Good players. Bad players. Good players. Bad players. Back and forth, back and forth swings the pendulum. If you’re like me, you can’t help but scope out the new players each season during the first few episodes, in a desperate effort to get a feel for who might have a shot at going the distance. On Wednesday night’s episode of “Survivor: Worlds Apart,” deciphering the good players from the poor players was not an easy thing to do. Some of the players, oddly enough, sent off both vibes at different points (here’s looking at you, Will). And although it still may be a bit too early to tell with most of this season’s contestants, there were definitely two overwhelming themes to be found in tonight’s second episode: Loneliness…and nakedness.
If you’ve seen the episode or want to skip right to my thoughts on tonight’s episode, please click here for my Episode Analysis (link will be live once article is posted). Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter (@tomsantilli) for all of my Survivor coverage, including my exclusive exit interview with the voted-out cast-away tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon. That aside, here’s the full recap of tonight’s episode:
Washed Away. There could have been a parental warning attached on tonight’s episode, as there was surely enough nakedness for a whole season’s worth of Survivor. The free-swingin’ fun started with Dan on the blue collar tribe, where – while trying to take a dump in the ocean – had his underwear swept away from him when he was blasted by a wave. So the resident “fat guy” is now shirtless, because his shirt is now his pants. An unfortunate occurrence, or a contrived ploy? “The joke is on him,” said Lindsey. She tends to think that Dan is now trying to pose as the “funny guy” in order to win back favor with some of the others that have grown tired of his condescending ways around camp.
White Collar, No Pants. It took until Day 4 for the white collars to get fire, but they finally did so. To celebrate – or just for privacy, perhaps – Max strips naked and goes for a swim. “As a fan, teacher and student of the game, it’s only right to tip my cap to some of the greats who have come before me,” says Max, of course, referring to the legendary nakedness of Season 1 winner, Richard Hatch. Not unlike Lindsey over at the blue collar camp, Tyler thinks that Max’s bare-ass-antics may also be a ploy, to distract others away from how game-smart Max really is. So with most everyone else dropping trough, why not Shirin? She goes pantsless – completely naked on the bottom, yo – much to the chagrin of the married Tyler and the uncomfortable looking Joaquin. “I have too much pride to do that,” Joaquin tells Tyler. “Well,” Tyler replied. “At least someone on this tribe has some pride.” Pride yes. Pants, not so much.
Skinny Dippin’. So you thought that the nudity would stop after the blue and white collar tribes huh? New BFFs, Hali and Jenn decide to go for a daytime skinny dip, which bothers Nina because she wasn’t invited along. Nina, in fact, has had a hard time communicating with the others in general, due to her cochlear implants and the fact that she is deaf. “They have excluded me in everything since day one,” Nina says. She has a bit of a freak-out and begins crying. She then decides to confront the girls to let them know that she’s upset. Pun intended, her complaints mostly fall on deaf ears when Jenn and Hali refuse to admit they’ve done anything wrong. Will on the other hand, decides to befriend Nina…and at this point, it seems like he is the only friend Nina may have in the game.
Trouble in Paradise. Mike may be too blue collar for his own good, whereas Vince may be a bit too no collar for his own good. Mike is working non-stop at camp and because the others are not, he is becoming highly annoyed with them. Vince is still feeling threatened or perhaps jealous of Joe since Joe seems to be getting much more credit around camp. Like Nina earlier, Vince decides it is best to actually confront Joe with his issues (note to future players: Keep your feelings to yourself). “I need you to acknowledge that you steamroll projects,” Vince tells Joe. Oh, Joe steamrolls projects all right, if by “projects” you mean other people’s games and if by “other people’s games” you mean Vince’s. Joe nods along until Vince leaves him alone. We see too, that Vince, Will and Nina appear to be aligned, with Joe, Hali and Jenn on the other side.
Immunity Challenge. This water challenge had the competitors, one by one, unraveling a buoy puzzle through a floating obstacle course, where they would finally arrive at a platform where they had to shoot baskets in order to win Immunity. First place would also get a massive fishing kit, with second place getting some line, lures and a spear. Third prize: Your fired. To everyone’s surprise, Kelly (who?) sits out for the blue collars because Dan really wants to compete in this challenge. And he does surprise everyone by finishing in first place in his leg of the challenge. Despite being in last place, the white collars come from behind to win first place and the blue collars finish in second when Will has an awful time, getting tangled up with a buoy out in the water. His no collar tribe would be going to their first Tribal Council, and Vince tells the camera that he expects a war between himself and Joe, the two Alphas who have been fighting for supremacy through the first six days of the game.
The Weak Link. All eyes are on Will, who seems down-and-out exhausted and who just performed quite poorly at the challenge. Jenn wants Vince out, but Joe seems to prefer getting out “the weakest link” Nina. Joe, Jenn and Hali believe Will is with them and just in case Nina or Vince have found an Idol (neither have), they decide to dangerously split their votes, two for Vince, two for Nina, in order to draw it out. With this information though, Will finds himself in quite an interesting spot. He can vote along with them to get out either Vince or Nina, or he now can form a majority with Vince AND Nina to vote out whomever they so choose. Will does in fact tell Vince about the “split vote” plan, which seems like a brilliant move. Vince shows some game-smarts as well when he suggests that despite his scorn for Joe, maybe they should target one of the girls, to keep Joe around in challenges. It looks like Will and Vince are going to pull a huge move…
A Wrench in the Plans. Just when things looked good for Vince and Will, their own ally Nina approaches Will and tells him that Vince was questioning Will’s physicality and motivation to stay in the game. Nina! Sabotaging her own alliance! Sure, Vince had questioned this, but so did everyone else! Add to this, that this “questioning” came well before Will approached Vince to tell him about the others’ plans to split their votes. Ugh. Will now is meant to believe that Vince might have been gunning for him, or at the least, may not be all that trustworthy moving forward. “This one is going to be a doozy,” Will says.
Tribal Council. Nina tells Jeff about her game and how hard it is to crack into the social game with those much younger than her. Vince calls himself the “glue” holding his tribe together. Joe cryptically tells Jeff, “The person who needs to go home tonight will go home.” Will describes his water challenge struggles by telling Probst, “Water has always been the black man’s Kryptonite,” and when asked about what he wants to see happen, Will tells Jeff that he just wants to be back at camp and that he doesn’t want to see Probst again “until the end.”
The Vote. We see Hali vote for “Vincelot” and Joe vote for Nina. No idols are played. The votes are read: Jenn – Vincelot – Nina – Jenn – Vince….and….Vince! Yes, a blindside was in order for Vince, being sent home in a 3-2-1 vote. It looks like the alliance did go forward with the split vote strategy, but Will ultimately decided to throw his vote towards Vince…presumably because Nina made Will worry about him. With that, our feathered friend became the second person voted out of the game.
Analysis. Please check out my Episode 2 Analysis article for my thoughts and personal opinions on tonight’s episode. (Link will be live when Analysis article is posted).
Next Time On…Good times are a go at the no collar tribe where Jenn and Hali are shown catching a few waves, while Mike continues to rub the rest of the Blue Collar tribe the wrong way with his over-bearing work ethic.
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