Survivor: San Juan del Sur
S29E2 “Method to This Madness”
I was curious what the tribe names meant, so I looked it up. Coyopa (in yellow) means “The Mayan God of Thunder”. Hanahpu (in blue) refers to one of the Mayan hero twins. This episode opens with Coyopa getting back to camp after voting off Nadiya. Josh goes up to Baylor and explains his vote for her saying “There is a method to my madness” – he was trying to throw the rest of the tribe off the scent of their alliance… and she buys it. Switch to Hanahpu, and Drew and Jon are pumping tree stumps and doing pushups, wasting energy, and annoying the rest of the tribe. Then Julie mentions the flint is missing, and after searching they can’t find it! Jon comes clean saying he had it last, and he dropped it in the fire, and he is really really sorry but he lost the flint. He says to Keith “Do you need flint to start s fire?” Keith responds with a straight face “It helps.” This tribe needs help.
At the reward challenge, after a game of rock, paper, scissors between John Rocker and Reed, John wins and Hanahpu will play for reward. The player will balance a ball, on a disc attached to a pole, as they navigate an obstacle course. If they drop the ball, they start over. Then they will roll 3 balls landing them in a series of targets. I’m not sure if John Rocker volunteers or the tribe votes him in, but he is playing against Julie. You would think Rocker being an athlete would have the advantage, but the obstacle course is up and under all these poles… and Rocker is 6’6” (I think I read that) and is constantly dropping the ball and starting over. Julie sails through with not one restart and voila, Hanahpu wins reward. John is sent to Exile Island and Julie send Jeremy with him. But before the tribe picks up their reward of all the fishing gear they could possibly want on Survivor, Reed bargains with Jeff that they will trade their bag of beans for a flint. Probst gives the tribe a master class on negotiation, and in the end the tribe decides to take the flint instead of the fishing gear. At this point I really am sitting with my mouth open in total amazement at how inept this tribe is ….
John Rocker and Jeremy get to Exile, they choose a vessel, and Jeremy gets the idol clue. Jeremy has recognized Rocker, and he decides to share the clue with Rocker and says “You watch out for Val and I will watch out for Julie”. They make the deal.
All of a sudden we are at the immunity challenge, and John and Jeremy rejoin the tribes. This is the sumo wrestling challenge. One player from each team will square off against each other and with a padded buoy-like thing try to push the other player off the round platform into the water. First team to 5 victories wins immunity:
Hanahpu Coyopa Score
Kelly Jaclyn wins 0 – 1
Alex Drew wins 0 – 2
Wes wins Jeremy 1 – 2
Natalie wins Val 2 – 2
John Jon wins 2 – 3
Baylor wins Missy 3 – 3
Reed wins Josh 4 – 3
Keith Dale wins 4 – 4
Kelly wins Jaclyn 5 – 3
And Hanahpu wins again. I see a pattern. Coyopa is going to tribal council.
Over at Hanahpu, Natalie has a mini breakdown because she doesn’t have her twin in the game.
Over at Coyopa, Val knows she and Jaclyn are in trouble. She knows that Baylor is aligning with the guys and the numbers are just not on her side. She has looked for the idol, and has not found it. At the water well, Val and Jaclyn and Rocker talk about Exile Island. Rocker tells them that Jeremy got the clue to the idol and shared it. Val tells Rocker that she has found two idols! Enough to keep her and Jaclyn safe. She is bluffing obviously. As Val and Jaclyn walk back to camp, Rocker paces off 7 feet, does a little dirt scratching, and finds the idol.
Around the Coyopa camp, Alex mentions that their John is John Rocker the relief pitcher for the Braves. Keith confirms it and Josh and Wes (who said something to Rocker last episode) chime in. So Rocker is outed, but I’m not sure he knows his identity is not a secret to anyone any more. As Rocker gets back to camp with his idol safe in his pocket, he proceeds to tell the guys that Val has two idols! And that if they want to flush the idol they need to split the votes, 2 for Val and 3 for Baylor. Josh isn’t so sure that a split vote is a good idea… anyway, Rocker then takes a walk with Val, tells her about the split vote, and says “You need to play your idol” and you will be safe.
At tribal, Val calls out Baylor and they discuss her flipping to vote with the guys instead of voting with the girls at the last tribal. Val is grasping at anything she can to gain an advantage. Wes mentions that Val has two idols, so he knows how he is voting so she should play one. Val, Val, Val… you gambled and it’s not looking good. First vote is a tie 4 Val and 4 Baylor. Of course Val doesn’t play the idol she doesn’t have. Rocker is upset as he votes for Val on the second vote, saying he is going to look like he broke his word to Jeremy. Vote is 5-1 for Val. Bye bye Val.