‘Survivor: Second Chance’ Episode 10 & 11 Recap: Who’ll Stop the Reign?


"Survivor: Second Chance" (CBS)

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Last Week: Joe balanced on a boat, Stephen will get to steal a vote, and Kelly was the name that most people voted for.

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
Kimmi – The Australian Outback
Spencer – Cagayan
Stephen – Tocantins
Tasha – Cagayan

Two hours? I shoulda took a nap first.

We kick things off after Tribal and Jeremy is hoping that he can get back into Joe’s good, dreamy graces.

But first, he takes Tasha aside and tells her they couldn’t let her know about the vote to get rid of Wiglesworth. Because…you couldn’t trust her? Bad form.

Joe’s trying to keep his cool. He insists that they make sure the Orkun coven doesn’t get to stick around.

Later that night, the rain starts a pourin’. We cut to the next morning and it’s still coming down. Ciera isn’t worried about the rain, but she is worried that the rain keeps her from strategizing. She’s awesome.

Keith says he’d be willing to sit in the rain for 50 days to win a million dollars. They cut to his old, wrinkly, water-logged feet and I almost lost the Wawa sandwich I had for dinner.

Reward Challenge Time: The tribes will be divided into two teams. The teams will fight over a basketball. The first person to sink a basket gets a point for their team. First team to score three points gets to get out of the rain and enjoy a circus.

No joke, this is the worst rain I’ve seen on “Survivor” since Samoa. It’s just coming down in sheets.

The teams are Tasha, Abi, Joe, Spencer, and Ciera against Jeremy, Stephen, Kelley, Kimmi, and Keith.

Round One: Stephen, Kelley, and Jeremy get the best of Joe, Spencer, and Ciera.

Oy, Kelley learns not to wear a bikini top during a wrestling challenge the hard way.

Round Two: Tasha, Abi, and Joe defeat Kelley, Kimmi, and Keith.

Wow, this is violent. Joe totally stiff-armed Kimmi.

Round Three: Joe, Spencer, and Ciera bested  Jeremy, Kimmi, and Fishbach.

Round Four: Joe, Abi, and Tasha scored against Kelley, Kimmi, and Jeremy to win reward.

That last point was intense. Kimmi clung to Tasha leg and was dragged to the basket before Tasha hit the winning shot.

Tasha will always wag her leg in Kimmi’s face.

We meet up with the winners at the circus, and it is really cool! Fire juggling, pipe balancing, the works!

Ciera sees some youngsters who are the same age as her kiddies and starts to get emotional. She pulls it together and pitches them all working with Kelley to take over the game.

Joe pitches getting rid of Stephen, and Ciera’s all for it.

Back at camp, Kimmi let’s us know that if she can deal with her kid’s health issues, then she can deal with anything. Aww… Good moms tonight.

Stephen tell everyone that Jeremy would be winning all the challenges if Joe wasn’t around. Yeah, that’s exactly want Jeremy wants everyone to forget.

Kelley stokes the anti-Joe fire and it seems like everyone is into it.

Later that night, the rain just keeps on a-comin’. As Stephen is sitting there, his stomach starts causing him problems. He breaks down and has himself a little cry. Well, more of a big cry.

The next day it…is…still…raining. Stephen wishes the sun would come out for fifteen minutes. Instead he gets rain. Apparently God is a Kelly Wiglesworth fan.

Jeremy is worried about Stephen because he thinks he might quit. He’ll never quit. It’d kill his know-it-all cred.

Immunity Challenge Time: Players will balance on a small platform while balancing a ball against a block of wood. Last person standing wins immunity.

Fun Fact: This challenge was done during “San Juan del Sur.”

Before the challenge gets underway, Probst tells the troops that a construction crew is at their camp and will build them a waterproof shelter if five of them choose not to compete in the immunity challenge.

How do you sleep at night, Probst?

Each person is given two different colored rocks so they can vote. Everybody gives up immunity except for Joe and Keith. Wow. Keith really thought he was in danger?

Joe says he thinks he can deal with the rain. He should’ve said, “I’m not stupid, without that necklace, I’m the just a  handsome juror.”

Alright, we start off and uh…it’s just two dudes standing there for a while. That is until Keith slips up and drops his ball. Joe wins immunity. Surely that necklace is shaped to fit his neck like a memory foam pillow by now.

The tribe returns to camp and the new shelter is pretty awesome. Not only that, but there are cookies! Totally better than getting Joe out of the game.

Politicking starts off with Stephen targeting Ciera. He thinks he’ll be able to work with Kelley and Abi once she’s gone.

Later, Joe tells Ciera, Abi, and others that they’re gunning for Stephen. Apparently Abi has a nickname for Stephen, “Poopypants.” Well, it’s better than “The Wizard.”

Tasha doesn’t like that Ciera is running the show. She tells Spencer, but he still wants to target Stephen.

Joe meets up with Jeremy, Tasha, and Spencer and tells them that Ciera wants them to get rid of Stephen. Joe tells us he wants them both gone, but he thinks Stephen is a bigger threat.

Jeremy thinks it’s a bad move because Ciera doesn’t have loyalty toward anyone.

Spencer sticks to his guns though, saying that Stephen has an advantage and apparently Kimmi in his back pocket. Wait, who the heck is Kimmi?

That night at Tribal, Kelley admits to crying because of the rain.

Stephen says his low point was his severe gastrointestinal distress. Oh, is that the poopy pants?

Ciera was willing to sacrifice for the team in order to get a better shelter.

Tasha thinks the people who stepped out of the challenge were unselfish.

Joe points out that he’d be going home if he didn’t compete in the challenge.

Keith says he stayed in because he was trying to kill the golden boy. “Kill” seems a little harsh.

Stephen has no idea what’s going to happen with the vote. Seconded.

Jeremy agrees that the voting blocs are confusing. Seconded.

Stephen knows the advantage puts a target on his back. He calls it a “disadvantage.”

Ciera doesn’t think they’ve established lines yet.  She also thinks it’d suck if she was blindsided.

Tasha thinks the person who is voted out will have made a million-dollar mistake by sitting out of the challenge.

Voting Time: Abi votes for Stephen and that’s the only vote that’s shown.

Probst tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…Jeremy says something as we go to commercial!


We come back and Jeremy busts out one of his sixteen idols for Stephen. Poopy pants is safe!

We’ve got four votes for Stephen, two votes for Ciera, two votes for Kimmi, and the eleventh person eliminated from “Survivor: Second Chance” and the fourth member of the jury is…Ciera.


Jeremy tells Spencer he’d do the same thing for him as Ciera makes her exit.

Back at camp, Stephen is blown away that Jeremy saved him. Jeremy tells him that the other players don’t trust him. Stephen swears total allegiance to Jeremy.

Dude, you should name your first-born child “Jeremy.”

The next day, it’s mooooooore rain. And Stephen is annoyed with himself that he didn’t see the vote coming. He’s bummed because he claims to be a know-it-all. False advertising!

Reward Challenge Time: The players will be told a story about Cambodian history. Then they’ll race into the jungle to answer questions. The first person to answer five questions wins a chopper ride to a resort where they’ll be treated to delicious foods.

Best of all? This is being held in the dark. I miss nighttime challenges!

There will also be an idol clue hidden in the answers.

We start off and there isn’t much to describe except for runnin’ and question answerin’.

Keith does his best Rudy Boesch impersonation by getting most of his answers wrong. Hilarious.

Kelley finds the immunity idol clue. Sneaky sneaky.

Spencer is the first to get four answers. There are a few people with three.

Stephen catches up with his fourth.

It’s down to Spencer and Stephen and…Stephen wins it! Who knew being smart could be so exciting?!

Stephen chooses Jeremy and Tasha to go along on his reward. Tasha because he wants to regain her trust, and Jeremy because he sooooo owes him.

Back at camp, Kelley’s clue tells her that the idol is under the shelter. She can’t see under the shelter at night, so she’s going to go for it the next day.

At the reward, the threesome fills up on wings, steak, and other goodies. Much better than a Wawa sandwich.

In the spirit of openness, Stephen tells them that he can steal someone’s vote. He busts out some math and tells them that it’s a three-vote swing.

Tasha points out that Joe has to lose immunity. In other news, water is wet.

At camp, Keith points out that Jeremy, Tasha, and Stephen are a threesome. In other news, the sky is blue.

When Kimmi goes away, the rest of the group starts discussing strategy. Spencer wants to get rid of Stephen. Abi is worried about the advantage bouncing back and eliminating her. She asks Joe to give her immunity. He smartly says, “No.”

They end up agreeing to target Stephen, and if he wins immunity they’ll go for Tasha.

Eventually everyone goes off on their merry way. Everyone except for Abi. This drives Kelley crazy because she wants to swipe that idol.

If you want Abi to leave, tell her to stick around. Doy.

Abi finally goes to lay in the hammock and Kelley makes her move. She snags the idol before anyone sees her.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will make a tower of blocks and plant a flag using only their feet. First person to complete their tower wins immunity.

Fun Fact: This challenge was also first used in “San Juan del Sur.” It’s the same challenge that was played the day Jeremy was voted out.

We start off and Joe is off to a fast start. #surprise

Wentworth manages to catch up and pass him. Spencer and Keith aren’t far behind.

Joe’s tower collapses just as Probst mentions that he’d be the fifth person to win five immunities in one season. #probstcurse

Spencer takes the lead, but Joe’s not out of it yet.

It’s close, but Spencer manages to pull out the win. Say it ain’t so, Joe!

Back at Orkun beach, Stephen points out that this is the first time Joe has been vulnerable in the game. Well, maybe he’s been emotionally vulnerable.

As soon as Joe leaves to lie in one of his many hammocks, everyone agrees to target him. They decide to use Abi as the fake-out. Oh…she’ll love that.

However, Kelley would rather target Fishbach because Joe is one of her numbers. Yeah, just get rid of Joe the next time he loses immunity.

Later, Abi doesn’t believe that Joe is going to work with Kelley and vote for Fishbach. Spencer tries to assure her to stick to the plan and vote for Fishbach. But, she claims she’s going to make up her mind at Tribal.

Then, Stephen decides he wants to split the votes and use his advantage in case Joe has an idol. He goes to Spencer with this idea and tells him what the advantage is. This freaks Spencer right out.

As it should.

That night at Tribal, Joe hopes that the trust he’s built with people will keep him around.

Abi thinks it comes down to which alliance is most loyal to you.

Tasha doesn’t think the voting bloc is the most effective method going forward. She needs people to lock it in.

Kelley thinks there are alliances because Stephen took Tasha on the reward to mend fences.

Stephen is still worried that he could be on the chopping block.

Spencer is overwhelmed by all of the variables with idols, advantages, and blocs.

As we’re about to vote, Fishbach decides to play his advantage. He chooses to steal Joe’s vote.

Joe thinks “that sucks.” Well, he’s not wrong.

Voting Time: Stephen votes for Abi…and Joe. Wow, so Joe voted for himself. The rest of the votes are secret.

The math is making my brain hurt.

Probst tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol…and nobody does. We’ve got one vote for Joe, one vote for Abi, one vote for Stephen, one vote for Joe, two votes for Abi, two votes for Stephen, and and the twelfth person eliminated from “Survivor: Second Chance” and the fifth member of the jury is…Stephen.

Verdict: Wow…that was a lot to process. Interesting that the two times people have used extra/stolen votes they’ve gone home.

Who’s Going to Win? Everybody on board the Wentworth train! Woo woo!

Power Rankings Results: Jenn and I had Ciera in spot seven. Max’s Blue Collar buddies had her in the first spot. Max and Jenn has Fishbach in spot nine. I had him in spot eight. So, the current score is Team Jenn 116, Team Max 113, and Team Gordon 107.

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