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.
What a fun tribal council that was. I am still not sure about all the characters, but this is shaping up to be a pretty good season. Now on to the task at hand:
1. Domenick says he has an idol… twice! I just don’t understand how nobody can keep a secret on this show. This has been a trend for the last few seasons now. I will give Domenick a pass on the first one since him and Wendell have been together the whole time, and they feel alone after their move the night before backfired on them. Telling Wendell can only build that bond stronger and may help them moving forward. But one person wasn’t enough. Later on, he ends up telling Laurel about his idol as well. To me, this one seemed like less of a good idea. I know what he is trying to do, but he really can’t trust any of them yet, especially after how well they fooled him and voted off Morgan. Both of these moments could come back to haunt him or help him later on, and they way that Domenick is playing right now I couldn’t possibly tell you which one it will be.
2. Kellyn doesn’t make a move. Kellyn’s worst Survivor nightmare came true when she pulled the white rock and was sent to Ghost Island. While there she had the opportunity to play a game. In this game, she had the chance to play for an advantage, but if she lost, she’d lose her vote at the next tribal council. I am going to give her a ton of credit here. It would be so hard to make it on Survivor after all these years and not play for an advantage. She had the cooler head and chose to keep her vote and not try for the advantage. Not only did this have an immediate impact on the game, but a lasting one as well. Because Kellyn chose not to play the game on Ghost Island, her original tribe was able to go into tribal with a 5-4 advantage. They were able to successfully vote off the correct person, and they now have an even bigger numbers advantage going into the next episode.
3. The Chris and Domenick saga continues. This is clearly going to be a thing until one of them is gone. At first, it looked like Chris was going to get the upper hand back at old Naviti, but then when the tribes swapped, it appeared as if Domenick had the advantage until Chris went to Ghost Island. Now that they are both back in camp at the same time, they are both trying to turn the tables on each other. Chris spoke with the ex-Malolos first, but then we saw a conversation between Laurel and Donathan about who they would rather keep around, and they both were leaning towards keeping Wendell and Domenick. This, of course, led to the idol conversation between Domenick and Laurel. I don’t usually like to use the previews for the next episode, but it made a point to show Chris bonding with Donathan, so who knows whose head this thing is going to land on once they are finished going back and forth.
4. Bradley’s social game. It takes a lot of things to win, or at least play well on Survivor. One of those skills is playing a good social game. Someone obviously needs to tell Bradley that part. I understand that he has the numbers on his side and that he has every reason to think things are going to go his way for the immediate future. But the issue is at some point, they are going to merge. At that point, he has no clue what has been happening at the other camp. He doesn’t know that they could all be aligned and that his current tribe may be outnumbered. At that point, he may be a big target just because of the way he treated people earlier in the game. It is also possible that the scenario is a little far-fetched and he may be sent home by his current tribe like he almost was this week. The point is that his social game is bound to come back and bite him if he doesn’t drastically change the way he talks to the other tribemates.
5. Michael’s big move at tribal. How old is Michael? He may only be 18 years old, but he certainly hasn’t been playing like it. Telling everyone that he is 23 is believable because of his actions and words. Not only is Michael well spoken, but he is playing this game really well. The lie he told about James’ idol from China seemed so true because of the story that he attached. The old Navitis looked greatly concerned when he announced that. Unfortunately, Michael played it on the wrong person. I am curious to see how he reacts after coming back from tribal where his plan didn’t work. Regardless of how he handles this, he has made a name for himself and quite possibly added a target to his back in the process.
There you go. What moments from this week’s episode do you think made an impact?