On tonight’s episode as per the CBS synopsis, “One Tribe is completely puzzled at a classic immunity challenge”. This way, the review is up faster, and everybody’s happy! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. They will also get materials to build with to make the shelter better. She’s basically orgasmic upon opening the idol and seeing the little trinket.
The main problem with getting Shirin out, is that Spencer is still in the game. To this end, he makes a partnership with Terry, because I guess an alliance of silver foxes is as good as anything else. This is easier said than done, since it’s clear Joe is a threat, considering his huge likability. In fact, the golden boy Joe was given the episode title of “Survivor MacGyver” for making his teammates a few hammocks. While Spencer and Shirin were thinking they were in a good spot on the Ta Keo Tribe, that was not the case. Jeff, however, thinks that someone as universally hated as Abi is the flawless ally to potentially win him a million dollars. That was prompted by Savage’s heartwarming love story he told about his wife. Jeremy says his wife is pregnant and he wants to be home seeing it grow. It seems the wheels are turning to get rid of Stephen, although I really don’t see how Stephen was in the wrong for what he suggested. Jeff says what Spencer and Shirin are going through now is just like their former seasons. Perhaps because Savage is an old school player from the time before hidden immunity idols were such a big deal, he doesn’t see why a few players are vigilant about all the time. The only option they were left with was both trying to convince the tribe to vote for the other one, a situation that made them both emotional.
The tribe talks about the argument between Peih-Gee and Abi, and Abi says Terry is the only one who stood up for her. Probst points out that’s what happened with Shirin in her season. Abi was on the edge of her seat during the first tribal council as she watched her “Survivor” life flash before her eyes. She knows that their alliance has to start defending itself or they’ll find themselves voted out. Even Terry is surprised at how well he and Abi seem to gel. When he goes over there to comfort her, the two make a personal connection, as well as a possible alliance.
Instead, Shirin rides high, confident in her crumbling (unknown to her) alliance. But it truly felt like no one was even willing to give Abi a chance here before labeling her lazy and insane. I believe that was the only Bayon scene we had all night, right? Then they’ll have to use a rope to pull a heavy crate to the finish and then use the pieces in the crate to solve a puzzle. Bayon takes an early lead while Shirin and Spencer do more arguing than puzzle solving for Ta Keo. He sends TaKao back to camp. Bayon sits out Ciera since they have one extra. Spencer is upset and says he feels like he has no move to vote other than screwing over Shirin, the one person he wanted to play with. It’s neck and neck as they get to the puzzle portion, with Spencer (who tagged in for Kelley) and Peih-Gee teaming up to solve the puzzle, only for Shirin to lose control, shouting instructions and generally acting far crazier than Abi-Maria ever has. Spencer is talking to Peih-Gee about building a fire chimney, when Abi, who had been standing there the whole time, asks Peih-Gee what’s going on.
It worked out for Abi, as the Ta Keo Tribe lost the Immunity Challenge again and headed to Tribal Council. We know that both of these two are serious game-bots, and we respect that.
Then Jeff goes to work on Kelley Wentworth, who should be a hard sell since she’s in an alliance with Spencer and Shirin.
Kelley doesn’t really like her new alliance but has to go where the numbers are so she’s not a target. She tries to apologize and plead with her, but Abi isn’t having it. But his reasoning resonated: He voted out Vytas as a sort of kick-in-the-butt to guys like Terry and Woo, which in turn filled Shirin and Spencer with the confidence they had that ended up blinding their game sensors. The vote was 4 against Spencer, 5 against Shirin.
She asks what they’re whispering about.
Vytas Baskauskas may have been the first person voted out of CBS’s “Survivor: Second Chance”, but it was only by two votes. He says he wants to play with people who have loyalty, dignity and courage, and that’s not Stephen. I am glad Spencer survived, as I like him and hope he smartens up and not align with someone as bad as Shirin!
Spencer and Shirin start off by talking about what a hard time they’re having, in a way that’s similar to their first experiences on the show.