‘Survivor: Samoa’ Episode 5 Recap: Cookin’ With Probsty

Last Week: Galu lost their first immunity challenge, Shambo lost a chicken, and Yasmin lost her torch fire, which as you know, represents life.

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Here are the tribes as they currently stand…

Foa Foa (wearing yellow)

Ashley – 22 – Spa Sales
Elizabeth – 33 – Attorney
Jaison – 28 – Law Student
Mick – 33 – Doctor
Natalie – 26 – Pharmaceutical Sales
Russell H. – 36 – Oil Company Owner

Galu (wearing purple)

Brett – 23 – T-shirt Designer
Dave – 38 – Fitness Instructor
Erik – 28 – Bartender
John – 25 – Rocket Scientist
Kelly – 25 – Hair Stylist
Laura – 39 – Office Manager
Monica – 25 – Law Student
Russell S. – 42 – Attorney
Shannon – 45 – Sales

We start off back at Galu and Shambo is upset that she was the only one who didn’t vote with the tribe. Monica may also have a problem with Shambo voting for her. But who drew first blood, Monica?

The following morning Erik provides a “Survivor” first by giving an angry, venomous interview about the ocean. Stupid ocean…

Tree mail arrives at Foa Foa and it seems to be pointing toward an “Eat Something Gross” challenge.

Quick Aside: Yes yes yes…YES! It’s been way too long since we’ve had an “Eat Something Gross” challenge. Color me giddy.

Elizabeth tells Evil Russell that she’s worried that Ashley won’t be very good at this challenge. Evil Russell doesn’t like this, because he’s the only one who should be planting seeds of distrust around the camp. Wow, you never quite know what will set Evil Russell off.

Reward Challenge Time: J-Pro will spin a roulette wheel. The ball will land on an ingredient. Probst will add that ingredient to a smoothie. The winning tribe will get some food for a barbecue and get to send a member of their tribe to hang out with the losing tribe. The winning tribe member who is sent to the other camp will have to miss out on the barbecue.

Galu will sit out Kelly, Laura, and John.

First up; Shambo vs. Jaison. Their smoothie will have a giant clam and Jeff’s choice of ingredients. Jeff chooses the octopus because it has the most flies on it. Lovely. He adds a sea snail and some lemon juice too. He then adds some fresh seaweed for garnish. Shambo downs hers relatively quickly, Jaison eventually gets his down.

Am I the only one who would totally visit a “Survivor” Café if it existed?

The battle of the Russells is next. Their smoothie has jellyfish and milk. Good Russell gets his down first, Evil Russell has trouble at first but eventually chugs the rest.

Brett and Mick get some sea cucumber, giant clams, and milk. Mick finishes his quickly. Brett has little trouble finishing his, even licking the glass when he’s done. Well played, Brett.

Monica and Elizabeth are treated to a sea urchin smoothie. Monica finishes hers like a champ, Elizabeth does a good job with hers too.

Dave and Ashley get a smoothie made of sea slug guts. Dave drinks his quickly. Then, in a classy move, starts making vomiting sounds. This doesn’t sit well with Ashley and she can’t finish her drink. In all fairness to her, it was the most disgusting looking of all the smoothies. Galu wins reward.

Wait, no Natalie or Erik?

When Jeff asks who should go to Foa Foa and miss the barbecue, Good Russell chooses Shambo. Shambo calls him out on it, saying she already went to Foa Foa. Good Russell says they need the insider info. Shambo reluctantly goes. When she’s out of earshot Good Russell says, “She’s has to pay for that chicken.”

Ouch, maybe his nickname should be changed to “Less Evil Russell.”

Back at Foa Foa, Shambo doesn’t get a steak, but she does get a group hug.

Meanwhile at Galu, Less Evil Russell lets the tribe know that sending Shambo to Foa Foa was his way of punishing her for losing the chicken. Afterwards, Dave gives Less Evil Russell grief for messing up the fire. He and LE Russell have a bit of a heated confrontation where LE Russell thinks Dave is all words and no action. When given the opportunity to provide some action, Dave manages to get the fire going.

At Foa Foa, Shambo reveals her clue to the hidden immunity idol to the tribe. Shambo digs around the tree but doesn’t find anything. Elizabeth deduces that Evil Russell must have the immunity idol as he had dug around that tree earlier. Evil Russell handles this accusation smoothly by promptly freaking out at her.

That night the angry ocean has its revenge as rain pours down on both camps. Kelly lets us know that maybe it was a mistake not to take the tarp. Yes, maybe.

Quick Aside: Is Dave really Kevin Spacey?

Immunity Challenge Time: One man and one woman from each tribe will hold onto ropes that are holding up a net. Members of the other tribe will try to shoot coconuts (basketball-style) into their nets. The more coconuts in the net, the heavier the net, the harder it is to hold up. The tribe that keeps their nets up the longest wins.

Galu sits out Dave, Shambo, and Brett.

Evil Russell and Elizabeth are holding nets for Foa Foa, Less Evil Russell and Laura are holding nets for Galu.

Galu piles a ton of coconuts into Evil Russell’s net early and he’s the first to let go. After that, Elizabeth manages to hold on for a long time before finally succumbing to the weight of the coconuts. Galu wins immunity easily.

We meet up with the gang back at Foa Foa, and Jaison is not a happy camper. The rain continues to pour down and his hands and feet are all prune-y. You’d think with his U.S. national water polo credentials he’d have built up an immunity to prune fingers.

During a tribe meeting Evil Russell asks if anyone wants to go home. Nobody volunteers. Because they’re all huddled together in the shelter, they can’t sneak out to discuss strategy.

At tribal council, Ashley says the two people she trusts the most are Natalie and Russell. Whoa…Russell? Really? I never really get a sense for how people view him because of the editing, but he may be playing a more shrewd game then we’re being led to believe.

When asked how the tribe will change after the evening vote, Mick says the team will be stronger in challenges. Jaison says it may be weaker because someone will be upset their buddy is leaving.

Voting Time: Ashley votes for Liz, Jaison for Ashley, and we don’t get to see the rest. One vote for Ashley, one vote for Liz, two votes for Ashley, and the fifth person voted out of “Survivor: Samoa” and the sixth person overall to go home is…Ashley.

Verdict: Nothing too shocking in this episode. A woman expressed doubt in Evil Russell’s trustworthiness, Galu hates Shambo, Jaison complained. Lather, rinse, repeat. It was interesting to see how vindictive Less Evil Russell can be. Sending a tribe member to bed without supper is unprecedented.

Who’s Going to Win? I’m aware that I’ve picked about a half dozen people to win this. Who am I leaning toward this week? (Flips coin) Let’s say Laura.

What Do You Think? Was it right for Less Evil Russell to punish Shambo? Is Elizabeth next to go in Foa Foa? Have you missed the “Eat Something Gross” challenges?

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