'Survivor: David vs. Goliath' recap: David Tribe votes out Jessica Peet after second Immunity Challenge loss
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/04/2018
Survivor: David vs. Goliath eliminated Jessica Peet after the David Tribe lost another Immunity Challenge during Wednesday night's Season 37 episode on CBS.
Jessica, a 19-year-old waitress from Lakeland, FL, was ousted from the game on Day 6 through a 5-4 vote instead of Lyrsa Torres, a 36-year-old airline agent from Puerto Rico, who currently resides in Boston, MA, at the first Tribal Council session of theSurvivor season.
On her way out, Jessica could be heard saying, "What happened?"
"To be the first one voted out, it's sad, but at the same time, it's kind of a compliment to me that they viewed me as that big of a threat," Jessica said following her ouster.
"I came out of the gate and I wanted to play hard, and I guess I trusted some people that I shouldn't have trusted, and it bit me in the butt. In the end, I guess I was the first #blindside of the season."
TheSurvivor broadcast began on Night 3 at the David Tribe.
The "David" Tribe was comprised of Jessica; Lyrsa; Christian Hubicki, a 32-year-old robotics scientist from Baltimore, MD, who currently resides in Tallahassee, FL; Nick Wilson, a 27-year-old public defender from Williamsburg, KY, who currently resides in London, KY; Davie Rickenbacker, a 30-year-old social media manager from Orangeburg, SC, who currently resides in Atlanta, GA; Carl Boudreaux, a 41-year-old truck driver from Beaumont, TX, who currently resides in Houston, TX; Elizabeth Olson, a 31-year-old kitchen staffer from Dallas, Fort Worth, TX, who currently resides in Longview, TX; Gabby Pascuzzi, a 25-year-old technical writer from St. Augustine, FL, who currently resides in Denver, CO; and Bi Nguyen, a 28-year-old MMA fighter from Houston, TX.
The tribe was tired and soaked from all the rain. The castaways were also missing Pat Cusack, their "morale booster," at camp. Jessica said Pat's medical evacuation knocked everyone down.
On Day 4, at the Goliath tribe, the castaways were so cold that they were shaking, and they couldn't even build fire because all of their supplies were damp.
The "Goliath" Tribe was made up of John Hennigan, a 38-year-old professional wrestler from Los Angeles, CA; Alec Merlino, a 24-year-old bartender from San Clemente, CA; Jeremy Crawford, a 40-year-old attorney from Clover, SC, who currently resides in New York, NY; Dan Rengering, a 27-year-old S.W.A.T. officer from Lake Butler, FL, who currently resides in Gainesville, FL; Mike White, a 47-year-old filmmaker from San Diego, CA, who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and has previously competed on The Amazing Race; Natalia Azoqa, a 25-year-old industrial engineer from Irvine, CA; Angelina Keeley, a 28-year-old financial consultant from Sparks, NV, who currently resides in San Clemente, CA; Kara Kay, a 30-year-old realtor from San Diego, CA; Alison Raybould, a 28-year-old physician from Leawood, KS, who currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC; and Natalie Cole, a 56-year-old publishing CEO from Los Angeles, CA.
Angelina called the weather and conditions "crushing" because there was "no end in sight."
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Meanwhile, Christian, on the David Tribe, vented to cameras how he was glad they didn't have to go to Tribal Council because Nick had been the target and he didn't want to lose Nick. Christian said he liked him a lot, personally, and they got along well.
Christian said not having a vote allowed for an "ambiguity of alliances still," and it wouldn't be until the next Tribal Council that lines would be drawn in the sand.
"You got your boy from Alabama and then Stephen is a genius. Between the two of us, we've really got to look out for each other," said Nick, who is from Kentucky.
Christian and Nick called their alliance "Mason Dixon" considering Christian is from Atlanta, GA.
Both tribes then received Tree Mail, and Survivorhost Jeff Probst gave the Davids and Goliaths each a fire-making kit and a tarp due to the terrible rain. The gift rejuvenated each tribe and allowed gameplay and strategizing to continue.
Over at Goliath's camp, Dan was shown talking to Natalia and Kara about the hidden Immunity Idol he had found. Kara was concerned about Dan hiding his idol in the pocket of his jacket because anyone could search through his pockets and discover it.
Dan, however, insisted Kara was paranoid and that wouldn't happen. He assured her that everything would be fine.
Alec was then shown confiding in Jeremy about how Dan and Kara appeared to be in a showmance and Kara was playing him, which was "a bad move" for both of them.
Because people were catching on to their relationship, Kara spoke to the girls about how she was really playing this game and not focused on a guy.
Kara, Natalia and Angelina discussed how they were going to stick together, but at the same time, they thought they each had one man attached to them -- Kara had Dan, Natalia had Alec, and Angelina apparently had John.
The three girls agreed half the tribe wanted Mike gone, while the others wanted Natalie out. As for Kara, Natalia and Angelina, it seemed like they wanted to keep Mike in the tribe.
"Us three girls are in clearly in charge and we know it, and we have these boys wrapped around our fingers. And we have Dan's idol in our back pocket. The fact me and Kara are the only ones who know about it means we have the power," Natalia said in a confessional.
Jeremy then went through Dan's things, and he didn't hesitate to do so. Mike was watching nearby, and Jeremy wasn't surprised Dan neglected to hide his idol because he was playing the game "with his heart" and not his head.
Since Jeremy and Mike had this secret together, Mike said it gave him a new life in the game. Mike noted "information" in this game is the advantage and having information can be even more powerful than having the idol itself.
Meanwhile, Davie realized his role in the tribe was going to be "the provider." He thought he was going down the right path to leave his mark on this game. While walking around the island, he then discovered a hidden Immunity Idol, and he was thrilled.
On Day 5, Carl noted the whole tribe had been onboard with taking Nick out, but then things changed. Carl therefore discussed with Nick, Jessica, Elizabeth, and Bi that Lyrsa should be their next target in order to keep the tribe as strong as possible.
Elizabeth, however, didn't believe Lyrsa was the weakest female in their tribe. Elizabeth didn't speak up to the group, but she decided to warn Lyrsa that her name had been thrown out. Lyrsa didn't think she was the weakest person in the tribe at all.
"Excuse me?! I'm the weakest person?! Who the f-ck won the first challenge? Me!" Lyrsa said in a confessional, adding that she was frustrated with Carl and wanted to confront him. "I want to vote Carl out!"
As for the Goliath Tribe, Natalie felt like camplife was "childish" and everyone was acting like she was in high school. Natalie's strategy was to lay low as to not paint a target on her back, but her fellow castaways discussed getting rid of her because she was an outside and made herself an outcast.
In order to gain Natalie as an ally, John warned her that people were targeting her. Natalie accused Dan of abandoning her, and she also talked with Angelina how she's not a big threat. Natalie told Dan the tribe was "playing like a bunch of amateurs."
"If it makes people uncomfortable, too bad, because I'm not going down without a fight," Natalie told the cameras.
Jeremy said Natalie wasn't helping her case with that kind of behavior, and so he mentioned to her that she lacked self-awareness. Jeremy attempted to help Natalie, but she just shut him down. As a result, Jeremy was prepared to take her out.
On Day 6, the two tribes gathered together and met Jeff for the next Immunity Challenge. Everyone learned Pat had been medically evacuated and there was no previous Tribal Council. Jeff also revealed the castaways had battled a major storm that just so happened to be a cyclone.
For the challenge, one person from each tribe was instructed to climb a ladder and retrieve a key he or she would use to unlock a boat. Each tribe must then paddle out to retrieve a bag of puzzle pieces. At the finish, each tribe must attempt to solve a block puzzle on a wobbly table.
The first tribe to finish would win immunity and be safe from the vote as well as Reward in the form of a deluxe fishing kit, which included a fishing pole for the first time ever.
Since Goliath had an extra player, they had to sit one person out, and that person was Natalie.
The Goliaths got off to an "enormous lead," according to Jeff, because their strength helped with the paddling. But the Davids made up ground on the puzzle.
The Davids, however, struggled with communication when doing the puzzle, and so the Goliaths ended up winning immunity.
After the challenge, Jessica felt "very comfortable" in saying Lyrsa was going to go home. Jessica acknowledged no one wanted to talk strategy because everyone was comfortable about voting for Lyrsa, but Gabby didn't appreciate how Jessica and Bi didn't want to talk about the vote.
Gabby felt uneasy because she knew she wasn't much better than Lyrsa at challenges.
Meanwhile, Lyrsa was freaking out because she knew she was in trouble. Elizabeth then suggested to Lyrsa they should write Jessica's name down.
Lyrsa said Jessica was going to be the one "to take everybody out" because she was "buddy-buddy" with Bi and Carl. Lyrsa said Jessica was holding the two people together and she needed to be cut out. Elizabeth then roped Gabby into the plan.
Gabby didn't need convincing because she just didn't want to be the target, and then the girls were shown telling Christian the plan. Christian was surprised how quickly things had changed, but he was encouraged at the same time since he's a hyper, energetic person.
Gabby begged Christian to make the vote go her way, and he was with her "all the way." Christian acknowledged, however, Lyrsa made the most sense because of challenges. Christian also pitched the plan to Nick, and he wasn't happy about getting rid of Jessica.
Christian felt he was the one who needed to pull the trigger, and this position was exactly where he wanted to be.
That night, at Tribal Council, the David Tribe discussed how the storm had brought them together.
Lyrsa, however, said "tension could be cut with a knife" and she knew she was on the chopping block. Jessica said you better play the game for $1 million or else you'll see your name get written down.
Bi announced her decision was "quite simple," and then Christian noted their votes were organized. Nick said the game is "built on deceit" and it makes trust "rare" as well as "a premium."
Christian acknowledged a swap wasn't coming any time soon and so the tribe needed to evaluate its needs, risks and desires.
Jessica was then voted out of Survivor: David vs. Goliath with five votes from her fellow tribe members. Bi and Carl appeared shocked and bewildered.
Jessica received votes from Lyrsa, Elizabeth, Gabby, Christian, and Nick. And Lyrsa earned votes from Carl, Bi, Davie, and Jessica.