‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Episode 9 Recap: The Witching Power?

"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

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Last Week: Stephen made Joe worry, Kelley played her idol in a hurry, and at least Savage made the jury.

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

Let’s take a look at the tribe as it currently stands…

The Orkun Tribe (wearing orange)
Abi – Philippines
Ciera – Blood vs. Water
Jeremy – San Juan del Sur
Joe – Worlds Apart
Keith – San Juan del Sur
Kelley W. – San Juan del Sur
Kelly W. – Borneo
Kimmi – The Australian Outback
Spencer – Cagayan
Stephen – Tocantins
Tasha – Cagayan

The evening’s festivities kick off at Orkun beach immediately after Savage’s outcastin’. Kelley says that she feels betrayed by some people. However, she does not go into specifics.

Later on, Kimmi tells her alliance that they need to get rid of the “witches’ coven.” This is of course referring to Abi, Kelley, and Ciera. Stephen assumes she’s comparing them to the three witches from “Macbeth.” I doubt it, Stephen. Knowing Kimmi, she probably meant from “Hocus Pocus.”

The next morning, Abi catches Joe looking for an immunity idol. Kelley takes this as sign that people are scared and are willing to make moves. Yeah, that or they’ve seen the show before and just want an idol.

Reward Challenge Time: The tribe will be divided into two teams. They’ll use poles to build a staircase. They’ll climb up and work their way through a maze and down a slide. Then, one member will work a key through a series of poles. Finally, they’ll unlock a puzzle that reveals a combination. The first tribe to unlock their chest will receive a trip to the “Survivor” spa.

More spa time for Keith? Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease…

Fun Fact: This is yet another challenge from Cagayan.

OK, we’ve got Tasha, Fishbach, Spencer, Joe, and Ciera on the purple team. The green team is Wiglesworth, Keith, Wentworth, Kimmi, and Jeremy.

Abi was not selected in the pick’em, so she doesn’t get reward. Aww…I hate that rule. Let her bet on the winner!

We start off and the pink tribe jumps off to a huge lead when the green team can’t figure out the staircase.

In fact, the green team doesn’t finish the stairs until Spencer and Ciera are already working on the puzzle.

It’s a blowout, the pink team takes it easily. Remember when Stephen hitting someone else’s target was the most embarrassing challenge moment?

We meet up with the winners at the spa…which is a series of tables in the wilderness. Meh…whatever works.

Ciera immediately starts talking strategy. She points out that anyone who goes to the end with Jeremy will lose. Well, she’s not wrong.

Ciera also thinks Wiglesworth could win. Wait, from season one? She’s back? They should totally show her.

Back at camp, Jeremy sneaks away for an idol hunt. And…he finds himself a clue. Oh man. Thirty more idols and he could have as many as his wife claimed to have!

The clue instructs Jeremy to sneak out at night and find a lantern. He does so and is rewarded with his second idol. Wow.

He says the idol is for his wife…and his kids…and his unborn kid. He starts to get all teary-eyed. I don’t get all teary because I’m tough and strong.

(Gimme a minute.)

OK, the next morning Stephen lets us know that Joe and Kelly are really close and it makes him nervous. He approaches Ciera, Kelley, and Abi and tells them he’ll work with them, but he doesn’t want to tell them what to do. They say they’ll do anything to save their cauldrons. Eventually Wiglesworth’s name comes up.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will stand on doghouse-shaped rafts in the ocean. As time goes on, they’ll have to move to higher perches on the platform. Last person standing wins immunity.

Quick Aside: Another Cagayan challenge? Oh well, at least it isn’t balls on a disc.

We start off and everyone is hanging tough. Well, that’s until Probst pulls a fast one and reveals a buoy for each player. The first person to touch their buoy will lose their shot at immunity, but will receive an advantage.

Spencer and Stephen dive after it and Stephen wins. Who saw that coming?

The time expires and everyone moves to the top of the platform.

Kelley, Jeremy, Ciera, Kimmi, and Tasha all fall during the transition.

Keith falls in at the ten-minute mark.

After twenty minutes pass, they have to balance on one foot. Kelly can’t make the transition and is eliminated. It’s down to Joe and Abi.

Joe wiggles and wobbles, and Abi hangs in their until her butt starts cramping. (Those were her words.) She falls in and Joe wins yet again.

Alright, it’s time for a Shakespeare trivia immunity challenge.

Back at camp, Kimmi wants the witches to hit the road. She wants to split the votes between Wentworth and Ciera. It’s decided to throw most of the votes toward Wentworth. Boo…

Later, Stephen cracks open his advantage and learns that he gets to swipe a vote from someone at Tribal. During the vote, he’ll have to tell Probst that he wants to use his advantage. He tells us he won’t use it tonight because he doesn’t need to.

Stephen approaches Spencer and Jeremy with the idea of voting for Wiglesworth. Spencer would like her gone from the game, but he doesn’t want to trust the witches.

Note: When I use the term “witches,” I’m using it as a convenient alliance name. I adore all three of those women.

Jeremy trusts Stephen, but he doesn’t trust the Orkun coven. Oh…”Orkun Coven” feels much less offensive.

That night at Tribal, it is pouring. Like cats and dogs…living together…mass hysteria.

I just blew up that metaphor.

Keith is frustrated because the rain makes it hard to concentrate. Stick to the plan!

Kelley says that her idol play made people open to making moves.

Ciera thinks the idol scared people and now they have to play or get played. Joe agrees.

Jeremy states that last week’s nine-person vote was more of a set of voting blocks and not an alliance.

Wiglesworth hopes that everyone is going to do what they said they were going to do.

Spencer thinks the game is evolving because people are flexible with their votes and alliances.

Tasha believes that people still need to have numbers they can trust.

Probst asks who is nervous. A lot of people raise their hands.

Voting Time: Tasha votes for Ciera, Keith votes for Wentworth, Kelley votes for Wiglesworth, and the rest of the votes are lost to the magic of editing.

JPro tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Ciera, one vote for Wentworth, one vote for Wiglesworth, one vote for Ciera, one vote for Wentworth, one vote for Wiglesworth, one vote for Ciera, two votes for Wiglesworth, and the tenth person eliminated from “Survivor: Second Chance” and the third member of the jury is…Kelly Wiglesworth.

Verdict: Wow…just wow. This season is full of surprises. I don’t even feel bad for sucking at the Power Rankings.

Now we’ve got Stephen with a vote swipe and Jeremy with two idols. Crazytown.

Who’s Going to Win? That vote probably broke the game wide open. Kelley might have enough room to maneuver and win it. That is, if they can flush Jeremy’s forty idols.

Power Rankings Results: Jenn had Kelly in fifth place, Max had her in sixth, and I had her in fourth. So, the current score is Team Jenn 100, Team Max 103, Team Gordon 92.

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