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Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Give Me Five! Episode 12


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.

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1. Jess gives Ken the legacy advantage. Pre-merge, Jess promised Ken that he could have her advantage if she got voted out. She kept her word and willed it to him last week after she drew the black rock. Now not only does Ken have it, but he’s also the only one that knows that it exists. It is Day 33; that means only three more days in the game until we get to see what it is. The question is, will Ken play it or will he go next and will it to David (or someone else)? Chances are he is fine next week, so my guess is that we will see him play it. We finally get to see how this twist plays out.

2. Immediate impact alert! Zeke was bragging about beating David last week. I think we can easily go back to this moment and see what the editors were doing there. The fall of Zeke, right after he emerged victorious over David’s group last week. Sure enough, he was cocky when the episode started and was scrambling to keep Will on his side by the end.

3. Adam not playing his advantage. This is a two-part impact. The first one is Adam not playing his reward steal advantage. Not only did he not play it, but he announced it in front of everyone that he wasn’t going to. So not only did everyone get to keep their loved one’s visit, but Jay even picked him for not stealing his. I do believe that this was mostly sincere, but you know that there had to be a little bit of gameplay involved as well. He looked mighty good after that moment. The second part is that he was so grateful to Jay, that he gave Jay his reward steal advantage. This makes Jay pretty powerful right now with the only hidden immunity idol left in the game as well as the advantage.

4. Ken being Ken. Wow, what was Ken thinking? They could have easily had Will on their side without any work at all until Ken pulled his stunt. Will came to him and told him he didn’t feel wanted or trusted, so then Ken went to Jay and ruined the whole thing. The best part about this entire scene was when Jay, Bret, Sunday, and Zeke were being really nice to Will and telling him it was okay even though he just stabbed them in the back because they still needed his vote. Survivor is so great to watch when the numbers are close like this every week. This is twice that Ken has done this to someone. What sort of future does he have here with that kind of reputation under his belt?

5. Adam plays his idol. He didn’t have to, but he did. I still think that he made the right choice. At that point, they didn’t know for sure who Will was going to vote with. But either way, back-to-back weeks an idol has been played and now there is only one more left in the game, and it is in Jay’s pocket. I am pretty sure that he is going to use it, but when?

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


Brent is a 37-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.



  • Joseph Padilla

    Regarding #3: Is there EVEN going to be a reward challenge in the next two episodes, because with next week being a double boot and having a Final 6 home stretch, I can’t see how there will be any Reward Challenge. Hence, it seems all for naught on Jay’s part.

    As for #4, it wasn’t so much that Zeke/The Long Lost Labelle Descendant/Taking Back Sunday/Jay were nice to Will. They were rather condescending, especially during Tribal. At least David knew enough to treat him like an equal and appeal to his eagerness to build a resume.

    • Red

      Why do you think this weeks episode is a double boot? It’s only the 12th episode(I believe the Chris/Jessica eliminations are considered one episode) so we have 1 boot in ep12 and 1 in ep13 then a final 6 in ep14

      • It’s a double boot (says so in the previews and the episode synopsis). It’s the penultimate episode this week. Finale is next week, Dec 14th.

        • Red

          Oh wow they didn’t say that in the preview after last episode. Is it one hour or two?

      • Joseph Padilla

        The advert/promo said so. And last I checked, since the Chris/Jess boot spanned two hours, that’s an equivalent of TWO episodes. I’ve also checked my local listings and this week will be an hour. And next week? Finale, baby!

        • Red

          It’s going to be a good one I think. I just hope Jay or Adam win it.

  • ughughughugh

    Neither David nor Zeke realize Bret’s role in starting this war. He told Zeke David was gunning for him when what David really said was that Zeke needed to go out in about three moves. By misrepresenting that, Bret set up the David/Zeke war.