Survivor San Juan Del Sur Recap
Wrinkle in the Plan
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
November 17, 2014
It’s finally time for our Immunity Challenge, which is a brain teaser that has the Survivors playing a “Memory” style game. As we know from past seasons, this is no easy challenge. After days and days on the island, the players’ mental conditions are not as sharp as they normally would be. In the first round of the game, Jon, Wes and Alec are quickly eliminated.
The second round rolls around, and we lose Natalie, Baylor, Jaclyn, Missy and Keith. That means that either Josh or Jeremy will win immunity tonight. On the very next memory item, Jeremy wins individual immunity. Needless to say, the Bro Alliance won’t be able to send him home tonight.
It’s time to play “It’s Anyone But a Boy.” Josh is the obvious choice since he’s the most threatening player, but he and Jeremy are the only ones who treated Jaclyn with any respect while Jon was away at Exile Island. Alec and Wes frankly deserve to be voted out for their behavior, but then again, so does Baylor. We’ll name her an honorary Bro for the night. More than anything else, what we’ve learned tonight is that you should never piss off Jaclyn.
The vote options are discussed. Jeremy says that he feels that he’s been battling Josh for control of the game the whole time, so he really wants to eliminate his key competitor. He knows his alliance is on his side, but worries about Jon and Jaclyn’s votes.
On the other side, the Bros (plus Josh) decide that Baylor will be the vote. Have you noticed that people dislike Baylor? No? Perhaps you’ve been watching Hell’s Kitchen instead of Survivor. Anyway, like Jeremy, Josh frets about Jon and Jaclyn and says that if they’re not on his side, he’s about to spend his last evening at the Huyopa camp.
This naturally segues into a conversation between Jaclyn and Jon. When he asks her how it went while he was gone, she tells him that she hates all the boys because they completely disregarded her in his absence. In addition, she notes that they’d have a much more difficult time beating the Bros in a challenge, so it makes sense to pick them off one by one. In confessional, Jaclyn notes that she’s not sure that Jon is 100% onboard with her and her decision to break with Josh and his alliance, which in her words is “stupid.”
Basically, we figure if Jon wants to have any sort of intimate relations with Jaclyn ever again, he probably ought to consider his next move very carefully.
What follows next is a conversation between Keith and Missy where Keith tells Missy how awful Baylor is, while she counters with the “your kid is awful, too” argument. Baylor wonders why Keith would say this to her mom, which is an absolutely fantastic point. Missy decides she needs to approach Jon and ask him to vote for Josh, but he’s obviously just saying, “Uh, sure.”
At this point, tonight’s boot is going to come down to whichever one of Jon or Jaclyn backs down. At Tribal Council, Jeremy talks about how much he needed Immunity for tonight’s vote, and Probst asks Josh if he feels the same way. If we’re reading Josh’s face, he thinks he’s going home tonight. He says that he absolutely needed the idol today, and has a sick look on his face throughout Tribal Council.
Natalie makes a savvy move when she talks about how much the Bros disrespected Jaclyn in Jon’s absence. This confirms exactly what Jaclyn had been telling Jon and may influence his vote in a positive way. The burps and farts come up again, giving Missy and Keith another opportunity to bicker.
After a bit more discussion about Jon and Jaclyn’s voting power, it’s time for the vote. We see Alec vote for Baylor because duh. We also see Baylor’s vote for Josh, where she notes that she stopped trusting him when he wrote her name down without telling her during the first Tribal Council. We mentioned at the time that this move made no sense and in fact it may have just come back to bite him (although let’s be fair – Baylor is going to justify her vote however she needs to justify it).
Probst reads the votes. It goes Baylor, Josh, Baylor, Josh, Baylor, Josh, Baylor, Josh, Baylor, Josh. The final vote goes to Josh. Throughout Jeff’s reading of the vote, he seemed very confident it would be him. He hugs and kisses Reed on the way out, and tells the gang he’ll eat a cheeseburger for everybody.
Too bad. Josh was probably the most likable person on the show. Oh, well. There might be some entertainment value in watching the rest of these losers bumble their way to the finish.