Survivor: Game Changers Episode 3

Following an early tribe swap in Survivor: Game Changers Episode 2, the new Mana tribe got rid of their strength rather fast with the elimination of Caleb.

Tai just helped get rid of his buddy, and his name is the first one to be brought up. Debbie plays along, but she just wants to go with the easy vote of Hali like they arguably should have done last time.

The reward challenge will be run by two members from each tribe. The first person balances over/under obstacles and the next tosses sandbags at targets. Reward is snacks and coffee for the first place tribe and iced coffee for second. JT and Malcolm play for Nuku; Ozzy and Troyzan play for Tavua; Tai and Brad play for Mana. The strategy is obvious here. Everybody puts up their physical threats, except for Mana, which doesn’t have two of those anymore. Ozzy builds a big lead over the other two but drops on the balance beam toward the end. JT is no longer far behind. Tai eventually drops so far behind that there isn’t much hope. Nuku places first. After Tai finally finishes, Brad makes a huge comeback for Mana.

Ozzy’s not disappointed with the loss, though he contributed well on his part. He is happy to be the provider they can’t get rid of… for now.

JT plots to get rid of Sandra and forms an alliance with Malcolm.

For the immunity challenge, a caller will guide blindfolded teams of two tied together to find balls to be used in a maze. Sandra sits out for Nuku; Troyzan sits out for Tavua. Only one tribe will win immunity. Nuku manage to get well ahead. Tavua is behind them. Mana is bringing up the rear again, but this is all just a matter of figuring out the learning curve of the table maze. Nuku has had the lead, and they are keeping it almost the entire time. Tavua would be fine under normal circumstances, but this is a race with only one tribe surviving. With Andrea and Jeff within seconds of each other, Varner drops, and Tavua wins immunity.

There’s a twist to this twist. He will see them as one group, where they will vote out one person. Now the discussion completely shifts because instead of turning on each other, they need to try to shore up support. Someone could easily vote out someone on their own tribe, but they’ll just be sitting ducks next time. Maybe that doesn’t matter to someone like Hali who’s a dead woman walking anyway. Then there’s JT, who wants to get rid of Sandra and knows that Brad does as well.

Not content with just sitting around waiting, Tai goes idol hunting right before Tribal Council. With his tribe down in numbers, it becomes a tribe idol. I’m not sure that really helps because who do you protect? It’s just a shot in the dark.

In the middle of all this whispering at Tribal Council about how maybe they should get rid of Brad, JT goes up to Brad (on the other tribe) and tells him they are going to get rid of Sierra, which was and at least at this point still is the plan. He then goes back to his own new tribe and informs them what he just told Brad or at least that he told Brad it wasn’t him. To the extent that Brad trusts JT, they could easily get rid of him.

Tai uses his idol for Sierra. Unless they changed their plan, it’s going to blow up.

Votes
Sierra (does not count)
Sierra (does not count)
Sierra (does not count)
Sierra (does not count)
Sierra (does not count)
Sierra (does not count)
Malcolm
Malcolm
Malcolm

With 3 votes, Malcolm has been voted off the island. As big a strategic threat as Sandra is, they needed to take out a physical threat to make up for voting out Caleb last time and even up the challenge odds. JT is immediately blamed, which is somewhat valid because he did reveal the plan, but he tried to warn them.

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

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