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.
Wow… what another amazing episode with an even better tribal council. Once again, some things went down that we didn’t get to see, but the editing has been so good this year that I am okay with that. This season has continued to deliver every week. Let’s jump right into it:
1. Mike is worried. There was a couple of times during this episode that Mike was talking about his future in the game. Early on, when he and Christian were talking about the “Strike Force” alliance, he mentioned that he was worried about Gabby not taking the alliance seriously after her actions at tribal council. Then, later on, he was talking about how voting out Angelina would make the original David tribe more powerful and that they could turn the numbers around on them later. This eventually led to Mike wanting to vote off Christian. If I were him, I would worry more about this sort of wishy-washy gameplay. I’m not saying that the alliance of six was going to stick it out to the final six, but Mike has (had) really good relationships with Nick and Christian. Now that a Goliath is gone anyway, Mike has to worry about what the Davids will do since they know it was his idea to go after Christian.
2. Nick has an advantage. This was such a fun series of events to watch unfold. Nick and Davie went looking for some sort of idol or clue. What they found is a picture from the merge feast. I guess since no one discovered it during the meal, the producers decided to hide it for someone to find. They quickly figured out what it was telling them to do. Carl joined them and the three of them went out to get it. We got an amazing moment where Davie successfully created a distraction so that Nick and Carl could find the hidden item. Nick discovered it, and we saw that it was the steal a vote advantage. So, even though they worked together, it is technically in Nick’s possession. With the numbers being at six Goliaths and five Davids, this may be a crucial advantage for him to use in the next episode. Also, a quick side note about this, Carl told Nick about his idol nullifier during their interactions after finding the advantage.
3. Dan’s in a tough spot. It seems like Dan does something every week to put himself in the spotlight. He had a particularly tough episode this time around. Not only did he mess up in the reward challenge right after bragging about holding three sandbags, but he also put himself in a tight spot by telling Angelina that he would give her the hidden immunity idol if Christian had one played on him. Then he told Alec that he wouldn’t give it to her. Sure enough, when we get to tribal, he ended up playing it (see #5 below) on Angelina even though he didn’t want to. Plus, to top it all off, Angelina only had two votes to John’s three, so he didn’t need to play it on her anyway. Overall, not a great episode of events for Dan. He has been such a character this season; I am curious to see how he responds.
4. Alec spills the beans. I must admit that I am impressed by Alec this season. He has brought a high level of gameplay from the beginning, and he isn’t afraid to rock the boat a little bit. But, he has been able to do all of this without having his own name thrown out as a possible target. He is very carefully playing both sides. He was the one that voted out Natalia after the swap with very little backlash from his tribe… at least so far. Here, he was able to vote with his Goliath group, but still, play the other side by giving them the intel that that Christian was on the chopping block. I’m not sure if any of the Goliaths will figure out that it was him that let the cat out of the bag, but he should be set up pretty good here for the next little bit.
5. Two idols are gone. During one of the most exciting tribal councils, not one but two hidden immunity idols were played. Davie played one on Christian and Dan played one on Angelina. Multiple impactful moments here. First Christian is still in the game. He is such a huge character, a fan favorite, as well as a threat to win the season. He gets to go on further in the game and continue making moves to get to the end. Secondly, John got blindsided. The Goliaths lost a number, and if they stay together, must keep Angelina at least another vote again. This move also took out one of Dan’s biggest allies. Finally, two idols were played, meaning that there is only one left (in Dan’s pocket). But, that also means that another one will most likely be rehidden at camp. With eleven players still in the game and only one idol in play, I can almost guarantee that another one will be found within a week or two. So, lots of big moves took place at this tribal council that should help shape the rest of this game.
There you go. What moments from this week’s episode do you think made an impact?