So the merge happened on the previous episode of Survivor: Game Changers, but we didn’t quite get the usual fireworks associated with the merge. Hali was sent home as an easy outsider without and alliance and then Debbie targeted Ozzy to eliminate a massive challenge threat. But the line hasn’t quite been drawn between the two opposing alliances, but that seems likely to change based on the title of this episode, “A Line Drawn in Concrete.”
It’s Night 24 and Debbie is pretty pleased with herself after getting rid of Ozzy. She says she, Troyzan, Sierra, Tai, Sarah and Brad are a tight six and in full control of the game. Time to pick everyone else off one by one.
Zeke and Andrea have a less than productive conversation. Zeke tries to express to Andrea and Cirie that he didn’t feel part of their plans and that’s why he betrayed them, but Andrea continues to cut him off assuring him that no one is going to want to work with him going forward.
Sarah wants to work with Zeke though. She says that just because she voted with the majority six, doesn’t mean she’s not willing to make other moves outside that alliance. She apologizes to Zeke for leaving him out of the last vote, telling him she just needed Debbie and company to trust her.
For the Reward Challenge, the Survivors are split into two teams of five. One at a time, they will have to race through a series of obstacles. Once all five arrive on the platform, they have to use a grappling hook to retrieve five rings. The first team to finish wins a trip on a sea plane for a vacation excursion to the beautiful islands of Fiji.
There’s a schoolyard pick and since there are 11 people, Michaela doesn’t get picked. She sits out, pouting quite a lot in true Michaela fashion, but there’s an advantage at her feet. Will she see it?
Brad, Debbie, Sierra, Andrea and Aubry are on the Blue Team and Cirie, Zeke, Sarah, Troyzan and Tai are on the Orange Team. They’re all pretty evenly matched when it comes to the obstacle course as almost everyone struggles with the balance beam, but the smart players hack it and crawl across instead.
Blue finishes the obstacles first and Sierra works on the grapple hook while poor Cirie struggles to get on the platform. Sarah jumps in the water to help Cirie onto the platform. Cirie gives it her all but she just can’t finish.
Jeff reminds her that ten years ago she was the woman who got up off her couch to join this adventure, so while the challenge is actually over, they’ll all stay and wait while she conquers it. Everyone from both teams surround Cirie to support her while she finishes. It’s a sentimental moment for such a giant figure in this game. Cirie is a hard worker and such a good person. She deserves all the best.
As they’re getting on the boat to leave, Sarah looks over at Michaela and sees the secret advantage that Michaela has failed to notice. She swims over and nabs it. She says as a game changer, you have to constantly be on the lookout for idols and clues. Good eye, Sarah.
Not Quite a Solid Six
Back at camp, morale is low once again, but Cirie is happy that she completed the challenge. She couldn’t let fear or exhaustion beat her this time. She wants to make her kids proud. She’s also impressed by her tribe mates rallying around her. At the end of the day, they’re all human and they’re all sharing this experience together. And it’s inspiring her to solidify her emotional relationships with everyone else.
Sarah opens her advantage and it’s a vote steal. She knows if she uses it correctly, she can flip the game around. She has a discussion with Cirie about who is running the game and they both agree that it’s Brad and Sierra. Cirie tries to convince Sarah that she’s on the bottom of that alliance and she wouldn’t be able to beat either of those two in the end, but the question is, do they have the numbers if they want to target one of them? Can they get Zeke and Andrea back on the same page for the greater good?
Meanwhile, over at the winning team … Debbie is a huge fan of airplanes, being in the air force auxiliary and all. The five of them enjoy their beach picnic. Brad asks Andrea about her drama with Zeke. She says he completely turned on her and now she feels like she has nobody. This is music to Sierra’s ears. She feels like she’s in the driver seat and she loves seeing Andrea scramble.
For the Immunity Challenge, the Survivors have to hold a rope balancing a wobbly table. Then they have to build a word puzzle to spell the word “immunity.”
Tai tries something different by spelling it at his solid station first so he knows the order. The problem is, he can’t spell it. I mean it’s been 25 days of starving on an island, so we can’t really blame him too much.
Andrea is in front, but one letter away, she drops her blocks. Troyzan is right behind her and comes out with the win. Sierra says since Andrea didn’t win immunity tonight, it’s the right time to target her and get a strong social and strategic threat out of the game.
To Swing or Not to Swing (Vote)
At camp, the majority alliance decides to vote for Andrea. But they say they’re going to feed them misinformation and tell them it’s Michaela. Only they didn’t ask Sarah what she thought. Which gives her an idea of where she is in the pecking order of this alliance.
Sarah tries to corral Zeke and Andrea. They’re both wary of working with each other again, but they’re willing to go along with a plan that will keep them around another couple of days.
Just when Sarah’s planning her blindside of the Sierra/Brad/Debbie contingent, Sierra approaches her and tells her that she wants Sarah to be in her final three with Debbie too. Sarah says this is something she should consider now. No one else has offered her a spot in the final three.
Meanwhile, Debbie tries to throw Aubry off by telling her to vote for Michaela. Debbie is arrogant and condescending, which of course does not go unnoticed by Aubry. She says that Debbie is acting the same exact way she started acting in Kaoh Rong just before she had to vote her out. And she doesn’t buy what Debbie’s selling. She tells Sarah about Debbie’s antics. Aubry also assures Sarah that if she flips, she’ll have her back the rest of the way through.
Now Sarah’s back to considering flipping. She knows if she stays with Sierra and Debbie until the end, that would be good for her, but she doesn’t know if she can trust Debbie all the way until then.
Andrea talks about how devastating it was to lose immunity, especially when she knows she’s vulnerable tonight. Zeke points out the people on the clear majority alliance.
Debbie confirms that yes, she is clearly among the majority and they are rock strong. Nothing will ever break them! They have a clear path to the final six! Nothing can ever change that and there’s no way she’ll ever eat those words!
Sarah says that Survivor is about being on the right side of the numbers, and of course the people on the wrong side are frustrated. But can they really blame the majority for feeling so secure?
Zeke says he considers every vote to be like a re-shuffling of the deck, so he hopes that after this vote, there will be a way in. Sarah says she thinks that’s wishful thinking. Michaela interprets that as a big “eff you” from the majority and now they just expect everyone else to just lay down and die. Well that’s not Michaela’s style.
To the Vote!
Debbie votes for Andrea and Andrea votes for Debbie. There are no idols or advantages played.
And Michaela brought props again! This time instead of sipping on tea, she eats coconut like popcorn as the votes are read and the majority of them come in for Debbie. Not even a special forces auxillary agent/Red Lobster waitress could have seen that blindside coming! Bye Debbie, see ya never (actually, just kidding, we’ll have to see you on the jury).
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