Well, tonight, I had to watch a 3 and a half hour film called Nicholas and Alexandra for one of the other sites that I write for. So, I didn’t get to see tonight’s episode of Survivor when it first aired. Instead, I DVRed and now, I’m about to watch it.
I have to admit that thanks to twitter, I already know what happened on tonight’s episode. The two tribes merged. Apparently, it’s becoming a Jeremy vs. Josh game. Keith won immunity. Something happened with trail mix.
And then Julie decided that she was tired of the game and she left.
That’s my understanding from what I could find on twitter.
Okay, the movie has ended so now I’m going to watch the show. And I’ll just write this review as I watch.
Okay, things open with Missy explaining to Keith why they didn’t let him in one the plan to vote out Dale and basically trying to get him to understand that they weren’t planning on voting him out. Keith is not impressed and he’s calling them out on lying to him. Good for him! Jon, Jaclyn, Baylor, and Missy continue to astound me with just how stupid they are as players.
Tree Mail arrives, telling the two tribes that they’re going to merge. If I was on Survivor, I’d probably always go, “Tyra mail!” whenever the tree mail arrived.
The two tribes merge and have a big picnic. Before the merge, Jon said that he and Jaclyn would have had to break up if they didn’t make it to the merge. I don’t think he was kidding.
The merge is celebrated with a big picnic feast. Julie tells us that seeing all of the couples together is making her miss John Rocker. Since I already know that Julie is leaving tonight, I am totally rolling my eyes. Seriously, you’re going to give up a million dollars because you miss John Rocker?
Jeremy is already plotting to get rid of Josh. In his alliance, he has Natalie and Julie. He wants to get two more couple on his side so he approaches Jon. He thinks he’s getting a good vibe off of Jon but little does he realize that Jon will agree to anything.
Jeremy then brings Missy and Baylor into his alliance.
The new tribe is named Huyopa, which is kind of an obvious name. What’s sad is that, judging from this episode, it apparently took them a while to come up with that name.
Keith forgot about Wes’s birthday. Uh-oh. I still like Keith and Wes, though. The more I watch the show, the more convinced I am that Keith is going to make it to the end. He’s a strong player and yet, somehow, he’s managed to fly under the radar.
Josh explains that his alliance is Reed, Keith, Wes, and Alec. He wants to bring Baylor and Missy into his alliance. Josh approaches Baylor and mentions that he helped keep her in the game before the tribal shakeups. Baylor is torn about who to align with. Missy tells her that they have to stick with Jeremy.
(Prediction: In another few episodes, Baylor will vote out her mom.)
Seeing that Baylor and Missy are aligned with Jeremy, Josh approaches Jon and Jaclyn and talks to them. Jon and Jaclyn listen with their trademark blank faces.
Apparently, Julie took some trail mix at the picnic and she’s been hiding it in her bag. Now, she’s sleeping on the beach while the rest of the tribe invades her privacy by going into her bag and taking the trail mix. OMG, no freaking way! I hate these people!
Jon tells us that he can’t have someone in his alliance who would hoard trail mix. Shut up, Jon, you moron.
If I was on Survivor and somebody went through my bag without my permission — OMG, you don’t even want to know what I would do. So Julie was smart and took some food for herself. So what!? It’s hardly the “most selfish move in Survivor history!” as Wes put it.
Anyway, the Immunity Challenge is one of those things where the Survivors have to balance a ball on a piece of wood. Jeremy is the first to be eliminated, followed by Missy, Julie, Reed, Baylor, Alec, Jaclyn, Natalie, Josh, and Jon. Jeremy smirks when Josh is eliminated. Anyway, it all comes down to father and son Keith and Wes and, in the end, Keith wins.
(What’s interesting is that, despite their relationship, neither Keith and Wes relaxed when it was just the two of them competing for immunity. They’re both obviously very competitive.)
Back at camp, Jeremy is confident that he has the numbers to get rid of Josh but Alec makes a snarky comment about “loving the trail mix” and now, Julie is freaking out. (By the way, Alec is the only person on the beach dumber than Jon.)
Julie is thinking of leaving the game. Missy talks her into staying, mostly because her alliance needs Julie’s vote. Julie, for the moment, says she’ll stay. (Of course, I already know that Julie is going to change her mind before this episode ends…)
Josh wants to vote out Jeremy. Jeremy wants to vote out Josh. Again, it all looks like it’s going to be about who manages to recruit Jon and Jaclyn. And, after talking to Keith, it looks like Jon and Jaclyn are ready to vote out Jeremy.
“We are a couple,” Jon explains, with a his trademark blank expression.
At camp, Alec proudly tells everyone that he called out Julie. “Someone had to say it!” Alec says. Alec is an idiot.
Meanwhile, Julie goes off on her own. Jeff Probst meets her on the beach and suddenly, Survivor turns into an episode of Jeff Probst’s daytime talk show. Jeff asks Julie how she is feeling. Julie says she’s depressed, she misses John Rocker, and she wants to leave the game.
And that’s what she does.
Seriously, I really liked Julie when the show first started. I related to her. I felt that the rest of the contestants were underestimating her and making assumptions about her based solely on her physical appearance. That’s something that I can relate to. I shared Julie’s struggle. I wanted Julie to win.
And, much like Julie, I’m not exactly great with being a member of a group. I like to do my own thing. When I’m not feeling social, I also tend to go off on my own and I don’t really worry about whether or not anyone else consider that to be rude. And dammit, I would have hoarded that trail mix too.
But I would have never quit the game. I would never give up.
I would say, “You guys don’t like me? Then have the guts to vote me out so I can tell you exactly what I think of you!”
What a disappointment!
Anyway, Julie is gone. I’m rooting for Keith, Jeremy, and Natalie — in that order. If Jon, Jaclyn, Missy, Baylor, or Alec make it anywhere near the final two, I will throw a fit.