“Survivor: David vs. Goliath” Episode 3 Recap: Nerd Association


“Survivor: David vs. Goliath” (CBS)

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Last Week: Davie made a find, Christian and Nick a-line-d, and Jessica was left behind…

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Let’s take a look at these tribes as they currently stand…

The David Tribe (wearing orange)
Bi, 28 – MMA Fighter
Carl, 41 – Truck Driver
Christian, 32 – Robotics Scientist
Davie, 30 – Social Media Manager
Elizabeth, 31 – Kitchen Staff
Gabby, 25 – Technical Writer
Lyrsa, 35 – Flight Attendant
Nick, 27 – Public Defender

The Goliath Tribe (wearing purple)
Alec, 24 – Bartender
Alison, 28 – Physician
Angelina, 28 – Financial Consultant
Dan, 27 – S.W.A.T. Officer
Jeremy, 40 – Attorney
John, 38 – Pro Wrestler
Kara, 30 – Realtor
Mike, 47 – Filmmaker
Natalia, 25 – Industrial Engineer
Natalie, 56 – Publishing CEO

Post-Tribal Shenanigans

The mood is…awkward…at Casa de David after the big blindside. Davie brings Christian aside to figure out what happened and Christian throws Gabby right under the bus.


By the next morning, Carl and Bi are ready to send Gabby packing. And Nick’s into it too, because then he’d have Christian all to himself.

Good Times for Goliath

John catches their first fish of the season, which, not to brag, is the same size as the one I caught in Fiji. And it only took me an hour, not seven days…ahem…

Jeremy confesses to having never seen a wrestling match in his entire life. This blows John away, he then does a five-star job of selling the profession by saying, “What?! Tons of dudes in sparkly tights? You’ve been wasting your life.”

Fun Fact: When John worked as “John Morrison” in the WWE, his fans were known as “JoMoSapiens.”


Later, Jeremy and Mike share a touching moment when Jeremy opens up about his father’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Nerds of a Feather

Christian and Gabby are having a delightful conversation where they imagine what life must be like in John’s fictional “Slam Town.” Christian wonders if he’d be welcome there as a citizen of “Wimpville.” Are you guys OK if I refer to the tribes as “Slam Town” and Wimpville” from now on?

Jeremy’s Spoken…a Little Too Much

The paranoia bug that caught Gabby last week made its way to Goliath camp, as Jeremy is freaking out over all the side conversations people are having. Now, the talks we were shown were innocent, but who knows what he overheard.

Anywho, he calls a team meeting and asks everyone to stop talking strategy…says the guy who’s digging in people’s clothes looking for idols.

Sure enough, everyone picks up on the fact that Jeremy is playing harder than anyone. This is cemented when he tells Alec, Alison, and John about Dan’s idol.

Immunity Challenge Time: One player from each tribe will maneuver around a rope that’s twisted around a beam. Then three players will unbraid a large set of ropes. From there they’ll have to lasso a sled of puzzle pieces. The first tribe to complete the puzzle will win immunity and comfort items.

Quick Aside: It is mega pouring out there. Maybe some of the worst rain I’ve ever seen during a challenge.

Another Quick Aside: Natalie doesn’t want to sit out, she wants to do the puzzle. Ooo…I hope she’s as good at puzzles as she is at doing nothing around camp.

Sitting: Angelina and Natalia

Result: The Goliaths had a little bit of a lead, but the Davids were able to pull off the win. Big takeaways included; Natalia called Natalie out in front of everyone for failing on the puzzle and Bi spraining her MCL.

Pre-Tribal Politicking

The discussion kicks off with Jeremy and Natalie immediately butting heads. She asks him to consider keeping her, but he doesn’t think she has the support. Later, they get into it when he tries to interrupt a conversation she’s having with other players.

Man, these two are oil and water. I feel like if either one of them would give an inch, they could work together. They just won’t let each other in.

The big debate comes down to Angelina wanting to get rid of Jeremy because he’s playing so hard and Natalia wanting to get rid of Natalie because…well…Natalie.

Tribal Time

Oof…this got really ugly. It came down to a war of words between Jeremy and Natalie with Jeremy coming off as a real heel. At one point he even said that the tribe wouldn’t show up at her funeral.

Voting Time: Jeremy votes for Natalie, Natalie votes for Jeremy (and gets in some awesome zingers), and the rest of the votes are lost to the magic of editing.

JPro tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Natalie, five votes for Jeremy, and the third person eliminated from “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” is…Jeremy.

Verdict: Wow…what a perfect example of someone playing himself right out of the game. The clothes searching, the don’t-talk-strategy meeting, the feud with Natalie, all of it came together to make him an obvious boot.

Anywho, it was awesome to finally get to see the Goliaths throw down, but none of this will matter after next week’s tribe swap.

Aw man…now I have to learn tribe names.

  • Angelina and John – She wants Jeremy gone, he wants Natalie to stay. The first couple of Slam Town is making things happen.
  • Davie – Davie handled the post-Tribal festivities perfectly. Cool head, mended fences. Bae-vie for life.
  • Nick – If Gabby ends up paying the price for Jessica’s exit, he’ll be Christian’s best option.
  • Mike – Mike was the opposite of Elizabeth this week. He knew Jeremy was in trouble, but let him go. I’m not sure if it was right or wrong move. This grade is more for the way he’s made people forget his early idol hunting.
  • Natalie – I’d imagine Angelina had way more to do with you staying in the game than you do. But, you’re still standing.
  • Natalia – Yeah, you didn’t get your way with the vote, but you obviously didn’t think it was a big enough deal to rock the boat. (I didn’t mean for that to rhyme.)
  • Bi – You got back on your feet after the blindside, but a bum knee is going to be bad news in the future.
  • Gabby – Your #1 definitely doesn’t have your best interest at heart.
  • Christian – Trying to keep blood off of your hands? Is this “Big Brother”?
  • Carl, Dan, Kara, Alec, Alison, Elizabeth, Lyrsa – I can’t give you full credit if you don’t show your work.

Power Rankings Results: Bradley Kleihege had Jeremy in spot four. I had him in spot fourteen. So, the current score is Team Bradley 17, Team Gordon 22.

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