Survivor: Kaoh Rong - Episode Recap

Episode 5 - The Devils We Know

By Jim Van Nest

March 21, 2016

So long, we hardly knew ye. No, really.

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So, he goes to talk to Tai. And I have to say, Scot may actually have some game after all, because what he does here is masterful. Without giving up that Kyle has an idol, Scot takes Tai aside and suggests to him that maybe the best course of action would be for Tai to keep the idol and just let Anna go. Scot is pretty positive that the votes are going Anna's way, which means Tai is safe and he can hold onto his idol. Tai seems receptive to the plan, but he still really wants to save Anna. He tells us that he is really torn on what to do. He will bring his idol to Tribal and depending on how it goes, he may play it for Anna and he may not.

Tribal begins with Jeff asking about the numbers and the obvious Brain advantage. Aubry says that it's very easy to stick to the people you're used to. Scot tells Jeff that they seem to have made him part of the group, but who knows. Anna and Tai both agree that it's one of them tonight and then they each start to make their cases for why they should stay. He asks Joe if the talk of idols has come up. Joe tells Jeff that he feels pretty sure that the twist this season is that there is no twist and no idols. They're pretty far in the game and he hasn't heard anything about an idol.

Jeff asks Tai the same question and his response is essentially, "Idol, what idol? I don't have an idol. I can't find one. I suck at looking. Why would you ask me about an idol? Jeez Jeff, what's wrong with you. No, there are no idols out here. Oh, and I certainly don't have an idol, in my shoe, with a clue that tells me about a super idol. No sir, I certainly don't have that." For real, yo. If anyone walks out of this Tribal and doesn't know Tai has an idol, then they simply weren't paying attention.

At some point, Peter shows the world that he learned absolutely nothing from his last trip to Tribal as he basically claims that the Brains will stick together and he has no chance of going home. He says there's a very slim change that the Brains and Scot would team up and take a shot at the Brains. What a toolbag.


Anyway, it's finally time to vote. We see no votes this time. As Jeff goes to tally the votes, I can only assume that this is a unanimous vote. Jeff asks about playing an idol and after an eternity of heavy music that is really picking up steam - Tai does not play his idol and the result of the vote is a 5-1 vote sending Anna off to Ponderosa and the pre-merge vacation.

WOW, what a horrible decision! What sense does it make to hold the idol, watch your ally leave the game only to watch her be replaced by another one of your allies, which leaves you in the EXACT SAME POSITION you were in this week. The numbers are still the same and if you lose again next time, you have the same "should I or shouldn't I with the idol." What did you accomplish by sending Anna home? I love me some Tai, but he screwed the pooch tonight, folks. You play the idol for Anna tonight, send Peter's smug ass home and then welcome your girl Julia back into the fold tomorrow and voila, YOU have the numbers and with Scot on your side, you now have a 4-2 advantage and you can roll nice and easy into the merge. Especially when you know there will be another idol hidden and you have the experience of knowing how they hid the last one.

Even though this is only Episode 5, this was a "turning point" episode. And the turning point is this - even if Scot sticks with you, you still will have a 3-3 vote next time. Are you willing to let your numbers die when Brains target Julia next and you choose not to save her too? Once that happens, Scot will see the writing on the wall and you'll be next dude. Just an awful, awful non-play of the idol tonight. And it hurts that it came from my favorite person on this season. Ugh!

Next time on Survivor: Debbie decides to play the flirt card with "Greek God" Nick and Joe is about done with Peter and confronts him asking if Peter is trying to take him out. He's retired FBI and knows when people are lying and all. Hopefully the episode will be more interesting than the preview shows. I guess we'll have to see. While you wait, you should keep your eyes peeled for Ben's Power Rankings. 'Til then, take care!

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