Survivor: Gabon – Episode 17-05 Recap

10 Thoughts on Survivor: Gabon

1. Sugar and Ace reunited
Not exactly Jaime and Erik (who still make a cute couple) but it never hurts to have your alliance mate join you. Unfortunately Fang appears to be one of those tribes that suck, so they’d better hope that a merge happens but soon.

2. Planet Earth, up close and personal
I gotta say, seeing the elephant just doing it’s thing had to be incredibly cool. And of course, with only other contestants to talk to as “entertainment”, a distraction like an elephant has to be nice, to – as Mattie said – take you out of the game for a little while.

3. Fruit Toss
I really thought Fang had it here given that they were clicking as a team. But then Marcus came up with the double toss strategy, and that really carried the day for the Tribe. I was particularly impressed with Kenny here as he seemed to be rather adept at catching the fruit winged at him.

4. Back to Exile Island
Refreshing to see someone be honest about why they’re sending people to Exile Island. Basically by sending only Sugar to Exile they limit who can possess the Idol.

5. I definitely am happy. And fat.
Sugar brings up a good point here that, now that she has the Idol, she has to do absolutely nothing. So, even though she’s separated from people at camp, she’s (theoretically) better set for the later stages because she won’t be as weak from undernourishment.

6. GC goes missing
GC shows some cracks by disappearing right before the Immunity Challenge. Now, I don’t think that it was EXACTLY right before the challenge, but Crystal was right – the tribe shouldn’t be wasting energy trying to find someone.

7. Immunity Challenge
The loss here is on Sugar’s shoulders. In a Challenge where communication was EVERYTHING, there was none from the pinup model. At the same time, why would Ace be listening to Randy here anyway?

8. Sugar’s secret revealed
I think everyone assumed that Sugar had the Idol, and her offhand remark before heading to Exile Island had to plant further suspicion, but Fang had to know, and now they know that she’s got the Idol. Rather offhanded way to do so, but that seems to be the depths castaways are sinking to now.

9. Did they make the right call?
I think so. GC had been dogging it for a while – if someone doesn’t want to stay then why keep them? I doubt that Sugar even considered using her Idol – likely GC knew he was going before Tribal Council even started – hence, the vote for Kelly. I’d like to think that one can “feel” the direction that the vote will go, and had Sugar suspected that the vote was going against her at all, she probably would’ve played the Idol.

10. So who goes next?
I’m going to say Kelly. I don’t see Fang winning the Immunity Challenge, and Kenny seems to be willing to flip should the situation warrant. People really aren’t keeping him on their radar, and his perceived weaknesses can become assets to get him to the Final Tribal Council.

That’s all, see you next week!

Kevin Wong writes for Realty Dish, Prime Time Pulse and Inside Fights. He knows another Harper minority government won’t be good, but having Dion or Layton as Prime Minister would probably have been worse.

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