Survivor Worlds Apart - Episode 5 Recap
We're Finally Playing Some Survivor
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
March 23, 2015
And we're back with Part 2 of this week's double-decker Survivor Worlds Apart. I'm writing this intro prior to either episode and I'm testing out my prognosticating skills. My thought is that after last week's predictable episode, we might be in for another clunker in Ep 4. I'm expecting Ep 5, however, to be fantastic, which would make great sense. Instead of stretching a dull streak into three weeks, stomp it with an awesome Episode 5. Right? RIGHT?
Anyway, we just watched Blue Collar in their first Tribal Council where there was a three-way tie between Rodney, Sierra and Lindsey. On the re-vote, Lindsey was unanimously voted out of the game. Ultimately, not a great episode of Survivor, so like I predicted, we roll right into Episode 5 in hopes of breaking a two-week mediocre streak.
As you would expect, we go straight from Tribal Council back to the Blue Collar camp for the aftermath of the Lindsey vote. As you would expect, Sierra is not happy with the outcome. Things had become personal with Rodney. So, not only did she lose her bestie, but the tribe sided with a chauvinistic meathead over her girl. Her game is screwed, her friend is gone AND she still has to share space with Rodney and Dan. All in all, a horrible night for Sierra.
She wants to know who voted for her. Mike breaks it down by saying that she only got votes to ensure against a possible idol. That's as simply put as it can be. Dan tells her that the only way they can move on is if they air their grievances. This sounds like the perfect time for Sierra to tell the rest of the tribe everything she's feeling and how upset she is at the way that tribal went. So, naturally, before she can even open her mouth, Dan decides to let her know how shitty her challenge performances have been. She bagged out of the puzzle in Challenge One. She missed a lot of shots in Challenge Two (even though they won that challenge). Yeah, um, Dan? If I can have a word for a second...if the goal is tribe unity and bringing Sierra back into the mix, it's probably not best to launch into a soliloquy wherein you bash everything about her game. Granted, you made it on the show and I never have, but I feel pretty confident on this one. He could very easily have said, "Look, I'm sorry we voted your friend out. Bottom line, you are more valuable to this tribe, both at camp and in challenges. So is Rodney and that's why Lindsey had to go. We're keeping the tribe strong. We really want you to be a part of that tribal strength."
You have to talk this person up, not bash her. Or else, when a tribe swap/merge situation arises, she'll jump ship on you in a heartbeat. To make matters worse, Rodney jumps on the pile. Does it really matter what he said? Um, no. Mike does his best to stop the pile-on and try to bring her back into the fold, but the damage is done. At this point, I'm not sure there is anything that would bring her back in with the group.