Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance Power Rankings
By Ben Willoughby
October 14, 2015
New Ta Keo.
With Dietz, Joe, Kelley and Kass, New Takeo is the new muscle tribe, and I guess Keith and Ciera are members too. It’s Okay-o to be New Takeo.
Everyone still loves Joe, and to celebrate he killed a chicken. Ah, Survivor Jenn memories.
Kass seems to be in with Ciera.
Ciera seems to be in with Kass. I approve of this combination.
We didn’t see any homespun wisdom or spitting from Keith last episode, but we can safely assume it happened.
It was Dietz who brought about the tribe switch by loftily declaring that he has gone from the bottom of his tribe to the absolute top and if this trend continues, he’ll be running this game! OK Dietz, you tried out your social game and it worked at a 101 level, but now we need to talk about Survivor jinxing and how you shouldn’t do it because I am liking you this season. But even though he’s only one of two old Bayon on his new tribe, he thinks everything’s coming up Milhouse because they’ll never lose a challenge! What did I say about jinxing, Dietz?
Probst referred to Kelley as Wentworth, which is solidly “Oh, come on!” territory. This is the biggest last-name devaluation since Cochran’s first episode. I realize there are two Kellys this season - Kelly W’s, even - but it seems there are two Kellys on nearly every season of Survivor and we always managed before by calling them Purple Kelly or something. Anyway, KELLEY is occupying herself by throwing Dietz under the bus.
Angkor got saddled with being the loser tribe from the get-go, because they were left with no possessions, no shelter, just an empty beach. That’s pretty sucky, and I feel they should have got something like a shelter beach or a Survivor care package to even things out. You can tell they are the loser tribe, because apparently the best-qualified puzzle-solver on the tribe is Woo.
Tasha got a hero edit for the episode, with interviews about how she is a fighter. We see that she is the one to pick up on the tension between Abi and Peih-Gee, and the one to make the pitch to Abi about why she and Savage should stay and someone like Varner should go. She also busted Varner talking with Wiglesworth, which seems like an over-reaction but over-reactions are everywhere on this tribe.
This all seems great for Tasha, but now she’s the designated Abi-wrangler. The Black Spot has been passed!
Savage can’t believe how lucky that everything is falling into place for him. I can’t believe it either, but I hope it’s because karma is saving up for a humiliating defeat.
Abi continued her up-front style of play by telling the other original Ta Keos that she was going to vote with Tasha and Savage - until next week when she gets upset with them and votes with another alliance. In Tribal Council she claims to be a “committed person,” and I think I speak for everyone that her committal cannot come soon enough. When voting out Peih-Gee, Abi said that “Peih-Gee talks way too much” and “should take a chill pill.” At least she didn’t bring a mirror as her personal item.
Woo is sensible enough to suggest that the four original Ta Keos just chill and stick to four. But he's also naive enough to believe that's how things will go down. And then he gets upset that he “gets the last word at the very last second,” because Varner has a fake deal with Savage and no fake deal with Woo! Poor Woo, left out of the fake alliances! I feel that dependable Woo is up higher than erratic Varner, but as Abi pointed out, he has voted for her twice.
Varner decides within five seconds that Savage is going to get on his nerves, which even I think is a little fast out of the gate. After Tasha called him out at the challenge, he had what everyone - including Probst and himself – referred to as a “meltdown”, which was really just saying that Savage is a phony, making alliances with Varner and Peih-Gee. Did anything more - that we didn't see - happen after the challenge? Varner claims not to remember anything about it, and hammered home that Savage and Tasha are now in control of the vote.
Varner did the right thing to shut up and shift blame at Tribal Council. Tasha made a big thing of how Varner should have “kept business in the family”, but what is waving your arms about while yelling “we got a rat!” if it’s not airing family business in public? And you can argue that Tasha and Savage weren’t really in control of the vote, because it was really his vote that sent Peih-Gee home. But shutting up about all that was the right move.
Those are the power rankings for Week 3. Tune in to see everyone get hurt in a blindfold challenge, and then come back here for Jim’s recap where he can talk about all the players who got medevac’d.