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.

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

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