Survivor Worlds Apart - Episode 5 Recap

We're Finally Playing Some Survivor

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

March 23, 2015

Worst. Mastermind. Ever.

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As Shirin and Max continue their marathon strategy session, the other five sit in the shelter and talk about them. Everyone is annoyed by the fact that neither Max nor Shirin will stop talking. Kelly tells us that the No Collars are tight and that Carolyn is with them, so it makes no sense for her to go down with the sinking ship. So, she's with the majority and the only decision to be made now is whether it's Max or Shirin. Right about this time, we cut to Max, who says, "I honestly am not worried."

Will and Jenn both tell us that it's really a race between the two as to which is most annoying. Neither of them ever stop talking and to punctuate it, Jenn gives a sweet play-by-play as if it's a horse race between Max and Shirin for who gets to go home first.

The tribe comes into Tribal and Jeff starts with pointing out the obvious. Kelly is all alone in the middle of two three-person groups. He asks Shirin about it. She is in the middle of some kind of "we're a happy family new tribe" story and stops to ask Jeff why he's looking at her that way. He's making a face. For the record, no he wasn't. He does have the line of the episode, though, when he says, "Let me check myself, cause maybe the Botox isn't working." Love it!!


Also, I love that as soon as she starts down this road, the producers have queued up the do-do music. You know the music. They only play it when a player is doing or saying something stupid. Shirin is definitely getting the do-do music. They finally get past that and Probst asks Kelly if it feels like the tribe is a happy family. She says there are some things and she starts to laugh a little. Jeff wants to know why, and Max decides to help out by pointing out that, on paper, this new tribe is a disaster and it's just like the tribe swap from One World.

Now, I've spent a lot of time covering Survivor (I did sit out of the One World recaps) but I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable about the game and all of the seasons. But I couldn't tell you the first thing about the One World tribe swap. That's just nuts. Jenn can't help but laugh and says that she has trouble remembering everyone's name on her own tribe, much less on a season several years ago. Max admits to being obsessed with the show and it's just part of who he is. Shirin also admits to being a bit obsessive about the game, as it's been a life dream to play it.

Will mentions that the constant back and forth between Max and Shirin is a bit annoying. They're constantly off by themselves either talking strategy or whatever. Jeff asks Hali about being severely over-matched against the other tribe and wonders how she'll be voting tonight. She says that sometimes there are loyalty or strategy votes, and sometimes they have quality of life votes. She feels that after tonight's vote, things will be much better in camp. Will and Shirin both get the feeling that tonight's vote will be a #blindside.

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