“I’m calling Buddha”: Survivor Kaoh Rong April 6 2016 recap

6 Apr

Since there was no Tribal Council last episode, we begin this one with everyone still sitting at camp where we left them. Debbie, Aubry, and Joe are worried, understandably.

Jason reveals that he has an autistic daughter and that most of the money he makes goes toward taking care of her. Maybe this will help with people who thinks he’s just a big jerk (including me). Cydney sees this and knows this would make him tougher to beat at the finals.

The reward challenge is interesting, though not new: each team has to cross a stretch of water by having one member walk across long poles with little platforms on top, and these poles are held up only by the strength of their teammates. Then at the end, the whole team has to balance on a small platform. The teams are chosen by schoolyard pick. Aubry, team captain, tries to do the balancing herself. After she falls in the water at least four times, Michele and Cydney also try and also fall in. Then Aubry tries again and takes the plunge again. The problem is: the other team has Scot and Nick, who are big and strong enough to hold these poles steady. Aubry’s team isn’t. When she’s alone with the camera, she cries because she’s on a streak of decisions that didn’t turn out well.

After the ice cream reward is over, a bunch of the women go on a boat trip along with Tai. Scot, Jason, and Nick are worried about a women’s alliance so they want to target Aubry or Debbie in the vote, not Joe. When the gals come back, Nick goes on a walk with his old tribemate Julia, who says there was no strategy talk on the boat ride. When they come back, Nick tells Scot and Jason out loud that everything’s fine, and this sets Cydney off. Do the guys feel they need to collect intelligence on her? Jason goes on a walk with her to calm her down, to which she says “don’t check me, boo.”

The immunity challenge looks quite simple: stand on a perch holding some handles behind one’s head. But it quickly turns painful. Jeff Probst decides to try his old trick of offering delicious food to anyone who feels so secure that he or she would quit the challenge to eat it. But they will only have a short time window, then the offer ends. Sadly for Julia, she can’t even hold out until Probst has the food ready! When Probst makes the official offer, the ones who accept are Jason, Scot, Michele, and Joe. What, Joe? That makes no sense, except maybe it does: he’s over 70 and probably had no chance to outlast everyone, so he might as well eat.

It comes down to Cydney and Tai. She isn’t even budging, while he’s writhing around all over the place but staying on his perch. He says “I’m calling Buddha” and chants to himself, but every single second looks like an ordeal. Then suddenly Cydney has to quit, to the great shock of Probst, and Tai has won.

Back at camp, Nick tells the camera that the plan of himself, Scot, Jason, Tai, Michele, Julia, and Cydney is to cast four votes for Debbie and three for Aubry, so even if an idol is played, one of them goes home. Since Aubry will likely be the survivor, Nick wants to be the first to try and get her as a possible future ally. His sales pitch to her leaves a lot to be desired, though.

Soon Cydney has a chat with Aubry and Debbie: “Do you realize our numbers [meaning women vs. men] are equal right now? We need to kinda strike now” and take out Nick. The two Brains are all for it, so Cydney goes on to pitch Michele and Julia. They say yes, but once they’re alone it sounds like they have their doubts, especially Michele who has been comfortable with Nick as an ally.

We go to Tribal Council, amazingly the first for both Nick and Michele on day 22! And when Probst announces the first jury member everyone looks up in anticipation. Neal strolls in looking none the worse for wear, though of course he has a bandage on his leg.

Tribal Council is pretty standard stuff until Probst asks the question he must pose almost every week: has there been any talk of idols around camp? Yes, Tai says, and he’s even heard about a super-idol! Scot and Jason absolutely cannot believe what they’re hearing (because Tai is spilling the beans), nor can Aubry or Julia (because they had no idea about any such thing). Debbie and others are very quick to point out to Julia that she must be on the bottom of her alliance if she had no idea about this.

The votes are cast, and Nick is amused when he sees his name on the first card. The smile fades when his name comes up for the fourth time. His first Tribal Council is also his last, he’s voted out!

And why did Jason get a vote? As the credits roll, we see who that vote was from: Tai! Very confusing. Given that and the super-idol comment, I can only imagine that he and Jason must have had some kind of major falling-out that wasn’t shown. And if those two have had a falling-out, their idols can’t be combined to make a super-idol. So suddenly Jason and Scot have gone from feeling invincible to being in trouble.

Favorites: 1. Cydney, 2. Tai, 3.  Michele, 4. Aubry, 5. Julia, 6. Debbie

No chance: Jason, Scot, Joe

Jury and who I think they’ll vote for: Neal (Aubry), Nick (Aubry)

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