Back at camp, Jordie is saying it’s now or never to take out Sam. David talks to Josh to attempt to pull him over to their side. Mark and Sam want to take out Jordie as he has been targeting Sam since Jesse’s vote out. Since Mark has immunity they choose to bring one idol to Tribal that Mark will hold on to.
At Tribal Council, it seems like there could potentially be a deadlock 4-4 tie. However, just before the votes are read Josh urges Sam to play an idol for herself. Mark and Sam choose not to play the idol and Sam is sent to the jury in a shocking 5-3 vote, Josh being the one who flipped.
EPISODES 19-20 HIGHLIGHT PLAYERS
In this section of the review, we will take a chance to take a look at some of the highlight players in this week’s episodes of Australian Survivor. Those players are Jordie, David, KJ, Sam, and Mark.
Starting with Jordie, his leadership of the minority alliance is the reason they are still here. Even with KJ’s incredible gameplay with her advantage, it still wouldn’t have mattered if they couldn’t get David to finally flip. Getting David to flip was key for Jordie and the others and Jordie constantly working on David is what allows them to be in the position they are in now.
Next up is David. After he flipped to what used to be the minority alliance he was key to getting Josh to join them in taking out Sam. If David couldn’t convince Josh to flip, that would have meant drawing rocks to break the tie which could have sent anyone except, Mark, Sam and Jordie to the jury. He also chose the perfect time for him to flip which benefits his own game so good on him for that.
KJ’s gameplay is partial luck and masterful gameplay in these episodes. While it was luck that she received the advantage with the teapot, she used the advantage perfectly at Tribal Council. The decision to keep her whole alliance along with David allowed them to lure David to their side and not lose one of their own. It would have also been a great time to get Sam to use the idol if she had it. While the advantage is without a doubt overpowered, I am judging KJ’s gameplay, not the advantage and KJ’s gameplay here was incredible.
Lastly, we have Mark and Sam. I don’t know if I have seen any contestants play idols like the two of them. The decision to leave both idols at Tribal in episode 18 was one of the most 4D chess plays I have ever seen in Survivor. While playing the idol for Sam would have saved her in episode 19, having both allows Mark to guarantee himself a place in the top five without having to win a single immunity challenge. While Mark is in the minority at this point, he is still in an incredible spot with the two idols.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON AUSTRALIAN SURVIVOR: BLOOD V WATER EPISODES 19-20
Overall, this week’s episodes of Australian Survivor were an immense improvement over last week. While it was sad to see Sam go, I can’t argue that there was some masterful gameplay that went along with her vote-off. It will be interesting to see how Mark positions himself now that Sam is gone.
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