Survivor Kaoh Rong - Episode Recap
Episode 8 - The Jocks vs. The Pretty People
By Jim Van Nest
April 11, 2016
Hello, good people, and welcome back to Survivor High School Clique Edition. The jocks and cheerleaders started shoving geeks in lockers last week, but their diabolical plan was stopped when Mount St. Neal erupted on the ice cream man's knee and Dr. Rupert made the call to pull him from the game. It was a really interesting merge with a lot of people making moves in a lot of ways. Aside from losing someone to a med-evac, which is never cool, we also never got to see any alliances/deals/strategy actually play out at a Tribal. So, with that in mind - this week is totally up for grabs as well. What seemed like a great plan before Neal left may not sound as good today.
Even the episode title suggests that the Brawn and Beauties are going to battle it out and it's likely the Brains will be in the middle. Which is how Neal's evac could have actually killed a game changing alliance. If they make the move last week and vote out Aubry - it seals the bond between the Brawn and Beauties and likely leads to a Brains Pagonging. Instead, nothing was consummated, which again, leaves everything up in the air tonight. It certainly looks like it could be explosive, and I can't wait to get to the episode. So, let's do just that...
We begin tonight's episode right after Neal leaves. Joe feels like his game is in trouble now, as are Debbie's and Aubry's. Kyle tells us that Beauty and Brawn are still locked in and that the plan is to still split the vote, because they're not sure that the idol left with Neal. Aubry tells us that there's very much a high school feel in camp right now. The jocks and the pretty people are hanging out, while the nerdier people are outcast. But she's looking for cracks where she can get in there and take them down.
We come back from break as Day 20 dawns on the Dara tribe. Kyle is telling the tribe about his daughters and his younger daughter, Chloe, who has autism. He said he didn't really plan on talking too much about his kids, but they asked him. He tells them about all the therapy and the how all of their money goes to hospitals, doctors and therapists. And while I don't think he's using this to get ahead in the game, Cydney sure does. She's worried that now that people have seen his soft underbelly, he might be someone they'll want to vote for at the end. Um, Aubry - there's a crack. You should probably check that out.
This leads into a Probst Sighting! Today's challenge will divide the tribe into two teams. Each team will need to get one member across a course using only two poles for them to step on. So they step on a pole, move to the second, and the rest of the tribe has to move the first pole around front for that person to take the next step. The teams are Julia, Scot, Nick, Tai and Debbie against Aubry, Joe, Kyle, Michelle and Cydney. Oh yeah - they're playing for ice cream. Ugh.
The challenge starts and Julia and Aubry are on the poles. Julia and her team really have a good groove going, while Aubry falls in at least three times. She swaps out for Michele, who proves it's not that easy as she falls in twice and swaps out for Cydney. Julia is pretty far along and almost at the first platform when she wobbles a little bit. With one more small step, Julia makes it to the platform. Meanwhile, Cydney has fallen in a few times. Once all of Julia's team gets on the platform, they all take off to the final tiny platform where they all have to get to the top and stay there for three seconds. Oh yeah, Aubry is back on the poles again but still hasn't made it one step. Scot is the base of the tower and the yellow team just piles on and wins in one of the biggest blow out challenges in the history of the game. As yellow gets ready to have some ice cream, Aubry laments the team she picked and how she is just going from one bad decision to the next bad decision.
We come back from break as the winners get their spoils. Oh, by the way, the ice cream cart is actually back at camp, so the losing team could sit there and watch the other team enjoy their treats. To their credit, they're doing a pretty good job of not rubbing it in. All of a sudden, Kyle shouts over that it's okay if they want to get rowdy; they won ice cream. Michele doesn't really care for that. She feels that he thinks he's running the show and she isn't too fond of that. Um, Aubry - there's another crack. Talk from the ice cream team turns to family. Scot tells them that his mother isn't doing well and that part of why he's out here is to continue to help his mom and his brothers, who aren't as well off as he is from his NBA money. Julia tells us that she really feels a bond with Scot right now, even though they couldn't really talk strategy.
The next day we join Julia, Tai, Michele and Cydney as they try to take the boat out for a spin. Scot and Kyle are seeing this and wondering if there might be some sort of all girl alliance. Nick isn't worried about the girls bonding together. When the girls get back, Nick takes Julia aside to see where she is. She straight up tells him that there's no all-girl alliance. Cydney sees this talk and is just blown away by how stupid he could be to have these talks right in front of her. So Cydney calls the guys out for "checking up on them." She says they could have just come to her.