Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 13

Christian was again saved by an idol in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 12, leaving his closest ally who tried to turn on him so she could prove a point Gabby as the casualty.

Christian says he’s suspected Nick’s motives for quite a bit because he’s not really being honest. He’s not being honest? He isn’t the one who started this.

Nick finds the idol in front of Angelina, Christian, and Mike. It’s fake. Davie doesn’t believe his ploy… much. He continues to search.

For the reward challenge, they will be tied to ropes and must maneuver through obstacles to make their way to toss bags at blocks. Reward is a helicopter ride for lunch. Davie is first to start tossing, but he hasn’t left himself enough rope to get to more than a couple of his bags when he has to retrieve them to throw again. Angelina’s even worse off, unable to reach anything. Ditto for Kara. It comes down to a battle between Nick and Davie. Davie wins reward.

He chooses Nick to go with him, repaying him for choosing him on the family visit. Angelina complains that they both chose him. Would have been easier to say that he picked the person who almost just beat him. Does anyone have a final plea? Yes, Angelina does. She got the rice for them by giving up the immunity that she never would have won. So Davie’s second choice is Kara.

When they are alone, Davie warns Kara that Nick has two idols. Upon her return to camp, Kara warns Alison. Her plan was to keep Mike and Angelina in the dark. Kara has no such plan, promptly telling Mike.

Davie’s still not done searching, despite his belief that Nick may have actually found a second idol. He does not find an idol, but he does find an advantage. Also known as an idol. This idol is only good at the next Tribal Council, unless he is willing to risk his next vote. He’s got 50/50 odds. He chooses not to partake, taking guaranteed safety for next time (unless he wants to waste it again, saving someone who he now cannot get rid of) but also keeping his vote.

For the immunity challenge, they will stand on a narrow perch while balancing balls on a wooden disc. Everybody survives to the second round and a second ball. Kara and Angelina drop. Davie drops, and Christian follows. Nick drops. Alison and Mike move to the third round. Mike wins immunity.

Christian was the target who almost everybody tried to get rid of, but so far we have heard plans to target Nick and now Alison. Mike would like to revisit the Christian plan.

Nick comes clean to Davie. He only has one idol. With that honesty, Davie no longer wants to get rid of Nick, someone who’s proving trustworthy.

There’s a problem with that. He already told everybody that he wants to get rid of Nick. That’s the part that Mike tells him because that’s the only part anyone knows. Now Nick’s against Davie. I don’t think that’s what he wanted, but perhaps if Mike splinters the vote enough, he can still get rid of Christian.

Davie plays his idol for himself. Nick also plays an idol, the fake one he made. He played the fake one to get a read on them. So then he plays his real idol for himself.

Votes
Davie (does not count)
Davie (does not count)
Alison
Christian
Alison
Christian
Christian

With 3 votes, Christian has been voted off the island. He was the biggest threat to win. I don’t get why Alison is such a big target. Meanwhile, Davie was forced to burn his idol, and Nick wasted his, though his name was coming up an awful lot. Interesting strategy he used to fish up reactions, but obviously he misread them.

Mike and Alison ended up going after Davie. Davie and Christian went for Alison. The deciding votes were Angelina, Kara, and Nick for Christian.

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Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 12

Having somehow been dubbed the godfather, Carl ended up being eliminated in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 11.

Nick regrets saving Christian and burning all their advantages now that he’s flipped on them.

For the reward challenge, they will be divided into pairs who will race under an obstacle to gather balls to toss on a beam. Having dragged behind everybody else, Nick and Angelina get lucky and unlock their balls first, but they can’t untie them before everybody else starts shooting. Davie is the first to land a ball. Nick scores. Angelina scores, bringing herself and Nick the win. Reward is a BBQ with loved ones. They choose Davie to join them because he and Nick promised each other that a long time ago. Angelina chooses Mike.

The four who end up on the reward discuss a final four. That seems to sound good to everybody. Except Davie. They’ve all been together with each other for a long time, so he feels on the outside of such an alliance.

Wanting to prove she’s not Christian’s sidekick who constantly needs his emotional support, Gabby now leads the charge to blindside Christian. Oh yes, that plan again, now from a different mouth.

For the immunity challenge, they will balance on a perch holding a pole connected to a bucket. Mike is first to drop. After 5 minutes, they move to the next more difficult phase. Gabby fails to make the transition. Alison drops. Then Angelina. The others last another 10 minutes to move to the next phase. Those on the bench start coaching Nick but refuse to do the same for Christian when asked. Nick drops. Christian follows. Davie is next. Kara wins immunity.

Christian’s target is Alison. He’s alone there.

Gabby approaches Nick about getting rid of Christian. That works for Nick. He’s saved Christian. Twice. After the last vote, their alliance is dead.

Davie has other plans. He wants someone weak to be eliminated. Christian is a good shield. That makes Gabby a target, so he approaches Christian to warn him that Gabby and Nick are after him.

At least Christian would like to try to repair the bridge with Nick, hoping to save his idol for another night.

Before Jeff reads the votes, Christian asks for a second to think. Then he looks around to read the crowd. Then he plays his idol.

Votes
Christian (does not count)
Christian (does not count)
Christian (does not count)
Christian (does not count)
Christian (does not count)
Alison
Gabby
Gabby

With 2 votes, Gabby has been voted off the island. They split the vote just enough to take out Christian’s former sidekick, though at the end of the day, nobody had Christian’s back. This is the second time Christian has had the most votes but been saved. The people who saved him last time are getting burned by that choice, though they did eliminate someone expendable.

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Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 11

Everybody turned on Alec as the challenge threat in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 10 and voted him out despite his long history of trying to be on the fence.

After Tribal Council, Alison does her best Gabby impression, crying to the person who consoles Gabby, Christian. She believes she is the next biggest physical threat.

For the reward challenge, they will climb a ladder, leap off it, dive and retrieve buoys, and jump and land them in a series of baskets. Reward is a cruise. Kara selects Carl, Davie, and Mike; Angelina picks Nick, Gabby, and Alison. Christian is sitting out. Kara’s team has a bit of a lead heading into the baskets. Nick scores first. Davie ties it. Carl takes the lead. Nick ties it again. Davie scores again. Carl extends that lead. Davie scores a third time to win reward for Davie, Mike, Kara, and Carl.

This is Carl’s first reward, and he’s not shy about letting people know about it. Even the jury was unimpressed by his complaining.

Carl tells Kara his plan again. Alison is his next target. Why does he keep doing this? I guess it doesn’t matter. Didn’t hurt him last time. Well, it didn’t get him voted out last time at least. Kara says she’s going to do something to stop him.

Lucky for her, Gabby’s still complaining about Carl. She’s forced herself to the outside of the David group, leaving Christian as the only person in that group who still supports her. They still trust him, but they shouldn’t. He’s obviously closer to Gabby than he is to anyone else.

They’ve been eating too much. They’re almost out of rice with a week and a half left. Jeff will give them some more, but it’s going to cost them big. Angelina thinks she knows how to negotiate this deal. She offers the fishing gear, most of the cooking equipment, two chairs, hanging swing, and the remaining tea and coffee. He calls this a lowball offer and has a more interesting idea. Does anyone want to sacrifice their shot at immunity? Angelina volunteers for the second time in a row. That was a much easier sacrifice than all the other stuff she offered.

For the immunity challenge, they will race over an obstacle, spin around a post, cross a balance beam collecting puzzle pieces along the way, and solve a word puzzle. People normally struggle on these balance beams, let alone while trying to collect puzzle pieces and being dizzy. Not the most difficult beam, though. It all comes down to the puzzle. Carl spells a valid and appropriate word, but it’s not what Probst is looking for. Davie wins immunity.

Mike’s in the middle of the two camps and will be the deciding vote. He agrees with Alison that she’s a physical threat, but he also agrees that Carl is annoying, albeit annoying enough that he probably can’t win.

Gabby wants to break free of the perceptions that she’s emotional and hysterical. Oh. Good luck. We see this sort of thing in Big Brother all the time, but she’s unusually emotional for a Survivor player (even if it is just an editing choice) and very self aware of that.

Votes
Alison
Alison
Carl
Carl
Alison
Alison
Carl
Carl
Carl

With 5 votes, Carl has been voted off the island. They called him the godfather for some reason, which led to his demise. The worst part is that now Gabby thinks she did something.

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Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 10

Dan saved himself with his idol in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 9, or at least he did until he didn’t because they changed the rules and allowed his power to be nullified.

Now the numbers are even, but Angelina knows that two people tried to stab her in the back and who those two people are.

Nick and Davie wake up early to go idol hunting. Why do all these people do things in groups? They find a clue which tells them they’ll have to sneak out of camp at night. Nick says it’s going to be hard to sneak out of camp. Like how hard it just was when you went to get the clue?

For the reward challenge, they will be divided into two teams of five. They will cross a rope bridge and land three rungs on a ladder target. Reward is a picnic. Alison struggles on the bridge and allows the other team to lap her. That’s how things stand as they get to the ladder. Nick has 1-0 lead by the time Alec starts. Alec ties it. Davie takes over for Nick and takes the 2-1 lead. Then Alec quickly lands two to win for Alec, Alison, Mike, Gabby, and Christian.

After seeing how Alec performed in the challenge, Carl proposes getting rid of him, and he’s not shy about telling those who are with him about it, including Kara, who warns Alec.

Nick sneaks off at night while Davie sits back on guard duty. It goes without saying that he’s guaranteed to get an idol. It’s not hidden. He just has to walk toward the light.

For the immunity challenge, they will balance on a narrow perch while holding a handle above their heads. Angelina, Carl, and Nick opt out in favor of nachos, margaritas, and beer. Carl and Nick I get, but Angelina’s in as much danger as anybody, though she probably won’t win. Mike drops after 11 minutes, and Davie is right behind him. The others last an hour. Kara drops seemingly out of nowhere despite looking completely comfortable while everybody else is visibly in pain. Alison steps down after another half an hour. The final three last two hours. Gabby’s crying, which is normal for her, but at least now there’s a reason. Alec repeats what he’s saying all along: he’s going to win this, so everybody else may as well quit. Gabby drops. Alec and Christian reach the three hour mark. Christian asks if he can tell a story. Two hours later, he’s still talking. He seems about as good as he can be considering how long it’s been. Alec finally drops. Christian wins immunity. Nearly six hours is an impressively long performance from both of them.

He may not have won, but that only served to put a bigger target on his back. Carl continues to tell Kara how they’re voting. Gabby finds out about this, and she’s upset and crying. This is like a broken record.

Carl becomes the other target, but it doesn’t make much sense for them to turn. The ineptness of the Goliaths has been working well for the Davids since the merge. They shouldn’t have any power, but they do.

Votes
Alec
Carl
Alec
Alec
Alec
Alec
Alec

With 6 votes, Alec has been voted off the island. He’s played too hard for too long and been too obvious about it. He was the first one to start screwing over the Goliaths, and it’s finally bit him, though he was going to be a target either way.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 11, which airs next on CBS.

Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 9

The Davids are at a significant numbers advantage, but that didn’t stop them in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 8. After two idols were played because the untrustworthy Alec spilled the plan, all it took was for the smaller side to split the vote and get rid of John.

While Alec has already dropped his tribe and Alison is considering it, Kara talks about going against Dan.

For the reward challenge, they will make their way through an obstacle course, retrieve a bag of numbered tiles, solve a combination lock, and complete a snake puzzle. Reward is a trip to the burger bar. Angelina, Christian, Alison, Gabby, and Nick are against Mike, Davie, Dan, Alec, and Kara. Carl is the odd man out. The more physical team takes an early lead on the obstacle course. Mike is the first to solve the combination, but he fails to cover his answer, allowing the other team to take it. Christian and Alison against Kara and Alec on the puzzle. That seems like an obvious result. However, Alec and Kara pull off the win.

Alison’s talking far too much about her Survivor resume. She wants to make a big move for the sake of making a big move. That would not seem to entail taking out a David.

Overnight, Kara has gone from Dan’s almost showmance to the person who most wants him gone. She has tried to explain it. Her explanation is very unsatisfying. In any case, she warns Alison and Alec that he has another idol, despite wasting his last one on the wrong person.

With two idols out of the game, multiple people start searching. Christian is the person to find one. He plans to tell his allies about it. Yeah, that should decrease the target on your back.

For the immunity challenge, they will retrieve a ball, balance it on a disc across a beam, and maneuver them through a track. Alec just jumps over the first obstacle. That helps him get into the lead, but Dan is a bit better at the balance team. Nobody else is even close, or so it seems. Then Carl and Angelina catch up. Alec lands his second ball first. Alec wins immunity.

Alison’s worried about how quickly Kara has turned on Dan, and how strongly she is pushing for his elimination. She is back to Goliath strong.

Nick reveals his steal a vote advantage to his tribe. Christian reveals his idol. Carl reveals his idol nullifier. Goliaths may have a slight numbers advantage, but they have spent so much time infighting that they are no longer in control. It’s rather impressive how badly they have blown it.

Before the vote, Nick steals Alison’s vote. That doesn’t make sense to me. She’s someone who may potentially be on your side, if not now eventually. He doesn’t have a lot of choice, though. The rules of the stolen vote are really dumb. If you take someone’s vote and they are not allowed to vote because of a tie, you can no longer use that advantage. That rules out Dan and Angelina, and Alec, Mike, and Kara are also kind of on the fence.

Dan asks his new nemesis, unbeknownst to him, Kara, whether he should play his idol for Alison. Instead, he plays it for himself. Now that’s a smarter plan. If he’s going to waste it, may as well waste it trying to save himself.

But there’s a catch. Carl has also played his idol nullifier. Any idols played for the chosen person, in this case Dan, do not count. If you think you know the rules, don’t. They’ll introduce some new random twist or two or three. It keeps things unpredictable, albeit somewhat lame. Though in Survivor, unlike Big Brother, the twists often tend to work. I also thought hidden immunity idols were dumb at first, but they have become a key to the game’s strategy, even if there are too many of them.

Votes
Christian
Christian
Christian
Angelina
Angelina
Dan
Dan
Dan
Dan
Dan

With 5 votes, Dan has been voted off the island. Although Dan properly timed his idol play only to be undone by a stupid twist, these Goliaths are still so completely inept. The two Angelina votes, those came from Alec and Kara. Seems random, though something like that would have come in handy last time.

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Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 8

An oddly united merged tribe joined together to get rid of Elizabeth in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 7.

Angelina has damage control to do after what she privately admits was indeed jury management. Nobody believes her that she wasn’t trying to get Elizabeth’s vote by warning her that she was the target.

There’s supposed to be an alliance of six, but Mike is concerned about the very emotional Gabby not really being with him.

Davie and Nick go idol hunting, and Davie finds what they think is a clue. On the way back, they are joined by Carl. For whatever reason, they say come join the search, and Davie lets Nick go find the advantage, the ability to steal a vote.

For the reward challenge, they will be divided into two teams of six and hold sandbags above their heads. Reward is pizza. Gabby selects Christian, Alison, John, Alec, and Nick. Mike selects Carl, Kara, Davie, Dan, and Angelina. Every 15 minutes, one person must drop out from each team and pass their bags to someone else. Gabby leaves her team behind, and Angelina also drops out. Christian and Carl are next. Dan’s being a cocky idiot and fumbles one of his bags, handing the win to the other team. This wasn’t even about someone not being able to handle it anymore. It was someone flaunting that he could do it one handed.

They ignored Angelina last week when she said that Christian is a threat. Now it’s Mike’s turn to bring up his name. Angelina pretends they are listening to him because he’s a man. No, they are listening to him because he’s talking with them, not at them.

For the immunity challenge, they will hold a buoy with two poles. Kara falls quickly. Christian, Alison, Davie, John, Gabby, and Carl are right behind. Alec is next. Then Mike. And Nick. None of these people lasted long at all, and then there were two. Angelina drops. Dan wins immunity.

Angelina’s going to have to trust people who she knows have no reason to trust her. If Christian isn’t the one going home, the next most likely is Angelina.

The other wrinkle in the plan is that Alec doesn’t want to blindside Nick, so he reveals the plan to him. Nick in turn warns Christian. He doesn’t outright say who the target is, but he does tell him they are lying to him.

Then Nick goes to Davie and asks about using the advantage to save Christian.

Nick doesn’t use his advantage. However, Davie plays his idol for Christian. The perfect plan and the right target, blown up because they trusted someone who already proved untrustworthy during the first vote after the swap. Angelina asks Dan to play his idol as well. Then she begs. He agrees. So who’s going home?

Votes
Christian (does not count)
Christian (does not count)
Christian (does not count)
Christian (does not count)
Christian (does not count)
Christian (does not count)
Christian (does not count)
Angelina (does not count)
Angelina (does not count)
John
John

With 2 votes, John has been voted off the island. The people who shouldn’t have had the numbers split the votes and still get their way. This was not a useful use of Dan’s idol. He’d have been better off with John than Angelina. That was the problem with playing the idol. Unlike the other side, they didn’t create a contingency plan.

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Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 7

Having been a target since the beginning, Lyrsa finally met her demise in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 6 in the first vote in which the Goliaths haven’t given up their numbers and voted out one of their own.

The Tiva tribe hears a boat coming, followed by another. It’s time to merge.

Despite their awful voting strategy when they were separated into different tribes, Goliaths still have a narrow 7-6 advantage.

It’s not all happy on either side. Carl wants to get rid of Elizabeth. Meanwhile, it comes out at the feast that Alec flipped and already voted out a Goliath.

Dan immediately tells Kara that he found another idol. That’s the second time he’s done that, but at least this time he didn’t tell anyone else.

Alec, Mike, Christian, Gabby, Nick, and Alison have formed an alliance of six, which consists of three people from each of the original tribe. They plan to pick off some Davids first. Maybe the David members don’t have much choice, but they could also just be digging a hole.

The first individual immunity challenge requires them to keep swinging a pendulum through a frame and around a statue. Mike is out first, followed by Christian and then Carl. Gabby is next. Nobody is having any issues with the statue. Rather, they are being stopped by hitting the frame and their momentum falling apart. Kara is next. Nick is the first to actually drop his statue. After 15 minutes, those who remain must switch hands. Davie, Angelina, Alec, and John quickly drop. Dan is next. Elizabeth drops. Alison wins immunity.

In addition to Carl having issues with her, Elizabeth is also trying to rally people against Dan, which he learns she is doing. She needed that more than she thought. The flaw in that plan is that she’s not much of a threat. Granted, they are discussing that after she almost just won something.

Angelina has a different plan. Target Christian. She’s right. He is more threatening. However, there is no chance of that result happening.

She’s not alone in wanting to see a shake up. Gabby was onboard with the plan to get rid of a David, but she’s not happy with it. Still, she can’t do anything about it, and isn’t forcing her opinion on people.

When Angelina finds out that nobody supports her plan no matter how much she tries to dictate it to them, first she makes it clear she’s angry with them and thinks this is a mistake. Then, she warns Elizabeth.

Rather than being thankful for this information, Elizabeth uses it against her, throwing her under the bus at Tribal. Alison piles on saying she’s just trying to manage the jury, which apparently begins tonight. How does that work at 13 people? I thought these people were just losing it, but I’m confused how this math works.

Then Gabby starts crying. Again. Where did that come from?

Votes
Angelina
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth

With 7 votes, Elizabeth has been voted off the island. She went down swinging and probably helped to ultimately bring down Angelina, but it’s very odd to see 12 people united to get rid of the same person.

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Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 6

The Goliaths were in control of the game even after the tribe swap. What better way to keep that control than by voting out all their numbers? For the second week in a row in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 5, that’s how things played out with the elimination of the cast outcast Natalie.

Angelina says she only went against the tribe because she wanted Natalie’s jacket, which she did not get, as her multiple requests for a jacket fell on deaf ears. This may make Angelina an easy target, again despite Lyrsa’s uselessness.

Christian is the most inept fisherman in the history of Survivor. He’s trying. The only thing he lacks is skill.

For the reward challenge, one person will be attached to a bag of coconuts, which the others must hold while that person retrieves rings to toss. First place is cooking utensils and food with second place of a smaller portion of food. Kara sits out for Vuku; Alison sits out for Tiva. Jabeni’s relying on Lyrsa, which means they fall way behind. Vuku has a good lead, but they lose it on the rings. Tiva wins reward with good tossing. Nick’s tossing skills outweigh whatever Vuku can muster, which scores them second place.

Gabby is on the outside of the brochachos. Her play is to cry to Alison.

A month before coming on the show, Elizabeth was in so much back pain that she couldn’t even get out of bed. Surely sleeping on bamboo is the smart move to assist that then. After a couple weeks of this, she snaps at her tribe members about the state of the bed, as if they can make sleeping on that beach comfortable.

For the immunity challenge, they will carry a saucer to a water tower, fill it, cross obstacles, and empty what’s left into a well until they can release some puzzle pieces. Elizabeth sits out for Vuku; Gabby sits out for Tiva. Jabeni’s in last right away again, and they don’t take as much water as the others. Tiva fills their well in one shot. Vuku does it in two. Jabeni stops to rest. They finally get back, but they’ll need to go for a third run. Tiva also dominates on the puzzle with Christian leading them. Jabeni drops their saucer on the final run. Angelina suggests lifting it back up, but there is not much support for the suggestion. Vuku wins immunity.

The girls think they can talk the guys into how to vote, but really it’s the guys trying to convince each other or at least Mike trying to convince himself. Does he really vote out the third Goliath in a row, or does he reclaim some faith from his old tribe? Unlikely it goes to rocks.

Votes
Lyrsa
Angelina
Lyrsa
Lyrsa

With 3 votes, Lyrsa has been voted off the island. Nick went along with Mike’s wishes, and they are closer allies than he was with Lyrsa anyway.

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