Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
Well, I’ve been hanging out with my sisters, my cousins, my niece, my nephew, my aunts, and my uncles tonight and I have been thinking about for what I am thankful. And I’m thankful for many things.
Such as, I’m thankful that tonight’s two hour episode of Survivors (actually it was two episodes edited into one epic) were both wonderful and featured everything that I love about this show. If only one of the episodes had been shown tonight, it would have been great but, thankfully, CBS gave us two wonderful hours to enjoy!
At the end of the first hour, Ciera was blind-sided. Despite managing to get almost everyone on board with voting out Stephen Fischbach, Ciera was still sent to the jury. What happened? Jeremy realized that Stephen was more trustworthy than Ciera and he played his idol for Stephen. As a result, all of the votes for Fischbach were thrown out. Ciera received three votes — from Jeremy, Kimmi, and Fischbach — and that was enough to send her to the jury.
What’s funny is that, right before tribal council started, I was thinking that maybe I had been a bit unfair to Ciera over the past few weeks. It’s not secret that I don’t like Ciera and I found her eye-rolling to be annoying. But, as I watched tonight’s episode, I started to feel that Ciera actually was a better player than I had given her credit for. And, just as I resolved to set my dislike of Ciera aside and try to judge her game fairly, she was voted out.
As for the rest of the first hour, the highlights were definitely Stephen nearly dying in the rain and the immunity challenge. Anyone who gives Joe a hard time for playing for immunity is insane. Joe knew that, if he didn’t have immunity, he would have been voted out. Joe did what he had to do and more power to him. As for Stephen, I was actually really worried about him. You could tell he was really suffering and Abi-Maria’s comments about his condition only served to remind me why nobody has ever liked Abi-Maria.
Stephen Fischbach nearly got voted out at the end of the first hour and it was only Jeremy’s idol that saved him. He started the second hour looking a lot healthier and feeling a lot more confident. So, of course, he ended up getting voted out at the end of the episode.
And, to be honest, I really had no idea who was going to be voted out at the end of that second tribal council. I was hoping that it would be Abi-Maria but the tribe decided that Stephen was the biggest threat. Were they right? Maybe. Stephen is definitely a better player than Abi-Maria but Abi-Maria is so erratic that I wouldn’t feel comfortable having her around.
What’s truly amazing is that, after all the time that everyone spent talking about how Joe had to go, he only received two votes at tribal council. Since I like Joe, I was happy about that.
For the record, here’s who voted for who. I have to admit that I had a hard time keeping track of all the strategizing and who was lying to who. I don’t know if the episode was just confusing or if it was just because I was hanging out with family. But, according to Wikipedia, here is how everyone voted:
Abi Maria voted for Stephen.
Jeremy voted for Joe.
Stephen voted for Abi-Maria. Then he used his secret power to take Joe’s vote and, rather spitefully, he cast that vote for Joe.
Keith voted for Stephen.
Wentworth voted for Stephen.
Kimmi voted for Abi-Maria.
Spencer voted for Stephen.
Tasha for voted for Abi-Maria.
The final vote was 4 for Stephen, 3 for Abi-Maria, and 2 for Joe. If Stephen had cast both of his votes for Joe, it would have been a three-way tie. But, because Stephen had to get cutesy and make things complicated, he ended up going to the jury. Spencer deserves the majority of the credit for Stephen’s eviction though, in many ways, Stephen was his own worst enemy.
The other big development: Wentworth found the immunity idol. If I liked Wentworth, I’d be more excited about it.