided to shut her down, AGAIN. I get it, you’re tired, you’re sick of digging, and you just wish the challenge would end, but it still felt wrong to be rude to the girl. Anyway, Brawn finds their balls and start on the skeeball setup, only to lose to Beauty (who is unstoppable honestly).
Then Caleb goes down. This was really interesting to see. Jeff was making sure Debbie was all good, medical was finishing up, and mid-conversation with the doctor Jeff does a double-take toward the beauty tribe (who is now crowded under a tree) and yells for medical to help Caleb. They rush over there and start dumping water on him, checking his pulse, same treatment as Debbie.
Then Cydney goes down. She’s hurting, you can tell by her tears and squeals of pain. Jason helps her over to where medical is with Caleb, and she lays down. Jeff then yells for medical to help Cydney. SO they turn around and start dumping water on her, checking her pulse. It’s insane watching the doctor go back and forth between Caleb and Cydney.
The scariest moment, though, was Jeff talking to Caleb. He says something along the lines of, “You’re gonna be alright, Caleb. Just stay with us, alright? … Caleb? … Can you hear me?” And I swear, Caleb is dead in that moment. He isn’t breathing, he’s not answering, he’s not moving… he’s laying there lifeless. And I have this thought… What happens if someone dies on Survivor? Thankfully we won’t find out just yet because Caleb comes to, but apparently he’s still in critical condition and the doctor does not want him staying here.
So Caleb gets pulled from the game. It’s heartbreaking watching his tribe mates go from this amazing win, to scared concern for Caleb, to sobbing goodbyes. Caleb didn’t get a lot of strategic airtime, but he was definitely a good character and I hope he does return!
We get some camp life shots of Brain, where Debbie recounts what happened and gives a nice little shout out to her daughters for thinking the world of her (very sweet, and definitely shifts her story further into the positive). And we get some Brawn, where Alecia argues with Scot and Jason about their treatment of her during the challenge. This scene is again uncomfortable, watching Scotson just trash her for standing up for herself. And again, I get it. We don’t see everything that’s happening, we don’t know how/why they were really feeling that way, we have no right to judge their actions. But it does say something about Scot and Jason and they way they deal with people like Alecia. I’m a firm believer that Survivor can bring out your best and your worst and the true you… kind of feels like we’re seeing the real people now.
We get to the immunity challenge (which nobody really cares about) and they run around the forest, swim in the ocean, and put together a puzzle. Brawn loses (shocker) and they all look defeated. Alecia says she tried and her tribe mates AGAIN come down on her saying she only focuses on herself. Jeff asks if they should hold tribal council then and there, and even though the three Brawn hold a resounding HELL YES, Alecia says no. So to tribal we go! (It’s also important to note there is no camp life between the challenge and tribal… meaning nothing is going to change).
Tribal is pretty quick. The three Brawn want Alecia gone and all she can do is say how she’s tried. We all know it’s three against one and Alecia’s doomed. Jeff grabs the votes and… it’s three to one. Alecia is voted out of the game. I give her props for not losing her positive spirit, though! She may not be suited for Survivor, but she is a survivor. Hats off to you, Alecia.
- For someone who was shown doing an ab workout last episode, Joe was no help in the challenge this week.
- Debbie got a really positive confessional following her heat stroke, good sign.
- Cydney barely got a confessional following her heat stroke, bad sign.
- Jason’s confessional during the Alecia argument was really telling to me. It was spun in such a positive light for such a negative moment.
- I really do want Caleb on another season!
Alright, that’s all for me folks. What are your thoughts on Alecia versus the boys? Does Debbie have a shot of winning this game? How will Tai survive without his cuddle-buddy? Let me know below!