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'Survivor: One World' recap: Episode 8, 'Just Annihilate Them'

With Colton gone, all the drama has been sucked out of this show. 

Back from Tribal Council, Jay and Troyzan are talking about voting Jonas off, and how important it is that a girl be voted off this week. They’re totally right; if their alliance is going to work, the women in it need to be willing to vote the other women out.

Product Placement Treemail! They’ll be getting themselves some soda pop for this reward challenge. The challenge is sliding down a giant wooden waterslide (which seems like a really bad idea; maybe it only looks like wood), then collecting and solving a puzzle. Reward is a trip to the Product Placement Oasis, where they will get the aforementioned soda pop, as well as burgers, hotdogs and pie. 

Why are they still competing as two groups? And no one picked Tarzan so he has to sit out? That doesn’t seem fair (and I don’t even like him.) The tribes seems pretty well matched, but, in the end, Leif, Sabrina, Christina, Kim and Michael end up winning. It’s Leif’s first reward, and I’m glad he won. He works super hard during all of the challenges.

The Product Placement Oasis is really nice; they even have their own pool. Kim and Sabrina take the opportunity to do some strategizing, planning to take out Mike next, and then blindside the Salani men and go to the end with the women. I would at least stick with the Salani alliance until Alicia and Christina are gone, because you can’t trust them.

Back at camp, Tarzan, Jay, and Kat are talking about the same thing. Kat also wants to get rid of Mike, but Jay wants to get rid of Christina, because he’s very much aware of the women having the advantage in numbers. Their talk is interrupted by the return of the reward winners with a big ‘ole cooler of Product Placement pop. My favorite!

A storm is coming in, and there’s a mad dash to build up the shelter before it hits. As usual, Tarzan is not listening to anyone, and getting all curmudgeonly when someone questions him. Tarzan thinks he’s so intuitive because he can sense that Chelsea is aggravated with him. If you were that intuitive, Tarzan, you’d realize that everyone on the tribe can’t stand you. He tries to get Chelsea to admit that she doesn’t like him because she has breast implants and he’s a plastic surgeon. I wonder what color the sky is in his world?

Kim is planting seeds of doubt about Mike with Troyzan. I’m not really too happy about this. She’s in a super-strong alliance, but she’s going to screw them over to go to the end with the women. If she makes it to the end, I can see thing biting her in the butt with the jury. It works for now, though, and Troyzan is seriously pissed off at Mike.

It’s more puzzles at the Immunity Challenge, this time with running and unraveling ropes from a ladder bridge. The puzzle they have to solve at the end is not only a picture, but the pieces are also different levels. I’m not explaining this well, but suffice it to say that it’s a complex puzzle. The first four people to get through the ladder bridge are Jay, Kim, Troyzan and Alicia, who needs to be blurred out with her stupid bikini top. 

The final puzzle has 60 pieces, and I’d like to know how long this actually took to do in real time. Kat’s glad she’s not doing the puzzle, because at least she’s aware of her own limitations, bless her heart. It’s a fairly close race, not that it matters; none of these people were going to be on the block tonight, anyway. And although he hates puzzles, Jay wins immunity.

The next 10 minutes of the show will be spent with people debating whether it will be Christina or Mike going home tonight. It goes back and forth all over the place, and it’s not like the editors are going to give it away. Like I said before, I think Kim is making her move too soon and is risking alienating jury votes, even if this works for her in the short term. I don’t see Jay or Troyzan forgiving her when the lies come out. In talking to the men, it seems like Kim is seeing my point, but I don’t trust the "Survivor" editors, so I’m not calling anything.

One thing though - Mike is talking about getting rid of Christina, and then Tarzan, and so on until Manono is all gone - Mike, weren’t you part of Manono? What makes you think you’re exempt?

Tribal Council time! Everyone is confident that they aren’t the one going home tonight, which Jeff finds unbelievable. So who’s wrong? That would be Mike, who is, indeed, blindsided. (I totally have to admit that I already had Christina written down while waiting for the votes to be read, and I had to go back and change it. Maybe that’s just because it’s what I wanted them to do.)

Next time: The women are now in control, and the men are scrambling.

Credits: Mike realizes exactly what happened to him, and Alicia and Christina voted for Tarzan, proving that they are on the outer limits of their own alliance.

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