Survivor 44

Episode 11 – The Edit Bay (Shortened Edition)

What is the edit telling us after Episode 11?

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Edit Bay this season is going to be a much shorter analysis due to spoilers. However, I will still assign ratings to each player, so readers can track the chart throughout the season. And I will highlight a few potential story arcs and important alliances. But there will be no discussion of potential winner edits.


The season continued its recent run of strong episodes last week with perhaps the best installment so far. We had a perfect mix of strategy, camp life, and emotional development. Again, there were no unnecessary twists bogging things down.

As always, the Tika three remained the central focus, with this episode picking up after last week’s Frannie blindside. The tension surrounded Carolyn and the betrayal she felt from Carson and Yam Yam. This inner turmoil within the Tika alliance has been present since early in the season, and I don’t expect it to stop now. But time and time again, we’ve seen how despite their differences, this trio always comes back together in the end.

That was the case again in this episode. Carolyn aired her frustrations with Carson and Yam Yam both publicly and in confessional. Yet she later relaxed and put the betrayal behind her. It stands true to Carolyn’s edit that she wouldn’t hold back her emotions. Throughout the season, we’ve been shown an authentic version of Carolyn that others have complimented for being unabashedly herself.

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Carolyn’s unfiltered personality has been portrayed as both a positive and a negative, depending on the circumstance… even within this episode itself. The post-tribal outburst could be taken negatively, especially with how her fellow tribemates interpreted it. But then, later in the episode, she had a beautiful scene with the lobster shell and swimming in the ocean, showing off Carolyn’s many layers.

The episode also continued Carolyn’s arc of being underestimated when she revealed her idol to Carson. “You, out of all of the Tika people, have an idol, and you didn’t tell us? I’m in awe,” Carson said after Carolyn broke the news. All of this led to Carolyn playing her idol for Carson at tribal council, much to the shock of her fellow tribemates and the jury members.

While Carolyn remains underestimated, Carson and Yam Yam are presented as serious threats. Numerous players across this episode talked about how dangerous Carson and Yam Yam are. Jaime said that Yam Yam has played a “brilliant game” and is “fantastic socially,” while Danny said he would vote for Carson to win.

In addition, the Tika 3 as a unit were finally called out for how much of a threat they are in the end-game. Danny, Jaime, and Lauren all pushed that narrative, yet only Danny and Heidi went through with the plan. Both Jaime and Lauren ended up siding with the Tikas to split between Danny and Heidi, which reflects poorly on their games.

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Heidi had a mixed bag of an episode. She managed to escape the target of voting for Danny last week, even with Yam Yam throwing her under the bus. She somehow convinced Danny that it wasn’t on her. On top of that, she had a fantastic personal scene during the beach bonding moment, talking about coming to the U.S. from Puerto Rico on her own and making a successful life for herself.

“It’s all a dream, and it’s coming true because I just go the extra mile. And in this game, if I have to go the extra mile, I will. I’m willing to take some risks in order to be the Sole Survivor,” she said, which almost feels like it’s setting her up to make a big move. Maybe she will do something significant with that idol.

On the other hand, though, Heidi’s edit continues to show her out of the loop of things. She was left out of the Frannie vote last week, and this time she stuck by Danny and received votes at Tribal. Perhaps that is all in set up of her using her idol at the next vote.

As we head into the penultimate episode, this season remains the story of the Tika 3. Can this ragtag trio make it all the way to the end despite their bickering and backstabbing? Or will it all go up in flames at the last possible moment?




Name EP 1 EP 2 EP 3 EP 4 EP 5 EP 6 EP 7 EP 8 EP 9 EP 10 EP 11 EP 12 EP 13 EP 14
Carolyn2Carolyn OTT3 OTT5 UTR2 CP5 CPM5 CP4 UTRP2 UTR2 CPP4 MORP3 CPM5      
Carson2Carson MORP3 CP5 MOR2 CP3 CPP2 CP4 MOR2 MORP3 MOR3 CP3 MORP2      
Heidi2Heidi MORP2 UTR1 CP4 UTR2 INV UTR2 MOR4 CP4 MOR3 MORM2 MORP3      
Jaime2Jaime OTT3 UTR1 OTT3 OTT4 MOR2 MOR3 UTR2 UTR1 OTT3 OTTN4 MOR2      
Lauren2Lauren CPN4 UTR2 UTR2 UTR1 INV UTR1 MOR3 UTRP2 MOR3 OTTP2 UTR2      
YamYam2Yam Yam MORP4 CP4 OTT2 OTTM5 CPM5 CP5 CPP4 CP4 CP3 MORP3 CPP3      
Danny2Danny UTR1 MOR3 CP5 MOR2 OTTM3 UTR1 MOR3 CP4 CP3 MOR3 CPN4      
Frannie2Frannie MOR3 MORM3 CP3 MOR2 MOR2 UTR2 MORP3 MORP3 MOR3 CPP4        
Kane2Kane MOR3 MOR3 OTT2 INV MOR2 CP3 UTR2 MOR3 MOR3          
Brandon2Brandon CPM5 MOR2 OTTP2 UTR2 OTTN2 MOR3 MOR3 MOR3            
Matt2Matt CP4 MORM3 MORN4 UTR1 OTT2 CP4 CPP5              
Josh2Josh UTR1 INV MOR2 CPN5 CP5 CPN4                
Matthew2Matthew CPP5 CPP2 CP3 CP2 OTTP3                  
Sarah2Sarah MOR3 MOR2 MOR3 MOR4                    
Claire2Claire UTR2 UTRN3 MORN5                      
Helen2Helen MOR3 MOR4                        
Maddy2Maddy MORN3                          
Bruce2Bruce UTRP2                          

Written by

Martin Holmes

Martin is a freelance writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously Digital Spy, ET Canada, and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull. Martin is the owner and editor-in-chief of Insider Survivor.

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