The Third Turd
Season 44 • Episode 5
[Warning: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for Survivor Season 44 Episode 5, “The Third Turd.”]
It’s all the time a scramble when a as soon as robust alliance breaks. That was the case in Survivor Season 44 Episode 5, “The Third Turd,” as Carolyn and Yam Yam from the Tika tribe struggled to make amends following the surprising Episode 4 tribal council.
The true battle was with Matthew from Ratu, nonetheless affected by the aftermath of his dislocated shoulder within the season premiere. The med stop-laden premiere already despatched one participant house after Bruce suffered a gnarly head damage. Brandon wanted medical consideration as properly within the first episode to deal with warmth exhaustion.
Brandon recovered, and Matthew has been making his sore shoulder work within the weeks since. However Episode 5 proved the ache from his damage was too nice to proceed. He ultimately eliminated himself from the sport, leading to a uncommon tribal council-free episode.
Right here’s how he discovered himself making the heartbreaking selection to go away the sport early.
Matthew expressed he was “in plenty of ache” to new teammate Carson early on within the episode, however famous he was making an attempt his hardest to stay it out. Not with the ability to play to his fullest after prolonged coaching forward of the season added to his melancholy, however he was decided to persist.
Jeff Probst, nevertheless, clocked that he sat out of one other problem and got here to the occasion along with his arm again within the sling. After Ratu’s victory (Soka got here in second, which might have despatched Tika to its second tribal council in two days, third general), the medical workforce returned to test on Matthew.
“It’s so weak, I really feel like gravity’s going to tug it out of the socket,” he shared with the physician by way of tears. “I’m simply actually apprehensive as a result of I’m solely consuming a pair hundred energy and day, and I simply don’t understand how properly my physique can heal beneath the situations that I’m in.”
Probst regarded on with sympathy as he requested physician Will to clarify the ache. As he described, the gentle tissue in Matthew’s shoulder was doubtless torn to an extent that it could heal shortly like it could in different circumstances. Jeff requested why he stored competing within the bodily demanding challenges if he was in ache, regardless of their advice to take it simple.
Whereas Matthew determined his destiny, Tika’s Carolyn, Soka’s Danny, and Ratu’s Brandon have been despatched on a journey.
Whereas they trekked, Yam Yam campaigned in opposition to his former ally with Josh. The 2 bonded, and whereas Josh trusted Carolyn extra, her summit journey outcomes could be a strategy-changer.
The trio labored their method down the seaside and acquired to know one another, ultimately making their technique to a sanctuary. Moderately than having to threat their votes for idols, or having no-strings-attached idols ready for them upon arrival, their reward was really a break from the warmth, starvation, and dehydration, and the benefit was the informative conversations shared.
Carolyn realized how shortly the dialog grew to become a boys membership. Whereas all three have been sharing a meal, Danny and Brandon started speaking technique collectively and performing as if Carolyn weren’t there, even though she was sitting proper between them.
Survivor viewers have famous for a number of seasons now that the general public voted out within the sport’s first string of tribals are ladies. Previous contestants have additionally drawn criticism — from fellow tribe members and viewers alike — for voting Black gamers out one proper after the opposite.
Seeing Brandon and Danny ignore Carolyn so haphazardly confirmed how simple it’s for the gamers on the present to ignore ladies and their strategic, social, and bodily expertise. Even when Carolyn referred to as out the exclusion, they didn’t appear phased by her legitimate level.
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Like Yam Yam final week, Brandon gave Carolyn a backhanded praise, saying she was somebody to maintain round as a result of she doesn’t carry out properly in challenges.
“I couldn’t imagine it,” she declared in confessional. “Individuals might take a look at me and underestimate me and assume I’m simply goofing round out right here, however I’m taking part in. I discovered an immunity. I planted a pretend immunity idol. I deliberate a profitable blindside. So that they higher be careful for me on the merge, as a result of I’ll make the merge. Sure!”
With how a lot display time Carolyn will get to defend her taking part in and decry those that doubt her, the edit is beginning to really feel like she’s going far on this sport. That, or the season’s fan favourite will probably be going house very, very quickly. (Personally, I hope it’s the previous.)
Again at Tika, she bemoaned the “meat brigade” to her teammates, making it clear that she thinks Josh is a part of it (he wasn’t). To defend himself, Josh repeated the lie that he has one other idol, however made the error of displaying the pretend one he made to Carolyn and Yam Yam, who instantly acknowledged the idol observe and the beads from tree mail and subsequently referred to as him out for it.
“This idol is so pretend,” he informed the cameras. As Carolyn vied to get Yam Yam again on her facet, and as Yam Yam debated who to facet with in any respect, Josh revealed his medical historical past that made him able to turning unhealthy conditions into good ones (the surgeon had a full abdomen elimination throughout his first yr of medical college attributable to continued issues from childhood diseases).
All of their campaigning was moot. Jeff got here to camp earlier than they may even depart for tribal council to provide them information that would “fully change the course of the sport.”
“Matthew is not within the sport attributable to his shoulder,” he informed the gamers. “The ache grew to become an excessive amount of. He couldn’t take it anymore, and he correctly opted to deal with himself longterm.”
However why inform them of this on the seaside? “Matthew’s unhealthy information is your luck,” he mentioned. “Meaning, there isn’t any tribal council tonight.”
Viewers didn’t get to see Matthew’s final moments along with his workforce. And based mostly on the trailer for Episode 6, that will’ve been a few of Ratu’s final moments anyway.
“Drop your buffs!” Josh reads aloud with glee within the trailer. That’s proper: it’s merge time!
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