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.

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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?

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Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 5

Jessica played her advantage to help her former tribemates on their new tribe and guarantee that swing vote Devon could not have any influence. This combined with Joe playing an idol for himself led to the elimination of Alan in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 4.

Ben is suffering from PTSD from his time in the Marines. This may at times distance him from the tribe, but it seems unlikely to hurt him since they can understand, or at least try to.

For the reward challenge, they will push balls through the sand while their hands and feet are tethered together, then someone will shoot baskets. Chrissy and Lauren sit out. First place is iced coffee and pastries; second place is a jug of iced coffee. Desi gives Levu a lead, and Ashley and Joe build on that. The other tribes are way behind, but Devon initially is not doing that well on the shooting. He has a 1-0 lead by the time Cole starts and extends that to 2 and then 3. He makes it 4-1 and then 4-2. Levu wins reward. Ryan on Soko is so awful that Yawa places second before they have a chance.

Things didn’t go at all how Ashley and Devon wanted, but they are refusing to break up anyway. They hope Desi would rather join them than go to a tie.

Now that she is the odd woman out, Roark may finally be joining the game two weeks in as a swing vote.

Because there was an idol by the well on the other island, Mike suspects there probably will be here too. There is, and he finds it along with Jessica. These two seem like they should trust each other more than the brewing showmance.

For the immunity challenge, they will swim to a boat, retrieve bags of rice, return to shore, tear open the bags and pull out balls, and then complete a maze of moving balls to the top of a board. Ryan and Mike sit out. Levu struggles at first but takes the lead, followed by Yawa. Soko falls behind but not enough to be out of it. Soko’s starts off performing competently on the maze, but nobody else is making any mistakes. Then Chrissy starts falling again and again but refuses to let anybody else try. Yawa wins immunity. Levu wins immunity. Soko never really had a chance.

Chrissy proposes a potential all girl alliance to Roark, but she doesn’t actually trust her or plan to proceed with that plan. Her actual plan is to target Roark and pretend that Roark’s the one who wants to go with the girls.

Ali wants to get rid of Chrissy instead. That will force Ryan to pick between two allies that don’t get along.

At Tribal Council, Roark accuses Chrissy of not approaching her until the day she needed her. But Roark never approached Chrissy, regardless of need.

Votes
Chrissy
Roark
Chrissy
Roark
Roark

By a vote of 3-2, Roark has been voted off the island. Last time we saw the person in the middle be the swing (until the advantage stopped that). This time, that person proved to be the easy vote.

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Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 4

A tribe divided got rid of the person they considered the most divisive in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 3, voting out Patrick.

I don’t see how voting out a physically strong tribe member helps at this point, but Jeff makes it all moot. He tells them to drop their buffs. So much for heroes vs. healers vs. hustlers when you’re mixing them all together so quickly.

Levu (Blue): Ashley, Alan, Desi, Joe, Devon
Soko (Yellow): Ryan, Ali, Chrissy, JP, Roark
Yawa (Red): Jessica, Mike, Cole, Lauren, Ben

The other tribes are pretty well mixed with two people from each old tribe and one other person from another, but the Yawa tribe has three healers.

The reward challenge requires them to untangle a rope while crossing obstacles, toss rings to retrieve a sled with puzzle pieces, and then solve a puzzle. Reward is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with no second place prize. Soko has the lead as they head into the toss, but Yawa passes them by completing the single successful toss needed faster. Soko is behind them. Levu has a pro athlete, but that isn’t helping them on a ring toss. Yawa wins reward.

In addition to the sandwiches, they each receive a bag of chips. Hidden inside one of them (Jessica’s), there is a secret advantage. Normally in these cases they have to sneak this without anybody noticing, but in this case it’s just whoever has the dumb luck to get that bag. Her advantage is the ability to anonymously block one person from voting at the next Tribal Council. Seeing as she is on a tribe with two other healers, this doesn’t seem to matter. She tells them, but then for some reason, Cole tells both Ben and Lauren, the two people they are logically supposed to be working against. I don’t get it.

Sooner than he probably expected, Ryan now is able to use his advantage to his advantage. He reveals to Chrissy that he was the one who gifted her safety at the first Tribal Council. This is even better than having used it himself.

Ashley may have ended up with a former tribemate, but she knows Alan well enough that she considers him the worst person to be stuck with.

The tribes that are split 2-2-1 could theoretically have the two pairs come together and take out the odd man out, but that doesn’t make much sense. Rather, they’ll pull in the swing.

Cole thought he was being clever, but it’s not long before Lauren reveals to Mike that she knows about the advantage. Cole should have seen this coming. Of course they are going to approach Mike, rather than the pair that may be a couple.

For the immunity challenge, they will maneuver a large crate of puzzle pieces through a table obstacle and under a net then solve the puzzle. Levu again falls behind the other tribes on the physical part of the challenge, despite having a seemingly fit team. Yawa wins immunity. Soko places second.

Who goes home depends on which way Devon goes. Desi and Joe have already beat the other two to the punch. The potential hitch in any plans is that Jessica’s advantage must be used tonight, so she will use it against someone on the other tribe. To go along with that, Joe has an idol.

Devon didn’t really believe Joe, and after talking to Ashley, he decides that Joe is a snake.

Joe and Alan get into a battle to see who has the biggest mouth. Joe wins, revealing to everybody that Ashley is his target. From this comes a demand from Desi: give her the idol or else.

Devon’s advantage isn’t what he thought. It wasn’t played for him. It was played against him. He cannot vote, which presumably brings us to a 2-2 tie. Jessica didn’t want to take any chances of what she knew would happen with her fellow healers, Joe sticking his foot in his mouth and sending the swing vote to the others.

As promised, Joe plays his idol, but he refuses Desi’s expectations that he play it for her, saving himself instead.

Votes
Joe (does not count)
Joe (does not count)
Alan
Alan

By a vote of 2-0, Alan has been voted off the island. If they struggled at physical challenges before, this isn’t going to help them any, but I don’t think there are any players who felt they could work with Alan.

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Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 3

After rouging it for a few days, Simone had reached her end in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 2 and was eliminated.

Lauren is worried that she is having a hard time trying to be included. This was perhaps a given demographically, but in the case of Patrick, she has gone out of her way to let everybody know she can’t stand him because he jokes too much.

Ashley strongly protested the concept that she and JP are a couple. So like most people, she describes her lack of interest by saying he is becoming dreamier and dreamier.

Cole and Jessica continue flirting, which leads to him revealing that Joe is the one that has the idol. He gets a kiss on the cheek for this information, but she is a lot less impressed when he shares the information with others. She suggests that if Joe finds out about his proposal to flush out the idol, it will be Cole’s head on the chopping block, which would be a really stupid decision by the tribe.

Patrick is very obvious that he is regularly searching for an idol. His ally Ali gives him a lecture and tells him to behave. She could easily be his undoing because the thought of him being eliminated is already out there, but this conversation does not sound like an alliance.

For the immunity challenge, they will race under and over an obstacle, climb up to and over a net, toss sandbags at blocks, and then stack those blocks. First place reward is four chickens; second place reward is a dozen eggs. Mike sits out for Healers. They’re pretty even heading into the toss. Patrick falls behind at this stage, refusing to switch despite Lauren’s repeated requests to let her try. Healers think they are in first, but they are missing a block. Heroes win. Healers still place second.

Lauren was going to come up with an excuse to target Patrick no matter what, but her criticism here is justified. Patrick did single-handedly lose this challenge, which is not supposed to be the case because he looks like the strongest tribe member.

Votes
Patrick
Lauren
Patrick
Patrick

With 3 votes, Patrick has been voted off the island. This tribe is already bad, and I don’t see how this vote helps.

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

Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 2

Despite secret advantages and early alliances, it all just boiled down to the oldest person being eliminated in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 1 as Katrina was voted out.

Chrissy’s idol is powerless, but she’ll hold onto it because it is a very good fake, since it is authentic. That is a much better use for it than saving the person who was her only ally but whose days were numbered regardless.

Ashley and JP have been dubbed a power couple, which remains to be seen whether there is any merit to such a label, but Jessica and Cole right off the bat are making it clear they will be a showmance.

Joe manages to find a clue painted on a tree despite sabotaging his ability to search by pretending that Mike has the idol already. Cole has been out in the water all this time, so he shares this clue with him. If he hadn’t done that, he would still be looking because Cole points out that the symbol is the well, not the raft, which is obviously not in a fixed spot since it floats. With that information, it becomes obvious where it is (5 feet from the well), so Joe now has an idol, a fact that he has some fear of Cole knowing. A couple days in, and he’s already talking about a possible enemy number two, another one he himself created.

Chrissy is the obvious next target, and it could be argued that she was the obvious first target rather than the former Olympian. She’s scrambling and making alliances with everybody to the extent that it would be easy for them to compare notes. Apparently her true alliance is with Ben.

Patrick thinks being a joker will win him friends. Lauren is unimpressed and annoyed. She’s used to being alone. She warns Ali of this, but it doesn’t seem like he is getting on people’s nerves as suggested. Rather, he is getting on a person’s nerves.

For the immunity challenge, they will swim to a floating net ring, collect puzzle pieces from a cage, and solve that spinning signpost puzzle. First place is a fishing kit; second place is lines and lures. Joe and Lauren sit out. Hustlers are leading from the start. Heroes are behind them. Cole is the only competent diver for the Healers and finally bails them out as his partners fail. In true Survivor fashion, none of that matters. Healers solve the puzzle first and win. Heroes place second. Hustlers are heading to Tribal Council after Ali and Simone come up short on the puzzle despite their big early lead.

This early in the season, we know how this goes. The people who failed on the puzzle are going to be the targets, particularly if they were already not seen as valuable before they blew it.

Simone’s hope is to save herself by exploiting Lauren’s complaining about Patrick, who is an asset to the tribe. Nobody is really believing this, but we spend the next several minutes pretending there is a chance they get rid of one of their only strong competitors who is also strong around camp.

Votes
Patrick
Simone
Simone
Simone
Simone

With 4 votes, Simone has been voted off the island. She didn’t leave them much choice.

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Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 1

We start with a cast of 18 castaways split into three tribes of six people each.

Levu (Heroes): Alan, Ashley, Ben, Chrissy, JP, Katrina
Soko (Healers): Cole, Desi, Jessica, Joe, Mike, Roark
Yawa (Hustlers): Ali, Devon, Lauren, Patrick, Ryan, Simone

They begin right away with a combination supply run and reward challenge. They will gather supplies from the boat and load them on to their own boats. When Jeff rings the bell, they must all get on their boats and head toward shore, where they will have to lift one person high enough to light their torch. First place is a fire making kit; second place is flint. Ryan picks up the secret advantage randomly hidden among the supplies everybody is tossing overboard in complete chaos. After the bell rings, Heroes and Healers are doing well while the Hustlers aren’t even pointing in the right direction. Healers win. Heroes place second right behind them. Hustlers, they aren’t even on the beach yet.

Probation officer Joe views his fellow Healers as people with big hearts (aka suckers).

The Heroes start making alliances almost immediately. Ashley and JP specifically are the first two to combine, and they like Ben, who has joined forces with Alan to make a foursome. It doesn’t help that the other two are older women who can be their own alliance but are not viewed as challenge assets.

Likewise, Ali promptly forms an alliance with Patrick on the Hustlers tribe.

Ryan’s advantage? An immunity superidol. Really? It can be played after the votes have been read, but at least it can only be played at the first Tribal Council, making it essentially useless. He shares this information with Devon.

Mike’s 10 year old son told him he should search for an idol, so that is what he does. He is obvious about it, and Joe warns him that they know.

Alan never really trusted JP and Ashley, and he wants to stir the pot, realizing it may make him look like a crazy man. A strip search ensues. So much for that alliance.

For the immunity challenge, they will race up a cargo net, pull a heavy cart, and ride it to a table maze, which they will carry to the top of a taller tower to solve. They are close to even after the carts, but being slightly ahead of another tribe allows them to pick which maze they like, Heroes first and then Hustlers. Healers got stuck with the maze that the others left behind, a simple single line balancing “maze”, and they easily win. Heroes bounce in and out on their third ball, allowing Hustlers to take second place.

Immediately after the challenge, Chrissy falls to the ground and vomits. They didn’t need a sign that she is a weak link, but that may be one if they did need it. The other potential target from a keeping the tribe strong perspective is Katrina. Their saving grace may be that Alan doesn’t trust the couple, assuming there is a couple.

But there’s a twist. Even if her own tribe didn’t take the hint that she may be a problem in challenges, Ryan did. His super idol must be played at the first Tribal Council. Since he will not be there, he had to will it to someone, and he chooses Chrissy, who can play it after the votes are read and as such can save herself or Katrina, ensuring that the tribe will be forced to sabotage itself because any other choice will apparently weaken the tribe in challenges, though getting rid of Alan, which is not an option on the table, would remove disruptive behavior.

Votes
Katrina
Ashley
Katrina
Katrina
Katrina

With 4 votes, Katrina has been voted off the island. Chrissy joined the rest of the tribe to vote out what they deemed the weakest link, eliminating her closest ally in the process.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 2, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.