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.
While watching this episode, I really wanted to write something about Simone and how Ryan called her weird, but since she is the one who went home, there is no need. So, let’s get to it.
1. Chrissy regroups. Chrissy had a rough first episode. It wasn’t horrible, but she was labeled as part of the “Mom Squad,” was afraid that she was going to be targeted, and even threw up at the challenge. Things did start turning around for her by the end when Ryan gave her the super idol. What a difference a week (or three days in her case) can make. Chrissy now finds herself in a pretty good spot. She has the invalid idol that she could potentially try to pass off as a real idol, her and Ben have now aligned themselves, and she seems to be getting in with both JP and Ashley as well. Ben himself said that the “Core Four” was no more after Alan’s actions from last episode and Chrissy took that opportunity and ran with it. Like with anything in Survivor, not sure how long this can last, but for now Chrissy looks pretty good, and her moves may just impact the pre-merge part of the show.
2. Alan thinks that his plan worked. Ok, so here is another person that didn’t have a great first episode. His crazy antics from last week was the main proponent in the alliance breaking up. Here is why I bring it up again this week. They obviously focused a lot of time on Alan’s insanity last week, and they continued to show him talking about it. He thinks that his actions may have actually put some doubt in the other players as to JP and Ashley and them being a power couple. He certainly contributed to the narration of the tribe since everyone was throwing around the term “power couple” the entire episode. The fact that they have spent so much time focusing on Alan in this early part of the show tells me that he is making an impact… it will most likely be bad, and he will go home early, but he is certainly getting his screen time now.
3. Joe finds the hidden immunity idol. Poor Mike, Joe was accusing him of looking for and possibly finding the hidden immunity idol, but then Joe ends up finding it instead. I usually like to give kudos to people who find them, but in this case, all of the kudos should go squarely on Cole. But then again Cole shouldn’t have been helping him in the first place, so I retract my kudos. Regardless of what I think, Joe now has the idol, and Cole knows that he has it. Probably a bad move for Joe to have Cole help him, but he wouldn’t have found it without him. Now, will they be able to use this knowledge to work together moving forward or will Cole throw Joe under the Idol Bus like the previews teased us? Also, is Joe going to continue telling people that Mike has the idol to throw them off his scent? No matter how Joe plays this, he will have to handle both Mike and Cole carefully if he is able to do that.
4. Cole and Jessica’s showmance. Love may be in the air! In a tribe of six people, it is a terrible idea to have two people get extremely close. As we saw on the Heroes tribe, it can be easy for someone to call out a couple. But, that didn’t stop Cole and Jessica, they hung out on the raft fishing for hours, and we even hear Cole say that he could see himself with her. I am curious to see how long they can keep this a secret – if they even try to hide it at all. If I were Jessica, I would be more worried because if they go to break up a power couple, the strong guy is most likely going to stay around longer than the female. I am sure we will find out soon how this plays out.
5. Patrick is getting on his tribe’s nerves. It appears that not everyone likes Patrick. He is getting an edit that sort of shows all of the annoying things that he is doing like being loud and obnoxious. We also get to see the facial expressions of his tribemates as they grow more and more frustrated with him. In the end, I think that the Hustlers made the right move in keeping him over Simone for challenge strength, but you have to assume that it is only a matter of time before his game comes to an end or someone calls him out on his actions.
There you go. What moments from this week’s episode do you think made an impact?