Last week’s episode of “Survivor: Cambodia” gave us one of the most exciting overall episodes and Tribal Councils of the season. Even though Kass was long gone, chaos was still very present at camp. Inexplicably, the majority alliance decided not to split their votes, casting nine votes towards Kelley Wentworth. But because Joe – inexplicably, to use the word again – tipped Kelley off, she was able to play her hidden Idol, making all the votes against her void. Having her pick of who she could then eliminate with her own vote, Kelley, Ciera and Abi decided to target Andrew Savage. It was a huge shock, a huge blindside, but was it enough for Kelley and crew to shift the power?
We will get to see the aftermath of that awesome Tribal tonight, as we inch our way closer and closer to the end of this “Second Chance” season. Here is the synopsis from CBS for tonight’s new episode:
Episode 9 – “Witches Coven” – One castaway risks their safety in the game in order to gain an advantage. Also, another castaway steps up in a brutal individual immunity challenge to further their game, and three castaways deemed the “Witches Coven” stir the pot at camp, on SURVIVOR, Wednesday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Analysis. The previews all seem to point to this episode as being a major search for a new-in-play hidden Immunity Idol. We were shown last week though, that there would be a mid-Immunity Challenge twist that would give a person a “big advantage” in the game. During this week’s challenge (where, in the pouring rain, contestants have to balance on triangle shaped buoys out in the water), Probst will unveil to them a choice: Colored buoys will pop up from underwater within swimming distance from each player…the players can then choose to jump off and swim to their buoy, with the first person reaching it winning the advantage. In doing so though, they forfeit their chance at winning that Immunity Challenge.
Usually this “advantage” would point to an Immunity Idol clue, and because the preview shows everyone scrambling to find an Idol back at camp, we can safely assume this is what it is. This would go against the pre-season announcement that all Immunity Idols would be hidden during a challenge, like the previous two this season were. But what else could it be? Just a mere clue to another Idol wouldn’t be worth throwing an Immunity Challenge for. Press photo captions prove that this water challenge is this week’s Immunity Challenge. The question is, who will get the clue? Will anyone end up finding the Idol? And how will this change the course of the game? As we saw with Kelley last week, Idols – when played at the precise correct time – can make a huge impact.
As for the “Witches Coven,” I think it’s safe to assume this refers to Kelley, Ciera and Abi, the three who remain on the outside of the now damaged but not yet broken majority alliance. If they find the Idol, all hell can break loose once again. If they don’t, there is a strong chance that Kelley or Ciera will get the boot tonight…more than likely the result of a split-vote, assuming the majority has learned their lesson from last week.
Who is in trouble heading into tonight? Make sure to check out the episode tonight on CBS and come back here later for my full recap, analysis and of course, my exclusive interview with the voted-out castaway tomorrow!
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