Last Week: Troyzan was just too darn loud, Leif made like a tree and got out of there, and it seems like winning the game is Kim’s density.
39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog
Let’s see where the tribe currently stands…
The Tikiano Tribe (wearing black)
Alicia - 25, Special Ed Teacher
Chelsea – 26, Medical Sales
Christina – 29, Career Consultant
Kat – 22, Timeshare Rep
Kim – 29, Bridal Shop Owner
Sabrina – 33, High School Teacher
Tarzan – 64, Plastic Surgeon
Troyzan – 50, Swimsuit Photographer
OK, I said this on Twitter, but anyone who thought Troyzan and Tarzan would be the last two guys standing is a liar.
The show kicks off with Tarzan pledging his allegiance to the ladies. Quite a switch from the guy who was screaming “Cheaters!” at them in early challenges.
Kim doesn’t like being called out as the mastermind. She wants to get rid of Troyzan ASAP. Whoa…looks like she’s not going to heed his warning not to !@#$ with him.
Tree mail arrives the next morning and it sounds like the winner of the next reward challenge is going to get a trip. Kat makes a deal with Kim that whichever of them wins, they take the other. This never turns out well.
Reward Challenge: The players will be asked questions about their tribemates. They’ll then have to guess what the other players said. If they get it right, they’ll get to chop a rope for an opposing player. Once a player has three chops against them, they are eliminated. Last person standing wins a helicopter ride to a picnic.
Quick Aside: “Food in your belly” is my least favorite Probstism.
Question One: Who does not deserve to be here? The consensus is Christina. Kim, Chelsea, and Troyzan got it right.
Christina is shocked that she was chosen.
Troyzan goes for Kat, Kim hits Troyzan, and Chelsea hits Tarzan. Ooh…undiegate rears its ugly head.
Question Two: Who would you trust with your life? The answer is Kim. Christina, Chelsea, and Alicia got it right.
Christina hits Chelsea. Alicia and Chelsea both hit Troyzan, thus eliminating him. Alicia earns some respect by jokingly saying, “This is my island!”
Question Three: Who most needs a wake-up call in life? The answer is Kat. Everyone guessed that except for Kat. That’s awesome.
Sabrina and Chelsea eliminate Tarzan, Tarzan hits Chelsea, Christina hits Sabrina, Kim hits Christina, and Alicia eliminates Chelsea.
Question Four: Who is the biggest poser? The answer is Troyzan. Everyone got it except for Alicia who said Christina.
Kim hits Sabrina, Christina hits Kim, and Kat and Alicia hit Sabrina.
Question Five: Who does the least for their tribe? The answer is Sabrina. Oof… Kim, Christina, and Alicia got it right.
Christina and Alicia eliminate Kat, while Kim eliminates Sabrina.
Question Six: Who would you most like to be stranded with? The correct answer is Kim. Kim and Alicia both got it right.
Fun Fact: Kim voted for herself.
Kim and Alicia both eliminated Christina.
Question Seven: Who do you hope to never see again after the game? The answer is Troyzan. Kim and Alicia both got it right. Kim eliminated Alicia and won reward.
Kim is allowed to bring someone with her and she chooses Alicia. Although in fairness, Kat may have forgot that she wanted to go.
Probst lets her pick someone else and she goes with Chelsea. Ooo… Kim plays it off by saying that Chelsea hasn’t eaten in a while.
Troyzan takes the opportunity to point out that Kim’s picks were representative of the pecking order.
I think it’s amazing that there’s a reward like this every season and people still mess it up. I seriously think it might be sound strategy to throw any reward challenge.
Back at camp, Troyzan hammers home the point that everyone who isn’t at the picnic is on the bottom of the totem pole. Kim’s sick of hearing it and plans to bring it up with Kim when she returns. Troyzan seriously has all the subtlety of a punch in the face.
Sabrina tries to play if off by saying that Kim left the two people she trusts the most behind. Kat doesn’t care because she wanted to eat. She breaks down a bit, saying she doesn’t want to go down as a weak player, and if that means voting out Kim, she’ll do it.
Later, Sabrina pitches the idea of turning on Kim to the larger group. However, she only did it to determine who can’t be trusted. That’s smart. Christina immediately went for it…dun dun dun.
When the picnickers return, Kat tells Kim that she’s hurt because people think she’s a follower. Kim says she wishes she’d never won the challenge because it’s much more fun to be picked than it is to pick. Tell that to a booger, Kim. (That’s easily the worst joke in eight seasons of recaps. I apologize.)
A little while later, the dumbest pig in the world moseys his way into camp. They chase him with ropes and various tools but aren’t able to catch him. Where’s Michael Skupin when you need him!
Immunity Challenge Time: Two players will slide across a slippery course and grabbing rope rings along the way. They’ll then toss the ropes onto a post. First person to get a ring on the post advances. Last person standing wins immunity.
First Round: Chelsea defeated Alicia, Kat topped Sabrina, Tarzan bested Troyzan (and the women freak out), and Kim went over Christina.
Second Round: Chelsea beat Kat and Kim got the win over Tarzan
Note: Troyzan didn’t even watch the second round. He just stared off into the distance.
Third Round: Kim was victorious over Chelsea.
On the way back from the challenge, the pig just laid there watching them. Good, I was waiting for someone to root for this season.
Politicking around camp is pointing toward voting for Troyzan but throwing a few idol-insurance votes at Christina.
Sabrina tells Christina this plan, AND SHE SEEMS OK WITH IT! SHE SEEMS OK THAT IF TROYZAN PLAYS AN IDOL, THAT SHE WILL BE GOING HOME!
(Sorry to get all Caps Locky on you there.)
Then…she goes to Troyzan and tells him that she’s going to get the insurance votes. So, Troyzan gets the bright idea to vote for her too.
That night at Tribal Council, Troyzan tells Probst that the Spradlin Six + Tarzan are gunning for him. Well, doy.
Another Quick Aside: The jury is all men. They should start a barbershop quartet.
Sabrina says that the Spradlin Six isn’t that tight. Probst jumps on that and asks Christina if she feels close with the girls. She doesn’t.
Kim admits that she was thinking of her top three on day one.
Christina thinks she’s still in the game because she’s a lucky girl. Alicia totally agrees because the tribe said during the reward challenge that Christina doen’t deserve to be there.
Kim thinks that Troy’s a brilliant guy, and he probably used the reward challenge to get into people’s heads.
Voting Time: Troyzan votes for Christina, Christina votes for Chelsea, Kim votes for Troyzan, and the rest of the votes aren’t shown.
J-Pro tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Chelsea, three votes for Troy, three votes for Christina, and the eleventh person to leave “Survivor: One World” is…Troyzan.
As Troy is leaving, he leans in to Kat and says, “Do it.”
Verdict: I have to admit, I was pulling for Troyzan in the end, if only so I could feel like the people out there were finally recognizing that Kim is owning this game. But alas, it literally took Sabrina telling Christina that she was being voted for to get her to act. Strategically, this season has been a disaster.
Who’s Going to Win: You never know which way a jury will swing. I’m hoping this is one that respects gameplay and strategy. And if they are, Kim deserves every one of their votes.
Power Rankings Update: Dawn Meehan had Troyzan in spot eight, while Christine Shields Markoski had him in spot seven. Therefore, Dawn will advance to the finals where she will face the winner of next week’s bout between “South Pacific” champion Sophie Clarke and Power Rankings legend Andrea Boehlke.
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