CBS’ long-running reality TV series “Survivor” continued its 35th season Wednesday night with the “Heroes,” returning from the season’s first tribal council where they unanimously ousted Olympian Katrina Radke, looking to even the score against the “Healers” and “Hustlers.” Earlier this week we reported that Lauren Rimmer, the 35-year-old “Hustler” from North Carolina, and Alan Ball, the 32-year-old “Hero” from Texas, were the most predicted to be eliminated next despite their wildly different edits in last week’s whirlwind season premiere. We didn’t see much of Lauren’s hustle in Episode 1, while Alan took a more villainous approach to being a hero. So which of the two went home in 17th place or were we wrong (gasp!) and someone else was voted out instead?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Survivor” recap of Season 35, Episode 2, titled “I’m a Wild Banshee” to find out and then sound off in the comments section about your early favorites and who you think can go the distance to win the $1 million cash prize and title of “sole survivor.” Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.
7:58 p.m. – Survivors ready? It’s our favorite hour of the week! Time for a new episode of the greatest reality show in television history. Who do you think utters the line for this week’s episode title, “I’m a Wild Banshee?” My guess is Alan. He also said last week’s title and he’s by far the most dynamic personality we’ve gotten to know so far.
8:02 p.m. – So here’s confirmation that Chrissy Hofbeck‘s now powerless idol can be used to fake out her tribe mates. She says she’ll use it to her advantage if she’s ever on the chopping block in the future.
8:03 p.m. – Ben Driebergen says it’s now “every man for himself” at the Heroes tribe. The accusations Alan made toward Ashley Nolan and JP Hilsabeck‘s supposed “power couple” status at last week’s tribal council created a fracture big enough to break up the “core four” alliance. This and the power of a useless, but real looking, idol is the one-two punch Chrissy needed to push forward on a tribe she was at the bottom of.
8:07 p.m. – Ryan Ulrich and Devon Pinto reconfirm their partnership and Ryan declares he’s made a connection with everyone on his tribe except Simone Nguyen who we saw very little of in the premiere. Simone’s already complaining about the living conditions–specifically that there’s no air conditioning. Still, she says she’s a “hustler” because she’s “good under pressure.” Ha!
8:10 p.m. – Ali Elliott sees Simone as a valuable asset because she’s on the outside of the tribe. Smart move pulling in the weakling and using them as a loyal vote. Keeping my eyes on Ali because she’s got her head in the game, for sure.
8:11 p.m. – At the Healers tribe, Cole Medders and Jessica Johnston‘s budding showmance grows a little more with some more flirting while they fish. Back on the beach, Joe Mena has a plan to look for the hidden immunity idol, but make sure everyone else thinks Mike Zahalsky has it. On a tree, Joe finds a map to what he thinks is the idol and confides in Cole because he thinks it has something to do with the fishing raft.
8:14 p.m. – Joe takes Cole to the clue and Cole figures out that it’s directing them to the well, not the raft. They’re digging and digging and Joe finds it in Cole’s company! This is going to force them into an alliance of some sort, right?
8:20 p.m. – At Heroes, JP is successfully providing food for his tribe by spearing lobsters. I mean, power couple alliance or not you’ve gotta keep this guy around as long as he’s keeping your belly full. Smartly, he follows up with Chrissy on a one-on-one level to make a connection.
8:22 p.m. – The conversation with JP triggers Chrissy to think about her entire tribe. She thinks that there is some truth to JP and Ashley’s bond with one another and that they’re dangerous. With Alan already on the outs, she decides to pull Ben in as her number one and he thinks it’s a great idea. They both seem to respect each other on a personal level as well as their aptitude to play the game strategically. I’m loving this. I actually really like both of them!
8:24 p.m. – Seems like food is coming easily this season because at Hustlers Patrick Bolton and Devon find crabs in the grass! And here we go, it’s Patrick that thinks he’s the wild banshee! Haha, that kind of came out of nowhere. He seems to think he’s more entertaining than his tribe actually thinks he is. Lauren calls him a “25 year old boy” that needs to drop from a level 10 to a level 2.
8:26 p.m. – Lauren recognizes that because of her age she’s automatically on the outside of the tribe. She confesses to Ali that Patrick is already getting on her nerves as a way of bonding and this makes Ali question the early alliance she made with Patrick last week. She says that if people are already looking to vote him out because of his personality then he’s not a safe bet to go deep in the game with. Whew, Ali is definitely in it to win it. I love the way she’s thinking about all aspects of the game.
8:30 p.m. – Challenge time! Ryan has no idea whether Chrissy used the idol he gave her and Chrissy has no idea Ryan gave it to her, but Ryan hopes they both last long enough to make a switch or a merge so that Ryan can use it to his advantage to build a bond. For the challenge, the tribes will be diving in the ocean for pieces to a puzzle. First two tribes to finish are safe and also win fishing tools as a reward. Let’s go!
8:33 p.m. – All three tribes get off to a pretty even start, but Devon pulls ahead showing impressive underwater skills and bringing up all three bundles of pieces at the same time the Heroes only have two and the Healers only have one.
8:35 p.m. – Ali and Simone begin working on the puzzle for the Hustler tribe first. Alan and Chrissy get up for Heroes and Mike and Desi Williams take the reins for the Healers.
8:37 p.m. – Hustlers call for a check twice and are wrong both times, opening up for the other tribes which the Healers take advantage of to take the first place win! A come from behind victory!
8:38 p.m. – Simone continues to struggle for the Hustlers, allowing for the Heroes to finish their puzzle and secure their safety. After a commanding head start, the Hustlers will go to tribal and vote someone out. Looks like Simone will have to answer for losing the challenge. Can Ali save her and turn the tribe against someone else instead? This is the first test of her brilliance.
8:43 p.m. – The vibe back at camp after the Hustlers loss is apologetic with Simone taking responsibility for the loss. She sees that she’s going to be an easy vote, so she moves to “shake the narrative” to play up the conflict between Lauren and Patrick. Of course Queen Ali is right there to back her up.
8:44 p.m. – So we have Simone, Ali and Lauren agreeing to take out Patrick and then Patrick, Devon and Ryan agreeing that it has to be Simone. Patrick then takes a walk with Ali to confirm that she’s also voting Simone out. That makes Simone the swing vote this week, having to choose between two potential alliances. In order to do that she’ll need another number. Ali pulls in Ryan and Ryan suggests that they use Devon to be the main three that decide which way to go. He sees the concerns the girls have with Patrick, but he sees Simone as a smarter player than she lets on. His strategy is to stick with the people he thinks will be “predictable” and “loyal.”
8:48 p.m. – At tribal, Ryan makes a weird metaphor about tribal council being a kids birthday party that no one wants to go to, but it’s still fun because it’s a birthday party. No one else on his tribe seems to get it. Strangely, I do? LOL. He means that it sucks to see someone go, but at the same time they’re here to play “Survivor” and voting someone out gets you closer to the end!
8:49 p.m. – Seems like it’s still a decision between Simone and Patrick, so maybe our prediction that it’s Lauren’s time to go is wrong? Blindside!
8:50 p.m. – Without knowing it, Simone says exactly what she needed to in order to get Ryan to trust her. She says that the key to the game is trust and building a solid foundation that can go deep in the game. Stupidly, right after her, Patrick slips and says he trusts “most” of his tribe. He probably just shot himself in the foot.
8:53 p.m. – Yes! In a complete reversal of how she started the episode, Simone says “send me back to the bugs, I don’t want to go home.” Love that. I hope she stays.
8:54 p.m. – Votes are in: Patrick. Simone. Simone. Simone. Simone. That’s four and as Jeff says, that’s enough. Looks like it was a unanimous decision to choose challenge strength over loyalty. Grrrr.
8:57 p.m. – Well, we actually got to see a lot of tribal dynamics from each of the tribes this episode. At Heroes it looks like Ben and Chrissy will be in control, maneuvering between Alan and the JP/Ashley power couple. At Healers, Joe has an idol and is pretty much forced to work with Cole (who is in a showmance) because of it. And at Hustlers, Ali, Ryan and Devon, if they stick together, will have the upper hand over a personality conflict between their muscle, Patrick, and their loyal voter, Lauren. Hard to tell which power player from which tribe is going to go all the way!
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