A new episode of Survivor: Edge of Extinction airs tonight on CBS. Read a live recap and join the discussion here.
The episode begins with Chris arriving on Extinction Island. Reem and Keith are shocked to see Chris, but they’re beside themselves with glee. Chris says he feel betrayed, but Reem says that Chris got a taste of his own medicine since he blindsided Keith.
On Day 9 in the Manu tribe, Wendy returned the flint to a hook on a tree. David found it, but the rest of the tribe is certain that Wendy took the flint; they say it did not just reappear out of nowhere. While Wendy and David discuss her tactics of hiding the flint, the rest of the tribe agrees to vote out Wendy next. Kelley says Wendy is “not a normal person.”
The two tribes greet Jeff on a beach for the next challenge. The Kama tribe is shocked that Chris was voted out. Jeff asks Kama their thoughts after their reactions, and Ron says it must’ve been a betrayal since Chris worked hard and carried them in challenges. Afterwards, Jeff tells them to drop their buffs. They are switching to three tribes. Everyone draws a new buff to determine which tribe they will belong to now.
Manu – Aubry, Eric, Gavin, Victoria, and Wendy
Kama – Aurora, Joe, Julia, Julie, and Ron
Lesu – David, Kelley, Lauren, Rick, and Wardog
After the random draw, Wendy is the only tribe member to not be with her original tribe members.
Kama returns to their old camp. Even though they are all former Kama members, Joe calls it a new dynamic since their numbers were cut in half. He wants to solidify relationships with his tribe members to help carry him far. Joe talks game with Ron, and he says they are in a great spot. In his confessional, Ron admitted he was just acting and pretending he had Joe’s back in the game. Before Ron went to talk to Joe, he asked Julia to look through Joe’s bag to make sure he doesn’t have a hidden immunity idol. Ron says if Kama were to lose the immunity challenge, then Joe would be his target.
On the Lesu tribe, they feel solid in their relationships; they are glad to still be together. However, Rick is aware how the tribe will quickly fracture if they were to lose the immunity challenge. Meanwhile, Lauren is struggling living in the elements. She says in her confessional that Survivor is a lot harder than she expected it to be. She also misses her family.
At Manu, Wendy gives the old Kama tribe members a tour of their new camp. They sit together on the sand, and Wendy tells them all how her old Manu tribe members were bullies. She gives them a lot of information too, including how Kelley is the ringleader. They also ask about the chickens, and they are eager to eat one. However, in the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep, Wendy releases the chickens. She admits that she likes her new tribe members, but she wanted to save the chickens’ lives. She’s ecstatic to have freed the chickens.
Back at Extinction Island, Reem, Keith, and Chris are struggling living in the rough conditions. Keith is especially tempted to quit the game. He and Reem talk alone, and they discuss how they don’t feel bad for Chris since he voted them out. In Chris’s confessional, he’s unhappy to be on Extinction Island. He admits that he feels like he failed, and he’s having a hard time since he feels pressure to be perfect. He goes out in the water with a spear, and he manages to catch some fish. All of a sudden, Reem and Keith are friendlier toward Chris. Reem says she likes Chris more today than yesterday as they cook and eat the fish.
On the Manu tribe, they realize that Wendy released the chickens. They want to try to catch them, but Wendy begs them not to. She says killing the chickens would be worse than going to tribal council. Eric and Victoria both say in their confessionals how they still want to catch chickens despite Wendy’s pleas.
It’s time for the immunity challenge. They will race through an obstacle course and solve a puzzle. The first two tribes to complete the puzzle will win immunity. The challenge begins, and they must make their way up an A-frame with a rope. All tribes struggle getting over the A-frames, but Manu and Lesu take an early lead with Kama trailing behind. All tribes are now pulling a chest with a rope before they can gather the puzzle pieces inside it. Eventually, all tribes begin working on the puzzle. The pieces are strips of wood that slide through a frame. Kelley and David work on the puzzle for Lesu, Ron and Joe work on the puzzle for Kama, and Eric and Aubry work on the puzzle for Manu. Wendy swaps out with Aubry for Manu, and they begin gaining momentum. Soon enough, Joe and Ron complete the puzzle for Kama first. Kama wins immunity! It’s now down between Manu and Lesu. Wendy has been very helpful solving the puzzle, making it a very close challenge. In just seconds between Manu and Lesu, Eric and Wendy complete the puzzle before Kelley and David do. Manu wins immunity! Lesu will go to tribal council tonight, which happens to be all the former Manu members except for Wendy.
Lesu returns to camp. They bemoan their challenge loss, and Rick says it’s unfortunate that they have to cannibalize each other. David and Rick talk game alone in the forest, and they agree to not vote each other out. They throw out Lauren’s name as a target. David speculates that Kelley has a hidden immunity idol, so the timing isn’t right to vote out his true target Kelley. However, unbeknownst to them, Lauren has a hidden immunity idol. Meanwhile, Kelley and Lauren talk alone and they also agree to not vote each other out. In her confessional, Kelley is worried that Wardog will be the one to control this vote. She hopes he doesn’t side with David and Rick. David and Rick pitch to Wardog to vote out Lauren, and Kelley and Lauren pitch to Wardog to vote out Rick. Wardog realizes he is the swing vote tonight. He says he will make the decision that benefits his game the most instead of what benefits the tribe.
It’s time for tribal council. Jeff asks for a news report on the tribe, and Rick says this might be his last night here. He says affection is the only good thing about the tribe. Wardog adds respect too. Lauren says it was hard to build shelter with less people. Kelley feels like everything is piling up today. She gets emotional as she says everyone on the tribe is close, and she’s sad tonight. Jeff asks Rick if he’s surprised how quickly close bonds can form in this game. He says he likes everyone on the tribe, and they can only lean on each other. David says there are things to be found in the Survivor experience that is worth more than the million dollars. He says his life is better after having played Survivor. Lauren says tonight is extremely hard since they all respect each other a lot. Nonetheless, she says lines will be drawn tonight too. Wardog says he won’t have any hard feelings if his torch is snuffed tonight, and he hopes the others feel the same too. David says tonight is the most emotional tribal council he has attended. Afterwards, it’s time to vote.
Before Jeff reads the votes, he asks if anyone wants to play a hidden immunity idol. Lauren does not play hers.
The first vote is for…
Rick is the fourth person voted out of Survivor: Edge of Extinction.
Rick wishes his tribe members luck before walking down the path to the signpost. He takes the torch and makes his way to Extinction Island.
And that wraps up tonight’s episode of Survivor. Thanks for reading, post your thoughts in the comment section below, and come back next week for another live recap!