Survivor: Kaoh Rong - Finale Recap - Part 1
Episode 14 - Not Going Down Without a Fight
By Jim Van Nest
May 30, 2016
Hello, good people, and welcome the super duper two-hour finale of Survivor: Kaoh Rong. Tonight is the culmination of what has turned out to be a quite entertaining season of Survivor. There has been plenty of personality this season, with Tai and Debbie as the standouts. And we've seen A LOT of strategy - really good strategy from the likes of Aubry and Cydney. Really awful strategy from the likes of Liz and Dr. Peter. And really weird strategy from the likes of Scot and Jason.
Last episode was a bit of a disappointment, with Joe leaving the game due to a beef emergency. You hate to see an episode as late as the Final 5 episode end in an evacuation rather than a vote, but not as much as Aubry hated watching her partner and ticket to the Final 3 leave the game before she was able to remove either Cydney or Michele and lock in her choice of opponents in the Final Tribal Council. Aside from winning immunity, I don't really see a way that Aubry even makes the end game now. Cydney and Michele are pretty locked in and Tai has been known to flap in the breeze, so I see no reason he wouldn't stick with his new bestie, Michele, and send the game's best player home at Final 4. And if it rolls like that, CBS should be writing a check out to Cydney - UNLESS we have a Final 2 as suggested by all the latest CBS finale TV commercials. They're hyping a big twist and three Tribal Councils.
With that in mind, we could end up with a Michele and Tai final 2. Since I consider Aubry and Cydney to be the season's best players, it would be quite the bummer to see both of them eliminated before the final. Either way, the time for speculation is over. The Survivor Kaoh Rong finale is about to begin. 13 episodes, 39 days and three medical evacuations have led us to this. The Final 4. Two hours, three Tribal Councils, one Survivor.
Once Jeff finishes his five-minute finale setup, we begin the actual show at camp the morning of day 36. Tai and Aubry are both reeling a little after the Joe med-evac. Their plan is shattered and the new plan they come up with is to get close to Cydney and see if they can't dump Michele and go to the Final 3 together. Aubry is worried about Michele's social game and the fact that she hasn't made any enemies on the jury. Michele is also making a pitch to Cydney that Tai should be the next to go. Cydney is feeling pretty good right now, as both sides want her to join them. She just needs to sit back and decide what works best for her.
We waste no time getting to our first Probst Sighting! Today's reward challenge will see them racing under a net crawl and sliding some tiles through a sliding table. Once all the tiles are through, they'll need to carry them on a machete blade across a balance beam. Once they get all tiles across the beam, they will match them up in pairs. Three of the tiles will not have a match. Flip them over and the numbers will come together to open a combination lock. First person to open their lock and raise their flag wins reward. Reward this time is a big feast, filled with protein, including steak (don't overdo it kids), protein bars - the whole nine yards.