Welcome to Give Me Five! Each week, Brent Sullivan will look at the top five moments from the latest episode that could influence the rest of the season.
Another fun episode this week, not a lot of great strategic play, but lots of fun stuff to talk about.
1. Tribe swap. Just like in a few of the recent seasons, we get to see a tribe swap where we go from two tribes to three. I always love tribe swaps and seeing how everyone ends up. It always keeps the players on their toes. The other reason that I like it is that it really changes the order of when people leave the game. Would Caleb have gone home if the tribes had stayed the same? Probably not. This makes for so many impactful moments as well. A few of which I will talk about below, but the swap itself deserved mention.
2. JT strands his tribemates. What a great moment to watch. JT is clearly on the bottom after being on the wrong side of a 5 to 1 swap and knows that he needs time to find an idol. So, he hatches this plan about leaving the pliers back at camp before taking the tribe snorkeling, and it actually works. Malcolm bends the spear, and since JT is such a gentleman, he volunteers to go all the way back and get the pliers to fix it. The best part about this is that when he first leaves, the others are acting like this so great to be here having fun without him… then they start to realize what he’s doing, and the looks on their faces are great. They all know why he is doing it, but he definitely is still in trouble after this move, especially since he didn’t find anything. The next few episodes for him may be tough.
3. Troyzan finds the idol. Another person on the wrong side of a 5 to 1 swap. Troyzan had a bit more luck than JT though because he did find the hidden immunity idol. I love how the edit showed him finding it while the others were back at camp talking about how they shouldn’t leave him alone. This is a huge find for Troy, and this is sure to make an impact real soon; especially if Tavua lose the next challenge and have to go to tribal. You can almost guarantee that Troyzan is going to play it, so the big question is… whose name is he going to write down and send home?
4. Goats! Okay, this probably isn’t a huge moment with any lasting effect, but it was such a fun moment to watch I had to include it in here. I really enjoyed this whole scene and watching Sandra just want to start killing and eating all of the goats. The tribe comes together and decides not to, which was probably the wise choice considering that they do have five chickens to eat. But the one thing of note here was that JT seemed like he was more in with the group after that moment, so that may buy him some time.
5. Is Mana weaker now? So, after Mana lost the immunity challenge, they decided to vote off Caleb. I thought that Brad did a great job handling Tai and he convinced him that keeping Caleb was bad for his game. Was it a smart move? We won’t know for sure until the next episode or two to see how they do in challenges without him, but on the surface, it appears that the tribe is now weaker. If they are doomed to lose the next immunity challenge or two, does that mean that Hali is also doomed? Will they regret getting rid of Caleb? It looks like two tribes go to tribal council next episode, so we should soon find out.
There you go. What moments from this week do you think made an impact?