A new episode of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers airs tonight on CBS. Read a live recap and join the discussion here.
The episode begins the afternoon of Day 9. All three tribes greet Phil at the reward challenge, and the Heroes and Hustlers are surprised to see Patrick was voted out. Afterwards, Jeff tells them all to “drop their buffs.” They will be randomly assigned to new tribes.
Levu Tribe – Alan, Ashley, Desi, Devon, and Joe
Soko Tribe – Ali, Chrissy, JP, Roark, and Ryan
Yawa Tribe – Ben, Cole, Jessica, Lauren, and Mike
Jessica is happy to still be on a tribe with Cole, whereas Ben is disappointed he and Chrissy have been separated. Roark is the only former Healer on her tribe, but she says she’s excited to meet new people. Desi thinks her tribe is strong and will do well together.
They will now compete in their first reward challenge as new tribes. They must untangle ropes and then use the ropes to retrieve puzzle pieces. At the end of a rope is a ring that they must try to lasso around a sled to pull the puzzle pieces toward them. Afterwards, they must solve the puzzle. The first tribe to finish will win peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and other snacks. The challenge begins, and Yawa takes an early lead with Cole, Lauren, and Ben untangling the ropes. Soko soon takes the lead with JP, Roark, and Ryan untangling the ropes. Alan, Joe, and Ashley are behind as they are struggling with the ropes. Yawa regains their lead after they are the first to retrieve the puzzle pieces, but Soko is right behind. As Alan is trying to retrieve the puzzle pieces, Chrissy and Ali are working on the puzzle for Soko; Jessica and Mike are working on the puzzle for Yawa. Jessica and Mike solve the puzzle first. Yawa wins reward!
We see the Yawa tribe return to the former Hustlers camp and enjoy their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They also get to know each other, and Jessica notices there is a secret advantage in her paper bag. She learns she can block another player’s vote at the next tribal council. However, if Yawa wins immunity, then she must send the advantage to someone on the losing tribe, preventing that person from voting. After she learns this, she shares this info with Cole and Mike. However, Cole immediately runs to Ben and Lauren and shares the info about the advantage to them. Lauren is suspicious of Cole for revealing this info to them, but she plans to use this to her advantage if she needs to.
Over at the former Healers camp, the Soko tribe is getting to know one another. Afterwards, Ryan reveals to Chrissy that he sent her the secret advantage. Chrissy is very grateful that Ryan sent her the super idol. Meanwhile, on the former Heroes camp, the Levu tribe is getting to know one another too. Desi thinks getting rid of Devon would be the easy vote, but she wants to work with him. Ashley is unhappy to be on the same tribe as Alan since the two of them don’t get along. Later on, we see Joe tell Devon a lie. He says Alan and Ashley came up to him and Desi with a plan to vote out Devon. Devon is unsure if he can trust Joe, but he’s worried about being the next person voted out.
Back at the Yawa tribe, Lauren is aware that Cole and Jessica are a tight duo. She wants to try to pull Mike to side with her and Ben. Lauren reveals to Mike about the advantage, which leads Mike to immediately run to Jessica and Cole and lets them know what she said. Cole first denies telling anyone about the advantage, but he eventually comes clean to Jessica when Mike walks away. Jessica is very disappointed in Cole, and she wonders whether she made a mistake in trusting him.
It’s time for the immunity challenge. They must maneuver puzzle pieces through an obstacle course, unlock the ropes tying the puzzle pieces, and then solve the puzzle. The first two tribes to win the challenge will win immunity. The challenge begins, and it’s fairly even. They all eventually get the puzzle pieces to the final station, but Levu is in last place as they struggle unlocking the ropes. As they are all working on the puzzle pieces, Soko makes a mistake and must figure out what to do. Yawa, however, solves the puzzle first. Yawa wins immunity! We next see Soko solve the puzzle. Soko wins immunity! Levu will go to tribal council tonight. Before the commercial break, we hear a confessional from Jessica. She has the advantage that she must now give to someone on the Levu tribe, and she plans to give it to someone that will help out the former Healers (Desi and Joe) on the tribe.
Levu returns to camp, and Alan says in a confessional that Devon is the swing vote tonight. We next see Ashley approach Devon about voting together. Devon asks Ashley whether or not it was true that she and Alan wanted to vote him out, and Ashley denies it. Devon is now aware that Joe lied to him earlier. Devon feels like he can trust Ashley and Alan. Later on, Desi tells Joe how she saw Ashley and Devon talking. Joe feels iffy about Devon, so now he plans to play his hidden immunity idol tonight. He wants to make sure he gets the votes tonight, so he instigates an argument with Alan. He also tells everyone that he wants to vote for Ashley tonight. The camp gets very heated as Joe and Alan continue arguing, and Alan reveals he will vote for Desi tonight. After the argument ends, Joe reveals to Desi that he has a hidden immunity idol. Desi says she will feel better about tonight if Joe gives her the hidden immunity idol. Before tribal council, we see that Jessica gave Devon the secret advantage. Devon is excited, but he won’t learn it’s actually bad for him when he finally gets to read what the secret advantage is at tribal council.
At tribal council, they immediately start talking about the argument earlier in the day. Ashley wasn’t happy to hear her name thrown out since she isn’t a weak competitor, and Desi is unhappy she was thrown under the bus in the process. Alan brings up the possibility of a hidden immunity idol, and he says he’ll be voting for either Joe or Desi tonight. Devon admits he is the swing vote tonight, and Joe pleads to him that the Heroes need to be split up. However, Alan points out that the Healers never went to tribal council before, so there are more of them in the game. Devon says he will make the decision that will further his game. Afterwards, it is time to vote. But before they do, Devon plays the secret advantage. He learns that he actually won’t be able to vote tonight. They are unaware that it was Jessica that blocked him from voting.
After they all cast their votes, Joe plays the hidden immunity idol for himself.
Jeff reads the votes. The first vote is for…
Alan is the fourth person voted out of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.
And that wraps up tonight’s episode of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. Thanks for reading, post your thoughts in the comment section below, and come back next week for another live recap.