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.