Survivor recap: Unprecedented amount of Survivors need medical attention

Barb Oates

Survivor: Kao Rong: Brains vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty, “Signed, Sealed and Delivered,” Season 32. Survivor recap episode 4 (original airdate March 9, 2016): In Survivor’s 32 seasons we’ve never, ever seen so many players collapse at one time. Jeff Probst was running from one player to the next during a reward challenge — calling on all medical personnel for an assist. It honestly was unsettling. And it was only Day 8, but the scorching heat and blazing sun combined with an exhausting challenge resulted in three players needing medical attention.

survivor-recap-episode-4After the Brains beat out the other two tribes to claim the win (the prize being an ultimate Survivor kitchen kit, complete with bowls and spices), Debbie is the first to collapse. As the veteran of all occupations, her skillsets she learned during ranger training (she’s a civil air patrol captain), alerted her to the signs of heat exhaustion. She falls to the sand and gets medic help. While medics shade and pour cold water over Debbie’s head, she’s the quickest to recover. The other teams continue to compete while they assist her.

Brawn is exhausted. Alecia tries to cheer them on by encouraging them to keep digging – they are digging for balls in a giant pit of sand. Scot and Jason don’t appreciate the cheerleading, telling her to shut the F up and keep digging (but Jason’s not trying to be an ass about it). Despite all their bickering they still suck, and lose to beauty.

Cydney walks off and starts dry heaving. Jason is immediately by her side. She’s shaking, weeping and clearly screwed up.

survivor-recap-episode-4aBeauty’s Caleb was next to collapse. He actually seemed OK, but slowly walked off and then just crumbled and started breathing erratically. At one point he was unresponsive and it seemed as if he had passed out completely. Caleb needs an IV, but it isn’t enough to get him stabilized, so doctors call for a chopper to medevac him out. “You’re a warrior dude, I’m glad you were out here,” Jeff tells him while he’s carried out. The Beauty tribe is shattered to see him go. “First night I cuddled with him,” Tai tells Jeff between tears, “I’m going to miss him so much.”

Extreme heat, dehydration and giving it all are how Jeff assessed the situation. Jeff asks Jason if he could ever vote out Cydney after sharing that bond of caring for her.

“I come from the military,” Jason tells. “When someone gets hurt it’s not about the mission anymore, it’s about that person. Here we live with each other – yeah we don’t all like each other [looking at Alecia] – but at the end of the day we are family – this is what we were dealt, you deal with it until the bitter end.”

[Before the commercial break we learn Caleb 100% recovered and wants to play again.]

Back at Brawn camp, the comments Scot made to Alecia didn’t sit right with her. She asks him what would one of his basketball teammates think of his comments. That’s when Scot got a little snotty, “First of all when I’m in an NBA game I’m working with the best in the world [oh PUH-LEASE], so there’s no comparison between here and there. On the one hand I was thinking shut up, but on the other hand I was like, ‘you know she is helping.’” But Alecia was looking to pick a fight and she needed to let him know that she wasn’t afraid of him. She wants her tribe to work as a team and not put each other down. But she just doesn’t know when to shut up. “You’ve never been on a team your entire life and you’re trying to tell an NBA champion how to be a teammate,” Scot says.

The moral of the story is to work together and act likes a team, Alecia tried to get across. Jason can’t handle her and walks off. “I’ve raised two daughters … I want them to be strong, very educated, independent females that are able to take care of themselves without their dad ever. It upsets me to see a girl like Alecia who can’t even hold a conversation with her.”

Immunity Challenge
Beauty sits out Tai. Brain sits out Joe.
Survivors need to race into the jungle to retrieve three puzzle pieces. Then two survivors have to swim out into the ocean and dive down to retrieve three more puzzle pieces. Once back they need to assemble the puzzle. In the end, Peter comes in and wins it for the Brains. Beauty takes second. Brawn loses AGAIN.

Tribal Council
Props to Alecia for not taking any lip from anyone, but it’s too late — they’ve had enough of her. No discussion needed. Bye-bye.

Who was voted off Survivor tonight? Alecia

The Standings
Brains

Peter Baggenstos (34), ER doctor from Minneapolis
Aubry Bracco (29), social media marketer from Cambridge, Mass.
Joseph Del Campo (72), former FBI agent from Vero Beach, Fla.
Neal Gottlieb (37), ice cream entrepreneur from Sausalito, Calif.
Elisabeth “Liz” Markham (27), qualitative strategist from Brooklyn — 3rd person voted off
Debbie Wanner (49), chemist from Reading, Pa.

Brawn
Cydney Gillon (23), body builder from Douglasville, Ga.
Darnell Hamilton (27), postal worker from Chicago 1st person voted off
Alecia Holden (24), real estate agent from Dallas – — 4th person voted off
Kyle Jason (31), bounty hunter from Detroit
Jennifer Lanzetti (38), contractor from Salt Lake City2nd person voted off
Scot Pollard (40), NBA champion from Carmel, Ind.

Beauty
Michele Fitzgerald (24), bartender from Freehold, New Jersey
Anna Khait (26), pro poker player from Brooklyn
Nick Maiorano (30), personal trainer from Redondo Beach, Calif.
Caleb Reynolds (28), Army veteran from Hopkinsville, Ky. and former Big Brother contestant “Beast Mode Cowboy” Medevaced out on episode 4
Julia Sokolowski (19), college student from Boston
Tai Trang (51), gardener from San Francisco