'Survivor: Edge of Extinction' recap: Chris Underwood voted out of Manu tribe, opts to continue on Extinction Island
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/07/2019
Survivor: Edge of Extinction castaway Chris Underwood was voted out of his Manu tribe but opted to continue in the competition on Extinction Island during the third episode of Season 38 on Wednesday night on CBS.
The Manu tribe voted out Chris, a 25-year-old district sales manager from Myrtle Beach, SC, who currently resides in Greenville, SC, through a 5-2 at Tribal Council on Night 8 of the game.
The tribe thought they permanently ousted Chris from the competition to win $1 million; however, Chris decided to stay in the game and wait for an opportunity to possibly play again by traveling to Extinction Island.
Kelley Wentworth, a 31-year-old marketing manager from Ephrata, WA, who currently resides in Seattle, WA, and previously appeared on Survivor: San Juan Del Sur and Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, received two votes at Tribal Council.
"I just got lied to my face. Tomorrow is going to be about motivation and refocus. Tonight is painful, like, something in my stomach hurts. I didn't see the blindside coming, but this was a blindside inside of a blindside," Chris said following his exit from the original game.
"It was like a redeeming blindside. I've been given a second chance and I'm going to make the most of it. Screw those guys. I'm coming back for ya."
At the start of the broadcast, the Manu tribe was comprised of Kelley; Wendy Diaz, a 25-year-old small business owner from Los Angeles, CA, who currently resides in Bell, CA; Lauren O'Connell, a 21-year-old student at Baylor University from Bakersfield, CA, who currently resides in Waco, TX; Dan "The Wardog" DaSilva, a 38-year-old law student and former military man from Ossining, NY, who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA; and Rick Devens, a 33-year-old morning news anchor from Blacksburg, VA, who currently resides in Macon, GA.
The tribe also included David Wright, a 44-year-old television writer from Philadelphia, PA, who currently resides in Sherman Oaks, CA, and previously appeared on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X.
The Kama tribe was made up of Victoria Baamonde, a 23-year-old waitress from Bronx, NY; Ron Clark, a 46-year-old teacher at Ron Clark Academy from Chocowinity, NC, who currently resides in Atlanta, GA; Julia Carter, a 24-year-old medical assistant from Hazleton, PA, who currently resides in Bethesda, MD; Eric Hafemann, a 34-year-old firefighter from Chicago, IL, who currently resides in Livermore, CA; Aurora McCreary, a 32-year-old divorce lawyer from Pensacola, FL, who currently resides in Orlando, FL; Julie Rosenberg, a 46-year-old toy maker from Baltimore, MD, who currently resides in New York, NY; and Gavin Whitson, a 23-year-old YMCA program director from Erwin, TN.
The tribe also included Joe Anglim, a 29-year-old multimedia artist from Chandler, AZ, who currently resides in Ogden, UT, and previously appeared on Survivor: Worlds Apart and Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance; and Aubry Bracco, a 32-year-old marketing director from Hampton Falls, NH, who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, and previously appeared on Survivor: Kaoh Rong and Survivor: Game Changers.
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The latest Survivor broadcast began on Night 6, with Keith Sowell choosing to continue playing the game following his vote off by joining Reem Daly on Extinction Island.
Keith called the environment "insane," saying it was "freaking dark" and scary.
"I haven't eaten in days, man," Reem told Keith.
Reem was ready to surrender, but once Keith arrived, she felt the need to stay and take care of him. Reem immediately inserted herself into the "motherly role" that got her kicked out of her original tribe to begin with.
"Now I feel like I have to stay to make sure he's okay," Reem said in a confessional.
The next morning, on Day 7 of the game, Reem and Keith were each given a message in a bottle with a map inside.
The maps directed them to wooden steps up a cliff that ultimately led them to a small bucket of rice. The pair had to work hard, however, to find it and the rations were small.
Keith and Reem read a note that came with the rice that said they must work hard for everything on Extinction Island in order to survive.
"We have to do this every day. Apparently, every time we have to climb up Mount Everest to find a little bit of rice unless we get to go back to camp. This sucks!" Reem vented.
Meanwhile, the Manu and Kama tribes gathered together and met Survivor host Jeff Probst for a Reward Challenge.
Each tribe was required to race to assemble a wheelbarrow and then push it through a series of obstacles, collecting sandbags along the way. Afterward, they had to dump the sandbags into a trough, take the wheelbarrow apart, and use the pieces to build a slingshot.
The slingshot would then be used to fire sandbags at four targets. The first tribe to knock down all four targets would win Reward and have the choice between two options: comfort in the form of pillows and blankets or three hens and one rooster to eat.
Aubry and Ron ended up sitting out for the Kama tribe since they had two extra players.
The challenge proved to be awkward and difficult, as strength and finesse were both needed when maneuvering and navigating the wheelbarrow around.
Manu was in the lead when it became time to use the slingshot, and in the end, they won their first challenge of the season. The tribe chose to take the chickens back with them, and they were thrilled and feeling great.
Wendy, however, noticed her ankle was "swollen," "tender" and "throbbing" after the challenge, and once some time elapsed, she said she couldn't move it.
Once the Manu tribe returned to camp, Wendy was limping and her tribemates had to help her walk.
"It progressively got worse and worse, and I'm just worried because I've never broken anything," Wendy told the cameras in an emotional state.
Not only was Wendy in pain, but she hated listening to the players talk about killing, plucking and eating the chickens.
Wendy wanted to release the chickens when her tribemates weren't paying attention, but she didn't know how she was going to pull this off with a busted ankle.
Wendy then tried to talk Rick into setting the chickens free with her. Rick was not onboard and laughed about how Wendy was willing to sacrifice her entire Survivorgame for the chickens.
Meanwhile, at Kama's camp, Victoria said she had found herself in a group of six with Julie, Julia, Gavin, Ron and Eric. There was a general feeling on the tribe that the returning players had their chance and a newbie deserved to win.
Victoria noted Aurora seemed tight with the veterans and so one of them must go if they were to lose the next Immunity Challenge.
Joe could tell his tribemates were having side conversations and he just couldn't get a good read on Victoria and Ron.
"I have a funny feeling I might be on the chopping block," Joe said in a confessional.
Aubry and Joe were both looking for redemption, but they were scared playing the game with all new castaways. Since returnees are always easy targets, Aubry felt the need to go off and search for a hidden Immunity Idol.
Aubry has always dreamt of finding an idol but never succeeded, so she was desperate to check this experience off herSurvivor bucket list. With that being said, she searched high and low and finally found the idol.
Aubry broke down into tears because she was so proud of herself and felt incredibly accomplished.
"It's worth the effort to work through the struggle, and I love this game so much, I'm going to make it work for me," Aubry told the cameras.
Over at Manu's camp on Day 7, Wendy was preaching about how all creatures deserved to live.
Wardog called Wendy hypocritical because she eats pork, chicken, and beef at home. Wardog found her stubborn, and the rest of her tribemates were annoying Wendy's not even vegan or a vegetarian.
Kelley thought Wendy was the perfect target because not only was she hurt and making everyone feel guilty about the chickens, but she had also cast a vote for Kelley at the previous Tribal Council.
"It's kill or be killed. If you come after me, watch out," Kelley noted.
On Day 8, the two tribes met Probst again for the season's next Immunity Challenge.
Probst explained three tribe members would sit in a boat while four other castaways would be tethered to the boat. Those four players had to dive into the water, swim, and pull the boat to a tall tower.
Once the group reached the tower, the tribe members in the boat would climb up, leap off, and grab a key. Once all three keys are retrieved, they'd be used to unlock a chest with puzzle pieces inside.
Those puzzle pieces would solve a ship's wheel. The first tribe to spin its wheel and raise a flag would win immunity and be safe from the next vote.
Victoria and Julia sat out for Kama to even up the numbers, and both tribes appeared to use their strongest players as swimmers.
Wendy proved to be very good in the water although she had a hurt ankle, and Manu maintained a steady lead throughout the competition.
Kama, however, completed the puzzle faster and more efficiently than David, Kelley and Lauren, so the Kama tribe ended up winning immunity.
Manu would therefore be sent back to Tribal Council for the third straight time this season.
David admitted losing the challenge was "incredibly devastating" but he had "a real opportunity" to target Kelley and take her out of the game.
Once Manu returned to camp, Wendy knew all eyes were on her and she'd likely be the one going home.
The tribe looked forward to killing a chicken and eating some protein, but Wendy stole their flint and walked away with it so they couldn't.
The tribe questioned whether Wendy took the flint, but the guys agreed it would be "psychotic" for her to do so. David decided to confront Wendy about the scandal, and she accused Chris of having it last.
David didn't really care, however, because he wanted Kelley gone. He and Rick then mentioned to Wendy how they should make a big move and vote out the threatening returning player.
David called Wendy "the best smokescreen" he's ever worked with because she was fine with the Manu tribe thinking she was dead in the water. David planned to use Wendy because she'd be loyal and cooperative.
With that being said, David needed Chris on his side. David told Chris not to speak with Lauren or Wardog, but Chris believed Wardog could be a number for them. The two guys clearly disagreed on where Wardog stood, but Chris was close with Wardog.
"My biggest fear is that I burn bridges with some of the relationships I've built out here," Chris said in a confessional.
Chris then told Wardog the target was going to be Wendy or Kelley, "a snake." Wardog wanted Wendy gone, and at the end of the day he trusted Kelley more than Chris. As a result, Wardog considered flipping the script and taking out Chris instead.
Wardog then told Kelley that Chris was after her and they should work together to vote him out.
Wardog pitched to Rick afterwards about ousting Chris because he was going after Kelley, but little did Wardog know David and himself were actually the ones who had spearheaded that plan.
Wardog wanted Rick, Kelley and Lauren to team up against Chris. Rick said they shouldn't alienate David, which Wardog was fine with, but Rick realized he must betray someone and had been turned into a villain.
Rick and David found themselves in the middle of two sides and believed they'd serve as the swing votes between Chris and Kelley.
David explained taking out Kelley would be his chance to remove a big threat but taking out Chris would shield him from tribemates finding out he had been gunning for the other returning player on his tribe all along.
David anticipated betrayals were going to be exposed at Tribal Council and the session would be a gamechanger.
At Tribal Council that night, Rick joked about how his tribe was filled with a bunch of losers who lost their flint and argued over chickens.
Kelley announced the vote was going to come down to loyalty because as the tribe got smaller, they needed to trust the people they were with going forward.
David confirmed a player slowing the tribe down in challenges was no longer a big problem, which appeared to surprise and concern Kelley. David revealed his intent was to eliminate "the biggest social threat."