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Survivor: HHH - Episode 6 Recap

This Is Why You Play Survivor

By Jim Van Nest

November 7, 2017

Never trust the little guy.

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The sun goes down and while everyone sleeps, Joe is over at the well digging for an idol. This time he doesn't want ANYone to know he has it. After a bit of digging, Joe has found his 2nd idol of the season. Which means that a Desi flip might mean absolutely nothing.

We come back from commercial to the Yawa tribe on Day 16. Ben's walking on the beach and everyone else is in the shelter. Cole stands up and then, as we saw in the preview, he goes down. Hard. He wakes up and is totally confused as to what happens. Thankfully, Mike's a doctor and Jessica's a nurse practitioner, so they were right there to take care of him. Jessica tells us that in that moment she realized she has more feelings for him than she might have thought and that she's not ready for him to leave the game. Dr. Mike, however, sees that as a potential weakness moving forward. He does not like the idea of having to carry him through the rest of the game. Ben and Mike take some time and make a deal that it's time to dump Cole if they lose the challenge.

Speaking of which, it's time for a Probst Sighting! Today's challenge will have each person pulling a rope holding up a disc. They'll take turns stacking up blocks to spell Immunity. If their stack falls, they'll have to start over. This is normally an individual challenge, modified to work as a group. This is going to be way more difficult that it looks. Oh yeah, and as they're holding these ropes, they're on a balance beam. Ryan and the Soko tribe are the first to drop their stack. Levu and Yawa ae on their 6th block, but as Desi moves in for block 7, Levu drops. And right after that, Ryan drops for Soko again. Cole places the last block but before he can get back to his place, the whole stack drops. Levu and Soko are now tied in the lead on the 5th block. Levu and Soko are up to 7, while Yawa gets #5. Devon and JP place the last letter and have to get back. Yawa has caught up amazingly as Jessica places the last block. All 3 have all blocks stacked. It's a race to the finish and Jessica gets back first and wins immunity. And right after, Soko loses their stack opening it up for Levu to win that second immunity. Soko headed back to Tribal Council tonight. As we head to break, Ali tells us that her blow up after the last Tribal has her worried about her place tonight. Is it wrong that I really want her and Ryan to patch it up and move forward? Probably, but I don't care. Make it happen, people!

We come back from break to play a game of "It's Anyone But Ali...or Maybe JP". JP tells us that Ali has to go. Ryan, however, tells us that he thinks it might be time to get rid of JP. Ryan and JP agree that it's Ali's time to go...but Ryan wants to patch things up with Ali. He tells her that he really does have her back. They discuss how JP is a huge threat moving into the individual game. Ali wants to talk to Chrissy and see if she can get her to her side. The girls seem to bond over the fact that the merge is coming and that JP will be huge after the merge. Ali offers to take her trust from Ryan and put it in Chrissy. She tells us that she really needs to talk to Ryan to see what he wants to do. Ryan has the line of the episode when he says, "I don't know why they want to work with me, I'm a weasel." As they head to Tribal, it really is a decision between Ali and JP.




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Ryan talks to Jeff about the tension between him and Ali over the Roark vote. Ali tells him that she was upset but they talked about it and seem to have swept it under the rug. Jeff brings the talk around to booting the strong people before the merge. JP's answer is a cliché laden sports interview that tells us absolutely nothing. And to his credit, Jeff calls him out on it. Everyone discusses how JP has very little outward game and that he is actually a scary person to have out there. Ali states one more time how nervous she is and how she really hopes that she was able to mend fences. And with that, it's time to vote.

We see JP's vote for Ali saying that she has her game and he has his and we'll see who wins. Perfect JP-ism. We also see Ali's vote for JP saying we have to get rid of the strong. And Jeff will go tally the votes. I think this will be as straightforward as it gets. I think JP is toast. First vote, Ali. Second vote JP. Third vote Ali. And I'm wrong. The 6th person voted out of Survivor: HHH - Ali. WOW!! While I'm surprised by the result, I really think this was the only move for Ryan after last week. When the merge does come, sure JP is a threat to win immunity. Ali, on the other hand, was guaranteed to flip on Ryan as soon as she got the chance. It's a common mistake in this game. People get to looking forward so much that they miss the play that's right in front of them. What good is it to get rid of the challenge beast if it's the really smart girl - that you pissed off - that takes you out? I didn't agree with Ryan's play last week, but since he made it, he had to follow it up with sending Ali home. That being said, I hate to see Ali go and I really hope she gets another chance to play. She has a great game in her and I hope she gets the chance to see it through.

Next time on Survivor: As expected, it's the merge! And it looks like it will be an absolute free for all. Ben and Mike seem to be targeting Cole. Devon gets back with Ryan. Joe gets back with Cole. Whatever happens, next week should be an absolute blast as all the old alliances see if they still exist over the new alliance. Til then, kids, thanks for reading and take care!


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