Each week, Christine Pallon and Gia Worthy will round up the previous week of Survivor 42 as they list their top moments in various important categories. This includes the most essential information, the stand-out castaways, and the key moments from the week.
Here, Christine and Gia break down all the action from the tenth episode.
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Top 3 Moments
The Idol Hunt is On
Gia: With Drea and Maryanne both playing their idols, the assumption was that at least one of them would be replanted. Lindsay tried to find it early on in the episode, and, just like her predecessor Danny McCray, was mere inches away from finding it. In the end, it was Maryanne who ended up finding this idol—one that she intends on keeping a secret this time around.
Loved Ones Visit (Sort Of)
Christine: After Lindsay won the reward challenge and chose Omar and Mike, we got to see the three reacting to pictures and videos from home while enjoying the infamous Survivor pizza. This was one of the more bizarre “loved ones” rewards with the weird disembodied voices, almost making the moment feel like a continuation of the “monster” theme of the season at first. Weird introduction aside, it was nice to see the videos this time around since they were seemingly cut for time last season.
Hai or Jonathan?
Gia: The moment Lindsay won immunity, the tribe was set on voting out Hai, with Jonathan as a decoy. It was a simple enough plan that ensured neither target would play an idol or their Shot in the Dark. It was so easy, in fact, that Omar deemed it too easy and wavered on making Jonathan the main target just because he could. While Hai did end up going this round (almost) unanimously, it made for a humorous break in an otherwise straightforward episode.
Christine: After a quiet game so far, Lindsay has had a great past two weeks. Although she just missed out on the idol, she won both challenges and now has a slightly more powerful amulet with Hai out of the game. While she didn’t get her initial wish of a Jonathan boot, Hai caught the heat for pushing Jonathan’s name rather than her, which is the ideal scenario when your target for a vote ends up sticking around. She didn’t have as strategically flashy of a week as Omar, but the outcome still benefited her without putting a target on her back. Time will tell, though, if telling Mike and Omar about the amulets will come back to haunt her.
Gia: It feels reductive to include Omar yet again, but we can’t help that he’s so likable. He was also the major driving force behind the Hai vote and the potential switch to Jonathan that never came to be. He used Mike’s increasing distrust in Hai to his advantage to spearhead the vote, while collecting yet another ally for himself in the process. Omar continues to dominate the strategic portion of the game and shows no signs of getting caught yet. I think it’s safe to say that no matter how Do or Die plays out next week, he’s safe until at least the final six.
Christine: Hai, like all Survivor players, benefitted from some luck in the pre-merge when both Chanelle and Mike lost their votes, giving him the leverage to save Lydia in the tie rather than end up at the bottom of the tribe as intended. He turned this good luck into a power position on post-Jenny Vati and ended up on the right side of every merge vote until now, but he misread how good a position he was in on the merge tribe.
After cutting his Vati allies and Rocksroy, Hai demonstrated that he would cut whoever he needed to further his game, making Omar’s lie to Mike all too believable. Hai got too comfortable with the idea that he was in the driver’s seat and didn’t really consider how big of a target he was putting on his back. Good on him for taking his blindside in stride, though!
Gia: The biggest news in this area is that Maryanne found her second idol of the game! Unlike her first one, she has wisely decided to keep this idol a secret from everyone. Mike and Maryanne are now both idol holders, but we’ll have to see if a third will be added to the mix before they expire after the final five tribal council.
Gia: With Hai gone, Drea and Lindsay’s two remaining pieces of the Advantage Amulet are now officially a vote steal. The clock is ticking on this particular advantage, which begs the question, will they work together, or will the temptation of an idol be too great?
Christine: Drea and Maryanne still have their extra votes, which I keep completely forgetting about. Not much to say here; with Drea and Maryanne having other, more powerful advantages this season, the extra votes aren’t really in the spotlight.
Knowledge is Power
Christine: Drea is still holding onto Knowledge is Power and has made no indication regarding if and how she plans to use it. The most likely scenario would be taking an idol from Mike. I’m still wondering what would happen if she tried to take the amulet from Lindsay, but at this point, I’m not sure if this advantage will get played at all. Drea is already benefiting from it just by preventing someone else from finding it and using it on her, so I could see a scenario where she just chooses not to play it to avoid pissing someone off.