“Survivor: Edge of Extinction” Episode 4 Recap: MaNew Attitude?

“Survivor: Edge of Extinction” (CBS)

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Last Week: Aubry’s three-season idol hunt came to an end, Manu won some chickens that Wendy decided to defend, and Chris was bitten by man’s best (war-themed) friend…

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Let’s take a look at the tribes as they currently stand…

The Kama Tribe (wearing yellow)
Aubry, 32 – Marketing Director, also appeared on “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” and “Survivor: Game Changers”
Aurora, 32 – Divorce Lawyer
Eric, 34 – Firefighter
Gavin, 23 – YMCA Program Director
Joe, 29 – Multimedia Artist, also appeared on “Survivor: Worlds Apart” and “Survivor: Second Chance”
Julia, 24 – Medical Assistant
Julie, 46 – Toymaker
Ron, 46 – Teacher
Victoria, 23 – Waitress

The Manu Tribe (wearing blue)
David, 44 - Television Writer, also appeared on "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X"
Kelley, 31 – Marketing Manager, also appeared on “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” and “Survivor: Second Chance”
Lauren, 21 – Student
Rick, 33 – Morning News Anchor
Wardog, 38 – Law Student
Wendy, 25 – Small Business Owner

At the Isle of Extinction

Chris shows up to a very icy reception, which kind of tells me that Reem and Keith haven't thought this whole twist through. If the way to get back in the game is challenge-centric, why not treat Chris as you would at Ponderosa. Being nice isn't going to hurt you in a challenge. If getting back in the game is social-centric, won't you want Chris to like you? I dunno, seems weird.

At Manu Beach

Wendy's ankle seems like it's healed and the flint has mysteriously reappeared. She's also been hanging out with Wardog too much, because she's referring to herself in the third person.

She then tells David that her plan is to be a wildcard and cause more chaos. David gets the quote of the night by saying, "You want to win, don't you?"

Buffs Will Be Dropped

Before the festivities get underway, Julia is blown away by the fact that Chris has been voted out. Ron thinks it was a betrayal because Chris was carrying the tribe. Lauren believes you shouldn't make such assumptions when you don't know the full story.

Alright, here’s how it ended up…

The Kama Tribe (wearing yellow)
Aurora, 32 – Divorce Lawyer
Joe, 29 – Multimedia Artist, also appeared on “Survivor: Worlds Apart” and “Survivor: Second Chance”
Julia, 24 – Medical Assistant
Julie, 46 – Toymaker
Ron, 46 – Teacher

The Lesu Tribe (wearing green)
David, 44 - Television Writer, also appeared on "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X"
Kelley, 31 – Marketing Manager, also appeared on “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” and “Survivor: Second Chance”
Lauren, 21 – Student
Rick, 33 – Morning News Anchor
Wardog, 38 – Law Student

The Manu Tribe (wearing blue)
Aubry, 32 – Marketing Director, also appeared on “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” and “Survivor: Game Changers”
Eric, 34 – Firefighter
Gavin, 23 – YMCA Program Director
Victoria, 23 – Waitress
Wendy, 25 – Small Business Owner

First Instincts: I feel like this is really bad news for David. Surely, Wardog, Lauren, and Kelley will vote together. Also, Joe might be in trouble if his tribe ever loses immunity. Over on New Manu (MaNew?), Wendy gets a total clean slate and it’s a good thing Aubry has an idol.

At Kama Beach

Joe realizes that he needs to swing one of the newbs, so he decides to go after Ron. They head to the water well to talk strategy and Ron seems like he’s into it.

CUT TO: Twenty minutes ago, Ron telling Julia that he's going to keep Joe away from camp for a while so she can search his bag. Well done.

However, because Joe's bag is empty, Ron is convinced that Joe doesn't have an idol. C'mon, Ron…people bury idols these days.

At Lesu Beach

Wardog is pretty sure that his new tribe is going to do really well in challenges. Because…Wendy was the weak link? Or was it Chris?

In other news, Rick is not thrilled that they just lost their easy vote. Yeah, but your flint is safe.

Also, Lauren is suffering from stomach issues and homesickness.

At Manu Beach

Wendy is super excited to have a new group of Manutians, she immediately starts spilling the beans about her former tribemates. She calls them bullies and specifically mentions Kelley being "The Godfather."

Bullying? We didn't see any of that. Unless, she considers them to be chicken bullies, which is valid.

NOTE: It was brought to my attention that there is a secret scene of her former tribe making fun of her injury. I stand corrected…and appalled.

Everything is going smoothly…until they start making eyes at her chickens. She assures them that the chickens will start laying eggs soon, however, she doesn't have a single reason to back up her hypothesis.

So, she sneaks out at night and lets them go. And because she's a master of deception, when the others plan to recapture the chickens, she begs them not to. She even says she'd rather get voted out than see the chickens die.

It’s like she was given a clean slate and still went all Jackson Pollock on it.

(That’s about as highbrow as jokes get on this blog, FYI.)

At the Edge of Extinction

Chris goes fishing to get back on Reem and Keith's good side. He brings home the world's smallest fish and they bond. That's it.

Seriously? Two segments this week? What are the odds any of these people come back to effect the game? Nobody cares how Julia, Julie, Gavin, or Aurora feel about the swap?

Immunity Challenge Time: The three tribes will race over three platforms. They’ll then use a rope to pull a crate along a track. They’ll open the crate to retrieve puzzle pieces. The first two tribes to complete the puzzle will win immunity.

Result: Joe and Ron made it happen for Kama (Kama…Kama), while Wendy and Eric did it for Manu. And Lesu showed why they’re only one letter away from “lose.”

Pre-Tribal Politicking

Everyone is freaked out because they've been voting together and now they have to turn on each other. Immediately, Rick and David say they won't be voting for each other. Lauren and Kelley seem to have made a similar vow to each other.

So, it’s Wardog in the middle.

The conventional wisdom seems to be that Lauren should go because she hasn’t been feeling well and Rick should go because he’s likely to flip at a merge.

Tribal Time

Holy cow, with the exception of Rick's hilarious news report, this might have been one of the most boring Tribal Councils I've ever seen. All they did was talk about how much they love each other and how hard the vote was going to be.

Voting Time: Rick votes for Lauren, Lauren votes for Rick, and the rest of the votes are sooper secret.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…nobody does. Alright, we've got one vote for Rick, one vote for Lauren, one vote for Rick, one vote for Lauren, and the fourth person voted out of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" is…Rick.

Rick has some fun on his way out, pretending to be mad at everyone. From there, he does not hesitate to grab the torch and head for the boat.

Verdict: I’m going to keep saying this until I’m blue in the face, but I don’t like a tribe swap when I don’t know half of the players. Why are we spending two segments at the Isle of Extinction when a tiny fraction of those players are returning to the game?

Maybe I’m just salty because I liked Rick.

  • Ron – Look at Ron playing Joe. Which one of them is the returnee?
  • Kelley and David – When I saw the tribe split, I thought one of them was going to be in trouble if they went to Tribal. But somehow, they kept their names out of it.
  • Wardog – The Wardog didn’t overplay his hand as the swing vote. I was worried we might have a Sarah in “Beauty vs. Brains vs. Brawns” situation. Well done, sir.
  • Lauren – Hopefully your health problems were just a small hiccup. You’re doing great.
  • Joe – I know you’re grasping for straws at this point, but you’ve got to be able to read people better. And don’t forget Ron was part of that conversation you overheard last week.
  • Wendy – Wow, it has been a while since I’ve given out an F. She seems like a sweetheart, but I haven’t seen someone play a “I can’t possibly win” game like this since Phillip Sheppard.
  • Julia, Julie, Aurora, Gavin, Aubry, Victoria, and Eric – I can’t give you full credit if you don’t show your work.

Power Ranking Results: Gabby Pascuzzi had Rick in spot six, I had him in spot four. So, the current score is Team Gabby 31, Team Gordon 28.

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