Colton was forced to leave the camp due to appendicitis. He needed surgery so was Alicia. Alicia needed to restitch her game board to save herself. With Jonas as the new ring leader in the camp, he targeted Alicia. Alicia, apart from being obnoxious, needed to be ousted to cripple the five-women-alliance that was created in Day 1.
Luckily, Alicia was saved by an unexpected announcement during the Tribal Council. The New Manono and New Salani were merged. All twelve of them were going to live in one beach.
WHO STANDS OUT: This was the episode for Troyzan! First, he was the reason why his group won the pizza reward. The puzzle portion was the most important and certainly the most challenging part of the challenge. Even if he’s against with the two smartest members of the other group (Tarzan and Jonas), Troyzan handled the pressure to his advantage and finished the puzzle before the other two would.
Troyzan woke up early the next day and by staying patient, he found the hidden idol in a large hole of a tree. It was awesome, right? If Kim was the most powerful woman in camp, Troyzan was her King. He could now protect himself when he needed to.
Though Troyzan was up for more.
He was not done yet. He remained fearless but needed to work harder to win the First Individual Immunity Challenge.
Clearly, Troyzan was serious in playing the game. There’s too much hunger in him. He could certainly be the sole survivor should his alliance don’t recognize how powerful his game was.
THE UNLUCKIEST: Being “likeable” was always a threat. This was the reason why the tribe has to let Jonas go. He was not as physically competitive as Troyzan and not as threatening as Matt but should he stayed for more days, he could easily convince others to trust him without them knowing it.
THE GOOD: Alicia was in a good position now that Jonas was gone. Also, it looked like she was back in her alliance of five with Kim, Chelsea, Kat and Sabrina. If she’s the most unlikeable member of Tikiano, it does only mean she’s one of the most ideal persons to keep until the final three. Another good moment of this episode was, of course, the opening intro. Survivor Fans All Over The World, myself included, yearned for it and it’s really great to have it back!
THE BAD: I could not read Michael. He was competitive in challenges but at camp, it looked like he was playing both sides. It’s clear he was not part of Kim’s inner alliance with Jay and Troyzan. Truth was – Michael was not part of any alliance. Competing in challenges was the only part of the game he’s excelling at and how many Immunity Challenges he needed to win to save himself?
Episode Rating: This “merged episode” was filled with drama which I’ve never expected. Troyzan became the King, Tarzan got a hard time adjusting with his tribemates and Chelsea got irritated for the first time. 8 of 10 stars!