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Survivor: David vs. Goliath Give Me Five! Episode 12


Which moments made an impact in the latest episode?

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Welcome to Give Me Five! Each week, Brent Sullivan will look at the top five impactful moments from the latest episode that could influence the rest of the season.

The loved ones visit has always been a point of conversation. Some people love it; others think that they should do away with it. I happen to enjoy them just because you get to see another side of the players that you don’t usually get to see. Also, on occasion, something will take place during this that alters the episode or someone’s fate in the game. My only downside is that having the family come out takes up too much screen time so that there is less to write about. But there were some moments I think will impact the final two episodes of this season.

1. The loved ones visit. I wouldn’t be doing this article any justice if I didn’t have this here at the number one spot. Like I mentioned above, say what you will about the family visit, but you will never be able to convince me that seeing your family after 31 days isn’t going to give you a little motivation to get to the end of the game. Even more so for Angelina, Nick, Mike, and Davie who got extended time with their loved ones as well as a barbecue feast. Like Christian said himself, you take family for granted when you see them every day, but after a month away, you see them, and it has to ignite your spirit to get to the end. The four that didn’t get to go on the reward may also have a spark because of being deprived of seeing their loved ones. It could even inspire them to vote out someone who didn’t pick them for the reward, especially if they thought they were friends with them. Even though Gabby went home this week, seeing Christian with his girlfriend helped inspire her to make her move this early.

2. Nick is through with Christian. The first thing we saw this episode was Nick being furious with Christian for not only blindsiding Carl but himself as well. He was mad because they used so many advantages to save Christian and he felt like Christian just threw it all away and gave back the numbers to the Goliaths. So, it appears that the Mason-Dixon alliance is officially over and Christian seems to be mostly by himself. Christian tried to apologize to Nick after the immunity challenge and explain what happened with the last vote, but Nick wasn’t having it. Luckily for Christian, he believed Davie and played his idol to save himself. But now what? I am not sure where Christian goes from here. I don’t think I can see a path to the end for him unless he goes on an immunity run. Now that Nick won’t work with him, Davie may be his only chance.

3. Davie makes a move. Speaking of Davie… I really can’t decide if he made the right choice here or not. He tipped off Christian about Nick and Gabby wanting to vote for him, but then he voted with them. I am sure that he did that so that Christian would play his idol to save himself and that Davie would appear to be still voting with the group… but now what? Like I talked about in point number two, if Christian is on his own, then what is Davie’s game plan here? Will he and Christian try to pull over someone like Kara or Alison to try to get out Nick? The one advantage is that he is the only one that knows about Nick’s idol. They can use that to their advantage and try to vote him out before he plays it. I for one am curious about this one. I have loved this cast, Davie and Christian being two of the best.

4. Another idol is played correctly. This time Christian played it on himself despite everyone trying to blindside him with it in his pocket (or shoe). I have already said something about Nick’s idol, which is currently the only piece of hardware left in the game. However, there is still time for another one to be hidden and found again. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if most of the tribe is out looking for it when the next episode starts. Nick, Davie, and Christian have all had them and know what to look for, so it is also likely that one of them finds another one. I would definitely look for at least one more idol to be found, and unless they are both played at the next tribal, that would probably be it for the season. Here’s to more great idol play!

5. Short-lived numbers advantage. When I first wrote this down, I thought that it might be a bit of a stretch, but the more I think about it, as soon as the original Goliaths realize that they have the numbers back, I don’t think that it is too hard to imagine them reuniting and taking out the remaining three Davids. Most of them say that the tribal lines are gone, and that does get tricky with Angelina in the picture still, but Alison and Kara have worked together in the past, and Mike has been on both sides. Angelina has to know that if Davie, Christian, or Nick makes it to the end against her that she doesn’t stand a chance. That may be just the boost she needs to get them out. If she is at the end with two Goliaths, she may actually have a shot. Regardless of how this goes, it should make for an exciting end to this impressive season.

There you go. What moments from this week’s episode do you think made an impact?


Brent is a 39-year-old Survivor super fan from Muncie, IN. He is married with two kids and does IT work at a local non-profit organization. He has been running in-person and online Survivor contests since season 7.