‘Survivor: Worlds Apart’ Episode 7 Recap: Merican Idol?


"Survivor: Worlds Apart" (CBS)

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Last Week: Shirin had to eat a little crow, Sierra was pulled to and fro, Mike let a challenge go, and Rodney lost his favorite bro.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog…

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

The Escameca Tribe (wearing blue)
Dan – Postal Worker, 47
Joe – Jewelry Designer, 25
Mike – Oil Driller, 38
Rodney – General Contractor, 24
Sierra – Barrel Racer, 27
Tyler – Ex-Talent Agent Assistant, 33

The Nagarote Tribe (wearing red)
Carolyn – Corporate Executive, 52
Hali – Law Student, 25
Jenn – Sailing Instructor, 22
Kelly – State Trooper, 44
Shirin – Yahoo Executive, 31
Will – YouTube Sensation, 41

We kick off the evening’s fun after last week’s shocking Tribal with Tyler congratulating the others on the blindside. So polite.

Then, Mike and Rodney go off on a little walk. Mike says he was worried that Joaquin was starting to play Rodney. Rodney says that wasn’t going to happen because he was acting and putting on his Deniro. Yeah, but like DeNiro on ”SNL.”

The next morning brings news of the merge. The final twelve are greeted by a catered lunch and new purple buffs. They’re also told they’ll be staying at Escameca beach…hmm…where there’s still an idol..

During the meal the former Escamecans explain that Joaquin was booted because of his bromance with Rodney. This worries Carolyn because couples are targeted and she’s close with Tyler.

Back at camp…there’s…no…camp! Production totally took all of their stuff! Probst is so mean. Oh man, all of Mike’s firewood…gone…

While Mike and Kelly are rebuilding Mike’s fire empire, they agree that the five blue players should stick together. Jenn and Hali see them talking and realize that Kelly probably isn’t with them anymore.

Later, Rodney somehow makes an alliance with Will, Carolyn, and Kelly. They’re going to infiltrate the Blue Collars and then kick them out to become the final four. Huh…what a random little group.

My head is spinning with all of the alliances and sub-alliances and de-alliances and pre-alliances in the last three minutes. Some White Collar should put together an org chart.

Next up, Dan is stung by a jellyfish in the foot. Jenn tells him to put it in boiling water. Well, that only works if you have plantar warts.

Also, Dan should consider staying out of the water.

The group starts discussing tribe names, and Mike wants to be called “Merica.” Well, it’s better than Augaracin.

Shirin hates it because it seems like a redneck way to say “America.” Dude, that’s why I love it. “Merica…(Expletive deleted) yeah!”

After the flag-painting ceremony, Mike tells Rodney that he wants to target Joe. Rodney agrees, saying this is their “make-up sex” and that he’s putting on his “hustle pants.” This guy is a hashtag machine.

Immunity Challenge Time: Players will climb up a  pole and hang on to it. Last person on their pole wins immunity.

Meanwhile in Philadelphia, Gordon reaches into his “Survivor” joke file cabinet and removes a giant folder marked “’Survivor’ pole grasping jokes.” He then thinks better of it and puts it back.

We start off and Dan, Tyler, and Will are out of it quickly. Aww…Tyler forgot to congratulate the pole for eliminating him.

Sierra, Shirin, and Kelly are out next.

Rodney asks Carolyn if she’s got it. She says she does, so he drops out. Mike’s gone too.

We’re down to Joe, Carolyn, Jenn, and Hali.

Ummm…it seems like Jenn was stung in a…sensitive…area… She manages to hang in there though. Probably wishing she had some boiling water.

Hali’s out next, and then it starts raining. Well done, challenge producers.

Jenn is finally out fifty five minutes into it.

Joe and Carolyn battle it out for a while, with Carolyn eventually falling off. Joey Amazing wins immunity.

Back at camp, Mike gives everyone permission to talk strategy. That’s nice of him.

The former Escamecans want to target Jenn or Hali to get rid of a power couple. The plan is to tell Will they’re voting for Hali, then to vote for Jenn to see if he’s loyal.

Kelly thinks Carolyn will partner with them because she doesn’t like the No Collars.

Meanwhile, Shirin, Jenn, and Hali want to target Kelly because they’re worried about Blue Collar having the numbers. Yeah, but why Kelly? Mike and Rodney are probably bigger challenge threats.

Also…no talk of idols? At all? Not even a little bit, Jenn? This might be a big vote.

And just as I type that, Jenn tells Hali that they need to know who’s being targeted so they can use her idol. Atta girl.

That night at Tribal Council, Probst marvels that there are twelve people at Tribal.

Will jokes that things are so crazy that Probst might be voted out. Not funny, Will. How many Emmys do you have?

Kelly thinks that everyone is nervous and nobody is safe.

Joe says it’s a game and there shouldn’t be any hard feelings. Says the guy with immunity.

Will says his vote will tell people that he can be counted on. Says the guy who promised everyone sandwiches.

Tyler is trying to figure out where he fits in.

Carolyn says that the line will be drawn tonight.

Shirin doesn’t think she’s a swing vote. That’s a smart move. Let your alliance know you’re tight.

Rodney claims that he doesn’t know who has an idol.

Voting Time: No votes are shown. I’m giddy.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…Jenn does! She doesn’t say “Hold up, bro” but she does play it for herself.

We’ve got one vote for Hali, seven votes for Jenn, three votes for Kelly, and the seventh person to be eliminated from “Survivor: Worlds Apart” is…Kelly.

Verdict: Wow. What a mess. But, a very entertaining mess. It’s nice to see everyone swinging for the fences.

The question now is; did Jenn’s move turn the tide like Russell’s did in “Heroes vs. Villains” or did it just delay the inevitable? If the votes stay the way they are, it’s still seven to four.

Who’s Going to Win? I’ve had Jenn as my pick for while, but it’s going to be an uphill battle. It doesn’t help that  everyone knows she’s a player now.

Power Rankings Results: We were way off. Josh had Kelly in spot four, Reed had her in spot three, and I had her in spot two. The current score is Team Josh 51, Team Reed 55, and Team Gordon 55.

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