“Survivor: David vs. Goliath” Episode 5 Recap – The BrochaChosen One


“Survivor: David vs. Goliath” (CBS)

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Last Week: Bi said, “Bye,” tribes were swapped in tri, and Natalia was betrayed by her guy.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

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

The Vuku Tribe (wearing orange)
Alec, 24 – Bartender
Carl, 41 – Truck Driver
Davie, 30 – Social Media Manager
Elizabeth, 31 – Kitchen Staff
Kara, 30 – Realtor

The Jabeni Tribe (wearing purple)
Angelina, 28 – Financial Consultant
Lyrsa, 35 – Flight Attendant
Mike, 47 – Filmmaker
Natalie, 56 – Publishing CEO
Nick, 27 – Public Defender

The Tiva Tribe (wearing green)
Alison, 28 – Physician
Christian, 32 – Robotics Scientist
Dan, 27 – S.W.A.T. Officer
Gabby, 25 – Technical Writer
John, 38 – Pro Wrestler

Post-Tribal Shenanigans

As you’d imagine, Kara was not psyched that Alec left her out of his…questionable…plan. Heh…this won’t be the last time she’s annoyed with his judgment.

He justifies this move by saying he was trusting his gut. Oh…then…no problem.

Fiji Water…Lots of It

A beautiful, relaxing day is ruined by ALL OF THE RAIN IN THE WORLD. In an amazing moment, the rain cranks it up during one of Natalie’s interviews and she tells the crew that they need to go. See, Mike…she tells everyone what to do. She should get a producer credit for this episode.

The weather gets so bad that production steps in to evacuate the players. When they return their camps have all been decimated.

What’s interesting is; when Alison is listing all of the crazy things that have happened this season, she describes Bi’s exit as “quitting.” Technically, she’s not wrong, it just seems harsh.

Also, Alison said things.

Reward Challenge: Two members from each team will use poles to bounce sandbags off of a net. From there, they’ll use a slingshot to launch the bags at targets. The first tribe to hit two targets will win four hens and a rooster. The second place tribe will win twelve eggs. The last tribe will have no chickens to count and nothing to hatch.

Result: Vuku claimed first place and Jabeni took second. Honestly, two Goliaths took all of the shots for Tiva. How do you not let a David use the slingshot?!

A Kara-ble Position

After the challenge, Kara starts throwing her buddy Alec under the bus. It seems like Davie and Carl could be swayed, but Elizabeth doesn’t trust her. But what about the horses?!

Add that to the fact, that Alec betrayed the Goliaths, and poor Kara has a real uphill battle.

An Eggs-cellent Way to Get Voted Out

Angelina is very happy to have won the eggs, because she’s a vegetarian and that’s her main source of protein. I wasn’t sure if eating eggs disqualified her from being a vegetarian, so I looked it up. Apparently, that makes her an “ovo-vegetarian.” Thanks, Google!

There’s a heated debate between Lyrsa and Natalie over how long the eggs will last in the warm weather. Natalie wins the argument by pure force of being Natalie, but Lyrsa literally graduated Magna Cum Laude from a culinary school.

Tiva Inc.

Over at Tiva Beach, the fun game seems to be setting up adorable nicknames and clubs. First, Christian is dubbed the “Ka Genius,” which is a step above a classic genius, obviously.

Then, they start a business called “The Brochachos.” The org chart lists Dan as the president, John as the CEO, and Christian as the “Head of Awesome Stuff.”

No, seriously.

And why is Dan just giving away sweet titles? He should make Christian earn them…

Hey wait, aren’t the citizens of Slamtown going to be furious that their mayor and comptroller are splitting time with this new business venture?!

Dan takes a break from his new career to go looking for the Tiva idol. He knows whatever it is will be wrapped in a green string. Oh good, so it’ll be like finding a green needle in a green haystack. Piece of cake.

Sure enough, he finds a clue that lets him know that he’ll have to retrieve the idol at the next immunity challenge. Which leads us to…

Immunity Challenge: The tribes will race across obstacles, then they’ll lasso and pull up a bridge. They’ll cross the bridge and one member from each tribe will have to complete a pulley/snake/ball maze. The first two tribes will win immunity, the second gets a date with Jeff.

Result: Alec was the man, winning it for Vuku. And Christian completed the puzzle for Tiva. Jabeni gets a trip to Tribal. Also, Dan was able to easily retrieve the idol.

Pre-Tribal Politcking

It starts off with a Goliath discussion about Lyrsa and Nick with the trio eventually deciding to keep Nick because he brings more to the table challenge-wise.

However, Angelina wants to vote out Lyrsa in a way that will result in Lyrsa handing over her jacket. Huh…

Natalie is on the case, and in a roundabout way, seems to be threatening Nick that he’ll be going home if he doesn’t steal Lyrsa’s jacket or give up his own jacket. It’s all very confusing and off-putting.

Anywho, the Rock Stars approach Angelina with the idea of sending Natalie home instead. She seems to play along, but is very non-committal.

Tribal Time

Angelina and Natalie seem to be repeating the “Goliath Strong” mantra, but Lyrsa won’t go down without a fight. She makes an excellent point that they don’t know what’s going on over at Vuku now that Natalia is gone.

Jacketgate is brought up too. Nick thinks Natalie was being a bully, but she feels like she was negotiating. Hilarious.

Angelina eventually comes to her defense, saying that Natalie’s jacket maneuvers were done out of love.

Voting Time: Lyrsa votes for Natalie, Natalie votes for Lyrsa, and Nick votes for Natalie. The rest of the votes are secret.

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

Angelina asks Natalie for her jacket on the way out and Natalie doesn’t respond. Then Angelina asks twice more to no response. Cold blooded…and awesome. Five stars.

Also, Mike was the Goliath who voted for Natalie.

Verdict: I gotta say, despite only lasting five episodes, Natalie has got to be one of the most incredible, memorable characters of the last five years. I’m actually very sad to see her go.

And now that the David vs. Goliath stuff has calmed down, I’m loving this season.

  • Nick and Lyrsa – Once again the best grade goes to the Little Davids That Could. Maybe Probst is right; maybe they’re all champs at overcoming adversity.
  • Dan – We all have our gifts. I’m good at skee-ball, Dan’s good at finding idols. Maybe hide this one better, kay?
  • Christian – That snake puzzle was a big moment for you. Awesome stuff.
  • Mike – Yeah, you got what you wanted, but it might come back to bite you at the merge.
  • Angelina – Sooo…were you blindsided? Or, did you agree to let Natalie go if you could vote with her and get her coat? Either way it’s not a great look.
  • Alec – Well…you’ll probably be the third Goliath voted out of your tribe. That’s something.
  • Kara – It seems like the other Vukutians aren’t buying what you’re selling. You need to figure out a new angle quickly.
  • John, Alison, Gabby, Davie, Carl, Elizabeth – I can’t give you full credit if you don’t show your work.

Power Rankings Results: Bradley Kleihege had Natalie in spot fifteen, I had her in spot twelve. So, the current score is Team Bradley 53, Team Gordon 62.

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