Welcome to Give Me Five! Each week, Brent Sullivan will look at the top five moments from the latest episode that could impact the rest of the season.
This was the last episode before the merge. Should be real exciting to see what happens next. As far as this episode, there wasn’t a whole lot that happened, but a handful of really impactful things definitely worth mentioning. So, let’s get to it:
1. Mike catches a fish. This started out as a small moment, but then grew into something that may end up being a big deal. The scene starts out with Mike catching a little fish. He was really proud of himself, and him being a big Survivor fan it made it a special moment. After a little mishap while trying to cook his fish, Mike ended up sharing it with his tribe. He scores major points here with Ben (probably Lauren too) since he decided to share his little fish and Cole (who caught a big fish) didn’t share anything. Cole is sort of the theme of this week’s episode which we will get into more later. The point to make here is that Mike is making himself look appealing to his tribe and he is getting enough people on his side that he should have plenty of options at the merge.
2. Joe finds his second idol. Love him or hate him, Joe certainly knows how to play this game. I love that they show Devon saying that he is going to watch Joe because of how shady he is and that he may look for another idol. Devon actually goes out with him, and Joe still finds the clue without Devon knowing. Joe sees it on the tree and doesn’t even react to it so that Devon doesn’t suspect anything. Then later, Joe gets up in the middle of the night to look for it. Sure enough, he finds his second idol. Knowing how Joe plays this game, this is undoubtedly going to come into play sometime this season.
3. Cole passes out. This was a crazy moment to watch. Seeing Cole just fall right over and almost faceplant into the side of the shelter was intense, he could have very easily cut himself or broke his nose or something. Thankfully he was okay enough to continue. I never like to see someone leave the game due to injury. The fallout from his fall, however, is not good for him. Since he is constantly getting on everyone’s nerves regarding his eating habits and now this, Cole is slowing “digging is own grave” at least that is what was said about him in this episode. This also leads me directly to the next point…
4. Mike is starting to sway from Cole. Based on everything that we have been seeing from Cole over the last few weeks, we know that he has been getting on his tribe’s nerves about his eating habits and lack of sharing food. You mix that in with the fact that he and Jessica are always hanging out and are most likely going to vote together and then sprinkle in that he passed out. Things are not looking good for Cole. Ben and Lauren have been slowing working on Mike this whole time by mentioning Jessica’s advantage a few weeks ago and sly comments here and there. It appears that Mike is finally onboard with them. He has had enough and agrees with them that Cole needs to be the next one to go home. Obviously, they didn’t lose and have to go to tribal after the swap, but the seeds have been planted. The merge is happening, and I am curious as to which way Mike will go. He has people on both sides that really like him, and he could go either way.
5. JP survives the vote. Ryan had a good point about JP. He is really strong and he is really good at almost any challenge that he participates in. Getting rid of him probably would have been a good idea in most cases. JP can win immunity challenges, but so can Devon, Joe, Cole, Ben, Desi, Ashley… there are quite a few solid players this season, so getting rid of JP just cuts out one of the many. But in Ryan’s case, I do think that he made the best decision. Yes, it was his fault that he couldn’t trust Ali, but either way, he had to cut her out before the merge (or jury) phase because he didn’t trust her and because she would never work with him after the merge. In Chrissy’s case, it really shouldn’t have been an issue either. Ali tried to vote her out the last time, and she had no reason to think that they could have any sort of relationship or alliance moving forward. So it really was a no-brainer to keep JP over Ali, but now let’s see how he does when the individual challenges start.
There you go. What moments from this week’s episode do you think made an impact?