‘Survivor: Kaôh Rōng’ Episode 3 Recap: Leopard Changes Her Spots?


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Last Week: Alecia’s embryo burst into flames, kerosene started a Brainy explosion, and Jennifer’s stand-up act bombed.

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

The Chanloh Tribe – Brains (wearing blue)
Aubry – 29, Social Media Marketer
Debbie – 49, Chemist
Elisabeth – 29, Quantitative strategist
Joseph – 72, Former FBI Agent
Neal – 38, Ice Cream Entrepreneur
Peter – 34, ER Doctor

The Gondol Tribe – Beauty (wearing yellow)
Anna – 26, Pro Poker Player
Caleb – 28, Army Veteran
Julia – 19, Student
Michele – 24, Bartender
Nick – 30, Personal Trainer
Tai – 51, Gardener

The Totang Tribe – Brawn (wearing orange)
Alecia – 24, Real Estate Agent
Cydney – 23, Body Builder
Jason  – 31, Bounty Hunter
Scot – 40, Former NBA Champion

Things start off at ToeTag…er…ToTang, where Scot admits that he voted for Alecia because he had promised to never vote for Jennifer. That’s a nice sentiment, but if that person isn’t going to the jury, what difference does it make?

Alecia pretends to be cool with it, but she’s annoyed. She tells Cydney that Scot should go next because he’s a former NBA star and probably has a lot of money.

Cydney immediately rats her out to the guys.

Over at Gondol, Tai is running around in his Jeff-Winger-esque stripey undies. In crafty Jeff Winger fashion, he’s created a long pole to to try to retrieve the key. He pokes away at the contraption and manages to retrieve the key.  He unlocks the chest and retrieves the idol. Way to go, Tai!

Fun Fact: Then he used to long pole to poke ugly, naked guy. #smellycat

Whoa…the idol comes with instructions the size of an iTunes agreement. It explains that if Tai pairs this idol with a second idol, he can make a super idol that can be played after the votes are read.

At Chanloh, Peter and Lis are making fun of Joe as he does his morning exercises. Wow, got that much energy to burn, Joe? Peter breaks down the tribe dynamics as himself and Lis, Neal  and Aubry, and Joe and Debbie.

They decide to target Aubry and Neil…hmmm…

Meanwhile, Debbie thinks that Peter is a challenge asset and Lis is worthless. She approaches Neal and  Aubry with her plan to boot Lis and it seems like they’re into it.

Then, Debbie tells us about how she’s flying under the radar. Seriously? With the leopard-jammies?

At Beauty Beach, Beast Mode is preparing to vote a chicken out of the game. Tai jokes about releasing them, but it’s probably the same kind of joking where a guy jokes with his girlfriend about a  threesome.

They kill one of the chickens and Tai is pretty upset. Aww… Someone hug Tai, please!

Later, Anna tells Caleb that the girls are solid and that she doesn’t trust Nick. Caleb seems into joining their side.

Back at Casa de Brawn, Alecia finds the idol clue. She immediately shares it with Cydney. While they’re doing this, Jason totally sees them.

Cydney sends Alecia away and tries to get the idol for herself. But, it’s locked in the box.

Back at camp, Cydney tells the guys about the clue. Smart.

Scot and Jason go to the tree to look for it. Jason finds the clue and he and Scot use Tai’s pole technique to retrieve the key.

They open up the box and Jason claims the idol. So…that was basically Alecia’s worst-case scenario.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will swim toward a boat. One member from each team will climb into the boat and hand bags of rice to their teammates. They’ll them have to work the bags through a small hole in a wall. From there, they’ll go across a balance beam, then dig through the bags for three balls. The first two tribes to work all three balls through a vertical maze will win immunity. The first tribe will choose between comfort items or personal emotional items. The second tribe will get what the first tribe didn’t choose.

Anna and Michele will sit for Beauty, Aubry and Joe will sit for Brains.

Before we start off, we see that the tribes have their swimwear and Debbie is not wearing her tiger outfit. Boooooo…

The Survivors are ready, and they go.

It’s even early on, but Beauty pulls ahead at the wall. Brawn is in second, Brains in third.

The Beauties get to the puzzle first and they’re flying through it.

The players tag in and out with the Beauties easily taking the win.

The Brains and Brawns are tied with two. It comes down to Debbie and Cydney and it…is…tense! Cydney finally get the final ball in giving the win to the Brawnies.

The Beauties choose comfort over emotion. So shallow… Or, they don’t want to freeze to death.

Back at camp, Elisabeth is psyched that they lost so they can get rid of Neal. Apparently Neal is the target because he’ll be a schemer later in the game. They’re going to tell Debbie and Joe to vote for Neal, while her and Peter will vote for Aubry.

Debbie tells Lis that it’s a done deal even though she has no plans on working with her.

Peter and Lis tell Neal that they should go for Joe. However, Neal knows what’s up.

Aubry would rather get rid of Peter because she thinks he’s a bully.

That night at Tribal, fire = life. You know, it’s part of the ritual of Tribal Council.

Peter admits to being close with Lis, Aubry, and Neal. We’ll see about that.

Aubry says that comments and silences need to be focused on, it isn’t all numbers.

Peter claims to be an expert in social interaction. Oh man…the editors are loving this.

Lis believes that everyone should feel a little paranoid. Well, it is “Survivor.”

Joe is suspicious of everyone due to his career.

Peter judges books by their cover. He says that he can trust Joe because he was a cop. Probst reminds him that the last time they did Brains vs. Beauty vs. Brawn, Tony, a cop, lied his face off.

Peter says a plan is in place. Neal wonders which plan he’s talking about. Peter says it isn’t Neal’s plan.


Lis thinks that the person who goes home won’t be completely shocked.

Voting Time: Lis votes for Aubry…and that is the only vote that’s shown.

Probst tallies and returns. We’ve got two votes for Aubry, two votes for Peter, one vote for Lis…and the final vote is for Lis. A tie!

Voting Time Part Deux: No votes are shown.

Probst tallies and returns yet again! We’ve got one vote for Lis and the third person voted out of “Survivor: Kaôh Rōng is…Lis.

Verdict: Awesome episode. We got to see what’s going on with the Brains and the Beauties.  And Debbie…DEBBIE is kind of in control of a tribe.

Who’s Going to Win? A likable guy with an idol? That could be trouble. I’m looking at you, Tai.

Power Rankings Results: Shirin had Elisabeth in spot fourteen. I had her in spot thirteen. The current score is now Team Shirin 20, Team Gordon 15.

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