‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ Episode 9 Recap: Sunday Schooled?

'Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X' (CBS)

‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X’ (CBS)

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Last Week: The young people were not happy with last week’s vote.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor Blog…

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

The Vinaka Tribe (wearing black)
Adam – 25, Homeless Shelter Manager
Bret – 42, Police Sergeant
Chris – 38, Trial Lawyer
David – 42, Television Writer
Hannah – 24, Barista
Jay – 27, Real Estate Agent
Jessica – 37, Assistant District Attorney
Ken – 33, Model
Sunday – 45, Youth Pastor
Taylor – 24, Ski Instructor
Will – 18, High School Student
Zeke – 28, Asset Manager

Things kick off back at Vinaka Beach after Tribal where Jay is congratulating Adam for his new placement at the bottom of Gen-X. I’m pretty sure he meant that sarcastically.

Taylor points out to Jay that you can only trust so many people in the game. Yeah, none.

Chris is psyched that his alliance is coming together, but he still doesn’t trust Adam. Well, then that’s common ground for everyone.

Later on, Taylor and Adam make a deal where Adam won’t tell anyone about Taylor’s hidden food if Taylor doesn’t tell anyone about Adam’s reward stealing advantage. This will last.

The next morning, Hannah tells Jay that she flipped on him because she was worried that she was being treated like a goat. Well, at least she’s aware.

Reward Challenge Time: The tribe will be split into teams of six. They’ll race through an obstacle course and retrieve a key. The key will be used to release a box. The team will then drag the box under a net and to the finish line. They’ll then open the box and retrieve bolos. First tribe to throw all of their bolos onto a pole will receive a cruise trip to a resort and a delicious meal.

A schoolyard pick is held to determine teams. We end up with Chris picking Bret, Ken, David, Sunday, and Taylor vs. Hannah who picked Adam, Will, Zeke, Jay, and Jessica.

The Survivors are ready…and they go. Chris’s team is the first to retrieve their key and is also the first to get their box to the finish line. Taylor and Sunday are the bolo tossers for their team.

Hannah’s team is taking foreeeeever to get under the net. And in fact, they never get out of the net as Taylor is a bolo-tossing savant. Chris’s team wins reward.

Hannah is bummed that her team lost, but she admits to us that she picked Jay and Will for strategic reasons. Well, is that strategic bonus worth more than a hamburger?

We meet up with the winners at their reward and yow…two tons of food. Taylor explains that he’s more used to food than the others because of his secret stash. I love that Taylor thinks he’s an evil genius for his hidden food stashes that everyone knows about.

And in a nod to classic “Survivor” rewards, Bret decides to get hammered. Somewhere Jonny Fairplay is watching this and smiling.

Back at camp, Jay’s looking for a way to stop his losing streak. He has a chat with Adam, but Adam is too worried about messing up his standing with his new alliance to do anything. He does, however, tell Jay that Taylor is the reason that he’s on the bottom now.

When Jay relays this message to Will, Hannah, and Zeke, he makes it sound like Adam was rubbing it in his face. It didn’t seem like that to me, but I only saw an edited version.

Better yet, when Jay calls Adam an (Expletive Deleted), Hannah and Zeke both agree with him. Yikes.

Zeke later tells us how annoyed he is with Adam for being a jerk to Jay. Which, again, I don’t think he was based on the edit. This’ll be interesting if Jay’s exaggeration gets Adam voted out.

Things aren’t all peachy with Gen-X either as Bret and Sunday are getting tired of Jessica. Sunday approaches Jay to get his thoughts, as apparently they’re tight from their time at Ikabula. He tells her he’ll do whatever she wants…and she wants Jessica gone.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will stand on a beam and balance a ball on a bow. How’s that for alliteration! At regular intervals they’ll move to a thinner beam. Last person with their ball in place wins immunity.

Before we begin, JPro offers the players a chance to sit out and enjoy sandwiches, beer, and other tasty treats. Zeke and Will take him up on the offer.

Really, Will?

We start off and Hannah is out quickly. She’s the only person to be eliminated in the first round.

Quick Aside: Probst keeps teasing Will because he’s not old enough to have a beer. But, Google tells me the drinking age is 18 in Fiji.

Bret is the only person to fail in the second round.

Sunday, Jessica, and David are immediately out as we switch to the third round. Chris goes shortly afterwards.

We’re down to Adam, Ken, Jay, and Taylor.

Adam’s first out, he’s followed by Jay.

Another Quick Aside: Of course Taylor has those toe shoes.

Taylor and Ken battle it out, with Ken eventually picking up the win.

Back at camp, David lets us know that Jay and Taylor are the main targets. They also want to split the votes in case there is an idol in play.

However, Sunday still wants to send Jessica packing. It’s nice to see Sunday making moves, but I wonder if it’s a bit too early.

Later, Taylor decides to share his stash with Jay. This may be the most innocent stash two surfer types have ever enjoyed. During the feast, Taylor spills the bean (figuratively) about Adam’s advantage while spilling the other food (literally).

Before we head to Tribal, Jay wonders if he should play his idol or save it for a rainy day. I’m not sure it gets much rainier than right now, Jay.

Meanwhile, Taylor vows to avenge the love of his life, Figgy. (Ahem.)

That night at Tribal, Michelle is introduced as the first member of the jury.

Jay admits that last episode’s blindside was a good move, but he wishes he’d been on the other side of it. Adam says that he knows how he feels.

Probst senses some animosity between the two. Jay lets him know that he’d love to vote for Adam again.

Jay knows that he, Taylor, and Will are on the bottom.

Chris has been on the wrong side of the vote before, but you can work your way back into cracks.

Taylor is psyched to know there are cracks. Soooo…he admits that he stole and hid food…and Adam helped him do it. He also says that he and Jay ate the rest of the food that afternoon.

Adam clears the air by saying that he watched him do it, he didn’t help. All he did was keep the secret.

Taylor thinks that Adam is the bigger threat because he has an advantage. Adam admits it and tells them that he can steal a reward.

Taylor keeps the heat on, saying that Adam could steal their family visit. Adam responds by saying, if the advantage is too big of a deal, to vote him out.

Jessica doesn’t think the crime is OK just because you admit it.

“I’m not a dumb surfer.” – Something Taylor Said Out Loud

Next, Adam calls Jay out for eating the stolen food.

How much are you loving this if you’re a super-fit challenge threat like Ken?

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone would like to play an idol…and nobody does.

We’ve got one vote for Jay, one vote for Taylor, one vote for Adam, one vote for Jay, one vote for Taylor, one vote for Jay, one vote for Taylor, one vote for Jay, two votes for Taylor, and the ninth person voted out of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X” is…Taylor.

During Taylor’s closing statements, he says he hopes he and Figgy will get a sailboat and go on adventures. Oh, hindsight.

Verdict: I’m loving this season, but I’m not feeling the same vibe from others. How do you feel about it?

Power Rankings Results: Michele Fitzgerald had Taylor in spot 10, Shirin Oskooi had him in spot 4. So, the current score is Team Michele 79, Team Shirin 68.

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