We start off the episode with somewhat of a Déjà vu from last week’s episode when Millennials Adam and Zeke were upset and blindsided. This time, Gen X members Chris and Bret were shocked from the ladies betrayal to vote off Paul. Hey, that’s the name of the game in Survivor.
Lucy informed both Chris and Bret that it was Jessica’s decision to vote out Paul. The two alpha males figured she’s no longer trustworthy and targeted Jessica next. Suddenly, Lucy became this appointed new director of the alliance. As Lucy says, “Tiger Mom is coming out.” She realizes that Jessica has the most power since she arranged the Paul vote and now Lucy wants that power. Realizing they need more votes, Lucy reached out to Dave and Ken, the minority, to demand that they vote out Jessica. Lucy was pretty straightforward and very direct. Don’t talk, don’t sway. I understand why Ken was pretty mad. Now that Lucy is calling the shots, Ken wants Lucy out.
At the first reward challenge, Gen X tribe completely dominated simply because they have bigger men than the millennials. However, all tribe members should take note of Michaela. She’s a fierce competitor, she came to play. During the challenge, Michaela dragged all 3 tribe members in the water so she could score a point for her tribe. I don’t know where she’s getting all this energy, because there’s no food to eat, but she’s tough. After the merge, Michaela will be a serious threat. Millennials almost won the delicious sausage and steak barbeque but Gen X came up on top.
Millennials tribe’s Adam, found the hidden immunity idol thanks to a clue he found earlier. It’s funny that the little men on both tribes found the idol. It was pretty emotional to see that Adam is on the show for his sick mother who is fighting cancer. Really good for Adam that he has a safeguard but has to be careful. For what I’m seeing, Adam is playing with his heart. Not that it’s a bad thing but sometimes going with your head is better than the heart in Survivor.
In the immunity challenge, it all came down to the puzzle portion. Both tribes had to lift a tribe member in a swing and the tribe member had to collect 30 puzzle squares hanging on a wall. It was neck and neck on the race to collect the squares but both tribes spent 45 minutes trying to solve the puzzle. If I’m going to go on the show, I’m going to study every phrase that deals with Survivor. Gen X took the physical approach, laying out the tiles to see what the letters would spell out. Millennials thought it out, looking at the squares, counting the letters and figuring what the phrase could spell out. In the end, it was the Millennials tribe that took home immunity once again.
The Gen X tribe, I think, is a complete mess. Rather than solid alliances, it’s pretty much voting blocks. Pretty similar to Fans vs. Favorites 2 season. Considering Lucy pretty much labeled herself as the new leader, Ken decided that she should be the next to go. With Dave and Cece on board, Ken reached out to Jessica to vote Lucy out because she’s planning to vote out Jessica. Jessica, then, reached out to Lucy to see if this was true, thus, thwarting out the plan Lucy brewed up. Of course, Lucy lied to Jessica but then Lucy and Ken went head to head. I don’t blame Jessica for going back to Lucy because they were part of the alliance and it’s hard who to trust in the game. Because of Ken’s attempt to vote out Lucy failed, they decided to stick to their original plan to vote out Jessica. But, Dave had other ideas. Before the votes were read, Dave played his immunity idol for Jessica, negating 5 votes for her sending Lucy home. I’m not sure why Dave played his idol for her. They weren’t in an alliance and never really talked about gameplay with each other. However, after this vote, I’m sure Jessica is forever in Dave’s debt. Her alliance voted for her! From my standpoint, it seems that Dave, Jessica, and Cece are together while Sunday, Chris and Bret are together as Ken as the swing vote. Whoever decides that they’re the next leader, Ken will be voting for you. Playing an idol for someone is a risky move. It definitely helps your game but in the end, it’s all about taking out the threats.
Next week, it looks like there will be a tribe shake up. Going to be interesting to see which of Gen X and Millennials castaways will stick with each other!