Last week on Survivor, the tribes Gota and Bikal merged into Enil Edam causing everybody to fiddle with alliances and work on big blindsides. Malcolm and Corinne created a counter-alliance to Phillip’s Stealth-R-Us with fans and favourites, planning to vote out Sherri then Phillip. After Cochran won the first individual immunity challenge by eating disgusting things and Dawn learned of the blindside Malcolm and Corinne were planning, the biggest blindside of the season occurred that sent Corinne home.
Reynold isn’t too upset that Corinne from his counter-alliance was kicked off. Surprising? Perhaps, but he feels secure in his alliance with Malcolm and Eddie, so hopefully that will help Malcolm stay longer even though he is on the outs. I’m so proud that Malcolm has kept his hidden immunity idol hidden for so long. That’s so rare and now with Corinne gone he is the only person that knows about it. It’s a bit concerning that they’re all so confident after one of their own is chucked though. At the Stealth alliance, Phillip tells Sherri she’s hot, which is so weird to hear from him, and then he gives her a Stealth-R-Us name: tenacity.
Malcolm catches the first ball launched at him by Eddie, as on Brenda’s first try for orange she gets the ball past Michael into the net. Erik scores for purple but Andrea comes back and gets the second point for orange. Reynold misses for purple and Dawn just misses for orange. Cochran is up next and gets it past Malcolm into the net. I’m so proud of my favourite, Cochran! Winning challenges and succeeding, good for him! Phillip does a stutter thing with his run making it look like he’ll fail but ends up getting it past Michael easily for orange. Orange leads 3-2 by now. Eddie scores for purple easily on his second try. After getting her first one, Brenda is up again with the opportunity to win the challenge for orange. She gets it past Michael but right on the edge of the net, bouncing off. After a few shots that we don’t get to see Erik is up next for purple and gets it past Malcolm allotting the win for purple.
Plans, plans, plans
I’ve missed Cochran’s witty chats with the camera. Him, Eddie, Reynold, Michael, and Erik repel down a waterfall to their picnic as their reward and Cochran is so proud of himself for making it down without dying. There’s masculine bonding and discussions of an all male alliance but Cochran scoffs at the idea of turning away from Stealth just for men, clearly they don’t know him well.
Back at camp, Malcolm starts up some strategy to get Sherri and Dawn over to his counter-alliance which is almost as bad as the guys convincing Cochran to join them. Dawn and Andrea immediately start plotting how to use this to Stealth’s advantage by making Malcolm think they’re splitting votes between Reynold and Eddie as Dawn pretends be align with his real plan. Stealth actually plans to vote out Malcolm because they expect he’s idol-less and then a simple vote. My Strategy would be for Malcolm to play his idol anyway, because it’s a risky move pulling Sherri and Dawn away from Stealth. That way, no matter what Stealth plans to do (the split vote or Malcolm) he’s staying in the game. If he gets his counter alliance (Michael, Eddie, Reynold, and himself) to vote Andrea while Stealth
We get a bit of Andrea + Eddie “island dating” drama at the lagoon (why do people not go there all the time? It’s BEAUTIFUL!). I used to think Eddie was a little daft, but this chat showed him to sound less silly and kind of sweet. Andrea is talking about falling for him as they’re playing each other, he’s talking about indirectly hitting on her… Basically, they’d make a cute couple.
Today’s challenge will force them to remain calm if they want to win. Everyone will take a spot in the water, underneath a graded steal barrier. As the tide rises the water will rise on them more and more. The person who lasts the longest will win immunity.
Before Tribal everyone is discussing votes again and Malcolm doesn’t see what’s about to happen. Reynold shows Dawn the idol then threatens her if she crosses him. Eddie and Andrea talk which makes Andrea concerned she’s about to be voted out as she never gives a straight answer to Eddie. It’s difficult to fall in love when no one gives a straight answer. Suddenly she doesn’t want to vote for Malcolm because she’s concerned about idol play. Michael is a safe write-off because they know he doesn’t have an idol. That was so silly. My Strategy would be for Andrea to tell Eddie Stealth plans to vote for Malcolm instead of splitting votes then she switches to the counter alliance to be with Eddie and go farther as Malcolm plays an idol and they vote off one of Stealth. It would completely change the game and allow her to be on beloved Eddie’s side.
Next episode, Dawn seems to be going crazy.