It’s been a long time since we’ve seen gameplay the Poorly.
I realize that this is very much not a Big Brother recap (fortunately), but remember, in Season 13, when Lawan told Exum that he was okay with the eviction because he thought he was going back into the game (?) with a superpower (?!). That was the first thing that came to mind when watching Wednesday survivor while Ryan kept talking about his grand plan to sabotage the immunity challenge so Coco could oust Cassidy. And in a surprise to absolutely no one in the survivor Fandom, Cassidy did Not go home. (WHAT IN THE WORLD DID HE THINK?!)
Luckily for Ryan, he won’t be the eliminated player I’m talking to Thursday morning, but U.NLuckily for him, it was fellow alliance member Geo who suffered the fall. This episode was absurd. For many reasons. But before I delve too deep into the WTF moments and sheer cluelessness that infected Coco in Episode 5, let’s just take it from the top.
Immediately after the tribal council, Cassidy wants to know who wrote her name and why. It was Geo, Coco’s resident space cadet. The man who thinks he and Ryan rule their tribe. (Spoiler alert: They’re not.) But the rest of the tribe doesn’t mind letting their egos and big minds run wild.
BAKA | Jeanine’s chin seems to be healing well. Oh, maybe this isn’t really the Baka highlight. Jeanine finds the advantage of caution, and after Elie reassures her they have plenty of votes to cut Gabler, she rips it open. Oh cool. We need to revisit the pearl fiasco. (The producers really missed a golden opportunity here. Why wouldn’t each of the tribe’s cautions be different so we don’t have to watch the same thing over and over again?)
The second Elie says, “Let’s not tell Owen,” guess who’s walking by! The women have no choice but to share the information. Owen decides to use this as an opportunity to forge an alliance with them. Then Elie tells Sami about it, but unbeknownst to her, Sami wanted to get Jeanine out. Of course, everyone forks their beads and thus the bracelet idol is activated. Sami later spills the tea on Gabler. (Isn’t that much fewer interesting the third time?)
IMMUNITY IS TO GET BACK | Tribes will overcome a series of obstacles transporting water into a bucket that will eventually lower a gate. After that, a castaway has to roll three balls up a ramp and make them stay up. The winning two tribes will get a tarp in addition to security before voting.
Coco is the first to drop the goal while Ryan takes over the ball game. (It’s not a mystery, folks!) Dwight stands in for Vesi and Sami for Baka. Dwight seals the deal for his tribe while Ryan knocks both of his balls out the platform! Unfortunately for Coco, this bug sends her to the back-to-back Tribals. Then Vesi chooses Geo, Jeanine and Jesse to go on a journey.
In hindsight, Ryan tells us that he messed up the challenge on purpose so they could get Cassidy out. Oh boy. we aaaaall know what happens when challenges are thrown, right? Has Ryan…never seen the show he’s on? This won’t go well. (Or maybe he’s trying to cover up how bad he was? Who knows?)
COCONUT | Back at camp, Ryan tells Cassidy that the vote is on him (LOL) and then tells Karla to make sure no one strategizes with him (wow). I hardly know what to say here, but since this is a summary I have to come up with something. OK: If Ryan is voted out, where does he fall in the dumbest survivor Moves of All Time Ranking? Under Erik Reichenbach, but over James Clement? I am anticipating.
“If that plays out, I’ll have some ink on mine survivor continue,” Ryan tells us. Secure,
TRAVEL | The three chosen players row to the island this time as Geo tells them the danger he found himself in the night before. It’s a trick to get the others to give him the advantage. And it doesn’t work. Despite Geo’s sad story, all three risk their votes.
Jesse opens his case in front of his tribe: he loses his voice, and so does Jeanine. Geo lies to Coco and he says protected his voice, but he tells Karla the truth. Its advantage? Knowledge is power thingamajig. However, the only perk at Coco Beach right now is Karla’s immunity bracelet, but he doesn’t know about that. Now that Coco knows Geo won something on his journey, they want to lead the vote to Geo, which shakes Cassidy to the core. Their paranoia gives them Lindsay flashbacks. Should they just cut them instead? Will you?
tribal council | Jeff asks about momentum and Ryan starts talking about synergy? (Or something. I didn’t really get that.) He also takes the blame for the challenge. It’s a pretty poor attempt at attention, not to mention lazy as hell.
The focus shifts to Geo, who is busy playing dumb. (Or maybe he’s not playing?) Ryan says he hopes if he’s voted out, the vote will keep everyone united. Jeff asks if he’d like them to add a little smiley face when they write his name down and I love that our host with the most exclamations is how LAUGH Ryan sounds right now.
It’s time to end this dog and pony show. Everyone votes, Jeff counts: Cassidy gets two votes, but the other three are for Geo. And just like that, the knowledge is power advantage is flushed out of the game.
Next up: The Fusion!
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