Survivor: Cambodia has had its fair share of unpredictable moments, but one thing is for certain: The members of the Angkor tribe are dwindling quickly. If the remaining four members, Abi, Andrew, Tasha and Woo don’t get it together soon, they’re second chances will be ending all too soon. Let’s see if they can turn it around tonight.
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Woo is happy to be alive to fight another day in the game. But four Tribals in 11 days is not something he signed up for. He thinks the team is stronger now and he’s ready to move forward in his new alliance.
Tasha and Andrew really can’t believe they’re still here and that they’re in a position of power after being in the minority after the swap. Tasha is pretty self-congratulatory about how hard she’s worked to get in this position, but I suppose it’s justified.
Barrels of Fun
Three members of each tribe will be tied together rolling a fourth member in a barrel for this reward challenge. The tribes have to roll their barrels to three poles where the person in the barrel has to retrieve a bag of balls from the poll. After getting all three bags, one person has to roll the six balls onto a board. The first tribe to finish wins comfort; blankets, chairs, pillows, etc. The second tribe to finish wins a tarp.
Woo, Monica and Kelley Wentworth are in the barrels for Angkor, Bayon and Ta Keo, respectively. Monica really slows Bayon down with her inability to untangle the bags from the poles, a fact that Jeff Probst is all too eager to point out. (Lay off, Jeff, she’s doing her best!)
But all three of them are pretty even when they have to roll the balls onto the board. Keith is a natural and wins the challenge for Ta Keo.
Spencer has to tap in for Jeremy for Bayon which proves to be a smart move, he makes up a lot of ground to catch up to Woo who is rolling for Angkor. It’s a battle of the old Cagayan survivors for second place. And Woo finishes first for the tarp and moral victory for Angkor.
Is Bayon Depleting the Ocean?
Each morning, Kimmi, Monica and Kelly Wiglesworth go out clamming and crabbing. It seems like a nice way for them to bond, but Kelly and Monica disagree on clam collecting. Monica is worried about depleting the resource of their cove and Kimmi just wants to eat. Monica also claims it’s a metaphor for her game; thinking about things for her future and not just for now.
Kimmi, on the other hand, is trying really hard not to lose her patience with Monica. She thinks it’s absolutely absurd to worry about depleting resources in the ocean. She’s trying to keep her cool though because she doesn’t want to play as emotionally as she did in the past.
After the reward challenge, Spencer is bummed that they lost because he’s so hungry. But it gives him a chance to bond with Jeremy on a fishing trip. He still feels like the original Bayon is strong, so he thinks he’s on the outs, but he thinks he’s developing a pretty close relationship with Jeremy.
Ta Keo’s Final Five
Terry is thrilled that they keep on winning. He says he feels like he’s on a tropical camping trip. But while he’s on his vacation, the rest of his tribe is scheming at the beach. Ciera, Joe, Keith, Kelley Wentworth and Kass agree that they want to be the final five.
Keith knows how good it is to have a deal like this. On his season, he never got approached with a finals deal, but he’s been making more of an effort to make a connection with people.
Kelley is also happy to know she’s infiltrated this group of original Bayon. She says it’s been her plan to throw Terry under the bus if necessary, but it’s nice to know this group doesn’t include him, but if they keep him to the merge, he’ll be a loyal vote to them anyway.
Angkor if Fighting for Attention
After the reward challenge, the Angkors relax under their tarp. Woo tells them that he’s playing for his mom, who got a second chance of her own after a heart transplant. It’s a story that rings a lot more genuine than Andrew Savage’s from earlier this season, and that’s probably because Woo is so honestly likable and doesn’t have to fake it like Savage.
But Abi reads it as if Woo is trying to get sympathy from their tribe members. She immediately tries to liken Woo’s story to her own experience of having a tendon transplant in her knee, which everyone knows is really not the same thing. Her competition for sympathy and attention is also not a good look.
Tasha says dealing with Abi is hard. (Duh, Tasha.) On the other hand, Woo is easy to be around and easy to control his vote. She doesn’t know if voting out Abi next would be good for her game, but she knows it would be good for her sanity.
For the immunity challenge, the survivors have to race through obstacles and up a tower. At the top, they have to launch sandbags at targets. The first two tribes to hit five targets win immunity.
Joe gives Ta Keo an early lead, which is no surprise at all, but Spencer and Savage are hot on his tail. At one point in the challenge, Stephen hits an Angkor target, which gives them a huge boost and is really bad for Bayon.
Woo hits the final target for Angkor to win immunity for them for the first time. And it’s between Spencer for Bayon and Keith for Ta Keo to hit the final target. And Keith delivers in the clutch once again. Bayon is heading to it’s first Tribal Council.
Stephen apologizes for hitting the wrong target, but he’s not the one Bayon is focusing on. Monica, Jeremy and Stephen decide in a conference that it’s Kelly Wiglesworth that has to go home tonight.
Spencer doesn’t feel safe though. He tries to stay calm and confident, but he checks in with the other people on the tribe a lot to make sure he’s safe. Meanwhile, Kelly Wiglesworth takes the opposite approach. She does absolutely no scrambling whatsoever, despite being well aware of the fact that she’s on the bottom.
Monica has a separate talk with Kimmi, where Kimmi says that voting out Wiglesworth is the right move. But Monica throws out a possible girls’ alliance to Kimmi. Kimmi is not cool with this. She immediately blabs to Stephen and Jeremy and now she wants to get rid of Monica for being too much of a schemer.
Stephen and Jeremy have their own separate conversation about blindsiding Monica. Stephen is worried it will send a bad message to the other remaining Bayons that they’re not Bayon strong. Jeremy doesn’t know why Monica is trying to ruin a good thing, and thinks that maybe she should go home for it.
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Bayon’s First Tribal Council
Stephen says that Survivor is a game based on trust, and there’s no better way to prove your loyalty than by going to Tribal Council. Monica says that’s true, and she thinks the vote is set for the original Bayons tonight.
Kelly Wiglesworth shows her old school by saying that she’s not going to hustle, but let her work around camp and in challenges speak for itself. Spencer, on the other hand, pitches his loyalty to his tribe. He says he’s been on the bottom before, but never with a group of people he felt so personally solid with.
Kimmi says she wants to keep Bayon cohesive, and yes keeping it so would send a message to other Bayons, but no one really knows what’s going on around camp. She says she hates to squash someone’s hopes and dreams, but she’s trying to set emotion aside when it comes to voting.
To the Vote!
Kelly votes for Spencer and Monica and Spencer vote for Kelly. But the rest of the votes come in for Monica, and she’s completely shocked. She had no idea it was coming, and in her final words, she says she doesn’t know if she would have done anything differently. Alas, poor Monica. We barely knew ye.
Next week: Uh-oh. Looks like someone’s getting medevaced.
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