Notes: Even tribes, no sit-outs (even though only one Nakum participated in the RC), and no vote splits. A straightforward episode, scoring-wise.
Still, a strategically curious episode from Danni. She had an easy, no-brainer path to the merge by simply keeping to original tribal lines, and voting off Brian. Yet Brian's "bait Blake" tactic seemingly worked, and Blake instead found himself voted out. Our guess is that Danni felt like (1) the merge was not imminent, and (2) she could better depend on Gary than on most of the Nakúm guys that came over with her (especially Blake), and wanted to at least gain Gary's trust with this vote. If Gary seemed like a good alliance choice post-merge (not the least because she could use the NFL thing against him at the final Tribal Council, if need be), maybe this makes sense. Still, a difficult choice to intentionally create a 3-3 tie going forward.
For those who claim Guatemala was not a good season, look no further than this episode for proof that this opinion is dead wrong:
It's also, by modern standards, a strangely edited season. A huge amount of the early narration has come from the late pre-merge boots: Margaret, Brian, Amy (especially this episode), and Brandon. Of the late-game people, only Gary, Judd, and Stephenie have really had extensive screen time. Danni, Rafe, Lydia, and Cindy have been largely hidden. Maybe the rapid die-off of beloved narrators in the next three episodes is to blame for fans' displeasure?
- Blake received 5 votes, from Danni, Gary, Bobby Jon, Amy, and Brian (voted out, 5-2).
- Brian received 2 votes, from Blake and Brandon.
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