Hi, everyone and greetings from Dardanelle, Arkansas, where I’m currently the enjoying the latter half of my vacation. What better way to end a day spent exploring beautiful Mt. Nebo with my boyfriend than by returning to our cabin, curling up on the couch, and watching Survivor?
Anyway, now that I’m finished bragging about my vacation, let’s talk about tonight’s episode of Survivor.
Now, I’m sure that a lot of people are starting to get sick of watching Abi-Maria. And it is true that Abi really doesn’t do much beyond create chaos. For all the time that she spends talking about how this is her “second chance” and how she’s not going to screw things up, it’s pretty obvious that Abi has no real strategy. For the most part, she doesn’t think ahead and I would be scared to have to deal with her at a tribal council because she is so unpredictable. If Abi gets mad at you, she’ll vote to kick you out of the tribe. And, unfortunately, there’s no way to predict what will anger her and what won’t.
But, I have to admit, this is why I find Abi to be entertaining. At a time when reality shows are always running the risk of getting stale, there’s something to be said for a player who is totally out-of-control. No, I don’t want Abi to make it to the final three. (And there’s a part of me that’s concerned that she could because everyone’s going to assume she would be the easiest person to beat.) To be honest, I don’t even want to see Abi make it to the merge.
However, traditionally, Survivor has always been at its most predictable in the episodes before the merge. These are the episodes where you know that every tribal council is going to be about voting whoever is the least useful in a immunity challenge. It can get predictable. Abi is keeping things from getting predictable and, for now, I’m happy for that.
(That said, if they don’t vote Abi out before the merge, they’re making a huge mistake. Because there’s no way to predict who Abi would align herself with after the merge.)
Tonight’s episode of Survivor started with a tribal reshuffle. The two tribes were split into three and all three of the tribes were rather lopsided, with a four members from one tribe and two from the other.
Here are the new tribes:
Peih-Gee (former Ta Keo)
Tasha (former Bayon)
Abi-Maria (Former Ta Keo)
Woo (former Ta Keo)
Andrew Savage (former Bayon)
Jeff Varner (former Ta Keo)
Spencer (former Ta Keo)
Jeremy (former and current Bayon)
Stephen (former and current Bayon)
Kimmi (former and current Bayon)
Monica (former and current Bayon)
Kelly Wigglesworth (former Ta Keo)
Joe (former Bayon)
Terry (former and current Ta Keo)
Ciera (former Bayon)
Kass (former Bayon)
Keith (former Bayon)
Kelley Wentworth (former and current Ta Keo)
Not surprisingly, the first immunity challenge was won by Ta Keo and Bayon. Under normal Survivor logic, that would mean that, at tribal council, either Andrew or Tasha would be voted out of the Angkor Tribe.
But, so far, this has not been a normal season! Back at the Angkor camp, the former members of the Ta Keo tribe turned on each other and soon, Andrew Savage and Tasha went from being the targets to being the most powerful two people in the tribe.
First, Jeff Varner made the mistake of trying to communicate Kelly Wigglesworth during the challenge, which led to Tasha calling him a rat. So, with everyone on Angkor now convinced that Jeff could not be trusted, it looked like he was the obvious target. Even Jeff’s biggest ally, Abi-Maria, announced that she would vote with Savage and Tasha to evict him.
But then, when Abi-Maria explained her plan to Peih-Gee and Woo, Peih-Gee did not respond with proper enthusiasm. And when Abi declared that she didn’t trust either Peih-Gee or Woo, Peih-Gee decided that they should vote to evict Abi.
So, Peih-Gee went to Savage and Tasha and made a deal to vote out Abi. However, Savage than let Abi know about the plan so Abi decided that Peih-Gee had to go. And Abi then managed to get her former target, Jeff Varner, on her side as well.
Tonight was one of the few times that I can remember where I truly had no idea who would be sent home at tribal council. It all basically came down to how Andrew and Tasha decided to vote and, in the end, they decided to stick with Abi and Peih-Gee was voted out on a 4-2 vote. Woo looked shocked, Peih-Gee looked mad, and Abi looked smug.
The preview for next week’s episode promises more misery for the Angkor Tribe! I wonder who will be the next to fall victim to the wrath of Abi-Maria?