Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 12

The battle lines were drawn right down the middle in Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 11. Adam convinced David to throw away his idol and play it for the wrong person because the other side obviously lied to him about who they were voting for, resulting in a tie. Neither side would budge, leading to a rock draw and ultimately Jessica’s elimination.

Their loved ones join them at the reward challenge. Adam sets their minds at ease that he won’t use his advantage in this challenge. I’m not sure he can even really use his advantage at all because it’s a curse. Stealing someone’s reward is something the jury is likely remember, and it will result in little gain. Reward is a BBQ back at camp. The challenge requires them to climb through obstacles while attached to a rope. Jay takes the early lead on the climbing and then retains it on every obstacle after that. He wants Will and his mom to join himself and his sister. Then he also chooses Sunday and her husband. Lastly, he selects a just about on his knees begging Adam and his brother, saying he respects him for not being an idiot and playing his advantage. Adam does arguably need this more than anyone else to hear news about how his mother with cancer is doing.

While on the reward, Adam gives Jay his advantage. Well, that is actually a very smart play. Nobody wants this stupid advantage, so this is a good way to get mileage out of it without pissing anybody off.

Will has decided he’s tired of playing how he has been playing. He offers David new hope and another shot at getting rid of Zeke. He thinks Zeke is a threat, but mostly he wants to make a move for the sake of making a move so that he looks good to the jury.

The immunity challenge is just a matter of holding a bar using handles. David is out quickly. Hannah is next, then Will and Bret and Sunday. Zeke is the next one to drop as they are falling quickly. It’s been less than 4 minutes. Ken is next. Jay drops. Adam wins immunity.

The lack of scrambling convinces Zeke that something must be up. He figures David must have another idol, making their new target Ken. Unlike the others who just assume they have a chance now, Ken lets Will know he is very suspicious of him. Then Ken pulls Jay aside to confront him about whether this is true. If Will needed a reason to not trust Ken, that should do it.

In the midst of this, a new potential target surfaces, Hannah.

After preventing the idol from being played for Hannah last time, Adam uses his idol this time. It is for Hannah.

Votes
Hannah (does not count)
Hannah (does not count)
Hannah (does not count)
Hannah (does not count)
Zeke
Zeke
Zeke

With 3 votes, Zeke has been voted off the island. If Ken had been voted out, he would have deserved it for trying to blow up his own game, but in the end, Will decided to switch sides, though that didn’t even matter because of the hidden idol. Adam one upped Will’s quest to prove he is actually playing.

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

Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 11

As a civil war brewed between the Gen X factions, Chris ended up on the losing side and was eliminated in Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 10.

Zeke just backstabbed Bret and Sunday, but they don’t mind. Whatever David tells them gets back to Zeke, which in turn leads to Zeke revealing that David has an idol. Zeke’s plan is to target David right away, but David wants to just hang around for a few more votes before doing anything about it.

For the reward challenge, they are divided into three teams of three. Their arms and feet are bound, and they must slither through the sand before completing a snake puzzle. Reward is a chopper ride and picnic. This time, the odd person out automatically goes on the reward instead of being left out. Hannah, Jessica, and Adam are purple; Will, Ken, and Jay are green; Sunday, Zeke and Bret are Orange. David chooses the white rock. Green is by far the most physical team, and they take a big lead. They are probably not the best puzzle team, however. Orange team wins reward.

The reward presents a good opportunity for Bret to reveal to Zeke that he is gay, too.

Hannah has made a decision that she would rather ally with David than Zeke. David’s kind of awkwardly stumbled into his position of power, whereas Zeke has deliberately seized power.

For the immunity challenge, they stand behind a cage door, blindly maneuver a handle through a maze, then complete a slide puzzle. This is mostly dumb luck, although these challenges normally come down to the puzzle. Jay is the first to finish the maze, and he solves the puzzle before anyone else does.

Zeke has redrawn the battle lines by targeting David, which means they are the two who will be receiving votes. Until Zeke realizes he can’t trust Hannah as she stumbles in response to his questions, so he wants to get rid of her instead rather than trying to vote out the guy with an idol. She senses this and asks David for the idol.

And then they get to another Tribal Council in which Hannah starts whispering to people, which is how the season began.

David decides to play his idol. Then Adam reveals that they were whispering that they want to vote for Ken. This encourages David to play the idol for Ken. I don’t think that’s the real target.

Votes
Zeke
Hannah
Zeke
Hannah
Zeke
Hannah
Zeke
Hannah
Zeke
Hannah

They had a chance to escape unscathed, but Adam blew it up. If they were whispering they wanted to vote for Ken and you are not part of their alliance, they probably wanted you to overhear it.

Because it is a tie, they will revote.

Votes
Hannah
Zeke
Hannah
Zeke
Hannah
Zeke
Hannah
Zeke

It’s tied again. They must unanimously agree on whether to get rid of Zeke or Hannah. No chance of that happening. Zeke and Hannah join Ken and Jay in safety, and the others will draw rocks with a 1 in 6 chance of being sent home. She seemed to be the most afraid of going to rocks, and Jessica draws the black rock and is eliminated. I don’t think she had much choice.

As she had promised early on, Jessica will be leaving her legacy advantage to Ken.

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

Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 10

The next logical thing happened in Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 9 as Taylor was voted off the island after stealing everybody’s food and bragging about it.

Jay unburies the food in “good faith”, the same food that he helped eat. Considering how much is left, it doesn’t look like he actually only ate crumbs like he claimed.

It would seem that Jay should be the next target, but Bret and Chris want to target Jessica.

Will reveals to Zeke that Jay has an idol, telling him that he and Hannah are his alliance. He wants to jump off that sinking ship that has had two casualties in the last two votes, and he trusts that the information won’t spread. This sets up a “Jay has an idol” montage in which everybody in the tribe knows.

For the reward challenge, they are divided into two teams of five. Reward is pizza. They must swim out to the raft and then pull themselves into shore, retrieve keys, and unlock colored boxes that must be stacked without repeating colors on the same side. David tries to volunteer to sit out because he is such a weak swimmer, which isn’t even really that much of a part of the challenge, but they talk him out of it. Jay ends up drawing the short straw or odd rock as the case may be. Ken, Jessica, Chris, David, and Will (orange team) go against Bret, Zeke, Sunday, Hannah, and Adam (purple team). Orange is one key ahead of purple as they start unlocking the blocks. They increase their lead on the locks. But Zeke and Adam come from behind on the puzzle to win for purple.

In addition to the pizza, they are surprised with letters from home. Taylor warned everybody that Adam might try to steal letters with his advantage, and considering his reaction, that may not have been wrong.

David is mostly concerned with Chris, Bret, and Sunday as a threesome. Ken is not so sure they can really get Zeke on their side to get rid of Chris.

The immunity challenge will require them to stand on a narrow beam while balancing a statue with a pole. Everybody lasts five minutes on the first section. Hannah drops first, followed by Ken. The others move to the third section. Sunday drops, followed by Chris and then Will, Jay, and Bret. Those who remain move to the final section. Adam drops. Jessica is next. Then Zeke. David wins immunity.

David is gaining confidence, but he has a dangerous strategy of trying to talk Zeke into getting rid of his hero. Zeke is right in the middle, but he does advise David that Chris is trying to get rid of Jessica.

Jay does not play his idol. The attempt to get him to flush it didn’t work.

Votes
Chris
Jessica
Chris
Jessica
Chris
Jessica
Chris
Jessica
Chris
Chris

With 6 votes, Chris has been voted off the island. The plot to eat one of his own backfired because somebody else had the same idea. Jay seems to be at least sort of in the loop, but he was in the wrong loop.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 11, which airs next on CBS.

Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 9

Somehow, Michelle ended up being the target in Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 8 and was the first post-merge victim.

Despite his behavior at Tribal Council, Taylor is under the impression that nobody knows that he stole most of the food.

For the reward challenge, they are divided into two teams of six. Reward is a trip to a resort. Chris is a captain and chooses Bret, Ken, David, Sunday, and Taylor. Hannah chooses Adam, Will, Zeke, Jay, and Jessica. Brawn against not brawn. They have to clear some obstacles, untie a key, and drag a box containing bolos to toss. To nobody’s surprise, Hannah’s team drags behind. They were behind from the beginning, and that box is so heavy that they never even make it to the toss as Chris’ team wins reward.

Adam tells Jay what is already obvious after the last vote. They are on the bottom and likely the next to go.

Despite voting as a group, Sunday doesn’t really trust most of them. Her target is Jessica.

The immunity challenge is a simple endurance challenge of balancing a ball on a bow while standing on a narrow beam. Probst has an offer of grilled ham and cheese, chips, and drinks for anyone who does not want to participate. Zeke and Will sit out and opt for the food. Jeff keeps talking about how Will can’t drink beer, although I’m not sure why since the legal drinking age in Fiji is 18, regardless of what it is in the US. The possible argument is that Survivors can’t break any US laws, which an American who drinks abroad would not be doing.

Hannah is quickly eliminated and probably should have taken the food. After 5 minutes, everybody else moves to the second narrower section. Bret falls next and asks why he didn’t opt out. Those who remain move to the final section. Jessica, Sunday, David, and Chris fall immediately after moving. Adam is next, then Jay. Taylor drops. Ken wins immunity.

Zeke and Will were correct that they are safe. Taking the food may have backfired as cocky, but perhaps worth the risk for anyone who didn’t think they could win. Nobody is even considering voting for either of them.

The plan is to split the vote between Jay and Taylor. Realizing this, Taylor shares his stolen food with Jay and then tells him Adam’s secret.

Taylor pretends that Adam helped him bury the food. But he and Jay ate all the food today because they assumed one of them was going home. Well, then, you should be if you are this much of an idiot. Next, he reveals Adam’s advantage of being able to steal a reward, the silliest advantage to hold over someone’s head because rewards provide some benefit but rarely hold any strategic power.

Then Jay tries to take the moral high ground. He would never steal food from other people. Aside from that food he ate when Taylor offered it. None of this is helping Adam, who nobody really trusts anyway, but surely nobody is buying this ridiculousness.

Votes
Jay
Taylor
Adam
Jay
Taylor
Jay
Taylor
Jay
Taylor
Taylor
Taylor

With 6 votes, Taylor has been voted off the island. I think Jay’s the bigger threat, but as I said last time, Taylor is a dumbass who deserves his comeuppance. Jay made a risky move by not using his idol, but he left Taylor alone in the dust by voting against him.

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

Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 8

The flipping continued in Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 7 as the Millennials turned and voted out Michaela.

Probst talks about how Hannah is in the dark. Like this is new.

The tribes receive a boat visit informing them of a merge.

Michelle says that Jay and Taylor are the people she could take to the end. This was the reason for David to get rid of her when he had the chance.

Everybody else is still feasting, but Adam decides to go searching for a hidden idol. Instead, he finds an advantage, which will allow him to steal a reward. I’m not sure that is really an advantage.

In the middle of the night, Taylor puts together a stash of what is supposed to be everybody’s food for the week. He is not very quiet about it and wakes people up. People have been voted out for eating a cherry. Filling a whole jar, now that’s just selfish.

One of the people who hears Jay is Adam, who gets up and talks to Taylor about getting rid of Will. Then he tells him about his advantage. You just voted out this guy’s girlfriend of two whole weeks. Stop giving him ammo.

Bret was the other person who was up in the middle of the night, and he informs some other Gen Xers about Taylor’s food raid.

Taylor tells Jay what he heard from Adam, but neither of them looks around to see that Zeke is standing right there listening.

The immunity challenge is a Survivor classic with a small twist. They will hold their hands above their heads and try to avoid moving them so they don’t dump a bucket on themselves. Sunday drops almost immediately. Chris is behind her. Then Bret. It’s been like a minute. Jay drops at just over 10 minutes, followed by Zeke. Ken is next and then Hannah. Michelle makes it to 20 minutes. Taylor is behind her and then David and Adam. The final two make it through an hour. Then another half an hour. Jessica drops. Will wins immunity.

Jay wants to target Adam because he was going after Will. Michelle considers this proposal to be stupid.

The others want to get rid of Taylor, but David suggests Michelle because she doesn’t have an idol. Meanwhile, not having overplayed enough, Adam’s name is coming up again as he continues to scramble.

It comes out at Tribal Council that Taylor stole the food. He’s proud and happy with himself for doing this.

Votes
Adam
Michelle
Adam
Michelle
Adam
Michelle
Adam
Michelle
Michelle
Michelle
Michelle

With 7 votes, Michelle has been voted off the island. Not a bad choice, but Taylor should have been voted out for being a dumbass.

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

Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 7

Adam found himself somewhere in the middle between the couple he had been with all along but never really trusted and a new set of tribemates. He chose to split from the showmance in Survivor Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 6 and helped vote out Figgy.

Adam wants to talk to Taylor right away, but there does not seem to be much point. Taylor wants revenge.

David doesn’t really trust Chris, but he trusts Zeke, at least more than he trusts Chris. To prove his trust, he tells him he has an idol.

Michaela says it’s been time for Figgy to go home for a while. She’s perfectly fine with this result.

Reward challenge requires them to retrieve balls, score some baskets, and then land the balls on a perch. A chef will cook for them. Second place is some kabobs. Bret and Sunday sit out for Ikabula. Vanua foolishly tries to lift Zeke and falls behind before realizing that David is a lot lighter. Ikabula is leading from the start, but they stumble on the basket shooting and allow the others to pass them. Chris and Ken pull ahead in what looks like a lost cause. Vanua wins reward. After swapping Michaela for Jay, Ikabula comes back from behind to place second.

He doesn’t have much choice, so Taylor agrees to never write down Jessica’s or Ken’s name.

Bret tells Hannah he’s a funeral director, but she keeps prodding with specific questions about the business. She is pretty sure he is really a cop. Jay agrees.

The immunity challenge requires them to throw coconuts into a net and then slingshot sandbags at targets. Hannah and Will sit out for Ikabula. Takali is the first to lower their net. Ikabula follows. Michelle takes forever to piece together what seems to be a simple puzzle of putting three pairs of numbers in the right order, putting Vanua further behind. Takali wins immunity. With Ikabula unable to hit the targets, Vanua comes in second.

Unlike the other tribes where everybody is flipping, this seems like a pretty clear cut case of Bret or Sunday going home. They agree to vote for each other.

Afraid that Bret might be a cop and is lying to them, they want to vote for him after splitting the votes the first time. That’s always potentially a problem because all it would take is one person to flip. If only either Bret or Sunday were actually making an effort.

Jay worries Michaela is too dangerous to make the merge. His conversation with Will is not overly convincing, but even on his own, he has the numbers if they split the vote.

Votes
Bret
Bret
Michaela
Michaela
Michaela
Michaela

With 4 votes, Michaela has been voted off the island. She does not leave quietly and goes off on Jay, though Will is unscathed by her wrath.

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