“Kids go to summer camp longer.” Survivor San Juan Del Sur November 5, 2014 recap

5 Nov

Keith begins the episode awfully hacked off at Missy and Baylor. He thought they were his allies, yet they both voted for him at the previous tribal council (as a protective measure in case Dale played an idol). “I’m done with y’all,” he thinks about the mother-daughter duo.

The tribes get the message that it’s time for a merge, and Josh is a bit bummed — he says he was hoping to get Jeremy out before this. But of course his tribe didn’t go to tribal council last week. Jeremy, for his part, is sure that he has Natalie and Julie as allies, and he wants to recruit Missy/Baylor and Jon/Jaclyn to go against Josh. You’re probably asking, when did this season turn into Survivor: Josh vs. Jeremy? I wonder the same thing, as this hadn’t been a theme up to now. Both men are certainly gamers, so perhaps each simply identified the other as the biggest threat.

If Jeremy does muster the seven-person alliance I just mentioned, Josh is in trouble because he has just six: himself, Reed, Wes, Keith, and Alec. But of course Josh had Baylor’s back early in the game so he looks her up as soon as he can. Alas, she’s very noncommittal to her ally, or as it seems, former ally. So Josh decides he needs to turn to Jon and Jaclyn (who I notice has the same nasal, unsexy voice as the sports reporter Erin Andrews).

When the merge first happened there was a huge feast, and the players even had leftovers to take with them back to camp. Some time having passed, everyone begins to wonder what happened to a big bowl of trail mix that was left over. They become so obsessed about it that they propose searching everyone’s bag, and they soon search the bag belonging to Julie who’s off sunning herself. Sure enough she had hoarded the snack mix, and seemingly everyone else on the merged tribe is hopping mad. When she returns nobody says anything, but the atmosphere is so awkward that Julie knows they found out.

The immunity challenge involves balancing a ball on a disc that is controlled by two ropes. It comes down to Wes and Keith, and Keith wins.

Back at camp, Julie gets some water, and Alec mutters something under his breath (but in her earshot) about wishing he had some trail mix. The producers quickly play some “the tension is unbearable”-type music worthy of a thriller movie. And the result is — oh no — Julie starts talking like she’s going to quit, which you’ll recall was a theme of the last episode. Seeing her 7-6 numbers advantage potentially going up in smoke, Missy tries to calm Julie down. At least stick around for one more vote, she says. But Julie sees through Missy’s motives. The next thing you know, we see Jeff Probst sauntering in, complete with his #jeffprobst graphic on the screen. Julie runs down her reasons for quitting (of course if those are the things that make you quit you shouldn’t go on Survivor in the first place). Jeff notes that while she has been away from her boyfriend John for a while, “Kids go to summer camp longer than we’re out here.” Still, he really treats her with kid gloves. She says her decision to quit has been made, and Jeff says he’ll tell the tribe. I believe this is the second time in a row that a quitter didn’t even say goodbye — perhaps a new rule was implemented after the Brandon Hantz fiasco of a couple of seasons ago?

So Probst tells the tribe that Julie has quit on Day 18, and that there will be no tribal council. Jeremy is disappointed that he has lost his numbers, but Josh is also disappointed because he had Jeremy’s ouster all arranged and now he has to wait. It’s similarly frustrating for the viewer not be able to see how all of this plays out.

Contenders: 1) Wes, 2) Josh, 3) Jon, 4) Natalie, 5) Reed, 6) Baylor, 7) Jaclyn, 8) Keith, 9) Jeremy

No chance: Missy, Alec


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