'Survivor: Edge of Extinction' recap: Wendy Diaz sent packing on revote at epic two-tribe Tribal Council, opts to continue playing on Extinction Island
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/21/2019
Survivor: Edge of Extinction castaway Wendy Diaz was voted out of her Manu tribe but opted to continue in the competition on Extinction Island during the sixth episode of Season 38 on Wednesday night on CBS.
Wendy, a 25-year-old small business owner from Los Angeles, CA, who currently resides in Bell, CA, was voted out of the game through a unanimous vote on Night 16 when both Manu and Lesu joined together for one giant Tribal Council session after losing the Immunity Challenge.
After the two tribes determined a tie vote -- four votes for Wendy and four votes for Lauren O'Connell, a 21-year-old student at Baylor University from Bakersfield, CA, who currently resides in Waco, TX -- at Tribal Council, everyone decided to team up and vote out Wendy instead of taking a huge risk and drawing rocks.
The two tribes thought they permanently ousted Wendy from the competition to win $1 million; however, Wendy opted to stay in the game and wait for an opportunity to possibly play again by traveling to Extinction Island.
At the start of the latest Survivorepisode, the Manu tribe was comprised of Wendy; 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.
Lesu had all former Manu members. It was comprised of 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; 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; and 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.
And 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.
The Survivorbroadcast began on Day 14 on Extinction Island with Aubry Bracco on the island following her vote-off.
Aubry said she was "truly blindsided" in "epic fashion" with a hidden Immunity Idol as well as an extra vote in her pocket.
Aubry was stuck with angry people, but she actually loves hitting "rock bottom" in the game because she can only go up from there. Aubry loved pulling herself up from the bottom, and that's exactly what she intended to do.
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Meanwhile, the three tribes gathered together and met Survivorhost Jeff Probst for a Reward Challenge.
Everyone was shocked to see Aubry had been voted out of the game, and Kelley, David and Joe seemed especially shocked and/or disappointed. Joe noted Kama wasn't "Kama strong" anymore.
The Reward challenge required each tribe to leap over a series of tables, pull a lever to drop sandbags, and then work together to get those sandbags to the finish. Once at the finish, tribe members had to throw the sandbags at targets that would eventually raise a flag.
The first tribe to complete the challenge would win Reward in the form of coffee, tea, pastries and cookies. The second-place tribe would receive iced coffee and cookies.
Kama sat out Aurora for the challenge since their tribe had one extra member.
Joe was on fire hitting the targets, while Gavin did a nice job as well. However, Wardog proved to not be a great thrower.
Kama won Reward in first place and then Manu placed second, sending Lesu back to camp with absolutely nothing.
Kelley was jealous Kama was on a two-week vacation and the tribe kept winning because they had "Joey The Amazing" playing on their behalf.
On Day 14, Kama feasted on some great food and Joe admitted to his tribe this was probably going to put an even bigger target on his back.
Since Aubry went home, Joe was pretty upset because he thought he could trust her and he had nowhere to hide and no one to rely on. Joe found it difficult to be a returnee out in the open at all times.
Joe had to dig deep and adapt knowing no one really wanted to work with him. Joe didn't have options, but he harnessed support from his family and friends back home to get him through this game.
Joe then decided to convince his tribe they were all threats come the merge since they had won so much and so they needed to unite and stick together.
It was a mad scramble to find food or an advantage, and Kevin ended up finding a box along the shore inside the water -- although Reem came up with the idea to look there first.
Keith's note read, "When the time comes, penalize your biggest threat by assigning these knots to them."
Keith whispered, "Oh, Chris is in trouble," knowing he'd have an advantage in whatever competition was eventually going to come their way.
Chris and Reem got into a heated fight after Chris accused her of giving up the advantage to Keith. Aubry said people were "legitimately losing it" and they were the "most dysfunctional" family she had ever seen.
Meanwhile, the three tribes met Probst for the next Immunity Challenge of the season.
The castaways were instructed to climb a ladder, maneuver a bag attached to a rope through a bamboo frame, use the ball inside to force a cage door open, and then sprint to the finish to solve a Survivorslide puzzle.
Ron decided to sit out for the Kama tribe, and then Probst revealed only one tribe would win immunity and the two losing tribes must attend Tribal Council together.
Kama solved the puzzle quickly and won the challenge once again, although David and Kelley seemed close to finishing for Lesu.
Kama proved to be unstoppable and would, once again, remain intact as a tribe.
David was panicking heading into Tribal Council because there were four Lesu and four Manu. They could find themselves at a tie, going to rocks, and David admitted that would be "exhilarating" for a viewer but "nauseating" for a player.
After the challenge on Day 16, Wendy announced to her tribe David might flip and vote with them because he was "on a sinking ship" and seemed to be "wormy" in the game. Wendy also thought Wardog might flip.
Eric and Victoria also didn't think a returning player would be willing to draw rocks since they want to make it to the end and win so badly.
Eric planned to tell Lesu that the Manu tribe was definitely sticking together and willing to draw rocks and so it'd be up to them whether someone would like to make a move.
Gavin had 100 percent trust in Eric and Victoria, and he figured Wendy was also going to be tight with them for this vote. Everyone truly was ready to draw rocks except for Victoria, who would do whatever it takes to get one step ahead.
Meanwhile, Kelley told her tribemates Manu was probably going to stick together and try to pull someone in with them. She also said Victoria would be a great move because no one on Manu would suspect it.
Wardog, however, suggested throwing four votes on Wendy and then when it becomes time for a re-vote, Manu probably wouldn't be willing to draw rocks to save her.