Survivor: Kaoh Rong - Episode Recap
Episode 9 - It's Psychological Warfare
By Jim Van Nest
April 19, 2016
Hello, good people, and thank you for joining me for another thrilling episode of Survivor: Kaoh Rong. Last time we hung out, alliances were still up in the air and all over the place. Tai had a great first half of the episode and a terrible second half. Of course, Nick had the worst episode of all as he fell victim to his own arrogance and over-confidence. But let's talk Tai for a second, shall we? First off, he had an incredible Immunity Challenge win, making him safe from the vote. But then, at Tribal, he lets slip confirmation of the Super Idol - which most of the cast had NO idea about. And then to finish off his episode meltdown, he was the one and only person to vote for Kyle Jason. Most votes went to Nick...some went to the originally planned boots - Aubry and Debbie. But then there was one rogue vote for Kyle. That is NOT gonna go over well and could spell the end of Tai's game.
The previews for this week suggest that Kyle and Scot go full Hantz and start hiding things like the ax and the machete. They're looking to #Sabotage the camp. There's also a hint that Julia is going to continue her good relationship with Scot Pollard, which will put her on the outs with everyone else on the tribe. So, will the women's alliance hold? Will anyone find the machete? Will Joe ever do anything useful this season? I guess now is as good a time as any to peek in and see how it's going.
We begin this week's episode at camp right after Tribal, and the guys are pissed. And by guys, I mean Scot and Kyle. And what do you do when you get pissed in Survivor? How about sabotage the camp? Sounds good to me! Let's hide the ax and the machete and stop providing food. That'll show 'em. Tai, oddly enough, actually joins in on the plan and agrees to stop getting food. I should mention that they also finally come clean all the way around that they have two idols - which means the Super Idol is in play. So, as day 23 dawns, Scot makes his move and makes the ax and machete disappear. The plan is, apparently, to make camp life as miserable as possible for everyone else and see if they can find or force a crack somewhere. And hey, it's WAY easier than just kissing Cydney's ass and getting her back on board with the Brawn alliance.
We come back from the first break and Debbie is patting herself on the back for her amazing play last night. She can't stand the poor sportsmanship on display. Also, they finally realize that the tools are missing. So, they roast some coconuts and then use the hand saw to open them up. And voila, breakfast. That's strike one for the sabotage strategy.
Pissed off that his big plan isn't working, Scot decides to "end the speculation" and gets up, grabs the full water jug and pours all five gallons of water onto the fire - while everyone is in camp watching! Dumbass! You know, sabotage is actually a viable strategy under a couple conditions. One, that they don't know it's you. Two, that you're actually withholding something that they can't get on their own. Example, all the way back in Borneo, Richard Hatch got votes and decided to stop catching fish. But he only told the camera about it, not the rest of the tribe. And, oh by the way, no one else could catch fish on that tribe. But when you let everyone know that it's you AND they can still get food anyway - all you've done is ensure that you'll never win the game. You are now Russell Hantz. Congratulations. And just like Russell, you'll never win this game. But, who cares about that? You sure showed all them braggarts, didn't you?