The Return of the Outcasts is well underway, and it is clear that every person there is ready to play. Everybody wants to fix their previous mistakes in order to win this time around, but regardless of tribe dynamics, past relationships, or even idols, not being on the right side of the vote could potentially be the difference between winning or losing the game.
At Masu, Steffi and Shane are left reeling after Chappies’ shocking blindside, with Steffi stating that she’s uncomfortable as it was the first time in her Survivor career that she didn’t know where the votes were going. And Shane is feeling unsure when it comes to his place in the “Breakfast Club” alliance. Palesa, on the other hand, is extremely happy to have been part of the majority alliance for once, and due to Tevin giving her the Outpost idol, she feels that she has much more leeway in her game as she could form other relationships that could help her in the chance of a tribe swap or at the merge.
Then there’s PK, who, despite not voting for Chappies nor being part of a solid alliance, confidently states that he’s in a good place within the tribe as “all information is going through him.” The foreshadowing begins here and even brings to mind other players bold enough to state they were in control of the game, only to be unceremoniously voted out the same episode. (Here’s looking at you, Drew Christy).
Marian is left assuring Shane that he’s safe within the alliance and knows that the only way for the “Breakfast Club” to remain in the majority of Masu is by geting rid of the “Season Six’ alliance. Dante and Meryl agree that when the time comes, PK is on the chopping block.
On the Yontau tribe, Tania states that one of the women on her tribe is not playing the game she likes, as Pinty takes too much food, disregarding their scarce resources. (Pinty is later shown hiding as she eats a coconut by herself but being defensive when others confront her about this).
Meanwhile, taking her chances while several tribemates are at the beach, Thoriso looks for the idol and later tells Tania and Killarney that someone outside of their alliance must have found it by now, with Tevin being the main suspect. Unbeknownst to them, this was a ploy for Thoriso to buy time to look for it. However, the idea backfires as the rumour spreads throughout the whole tribe, leaving Thoriso in a precarious situation and Tevin saying that as “perception is reality” within Survivor, this has created a target on his back.
At the Reward/Immunity challenge, the Yontau tribe is taken aback by Chappies’ elimination, especially Tevin. After a slightly close race, Yontau snatches another victory, and Masu’s lack of communication is the culprit behind their continuing losing streak. Steffi notes that there are too many individual goals within the Masu tribe, as they weren’t able to perform in a united front.
Back at Yontau’s camp, Tevin confronts the tribe with the idol rumour, and Tania takes the blame for spreading misinformation, leading to the tribe collectively looking for the idol under the shelter. Seamus finds the it but says in his confessional that public idols are extremely dangerous and that he would rather throw this one into the ocean and later find another one on his own. Still, he ultimately decides to keep the idol for the “benefit of the tribe.” Whatever that means.
With tribal looming, the Masu tribe scrambles to figure out their next eliminated player. Toni starts targeting Marian, listing her reasons to vote for her as they haven’t had any strategic conversations. She brings up Marian’s vitiligo, saying it’s a hindrance to both Marian’s game and the whole tribe. Marian overhears the conversation and is triggered by Toni’s comments, but it leads to a reassuring talk with Steffi, where Marian declares that she won’t let her skin be the reason others consider her a weak player.
To Marian’s delight, she later finds a “Diplomatic Immunity Idol” that could be used after an immunity challenge (only during pre-merge) and where Marian could choose someone or herself to switch tribes and avoid that immediate tribal council. Steffi states that now Marian is the most powerful player on the Masu beach. Marian further solidifies trust with the “Breakfast Club” by sharing her special idol, and Dante decides to become a more proactive player by siding with them in getting rid of PK.
At tribal council, Nico asks the tribe why they lost again. Steffi pinpoints it to several egos within the tribe fighting each other. Past relationships are brought up as well, and Toni expresses that the presumptions that were being made when it came to the shared tattoos were harming her and PK’s game, culminating in Toni and Marian arguing about their games and earlier events. When it comes to voting, the Masu tribe experiences their second blindside with the “Breakfast Club” voting off PK in a 5-4 vote.
It’s quite clear that the Masu tribe is more divided than ever, as its two main alliances are battling each other, with the “Breakfast Club” eliminating off its outsiders one by one. With Yontau not going to tribal council yet, its tribe lines are still to be determined, but chaos could surely ensue with Tania targeting Pinty. This season is only gathering momentum and many blindsides are for sure on their way. I, for one, wouldn’t want to miss them.