Survivor: San Juan del Sur Power Rankings
Week 4
By Ben Willoughby
October 21, 2014

He's probably still talking about Keith's idol comments.

Last week, Hunahpu demonstrated what I’ve been saying for weeks – that they are just as big a bunch of idiots as Coyopa. Probst asked the question at their first Tribal Council: “Was it a brilliant tribal or absolute chaos?” From Hunahpu’s perspective, it was clearly absolute chaos, but for the audience it was probably both.

Here are the power rankings for this week. However, with a tribe switch coming up next episode, I didn’t put a lot of thought into them.


I don’t feel so bad now for not knowing what was going on in Hunahpu, because clearly no one else in the tribe knew what was going on, either. The so-called men’s “alliance” of five split their votes across four different castaways. By this point, they’ve had ten days to get on the same page about who to vote out first. Get it together, dummies! Meanwhile the four women had a common target and were able to vote out Drew. Still, I don’t think the women’s alliance will stick over the long term, it will just force a re-negotiation.

1. Jeremy

I talk about Keith later on, but for now I’ll ask this: “Who is the greater fool, the man who claims the popular guy on the tribe has an idol, or the popular guy who should have found the idol in the first place?” Jeremy had better have extenuating circumstances for not finding it, like “I have a severe idol allergy” or “I promised my mother I wouldn’t.” But Jeremy is still the popular guy and has everyone listening to him about Keith.

2. Reed

We haven’t seen much of Reed, except that he’s hanging out with the people who think of themselves as tribe leaders. Smart man.

3. Natalie

Natalie was the one we saw be instrumental in the Drew vote out, but that’s probably because she’s loudest. Anyway, she was talking about Keith with the power group of Jeremy, Jon, Drew and Reed, and later on about three of those four, and she was also the one we saw take the “let’s vote out Drew” proposal to Jeremy, so her position in the tribe seems reasonably secure. Also, she does a pretty good impression of Keith. Is it wrong that she is becoming my favorite member of Hunahpu? Probably not, because that assessment throws under “damning with faint praise."

4. Kelley

There was a Kelley sighting this week! Also, she has apparently watched a lot of Survivor and could be a strategic threat in the game. Of course, that assessment comes from Drew, someone dim enough to say, “Hey, let’s vote out Kelley!” within earshot of Kelley.

5. Keith

Keith goofed up a couple of times last week. After not finding the hidden immunity idol, he frames up Jeremy – the one guy on the tribe who seems to have solid relationships with everyone except Julie – for having sneaked it. And then he goes ahead and finds the idol anyway. No wonder that up until the last Tribal Council, Keith hadn’t heard about sub-alliances. Anyway, Keith broke the firefighter code! His ass is grass.

6. Jon

Jon had no idea about what was happening at Tribal, and now his closest ally is gone. Still, at least he didn’t all blubby when his girlfriend went to Exile Island. He even said that she would be able to handle it.

7. Missy

Missy was the one we saw come up with the idea to vote for Drew. For sure everyone was thinking it, but it takes someone to actually step up and say it. Of course, at Tribal Council she also stepped up and said that half of her tribe was selfish and lazy.

8. Julie

Everyone on her tribe applauded when they saw Coyopa had voted out John Rocker. The good news for Julie is that with a tribe switch coming up, she can easily flip her allegiance to people who are obviously disinterested in her feelings. The bad news for Julie is that the people she will have to flip over to are the same ones who voted her boyfriend out.


Coyopa didn’t get as much screen time last week, but we can still assume they are continuing their dysfunctional ways.

1. Josh

After being the voice of the Coyopa tribe for the first few weeks, Josh was nowhere to be seen last episode. Still, I assume he’s still the one running things over there.

2. Wes

Wes was just as invisible in last week’s episode. But how will he feel when he learns his father has broken the firefighter code? “Shocked and ashamed” is my bet.

3. Jaclyn

Jaclyn was sent to Exile Island. That was her big moment.

4. Alec

We saw Alec trying and failing at playing mind games with Baylor, the only person on his tribe he feels he can pick on. Isn’t it great that he is so clear about how this is happening because of his relationship with his father and his brother, but at the same time so clueless that he actually has the power to stop acting like a jerk? I mean, when you say “the only reason I’m only being mean to you is because my father made me do all the chores, and never asked my stupid Derek Zoolander brother who would have just screwed it up,” it should result in some kind of cathartic breakthrough. But not with Alec.

5. Baylor

Baylor may be thrilled that she wasn’t the one voted out last time Coyopa went to Tribal Council, but she is still the Coyopa punching bag.

6. Dale

Dale, the only one unaware that John Rocker would be going, was clearly not on the same page as the rest of his tribe. The others did a lot of reassuring that he was still a part of their alliance and voting out someone without him knowing about it was just a one-time thing. But that’s exactly what they would say, isn’t it?

Tune in for tomorrow’s episode where there’s a tribe switch, making this week’s power rankings utterly meaningless! And then come back again for Kim and David’s recap.