Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 13

Ben used his hidden immunity idol to prevent himself from being sent home at the hands of the entire rest of the tribe in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 12. With the sole vote that counted, he sent someone who was his closest ally until about that same day home, as Lauren went from one of the most powerful people in the game to a resident of Ponderosa.

He said his plan was to get everybody to turn against him so that he could be the deciding vote. The problem with that theory is that now he’s back at camp after having pulled off a big move… and everybody is still against him.

For the reward challenge, they are tied together in pairs and will have to go through obstacles and toss rings. Reward is a helicopter trip to a private resort. The teams are Ben and Ashley, Chrissy and Devon, and Ryan and Mike. I think we can count out that last pair. Ashley and Ben have the lead most of the time, but Chrissy and Devon make it a close race. Devon takes the lead on the rings. Mike and Ryan seemed hopeless, but Mike is actually the second person to land a ring. Devon makes it 2-1. Ben scores 3 in a row. Then Ryan scores. Devon makes it 4-3-2. Devon and Chrissy win reward. The diplomatic thing would be to pick someone from the second place team to go with them. Instead, they pick Ryan, and Ashley makes it clear she is upset. Mike is also mad, but he is less obvious about it, not saying anything after making a face that Probst points out.

Mike could have a chance to try to work with Ben, but he makes it clear he’s not interested. So then Ben approaches Ashley, who doesn’t want to talk to him either.

Meanwhile, the other three are getting along much better, and they form an alliance that for a change seems like it may be genuine. Still, there is an ulterior motive. Chrissy wants to join Devon so she can get rid of his original ally Ashley.

For the immunity challenge, they race through obstacles to a sack of sandbags, untie and toss a bag into a basket, latch a target with a monkeyfist, and solve a cog puzzle. None of the obstacles provides anyone much of an advantage. Chrissy wins immunity.

The easy move is Ben. Worried that he has another idol, they propose a split vote. It wouldn’t take many people to flip for that to backfire.

Chrissy becomes very vocal about wanting to get rid of Ashley before Ben. Her justification is they’ll have another shot at him.

Will they really? Ben finds an idol clue, and it is very clear. The idol is taped under the shelter. He’ll need to wait for when nobody is watching, but we are not let in on whether he actually gets it. I don’t suspect it’s as difficult as they paint it to be.

Always the dramatic one, Ben pulls out an idol and puts it around his neck during the middle of Tribal Council. Then he points to Mike and tells them to vote for him. To put an end to any speculation, he hands the idol to Jeff. This is not normal, but there is technically no need to wait for the vote to do any of this.

Votes
Mike
Ashley
Ashley
Ashley
Ashley

With 4 votes, Ashley is voted off the island. Chrissy got exactly what she wanted.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 14, where we will find out who the Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers winner is, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 12

People’s hatred for Joe finally reached its conclusion in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 11 after they got rid of him.

Chrissy tries to get an explanation about what just happened, but that’s not going to happen because Ben just wants to walk all over her.

The reward challenge will be played with their loved ones. It’s not so much a challenge as literal dumb luck. Pull matching marbles out of bags. Ben and his wife are the first to match, and Chrissy and her husband are the only other pair to match. Ben does not match, but Chrissy does. Chrissy will return to camp with her husband. She picks Ryan and his dad to join them. Her next pick is Mike and his wife. Lastly, Ashley and her dad.

Very blatant strategic decisions. She chose the two people who were outcast with her, along with the person she thinks she can sway most easily.

Ben makes and hides a fake immunity idol. Lauren takes issue with what she considers his personal crusade against Chrissy rather than something that will actually help anyone. As they are planting the fake idol, Lauren finds half the real idol and lets them know. She will need to find the other half at the challenge.

For the immunity challenge, they will stretch their arms out and hold up wooden discs with their fingers. They are almost all visibly struggling after 15 minutes. Ben is the first to drop. Chrissy is right behind him, followed by Ryan. Then Lauren noticeably throws it, sitting down to pick up the other half of her idol. The remaining three last half an hour. Mike drops. Devon openly talks about how close he is with Ashley and so it doesn’t matter which of them wins. He drops, and Ashley wins immunity.

Ashley continues to talk about how Ben needs to go, and the fact that she hasn’t done very much in this game gives her even more reason than just him being a threat. He catches them talking about him (sort of), which sends him scrambling, warning the others about Lauren’s advantage. For this to work, Ben and Chrissy, who have been at each other’s throats for the past couple of days, need to trust each other.

Mike has a plan B. He warns everybody on the other side that Ben is talking about them. To earn Mike’s trust, Lauren gives him half of her idol.

At Tribal Council, everything comes out. Everybody knows everything anyway. Ben pulls out his fake idol and puts it on display. In response, Mike takes his half of Lauren’s real idol and tosses it in the fire, making her half that she has left worthless.

This is a live vote. People are discussing whether they should get rid of Ben or Lauren, and nobody is fooled by that fact. Ben will make the decision a little easier. He plays his idol, which he told nobody about, and thus nobody could sabotage him and blab about it to everybody.

Votes
Ben (does not count)
Ben (does not count)
Ben (does not count)
Ben (does not count)
Ben (does not count)
Ben (does not count)
Lauren

The otherwise unanimous vote is thrown off by a hidden idol. With 1 vote, Lauren has been voted off the island. She could have saved herself, but she threw away her idol. That seemed to come out of nowhere. I expected Ben to turn on the others, but I didn’t see him going so hard for the person who seemed to be his closest ally.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 13, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 11

The alliance of 80% of the tribe shockingly fell apart in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers, voting out JP in what was called an epic blindside but should have been seen a mile away.

Chrissy is whiny about it, but Ryan pretends it’s all okay and he is just happy to still be in the game.

Devon tells Ryan that he knows that someone else was told about the idol, which is what scared him to do what he did.

For the reward challenge, they will swim to a boat, paddle to shore collecting three bags of logs, push puzzle pieces through a tunnel, and solve the puzzle. Reward is a Survivor spa. Lauren, Ryan, Mike, and Chrissy (red) are against Ben, Ashley, Joe, and Devon (blue). The blue team is ridiculously stronger, which will help with the lifting. They are done pushing the pieces before the others even start. There is some likelihood that the presumably smarter team could catch up, but they don’t.

Joe is convinced he’s found a true alliance. Apparently he has not been paying attention to the fact that there are multiple people who hate him. Little does he know they can get rid of him tonight if they want because of the extra vote.

Mike doesn’t even try to even play along with Ryan’s plan to reel him in. Rather, he pretty much tells him to get lost. Lauren similarly dismisses Chrissy, though not quite as blatantly.

For the immunity challenge, they will use a driving wheel to transport a key through a series of obstacles, unlock puzzle pieces, and solve a word puzzle (one word). Ryan and Mike fall apart on the obstacles, and the bad news is that they need to cross them multiple times because they can only fit so many puzzle pieces in each trip. Devon, Ashley, and Ben are in the lead. Chrissy and Lauren finally catch them. Chrissy figures out the word despite how far ahead the others were, and she wins immunity.

They want to get rid of Joe for personal reasons. To save Lauren’s extra vote, which has the potential to bite him eventually, Devon has an idea. Tell Joe and Mike they are going to split the votes so they throw theirs away. Smarter to flush that advantage so you don’t have to worry about it in the future. Is it really going to be used to save him?

Lauren and Ashley don’t actually want to sit next to Ben in the end, but it’s not really time to flip again just yet, even though it would be easy to rally the votes.

Ryan plays his idol.

Votes
Ryan (does not count)
Ryan (does not count)
Ashley
Ashley
Joe
Joe
Joe
Joe

With 4 votes, Joe has been voted off the island. On paper, Joe seems like a strong player, but in practice, he hasn’t been nearly as dangerous as they painted him.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 12, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 10

As the biggest physical threat in the game, once he lost immunity in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 9, Cole was immediately the target of the tribe and was eliminated.

Chrissy talks about how Joe and Mike are dead men walking. Really? “The 7” are going to have to turn on each other eventually. Way back in season 8, Kathy already tried to explain this to these people. Flip at 7 or 9. And it’s not like they can wait to 7 since that’s the size of the alleged alliance.

For the reward challenge, they will stack blocks using only their feet. Reward is an aerial tour of the islands and then food. Mike builds up a bit of a lead, but there are a couple of people closing in on him. As he’s adding his flag to the center, he knocks over a block. Lauren wins reward. She invites Devon, Ben, and Ashley to go with her. She didn’t even try to cover up the fact that she’s inviting the people she wants to work with. I thought Ryan was just being diplomatic when he justified her choices, but maybe he really is dumb enough to not see what is happening.

Devon reveals Ryan’s idol to the group. Then Lauren reveals her secret advantage. These people don’t all like each other either, but they claim they are willing to put that aside.

Ben stumbles across a clue for the hidden immunity idol that Mike just wasted, which does not seem very difficult to follow because he then grabs the idol shortly thereafter. For all the sharing they just did, he doesn’t plan to tell anybody.

For the immunity challenge, they will stand on triangular platforms in the water with their feet perched on narrow footholds. Jeff makes an offer before the challenge begins. They can skip it in exchange for peanut butter and chocolate. Devon, Ben, and Lauren sit out. Now you ask the question: why do three of the four people who went on that reward feel so safe? JP has been struggling all along and is the first to fall after 10 minutes. They move to the top level after 20 minutes. Chrissy drops immediately, closely followed by Joe. Ryan is next. Mike falls. Ashley wins immunity.

They plan to vote out Mike. But the real plan is to get rid of JP, Ryan, or Chrissy. They don’t seem to know which. Just one of them. Devon wants Ben to pretend to be with the other side and vote Mike, while Mike and Joe join the other three to control the vote. They still give no hint as to the actual target right up through Tribal.

Votes
Mike
Joe
Mike
Mike
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP

With 5 votes, JP has been voted off the island. All three completely oblivious until the end.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 11, which airs next on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 9

Not realizing they actually had the votes, the Healers turned on each other in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 8 and contributed to the elimination of Desi.

Mike was one of the people who turned. He voted for who he was supposed to, Joe. He wasn’t in on the plan. So of course, he wants to bond with those people who clearly don’t trust him.

Ryan tells Devon they will be fine because he has an idol.

For the reward challenge, they will swim to climb and jump off a ladder, retrieve a key underwater, open a chest, and use the balls to shoot baskets. Reward is a yacht trip. Ben, Devon, Ashley, Ryan and Lauren (blue) are against Cole, Chrissy, JP, Joe, and Mike (red). Ben puts the blue team behind on the diving, and that is how it stays until the baskets. Joe takes the lead by 3, but Ben also scores 3 in a row to tie it. Joe makes it 4-3. Then he scores again to win for red.

Now Ryan tells Ben that he has an idol.

Joe’s plan to convince people to keep him: piss them off. I guess that is supposed to be different from what he has been doing all along.

Here’s the reason why you keep your mouth shut about your idol. Ben tells Devon that Ryan has an idol. Even if Devon was going to keep that a secret, clearly Ben can’t be trusted. Now neither of them trust Ryan either.

For the immunity challenge, they will squat and balance poles on their shoulders while keeping an urn balanced. Ashley drops quickly. Mike is right behind her, and JP follows. Then Devon gets distracted by someone else and drops, and Joe does the same. Ben drops. This is supposed to be an endurance challenge, but it’s not seeming like it. The other four have lasted 20 minutes. Chrissy is next, followed by Ryan. Cole drops. Lauren wins immunity, and people don’t even make an effort to hide their excitement.

The two obvious targets are Cole and Joe. There are people who want to play emotionally, but Cole just proved he is dangerous, no matter how annoying Joe is. That said, Joe is the better player, and Cole will struggle to do anything other than win challenges.

Ben is the group’s dictator, and he tells them how to vote. Split the vote between Cole and Mike. Joe’s name isn’t even mentioned. Ashley and Chrissy hate Joe and are not happy.

Cole keeps quiet at Tribal and just lets the others keep talking. Mike opens his mouth and makes himself a target, but he already was a target, though never the target.

Mike plays his idol. Not a bad move, but not the right move.

Votes
Ben
Mike (does not count)
Mike (does not count)
Cole
Cole
Cole
Cole
Cole

With 5 votes, Cole has been voted off the island.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 10, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 8

The newly merged tribe wanted to get rid of Joe, Cole, or Chrissy in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 7, so Jessica went home.

Cole was searching for a clue when they merged, but he was unable to get it. Unsuspecting Lauren stumbles upon it the next day in the nails. It is not a clue. Rather, it is an advantage. She has the option to not vote the next time, in exchange for using that vote at a later time.

The reward challenge will require them to race up ladders and slingshot at targets from the top. Reward is food at a private island. JP, Chrissy, Cole, Ryan, and Devon (blue) are against Desi, Ashley, Ben, Mike, and Lauren (red). Odd man out Joe will not play but will share in the reward. Ben takes the 1-0 lead for red. Mike makes it 2-0. JP makes it 2-1. Lauren extends the lead to 3-1. Devon makes it 3-2. JP scores again to tie it at 3. Devon finally gives blue the lead. Ashley ties it. JP scores again for the win.

They all eat individually and in private, which supposedly is to allow someone to be selfish. Cole fully intends to do this, but really there is plenty for everyone, even if nobody is going to eat until they are sick. More importantly, as the third person to go, he is the one to find the hidden clue written on the plate. He hides it under the tablecloth, but Chrissy is not fooled, nor is Ryan. Now that three people have seen the clue, someone is finally smart enough to hide the evidence in the woods.

Chrissy thinks Cole must be too stupid to have found the clue, but Ryan is not stupid enough to believe that. He suspects that they know, but Cole still gives them the opportunity to get it before him. When Cole goes to the bathroom, Ryan finds the idol. He instructs Chrissy to cover the hole he just dug, and a wrestling match ensues when Cole sees her, much too late. Ben immediatately accuses Cole of having the idol, seeing what he wants to see and making up in his mind that he tucked in his shirt to hide it.

For the immunity challenge, they will stand on a beam while balancing a statue with a pole. Mike is the first to drop. Joe is next. Devon is the third to fall. Lauren is next, followed by Ryan. After 10 minutes, those who remain move to the next section of the beam. Ashley quickly drops after that move. Chrissy is next. Ben is next. Then Desi. JP’s been struggling a lot and finally falls. Cole wins immunity, and nobody is happy about it, very visibly.

Cole may have saved himself, but his original tribe is still a sinking ship. The alliance of convenience will split the vote between Desi and Joe. A split vote would not work with Lauren’s advantage, however, so they try to pull in Mike, and Ben’s plan is still to split the vote, knowing that all the Healers have to do is stick together and get rid of the person of their choice. That is a potentially stupid plan to avoid giving up an advantage that someone else has, and Mike is suspicious but fears he is outnumbered if he stays where he is.

Joe is also on Ben’s list of people he doesn’t like, and Joe knows just how to piss people off who are already prone to it.

Votes
Ben
Lauren
Desi
Joe
Desi
Joe
Desi
Joe
Desi
Joe

It’s tied between Joe and Desi. The Healers had a small window of opportunity, but they are completely fractured. If anyone was paying close enough attention, they will realize that’s 10 votes despite 11 people remaining. The math is not very hard, but there are enough people remaining that it could well slip past everyone.

Votes
Desi
Joe
Desi
Desi
Desi
Desi

With 5 votes, Desi has been voted off the island.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 9, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 7

In a continuation of the previous vote, Ali found herself on the wrong end of the numbers in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 6 because she didn’t stop and realize she still had to play with these people who didn’t vote with her previously.

It’s time for the merge.

They start off with the merge feast, where Chrissy gets the pleasure of sitting next to Joe. She has already decided he is loud and obnoxious. Speaking of loud, she eventually begins talking to Ben, and he has to inform her that she may want to keep her secret plans a little more secret with 10 other people sitting potentially within hearing distance.

Yawa plans to stick together, except they don’t even like each other. They were looking forward to getting rid of Cole.

The remaining original tribes are three Hustlers, four Heroes, and five Healers. If the Healers pull a couple of votes into a large alliance, they could run the show. Realizing that, the others could unite together to undo that advantage.

Ben may not like Cole, but Mike still wants to work with him. He warns him that his head is on the chopping block and who would be responsible.

For the first individual immunity challenge, they will stand on a narrow beam while spinning a ball in a circular wooden track. Ryan drops within seconds. As they move to the first section of the beam, Mike drops. Jessica drops on the next move. Ben, JP, Devon, and Lauren drop as they move to the second to last section with Joe right behind. It’s only been 10 minutes, but we are down to the final two after Cole and Crissy drop. After half an hour, they move to the final section. Ashley drops. Desi wins immunity.

There are three potential targets being considered: Cole, Joe, and for some reason Chrissy. A fourth option would be Jessica just to break up the couple but without the risk of her being saved by an idol. Joe may like Cole, but they have no reason to believe he would protect Jessica.

They are all wondering whether Joe has an idol. Wonder no more. He pulls it out. After that over the top display, it seems unlikely he would play it rather than just continue to hold it over people’s heads. However, he does play it.

Votes
Chrissy
Jessica
Chrissy
Jessica
Chrissy
Jessica
Chrissy
Jessica
Chrissy
Jessica
Jessica
Jessica

With 7 votes, Jessica has been voted off the island. A lite showmance and being part of the largest original tribe should have both helped her, but instead they made her the target.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 8, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 6

We found out that there was someone named Roark in the game in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 5, but she was shown the door very quickly after making an appearance.

Ali feels left out, which she was. I don’t know what this public confrontation with Ryan is getting her because she doesn’t have any alternatives.

Food is becoming an issue for Cole with the rest of the tribe. He thinks he should get the bigger serving because he’s the reason they will win challenges. He may not be entirely wrong, but he’s not acting in a way that is going to make friends and survive the game longer either.

For the reward challenge, they will use poles to transport a buoy across a balance beam, release a boat and pull themselves to the platform, and use a slingshot to hit targets. Reward is pizza and soda. Second place is a single pizza. Mike sits out for Yawa. With everybody else struggling on the balance beam, Soko takes an early lead. Then they forget to untie their boat, allowing Yawa to pass them. Soko is the first to hit a target, followed by Yawa. Soko wins reward. Yawa places second.

JP was the hero on the challenge when he hit the targets and also one of the two who gave them the early lead on the balance beam. His head is getting big, and he’s convinced his tribe can’t win anything without him. Realizing that he, conversely, is not very useful in challenges, Ryan takes this opportunity to complain about how it’s amazing that JP is even still in the game.

Joe found an idol earlier, saving himself from certain elimination because his gameplay has clearly not been that good. Now he finds a clue and a second idol. If not for that, he would again be the target because he has not given anybody a reason to trust him.

Even though this is part of Survivor, Cole wasn’t kidding when he complained about needing food. He faints when he stands up. He insists that he’s going to be okay and doesn’t need to be babied, but he is there with two healers who want to take care of him. Though Jessica realizes how much she cares about him, the others who already were getting sick of him can now call him a liability.

For the immunity challenge, they will pull on a rope, suspending a disc, and then stack blocks on that disc to spell immunity. Lauren sits out for Yawa. Say what they want about Cole, obviously it’s not him, even though I’m not sure this is a challenge where being physically strong matters very much. Soko is the first to have to start over. The other two tribes are running to the finish line without any problems. Then Levu drops with six letters. Yawa places their eighth and final letter… then they drop. This gives the others the lead and makes the tribe has been in the lead the whole time play catch up as the others approach the end. They catch up barely in the nick of time and place their final letter at almost the same time as everybody else. Yawa wins immunity. Soko drops. Levu places second.

The choice is obvious. Ali has made herself an outcast by reacting so strongly after the last vote. Ryan has a different plan. He can pretend to make up with her so that they can target JP. What does the tribe that keeps losing challenges do? Logically, vote out the person who is by far their primary asset. Hard to believe this is any more than just talk, no matter how close we are to the merge.

Votes
Ali
JP
Ali
Ali

With 3 votes, Ali has been voted off the island. She played herself right out of the game by not biting her tongue despite a lack of other options. Even if they think JP is a threat, how could they trust her?

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 7, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.