Wednesday’s two-hour episode of “Survivor: Edge of Extinction,” which we’ll be recapping in two parts, promised “double the blindsides” and “double the emotion.” Heading into the big event, the four castaways most in danger of being eliminated, according to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds, were Lauren O’Connell, Eric Hafemann, Gavin Whitson and David Wright. Were our readers’ predictions correct, or were they all blindsided, too? And did the Lesu lovefest continue even in Rick Devens‘ absence?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Survivor” recap of Season 38, Episode 5, titled “It’s Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever (Part 1),” to find out what happened Wednesday, March 20 at 8/7c. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite castaways on CBS’s reality TV show and who you think will ultimately join the “Survivor” winners list. Keep refreshing/reloading this live blog for the most recent updates.
8:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘Survivor’!” In the fourth episode, a tribe swap resulted in the two groups becoming three, with Wendy Diaz being the only person to be placed at a camp with new people. After Wendy’s Manu tribe announced they wanted to kill the chickens, she risked her own game by letting them loose. The Lesu tribe lost immunity and so Rick ended up being voted out, joining Reem Daly, Keith Sowell and Chris Underwood at Extinction Island. Who will be the first person voted out in tonight’s two-hour episode?
8:01 p.m. – Rick had arrived at Extinction Island, knowing he was surrounded by three people who did not want him around. He discussed knowing he had to tough it out.
8:03 p.m. – The three tribes gathered for the Reward Challenge. This challenge involved the tribes going through a series of obstacles, collecting bolos, then land bolos on a target. The reward was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and milk, a tasty combination. Julia Carter and Aubry Bracco sat out for their respective tribes. The Lesu tribe once again struggled out of the gate. The Kama tribe won the Reward thanks to Julie Rosenberg‘s winning toss. The Manu tribe won the second Reward, giving Lesu yet another loss.
8:08 p.m. – David was dejected after the challenge, telling Jeff Probst that he was “running out of adjectives” to describe how bad his tribe continues to do in this game. Kelley Wentworth said having David on the tribe was like having another girl. No love lost between these two.
8:12 p.m. – The Kama tribe was in high spirits after winning the reward. Julia got her first confessional of the season! She explained that she’s thrilled to be on this winning streak, but noted she wants to get Joe out as the biggest threat. Joe observed that he’s aware of his threatening status, so he tried to prove his worth by going out to catch fish. Ron said he was starting to realize how much of an asset Joe is in camp-life and challenges and was thinking about keeping him. Julie was concerned about keeping all four returning players in the game all the way to the merge.
8:15 p.m. – Eric said working with Wendy would be like carrying around an alarm clock with no idea when it would go off. Aubry said they were in the “Survivor” waiting room, as no one from her tribe except Wendy has even gone to a Tribal Council. Eric, Gavin, and Victoria Baamonde discussed how it’s better to go into the merge with Wendy rather than a big threat like Aubry. Victoria made a point about wanting to separate her personal feelings from the game itself. She had a conversation with Aubry about teaming up to take out a bigger player like Eric, knowing full well that she was hoping to lull Aubry into a false sense of security to blindside her.
8:19 p.m. – David compared his tribe to a bunch of dodo birds and went out to find a Hidden Immunity Idol. Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful. Kelley, Lauren, and Dan “Wardog” DaSilva talked about David being “worthless” at this point. Wardog had a conversation with Kelley about targeting Kelley’s no. 1 person, Lauren. Despite being close with her, Kelley entertained the idea of taking out Lauren, though she noted that Wardog has a bit of “Survivor: Cagayan” winner Tony Vlachos in him.
8:25 p.m. – Back at Extinction Island, Chris discovered a mysterious box hidden on the beach. He brought the box over to Reem, Keith and Rick, with individualized maps for each of them. Rick figured out the message of where to find secret items and they all agreed to go together. Keith decided to go off on his own rather than make it a group effort. The other three discovered his ruse and were very disappointed in him. They went off chasing him. Keith and Chris fought over bamboo rods, with Chris emerging victorious. Chris found a string attached to the rods with a message that said “Practice,” giving him a hint of how he could get back in the game. Rick found the other item, a secret advantage gifting a player in the game an extra vote at a Tribal Council.
8:30 p.m. – The Immunity Challenge involved going up a ramp and diving down into the water to retrieve a huge puzzle piece. After getting the pieces, the tribes pulled their respective pontoons to the finish platform to build a buoy pyramid. Julie and Victoria sat out for their tribes. Kama and Manu once again got off to an early lead ahead of the unlucky Lesu tribe. Lesu couldn’t even get the puzzle pieces out of the water, with Probst noting this might be one of the biggest “Survivor” blowouts. The tribe was finally able to get their puzzle pieces, as Kama won Immunity again. It was a race between Manu and Lesu, and Lesu were able to put their puzzle together first! Hooray! The first Immunity win for Kelley, David, Wardog, and Lauren!
8:43 p.m. – Aubry, Eric, Gavin, Victoria were all set to face Tribal Council for the first time this season, while this was Wendy’s fourth time. The four original Kama members gathered to discuss voting out Wendy, though Aubry spoke with Victoria privately about pulling off a bigger move, like teaming with Wendy to get out Eric. Aubry and Victoria went to Wendy with the plan, but Wendy was coy and noncommittal, leading Aubry to believe she wasn’t trustworthy. Aubry opened up her bag only to discover the extra vote advantage hiding in her bag! She didn’t know whether to use it now or save it for the merge.
8:51 p.m. – The Manu tribe attended Tribal Council, where Aubry, Eric, Gavin, and Victoria officially received their torches. Wendy was self-aware in noting that people don’t really know why she makes the decisions she makes. Aubry stated an elaborate metaphor about being a witch wanting to find her black cat, leaving Probst slightly in awe. Once again, there was a lot of cards close to the vest among the players.
8:56 p.m. – The tribe cast their votes and Aubry chose not to use her Idol. First vote… Aubry. Next vote: Wendy. Next, Aubry. Another vote for Aubry. That’s it! Aubry, the tribe has spoken. She commended them for being good players. First returnee voted out of the game. Aubry was met with the Extinction Island choice and said it was an easy decision, taking a torch and heading to Extinction Island.
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