Australian Survivor: Titans vs. Rebels

Episode 16 Recap – Going, Going, Gone

What went down in Episode 16?

The thirteenth person voted out and the first member of our jury is … Aileen. With her strategic brain and her challenge strength, she had a quiet start, then became an impactful player. Feras caled her “my strategic partner and my editor.” But their partnership and apparent hold on the game made her a shining target.

Assuming the Rebel Rebellion will last more than one Tribal Council, Feras and Aileen cook up a plan to split the votes on Mark and Caroline. But when you assume …

First, let’s get the auction. There are no bargains here, as items go for $500. And why hold back when there are only six items on offer (that the edit shows us)? Popcorn for Raymond, fried chicken for Aileen, pizza for Kirby (minus the bite JLP takes), and Caroline gets brownies. Feras wants to bid on the chicken parm and beer, but he doesn’t drink. So Valeria snaps it up for a song, giving the beer to JLP, who is doing better out of this auction than most players. Feras goes all in on a covered item. It’s a dental delight with a toothbrush and toothpaste, and mints to take home. His face speaks volumes.

But was popcorn and lemonade all Raymond got for his money? This is Australian Survivor. Always check the popcorn. Of course, there is a hidden scroll which he secretly pockets to read later. It’s the Ultimate Vote. If all votes at a Trial Council are on him, only his vote for someone else will count. Advantage? That remains to be seen.

At the tense Immunity Challenge, won by Kitty, JLP announces that jury starts tonight.

Feras declares himself “an absolute master of my craft.” He says that Caroline and Kitty betrayed him. He’s going to use that to his advantage. He pulls Caroline aside. She apologises. He is magnanimous. He proposes a secret alliance to final three, and she agrees. So it’ll be smooth sailing, right? Not so fast.

Noticing the original Titans Caroline, Mark, Kitty, and Valeria deep in strat chat, Feras senses a shift. He asks Caroline, then Kitty, point blank, who Mark has named as a target. With an hour to go before Tribal Council, they both say they haven’t been told a name. Lie better, ladies.

The fragile Rebel alliance that worked so beautifully together on the Eden ouster cracks and falls away. While agreeing to stick with Feras and Aileen’s plan, Kirby plots to “remove the wedge” between herself and Feras. That wedge has a name, and her name is Aileen. So Kirby does Kirby — make a crazy/great plan, ignore all the possible pitfalls, pull together everyone she wants for the vote, then smile as it goes exactly as she meant it to. Feras, Aileen, Raymond and Alex go all-in on Mark, with the rest voting for Aileen.

Feras knew there was something afoot, but while he may be Superman he’s not The Amazing Mind-Reading Mysterio, and so he couldn’t know to play his idol for Aileen.

Aileen goes out graciously, calling back over her shoulder, “No hard feelings.” In her final words, she tells us she will “vote for the best player out there”. We’re sad to see her go, but Aileen as the Mayor of Jury Villa? Yes please!

Written by

Sarah Carradine

Sarah is a writer, director, editor and podcaster living on Gadigal land in Sydney, Australia. Her plays and her opera have been produced throughout Australia, New Zealand, and in the US. She podcasts about reality and scripted TV. She co-hosts a true crime review podcast for RHAP called Crime Seen.

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