‘Survivor: Kaôh Rōng’ Episode 9 Recap: A New Pair of Hantz


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Last Week: Cydney slipped then flipped, Tai won then jumped the gun, and Nick boasted then was roasted…

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Let’s take a look at the tribe as it currently stand..

The Dara Tribe (wearing black)
Aubry – 29, Social Media Marketer
Cydney – 23, Body Builder
Debbie – 49, Chemist
Jason  – 31, Bounty Hunter
Joseph – 72, Former FBI Agent
Julia – 19, Student
Michele – 24, Bartender
Scot – 40, Former NBA Champion
Tai – 51, Gardener

Sorry I missed last week’s episode. I’ll never let you down again.

We start off as the Dara tribe returns to their beach to thunder and lightning. The “Survivor” FX crew is top notch. No clue how they control the weather like that.

Jason asks Tai who he voted for and he says, “Debbie.” Fibber. The dynamic duo agrees to use their super idol to save whoever is in trouble at the next Tribal.

Scot then comes up with the idea of throwing the machete and the ax into the woods. He calls it psychological warfare. Or is that “psycho-logical”?

Tai doesn’t love this strategy. Well, the lack of an ax will keep the chicken safe…

Maybe they should throw Michele into the woods so she can’t vote.

The next morning, Scot and Jason won’t help around camp. They just sit there. It’s equal parts hilarious and sad. These are grown men. Debbie accuses them of not being gentlemen. Whoa…don’t say things you can’t take back.

Joe, Debbie, and Michele realize that the camp has been sabotaged. But, they manage to cut open a coconut with a saw.

Instead of taking the saw, Scot dumps all of the water onto the fire. So, this Brains vs. Beauty vs. Brawn season has a J’Tia too.

Reward Challenge Time: Two teams will be attached to a rope. They’ll have to work together to unbraid the rope. They’ll then use sandbags to knock blocks off a ledge. The first tribe with a clean ledge wins Chinese food.

Joe will be the odd man out, but he’ll get to bet on the teams. If he chooses correctly, he gets the reward too.

Probst lets them choose their own sides. The guys ask which girl wants to join them and Julia jumps at the opportunity. This does not go unnoticed.

Joe bets on the female team.

We start off and there isn’t much to describe except for some intense unbraidin’.

The guys/Julia team gets to the sandbags first, but the women aren’t too far behind. Debbie goes to town with the sandbags, but isn’t able to make up the difference. The guys/Julia win reward.

Back at camp, Tai, Scot, Jason, Julia, and Mark the chicken enjoy some delicious Chinese food. They ask Julia for her long-term plan. She’s worried because she thinks she’ll be on the bottom with the women, and the guys would be easy to beat in front of a jury. Well, she isn’t wrong.

When they return to camp, Julia assures Debbie that she’s still with them. Cydney and Aubry don’t buy it.

That night, Tai douses the fire when everyone is asleep! That just felt wrong. Like when Batman was killing people in “Dawn of Justice.”

Later, Debbie and Aubry discuss strategy. Aubry thinks that Julia needs to go and it’ll help flush any idols. Debbie won’t hear of it. She refuses to target Julia.

All of this strategy talk before the challenge? Cue Julia winning immunity.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will stack blocks like dominoes. As they stack them, they have to be careful not to hit a beam that will knock them over. First person to complete their domino line and set off a gong wins immunity.

We start off and there isn’t much to describe except for crazy dominoin’. #notaword

Michele, Julia, Aubry, and Debbie are in the lead

Aubry wipes out. Michele sets her line off and…it doesn’t make it.

Julia knocks down a few of her own blocks, but not all of them.

Debbie sets off her line and….no luck. C’mon Debbie, I know you were a professional domino placer at some point.

Jason is started to climb back into it. So is Aubry.

Jason sets his off…nope.

Debbie again…nothing!

Julia tries her luck…and succeeds! Julia wins immunity!

Ha! Totally called it.

Back at camp, Debbie says they should split the vote between Tai and Scot and then vote for Scot if it’s a tie. This freaks Aubry out because she said it in front of Julia.

Sure enough, Julia tells Scot immediately. Scot says they should target Cydney and then if Julia doesn’t play along they can use their idols.

Aubry is very frustrated with Debbie. She approaches Cydney with the idea of voting her out. Cyd seems into it. Aubry tries to get Joe on board, but he isn’t feeling it.

Needing another number, they approach Julia with their plan. She says she’ll go along with it.

Julia the swing vote! I’d go for Cydney. Going to the end with the guys is a million-dollar check.

That night at Tribal, Debbie claims that their lives are on the line because of the way the guys are sabotaging camp.

Julia says she chose to be with the guys at the reward challenge because somebody had to do it.

Michele thinks tonight’s vote will show where Julia’s allegiance lies.

Tai believes that idols will come into play…if they exist.

Scot laughs, then admits that Tai has an idol. Oh, so they do exist.

Jason stands up and admits that he has an idol too.

Tai says there’s a 35% chance that they can vote him out. Well…

Jason lays out the plan, saying that he and Scot are going to rock/paper/scissors for the idol.

And now…everyone is whispering.

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

Probst tallies and returns. He then asks if anyone would like to play an idol…and Scot’s paper beats Jason’s rock. But, they decide to give the idol to Tai anyway. And he doesn’t play either. That was fun, but useless. Kinda like dinner theater.

Alright, we’ve got one vote for Scot, one vote for Cyd, one vote for Scot, two votes for Cyd, three votes for Debbie, and the tenth person eliminated from “Survivor: Kaôh Rōng is…Debbie.

Note: The evil alliance voted for Cydney. Aubry, Michele, Julia, and Cydney voted for Debbie.

Verdict: Wow…wheee…wow. Why on Earth was Probst so subtle about hyping this season? It’s crazy!

Who’s Going to Win? Julia’s got a clear path if she gets back with the guys.

Power Rankings Results: Shirin had Debbie in spot seven, I had her in spot eight. The current score is Team Shirin 82, Team Gordon 80.

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