Taako From Teevhii shares the best bonus scenes from the previous episode of Survivor: Hashtags vs. Handles vs. Harassment by Nazis which Twitter refuses to address.
This Week In Secret Scenes
”We Need To Come Up With A Tribe Name”
This one’s your typical merge episode secret scene, where the merge(d) tribe has to come up with a new name for themselves and no one ever seems able to stop it from being a lazy portmanteau of the previous tribe names. In this particular instance, it sounds like Desi is the first to propose the name “Solewa.” It’s enough to move the needle on my “How I Feel About Desi”-meter from “I don’t dislike her” to “Maybe it’s better that she’s getting purpled.” While we’re nitpicking things, the new tribe flag has the “So” painted blue and the “Le” painted yellow, despite Levu being the blue tribe and Soko being yellow. And considering that Big, Sexy, Stupid Cole was not involved with the painting of the flag, I have no idea how that happened.
This Week In Confessionals
”This Became All of Our Home”
Look, it’s a little thin on confessionals this week (that’ll happen when half of them are about Outback Steakhouse). But there are two things I want to point out from this clip. First, Chrissy confirms that Production is doing a few things differently at the merge this season. The castaways are just getting their swimsuits now. I know some of us were wondering why they were swimming in their underwear in earlier challenges, and I noticed some new clothes this episode that we hadn’t yet seen. Additionally, the old Yawa shelter was taken down completely, and the players had to build a new one from scratch (though some tools and hardware were provided). If I had to speculate as to the intentions behind these decisions, I would guess that a clean (if partial) set of clothes and tools for expanding your shelter (which is usually done anyways at the merge beach) are small rewards that don’t hurt anybody. So why not give them to the castaways?
Second, we have Chrissy on the tribe name: “It is what it is.”
”I Can Do Anything”
This is one hell of a confessional from Dr. Mike. He knows he’s out of his element, and he knows that his friends and family didn’t expect him to go far. But here he is, past the merge and kicking ass. Dr. Mike thinks that his game has been good thus far and that it’ll only get better moving forward. It’s already hard to not like Dr. Mike, but watching this will make it near impossible.
And so we juxtapose that with the fact that this is a bonus clip. Edgic is all about what you’re shown in the final cut, but it’s what you aren’t shown that arguably says more. Like Matt and Saturday Night Palsy mentioned last week, CBS won’t post a confessional that they plan to splice into a later episode. So while this is the type of confessional that you would play over swelling music as the Final Three walk off to the Final Tribal, we know that it’s not going to be used in that way. Or in any other way for that matter because, well, here it is on the cutting room floor. It’s not a great sign for Dr. Mike’s outlook.
”It’s Just, Uh, Y’know, All Is One, And It’s Just Kinda, Everybody’s Out For Themselves Now, Y’know. You Think Someone’s Got The Best Interests, But They Really Don’t.”
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This Week In Gifable Moments
When you’re a good ole, red-meat loving’ American.
When you’re over everyone calling you Phony Vlachos.
Brad (formerly known as Taako from Teevhii) has watched every season live but was too young to remember the first ten seasons (and is only saying that to make you all feel bad). He treats Wednesday nights like a religious observance and wonders if he can finagle that into a tax benefit.
Favorite Seasons: Winners At War, Heroes vs. Villains, Cagayan, Cambodia, Micronesia
Favorite Players: Kelley Wentworth, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Kim Spradlin, Denise Stapley, Todd Herzog, Courtney Yates, Yul Kwon, Charlie Herschel