Survivor: HHH - Episode 6 Recap
This Is Why You Play Survivor
By Jim Van Nest
November 7, 2017
Hello good people and welcome back to Survivor: HHH! We're on episode 6 now and I'd expect this to be the last episode before the merge. And with the merge looming, things could get crazy up in here. Last week saw Dr. Mike and Jessica find an idol, Devon and Ashley make a "got to rocks" pact and Ryan spurned Day 1 ally, Ali, in favor of Secret Super Idol buddy, Chrissy by sending lone Healer Roark home. So, things already went a little wacka-doodle last week and I'd expect this week to continue the trend.
Previews suggest some explosive fallout following Ryan's betrayal of Ali. We'll see if Ryan and his super-duper social game can smooth this one over and repair ties with his once ride or die partner. We also got a glimpse of Cole apparently passing out and falling into the shelter and the sand of Yawa Beach. Very reminiscent of Joey Amazing falling out in the middle of a challenge a few seasons ago. So, it looks like we'll have a lot to unpack tonight, so let's get right to it.
As expected, we begin the episode at Soko Beach following Roark's boot. Ali goes right after Ryan not worrying about doing it in front of Chrissy and JP. Her argument is that they're so close; he could have told her what his plan was. He counters with the fact that she and Roark had gotten too close. He says he trusts Ali, but didn't trust Roark. Ultimately, Ali is really upset and hurt that her closest ally in the game turned on her without even a conversation. Their conversation just gets more and more heated as they go. This was actually something that could have been salvaged, but at this point, Ali is ready to move on alone and Ryan is saying that Ali might have to be the next to go. Yes, it escalated that quickly
Day 15 dawns at Yawa Beach and Dr. Mike is fishing. He is completely living the dream out there. Found an idol, caught and cleaned a fish. The cooking part, however, not so good as he drops the fish into the fire. He does dig it out and then shares his teeny little fish with everyone. Ben points out to us that while Mike is sharing his little fish, Cole will catch big fish and eat the whole thing. Which leads us into a situation where the tribe wants to wait to cook some rice, but Cole is starving and really thinks they should go ahead and eat. Lauren cuts him off, which doesn't sit too well. After his plea to eat more food, he's essentially shot down by Lauren telling him that they can't just feed him. Considering what we've already seen in the previews, I have a feeling someone is going to be feeling pretty shitty here in a little bit. Cole and Jessica head to the beach and Ben, Lauren and Mike start to bro down over getting rid of Cole. Lauren is thrilled to tell us that Dr. Mike seems to be coming around to how bad they need to get rid of Cole. Roll those credits!
We come back from break to our first Probst sighting! Today's reward challenge will have 2 people using 2 long poles to carry a buoy over a teeter totter. Once through, the buoy will release a boat. They'll take the boat out to a big slingshot where they'll need to knock down 2 targets. First tribe to finish wins a pizza party of 10 pizzas. Second tribe to finish wins a pizza. Last place - got nothin' for ya! Mike will be sitting out for the Yawa tribe.
Ashley and Desi start off rocking this challenge, but right at the end, they drop their ball. Ben and Cole have some trouble as well while JP and Ali absolutely kill it. Ben and Cole make it through with the buoy while Desi and Ashley keep dropping the ball. Soko is way in the lead, but they forgot to untie one of the knots on the boat allowing Yawa to catch up. Desi and Ashley finally get through...but it might be too late. JP and Ben are shooting for their respective tribes. While Ben and JP miss, Levu has caught up. Lots of shots, lots of misses. Finally JP hits a target. Then Ben hits a target. JP wisely waits out a whole bunch of waves and knocks down target #2 to win reward. And right behind him, Ben hits his target to earn a pizza. Levu never got in the game. As we head to break, JP tells us how much his tribe needs him to keep winning these challenges. With a merge around the corner, dude, challenge prowess is just about to become a liability. Better watch out.
We come back from break to a Soko Pizza Party. They have all decided to just eat a whole pizza each without slicing it. Ryan tells us about what a stud JP is in the challenges and then mentions how we're about to get individual and that's not good to keep around. He tells us that it might be a good idea to take out the big physical threat right before the merge.
We bounce from the pizza party to the losers and check in with Levu. Joe and Desi are talking about looking for the idol on this beach. Devon and Ashley are trying to figure out if Desi would bail on Joe. They kinda don't think so and are expecting a vote to go 2-2 if they have to go to Tribal. Devon joins Joe for some crab hunting and tells us that he's concerned about Joe's ability to find idols. While they hunt, Ashley takes some time to feel out Desi. She asks Desi if she would ever consider voting out Joe. Desi, remembering Survivor Rule #1 says that she would entertain that thought. She then tells us that she only trusts that Joe will keep her around as long as it suits him. She thinks he's pretty dangerous and is actually thinking of taking him out, should Levu go back to Tribal. Even with Devon watching over him, Joe manages to find the clue to the Blue idol. It is also by the well, but it's only 4 feet away and Joe is planning to get an idol later tonight.