On the latest episode of Survivor, titled “I Like Revenge,” old-school players start to target each other, while the Edge of Extinction castaways are put to the test and start breaking down when they are given a grueling opportunity.
“Oh man, Tribal Council was tough,” Klein says in a preview video. “I thought Parvati was going home. But I revealed my alliance’s plan to Boston Rob and he betrayed me.”
To find out what happens, follow along here with our live recap and elimination spoilers. All times Eastern.
8:05 — Following the insane Tribal Council where Ethan Zohn got blindsided, Adam’s alliance is none too happy with him and he knows he’s in the doghouse with them right now. Ben Driebergen thinks Adam is a weasel, but right now, the biggest threats in the tribe are still Boston Rob and Parvati Shallow.
“I got left out of the vote by the people that I was supposed to be aligned with. I just did everything that you’re not supposed to do in Survivor and I had the hubris to think that I could get away with it,” says Adam, adding, “I was playing all sides and unfortunately, everybody knows it. And I’m lucky to be here. Now I feel like everything has changed, so I need to make an apology tour.”
8:06 — Meanwhile, over at Dakal, things are just happy-clappy rainbows and puppies. They’re catching fish, they’re all bonding. Yul Kwon says since they’ve been winning, it’s been easy to pretend like they’re all just a bunch of friends on the beach. But he reminds us that his alliance with Sophie Clarke, Wendell Holland and Nick Wilson are a really strong alliance and no one suspects it. Well, that’s an edit that screams, “Yul is going home” right there.
8:08 — Out at Edge of Extinction, the four castaways are given until sundown to transport 20 pieces of firewood down the steps that lead to the top of the island. But they have to do it one piece at a time, which means 20 trips up and down those steps. Yikes. Unsurprisingly, because she is a CrossFit trainer, Natalie Anderson does really well. Ethan does OK but gets very tired around the halfway point. Danni Boatwright compares it to childbirth and honestly? This looks worse than childbirth and I have three kids.
8:15 — And then with just four trips left, Ethan collapses. Whoa. Medical comes in and his blood pressure is low. But he gets cleared to carry on and decides he’s going to try to finish, reminding himself that he overcame so much when he beat cancer. Meanwhile, Natalie and Amber Brkich Mariano both finish and collapse in tears because they’re so, emotionally and physically wrung out. Then Danni finishes and then all three ladies walk with Ethan for his final trip. And it is suddenly very dusty in here, you guys. Oh, dear.
8:18 — Boston Rob laughs with Michele Fitzgerald how it’s been 10 years since he last played and 20 years since he first played, laughing about how Michele was only 9 years old the first time Rob played. LOL. Also, has it really been 10 years since Boston Rob played? It feels more recent than that.
8:20 — Apology tour time. Jeremy Collins compares Adam’s sudden insane work ethic to when one of Jeremy’s kids knows he’s in trouble and starts trying to fix things after he got caught being naughty. Hahaha. Also, Boston Rob and Parvati are trying to do anything they can to stay alive in the game, so Rob goes to Adam’s alliance and tells them that Adam is still talking to Rob about aligning. Except that’s a total lie this time. Ooooh, Rob. Dirty.
8:25 — Over at Dakal, it’s still just raining fish and octopus and everybody’s braiding friendship bracelets. It’s hilarious. But Tyson Apostol is still trying to be a game, at least, so he approaches Sandra Diaz-Twine and Tony Vlachos about aligning and bringing in Sarah Lacina in too, though she’s not there. Sandra nods and smiles, but she’s not sure about aligning with Tyson. She wants him gone. I don’t know, you guys. I think this might be a real opportunity for Sandra. She should consider it.
8:30 — Immunity Challenge time. The tribes are tasked with putting four tribe members on a rope in the water where they will pull the other three members in a boat out to a tower. At the tower, they leap off one by one, trying to retrieve keys that are dangling in the air. The keys will unlock puzzle pieces and then they have to assemble the puzzle to win. The reward is a crate of chickens. Dakal sits out Sandra and Parvati asks if they’re going to rename the sit-out bench “The Sandra Bench.” Sandra says she likes that name. I love how very comfortable Sandra is with herself. Tony is the other person Dakal sits out.
8:35 — Sarah, Wendell, Tyson, and Yul are swimming for Dakal, while Ben, Jeremy, Rob, and Michele are swimming for Sele. They’re pretty even for a while, but Dakal really pulls away at the key portion. Unfortunately, the swimmers can’t jump for the keys, so Sele leaving Adam, Parvati, and Denise as the key retrievers was really poor strategy. They just aren’t tall enough. They should have put Denise on swimming because pretty fit and wouldn’t have been a drag on the swimmers and they should have made Jeremy one of the key-jumpers. But then in a miraculous comeback, Sele gets their puzzle despite having been very, very far behind. Wow.
8:40 — Back at camp, Tyson and Sarah talk about voting out Nick because he doesn’t do much in challenges or at camp, plus he blew the puzzle this time. By Tyson talks to Yul and Yul is in a secret alliance with Nick, so that was a mistake. Behind Tyson’s back, Sophie, Wendell, Yul, and Nick plot to vote Tyson out. They’re worried about a merge and Tyson potentially getting together with Rob and Parvati.
8:45 — But Sarah and Tony think they need to keep Tyson around as a human shield, so they get Kim Spradlin-Wolfe on board, but they think Sandra is a wildcard. Indeed, she thinks Tyson has to go until Tony explains that they have to keep Tyson around to keep the heat off of the rest of them. She’s not sure what to do because she doesn’t trust him, but she knows keeping Tyson might be a smart move.
8:53 — At Tribal Council, Yul basically says that they want to keep alliances hidden by not making a very divided vote, so they’re trying to find one person to unite against. That’s a tricky proposition, to try to get eight people to align against one. They also talk about people being different in real life than they thought they would be, like Yul says he thought Tony would be “an *sshole” but he’s actually a really nice guy, which everyone laughs about and Tony looks slightly offended about.
8:56 — Weirdly, we are shown that Nick votes for Kim because he’s afraid Tyson has an idol. So did the Yul/Sophie/Nick/Wendell alliance split their votes between Tyson and Kim just to be safe? That might have been a huge mistake.
8:58 — The votes go Nick, Kim, Tyson, Tyson, Tyson, Tyson, and Tyson. Wow. It appears Nick was in on the plan, but he voted for Kim just in case Tyson had an idol. On his way out, Tyson gives his token to Nick.
9:00 — Next time it’s time to switch tribes! And Michele laughs about being “trapped on an island with her ex-boyfriend.” Who might that be?
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