I have to admit that I was excited when I heard that this week’s episode of Survivor would be two hours long. I figured that this meant something big was bound to happen! Alliances would change. A major player would be blindsided. The game would never be the same again…
Uhmmm, not so much so.
Tonight, we got two episodes of Survivor in one. At the end of the first hour, Reed joined the jury. At the end of the second hour, Alec did the same. That’s not really surprising. As always seems to happen after the merge, the main alliance is concentrating on getting rid of outsiders. Reed, being the biggest threat among the outsiders, was an obvious choice to be voted out. The strategy leading up to Alec being voted out was a little bit more interesting but again, it wasn’t totally unexpected.
Still, there were a few interesting developments in the group dynamic that might (or might not) affect the way the rest of the game plays out.
During the first hour, we discovered the following:
1) Natalie, Missy, and Baylor are an alliance within the alliance. This was made obvious by their decision to send Jon to Exile Island and by Missy’s decision to take Natalie and Baylor horseback riding while forcing Jaclyn to spend the day alone with Alec, Reed, and Keith.
2) And, while I can understand why Missy picked her daughter, it would have been smarter to send her to Exile so she could have looked for the idol. Later, at the reward, Missy found out about Natalie’s idol and exclaimed, “I’m so proud of my daughter for finding an idol!” Uhmm, Missy — Natalie found the idol. Baylor was just standing there.
(Of course, Missy has said that she considers Natalie to be her daughter so maybe she was speaking metaphorically…)
3) Speaking of idols, Jon found a new immunity idol on Exile Island. Considering that Jon isn’t exactly a genius and doesn’t strike me as being particularly observant, the Survivor crew might want to put more effort into hiding those idols.
4) When Jon came back to camp, he ended up rebuffing Jaclyn’s attempt to talk strategy with him and, as a result, he and Jaclyn spent the next five hours fighting. And while it was fun to watch the Golden Couple fight, it was also pretty stupid on both of their parts. If Jon and Jaclyn hadn’t been fighting, they very well could have realized that it would be smarter to get rid of Missy than Reed. But since they were too busy not speaking to each other, there was no time to strategize before Tribal.
5) Keith sucks at handling Tribal Council but he certainly won the immunity challenge in grand fashion.
6) I was sad to see Reed go. Over the past few, he had really won me over. With him gone, Natalie is probably the only real strategist left on the beach.
7) And, finally, Reed was absolutely correct. Baylor is a brat.
As for the second episode, we discovered the following:
1) Natalie really does not like Jon! Some of this is because of his role in getting Jeremy voted out. And a lot of it appears to be because both Jon and Jaclyn have a real sense of entitlement about them.
(Then again, the same could be said about Baylor and Missy…)
2) In fact, Natalie so disliked Jon that she and Baylor came up with a plan to blindside him. Interestingly enough, Baylor had no problem with not letting her mom in on the plan. You know that Missy would never have attempted a blindside without letting Baylor know first.
3) However, Jon won individual immunity. At first, it seemed like Keith would be the one voted out but Natalie decided that she wanted to keep Keith around. Why? Because Keith is good at immunity challenges and, in theory, he possibly beat Jon in the next immunity challenge. That shows that Natalie is thinking about the game but she may be overthinking. When she and Baylor voted out Alec, Jon, Jaclyn, and Missy were obviously shocked and will obviously want to know what happened. Natalie has to hope that Keith doesn’t let on that she kept him around because she wants to use him to get rid of Jon. (Not to mention that Natalie’s two main allies — Missy and Baylor — are two of the least trustworthy people on the beach.)
4) Then again, that’s assuming that Jon will be smart enough to try to figure out what happened.
5) We finally got to see a little bit of Alec tonight. Alec spent most of this season under the radar. Tonight, we discovered that he’s likable in kind of a dumb way. And then he got voted out…
6) Finally, the way that Baylor and Missy reacted when they didn’t get selected to take part in the reward just confirmed why a lot of people consider Baylor to be a brat.
So, that’s it for this week. Before I end this post, let’s consider who is left on the beach.
1) Jon, who is not that clever but is good at finding idols.
2) Jaclyn, who is smarter than she lets on but who is basically being held back by her boyfriend.
3) Baylor, who is this season’s brat.
4) Missy, who is more concerned with defending her daughter than really playing the game.
5) Keith, who needs to stop spitting so much
6) Natalie, who is actually trying to play the game but who might be overthinking things.
Out of our six remaining players, who do you want to win? I actually have to go with Natalie. I’m as shocked as anyone.