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Survivor San Juan Del Sur Recap
Episode 5

Blood Is Blood

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

October 23, 2014

Kelley and three people who instantly disliked her father.

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Oh, hey! Cue Alec! He’s talking about bartering with Jeff for more food. Frankly, we like Josh’s idea of killing a vulture and eating it better, but Alec says, “the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.” We suppose he’s sampled a lot of vulture in his lifetime.

Probst returns for the Immunity Challenge, which has the tribes digging in the sand for a bag containing some keys. Coyopa is digging “conservatively,” as Jeff puts it, while Hunahpu goes absolutely crazy with the digging. Hunahpu quickly finds their keys and are off and through the mud portion of the challenge.

Coyopa still hasn’t dug up their bag.

As Hunahpu unlocks their gate, Coyopa finally gets their key.

Hunahpu is over at the big container that has some beanbags to toss, and they bend it back and forth to hurl the contents all over the place. Koyopa is working their way through the mud.

It’s the end leg for Hunahpu as they throw their beanbags at the platform target. Coyopa has no idea how to get the beanbags out of the container/basket. Hunahpu has eight out of 10 beanbags on the target before Coyopa gets it sorted out, and basically they are able to leisurely lob their final two beanbags to win immunity.




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It’s a pretty embarrassing loss for Coyopa, really. And they’re all covered in mud and sawdust to boot.

Jeff sends the tribes away, but Reed asks Probst if they can have a word. Get ready for the snark. Reed asks if they can make a trade to get more rice. Wes and Josh appeal that they were rationing their food well at their former camp, but that big guys like Drew were eating all the food. Probst says he’ll come visit them “tomorrow” to see what he can do. We assume he just wants to consult with the producers to find a way to humiliate them for good TV. In the interim, they’re going to go hungry today. Stuff like this reflects poorly on Survivor as a concept.

Anyway, it’s time to play “It’s anyone but Dale.” Keith worries that he is a target, but it seems that Dale is instantly looking to work with Jon and Jaclyn (and of course his daughter) to vote for either Baylor or Missy. Jon isn’t sure this is the best play, and he and Jaclyn both decide they need to get to know people better before they make any sort of determination on a vote.

When Jon and Jaclyn approach Baylor and Missy, Baylor tries to explain away her prior alliance with the guys of Coyopa. Of course, this makes Jaclyn worried about working with the mother/daughter pair. On the other hand, she thinks Dale is pretty mean (which seems to be a consistent opinion from a lot of people in the game). They don’t really talk about why they’d choose to work with one pair over the other, but really more about the demerits for each one. We suppose you might choose to work with Missy/Baylor because they seem more clueless and easy to manipulate, while you would select Dale/Kelley because they’re smarter and Kelley might theoretically be better at challenges.


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