Survivor San Juan Del Sur Recap
Episode 13

Let's Make a Move

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

December 11, 2014

I got mud on my face for nothin'.

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The wind picks up, but our three remaining contestants hang tough. Natalie seems pretty comfortable, but the guys are having a bit more trouble. And indeed Keith does lose control of his cylinder. It’s Natalie versus her “rival” Jon, so she’s going to be super motivated. There’s another big gust of wind, but ultimately it seems to be Jon just breathing on his cylinder that causes it to fall. Natalie wins immunity. She’s obviously going after Jon. The question is whether he and Jaclyn will be smart enough to play his idol.

Keith props Missy up on their way back to camp, and Jon figures he has a good plan to eliminate Keith tonight. Natalie, on the other hand, is aware of Jon’s secret idol. Her strategy is to split the votes between Jaclyn and Jon to get rid of one of them. (It would be a 2-2-2 vote.)

There’s just one little fly in the ointment. Baylor has to convince her mom to vote for Jon. Missy just doesn’t want to do that, because she has a “deal” with Jon. Baylor rightfully points out that Missy can’t win in a final vote versus Jon, and that she’d be far better off sitting next to Baylor and Keith at the end. Missy wants to be sure to be honest to the people she’s allied with (never mind the people she already lied to), so she’s struggling with this decision. If she really wants to be technical, her alliance is with Jon, so she might as well throw one Jaclyn’s way.

At Tribal Council, Keith jumps right in and talks about how he thinks the alliance of five is strong and impenetrable. He points out that he does have a vote, though, and that if someone wants to make a big play in the game, they should use it. Keith also notes that it would be a lot more impressive to the jury to make a play now rather than just coasting with the alliance of five and eventually to the end.

Probst asks Jaclyn what she thinks of all this, and she says that of course she thinks people are probably thinking about opportunities to change the game, but she still believes her alliance is strong and that she and Jon are not going home tonight. This brings a lot of sour looks from both players and jurors, including Missy. Jaclyn may have just sealed her fate with that comment.

Natalie talks a little about vulnerability due to having been away for two days, but of course she won immunity at the challenge so it’s a little hollow and meaningless.

That’s okay, though, because Probst lays a trap for Jon and he takes the bait. Our benevolent host asks if Jon thinks much about his speech at the final Tribal Council, and Jon replies that he thinks about it all the time. Jaclyn may have pissed them off, but this comment is like dropping a bomb. He does follow it up with a comment about the impressiveness of the five sticking together, so at least that’s something to give Missy pause before voting his ass out.


When Jeff quizzes Missy on the possibility of making a move, she makes the excuse that she’s not able to think about much other than her broken foot. However, she does state that she is loyal to a fault when it comes to Jon. We can’t help but notice that it’s Keith that helps her to and from the voting booth and not Jon, though.

Probst asks if anyone will play an immunity idol, and Jon holds tough. It’s basically all up to Missy.

When Jeff reads the votes, it is in fact two for Keith, two for Jon and two for Jaclyn. That means that Jon, Jaclyn and Keith will not be able to vote, which means that finally, Natalie and Baylor are about to send Jon home. The jury is delighted with this turn of events.

Of course, Jon credits Keith for a big move, which just reinforces the fact that he doesn’t see women as being able to strategize at all. And that includes his own girlfriend.

In closing, Jon says that he wishes he’d played his idol, which means that it was more important to him that he win the game than that his girlfriend stay in the game. Or maybe he’s really bad at math.

Next week is the two-hour finale! Join us for a two-part recap that will reveal the Sole Survivor.

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