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Survivor: Game Changers

There's a New Sheriff In Town - Part 1

By Jim Van Nest, BOP Game Changer

April 24, 2017

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Meanwhile, Debbie is pretending to be drunk. Why? Because she's more concerned with being on television and being a "character" than actually winning the show. Seriously, I'd have rather seen Keith Nale back if they wanted someone to act like a goof at the merge. So, she pretends to be drunk. She moons Tai and honestly, I'm not sure that she really fooled anyone with the antics, but I guess it was a nice mood lightener, or something. Either way, she's certifiable and I'd be ok if she wasn't on my TV anymore. Cirie, Brad, Ozzy, Zeke - someone take pity on me and do what has to be done. Kthxbye!

We come back from break to another incredible underwater shot of this gorgeous school of fish. I have to say this at least once every season; you cannot beat Survivor in terms of wildlife shots. Just phenomenal. It seriously is one of the things that keeps me coming back season after season. But back to the other wildlife out there, our new tribe comes back to Nuku beach and right off the bat, Debbie decides to make amends with Brad. She tells us that she swallowed her pride and apologized. Um, you SHOULD be apologizing for crying out loud. You went WAY off the reservation with him for no reason. But, the kinder gentler Brad Culpepper accepts her apology, gives her a hug and actually might mean it. Weird, right?

As the group settles down, questions start to rise about the Varner vote, so Zeke tells them the story. Much like at Tribal, the looks on all of their faces tell the story. To a person, every single person out there is/was appalled and were very impressed with Zeke's response to it all. Aubry's ready to defect from her other folks to work with him. She says with 13 people, everyone will start to split up soon to start seeing where alliances lie. And as she says this, Brad and Ozzy take a walk. They're joined by Troyzan and Ozzy tells them that he wants to work with them and that they can do whatever they want. Brad tells us (and Ozzy) that he'd like to see Michaela go first. He says that he just doesn't know about it and he worries that she might turn out to be good in challenges. Ozzy is on board with that and takes this information back to Zeke. Zeke is totally down with that plan as that takes away a number from the other side and can let him, Ozzy and Andrea run the game. Troyzan gets Tai on board and Tai gets Hali on board. Right now, it would seem that we're headed for a 12-1 Michaela vote at the merge...and that would be insane. Brad passes the news on to Sierra who then fills in Cirie and Aubry and pretty much everyone is aware what the plan is and seems to be ok with it. This is like, really odd to me. Not very Game Changer-y.

Sierra tells us that Michaela has to go. She tells us that Michaela constantly walks up on every single conversation so no one can really talk. She's ready to get her out. And given her personality, this will need to be a blindside. We click to Zeke, Cirie and Andrea lying in the shelter and they're concerned that Michaela could be a number for them and maybe this isn't the best move for them. Zeke tells us that he, Cirie, Sarah and Andrea are not down with just going along with Brad and Sierra's plan. As one of the chickens lays an egg on the roof of the shelter, a plan seems to be hatching to keep Michaela in the game.



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We come back from break to the new Maku Maku tribe and Andrea is walking on the rocks by the ocean. Troyzan starts taking "photos" and no, this isn't weird, he's actually a fashion photographer. This is exactly what he does; only he usually has a real camera. Anyway, as he shoots the scene, Andrea promptly slips and falls right on her behind. Nice little light moment before the coming slaughter. Hali tells us that people are everywhere and you can't keep track of who all is talking. She says that Michaela is someone she wants to work with, since no one else is really talking to her. Hali tells Michaela that she is a target at this vote. Which, of course, pisses Michaela off. She's on the verge of blowing up when Cirie enters the scene. Cirie takes her aside and tells her that she has to stop doing what she's doing. Every emotion shows on her face and it's gonna kill her game. "If you're hungry, get unhungry. If you're mad, get unmad." THIS is what makes Cirie so damn good at this game. She has the knack for telling people what they don't want to hear, but what they need to hear. And she does it in a way that has them thanking her and pledging everlasting loyalty to her. This is just masterful how she handles Michaela here. She tells us that she used to be Michaela, so she completely knows from whence she speaks. She has decided that she doesn't really want to vote Michaela out. Cirie continues telling her that it doesn't matter what's real out there. It only matters what the perception of you is...not the reality. Michaela tells her that she would love to see 2 black women make it to the end of the game. To prove that they really can work together and not come for each other. And just like that, Cirie has someone to follow her into the depths of hell. Nice work.

Whoa - Probst sighting!! Time for today's immunity challenge. Jeff reveals the immunity necklace and everyone "oohs" and "ahs". Today's challenge will have player standing on their tip-toes while holding a block on top of their head against a board. Last one standing wins immunity. They cannot touch the frame or lose the block. Before Jeff can finish explaining it: Hali, Troy and Zeke all drop out. Cirie and Debbie are next out. Michaela is really struggling with this one and finally, it's just too much for her and she drops. 6 people have dropped and we're only 5 minutes into the challenge. Ozzy starts to shake and he drops out, followed quickly by Aubry. Culpepper starts to shake and he drops out. Only 4 left. Tai, Sierra, Andrea and Sarah. We pass the 25 minute mark and Jeff points out that this challenge has never been won by a woman. And right about then, Sarah and Sierra drop out. It's now Andrea against Tai. And despite hardly moving for the first half hour of this challenge, Tai starts to shake and drops out giving Andrea the first individual immunity of Season 34. As we head to break, Andrea tells us that tonight's Tribal Council is all about who will take control of this game. Really? By voting out Michaela? Or Hali?


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