Survivor Worlds Apart - Episode 1 Recap, Part Two

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

February 27, 2015

Ah, the permanent shame of being first boot.

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We come back from break as So and Joaquin make their way back to camp with their ill-gotten gains. Apparently So has come up with a plan. It must be pretty convoluted, because Joaquin isn't even sure he can repeat it to the rest of the tribe. In a nutshell, they told the tribe that there were actually three choices. Honest, Deceive and Neutral. She says they chose neutral, because there were consequences with choosing the others.

Carolyn tells them that neutral is better than nothing. She tells us that she figures they have an idol clue. She goes on to say she doesn't blame them a bit; she'd have done the same thing. Egads... it's the Brains tribe all over again. We cut to Shirin and Max talking and she says the bag of beans was too small. Max agrees and calls them "terrible liars." Shirin tells us that in Survivor, there is no middle ground. It's either honesty or deception. She is, however, worried about them potentially having an idol, so she's off to make relationships asap.

She starts with Carolyn and they agree that they can work together. Max is the next target. She approaches him, saying that she's worried about So and Joaquin. She says they're dangerous with an idol clue and a definite alliance, and they've already deceived the whole tribe. Tentatively, Max seems to be in agreement here. I hesitate to call this an alliance. Shirin and Carolyn appear to be tight, but Max seems like he'll be glad to be their third, if it benefits him. Max is a student of this game. One of the first rules is "When someone asks if you're a god, you say, 'YES!'" Translated to Survivor, if someone asks you to be in an alliance, you ALWAYS accept. Always. Don't believe me? Go ask Jonathan Penner. So, Max accepts, but I'm not sure it's an airtight kinda deal.


We check in with Blue Collar and Sierra and Lindsey seem to be on a crab hunt. The guys are moving huge chunks of wood. And within minutes, Boston Rod and Mike have started a fire. Dan is pumped about this. Also, he has bought into the Blue Collar title hook, line and sinker. Similar to the way Rupert took to being a pirate, Dan is taking to being the mouthpiece for all Blue Collars everywhere. After the fire celebration, we join Rod and Lindsey discussing tattoos. Lindsey is covered in them, as is Rod. She tells him about her art and he tells us that he loved seeing the girl with all the tattoos in his tribe. He says it's an instant link and conversation starter.

People with tats love to talk about their art and it's an instant bond. He shows her a tattoo on his arm he got when he lost his big sister, which leads him into the story of how he was the one that found her in her apartment. And Lindsey is on the hook. Rod tells us that part of his plan was going to be to use that story to get the girls on his side and it seems to work perfectly here.

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