‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Episode 6 Recap – Idolt?

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Last Week: Tribes swapped, rice rationing stopped, and Kelley was dropped.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

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

The Hunahpu (wearing blue

Alec – 22, Student
Jeremy – 36, Firefighter
Josh – 32, Actor
Julie – 34, Owner of Spray Tan Business
Natalie – 28, Crossfit Coach
Reed – 31, Broadway Performer
Wes – 23, Firefighter

The Coyopa (wearing yellow)

Baylor – 20, Student
Dale – 55, Farmer
Jaclyn – 25, Media Buyer
Jon – 26, Financial Assistant
Missy – 47, Owner of Cheerleading Gym
Keith – 53, Fire Captain

The fun starts off with new Coyopa after Tribal and Dale is not a happy camper. He says they slaughtered his daughter right in front of him. That’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s a fun little rhyme.

The next morning, he shows Jon the weird little medallion he found at the water well and tells him it’s an idol. Jon gawks at it like he just showed him a leprechaun.

Over at Hunahpu, Jeremy and Alec are wondering what Probst is going to ask for in exchange for rice. My money is on “Survivor” tattoos.

Jeremy doesn’t understand why they’re making the deal because they could win the next reward. Yeah dude, or go fishing, or catch those little crabs that are everywhere around your camp.

J-Pro shows up and gives them a hard time about how poorly they’ve been rationing. Reed says nobody spoke up about it because they didn’t want to put a target on their back. I like to think old Hunahpu was putting on weight.

Probst tells them that he wants all of their comfort rewards, their pots, their extra flint, and their souls.

And…they go for it without question. Worst negotiators ever. They could have at least had him throw in a blue button down shirt and some cargo shorts.

Reward Challenge Time: A blindfolded player from each tribe will climb through obstacles and retrieve bags of puzzle pieces. Once they have all three bags, they’ll use their hands to feel a completed puzzle. They’ll then have to recreate the puzzle with the pieces. Winning tribe gets a barbecue feast.

Oh man, I was hoping reward was going to be a giant bag of rice.

The tribes are allowed to put up anyone they want. Hunahpu chooses Reed while Baylor will go for Coyopa.

Not much to describe here except for Baylor constantly banging her head against the obstacles. See Missy, you’re not the only one to crack Baylor this season.

Reed figures out the puzzle and wins food for Hunahpu. So unfair, he has Spidey Sense!

Reed also gets to decide who goes to Exile, he chooses Julie, but Natalie wants to take her place. Huh…

Over at Coyopa, Jon, Missy, and Jaclyn are talking business. Jon thinks they’re have to target Keith if they lose immunity. Oy…

At Exile, Natalie wants to prove to Missy and Baylor that she’s still on their side. Not bad, but it’s really suspect to the tribe that you have to hang out with until the merge.

Baylor shares the idol clue and Natalie thinks the idol will be “awesome to have.” Well, she’s not wrong.

Meanwhile, Josh is super proud of his boyfriend for winning the reward. Jeremy, however, has a good point that if Val were around, they wouldn’t spend as much time together as Reed and Josh because they wouldn’t want to be viewed as a threat.

And then comes the rain…maybe Hunahpu can fashion their newly won rice into a tarp?

Oh…and Julie is losing it. Apparently she’s considering quitting…over rain…  Jeremy tries to give her a pep talk, but she’s not having it.

Alec shows some sympathy saying, “B—h, this is ‘Survivor,’ you signed up for this. Go home.” Oh, so that “b—h” thing is a family trait?

Immunity Challenge Time: Teams will race over a wall, then they’ll push a large cube through some posts gathering puzzle pieces as they go. First tribe to complete the puzzle wins immunity.

Julie will sit out for Hunahpu.

The Survivors are ready, and then they go. Hunahpu is off to an early lead after the wall, but Coyopa comes back and takes the lead when one of Jeremy’s puzzle bags gets stuck.

Jon and Missy start Coyopa’s puzzle while Reed and Josh eventually take puzzle duty for Hunahpu.

Aww…the couple that does puzzles together…

…wins together! Reed and Josh win immunity for Hunahpu.

Dale makes it a point to say that someone’s loved one is going home tonight. Yeah, cause he has a super real, not-at-all-fake idol. Right? Right, everyone!

Back at camp, Jon claims to suck at losing. On the contrary, my friend.

Dale offers to give his idol to Jon if he keeps him safe at Tribal. He’ll also trade him his huge nickel for Jon’s tiny dime.

Baylor, Missy, Jon, and Jaclyn decide to split the vote in case Dale plays his idol.

Jaclyn asks Jon if he thinks the idol is real and he toooootally does. Oh man. He’s so pretty.

Also, Jon is wearing a blue buff in his confessional…whoops.

That night at Tribal Council, Jon’s first answer is interrupted by howler monkeys. It’s probable what they were saying was more intelligent.

Dale thinks the vote is different than before because he knows he’s in trouble.

Jaclyn liked having Dale as an option. Missy didn’t like that answer. Oh man…Jaclyn is pretty too.

Baylor thinks she’s more loyal than Dale. Dale disagrees because Baylor flipped on Jaclyn.

Voting Time: Keith votes for Dale, Missy votes for Keith, Dale votes for Missy, and the rest of the votes are a mystery…until the credits.

J-Pro tallies and returns as only he can. We’ve got one vote for Dale, one vote for Keith, one vote for Missy, one vote for Keith, one vote for Dale, and the sixth person to be eliminated from “Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water” is…Dale.

Verdict: Kudos to Dale for trying to make it interesting, but we knew he was a goner.

This has been a really weird season. Most of the people who were eliminated were bounced because of their own weird/bad strategies. Hopefully things pick up at the merge.

Who’s Going to Win? Jeremy has been my pick since day one and it looks like he’s going to survive the swap. But, this merge is gonna be crazy with the duos and other weird half alliances.

Power Rankings Results: Spencer and I both had Dale in spot thirteen. The current score is Team Spencer 49, Team Gordon 57.

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

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