Top Five, Baby! - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 42 recaps
Underwater, underwear, and under pressure
By Brent Sullivan | Published: March 28, 2022
Survivor 42 Episode 3 Recap/ analysis

Underwater, underwear, and under

Welcome to “Top Five Baby!” where after each episode of Survivor, Brent Sullivan will try to break apart and find the top five moments that made a lasting impact on the season or moments that could at least affect the next few episodes. Sometimes the moments are obvious and other times ... not so much, but after years of watching and analyzing this show to myself, I like to share the ones that I think stand out the most.

Since I was traveling for Spring Break this week, I didn’t have my normal time to watch the episode twice to really absorb everything, and I also didn’t have my normal amount of time in front of my computer to write down all my thoughts. But I didn’t want to skip a week, especially with that insane tribal council. So, here is just a quick rapid-fire version of “Top Five Baby!”

1. Taku


They actually appear to be the strongest tribe at this point. Even though they started the episode with only four people left, all of them seem to be working together nicely and doing well in both the challenges and camp life. Also, Maryanne now has the Beware advantage. That is obviously the most impactful moment from this tribe this week. She already said her phrase at the immunity challenge, so Mike is now on high alert to listen for the second phrase from Ika.

2. Vati


The tribe that I thought was in the best spot, but probably not now. Daniel begs Mike to see the clue to the beware advantage again, then he leaves it behind and doesn’t remember. This was a tough week for Daniel for sure. Like I mentioned above, Mike now knows that Maryanne has one of the phrases to activate the idols, so hopefully we see something come from this in the coming weeks.

3. The summit

The summit

Nothing to really report from Ika this week, so I figured I would mention this really quick. This is really the precursor to what happens at tribal council later. Omar decides to risk his vote based on how Chanelle was talking to him. We saw how that bit her by not getting a vote, now we get to see what happens to Omar the next time Taku goes to tribal.

4. The immunity challenge

The IC

This was absolutely insane to watch. Plus, there were two sides to enjoy. On the first side, Jonathan absolutely crushed the competition and single-handedly carried Taku to victory. He literally carried them. He carried the heavy ladder by himself, he carried his tribemates, then he was the one that threw and landed the sandbags. It was quite a feat to watch play out. The other side was watching the other two tribes do absolutely nothing in the water and Jeff having to stop the challenge and bring them on land to finish from there. I seriously doubt that Taku has any desire to vote out Jonathan anytime soon after this performance.

5. Tribal Council


Finally, we get to Tribal. This was another crazy thing to watch. I am going to go back and watch it for a second time for sure before the next episode. I just can’t believe how poorly Daniel handled the whole situation. I know Hai and Lydia will stay with him for a vote or two because they need him for the numbers, but he won’t be trusted by them anymore, plus he lost his two biggest allies with Mike and Chanelle by doing what he did. I’m not saying he should have gone to rocks because that would be an extremely hard choice, this early in the game, but he pretty much turned his back on everyone in the tribe at some point during the whole debacle. I can not wait to see how next week’s episode starts out!

So, there you have it for this abbreviated recap article for episode three. I will be back next week working on a regular schedule. However, in the meantime, what did you think of Daniel’s decision at tribal council? Who came out of that tribal in a worse spot, Chanelle or Daniel? I want to hear from you, let me know if I missed any moments or if you think I was correct in my thinking, the interaction is part of what makes this so fun!

Please catch more of me here next week where I will try to bring you more fun top five!


Brent Sullivan - Top Five, Baby!Brent Sullivan is a long-time fanatic of Survivor and has been writing about it for years. When he is not writing, talking about, or applying to be on the show, he spends his time with family, doing nerdy IT stuff, and watching movies. Follow him on twitter: @BSully_13