But here’s what I don’t get: We were told by Probst that the teams were playing to four. And we saw the purple team shoot first. So when the purple team reached four, shouldn’t the orange team have been allowed one more shot to try to tie it up and send it to another sudden death round since they had shot one less time? You can’t allow one team to have more shots than the other. Something must have been lost in the editing here. Often in Survivor competitions, what you hear Probst saying they are playing to — in this case, four — is not the real number they actually played. When you hear — and you’ll notice that you often only hear it and never see it since the number is added in later in overdubbing — Probst say that teams are playing to 3 or 4, they usually are actually playing till 5, but then they edit out some of the rounds for time.
Were some throws edited out here and therefore it created the appearance of an inequality in the number of throws allowed for each team? Well, because I am a big time nerd who feels the need to suss out every single conspiracy theory, I asked Probst that very question in this week’s Q&A and you can check there for his answer.
In any event, the all-dude team wins, meaning the first ever reward for Michael (which basically serves as the equivalent as his last meal). For the island getaway, the men get to rappel down a waterfall and enjoy a picnic lunch. The extreme adventure aspect of the reward has John Cochran a tad concerned. “I rarely leave my apartment,” he says. “I rarely leave Twitter.” But it’s Cochran 2.0 we’re seeing now. “This is the same guy that was afraid to take off his shirt the last time I played Survivor,” he says. “Now I’m flying down a waterfall after wining a challenge. It was fantastic.” Well, flying may be pushing it, mister. Shuffling gingerly while occasionally stumbling and holding on for dear life is probably on the more accurate side, but let the man have his glory.
Of course, the Fans on the reward attempt to use the opportunity to bring The Intelligence Attaché and The Silent One over to their side as they talk about how super cool awesome it would be to have the men overthrow the women. This is the wrong tactic to take with Cochran. “Reynold, Edie and Michael must not know me that well that they are emphasizing the testosterone unity between us,” says JC. “And we’re men! We’re men and we hate women and we’re gonna slap each other with towels in the locker room and chug beers — that doesn’t work with me. That doesn’t appeal to me at all.” This quote is uttered over footage of Cochran taking part in the least manly fist-bump of all time with Michael under the waterfall.
Back at the beach, Malcolm is totally fine with the fact that his team lost. He’s just happy he’s with the people he thinks he needs to turn to help him form a new power alliance. He starts with Sherri, which is just an awful decision because when it comes to alliance partners, Sherri would rather work with Jack and S--- than Eddie and Reynold. But then Malcolm makes his truly fatal flaw. He talks to the one person I said last week you should never, ever talk to: The Dawninator. He basically makes the exact same pitch that Corrine made and gets the exact same result, as Dawn surmises that Malcolm “is going to be a problem. It would be great if I can give him the impression that I’m voting with him, and we can all just take him out.” FOR THE LAST TIME, STOP TALKING TO DAWN, EVERYONE!
NEXT: Another excellent immunity challenge