Survivor 46

Christine & Gia’s Island Round-Up – Episode 8

Christine and Gia break down Episode 8.


Each week, Christine Pallon and Gia Worthy will round up the previous week of Survivor 46 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 latest episode.


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Top 3 Moments

Who Orchestrated Soda’s Blindside?

Gia: As the first group was waiting for the second group to come back from the last episode’s tribal council, everyone was in agreement that Venus was the most likely to be voted off. Enter the second half of the tribe, who revealed that it wasn’t Venus but Soda who was blindsided. Venus took credit for the move, which players allowed her to do, but Tevin knew it was really his doing. At least, that’s what the edit made us believe until Liz received a confessional stating that this was actually her decision, as she had wanted Soda out since Day 1. So, who actually gets credit for the move? With Tevin gone, my money’s on Liz, but in Survivor, we all know that perception is reality.

The Cast Plays Hide ‘N Seek

Gia: Leave it to the 46 cast to turn a game of hide ‘n seek into a chance to pick out new targets. The players decided to play the classic game to pass the time, only they were actually using it as an opportunity to scope out the competition. Really, Q used it to decide who he needed to take out next. You volunteer to be the caller? You made a mistake. You hide too well? A mistake. You hide in the tree right above your camp? You guessed it, you made a BIG mistake! It was exactly the type of camp life segment we’ve been begging for with the 90-minute episodes, and this was the perfect cast to showcase the possibilities. All around, this is one of, if not my absolute favorite, segment we’ve gotten in the new era. 


Q Pretends(?) to Quit

Christine: At the start of tribal, Q dropped a bombshell: he was ready for his tribemates to vote him out, citing his guilt about how the pre-tribal scramble transpired. This was a surprise to everyone including Jeff, launching one of the most absurd and compelling live tribals we’ve ever seen. Q’s antics — which may or may not have been genuine — didn’t seem to actually impact the outcome of the vote in the end. But the ensuing whispers exposed some critical information that will surely impact the game moving forward. With Charlie’s 11th-hour reveal to Tiff that Q leaked her idol, Tiff and Kenzie now have confirmation their former Yanu tribemate is not to be trusted.

Top 3 Contestants


Gia: On Twitter you might know her as a Rumored Billionaire, but on the show she’s gotten a quieter edit. At least, that was the case until now. Liz finally got her breakout episode, and she arrived in a big way. After biding her time and allowing other players to take credit for bigger moves, Liz used The Six’s drama to her advantage to take out Tevin. Taking out the biggest threat in the game is no easy feat, and yet she almost made it look effortless. Her time to shine is finally here, and possibly the beginning of a winner’s edit? I suppose only time will tell. 


Christine: Q is a star. Between the Q Skirt, Hide and Seek, and that insane tribal, this episode was the Q show from top to bottom. Entertainment aside, Q doesn’t seem to be long for this game now that he caused all this trouble by leaking the vote to Hunter, threatening to quit, and getting exposed for leaking Tiffany’s idol to Charlie and Maria. He didn’t just do “too much” in this episode; he did everything. He’s the Boston Rob of the new era turned up to 11 and while I foresee his downfall soon, he gave us quite a show this episode.



Christine: Tiffany was in some real trouble this week when her ally Q threw her to the wolves and exposed her idol to Charlie and Maria. While she’s still in trouble moving forward — a public idol is more or less a useless idol — she came out of this chaotic round relatively unscathed. Charlie’s decision to tell Tiffany about Q’s leak put her back in a position of power, giving her the info she needed to decide whether or not she needed to play her idol. No one would have blamed her if she panic-played it here, but she kept her cool and saved her idol for another round. Despite being a threat, Tiffany’s social game and tight alliance with Kenzie could be enough to keep her in the game longer even if she finds herself needing to burn her idol next round.

Advantage Watch

Extra Vote

Gia: With Tevin’s blindside goes his extra vote, meaning we no longer have an extra vote in the game. Considering the era of Survivor we are in, I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to change this fact sooner rather than later. 


Christine: With Tiffany’s bold (and correct) decision to not play her idol after that bonkers live tribal, she and Hunter both hold onto their idols for another round. I will be stunned if we don’t get at least one idol play next round, likely from Tiffany, who really needs to burn it soon to bring down her threat level. But Hunter might be just as likely to play his, too, if he’s not immune, as his target increases and he recovers from the loss of his ally Tevin.

Fallen Comrades


Christine: Tevin was a star narrator from minute one of this season, and he goes out here in one of the best episodes of the new era. His decision to blindside Soda last round proved to be too much, too soon, even if Venus publicly took credit for it. While it’s a huge loss to no longer have his confessional charisma, his exit and the circumstances surrounding it should really open up the game dynamics next round and hopefully lead to even more chaos.


Gia: I really thought that Tevin was a shoo-in for the finals, even up to the end of this episode. To lose such a big character at this point in the game is always shocking, but that’s both the beauty and tragedy of Survivor. He made a lasting impression from beginning to end. I wish we got to see more of his game had he made a deep run into the merge, but he made his mark with the time we had with him. 

Written by

Christine Pallon

Christine is a writer, musician, and lifelong Survivor nerd based out of Urbana, Illinois. When she’s not playing shows with her bands or working at her day job at a tech company, she spends her free time tweeting about bad horror movies, Kate Bush, and the filmography of Juliette Binoche. Christine writes Inside Survivor’s episode recaps for Survivor US.

Gia Worthy

Gia Worthy is a Massachusetts native and a lifelong fan of Survivor. When she's not helping to run the Survivor Diversity Campaign Twitter page, you can find her on her own Twitter, letting everyone know that Survivor: Marquesas and Fiji are criminally underrated.

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