Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen Xers
Episode 9 - Still Throwin' Punches
By Jim Van Nest, Gen X-er
November 22, 2016
The first round will be a mere five minutes. And go. Within seconds, Hannah starts to wobble and she drops out. No win for her and no food, either. And this is what I'm talking about. Did she really think she could win this? If not, she should have bailed and taken the food. Everyone else makes it through Round 1 and they all move down. After some wobble, Bret loses his ball and he drops out. "Why didn't I opt out?" Good question, Bret.
After this, everyone makes it to the next round again! They're actually doing quite well, but the board now is very narrow. I expect them to start dropping like flies now. As expected; Jessica, Sunday, David and Chris drop out almost immediately. A few seconds later, Adam drops out. Jay follows him and Taylor and Ken are the only two that remain. Both guys start to wiggle a bit. Taylor seems to be playing around, whistling and moving his bow around and after a few minutes of this, he pays the price. Taylor's ball drops and Ken wins immunity! As they head back to camp, Jay tells us that his life in the game is in Sunday's hands as he hopes they can get enough people to vote out Jessica and save Taylor and himself.
We get back to camp after the challenge and it's time to play "It's Anyone But Taylor or Jay." David breaks everything down for us. It's between Jay and Taylor tonight. Will, he says, is safe because he's less of a threat. He thinks they need to split the votes, just in case there's an idol, which is smart. They have nine versus three - they can easily split the vote 5-4 and still maintain an advantage, no matter which way the three vote. So, the group gets together and arranges their split and everyone seems happy. David seems to want Jay to be the ultimate target of the night. Right after the big pow wow, Sunday pulls Bret, her closest ally, aside. She tells him she doesn't want Jay to go home; she wants to get rid of Jessica. Bret tells her he'll roll it past Chris to see what he thinks.
The next thing we see is Sunday talking to Jay in the hammock, telling him that the main group is looking at either him or Taylor. She apologizes to him and tells him that she tried but there's nothing she can do. Taylor joins the conversation and appears to be given the bad news. They don't hold ill will against Sunday, which is good; she did try to save them. Jay tells us that he's not done, though. He's Still Throwin' Punches.
After this little party breaks up, Taylor takes Jay down to his secret stash of food. Jay tells us, as he eats Taylor's food, that he has no plan to tell Taylor about the idol. He breaks down his idol options: using it for himself, playing it for Taylor or just doing nothing and taking his chance. As they dine, Taylor decides to tell Jay about Adam's advantage. They decide that it'll be way cool to blow Adam up with this information. As the tribe prepares to go to Tribal, Taylor tells us that he feels that Adam's secret is way bigger than his, especially since other people know he steals food. So, he may go out, but he plans to go out with a bang, blowing up Adam's advantage and game with him on the way out the door. After all, he is the Avenger of Figgy.