Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance Power Rankings
By Ben Willoughby
November 24, 2015
Previously on Survivor, Joe continued to win and the hunt for a hidden immunity idol meant that “I have to go to the bathroom” excuse was used in both finding an idol and preventing the finding of one. There was rain at the immunity challenge and even more rain at Tribal Council, through which even Probst had to suffer. And in a blindside, the bloc of Fishbach, Jeremy and Spencer aligned with the Witches Coven of Ciera, Kelly and Abi-Maria to vote out Wiglesworth. Sorry Wiglesworth – the tribe has spoken, even if you barely did.
With Varner, Deitz, Savage, and now Wiglesworth gone, Fishbach is now “last surname standing.” Fishbach talked about Joe and Kelly’s “shared arrogance about how awesome they are” but also managed to name-drop King Duncan as the target of assassination in Macbeth. He also spent a good chunk of Tribal Council talking about his “voting blocs” theory and how it is an evolution of the game. It sounds like Fishbach can talk about the things he is good at and dismiss other play as “dumb,” but when other people have a bond based on something they are both good at and he is not, it is “shared arrogance.” Oh well.
But it was a big week for Fishbach. First, he won a challenge with a physical component. Even if he was only competing against Spencer, Fishbach still won the right to replace another player’s Tribal Council vote with his own, so it counts. And then he managed to convince Jeremy and Spencer to go along with his big move to get rid of Wiglesworth. These are two independent-minded players who had other (probably better) options for that next vote. So Fishbach is sitting pretty at #1.
Jeremy was sad to see Savage go – mostly because it was great to have another physical threat “that people didn’t like” – so he went into over-drive looking for a back-up idol. After finding the idol and then the clue, Jeremy got the episode’s hero edit where he breaks up talking about his wife Val and how he wants to make her life easier, and his two kids’ lives easier and his unborn, gender-unknown child’s life easier too.
It’s unclear exactly why Jeremy made the decision to flip on half his alliance, but I wonder if he saw a sub-alliance coalescing around Joe. We saw Wiglesworth saying that she trusted Joe, Keith and Kimmi, which would mean that once the Witches Coven was voted out, things would be very difficult for Jeremy. But even so, he is right to be worried about the four people coming back from Tribal who were also blind-sided.
Two allies gone in two weeks and most everyone else wants him to go next. Joe is just going to have to keep winning challenges.
After the reward challenge, we saw Tasha deflect attention from Jeremy by casting the “what about Wigles?” hook and getting bites from everyone, because apparently everyone likes Wiglesworth and thinks she has a great social game. First, not that we saw, and second, I don’t think Tasha will appreciate being left floundering by Jeremy. With three each in the Fishbach bloc and the Witches Coven, and Joe, Kimmi and Keith seemingly aligned, Tasha may be the only available vote in the game.