'Survivor: Edge of Extinction' recap: Reem Daly voted out of Manu tribe, opts to continue on Extinction Island
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/21/2019
Survivor: Edge of Extinction castaway Reem Daly was voted out of her Manu tribe but opted to continue in the competition on Extinction Island during Wednesday night's Season 38 premiere broadcast on CBS.
The Manu tribe voted out Reem, a 46-year-old sales representative from Fairfax, VA, who currently resides in Ashburn, VA, through a 4-3-1-1 at Tribal Council on Night 3 of the game.
The tribe thought they permanently ousted Reem from the competition to win $1 million; however, Reem decided to stay in the game and wait for an opportunity to possibly play again by traveling to Extinction Island.
Wendy Diaz, a 25-year-old small business owner from Los Angeles, CA, who currently resides in Bell, CA, received three votes.
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 one vote.
And Lauren O'Connell, a 21-year-old student at Baylor University from Bakersfield, CA, who currently resides in Waco, TX, also earned herself one vote from the tribe.
"No offense, but screw my tribe! Like, you're mad that I put your freakin' clothes on the beach to dry?! Whatever. I don't want to cry, because I'm still in the game and I'm happy to be in the game, but it's wet and it's cold. But I've just got to stick it out. Edge of freakin' extinction," Reem said after discovering the new Extinction Island twist.
The Manu tribe was comprised of Reem; Wendy; Lauren; Dan "The Wardog" DaSilva, a 38-year-old law student and former military man from Ossining, NY, who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA; Rick Devens, a 33-year-old morning news anchor from Blacksburg, VA, who currently resides in Macon, GA; Keith Sowell, a 19-year-old pre-med student from Fayetteville, NC, who currently resides in Durham, NC; and Chris Underwood, a 25-year-old district sales manager from Myrtle Beach, SC, who currently resides in Greenville, SC.
The tribe also included Kelley and David, 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.
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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, 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, a 32-year-old marketing director from Hampton Falls, NH, who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, and previously appeared on Survivor: Kaoh Rong andSurvivor: Game Changers.
Wardog revealed his plans to hide the fact he's in law school from his fellow castaways, while Joe told the cameras he doesn't want to shine brighter than anyone else this season as to avoid putting a huge target on his back again.
This season will have a special twist in which the castaways voted out at Tribal Council will have a choose to leave the game permanently or head to Extinction Island, where players must survive with no shelter and limited supplies as they wait for a chance to rejoin the main game.
However, the castaways were not informed of the new format, and so everyone was wondering what the Edge of Extinction theme of this season might mean.
Probst did explain the four veteran castaways had something to do with it, as they are all outstanding players who made it far in the game but never won their respective season or seasons.
Probst told the newbie players Kelley was the first woman to find two hidden Immunity Idols and she used one for "a record-setting blindside."
Probst said David was scared of pretty much everything on Day 1 but he never gave up on himself and "turned into a dominant strategic force."
Joe was described as a castaway with a constant target on his back, but he led his different tribes to 16 challenge wins.
And Probst explained Aubry cried in the shelter when she first played but she overcame her insecurities and lasted 76 out of the possible 78 days she playedSurvivor.
The castaways were then given two minutes to gather as many perishable and nonperishable supplies into their canoes as possible and then head to their respective beaches.
Once at camp, Rick and Victoria told the cameras they are super fans of the game, and Kelley explained it was going to be important for her to set herself up in an alliance early since the vets were going to be easy targets early on.
Kelley said she needed to be open this season and develop sincere friendships and connections, which is something that's hard for her given she's "a closed off person."
David and Joe helped the new players navigate the game early on, especially when it came to building their shelters, but Joe was afraid to be viewed as "Joey Amazing" again. Joe knew he had so much to offer, but he didn't want to stand out.
Wendy then revealed in a confessional she has a mild form of Tourette's syndrome. She admitted she's awkward, and so she worried about fitting in with her tribe and forming bonds.
Julie acknowledged she has "no outdoor survival skills whatsoever," so she hoped to not be viewed as a weak, older mother "without a clue."
The Kama tribe got off to a great start, as they had plenty of supplies -- and even fire -- on Day 1. Ron also bragged about how he had found a Secret Advantage.
Ron snuck away from his tribemates, saying he needed more water, to read the contents of his Secret Advantage. He had to dig three feet away from Tree Mail to discover the letter, which he did eventually find.
Ron had a menu of three options to choose from: steal a Reward from the opposing tribe at a challenge, receive an extra vote, or have individual immunity.
If he chose immunity, it would play like a regular hidden Immunity Idol in that Ron would announce the advantage to Probst before the votes are read at Tribal Council. Ron felt this advantage could propel him to last for a while and maybe even win Survivor.
On Day 2 at Kama, Joe spoke to Aubry about how he had received "good vibes" from everybody.
Aubry admitted being a returnee was "terrifying" so she figured the best thing to do would be to lay in the grass like a snake and then come out "like a cobra when the time is right."
Gavin and Eric were then shown establishing a bond and potential alliance. The guys agreed someone new needed to win the game but it would be great to keep Joe around for a while so he could serve as a shield for them. In fact, Eric wanted to get rid of Aubry right away.
Meanwhile, Reem was rubbing people the wrong way at Manu because she kept moving people's belongings around. Lauren called Reem "sweet," saying she's "a super helpful mom," but the tribe didn't really want a mother figure around -- except for Keith, a self-declared "momma's boy."
Reem and Wendy then offered to help Keith learn how to swim, however, the rest of the tribe started viewing them as a three-person alliance.
Rick thought each of those three players brought something negative to the tribe, saying Reem, for example, was a busy-body and Keith wasn't a strong swimmer, so he thought they'd make the perfect first targets.
Rick had no problem with Wendy, Reem and Keith "dividing themselves" on their own.
On Day 3, the two tribes gathered and met Probst for the first Immunity Challenge of the season.
For the challenge, each tribe was required to maneuver through an obstacle, have one person climb to the top of a rope and ring a bell, and then cross a three-tier balance beam. Once across, knots needed to be untied to release a bar that would open up the balance beam, making it much easier for the rest of the tribe to cross the beam.
One person must then climb a ladder, pull a lever at the top to drop a slide, and then slide down. Six players must then work together to solve a giant slide puzzle.
Joe led his tribe in the challenge, as did Chris for Manu.
While crossing the balance beam, Kelley unfortunately fell hard and hit her head on the beam. However, she claimed to be okay, and then Probst reminded everyone just how dangerous this game is.
The challenge was a close-call once both tribes began working on the puzzle, but in the end, Kama won it! Kama also won fire in the form of flint.
Once Manu returned to camp after the challenge, Reem acknowledged Lauren and Kelley needed to be separated because they seemed like a power pair, but Keith didn't like Reem's vibe given she was trying to force Rick to join her.
Keith therefore warned a group of his tribemates Reem was going after Lauren and Kelley, and Kelley noted it was very important to keep the tribe strong early on. David felt the tribe had a better chance to win the next challenge with Wendy instead of Reem.
Wendy told David and Wardog she was voting with Reem that night because they were discriminating against her because of her age.
Wendy wanted to be loyal to her friend, but her refusal to go along with the tribe resulted in Wardog wanting Wendy gone because she was "too stubborn." It was clear, however, Wardog and David were working together.
Wendy then shared the tribe's plan with Reem, who was pissed.
"They are idiots. I am so strong. You don't even know this old lady, bro. This old lady can kill it!" Reem told the cameras. "I'm not done. I'm scrappy, dude. I'm not going down without a fight."
The Manu tribe then headed to Tribal Council, where they'd be forced to vote one of their own members off.
Reem immediately came across as annoyed and announced her name had been thrown out there. Kelley, however, argued that's just part of the game because her own name had been thrown out as well.
Reem accused her tribe of "age discrimination" because they didn't have enough time to figure out whether or not she was strong. Reem was coming off a little confrontational, but she claimed to just be an honest person.
Wardog admitted Reem was "too much" at camp and her personality clashed with others because she was telling everybody what to do at camp, but Reem thought she was just being "caring and considerate" of her tribemates.
Rick said no one disliked Reem, who then apologized for touching people's things. Reem just wished someone had approached her and said, "Please don't touch my things."
Reem was scared to be the first person voted out, because she's been watching Survivor since Day 1. But Wendy acknowledged Reem's "nightmare" might come true, as it seemed like the tribe had settled on Reem going home.
It then became time to vote. After no one played a hidden Immunity Idol, Probst read the votes in the following order: Reem, Kelley, Wendy, Lauren, Reem, Wendy, Reem, Wendy, and Reem.
On Reem's way out of the game, she said she hoped it was going to rain hard on the people she left behind.
Reem then walked down a long path of shame, thinking she was out of the game for good. However, she stumbled across a sign in the path that pointed out she had a decision to make.
Reem was able to choose whether she wanted to end her adventure totally or take a different path for a chance to get back in the game. If Reem chose the latter, she was instructed to grab a torch and get in the boat nearby.
Without hesitation, Reem decided to stay in the game, and then she was brought to "Extinction Island," which appeared deserted and barren. At that point, it also began to rain.
"Oh my God. There is nothing here. What is going on?" Reem told the cameras.
The episode then ended on a cliffhanger when Reem discovered to appear a broken-down wooden ship.
The closing credits later showed that Wendy voted for Lauren; Reem voted for Kelley; Kelley, Wardog, and Lauren and voted for Wendy; and finally Chris, Rick, Keith, and David voted for Reem.