‘Survivor’ recap: Dramatic tribe switch ruins some peoples’ games, saves others

“This is perfect. I’m in a beautiful spot right now,” said an unassuming Jeremy Collins on Night 10 in San Juan del Sur after having just voted out snake wrangler Drew Christy. Unfortunately for Jeremy, Day 11 came to “Survivor” and brought with it the dreaded tribe switch.

“All right, let’s get ready for another shock,” said host Jeff Probst. “Everybody, drop your buffs.” Cue the theme music.

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For those keeping track at home, here’s how the tribes were divided after this season’s random grab-bag switch:

The Hunahpu tribe is now composed of Josh Canfield and his boyfriend Reed Kelly, Wes Nale, Alec Christy, Jeremy Collins, Julie McGee and Natalie Anderson. That’s one couple and five singles.

And the Coyopa tribe is now home to Kelley Wentworth and her dad Dale Wentworth, Baylor Wilson and her mom Missy Payne, Jon Misch and his girlfriend Jaclyn Schultz, and Keith Nale. That’s three couples and one lone person in Keith.

Instead of a reward challenge duel, both tribes were sent back to their new camps where they got to know each other. The new Hunahpu tribe was shocked to find only two scoops of rice at their camp, while Jeremy and Natalie tried to convince Alec to join their singles alliance and take out Josh and Reed.

Meanwhile, the new Coyopa tribe started out as a lovefest amongst this season’s Barbie and Ken couple Jaclyn and Jon, but soon, Dale and Missy were battling over how much rice the tribe was eating. As the odd man out, Keith reminded us that he’d found the hidden Immunity idol last week and was hiding it in his boot.

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At the Immunity challenge, the new Hunahpu tribe absolutely dominated, getting all 10 of their sandbags on the swinging pedestal before Coyopa had even thrown one. “Not even close,” Jeff surmised. On the way out of the challenge, Hunahpu let Jeff know that they were completely out of rice and said they were willing to trade something from their camp for more. Stay tuned next week to see how this plays out.

At Tribal Council, Jon and Jaclyn were clearly the couple in power, as the other two parent-child duos were battling amongst each other. Whichever person Jon and Jaclyn targeted would end up going home, and unfortunately for Dale, it was his daughter Kelley that got voted out of “Blood vs. Water.”

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Among those predicting last week’s results, our user Tom Wasnock scored the most points for Episode 5. Second place was BlaketheSnake and third place went to Rob’s Fact Checker.

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