I realize there is so much more to Survivor than the tribe names. But I always look forward to the creativity of the castaways when it comes to creating their new moniker. I loved Rob Mariano’s lies behind “Murlonio” and Erik Reichenbach’s nonsensical deceit with the meaning of “Dabu.” Those were fun. Unfortunately, this season may have the worst merge name in the show’s 29-season history: #Huyopa. Yes, I think this is probably dumber than “Dangrayne” from Survivor: Philippines. #Huyopa, which is the unoriginal combination of the two original tribe names — Hunahpu and Coyopa — actually incorporates the hashtag. Ugh. Even worse? The merge color is tough to discern from the original Hunahpu blue. At least it’s not another black buff. Yes, I know, I’m a childish nerd. No need to send the hate mail. The episode didn’t improve much, either, as one castaway made an extremely selfish move that all hardcore fans hate. Find out who went home — and see the horrendous merge tribe flag the castaways painted. And yes, #Huyopa is in all caps. Ugh. The entire episode left me feeling like I only have crumbs in a cookie jar when I’ve got a full glass of milk.
He started out the game aggressively outspoken, which quickly made him a target. But Dale Wentworth survived numerous Tribal Councils on Survivor: San Juan Del Sur and proved he was quite the strategist. Shortly before he was voted out of the game, Dale made a brilliant move to convince Jon he found a hidden Immunity Idol. Although his pitch to give the Idol away should he survive the next vote was fantastic, Dale ultimately fell victim to the vote right after his daughter. In our interview with Dale, he dished his unfiltered thoughts on Missy and Baylor, reacted to Nadiya calling him a “loser” in her exit interviews and explained why he considered quitting the game for Kelley.
Something happened on tonight’s episode of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur that hasn’t taken place since season two. Just like in Australia, the Hunahpu tribe was forced to sacrifice their camp — including some of their tools, tarp and pillows — in exchange for extra food. It was a stiff penalty as a result of their poor rationing, but Hunahpu didn’t hesitate at all. ”There has never been a tribe in the history of Survivor that has needed as much help as you guys have and only 14 days in,” Jeff Probst told the tribe before they tore camp down. That moment was just a morsel of the gooey goodness dished out. See what else went down and who was voted off inside this recap…
Drop your Buffs! The expected tribal swap arrived tonight with mixed emotions on Survivor: San Juan Del Sur. Some were concerned that playing with their loved one would make them bigger targets. Naturally, lots of loved ones ended up paired with their significant other. But the most significant element from this episode involved the food situation at one tribe.
Drew Christy described himself as a “genius” who was manipulating his fellow castaways on Survivor: San Juan Del Sur. Trouble is, Drew, a model, purposely lost an Immunity challenge and it bit him in the butt big time. In my interview with Drew, he told me that he was given an unfair edit that made him look like the dumb surfer guy, but also admitted to being delusional during his time on the show. More interestingly, Drew said he had no idea Kelley was standing right behind him as he strategized with others to vote her off and didn’t realize her proximity to them until he watched the episode. But, Drew also feels she may have been edited to make it look as if Kelley were standing right there when she really wasn’t. What else did he have to say? Dive in to find out!
I’ve had mixed feelings about Survivor: San Juan Del Sur thus far. While I loved the premiere and I thought last week’s episode where John Rocker was voted out of the game, I found nothing shocking or thrilling about this latest hour. It just didn’t feel fun. It felt, well, stupid. Too much focus was pushed on Drew’s nonsense and silly self praise about his “genius” manipulation that I just couldn’t wait for him to be booted out of the game. Did my hopes come true? Read on to find out…
John Rocker wasn’t on Survivor: San Juan Del Sur for long, but his big personality left a giant imprint on the first three episodes. The former Major League Baseball star couldn’t hide his identity or controversial past from the rest of the castaways as he was quickly recognized by multiple people in the game. After he was voted out, we had a moment to chat with Rocker about why he didn’t play his Idol. He also explained that he would have given his Idol to Val to prove his word to Jeremy and expressed his thoughts on Natalie’s vulgar attacks.
“I did everything I could, brother. I swear to you.” Those words from John Rocker about trying to keep his word to spare Val was the start of bitter feelings that bubbled to the top on tonight’s Survivor: San Juan Del Sur. Jeremy didn’t feel Rocker held true to his promise whatsoever in working to keep his wife safe. It quickly became Jeremy’s goal to get Rocker out of the game as soon as possible. Did it work?
I thought her lie of having found two hidden Idols was so bad that nobody would ever believe it. But Val Collins, the second person voted off Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, says her tribe definitely bought her lie to some extent. Plus, Val tells us why Tony Vlachos, the winner of last season’s Survivor: Cagayan, was always in her strategic mind. Dive inside for the full interview!