Survivor: Worlds Apart - Episode 8

Keep it Real

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

April 9, 2015

Yeah, I still think we've got them outnumbered.

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We come back from the credits the next morning. Rodney is making more friends by telling the girls that they're not cooking enough food. He tells us that when he starts to get frustrated, he just walks away to calm down. In this case, he walks over to where Jenn is cutting salami and starts peeling off the casing. Shirin asks him to please leave it on, probably because it at least offers a small barrier to all the dirt. Of course, Rod takes exception to that and one of the more pointless mini-arguments ever ensues. He tells us that you have to earn respect and that Shirin is just useless around camp. But, it doesn't matter because he has the numbers and he can do whatever he wants. Wow, someone could be in for a major fall.

And now it's time for a Probst sighting!! Today's reward challenge is an old standby. It's the balance beam/puzzle challenge. They'll make their way across the beam and get puzzle piece bags. Once they have a bag, they have to take it to the other end of the balance beam and go back for the next bag. The first three people to get all their bags move to the second round. Then it's a race to see who can finish the puzzle first. Winner will be taken to the top of the rain forest where they will zip line to the bottom and then feast on a pizza picnic! Worth playing for? You bet it is!

The challenge starts and Joe is off like a shot. Dan and Shirin? Not so much. Both of them take hard falls. Mike, Jenn, Hali and Sierra are next to get bags across. Then Rodney, Will Carolyn and Dan. Everyone has a bag but Shirin at this point. Oh yeah, Joe now has two. He ain't playing. There's little drama on this one as Joe blows away the field. Mike is behind him but still well ahead of everyone else. The only drama comes down to Hali and Sierra as they race for the third and final spot. And by a couple steps, Hali is moving on to the second round.


The puzzle this time around is a nice rusty anchor. Joe and Mike are off to real quick starts. Hali is very steady. As they near the end, Jeff points out that some pieces may seem right but they're not. There is only one way to solve this puzzle.

Mike starts to fall out of the challenge but Hali and Joe both have pieces in the wrong place. Mike starts to catch up and he and Joe are virtually neck and neck. But as expected, Joe figures it out, Mike panics and Joe...wins...reward! And you know he's gonna have to pick people to go with him, but how many? Jeff tells him to pick three people. He picks Tyler, Will and then because of how well she did in the last challenge, Mama C.

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