A new episode of Survivor: Winners at War airs tonight on CBS. Read a live recap and join the discussion here.
The episode begins on the Yara tribe. Adam and Ben are relieved to be rid of Rob. They thought he was too controlling, and now they feel like they can do whatever they want. Ben also thought Rob treated him like a newbie instead of a former Survivor winner, and he did not appreciate that. Ben has also formed good bonds with Sarah and Sophie, which concerns Adam. Adam admits in his confessional that he could be the odd man out since he isn’t as close to his tribe members as they are with each other.
At the Edge of Extinction, they get a clue for an advantage one of them can sell for a fire token. They search the island, and Tyson stumbles upon it. The clue hinted at being at the right place at the right time, and Tyson surmised it meant by the tide. Tyson manages to grab the wrapped bundle without anyone noticing. He opens it when everyone else is away, and he learns he found an idol nullifier. He can sell it to another player for a fire token, and he chooses Parvati. Parvati buys the advantage for one fire token. Tyson receives his fire token, and he spends it on a jar of peanut butter. He hopes the peanut butter will give him the sustenance to be strong enough to excel in the challenge to get back in the game.
The next morning is the immunity challenge. Jeff informs them that only one tribe will win immunity. The other two will go to tribal council and vote someone out. In addition with immunity, they will be playing for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich reward. The challenge begins, and all three tribes go out into the water to collect bags of rice. They must retrieve their bags and push them through a wall obstacle and take them back to shore. Next they must cut through the bags to find balls. They must then use the balls to solve a maze puzzle. The first tribe to complete the maze will win immunity. Sele and Yara are in the lead with Dakal trailing behind, but all three tribes get to work on the puzzle at the same time. Yara takes the lead when they are the first to land two balls in their maze (it takes three to win). Wendell struggles landing the second ball for Sele, but he manages to do so. Dakal has yet to land a ball, so immunity is down between Yara and Sele. Sophie lands the last ball for Yara. Yara wins immunity!
At the Sele camp, Parvati knows she is in trouble. She feels alone in the game, and she needs to gather numbers. Her idol nullifier won’t be enough to save her if there are votes lined up against her. What may save her is how Nick doesn’t really want to vote out Parvati. He says she was his high school crush, but his allies Yul and Wendell want to vote her out. Parvati and Michele talk game, and Parvati says her best chance is Nick. However, Michele says in her confessional that she doesn’t believe the plan will work. She doesn’t see a way for Parvati to stay in the game. She talks to Wendell about voting for Wendell so Parvati will be more likely to bequeath her her fire tokens. Wendell is dismissive of Michele’s plan, and he says he won’t support any idea that includes him receiving votes. Michele is done trying with Wendell as she sees no benefit in forming an alliance with him. Later, Wendell and Parvati talk game. They say they are coming after each other, but Wendell tells Parvati that he’ll write a different name if she gives him two fire tokens before tribal council. Parvati refuses to give him fire tokens before tribal council, and she is bothered by Wendell’s demeanor. Parvati reveals to Nick what Wendell offered her, and Nick is concerned. He’s wondering if it’s worth it to flip against Yul and Wendell.
At the Dakal camp, Jeremy and Denise are on the outs as Sandra, Tony, and Kim are all original Dakal members. Jeremy still has his advantage that allows him to leave tribal council and return to camp before the votes are cast. However, the Sandra, Kim, and Tony alliance agree to vote out Denise tonight, so Jeremy won’t need to play it tonight. Tony also gets Sandra, Kim, Jeremy, and himself into a group and agree to stick together in the game moving forward. Sandra admits in her confessional that she is not on board with staying loyal to them only since she also has people she trusts on the other side. Sandra comes up with a plan to save Denise and earn some fire tokens herself. She tells Denise that she will be receiving votes tonight, but she will give her an immunity idol for two fire tokens. Denise is agreeable, but Denise is suspicious in her confessional. She also already has an idol of her own. Denise says if she plays an idol tonight, then she gets to choose whom gets voted out tonight.
Sele is the first tribe to go to tribal council tonight. Jeff asks them about the theme of the season, and Wendell says this is the season of preexisting relationships. However, he’s willing to stab anyone in the front and back to win the $2 million. Nick says playing like that may not work this time, and Michele says she’d rather focus on building relationships. Parvati says she just wants to find people that want to work with her, but Wendell interrupts. He doesn’t want to be painted as a villain, so he says he’s just being real. Wendell and Michele’s past history is brought up, and Michele says it’s been a long and tiring day. Parvati mentions how Wendell offered a deal for fire tokens, and Jeff asks if that’s a current offer or a past offer. Wendell says it’s still current, and Parvati asks him if he’s willing to throw out a name. When neither of them throw out a name, Parvati says it was just like this back at camp. She says it’s clear that they do not trust each other. Yul adds how he thought there was a plan when they came to tribal council, but it’s clear plans can change. Jeff notes how Michele seems distressed, and Michele admits that she is emotional. She loves everyone on her tribe, and she doesn’t want to hurt any of them. Nick says that someone will be betrayed tonight regardless where the vote falls. Afterwards, it’s time for the vote.
Jeff reads the votes. The first vote is for…
Parvati is the seventh person voted out of Survivor: Winners at War. After she walks away, we see Parvati bequeath all of her remaining fire tokens to Michele.
It’s now time for Dakal’s tribal council. Jeff asks what is the theme of the season, and Kim says it’s the threats versus the non-threats. Jeff asks how can anyone not be a threat in a season of all winners, and Sandra candidly says players like herself, Tony, Jeremy, Kim, Rob, and Parvati are threats. The non-threats would be players like Nick, Michele, and Denise. Jeff asks Denise’s thoughts, and she says everyone is a threat. It’s just a matter of which threat is voted out tonight. Jeff asks about the vote, and they admit that the former Dakal are going to stay strong in numbers. Jeremy says he likes Denise, but he wants to survive. He also wants the tribe to stay strong and win challenges. Denise says she may not be good at challenges, but she still has something to offer. Sandra says they have to exploit any advantage when it’s them versus you. Afterwards, it’s time for the vote.
Before Jeff reads the votes, Denise plays a hidden immunity idol on herself and a second one for Jeremy.
The first vote is for…
Sandra is the eighth person voted out of Survivor: Winners at War. “Day 16 got me again,” Sandra says. After she walks away, Sandra bequeaths her fire token to Yul.
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.