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SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s episode of Survivor: Kaôh Rōng.]

“Drop your buffs.” Whenever those three words come out of Jeff Probst’s mouth, a big change in the game is afoot. Those barely hanging on can suddenly find themselves in a position of power, while others sitting pretty can be made immediately vulnerable. And that is exactly what happened this week on Survivor: Kaôh Rōng.

The three Brains, Beauty, and Brawn tribes consolidated down to two teams. At least in the short term, the switcheroo appeared to benefit the former Brains and Brawn members, while Tai and Anna from Beauty became immediate targets. And after their new tribe lost the challenge, those targets became ever bigger.

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However, Scot alerted Tai that the true target was Anna and that he should hold onto his hidden immunity idol rather than using it to oust Peter. And that’s exactly what Tai did. So instead of giving Anna the idol to flip the script and hand the Beauties a majority both on their tribe (due to Julia joining the team the next day after her detour to the deserted Brawn tribe) and in the game, Tai chose to save his idol for a rainy day … or, in this case, another 118 degree day, as it were.

That meant the end of the line for Anna, who chose not to blow Tai up on her way out for lying to everyone about his idol shenanigans. (At least not from what we saw.)

My full recap is now live and you can also follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss for more updates. In the meantime, check out the exclusive deleted scene from last week’s episode above and hit the message boards to weigh in with your thoughts. Should Tai have played the idol to give Beauty the numbers advantage? Were you dying to see Peter get blindsided? And should Jason & Cydney side with Brains or Brawn? Have at it!

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SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols

Strangers starve themselves on an island for our amusement in the hopes of winning a million dollars, as host Jeff Probst implores them to "DIG DEEP!"

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