Survivor: Kaoh Rong - Episode Recap

Episode 13 - With Me or Not With Me

By Jim Van Nest

May 16, 2016

Who you lookin' at, ya palooka?

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Hello, good people, and welcome to the penultimate episode of Survivor: Kaoh Rong! After a lot of misdirection attempts from producers and editors last week, the predictable boot finally happened and Kyle Jason was sent to Ponderosa to be assaulted by a seven-foot man in a luchador costume. (If you're not watching the Ponderosa videos on YouTube - you're really missing out on some good stuff.) Tai went rogue last episode and misplayed his advantage in a failed attempt to oust Michele. He's definitely public enemy #1 right now but he's still rocking the immunity idol and the next Tribal Council is the last time he can use it. Everyone knows this, which means the alliance of four (Aubry, Cydney, Michele and Joe) will have to eat one of their own tonight. The question is now, "Who will it be?"

I can make arguments for any of the four to be the target tonight. Aubry - she's been out front as the mastermind for most of the post-merge game. Cydney - she's right behind Aubry in terms a visibility and she can rock a challenge. Michele - she hasn't pissed anyone off and could be a threat to get jury votes. Joe - Cydney may see Joe as too close to Aubry and there may be a need to break up that couple. So, tonight's episode can go any which way.

Some things to keep an eye out for: We haven't had a family visit yet. Will that be tonight? We still don't know if it's Final 3 or Final 2. I'm leaning more and more toward Final 2. And the previews keep promising "Another (period) Survivor (period) Shocker (period)” There’s only one thing that could shock me tonight - Tai not playing his idol and going home. So, with that seemingly off the table, I have NO idea what could possibly happen tonight. I don't know about you, but I'm ready to get to here we go!


As usual, we begin tonight's episode after Tribal back at camp. Joe tries to explain to Tai that everyone wanted Kyle gone. Tai tells us that he is in shock over what happened and he doesn't like being kept out of the loop. He and Michele get into a little argument about who was in the alliance first. Tai tries to tell her she wasn't in the alliance. And yet, everyone voted with her. Hmmmmm. Tai says that Aubry was the person he really trusted and that it hurts that she went behind his back. Aubry tells him that people didn't feel like they could have an opinion with him. He says that he just feels alone now and doesn't know where to go from here.

And just like that, we're back from the opening and it's a Probst Sighting! Today's reward challenge will have everyone racing into the woods a decent little way uphill. They'll have to retrieve bags of sandbags. They'll have to race back and throw the sandbags into some open spaces on the course. First one to fill all spaces wins reward. The winner will be taken the Survivor Spa where they'll be pampered, fed and they will spend the night. On a bed. This should refresh ANYone. Worth playing for? Oh yeah.

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