Survivor: Kaoh Rong
Episode 2 - Kindergarten Camp
By Jim Van Nest
March 1, 2016
We're back and it's time to play (for the second time) "It's Anyone but Alecia!" Scot is feeling really down for missing the final shot. He tells us that the main four are so tight that Alecia has to be the one to go. Kyle goes off on a rant about how dumb and useless she is. Frankly, this is the kind of stuff I can't stand on Survivor. Especially from the guy I picked as my winner. She's on the bottom and everyone wants her out. To sit there and keep rubbing it in and ripping her apart is just bad form. Jenny has also noticed this and she is starting to turn on him a little. They lock it in for Alecia to be the vote, but you can tell Jenny's heart isn't in it.
Next, we see Jenny talking to Alecia and suggesting that maybe they should make a move on Kyle. They bring in Cydney, and yet another all-girl alliance is born. They're excited about making a big move and trying to set themselves up for a longer game. I'm not exactly sure what game that is where their tribe loses every single challenge until there's a swap or a merge. But that's the game they're playing.
Seeing Jenny and Alecia talking more has Kyle a little spooked, but Scot calms him down and tells him he has nothing to worry about with Jenny. To cement it, he talks to Jenny himself and confirms that Alecia is still the vote. She tells us that maybe she was too quick to join the girls and she doesn't want to blindside Scot in the process. She grabs Cydney and goes through everything. Cydney doesn't really know what's going on as they head to Tribal, and she's a little concerned about that.
Jeff starts Tribal by mentioning that Alecia was on the bottom last time. He asks Jenny about all of the possible dynamics of the game. The first thing she says is that it was definitely up in the air today. Kyle, Scot and Cydney are all blown away. Jenny tries to explain it away as though everyone knows that there were all kinds of talks back at camp. The guys are completely blown away by this as they thought they were locked and loaded for tonight. We get a huge back and forth where Jenny claims Alecia started the all-girl talk and Alecia says she's lying. As we all saw, Jenny did start the conversation, so she's caught completely red-handed and there's really not a damn thing she can do about it.
Honestly, I don't recall ever watching the tide turn at a Tribal like this. If things continue as they seem, Jenny's Tribal tonight will be the single worst Tribal performance in the history of ever. I mean, she has completely self-destructed. There's some more back and forth, but let's just get to the vote, shall we?
We see no votes cast tonight and Jeff heads over to tally the votes. First four votes and we're tied 2-2 Alecia vs. Jenny. And the second person voted out of Survivor Kaoh Rong is... Jenny. Just like that, Jenny joins the short list of players who've essentially voted themselves off. If her plan all along was to stick with the guys, all she needed to do was shut the hell up and agree with everything they said and then join them in voting Alecia. This is one of the most epic meltdowns in Tribal Council history, and I don't think I'm being hyperbolic when I say that. It was that bad.
And like that, the Brawn tribe is set up to have a mega-underdog comeback except, I don't think they have what it takes to win anything. I wouldn't be shocked to see them end up at Tribal again next week where we'll be playing "It's anyone but Alecia" for a third straight week. For the record, the two votes that went against Alecia this time were Jenny and Scot. He stuck with her anyway. Kyle and Cydney had their minds changed at Tribal and joined Alecia in sending Jenny home.
Next time on Survivor, Debbie tries to make a move and she enlists Joe to help her. It makes me wonder if she, as a Brain and all, has considered that making a move when you're down in numbers two to four doesn't really do a whole lot for her. Anyway, also next time, the Brawn tribe seems to have a clue to an idol and it's every person for himself!
Thanks for reading and we'll see you next week. 'Til then, if you have anything to say about the show or the column, please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @vannestjc or as Jim Van Nest on the Facebook. Until next week, take care kids!