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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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Natalie talks a lot more about how aggravated she is with Jon and that she wants her vengeance on him for the Jeremy vote. Never mind the fact that Missy was the one who betrayed her hardest in that situation. Anyway, we’re back to hating the twin. When she doesn’t talk much, she’s a lot easier to take.

The next segment continues her chatter. We can’t believe she doesn’t shut up. Natalie and Baylor plot to vote him out. Baylor thinks that Jon is taking advantage of her mom because he’s a man or something. Keith wonders why they’re keeping Jon and Jaclyn around. At some point, he figures the alliance of five has to split.

Jaclyn asks Jon if he really trusts Natalie, and he says yes. We can’t believe people at camp think he’s playing a good game.

Fortunately, Probst shows up to interrupt what is probably the worst Survivor segment so far this year. Missy and Baylor cry about being physically and emotionally exhausted and we roll our eyes. Just start the challenge already.

The challenge has the Survivors using a rope to turn a table, where they will balance some blocks in a row. It requires a delicate touch and extreme concentration. A lot of the players get off to a pretty good start, but it’s not long before everyone except Jon and Jaclyn knock their blocks down. Keith starts to catch up, but Jon has taken this game slow and easy. He comes back with his 10th block and ruins Natalie’s big plans for the day. If she really wanted to “get revenge” against Jon, she’d move the vote to Jaclyn tonight. She won’t do that, though. Thus…

It’s time to play “It’s Anyone But Keith or Alec.” Jon says that they should split the vote between Keith and Alec, and you can see that Natalie is annoyed with him for acting like he’s running the game. She’s also irritated with Keith for not winning immunity. How dare he not do exactly what she needs him to do!

Alec keeps up with the quitter talk as he tells Baylor that he doesn’t feel like anyone will even talk to him. She blah blahs something about how they have a weird brother/sister, boyfriend/girlfriend relationship (yes, that is weird, Baylor). She’s glad that Alec is not being voted out.




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But…

Natalie has decided to sort of team up with Keith. She and Keith will vote for Alec. She also suggests to Baylor that she should vote for Alec as well. Baylor isn’t happy about this, but she seems to be as closely allied with Natalie as she is with her mother.

At Tribal Council… well, nothing interesting happens. Keith talks about his precarious situation, and Jon talks about wine some more. He also cries about his dad, which reminds us that we should point out that he’s totally getting the winner’s edit.

With that short discussion ended, it’s time for the vote. Keith gets three votes, while Alec gets four. Jon is totally and utterly shocked that his instructions for the vote were not followed. Missy feigns shock as well, but it shouldn’t be hard for Jon to figure out the math. He and Jaclyn voted for Keith along with Alec, which means everyone else went against him. And really, we’re not sure why he cares so much other than the fact that Keith is semi-decent at challenges.

Now that the episode is complete, we see why this was a two-hour show. The second half offered absolutely nothing of interest. It was pure filler. The only way it would have been worse is if there had been no elimination.

Next week, it looks as though Missy may be a medical elimination. We’re sure it’s just a tease, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed anyway.


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