This definitely has to go down as one of the best blindsides ever. Have there been other cocksure players before? Sure. Have there been others before who have switched alliances? Sure. But there was just something so delicious about this one.
Fallout from Last Tribal Council
Yeah, the biggest cock in this season of Survivor is not Mark the chicken, Tai’s pet. It’s a tie between Jason and Scot. After they played their hand and let everyone know in the last tribal council that they not only had two idols but that they could play them together to form a super idol, those two thought they had it made.
These guys were literally strutting around camp not worrying about their safety at all, believing that they were safe and could call all the shots. Scot even went to Aubry and softly asked her to work together saying they would give back the axe and machete if they agreed to do what they wanted. But that’s not who Aubry is. She wasn’t buying it.
It was a little different this time. There were three awards: Food, Love, and Advantage. They could choose what reward to fight for whether it be a cheeseburger meal, letters from home, or an unknown advantage in the game. Everyone had their choice, and they only had to beat the others who were competing for that same prize. They had to balance a balance beam with their foot. If clay pots at the end dropped, they were out.
Julia and Joe competed for Love. That was easy. Joe was out within seconds. By no one’s surprise, Scot and Jason competed for food, but Michelle joined them. Scot was out right away and then Jason. Michelle got the cheeseburger. Then it was between Tai, Cydney, and Aubry for the Advantage. Cydney was out surprisingly early, and Aubry made it far, but finally lost to Tai. Neither of the two cocks won anything, but Scot thought the best thing is that Cydney didn’t eat or get the advantage, so she would go home.
After the Reward
With Michelle with a full belly and Julia crying over her letters from home, Tai went and read his advantage in secret. His advantage is an extra vote at Tribal Council that he can use up through final five.
Julia then goes to Michelle and Aubry and suggests the girls and Joe all vote for Tai. They figure this way they can flush out the idol. If he doesn’t play the idol, he and his idol go home, and if he does play the idol, he no longer has it as a threat, and Cydney goes home.
Aubry thinks better of that plan, though. She wants to work with Tai. She knows he’s a better person than the two cocks he’s working with. She tells him that some of the girls want to target him to flush the idol out. She offered that they could work together and promises to tell him what’s going on.
But Tai does something mind-boggling. He goes and tells Jason and Tai exactly what Aubry said. Scot decides they should vote out Aubry instead of Cydney, and at that point Tai says he likes the plan, but he’s starting to feel like an outsider in his alliance. He notices that they are always telling him what to do. He goes along with it, but he’s wondering if that’s his best move.
More Clay Pots
For the Immunity Challenge, it’s more clay pots and more endurance. This time they have to push two wooden discs attached to clay pots with their full wing span. The space is set so that they can only push with their fingertips. If they move just a little bit, their pots will drop.
And yeah, Joe is out early … again. You would think Tai would have been there at the end, but he wasn’t. Neither was Cydney. The last two standing are Jason and Aubry. He wants her out, and she wants him out. She makes it really far, but she finally falls, and Jason wins immunity.
The cocks think they have thing won. Jason gives his idol to Scot since he has immunity. Julia comes to them and tells them that the girls are voting for Tai. They tell her that they want Tai gone as well later in the game as they don’t want to face him in the final three and would rather take her. Julia is happy as a clam as she wants to go to final three with the cocks as she knows no one else like them and figures she has an easier chance of winning the game.
Aubry is feeling connected to Tai and doesn’t want him to go. She talks to Cydney, and they decide they can get Joe with them to vote out Scot. Aubry plays it really smart and doesn’t pressure Tai but tells him it’s his game and he has them behind her. He’s left wondering whether he should stick with the guys or follow Aubry.
The cocks say again that they know they are not going anywhere tonight. Jason boldly says the others need to decide who should go next. Either they decide which one of them they will cut, like they did with Debbie last week, or his alliance will decide for them.
Jeff Probst asks Tai why he’s so quiet and asks if he’s not comfortable with the boasting. Tai admits it’s not what he does in his personal life, but he has to do what’s best for his game. Jason points out that Tai has stepped up for them time and time again.
Jason says if you’re not confident of what’s going on, it’s smarter to be on the right side. You might as well jump on the train or your game will be dictated for you. He wasn’t talking to Tai, but that seems to have really made him think.
Julia urges Tai to play his idol, but Scot tells him not to. In the end, the only votes for Tai are Julia and Michelle. Aubry gets two votes from Jason and Scott. And Scott gets four votes from Aubry, Cydney, Joe, and Tai.
And in the best thing I may have ever seen on this show, with Scot being voted out, he and Jason expected Tai to play the Super Idol with him. He refuses and shakes his head, then says sorry. Everyone but Jason and Scott and Tai are smiling and/or laughing. Scot left the game … with Jason’s idol in his pocket.
And Then There Was One
Julia is a double agent, so it’s unclear whether she’s going to stick with Jason and try to do something or just abandon ship. But any of the others who share information with her aren’t playing a good game.
Tai’s safe now and did his duty to get rid of Scot, but he needs to realize he’s not safe by any stretch of the imagination. These people helped him this time and saved him by taking out Scot, but he’s still a really big threat to win this game, and he needs to keep watching his back.
That goes for Aubry as well. She’s playing a really good game, too, and is also a big threat to win if she makes it to the final three. Maybe she’s figured that out, too, and maybe that’s why she is trying to save Tai. If the two of them are in the final four, they can only vote out one of them, and the other will be in the final three. She stands a better chance of staying with Tai in the game.
As for Jason, aka Cock #1? He’s safe for awhile. Everyone is going to want to take him to final 3. None of those people are going to vote for him to win, just like Julia realized. But floaters usually don’t make it to the end, so she doesn’t stand much of a chance. Joe would be a good one to take to the end as well. He’s done nothing. Aubry’s been controlling the game, no matter what the Cocks think, and Tai made the biggest move so far. The game belongs to them right now. They just have to make it to the end.
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