Survivor Fiji: It's A Turtle?
When we start off this week, the quiet leader Earl is dealing with the loss of Michelle and the possibility that Mookie and Dreamz are suspect. One of the best parts of this season is watching Earl strategize. Like Yul, last season he is constantly reassessing and ready to make moves quickly but his alliances are a lot less solid than Yul's ever was.
This week's reward challenge is the popularity contest challenge where people have to guess what the consensus of the tribe was. This challenge also lets people get each other out of the challenge so it is telling that Stacy is the first out, quickly followed by Boo.
Who would you most like to be stranded on a desert island with? The answer is Yau-Man of course!
Who smells the worst? It's Dreamz.
Who mistakenly believes they are in control of the game? Alex.
Cassandra wins the challenge by guessing every answer right and she sends Mookie to Exile Island which really angers him. She picks Boo, Dreamz and Yau-Man to join her on her yacht adventure. It's all well on the yacht but once they return to the beach, Dreamz is seen as suspect for hanging with Alex and Edgardo but he make it up to Earl and Cassandra by telling them that Mookie has the idol. Earl's incredulous "it's a turtle" act is just one more reason to love this guy.
This week marks the first individual immunity challenge. It's the standard endurance challenge. Cassandra is the first person out. Edgardo drops, Earl slips, Mookie falls, Alex is out, Dreamz is down, Stacy gives in, Boo eventually falls and Yau-Man wins.
Mookie, Alex and Edgardo are in a tough spot because they have to confide in Dreamz about their plan to vote out Earl. Yau-Man tells Stacy to vote for anyone but Earl but Alex is pushing her to vote for Earl. Edgardo gets worried and wants to protect Alex with the immunity idol. Mookie isn't itching to use the idol at this point. Earl know that Mookie has given the idol to Alex and so they plan to target him. At the last minute though Edgardo decides they should switch their vote to Cassandra and Earl, et al decide to try for Edgardo. Basically no one knows who to vote for and chaos reigns.
Alex plays the hidden immunity idol. Dumb, dumb move. It's a rather delicious tribal council watching Dreamz and Earl try to cover their smiles. The votes come down to Edgardo and Cassandra and Edgardo gets out. Mookie and Alex are stunned and angry. (ooo, scowly) Interestingly the played idol will be rehidden with new clues on Exile Island. Will this make people send their allies into exile?
In his farewell speech Edgardo takes a swipe at Cassandra. I'm not sure why they dislike her so much.
Next week, Dreamz is on the hot seat and Alex and Mookie have a new plan.
I''m giving tonight's episode a 5. It was more satisfying than last week but the challenges weren't too exciting and sometimes I really feel like Jeff is just phoning in tribal council at this point.