Merge day is always an interesting one on Survivor, but this season’s merge came on the heels of one of the nastiest, most inappropriate game moves of all time.
In case you’ve somehow forgotten, during last week’s tribal council, Jeff Varnerdecided to out fellow Nuku tribe member Zeke Smith as transgender in a completely misguided effort to paint him as deceitful. It backfired immediately, with all of Nuku turning on Jeff in support of Zeke, and voting wasn’t even necessary to know that everyone wanted to send Jeff home.
Tonight’s episode began with a few lingering discussions about what happened at tribal. Sarah declared that she can’t forgive Jeff, and she’s so happy that despite her conservative background, she woke up that morning and Zeke was just Zeke. Tai cried. And Zeke, whose opinion is the only one that actually matters, said that he believed that Survivor had helped him get over his own fears and “issues and complexes and insecurities of being transgender.”
Nuku tribe all seemed to agree that what had happened brought them closer together, so of course, we then cut to them all arriving at what looked like a classic merge feast.
It was, in fact, a classic merge feast, but this is Survivor, so there was a twist. One person from each tribe would have to voluntarily sit out of the feast. Culpepper and Tai kind of immediately raised their hands, then headed off to sit alone while Debbie pretended to be drunk to the point of mooning people without actually drinking at all, just because she’s Debbie.
Once the tribes actually merged, the biggest question we had was whether or not Zeke would fill the Mana players in on what Jeff had done, and we didn’t have to wait for an answer. Zeke explained what went down at tribal council, and from what we saw, everyone reacted pretty respectfully.
“Though it happened in a way that I wasn’t crazy about, I think I, like all of you, am forever changed, and forever evolved by my experience on Survivor, and was a much stronger and more capable person in that moment,” he told his new tribemates.
Aubry said something or other about how she had a lot more respect for Zeke than she did for a lot of the other castaways (because he shared his story?), and then the castaways moved on to stealthily figuring out who needed to go home next. Zeke’s outing was essentially forgotten about.
The immunity challenge, a repeat of one used multiple times before, hurt just to watch. Each contestant had to stand on a ledge on their toes, holding a block between their head and the top of the frame above them. Our legs hurt in our reclining chair. Andrea was the last one standing, so she became the first person to win individual immunity this season, and was the first woman to ever win that challenge.
After the challenge, most people seemed to be voting Michaela, but in front of Michaela, Sierra (who decided she was in charge, for some reason) claimed everyone was voting Zeke because of how his story is only going to help him in the eyes of the jury.
Only Hali and Michaela ended up voting for Zeke, but it was Hali who actually went home, making her the first member of the jury.
In the second half of the double episode, the tribe divided into two teams for a reward challenge that gave them a spa experience thanks to Marshalls. Debbie, Zeke, Tai, Ozzy, and Andrea won, and got to take showers and have another feast. “Marshall, that was awesome,” Debbie said.
Zeke wasn’t ready to let his mind take a break from the game, so he took the opportunity to get Debbie and Tai to help him vote for Andrea. Whether his plan worked is unclear, since everything about Debbie is unclear.
After Tai defeated Ozzy on one of his signature challenges (hanging on a poll for a really long time), Zeke continued his quest to get people to vote for Andrea, but it totally backfired. Instead, people started planning to vote for the move-making Zeke after Andrea realized the guy she thought was her friend was planning to betray her. Meanwhile, Debbie ran around telling everyone they were voting for Ozzy and planning to blindside him.
At tribal council, after a whole lot of talk about everyone being cagey, Ozzy and Zeke were neck and neck in terms of votes. Then, Debbie stepped in with her extra vote, and Ozzy was voted out by that one vote, saving the tribe from a tie, which would have saved both Zeke and Ozzy from leaving. We’ll miss Ozzy, but damn if that wasn’t the perfect time for Debbie to use her extra vote. (Plus, we now don’t have to worry about the unpredictable Debbie having an extra vote.)
It might be safe to say that in every way, Survivor: Game Changers is one of the most interesting seasons the show has ever done, and it will be fascinating to see where it goes from here.
Survivor airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Published at Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:17:00 +0000
Paula Abdul, Laverne Cox, Jessie J, Xzibit, Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter are slated to attend the 2017 WE Day California event at the Forum in Los Angeles on April 27. The new additions will join a slew of stars, including Selena Gomez, Alessia Cara, Lily Collins, Bryan Cranston, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato (who took a tumble last year), Miss Piggy, Lilly Singh and more, who have already signed on to attend the inspirational day, which helps support a movement comprised of 3.4 million young people.
The Los Angeles event is part of an international series of stadium-sized educational events that brings together 16,000 students, as well as a list of inspiring speakers and performers to help celebrate students’ commitment to taking action on societal issues like bullying, poverty and clean water on both a local and global scale.
Blanchard, who is well known for her activism as well as her role in Girl Meets World, said in a statement: “I am so thrilled to join We Day again. It is always such an honor to appear in solidarity with teens, and to be able to share a stage with so many incredible voices united.”
Gomez, who has signed on to host We Day, previously said in a statement: “My first WE Day experience was 3 years ago and to say I was impressed is an understatement.”
“The electricity of an arena full of thousands of young people who are making real change in the world is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I am grateful to be a part of such a supportive community and hope I can inspire the kids at WE Day just as they continue to inspire me,” The Weeknds leading lady added.
In addition to uniting thousands of youth with inspirational leaders on April 27, WE Day also celebrates the students participating in WE Schools, a free, year-long educational program that encourages kids to take social action locally and abroad.
“By pushing themselves and others to find their inner voice, young people at WE Day are finding a collective strength, realizing that together We have the power to make a difference,” Keys said in a statement. “This is the dream realized!!”
For more information on the event and how to participate in WE Day, visit the program’s website here.
Published at Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:07:25 +0000