Survivor BBB2 – April 21

Happy Sookies after Tribal.

Happy Sookies after Tribal.

Debbie of the many occupations has just been blindsided by her alliance, and while Scot is a tad disappointed Cydney did not go home, he is thrilled “they ate one of their own”. Tai hands the idol back to Jason – darn it. How fun would it have been if he’d hidden it somewhere instead.
The next day Jason is thrilled their sooky lah lah tactics of hiding the machete and dousing the fire worked to crack the majority alliance. But Tai thinks it’s time to stop the shenanigans – perhaps he’s thinking of jury votes, which neither Scot nor Jason has mentioned. 2taitogether
Scot says he wants to mend fences but he needs “assurances from Aubry”. So she’s obviously the acknowledged leader of the tribe. An then he says he never wanted to be the “Russell Hantz” of the tribe. Too late, Scot – you must be the tallest Hantz ever, though.
He graciously offers to return to “providing” for the tribe in return for traitor Cydney’s head.
And I want pizzas for everyone, a gym bag full of unmarked dollar bills and a plane to fly me to Mexico.

And I want pizzas for everyone, a gym bag full of unmarked dollar bills and a plane to fly me to Mexico. Oh and a new tattoo that say “Jason forever”

He tells confessional the other tribe does not realise Cydney is “brooding,petty, small”. Hello – pot, kettle! How is Aubry going to handle this blackmail?
“There is not a shot in hell I am going to work with them,” she tells confessional. Hells yeah, Aubry! “But I’m willing to let them think I’ll play along with it.”

Reward challenge time
Orange cap Jeff explains it’s a terracotta pot balancing change. The prize is a burger meal or letters from home. Or, Jeff casually reveals, an advantage. But the further twist is they will only be competing against people who choose the same prize. In the past having the advantage has not worked out well (it made Fishy and Dan the unbearable postman targets).
Going for advantage are Tai, Cyd and Aubry.
Food is Scot, Jason and Michelle.
Letters is Julia and Joe.
If they do this again they should keep what everyone picked a secret, so a player could be potentially balancing for hours against an imaginary opponent.

Of course Joe picked "love".

Of course Joe picked “love”.

Joe looks shaky and he is first to fall, so Julia gets her letter. Michelle beats Jason and Scot to take the burger meal – good one, Mich.
Tai is a picture of stillness as he and Aubry are the final two, battling for the advantage.
Hope Aubry's infected leg wasn't giving her grief in this challenge.

Hope Aubry’s infected leg wasn’t giving her grief in this challenge.

At just over the 10-minute mark, while Michelle is still chowing down on her burger, Aubry’s pots fall and Tai gets the secret scroll. Well, that was quick.
Tai reads what the advantage is and it’s … oh …an extra vote. Same as the last two times. Anyone else disappointed? (Some history on extra votes here Extra Vote)
Julia was smart choosing the letters prize, knowing not many others would.

Julia was smart choosing the letters prize, knowing not many others would.

Julia, Mich and Aubry take a walk and the former Beauties are keen to flush out an idol by voting for Tai, knowing they’ll be safe as the Sookies will vote for Cydney. Will Aubry come up with a plan to save her new BFF?
Michelle is getting a tonne of beach confessionals lately. Winner edit?

Michelle is getting a tonne of beach confessionals lately. Winner/narrator edit?

Aubry secretly thinks Julia is a sneaky sneak – too “super shady” to be sitting next to at the end of the game – and that Michelle has no idea that Julia is just waiting to turn on the girls.
Aubry gives good confessional.

Aubry gives good confessional.

It’s Day 27 and Aubry approaches Tai on a level she knows will appeal to him, talking about the struggle between the barin and the heart. And he’s listening.
He tells confessional: “My heart say: I like that girl Aubry a lot. She has the certain energy I really like.”
Aubry tells him he is being targeted and that she’s willing to feed him info to show her loyalty to him. Tai thinks the Sookies will be delighted to have Aubry on board. Poor, tree-loving Tai.
It's a Sookies spa date.

It’s a Sookies spa date.

Of course Scot immediately wants to target Aubry and Tai is not happy he has no say in this alliance – not that he tells the Sookies.

It’s immunity challenge time and blue cap Jeff talks them through an arm-stretching challenge that involves yet more pots. Does Probst have shares in a pot company? Joe is first out again. He could make final three, as no-one sees him as a threat.

Tai is looking almost as skinny as Debbie.

Tai is looking almost as skinny as Debbie.

After 45 minutes we’re down to Aubry, Cyd and Jason.
Love the different poses.

Love the different poses.

Cydney goes and then Jason does a Keith Nale-style spit, which Aubry mimics. Love it. After 1 hour and 15 minutes they are both still hanging on for dear life.
Aubry, if you don't win this season you are a dead cert for the next Second Chance.

Aubry, if you don’t win you are a dead cert for the next Second Chance.

Sadly social media expert Aubry is just outlasted by former soldier Jason after a valiant effort. So Jason has the immunity necklace plus his idol and Tai has an idol, so they can target Aubry safe in the knowledge they can use a super idol after the votes are read if Scot or Tai is targeted. Well, that’s the plan. I really hope everyone actually votes for Scot and Tai refuses to activate the super idol to save him.
Julia tells the boys the plan is to pile votes on Tai to flush his idol, and they respond with promises of cutting Tai’s throat in the future so she can be an honorary Sooky in the final three.
Aubry checks in with new BFF from last week, Cydney, who wants to target Scot.
Why couldn't we see hilarious Cyd at the start of this season?

Why couldn’t we see hilarious Cyd at the start of this season?

Aubry vows to try and sway Tai: “Tai’s natural state isn’t with Jason and Scot.”
The next scene is of her crouching in the long grass, talking to Tai while he pretends to look for coconuts. Where’s a Tony spy shack when you need one?
Tai doesn't want to be a life member of the Tattooed Brethren.

Tai doesn’t want to be a life member of the Tattooed Brethren.

Tai gives a lot of thought to Aubry’s pitch about making a big move, but has to weigh it up with knowing he would kick Jason and Scot’s asses if they were final three together.
So at this stage it looks like Jason and Scot will vote Aubry; Julia and Michelle for Tai; Cyd, Aubry and Joe for Scot and Tai for, hmm, maybe some random vote.
Before tribal, Jason hands his hidden immunity idol to Scot. We get lits of shots of Tai looking pensive, and then he says: “I’m not here to make good friend; I’m here to win that million dollar.”
Well, you did make one good friend, Tai.

Well, you did make one good friend, Tai.

It’s tribal council time. Will we get more Chinese whispers tonight? The trash talking from Jason and Scot continues and Jeff of course spots that Tai looks awkward about it. Tai says it’s not how he conducts himself in his personal life, but this is “war”. Jason is confident of Tai’s support: “He has stepped up for our alliance time and time again.” Jeff gives Aubry props for her effort today in the challenge and she says she was spitting “like a deranged llama” (perhaps we can ask Chaos Kass the llama farmer what that would be like). Jason praises her, too, and makes it clear everyone should be voting Aubry because she’s a threat.

"Please, please, please."

“Please, please, please.”

Time to read the votes … But first, does anyone want to play a hidden immunity idol? And here come the whispers, all aimed at Tai.
From Julia.

From Julia.

From Scot, after the tiniest of "no" head shakes from Jason to Tai.

From Scot, after the tiniest of “no” head shakes from Jason to Tai.

Julia's not giving up.

Julia’s not giving up.

Tai does not play it. The votes are read: Tai, Aubry, Scot, Tai, Aubry, Scot, Scot, Scot. Scot is voted out but he’s not fussed and doesn’t budge, because his buddy Tai will let him form a super idol, right? Right?
These raised eyebrows mean you should give me your idol, Tai.

These raised eyebrows mean you should give me your idol, Tai.

Over on the jury, Neal and Nick know what’s going on, and are enthralled.
Oh no he didn't!

Oh no he didn’t!

Tai shakes his head: “Sorry.” Yay, Tai!
Look at Julia's face! And is Aubry praying?

Look at Julia’s face! and is Aubry praying?

#wow indeed, Survivor.
Best snuffing out of the season.

Best snuffing out of the season.

Kudos to Aubry for working out how to speak to Tai on his level, and for sending Scot home with Jason’s idol in his pocket.

Preview for next week: Tai is happy; Jason wants revenge (just hide the machete again Jason – that worked so well for you last time). And this:

Survivor, you can't kill off one of your most popular characters. #SaveMarkTheChicken

Survivor, you can’t kill off one of your most popular characters. #SaveMarkTheChicken



  1. Yes! YES!!! YEEESSSSS!!!!

    How wonderful was that? All I can do is smile, now that I’ve finished cheering and yelling. πŸ˜†

    Now to get rid of Bountyboy…

      • Her Dongba is strong but her mastery of Dingbat glyphs is unequalled on the planet. Even Lauren cannot read and write Dingbat as well as Debbie and Lauren, as everyone knows, is the Dingbat Queen.

    • Debbie’s Ponderosa video is hysterical. Let’s hope she plays again. She should have more career choices by then.

      • Debbie’s CV must be a bigger book than Gone with the Wind and The Bible put together. I loved her juggling story.

  2. Party! Woo hoo!!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ†πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆπŸŽπŸŽ€πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

    I was heart pounding and on the edge of my seat. Brilliant. I was wishing all the ttv gang were in my lounge room with me so we could have danced in celebration. The girls broke the back of the bastard dragon. One more bastard and his slimey handmaiden to go. My top 3 are Aubs, Cyd and the pretty girl in yellow bikinis. πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‡πŸŽ†πŸŽˆπŸŽπŸŽˆπŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ and 😚😚😚😚😚😚😚

  3. Jason and Scott tried to kid themselves that their hisy fit last week was simply tactical mind games. Bollocks!
    Now Jason wants to suck his thumb and kick someone’s dog again. You wouldn’t want these guys as neighbours.

  4. Still celebrating. πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‡πŸŽ†πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‡πŸŽ†πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

    That was big last night. The three headed troll was killed. Scott gone. Jason’s idol gone, and the super power over.

    • Thanks, Rosie. I still don’t like Scott. Fancy kind of bragging about being a threat, when the only reason they were a threat was because of having a bag full of immunities and super powers. Even with all of those advantages; the necklace, idols, superpowers, they were still outsmarted by Aubrey and Cydney.

  5. Thanks for another great recap Juz.
    That was brilliant & so satisfying watching the smug look disappear from his face with the realisation Tai wasn’t giving him his idol. I was yelling at the TV don’t give it to him.

    Poor Joe, always the first to go. They both looked very difficult challenges.

    Let’s hope we get rid of Jason next week.

  6. Talk about three candidates for the dumber than a bag of hammers award. Scott tells Aubry they’re not asking her for anything and then complains at TC that she didn’t get back to them. I think the Jason/Scott thing is called psycho warfare, not psychological warfare.

    I will prolly do the happy dance even harder when Jason bites the dust. And when Tai goes the same way the week after.

    • I’m not sure if I missed something, but Scot at TC said that they had offered Aubry a plan and she had rejected it. That must have happened after she approached Tai and he completely misunderstood her, thinking that she wanted to join the sookies rather than just buddy up to him personally.

      The sookies basic plan was/is, as soon as someone pokes their head above the parapet (ie hints that they might make a move) they need to be picked off. It was so short-sighted, with no consideration given to whether that person might be useful to them or not.

      • I only saw one conversation between Scott and Aubry where Scott insisted the sookies were not demanding anything.

        The other thing is that the sookie masterplan for world domination depends entirely on everyone else doing exactly as they are told. That attitude eventually drove Cydney into the antisook alliance and would drive almost anyone but Tai into the antisooks in the same way.

        Remember these are the guys who twice kept Alexia because they persuaded themselves that someone else on the Brawn tribe was gunning for them, in one case because of a chance remark at TC.

        • Even Tai was getting sick of Scott and Jason being the boss of the world. He said that he was feeling that they didn’t listen to him. He could yell he had no say, and look what happened.

      • Scott approached Aubrey at the start of the episode. They were on a high after getting Debbie out and decided they could stop hiding tools and putting out fires and make nice now, so that’s when Scott went to Aubrey and said, “We’ll be nice to you if, but first we want……..” Super idiot.

        • I saw that … I didn’t realise that was what he was referring to at TC. It seemed that there must have been a later conversation that we weren’t shown. Oh well, all water under the bridge now he is gone…gone…gone…!

          • Yeah, it was this moment. Kudos to Aubry for not laughing in his face (or slapping him – she would have had to settle for his kneecaps, though).

          • Scott: “If you give me your lunch everyday, let me flush your head in the toilet once a week, do all of my homework, and call me “master”, I will let you be my friend”.
            Aubrey; “Sure Scott. It sounds like a good deal”. πŸ˜‡

  7. Juz, I forgot to thank you for your magnificent recap of last night’s magnificent episode, so thank you! I guess the excitement got the better of me. πŸ˜€

    • I watched 5 mins of MKR and thought “bugger this – I really want to watch Survivor to see if they get their comeuppance”. So happy! Strategically could be a bad move for Tai – they’ll want to flush his idol and advantage.

      • Someone will always want to take a not-so-nice person to final tribal, so that might save Tai. But they might also keep Julia for that reason. Tai talked himself up as being all nice, but he didn’t walk the walk.

  8. Thinking about it later (after I stopped jumping around the house), if Tai had played the superidol, the next step would have been a re-vote and he would have been sent home himself (two votes Aubry by the sookies, four votes Tai by the girls and Joe). I don’t know if he was quick-thinking enough to realise that, but not playing the idol was his only option. If the non-Scot votes hadn’t been even, he might have saved Scot.

    Multiple discussions in this house about what might happen now. An emasculated sookie Jason may be considered a safe bet to take to F3, much as they all hate him being there. I think even Julia will drop him now that he will have no hope of forming another alliance. I’d be surprised if the others ever trust her again, though. Jason will turn on Tai as he has on Cyd, although Tai is his best chance for survival, because he cannot swallow betrayal. He really isn’t a clever game player.

    Loved Debbie at TC. Now that she can relax, she seems to want to rain love on everyone. She seems to be someone who can just find joy in whatever comes her way.

  9. Fijane – Tai didn’t need to think out the permutations of what would happen to him if he didn’t use the idol to help save Scot – because he had already voted for Scot. That was one of my favourite moments of this season, wondering on the edge of my seat what Tai was going to do, and seeing him do that and watching Scot’s face fall as it dawned on him things weren’t as he’d assumed. Wonderful!

    • Tina, you a young Barbara Eden?

      It might have been one of my favourite Survivor moments ever. The 3 headed monster was killed. πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‡πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆπŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰πŸŽ†πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ†πŸŽ‡

    • Thanks, Tina. I didn’t really pay attention to who voted for who, but you are right. If he voted for Scot in the first place, then he had no intention of saving him with the superidol.

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