Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 10

Michael was the target and would have gone home in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 9, but he was saved by his hidden immunity idol. Instead, one of his allies, Libby was sent home, as even his own tribe was willing to give them up for dead and sacrifice numbers.

Spurred by Desiree, Laurel, Donathan, Jenna, and Desiree discuss the end of Naviti. They could easily just pick off the other four, but at some point soon, someone from that big alliance needs to be blindsided.

For the reward challenge, two members will paddle to rescue the others from cages, then return to the beach and solve a giant puzzle. Reward is a chopper ride to a picnic. Michael, Sebastian, Chelsea, Kellyn, and Jenna (orange) are against Wendell, Domenick, Laurel, Desiree, and Angela (purple). Donathan must sit out. Michael and Sebastian prove to be much stronger rowers than Domenick and Wendell. Orange wins reward.

And of course we are going to draw rocks for this lame Ghost Island twist. Angela is going to Ghost Island.

Angela has a 2 out of 3 chance of having an advantage. Still, she gets the one that does not have an advantage, costing her a vote at the next Tribal.

Laurel warns Domenick that Desiree can’t be trusted. He brings this warning to Kellyn. She refuses to believe it and insists that people must be trying to take the target off Michael.

Michael and Donathan go on their own separate idol hunts. Donathan finds the clue, which tells him to look under the shelter. Rather than be sneaky about it, he tells Malolo and searches and finds it with them.

For the immunity challenge, they will balance a ball on a disc attached to two ropes. Wendell, Jenna, Desiree, Laurel, and Angela drop quickly. Within the first two minutes, Donathan and Domenick follow. Michael drops just before the round ends. The three who remain survive the ten minutes to move to the second round. Kellyn drops. Sebastian drops. Chelsea wins immunity.

The easy thing to do here would be to do what they wanted to do last time: get rid of Michael. There’s a lot of activity around an alternate plan. Desire had hoped to get rid of Kellyn, who will not believe no matter what that is going to happen. Because of that, Desiree finds out that Laurel is the one who told Domenick that Kellyn is the target. The logical thing would be to still flip against someone, but Desiree, after confronting Domenick and Laurel, says that she wants to get rid of Michael now. She may think she’s been forced back to the status quo and they will play along, but her aggressive manner is not smoothing things over.

Votes
Desiree
Desiree
Desiree
Desiree
Michael
Michael
Desiree
Desiree

With 6 votes, Desiree has been voted off the island. She sunk herself. She was so close to gaining control, but when it blew up, she just added gasoline to the fire. Only Chelsea went along with the failed Michael vote.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 11, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 9

Chris managed to get himself a hidden immunity idol during his visit to Ghost Island in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 8, but despite knowing he was one of the primary targets, refused to play it and thus was eliminated.

She may have only had a couple of people after her last time, but this is the third time in a row that Libby has gone to Tribal and received votes.

Laurel is supposed to be in the final four with Domenick and Wendell (with Donathan), yet both are keeping secrets about the advantages they have. She tells Wendell she’s 1000% with them. Apparently the extra 0 makes it better. In reality, she’s getting sketched out by the secrets and power they have.

For the reward challenge, they will hit targets with giant slingshots. Reward is a trip to the Survivor taco hut. Domenick, Kellyn, Jenna, Sebastian, Desiree, and Michael (orange) are against Angela, Laurel, Wendell, Libby, Chelsea, and Donathan (purple). Purple takes the lead 1-0. Then it’s tied. Purple retakes the lead. After a lot of misses from both sides, it’s tied again. Both teams adopt the strategy of letting the useless people shoot once before before replacing them. Purple (Wendell) makes it 3-2, and Laurel extends the lead to 4-2. Orange makes it 4-3 before Wendell scores again. Domenick/Michael make it 5-4. Purple wins reward.

And now we return to this rock drawing nonsense. Jenna is going to Ghost Island. She will not be playing a game today, though.

Libby asks her reward partners what she’s doing wrong, and the response is that it’s probably her relationship with Michael.

Back at camp, Angela wants to start a war. No need to pick sides. Just pit everybody against everybody else other than her.

The immunity challenge is a gross eating challenge. Michael, Desiree, and Laurel advance on the fish eyes. In the next heat of six, Wendell refuses to even try, while Angela, Sebastian, and Domenick advance. Michael, Sebastian, and Angela advance on the live grubs. Michael and Angela finish the sea slugs to move to the finals. Angela finishes the mother of pearl first to win immunity.

Michael’s name came up in the drama Angela was causing, which leads to people to tell Laurel that there’s already a consensus that she should agree to support.

Michael wants to be Malolo strong and hope Naviti splits the votes. His target is Wendell. Donathan’s nervous about Naviti being too strong but also worried that he’ll be on the wrong side of the numbers if he goes against them.

Michael plays his idol.

Votes
Michael (does not count)
Michael (does not count)
Michael (does not count)
Michael (does not count)
Michael (does not count)
Michael (does not count)
Michael (does not count)
Wendell
Libby
Libby
Libby

With 3 votes, Libby has been voted off the island. Michael played that right, but rather than picking off a number from the other side, his tribemates still ensured that one of their own went home. Michael was of course the only vote for Wendell, while Donathan flipped on Michael, but Desiree finally got her wish of getting rid of Libby.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 10, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 8

People got sick of Bradley and joined together to get rid of him in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 7.

We start immediately with a merge. Hence, the Domenick vs. Chris show resumes, but with a small numbers advantage, they may be stuck working together. Chris isn’t buying it because they just want him for one vote and then they’ll get rid of him.

By random draw, Chris gets a clue in his buff telling him to go to treemail, where there is a clue for the hidden immunity idol. In order to get the idol, he will need to sneak out of camp by boat in the middle of the night and go to Ghost Island. Risky to leave camp for hours, but he doesn’t even have to try to find the idol once he arrives. The idol is good only at the next Tribal Council, unless he is willing to wager his vote to try for more uses. He decides to take the risk and has multiple 50/50 chances but only extends the idol for one more Tribal Council before losing his vote.

For the first individual immunity challenge, they will stand on a narrow beam while balancing a statue on a long pole over their heads. Jenna is the first one to drop, and Donathan is right behind her. As the wind comes in, Desiree drops, followed by Angela. After 5 minutes, they move to a more narrow section of the beam. Sebastian drops. The rest move to the end of the beam. Domenick, Michael, Chris, Laurel, and Wendell cannot make the transition. Chelsea drops. Libby drops. Kellyn wins immunity.

Chris goes to the well and brings everybody other than Domenick and Wendell with him. He wants to split the vote between the two of them. He knows Domenick has an idol because he saw it. Actually, he saw the fake one, but there is a real one also, as well as a legacy advantage. Wendell also has an idol. So does Chris. These things are falling out of the sky.

Desire has a completely different plan. Get rid of Libby. That would be awesome. We could have another episode of Domenick and Chris whining about each other the whole time.

It takes about three seconds for Donathan to warn Domenick, though the plan is hardly a surprising one.

There is one unlit torch, which means that this is the first time Chris has ever been to Tribal Council.

With all these idols floating around and in the hands of the people who know they are targets, surely something will be played. Since his legacy advantage can be played at 13 or 6 and there are 13 left, Domenick plays it.

Votes
Chris
Chris
Libby
Libby
Chris
Chris
Chris
Chris
Chris

With 7 votes, Chris has been voted off the island. He had the opportunity to save himself but failed to see the writing on the wall. Desiree and Angela went with the Libby vote, but that plan was doomed to fail.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 9, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 7

Another tribe swap and yet another Malolo loss in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 6 led to them once again voting out one of their strongest members, James.

When they get back to camp, Mike immediately goes idol hunting, and he does not care if he gets caught. Needless to say, he finds it because it’s not like they are hard to find.

For the reward challenge, they will pull a rope holding a disc and stack blocks to spell a word. Reward is steak and chicken. Domenick and Laurel sit out. Naviti’s to the top of the word reward, but they drop. The others do as well. As the other two tribes battle for the win as usual, Malolo are arguing. Naviti wins reward. With Yanuya closing in on second, Malolo drops again. Yanuya wins the smaller food reward. Malolo continues to suck. Despite the victory, Donathan is angry with Bradley.

Finally, they can agree on who goes to Ghost Island, rather than drawing rocks like the rest of the time that this twist has been ruined. They want someone who has already been to go back, so their choice is Kellyn.

With a 2 out of 3 chance of success, this time Kellyn decides to play. She wins an extra vote.

Donathan’s not alone. When they return, Bradley keeps barking orders, this time at everybody else. He admits that he is obnoxious and has no patience in real life, so this is not a bad edit, just his real personality coming to the surface.

Wendell also goes searching for an idol. He finds a clue, as if one is needed. Then he finds the idol.

Desiree comes up with a plan of reversing the curse of being on one of the worst tribes ever. Burn their flag.

For the immunity challenge, they will swim to a floating platform, jump off, retrieve rings, and land the rings on targets. Jenna and Chelsea sit out. Sebastian jumps out to a big lead for Yanuya. Chris continues that. Kellyn is lackluster, but Michael manages to make up much of the gap as the last competent competitor left on Malolo. Yanuya has one ring landed before the others are able to start. Naviti makes it 1-1. Then Yanuya goes on a run to take the lead with 5. Yanuya wins immunity. Donathan’s performing reasonably well, but he has nothing on Michael. Malolo wins immunity. It’s a good thing they accidentally managed to keep one person who is useful in challenges.

They need to make a decision between sticking with original Naviti or getting rid of the unlikeable Bradley.

At Tribal Council, Bradley talks about how he likes to argue. Four other people bite their tongues.

Votes
Libby
Bradley
Bradley
Bradley

With 3 votes, Bradley has been voted off the island. He walks off with a positive attitude, but he knows he probably came off as overbearing.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 8, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 6

After continuing their losing streak, those with the numbers advantage targeted the other side again in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 5 and eliminated Stephanie.

The last tribe swap has not been kind Malolo, and they did not help themselves by voting out their strongest player. Perhaps now they can have a better shot when they drop their buffs again. Not content with merely having two tribe swaps after five votes, the other part of the twist is that there is a third tribe.

Naviti (purple): Donathan, Bradley, Domenick, Libby, Chelsea
Malolo (orange): Michael, James, Angela, Desiree, Kellyn
Yanuya (green): Sebastian, Jenna, Wendell, Chris, Laurel

There are three original Naviti and two original Malolo on all three tribes.

Chris is under the impression that he is creating bonds with everybody, but really people just find him annoying.

Angela provides a glimmer of hope for the minority new Malolo since her previous tribe tried to vote her out once already.

Domenick hated Chris. With Chris gone, now his hatred has transferred to Libby.

For the immunity challenge, a caller will command blindfolded pairs to retrieve puzzle pieces and then lead one pair to solve that puzzle while still blindfolded. Chaos and yelling ensues. Malolo is looking like a competent tribe for a change and are in the lead the whole time. Naviti is in second with Yanuya behind them. Desiree’s yelling helped her tribe hear her to find puzzle pieces, but that volume is not helping guide them to solve a puzzle. Wendell screwed up by forgetting a bag despite being the only person on his tribe who was not blindfolded, but he makes up for it on the puzzle. Yanuya wins immunity. Naviti places second. Malolo had a clear lead but blew it. They sent the person who failed in their first puzzle challenge to try again for the same result as before.

This marks the fifth time out of six that Malolo is going to Tribal Council. No matter what configuration they get, they can’t win. How can they improve that? Perhaps they should vote out the smart athlete, James.

That would have sounded like a viable dumb plan if Angela hadn’t been stabbed in the back before, but now she has an opportunity to flip on the people who tried to flip on her.

Votes
James
Desiree
James
James

With 3 votes, James has been voted off the island. I don’t even know how to respond to that. Angela stuck with the people who almost voted her out a couple episodes ago, and they took out another strong competitor, which can only further help to cement Malolo’s reputation as one of the worst challenge tribes ever. Perhaps she’s damned either way because obviously she couldn’t trust the other two either. At least they were united because Michael jumped ship and voted with the others.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 7, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 5

After having just lost immunity in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 4, Malolo came up with the strategy to come back. Vote out their strongest player. Thus ended Brendan’s run in the game.

For the reward challenge, they will leap over tables, dismantle a pile of heavy sandbags to find a lever, drop some smaller sandbags, and throw them at targets. Reward is coffee and pastries. It’s about even heading into the tossing, where Chris goes against Sebastian. Former pitcher Chris turns a slight lead into an easy win for Naviti.

They go to rocks for Ghost Island. Ugh. Stephanie gets the white rock. She is unable to play any games of chance.

The reward reminds Donathan of home, and following this he is able to bond with Chris about their moms. In addition to these new bonds he is establishing, Chris is also proving strong in challenges. Unlike the other tribe that keeps losing, they see this as an asset.

For the immunity challenge, they will hop on a bodyboard to retrieve bags, be pulled back to shore by their tribes, and solve the combination lock and puzzle inside the bags. Wendell gains an early lead for Naviti, but Libby loses it, at least until Desiree finds herself unable to get on her board. Wendell back again outperforms Chelsea even more than he did the first time. Naviti has a nice lead by the time they get to the puzzle. Naviti wins immunity.

As last time, one of the original Malolo will be the target. It doesn’t seem like they will be dumb enough to get rid of another strong competitor, which would mean a choice between Stephanie and Jenna. Both of them hope to flirt their way into staying. Desiree searches through Stephanie’s bag to see if she found anything on Ghost Island. Shady.

Votes
Desiree
Stephanie
Stephanie
Stephanie
Stephanie
Stephanie

With 5 votes, Stephanie has been voted off the island. They danced around it a lot, but this was the obvious result. The person viewed as the more strategic of the two was eliminated, and both of her allies joined in with the others.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 6, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 4

A tribe swap gave one tribe the advantage on both new tribes in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 3. Logically, they should be able to pick off the other side one by one. So that didn’t happen. Instead, Morgan was the first casualty following the swap.

Wendell and Domenick apologize to Angela for trying to get rid of her, despite the fact that she is a member of their original tribe. That should get them precisely nowhere. Their only hope to dig themselves out of this hole they stupidly dug themselves into is Domenick’s idol.

The reward challenge requires them to battle in pairs of two and drag a ring to their post. Reward is peanut butter and jelly and milk. Chelsea sits out for Malolo. Chris makes it 1-0 for Naviti. The next round is an actual challenge, but again Naviti scores as Laurel drags the others. Bradley and Sebastian manage to get Malolo on the board, but Naviti scores again in the next round to win.

They aren’t even bothering to discuss who will go to Ghost Island. They will draw rocks. This is stupid. Clearly these two twists don’t mix well together. Kellyn will be going to Ghost Island just a few seconds after telling Jeff this is her biggest Survivor fear.

Kellyn’s game of chance would allow her to win a secret advantage, but it may cost her next vote. She decides to keep her vote and keep her tribe strong.

We now return to the battle of Chris vs. Domenick. Laurel gets along with Wendell, which apparently matters in Survivor.

For the immunity challenge, they swim to a bamboo cage, climb over it, dive under to lift it, swim back with a chest, and use the balls inside to land them on a perch. Desiree sits out for Malolo. Untying the door proves challenging for Naviti. It gets even worse from there. Wendell can’t hook the bridge after numerous attempts. Chris does, but the rest of the tribe think they are on vacation and won’t help him pull it. By the time Chris and Wendell, the only two people doing anything in this challenge, start shooting, Malolo is ahead 3-0. It’s 3-1. Then 4-1. Naviti makes it 4-2. 4-3. It’s eventually tied. Somehow, Naviti wins, no thanks to most of the tribe.

Because Ghost Island is happening after the reward challenge rather than after the immunity challenge, Kellyn is not forbidden from voting, which gives her original tribe the numbers.

The plan? Take out someone strong. Who cares if they lose challenges, as long as they do an unexpected vote and surprise the others? Neither Brendan nor Mike find this surprising, and they have an idol.

They aren’t going to wait. Rather, Mike is going to reveal that he has an idol in the middle of Tribal Council. He lies and says he will be using James’ idol, which is the one he has, and that it counts as two immunities. They will be voting for Bradley. The others can decide to come along or take a 50/50 chance. Still not overly threatening. The worst that could happen is they lose Bradley and end up in a 4-4 deadlock for next time, so either way he’s gone. Unless there’s some lame twist.

Mike’s immunity is not a double idol, but it is a single. He says he’s playing it for himself and Brendan. After watching the reactions of the others, he plays it for Stephanie. Yeah, he misread that.

Votes
Bradley
Bradley
Bradley
Bradley
Brendan
Brendan
Brendan
Brendan
Brendan

With 5 votes, Brendan has been voted off the island. Good effort with what they had, but it fell flat because they didn’t think the others would be stupid enough to put themselves at such a physical disadvantage.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 5, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 3

Lucky he even survived a single vote because he was not there for it, Jacob met his demise in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 2 when his tribe did get their first opportunity to get rid of him.

They were discussing last time the possibility of a tribe swap and perhaps getting rid of some muscle to prepare for it, but it is both unpredictable and not something anybody took very seriously. Alas, they can now drop their buffs.

Naviti: Angela, Chris, Domenick, Donathan, James, Laurel, Libby, Morgan, Wendell
Malolo: Bradley, Brendan, Chelsea, Desiree, Jenna, Kellyn, Michael, Sebastian, Stephanie

The new Naviti tribe is split 5 old Naviti to 4 old Malolo. Sounds simple. Target Malolo. Domenick’s plan? No, it’s not that. He still wants fellow Naviti member Chris gone. The feeling is mutual.

Likewise, the new Malolo tribe is split 5-4 in favor of old Naviti. Strange split and surprising to see them get the short end on both tribes.

Malolo’s newest tribe members are unimpressed by the job that has been done with the camp so far. After admitting that they probably screwed up a lot at first, Brendan gets mad about their complaining. Then we see why. They just keep complaining.

Chris quickly tells everybody that Domenick has the idol. In doing this, he gets multiple to complain about him being too bossy.

At Malolo, old Malolo all go idol hunting. Michael is the one to find it, and Brendan is there to see that.

For the immunity challenge, they will race through ramp walls, dig up a ladder, retrieve a rope, climb a tower, and solve a puzzle. Reward is a tarp. Malolo takes the lead on the first obstacle. They keep it on the digging. Then they can’t figure out how to use a ladder. This gives Naviti the lead, and they are also the first to climb the tower but only for a small lead. Kellyn and Bradly run away with the puzzle, and Malolo wins immunity for a change.

After having just won, this tribe demonstrates that even though they won, they are broken. They cannot even agree on a person to go to Ghost Island and choose to leave the decision up to a rock draw. Chris gets the white rock and will go to Ghost Island. There goes a prime target, who will now remain a physical asset for his tribe, much to the chagrin of some. That theoretically pits 4 against 4. Like Donathan before him, he does not get to play any games.

There is this philosophy that Angela is Chris’ right hand man, but she is the first to bring up going against his plan. They’ll show him. They want to get rid of the person trying to blow up his plan.

Domenick shows his new tribe members his fake idol and swears on his children he’s being honest with them.

Next name proposed? Morgan.

Votes
Libby
Angela
Angela
Angela
Morgan
Morgan
Morgan
Morgan

With 4 votes, Morgan has been voted off the island. Malolo stayed together. As an added bonus, the other side tried to vote out one of their own but failed. They all just dug themselves into a completely unnecessary hole.

Morgan wills her legacy advantage to Domenick, which means that now Stephanie has no idea where it is.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 4, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.