Previously On... Survivor: After a surprise switch, Kelly was the only Blue Collar member on an undermanned Nagarote tribe. While the rest of the Blue Collar tribe enjoyed a four to three advantage, but not all of them were happy. Back at camp, Joaquin and Rodney grew close while Sierra tried to distance herself from her former tribe. At the last Immunity Challenge, Nagarote just couldn't keep up. Facing Tribal Council, allies Max and Shirin were battling each other for the title of most annoying tribemate. And at Tribal Council, Max won, leaving Shirin all alone. Thirteen are left. Who will be voted out tonight?
Is anybody left in this game willing to play with me? 'Cause I don't think so. And that's a sad realization. Like, is that something about me and about my personality? I mean, what do I have to change?
It's really hard for me because I constantly find myself in this game in a position that's analogous to where I grew up. I grew up in a rich Orange County suburb where the majority of my classmates were beautiful and skinny, and I stood out for not being any of those things. And I constantly felt like I was fighting for people to like me, and like, I was fighting for people to see the good qualities in me. And I think there's probably a lot of this scenario tapping into that. What I'm trying to do now, what I was incapable of doing back then, which is deal with it, adapt, fix it.
I've been on this beach with the same people telling the same garbage over and over and over again. It's absolutely miserable. I was hoping in the switch up, so I could get some new energy, maybe get matched up with some people that I know are like me. I was so happy that Joaq was one of those new faces. 'Cause let's face it, ain't nobody connecting with the East Coast kid. You got one guy who's a Bible bumper from Texas, a hick from Maine, you got another one who is from Utah. I feel like, I've been waiting for some type of connection in this game, you know what I mean? I was looking for maybe a little bromance, maybe a homey to chill with.
I'm gonna be Batman, he can be Robin. And I'm gonna have to screw some people over eventually, but in the meantime, ain't nobody know what I'm doing. So all the fools out there who think I'm dumb, and "Oh, look at this dude. He talks like an idiot," wait til you see what I got planned for this game.
Winning the reward was beautiful. It was like David and the Goliath, like, all you need was to put a slingshot in our hand and we took down that giant. And then, as if that weren't enough, extra special macaroni and cheese, tons of beef stew. I felt like my first child was born, like, that's how excited I was about this reward.
The reward was certainly really good for me. I was super excited to bond over a meal and maybe even all get sick together, which didn't happen. And getting to look for turtles from the beach, it gave me a chance to connect with them on a human level and that's like, my best shot at staying in the game right now. And I think we all did that. And I think we all had a magical time together.
It was really awesome. I was fascinated but also like, it made me realize the turtle's chances in life are way worse odds than me winning Survivor. See, I have a one in fourteenth chance at a million dollars, as opposed to a one in a hundredth chance at living, so that's cool.
I'm so excited. I walked in here and these Blue Collars, you know, they were in shambles. And Sierra, she was the odd woman out, which is perfect. So it's basically like, "Here you go, Joaquin. You got all of the ammunition." It's like an easy layup for me.
I feel like the people from my old tribe just suck, and I don't trust them. So my biggest connection at this point is with Joaquin. He makes me feel comfortable. He looks to me straight in the eye. He's like one of my bros from home. He's also tight with Tyler, and those two seem to be the most trustworthy people I've met to date. However, Joaquin's tight with Rodney, who is just awful. And I just don't know if I can play this game with him.
Sierra got mad at me because I said some bad things about her. But guess what? This is a game. Tables turn and time heals all. And in order to win this game, I gotta put myself in the best position and look at the numbers.
If it's me, Joaquin, Sierra and Tyler all on the same page, and when the time comes, I can flip and take over this entire game. At this point, I'm in a great position. I've got so many numbers it's not even funny. I'm feeling so confident that I-I can see my hand being raised like Rocky Balboa winning this damn thing at the end.
Rodney and his great vast plan of, "Oh, I'm such a... an amazing strategist and I'm so good at this game," thinks we should throw a challenge so we can get rid of Joe. Very rarely in the game of Survivor does it work out in your favor to throw challenges. But in this particular instance, I think we have a very special situation. My real alliance is with Kelly, who poor girl is on the other side all by herself. But I think Kelly's a fighter, enough that she'll find a way to make it to the merge, especially if we can throw a couple challenges and keep her safe.
When I knew Mike was throwing the challenge and helping me out, that was the first time in my life I think I totally ever trusted somebody wholeheartedly, like, they got my back. And I can't wait to get back with my Blue Collar tribe, where I belong.
By throwing the challenge today, a little something inside of me died in this game. I'm not going to lie to you. But here's the deal, I'm starting to not trust Rodney. Joaquin is just crafting Rodney in every second, more and more. And in this game, whenever you start showing that you're too close to anybody, you become a power couple. And the power couples have to be split up before they can start making power moves.
Today at the challenge, we came to do one thing and one thing only and that was to blow it and mission accomplished. Mike looked like an absolute idiot, which was hilarious, but it worked out perfectly. And now we're gonna get Joe out of here, man. He-he's a threat, so he's going home now.
I'm so excited. Honestly, at first I thought it was me and Tyler against the world, but now Rodney is my right hand guy. And then, uh, Sierra owes me one. I took her out of this (expletive censor) situation where she was like, the one to go. So, you know, Joe's definitely going home and it should be a walk in the park from now on.
At this point, Joe is with us. Unfortunately, Sierra and I definitely hit a rough patch. I blew it. Hands down. No excuses. No getting around it. I screwed up. And now we need to bring her back into the fold.
At this point, I have two separate alliances saying, "Come with us, we'll take care of you." And it's nice, it's refreshing to have people want me. However, to have my old tribe hurt me so bad and now say they need me, it makes me sick to my stomach.
At this point, yes, I'm playing both sides. Like, I don't know, not only who to trust, but who is going to be better in the long run. You can choose one path and it might take me to the Final Three. You never know. And I still, at this point, do not know which route I'm going to take. But either way, it could change the whole game.
Both tribes will race up a tower and through a series of obstacles. Once all tribe members have made it to the top of the tower, they will each take turns launching sandbags with a giant slingshot. They will attempt to have the sandbags hit targets out in the field. The first tribe to hit all six targets wins reward. Reward: Beef stew feast and hot chocolate while watching sea turtles lay eggs. Winner:Nagarote
Challenge:Shut Your Trap
Jeff would show them a series of items in a specific order. Once they have the items memorized, they will pull a lever to drop the curtain and recreate it. The first person to get it right, scores a point for their tribe. The first tribe to score 3 points wins Immunity. Winner:Nagarote
I didn't see this coming, you know. Totally got blindsided by the four-- I don't know who, I have a good guess. I'm sure, you know, Mike was obsessed with Sierra. I was getting too close to Sierra, I was getting too close with Rodney. They were feeling like I was pulling their tribe away from them and they were like, you know, "Let's get this guy out of here." But, uh, this was my fate and I'm gonna take it with a smile on my face.
"Took My Head Out of The Game": Shirin described the reward as "magical", having seen a turtle give birth before.
"This Is My Game": Dan explained the "Blue Collar Plan". He stated that throwing the Immunity Challenge "hits two birds in one stone"; saving Kelly, the only original Escameca at the new Nagarote tribe, and at the same time, exploit his alliance's numbers. He later remarked that he felt Rodney overreacted looking down after "losing" the challenge.
Carolyn was ecstatic winning two challenges in a row, saying she was satisfied with her performance at the Immunity Challenge. She later stated that while she didn't like the fact that Max and Shirin moved to Nagarote with her, she felt she made enough effort to get to know her new tribemates.