Survivor has its best bromance moment ever (GIF)
What do a 51-year-old gay gardener and a 27-year-old self-described metrosexual cowboy have in common? Apparently way more than anybody ever expected on Survivor: Kaoh Rong.
Sure, there was a big blindside at Tribal Council, but the most buzz-worthy Survivor moment in the second episode of Kaoh Rong came as the Beauty beach transformed into bromance island. The bond between Tai and Caleb surprised everybody, as the two couldn't be any more different. Caleb wanted to kill a bee at camp. Tai, a lover of all things in nature, talked him out of it. There was even chatter about them cuddling to keep warm before this gem happened...
The #StolenKiss moment, which sent Twitter ablaze, was the result of Caleb offering Tai some food directly out of his teeth. Although it looked as if Caleb was completely repulsed when Tai moved in for the fishy kiss, it was actually received very well. The entire Beauty tribe giggled about it as Caleb jokingly told Tai that if he really wants a kiss, all he needs to do is ask. Tailieb, anyone?
I really hope both of these guys are kept together a while, because their friendship is so much fun to watch. The trouble is, couples of any kind are frequently perceived as too big of a threat. We shall see.
The Brawn tribe found themselves facing their second Tribal Council in a row after losing yet another immunity challenge. Naturally, their initial plot involved taking out Alecia, who was nearly booted in the first Tribal Council. But not so fast. After busting her butt to spark a fire, which took her five hours, the tide seemed to be turning a tad in her favor. Jennifer appreciated the potential value Alecia could bring to the group and the twosome suddenly crafted a plan to form an all-female alliance. Their target? Kyle, who for some reason is going by Jason, which is his last name.
It all fell apart very quickly once Tribal Council started. Jennifer, who I was openly rooting for, made a super Survivor blunder by blabbing way too much. She talked in circles, revealed her desire to flip on Jason and triggered a bizarre dispute with Alecia about who actually conceived the all-female alliance scheme. With her back suddenly against the wall, Jennifer did something we've never seen happen in 32 seasons. She stood up and climbed on top of her Tribal Council stool, pleading with the people she had just betrayed to stick with their plan to vote out Alecia.
But the damage was done. When the votes were tallied, Jennifer bit the dust 3-2 as Alecia gleefully smiled in quiet celebration that she had been spared twice in a row.
It was one of those forehead-slapping moments where all I wanted Jennifer to do was stop talking. It almost seemed as if the bug that embedded itself in her ear just days earlier had maybe munched part of her brain.