Survivor's first 3 minutes changed the game with an emotional punch
If you didn't catch the first few minutes of this episode, you missed some extremely emotional stuff. As the Ta Keo tribe slept under the stars, the rumble of a boat carrying Jeff Probst approached their beach. After quietly waking Terry from his Second Chance slumber, Probst told him about a family emergency involving his son, Danny.
"My wife and the doctor think that it's best I go home," Terry told his Survivor tribemates after getting all the info from Probst. "For me, there was no choice. I appreciate all you guys and everything."
After exchanging some hugs, Terry grabbed his belongings and disappeared into the night so he could return home to be with family. Wow. Talk about a punch to the gut! This moment comes as no surprise, however, because this turn of events has been the worst-kept secret of the season, with many viewers aware of the situation.
Social media in the Survivor community has been filled with #DannyStrong for weeks, which resulted in wristbands, T-shirts and more as family, friends and fans climbed aboard the campaign to show their support for Terry's son through his heart transplant. Terry chronicled the journey himself on social media in these last few months, showing powerful images of Danny before and after the surgery.
Terry, what a bummer that you're gone. You really are one of the good guys and I hope one day you get a third chance.
The next morning, all three tribes gathered for a Reward challenge where a swap ensued for the second time this season. The newly formed Angkor tribe was dissolved, with the remaining castaways split again into two tribes. The new Ta Keo tribe includes Kass, Spencer, Woo, Ciera, Andrew, Abi-Maria and Kelly. The new Bayon tribe includes Tasha, Jeremy, Kelley, Keith, Stephen, Joe and Kimmi.
The drama quickly kicked off on both tribes as alliances and strategies began taking hold. At Ta Keo, Andrew made a five-way alliance with Woo, Kass, Ciera and Abi-Maria with the intent of targeting Spencer the first chance they get. That plan came after Andrew gushed praise about how great a kid Spencer is.
Over at Bayon, Joe went to his main allies with an idea of keeping Kelley, who is not in their alliance, instead of Kimmi. Stephen was instantly nervous that Joe was so eager to jump ship on the alliance and felt it might be time to take him out. Then we saw a new side of Stephen. As he talked in a confessional about his strategy to target Joe, he began shedding uncontrollable tears. His emotions took over as he expressed his desire to do the right thing so he can win the entire game.
After Ta Keo lost Immunity in a gross food challenge, Andrew pushed his plan against Spencer. His strategy involved lying to Spencer about Ciera being the target. "This is gonna be one of the most devastating, unexpected blindsides in the history of Survivor," Andrew said.
But not so fast, Andrew. Ciera was pissed off that he was using her as the fall girl. She felt it showed he cared about her less than the others within their alliance. With that in mind, she dished her concerns to Kass and Abi with a fresh plot to oust Woo instead. Kass, who wanted nothing more than to eliminate Spencer, her nemesis, pulled him aside to alert him of Andrew's plan.
When the votes were tallied at Tribal Council, Woo was blindsided big time. So was Andrew, who just moments earlier expressed his absolute confidence in how the vote was going to unfold.
Another amazing episode!