A tribe shuffle, a surprise return, hidden idols found and the queen dethroned all took place in last night’s episode of Survivor: Game Changers. The most exciting part, to me, was seeing that former castaway come back but before we get to it, let’s start at the beginning!
First, we started the episode with the 3 tribes reshuffled once again to 2 new tribes. The new Nuku tribe had Sandra and Varner on the outside and the new Mana tribe had Brad and Troyzan on the outside. The game continues to change, with the 2nd tribe shuffle. But with that, poor Debbie picked a blank pouch, sending her to “Exile Island.” What was thought to be an isolated, empty beach, turned out to be a luxurious Yacht with a hammock, all the food you can eat and just a nice get away from the game. Debbie was the lucky one to be sent away from the game for a bit and get some food in her stomach. Not only that, she had the pleasure to receive a visit from a former contestant and winner, John Cochran!
My theory from last week was shot. Who knew that Cochran, the famous and obsessive fan of the show, would make a cameo on Survivor: Game Changers! Cochran is probably on my top 10 list of favorite players who have played the game. The first time around on South Pacific, you could see clear as day that he was an obsessive fan, but was too nervous and a weak player. But, when he returned to play Fans vs. Favorites 2, he done a complete 180, winning 4 challenges and won the entire thing. Cochran is a true example that anyone and underdogs can win the game. When he came to visit Debbie, he was there to provide help and strategy talk to Debbie – and give an awkward hug. The shows and producers picked the right person to come and help Debbie. He’s never missed an episode of Survivor, he can read people very well, and he actually won a prize for a paper that he had written about Survivor at Yale. We can all hope, from Debbie’s outburst from last week, will take Cochran’s advice to heart and use that to her benefit for the game. Before he left, Cochran presented Debbie another game changing twist with a box that had 3 different advantages she could choose from. Debbie chose the extra vote she can submit at tribal council. We can all hope that she will use this advantage better than Stephen and Dan, who previously used the extra vote advantage in their season but got voted out in doing so. It’s still a question mark for me on how Debbie will move forward in the game.
Before the tribe shuffle occurred, sneaky Tai found the hidden immunity idol underneath the base of the water source at camp. After the tribe shuffle, Tai was sent to a different camp where he found another idol at the same place, underneath the water source! I think the last time someone had 2 idols was James in Survivor: China. Unfortunately, James was blindsided and never used an idol, let’s hope Tai doesn’t fall for that this season.
At tribal council, it seemed as though Tai had to use one of his idols. The Nuku tribe had a 4-2-1 person advantage with Ozzy, Andrea, Sarah and Zeke calling the shots. The bottom two, Sandra and Varner, were still fighting. Sandra proved once again why she is the best player and a big threat by talking to the 4, pleading her case that she would be there for them. She did a great job keeping calm and methodically pin pointing why having her around would be the best move. However, the 4 knew that they had to get rid of Sandra right away because she is lethal. At tribal council, there was more whispering again and paranoia started to settle in right away, especially for Tai. It seems as though Tai is having a hard time trusting people, then again you can’t really trust anyone in Survivor. But, if everyone knew that Tai had 2 idols, it would’ve been the perfect opportunity to blind side Tai. It would’ve been crazy to see everyone flip their vote from Sandra to Tai and see him walk away with 2 idols. However, after 90 plus days of Survivor, the queen was voted out the game. For the tribe, it was a smart move. Sandra was out there, really playing aggressive this time around and everyone saw that. Keeping her in the game would’ve been very bad. Like Sandra said though, you will probably never see another 2-time winner in a long time.
Next week, it seems as though paranoia is floating around and the backstabs and betrayal are about to begin. With 14 people left, the merge looms. It’s going to be good!