A floating pizza party is the reward up for grabs, which is probably straight from my dream journal. David tries to volunteer to sit out since he's terrible at water challenges but everyone encourages him to try because they believe in him. David is teary-eyed over everyone's support of him, realizing how much he's changed as a person. That said, David's team does lose per his prophecy and Zeke, Adam, Bret, Sunday, and Hannah win the slices on the sea. But that's not all! There are letters from home which brings Adam to tears because his mom has cancer and no one else knows.
Completing the "David is a new man" arc, he wins Individual Immunity after holding up a tiki the longest with a bamboo pole, outlasting muscle fatigue and all the ants crawling on his stomach. He's also really stepping up as a strategic force in the game, rallying his side to vote out Chris this week. But he's not the only Gen X breaking through their kumbaya facade: Chris is targeting Jessica. After word gets out via a wacky game of Survivor Telephone that Jay has an idol, a plan comes together to try and flush Jay's idol and blindside Jess. It's Zeke in the middle because he's created bonds with both sides and has set himself up as the ally to everyone. Where will he vote?
Tribal Council time! Jay plays up his outsider status and David explains that tonight could be the predictable vote or a blindside. Zeke talks about the votes being a mix of a voting block and alliance, which Hannah eventually dubs a "trust cluster." Everyone uses the word trust over and over because this vote is being dictated by who they don't trust. Each person expresses they're 100% confident in their vote which means one side is going to be pretty disappointed. That disappointment lies with Chris, who is voted out of the game. And I'm out a winner pick yet again.
HOUR TWO! That's right, two hours!
Where the first hour was a battle between Gen X, the second hour is a battle of the two strongest players in the game: Zeke and David. Zeke succeeds in recruiting Chris' former allies, bonding with Bret on an even stronger level after winning a snake-crawl, butt-crack bearing Reward Challenge. Winners Bret, Zeke, Sunday, and David are whisked away on a helicopter (Sunday's Survivor goal) and land to dine on a delicious lunch. Once isolated from David and Sunday, Bret comes out to Zeke. It's a truly wonderful moment of Survivor and the first time this generational theme organically plays out.
Jay slaughters everyone in a maze puzzle and slide puzzle Immunity Challenge, but honestly he probably wouldn't have been targeted. David realizes his attempts to woo Bret and Sunday were a total waste and Zeke knows all of his plans. He implores his allies to put Zeke's name down tonight because they're going after each other. Hannah is ready to turn on Zeke, but she can't form a proper lie in front of Zeke which makes him realize she's not on his side and sharing intel. Since David has an idol, Zeke changes his target to Hannah and rallies his numbers. Hannah is uneasy after her dreadful conversation with Zeke and hopes David will keep his word to use his Hidden Immunity Idol on her because a tie vote is likely coming.
Tribal Council time! The only person who feels safe is Jay since he's rocking the Immunity necklace. Bret gets really annoyed about the "trust clusters" and gets sassy at Ken. There's lots of whispering happening with Adam and Hannah trying to get a sense of where the vote is going, with Sunday telling them the plan is Ken. After the votes are cast, David gets up to play his Idol and Adam interjects to let David know the whispers were about voting for Ken. David plays his Immunity Idol for Ken and all votes against Ken are null. Except there are no votes for Ken. It's a 5-5 split between Hannah and Zeke. A re-vote occurs but nothing changes, which means the group must come to a unanimous decision about who should be eliminated or else it goes to rocks. No one wants to go to rocks, but no one budges. And so it goes to rocks!! Four people don't have to face this dreaded rock pull: Jay who has the Immunity necklace, Ken who had the Immunity Idol played on him, and Hannah and Zeke are immune due to the lack of a decision. The remaining six survivors put their hands into the bag and pull a rock, terrified of the outcome. Probst asks everyone to reveal their rocks and the black rock is in the hand of Jessica. She is eliminated from the game while the group cries over this disastrous Tribal Council. Let us not forget that Jess holds the Legacy Advantage and now that she's eliminated, the advantage must be passed along so she chooses to give it to Ken. GUYS- this episode was insane and everything I love about Survivor.
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