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[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s episode of Survivor: Kaôh Rōng.]
Once again, members of a majority alliance were not on all the same page. And while nobody may have flipped this time, the division in the tribe over who to send home led to a contentious Tribal Council debate and a split decision.
Tai was insistent on getting rid of Michele, and he even used his extra vote advantage to ensure her ouster. But what he did not realize is that Cydney — upset over the fact that Tai was attempting to dictate the vote — worked overtime to undo his plan by bringing Joe and Aubry over to her side while informing Michele of Tai’s plan to get rid of her. As a result, Jason was eliminated.
While Jason — who voted for Joe instead of Michele because he did not trust Tai’s advice after he backstabbed Scot — was the ultimate loser, Tai also took a beating from others for his double-dealing and tactless approach, and that could have long-lasting implications if the jury holds his recent play against him should he make it to the end.
It also may have put Tai out on an island against the rest of the tribe. While he still holds one immunity idol that will get him through next week’s vote, he could be vulnerable then, especially if there is a final two and he needs to make it through two more immunity competitions after the final four.
That seemingly makes Aubry the frontrunner. She is well-liked and respected even by the people she helped eliminate, is strong in challenges, and has good relationships with those left in the game. The question is whether the other players will recognize that and seek to get her out because of it.
My full recap is now up, as is our weekly Q&A with Jeff Probst, and you can follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss for more updates. In the meantime, check out an exclusive deleted scene from last week’s episode above, and hit the message boards to weigh in with your thoughts on the vote.