Survivor: San Juan Del Sur - Episode 14
This is My Time - Part 1
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Viking
December 18, 2014
Back at camp, Baylor is, like, really bummed that Keith won reward. She says he's the biggest threat and really didn't need any help. The trio of girls discuss that Keith has to go if he doesn't win immunity. Keith walks off to the side to read his advantage. The note tells him that a challenge table has been delivered to a remote location. He can go there and practice for as long as he wants. But once he stops practicing, he's done. He arrives at the location and the challenge table is basically a Rube Goldberg looking machine where the players will use these flat spoon-ish looking things to transport three balls through a maze of metal. First person to get all three balls through the course will win. In 29 seasons of Survivor, I've never seen anything like one person getting to practice a challenge before it happens. We're treated to several shots of Keith struggling with this challenge. He tells us that with this practice time, he might not be out of the game just yet. He also tells us that he plans to stay there until dark practicing. And with a million bucks on the line, I certainly agree with that decision.
We're back from break and Baylor is confirming with Natalie that she's going to the final three. To her credit, Natalie is actually thinking about her chances with Missy and Baylor and the possibility of jumping to Keith and Jaclyn. She reminds us that she has an idol and she has no issue playing it to guarantee her spot in the final four. She's kind of just agonizing over which way is the best way to go. Once the idol is played, if she doesn't win immunity, she has to trust other people to take her to the final three. And with Missy and Baylor controlling half the votes, they'll be her only option.
And with that, it's another Probst sighting!! I've already described the challenge, so let's get to it. By the way, since this is a stationary challenge, Missy WILL play. She found one of Rocker's shoes in camp and they cut it up to fit over her cast so she can have a little extra support while standing. The challenge begins and no one, including Keith, is having any luck moving these balls through the course. After a handful of tries, Keith seems to have regained a feel for the course and he starts moving that first ball through. Once he drops it off at the end of the course, he never looks back. Keith quickly moves all three balls through while only Baylor actually got a ball past the half-way point of the course. Looks that reward challenge advantage clue really paid off as Keith. Wins. Immunity!!
Okay, so I'm totally stoked for the Make a Wish kid who designed the big challenge. I think it's great that he was able to do it and it's even better that he gets to attend the finale live and get a mention from Jeff Probst. We don't, however, need three to four full minutes of it when that time could be devoted to the show. Just sayin'. Anyway, back to the action. We get back to camp and Keith is shocked that no one was able to get a ball to the end. Natalie decides it's because Keith is good with balls. Get it? Get it? Anyway, Keith tells us that it's Jaclyn's time to go tonight, which seems pretty likely. While Keith, Missy and Baylor discuss Jaclyn heading to Ponderosa, Jaclyn is down making a pitch to Natalie to keep her in the game. She says she is down for taking out either Missy or Baylor if Natalie wants to. Jaclyn tells Nat that she wants to get rid of Missy because Baylor does whatever her mother tells her. Natalie tells her that she feels comfortable that Missy and Baylor will bring her to the final three, but they are blood and there's no breaking that.