‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Episode 7 Recap – Fail Mix


'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' (CBS)

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Last Week:  An evening of rain made Julie want to quit, Dale’s fake idol wasn’t worth a whit, and Hunahpu got rice in exchange for all their stuff.

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
Jaclyn – 25, Media Buyer
Jon – 26, Financial Assistant
Missy – 47, Owner of Cheerleading Gym

Keith – 53, Fire Captain

We start things off the morning after Tribal and Keith is not happy about having his name written down. Missy tells him what happened and blames it on her maternal instincts to save Baylor. Keith wishes they would have clued him in.

Meanwhile at Hunahpu, the merge invite arrives in tree mail. Josh isn’t psyched because he wanted to get rid of Jeremy first. Maybe they should’ve traded him to Probst for some extra rice.

Also, Alec is wearing a weird rainbow necklace. Is that a meat collector thing?

Over at Coyopa, Jon makes a joke at former Power Ranker Kat Edorsson’s expense, saying that he can keep dating Jaclyn cause she made the merge. Hilarious.

Next up, we see the twelve remaining players meet up at the merge feast. They waste no time diving in.

After a while, they’re told to head back to Coyopa camp. While they’re packing up the rest of the food, Julie dumps a bunch of it into her bag. That might be important later.

Jeremy thinks the pre-merge is like the preliminary round and now they’re playing real “Survivor.” I’m thinking right now Jeremy is in a living room somewhere getting dirty looks from Val.

Jeremy breaks down his current alliance as he, Natalie, and Julie.  Jeremy talks to Jon who tells him that with him, Jaclyn, Baylor, and Missy they can target Josh.

Later on, the tribe decides to call themselves Huyopa. What a Stume Napid.

Oh wait, the tribe flag is “#Huyopa.” All is forgiven, that is awesome.

The next morning, we find out that Keith forgot about Wes’s birthday. Oh man, it’s like Nicarguan “Sixteen Candles.”

Josh wants to start an all-couple alliance. So eight against four? Not smart.

He’s also hoping to bring Baylor back to his side. “Hey, remember all those times I voted for you? Sooooo sorry.”

Baylor appreciates that she’s going to have to boot Josh, but she wants to do it in a way that will keep his vote. Missy tells her it’s a game and to suck it up.

Listen to your mother, Baylor. She has experience sending men away.

Josh realizes he’s lost Baylor and decides to make a move for Jon and Jaclyn. He gives them a solid pitch, telling them that Jeremy will be tough to beat at the end. He might’ve been more successful if he’d offered Jon a role in the next Disney musical.  I’m thinking Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast.”

Next up, it turns out that Julie is still snacking on the trail mix she stuffed into her bag. While she’s out tanning, Jon goes into her bag and finds it…

Dun dun dun…always food. Always.

Immunity Challenge Time: Players will balance a ball on a disc on ropes. As time goes by, they’ll add more slack to the rope. Then, they’ll add a second ball. Last person with their balls on their disc wins immunity.

Oh…come…on! These challenges only exist so Probst can make inappropriate comments.

The challenge starts off and Jeremy is out quickly. Missy and Julie are both eliminated before they hit the second round.

Reed is the first person out in the second round. He’s followed by Baylor, Alec, Jaclyn, and Natalie.

We’re down to Josh, Wes, Keith, and Jon.

The third round starts off and Josh is immediately bounced. Jon is out next. It’s down to Keith and Wes. Maybe Keith should throw it as a birthday gift?

Wes’s ball eventually falls, giving immunity to Keith.

Back at camp, Alec makes a crack about wanting trail mix. Julie gets annoyed and walks off. Missy follows her out and tries to get her head back into the game. Julie admits that she’s considering quitting. Missy tells her to hold off until after this vote.

Julie doesn’t love the idea of sticking around for their plan. She wants to do what’s best for her.

Later, Jon tells Jeremy exactly what Josh was telling him. Jeremy smartly points out that Josh is the only one in his alliance playing the game. Well, that is all they’re showing us.

Afterwards, all of the couples are thinking about teaming up. Jon seems into it, but Jaclyn isn’t sure.

Aaaaand…Probst is at camp. Durnit.

Sure enough, Julie is calling it quits. She claims that being without her Rocker-poo is just too much for her to deal with.

Probst gathers the tribe and shares the lame news. Jeremy is not thrilled. Josh, as you’d imagine, is loooooving it.

There will be no Tribal that night. Only sadness for “Survivor” viewers.

Verdict: First NaOnka, then Purple Kelly, now Julie. Is there something in the Nicaraguan water that sends people running from this game?

And worst of all, Julie was in a solid position. If Jeremy’s side wins, she’s golden and probably in the final three.

Anywho, quits are always deflating, and this season hasn’t been off to an amazing start. Here’s hoping things pick up next week.

Who’s Going to Win? The next vote will settle this whole Josh and Jeremy debate. I’m sticking with Jeremy.

Power Rankings Results: Spencer and I both had Julie in spot twelve. So, the current score is Team Spencer 61, Team Gordon 69.

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

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