S29E3 “Actions vs. Accusations”
The Coyopa tribe is returning to camp after voting Val out, and Josh is again doing damage control. He explains to John that he was the one that switched his vote. He explains saying that after doing the math he realized he had to vote for Val and not Baylor. Josh only disclosed to the camera that he was suspicious of John after seeing him walk off with Val several times.
Over at Hunahpu,they have decided their sleeping shelter needs some retro-fit to make the roof a little more weather-proof. They are weaving palm fronds – everyone except Drew, who decided his best contribution is napping. The rest of the tribe is not pleased with Drew’s work ethic and they try to call him out, but Drew can sleep through almost anything. Honestly, I think several of these players have never watched Survivor.
As the tribes file into the reward challenge arena, Jeremy sees that Val has been voted off. He is not happy. More on this later. They do rock, paper, scissors and Coyopa wins the right to choose their player to duel. Wes volunteers saying his dad won’t be good at this one! So Wes and Keith need to travel back and forth across a shakey balance beam while carrying wooden squares on a padddle. The first one to stack 6 of the squares onto the other side of the beam will win reward. The reward is a tarp, a hammock, a mattress, pillows and blankets. But there’s more! Jeff says the winner will also be able to opt for the fishing gear that Hahahpu traded for flint in the last duel.
Turns out Wes was right about Keith – although it was close, Keith did end up dropping one tile, and Wes wins. Keith is going to Exile, and Wes picks Josh to go with him. Wes says “I get along with Josh, I think my dad will also.” Coyopa picks the fishing equipment, and off they go.
About that Val – Jeremy – John – Julie deal… When Jeremy sees Val voted off he is upset and calls out the men’s alliance on Coyopa saying their only strategy is to vote out the women, and the women should do something about it. All two of the women should do something bold. And then in a move that boggles the mind, Rocker apologizes for not honoring his promise to Jeremy to protect Val. I don’t think John Rocker has ever watched Survivor. The rest of the men in his alliance are gobsmacked that Rocker would make a deal like that, and then admit it!
On the way out of the arena with their fishing gear, Rocker again apologizes to Jeremy saying he tried his best. All of this apologizing does absolutely nothing and as soon as they get to camp, Jeremy outs Rocker to his tribe for the racist and homophobic remarks he made some years ago. Jeremy whips up some serious anti-Rocker sentiment and Julie is collateral damage because she is the Blood vs. Water team member. I am going to say here that I remember something about Rocker’s comments, I don’t remember exactly what he said, and honestly I don’t care enough to google it. You guys know how to do that if you want to read all about it. I am not saying Rocker is a good guy or a bad guy, but I do think that his coming into this game as a public figure puts him at a disadvantage over an anonymous person. But it is his decision to play or not.
At Exile island, Keith sorts out if they will share the immunity idol clue before he and Josh choose a vessel. This time Keith gets the clue and he shares it with Josh. They quickly deduce that Jeremy might have the idol at Coyopa and John Rocker might have the idol at Hunahpu.
At the immunity challenge two members of each tribe are tethered together and race through/under/over an obstacle course to retrieve a ball, and then attempt to shoot the ball into a basket. First team to score 3 baskets wins immunity.
It’s close! The tethered pairs mix it up a little while they are crawling under the obstacle course, but in the end Hunahpu wins. Hunahpu hasn’t made it back to the mat when Natalie calls out Rocker as homophobic racist and loudly and emphatically calls for Coyopa to get a backbone and vote out John Rocker, the mastermind of their tribe. During this attack, Coyopa is trying to ignore Natalie, telling John to ignore her, Probst asks Julie why John is being singled out. Julie says it’s because of the old article, the incidents years ago and because her tribe thinks John is running things at Coyopa. And in the end it goes on long enough that John looses his temper. Says if Natalie was a man he’d knock her teeth out, and lives up to his bad temper reputation.
At Coyopa, John tries to throw Baylor and Jaclyn off by saying they should vote out Dale, while telling the men that the vote should be Baylor. John addresses the camera about the racist and homophobic labels and says that his closest ally in the game is a gay man, Josh, so “actions vs. allegations”. In a conversation with Josh, John again displays his amazing lack of Survivor knowledge and casually mentions he has an idol! This seals it for Josh. He has decided early alliances should be examined, and he doesn’t want to be in an alliance with someone he can’t trust, and can’t respect.
Josh enlists everyone else except Dale to vote off John Rocker, and keep it quiet because he has an idol in his pocket. John gets his idol and decides to take it to Tribal.
Coyopa arrives at tribal. Jaclyn almost blows the blindside by opening her mouth and alluding to the plan for the guys to turn on their alliance. I am not sure if John had any idea he was being blindsided, but I doubt he knew. They voted. Vote was 5-2 John -Baylor. John never played the idol. Bye bye John.
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