Survivor: The Bird is the Word (S31 E8 RECAP)

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Balls bounce, eyes roll, and birds flip – on this week’s Survivor.

We begin with the post-mortem. At the latest tribal council, Kass was voted out, and that makes Andrew very happy.

Ciera, on the other hand, is feeling under the gun. She needs to get to work to boost her alliance numbers so she’s not the next to go. She tries to talk to Fishbach about it.

I figured you’re practically a girl, so…

I figured you’re practically a girl, so…

Fishbach agrees that he also doesn’t want to be “overrun by a bunch of bros,” so it might be a good time to start getting the strong guys out.

Next, it’s time for the reward challenge. Having dispensed with the whole “tribe” concept, Survivor is trying a new “team” idea. You see, this is where you split the players into two groups for the purposes of competition.

Oh. I get it. Wait… how is this different?

Oh. I get it. Wait… how is this different?

One team has Joe, Ciera, Kimmi, Keith, and both Kell(e)ys. The other team has Spencer, Jeremy, Fishbach, Tasha, Abi, and Andrew.

In the challenge, the teams have to row a boat around a course to retrieve crates, which they then bring back to the beach to assemble a rubic’s cube-type puzzle.

The first team, which after all has K-Wigles, who is a rafting guide, and Joe, who is good at everything, finishes the rowing part first and gets to work assembling the puzzle. Team 2 is close behind. There is a moment when the second team seems to have finished the puzzle first:

But no

But no

They’ve put it together wrong, and the winners win. Team Awesome gets the reward, which is a trip to the “Survivor café” for coffee, bagels, and pastries.

Back at camp, Fishbach is especially bummed to have lost, because going on reward gives people a chance to strategize with one another. It apparently has not occurred to him that just as many people are at camp, and they could take this opportunity to strategize behind the others’ backs.

It is true that the winning team is plotting over lattes. Ciera tells Joe that he’s probably not on the top of the Bayon alliance and will be targeted just as soon as he doesn’t win immunity, so he should just go ahead and turn on them now.

No one is thinking straight, though, because they’re high on sugar. Keith nabs one of the auto rickshaws they came to the café in and takes everyone for a joyride on the beach.

Wheee!

Wheee!

Keith says he should look into getting his Cambodian driver’s license and starting a business. “You call, we’ll haul,” he says.

At last, the group back at camp gets to some plotting of their own. Fishbach mentions to Spencer, Jeremy, and Tasha that it might be a good time to vote out Joe. Andrew walks up on the conversation with Tasha and does not like what he hears. He tells the camera, “The scheming and lying is disgusting.”

Andrew Savage: Apparently has not heard of Survivor strategy

Andrew Savage: Apparently has not heard of Survivor strategy

As soon as Joe gets back to camp, Andrew tells him everything.

Next, it’s time for the immunity challenge. This one is very similar to last week’s and consists of balancing a ball on a platform that the players have to move their hands progressively father away from. The only difference is that whereas last week the platform was on a handheld pole, this week it’s suspended by a rope.

See? Survivor is fresh out of new ideas

See? Survivor is fresh out of new ideas

Players start being eliminated one by one. Andrew’s loss brings us our first bird flip of the episode.

Darn you, you stupid platform and rope apparatus!

Darn you, you stupid platform and rope apparatus!

Soon it’s down to Keith and Joe. Another ball gets added to each of their platforms to make the challenge harder. Jeff Probst keeps saying things like “Keith’s balls are moving” and “Joe’s balls are moving” (snicker). In the end, Keith drops his balls and Joe wins immunity again.

Since Joe’s name is the only one that has been floated for ousting so far, I guess the other players need to scramble to come up with a plan B. Again, Fishbach is super-bummed. He calls Joe his “white whale.”

And now, an interlude:

(The Moby Dick review starts at 2:40.)

Joe and Andrew think Fishbach should go since he plotted against Joe. They shop this idea around, but it doesn’t take. Most of the others still want to get rid of Kass’ allies from last time: Ciera, Abi, and Kelley Wentworth.

As we head to tribal council, it looks like those three are planning to vote for Andrew, while the others will vote against one of them in what should be a landslide ouster.

When Kass was voted out last time, she became the first member of the jury which will ultimately vote for the winner of Survivor. Thus, she gets to observe the tribal council deliberations. When she comes out, she greets the remaining players in a most agreeable fashion:

And that’s bird flip #2

And that’s bird flip #2

As the discussion begins, Ciera comes out guns blazing. She tells everyone they need to think about whether they are on the top or the bottom of the big alliance, and if they’re on the bottom, they need to make a move to shake things up. She again accuses everyone of not playing the game. Whenever anyone tries to explain how they are playing the game and making the moves that are right for them, this is the face Ciera makes:

Very, very mature

Very, very mature

Kelley Wentworth seems to agree with Ciera that it’s time for someone to make a move. She says a couple of players have already come to her about possibly switching sides, but she won’t say who.

It doesn’t look like anyone’s biting. Everyone goes to vote.

Before the votes are read, Probst asks if anyone wants to play a hidden immunity idol. To everyone’s surprise, Kelley Wentworth pulls hers out. That’s unfortunate, because nine players voted for her, and none of their votes count.

The only votes that count are the girls’ votes against Andrew. Just like that, he’s voted out and joins the jury.

This is really the only fitting reaction

This is really the only fitting reaction

Andrew and Kass should have fun together in the jury house.

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