That was challenging to watch. When the humidity is so high Survivor needs to do a puzzle or memory challenge, not one of those elaborate digging through sand in the baking heat ones. Or stop for water breaks, at least! (Although maybe they do and we just don’t see it.)
The lovely Rosie has done us a recap and I will add some screen grabs and captions.
So here we are again after last week’s TC. Peter (aka Dr Fauxbama around the net 😆 ) is shocked!, shocked I tell you, and later tells us he has knots in his stomach.
Still being a smarty pants, he thinks that’s because they lost a strong player. No dear, it’s because they didn’t choose the player YOU wanted them to lose. Idiot. But they should be shivering in their shoes, because as soon as there’s a swap or merge, he’s going to take them out one by one. Single handedly!
It’s a big, big challenge in a big, big heat. Just thought I’d mention that for those who are reading this instead of watching. And no one really except Jeff is wearing a hat.
Although I think it’s Nick whose head is covered in a grey scarf thingie. Nor do we see anybody drinking any water.
Oh, and the prizes? First place getter will receive a kitchen set with coffee and spices, while the second place winner will get salt, pepper, wok and oil.
The challenge consists of running through an obstacle course, collecting bags of balls, and then rolling said balls into holes on boards. Oh goody, we love our balls, don’t we Jeffy?
After 45 minutes, the heat is getting to them. Brains win the challenge, but then Joe wants a medic for Debbie who feels as though her insides are on fire.
Note it’s Joe, the former FBI agent calling for medical assistance, not the ER doctor. 😉 Medical check her over. Oh, and Debbie did NOT have heat stroke! Even Joe knew it was heat exhaustion, not heat stroke. Debbie thinks she had heat stroke though, even though you take a whole lot longer to recover from heat “stroke” than a matter of minutes, or even hours. Whatever, that she recovered so quickly is what matters.
Then Cydney is down, crying and saying she can’t move. Medical are attending to her. Another case of serious heat exhaustion.
Then it’s Caleb’s turn. There are people everywhere on Jeff’s instruction at this point with water, umbrellas, ice you name it.
Oh, did I mention Beauty got the second Reward?
Finally Cydney responds to treatment (as did Debbie a wee while back), but Caleb is taking too long.
Medical makes the decision to evacuate him.
This is when we see Tai’s dramatic tears. I have to say I am liking this man a bit less every week. I know a lot of people adore him, but me? Not so much, hard-hearted piece of shit that I am.
Cydney is feeling okay now. Whew.
The Beauties are all unhappy that Caleb is being evacuated (including Caleb himself) but it is explained to them that it is a medical decision, not Caleb’s idea. They are all tearful, but none is quite so dramatic about it as Tai.
Apparently it was 118ºF during that challenge. That’s nearly 48ºC!!! And I’ll tell you what else that is – that’s batshit crazy! They knew how hot it was, so why not switch to a water challenge, or just cancel the bloody thing altogether? Heatstroke can so easily be fatal. Maybe in future Medical should be calling the shots and calling for breaks, complete with drinks during such, hot, energetic challenges. And all that was for a few spices and fucking salt and pepper!! And why don’t they insist on everybody wearing a big floppy tie-under-the-chin hat? We Aussies are brought up to be sun safe, and we know about hats.You wear them on your head and they keep your head cool. Cooler.
Fortunately we are told that Caleb is now 100% healthy and hopes to play again.
Day 9 at Brawn and Alecia is copping it from her team. She dared to encourage her team during the challenge – the nerve! And BullyScot says he wanted her to shut up and dig. She WAS fucking digging! He also says don’t tell an NBA champion about teamwork. Interesting tweet from Dalton Ross re BullyRoss’ “championships” points:
Dalton Ross @DaltonRoss
Worth pointing out that “NBA Champion” Scot played a total of ZERO playoff minutes in the Celtics 2008 title run. #Survivor
BullyScot tells her straight out that next TC she’s out. Oowaa! Cydney thinks Alecia needs to listen and stop talking. (I’m beginning to think so too, even though she’s in a vile tribe.) BullyBountyboy tells her it’s always something with her. She should take some responsibility. He then stomps away like a real grown-up.
He admits later he went a bit overboard because he was angry. Yes, but did you admit that to her? No, of course not. But at least she’ll see this on TV I s’pose, which will be better than nothing. *wee little eye roll* He tells us he has two daughters, and wants them to be strong, educated women who can take care of themselves. And do you want horrid, bullying, tattooed men to pick on them whenever possible, hmm?
Jeff asks are they all looking after themselves and staying hydrated? They all nod dutifully. He then hands everyone a hat … alas, only in my dreams. What he does do is chat about Caleb being med-evaced out before taking back the immunity idols.
For this challenge, they must rush into the jungle to grab puzzle pieces from up ladders, then into the ocean to find further puzzle pieces. Then – you’ll never guess! You did! You guessed that they have to solve a frickin’ boring puzzle. Aaaarrrgghh!
Brains finish first. I am disappointed since I’d have loved Fauxbama to have been turfed out. Sigh.
And Beauty take the next. Bye bye, Alecia then.
Except they are not even back at camp when Alecia says it was her fault they didn’t finish the puzzle. BullyScot says she’s going home if he has any say about it, and they can vote now if Jeff wants. BullyBountyboy – aka Yes Man – agrees. Jeff says they can if Alecia agrees. She says that would be giving up, and she doesn’t want to do that. Oh for goodness’ sake girl, have a bit of dignity! You know there’s no way any of this lot is changing their mind!
BullyBountyboy tells Jeff nothing has changed since earlier. BullyScot and Cydney agree. Jeff says this TC is more clear than any other he has seen.
They vote. Jeff calls for idols, but since Alecia doesn’t have one…
He reads the votes: Alecia, Scot, Alecia, Alecia. At least BullyBountyboy didn’t call her Blondie, which was big of him. She tells us she never gave up and she is proud of herself. I sigh. I didn’t like her much, but even so nobody deserved that level of bullying.
I find myself hoping they won’t mix’n’match the tribes just yet simply because I want to see what will happen if these three are forced to eat each other. So my fingers are crossed. But no, we see at the very end that Jeff tells them to drop their buffs next week. Oh well, should be interesting.