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.
1. David finding another idol. What are the chances? Very Hantzian. It seems like most people suspected that David had an idol. He has now played it. That may release some of the pressure that was on him and should definitely make the target on him a little smaller, at least for a vote or two. The big question here is will he be able to keep this one a secret. He has been getting better over the last few weeks, but my guess is that his paranoia will once again get the better of him and he will eventually tell someone. Most likely Ken again or maybe Jessica this time as well.
2. Jessica sharing with Ken about her legacy advantage. Okay, my first question here is, what did we miss? She was so thankful to be saved by David, but then later she thanks Ken and shares everything with him and even promises to give her advantage to him if she is voted out! Was there something that we didn’t see? Was there a reason that she didn’t offer the same thing to David? Yes, Ken tried to warn her last week, but it was David who actually saved her. The only thing that we do know is that Ken is now the owner of some pretty powerful information. The second question here is, will he share his newly found intel with David (or anyone else)? The impact here is that Jessica just revealed something that may get her voted out when they get close to Day 36, they can easily vote her out thinking that not only is she gone, but they also have the advantage now. In the short-term, I can see the Ken, David, Jessica alliance being pretty strong.
3. The budding relationship between Chris and Zeke. Well, this has already made a huge impact. Due to those two hitting it off so well, another Gen Xer left the game instead of an easy Millennial vote off. Overall, that now puts Gen X at a 9-6 disadvantage. This may loom large come merge time. Unless some very interesting stuff happens and a few Millennials are voted off next, the original Gen X tribe will face a huge numbers deficit and could then be easily picked off one by one.
4. The tribe switch. This is an obvious one that indirectly affected a few of my other Give Me Five moments. The immediate impacts were: new bonds being formed, one tribe having an extra person (but basically no camp), and some excellent scenes of Michaela saving the day by making the fire. This was a really good moment for her I thought. That is not the kind of moment that you see from someone that is voted off in the next few days. Maybe I am just reading too much into it, but I think that we will see her around for a while longer. The tribe swap also mixed up the tribes pretty good too as far as strong men being evenly spread out amongst the tribes, so that should make for some good challenges too. How long will they stay in this format before we see them swapped again or merge?
5. Finally, the Taylor and Figgy romance continued… sort of. Of course, the Survivor Gods saw it fit to keep the two love birds on the same tribe after the swap. This may actually work against them. We already saw Ken and Adam hitting it off. Adam may very well play an integral part in separating Taylor and Figgy. I can imagine how that could get uncomfortable really quick always having those two hang all over each other. I say “sort of” because they are trying to hide it, but how long is that going to last? The lasting impact here is that the way they are acting could cost one of them real soon and whichever one doesn’t get voted out has to stay in the game and play without their “partner.” Would it give them the strength to play great and go far or will they be all mad and depressed and cause problems around camp causing them to go next?
There you go. What moments from this week do you think made an impact?