‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Episode 2 Recap: ‘Johnny Rock’ Gets a Clue


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Last Week: A flint was misplaced, challenges were faced, and an “Amazing Racer” was erased.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Let’s take a look at the tribes as they currently stand…

The Hunahpu (wearing blue)

Drew – 25, Sales Rep
Jeremy – 36, Firefighter
Jon – 26, Financial Assistant
Julie – 34, Owner of Spray Tan Business
Keith – 53, Fire Captain
Kelley – 28, Marketing Manager
Missy – 47, Owner of Cheerleading Gym
Natalie – 28, Crossfit Coach
Reed – 31, Broadway Performer

The Coyopa (wearing yellow)

Alec – 22, Student
Baylor – 20, Student
Dale – 55, Farmer
Jaclyn – 25, Media Buyer
John – 39, Former MLB Pitcher
Josh – 32, Actor
Val – 35, Police Officer
Wes – 23, Firefighter

The fun kicks off after Tribal Council, where Josh admits to voting for Baylor. He claims to have done it so people won’t think that they’re buddies. She’s not thrilled about it. He couldn’t have told her before?

The next morning at Hunahpu beach, Reed shows off his stretching skills, Jon shows off his weight-lifting skills, and Drew shows off his pushup skills. Oh man, if I was there with an air hockey table, I could show them a thing or too.

Meanwhile, Julie notices that the flint is missing. Kelley lets us know that that is not good. Also, water is wet and the right side of Ariana Grande’s face is hideous.

Jon admits to losing the flint, because “Survivor” is a game that respects honesty. Has he seen this show?

He then asks if you need the flint to start fire. Oh man, one more and he’ll complete the stupidity hat trick.

Next up, the tribes meet at the “Hero Arena.” Is that where they hang out with Ozzie Smith? Cause he’s my hero. Natalie sees that Nadiya is gone and she isn’t pleased. Apparently it’s the first time she’s truly been without her sister. She breaks down and cries.

Reward Challenge Time: One person from each tribe will balance a ball on a disc and then move it through a series of obstacles. Then they’ll roll three balls into a series of targets. First person to hit all three targets wins. The winner gets fishing gear, the loser gets an all-expense-paid trip to Exile (not an) Island.

Rocker wins rock/paper/scissors and gets to pick who gets to compete, he decides to do it himself against Julie.

John almost gets through the obstacles, but he loses the ball. Julie gets through first. She hits all three of the targets before Rocker even completes the obstacles.

Rocker isn’t happy that he lost to a girl. I’m gonna leave that one alone.

Julie decides to send Jeremy to Exile with John. So, the quasi-leaders of the two alliances will be there together…

Before Hunahpu heads back to camp, Reed offers to trade Probst the tribe’s beans for flint. Probst doesn’t go for it, he wants the fishing gear…because he’s hilarious. Make them name their first-born children “Hunahpu!”

They discuss Probst’s offer and decide to give up the fishing gear. Oh man, you know he loved that. Here’s hoping Jon doesn’t trade the flint for some magic beans.

Later at Coyopa, Alec and Dale discuss Rocker’s “Sports Illustrated” comments. Josh is happy to have Rocker on his team because he’s probably going to upset people. Josh gets it.

Over at Exile, Jeremy and Rocker smash their urns. Rocker gets nothing, Jeremy gets the clue.

Jeremy also knows who Rocker really is. He isn’t thrilled to partner with someone who he remembers made racist statements, but he does want to protect his wife. He shares the clue with John and pitches the idea of John protecting Val while Jeremy protects Julie. See, that’s how you properly use time with the opposing tribe.

Immunity Challenge Time: A player from each team will stand on a platform and try to knock the other person off. First tribe to do this five times win immunity.

Julie will sit out for Hunahblue.

Round One: Jaclyn beats Kelley. (They’re not the same person?!)

Round Two: Drew gets the best of his little brother Alec. Then he gives him a wedgie. (Not really.)

Round Three: Wes destroys Jeremy.

Round Four: Natalie goes over Val.

Round Five: Rocker and Jon have an epic battle! Amazingly, Jon was able to pull off the win. He dropped him like the only means his tribe has of starting fire.

Round Six: Missy and Baylor got off to a bad start when Baylor was popped right in the face. Baylor regrouped though and defeated her mother. I wouldn’t be too hard on Missy, though. She was just being aggressive. B-E-ing aggressive.

Round Seven: Reed bested Josh.

Round Eight: In a battle of the elders, Dale dumped Keith in the drink.

Round Nine: In a rematch, Kelley got revenge on Jaclyn to give Hunahpu they’re 30th straight victory.

Back at Coyopa Beach, everyone is mega bummed. Dale is very proud of Kelley for her performance, but isn’t psyched that it went against his tribe.

Val tells Rocker that she has two idols and that she’s going to save herself and Jaclyn. Heck, why not tell him that you’re magic.

Later, “Johnny Rock” starts digging around and…finds himself an idol. Meanwhile, the Internet is livid.

Rocker and Josh discuss strategy. They’re going to tell Val that they’re sending three votes her way and three votes Baylor’s way. Rocker passes this info on to Val, and also tells her that he made a deal with Jeremy.

That night at Tribal Council, Josh makes a Broadway/”Survivor” comparison that probably went over most people’s heads.

Val thinks Baylor is trying to play both sides of the camp.

Baylor tells everyone that Val was behind the failed female alliance.

Jaclyn is annoyed that Baylor flipped on the girls.

Val tells Baylor to own her deceit.

Everyone has heard that Val has two idols. Wes wants to vote for her to flush one out.

Voting Time: Baylor votes for Val, Rocker votes for Baylor, Wes votes for Val, Val votes for Baylor, and the rest aren’t shown.

J-Pro tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Val, one vote for Baylor, one vote for Val, one vote for Baylor, one vote for Val, two votes for Baylor, and one vote for Val. A tie!

Voting Time Part Deux: Rocker votes for Val (and he isn’t happy about breaking his deal with Jeremy) and the rest will be played over the credits. Don’t worry.

J-Pro tallies and returns yet again. We’ve got one vote for Baylor, three votes for Val, and the second person to be eliminated from “Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water” is…Val.

Oh man, now Jeremy is really gonna think Rocker is racist!

Verdict: Val really blew it when she went to Exile. She could have partnered up with Wes based on her time with Keith. Instead, she’s a goner. I had high hopes for her too.

My question is; why didn’t the Boyopa alliance target Jaclyn instead of Val? The idol lie?

As for the episode, things are going quite nicely. Looks like we’re in for some fireworks next week too.

Who’s Going to Win? Jeremy’s got the only idol clue on Hunahpu, he has the numbers, and he doesn’t have to protect Val anymore. He’s my winner.

Power Rankings Results: Spencer had Val in spot sixteen. I had her in fifteen. So, the current score is Team Spencer 16, Team Gordon 15.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter at @gordonholmes.

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