Survivor: HHH - Episode 10 Recap Part 1

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By Jim Van Nest

December 5, 2017


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And with that, it's time for a Probst Sighting! Today's challenge is an oldie but a goodie. They'll have to balance on a triangle platform in the water on very narrow beams. Last one standing wins immunity. But before we get started, Jeff has an offer to make. If anyone feels secure enough that they don't need the necklace, they can opt out of the challenge and instead feast on peanut butter and chocolate for the duration of the challenge. Devon, Ben and Lauren choose not to participate, everyone else is in. I get it, but you all JUST ate. You don't need this food right now. Sitting out is practically daring them to come after you. They were doing so well and I think this was a serious misstep.

Once again, we have an endurance challenge that is pretty cool to watch and boring as hell to try to write about. There's wobbling and saving and everyone is doing pretty well until JP loses his balance and falls out. After 20 minutes, they all move to the top of the triangle and shortly after letting go Chrissy and Joe bow out. After a couple minutes, Ryan drops out. Dr. Mike and Ashley are the only ones remaining. This battle doesn't last long as Dr. Mike loses his balance and Ashley wins immunity! As we head to commercial, Ashley is just super excited about the vote tonight and the turning of the tables. Let's see if it actually happens.

We come back from break and I honestly have no idea what to play. Ryan starts off by telling us that he was a little put off by the people sitting out the challenge, but luckily Ashley won and they can choose between Joe and Mike tonight. We join 6 of the final 7 (JP is not there) as they discuss who to vote for tonight. The talk is that Mike is starting to become a threat, but Devon points out that Joe could find an idol. After a couple minutes, Chrissy tells them she thinks it would be funny to vote out Mike and save Joe til last. So, they decide to split votes again, guys voting for Mike, girls for Joe and it's all set. Devon tells us that he could actually see the power blinding Ryan and Chrissy as they spoke.

Of course, later, we see Lauren, Devon and Ashley talking about breaking out of this alliance. Lauren breaks down the other 3 and what makes them strong players. She gets the idea that flushing Ryan's idol might be a good idea. Devon tells us that it's going down tonight. He says that he has a plan to maintain control after the biggest blindside of the game. So he approaches Ben and Ashley with his plan. He doesn't want it to be obvious who all is in the new group. So, he wants Ben to vote for Mike, like they expect him to. That way he can stay on the inside with that group and get information. Plus - Mike and Joe will be more likely to join the new group if they don't think Ben is in it. The plan is that Lauren, Ashley, Devon, Mike and Joe will vote together, forming a 5 person majority and Ben can act like he had no idea. So, he has to prepare to look shocked and Devon has to go lock in Joe and Mike. I knew Devon was a lot smarter than he let on. This is a unique and solid plan. But it's complicated and I can't wait to see if they pull it off.


Lauren and Ashley approach Mike and Joe about a new plan. With Devon, they want to blow up the Roundtable. Lauren looks at Joe and tells him that if he doesn't believe her, that's fine, but when he's still around after Tribal, he will. They are on board to vote whomever Lauren and Ashley say. Mike tells us that he just knew this would happen and he's ready to start taking over the game. Honestly though, this is Lauren and Devon's game right now. Everyone else is just trying to keep up. As they head to Tribal, Lauren can't wait for this plan to go through tonight. She is looking forward to all the fireworks when they get back to camp tonight, too.

We get to Tribal and the jury comes in and we're ready to roll. Jeff starts with Dr. Mike and asks if there was any fallout from his play. He says that he was trying to change the game around. Jeff suggests that Mike and Joe are like toys that the alliance is playing with and Chrissy chimes in that it's more like the guys are playing with them. Ryan admits that Mike and Joe are now a package deal, but they don't really get how strong the 7 are and that while they're tightly aligned, they're just 2 votes in a 9 person tribe. Joe says that while his and Mike's plans don't line up with Ryan, they might line up with someone else. Devon agrees that they might find a crack or they might not. Lauren adds in that while everyone is happy with the 7, they're right on the verge of everything getting more interesting. The way they're answering these questions would start to make me wonder, if I was the alliance. But, that could be because I know what's about to happen and they don't. I'm not sure. Chrissy says that not everyone in the 7 is as tight with everyone else and that it will sort itself out in time. Joe points out that she doesn't even consider him and Mike as players. He says they're the 2 kids in the neighborhood asking if they can play Survivor too. Jeff calls them all out on the final 7 thing as knowing that there are smaller alliances within it. Lauren admits that they won't all be sitting around the fire saying, "Ok, which of the 7 of us will go home first." As more people talk, JP actually says something. He says that they have to remember that you can't get to Plan B until you've finished Plan A. He doesn't want people thinking too far ahead and missing what's right in front of them. Ashley also says that they're not all playing the game as poorly as Joe thinks. She says they don't think it's a magical 7, but it's a start. Chrissy says that she feels like she can fully trust the people in her alliance as they've proven themselves in the past. And finally, it's time to vote. Let's get it on!

We see Ryan vote for Mike. Chrissy votes for Coco-Joe. JP votes for Dr. Mike. We also see Ben's vote for Mike. We see no others. Time for Jeff to tally the votes and ask about hidden idols. No one wants to play one and it's time to read the votes. First vote: Mike. Joe. Mike. Mike. JP - uh oh. Another JP. A third JP. At this point, Ryan and Chrissy start to see that something is wrong. Ben shakes his head, playing along. Mike and Joe fist bump as they look around dumbfounded. Fourth vote JP. And Ryan realizes that it's happened. Last vote: JP. 10th person out and 3rd member of the jury is JP. On his way out, you hear JP say, "Damn. They got me good." I have to be honest with you now. Watching Chrissy count votes with her fingers trying to figure out what just happened - it's priceless. She's been smug, arrogant and watching her squirm tonight was fantastic. Ryan too. So sure of himself and his alliance. Watching their faces change as the votes came up was priceless.

I should mention here that this move, while very satisfying television, is only as good as the move that follows it. So, if this new alliance doesn't take it a step further and take out Ryan or Chrissy next, then it was a waste of time. Either way, I expect the second half of the show is going to be pretty damn good. THIS is what the season desperately needed. Hopefully it'll build off this momentum tonight and for the rest of the season. And, that's it for me tonight. It's 2 am and I've got to stop now. Look for the second half of this tomorrow. Til then, take care!

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