When survivor The hit CBS series returned for its 42nd season last week, ending the episode with two players going home, one from the Taku tribe and the other from the Ika tribe.
And this week, the second episode of the season, “Good and guilty,” we saw the consequences of binding the tribes, none more so than Taku. But as viewers know all too well, close bonds don’t always keep you safe survivor. In the end it comes down to strategy and gambling. And a little immunity idol or an extra vote here and there always helps.
Read on for a recap of everything that happened in the episode, including a vegan struggling to find food, emotional revelations, benefit idols, a blindfolded immunity challenge, and of course, teasing from host Jeff Probst.
In The Camps: Losing My Religion (aka A Vegan Eats Crabs)
As they await the upcoming immunity challenge, the tribes forage for food and bond with each other. Everyone won survival tools last week, but there was no rice. So the first thing on the agenda was foraging for food.
Bei Taku, Omar shares his Muslim faith and says he’s happy to answer any questions about his religion. Jonathan says the same thing to Omar about Christianity. Lindsay jokes she’s “not a very good Jew”.
At Daddy’s, Jenny and Chanelle find a crab that anyone can eat, leading to a brief existential crisis for Hai, who is vegan. At first he decides not to eat the seafood. But he eventually decides he can’t refuse a food source when it’s so scarce. And he also doesn’t want his teammates to think he’s physically weaker by choosing not to eat. He eats the crab and says he feels “good and guilty” afterwards.
As for Ika, Drea knows she’s in good spirits with Rocksroy and Romeo, but she also wants an all-female alliance with Tori and Swati. She reveals she has an extra vote for the Ika women, which she won at the Summit Challenge last week. Tori and Swati secretly disappoint Drea’s faith in her and decide to vote her out for her extra voices and persuasion skills.
Back at Daddy’s, Mike finds the first Advantage Idol. If he takes it, he must do as it says. Of course he takes it and learns it’s a triple split immunity idol. Each tribe has one, but in order for the idol to have power, the other two idols must also be found. To find out if other players have found idols, he has to say, “There’s such grace in the game of football, it makes me cry” in an immunity challenge. The other two players with idols must also say their sentences for the idols to activate. Once all three sentences have been said, all three idols have power. Until then, Mike can’t vote at the tribal council.
An unexpected bond forms between Jonathan and Omar in Taku. Jonathan can tell that Omar trusts him. As for Omar, he says, “Jonathan is my flesh shield and I am his brain shield. So, do I go to Jonathan and say, ‘We ride or die, baby’? Yes it is The odd couple.”
“Together we make the perfect person,” Jonathan says of Omar. He sees an alliance between him, Omar, Lindsay, Maryanne. But he doesn’t know Marya well enough to trust her. later on the beach Marya shares that her brother was the first healthcare worker to die from COVID in the United States. He was a registered nurse in New York who died in March 2020. Marya hasn’t had a closure yet because she has to maintain a strong front for her children. But she wears a necklace with her brother’s face on it and says she plans to bury the necklace on the island to close it.
“That would be worth more than a million dollars,” says Marya.
Mike tells Jenny that he has found an idol of immunity, which he calls his strongest ally. Next he tells Daniel about it, and then they go on a goose hunt to find out where he hid it, which takes an incredibly long time. They eventually do, and Mike tells Daniel he can’t vote until it activates, so in the meantime he’s trying to build strategic alliances. Daniel advises him not to say his sentence in the immunity challenge and then Daniel tells Chanelle everything. TThey agree to find a way it can help them and Mike.
“I’d prefer the idols never activated,” Daniel tells Chanelle. They agree that the best way to do that is to vote Mike out or convince him never to play it. Good luck with it.
Immunity Challenge: Put your listening ears up
The tribes meet Jeff in the immunity challenge. In the game, one person is the caller and the rest of the tribe is blindfolded. Using only verbal commands, the caller instructs players to collect three bags of puzzle pieces. The players are in pairs and connected by a rope. Once they have the bags, the caller directs a blindfolded couple to solve the puzzle.
The tribes gambled for immunity and reward. The reward for first place is a huge set of fishing gear. Second place gets a smaller fishing gear, but still very useful. The last tribe goes to the tribal council and loses their flint. Jeff still has Ika’s Flintstone so they play to get him back too. Daniel sits out for dad.
Ika caller is Drea, Daddy caller is Lydia and Taku caller is Jonathan. Chaos ensues as everyone yells at each other on top of Jeff’s comment. Vatu takes an early lead but then it becomes anyone’s game. Taku retrieves all three bags first and Jonathan leads them to the next section, everyone holding hands. Drea leads Ika close behind. Lydia led well at first, but chaos in the mid-section of the challenge sent Dad falling behind. You’re starting to catch up.
Omar and Marya solve the final puzzle for Taku. Chanelle and Jenny break up for dad. Tori and Swati solve for Ika with Drea in charge, testing their all-female alliance. Dad wins first place. Ika finishes second and gets her flint back in the process. Taku goes to the tribal council.
Before the Tribal Council: Don’t be afraid to catch feelings
Taku had the best team camaraderie across the board during downtime at the camps before. Interestingly, no one performed so poorly on the challenge that it was a factor in their votes. Everyone decides now based on the social game and future strategy.
Marya and Maryanne are the only ones on the chopping block. Jonathan is undecided. Omar believes that over time, Maryanne is less trustworthy than Marya would be. Jonathan considers Marya to be more reliable than Maryanne because she is a mother and Maryanne is so young, but he bonds with Maryanne more. They agree that they need to make both women feel safe so they don’t feel forced to play in the dark. They talk to Maryanne and then Omar goes to talk to Lindsay and Marya.
Marya wants to vote Maryanne out “because she’s so jaded” and because she feels her personality is too overblown to interact with her for 26 days. (Maryanne, we love you!) Maryanne can say that Marya wants to date her, so Marya is the only person she will vote for. Marya tells Lindsay and Omar to tell Maryanne they are voting for her to convince Maryanne that she is safe. This is Marya’s first time showing off her strategic skills. She decides to take her shot to the tribal council in the dark to be safe.
Maryanne has no idea that she won an extra vote at last week’s Summit Challenge. She wisely doesn’t tell anyone about this potential benefit. The 23-year-old then tells Jonathan that she knows not to give in to panic and suggests she has more control over her emotions than the older tribesmen give her credit for. If she loses her vote on the tribal council (she won’t), she goes in search of an idol. While searching, she meets Marya and Lindsay, who all say they are looking for food. Lindsay notes that Maryanne, getting nervous under pressure, poses a risk to future alliances.
Omar, Jonathan and Lindsay discuss sending Marya home. Omar sees value in keeping both. Lindsay definitely seems to vote for Maryanne.
Maryanne joked earlier in the episode that Zach (who was voted out of Team Ika last week) is the white guy she always chooses when dating. On Tribal, she joked about not sending her to Zach just yet—she’s not ready! Despite her (unfair) judgment of her high emotions, it made everyone laugh.
Jeff is basically asking Marya how anyone could vote for Maryanne when she’s so sweet and vulnerable and open. Marya says part of her reason for coming on the show is to put herself first and stop acting like everyone’s mother. Jeff asks Lindsay how he wants the tribe to feel after Marya (pretty) says she will look out for her own interests over those of others. She says you need to balance your personal relationships with the game you want to play for yourself. Jonathan says they end up loving each other, but they play a game. And the voting begins.
In the voting booth, Maryanne learns about her special vote. Marya plays her shot in the dark. If she is safe, any votes cast against her will not count. If she is not sure, all votes cast against her still count. Played Shot in the Dark two weeks in a row?! We live for the drama. But Marya’s bet doesn’t pay off. She is not safe and will eventually be voted out. The credits showed that everyone voted for Marya and Maryanne didn’t use her extra vote.
Overall, the whole tribe could have benefited from having Tori as their therapist today, because this verdict on Maryanne’s big feelings just isn’t sweet! And of course, big emotions aren’t enough to send you home… yet.
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