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Stolen food takes center stage on Survivor

Justin Starrett, Adam Klein, Ezekiel/Zeke Smith, Jessica Lewis, Hannah Shapiro (Image: CBS)
Justin Starrett, Adam Klein, Ezekiel/Zeke Smith, Jessica Lewis, Hannah Shapiro (Image: CBS)

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  • Post-Tribal, Jay is mad the people at the bottom of his alliance dare to want to be bottom of a different alliance. How dare they!
  • Hilariously, Adam and Taylor have secrets about each other: Taylor knows Adam’s advantage, and Adam knows Taylor stole food and hid it. Taylor thinks his secret on Adam is more damaging, but I’m not sure. You stole food, Taylor. People are not going to like that, and they’re already angry you ate that other food in the middle of the night.
  • “So, I’m not going to be a sports captain.” At least if Hannah was going to be terrible at something she had a sense of humor about it. And yes, she did not do a good job picking her Reward Challenge team.
  • Adam once again says things to people not in his alliance that he shouldn’t say, telling Jay he’s on the bottom and in danger. Adam needs to learn to shut his mouth, basically, because even his allies are over it.
  • The Gen X alliance might not be as solid as Adam thinks, especially because Sunday is working behind the scenes to get Jessica’s name on people’s minds. All of this because she feels like Jessica is coming for her. Is this a case of Sunday doing too much and Jessica paying for it, or is there actually something for Sunday to be worried about?
  • The Immunity Challenge is a basic balancing challenge, but with a twist: You can sit out and eat grilled cheese and beer, if you don’t want to compete. Zeke and Will take the deal (but poor, young Will has to drink soda).
  • An Immunity Challenge that involves balancing on a tiny board comes down to the snowboarder and the surfer, which seems appropriate, with Ken taking the win. I appreciate how often all the people identified as in danger by the editing aren’t winning Immunity this season, making the full episode narrative more interesting.
  • Once Taylor and Jay realize they are the ones in trouble, their plan basically becomes Operation: Ruin Adam. They do this by lying that Adam stole food and then never backing down from the lie, which is an effective strategy but absolutely maddening to watch. Adam put himself in this position by stupidly trusting Taylor, but that doesn’t mean Taylor isn’t an awful human being.
  • Taylor’s plan might not have saved him, but Adam is so screwed going forward, so he at least succeeded in that. May we never hear about your buried food stash ever again, Tails.