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Ahoy, Pool Players! It’s a hot hot Wednesday and time again for Survivor! Previously on Survivor, past mistakes came back to haunt the players during BIG TWIST WEEK as Donathan wasted his Immunity Idol, and Kellyn wasted her extra vote during a special twofer Tribal Council. Back at the beach, the Survivors are counting up the votes, realizing that two plus two plus one plus one doesn’t equal five. Kellyn eventually fesses up that the extra vote belonged to her, saying that she had to come clean. Kellyn says that by revealing her extra vote she can work with Laurel in the future. Laurel, meanwhile, isn’t sure that Kellyn is working for her best interests, especially considering she just tried to vote her out twice.
Reward challenge time! This isn’t just any old reward challenge, it’s the annual visit from home. “We’re talking love!” Jeff says, but he leaves out the part about “all the fix’ins.” Yes, it is time for the Survivors to be greeted by their loved ones from back home. As much fun as it is to dunk on the Survivors for the rest of the season, the loved ones visit is a non-ironic highlight for the Pool Kingdom, especially in a season where everyone is just so darn likable. We’ve got Wendell’s dad, Wendell Sr, who Wendell calls “The Original.” We’ve got Kellyn’s older brother, Clay, who she bonded with by watching Survivor. We’ve got Donathan’s Aunt Patty. We’ve got Laurel’s older brother, Hardy, no, I mean Frank. We’ve got Angela’s adult daughter Paige, which makes me realize I have no idea how old Angela is. We’ve got Chelsea’s sister, Sydney, who Chelsea lovingly calls “Spittles” (?!?). We’ve got the guy who stands on Sebastian’s corner to let him know if the cops are about to show JUST KIDDING we’ve got Sebastian’s friend Big Rob who brought along a stack of pizzas and some blacklight posters JUST KIDDING we’ve got Sebastian’s sister Grace, who Sebastian says is, “my twin!” but then “not really my twin.” Last, and certainly not least, we’ve got Domenick’s wife Kristen and her amazing head of hair. Kristen leaps through the bushes, into Dom’s arms, and then tells about the agony he’s causing back home. Kristen is a legend. All these arrivals are given their own time to shine on The Jeff Probst Talk Show, where he goes on about family, and how do you feel, and I’ve never seen a sister embrace a brother like this and don’t hang onto each other too tightly, because we’ve got a challenge to get to!
After all that emotional exhaustion, the actual challenge is sort of ho-hum. The family members watch from afar as the Survivors balance on one beam, balance on another beam, dig themselves through some sand, and then try to land a sandbag on a dinner plate, At one point Donathan whiffs it on the balance beam and Aunty Patty stands up IN HORROR but it’s okay, Donathan is fine, you can sit right back down, Aunt Patty. Sebastian ends up winning the challenge, getting a big picnic reward for his family member, plus not one, not two, but three other Survivors and their family members to take along. Sebastian chooses Domenick, Wendell, and Donathan, which, if you’re keeping score at home, is all of the dudes. The women, especially Kellyn, look upset, but Jeff’s not done with the twists. Waiting at Ghost Island is an advantage that the Survivor who goes there will just get. No Deal or No Deal chests to unlock! Sebastian can now choose one of the remaining players to go to Ghost Island, or one of the Reward goers can elect to go, and if nobody can decide the remaining four get to choose. This all seems like a lot for poor Sebastian to process but luckily Wendell steps up and volunteers to go to Ghost Island. Wendell will miss out on the reward, but he will get to hang out with the ghosts and the mysterious advantage. Question, does Wendell Sr. still get to go on the reward, or does a picnic for eight just become a picnic for six? The dude-heavy reward is not lost on Kellyn, who says, “We have some work to do, girls!” Kellyn’s energy and optimism can only mean that things are absolutely going to go her way!
Ghost Island! There’s no urns to break, no fire to follow, just a box with an advantage… and a stick and a marble. Yes, this is Malcolm’s advantage from way back in Survivor 25, when he got the chance to re-do the marble balance immunity challenge. Malcolm, by the way, was voted out in that very episode. Wendell has the same advantage, which means he knows what the next challenge will be and has time to practice. Does Wendell need this advantage? Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to have it. Wendell does miss out on the big meal, anchored by Domenick, who declares that this group will make it to the end. Domenick even makes a vow to Aunt Patty that he’ll work in Donathan’s best interest. I, for one, wouldn’t go against Aunt Patty, she looks like she’s turned the garden hose on a fellow or two back in her day. Back at the beach, Kellyn has HAD IT with losing, and says she needs to rally the girls to vote out Wendell or Domenick. Wait, so this wasn’t a good plan when Desiree brought it but, but now it’s all the rage? “We can do whatever the fudge we want!” says Kellyn, who claims her family visit was “wrecked.” I mean, yeah, she’s missing out on downing martinis with Aunt Patty and Kristen, so I get her pain. Kellyn tells the girls that with the four of them, plus Donathan, (and it’s an important plus), they can vote out one of the guys. Plotting! Scheming! Kellyn!
Immunity time! In this Immunity Challenge the Survivors need to balance a marble on a pole, but you already knew that from Wendell’s advantage. This is a tough challenge, and Kellyn quickly drops out, followed by Angela. Wendell teeters and totters and drops, but stays in thanks to his advantage. It ends up doing him no good, as Wendell drops out again, losing his shot at immunity. It’s down to the unlikely trio of Domenick, Chelsea, and Donathan, certainly not the three you’d peg at the beginning of the season to be challenge beasts. Chelsea drops out and Donathan follows, giving Domenick his second Immunity win. You know, there’s a lot you can say about Domenick, but at least he hasn’t lost his marbles!
Everything’s coming up Kellyn! She tells us that it’s “game on” for the girls to take control, and Laurel and Donathan are up to bat. What Kellyn doesn’t know is that Laurel and Donathan have already been batting for Wendell and Dom. Wendell, meanwhile, feels pretty secure even though his advantage was wasted. Wendell and Domenick want to vote out Chelsea, since there’s a concern she could just keep winning, even though she never says a word. Kellyn still wants to get out Wendell, and says that it would be her “sweetest Survivor victory.” One by one, the girls go to Donathan and tell him that they want to blindside Wendell. Laurel tells Domenick and Wendell that they’re OK, but she’s noticeable shifty about it, which leads Wendell to consider playing his idol. Laurel says that it will come down to who she can trust versus who she can beat, like any good board game alliance should!
Tribal Council! Kellyn comes clean again about her extra vote and subsequent attempts to patch things up with Laurel. Donathan reveals that there is an opening for the two Malolo to survive. This is news, apparently, to Wendell and Dom. Donathan then continues the truth bombs, saying that there is a split in Naviti between the guys and the girls, and that he and Laurel are the swing votes. The Naviti women do an admirable job of acting totally shocked by all this, even though it was their idea to begin with. It is time to vote, and before the votes are read, Jeff asks if anyone wants to play an idol. For a moment it looks like Wendell should play one or he’s doomed, but he doesn’t – correctly, as it turns out, since Laurel and Donathan vote with their original group, sending Chelsea home. Chelsea! You remember Chelsea! She won two immunities and still we hardly knew her. Adios to Chelsea, and hello to the newly fractured Naviti. This season finally feels like it’s going somewhere, with what, two episodes to go?
Make sure to click on over to the Leaderboards to see where you stand. The Pool Princess is trying to fry an egg on the sidewalk but she promises to stop long enough to send out the next bonus point opportunity. Next time on Survivor: Donathan is on the loose! He’s a wild cannon! Domenick may soon incur the wrath of Aunt Patty! Tune in and we’ll see it together!