‘Survivor’ 38 episode 8 recap: Is somebody medically evacuated in ‘I’m the Puppet Master’? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

Yikes! The preview trailer for Wednesday’s eighth episode of “Survivor: Edge of Extinction” teased that somebody may have been medically evacuated during the immunity challenge. If true, this castaway joined a long list of “Survivor” medevacs that includes Season 37’s Pat Cusack (whose back was injured on the boat in “David vs. Goliath”) and Season 2’s Michael Skupin (who fell into the fire in “The Australian Outback”). So what actually went down with the medical emergency and who followed last week’s voted-out player Joe Anglim to Extinction Island?

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Survivor” recap of Season 38, Episode 8, titled “I’m the Puppet Master,” to find out what happened Wednesday, April 3 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 last week’s seventh episode, Joe spent his time painting the new flag for merged tribe Vata rather than scrambling for votes and he became the fourth member of the jury, joining Reem Daly, Chris Underwood and Aubry Bracco. Elsewhere, Rick Devens made “Survivor” history by becoming the first person to win the Edge of Extinction challenge and re-enter the game, and the Kama six (Eric Hafemann, Victoria Baamonde, Julia Carter, Ron Clark, Julie Rosenberg and Gavin Whitson) proved themselves to be the season’s most powerful alliance. How will tonight’s episode play out?

8:01 p.m. – After the news at the last tribal council that everyone on Extinction Island is a member of the jury (as long as they remain), heads are spinning. Aurora McCreary‘s head is the most out of sorts because Joe was her strongest alliance and her own original tribe blindsided both him and her. She vowed to be a free agent at this point, but to go wherever the numbers are. Wardog knows that he could bring Aurora in, and if he’s able to get Rick and David back on their side, then they can push the original Kama members “to rocks,” forcing a tie at the next tribal. Ron, however, thinks that he’s created a deep enough canyon between Rick and David and the rest of the original Manu members so that this won’t happen.

8:03 p.m. – At tonight’s reward challenge the players were divided into two teams of six to run a small course in the water and then solve a puzzle for the opportunity of a Chinese take out meal. On the yellow team was Gavin, Kelley, Lauren, Julie, David and Ron; and the blue team was Eric, Wardog, Aurora, Rick, Julia and Victoria. The blue team was the first to get to the puzzle stage of the challenge with Julia and Victoria taking lead there but accepting advice from Aurora on the sidelines. David and Ron on the yellow tribe had to come from behind on the puzzle, but were working at a faster pace than the women. But plank by plank Julia and Victoria were able to figure it out and assembled the puzzle in time to win reward!

8:12 p.m. – While everyone else was on the reward, Lauren cried again about being hungry and Kelley used the opportunity to apologize to David about her (and others’) votes against him. Like Wardog she knows that the original Manu members need to come together with Aurora and go against the Kama six or they’ll be taken out one by one. That plan hinges on whether or not Aurora jumps ship, and in a heart to heart with Ron she cries to him about feeling left out of the last vote by her own tribe members.

8:15 p.m. – When Wardog approaches Rick about bringing their tribe back together Rick shoots it straight and says that there is no way he wants to work with them again. He tells Wardog that this new plan only gets them further in the game, not Rick. Instead Rick (rightly) knows that his best move is to get in with the Kama six and wait for the time when he’ll become a swing vote among that group. But later David argues that if they go with Kama then they’ll just be told what to do by Eric and Ron, but Rick continues to push back even against David, his strongest ally. In fact, Rick even asks David to give back the half of the idol that Rick gave him, but David refuses and for the first time this pair, one of the seemingly strongest in the game, feels like it’s on thin ice!

8:21 p.m. – At Extinction Island the stranded castaways got messages in a bottle in the form of riddles suggesting that there is a new advantage for them to find. The group goes on the hunt across the island and after taking a “step back” from the steps where everyone else was looking, Aubry found an additional clue that lead her to a practice advantage (for the next re-enter challenge) as well as an extra vote that she can send to someone still in the game.

8:25 p.m. – For the immunity challenge the players had to balance on a narrow perch on their tippy toes while holding a block between their head and a beam above them–last one standing wins. Jeff Probst warned that someone might drop out very quickly and sure enough Wardog was out within 15 seconds. Eric, Gavin, Kelley, Rick, Julia, Ron and Julie drop next in that order leaving only David, Aurora, Lauren and Victoria.

8:29 p.m. – After 25 minutes all four are still in the race for immunity. David is the first to drop from that group and the three women that looked the most solid throughout remain when Lauren says “I can’t see anything, I’m about to black out” and then passes out, falling from her perch on to the ground. The medical team races to her as Jeff tells Aurora and Victoria to continue to compete. Aurora immediately pitches to Victoria that because she was left out of the vote that she should get this immunity. From the sidelines everyone else gets upset at Aurora for arguing for immunity while Lauren is fully passed out. Shortly after Lauren wakes up, fine as can be albeit a little embarrassed, but Julie is still very upset at Aurora’s desperation for immunity to be given to her. And then just like that Victoria wobbles and falls (not on purpose) allowing Aurora the immunity she wanted.

8:37 p.m. – Upon return to camp, Aurora finds out that someone has gifted her a second vote at the tribal council (thinking that it was probably Joe or Aubry). Once again she vows to stick with the numbers until she finds the right time to make a move. Later, the Kama six + Aurora celebrate that they are still in control of the game and discuss the possibility of splitting votes between Kelley and Lauren.

8:40 p.m. – Kelley and Lauren consider that they’re likely on the chopping block and whether or not they should use the two idols in their possession. Elsewhere, Wardog starts working the “younger” Kama players like Julia and Gavin by convincing them that Eric and Ron have David and Rick in their pocket and that the rest of them will need Wardog in order to keep Eric and Ron from having numbers over them later in the game. The argument seems true to Julia who decides to go to Eric and options voting out David or Rick now as a test to see how strongly he’ll protect the two guys.

8:43 p.m. – With confirmation from Eric that he doesn’t want Rick to go now, Julia and Gavin begin discussing whether or not they and Victoria should go against the Kama alliance and make a big move against Eric and Ron now. When they present the idea to Victoria she pushes back at least for one vote and to go against David, Rick, Ron or Eric next time.

8:49 p.m. – At tribal Eric uses the term “packages” to refer to the non-Kama members. That triggers Wardog who points out that he wasn’t given any direction from the Kama members and so it must be Rick and David who are in talks with them and are a “package.” Rick is still vehemently against going back to the Manu members, but Wardog continues to pitch that the Kama members are eventually going to need to turn on each other and will need other players around in order to do that.

8:54 p.m. – During vote-casting we see Eric vote for Kelley, but no others. Curiously, no one uses their hidden idols and so Jeff reads the votes: Kelley, Lauren, Lauren, Kelley, Eric, Eric, Eric, Eric, Eric, Eric! They did it! A true blindside against the player many of us were predicting to be a frontrunner to win! And Ron and Rick do not look happy.

NEXT WEEK: The Kama members once again are all over the place when it comes to deciding who to vote while Rick and David’s fractured alliance continues to break.

Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for “Survivor” Season 38, Episode 8:

Who will be voted out at tribal council? Eric Hafemann

Who will win Reward? Eric, Wardog, Aurora, Rick, Julia, Victoria

Who will win Immunity? Aurora McCreary

Will a hidden idol be played? No

What will the voted-out castaway decide? Go to Extinction Island

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