Survivor Insights 43: Merge is Coming

The boys’ alliance (Erik, Brett, John and Dave) in Galu was heating up. They immediately elected Shambo as their leader and that leave three girls (Monica, Laura and Kelly) in vulnerable positions.

Heck, I could not understand why these boys wanted Monica out. If These boys singled out Monica as a weakling in challenges, was that enough to vote her out? Monica played with confidence during this episode’s reward challenge.

It was all good when Shambo appointed Brett to be the leader of the challenge. Foa Foa was trying to survive, finding pairs and trying to catch up but Galu did not feel threaten. Who sealed the challenge with a win? It was Monica. Monica does not deserve to go.

Foa Foa Losing Streaks

At Foa Foa camp, Mick was overanalyzing the reasons of their loses. It’s quite ridiculous to listen to him. Mick believed in superstitions when in real life, he’s a doctor- a strong believer in science. The truth of the manner was superstitions had nothing to do with Foa Foa’s downfalls.

All of them showed confidence in challenges but the consistency was not there. They could not simply pick up the broken pieces and zoom through. Perhaps, is it because they were all hungry and they could not 100% focus? Maybe. Physical comfort was also a big factor here.

But I wonder why Galu could still win two challenges in a row when they were just alarmed by Russel S unexpected exit.

Mental toughness, this was probably the one thing Galu had but Foa Foa did not have from the start.

I was not sure if Foa Foa still got the numbers in the next episode’s merge. Back in season 18, Jalapao was 3-1 in the final four although they were completely underdogs during the merge (4-6). For now, Foa Foa’s hopes to stay in the game was all up to Russel H. If his cunning skills will work, bringing Mick, Jaison and Natalie in the circle, they can survive. If not, no Foa Foa in the final four.

And Jeff Probst agreed with me,

“The miracle would be making it to the merge and then making something happen. Big and immediate. Count on Russell to give it his best shot… If there is a crack in Galu’s armor he will find it and he will do his best to exploit it in the most beneficial way. Thus, Russell is Foa Foa’s only hope at this point. He’s just crazy enough to risk it all on a wild plan. Natalie is very sharp and if he holds onto her, together they could make something happen.”

Jeff Probst Blog

Galu Wins Immunity!

Liz and Natalie were quick in fishing the puzzle pieces but Dave had a hard time. He was struggling. Foa Foa was in the lead.

They were first in the puzzle board but each one (Mick, Jaison and Liz) had a different idea. Emotions were everywhere and seems like they were working as individuals rather than as a group.

Galu managed to regroup themselves and chose to stay focus on what they’re doing.

Luckily, Brett, Dave and Kelly pulled it off. They found the pattern, stayed on track and success.

Galu wins immunity and coming to merge at 8!

BUT, is there really a merge or living only in same camps (like in season 5 in Thailand)?

Tribal Council

For that, the Foa Foa five found themselves sitting at the Tribal Council again. Jaison admitted his mistakes and claimed he was deserving to go. Yet, Russel H was not convinced. He and the group decided to oust Liz instead (4-1).

Here’s what Jeff Probst thinks,

“WAS LIZ THE RIGHT VOTE? That’s a tough one. I think Liz had a great attitude, but the trust factor was too much. I imagine this was one of those votes when you had to really trust your gut.

Question of the week: Will Foa Foa win another challenge or will they continue to crumble?”

Liz RNO Interview


Suzuki became the fourth member of the jury and it’s really frustrating this 21-year-old student did not do anything to stay longer in the game. Suzuki’s efforts were out the line. His social game was passive and he was all too nice. He had the hidden immunity object at hand and gave it up. For this, no one should be blamed for Suzuki’s exit but he himself alone. He had chances even when he gave the hidden immunity object to Shaun but those chances were left in ashes.

Shaun was a threat and he needed to go since the merger but he survived four tribal councils in a row as a Sonsorol. First tribal council, Shaun was saved by the immunity necklace. During the back-to-back Tribal Council, his social game worked on his benefit and luckily, he was still safe. Fourth Tribal Council, Shaun got 5 votes but was saved by the hidden immunity object, which Suzuki gave him.

As of last night, only five castaways were in a roll. Amanda, Mika, Jeff, Justine and Charles. My first impression bets are now down to two (Amanda and Jeff) but nevermind, Amanda won the last immunity “endurance” challenge (d. Shaun) that lasted for nearly six hours standing at the middle of a bamboo plank with only one hand supporting a bucket filled with water.

I knew Amanda could play a great social game although she did not win that challenge but I was still very glad she won that necklace and outplayed, outlasted the alpha male of the group.

Last night, Amanda won the reward challenge with a loved one. I appreciated if she chose Jef and her best friend over Mika and her dad. Plain and simple: Jef and Amanda were in one team since day one and the time has come for them to create a plan that will take them to the final two.

Amanda already brought Mika with her during the phone call reward and yes, it’s a bit disappointing her social game was off last night.

Strategizing with Mika could only mean her demise now that the three at camp (Justine, Charles and Jef) are gunning for her and Mika.

Geez, Amanda needs to save herself. If she’s ousted, I am down to one first impression bet, Jef and as I see it, Jef’s chances being in the final two is pretty slim. Of course, there are still ways she can destroy the bond between Justine and Charles but do you think Jef can outplay the two?

2 thoughts on “Survivor Insights 43: Merge is Coming

  1. Obviously no one noticed, and I can’t believe, no one noticed, but I don’t believe Galu won that puzzle challenge.

    Here it is right in front of you too, which is great, I couldn’t believe you chose the exact same freeze frame I showed my husband on the DVD.

    Look closely at that finished puzzle, what do you see?

    That one stray orange/reddish piece in the middle there, needed to be swapped with blue piece in the upper right hand corner.

    I remember one of the other Survivor puzzles that had a mathematical equation in it a few seasons back, that they jumped all over, talking about the fact that it was not appropriately solved.


  2. Lydia,

    I could say you are probably right but we still need to verify that observation with the Survivor’s Team Management.

    I have an idea, how about dropping a comment on Probst’s blog or on CBS?


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