Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 3

The Davids lost again in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 2, so rather than voting out their weakest links, they chose to get rid of Jessica.

Gabby considers Christian her number one ally. He may play along, but his primary ally is Nick. The two of them spread gossip that Gabby is to blame for the last vote. Nick sees this as an opportunity to get rid of someone who may become a closer ally to Christian than he is.

Jeremy’s paranoid that everybody is talking about him behind his back. He calls a tribe meeting to tell people to stop doing this. Are they actually doing it, though? Furthermore, he warns people that Dan has an idol. He didn’t exactly show it to him, but he knows because he is searching through people’s belongings.

A very rainy immunity challenge requires to them to maneuver through an obstacle course while attached to a rope, hook and pull a sled, and solve a large block puzzle. Reward is wet blankets, pillows, and other comfort items. Natalia and Angelina sit out for Goliath. Alec and Bi are the two on the obstacle course and end up dead even. That frees up two groups of three for the next leg. Still tied. Goliath pulls into a bit of a lead on the sled ring toss, but it’s anybody’s game heading into the puzzle. It’s the two nerds going against presumably less well equipped goliaths, including Natalie, who insisted on not sitting out as usual. Davids win immunity.

Despite the good news, Bi sprained her MCL during the challenge. She previously tore it and had to sit out for two months from her fighting. A weak knee could turn an otherwise potentially helpful asset into a liability.

Natalie’s failure at the challenge could easily be the final nail in her coffin. As it is, people don’t like her bossing them around and being aggressive, which she acknowledges, though she tries to use more favorable words.

Her only hope is that Jeremy is a dangerous player who has proven to be willing to do anything. Angela is pushing very hard to make this plan happen. Under the right circumstances, it’s not a tough sell because Jeremy is a problem. He’s just less of a problem than Natalie and can also contribute in a team game.

Though she’s annoyingly scrambling by arguing with Jeremy, Natalie seems to know she only has a couple hours left in the game. The bickering continues at Tribal Council. Whoever goes, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this behavior from the one who remains.


With 6 votes, Jeremy has been voted off the island. Not the smartest move this early in the game.

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

Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 2

Any strategy went out the window in Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 1 when Pat was medically evacuated after being injured on the transport back from the immunity challenge.

The hits keep coming. This time, the tribes get some of the worst weather conditions, a cyclone.

Kara seems to be in a showmance with Dan, but she wants people to know that isn’t really true. Natalia decides the girls have the power and have the guys wrapped around their fingers.

Dan says two too many people know about the idol. You told them. There was no reason for it. Now, more people know. Jeremy searches his bag and finds it. His rationale is that smart people should expect people to search their belongings. He also tells Mike.

Since he caught the octopus, Davie wants to fall into the role of provider. He’s constantly searching for food. And other things. In his travels, he finds an idol.

Nick was the target, but now that they lost Pat, they can’t just throw potentially strong people away. Carl targets Lyrsa as the weakest person. Not an unreasonable accusation. She takes credit for the first challenge, the one that Christian won and she just happened to be there, as an example of why this is wrong.

Natalie’s game is to lay low and get along with people. She can’t even do that little. John warns her, and she aggressively takes it to the others. She calls it assertive and doesn’t care if people get offended. Oh, they will.

For the immunity challenge, they will climb a ladder to retrieve a key to unlock a boat, paddle to a platform, retrieve bags of puzzle pieces, and solve a block puzzle on a wobbly table. Natalie sits out for Goliath. In addition to her social conflicts, she’s not apparently going to be any use in challenges either. Alec is the ladder climber and easily beats Bi. She finally finishes by the time Goliath starts on the puzzle. This seems over, but they aren’t exactly the puzzle tribe if the first challenge is any indication. Perhaps none of that matters because Jeff eventually tells us it’s been over an hour and they’re still working on the puzzle. In the end, Goliaths win immunity and fishing gear.

Lyrsa’s hail Mary is Jessica, not the most logical option, but they aren’t playing to win challenges, just to make it another day. Elizabeth wants to save her friend. Gabby is worried about a Lyrsa vote because she admits she’s also weak, so if weak people are targets, she’s next. They hope to win over Christian and in turn Nick.


With 5 votes, Jessica has been voted off the island. Not a result I would have predicted, but there are just enough people worried about what the others will do with the power rather than what will happen in challenges.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 3, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: David Vs. Goliath Episode 1

Season 37 pits 10 contestants who are the underdogs against 10 who have had it easier. Some members of the Goliath tribe laugh at their challengers as they see them getting on the boat. Not a great first impression.

David (Orange): Bi, Carl, Christian, Davie, Elizabeth, Gabby, Jessica, Lyrsa, Nick, Pat
Goliath (Purple): Alec, Alison, Angelina, Dan, Jeremy, John, Kara, Mike, Natalia, Natalie

The Goliath tribe is asked to pick the weakest man and woman on the opposing tribe. Christian and Lyrsa are selected. Then they pick their own strongest man and woman: Alison and John.

Because the others have selected the competitors, the David tribe may now pick which path they prefer. They choose to send the others over a plank bridge, through a net tube, and then have them do a 15 block puzzle. Davids will do the beam over water, crawl under nets, and do the 8 piece slide puzzle.

Lyrsa and Christian jump out to an early lead, but the second obstacle was not quite so easy, roughly tying the teams as they hit the puzzle. Davids solve the puzzle in less than 5 seconds to win a shelter kit reward. Apparently, Christian wrote slide puzzle algorithms as an undergrad. Apparently, people write slide puzzle algorithms. This is the problem with these choices. They picked the physically weakest man, disregarding that he is not mentally weak.

Dan and Kara are already flirting pretty much minute one.

Pat is a property manager and immediately takes charge of the shelter building. The problem is that he may fall into the trap of the overbearing chief when others don’t want a chief. On the opposite end is Nick, who doesn’t see why he should waste energy building.

Likewise, Natalie thinks she is the other tribe’s boss. She is a CEO and old enough to at least be the mother of most of the others. She’s used to being in charge of such people.

Jessica is a 19 year old pretending to be 22 because she doesn’t want others to think she is too young. So 3 years then.

Mike goes looking for an idol right away. This is not going to help him remove the target already on his back from being on The Amazing Race and people believing he probably doesn’t need the money. Despite all their whining about how he is trying too hard and putting a target on his back, everybody follows suit. Kara, Natalia, and Dan go idol hunting in a group. Dan is the one to spot it. Rather than keeping it secret, he calls it out and tells them. That may form a bond, but it could also backfire.

Davie manages to catch an octopus. If he keeps it up and can become the provider, he’ll be safe for a while.

The immunity challenge will require them to run through obstacles, dig under a log, trying to be first so the other team must be penalized by having to untie knots, climb a ladder, cross the Survivor pole vault, and solve a giant number puzzle. Carl and Alec are the diggers, and Alec gives Goliaths the lead, which only grows. Christian is the caller for his tribe in this giant slide puzzle, while the other tribe is yelling at each other. It wouldn’t seem that would be a winning strategy, but Goliaths win immunity. That was close enough that, if not for the early performance, Davids could have won.

Just as we thought the drama of the Tribal Council was coming up, we cut to a scene of Pat on a stretcher. They were on a boat transporting them back to camp, and they hit a wave which led to him injuring his back. He’s begging to not leave despite the obvious pain. They have to take him to the hospital, which means he is out of the game.

You want to talk about underdogs. Hell of a way to get eliminated from the game. It’s not like he did anything wrong. Maybe it was avoidable with better safety precautions being taken by the crew, but he was just coming from a challenge, standard mundane routine.

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