Survivor: Kaoh Rong - Episode Recap
Episode 6 - Play or Go Home
By Jim Van Nest
March 30, 2016
Saved by the commercials. Day 16 dawns at Gondol and Peter is scheming with Scot to take Aubry out. Joe takes note and decides he'll "broach" Peter and straight up ask him if he's trying to get him out. So Joe asks him and he dances around the question. It is one of the worst performances in the history of Survivor. For someone who thinks he's so smart and so in control, Peter is one of the single worst players to ever play this game. And that includes some really bad players. And on that low note, it's time for a...
Probst Sighting!! Today's challenge will have the tribes working as a team to get through a tough obstacle course. Part of the course includes a bunch of blocks on a big net. They'll have to knock the blocks off the net and then stack them all, big blocks on bottom, little blocks on top. Seems easy, right? Yeah, not when Peter's on your team. The Gondol tribe gets to the block stacking first and Peter's genius idea is to stack all of the little blocks first and then start stacking the big ones, lifting the little block stack to add every big block. So basically, working from the middle. Yeah, it makes no sense to me either. Amazingly enough, the tribes are actually neck and neck as they finish...but in the end, the stupidity of the "build from the middle" strategy hamstrings Gondol and Chan Loh wins immunity by one block!
Welcome back to a rousing rendition of, "It's anyone but Peter!" After lamenting the loss, it's time to start strategizing, right? Aubry is worried about voting for Peter as it would give Tai, Scot and Julia the numbers on their tribe. She tells Joe that the argument they had earlier is very bad and he needs to go make amends with Peter so they can keep the numbers. So, Joe does just that and he and Peter talk it out and now Peter is ready to stay with the Brains and take out Julia. Scot approaches Peter and he tells him that he's sticking with the Brains and voting out Julia. Scot knows that Peter is now completely full of shit, but if they refuse to break their numbers, the best option is a tie. Scot, Julia and Tai are set to vote for Peter, for now. If they can get rid of a Brain, they have the numbers and they can run this tribe to the merge.
Julia decides to make a play for Aubry. She and Tai tell Aubry that Peter has been telling Julia that instead of voting out Joe, that Aubry might be the best vote at this point. Aubry knew Pete was targeting Joe, but now that her neck is on the line, that's a different story, right? Scot tells us that he doesn't know what Aubry plans to do, but if they can't get a confirmation from Aubry, they'll have to go with the flow and dump Julia. Meanwhile, Aubry tells Joe she thinks they should flip their vote to get rid of Peter, but he's not having it. He wants to "stick to the plan" and vote Julia. He doesn't like Aubry switching it up right before Tribal; he thinks that's how they get in trouble. She's still on the fence as the group heads to Tribal Council.
Tribal starts with Julia lighting her torch. It continues with her talking about being in a precarious position when she came into this tribe. Everyone discusses whether or not they plan to stick to their old tribal alliances or should they forge ahead with new alliances. Talk turns to whether or not Peter is trustworthy or willing to stay with his alliance. Julia piles on, talking about Peter trying to make a move on others. As Tribal goes on, Peter becomes more and more of a wild card (did I mention that he's possibly the worst player ever?). As they talk, Aubry is whispering with Scot to see if they should vote Julia or Peter. Scot says Peter. Finally, Scot tells Julia, "Julia, original plan." And you can actually see plans being made while they sit at Tribal. And with that, it's time to vote.
We see Julia's vote for Peter. We also see Peter's vote for Julia. We then see Aubry agonizing over her vote until she finally writes Julia. Jeff'll tally the votes. First vote: Peter. Julia. Peter. Julia. Peter. And the sixth person voted out of Survivor: Kaoh Rong is
Julia Peter. Damnnnnn, Aubry straight up put a line through Julia and voted off Peter. Ultimately, I think this was the move to make. With a merge looming, you can't have someone like Peter left in the game. He'll flip on you and ruin everything. Sure, they lose a Brains number, but was he really a number if his endgame was to take out the Brains one by one? Not at all. I worry that Aubry's method of dumping Peter may come back to bite her, but the move was the right one. Of that I'm sure.
Next time on Survivor: That's right, kiddies...it's the MERGE!!! And with the merge will come a definite power struggle. We have Debbie thinking she is the puppet master. Kyle and Scot think they'll just start shoving all the geeks in lockers, and Nick somehow thinks the game is his and the Beauties to be won. Yeah, really...he does. No matter what, next week is sure to have plenty of fireworks, so please be sure to come on back and join us for the next episode in what is turning out to be a pretty good little season of Survivor. 'Til then, take care!