‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Episode 3 Recap: Angkor Management


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Last Week: Abi and Terry’s unlikely friendship was a “Small Wonder.” Stephen continued to be “The Single Guy.” And Jeff showed Shirin “Who’s the Boss.”

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog…

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

The Bayon Tribe (wearing pink)
Andrew – Pearl Islands
Ciera – Blood vs. Water
Jeremy – San Juan del Sur
Joe – Worlds Apart
Kass – Cagayan
Keith – San Juan del Sur
Kimmi – The Australian Outback
Monica – Samoa
Tasha – Cagayan
Stephen – Tocantins

The Ta Keo Tribe (wearing teal)
Abi – Philippines
Jeff – The Australian Outback
Kelley W. – San Juan del Sur
Kelly W. – Borneo
Peih-Gee – China
Spencer – Cagayan
Terry – Panama
Woo – Cagayan

We kick things off at Casa de Ta Keo and Spencer is psyched to still be around. He tells everyone that’s he’s committing himself to making the team stronger. Peih-Gee does some foreshadowing by saying that things can change overnight.

Terry is equally psyched to finally have a social game. However, he does the cabbage patch while saying this. C’mon…least socially acceptable dance next to the Macarena, right?

The next morning, Probst gathers the tribes. Both groups say they’re happy with how things are going. Oh man, Probst is loving this. He tells them to drop their buffs because two tribes are splitting into three.

The bad news? The mysterious third tribe, known as Angkor, will have to start from scratch and build a new camp.

Savage is freaked out because he doesn’t have the best history with big twists. Well, he isn’t wrong.

They pull new buffs and we’ve got Abi, Tasha, Jeff, Woo, Andrew, and Peih-Gee on Angkor. Kelley, Ciera, Joe, Keith, Terry, and Kass on the new Ta Keo. And Kimmi, Jeremy, Kelly, Stephen, Spencer, and Monica on Bayon.

Andrew is freaked out because he’s surrounded by former Ta Keons, Spencer is relieved to be surrounded by former Bayonians.

Fun Fact: There will be idol clues at the Bayon and Angkor beaches. Ta Keo won’t receive one because Kelley has the Ta Keo idol.

Over at Angkor beach, there’s no food, no rice, and no sympathy for Savage. The former Ta Keo folk immediately agree to get rid of him if they lose immunity. Maybe they can bring him back as an outcast.

Meanwhile at actual Ta Keo, Terry is giddy because of how strong they’ll be in challenges. He’s not concerned about being behind in the numbers because they have SuperJoe. What if the challenge involves being ugly, Terry? How will Joe win that one?

Later on, Kelley tells Joe that she isn’t really working with Terry. She throws him under the bus saying Terry has been looking for the idol non-stop. Sneaky sneaky!

At Bayon, the former Bayonians have also decided to band together. Stephen likes this because it means he’ll be able to beat Rob Cesterino’s “All-Star” record.

Spencer tries to get close with Jeremy by sharing a genuine conversation. Well, as genuine a conversation as you can have while you’re trying to get on someone’s good side.

At Angkor, Tasha tells us that she knows how to fight because she was on Luzon. She forgets to mention that she also learned how to live without rice thanks to J’Tia.

Tasha takes Abi aside and tells her that she has a place with old Bayon at the merge. She tries to make a similar deal with Jeff.

In fact, they tell Jeff they can get him all the way to the jury. Well, that’s a heck of a deal…the jury…

The next day at Bayon, Kelly saves everyone from a scorpion. Aww…I miss Mike Holloway.

Later on, Stephen tells the rest of his alliance that they need the idol to maintain their advantage. They look around and Jeremy manages to find the clue. But is it for one idol like most people would find or for forty idols like Val would find?

Immunity Challenge Time:  The tribes will push a cart around a course while gathering keys and collecting chests full of puzzle pieces. They’ll then have to take the cart apart so they can fit it and the chests through a wall. From there, they’ll put the cart back together and transport the puzzle pieces to the end. The first tribe to complete the puzzle will win immunity.

Fun Fact: This challenge first appeared in “Survivor: Cagayan.”

Another Fun Fact: I watched the Dream Team do a test run of this challenge and the puzzle took foooooorever.

We start off and it’s pretty even up until the wall, although Ta Keo has a slight lead.

Jeremy manages to easily pocket the idol.

Ta Keo is the first through the wall with Bayon and Angkor tied for second.

Joe and Kass take on the puzzle for Ta Keo. Eventually Peih-Gee and Tasha and Spencer and Monica pull puzzle duty for their tribes.

Woo and Jeremy tag in, but it’s too late to pass Ta Keo. They win immunity.

The puzzles continue to be close, but Bayon wins it. Hmm…so the tribe with no supplies and no shelter lost? Shocker.

Before we can hand out idols, Tasha catches Jeff motioning to Kelly and yells, “We’ve got a rat!”

Probst asks her about it and things break down. It’s hard to follow, but Jeff says that Savage made a deal with him, then a deal with Peih-Gee. Woo wonders why nobody made a deal with him.  He seems frustrated that he’s the last to know.

Back at Angkoria, Savage, Peih-Gee, and Woo go for a little walk. Savage tries to make the case that they won’t win immunity without him and they should target Jeff. Peih-Gee thinks he makes a good case because he’s a lawyer. But, you can’t trust him because he’s a lawyer.

Abi approaches Tasha and asks if they’ll target Jeff. She thinks he’s too unpredictable. Whoa…when Abi calls you unpredictable…

Later, Abi tells Peih-Gee and Woo that she’s voting with Savage and Tasha no matter what because she knows she’s on the bottom of the old Ta Keo.

Peih-Gee goes to Savage and Tasha and tells them that she wants Abi gone.

Then, Jeff tells Abi that he’s cool with getting rid of Peih-Gee. What the what?!

Finally, Abi tells Abi that she wants Abi gone.

OK, that last one didn’t happen.

That night at Tribal, Tasha and Savage learn about that Tribal Council ritual of fire meaning life.

Peih-Gee thinks that Savage and Tasha would usually be in trouble because they were on another tribe.

Jeff didn’t feel like he was a rat for motioning to Kelly. Tasha disagrees.

Varner admits that he’s heard many names thrown around the camp including himself, Peih-Gee, and Abi. He says Tasha and Savage are now on the top of the heap.

Abi thinks she’s the one going home based on the conversations around camp that she wasn’t involved in.

Peih-Gee wants to be with people she trusts.

Varner has no idea what’s going on tonight, but he reiterates that Savage and Tasha are in charge.

And Woo was there.

Voting Time: Peih-Gee votes for Abi, Abi votes for Peih-Gee, and the rest are lost to the magic of editing.

Probst tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Abi, one vote for Peih-Gee, one vote for Abi, one vote for Peih-Gee, one vote for Peih-Gee, and the third person voted out of “Survivor: Second Chance” is…Peih-Gee.

Note: Varner, Abi, Tasha, and Savage all voted for Peih-Gee.

Verdict: Wow, that was a wild one. I don’t love the idea of one tribe having to start from scratch, but what could you do?

Who’s Going to Win? Jeff’s still my pick, but that blow-up was amateursville. Fortunately, his ability to adapt kept him alive.

Power Rankings Results: Oh man, my Power Rankings were just BLOWN UP! Jenn had Peih-Gee in spot fourteen, Max had her in spot sixteen, and I had her in…gulp…spot four. The current score is Team Jenn 31, Team Max 29, and Team Gordon 19.

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