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Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X-ers - Episode Recap

Episode 8 - I'm The Kingpin

By Jim Van Nest, Gen X-er

November 15, 2016

Millennial strategist

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Meanwhile, Taylor has Will pulled aside. He tells him that everything is getting crazy. He tells Will that Adam is gunning for him. Will freaks out, worrying that Adam might actually be able to pull the numbers together and he has now set his sights on winning immunity. And with that in mind, it's time for a....

Probst Sighting!!! And here we are at the very first individual immunity challenge. And it looks to be a Survivor classic. A test of wills. Who wants it more? Today's challenge will have them balancing on a narrow perch with their hands tethered to a bucket above their head. Once their bucket dumps over, they're out of the challenge. Last person standing wins!

Just moments into the challenge, Sunday loses it and gets a blue shower. Just after that, Chris takes a blue shower. Then Bret takes a white shower. And just like that the Gen Xers are dropping like flies. Jay and Zeke are next out. Jeff starts asking everyone where they're feeling it. Adam says he isn't feeling it. Hannah tells him that she's feeling it everywhere. And just like that, Ken drops out and then Hannah. Michelle drops out and leaves only five people in the challenge. Taylor drops right after her, then David and then Adam. We're down to two. Jessica and Will remain. At the one-hour mark, Jeff starts up a conversation. Jessica talks about making her kids proud. Will is trying to make his mom proud. Thirty minutes later, they're both still standing. Ok, so look - at the 30 minute mark, all but 2 people had dropped out of this challenge. An hour later, these 2 are still Beast Moding through. It's a real shame that someone will have to lose as this is one of the most impressive efforts I've seen in this game. No matter who wins, Will and Jessica get mad props for just destroying this challenge like they have!

Finally it starts to happen, Jessica is starting to show signs of fatigue. She's wobbling a lot. Will then has a small tick, but Jessica just can't hold on anymore, and Will. Wins. Immunity! As we head to break, Adam tells us that his whole plan is blown up and he needs to work on something else.




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As the tribe returns to camp, everyone congratulates Will on the challenge win and Adam is visibly shaken. Will and Jay decide that Adam has to go. Michelle doesn't agree with this plan. She thinks they're voting on a personal note instead of a strategic one. At the watering hole, Zeke comes and tells Adam and Jessica that he heard Taylor telling Jay about the plan to vote Will. Zeke tells them that he thinks he has the votes to take out Taylor and save Adam. As Adam makes a pitch to David, Zeke, Ken and Chris - the group goes back and forth about who to vote out. Zeke and Ken agree that Taylor should be the target. David tells them they should be worried about an idol and that maybe Michelle is a better get here. Zeke feels pretty sure that Jay has the idol and there's nothing to worry about. After several minutes of this, the group breaks up still without a definitive target. Adam, worried that nothing will happen here, decides he needs to try out Plan B.

So, he goes to Taylor. Taylor tells him that he made a play for Will too soon. He tells us that Adam is going home and he'll finally have his revenge for Figgy. Adam leaves and Will joins and they discuss voting for Adam and wonder whether he might have an idol. They quickly dismiss that idea and continue to target him. Meanwhile, David and Hannah see Adam scrambling and talking to Taylor and now THEY'RE wondering if Adam is turning on them. Hannah corrals Adam and tells him that he has to stop scrambling so much, because people are getting worried about him. He tells her that he doesn't trust anyone but her. Nice play by Hannah here. She's been pretty frazzled for most of the show, but here, she is dead on right. Adam has an alliance that's with him, but every time they see him talking to someone else, he casts a larger shadow of doubt. Hannah and Zeke talk about Adam and they agree that he has to go soon because he has this desire to keep hanging at the cool kids table.


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