'Survivor: Edge of Extinction' recap: Rick Devens voted out of Lesu tribe after swap, opts to continue on Extinction Island
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/14/2019
Survivor: Edge of Extinction featured a tribal swap and then castaway Rick Devens was voted out of his new Lesu tribe but opted to continue on Extinction Island during the fourth episode of Season 38 on Wednesday night on CBS.
Following a swap in which two tribes became three, the new Lesu tribe voted out Rick, a 33-year-old morning news anchor from Blacksburg, VA, who currently resides in Macon, GA, through a 3-2 vote at Tribal Council on Night 11 of the game.
The tribe thought they had permanently ousted Rick from the competition to win $1 million; however, Rick decided to stay in the game and wait for an opportunity to possibly play again by traveling to Extinction Island.
Lauren O'Connell, a 21-year-old student at Baylor University from Bakersfield, CA, who currently resides in Waco, TX, received two votes.
"I was already picturing myself eating a burger as I left Tribal, but holy crap! I'm still in this! I guess I'm going to do my best to ingratiate myself with these people who hate me," Rick said following his vote-off.
"There could be a lot of anger. This is going to be wild."
TheSurvivor broadcast began with Chris Underwood arriving at Extinction Island on Night 8 following his vote-off from the game. He said he had been "played like a fiddle."
Chris told Reem Daly and Keith Sowell he felt betrayed, but Reem said he was receiving "a taste of his own medicine" because he had voted her out and also blindsided Keith.
"You're not going to come in here and have the Holiday Inn. Sorry, it's the Edge of Extinction," Reem said in a confessional.
At Manu, on Day 9, Wendy Diaz, a 25-year-old small business owner from Los Angeles, CA, who currently resides in Bell, CA, said she realized she was being "crazy" for hiding the flint and so she put it in a tree and everyone sarcastically said, "Oh wow, it mysteriously popped up."
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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, knew Wendy was responsible for hiding the flint and she wasn't happy.
But Wendy said she was still around and so she must have been doing something right.
Kelley noted five people were working together and Wendy was the outsider. Kelley said Wendy would absolutely be their next vote because no one could trust her and it "made sense." Kelley vented about how she just wasn't "a normal person."
The two tribes then gathered and met Survivor host Jeff Probst. Everyone on Kama was shocked Chris had been voted out because they agreed he was "carrying the entire tribe" and excelled in challenges.
Chris' former tribemates, however, argued the other tribe didn't know what was going on at their camp.
Probst then announced there would be a tribal swap in which the two tribes would become three.
At first glance, everyone was with their own former tribemates with one exception, Wendy, who was "a lone wolf." Probst admitted he was "stunned" by the turn of events.
The new Manu was comprised of Wendy; 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; Victoria Baamonde, a 23-year-old waitress from Bronx, NY; Gavin Whitson, a 23-year-old YMCA program director from Erwin, TN; and Eric Hafemann, a 34-year-old firefighter from Chicago, IL, who currently resides in Livermore, CA.
Wendy was the only former Manu tribe member on this new tribe filled with original Kama members.
Wendy thought her tribe looked strong and so she just hoped they wouldn't lose challenges.
Kama was made up of the following five original Kama members: 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; 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 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 the brand new tribe, Lesu, had five former Manu members. It was comprised of Rick; Lauren; Kelley; 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 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.
Kelley wished Wendy's tribe "good luck with the chickens."
Later that day, the Kama tribe returned to camp and did their little dance. Joe said there was going to be a whole new dynamic and he was trying to build strong, solid relationships.
Joe felt "really good" with Aurora but he also wanted to solidify a bond with Ron.
To Joe's face, Ron acted like they were allies and could totally trust each other, but Ron was considering voting him out because he's "a beast," a returning player and a "huge threat."
Ron even asked Julia to look through his belongings for a hidden Immunity Idol but the pair came up short.
Meanwhile, Lesu felt confident they could win challenges or at least finish in second place. They were all tight, but that wouldn't last long come Tribal Council because someone would have to go home.
But Lauren stood out a little bit because she was struggling in the game.
Lauren missed her parents a lot and couldn't eat because the rice made her feel nauseous. Lauren therefore appeared to be an easy target for the rest of the tribe considering she was weak and sick, but Lauren didn't want anyone to underestimate her given she was a college athlete.
At the Manu tribe, Aubry noted Wendy would be easy for them to pick off come the next vote. Aubry, however, was a little disappointed because she liked Wendy and noted she was "sweet" and had "a kind heart."
Wendy also offered up "a wealth of information," such as how Kelley was running her old tribe and came across like "The Godfather." Since knowledge is power in the game, Aubry considered Wendy an asset.
That night, Wendy got out of bed and released the chickens. She was against her tribe killing and eating them, so she was thrilled to have saved the chickens -- regardless of how her tribemates might react.
Meanwhile, on the Edge of Extinction, Keith, Chris and Reem were miserable trying to make it through a rainstorm. Their spirits were down and Keith was incredibly tempted to raise the white flag and surrender.
Chris said it was "torture" being stuck on an island with two people who were pissed at him. He was upset he had failed in the game when his goal was to play a perfect game.
But Chris got back on Keith and Reem's good graces by catching fish for them and feeding them. The odd trio were becoming a little family of their own, and Chris intended to have their backs.
On Day 10, the tribe figured Wendy had released the chickens. Aubry joked if Wendy did that, she was going to eat Wendy.
Wendy admitted she'd rather get voted out than see a chicken die, and Victoria determined she couldn't be trusted and should be voted out.
On Day 11, the three tribes gathered together and met Probst for the season's next Immunity Challenge.
Each tribe was required to race up and over a series of wooden A-frames while carrying coils of rope. The rope would then be used to pull a heavy crate to the finish. The players must then use pieces inside the crate to solve a puzzle.
The losing tribe would be forced to attend the next Tribal Council and send the fourth person out of this game.
Kama ended up winning immunity in first place and then Manu placed second. It was Manu's first immunity win, although they had it with new members.
Lesu was upset about their loss and Kelley said she felt like she was "in a nightmare." She didn't want to cut someone out of their littleSurvivor family because they all trusted each other.
Once Lesu returned to camp, Rick and David promised they'd never write each other's name down. The guys also discussed getting rid of Lauren because she was sick and throwing up, and Lauren -- who allegedly hadn't eaten in days -- assumed her name was on the chopping block.
David wanted to take out Kelley and feared she might have a hidden Immunity Idol, but he said timing was everything and it wasn't time to target Kelley.
Meanwhile, Lauren and Kelley talked about going after Rick because there was a chance he might flip on them come the merge.
Wardog was in control of the vote. Kelley believed Wardog wanted to work with her, but he was torn because he thought Lauren was weak but Rick might be a smooth-talker come the merge.
Wardog spoke to each person individually and was in the classic swing-vote spot. He needed to figure out which player would get him closer to winning the $1 million and planned to use his instincts.
At Tribal Council that night, the tribe admitted they were struggling at camp because there was limited food and resources. Kelley also cried about the idea of voting out one of their friends.
This group sincerely loved and respected one another, but lines were going to be drawn. Lauren noted their unity could change into a 3-2 majority very fast.
"It is the most emotional and incredible Tribal I've ever been to," David announced, before Kelley agreed it was very sad.