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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Adam tells us that he does have the immunity idol and he can play it tonight. For some reason, though, he's worried about playing it and not needing it and looking like a chump. Anyway, we get to Tribal Council and we start talking about food and the fact that Taylor has been stealing it. Bret and Chris are very obviously irritated about it. Everyone else is also hungry, and Taylor just sits there with his dumbass surfer grin not caring one bit. He says that he's not even hungry, but when he wakes up and his stomach is a mess, he has to eat it. Or something like that. This is the most ridiculous line of discussion we've had at a Tribal in several seasons. Zeke does make the point that doing stuff like that could turn out to be million-dollar mistake.

Talk turns to tribe swaps and how much impact it has on trust. There's a lot of back and forth, but it all ends up coming back to who you trust. Jay, Taylor, Will and Michelle are all clearly together and their answers here prove that. They're all about keeping the people they trust close. Jeff is blown away that Taylor doesn't even look remotely worried. He says there's no point in worrying and that too many people are worrying too much. As he says this, he keys in on Adam. And Adam says that he most definitely is worried as he knows his name has been thrown out there. And with all that, it is time to vote.


Thirteen people vote and we only see one of them. Taylor writes down Adam's name and says, "This one's for Figs." We hear Zeke's vote saying, "I have never been able to trust you." But we don't see it. At this time, Jeff asks for anyone willing to play an idol and no one steps up. For real? Jeff starts reading votes. The first eight votes are split between Adam and Michelle. Then they roll in and the eighth person voted out of the game - Michelle. And just like that, the kingpin takes a huge hit in the first Tribal after the merge. And what we've seen tonight is that the Gen X tribe has trust between each other and the Millennials are all over the place. And if this keeps up, we're going to see a Gen X sweep.

Next time on Survivor: Adam is public enemy #1 now. We see a quickie scene of him telling Jay and Taylor that they're on the bottom, as if they don't know that. Taylor decides to share Adam's reward stealer info with his alliance. His plan is to put a huge target on Adam's back. The only thing I can think here is that there's no way that Adam will go home next week. They'll never telegraph a vote that much, right? RIGHT? Well, if you want to find out, I guess you'll just have to come back next week and see. ‘Til then, take care!

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