Previously on Survivor
two tribes, Timbera and Jalapao, were tricked into voting for their weakest members to receive an advantage in the game. Timbera chose Sierra. Jalapao chose Sandy. When Jalapao lost the immunity challenge Sandy appeared a lock to go home. But Carolina made helpful suggestions about how the tribe could do better next time and she was stoned for it at the Tribal Council, giving Sandy the honor of going home second instead of first.
Back at camp Sandy admits she only made it through the first Tribal Council because Carolina crashed and burned even worse. She knows she's on borrowed time. Spencer agrees, saying Sandy's still next in line to go. I've assumed all week she was a lock - she's the weakest player on the weakest tribe, and she's abrasive. She's got all the classic early boot criteria but the editing does feel like a red herring.
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Over at Jalapao cowboy Joe decides that eating vegetables is all well and good but they all need to eat termites to survive. The tribe finds some nasty looking buggers hiding under rocks. Stephen, being the one who got picked on on the playground in school, doesn't mind eating bugs but Sydney, being the model, would rather starve. Typical.
Sierra tells Brendan about the Hidden Immunity Idol because he was the only person who didn't vote for her in the premiere. They begin their trek together, wandering around in sort of an obvious search team. I thought the purpose of telling someone was so that they could cover with the group while you went off and looked. I guess Sierra just told someone because she thought she herself was too dumb to be able to follow the clues. Everyone notices that they're missing, of course. Debbie catches them digging a hole big enough to make their escape from the country and they lamely tell her that they're building a fire pit so that the group can have a big party later. She thinks that's wonderful and gets really excited. She runs and tells everyone.
I hope Debbie's being clever here. I hope she sees right through the story and she just wanted to expose them. I like you, Debbie. I don't care that your nickname is Bubbles. Please don't turn out to be that vapid. On the plus side, even if she were to be that clueless, as soon as the whole tribe looks at the new burial ground of the Dharma Initiative one of them will clue Debbie in.
Candace wants a nice meal and comes up with a big scheme involving fish, lemons and tin foil. Tyson tells her he thinks he can find all of that out here for her. She looks excited until he tells her he was “lying to her face.” That was an uncomfortable way of putting it in this context, Tyson. Maybe you could have just said you were “joking.” Coach makes a comment about it and they get into a nasty quarrel. Coach has a real edge to his temper and Candace seems like the kind of person who's physically unable to back down from a verbal challenge. Okay, Bambi, go bop Godzilla on the nose. See what happens.
Taj gets questioned about who her husband is and after playing him off as a football analyst she gets busted. He's Eddie George. Heisman Trophy winner, recently retired big money NFL star. The world just stops. Everyone is taken aback. Then Joe says quite openly that she just changed his whole perspective on her. With that we know who's going home this week. Or do we?
The tribes compete in a combined reward and immunity challenge for fishing gear, knives and other practical odds and ends. They all square off in a water polo match that's a flimsy excuse to have them get half naked and wrestle. After losing the first two rounds and ending up on the ropes early Jalapao comes back to hit one basket, then two, then a third. Jalapao wins when Stephen hits the winning basket. Yes, the doughy guy with the glasses. He just aimed and the big guys threw. That was the difference. Jalapao chooses Brendan to go to Exile Island. But when Jeff reads a mystery note we learn that Brendan will get to pick one member of the winning tribe to go with him. He chooses Taj. Interesting.