December 21, 2014

Survivor San Juan Del Sur: Twinnie Natalie Wins Survivor!

12/21/2014 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments

Baylor gets all emotional about getting to the end with her mom, but you can tell Missy is kinda like ehhh. She's worried about challenges, since she's on island-made crutches still. The challenge is quite physical, navigating through obstacles while attached to a giant rope to ultimately retrieve sandbags and toss 'em. Keith knocks off his blocks first, winning reward in the form of an advantage at the next Immunity Challenge. Bet he would've liked a snack, but whatever. Keith pardons crippled Missy from Exile Island and instead sends Jaclyn, who uses the time to get re-motivated and do it for Jon. And maybe avoid being the loose cannon who snaps like she did earlier at Natalie saying Jon isn't a loyal person in the game.

Keith and Jaclyn are the obvious targets, though Natalie is having some consideration about making a different final three happen than her/Missy/Baylor. Keith's advantage is getting a version of the challenge table in advance so he could practice moving the balls around the spoons of this version of Survivor Mouse Trap. This challenge requires little leg action, so Missy can actually participate in the Mouse Trap-esque challenge. It's just Probst's way to wrap up a season saying "balls" a lot. The practice advantage pays off and Keith wins immunity again. Since the plan was to eliminate Keith, this is a problem but Jaclyn would be the default after Keith. Jaclyn offers her vote to Natalie to eliminate Missy, while Baylor requests Natalie give her mother the immunity idol. I mean, surely Natalie will keep obvious no-votes-ever Missy and Baylor right? It seems crazy to chance it, we're all screaming.

Tribal Council time! Jaclyn gives the pros and cons of having her loved on gone. Keith meows like a cat to demonstrate a catfight. Missy expresses confidence in the idol because she knows who has it, and obviously Jaclyn has no clue. Jaclyn explains that she tried to campaign to Natalie, knowing that Keith rocking the immunity necklace makes her vulnerable. Missy is a wee overconfident in essentially saying "BYE GURL." After the votes are cast, Natalie plays the idol but not on herself: on Jaclyn. "I'm going home," Missy realizes. But it's not Missy, it's Baylor.

Natalie explains that she couldn't risk putting her trust in a pair that could turn on her and now I'm A-OK with her initially alarming decision. For what it's worth, Missy is pretty level-headed about it and glad she didn't have to vote her kid out. No one wants to take Keith to the final three so the challenge goal is Keith has to lose. Missy, of course, can't compete in this super physical challenge of racing down a tower, maneuvering through obstacles, and wrapping it all with a Survivor logo puzzle and a combination lock. And too bad for her because she's a firepole, slides, and lots of fun stuff. Jaclyn takes a huge fall on the fire pole but that doesn't stop her from running her ass of and winning the final immunity of the season. Jaclyn is so excited to have immunity and to be guaranteed a spot in the finals. But it's also a big decision. Keith thinks Missy will get a lot of votes, including sympathy votes her her ankle. Jaclyn and Natalie seem like they're on the same page, until Jaclyn approaches Missy to vote out Natalie. Natalie is the strongest player there and Jaclyn's gut says it's time for her to go. OH NO.

Tribal Council time! Jaclyn is yet again in the middle and in a tough spot, killing someone's dream right before the end. Natalie doesn't expect the kind gesture of safety to be reciprocated, but would appreciate it. Probst wonders why Natalie's name isn't brought up to go home, to which Missy gives a brush-off answer. Natalie voices that she does think she can win the game and played a risky game. It's the kind of answer that's a kick in the gut, thinking Natalie has sealed her fate. But alas, it is not the worst answer ever and the women stay strong to vote Keith out.

The final three women get their last day breakfast feast and then head into the final Tribal Council of the season. The opening statements have Missy saying she played with loyalty, Jaclyn compares the game to the ups and downs of her real life and her struggles of not having a uterus, and Natalie says she outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted better than the others. The jury interogation itself is mostly dull, which isn't surprising given the players this sister. It's Natalie who clearly articulates her solid game plan, from playing without a loved one to voting out Alec to use Keith as a weapon against Jon. Jaclyn tries to argue her game and has a couple OK points, and Missy is the usual punching bag. It's Reed who brings the drama to final Tribal, giving a speech about Missy being the Wicked Stepmother of the tribe who spoiled her children, took things she didn't earn, performed the worst, and abused the help of the minority alliances that could have helped her. The speech wraps up, "This is why I love fairy tales because they always have a happy ending and the Wicked Stepmother never wins." And THAT'S how you read a chick. Baylor's in tears. Everyone votes, time skips ahead...

It's the reunion set which we've seen way too much of already from various awkward Survivor interstitials throughout the finale. The votes are read and Natalie is the winner of San Juan Del Sur! From her twinnie going out first, to the other twinnie winning - it's a dream story. The twinnies used to drive me nuts on The Amazing Race, but wow this show has made me love the kickass sisters.

At the reunion, Natalie looks like perfection while talking about the big moves she had to take to win and playing alone in a game filled with couples. If Natalie was voted out over Keith, Keith would've won. Keith was happy with lasting longer and longer, gets teary, and now lives life teased for the infamous "stick to the plan" botched blindside. Jeremy tries softly to say that people who don't know how to play the game make it very hard for others to play the game since they're wildcards AKA why this season was often a mess. Josh and Reed the Christian gay couple are getting lots of nice messages and Reed doesn't apologize for his dramatic Wicked Stepmother speech. Jon and Jaclyn are engaged, which the show kept teasing like they're over with and everybody knows they're fine and dandy. Missy has dropped the shame of her three divorces and Missy/Baylor are basically just the same as always (not the TV answer). It's nothing to write home about, but I have to write home about it because I'm a recapper. The reunion ends with the Survivor 30 teaser. Next season: Worlds Apart. Three tribes split by white collar, blue collar, and no collar.

Most importantly, who are the Pre-Show Winner Prediction Champions this season? Well a lot of us fell off come merge with our picks of Jeremy and Josh. But two remained strong and two now hold the [picture of a] trophy. Congratulations @ChannonSarah and @gy64!