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 fourth episode.
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Top 3 Moments
Vati’s post-tribal meeting
Gia: After Vati’s explosive tribal council last episode, I was giddy with anticipation about the impending fallout. Just as we could have expected, Vati made sure not to disappoint. Daniel was hoping to put off any game talk until the next day, but that just gave Chanelle and Mike the opportunity to push back on the narrative he was driving at the vote. Despite Hai and Lydia saying that they were on good terms with Daniel to avoid going to rocks, I wouldn’t be surprised if they created a new majority with Mike or Chanelle instead. If they do go to tribal again before the merge, I have no doubts it will prove to be just as entertaining as the first.
Jonathan kills the challenge…and puts a huge target on Taku’s backs
Christine: With another dominant performance in the reward challenge, Survivor 42’s resident Incredible Hulk Jonathan once again got to be Taku’s star player. Unfortunately for his tribemates, Jonathan’s big win was accompanied by a big flub on the tribal mat when he drew attention to how close and unified the four Taku members are. That’s not exactly the kind of message you want to send to the opposing tribes heading into an eventual merge.
Everyone is Swati’s Number One
Gia: I have to hand it to her, Swati went into this season ready to make her mark, and she wasn’t shy about her intentions either. In an effort to build a solid foundation with her fellow Ika members, she worked to make each of them feel like they were her ride-or-die in the game. Perhaps in different circumstances, this would have had a more successful outcome for he. But on a 5-person tribe where she was on the outs, this only could end badly. The ruling majority of Romeo, Drea, and Rocksroy had no reason not to compare notes with one another, and Tori was more than willing to join in when she realized it was her and Swati on the chopping block. Did it make for a funny segment? Absolutely. A winning game? Not so much.
Gia: Move over Vati, Ika is back and ready to reclaim the title of Survivor 42’s resident disaster tribe. The tribe remains split down the middle, and despite whatever disagreements are brewing between them, the ‘big kids’ alliance of Romeo, Drea, and Rocksroy remain intact for now. Tori and Swati did try to turn the tides by using Drea’s extra vote against her, but neither of her allies took the bait. With Rocksroy being the sole vote for Tori, I’m curious to see if the dominating alliance sticks together much longer.
Christine: This was a pretty quiet episode for Taku, with most of the focus being on their challenge wins and Jonathan’s strength. With only four people left and Maryanne vote-less as a result of the Beware advantage, she needs to hope that the idols get activated soon or that Taku continues their winning streak until the merge.
Christine: After a messy, messy episode last week, the dust has finally settled over on Vati. Hai went from the bottom to being in a power position after holding his ground at tribal, and Daniel and Chanelle are at each other’s throats. Mike recovered nicely from the attempted Lydia blindside shenanigans and seems to be making bonds with Hai and Lydia. So it looks like the action on Vati moving forward will be centered on Daniel vs. Chanelle unless the game dramatically shifts in some way.
Top 3 Contestants
Christine: Swati’s exit this week was a classic example of playing way too hard, way too soon. As the youngest person on the cast and a big fan of the show, she brought a lot of enthusiasm to the season but unfortunately got big move-itis with her attempted move against Drea. It’s frustrating to see since Swati was in a solid position on Ika after their first tribal and easily could have survived here if she had played it cool this week.
Gia: Jonathan’s been a pleasant surprise so far this season, and I can’t tell if that’s better or worse for him. It’s clear that he is nothing short of a challenge beast, and no attempts at holding back were going to diminish that fact. He tried to give credit to his entire tribe, and I honestly think he believes that Taku is a strong unit of four. He seems like a genuinely nice guy, and I worry for his sake that all of these positive traits are going to lead to his downfall. It certainly looks like that is what the edit is setting us up for.
Gia: Rocksroy may not be the best positioned in Ika, but he’s been an interesting contestant to analyze thus far. His strong personality and blunt nature leave his social game much to be desired, but he’s been in a secure spot both times Ika went to tribal. Not to mention, if he had believed Tori’s confession about Drea’s extra vote, we could be looking at a much different outcome of this episode. I don’t know if he will last much longer, but his importance to the tribe should not be understated.