Survivor: Game Changers Recap

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

By David Mumpower

May 24, 2017

Wait, how did Michaela make it this far in the first place?

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Out of the seven players, Michael is first to retrieve a key. Then, Troyzan follows soon afterward followed by Aubry and Culpepper. Cirie is absolutely horrible at this. She gets her bucket stuff and falls so far behind that we're embarrassed for her. Her million dollars should make for a wonderful consolation, though.

The puzzle solution takes a while. It's a strange design that would cause difficulty for anybody. For someone who has spent 35 days on Survivor, it's a nightmare. Michaela thinks she's won the challenge and tries to sell Probst on the solution. Deep down, she knows it's wrong, though. Even though it's almost right in appearance, we think she has as many as six pieces wrong. It's that hard and confusing. Seconds after her failure, Culpepper tells her to go fish by solving the puzzle. His celebration rubs Aubry the wrong way, too. He's just not a people person.

After Tribal Council, the debate is who will go home. Culpepper would have made for an easy compromise choice, but we doubt the players would have gone that way. He's someone to carry to the end due to his lack of personal relationships with any of the women.

Now is the moment when Cirie loses Survivor Game Changers.

Sarah and Cirie have a discussion about gameplay. Sarah asks Cirie to hold her Legacy Advantage, the one that Sierra left behind for the woman who betrayed her. Cirie's going to use the advantage. She doesn't trust Tai and believes in using advantages whenever there's risk. She also thinks Tai has an idol. Cirie sits down and tells Tai that she will use her advantage to save him. Tai doesn't think he's in any danger, arguing that Aubry is in danger, not him.

This play doesn't seem to help Cirie in any way. So, we see no reason to do it.

But wait! It gets worse!


At Tribal Council, Cirie informs Probst and the other players that she'll be taking away someone else's vote and use it for herself. The person whose vote she steals is…Sarah's. At this point, Sarah firmly states that it's her advantage that Cirie is trying to steal. Probst chimes in, asking Cirie to read the clue. One of the words is more important than the others. It's “non-transferrable.” Cirie doesn't have the ability to use the Legacy Advantage. On top of that, she's just alienated an ally in order to protect Tai from a threat, when Tai could have just used an idol if needed.
Day 35 is when Cirie's brain broke.

Cirie tries to explain the situation to Sarah, who is understandably livid. Cirie's actually telling the truth, at least she is if we assume that everything we've seen onscreen tells the whole story. If it does, Cirie was trying to save her alliance from losing this vote. Instead, she's burned bridges, salted earths, and set up a Fake Celebrity Deathmatch with Sarah, her former ally.

Sarah, Cirie, and Michaela try to avert disaster by huddling in the middle of Tribal Council. Troyzan hilariously walks over and listens in, causing Michaela to shout, “Back up!” Since there's no rule about this on Survivor, he has no reason to comply. He eventually does, but we're amused by his behavior here.

Ultimately, none of the nonsense matters for this night's vote. Sure, Sarah will never trust Cirie again, and they might be enemies moving forward. Until then, all that matters is that Michaela gets voted out of Survivor. The always-brash woman states, “I don't see how that makes sense, Sarah but…do you?”

The voting totals on this one are interesting. Michaela lost by a 4-3 vote. Tai didn't get to vote since Sarah chose his as the one to steal. Michaela and Cirie panicked. One voted for Aubry while the other voted for Tai. Troyzan and Brad were the only people who showed any groupthink with their actions. They both targeted Michaela. Aubry also targeted Tai, who probably was in some danger. The decision came down to Sarah's double-vote, and she picked Michaela. That's the way a seemingly three-person alliance collapsed.

The next episode should involve all-out war between Cirie and Sarah. We're looking forward to it.

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