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One hour wasn’t enough for this episode. It seemed the number of events went fast. The layers of stories went boom after boom after boom and just like that, Val went home.
Edit-wise, Val was one of the vocal characters this season. She talks clearly and wasn’t afraid to air out what she thinks. She was also given a good amount of airtime during the premiere. Just the first ten minutes, Val competed against and lost to her husband (Jeremy) in the first duel. She was sent to Exile Island and luckily, found the first clue for the hidden immunity idol. Strategy-wise though, the clue didn’t help her game. Val’s game still went downhill and didn’t have a chance to recover.
Reason 1: She lied too much. Let’s face it, even the greatest villain of the show (Russel Hantz) learned to trust some people for his survival. Val chose not to trust any, even John Rocker who made a deal with Jeremy during their stay in the Exile Island.
Reason 2: She was overthinking. Val sounded unsure in her confessionals. She wanted to play big moves to save herself but without a little trust in the mix, things won’t work at all.
Reason 3: She hated Baylor too much. Baylor put herself in a good position when she voted against Nadiya so, Val should have asked for her help instead of going against her.
Immunity Challenge Alert: 2 Hunahpu, 0 Coyopa
Blood vs. Water was put in the test during the Sumo At The Sea Challenge. Eight pairs squared off (Jaclyn vs. Kelley, Alec vs. Drew, Wes vs. Jeremy, Val vs. Natalie, John vs. Jon, Baylor vs. Missy, Josh vs. Reed, Dale vs. Keith) and teams were tied at 4-4. Jaclyn won the first point for her team but Kelley sealed Hunahpu’s second immunity victory, outplaying Jaclyn during the deciding point 5-4.
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