By Mickie McLeod
CBS 62/CW50 Intern

During the two-hour special, a ton happened and two members of the tribe were voted out. Where do I begin?

The First Hour

If you missed this episode, you pretty much missed two episodes. During this two-hour special, we see a lot of individualism and a ton of people working for themselves.

What did you miss? Well, a ton.

After the last Tribal of voting Taylor off, everyone feels pretty relieved, besides Adam and Jay. Adam and Jay both feel as if they are on the bottom of the tribe because of Taylor’s behavior. Meanwhile, both of the two have secret Hidden Immunity Idols. This “secret” doesn’t last too much longer though due to Will.

Will, who wants to build a bigger alliance, ends up telling Zeke about Jay’s secret Idol. This secret goes through the grapevine and soon everyone knows about Jay’s Hidden Idol.

Reward Challenge – First Hour

At the reward challenge, two teams were divided to compete. At this time, David (who I used to call Mr. Paranoid) admits that he is a poor swimmer and would like to sit out of the challenge. Everyone else then picks up his spirit and tells him how proud they are of him and tell him not to sit out. David gets emotional and says he is thankful for how much confidence the Tribe has given him through the weeks. I felt like I was watching some Summer Camp team bonding moment… it was sweet.

However, it was Hannah, Adam, Brett, Zeke and Sunday who won this reward and got to enjoy pizza and beer. During the reward, the five members were given letters from home as well. It was also very sweet, especially seeing Adam’s reaction because we know his mother has cancer.

So much sweetness!

Immunity Challenge – First Hour

At Immunity, it was another balancing challenge. It was down to Zeke and David. It just happened to be David’s episode and he wins the Immunity Idol.

Tribal – First Hour

At Tribal during the first half of the episode, it was well divided! Zeke narrates that he is in the middle of a “Gen. X Civil War.”

Chris, Sunday & Bret vs. Jess, David & Ken.

The rest are the Millennials who will be making the ultimate decision. Chris, Sunday, and Bret want to vote Jess out. Jess, David, and Ken want Chris voted out.

Jay is not told any information because basically, everyone wanted him to assume that he was the one being voted out and use his Hidden Idol.

In the end, Zeke states “appearances are deceiving” at Tribal. This hidden message was translated to Jay and Jay did not use his Hidden Idol and was safe in the end.

It was Zeke who pulled off the famous Survivor blindside, and Chris was voted out. Was this a great decision for Zeke? Personally, I thought so! I am becoming a big fan of his game.

The Second Hour

During the second hour, the major topic is David and Zeke. Zeke seems to be one of the best players in the game and David is noticing this. David wants Zeke voted out and shares this information with Bret and Sunday.

However, Bret and Sunday share the information with Zeke, where Zeke and David are now in a secret war against one another.

Reward Challenge

If you missed this episode, you missed probably the funniest challenge I’ve seen in any season of Survivor.

During the challenge, three groups of three were tied up and had to squirm their way through the sand like a bunch of snakes. I don’t know how else to describe it, but boy was it hilarious. If you didn’t watch it, you can catch the full episode this weekend on (You can thank me later)

The three, Zeke, Bret and Sunday won this challenge of a helicopter ride and picnic. David was also a winner because he drew an “automatic win” rock before the challenge.

During the reward itself, Bret and Zeke bond even more while they drink beers together. I feel as if Bret is getting drunk every reward, it’s so great and entertaining to watch.

Zeke and Bret create a “Rainbow Connection” and Bret comes out to him (and us at home) and says he is gay. It is quite surprising, to say the least, I would’ve never guessed.

Immunity Challenge

Immunity had consisted of a blind puzzle maze, followed by a slide puzzle. This challenge was an easy one for Jay and only Jay. He quickly finished this challenge the fastest and won his Individual Immunity.

Tribal Council

So let’s just say that this was the most chaotic Tribal all season. I’ll try to be as clear as possible on this explanation…

Coming into Tribal, there was a clear split vote – either Hannah or Zeke.

  • Hannah was decided last minute by Zeke’s alliance because he did not feel that he could trust her anymore because she flipped to David’s alliance.
  • Zeke is on the chopping block because David and his alliance of five think he is the strongest player in the game (I do agree with this statement).

HOWEVER, chaos occurred during Tribal. At Tribal, there were a ton of side conversations, along with yelling and confusion during the discussion with Jeff Probst. Jeff at one point says, “I am speechless,” and so was I watching it all.

At Tribal, Zeke’s alliance whispers to Hannah that they’re voting out Ken (clearly lying to her). Hannah gets utterly confused, as everyone does. It’s time to vote.

Before the votes are revealed, David, who has a Hidden Immunity Idol, decides to play it…on… Ken. Yes, Ken. This is because Adam spoke up and said he heard Ken’s name being whispered to Hannah.

Because we know this was a lie, Ken is safe for no reason, and David pretty much throws away his idol. As a result of this, it was a tie between Zeke and Hannah, five against five.

When there is a tie in Tribal, the members must vote again, besides Hannah and Zeke. However, everyone must vote for only Zeke or Hannah during this second round of voting.

After the second round of voting, it was a tie again! I was sure on the edge of my seat through this whole thing (and yelling at my TV). Because of THIS, the tribe now had to determine their own fate in the game — either settles an agreement and vote either Zeke or Hannah or the remaining members who aren’t safe would have to draw rocks.

The debate between Hannah and Zeke was unclear and was still strongly divided half way. This meant Zeke and Hannah were now safe, along with Jay and his Immunity Idol, and randomly Ken with David’s Hidden Idol.

The remaining six drew rocks, five white and one black. Whoever had drawn the black rock would be out of the game. Ultimately, it was Jess who drew the black rock and to be quite honest, I didn’t feel too bad.

I enjoyed her game, but she was indecisive too many times. Jess had the opportunity to flip and vote out Hannah, but she refused and “the GAME had spoken.” Jess was the next member of the Jury.

SO, let’s just say, if you missed this 2-Hour episode, you sure missed a lot. A mixture of sweet, hilarious and stressful moments all combined in an entire episode — and my entire recap.

You can watch this season of Survivor, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Mickie McLeod is a Livonia, MI native.  She’s majoring in Communication Studies at Wayne State University.  Mickie has been a Survivor fan since 2000.  Follow her @mick_cloudy for live tweeting about Survivor and look for her recaps every Thursday morning. 


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