When Richard Hatch was voted out of Survivor: All Stars, he famously yelled, “I’ve been bamboozled!” Flash-forward 9 years (wow) and 16 seasons, and we get our preview for tonight’s episode where the model Jay Byars proclaims that he is “completely bum-puzzled right now.” Is bum-puzzled kind of like bamboozled? Has it really been 9 Hatch-free years of Survivor? And after 23 seasons and 3 episodes, is there still actually room for a Survivor “first?”
So many questions, and at least one of these will get answered tonight. Whenever I hear any sentence end with “in Survivor history,” I immediately grow skeptical. But whatever is coming, it is supposed to be big, or as Jeff Probst said via Tout.com last week, “A first at Tribal Council. A game-changer. One of the most unexpected things I’ve ever seen happen.”
Here is the official CBS episode synopsis of what could be this season’s pivotal episode:
Episode 4 – “Bum-Puzzled” – AN UNFORGIVABLE BETRAYAL FORCES ONE TRIBE TO MAKE A DRASTIC MOVE THAT WILL GO DOWN IN SURVIVOR HISTORY, ON “SURVIVOR: ONE WORLD,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7. An unforgiveable betrayal forces one tribe to make a drastic move that has never been done before in Survivor history, and an electrifying Tribal Council leaves several castaways speechless.
Analysis. So it is fairly clear from the hype surrounding tonight’s episode that the men are going to end up at Tribal Council. Before we dissect what this could mean, let’s give some props to the girls. If they were to win Immunity again tonight, they’d have evened up the tribe numbers after an incredibly rocky start. Kudos to them if they are able to string together another couple victories tonight.
So what could possibly happen at Tribal Council that has never happened before? Will it be game related or will it be like somebody throwing a punch? That would be unexpected and a Survivor first, but wouldn’t necessarily have too much bearing on the game.
What is clear from the preview, is that the “first” appears to have something to do with a massive “betrayal” at the male Manono Tribe. We also see Tarzan shouting out, “Cheater!” during a challenge. Related? How could a guy cheat during a challenge, and what would be the motivation? Is it some kind of an individual challenge?
By breaking down this preview (hey, that’s what I’m here for), Tarzan calls somebody a cheater while standing alongside Colton, Leif, Michael and Jay at a challenge. If we are to think that this “cheating” is related to the major “betrayal,” that only leaves Bill, Jonas, and Troyzan as the accused. We later see Jonas say to Troyzan, “This is a huge move,” which implies that neither of them are involved. Leaving Bill as the last man standing. Bill was next on the chopping block presumable after Matt, so if somebody was looking out for himself and looking to screw over the other men, could it possibly be Bill who pulls off a major betrayal?
All of these questions, but nothing pointing to what could possibly go down at Tribal Council. Knowing Survivor over the years, the best guess is that there were probably several red herrings included in the episode preview, just enough to mislead and oversell us.
We’ve had people quit, we’ve had people not play their Idol and get sent packing. We’ve had people play their Idol. As a long-time Survivor fan (day 1 to be exact), it is truly a wrenching mental exercise to think of things that haven’t yet been done…at the same time it is refreshing to know that new things can still happen on the show, one of the many reasons that make it great.
But also as a fan, I’m hoping that they haven’t just thrown out the “in Survivor history” line without good reason…to do so without merit is to cry wolf.
So does Colton use his Idol in an unexpected way? Does he throw it in the fire, over-flowing with confidence at being the reigning island Queen? Does one tribe give up their Immunity to the other? Is an Immunity Idol stolen and played, and would that even be legal?
It hurts my head to contemplate it further. But don’t miss the episode tonight to find out what happens, and if you really think it qualifies as a “first.”
Of course, don’t miss my full episode recap and analysis up tonight (usually by around midnight EST). We’ll be sure to have it covered from every angle.
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