Australian Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

Episode 17 – Holy Shiz!

What went down in Episode 17?

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This season is shaping up to be one of the best seasons in Survivor history, as every single player is in go mode and willing to do what it takes to win. Though the Vigilantes seem to be the final six, the minority alliance is still fighting tooth and nail to remain in the game. As several players still want to make a big move, it’s anyone’s guess who can ultimately achieve it. Let’s hope it doesn’t stay in a “Sue’s Big Move” talk for our viewers’ sake.

The episode begins with the Shiz, aka Shonee and Liz, enjoying life and discussing their future options within the game. Both women discuss that they must look out for how the jury perceives George and how it might seem that he’s the ringleader within their alliance. As they also want to take each other to the final two, the Shiz view George as the third wheel and might cut him sooner rather than later. To further solidify her plans, Shonee manages to find another idol.

Things for Shaun and Nina couldn’t be more different, as they’re feeling defeated to have lost Sam and both their idols and are potentially the next to go. However, Nina sees a silver lining as Hayley provided some information that could’ve saved the minority alliance before the last vote. She tells Shaun that as long as they don’t expose Hayley, they might still pull something off with her.

Seeing how Simon’s duplicity was revealed at the latest tribal, Nina is willing to use this rift to her advantage to survive another day. Speaking about Simon, he’s also trying to do some damage control, and though George notices this, he hilariously remarks he isn’t worried as “thank God Simon is such a bad player.”

Cracks are starting to form within the Spice Girls alliance. As Simon once again betrays George, the latter wants Simon’s head on a silver platter. Shonee, for her part, wants to keep Simon as he doesn’t have any friends on the jury and doesn’t pose a threat to her game. Shonee wants to get rid of Shaun and Nina first, as both could slither their way to the end if they’re not a priority, but George is adamant about getting rid of Simon. Shonee knows that when push comes to shove, she gets her way against George, as she previously has, which is only a matter of time to see who is steering their alliance.

During the immunity challenge, which Simon ultimately wins, George keeps muttering to the others at the bench that they all need to prioritise getting rid of the alpha guys due to how well they keep performing at the challenges, leaving the rest of them at a disadvantage of ever winning.

Back at camp, the remaining Vigilantes plan to vote 3-3 on Nina and Shaun, leaving them to vote for each other, and whomever Simon votes for would be the person going to the jury. Nina and Shaun start to look for idols while Simon is questioned about his vote. George is fuming about Simon being the deciding vote and wants to get rid of Shaun over Nina. Simon asks the Vigilantes to make a deal: he will vote with them again if they promise that Nina and Shaun will go to the jury before him. George tells Simon to vote for Shaun then; if he doesn’t, he’s gone the minute he loses immunity. Simon is miserable about voting for his buddy but knows it’s the only way to get in the Vigilantes’ good graces again.

The Shiz is talking game in the ocean while being looked upon by a concerned George. While Shonee is considering making a move against George at the final eight, George knows how dangerous Shonee is as a third-time player. The Spice Girls alliance is about to be blown up as George starts rallying the troops to get rid of Shonee before she gets rid of him. Gerry wants George to wait to make a move, as Liz will turn on them if Shonee is voted out. Hayley warns George the same as Gerry, but George thinks Liz will be upset, though she will ultimately still work with him.

George and Hayley agree to move against Shonee, with Gerry, Matt, and Nina ultimately on board. Feeling slightly suspicious, Shonee wonders how “easy” the vote feels, which, as every Survivor fan and player knows, when something feels easy, it’s anything but.

At tribal, Simon says he would be on his way to the jury if he didn’t have the immunity necklace. When JLP asks who’s going home then, Nina says it’s between her and Shaun. George brings up the deal done earlier after the challenge, and Simon says he was in on it. Shonee remarks that she trusts the deal as George “keeps his word on deals” but is still visibly uneasy about how tribal is going. The timing of making a move is questioned, with Shonee saying it’s too soon and Nina replying that there’s no time like the present.

Despite her gut feeling that something is amiss, Shonee doesn’t play her idol which proves fatal, and she’s eliminated after a 5-3-1 vote. George cheekily winks at the jury to show that he orchestrated Shonee’s elimination, leaving them in complete shock.

It’s upsetting to see a player of Shonee’s calibre leaving at this point in the game, mainly as she’s come so close to winning the whole game in her three seasons but has ultimately been voted out before she can get to the end. Had Shonee played her idol, losing Nina would’ve been devastating too, but now that the Vigilantes alliance has cracked, the minority could uprise and shake this whole game down.

Has George paved his way to the end with this move, or has he gone into full “Mad King” mode? Liz is now a free agent and could be George’s Achilles heel. Plus, the person who can take down George could ultimately take this whole game for themselves, as it would be the perfect addition to anyone’s résumé. Time will tell if we’ll see the sun set on George’s reign or with his kingslayer.

Written by

Mariana Loizaga

Mariana is a lawyer and a writer from Mexico City, Mexico. She has a masters degree in International Relations from the University of Surrey. Her hobbies include reading, blogging, and of course watching Survivor. The first season of Survivor she ever saw was Survivor: Philippines and she became so fascinated with the game and its many layers that she went back through the archives and watched every single previous season.

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