Survivor: Second Chance recap Season 31, Episode 5 “A Snake in the Grass” (original airdate Oct. 21): After 11 days Angkor is down to just four tribe members but they finally caught a break and avoided Tribal Council in Survivor: Second Chance’s fifth episode. In a welcome change of pace, Bayon was seated around the Tribal fire where a major blindside resulted in Monica heading home. But let’s start at the beginning and give a quick rundown of the episode.
Abi is still queen bee. She kept Woo in the game and if Woo dares to cast another vote against her (he’s already voted for her twice), he’s going to be a dead man walking. Like seriously, she’s capable of going bat-shit crazy on the guy.
The gals at Bayon are clamming and crabbing. Apparently, “they bring home the protein for the boys.” Monica, however, is bugging Kimmi in a major way. She suddenly feels the need to police how many clams Kimmi collects, believing that they may run out further into the game. But food is food to Kimmi and she’s all about gathering as much of it as she can to feed the tribe. Now Kimmi ain’t use to someone giving her their opinion when it isn’t welcome. Tension indeed.
The challenge involves three people being tied together and rolling their fourth team member, who is inside a barrel, to collect a number of bags filled with balls. No one is overly dizzy by the challenge. They use the balls to complete a skeet ball like challenge.
Sitting out this challenge: Dietz and Cass, and Fishbach and Wiglesworth.
In the barrels: Woo, Monica and Wentworth.
Monica sucks at the challenge, and Probst happily lets her know, thinking she’s moving as slow as … a Sunday picnic at a church.
Keith wins the challenge for Ta Kao – they get a super sweet comfort reward, which includes chairs, pillows, blankets, a hammock and refreshments.
Woo takes second for Angkor. They win a tarp.
As for Bayon, it was a total bust. Jeremy struggled with the skeet ball so Spencer stepped in and definitely helped them catch up, but it wasn’t enough for a win.
Back at their respective camps, Dietz says winning has been the “elixir” and confidence builder for Ta Kao. But while Dietz is out snorkeling later, the rest of his tribe is in cahoots determining who they — they being Keith, Cass, Wentworth, Joe and Sierra — think will be the final five.
At Bayon, Spencer is still working his social game. The former “super fan” thinks he’s finally made some progress from that self-described, awkward geeky kid he was in his first season. He is no longer enjoying Survivor by “proxy anymore — he’s living it.” That’s a big step for Spencer. Kudos kid.
So Woo tells this personal story about his mom getting a second chance at life with a heart transplant. Well, that annoys Abi, as she thinks he’s playing the sympathy card. “Should I start telling all my personal stories too?” she mocks to Tasha. I’m thinking, “for sure – let’s hear it girl!” We don’t get much – just something about her knee, her aunt and her grandma.
But Abi is exhausting Tasha. “Abby takes everything in me to just to be around her,” Tasha confesses. “It takes work working with Abi.”
The immunity challenge involved using a slingshot to hit a target. Apparently Joe already played this one and lost in his season.
Sitting out for Ta Kao are Sierra and Kelly Wentworth.
Bayon sits out Jeremy and Monica.
Who rocked It: Not Fishbach, the poor guy accidentally hit one of the targets for Angkor (and it counted for them). Woo takes the assist and finishes it off for Angkor and they win their first immunity challenge. Joe and Keith were solid for Ta Keo, they took second. Spencer has been a force for Bayon but he couldn’t pull it off.
The Aftermath: It’s between Wiglesworth and Spencer as far as who is going home, as they weren’t in the original Bayon tribe. Monica, however, screws things up by suggesting that maybe they don’t vote out Wiglesworth, and instead she and Kimmi should consider an all-girl alliance later down the road. “Monica is playing for Monica,” Kimmi later spills to Jeremy and Fishbach, suggesting maybe it’s Monica’s time to go. Oh, but that gets messy, as it might screw up their overall all-Bayon alliance when they merge. In the end, it was a MAJOR blindside on Monica. As there was no tolerating any “snake in the grass.”
The Standings By Tribe:
Monica (1st voted off for Bayon)
Jeff Varner (2nd voted off Angkor)
Peih-Gee (1st voted off Angkor)
Kelly Wiglesworth (Season 1, Borneo)
Jeff Varner (Season 2, Australian Outback) Voted off Week 4
Kimmi Kappenberg (Season 2, Australian Outback)
Andrew Savage (Season 7, Pearl Islands)
Terry Deitz (Season 12, Panama)
Peih-Gee Law (Season 15,China) Voted off Week 3
Stephen Fishbach (Season 18, Tocantins)
Monica Padilla (Season 19, Samoa) Voted off Week 5
Abi-Maria Gomes (Season 25, Philippines)
Vytas Baskauskas (Season 27, Blood vs. Water) Voted off Week 1
Ciera Eastin (Season 27, Blood vs. Water)
Tasha Fox (Season 28, Cagayan)
Kass McQuillen (Season 28, Cagayan)
Woo Hwang (Season 28, Cagayan)
Spencer Bledsoe (Season 28, Cagayan)
Kelley Wentworth (Season 29, San Juan del Sur)
Keith Nale (Season 29, San Juan del Sur)
Jeremy Collins (Season 29, San Juan del Sur)
Shirin Oskooi (Season 30, Worlds Apart) Voted off Week 2
Joe Anglim (Season 30, Worlds Apart)