Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance Power Rankings
By Ben Willoughby
November 4, 2015
It’s now known that Joe wants Kelley around – and since certain people want to keep Joe around, that could be bad news for Kelley. Fortunately for her, she has that idol no one knows about.
With Joe and Jeremy on the opposing side, Woo and Dietz gone and the tribe in a mess alliance-wise, Bayon III have to be thrilled with the news of a merge next episode.
Kass notes that there’s “no love connection” with Spencer, but when Kass leaks Savage’s plan, Spencer (from what we see) is taking it on board and not really wondering if Kass is messing with him. So the two at least seem to have a level of understanding that they can play together. Even though Kass brought in Spencer to be the fourth vote, she turned out to be the swing vote with the obligatory “I don’t know what’s going to happen” interview. There’s been a lot of talk (mostly from Probst) about Chaos Kass and Calm Cass, and Calm Kass seems to be in control for now. I mean, working with your sworn nemesis is chaotic, but not nearly as chaotic as setting up a blindside and then reneging on it.
Ciera was put off by Savage nominating her as the fake vote and undermined him by pointing out that Savage was all “Bayon-strong” but is not nominating Woo to be the boot-ee or even the fake boot-ee. There are obvious issues with going against your alliance, but at the same time I understand why Ciera would not want her name to be out there as the vote. Even if it’s fake, people who have been voted for keep getting voted for, especially people who are female, not physical, and underestimated. I think making a power-play over the issue was the right move for her. Better to do it now and shut it down rather than go along with it and have to go through being the goat at every future vote.
Spencer gave the editors yet another gift in an episode filled with mistaken perceptions when he interviewed that “Savage is a really good guy and someone I can trust,” unaware that Savage is preparing him for “one of the most devastating, unexpected blind sides in the history of Survivor.” Life is full of lessons for Spencer these days.
Having finally gotten rid of Woo, I’m looking forward to seeing what new Survivor purpose she will find. Will she hear Ciera and Kass talking about her and decide to split them up? Will she decide that Savage is too bossy and has to go? Will she be offended by Tasha listening to her? Only the gods know for sure.
Savage’s plan was for the three Angkors to loop in with Kass and Ciera, and this five could run the tribe. Poor naïve Savage. His plan probably would have worked if he had said the vote would be between Spencer and Wiglesworth, but instead he announced that Ciera would be the goat and relied on the “solid bond” between Abi and Woo. If the only connection between two players is that one voted for another twice and the other openly resents it, that’s less a bond than a geological fault-line.
What Savage really needed was a Tasha who is willing to make the relationships, sell the strategy to the people who are going along with it and keep everything steady. Instead, he alienated Ciera, which put off Kass, which meant that Abi had an opportunity to get rid of Woo. Savage is one of those bosses who thinks that everything good that happens is due to his inspiring leadership, when it’s really down to people who are willing to do the grunt work and the boss staying out of their way. It’s only when the boss does get involved that problems happen.