Survivor San Juan Del Sur Recap
Episode 12

Still Holdin' On

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

December 8, 2014

The dude no longer abides.

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After Tribal Council, everyone is talking about the fight between Jon and Jaclyn at Tribal. Now that it’s all over, they’re hugging each other and huddling around the fire.

Alec is a little bit annoyed that he’s been accused of flirting. If he really wanted to flirt with a girl, he’d flirt with a girl – and she’d know it. He’s also bummed out that he really doesn’t have anyone to talk to now. Reed asks Jon if he will be the next vote at Tribal Council, and Jon tells him that he just doesn’t see his alliance cracking. He figures he is totally in control of the game. Never mind the fact that we effectively established in the previous hour that he and Jaclyn are bottom of the heap in the group of five.

We jump right into another Reward Challenge, which means that it’s time for even. More. Probst! Today’s challenge has Survivors standing on a small block while balancing a ball with a piece of wood. The winner will receive a canopy bed delivered to camp. They’ll eat spaghetti, chicken Parmesan, and wine in bed. Sounds messy.

While Probst is talking about the challenge requiring concentration and balance, Alec falls off his perch. He’s in serious danger of checking out emotionally. After another 20 minutes, Jon is barely hanging onto his grip, but he still beats out Missy, who loses focus. Keith is out next (spit). Soon, Baylor is out, which means that our final three are Jon, Jaclyn and Natalie. The couple has a great shot at reward… except for the fact that they are the two who are struggling to keep their ball balanced. Jon loses his grip, and Natalie and Jaclyn are both fighting it hard. Ultimately, Jaclyn can’t keep it going, so Natalie is our winner.


She chooses to send Alec to Exile Island, which probably isn’t going to help his morale any. Natalie also gets to choose two people to share the reward – and the bed – with her. Naturally, she picks Jon and Jaclyn. Threesome! Oh, wait. She tells them not to get freaky with her. She says that she chose Jon because she’s been wanting to vote him out, so he’ll trust her when she’s ready to backstab him. Of course, she’s had every opportunity to eliminate him without taking advantage so far, so we’re not really getting her strategy here.

Missy and Baylor both seem a little bit annoyed about being excluded, but not like Jaclyn was with the last challenge.

There’s something ceremonial about the tribe leading the threesome to their bed. They definitely feel weird about enjoying the challenge in front of them. Missy and Baylor, who are pouting a bit, head off with Keith to get some water. It freaks Jon and Jaclyn out.

While she eats with Jon and Jaclyn, Natalie is plotting Jon’s demise. Of course, Jon just thinks that he and Natalie are the best buddies ever, and then he talks about being a wine snob. In fact, he wants to be a sommelier in Las Vegas. Natalie gets even more annoyed with him.

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