'Survivor: David vs. Goliath' recap: Jeremy Crawford voted out of Goliath Tribe unanimously
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/11/2018
Survivor: David vs. Goliath eliminated Jeremy Crawford after the Goliath Tribe lost its first Immunity Challenge during Wednesday night's Survivor Season 37 episode on CBS.
Jeremy, a 40-year-old attorney from Clover, SC, who currently resides in New York, NY, became the third castaway to leave the game on Day 9 after the Goliath tribe sent him packing through a unanimous vote at the second Tribal Council session of the Survivor season.
Jeremy, however, cast his vote for Natalie Cole, a 56-year-old publishing CEO from Los Angeles, CA.
"I'm proud of the game I played and I'm proud of the connections I made. Natalie, what I did for you was try to help you understand a little bit about how you were being perceived, and if you receive it, great," Jeremy said following his ouster.
"You know, I learned more about who I am, so for me, it was kind of a win. But if you got to go home, go home on a cold, rainy night."
The Survivorbroadcast began on Night 6 at the David Tribe's camp.
The "David" Tribe was comprised of Lyrsa Torres, a 36-year-old airline agent from Puerto Rico, who currently resides in Boston, MA; 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.
Davie said there was tension after Tribal Council because Carl, Bi and himself had been blindsided by Jessica Peet's elimination. Davie gave credit to his other tribemates for "playing" him.
Christian told Davie that Gabby made the move and had roped Nick and himself into the plan. Davie said Nick and Christian were his top guys and they had voted against him, so Gabby was one to watch out for.
Meanwhile, Christian and Nick celebrated their position in the game and solid gameplay. Nick said they'd be the ones to decide who goes home next if the David tribe happened to lose another Immunity Challenge.
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Carl didn't expect the game to be this hard, especially since Jessica was his ally and became like a daughter to him. Carl felt alone and really missed his family, but he was used to working his way up from the bottom and working for everything he has.
On Day 7, Bi told Carl that everyone had flipped on them except for Davie. Bi said she was "really truly hurt" by the blindside but it woke her up. She was ready to be "ruthless" and play this game hard.
But Bi didn't feel betrayed by anyone except for Gabby, as she didn't necessarily expect loyalty from any of the other castaways who had flipped. Bi therefore said she'd love to see Gabby go home.
Meanwhile, the Goliath Tribe was working hard to build bonds and connections with each other, especially John Hennigan, a 38-year-old professional wrestler from Los Angeles, CA, who felt his people-skills were improving.
In addition to John, the Goliath Tribe was made up of Jeremy; Natalie; Alec Merlino, a 24-year-old bartender from San Clemente, CA; 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; and Alison Raybould, a 28-year-old physician from Leawood, KS, who currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC.
John said Natalie was on the chopping block because she thought she was the "boss b-tch" and barked orders at everybody to get things done. John, however, liked and trusted Natalie, so he wanted to figure out a way to keep her.
As for Mike, he was bonding with Jeremy. Jeremy gushed about how his father would be so proud of him for living out his dreams.
Mike thought Jeremy was hilarious and had depth, but he was a little afraid to work with him because he played an aggressive game in which he had no problem searching through people's bags for hidden Immunity Idols and such.
At the David Tribe on Day 8, Christian and Gabby were growing closer and Gabby said they were "cut from the same cloth."
Bi then talked to Nick about how dangerous Gabby was, which was music to his ears. Gabby scared Bi, Nick and Davie, but they felt they needed Christian on their side to have the numbers to vote her out.
Meanwhile, at the Goliaths' camp, Jeremy called himself "the biggest threat" because he "thinks things out," and he saw too many side conversations going on that he didn't like.
Kara insisted she wasn't strategizing and it wasn't even necessary at the moment to do so because they kept winning Immunity Challenges.
But Jeremy still tried to nip all the chatter in the bud through calling a tribal meeting. Mike said Jeremy had a point in that they should all view each other as teammates this early on but Jeremy was also guilty of doing what he was scolding his tribemates for doing.
Jeremy then told the cameras Natalie was going to be the first to go, but if the vote was up to him, he'd choose Dan in order to flush the idol out.
Jeremy then told Alec and Alison about Dan's idol. Jeremy shared his information with John as well, but Jeremy's scheming was rubbing everyone the wrong way. John, for example, said he didn't trust Jeremy because he was playing the game too hard.
On Day 9, the two tribes met Survivorhost Jeff Probst for an Immunity Challenge in the pouring rain.
The challenge required one member from each tribe to maneuver his or her way through an obstacle and then three other tribe members would work together to untangle a ropes, getting themselves to the finish. The tribe must then pull a sled and use the pieces on it to solve a pyramid puzzle.
The tribe to win would receive immunity and be safe from the vote at the next Tribal Council session as well as Reward in the form of comfort -- including blankets, pillows, a hammock and chairs.
Since Goliath had two extra members, they decided to sit out Natalia and Angelina.
Towards the end of the challenge, Natalie and Alison worked on the puzzle together for Goliath against Christian and Gabby, who represented the David Tribe.
In the end, the David Tribe won immunity for the first time in this game. The David Tribe had the edge when it came to the puzzle.
The rain finally stopped, the Davids cheered, and then both tribes returned to their respective camps.
Natalia said Natalie was the reason why the Goliath tribe couldn't solve the puzzle and ultimately lost the challenge, so she wanted Natalie gone.
Later that day, Bi shared with her tribe how she had torn her ACL in MMA fighting before appearing on Survivor and hurt her leg again during that challenge.
Natalie felt bad about contributing to the challenge loss. She said while she's usually really great at puzzles, the pyramid just wasn't coming together for her.
Natalie was also upset because she didn't feel like she had Jeremy's support. Jeremy vented about how Natalie had poor communication skills and lacked self-awareness, so he didn't picture her flourishing in this game.
Alison agreed Natalie had been "digging her own grave since Day 1" and the challenge "put the final nail in her coffin."
But Angelina thought Jeremy would be the better target since he's "manipulative" as well as "smart, charming," cunning and "not super trustworthy." In Angelina's eyes Natalie was pretty harmless, and she hoped to step into a power position and switch the vote.
Mike, however, knew how much the game meant to Jeremy, even though he could be his own worst enemy at times.
The tribe went back and forth between Jeremy or Natalie, and Natalia and Angelina were at odds. Natalia insisted they couldn't continue winning challenges with Natalie on their team.
Jeremy and Natalie then bickered. She said she wasn't going "to stand still and take a punch." She didn't appreciate Jeremy's whispering to others behind her back, but Jeremy was mad that she was trying to throw his name out there.
"Natalie is a perfect blend of what I'd like to call incompetent and overconfident," Jeremy noted.
That night, the Goliath tribe attended Tribal Council, the second session of the season.
Jeremy announced Natalie had been "on the outside of the social dynamic" since the start of the game because she was a little difficult to get along with. Jeremy said he didn't understand how Natalie made it to age 57 without knowing how to talk to and interact with people.
Natalie then bashed Jeremy's tone and attitude, adding that he was the one who wasn't self-aware. Jeremy even went as far as to say he wouldn't know how many people in their tribe would attend Natalie's funeral vs. his own funeral.
Natalie noted she was open to constructive criticism, and then Alec pointed out how she had set the tone for herself. Alison also admitted Natalie did come out of the gate and make a bad first impression.
Natalie was impressed Tribal was all about her, reminding everyone that she's not even a threat in this game at 57 years old. But Jeremy said the game was still about tribal unity and victories at this point.
Speaking of unity, however, Natalie insisted if a tribal swap was ahead, she would absolutely remain "Goliath strong."
It then became time to vote.
After no one played a hidden Immunity Idol, Jeff read the votes aloud in the following order: Natalie, Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy, and Jeremy.
The episode's closing credits showed that the tribe unanimously voted to oust Jeremy from Survivor: David vs. Goliath.